Sibley Papers Addition

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Sibley papers addition
Creator: Sibley family
Call Number: D.226
Dates: circa 1840-1928
Physical Description: 14 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

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Box 14, Folder: 49 Envelopes addressed to Mrs. Hiram W. Sibley
Box 14, Folder: 50 Printed Ephemera, 1829-1883
Collection Overview
Title: Sibley papers addition
Creator: Sibley family
Call Number: D.226
Dates: circa 1840-1928
Physical Description: 14 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Sibley family
Accruals
Two empty envelopes addressed to Mrs. Hiram W. Sibley (Margaret Durbin Harper) and a folder of printed ephemera were found in the backlog and added to the addition in 2016.Access
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[Item title, item date], Sibley papers addition, D.226, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
This collection is an addition to the Hiram Sibley Family Papers .


Administrative Information
Author: Danielle Vanderhorst
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Second Floor, Room 225
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Content List
Box 8, Folder 1Exchange and Banking House of Vermilye and Co., 1858-1862
Box 8, Folder 2Exchange and Banking House of Vermilye and Co., January - February, 1863
Box 8, Folder 3Exchange and Banking House of Vermilye and Co., March - June, 1863
Box 8, Folder 4Exchange and Banking House of Vermilye and Co., July- August, 1863
Box 8, Folder 5Exchange and Banking House of Vermilye and Co., September - November, 1863
Box 8, Folder 6Exchange and Banking House of Vermilye and Co., December, 1863
Box 8, Folder 7Exchange and Banking House of Vermilye and Co., January - February, 1864
Box 8, Folder 8Exchange and Banking House of Vermilye and Co., March - November, 1864, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 9Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad: Stock Proxies for H. Sibley, 1858
Box 8, Folder 10Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad: Finances and Ledgers, 1857-1859
Box 8, Folder 11Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad: Finances and Ledgers, 1863, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 12Railroad Documents: Financial Documents re: Stock and Accounts, and Lists of Debts, 1856-1858
Box 8, Folder 13Railroad Documents: H. Sibley's Resolution, May 17, 1858
Box 8, Folder 14Railroad Documents: notes and envelopes, 1867, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 15Telegraph Companies Financial Documents: Bills, Receipts, Checks, and Accounting Notes, 1857-1858, 1867, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 16Telegraph Companies Legal Documents: Agreements, Notes, and Patent/Stock Sales, 1847, 1850-1857
Box 8, Folder 17Telegraph Companies Legal Documents: Agreements, Notes, and Sale of Patents/Stocks, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 18House Printing Telegraph Co.: Misc. Notes and Documents, 1853, 1855, 1860, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 19Ohio, Indiana, Illinois Telegraph Line Diagram, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 20"Improved Galvanic Batteries for Telegraphs" and Notes. Nonaddressed Correspondence, 1847, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 21Newspapers and Documents re: Russian American Telegraph, ca.1866
Box 8, Folder 22Telegraph Companies Documents: 30th Congress 2nd Session Bill #84, January 18, 1860
Box 8, Folder 23Stock: Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company, 1851
Box 8, Folder 24Misc. Business Notes, Bills, and Receipts, 1846-1847, 1852, 1857-1858, 1862-1863, 1866
Box 8, Folder 25Misc. Notes, Scraps, and Envelopes, 1850s-1860s
Box 8, Folder 26Real Estate Documents: Bills and Receipts, 1856, 1862-1863, n.d.
Box 8, Folder 27Personal Bills and Receipts, ca.1850s-1860s
Box 8, Folder 28Collins Resolution for Chicago Convention, 1862
Box 9, Folder 1Promissory Notes to Sibley, December 31, 1844
Box 9, Folder 2Bills and Receipts, 1840s-1850s
Box 9, Folder 3Receipting for Boarding of Mr. Reyolds paid by Mrs. Sibley, 1892-1894
Box 9, Folder 4Condolences to Mrs. Sibley and U of R Board of Trustees Tribute to Sibley, 1888
Box 9, Folder 5Map of Monroe County, hand-drawn, n.d.
Box 9, Folder 6Free Soil Petition and Printing Bill, 1848
Box 9, Folder 7Sixpenny Savings Bank, Loss of Funds, ca.1858
Box 9, Folder 8Sibley Brick Kitchen Specification by P.Y. Rhines, 1863
Box 9, Folder 9"Articles of Association" Genesee River Bank, Rochester, NY, March, 1850
Box 9, Folder 10Abolition, Doubtful Voters in Mendon, 1840s
Box 9, Folder 11George Bliss Jr. Resigning his position as Private Secretary to Governor Morgan, December 1, 1860
Box 9, Folder 12Insurance Companies and County Bills and Receipts, 1856, 1858, 1875
Box 9, Folder 13Business Correspondence, 1850s-1860s
Box 9, Folder 14Correspondence and Notes re: H. Sibley's Stock in Various Companies, 1859-1864
Box 9, Folder 15Receipts, Telegraph Subscribers, 1852
Box 9, Folder 16Lake Erie Telegraph Co.: Financial Documents, Stock Info, Correspondence, 1854, 1857
Box 9, Folder 17Western Union Stockholders ca. 1863 and Stockholders Meeting re: Purchase "Behring Sea Cable", 1863, 1867
Box 9, Folder 18Western Union Telegraph Co.: Correspondence re: Stock and Line Purchases, ca.1857
Box 9, Folder 19Western Union Financial Notes and Documents, 1850s-1860s
Box 9, Folder 20O. W. Whitney vs. A. York and Partial Ticket from New York Central Railroad, 1844-1849
Box 9, Folder 21Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana, 1857-1860
Box 9, Folder 22Railroads: Financial Documents re: Steamers, 1857-1858
Box 9, Folder 23Railroads: Financial Documents, 1853-1861
Box 9, Folder 24Misc. Railroads Notes, 1850s-1860s
Box 9, Folder 25Stock Correspondence re: JH Wade, n.d.
Box 9, Folder 26Private Stocks and Bonds, Sibley and Watson Accounts, 1844
Box 9, Folder 27Political: Bills and Receipts, Democratic Committee, 1846-1850
Box 9, Folder 28Political: Democratic Central Committee Financial Documents, 1843-1844
Box 9, Folder 29Political: Democratic Central Committee Financial Documents, 1844-1848
Box 9, Folder 30Real Estate: Notes, ca.1840s
Box 9, Folder 31Real Estate: Land Contracts, 1847-1850
Box 9, Folder 32Real Estate: Land Contracts, 1851
Box 9, Folder 33Real Estate: Land Contracts, 1852-1856
Box 9, Folder 34Real Estate: Sheriff's Papers and Accounts, 1846-1850
Box 9, Folder 35Real Estate: Sheriff's Papers Originally Bound Together, 1845
Box 9, Folder 36Real Estate: Three receipts of executed writs of fieri facias signed by Hiram Sibley, Sheriff of Monroe County, March 4 - August 30, 1845
Box 10, Folder 1Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to unknown recipient, ca. September 1865
This letter may have been written to a clergyman.

