Henry Elie Rochester Papers

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Henry Elie Rochester papers
Creator: Rochester, Henry Elie, 1806-1889
Call Number: D.211
Dates: 1817-1888
Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet
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: Financial, business, and legal papers
Series II: Correspondence
Series III: Personal papers
Collection Overview
Title: Henry Elie Rochester papers
Creator: Rochester, Henry Elie, 1806-1889
Call Number: D.211
Dates: 1817-1888
Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
In 1810, Nathaniel Rochester, his wife Sophia Beatty Rochester, and their nine children moved from North Carolina to Dansville. In 1812, the family moved again, this time to settle in the growing town of Rochesterville. Henry Elie Rochester, Nathaniel's youngest son, was born on January 7, 1806, in Hagerstown, Maryland. When the Rochester family made its move to Rochesterville, Henry was only six years old. Beginning in his late teens, Henry Elie began to immerse himself into local business, and became a community leader. Henry Elie worked a business man in the coal and pig-iron market, an attorney, a county clerk, and a money lender. In April 1833, Henry Elie married Jane Hart, and together they had eight children, five of whom survived to adulthood.

Scope and Content
The bulk of the collection highlights Henry Elie's life, ranging from the early 1820s to the 1880s. There is also a substantial body of correspondences between members of the Rochester family, as well between Henry Elie and many of his friends and business acquaintances. Henry Elie regularly corresponded with his older brothers, William Beatty and Thomas Hart. Many of the letters and documents of the collection include information related to Henry Elie's legal career. These documents include cases in which he acted as attorney, as well as deeds torent or sell the land which he owned. Notable among the documents in the collection, are the letters, telegrams, and newspaper clippings related to the circumstances of the death of Henry Elie's oldest son, Henry Hart Rochester, who died in a hotel fire in 1858. These documents are believed to have been found signed and burned in the coat pocket of Henry Hart, after his death.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Correspondence
Deeds
Financial records
Rochester, Henry Elie, 1806-1889
Rochester, Thomas Hart
Rochester, William Beatty, 1789-1838
Rochester family
Lawyers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Henry Elie Rochester Papers were made a gift of Ross Roby, March 25, 1988.Access
The Henry Elie Rochester 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], Henry Elie Rochester papers, D.211, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
There are five related collections to the Henry Elie Rochester Papers. A.R66, the Nathaniel Rochester Family Papers, 1777-1888; D.236, the Rochester Family Papers, which include letters to Nathaniel Rochester from his sons John Cornelius and William Beatty Rochester concerning defenses and maneuvers on the Niagara frontier and at Sackets Harbor and Plattsburg; CX.28, three diaries kept by Nathaniel Thrift Rochester (1802-1883), eighth child of Nathaniel Rochester, between 1833 and 1861. The diaries describe a trip to Europe in 1833-34, family events, religious feeling, the weather, church attendance, and illnesses; D.240, the papers of William Beatty Rochester (1789-1838) a son of Nathaniel Rochester.


Administrative Information
Author: Danielle Vander Horst
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Finding aid publication date: 12/20/2014
Content List
Series I: Financial, business, and legal papers
Box 1, Folder 19Bills and promissory notes, 1836 and 1850-1856
Box 1, Folder 47Promissory notes and bills, 1838-1853
Box 1, Folder 1-2Bills and promissory notes, 1851-1854
Box 1, Folder 3Bills and promissory notes, personal inventory, and estimated value, 1850's
Box 1, Folder 5Renovation bills and treasury documents for Trinity Church Rochester, New York, 1849-1853
Box 1, Folder 6Genesee Valley Railroad Company accounting papers, 1856-1860
Box 1, Folder 10Deed of partition for 100 Acres of land at the falls of the Genesee River, August 13, 1817
Box 1, Folder 12Bills and payment records for schooling of Cornelia (Kitty) Coleman, Henry Elie Rochester's niece, 1836-1840
Box 1, Folder 16Bill of account for Oshaw Wilden with Nathaniel Rochester, 1830
Box 1, Folder 17Agreement of payment for land lease between William Beatty Rochester and John Pringle, 1831
Genesee Court brief and pleas

