This article is generously sponsored by Tom Savage. I am indebted to Robert Leath and the staff at MESDA for their advice and guidance researching this topic and to Tom Savage and Catharine Dann Roeber for their feedback and encouragement. Trent Rhodes is a Lois F. McNeil Fellow in the Winterthur Program in American Culture. 1 Ariana Trail to John Harding, Frederick, Maryland, November 21, 1885, MESDA object file, acc. 3985. 2 Ibid. 3 Ibid. 4 The verses here are an excerpt from the poem: John Greenleaf Whittier, “Barbara Frietchie,” Atlantic Monthly 12, no. 72 (1863). 5 Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629−1999, images, FamilySearch , https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GT1P-9QQ?cc=1803986&wc=SNYC- 4W1%A146535301%2C147393101: Frederick, Wills, 1860−1865, vol. 15, image 117 or 173, Hall of Records, Annapolis. 6 Julia Hanna, object history, MESDA object file, acc. 3985. 7 Trail to Harding, November 21, 1885. 8 John Harding to Ariana Trail, Frederick, Maryland, November 23, 1885, MESDA object file, acc. 3985. 9 Dr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Buckler, Baltimore Society Visiting List (Baltimore: Thos. E. Lycett & Co., 1888), http://societyvisitinglist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Blue-Book-1888and1889.pdf. 10 Florence Trail, A Memorial of Ariana McElfresh Trail (Boston: R. G. Badger, 1929), 72. 11 Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629−1999, images, FamilySearch, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYMN-D6B?cc=1803986&wc=SNY8- ZNR%3A146535301%2C147376301: Frederick, Wills 1849−1854, vol. 1, image 34 of 210, Hall of Records, Annapolis. 12 Pennsylvania Packet (Philadelphia), August 18, 1781. 13 Hanna, object history. 14 Frank Horton to Julia Hanna, Winston-Salem, N.C., MESDA object file, acc. 3985.
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