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Fendall family papers

Identifier: MS 2207


This collection consists primarily of bills, receipts, financial accounts, deeds, wills, and personal correspondence pertaining to the Fendall family.


  • 1762-1961


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The Fendall family helped shape Maryland during the 1600s and 1700s. Josias Fendall served as the fourth proprietary governor from 1656-1660. He was appointed by Lord Baltimore to the position for his loyal support. In 1660, Fendall attempted to abolish the parliament’s Upper House to create a commonwealth government, but this was quickly quashed. The family owned land across the state with homes in Prince George’s County and Frederick, Maryland.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized chronologically. The various papers are grouped together by century, followed by Martha Ann Duvall’s personal letters which are in order by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bill G. Fendall in August 1976 and Douglas Allen Fendall in March 1996.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of bills, receipts, financial accounts, deeds, and wills pertaining to the Fendall family. It also includes personal letters from the Duvall family to Martha Ann Duvall, related to the Fendall family through her marriage to William Lux Fendall. Some material relates to Thomas Dye Cockey, the father of Frances Thwaites Fendall (nee Cockey). Several surveying charts are a part of the collection as well.

The collection is primarily made up of xerox copies of the manuscript materials.

Guide to the Fendall family papers
Under Revision
Lara Westwood
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-02-07: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock .

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