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Collection TitleMC 64 PeopleCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:December 2015

The Ethel Shaver Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Betty Vondracke in 2007.  The Griswold Family Collection was donated to the Booth Library in 2001.  The Jenkins Family Collection was donated by Grace Jenkins in 2015.  The Joseph Grover collection was donated to the Booth Library in 1971.  The Rosencrans Family Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Heather Bescheler in 2010.


Bradford County (PA); Elmira (N.Y.); Jewish Americans; Recipes; Southport (N.Y.); United States.  Navy; World War, 1939-1945


Ethel Shaver was born in Canton, Pennsylvania in 1890.  She was married to Guy Shaver, a barber, and lived on Elmira’s Southside. 


Griswold Family was established in Chemung County by Elijah Griswold (1719-approx. 1800) who settled here was in the 1790s.  His descendants are scattered throughout upstate New York including in Elmira and Cortland. 


Jenkins Family – Nelson Jenkins served in U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1946 aboard the U.S.S. Langley.  His brother Richard Jenkins served in the Army in the Pacific during WW II and was killed in action in September 1944.


Joseph Grover, originally of Springfield Township, Pennsylvania, fought during the Revolutionary War.  He later settled on a farm in the Town of Southport.    


Rosencrans Family – During World War II, Seymour Rosencrans served as an officer in US Army Air Corps.  He later worked as salesman and was killed in a car accident in 1957.  His brother Herbert served as a baker with the Army Quartermaster and was stationed in India.  Both were members of Congregation Shomray Hadath, Elmira’s Orthodox Jewish temple.   


The Ethel Shaver Collection contains recipes, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous personal papers, 1862-1963.  The Griswold Family Collection includes genealogical information, familial correspondence, and family newsletters, 1890-1961.  The Jenkins Family Collection includes materials associated with Nelson and Richard Jenkins’ service in World War II, British War Relief material, and miscellaneous family papers, 1860-2007. The Joseph Grover Collection includes Grover’s financial and legal papers, 1820-1833.  The Rosencrans Family Collection includes Seymour Rosencrans’ personal papers, 1945-1957; Herbert Rosencrans’ World War II photograph album; and miscellaneous family papers and photographs. 

Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1820-2007
AbstractMC 64 contains five collections: Ethel Shaver Collection; Griswold Family Collection; Jenkins Family Collection; Joseph Grover Collection; and the Rosencrans Family Collection. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Jenkins Family Collection - Newspaper clippings regarding World War II, the US Navy, and Chemung County casualties. Newspaper ClippingsA1301
Joseph Grover Collection - Letter from A. Reynolds to Grover regarding his father's health, July 21, 1827. LetterA1401
Joseph Grover Collection - Letter from A. Reynolds to Grover regarding family news, March 10, 1828. LetterA1402
Joseph Grover Collection - Letter from Burt & Laura Grove to their parents with family news, March 29, 1833. LetterA1403
Joseph Grover Collection - Invoices for goods and services purchased by Grover from area merchants, ca. 1820s. InvoicesA1501
Joseph Grover Collection - Receipts for monies paid by Joseph Grover to his creditors, ca. 1820s. ReceiptsA1502
Joseph Grover Collection – Last will and testament of Joseph Grover, August 1, 1828. DocumentA1601
Joseph Grover Collection – Court ruling in the case of Joseph Grover Jr. vs. his creditors, September 7, 1824. DocumentA1602
Joseph Grover Collection – Ruling of the Orphans Court of Bradford County, PA in the matter of the Estate of Joseph Grover, December 8, 1828. DocumentA1603
Joseph Grover Collection – Legal papers from the settling of the Estate of Joseph Grover, ca. 1828. DocumentA1604
Joseph Grover Collection – Letter from the War Department regarding Joseph Grover's pension as a Revolutionary War soldier, January 15, 1821.DocumentA1701
Joseph Grover Collection – Documents regarding power of attorney over Joseph Grover's Revolutionary War pension, 1825 & 1826. DocumentA1702
Joseph Grover Collection – Affidavit regarding Joseph Grover's Revolutionary War service, March 5, 1828.DocumentA1703
Joseph Grover Collection – Article of agreement between James Sloan and Joseph Grover regarding the leasing of farm land in Chemung County, 1820. DocumentA1801
Joseph Grover Collection – Deed for the sale of land in Springfield, Pennsylvania, from Gordon Grover to Joseph Grover, June 14, 1823.DocumentA1802
Joseph Grover Collection – Petition for the construction of a road in Southport, June 8, 1826.DocumentA1803
Joseph Grover Collection – Deed for the sale of land in Springfield, Pennsylvania, from Charles & Ellen Wells to Gordon Grover, September 3, 1827. DocumentA1804
Rosencrans Family Collection - Grace and Blessings for Various Occasions in Hebrew and English, 1915. (Book) BookA1901
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - Receipts for membership dues to the B.P.O. Elks, Lodge No. 62, 1955-57. ReceiptA1902
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - membership card in the Glass Bottle Blowers Association, 1954. Membership CardA1903
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - New York State Hunting & Fishing license, 1956. LicenseA1904
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - New York State gun permit, 1946.LisenseA1905
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - New York State driver's license and change of address form, 1955.LicenseA1906
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - Christmas Card, ca. 1950s.Greeting CardA1908
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - Letter from Sanford Barcus of the War Assets Administration regarding Seymour Rosencrans' role at the Elmira Quartermaster Depot, May 27, 1947.DocumentA1909
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