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Collection TitleCL 81 Beers Family LettersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKatie Button
Date Completed:April 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Mary E. Burke in 2001.
Terms:Correspondence - Beers; Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy - Beers; Monmouth (IL); United States-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
Historical:

Beers Family- The Beers family first arrived in Elmira in 1815 with Jabez H. Beers (1794-1860) and his wife, Rebecca Wood Beers (1796-1849).  The couple's children were Susan (1815), John W. (1817-1840), George H. (1819-1843),  Thomas W. (1821), Eliza (1822), William (1825), Mary Ann (1826), Edmund O. (1829-1913), Amanda (1831), Francis, Jacob H. (1835), Joseph D. (1836) and Elsie (1840). Of the girls, Susan married Clarence Norwood, Eliza married Edwin Oliver, Mary Ann married William Lowman, Amanda married John Davidson, Francis married Orlando Smith and Elise married Dr. E.S. Terry.

Of the sons, Thomas moved to Illinois with his family during the 1850s.  During the Civil War, Edmund, Jacob and Joseph all served.  Edmund was a captain in the 50th NY Engineers during the war and later served with the Thirtieth Seperate Company and eventually retired with the rank of General. 

Scope:The Beers Family Letters Collection contains letters from various members of the extended Beers family to each other dating from between 1847 to 1800 with the bulk of them coming from the 1850s and 1860s.
Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1847-1886
AbstractThis collection contains Beers Family correspondence from 1847 to 1880. 


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Letter from J.H. Beers to sons William, George H., Jacob H., and Joseph D. Beers concerning his impressions of Monmouth, Illinois, October 1, 1854.Letter010605
Letter to George H. and E.A. Beers from J.H. Beers concerning farming life in Monmouth, Illinois, October 22, 1854. Letter010606
Letter to William H. Beers from J.H. Beers concerning daily life, November 12, 1854. Letter010607
Letter to William H. Beers from J.H. Beers concerning his missing trunk, November 26, 1854 .Letter010608
Letter to William H. Beers from J.H. Beers concerning the harvest, December 10, 1854. Letter010609
Letter to William H. Beers from J.H. Beers encouraging William to move to Illinois, January 6, 1855. Letter010701
Letter to William H. Beers from J.H. Beers concerning his trip back to Illinois and problems with the title to Thomas's land, May 20, 1855. Letter010702
Letter to William H. Beers from G.O. Beers with family news and enclosed poem, June 4, 1855. Letter010703
Letter to William and Mary Beers from J.H. Beers with family news, July 22, 1855. Letter010704
Letter to J.H.Beers from daughter Susan Norwood with family news, March 27, 1856.Letter010801
Letter to J.H. Beers from Thomas W. Beers about daily life, July 27, 1856.Letter010802
Letter to William H. Beers from J.H. Beers with family news, May 3, 1857. Letter010901
Letter from Charles Norwood to his uncle with family news, January 2, 1860. Letter011001
Letter to William H. Beers from John B. Rowlee concerning family news and national politics, January 7, 1861.Letter011101
Letter to William H. Beers from Thomas W. Beers concerning the harvest and the war, July 14, 1861. Letter011102
Letter to William H. Beers from E.O And J.D. Beers, Stuart's Engineer Regiment, concerning camp life, October 20, 1861. Letter011103
Letter to William and George Beers from brother Jacob H. Beers, Ninth Regiment N.Y., concerning military life, January 1-6, 1862. Letter 011201
Letter to William K. Beers from brother Ed Beers concerning conditions in Washington D.C., January 22, 1862. Letter011202
Letter to William H. Beers from friend S.B. Stowell concerning life in General McDowell's regiment, February 8, 1862. Letter011203
Letter to William H. Beers from Ed & Molly Beers concerning the war effort and conditions in Washington D.C., February 11, 1862.Letter011204
Letter to Williams H. Beers from Ed Beers concerning family news and the war effort, February 27, 1862.Letter011205
Letter to William H. & Mary Beers from Ed & Molly Beers concerning the war effort, March 9, 1862.Letter011206
Letter to William H. Beers from Ed Beers concerning the war effort, April 4, 1862. Letter011207
Letter to William H. Beers from Ed and Jo Beers concerning fighting at York Town, April 16, 1862. Letters011208
Letter to William H. Beers from his brother in Company D., 9th Regiment concerning military life, May 18, 1862. Letter011209
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