Box 10, Folder 2Margaret Durbin Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, ca. 1886
Box 10, Folder 3Christmas list created by Elizabeth Sibley, ca. 1900
Included in this list are members of the Crapsey family. For a complete list, please consult the index in the folder.

Box 10, Folder 4Assorted Envelopes and Name Cards, Blank Stationary
Box 10, Folder 5Notes from James Sibley Watson Jr. in Emily Sibley Watson's hand to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, n.d.
Box 10, Folder 6Correspondence, December 22, ca. 1849-1851, November 11, 1874
Hiriam Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, December 22, ca. 1849-1851
In this letter Hiriam Sibley references payment for room and board.

Maria Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, November 11, 1874
Box 10, Folder 7Emily Ward Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, ca. 1852-1855
Box 10, Folder 8Various Correspondence to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, n.d.
The first letter in this folder was written on mourning stationary, from Emily Ward Sibley to Elizabeth Sibley. The second letter may be from autumn 1864 as a bon voyage letter to Hiriam and Elizabeth Sibley as they left for their Europe trip. The third letter from "45 Jones Ave" was written by Reverend Warren Calhoun Hubbard, who served in Trinity Church in Rochester from 1890-1899, to Margaret Harper Sibley or Mrs. Hiriam W. Sibley. The fourth letter from ML Foote, is believed to have been written before 1868 since it is addressed to Clinton Avenue before the family moved to East Avenue in 1868.

Box 10, Folder 9Fragment Letter from Julie Rust to Hiriam Sibley, ca. 1850s
Box 10, Folder 10Telegraph to Mr. and Mrs. Hiriam W. Sibley expressing condolences, April 14, 1886
This condolence letter acknowledges the death of Hiriam Junior, who died on April 12, 1886.

Box 10, Folder 11A. A. Haskins Prayer/Poem to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Arnold, envelope addressed to Mrs. Hiram Sibley, n.d.
Box 10, Folder 12Note written by Carline Watson on behalf of Isabelle and James Sibley Watson, Sr. to Emily Sibley Watson, June 1865
Box 10, Folder 13Emily Ward Sibley to Elizabeth Sibley, ca. 1852-1854
Please note the Atlantic City envelope that accompanies this letter may be misfiled.

Box 10, Folder 14Hiram Sibley to Elizabeth Sibley, ca. 1850-1854
Box 10, Folder 15Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Hiram Sibley, ca. 1860-1868
The first letter in this folder, dated March 10, 1863 refers to a March 6, 1863 talk by John Van Buren, the son of President Martin Van Buren. The letter also references Mrs. George Buell's death on March 3, 1863. The second letter was written while visitng her brother in Peoria, Illinois, is dated May 25, likely 1868. The letter mentions her sister-in-law but not her daughter, who died in 1868. The third letter, written from Chicago, likely in 1868 since Louise is not mentioned. The fourth letter is a fragment with "My dear husband", between 1858-1861, due to Father Moore's time at St. Mary's. The letter is likely from 1860.

Box 10, Folder 16Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Hiriam W. Sibley, fragment, ca. 1877
Also included in this folder is part of a letter written by Lucinda Sibley, the niece of Hiriam.

