Rochester Family Papers

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Rochester family papers
Creator: Rochester family
Call Number: D.236
Dates: 1780-1994
Physical Description: 11 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)
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Financial material
Series III: Deeds, mortgages, leases, etc.
Series IV: Printed and manuscript materials
Subseries I: Printed and typescript materials
Subseries II: Miscellaneous manuscript materials
Subseries III: Newspaper clippings
Series V: Photographs of the Rochester family
Series VI: Genealogy materials
Series VII: Biographical material about Nathaniel Rochester III
Collection Overview
Title: Rochester family papers
Creator: Rochester family
Call Number: D.236
Dates: 1780-1994
Physical Description: 11 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Nathaniel Rochester (1752-1831) was a prominent citizen of Hagerstown, Maryland when in 1803 he acquired part-interest in what is now part of downtown Rochester. He later moved to upstate New York, settling first in Dansville, then in East Bloomfield, and finally in Rochester in 1818. He lived the rest of his life in Rochester and played an active part in the affairs of the growing community that was named for him. He and his wife had twelve children and a number of descendants.

Scope and Content
Boxes 1 and 2 contain about 250 letters, dating from 1780 to 1910, with a concentration of letters between 1800 and 1830. The correspondence is mainly to and from Nathaniel Rochester, with some other family members represented. The papers contain a few letters from well-known national figures, including Henry Clay (two letters, along with material concerning Clay's burial in Box 3 folder 10), James Madison (one letter signed), Albert Gallatin (one document signed), and Alexander Hamilton (one document signed). Other important correspondents include Charles Carroll and William Fitzhugh, Rochester's partners in the 1803 Western New York land purchase. There are also retained copies of Rochester's own letters, written in his own hand along with correspondence from several of his sons, including William B. Rochester, who served as a Congressman. Also included are 17 letters Nathaniel Thrift Rochester wrote to his mother and sisters during a tour of Europe in 1832. Letters dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are to and from descendants of Rochester.

Thirty-two of the letters were purchased from Mrs. Howard Osgood on December 11, 1933. See the register folder for a list of these letters. Emory M. Osgood donated the approximately 250 of the letters and the other material described above in August 1990. Additional correspondence, photographs, and other ephemera were purchased from Terry Prace on May 26, 2006.

>Box 3 contains financial and legal material such as bills, receipts, deeds, agreements, etc. The material is concentrated between 1780 and 1830 with some material extending into the 1850s. The earlier material documents Rochester's business dealings before he came to Western New York, including the sale of slaves.

Box 4 contains other material, including a few nineteenth-century broadsides, speeches, and newspaper clippings.

Boxes 5-8 were purchased on November 5, 2003. Some dates overlap with material contained in boxes 1-4. This material includes a journal of Nathaniel Rochester's slave transactions (1790-94) in Box 5, folder 1, and what appears to be an account of a trip to the Genesee region in 1800.

Boxes 7 and 8 contain genealogical material of the Rochester family compiled by Nathaniel Rochester III (1919-2001) along with material accumulated by family members about his work for IBM. These boxes also contain additional material about Montgomery Rochester, the grandson of Nathaniel Rochester. Mongomery Rochester died in 1909.

Boxes 9 and 10 are books collected by or containing information about Nathaniel Rochester III.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Correspondence
Financial records
Photographs
Rochester, Nathaniel, 1752-1831
Rochester, Nathaniel Thrift, 1802-1883
Rochester, Nathaniel
Rochester family
Access
The Rochester 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], Rochester family papers, D.236, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Database: Rochester Family Papers letter index (boxes 1-2 only) .


