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Correspondence and other papers of the Robertson family of Washington County, New York, and several other related families, dealing mostly with family matters and the migration westward of family members to Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, and California. The papers of Smith Robertson consist of his letters written while a student at Union College (Schenectady, New York) and as superintendent of Common Schools in Tompkins County; also as a medical student at Geneva Medical College, at Yale University, and while traveling to Washington, D.C. Chief subjects include education, medicine, travel, and personal affairs. Correspondents include Horace Mann, Henry Barnard, and Douglass Boardman; he also describes meeting John Quincy Adams. Also, a painting by F. E. Robertson (brother of Mary "Grandma" Moses). Robertson family genealogy, including data on George Robertson (born in Scotland and lived in Dryden, New York); Smith Robertson, Hiram Robertson (husband of Mary Cornell); also material on related families, including Bishop, Brown, Houtz, King, Snyder, Teeter, and Wood.

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