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Collection Title:CL 81 Beers Family LettersCreator:Booth Library
Processed By:Katie 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 Span:1847-1886
Abstract:This collection contains Beers Family correspondence from 1847 to 1880. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Letter to William Beers from Hattie telling of a family celebration, July 5.Letter010101
Letter to William and Mary Beers from Susan Norwood concerning the death of their child, June 27.Letter010102
Letter to William H. Beers from Susan Norwood concerning family news, October 31.Letter010103
Letter to William Beers from J.D.Beers regarding grocery prices and weather in Illinois, August 25. Letter010104
Letter To William Beers from J.D. Beers concerning his health and travels, October 18.Letter010105
Letter to William H. Beers from J.L. Beers concerning an abolitionst lecture, March 23.Letter010106
Letter to Williams H. Beers from J.H. Beers concerning family news, November 4, 1847.Letter010201
Letter to Mr. William H. Beers from C.O. Beers asking William to some financial errands for him, August 11, 1850.Letter 010301
Letter to Mr. William H. Beers from J.H. Beers concerning family news and financial errands, August 25, 1850.Letters010302
Letter to William H. Beers from his father J.H. Beers concerning family news, September 22,1850. Letter010303
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