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Collection TitleCL 151 Langdon Estate PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:July 2015
Provenance:The items in were donated to the Booth Library by the Estate of Irene Langdon in 2015. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy -- Langdon Family; Twain, Mark (1835-1910); Underground railroad

Langdon Family - Jervis Langdon (1809-1870) and his wife Olivia Lewis Langdon (1810-1890) came to Elmira in the 1830s.  Jervis was a wealthy businessman involved with the lumber and coal industries.  The couple were ardent abolitionists, financial backers of the Underground Railroad, and founding members of the Park Church.  Their children were Susan Crane (1836-1924), Olivia L. Clemens (1845-1904) and Charles J. Langdon (1849-1916).  Olivia Clemens was the wife of author Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain.

Charles Langdon eventually took over his father's business.  He married Ida B. Clark (1849-1934) and fathered three children: Julia Langdon Loomis (1871-1948), Jervis Langdon (1875-1952), and Ida Langdon (1880-1964).  Jervis Langdon married Eleanor Sayles (1878-1971) and fathered Jervis Langdon II (1905-2004) and Eleanor Langdon Pennock (1906-?).  Jervis Langdon II and his wife Irene (1922-2015) were actively involved in the John W. Jones Museum and the preservation of Mark Twain's memory. 

Scope:The Langdon Estate Papers include genealogical notes about the Langdon family and related lines; personal papers of Jervis Langdon I, Jervis Langdon II and Ida Langdon; notes and writing on Mark Twain and the Underground Railroad; legal documents relating to Quarry Farm; misc. material associated with Elmira, New York. 
Extent1.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1837-2006
AbstractThis collection contains Langdon Family genealogical material as well as documents, manuscripts and newspaper clippings about Mark Twain, Quarry Farm and the Underground Railroad. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Manuscript - Ancestors of Jervis Langdon Jr.: History of the Langdon, Sayles and Lewis Families by Raymond M. Hebb, 1998. ManuscriptA0101
Jervis and Irene Langdon's correspondence relating to genealogical research, 1980-2005. CorrespondenceA0201
Genealogical charts and notes on the Langdon, Sayles, Bordman, Halsey and Lewis families. DocumentsA0301
Charles Langdon's letters to his family from the Quaker City, 1867 (transcribed and annotated). LettersA0401
Copies of pages from the diary of Jervis Langdon Sr., October-December 1902. DiaryA0501
Booklet - Samuel Langhorne Clemens: Some Reminiscences and Some Excerpts from Letters and Unpublished Manuscripts by Jervis Langdon. BookletA0502
Booklet - Jervis Langdon (1875-1952) Memorial Resolution by the Board of Directors of the Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company, April 24, 1953.BookletA0503
Booklet - Jervis Langdon (1875-1952) Memorial Resolution by the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, March 5, 1954. BookletA0504
Jervis Langdon Jr.'s birth certificate, 1905 (copies).DocumentA0601
Letter from Jervis Langdon Jr. to his parents about his visit with his grandparents, March 11, 1910s. LetterA0602
Letter from Jervis Langdon Jr. to his mother, January 3, 1917. LetterA0603
Letter from Jervis Langdon Jr. to his mother about his trip to New Jersey, July 23, 1921. LetterA0604
Yearbook - Cornell, 1927 (photocopy). YearbookA0605
Letter to Jervis Langdon Jr. from John regarding an upcoming visit, August 22, 1928. LetterA0606
Book - A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie, 1949, given to Jervis Langdon Jr. by Rev. Wilson of Franklin Street Presbyterian Church. BookA0607
Jervis Langdon Jr.'s application for membership in the Army & Navy Club of Washington, D.C., 1952. DocumentA0608
Booklet - The Regulation of Competitive Business Forces: The Obstacle Race in Transportation b Jervis Langdon Jr., 1955. BookletA0609
Letter to from Jervis Langdon Jr. to Dean William I. Myers of Cornell University College of Agriculture regarding a gardener for Quarry Farm, February 22, 1956. LetterA0610
Letter to Jervis Langdon Jr. from Ernest Koeppe regarding Koeppe's retirement, March 17, 1956. LetterA0611
Letter from Jervis Langdon Jr. regarding family history, February 17, 1958. LetterA0612
Jervis Langdon Jr.'s entry in National Cyclopedia of American Biography, ca. 1960s. DocumentA0613
Jervis Langdon's account of his service as a pilot during World War II. DocumentA0614
Letter from Carl Hayden to Jervis & Irene Langdon thanking them for a gift, June 28, 1993. LetterA0615
Letter from the Army & Navy Club to Jervis Langdon Jr. regarding his membership dues, April 27, 1994. LetterA0616
Letter from Jervis Langdon Jr. to the editor of the Star Gazette regarding John Jones and the Underground Railroad, June 27, 1997. LetterA0617
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