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Mary Ridgely Preston Brown (1857-1895)
MSA SC 3520-2282
First Lady of Maryland, 1892-1895

Mary R. Ridgely's First Administration Account


The First Account of John J. Morris Executor of Mary R. Ridgely, late of Baltimore City, deceased.

This Accountant charges himself with the amount of the Inventory consisting of
Furniture  637.50
Jewelry  390.00
Leasehold Property  24400.00
Cash  114.65
$ 25542.15
Cash from Hinkley and Morris, balance in their hands 20.86

Collections from rents of household property viz:
907 N. Calhoun St.  57.00
115 Commerce St.  360.00
410 Druid Hill Ave.  25.00
412 Druid Hill Ave.  16.00
1511 Baker St.  20.00 
1513 Baker St.  14.50
1342 Lafayette Ave.  68.00
1340 Lafayette Ave.  34.00
1336 Lafayette Ave.  64.00
1332 Lafayette Ave.  51.00
1330 Lafayette Ave.  59.50
1328 Lafayette Ave.  68.00
552 St. Mary St.  56.00
1331 Upton St.  25.50
1329 Upton St.  35.25
1323 Upton St.  6.00
1321 Upton St.  33.00
1319 Upton St.  20.50
1317 Upton St.  17.00
504 Oxford St. 30.00
$ 1060.25

Collections from units of Real Estate due prior to Mrs. Ridgely's death, viz:
1508 Argyle Ave.  16.00
1514 Argyle Ave.  18.00
705 Cumberland St.  26.00
711 Cumberland St.  13.00
1539 N. Gilmor St.  12.00
1543 N. Gilmor St.  19.00
1547 N. Gilmor St.  22.00
24 E. 20th St.  40.00
506 Oxford St.  33.00
508 Oxford St.  14.00
510 Oxford St.  20.50
418 St. Mary St.  2.00
235.50 

Interest on Savings Bank deposits
Eutaw Savings Bank 3.60 
Savings Bank of Baltimore  5.18
8.78 

