Breese Stevens Roby Family Papers

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Breese-Stevens-Roby family papers
Creator: Breese (Family : Breese, Sidney, 1709-1767)
Call Number: A.B83
Dates: 1705-1923
Physical Description: 33 boxes, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Subseries I: Dated correspondence
Subseries II: Undated correspondence
Series II: Family material
Series III: Legal and business documents
Collection Overview
Title: Breese-Stevens-Roby family papers
Creator: Breese (Family : Breese, Sidney, 1709-1767)
Call Number: A.B83
Dates: 1705-1923
Physical Description: 33 boxes, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The earliest correspondence, legal papers, and financial records in the collection relate to Sidney Breese (1709-1767), a native of Shrewsbury, England. He was in New York City by 1763 and maintained a home in Shrewsbury, NJ, a community named for his English birthplace The next generation is represented by his son, Samuel Breese (1737-1800), who lived his entire life in Shrewsbury, NJ.

The following generation included Samuel Sidney Breese (1768-1848). He grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Yale University in 1789. In 1796 he went to Cazenovia, NY as a clerk for the Holland Land Company. He married Helen Burrowes (or Burrows) (1781-1861) in 1801 at the home of her uncle, Benjamin Ledyard, in Aurora, NY. She was the daughter of Major John Burrowes of Revolutionary war fame and his wife Margaret (Forman) Burrowes.

The couple first lived in Cazenovia, then in nearby Whitestown, and after 1813 in Sconondoa, a hamlet in the town of Vernon, Oneida County, NY.

Six of their children grew to adulthood, including:

Samuel Breese (1802-1873)

Margaret (1804-1832) who married Joseph Roby (d. 1847). They had two children, Sidney Breese Roby (1830-1898), who became a Rochester NY businessman, and Margaret Roby (1832-1833).

Elizabeth (b. 1808) who married Augustus Stevens and had four children, Sidney Augustus Stevens (b. 1832), Breese Jacob Stevens (b. 1834), Charles Edward Stevens (b. 1836) and Helen Breese Stevens (b. 1839).

Samuel Sidney Breese (1768-1848) had an older half sister, Elizabeth Ann Breese (1766-1828). She married the clergyman and geographer, Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826). They had eleven children. The three who survived to adulthood were Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), the artist and inventor of the telegraph, Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871), an inventor, author, and publisher, and Richard Cary Morse (1795-1868).

Additional biographical and genealogical information on the family can be found in box 20 of the collection.

Scope and Content
Letters, chiefly family in nature, written to and from Breese-Stevens-Roby family members of New Jersey and upstate New York. Also in the collection are family legal and financial papers, literary items, genealogical material, maps, postal forms, prescriptions and recipes, and newspapers. The material encompasses generations of this extended family from the early 1700s to the early 1900s, with concentration from the 1790s to the 1860s.

Samuel Sidney Breese (1768-1848) was a lawyer for Aaron Burr in the 1790s. The collection contains a small group of letters and documents relating to Burr. They are found in Box 30 of the collection. These letters have been indexed in the card index to manuscript letters in the Department.

The collection also contains 16 letters, 1827-1830 and 1840-1849 by relative Samuel Finley Breese Morse. They have also been indexed in the card index in the Department.

Correspondence through 1840 from some others, including Jedidiah Morse, has also been indexed in the card index. A list of these correspondents follows.

