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Thomas family diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-1333

Scope and Contents

The Thomas family diaries span over 60 years, initially written by an unknown Thomas relative, before later being taken over by Charles Y Thomas. The almost daily entries record the life of a Maryland Friends family highly involved in their faith community. While the Thomas' were primarily Friends, they also frequently attended Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian events for special sermons and guest speakers. For much of the duration of the diaries, Charles Y Thomas and his family lived in 'Fairland', a farm near Darlington, MD. As such, many of the earlier entries include the practical realities of running and maintaining a farm. In the later years as the family lives part of the year in Baltimore and part of the year at Fairland, social events and broader news become more prevalent. Because the collection spans 6 decades, the diaries also act as markers for modernization on the farm (mechanization) and in daily life (plumbing, lighting, telegraph, telephone).


  • Creation: 1860-1925


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

The Thomas diaries begin in 1869, written by an unknown Thomas family relation in Philadelphia, PA. In August 1869, the family moves to "Fairland", a farm outside of Darlington, Maryland. The Fairland property where most diary entries are written from was passed down along Charles Y. Thomas' family line, originally the property of his grandmother's parents, Richard and Eliza (Rutland) Snowden. The entries can begin to be identified as Charles Y. Thomas in 1881, and all following diaries are identified by Chas. Y Thomas. Charles Y Thomas was born in ~1851 in Maryland, and married Rebecca Edge Thomas in 1877 at Deer Creek Monthly Meeting. They had four children- Richard H. Thomas, Elisabeth S. Thomas, Joseph E. Thomas, and C. Edgar Thomas. Later in their lives, Charles and Rebecca Thomas moved more permanently to Baltimore, first living at 1405 Royal Avenue, and later at 1333 Bolton Street. Charles Y. Thomas died in 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland, and Rebecca E. Thomas died in 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland.


0.84 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Thomas family were Philadelphia and later Maryland Quakers who lived and worked primarily on a farm called "Fairland" in Harford County, MD. The collection consists of diaries, daguerreotypes, and one financial ledger.


The diaries are organized by date.


Purchase from George Krzyminski, July 2019.

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Processing Information

Processed by Ella Culton, September 2022.

Thomas Family Diaries, 1860-1925
Ella Culton
September, 2022
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