Box 10, Folder 17Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret D. Harper (before marriage), 1841
Box 10, Folder 18'Mourning' Poem, Author unknown, January 22, 1843
Box 10, Folder 19Elizabeth Tinker Sibley Household Accounts, ca. 1899
Box 10, Folder 20Various Correspondents to Hiram Sibley, ca. 1850, 1886, 1892
The first letter from written to Hiriam W. Sibley, likely in 1886 or 1892 to acknowledge the loss of one of the two children who died during this period. The second letter is from Charleston, 1850 and likely sent to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley and not Hiriam due to the reference to her re: father's gravestone.

Box 10, Folder 21Financial Documents: Household Bills and Receipts, 1844-1864
Box 10, Folder 22Letter from H. Sibley to Ms. Hale and Mr. Godeys, April 18, 1844
Box 10, Folder 23Hiram Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, ca. 1847-1854
The first letter in this folder, from Buffalo, written on a Friday and date stamped August 13, could be from 1847. The second letter from Rochester, New York was written on Thursday June 10, 1850. The third letter from Buffalo written on a Wednesday, is likely from October 15, 1851. The fourth letter written from New York on Thursday December 29, is likely from 1853 based on the letter's contents. The fifth letter written from New York on a Monday morning, could be from the winter of 1854.

Box 10, Folder 24Louise Sibley Atkinson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1847, 1850-1854
Box 10, Folder 25Tinker, E. R. to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1848-1850
Box 10, Folder 26To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from brother-in-law John B. Tyler, October 9, 1848
Box 10, Folder 27To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from Emiline Moulson, 1849-1850s
Box 10, Folder 28Letters from Harriet Tinker Tyler to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1849-1853
Box 10, Folder 29Louise Sibley Atkinson to Hiram and Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, February 13, 1849/1850
Box 10, Folder 30To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from Chauncey H. and Sarah Roberts, 1850-1854
Box 10, Folder 31To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from Julia A. Rust, October 18, 1850. April 1, 1852. April 8, 1852
Box 10, Folder 32John Cole to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, November 14, 1850
Box 10, Folder 33John A. and Elizabeth Davis to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1851
Box 10, Folder 34Sibley, Mark to Sibley, Elizabeth Tinker, February 9, 1851
Box 10, Folder 35Sibley, Warren to Sibley, Hiram and Sibley, Elizabeth Tinker, 1852-1857
Box 10, Folder 36To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley and Hiram Sibley from their nieces, Lucinda Sibley and Susan Cady, June 15, 1852. December 22, 1861
Box 10, Folder 37Silas B. Sibley to Hiram Sibley, December 26, 1852
Box 10, Folder 38Letters from Daniel M. Tinker to H. Sibley, December 27, 1852. January 16, 1853
Box 10, Folder 39Louise Atkinson and Hobart Atkinson to Hiram Sibley, 1853, 1855, 1857
Box 10, Folder 40Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Joseph Enos, March 31, 1853
Box 10, Folder 41Betsey Richmond to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, June 20, 1853. March 7, 1854. February 16, 1851. December 8, 1851
Box 10, Folder 42To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from uncle Edward Richmond, December 5, 1853
Box 10, Folder 43Catherine Chesebro to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1853/1854
Box 10, Folder 44Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Hiram Sibley, 1854-1858
Box 10, Folder 45Jacob Hart to Louise Sibley, August 30, 1854
Box 10, Folder 46Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Louise Sibley Atkinson, September 6, 1854
Box 10, Folder 47Between Elizabeth Tinker Sibley and Hobart Atkinson, 1858, 1865, 1867
The first two pages of the January 4, 1865 letter, is from Hobart to Elizabeth and the next two pages are to Hiriam W. Sibley. The letter written from Blackinton can be dated February 2, 1858. The letter from January 22, can be dated as 1867 based on contents.

Box 10, Folder 48Between Elizabeth Tinker Sibley and Daniel Madison Tinker, 1857, 1861, 1863
Box 10, Folder 49Julia Rust to Hiram Sibley, March 17, 1858
Box 10, Folder 50Hiram Sibley to Samuel Sibley, February 23, 1857
Box 10, Folder 51Hiram Sibley to G. M. Tinker, March 5, 1857
Box 10, Folder 52Letters to H. Sibley from Family and Friends, 1857-1863
The December 1, 1863 letter is from Edward Richmond.