Person: Number of Letters

Samuel Beardsley : 1

Samuel Breese (copy; to Aaron Burr): 1

Eleanor Freneau : 7

Thomas Henderson: 1

Andrew Kirkpatrick: 1

Peter Van Brugh Livingston: 1

William Learned Marcy: 1

Abraham Markoe: 1

Jedidiah Morse: 20

Sidney Edward Morse: 1

Richard Cary Morse: 2

Edward Elbridge Salisbury: 3

Gerrit Smith: 2

Peter Smith: 4

Richard Stockton: 1

James Tallmadge: 1

Francis Adrian Van Der Kemp: 1

Benjamin Wright: 1

Silas Wright Jr.: 1

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Legal instruments
Breese, Sidney, 1709-1767
Breese, Samuel, 1737-1800
Breese, Samuel Sidney, 1768-1848
Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented to the University of Rochester Library by Dr. Mary Holmes Stevens Hayes, New York, June 22, 1955; Mrs. Cole Younger, New York, March 20, 1956; Miss Amelia F. Stevens and Mrs. Reginald Jackson, Madison, Wisconsin, July 17 and December 2, 1957, and April 2, 1958; Dr. Ross Roby, March 27, 1969; and Mrs. Joseph Roby, July 21, 1969. This last gift has been arranged separately in Boxes XXXI and XXXII. Box XXXIII was the gift of Ross Roby, December 16, 1987.Access
The Breese-Stevens-Roby family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Breese-Stevens-Roby family papers, A.B83, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
An overview of the initial gift of the papers is found in an article by Ruth Schafer Lempert, " A Century of Family History; The Breese-Stevens Papers ." The University of Rochester Library Bulletin, 11:1 (Autumn 1955), 4-13.

An article drawing upon some of the family correspondence is: James K. Summerville, "Homesick in Upstate New York: The Saga of Sidney Roby, 1843-1847." New York History, 72:2 (April 1991), 178-196. (Sidney Breese Roby (1830-1898) was the son of Margaret (Breese) Roby and Joseph Roby. After his mother's death when he was two, he lived with his grandparents and other relatives in Sconondoa, Oneida County, NY. When he was 13 he was sent to school in Brockport, living with his father's sister and her family. Nearly 50 surviving letter in the collection (1843-1847) by, to and about him reveal his homesickness at being away from Sconondoa and family members. His father, who played a minor role in his life, died in February 1847.)


