Rachel Colvin (1771-1851)

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In 1842, BC Directory, Miss Rachel Colvin lived at Baltimore Street, East of Exeter; at same address in 1831 and in 1837/38: Colvin Miss Rachel, e Baltimore st e of Exeter

Around the time that Elisha Warford married his second wife, his daughter Mary Ann Warford went to live in Baltimore with a distant cousin named Rachel Colvin. She was nine years old at the time, so this would have been about 1824. Miss Colvin was a wealthy spinster who gave Mary Ann a lady’s education, something she apparently could not get in Kingwood. Rachel Colvin herself was described in court testimony as very smart and shrewd, but lacking a cultural education. After Mary Ann was married, the Ellicotts lived with Miss Colvin, and Benjamin H. Ellicott became her agent and manager of her real estate investments, of which there were many. Source: https://goodspeedhistories.com/tag/civil-war/

See electronic research notes on Rachel Colvin's estate:

Rachel Colvin's Estate including 77 East Baltimore and 38 Frederick Street (old numbers)

Also the following research binders of paper notes and original documents:

78a Rachel Colvin (1771-1851) portion of Colvin estate inherited by Mary A. Warford Ellicott (77 East Baltimore -old number, 1007 East Baltimore, new number); husband was Benjamin H. Ellicott who was read out of Stony Run Meeting for marrying Mary; Includes management of two rental properties (Black residents), including a house at 38 North Frederick which was a free life tenancy of Anne Hutchins, a house servant/slave of Rachel Colvin who probably had a hand in raising Mary who went to live with Rachel as her ward. When Anne Hutchins (by then Handy), died in 1875 the key to the house was immediately given to Mary’s estate agents, Tinges & Sergeant. See letter of 2/23/1875. the property at 77 East Baltimore was rented as the Hebrew Asylum and a hospital that became the Presbyterian Eye and Ear Charity Hospital, the precursor of GBMC? Includes a letter to Mary A. Warford Ellicott dated February 1875 from a former servant?, name illegible, concerning the horrendous impact of the 1875 economic downturn/depression.

78b Rachel Colvin (1771-1851) continuation of papers purchased by ECP relating to Mary A Warford Ellicott’s property in Baltimore

78c Rachel Colvin (1771-1851) continuation of papers purchased by ECP relating to Mary A Warford Ellicott’s property in Baltimore

78d Rachel Colvin (1771-1851) continuation of papers purchased by ECP relating to Mary A Warford Ellicott’s property in Baltimore. Includes copies of Rachel Colvin’s will, abstracts of leases acquired by Richard C. Warford/Richard Colvin; letters of Benjamin W. Ellicott; power of attorney, Elisha Warford to Benjamin H. Ellicott, husband of Mary Warford, ward of Rachel Colvin; deposition of Mrs. Harriet Pennington Knighton, re: Rachel Colvin, ca 1864, and bio info re: HPK who died in 1868.