Skip to main content

Charles Ridgely papers

Identifier: MS 0692


The Charles Ridgely papers contains papers pertaining to Captain Charles Ridgely, 1733-1790; his nephew and heir Charles Carnan Ridgely, 1769-1829; Charles Carnan Ridgely's son John Ridgely, 1792-1867; John's father-in-law (and distant relative) Nicholas Greenberry Ridgely, 1771-1829; and John's son Charles, 1830-1872.


  • 1664-1882


Conditions Governing Access

Public use restricted to microfilm: Manuscripts Department microfilm MS 692; 18 reels.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Biographical / Historical

Captain Charles Ridgely (1733-1790) was a sea captain, planter, iron master, Baltimore County politician, and builder of the Ridgely estate.

His nephew, Charles Carnan Ridgely (1760-1829) inherited the Northampton Furnace and the Hampton estate from his uncle. He served in the Maryland legislature and was governor of Maryland from 1816-1819.

John Ridgely (1792-1867) was the son of Charles Carnan Ridgely. In 1828 he married his distant relative Eliza E. Ridgely (1803-1867) who was the daughter of Nicholas E. Ridgely. Eliza was musically talented. John and Eliza had a son named Charles Ridgely (1830-1872.)

Nicholas Greenberry Ridgely (1771-1829) was a Baltimore grocery merchant in the firm of Macdonald and Ridgely.


7.13 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Captain John Ridgely and John Ridgely, Jr., 1935, 1937, and 1944.

Guide to the Charles Ridgely papers
Under Revision
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Revision Statements

  • 2019-09-10: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Micah Connor.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States