Box 1, Folder 21Family medical bills for Dr. Matheus, 1846-1853
Box 1, Folder 26Jonathan Child lawsuit papers handled by Henry Elie Rochester, 1831-1846
Box 2, Folder 11Henry Elie Rochester for Jonathan Child: bills and accounting papers, 1830-1852
Box 1, Folder 27Sale of property agreement between Jane H. Rochester and James Buchan, February 23, 1865
Box 1, Folder 43Legal agreements between Henry Elie Rochester and William H. Ritter, 1850-1854
Box 1, Folder 45Business ledgers, account lists, May 16, 1833. February 11, 1836. February 28, 1850. March-December 1853, some undated
Box 1, Folder 46Legal documents, financial promise documents, mortgages, and court documents, 1837-1853
Box 1, Folder 48Assorted business papers and correspondences, 1823, 1828, 1853
Box 2, Folder 1Rochester-Ford partnership: promissory notes, receipts, agreements, 1824-1831
Box 2, Folder 2-4Ford and Rochester as Agents for Henry F. Penfield, Guardian of Francis Brown's heirs: receipts, lease agreements, bills, 1829-1846
Box 2, Folder 5Ford and Rochester as Agents for Henry F. Penfield, Guardian of Francis Brown's heirs: rent books with the Bank of Rochester, bills, scrap papers, 1830-1834
Box 2, Folder 6Partnership agreement and letters between Henry Elie Rochester and E. Darwin Smith, 1834-1841
Box 2, Folder 7Business papers: bank notes, legal documents, correspondences, 1833-1852
Box 2, Folder 7Bank book numbered 486, 1829-1835
Box 2, Folder 8Business papers regarding Henry F. Penfield and Francis Brown's heirs' estate: bank notes, tax sheets, receipts, rent payments, 1833-1840
Box 2, Folder 9Deeds, rent agreements, loan agreements, and other legal papers, 1827-1840
Box 2, Folder 10Smith and Rochester as attorneys: Churchville property, deeds and loan agreements, 1831-1844
Box 2, Folder 12Hart family estate papers and abstract of land title, 1832-1857
Box 2, Folder 13Bank books for Henry Elie Rochester, 1876, 1877
2 Volumes