Administrative Information
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1Correspondence, 1780-1817
Box 2Correspondence, 1818-1910, undated
Series II: Financial material
Box 3, Folder 11770-1775
Rochester, Nathaniel, Ds, 1774
Signed (in 3 places) co-partnership agreement between 5 principals including William Crawford
3 pages

Box 3, Folder 21776-1779
Receipt for money received from Nathaniel Rochester signed by Wm. Burford and marked by Lucy L. Peck, May 22, 1777
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel, ANS, receipt to Capt. Samuel Jackson, August 30, 1777
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel. Unsigned agreement between James Monroe and John Hamilton, with his signature appearing several times in the text, October 16, 1777
Bond of indemnity
1 page

Receipt for payment of taxes received from Nathaniel Rochester signed by Thos. (last name illegible), January 16, 1778
Pyles, Reuben, receipt for purchase of two Negroes, August 25, 1778
Transcribed

Rochester, Nathaniel, ANS, financial agreement between Brian Crosbie and Rochester, October 5, 1778
1 page
Signature partially torn away, but appearing in the text

Rochester, Nathaniel, signed receipt, account with James Monroe, 1778
1 page

Receipt written in Nathaniel Rochester's hand and signed by Mr. Benton "for the purpose of buying Negroes etc." for himself and several other men, March 4, 1779
John Rice, receipt for buying Negroes, March 28, 1779
1 page

List of items purchased by Esther Critcher from Taylor & Rochester, December 1779
2 pages

Box 3, Folder 31780-1789
Rochester, Nathaniel, Ds, signed agreement with Phillip Vass for real estate, October 7,1780
2 pages

Rochester, Nathaniel, accounting summary in Rochester's hand with 2 signatures in body of text, December 1780
Debts due to and from Nathaniel Rochester
3 pages

List of items purchased by Esther Critcher from Taylor & Rochester, 1780
1 page

Receipt signed by Joseph Cromwell for payment by Hart & Rochester, January 29, 1781
For castings (?) at the Catoctin Furnace
1 page

Invoice and receipt for payment by Nathaniel Rochester to Thomas Beck, March 30, 1781
For boarding, lodging, medicines, hay for horses, etc.
1 page

Invoice and receipt for sale of whisky to John Hant and Nathaniel Rochester, June 14, 1782
1 page

Receipt for payment of taxes by Nathaniel Rochester, August 27, 1782
1 page

Receipt for payment of taxes by Nathaniel Rochester, June 17, 1783
1 page

Receipt for payment of taxes by Nathaniel Rochester in Washington County, Maryland, July 23, 1783
1 page

Critcher, T., receipt signed, August 28, 1783
For 95 pounds for purchase of Negro slave Nedd to Nathaniel Rochester
1 page

Receipt for payment by Nathaniel Rochester, September 24, 1783
1 page

Thomas, T. W., Slave receipt, April 2, 1784
A conditional return for physical defects and credit if she dies. On verso, receipt and list of other Negroes sold.
1 page

Receipt for payment by Nathaniel Rochester, May 8, 1784
1 page

Reed, John, receipt signed, January 1, 1785
For 640 acres of land on the Cumberland River, N.C. area to Nathaniel Rochester
2 pages

Reed, John, receipt signed, September 13, 1785
For purchase of 700 acres of land
1 page

Survey report done by R. Nelson of land on the north side of the Cumberland River, January 16, 1786
1 page

Receipt for sale of land in Washington County, Maryland, signed by William Conrad, May 9, 1786
2 pages

Ringold, Thomas, receipt for the exchange of a horse and money for a slave, May 23, 1789
On verso, receipt for a sale from Nathaniel Rochester, June 20, 1789 for the slave mentioned above

Jeremiah J___, receipt for one Negro boy, June 3, 1789
1 page

Robinson, Alex, receipt for Negro boy, June 10, 1789
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel, promissory note to repay Thomas Hart, July 1789
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel, accounting summary of moneys owed and paid to Daniel Huster, Jr., December 5, 1789
1 page

Box 3, Folder 41790-1793
Ledger leaf, showing accounts of Eastern Shore Speculation, 1790
Giving lists of Negroes bought with Nathaniel Rochester's bond for 30 Negroes described with prices, including another list of sales at Elk Ridge Landing with the same descriptions. On verso, list of subscribers with cash advances

Loan receipt for Negroes to W. Campble, April 9, 1790
Lists of names, ages and prices

Banks, Henry, receipt, April 10, 1790
For eight Negroes
1 page

Nutter, William, receipt, April 10, 1790
For Negro woman and two children
1 page

Receipt for 8 Negroes signed by Bartholomew Holloran, April 10, 1790
1 page

Receipts for Negroes, April 17, 1790
Elanor Balland(?) receipt for Negro man, April 19, 1790
1 page