Box 10, Folder 53Almira Sibley to Hiram Sibley, 1858, 1863
Box 10, Folder 54Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Hiram Sibley, 1858
Box 10, Folder 55Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Hiram Sibley, February 20, 1859
Box 10, Folder 56Hiram Sibley Promissory Note for Payment to the Diocesan Training School, September, 1859
Box 11, Folder 1Elizabeth Tinker Sibley European Travel Itinerary, Museum Tickets, Advertisements, Event Invitations, ca.1860s
Box 11, Folder 2Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Hiram Sibley, 1860-1862
Box 11, Folder 3Sibley, Warren to Sibley, Hiram, 1860-1864
Box 11, Folder 4Various Correspondents to Hiram Sibley, 1860-1868
Box 11, Folder 5Hobart Atkinson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, May 2, 1860
Box 11, Folder 6From Sibley, Hiram Watson to Hiram Sibley, November 25, 1860. n.d.
Box 11, Folder 7Hiram Sibley to John and Mary Ganson, January 17, 1861
Box 11, Folder 8Harriet Tinker Tyler to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1862, 1864
Box 11, Folder 9John McLaren to Hiram Sibley, June 23, 1862
Box 11, Folder 10Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Hiram Sibley, 1863
Box 11, Folder 11Medical Bill Addressed to Hiram Sibley on Account of his Brother Samuel and niece Lucinda Sibley, November 15, 1863
Box 11, Folder 12Elizabeth Atkinson to Emily Sibley Watson, 1864-ca.1865/1866
Box 11, Folder 13Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Hiram Sibley, 1864-1865
Box 11, Folder 14Ann (Annie) Ritso to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1864-1865
Box 11, Folder 15To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from Louise Sibley Atkinson, 1864-1866, n.d.
During this period, Louise was a student at the Ontario Female Seminary. She boarded in Canandaigua with her father's cousin, Mark Sibley, and his wife Maria.
The letter in this folder sent from Louise Sibley Atkinson to Elizabeth Sibley on April 5, was likely written in 1865, as it references the recent news about the fall of Richmond, Virginia.

Box 11, Folder 16Various Correspondents to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1863-1866
A letter in this folder sent from Myron Peck to Elizabeth Sibley, dated "Saturday PM" is likely from September or October 1865 as it references items that Elizabeth Sibley purcahsed that are mentioned in a subsequent letter of October 22, 1865. Also includes a January 20, 1865 partial Letter to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from William Quack

Box 11, Folder 17Sibley, Hiram Watson to Hiram and Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, May 26, 1864
Box 11, Folder 18Sibley, Hiram Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1864-1865
Box 11, Folder 19Louise Sibley Atkinson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, September 6, 1864?
Box 11, Folder 20Hiram Sibley in St. Petersburg to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley in Berlin, October 1864-March 1865
The letter fragment from Elizabeth Sibley to Reverend Weeks, in North Adams, when she is in Berlin was likely written after January 1865, as there is a related January 20, 1865 letter from Hiram Sibley to Elizabeth Sibley.

Box 11, Folder 21Annie Ritso to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, December 26, 1864
Box 11, Folder 22Financial Documents: Household Bills and Receipts, 1865-1877
Box 11, Folder 23Harriet Tinker Tyler to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1865, 1867
Box 11, Folder 24Louise Sibley Atkinson to Hiram and Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1865-1867
Box 11, Folder 25Louise and Hobart Atkinson, Hiram W. Sibley to Hiram and Elizabeth Sibley, 1865
The letters in this folder include those sent to just Elizabeth Sibley or Hiram Sibley and also to Emily. The March 6 letter from "Emily to Libbie" was likely written in 1865 based on a related March 6 letter from Louise Sibley Atkinson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley.

Box 11, Folder 26Louise Sibley Atkinson to "Mr. and Misses Sibley", January 4, 1865
Box 11, Folder 27Hobart Atkinson to Hiram Sibley, February 1, 1865
Box 11, Folder 28Sydney Smith to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, February 3, 1865
Box 11, Folder 29Loraine R. Beach to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, February 4, 1865
Box 11, Folder 30Doctors Note and Prescription for Hiram Sibley, March 14, 1865
Box 11, Folder 31Caroline Manning Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, May 11, 1865
Box 11, Folder 32Elizabeth Atkinson Smith to Emily Sibley Watson, June, 1865
Smith is Elisabeth (Libbie) Atkinson's married name.
The third letter in this folder is signed by Marie, although it was written by Marie's older sister Elisabeth (Libbie) pretending to be writing it from Marie. At the time, Marie was only two years old.

Box 11, Folder 33Myron G. Peck, Hiram W. Sibley, to Hiram and Elizabeth Sibley, June 3, 1865
Box 11, Folder 34Sibley, Hiram Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley and Hiram Sibley, June 7/14, 1865
Box 11, Folder 35Hiram Sibley in Germany/France to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley in Germany/France, July 1865-January 1866
Box 11, Folder 36Mrs. E. Quack to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, July 26, 1865
Mrs. E. Quack was the mother of Mr. Quack, who lived in Rochester, New York.

Box 11, Folder 37Emily Lange to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, August, 1865
Box 11, Folder 38Cornelia Brooks Ellwanger to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, October 26, 1865
Box 11, Folder 39List of Accounts and Engagement or Wedding Gift List, 1866/1867
Monogram M.D.H. is Margaret Sibley's maiden name.
This ledger sheet is for Elizabeth Tinker Sibley and Hiram Sibley. It was most likely a list of engagement or wedding gifts for Margaret Durbin Harper Sibley and Hiram W. Sibley in 1873. The items listed are mostly silver items.

