Ward Macomber Family Papers

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Ward-Macomber family papers
Creator: Ward (Family : Ward, Levi Frederick, 1842-1907)
Call Number: D.161
Dates: 1829-1974
Physical Description: 18 boxes
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
Content List
Series I: Correspondence between Francis Selden Macomber and Laura Page (Ward) Macomber
Series II: Correspondence to Francis Selden Macomber and Laura Page (Ward) Macomber
Series III: Ward family correspondence
Series IV: Laura Page (Ward) Macomber diaries
Series V: Genealogy
Series VI: Personal family papers
Series VII: Business family papers
Series VIII: Ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, photographs, and miniatures
Collection Overview
Title: Ward-Macomber family papers
Creator: Ward (Family : Ward, Levi Frederick, 1842-1907)
Call Number: D.161
Dates: 1829-1974
Physical Description: 18 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The Levi Ward family first came to upstate New York in 1807. Levi Ward (1745-1839), his son Levi Ward (1771-1861) and their families moved from Connecticut to Bergen, Genesee County. In 1818, the younger Levi Ward, a doctor, settled in Rochester, where he lived until his death. Levi Ward's son Levi Alfred Ward (1801-1881) also lived in Rochester, where he was active in the insurance business and in numerous local charitable organizations.

Scope and Content
This collection, the Ward-Macomber Family Papers, 1829-1974, contains material relating to Levi Alfred Ward's son Levi Frederick Ward (1842-1907) and his family. On October 13, 1864 Levi Frederick Ward married Alice Smith (1844-1913). They had three children. Levi Smith Ward (1864-1926) married Florence Yates (1871-1931) in 1895. They had one son, Levi Yates Ward (b. 1904), who later changed his name to Andrew Lee Yates Ward. Laura Page Ward (1867-1959) married Francis Selden Macomber (1867-1956), a Rochester lawyer, also in 1895. Frederic Kemp Ward (1876-1910) married Hortense Thomas (1878-1909), the daughter of the architect John R. Thomas (1848-1901). Frederic Kemp and Hortense Ward had two children, Frederic Kemp Ward, Jr. (b. 1904) and Caroline Allen Ward (b. 1905). After their parents died, the children lived with their aunt and uncle, Laura Page and Francis Selden Macomber.

The collection consists primarily of correspondence. The first four boxes contain letters written by Francis Selden Macomber and Laura Page (Ward) Macomber (Pagie) to each other. Most of the letters date from 1890 to 1925. The fifth and sixth boxes house correspondence written to the couple by other family members and friends. Boxes 7 and 8 contain other family correspondence, including many letters written by Levi Frederick Ward (Lee) to his wife Alice (Smith) Ward (Allie) in the 1860s and 1870s. There is also an exchange of letters between Frederic Kemp Ward (Fritz) and his fiancée, Hortense Thomas, written in 1902. Most of the letters center on family activities or on business of pleasure trips, especially European trips, made by various family members. There is a group of letters written by Frederic Kemp Ward, Jr. (Ted) to his aunt, his uncle and his sister during several summers spent at camp in Maine. Caroline Allen Ward (Sister) and her brother also wrote to their aunt and uncle from the boarding schools they attended during the latter part of the second decade of the 20th century and the early 1920s.

The collection includes a box of Laura Page (Ward) Macomber's diaries, written between 1890 and 1914, some genealogical material, personal and business papers belonging to the family, and newspaper clippings. In addition, there are four boxes of photographs. The first box contains several miniatures, thirteen ambrotypes, four daguerreotypes, and two photographs in cases. In the next two boxes are photographs of family members. The last box houses some oversize photographs of family members, of the Rochester flood of 1865, and of other Rochester buildings.