Expense account of Thomas Sprigg with William James Jackson "for the expense of keeping Negroes", June 1790
1 page

Receipt for payment of taxes by Robert Stevens for land in Fayette County, 1792-1795, August 9, 1790
1 page

Promissory note from William Hastings of Orange County, North Carolina, to pay Nathaniel Rochester for a tract of land, September 10, 1790
1 page

Warrants for arrest of Solomon Waters for debts owed to Thomas Sprigg & Company, September 11, 1790
1 page

Document admitting Captain Charles Williamson as a "Burgess, Fremman, and Gild Brother" of the Borough of Lachmaben, September 18, 1790
1 page
with borough seal (broken)

Receipt of payment made by Nathaniel Rochester, July 15, 1791
1 page

Receipt for house and land purchased by Nathaniel Rochester in the Town of Brownsville, January 16, 1792
1 page

Receipt for payment of money by William Hale through Nathaniel Rochester, July 11, 1792
1 page

Receipt for payment of money by Catharine Kimball by Nathaniel Rochester, September 17, 1792
1 page

Verification of the birth and baptism of James and Mary Dun's son signed by Peter Macnee(?), October 11, 1792
1 page

Receipt, October 24, 1792
1 page

Dunn, Andrew to John Dunn, Kingston, (Jamaica), July 10, 1793
Advising the loss of a Negro, inability to get an offer because of over-abundance of arriving Negroes, and scarcity of provisions with a postscript
1 page
Autographed letter signed

Dunn, Andrew, to John Dunn, July 1793
Describing proposed sales of Negroes, shipping conditions, atrocities and West Indies news
3 pages
Autographed letter signed

Document signed by Sam Smith and Stephen Wilson, arbiters for a debt owed by Thomas Hart to John Hamilton & Co., November 26, 1793
1 page

Vandear, M., receipt, September 22, 1794
For provisions of $10,000 to supply the militia against the insurgence in the western counties of Pennsylvania (by Nathaniel Rochester)
1 page

Box 3, Folder 51794-1799
Receipt for payment to Eli Williams "by the hands of Nathaniel Rochester", September 22, 1794
receipt for $10,000 for supplying the militia with provisions at Fort Cumberland"
1 page

Receipt for payment by Nathaniel Rochester, October 28, 1794
1 page

Receipt for payment by Nathaniel Rochester, October 29, 1794
1 page

Receipt for payment by Nathaniel Rochester, November 26, 1794
1 page

Roher, Jacob, receipt for land in Nathaniel Rochester's hand, February 20, 1795
1 page
with signature in text

Roher, Jacob, receipt for ground rent in Nathaniel Rochester's hand, February 20, 1795
paper fragment with signature in text

Roher, Jacob, receipt for ground rent in Nathaniel Rochester's hand, February 26, 1795
paper fragment with signature in text

Roher, Jacob, receipt for ground rent in Nathaniel Rochester's hand, February 28, 1795
paper fragment with signature in text

Earhart, P., receipt by the hand of Nathaniel Rochester, October 28, 1796
page fragment

Hardin, Martin and others, receipt from Nathaniel Rochester, January 11, 1797
page fragment, drawing on the estate of John Hardin

Document verifying that Anna Stephen voluntarily gives her husband Robert Stephen permission to sell a tract of land in Kentucky to Nathaniel Rochester, February 28, 1797
2 pages

Indenture, Lexington between Nathaniel Rochester and Robert and Anna Stephens for Kentucky River lands, February 28, 1797
1 page

Addison, A., receipt for Negro named George, April 8, 1797
1 page
Fragment

Allen, Christopher, receipt for Negro man, August 2, 1797
Brooks, J. B., receipt for two Negro boys, August 19, 1797
Note from John Henley to Nathaniel Rochester regarding a payment due (?), October 9, 1797
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel, accounting summary of moneys paid to C. Beatty, June 27, 1799
1 page

Beatty, C. Statement of profit and loss, July 17, 1799
1 page

King, Stephen, to Nathaniel Rochester, acknowledging the sale of a slave Job, July 29, 1799
1 page
Autgraphed letter signed

