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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

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 Mary Beers with family news, March 13, 1871. Letter01 2004
Letter to William H. Beers from Hattie Beers with family news, March 18, 1871.Letter012005
Letter to William Beers from an unidentified brother concerning family news, April 2, 1871.Letter012006
Letter to William H. Beers from nephew H.W. Norwood with family news, March 10,1872. Letters012101
Letter to William H. Beers from niece Frank Beers with family news, August 17, 1879. Letter012201
Letter to William H. Beers from an unidentified brother concerning his travels, September 22, 1880. Letter012301
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