Thanks John for your response and historical overview.Are you a relation to the Penniman family? The Penniman estate was one of the neighborhood "mysteries" on Old Lawyers Hill Rd. in Elkridge.All the knowledge I know is that the house (which I saw had separate slave quarters) burned one late night in the summer of 1965, just when the Md. Highway Commission was putting Interstate 95 through the property. The community figures it was they who destroyed the house (and what an historical loss that was!).Furthermore, I have a pamphlet that shows that Nicholas's wife, Helen, was a member of the Peabody Conservatory. She was also a painter and I have a photo of one of her paintings. She is written about in Luckett's study of Maryland Women in 1937, which states that she was the mainspring of the little theatre movement in Baltimore.Anyway, I was recently sorting through donated books in a thrift store warehouse (located across the street from Greenmount Cemetery) when I saw a book and opened it to the first page.It was signed by George Dobbin Penniman!!("Dobbin" is the name of a famous Baltimore judge who had a summer house on the same Old Lawyers Hill Rd. and the family must have inter-married).Of course, the book would only mean something historically to me as also living on Old Lawyers Hill Rd. and remembering the beautiful property in a state of abandonment, so I bought it. Maybe the current relatives would have an interest in it too?As for Dutchship Island: in the late 1950's to mid 1960's, my parents took me canoeing in the Magothy River every summer and we would stop on the island (in the shape of a ship) and have lunch.On top were the foundations of a caretaker's house.My dad said that the Pennimans had a caretaker live there with goats.Someone shot all the goats and the caretaker died.I don't know who owns the island now, but it could still be in the Penniman name.I found only one reference to Dutchship Island in Anne Arundel County on the internet under AA County, but no specific info on it.Gee, all this history and, except for you, no one to share it with. Thanks for your interest and reply.