This box contains some oversize photographs of Caroline Allen Ward, Hortense (Thomas) Ward, John R. Thomas, Levi Smith Ward, Laura Page (Ward) Macomber, Frederic Kemp Ward, Levi F. and Alice (Smith) Ward. It also contains some photographs of the 1865 Rochester flood, some interior and exterior photographs of the house that Frederic Kemp and Hortense (Thomas) Ward built at 80 Westminster Road in 1903, and some photographs of St. Peter's Church, Rochester, N.Y. In addition, the box contains a memorial statement written on parchment to Mr. and Mrs. Levi F. Ward from the Rochester Lawn Tennis Club on the occasion of the death of Frederic Kemp Ward in 1910.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Correspondence
Photographs
Diaries
Ward, Levi, 1771-1861
Macomber, Francis Selden, 1867-1956
Macomber, Laura Page Ward, 1867-1959
Ward, Levi Frederick, 1842-1907
Ward, Alice Smith, 1844-1913
Ward, Frederic Kemp, 1876-1910
Ward, Hortense Thomas, 1878-1909
Ward, Frederic Kemp, 1904-
Ward, Caroline Allen, 1905-
Ward (Family : Ward, Levi Frederick, 1842-1907)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Caroline Allen Ward, January 12, 1981.Access
The Ward-Macomber 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
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[Item title, item date], Ward-Macomber family papers, D.161, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence between Francis Selden Macomber and Laura Page (Ward) Macomber
Box 1, Folder 1-81890-1906
Box 2, Folder 1-71907-1915
Box 3, Folder 1-61916-1922
Box 4, Folder 1-51923-1942, undated
Series II: Correspondence to Francis Selden Macomber and Laura Page (Ward) Macomber
Box 5, Folder 1-81873-1914
Box 6, Folder 1-91915-1952, undated
Series III: Ward family correspondence
Box 7, Folder 1-71861-1882
Box 8, Folder 1-81883-1974, undated
Series IV: Laura Page (Ward) Macomber diaries
Box 9, Folder 1-101890-1896, 1898, 1901, 1905-1914
Series V: Genealogy
Box 10, Folder 1Page and Allen family ancestry
Box 10, Folder 2Selden family ancestry
Box 10, Folder 3Thomas family ancestry
Box 10, Folder 4Book: Ward
Box 10, Folder 5Book: Ward brothers, champions of the world
Box 10, Folder 6Ward family coat of arms
Box 10, Folder 7Ward and Smith family ancestry
Box 10, Folder 8Bible pages
Box 10, Folder 9Miscellaneous genealogical material
Series VI: Personal family papers
Box 11, Folder 1Levi Smith Ward, school certificate, 1878
Box 11, Folder 2Frederic Kemp Ward, school certificate, 1892
Box 11, Folder 3Miscellaneous school and lesson bills
Box 11, Folder 4Frederic Kemp Ward, tennis tournament book, 1889-1903
Box 11, Folder 5Wedding of Levi Frederick Ward and Alice Smith, October 13, 1864
Box 11, Folder 6Engagement and wedding gifts, Francis Selden Macomber and Laura Page Ward, 1893-1895
Box 11, Folder 7Wedding of Francis Selden Macomber and Laura Page Ward, April 18, 1895
Box 11, Folder 8Tenth wedding anniversary, Francis Selden and Laura Page (Ward) Macomber, April 18, 1905
Box 11, Folder 9Twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Francis Selden and Laura Page (Ward) Macomber, April 18, 1920
Box 11, Folder 10Fiftieth wedding anniversary, Francis Selden and Laura Page (Ward) Macomber, April 18, 1945
Box 11, Folder 11Wedding of Levi Smith Ward and Florence Yates, October 2, 1895
Box 11, Folder 12Wedding of Frederic Kemp Ward and Hortense Thomas, January 7, 1903
Box 11, Folder 13Wedding of Andrew Lee Yates Ward and Priscilla Camp, June 23, 1931
Box 11, Folder 14Valentine's day dance, February 14, 1906
Box 11, Folder 15Coming-out tea for Caroline Allen Ward, November 25, 1925
Box 11, Folder 16Alice Smith Ward bible, 1854
Box 11, Folder 17Poetry, theatricals and amusements
Box 11, Folder 18Miscellaneous manuscript material
Box 13, Folder 1Baby book, Frederic Kemp Ward, Jr. (Ted), born 1904
Box 13, Folder 2Baby book, Caroline Allen Ward, (Sister), born 1905
Box 13, Folder 3Baby hair of Frederic Kemp Ward, Jr. and Caroline Allen Ward
Box 14, Folder 1Newspaper clippings, end of World War 1, 1918
Box 14, Folder 2Newspaper clippings, Ward family
Box 14, Folder 3Obituary notices
Box 14, Folder 4Miscellaneous newspaper clippings
Series VII: Business family papers
Box 12, Folder 1Insurance policies, 1829-1861
Box 12, Folder 2Power of attorney given to Levi A. Ward for Connecticut School Fund, undated
Box 12, Folder 3Mrs. Levi F. Ward, book of newspaper clippings, November 1866
Box 12, Folder 4Partnership between Francis B. Mitchell and Charles Angel, 1869
Box 12, Folder 5Photograph of mayors of Rochester including Levi A. Ward, 1869
Box 12, Folder 6Correspondence with Levi F. Ward re: Storr's Trust, June-July, 1882
Box 12, Folder 7Settlement of Laura Page Smith's estate, 1893
Box 12, Folder 8F.W. Angel correspondence re: settlement of William H. Angel's estate, 1895
Box 12, Folder 9University extension subscriptions, 1895
Box 12, Folder 10Bank book, Laura Page Ward, undated
Box 12, Folder 11One page of household accounts book, 1895-1896
Box 12, Folder 12John R. Thomas (Hortense's father, architect) correspondence with Samuel J. Tilden, New York State Governor, 1875
Copies

