A Great Genealogical Find – Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

How would you like to acquire a copy of your 18th century ancestor’s signature? I found this amazing discovery while browsing around the Archives of Maryland Online website.

A sample page from Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book

A sample page from Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book


The database contains Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book, MS 174 and Document #911 in the Calvert Papers held by the Maryland Historical Society (1). This document was digitized from the microfilm in a partnership with the Maryland State Archives. I viewed the digital images.

The database is named 1749-1750 Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book; but this is a bit misleading as the entries actually range from 1729 through 1750. The receipt book is part of a microfilm publication, Records of the States, prepared by the Library of Congress in association with the University of North Carolina, and edited under the direction of William Sumner Jenkins in 1949. The above title is taken from this collection. You can find more information on this project on pages 1 – 8 of this database.

While the receipt book is not indexed, it is very easy to browse as it is only 144 pages. It starts on page 9, with the first entry dated 26 March 1729; and it ends on page 152, with the entry dated 17 July 1750.

When I first viewed these images, I thought the receipts were for rent or other payments received by Lord Baltimore, but the longer I viewed it, the more I believed that it may be a record of Lord Baltimore’s payments for goods and services.

Each receipt begins with the words “REceiv’d of the Right Honourable the Lord Baltimore” and ends with the signature of an individual. Many of the signatures are preceded by the words “by me” [as in received by me?].

It is this wording that began my speculation on how this receipt book was used. I checked with the Maryland State Archives and the Maryland Historical Society but neither could shed any light on the content. I believe these words indicate that the signatory is acknowledging receipt of payment from Lord Baltimore.

I would welcome any feedback from any Maryland historians and others who may be familiar with this resource.

This database is included in the early state records collections under Miscellaneous Records. This collection also contains digital images of other interesting early records collected by William Sumner Jenkins.

The Archives of Maryland Online (AOMOL) currently provides access to over 471,000 historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland’s government. Online access enables users to research such topics as constitutional records, city directories, land records, military records and many early state records.  If you are prompted for a user name and password, in most instances, the user name/password of aaco/aaco# will work, but instructions should be provided as to how to register your own.


(1)  Charles, Lord Baltimore’s receipt book, 1729-1750, Calvert Papers, MS 174-911, MdHS.

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3 Responses to A Great Genealogical Find – Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book

  1. Jenny Gower says:

    Cool find! Sorry I can’t help you confirm but your logic is sound.

  2. Jana Last says:


    I’d like to let you know that your wonderful blog post is listed in today’s Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2016/05/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-may-27-2016.html

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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