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Cheston-Chew account books

Identifier: MS 3133


The collection contains account books related to the personal and business finances of the Cheston and Chew families.


  • 1801 - 1953


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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

The Chew, Cheston, and Galloway families were prominent in Maryland business and society. For more information on these families, see related collections.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The materials are ordered chronologically. Loose documents found between the pages of the account books were removed to separate folders. The pages they were found between are noted on the folders.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, L&T Respess Books.

Related Materials

MS 1994, Cheston-Galloway Papers, 1684-1961

MS 3120, Acosta, Moulton, Ridgely Family Papers, 1634-1979

Scope and Contents

The collection contains account books related to the personal and business finances of the Cheston and Chew families. The Bank of Baltimore account book records the payments made by the firm, Chew and Cheston, a business partnership between James Cheston, Jr. and John Chew. The Cheston family account book enumerates the daily expenses incurred by individual family members for household items, such as food and fabric. The Cheston Galloway account book includes the costs of the building of the ship, “James Cheston,” sales of goods, such as candles and pitch, as well as other related business notes and expenses.

Guide to the Cheston-Chew account books
Under Revision
Lara Westwood
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-07: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

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