JENKINS FAMILY PAPERS

SCOPE NOTE: The Jenkins Family Papers contain a small number of historical documents pertaining to the prominent Jenkins family of Baltimore. In addition to providing information about the history of that particular family, this collection has a connection to the history of Georgetown College as three of the letters were sent to Georgetown College student Thomas Robert Jenkins in 1838 and 1839. Those letters make references to several leading Georgetown faculty and hint at what the college was like then. Dated between 1829 and 1870, the materials in the Jenkins Family Papers are stored in ten folders in one box (0.25 linear feet).

The Jenkins family's important role in the history of Maryland is documented, in part, by the Jenkins Family Papers. The first four items in the collection are letters written to Jenkins family members. The first was received by Rebecca Hillen (1838-1888) and provides a description of work on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in 1829. The next three letters were written by Louis William Jenkins, who attended Georgetown College from 1815 to 1822 without taking a degree, to his brother Thomas Robert Jenkins (1823-1905), who received an A.B. in 1840 from Georgetown. Josiah Jenkins, who entered Georgetown in 1838 but left before completing a degree, is mentioned in a letter. One of the letters was forwarded by Daniel Brent (1774-1841), the American Consul in Paris, who attended Georgetown from 1830 to 1833. The next four folders contain documents related to John F. Bouring, whose legal guardian was Rebecca Hillen. Legal and financial in nature, the documents were created in Baltimore and bear dates between 1841 and 1849. Interestingly, the Baltimore attorney Michael Courtney Jenkins (b. c.1807) was involved in the guardianship matter. Later in his career, he was notable as an editor for the "Catholic Mirror" during the Civil War. The U.S. government suppressed that newspaper during the war because of its pro-Confederacy editorials.

The Georgetown University Library Special Collections Division contains several other collections that include information about the Jenkins family of Baltimore. Specifically, documents about Jenkins family members are found in both the Maryland Province Archives of the Society of Jesus and the separate, but related Maryland Province Collection. Moreover, because many Jenkins relatives attended Georgetown University, the University Archives section of Special Collections holds information related to those family members.

A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1956, Dr. Edward J. O'Shea donated the papers in this collection to the Georgetown University Library in stages between 1962 and 1970. Dr. O'Shea donated one of the letters from Louis William Jenkins to Thomas Robert Jenkins on behalf of Dr. George Whitby, of Holy Cross and Marquette Colleges, in 1962. While it is unknown exactly how this letter came into Dr. Whitby's possession, it is known that his father had been in the employ of a wealthy family from Southampton, New York, who were friends with the Jenkins family of Baltimore.

See also the following books for more information: Jenkins, Edward Felix, O.S.A. "Thomas Jenkins of Maryland: 1670, His Descendants and Allied Families." Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1985. "Genealogy of Leading Families of Baltimore and Baltimore County, Maryland." New York: Chapman Publishing Company, 1897.

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ABBREVIATIONS:

ADS - Autograph Document Signed.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed.
AN - Autograph Note.

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ACCESSION DATA:

Status: Open access.
Photocopies permitted.
Provenance: Gift of Edward J. O'Shea.
Processed by Scott S. Taylor, April 2000.

BULK DATES: 1829 - 1870
SPAN DATES: 1829 - 1870
EXTENT: 1 box, 0.25 l.f.


FOLDER DESCRIPTIONS

Box 1 Folder 1
Date: 1/26/1829
Description: 1 ALS dated 1/26/1829 from Ann (presumably a Hasselbach) to Rebecca Hillen (1838-1888), regarding family matters. References to Eliza, Harriet, another Rebecca, George, Miss Darne, Peter Brown, and Catherine. Also refers to 50 engineers working on "the canal," the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal, and mentions one of them by name: Erastus Hurd, who was from Massachusetts and was on the board of engineers for the C&O Canal (See also: Sanderlin, Walter S. "The Great National Project: A History of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal." Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1946, p.62). Construction of the C&O began in 1828. This letter was sent from Buckingham House, which was probably located in Maryland, to Baltimore, Maryland. Envelope retained, sent care of James Rex. Also includes 1 AN, most likely written at a later date, pertaining to the letter.

Box 1 Folder 2
Date: 11/20/1838
Description: 1 ALS dated 11/20/1838 from Louis William Jenkins to his brother Thomas Robert Jenkins (1823-1905), a student at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C, regarding Louis' travels in Europe, Robert's college studies, and family news. Louis explains why he prefers America to Europe and makes references to William McSherry, S.J.; James Ryder, S.J.; George Fenwick, S.J.; Thomas Mulledy, S.J.; and cousin Josiah Jenkins. Louis William Jenkins of Baltimore attended Georgetown College from 1815-1822, but he did not take a degree. Thomas Robert Jenkins of Baltimore received an A.B. in 1840 from Georgetown College. Josiah Jenkins entered Georgetown College in 1838 but did not receive a degree. Sent from Paris, where it was forwarded by American Consul Daniel Brent (1774-1841) to Georgetown College, care of Rev. William McSherry, S.J., who was Georgetown College President from 1838-1839. Daniel Brent entered Georgetown College in 1830 but left in 1833 before finishing a degree. This folder includes a typed transcription of the letter.