Administrative Information
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Subseries I: Dated correspondence
Box 1Box 1: Correspondence, 1726-1799
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, September 1726 - August 1783
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, January 1784 - December 1784
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, January 1785 - December 1786
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, January 1787 - December 1789
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, January 1790 - December 1792
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, January 1793 - November 1796
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, January 1797 - December 1797
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence, January 1798 - December 1799
Box 1, Folder 9Breese Family Genealogy, 1709-1926
Box 2Box 2, 1800-1809
Box 2, Folder 1Correspndence, January 1800 - December 1800
Box 2, Folder 2Correspondence, February 1801 - November 1802
Box 2, Folder 3Correspondence, January 1803 - December 1803
Box 2, Folder 4Correspondence, February 1804 - December 1804
Box 2, Folder 5Correspondence, March 1805 - December 1806
Box 2, Folder 6Correspondence, January 1807 - December 1807
Box 2, Folder 7Correspondence, January 1808 - June 1808
Box 2, Folder 8Correspondence, July 1808 - December 1808
Box 2, Folder 9Correspondence, January 1809 - December 1809
Box 3Correspondence, 1810-1824
Box 3, Folder 1Correspondence, June 1810 - December 1811
Box 3, Folder 2Correspondence, January - December 1812
Box 3, Folder 3Correspondence, January - December 1813
Box 3, Folder 4Correspondence, January 1814 - October 1815
Box 3, Folder 5Correspondence, January -December 1816 February - December 1817
Box 3, Folder 6Correspondence, January - December 1818
Box 3, Folder 7Correspondence, February 1819 - November 1820
Box 3, Folder 8Correspondence, January - December 1821
Box 3, Folder 9Correspondence, January 1822 - December 1823
Box 4Correspondence, 1825-1831
Box 4, Folder 1Correspondence, January 1825 - December 1825
Box 4, Folder 2Correspondence, January 1826 - December 1826
Box 4, Folder 3Correspondence, January 1827 - December 1827
Box 4, Folder 5Correspondence, April 1829 - December 1829
Box 4, Folder 6Correspondence, January 1830 - May 1830
Box 4, Folder 7Correspondence, June 1830 - September 1830
Box 4, Folder 8Correspondence, October 1830 - December 1830
Box 4, Folder 9Correspondence, January 1831 - December 1831
Box 5Correspondence, 1832-1837
Box 5, Folder 1Correspondence, January 1832 - April 1832
Box 5, Folder 2Correspondence, May 1832 - July 1832
Box 5, Folder 3Correspondence, August 1832 - December 1832
Box 5, Folder 4Correspondence, January 1833 - June 1834
Box 5, Folder 5Correspondence, July 1834 - December 1835
Box 5, Folder 6Correspondence, January 1836 - December 1836
Box 5, Folder 7Correspondence, January 1837 -- December 1837
Box 6Correspondence, 1838-1843
Box 6, Folder 1Correspondence, January 1838 - December 1838
Box 6, Folder 2Correspondence, January 1839 - December 1839
Box 6, Folder 3Correspondence, January 1840 - June 1840
Box 6, Folder 4Correspondence, July 1840 - December 1840
Box 6, Folder 5Correspondence, January 1841 - August 1841
Box 6, Folder 6Correspondence, September 1841 - March 1842
Box 6, Folder 7Correspondence, April 1842 - October 1842
Box 6, Folder 8Correspondence, November 1842 - May 1843
Box 6, Folder 9Correspondence, June 1843 - December 1843
Box 7Correspondence, 1844-1848
Box 7, Folder 1Correspondence, January 1844 - October 1844
Box 7, Folder 2Correspondence, November 1845 - March 1845
Box 7, Folder 3Correspondence, April 1845 - December 1845
Box 7, Folder 4Correspondence, January 1846 - July 1846
Box 7, Folder 5Correspondence, August 1846 - June 1847
Box 7, Folder 6Correspondence, July 1847 - December 1848
Box 8Correspondence, 1849-1858
Box 8, Folder 1Correspondence, January 1849 - December 1849
Box 8, Folder 2Correspondence, January 1850 - December 1850
Box 8, Folder 3Correspondence, January 1851 - December 1851
Box 8, Folder 4Correspondence, January 1852 - December 1853
Box 8, Folder 5Correspondence, January 1854 - November 1856
Box 8, Folder 6Correspondence, January 1857 - December 1857
Box 8, Folder 7Correspondence, January 1858 - May 1858
Box 8, Folder 8Correspondence, June 1858 - December 1858
Box 9Correspondence, 1859-1863
Box 9, Folder 1Correspondence, January 1859 - May 1859
Box 9, Folder 2Correspondence, June 1859 - December 1859
Box 9, Folder 3Correspondence, January 1860 - December 1860
Box 9, Folder 4Correspondence, January 1861 - April 1861
Box 9, Folder 5Correspondence, May 1861 - September 1862
Box 9, Folder 6Correspondence, October 1862 - February 1863
Box 9, Folder 7Correspondence, March 1863 - December 1863
Box 10Box 10: Correspondence, 1864-1867, 1864-1867
Box 10, Folder 1Correspondence, January 1864 - September 1864
Box 10, Folder 2Correspondence, October 1864 - April 1865
Box 10, Folder 3Correspondence, May 1865 - February 1866
Box 10, Folder 4Correspondence, March 1866 - September 1866
Box 10, Folder 5Correspondence, October 1866 - December 1866
Box 10, Folder 6Correspondence, January 1867 - March 1867
Box 10, Folder 7Correspondence, April 1867 - October 1867
Box 22, Folder 1Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, June 17, 1852-January 1853
Box 22, Folder 2Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, February 1-19, 1853
Box 22, Folder 3Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, February 20-28, 1853