Box 11, Folder 40Hiram Sibley in Spain to Hiram Watson Sibley, January 10-13, 1866
Box 11, Folder 41Hiram Sibley to Sibley, Hiram Watson, January 20, 1866
Box 11, Folder 42Mary Sibley Ganson to Hiram Sibley, January 27, 1866
Box 11, Folder 43Emily Sibley Averell Watson to Hiram Sibley, February-March, 1866
Box 11, Folder 44E. G. Ellwood to Hiram Sibley, March 15-19, 1866
Box 11, Folder 45Alexander Fleming to Hobart Atkinson, January 21, 1867
Box 11, Folder 46Robert Weeks to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1866-1867, n.d.
The letter from Robert Weeks in North Adams to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, was likely written on November 5, 1866 based on the fact that the Portland fire referenced in the letter was on July 4, 1866, and Weeks resigned as minister of the church in April, 1867. This letter was likely to have been written between these two events. The letter from Robert Weeks in North Adams to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, should be dated April 10, 1867, based on the fact that both that letter and the following letter of April 17, 1867 reference the fact that Reverend Weeks has submitted his resignation.

Box 11, Folder 47Hiram Sibley in Saratoga Springs, NY to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, August 1, 1867
Box 11, Folder 48Financial Documents re: Art Purchased Abroad, 1869
Box 11, Folder 49"The Golden Wedding" by Henry M. Look for the 50th wedding anniversary of William and Marcia Blasdell, November 23, 1870
Box 11, Folder 50Hiram Sibley to Hobart Atkinson, July 23/24, 1873
Box 11, Folder 51Margaret Harper Sibley Memorandum Book, ca.1874
Box 12, Folder 1Daniel Madison Tinker to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, September 28, 1875
Box 12, Folder 2James G. Averell to son Isaac S. Averell, October 3, 1875
Box 12, Folder 3L.B.Langworthy to Hiram Sibley, October 14, 1875
Box 12, Folder 4Emily Sibley Watson to Hiram Sibley, November 3, 1875
Box 12, Folder 5Letters between Elizabeth Tinker Sibley and Margaret Harper Sibley and Hiram W. Sibley, 1875-1881
The letter in this folder, dated July 27 from Elizabeth Sibley to Margaret and Hiram W. Sibley is July 27, 1875 as their son Hiram was born on July 24, 1875. The letter from Elizabeth Sibley to Margaret Durbin Harper Sibley (Mrs. Hiram W. Sibley) dated August 7, is most likely from 1876 because Emily Sibley Averell is travelling in Europe following the marriage to Isaac Averell on April 27, 1876. Hiram W. Junior is mentioned is most likely the baby referred to, who at that point was the only grandchild, and he would have been one year old. Elizabeth is referring to going to visit Emily's in-laws in Ogdensburg.

Box 12, Folder 6Various Correspondents to Margaret Harper Sibley, October 1875-June 1876
Box 12, Folder 7Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, 1876, 1880s
Box 12, Folder 8Hobart Ford Atkinson to Hiram Sibley, January 5, 1877
Box 12, Folder 9Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Jane Freelove Harper, June 17, 1877
Box 12, Folder 10Sibley, Hiram Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, August 7, 1877. August 2, 1879
Box 12, Folder 11Hiram Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley with a Note from Emily Sibley Averell enclosed, February 21, 1878
Box 12, Folder 12Harriet Tinker Tyler to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, ca.1879
Box 12, Folder 13Clothing Receipt and Item Estimates from Tiffany & Co. for Mrs. Hiram Sibley, 1879
Box 12, Folder 14Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Grandson Hiram Sibley, ca. 1878 -1883
Box 12, Folder 15Emily Sibley Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, ca.1880s
Box 12, Folder 16Telegraph from Hiram Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, April 13, 188?
Box 12, Folder 17Margaret Cook Durbin Harper to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1881, 1884
Box 12, Folder 18Emily Sibley Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley 1892-1893, 1882-1883
Box 12, Folder 19Margaret Cook Durbin Harper to Grandson Hiram Sibley, July 17, 1882
Box 12, Folder 20To Hiram Sibley from Nephew G. W. Sibley, March 15, 1883
Box 12, Folder 21Adelaide Crapsey to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, May 8, 1883
Box 12, Folder 22To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from a Niece, May 24, 1883
Box 12, Folder 23H. B. Ely to Hiram Sibley, August 24, 1884
Box 12, Folder 24Sibley, Hiram Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, January 23, 1885
Box 12, Folder 25Various Correspondents to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, and Letter from Emily Tinker Sibley and James Sibley to Unknown, late 1880s-1903
Box 12, Folder 26Various Correspondents of Condolences to Margaret Harper Sibley, February-April 1886
Please note the letter from "B McL" is not a condolence letter, and was written sometime after October 1875, as Hiram Watson Sibley's first son, Hiram Watson Sibley Junior, was born on October 5, 1875.

