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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Letter to William H. Beers from Jake Beers, 9th New York Regiment, with details of the battle of Bull Run, September 22, 1862. Letter011210
Letter to William H. Beers from J.D. Beers, 50th New York Engineers, concerning life in the army, January 10, 1863.Letter011301
Letter to William H. Beers from his brother in the 50th New York Engineers concerning army life, January 19, 1863. Letter011302
Letter to William H. Beers from Joe D. Beers concerning military life, January 23, 1863. Letter011303
Letter to William H. Beers from Cousin W.H. Gorton concerning college life in Binghamton, May 10, 1863. Letter011304
Letter to William H. Beers from Jake Beers concerning financial troubles, May 23, 1863.Letter011305
Letter to William H. Beers from J.O.Beers concerning finances, August 19,1863.Letter011306
Letter to William H. Beers from Ed Beers concerning William's visit to camp, January 8, 1864. Letters011401
Letter to William H. Beers from J.B. & Nan Stowell concerning camp conditions and family news, June 21, 1864.Letter011402
Letter to William H. Beers from Thomas W. Beers concerning farm profits and family news, September 14, 1864.Letter011403
Letter to William H. Beers from Ed Beers asking for help getting out of the army, October 20, 1864.Letter011404
Letter to William H. & Mary Beers from James & E.E. Gilbert with family news, January 2, 1865.Letter011501
Letter to William H. Beers from John B. Rowlee concerning family news and Lincoln's reelection, March 27, 1865. Letter011502
Letter William H. Beers from C.L. Norwood with family news, March 31, 1867. Letter011601
Letter to William Beers from Thomas Beers with family news, May 22, 1867.Letter011602
Letter to William H. Beers From John B. Rowlee with family news, July 22, 1867. Letter011603
Letter to William H. Beers from John B. Rowlee with family news, April 13, 1868. Letter011701
Letter to William H. Beers from Jake, Ann Eliza and Bella Beers concerning their trip to New York, October 11, 1868. Letter011702
Newspaper Clipping from New York Herald, October 7, 1886.Newspaper Clipping011703
Letter to William H. Beers from Thomas H. Beers concerning family news, February 17, 1869. Letter011801
Letter to William H. Beers from Jake Beers concerning financial investments, October 30, 1869. Letter011802
Letter to William H. Beers from daughter Hattie Beers with family news, July 3, 1870. Letter011901
Letter to William H. Beers from Mary, Hattie And Johnny Beers concerning family news, February 19-20, 1871.Letter012001
Letter to William H. Beers from Thomas H. Beers forwarded with a note from Hattie Beers, March 12, 1871. Letter012002
Letter to William H. Beers from son Johnny Beers with family news, March 12, 1871.Letter012003
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