Eliza Ridgely III

Date:
1862

Little Miss Eliza Ridgely (1858-1954) looks none too happy to be having her photograph taken in a Baltimore studio. She pays little attention to the doll lying on her lap. The eldest daughter of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely was named for her grandmother and aunt. She became a social reformer and activist in Baltimore, founding the United Women of Maryland which championed assistance for the underprivileged, especially woman.

Description (physical):

Studio photograph. Paper, cardboard. H: 9.1cm, W: 6cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP18050
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Nancy Davis And Eliza Ridgely Iii

Date:
1863
Publisher/Studio:
Israel & Co.

Nancy Davis (1833 - 1908) was born a slave at Cowpens, the Howard family plantation near Hampton. However, she was free by the time this image was taken at a Baltimore photo studio during the Civil War. Davis was then nursemaid for little Eliza Ridgely (1858-1954), the daughter of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely, and her brothers and sisters. Nancy continued to work for the Ridgelys of Hampton for many years, and is the only African American buried in the Ridgely family cemetery at Hampton.

Description (physical):

Photograph on Paper, Cardboard. H: 9cm, W: 5.8cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP6301
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Family Group In Newport

Date:
1864
Publisher/Studio:
Black & Case

In 1864, Eliza "Didy" Ridgely White (1828-1894) took her extended family to Newport, Rhode Island for the summer, where they stayed at the Bruen Villa on Bellevue Avenue. Several family members and their servants are seen on the porch in this photo, among them family companion Mary Evans, John Ridgely (1851-1938), Didy’s father-in-law Henry White I (1794-1882), Eliza Ridgely III (1858-1954), an unidentified African-American butler, Henry White II (1850-1927), Charles Ridgely (1853-1873), and Julian Leroy White (1853-1923).

Description (physical):

Photograph on Paper. H: 8.1cm, W: 5.8cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP16964
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site