Box 12, Folder 27Smith, Arthur Coslett to Margaret Harper Sibley, February 18, 1886
Box 12, Folder 28A. R. Easler to Mrs. Whitaker, and Harriet B. Dodson to Mrs. W. M. Whitaker, March 2, 1886
Box 12, Folder 29Wm. M. Whitaker to Sibley, Hiram Watson, April 14, 1886
Box 12, Folder 30Emily Sibley Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, August 15, 1887
Box 12, Folder 31Harriet Tinker Tyler to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, September 28, 1887
Box 12, Folder 32Julia A. Rust McBride to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, November 7, 1887
Box 12, Folder 33Emily Sibley Averell Watson to J. G. Averell, enclosed a Letter from Niece Ruth Sibley, December 11, 1887
Box 12, Folder 34To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from Various Correspondents, 1886, 1888-1889
Box 12, Folder 35Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, July-August 1888
Box 12, Folder 36Telegram to Hiram W. Sibley from Tacie Harper, July 13, 1888
Box 12, Folder 37Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, January-October 1889
Box 12, Folder 39Citation for Judicial Settlement on the Estate of Hiram Sibley, February 5, 1890
Box 12, Folder 38Financial Documents: Household Bills and Receipts, 1890s-1903, 1926
Box 12, Folder 40Hotel Advertisement, ca.1891
Box 12, Folder 41Emily Sibley Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1891-1895
Box 12, Folder 42Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Julia A. Rust, January 12, 1891
Box 12, Folder 43Ball, H. E. to George B. McBride re: Hiram Sibley Estate, February 12, 1892
Box 12, Folder 44Sibley, Hiram Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, March 5, 1892
Box 12, Folder 45Various Correspondents to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1893-1896
Box 12, Folder 46Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Julia McBride, March 9, 1894
Box 12, Folder 47Ruth Sibley Gade to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, August 5, 1894
Box 12, Folder 48Reverend J. Townsend to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1896, 1900
Box 12, Folder 49Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Sibley, Hiram Watson, October 4, 1876
Box 12, Folder 50To Elizabeth Tinker Sibley from Various Correspondents, 1898, 1902, n.d.
Box 12, Folder 51Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, August-November, 1898
Box 12, Folder 52Mrs. E. M. Briggs to Sibley, Hiram Watson, May 1, 1899
Box 12, Folder 53Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, May 5, September 26-October 29, 1899
Box 12, Folder 54Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, November 14-23, 1899
Box 12, Folder 55Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, December 5-12, 1899
Box 12a, Folder 1Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, May-December, 1900
Box 12a, Folder 2Elizabeth Tinker Sibley's Goddaughter Frances to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, September 7, 1900
Box 12a, Folder 3Hobart Atkinson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, October 12, 1900
Box 12a, Folder 4Emily Sibley Watson to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1900-1903/1904, n.d.
Box 12a, Folder 5Various Correspondents to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1901-1903, n.d.
Box 12a, Folder 6Hiram Sibley Shipping Receipt, April 8, 1901
Box 12a, Folder 7Hiram Tobias Williams to Mrs. Sibley (Margaret or Elizabeth?), June 11, 1901
Box 12a, Folder 8Nurses and Governesses of Grandchildren of Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, 1902-1903
Box 12a, Folder 9Thomas Coleman to Elizabeth Tinker Coleman, 1902, n.d.
Box 12a, Folder 10May M. Crosby to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, enclosed a Plan of Glen Summit Hotel, Glen Summit, PA, June 11, 1902
Box 12a, Folder 11H. W. Isaacs to Mr. H. E. Ball re: the stay of Mrs. Sibley at the Cataract House, July 25, 1902
Box 12a, Folder 12Marie Atkinson Perkins to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, September 3, 1902
Box 12a, Folder 13Catherine W. Tinker to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, December 29, 1902
Box 12a, Folder 14Elisabeth Atkinson Smith to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, January 5, 1903. n.d.
Box 12a, Folder 15Margaret Urling Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, January 24, 1903
Box 12a, Folder 16Garden Party Ticket and 'Musical Tea' Invitation, March and June, 1903
Box 12a, Folder 17Catherine W. Tinker to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, March, 1903
Box 12a, Folder 18Elizabeth Conkey Sibley to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, March 16, 1903
Box 12a, Folder 19Telegraph: Emily Jones to Elizabeth Tinker Sibley, March 16, 1903
Box 12a, Folder 20Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, November 25, 1910. August, 1908.
Box 12a, Folder 21Sibley, Hiram Watson to Margaret Harper Sibley, May, 1918. September 6, 1920.
Box 12a, Folder 22Ruth Allyne Gade and Nannie to Margaret Harper Sibley, October 16, 1928. n.d.
Box 13, Folder 1Margaret Cook Durbin Harper (Mrs. Fletcher Harper Jr.) to her daughter, Margaret Durbin Harper Sibley (Mrs. Hiram W. Sibley), 1875-1876
Selected letters in this folder include: "Dear Old Girl; Here I am down in the parlor...Sept. 24th." This letter is believed to have been written on September 24, 1875, as "Nellie" [Ellen Urling Harper Smith] is still living and did not die until July 19, 1876, "Boy" is young Hiram Sibley, who was born on July 24, 1875. The mourning stationery may reference her granddaughter (and Margaret's daughter) Margaret Sibley, who died on November 30, 1874.

"Dear old gal, Mary has written you a letter so I suppose...Sept. 27th." This letter was most likely written on September 27, 1875, as it references the death of Charles Hall, whose death is mentioned in a letter from Fletcher U. Harper written on September 28, 1875.

"Dear Old Muggins, Many thanks for Hiram's letter two of them...Sept. 29th." This letter was likely written on September 29, 1875, as it references the fact that May (Mary Hoe Harper) has colic and is teething. May was born on May 19, 1875, so her age of four months is consistent with both of these conditions.

