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Hepburn Family papers

 Collection 0278-MDHC
The Hepburn Family papers consist of legal documents, public notices, and land records primarily related to Prince George's County, Maryland. Included is a three-party prenuptial agreement between Philip Thomas, John Hepburn, and his soon-to-be wife Mary Chew, regarding the disposition of Mary Chew's property, including 30 named slaves; bonds of credit that John Hepburn extended to named local citizens; and accounting receipts for tobacco deliveries. Also included is a deed of gift for a slave that Samuel Hepburn gave to son John Muir; and a broadside that names Samuel Hepburn as the executor of Samuel Leche's will. The remaining documents include property records for Prince George's County land owned by various Maryland personages; a circular notice by London merchant William Molleson; a circular advocating smallpox vaccination in Baltimore; and a letter of estate administration.

Dates

  • 1739-1813
  • Majority of material found within 1748-1795

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

18 Items

Scope and Content of Collection

The Hepburn Family Papers span the years 1739 to 1813, with the bulk of the material dating between 1748 and 1795. The collection consists of legal documents, public notices, and land records. Included is a three-party prenuptial agreement between Philip Thomas, John Hepburn, and his soon-to-be wife Mary Chew, regarding the disposition of Mary Chew's property, including 30 named slaves; bonds of credit that John Hepburn extended to named local citizens; and accounting receipts for tobacco deliveries. Also included is a deed of gift for a slave that Samuel Hepburn gave to son John Muir; and a broadside that names Samuel Hepburn as the executor of Samuel Leche's will. The remaining documents include property records for Prince George's County land owned by various Maryland personages; a circular notice by London merchant William Molleson; a circular advocating smallpox vaccination in Baltimore; and a letter of estate administration.

Family History

John Hepburn [sometimes "Hepbourne"] (circa 1714-circa 1780) was a merchant born in Prince George's County, Maryland, the only child of Dr. Patrick Hepburn (died circa 1726) and an unknown first wife. He married Mary Chew (circa 1714-circa 1770) of Anne Arundel County. John and Mary Hepburn had three children: Samuel Chew Hepburn (circa 1759-circa 1806); Ann Hepburn (birth and death dates unknown); and John Hepburn, Jr. (died circa 1774).

Samuel Chew Hepburn married Jean Muir (1759-circa 1810) of Dorchester County, Maryland sometime before 1780. They had four children: Mary "Polly" Hepburn (circa 1780-circa 1849); John Muir Hepburn (1790-1850); Sarah Hepburn (birth and death unknown); and Patricus Hepburn (birth and death unknown).

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series:
  1. Series 1: Hepburn Family

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries purchased the Hepburn Family papers from Steve Wunderly in 1988.

Related Material

The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore holds two accounts for sale and two land grants to John Hepburn in the collection MS 2018.

The Archives of Maryland publication series, Vol. 198, v.3, and Vol. 201, v. 2-3, contain entries for John Hepburn and Samuel Hepburn. (Maryland State Archives, "Archives of Maryland Online." http://aomol.msa.maryland.gov/html/index.html , last accessed August 29, 2017.)

The University of Maryland Libraries also contains a small collection of material pertaining to smallpox epidemics in the late nineteenth century: The Baltimore Smallpox Epidemic Collection.

Processing Information

The materials were placed in acid-free folders, within an acid-free box. Most of the documents were also placed in Mylar sleeves and include captions.
Title
Guide to the Hepburn Family papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Jennie A. Levine.
Date
2007-10-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
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