Apportionments with purchases of household property, viz:
(A) Harry L.B. Downey, et.al. 410 Druid Hill Ave. Dec. 8, 1898
Executor receives  proportion of taxes  $ 8.49
proportion of Water rent  .91
interest on $ 13.50  9.45 18.85
Executor pays  proportion of Ground Rent  .79 .79 18.06
(B) Harry L.B. Downey, et.al. 412 Druid Hill Ave. Dec. 8, 1898
Executor receives  proportion of taxes  $ 8.12
proportion of Water rent  .91
interest on $ 13.50  18.13
9.10
Executor pays  proportion of Ground Rent  .79 .79 17.34
(C)Harry L.B. Downey, et.al. 1511 and 1513 Baker St. Dec. 6, 1898
Executor receives  proportion of taxes  $ 6.69
proportion of Water rent  1.10
interest  2.30
Executor pays  proportion of Ground Rent  11.29 11.29 11.29
(D) H.M. Wagner and Co. 115 Commerce St. Dec. 6, 1898
Executor receives  proportion of taxes  $ 75.04
interest on cash payment  79.60
interest on first Note 59.12
interest on second Note  118.24
proportion of Ground Rent 96.00 428.00
Executor pays  proportion of Ground Rent  76.00 76.00 352.00
(E) Mary Mylander, 907 N. Calhoun St. Dec. 5, 1898
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 6.90
proportion of Water Rent 1.10
interest 1.33 9.33
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 9.00 9.00 .33
(F) George Goldeisen, 1340 Lafayette Ave. Dec. 16, 1898
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 7.83
proportion of Water Rent .92
interest 4.21 12.96
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 4.17
proportion rent collected from tenant 3.40 7.57 5.29
(G) John R. Wilhelm 1336 w. Lafayette Ave. 
Executor receives proportion of Taxes $ 8.75
proportion of Water Rent .83
interest 3.16 12.74
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 9.17 9.17 3.57
(H) Martha A. Fox 1532 W. Lafayette Ave.
Executor receives proportion of Taxes $ 7.83
proportion of Water Rent .92
interest 5.45 14.20
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 9.00 9.00 5.20 $ 27,280.72
And this Accountant asks allowance for loss on 
Sales- Inventory values of lots sold $ 23500.00
Report of Sales 21515.50 1984.50
Funeral expenses as follows:
Henry W. Jenkins and Sons 232.00
Greenmount Cemetery ivying grave 3.00
Abrams Bros. tombstone 60.00 295.00
Administration expenses as follows:
Register's fees, recording Will 16.70
"Sun" advertising Notice to Creditors 6.09
Bacharach and Biddleman, appraisement of
Personal Estate 48.00
Real Estate 24.00
Inventory 6.00
Recording and Probate 8.00 86.00
Lucase Bros for Estate book 1.20
Register of Wills for copies in Book 21.50
"Baltimore American" advertising Sale 11.63
D.B. Management and Co. Auctioneers charges and advertising 499.68
"Daily Record" advertising Order Nisi 5.00
Internal Revenue Stamps 2.00
Register of Wills, copies, account of Sales and c in Estate Book 2.50 652.30
Debts of Mrs. Ridgely, viz:
John Kelly, wages to August 1, 1898 12.00
Sarah Wilson, wages to August 1, 1898 8.80
Joseph T. Flautt and Sons, gutter plates 1.50
H.B. Linthicum, 4th payment Account Rat contract 11.35
Same 5th payment Account Rat contract 11.35
Avon Odorless for cleaning sink 1513 Baker St. 3.50
Harry C. Valentine, medicines .25
Joel Gutman and Co. account passed 46.31
The Chas. Simons' Sons Co. account 10.33
John Turnbull Jr. and Co. account passed 21.50
Louis A. Dieter, account passed 537.23
R.G. Loy and Co. account passed 2.51
Dr. Frank Marlin, account passed 8.00
Dr. Theodore Cooke, account passed 920.00
Frank Brown, account passed 2231.02 3825.65
Taxes due in decedent's lifetime:
1898 on Leasehold property 594.08
448.21 1042.29
1898 on Fee simple property 442.02
1897 on 24 E. 20th St (fee simple) 30.39 1514.70
Expenses on Leasehold Property
John R. Wilhelm plumbing and roofing at 1336, 1340 and 1342 W. Lafayette Ave. 4.00
Avon Odorless Co. cleaning sinks at 1315, 1317, 1319, 1321 and 1329 Upton St. 4.37
Howard Fire Ins. Co. Insurance on 115 Commerce St. 36.75
S.W.J. Hopper and Sons, Aqts Insurance on 115 Commerce St. 26.25
E. Adelarch and Mary Harrison 6 mos. Ground Rent 1332 and 1334 W. Lafayette Ave. to Sept. 1, 1898 60.00
Mary Nordhoff, Executrix, 6 mos. Ground Rent on 905 N. Calhoun St. due Sept. 1, 1898 and 1342 W. Lafayette Ave. due Sept. 1, 1898  30.00
45.00 75.00
Alice P. Super, Guardian, 6 mos. Ground Rent on 1317 and 1319 Upton St. due Sept. 1, 1898 36.00
Mrs. Minnie Freinsheim, 6 mos. Ground Rent on 907 N. Calhoun St. due Sept. 1, 1898 30.00
Anna C. Starr, 6 mos. Ground Rent on 1329 Upton St. due Sept 1, 1898 18.00
Mrs. L.M. Starr, 6 mos. Ground Rent on 1336 and 1340 W. Lafayette Ave. due Sept. 1, 1898 18.00
Alex Yearly and Son, Aqts for St. Marys Seminary, 12 mos. Ground Rent on 410 and 412 Druid Hill Ave, due Oct. 16, 1898 30.00
Rev. Joseph B. Still 6 mos. Ground Rent on No. ----- Upton St. due Sept. 1, 1898 18.00
Mr. M. Green, Trustee, 6 mos. Ground Rent on 1328 W. Lafayette Ave. due Sept 1, 1898 30.00
Rev. Robert W.H. Weed, 6 mos. Ground Rent on No. ----- Upton St. due Sept. 1, 1898 18.00
Chas. W. Baer, Aqt. Preachers' Fund Society 6 mos. Ground Rent on ------ Upton St. due Sept 1, 1898 18.00
Water Registrar, 1898 Water Rent on household property 94.00
Charles J. Bonaparte, Trustee, 6 mos. Ground Rent on 1511 and 1513 Baker St. due nov. 1, 1898 36.21
Howard Fire Ins. Co. Insurance on 552 St. Mary St. 2.00
Wm McAllister, repairing bath tub at 1340 W. Lafayette Ave. 1.25
S.W.J. Hopper and Sons, Aqts. Insurance on 115 Commerce St. 4.33
Miss Blanche Barker, Collector, 5% commissions on $ 562.75 rents collected by her 28.13 648.29
Apportionments in Settling for household property sold viz:
(A)Mary Lederer, 905 N. Calhoun St. Dec. 7, 1898
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 6.91
proportion of Water Rent .92
interest .30 8.13
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 9.00 9.00 .87
(B) Richard M. Piper, 1504 Argyle Ave. Dec. 5, 1898 
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 4.68
proportion of Water Rents 1.16
interest 2.19 8.03
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 11.40 11.40 3.37
(C) Elijah Smothers, 1323 Upton St. 
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 2.90
proportion of Water Rent .58
interest .88 4.36
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 5.40 5.40 1.04
(D) William Schmidt, 1319 Upton St. Dec. 5, 1898 
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 2.90
proportion of Water Rent .55
interest .82 4.27
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 5.40 5.40 1.13
(E) Charles H. Porter, 1342 W. Lafayette Ave. 
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 7.83
proportion of Water Rent 1.47
interest 2.24 11.54
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 13.75 13.75 2.21
(F) Olivia and Alice Burnett, 1330 W. Lafayette Ave. Dec. 10, 1898
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 7.83
proportion of Water Rent .91
interest 3.83 12.59
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 9.17
proportion of Rent from tenant 4.53 13.70 1.13
(G) John R. Wilhelm, 1328 W. Lafayette Ave. Dec. 2, 1898
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 8.75
proportion of Water Rent .83
interest 3.88 13.46
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 9.17
proportion Rent from tenant 5.10 14.27 .81
(H) Frances Fenzell 1317, 1321, 1329 and 1331 Upton St. Dec. 5, 1898
Executor receives proportion of taxes $ 11.60
proportion of Water Rent 2.32
interest 3.49 17.41
Executor pays proportion of Ground Rent 21.60 21.60 4.19
Jewelry delivered to Mary R. Brown- Release therefore to be filed, Said jewelry having been specifically bequeathed to her 390.00
House No. 1315 Upton St. formerly No. 7 Upton St. bequeathed specifically to Wilson B. Widgeon, called in the Will Wilson Wiggins and distributed to him 400.00
Col. Tax on $400.00 Pd. Register $ 10.00
This Accountants commissions on amount of Estate $ 27,280.72
1984.50
$25296.22
@ 8% on $ 20,000.00 1600.00
@ 2% on 5,296.22 105.92
$ 1705.92
Register's fees for this Account, 2 orders of Court and copy in book 19.35
Ratification sale 3.60 1728.87
$ 11,454.06
Payments and c
Balance of Estate consisting of 
Deferred payments of Sales H.M. Wagner and Co. $ 3074.40
Miss Blanche Barker 255.00
Martha A. Fox 89.20 3418.60
Sub. Ground Rent of $ 30. on Oxford St. 500.00
Cash in Alex Brown and Sons 5.11
Cash in Fidelity and Deposit Co. of Md. 11902.95 15826.66
Estate accounted for $ 27280.72