Box 22, Folder 4Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, March 1853
Box 22, Folder 5Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, April 1853
Box 22, Folder 6Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, May-June 1853
Box 22, Folder 7Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, July-September 1853
Box 22, Folder 8Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, October-December 1853
Box 22, Folder 9Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, 1854
Box 22, Folder 10Sidney Breese Roby correspondence, 1855-1870
Box 22, Folder 11Samuel Breese to Sidney Roby, correspondence, 1848
Box 22, Folder 12Samuel Breese to Sidney Roby, correspondence, 1849-1850
Box 22, Folder 13Samuel Breese to Sidney Roby, correspondence, 1851
Box 22, Folder 14Samuel Breese to Sidney Roby, correspondence, 1852-1868
Subseries II: Undated correspondence
Box 11, Folder 1Arthur Breese
Box 11, Folder 2-3Catherine H. Breese
Box 11, Folder 4Elizabeth P. Breese
Box 11, Folder 5Helena Burrows Breese
Box 11, Folder 6Helen P. Breese
Box 11, Folder 7Margaret Breese
Box 11, Folder 8-9Samuel Breese
Box 12, Folder 1-4Correspondence, Samuel Sidney Breese, undated
Box 12, Folder 5Correspondence, Samuel J. Breese, undated
Box 12, Folder 6Correspondence, Lucy Buck, undated
Box 12, Folder 7Correspondence, Peter D. Buckman, undated
Box 12, Folder 8Correspondence, _____ Coleman, undated
Box 12, Folder 9Correspondence, Harriette Cumings, undated
Box 12, Folder 10Correspondence, Mrs. H. E. Dodge, undated
Box 12, Folder 11Correspondence, Kate Fairchild, undated
Box 12, Folder 12Correspondence, Captain, Libbie, and Mary Ann Forman, undated
Box 12, Folder 13Correspondence, E. Freneau, undated
Box 12, Folder 14Correspondence, Samuel Fuller, undated
Box 12, Folder 15Correspondence, Susan Gallagher, undated
Box 13, Folder 1-2Correspondence, Catherine Graves, undated
Box 13, Folder 3Correspondence, Helen B. Graves, undated
Box 13, Folder 4Correspondence, ______ Harris, undated
Box 13, Folder 5Correspondence, Mrs. M. B. Holmes, undated
Box 13, Folder 6Correspondence, L. Kingsbury, undated
Box 13, Folder 7Correspondence, Reuben Long, undated
Box 13, Folder 8Correspondence, Gen. W Malcolm, undated
Box 13, Folder 9Correspondence, Thomas Morford, Sr. and Jr., undated
Box 13, Folder 10Correspondence, Jedidiah Morse, undated
Box 13, Folder 11Correspondence, ______ Olney, undated
Box 13, Folder 12Correspondence, Eliza Partridge, undated
Box 13, Folder 13Correspondence, Jemina Perkins, undated
Box 13, Folder 14Correspondence, Sarah and Helen Platt, undated
Box 13, Folder 15Correspondence, Joseph, Lizzie and Sidney Roby, undated
Box 13, Folder 16Correspondence, Elizabeth Sand, undated
Box 13, Folder 17Correspondence, Helen Stevens Sanford, undated
Box 13, Folder 18Correspondence, Augustus C. Stevens, undated
Box 13, Folder 19-20Correspondence, Elizabeth Stevens, undated
Box 14, Folder 1Correspondence, Helen B. Stevens, undated
Box 14, Folder 2Correspondence, Elizabeth Stevens, undated
Box 14, Folder 3Correspondence, Charles, Mary, Sidney and William Stevens, undated
Box 14, Folder 4Correspondence, H. G., Julia and Mary L. Seymour, undated
Box 14, Folder 5Correspondence, Snowden family members, undated
Box 14, Folder 6Correspondence, _______ VanderKemp, undated
Box 14, Folder 7Correspondence, Mary and Sarah Walker, undated
Box 14, Folder 8Correspondence, Daniel Wood, undated
Box 14, Folder 9Correspondence, miscellaneous, undated
Box 14, Folder 10Correspondence, fragments, undated
Series II: Family material
Box 15Box 15: Writings and Family Materials
Box 15, Folder 1Compositions 1, 1840-1860
Box 15, Folder 2Compositions 2, 1830-1880
Box 15, Folder 3Compositions 3, 1830s
Box 15, Folder 4Literary Efforts 1, 1810-1830
Box 15, Folder 5Literary Efforts 2, Undated
Box 15, Folder 6Religious and Poetic Writings, 1830s
Box 15, Folder 7Genealogical Material, 1835-1924
Box 15, Folder 8Genealogical Material, 1776-1929
Box 15, Folder 9Wills and Inventories, 1784-1892
Box 16, Folder 1Samuel Breese copy book and record of letters, 1772-1776
Box 16, Folder 2Maps and land surveys
Box 16, Folder 3Postal forms, stamps and envelopes
Box 16, Folder 4Prescriptions and recipes
Box 16, Folder 5Printed ephemera and business cards
Box 16, Folder 6Calling cards and manuscript invitation cards
Box 16, Folder 7Sidney Breese. Weekly school report, October 15-December 3, 1831
Box 16, Folder 8Photographs
Box 16, Folder 9Elizabeth B. Stevens hair, aged 44, 1853
Box 16, Folder 10Cut paper made by John Lincklaen, 1800
Box 16, Folder 11Silhouette of Major John Burrows
Box 16, Folder 12Newspapers, 1788-1914
Series III: Legal and business documents
Box 17Box 17: Legal and business documents, 1705-1795
Box 17, Folder 1Legal and Business Documents, 1705-1723
Box 17, Folder 2Legal and Business Documents, 1727-1763
Box 17, Folder 3Legal and Business Documents, 1764-1774
Box 17, Folder 4Legal and Business Documents, 1776-1782
Box 17, Folder 5Legal and Business Documents, 1783-1786
Box 17, Folder 6Legal and Business Documents, 1787-1795
Box 18Box 18: Legal and Business Documents, 1796-1836
Box 18, Folder 1Legal and Business Documents, 1796-1798
Box 18, Folder 2Legal and Business Documents, 1799-1803
Box 18, Folder 3Legal and Business Documents, 1804-1805
Box 18, Folder 4Legal and Business Documents, 1806-1807
Box 18, Folder 5Legal and Business Documents, 1808-1836
Box 19Box 19: Legal and Business Documents, 1837-1899
Folder 1 contains General Land Office certificate signed by President Martin Van Buren to Joseph Roby regarding the sale of public lands, May 1, 1839