"Dear Old Muggs, Mr. Dr. Chaillie is here...Oct. 1st." This letter was likely written on October 1, 1875, as it references the visit of the Price sisters which is mentioned in a letter dated October 7, 1875 in Box 13, folder 9, as well as "Becky's sickness" mentioned in the letter of September 27, 1875.

"Dear Lovie, I wrote you a long letter which you may or may not have received..." Although this letter has no date on it at all, the contents refer to summer, and it references the fact that Maggie's aunt [Ellen Urling Smith Harper] is extremely sick. "Nellie" dies on July 19, 1876.

"My Dear Maggie; I have not very good news to tell you - Your GPapa Durbin who I saw today is very feeble indeed." The letter is postmarked October 2, and Reverend Durbin dies on October 20, 1876, therefore the letter was likely written in 1876.

"Dear Old Gal; Mary has written you ancie long letter told you all the news...October 13." This letter may have been written in 1876, as it describes how weak Reverend Durbin is, who dies on October 20, 1876.

Box 13, Folder 2Receipt for J. P. Durbin for Muslin Shirts, May 13, 1853
Box 13, Folder 3Harper and Brothers Financial Documents, June 17, 1856
Box 13, Folder 4Receipt of Donation for Margaret Cook Harper to the Metropolitan Memorial Metropolitan M.E. Church, Washington, D.C., ca.1875-1876
Box 13, Folder 5Mary Hoe Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, 1875-1876
Box 13, Folder 6A Maid, Mary, to Margaret Harper Sibley, ca.1875-1876
Box 13, Folder 7Margaret Harper Sibley to her Parents, Fletcher Harper Jr. and Margaret Cook D. Harper, September 22, 1875?
Box 13, Folder 8Margaret Cook Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, September-October, 1875
Box 13, Folder 9Fletcher Harper Jr. to Margaret Harper Sibley and Hiram W. Sibley, Setpember-October, 1875
Box 13, Folder 10Jane Freelove Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, October, 1875-August, 1876
Box 13, Folder 11Margaret Cook Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, June 1876
Box 13, Folder 12Jane Freelove Harper to Fletcher Harper Jr., June 27, 1876
Box 13, Folder 13Fletcher Harper Jr. to Margaret Harper Sibley, June-July, 1876
Box 13, Folder 14Tacie B. Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, ca. 1875-1877
Selected letters in this folder include:

"My dear Maggie, I fully intended to send you the desired pattern...June 21st." This letter can be dated June 21, 1876, per a letter also written on June 21, 1876 in Box 13, folder 11 from Margaret Durbin Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley that references the same night that the servants were all sent to Tarrytown to hear the Jubilee singers.

"My dear Maggie, Fletcher sent by to-day's mail a little jacket for Hiram..." This letter was likely written on October 12, 1875. There arer eferences to Baby Hiram and little Tacie Belle, which suggest that the year is 1875.

"My dear Maggie, It has been my intention..Oct. 3." This letter was likely written in 1875 as it is relates to a September 27, 1875 letter from Margaret D. Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley in Box 13, folder :1.

Box 13, Folder 15Margaret Durdin Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, July-September, 1876
Included in this folder is the letter that begins: "Dear Lovie I never write that word but a vision," which was mailed on July 7. The year is likely 1876, as Tacie Belle is described as tottering around so would be about 18 months old, and Reverend Durbin is very frail and he would die in October, 1876.

Box 13, Folder 16Mary Hoe Harper to Margaret Durbin Harper, July 15, 1876
Box 13, Folder 17William D. Harper to Ellen Jane Harper, July 17, 1876
William writes to his sister Ellen. Their mother, who was ill at the time, is Ellen Urling Smith Harper, who dies four days after he writes the letter.

Box 13, Folder 18Emily Sibley Watson? to Margaret Harper Sibley, August, ca.1876
Box 13, Folder 19J. Henry Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, August 11, 1876
Box 13, Folder 20Elizabeth Tinker Sibley to Margaret Harper Sibley, September 2, 1876
Included in this folder is a letter dated September 2. The letter references two events: "I conclude that the idea of going to the Centennial [May 10-November 10, 1876] with you this month must be given up..." as well as "One year ago today was the commencement of the terrible days that were passed here..."; she is referencing a dire case of food poisoning that she, her husband, and others sustained in North Adams in September, 1875. This was well-documented in the September 1875 newspapers as well.