Box 2, Folder 13Bank book for N. Thompson, 1874
Box 2, Folder 13Account book between Henry Elie Rochester and George R. Clark, 1841-1847
Box 2, Folder 14Legal agreements, papers, correspondences, 1836-1852
Box 2, Folder 14Iron and coal business papers, 1840-1852
Box 2, Folder 14 Booklet on American Timber Preserving Company, 1850
Box 2, Folder 17Legal document regarding Henry Hart Rochester's patent, 1854
Box 2, Folder 21Printed lawsuit documents against Henry Elie Rochester and business partners, January 1855
Series II: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 11Letters to and from Henry Elie Rochester to and from John J. Ganson and Reverand James Bolles, 1837
Box 1, Folder 14Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from Family and Letter to Thomas Rochester, 1832-1835
Box 1, Folder 20Letter to Henry Elie Rochester requesting Payment for a Melodeon from S. Belding. Melodeon Pamphlet, 1854
Box 1, Folder 22Letters to Jane H. Rochester from Family, April 1831, January 1838-January 1839
Box 1, Folder 23Letter to Henry Elie Rochester from Homer Woodward, October, 1853
Box 1, Folder 23Letter to John Cornelius Rochester from Sophia Bear, his Neice, July, 1853
Box 1, Folder 28Letter to Ann C. Rochester from a Sister. Letter to Thomas H. Rochester from a Sister, 1832
Box 1, Folder 29Letter to Henry Elie Rochester from Unknown, 1833
Box 1, Folder 30Copy of Letter from Honorable F. Whittlesey from Theodore Frelinghuysen, November 24, 1834
Box 1, Folder 31Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from Wife Jane H. Rochester, 1836, 1851, no date
Box 1, Folder 32Letter to Henry Elie Rochester from Brother Thomas H. Rochester, 1854
Box 1, Folder 32Letter to Henry Elie Rochester from Brother Nathaniel T. Rochester, 1853
Box 1, Folder 32Letter to Henry Elie Rochester from Sister Ann C. Rochester, 1846
Box 1, Folder 32Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from Cousins C. Hopkins and Ann Hart, 1852, 1835
Box 1, Folder 33Letter to Henry Elie Rochester from Samuel Colemon regarding Samuel's Orphaned Grandchildren, August 23, 1841
Box 1, Folder 34Letter to Henry Elie Rochester and Nathaniel T. Rochester from Solomon Southwick, February 25, 1835
Box 1, Folder 35Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from Various Contacts, 1836-1841
Box 1, Folder 36Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from Various Contacts, 1851-1852, 1854, 1858
Box 1, Folder 37Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from E. M. Parson, 1853-March 14, 1854
Box 1, Folder 38Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from Jonathan Child, June-September 1853
Box 1, Folder 39Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from Various Contacts, May-December 1853
Box 1, Folder 40Letter to Henry Elie Rochester from Thomas H. Rochester, November 18, 18--
Box 1, Folder 40Letter to Henry Elie Rochester from Law Firm Correspondent, June 20th, 18--
Box 1, Folder 41Letters to and from Henry Elie Rochester to and from Josiah Turner, February-July 1886
Box 1, Folder 42Letters to Henry Elie Rochester from his Nephew William B. Rochester, March 16, 1886. May 21, 1888
Box 1, Folder 44Letters and Documents between Henry Elie Rochester and William H. Ritter, January 1853-January 1854
Box 2, Folder 15Letters from Henry Hart Rochester to his Family from St. Louis and Chicago, September 1857-February 1858
Box 2, Folder 16Letters in Coat Pocket of Henry Hart Rochester after Fire in the Pacific Hotel St. Louis, MI, February 1858
Box 2, Folder 17Letters from Henry Hart Rochester to Family and Friends, 185--1858
Box 2, Folder 19Letters and Telegraphs to the Rochester Family concerning Death of Henry Hart Rochester, February 20-28, 1858
Box 2, Folder 20Letters to the Rochester Family concerning the Death of Henry Hart Rochester, March 1-July 24, 1858
Series III: Personal papers
Box 1, Folder 4'The Confession of Maggie', September 30, 1856
Box 1, Folder 7Papers on Episcopal Church and evangelical knowledge, 1853
Notes on Western, New York Convention of 1853 as Letters to the Editor

Box 1, Folder 8St. Luke Church pew diagram and picture of altar
Box 1, Folder 16Pew layout for St. Lukes Church, Rochester, 1831
Box 1, Folder 9Henry Elie Rochester obituary, 1889
Box 1, Folder 9Rochester family photograph, 1853
Box 1, Folder 13References to Henry Elie Rochester as Common Schools Superintendent, 1841-1843
Box 1, Folder 15Newspaper clipping on Pulaski Shipwreck and death of William Beatty Rochester, 1838
Box 1, Folder 16Newspaper clipping: Executor's sale notice for death of Nathaniel Rochester, 1831
Box 1, Folder 18Inventory and appraisal of furniture received by Henry Elie Rochester from the late Mrs. Roswell Hart, 1832
Box 1, Folder 24Papers regarding Geneva College, 1836
Box 1, Folder 25Rochester Debating Club, subscriber list and resolved issues, September 7, 1825
Box 2, Folder 18Newspaper clippings regarding the death of Henry Hart Rochester and the Pacific Hotel Disaster, February 1858


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