2nd Administration Account


The Second Account of John J. Morris, Executor of Mary R. Ridgely, late of Baltimore, deceased.
This Accountant charges himself with Balance of Estate in hand for First Account passed July 5, 1899 $ 15,826.66
And with interest from Fidelity and Deposit Co. 
balance of interest January 1, 1899 6.99
interest July 1, 1899 199.97
interest January 1, 1900 228.57
interest July 1, 1900 208.87
And with sub ground rent on Oxford Street to September 15, 1899, collected 30.00
And with return premium from Howard Fire Ins. Co. on No. 115 Commerce St. 7.75
$16,508.81
And he asks allowance for the following payments, viz:
Jno. J. Morris in payment of Mortgage Conn Principal $3100.00
Interest at %5 March 21/98 to June 24/99 193.75
Interest at 3% June 26/99 to May 24/1900 85.25 3379.00
John R. Wilhelm for repairs to leasehold property on Oct. 12, 1898 5.00
Welsh Bros. debt due by deceased for repairing clock 4.00
J.M. David and Co. debt due by deceased for Milk bill 6.84
Daily Record, Order Nisi, sale of sub ground rent 5.00
Cablegram to James Muirhead, Glasgow, about depositions of Margaret Hever in Scotland 3.36
Defendants costs same depositions 43.92
Costs Baltimore City Court caveat case 6.60
Costs Court of Common Pleas, caveat case 47.10
Counsel fee allowed Wm Pinkey White, caveat case 250.00
Counsel fee allowed John Hinkley 250.00
Taxes for 1897 on Furniture 15.47
Register's fees for caveat proceedings 25.00
Register's fees for this account and copy in book and 18 Releases and copy of caveat proceedings 25.00
This Accountant's commissions on $685.15 @2% 13.64
Balance of Estate distributed prorata to legatees as below 12,428.88
$16,508.81 $ 16,508.81
Distribution Legacy Dividend 63.41266%
Nellie Lind 100.00 63.41
Nannie Lind 100.00 63.41
Mary Lind 100.00 63.41
The Beneficial Association of the Teachers of the Public Schools of Baltimore City 250.00 158.54
Mamie Gould 2000.00 1268.25
Helen Gould 2000.00 1268.25
Carrie Gould, minor 2000.00 1268.25
Newsboys Association of Baltimore 250.00 158.54
Home for Incurables of Baltimore City 200.00 126.82
Lina Augusta Jenkins 500.00 317.07
Annie Gould, minor 2000.00 1268.26
Lucy Steele 1000.00 634.13
James Steele, dead 3000.00 1902.37
John T. Steele, minor 3000.00 1902.37
Wm K.H.N. Gould 1000.00 634.13
Fannie Golt 1000.00 634.13
Harriet Golt, minor 1000.00 634.13
John Kelly 100.00 63.41
$ 19,600.00 $ 12,428.88


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