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Cornell Family Correspondence: [November 13, 1746] - September 5, 1878 and Undated (Box 36)

[November 13, 1746] July 2, 1778 - May 17, 1819 (Box 36/Folder 1) : [43 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell from relatives with notices of births and deaths and local news.

PLACES:

DeRuyter; Westchester County, N.Y.; North Carolina.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Barnard, Elizabeth; Macy, Anna; Cornell, Ezra (brother of Elijah); Chace, Phebe.

August 19, 1820 - August 5, 1838 (Box 36/Folder 2): [59 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell in DeRuyter from their children and other relatives; notices of births and deaths, requests for permission to marry, local news, reports on family health, and mention of women's work.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 13, 1837. Martin B. Wood to Elijah Cornell:
"As a matter consequent upon human life I have for a course of years studiously regarded the motions and movements of my female acquaintance for the purpose of discovering one among the multitude who possessed the requisite qualities for rendering the married life preferable to any other and of the number of ladies that have fallen within the circle of my acquaintance I feel it my imperitive duty to bestow upon your daughter Phebe, the preferance."

PLACES:

DeRuyter; Ithaca; Providence; Rochester; North Carolina.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Lucretia; Cornell, Benjamin; Cornell, Mary; Cornell, Phebe; Cornell, Paul; Earle, Rhoda; Macy, Anna; Chace, Thomas; Wood, M. B.

September 15, 1838 - February 4, 1844 (Box 36/Folder 3): [66 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell in DeRuyter from their children and other relatives; letters to Mary Ann Cornell; news of births, deaths, illnesses, local events, and messages of sympathy.

PLACES:

DeRuyter; Ithaca; Fall River; Providence; Seneca Falls.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Cornell, Mary; Cornell, E.B.; Wood, Phebe; Chace, Lucretia; Chace, Thomas; Chace, Palmer; Macy, Anna; Macy, Robert; Bristol, John S.; Bristol, Elmira; Cornell, Mary Ann.

February 10, 1844 - August 20, 1845 (Box 36/Folder 4): [64 digital images]

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Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell in Ithaca from their children concerning travel and new homes in Michigan; letters from Thomas Chace telling of Lucretia's illness and death; correspondence among Ezra Cornell's siblings; news of family life, travel, health, deaths, and local events.

PLACES:

Michigan; Providence; DeRuyter; Washington, D.C.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Cornell, Mary; Wood, Phebe; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, Deborah; Chace, Lucretia; Chace, Thomas; Cornell, Mary Ann; Wood, O.S.; Wood, Deborah C.; Cornell, E.B.; Bristol, Elmira.

August 25, 1845 - March 8, 1847 (Box 36/Folder 5): [64 digital images]

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Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell in Ithaca from their children in Michigan and from cousin Elizabeth Swain in Nantucket; correspondence between Cornell and Wood siblings; news of family life, health, illnesses, business, children, travel, and religion.

PLACES:

Ithaca; Albion; Homer, Mich.; Nantucket.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Robertson, Mary C.; Robertson, Hiram D.; Cornell, E.S.; Wood, Phebe; Wood, M.B.; Chace, Thomas; Swain, Elizabeth; Cornell, Mary Ann; Wood, O.S.; Bristol, Elmira; Cornell, John H.

March 13, 1847 - October 10, 1848 (Box 36/Folder 6): [55 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell from their children in Michigan and New York with news of religious conversions, children, illnesses, pottery, and family life; letters to Mary Ann Cornell from E.B. and Betsy Ann Cornell; letter to John Cornell from Elijah concerning Mary Ann and Ezra Cornell's trip to Michigan; M.B. Wood to Phebe Wood while he is away from home building telegraph lines.

PLACES:

Union Springs, N.Y.; Homer; Albion; Nantucket.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, John H.; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Betsy Ann; Cornell, Mary Ann; Chace, Thomas; Robertson, Mary C.; Wood, M.B.; Wood, Phebe.

November 5, 1848 - March 3, 1850 (Box 36/Folder 7): [63 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell in Ithaca from their children; letters among siblings and aunts and nieces; letters to Mary Ann; news of family events, life in Albion, health, school, social life, and growth of children; gold fever; pottery business; Phebe as telegraph operator.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 14, 1849. Jane Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"I suppose that Father thinks about starting for California in search of Gold, tell him not to do so untill Spring and I will go with him. Mart is very strongly attracted with the Feaver but has not started for there yet... . The people of Albion hold California meetings here two or three times a week, and there is a large company going from here early in the Spring. Do you know where Daniel is at present. I should not wonder if he was in California by this time."

PLACES:

Albion; Union Springs; Fall River, Mass.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Cornell, John H.; Robertson, Mary C.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Dunham, J.; Cornell, Elizabeth P.; Cornell, Jane; Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Wood, Deborah C.; Wood, Phebe; Chace, Palmer.

March 5, 1850 - August 29, 1852 (Box 36/Folder 8): [69 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell from their children and from siblings in Fall River, Massachusetts; correspondence among Ezra Cornell's siblings; many letters from D.B. Cornell to parents and siblings; news of family life, religion, and schooling.

PLACES:

DeRuyter; Albion; Union Springs; Providence; Canada; Fall River; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Robertson, Mary C.; Cornell, D.B.; Chace, Thomas; Cornell, Jane; Cornell, John H.; Wood, Phebe; Chace, Miller; Cornell, E.B.; Shepard, S.E.; Chace, Mary.

September 1, 1852 - December 27, 1857 (Box 36/Folder 9): [49 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell from their children and grandchildren; correspondence among Ezra Cornell's siblings; news of health, employment, farming, and life in Michigan.

