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Thomas S. Duckett Family papers

 Collection 0346-MDHC

The Thomas S. Duckett family papers consist of correspondence, financial records, and legal documents that span the years 1854-1943 with the bulk of the material dating between 1854 and 1893.


  • 1854-1943
  • Majority of material found within 1854-1893

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


0.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Thomas S. Duckett Family papers span the years 1854-1943 with the bulk of the material dating between 1854 and 1893. The collection contains correspondence, merchant bills and statements and tax receipts, a dog license and a certificate to exempt a slave from the Civil War draft.

Family History

Thomas Soper Duckett was born in 1815 in Prince George's County, Maryland, and died in Bladensburg, Maryland, in 1904. He received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1839 and served in the Maryland House of Delegates from Prince George's County from 1845-1847. He and his first wife, Elizabeth Howard (1813-1856), had at least two children, Mazzine (1852-1923) and Marion (1854-1931). Thomas and later his son, Marion, maintained a farm in Prince George's County, Md. Marion Duckett Jr. (1884-1970) is the grandson of Thomas.


The collection is organized into three series.

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Financial Records
  3. Series 3: Legal Documents

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries acquired this collection in 1987.

Related Material

Doliante, Sharon J., Maryland and Virginia colonials : genealogies of some colonial families : families of Bacon, Beall, Beasley, Cheney, Duckett, Dunbar, Ellyson, Elmore, Graves, Heydon, Howard, Jacob, Morris, Nuthall, Odell, Peerce, Reeder, Ridgley, Prather, Sprigg, Wesson, Williams, and collateral kin. (Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1991). Location: UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks F180 .D66 1991.

Processing Information

The materials have been placed in acid-free folders in an acid-free box.

Guide to the Thomas S. Duckett Family papers
This collection was processed by Terry Ann Sayler in October 2011.
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742