Box 1 Folder 3
Date: 4/20/1839 Description: 1 ALS dated 4/20/1839 from Louis William Jenkins to his brother Thomas Robert Jenkins (1823-1905), a student at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C., regarding travel and briefly mentioning Georgetown College. References to Francis Vespre, S.J.; Thomas Mulledy, S.J.; William McSherry, S.J.; and James Ryder, S.J. Sent from Paris to Georgetown College, care of Francis Vespre, S.J.

Box 1 Folder 4
Date: 12/17/1839
Description: 1 ALS dated 12/17/1839 from Louis William Jenkins to his brother Thomas Robert Jenkins (1823-1905), a student at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C., with discussion of family issues. References to Courtney; Louis DeBarth, S.J.; Francis Vespre, S.J.; George Fenwick, S.J.; Stephen Dubuisson, S.J.; Angelo Secchi; cousin Meredith; Bernard Sweeny; and John McElroy. Sent from Baltimore to Georgetown College.

Box 1 Folder 5
Date: 1841 - 1843
Description: 4 financial documents dated 1841-1843, regarding John F. Bouring [spelling of his name is inconsistent]. The documents are detailed as follows: 1 ADS receipt for purchase by Bouring of one quadrant, one parallel rule, one slate, and one blank book, received by Samuel Browning[?]; 1 ADS receipt dated 5/8/1843 received from Bouring for teaching him navigation; 1 ADS receipt dated 12/9/1841 received from Rebecca Hillen, guardian of Bouring, regarding court fees, with reference to Catherine Hillen; and 1 ADS dated 12/9/1841 regarding court fees of Catherine Hillen. All but one of the documents is identified as being written in Baltimore.

Box 1 Folder 6
Date: 11/20/1843 - 5/9/1849
Description: 1 ADS (copy): "Baltimore County: The second and final account of Rebecca A. Hillen, Guardian of John F. Bouring, Orphan son of Solomon Bouring, deceased," dated 11/20/1843-5/9/1849, with references to T. Parkin Scott, John Scott, Catherine Hillen, and Michael Courtney Jenkins. Signed by D. M. Perine, Register of Wills for Baltimore County. Marked with Seal of the Orphans Court & Register of Wills of Baltimore County, Maryland.

Box 1 Folder 7
Date: 5/3/1849
Description: 1 ADS receipt dated Baltimore 5/3/1849 received by Michael Courtney Jenkins (b. c.1807) from Rebecca Hillen, guardian of John F. Bouring, for professional services. Michael Courtney Jenkins, who attended Georgetown College from 1818 to 1824 and became a lawyer in Baltimore, edited the "Catholic Mirror" during the Civil War. The U.S. government suppressed that newspaper because of its pro-Confederacy editorials (Jenkins, Edward Felix, O.S.A. "Thomas Jenkins of Maryland: 1670, His Descendants and Allied Families." Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1985).

Box 1 Folder 8
Date: 4/26/1845 - 4/28/1849
Description: 1 ADS dated 4/26/1845-4/28/1849, regarding an amount of money owed John F. Bouring. Apparently signed by Rebecca Hillen, guardian of Bouring. Indicates three payments received from T. Parkin Scott. Document is torn in 2 pieces down the center, but is still legible.

Box 1 Folder 9
Date: 1/15/1860 or 1/15/1870 Description: 1 AN stating that Mr. Hillen accepts Miss Louisa Lusby's invitation. Dated 1/15/1860 or 1/15/1870. Document torn in half horizontally across page.

Box 1 Folder 10
Date: undated
Description: 1 undated AD, apparently an account of some sort. Reference to Henry Myers.