Box 19, Folder 1Legal and Business Documents, 1837-1843
Box 19, Folder 2Legal and Business Documents, 1844-1861
Box 19, Folder 3Legal and Business Documents, 1862-1899
Box 19, Folder 4Legal and Financial Documents: Receipts, 1700s
Box 19, Folder 5Legal and Financial Documents: Receipts and Judgements, 1786-1805
Box 20Box 20: Legal and business documents, 1901-1923
Includes insurance papers, receipts; Stevens, E.B. Papers

Box 20, Folder 1Legal and Business Documents, 1900-1902
Box 20, Folder 2Legal and Business Documents, 1903-1904, 1923
Box 20, Folder 3Legal and Financial Documents: Insurance Papers, November 25, 1845 & March 17, 1854
Box 20, Folder 4Legal and Financial Documents: Receipts and Judgments, 1802-1805
Box 20, Folder 5Legal and Financial Documents: Receipts and Judgments, 1802-1805
Box 20, Folder 6Legal and Financial Documents: Receipts and Judgments, 1700-1800
Box 21Box 21: Legal and business documents, Sconondoa Spring Water Papers
Box 21, Folder 1Financial Documents of Elizabeth Breese Stevens, 1815-1868
Box 21, Folder 2Financial Documents of Elizabeth Breese-Stevens, 1838-1865
Box 21, Folder 3Legal and Financial Documents: Store Inventories, 1847 and 1849
Box 21, Folder 4Legal and Business Documents: Sconondoa Spring Water Papers, 1895-1902
Box 21, Folder 5Legal and Financial Documents (1 & 2), Undated
Box 21, Folder 6Legal and Financial Documents (3), Undated
Box 21, Folder 7Legal and Financial Documents (4), Undated
Box 23, Folder 15Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, 1832-1841
Box 23, Folder 16Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, 1842-1844
Box 23, Folder 17Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, 1845-1846
Box 23, Folder 18Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, 1847
Box 23, Folder 19Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, 1848-1853
Box 23, Folder 20Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, 1854-1859
Box 23, Folder 21Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, 1860-1870
Box 23, Folder 22Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, 1871-1897
Box 23, Folder 23Joseph Roby, Jr.: Will and other papers relating to his land purchases in the midwest, undated
Box 23, Folder 24Sidney B. Roby: Deeds and Inventories relating to estates of father and grandparents, 1837-1855
Box 23, Folder 25Sidney B. Roby: Deeds and Inventories relating to estates of father and grandparents, 1856
Box 23, Folder 26Sidney B. Roby: Deeds and Inventories relating to estates of father and grandparents, 1857-1860
Box 23, Folder 27Sidney B. Roby: Deeds and Inventories relating to estates of father and grandparents, 1861
Box 23, Folder 28Sidney B. Roby: Deeds and Inventories relating to estates of father and grandparents, 1862-1864
Box 23, Folder 29Sidney B. Roby: Deeds and Inventories relating to estates of father and grandparents, 1865-1868
Box 23, Folder 30Sidney B. Roby receipts, 1856
Box 24Legal and account books
(Located in Alcove 8 Flat File



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