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Collection TitleCL 13 Williamson Family PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByAlyssa Hickey
Date Completed:March 2009

Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy--Williamson family


Williamson Family- E. Duff Williamson (1886-1966) of Elmira married Marbury Esther Clark, also of Elmira, on April 22, 1907.  The couple had two children, H. Duff and Esther (1915-1973).  E. Duff ran the Williamson Company and worked as a building contractor.  He was also involved in local Democratic Party politics.  From 1934 to 1936, he served as Chemung County Purchasing Agent and as Clerk for the Board of Supervisors.  His wife Marbury was also politically active and served as chairwoman for the Chemung County Vocational Education and Extension Board in 1935.  E. Duff died on May 29, 1966 and his wife followed a number of years later.

The couple's daughter Esther was born on July 17, 1915.  In her youth she studied piano and organ with local music teachers and went on to study music and composition at Bennington College from 1933 to 1937.  She earned her Masters in 1938 from Wells College.  After graduating, she taught piano and scored some films for Disney before going on to do post-graduate work at Juilliard.  On August 10, 1950 she married Harold Ballou and moved to Washington D.D. where she worked as a teacher, performer and composer. She died on March 12, 1973. 

Scope:The Williamson Family Papers contain Marbury Williamson's diaries and notepads from the 1930s and 40s; Williamson family correspondence from 1932 to 1963; Chemung County newspaper clippings relating to marriages, births, deaths and various social events, 1940-1970; and miscellaneous papers associated with the Williamson family.


Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1896-1970
AbstractThis collection contains materials related to the Williamson Family.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Marbury E. Williamson memo pads covering the following: key events, 1913-1915; a study of the Hebrew alphabet; Diary 1944; bible verses; recipes; addresses; letters sent and received, 1944.Memo Pads020002
Marbury E. Williamson address book.Address Book020003
Book - The Pilgrim's Path: A Book of Prayers for Busy People with Instructions adn Illustrations, 1896.Book020004
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