Box 13, Folder 21General Correspondence to Fletcher Harper, 1886
Box 13, Folder 22Franklin Harper to Fletcher Harper, February 16, 1886
Box 13, Folder 23Letters of Condolence to Margaret Harper Sibley, February-April, 1886
Box 13, Folder 24James Thorne Harper to J. Henry Harper, February 17, 1886
Box 13, Folder 25Jane Freelove Harper to Margaret Harper Sibley, May 11, 1886
Box 13, Folder 26Fanny M. Ketridge to Margaret Durbin Harper, June, 1876
Box 13, Folder 27Envelopes, 1892 1895
Box 14, Folder 1Notice re: Theft of Notes from Bank of England, 1844
Box 14, Folder 2Sheriff's Paper: Election Notice, 1846
Box 14, Folder 3Invitation to Hiram Sibley for a Convention, 1849
Box 14, Folder 4Advertisements for Telegraph Materials and Supplies, 1849-1862
Box 14, Folder 5Misc. Printed Materials from Europe, ca.1850s-1860s. 1892
Box 14, Folder 6New York and Buffalo Printing Telegraph Co., 1850, 1855
Box 14, Folder 7The Printing Telegraph Memorial to Congress, 1851
Box 14, Folder 8Supreme Court Documents re: Railroads and Morse Patent, 1852
Box 14, Folder 9Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Legal Papers, 1852-1854
Box 14, Folder 10Articles of Agreement re: Patent for Magnetic Letter Printing Telegraph, 1853
Box 14, Folder 11Letter to the Stockholders of the Albany and Boston Printing Telegraph Company, 1853
Box 14, Folder 12Printed Materials of D. H. Craig, 1853-1858
Box 14, Folder 13Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Company, 1854
Box 14, Folder 14Notice: Petition to repeal Act to amend Charter of Rochester, 1855
Box 14, Folder 15Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana re: Stockholders, 1855, 1857
Box 14, Folder 16Memorial Concerning Abuses in the Demoine Navigation and Railroad Company, 1856
Box 14, Folder 17Henry O'Reilly Papers and Writings, 1856-1858
Box 14, Folder 18Rates of Telegraphing with Various Companies, 1857
Box 14, Folder 19Proceedings of the Railroad Convention, October 14, 1857
Box 14, Folder 20Legal Document: U.S. Congress 35th, 1st Session, Senate Bill no. 9 authorizing Railroad and Magnetic Telegraph Lines, December 17, 1857
Box 14, Folder 21American Telegraph Company, 1857, 1860
Box 14, Folder 22Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Train Time Tables, 1858
Box 14, Folder 23Legal Documents: Senate Bills re: Telegraphs, June, 1858-February, 1859
Box 14, Folder 24Atlantic Telegraph Company, 1859
Box 14, Folder 25North American Telegraph Confederation 3rd Annual Meeting, 1860
Box 14, Folder 26Revenues of New York Canals, 1863
Box 14, Folder 27Agreement to become Stockholder of the National Bank, 1863
Box 14, Folder 28Clippings re: Telegraph Companies, 1863-1865
Box 14, Folder 29Western Union Telegraph Company, 1865
Box 14, Folder 30Printed Materials from Rome, ca.1866
Box 14, Folder 31Proposed Sailings of British and North American Royal Mail Steamship, 1872
Box 14, Folder 32Invitation to Hiram Sibley for Ceremony at Cornell U., 1875
Box 14, Folder 33Cornell U. Board of Trustees Proceedings, 1888
Box 14, Folder 34Brown Brothers and Co.: Traveler's Letters of Credit, 1902
Box 14, Folder 35Architectural Work Agreement for Foster and Gade Architects, April 25, 1916
Box 14, Folder 36Business Papers re: Architectural Remodeling of the Genesee Valley Club, January 18, 1924
Box 14, Folder 37Printed Portrait of John W. Dwinelle, n.d.
Box 14, Folder 38Proposition to erect Morse Memorial, n.d.
Box 14, Folder 39Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad Map, n.d.
Box 14, Folder 40Clippings re: Mrs. H. Sibley's donation to a Church, n.d.
Box 14, Folder 41Clippings re: Election Results for Directors of the Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad Co., n.d.
Box 14, Folder 42Clippings re: Legal News, n.d.
Box 14, Folder 43Clippings re: Business and Finances, n.d.
Box 14, Folder 44Misc. Newspapers, 1856, 1858, 1860, 1879
Box 14, Folder 45Misc. Newspapers and Clippings
Box 14, Folder 46Blank Stationary and Calling Cards
Box 14, Folder 47Advertisement for the Metallic Car Spring Company, n.d.
Box 14, Folder 48Telegraph Contract between: The Cleveland and Toledo, and The Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad Companies, n.d.
Box 14, Folder: 49Envelopes addressed to Mrs. Hiram W. Sibley
Box 14, Folder: 50Printed Ephemera, 1829-1883
Volume 2Leather-bound guest book
This guest books includes names of family members, other Rochesterians, and friends made while traveling, and those with an artistic or literary inclination, like Claude Bragdon and George Haushalter, added drawings and verse.

James Sibley Watson, Jr., their son, spent nearly every birthday of his prenuptial life at sea with his parents. Over the course of the weeks before his September marriage to Hildegarde Lasell, members of their wedding party cruised aboard the Genesee. Usher E.E. Cummings left a drawing of his signature elephant and a poem dedicated to his friend Sibley. Apparently, he left his camera as well, which Mrs. Watson returned to him by mail and acknowledged in a letter now owned by Harvard University that she wrote from her Prince St. garden in September, 1916.

Volume 3Photograph album of Sibley-Watson Trip to Sweden, 1914
This album contains 63 small-format black and white photographs from a voyage aboard the Genesee around Sweden during the summer of 1914.



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