Series 08: Papers of Catholic Families
Series 8, Papers of Catholic Families, contains select records created by or pertaining to several prominent Catholic families in the mid-Atlantic region (the Brents, Brookes, Brownes, Carrolls, Fenwicks, Griffins, Neales, and Sewalls). These families were significant land and property owners, often operating their own plantations and interacting in different capacities with the Maryland Province, including bequeathing property to the Province. Several families, including the Carrols, Fenwicks, and Sewalls, were also slave owners. Materials in the series consist primarily of financial records (daybooks, account books, estate records, and property documents), correspondence, and deeds and indentures. Slave ownership is documented in the Fenwick, Carroll, and Sewall subseries in the form of deeds and other records pertaining to the purchase and sale of enslaved individuals, and account books and daybooks recording work performed by enslaved individuals, provisions for enslaved laborers, and more. James Carroll’s Daybook (1714-1721) is particularly significant, as it documents the financial transactions of the prominent planter-merchant and slaveholder who bequeathed to the Maryland Jesuits the land and enslaved property that became the White Marsh House and plantation, and the community of enslaved people who labored there.
Some folders in this series contain references to slavery, slaveholding, and enslaved individuals. Some folders in this series contain documents addressing the Province's 1838 sale of 272 enslaved individuals. Relevant folders are identified.
NOTE: Most materials dated 1900 and later have not been digitized. Materials dating 1900-1939 are available for research use at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. All materials dated 1940 and later are restricted.