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Collection Scope and Content Note


The Johnson Family Papers consist of correspondence, wills, diplomas, marriage certificates, obituaries, photographs, genealogical notes and family histories, land grant certificates, military documents, a book of autographs, and other papers and documents of the Johnson and related families, direct descendants of the Adams family.

The earliest correspondence concerns the relations between Abigail Adams and her daughter-in-law Sarah Adams, and among other members of the family, including John Adams and John Quincy Adams, Susan B. Adams, Charles Thomas Clark, and various members of the Adams, Johnson, and Savage families. Other documents refer to George Washington, Aaron Burr, Martin Van Buren, and James Monroe. The collection contains much material concerning the genealogy and history of several related families, with reference to their participation in numerous political and social events. The papers include discussion of family relations and matrimony, genealogy, domestic arrangements and social life, family properties and holdings, family political and military history, and other matters. The family was located chiefly in Utica, New York.

Documents are signed by George Washington and James Monroe; genealogies pertain to members of the Johnson, Adams, Smith, Bosch, Het, Quincy, Fowle, Boylston, Shepard, Norton, and Bass families.

Includes letters of daughter-in-law Sarah Adams, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Adams, Susan B. Adams, Charles Thomas Clark, Abigail Louisa Smith Johnson, Belinda Clarkson, Alexander B. Johnson, Arthur B. Johnson, Aaron Burr, John Savage, Daniel B. Tompkins, Martin Van Buren, Edward Savage, Mary Ann Smith, Louisa C. Smith, Eliza Thompson, Samuel Nelson, Eliza A. Hunt, Mary Ann Savage Hunt, Ward Hunt, and other members of the Johnson, Adams, and Savage families.

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