INDEX

INDEX TERM - DESCRIPTION (DATE) BOX FOLDER

BALTIMORE - MARYLAND - CORRESPONDENCE FROM (1839) 1 4
BALTIMORE - MARYLAND - CORRESPONDENCE OF JENKINS FAMILY (1829-1870) 1 1
BALTIMORE - MARYLAND - DOCUMENT REGARDING ORPHAN (1843-9) 1 6
BALTIMORE - REFERENCES (1841-1843) 1 5
BALTIMORE COUNTY - DOCUMENT REGARDING BOURING, JOHN F. (1843-9) 1 6
BOURING, JOHN F. - DOCUMENT REGARDING (1843-9) 1 6
BOURING, JOHN F. - DOCUMENT REGARDING (1845-1849) 1 8
BOURING, JOHN F. - FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS REGARDING (1841-1843) 1 5
BOURING, JOHN F. - REFERENCE (1849) 1 7
BOURING, SOLOMON - REFERENCE (1843-9) 1 6
BRENT, DANIEL - REFERENCE (1838) 1 2
BROWN, PETER - REFERENCE (1829) 1 1
BROWNING[?], SAMUEL - DOCUMENT SIGNED: PAYMENT RECEIVED (1843) 1 5
BUCKINGHAM HOUSE - CORRESPONDENCE TO HILLEN, REBECCA (1829) 1 1
"CATHOLIC MIRROR" - REFERENCE (1849) 1 7
CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL - REFERENCE (1829) 1 1
DEBARTH, LOUIS, S.J. - REFERENCE (1839) 1 4
DUBUISSON, STEPHEN, S.J. - REFERENCE (1839) 1 4
FENWICK, GEORGE, S.J. - REFERENCE (1838) 1 2
FENWICK, GEORGE, S.J. - REFERENCE (1839) 1 4
GEORGETOWN COLLEGE - CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING (1838) 1 2
GEORGETOWN COLLEGE - CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING (1839) 1 3
GEORGETOWN COLLEGE - CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING (1839) 1 4
HASSELBACH - FAMILY - ANN - CORRESPONDENCE TO HILLEN, REBECCA (1829) 1 1
HILLEN, ? (MR.) - CORRESPONDENCE TO LUSBY, LOUISA (1860 OR 1870) 1 9
HILLEN, CATHERINE - REFERENCE (1841-1843) 1 5
HILLEN, CATHERINE - REFERENCE (1843-9) 1 6
HILLEN, REBECCA - CORRESPONDENCE FROM BUCKINGHAM HOUSE (1829) 1 1
HILLEN, REBECCA - DOCUMENT REGARDING (1849) 1 7
HILLEN, REBECCA - DOCUMENT REGARDING BOURING, JOHN F. (1843-9) 1 6
HILLEN, REBECCA - DOCUMENT SIGNED (1845-1849) 1 8
HILLEN, REBECCA - REFERENCE (1841-1843) 1 5
HURD, ERASTUS - ENGINEER ON CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL - REFERENCE 1829 1 1
JENKINS FAMILY PAPERS - 1 1
JENKINS, LOUIS WILLIAM - CORRESP. TO JENKINS, THOMAS ROBERT (1838) 1 2
JENKINS, LOUIS WILLIAM - CORRESP. TO JENKINS, THOMAS ROBERT (1839) 1 3
JENKINS, LOUIS WILLIAM - CORRESP. TO JENKINS, THOMAS ROBERT (1839) 1 4
JENKINS, MICHAEL COURTNEY - DOCUMENT SIGNED (1849) 1 7
JENKINS, MICHAEL COURTNEY - DOCUMENT WITH REFERENCES TO (1843-9) 1 6
JENKINS, THOMAS ROBERT - CORRESP. FROM JENKINS, LOUIS WILLIAM (1838) 1 2
JENKINS, THOMAS ROBERT - CORRESP. FROM JENKINS, LOUIS WILLIAM (1839) 1 3
JENKINS, THOMAS ROBERT - CORRESP. FROM JENKINS, LOUIS WILLIAM (1839) 1 4
LUSBY, LOUISA - CORRESPONDENCE FROM HILLEN, ? (MR.) (1860 OR 1870) 1 9
MARYLAND - BALTIMORE - CORRESPONDENCE OF JENKINS FAMILY (1829-1870) 1 1
MARYLAND - BALTIMORE - DOCUMENT REGARDING ORPHAN (1843-9) 1 6
MCELROY, JOHN - REFERENCE (1839) 1 4
MCSHERRY, WILLIAM, S.J. - REFERENCE (1838) 1 2
MCSHERRY, WILLIAM, S.J. - REFERENCE (1839) 1 3
MULLEDY, THOMAS, S.J. - REFERENCE (1838) 1 2
MULLEDY, THOMAS, S.J. - REFERENCE (1839) 1 3
MYERS, HENRY - REFERENCE (UNDATED) 1 10
O'SHEA, EDWARD J. - COLLECTION OF PAPERS (1829-1870) 1 1
ORPHANS COURT & REGISTER OF WILLS - BALTIMORE COUNTY - DOCUMENT 1843-9 1 6
PERINE, D. M. - DOCUMENT SIGNED (1843-9) 1 6
REX, JAMES - REFERENCE (1829) 1 1
RYDER, JAMES, S.J. - REFERENCE (1838) 1 2
RYDER, JAMES, S.J. - REFERENCE (1839) 1 3
SCOTT, JOHN - REFERENCE (1843-9) 1 6
SCOTT, T. PARKIN - DOCUMENT REGARDING (1845-1849) 1 8
SCOTT, T. PARKIN - REFERENCE (1843-9) 1 6
SECCHI, ANGELO - REFERENCE (1839) 1 4
SWEENY, BERNARD - REFERENCE (1839) 1 4
VESPRE, FRANCIS, S.J. - REFERENCE (1839) 1 3
VESPRE, FRANCIS, S.J. - REFERENCE (1839) 1 4


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