PLACES:

Albion; Union Springs; Fall River; Brantford, Ontario; Ithaca; Providence; Pine River, Mich.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Jane; Cornell, D.B.; Wood, Phebe; Chace, Miller; Cornell, Molly; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Cornell, E.B.; Chace, Rebecca; Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, John H.; Wood, Deborah C.

December 28, 1857 - February 10, 1860 (Box 36/Folder 10): [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah from his children, grandchildren, and brother; correspondence among Ezra Cornell's siblings; selection of Mary Ann Cornell as Judge of Needlework at the State Fair; news of deaths, women's fashions, family life, health, homes, and crops.

PLACES:

Pine River; Albion; Fall River; Belvidere, Ill.; Brantford; Iowa; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, E.S.; Wood, Phebe; Robertson, Hiram D.; Robertson, Mary C.; Cornell, John H.; Rowell, Mary; Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, Molly; Cornell, Jane; Chase, Edward; Chace, Alonzo; Chace, Miller.

March 1, 1860 - January 3, 1863 (Box 36/Folder 11): [51 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah from his children, grandchildren and brother; letters to Mary Ann from O.H. Perry at Agricultural College in Ovid; letters between Frank and Mary Ann; news of life in Ithaca, family life, O.H. Perry's marriage, new babies.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 7, 1860. E.B. Cornell to Elijah Cornell from Ithaca discussing local news and family news, including a 'baloon assension' in Ithaca and the work he is doing for Ezra Cornell.

December 15, 1860. Benjamin Cornell to Elijah Cornell from Agricultural College in Ovid:
"I'm well at present & going to College at Ovid with Perry... . The College to where we go is intended to give a student a good thorough education in English languages & cemistry & also other branches to numerous to mention. With a practical knowledge of Agriculture. The College is large enough to accomodate 200 students. They have a farm attached to it of 600 acres to practice & experiment on."

December 18, 1860. O.H. Perry Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell from Agricultural College at Ovid:
"I received your letter this evening and was very glad to hear from you on account of the carpet for I tell you this room is enough to make the strongest man in the State of New York homesick..."

June 4, 1861. Edward S. Cornell to Elijah from Michigan Asylum discussing his health, the Asylum, and his desire to return to his farm.

PLACES:

Albion; Ohio; Fall River; Ithaca; Ovid, N.Y.

PEOPLE:

Robertson, Mary C.; Wood, Phebe; Chace, Miller; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Benjamin; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Cornell, E.S.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, Franklin C.

January 11, 1863 - December 8, 1874 (Box 36/Folder 12): [63 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Mary Ann Cornell from family (children, siblings, and cousins) and friends; news of family life, health, deaths, Ithaca, and grandchildren; letter of thanks from Dr. C.S. Lozier for Cornell Scholarship; Cornell family genealogy and history and Cornell family English legacy; M.B. Wood to Phebe Wood describing his trip to Washington, D.C.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 8, 1874. Mary Ann Cornell to E.B. Cornell:
"Ezra received your letter of the 6th this morning and requested me to answer it as he is unable to write...he is very feble indeed but we hope he will get about again soon, he has about finished the business of settleing with the University and that is a great load off his mind. I hope he will get his matters in shape so he can give more attention to geting his health restored and less to business, the boys are all doing all they can to assist him, and I hope it will all come out right."

PLACES:

Albion; DeRuyter; Ithaca; Washington, D.C.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Dunham, Emily; Dunham, J.; Wood, Phebe; Barnard, Eunice; Lozier, C.S.; Cornell, Sue; Cornell, Franklin C.; Cornell, Betsy Ann; Chace, Anna; Allen, Clara; Cornell, D.B.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, E.B.

December 13, 1874 - September 5, 1878 (Box 36/Folder 13): [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letter of sympathy to Mary Ann Cornell; correspondence among Ezra Cornell's siblings concerning his death and family news.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 24, 1875. D.B. Cornell to J.H. Cornell from Colorado:
"Yours of 16th recieved this morning, in which you say that Brother Ezra was very much embarassed during the last year of his life & you express the fear that there will not be much left &c. I am not surprised at the information as E had wrote to me in the summer that if his R.R. project failed I would probably be better off than he would be. I was however in hopes that he would make a success of that as he had intimated to me that he should, if successful in that, then quit active business & seek the rest he so much needed & desired...
"I have had trouble with my wife more or less ever since we were married & I expect she will soon leave me. I am well assured that she expected Ezra would make a will & leave her some money independant from me & now that she has failed on that I think she will leave soon."

Also discussion of opportunities in Colorado.

PLACES:

Colorado; Albion.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Robertson, Mary C.; Cornell, John H.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, E.S.

Undated Correspondence of the Cornell Family (Box 36/Folder 14): [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family correspondence: letters to Elijah and Eunice Cornell from their children; news of family life, children, health, fashions, farming, and employment.

HIGHLIGHTS:

n.d. Mary Cornell to Eunice Cornell:
"I dont know what the[e] will say at my staying to Ithaca to work in the paper mill but there is a good chance [...] I can make more then I can to work at housework..."

n.d. Jane Cornell to Eunice Cornell from Michigan:
"I want to learn how to Telegraph for I think it would be a much pleasenter and more proffitable business. Phebe thinks I will be very foolish if I do not improve the opportunity. She says she will give me $2.00 per week if I will stay and help do her work and sewing, and give me a chance to learn to telegraph."

PLACES:

Providence; Ithaca; Albion.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Elijah; Cornell, Eunice; Rowell, Mary; Earle, Rhoda; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, Jane; Chace, Lucretia; Cornell, Mollie; Cornell, Mary; Chace, Thomas; Wood, Phebe; Cornell, Mary Ann.