Monday, January 17, 2011

Death of an Estimable Citizen - Amanuensis Monday

Thanks to John at Transylvanian Dutch for providing a framework (and nudge) for transcribing family records, news clippings and other treasures.

This obituary for Thomas Meredith appeared in The Baltimore Sun on page 1, 21 Dec 1853.

Death of an Estimable Citizen, --- It is a painful task to announce the death of another of our most estimable and distinguished merchants. Thos. Meredith, Esq., the president of the Commercial and Farmers' Bank, and the head of one of our leading dry goods houses, died yesterday morning at two o'clock, after a short illness. He was about seventy years of age, and a man filled with the charity of human kindness, manifested in all his acts, and was beloved by all who knew him. His death is a loss to the city, and the announcement of it will carry deep regret to the hearts of an extended circle of friends, who, knowing him well, will most properly appreciate the many excellencies of his character.


Thomas Meredith was my husband's third great uncle. Originally from Lancaster County, VA, he settled in Baltimore and became a wealthy merchant. According to Archbishop Kenrick of Baltimore Meredith left almost $50,000 to charity upon his death.

The Sun (1837-1985); Dec 21, 1853; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) pg. 1


  1. Thomas Meredith must have been an amazing person. Everybody loved him, and he was so kind (and wealthy)to leave so much to charity. I've never heard the term "Estimable Citizen" but I see it was used a lot, according to a Google search. Thanks Nolichucky

  2. Words like "estimable" are just one of the reasons I love those old obits.

  3. I agree with Dee - I've come to love reading old obituaries, both for the language and for the details they choose to highlight.


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