Burrows Family Papers

Burrows Family Papers

In the Peabody Room at Georgetown Neighborhood Library

Burrows Family Papers
Georgetown & Tenleytown, D.C.
1820 - 1907
Collection No. 32


.21 linear feet (1 box)


This collection consists of bills and receipts paid by various members of the Burrows family. The majority were paid by Alexander Burrows (ca. 1785-1862) between 1820 and 1857, while the rest were paid by Mary V. Burrows (ca. 1827-1901) and Jane Burrows between 1866 and 1901.  Mary V. Burrows may be the daughter-in-law of Alexander Burrows.
Various spellings of the Burrows surname include Burris and Burroughs.
Correspondence includes an 1853 document outlining the preamble and resolutions of the Harrisburg (PA) Typographical Union that appears to be unrelated to the Burrows family, and personal letters to Mrs. Mary V. Burrows, Mrs. Jennie Burrows and Mrs. John Gibson written between the years 1886 and 1901.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Peabody Room in September 1984 by Mrs. Harry C. Bobinger (Mildred Ruddach Bobinger, b. 1906, d. 1985) of Arlington, VA.


The Burrows family owned property in Georgetown, Murdock’s Subdivision of Washington County (today’s Tenleytown area), and the Woodmont section of Montgomery County, Md.  These bills and assessments reflect various economic costs of the period.


  • Series – Bills/Receipts
    • Materials filed by decade from 1820s to 1900s with one undated file.
  • Series – Correspondence
    • Materials filed by decade 1850s, 1880s to 1900s.
  • Series – Ephemera
    • One undated file.

Prepared by Jerry A. McCoy
August 2014
DC Public Library
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