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Collection Scope and Content Note


Family news and details of their health, economic and social status, and migrations are discussed in letters to Lydia Lavern Brown Coye Holcomb and to her son, Elmer N. Coye, in Ontario County, New York, from Alice Sabina Brown Morgan, Sarah Ann Brown Olmstead, and Vesta A. Olmstead, California; Hersalora Catherine Brown Stephenson, Illinois; Juliet A. Brown, Sanford Brown, Sarah A. Brown, and Emma A. Brown, Hungerford, Iowa; Avery Brown, Elmera Brown Dickinson and Maryett Brown Matteson, Kansas; Otis Gilbert Brown, South Dakota; Amelia Brown, Byron Brown, and Carrie A. Brown, Wisconsin; and L. DeWitt Brown and S. Alcesta Easton. Also includes later correspondence among the following Coye and Holcomb family members: Mrs. Herbert Coye, William Coye, Winifred Coye, Adelbert Holcomb, Alice Roderick Holcomb, Elva Wilson, and Howard Wilson; business correspondence relating to the Holcomb & Coye farm and apiary; Nathan H. Coye's account books (1845-1859); Avery Brown's letter journals sent from Wisconsin to his family in Ontario County (1854); Lydia Coye Holcomb's diaries (1867, 1883, 1888-1896); Elmer N. Coye's diaries (1869, 1890); newspaper clippings (in part, photocopies); Brown family genealogical register; Coye family ledger, 1796-1849; and material related to the Wilson family, 1909-1959.

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