Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

John Merryman (1824-1881)
MSA SC 3520-1543

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Archival records -

Ex Parte Merryman case materials

Maryland State Archives CHANCERY COURT (Chancery Papers) 27 June 1848, 9366:  Luther Littig vs. John Merryman, Ann L. Merryman, Richard Emory, Ann Emory, Henry Gittings, Elizabeth R. Gittings, Eleanor A. Bosley, Ann G. Merryman, Nicholas M.B. Emory, Anna Emory, Thomas L. Emory, and Richard Emory.  BA.  Trust estate under will of Nicholas M. Bosley -  Bellevue, Hayfields.  Accession No: 17,898-9366. MSA S512-9283, 1/38/4/93.  Includes last will and testament of Nicholas M. Bosley, from whom John Merryman inherited Hayfields. (24 pages)

Maryland State Archives GOVERNOR (Miscellaneous Papers) MSA S 1274-89-18, Document 3, 1/7/5/72

Maryland State Archives U.S. CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARYLAND (Minutes) MSA SM192-9, 1860-1873, SR 4550-2

Maryland State Archives U.S. CENUS BUREAU (Census Record, MD) John Merryman, Jr., 1850, Baltimore County, District 1 page 432, MSA SM 61-131, M 1484

Maryland State Archives U.S. CENUS BUREAU (Census Record, MD) Nicholas R. Merryman and Ann Merryman, 1850 Slave Schedule, Baltimore County, District 1,  MSA SM 61-158, M 1504-3

Maryland State Archives U.S. CENUS BUREAU (Census Record, MD) John Merryman, 1860, Baltimore County, Cockeysville/District 8 pp. 488-489, MSA SM 61-196, M 7213-6

Maryland State Archives U.S. CENUS BUREAU (Census Record, MD) John Merryman, 1860 Slave Schedule, Baltimore County, Cockeysville/District 8 Page 93, MSA SM 61-228,  M 7229-4

Maryland State Archives U.S. CENUS BUREAU (Census Record, MD) John Merryman, 1870, Baltimore County, Cockeysville/District 8 page 405, MSA SM 61-262, M 7234 (Note: Microfilm is very poor.)

Maryland State Archives U.S. CENUS BUREAU (Census Record, MD) John Merryman, 1880, Baltimore County, ED 240 Sheet 28 Line 1, MSA SM 61-307, M 4732

Maryland State Archives BALTIMORE COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Wills, Original) John Merryman, 1881, Box 1541 [MSA  T 1764-3,  0/38/11/53]

Maryland State Archives BALTIMORE COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Inventories, Original) John Merryman, December 1881, Box 499, MSA T1205, 2/58/9/24


Articles -

"Arrest of John Merryman, Esq., by the Military."  The Baltimore Sun, 27 May 1861.  MSA SC 2852-1-105, 03/42/12/30.

"United States Court.  Important Proceedings.  The Case of John Merryman, Esq."  The Baltimore Sun, 28 May 1861.  MSA SC 2852-1-105, 03/42/12/30.

"The Habeas Corpus Case:  Gen. Cadwallader Refuses To Allow The Process Of The Court To Be Served Upon Him."  The South, 28 May 1861.  MSA SC 3768-2-1, 3/44/8/49.

"The Habeas Corpus Case of John Merryman, Esq."  The Baltimore Sun, 29 May 1861.  MSA SC 2852-1-105, 03/42/12/30.

"The Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus."  The Baltimore Sun, 31 May 1861.  MSA SC 2852-1-105, 03/42/12/30.

"The Merryman Case:  Opinion of Chief Justice Taney."  The Baltimore Sun, 3 June 1861.  MSA SC 2852-1-105, 03/42/12/30.

"The Merryman Case:  Decision of Chief Justice Taney."  Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser, 3 June 1861.  MSA SC 4104-1-2, 03/48/04/24.

"The Habeas Corpus Case."  Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser, 4 June 1861.  MSA SC 4104-1-2, 3/48/4/24.

"The Indictment for Treason Against John Merryman."  The Baltimore Sun, 11 July 1861.  MSA SC 2852-1-105, 03/42/12/30.

"Proceedings of the Courts:   The Indictment for Treason Against John Merryman."  Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser,  12 July 1861.  MSA SC 4104-1-?, 3/48/4/25.

"Death of John Merryman."  The Baltimore Sun, 16 November 1881.  From microfilm at Maryland State Law Library.

"Merryman Family."  Maryland Historical Magazine 10 (1915):  176-185; 286-299.

"Ex Parte Merryman:  Proceedings of Court Day, May 26, 1961."  Maryland Historical Magazine 56 (1961):  384-398.

Wisner, Vivian. "Improving Maryland's Agriculture, 1840-1860."  Maryland Historical Magazine 64 (1969):  105-132.

Rising, Teri. "'Best Cultivated Farm' The Backstory of Hayfields, Nicholas Merryman Bosley, and the Lafayette Premium of 1824." History Trails 43: 1&2 (Winter 2011-12).


Books -

Adams, James Truslow ed.  Dictionary of American History.  5 vols.  New York:  Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.

Brown, George William.  Baltimore and the Nineteenth of April, 1861:  A Study of War.  Baltimore, MD:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1887.

Brugger, Robert J.  Maryland A Middle Temperament.  Baltimore, MD:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988.

Lewis, Walker.  Without Fear or Favor:   A Biography of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965.

National Biographical Publishing Company. The Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Maryland and District of Columbia.
        Baltimore, MD:  National Biographical Publishing Company, 1879.

Papenfuse, Edward C., Earl Arnett, and Robert J. Brugger.  Maryland:  A New Guide to the Old Line State.
        Baltimore, MD:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1999.

Scharf, J. Thomas. History of Maryland.  3 vols.  Hatboro, PA:  Tradition Press, 1967.

-----. History of Baltimore City and County.  2 vols.  Baltimore, MD:  Regional Publishing Company, 1971.

Steiner, Bernard C.  Life of Roger Brooke Taney, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  1922.
        Reprint, Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 1970.

Swisher, Carl Brent.  Roger B. Taney.  New York:  The Macmillan Company, 1935.

-----.  The Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United StatesVol. V:  The Taney Period 1836-64.
        New York:  Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.  1974.
        Excerpt:  pp. 841-855.


Web sources -

"Civil Liberties After 9/11" at PBS.com

"What Was Lincoln's Record on Civil Liberties?" from the History News Network

History of the Taney Court, 1836-1864, from the Supreme Court Historical Society


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