Box 12, Folder 13John R. Thomas safe-deposit box lists and correspondence with his sister
Box 12, Folder 14Francis S. Macomber, receipt for payment of lawyer's tax, 1867
Box 12, Folder 15Francis S. Macomber, special military orders, October 23, 1880
Box 12, Folder 16Francis S. Macomber, North Carolina State hunting license, 1906-1907 season
Box 12, Folder 17Agreement between Francis S. Macomber and M. E. Wolff for purchase of lot - 27 Portsmouth Terrace
Box 12, Folder 18Francis S. Macomber trip on the yacht Virginia with George Eastman, January 1913
Box 12, Folder 19Francis S. Macomber, miscellaneous trip itineraries
Box 12, Folder 20Map: Summer reports of the coast-lake and mountain regions along the Boston & Maine Railroad and connections, 1913 season
Box 12, Folder 21Francis S. Macomber letter of recommendation re: Catherine Ward's admission to the University of Rochester College for Women, June 10, 1936
Copy

Box 12, Folder 22Francis S. Macomber's eighty-fifth birthday party speech, 1952
Box 12, Folder 23Memorial resolutions, Francis S. Macomber's death, 1956
Box 12, Folder 24Laura Page (Ward) Macomber's speech to the Daughters of the American Revolution and other D.A.R. material, undated
Box 12, Folder 25Laura Page (Ward) Macomber's service to Rochester General Hospital
Series VIII: Ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, photographs, and miniatures
Box 15, Folder 1Miniatures
Box 15, Folder 2One miniature in case
Box 15, Folder 3Thirteen ambrotypes
Box 15, Folder 4Four daguerreotypes
Box 15, Folder 5Two photographs in cases
Box 16, Folder 1Photograph of Levi A. and Harriet (Kemp) Ward
Box 16, Folder 2Photograph of Anson D. and Laura (Page) Smith
Box 16, Folder 3Photograph of John R. and Julia (Munson) Thomas
Box 16, Folder 4Photograph of Levi F. and Alice (Smith) Ward
Box 16, Folder 5Photograph of 3 Gibbs Street - home of Levi F. and Alice (Smith) Ward
Box 16, Folder 6Photograph of Frederic Kemp Ward (Fritz)
Box 16, Folder 7Photograph of Hortense Thomas Ward
Box 17, Folder 1Photograph of Francis Selden Macomber
Box 17, Folder 2Photograph of Laura Page (Ward) Macomber (Pagie)
Box 17, Folder 3Photograph of Francis S. and Laura P. (Ward) Macomber
Box 17, Folder 4Photograph of Frederic Kemp Ward, Jr. (Ted)
Box 17, Folder 5Photograph of Caroline Allen Ward (Sister)
Box 17, Folder 6Photograph of Frederic K. Ward, Jr. and Caroline A. Ward
Box 17, Folder 7Photograph of Levi Yates Ward (name changed to Andrew Lee Yates Ward)
Box 17, Folder 8Miscellaneous
Box 18Oversize photographs


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