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Thomas family (Baltimore, Maryland)


Biographical Note

Douglas H. Thomas, to whom many of the additional in recipes are addressed, appears in the 1860 census as one of seven children for J[ohn]. Hanson Thomas and Annie C. Thomas. The 1880 census shows a J[ohn]. Hanson Thomas (b. abt. 1814) married to Annie C. [Campell Gordon?] Thomas (b. abt. 1820). The following seven children appear in the 1860 census: B. Gordon, J[ohn] Hanson, Raleigh C., Douglas[s] H., Nannie G., Mary B., and John Marshall.

Douglas H. Thomas (b. 1847), a prominent banker and later bank president, married Alice Lee Whitledge, whose name appears stamped on the 1895 cookery book cover. They had three children: Douglas, John Hanson, and Alice. Many of the inserted recipes from the 1910s are addressed to Mr. Douglas Thomas. The unstamped book contains a recipe addressed to Mr. D. H. Thomas Jr., presumably Douglas and Alice's son.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Thomas Family Recipe Books,

Identifier: Ms-2013-030

The collection contains two handwritten recipe books from the Thomas Family of Baltimore, Maryland. These cookbooks highlight Maryland specialities (oysters, clams, crabs, and terrapins), as well as preserves, cakes, puddings, and other dishes. The majority of the recipes range from the 1870s to the 1910s, but at least one dates back to 1831.

Dates: 1831, 1870s - 1910s