Box 3, Folder 61800-1810
Receipt for payment of taxes by Nathaniel Rochester in Washington County, Maryland, October 28, 1800
1 page

Medical receipt for Nathaniel Rochester and his Negro slave, February 13, 1781
List of property divided between Nathaniel Rochester and Cornelius Beatty, July 20, 1802
1 page

Webb, Samuel, receipt for sale of a Negro man, April 8, 1803
Draft copy of a codicil to the will of Jacob Rohrer (?) of Washington County, Maryland, October 7, 1803
1 page

Opinion of Alexander Hamilton and Joseph O. Hoffman relative to property claimed by Justus O. Smith, February 28, 1804
1 page
signed by Hamilton

Hickman, Thomas, receipt for the sale of Negro slaves to Nathaniel Rochester, January 1, 1806
1 page

Receipt from the states of N.Y. and Pa. confirming ownership of slave property belonging to Nathaniel Rochester, September 9, 1809
Judgment of the Supreme Court of New York in the case of Andrew Kingsbury vs. Joshua Wood, August 18, 1810
1 page
1 page on parchment with seal

Box 3, Folder 71811-1819
Indenture to "place Negro Cassandra a poor child" of Dansville with Nathaniel Rochester as an apprentice, January 9, 1811
2 pages

Document written and signed by Nathaniel Rochester manumitting his slaves Benjamin and Cassandra, February 26, 1811
1 page

Mason, J. L. outlining the necessary procedures to confer the power of attorney from Nathaniel Rochester to Mr. Shaffner and Elie Healty, December 5, 1811
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel. License "to sell by retail any strong or spirituous liquor under five gallons" in Dansville, May 25, 1813
1 page

Report of the Clerk for Genesee County to William Rochester, June 3, 1814
Report says that he has "found no conveyance of land from Phelps Gorham to Eben[eze]r. Allen, or from any person to Robert Morris or from Eben[eze]r. Allen to any other person"
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel. Receipt for lots sold at the Genesee River, September 16, 1815
Receipt for payment of $800 for "lots sold in the village of Rochester at the Falls of Genesee River," signed by Charles Carroll
1 page

Draper, S.O. (?). Letter to Charles Carroll and William Fitzhugh, July 31, 1816
note regarding a dispute over the rightful ownership of "lot No.24 in Township No. 8 in 7 range"
2 pages

Rochester, Nathaniel. Receipt for payment of money, signed by John Grieg, October 29, 1816
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel. Receipt for lots sold, October 31, 1816
receipt for payment of $400 "on acct. of lots sold in Rochester for Col. Fitzhugh myself," signed by Charles Carroll
1 page

Agreement between Charles Carroll, Mr. Eldridge and Mr. Montgomery regarding a lot of land, January 7, 1817
1 page
signature missing

Rochester, Nathaniel. Receipt signed by John Canfield Spencer for payment of costs in the case of Rochester vs. Samuel Story, May 10, 1817
1 page

Rochester, Nathaniel. Notice from Utica Branch Bank, June 22, 1819
notice says that, as the endorser of Charles Carroll, Rochester is responsible for his non-payment of a loan
1 page

Box 3, Folder 81820-1829
Comptroller's statement regarding New York State lotteries, March 15, 1822
3 pages

Peck, Jesse. Sworn statement, March 25, 1822
sworn statement that he published for six successive weeks in the Rochester Telegraph his intentions to establish a bank in the village of Rochesterville
1 page
1 page with printed copy of the notice

Box 3, Folder 91830-1849
Citation (and copy) published calling for reading of Nathaniel Rochester's will, June 1, 1831
Release of Dower, Sophia Rochester, June 22, 1831
2 Leaves

Check, January 3, 1834
Check, January 24, 1834
Bill of receipt, October 3, 1834
Copy of a Memorial to the Canal Commissioners regarding one of the basins with list of shipments, January 21, 1835
5 pages

Written memorial of Col. Fitzhugh, August 20, 1836
Monroe County Supreme Court Declaration, John Lloyd vs. Wilson Lambert & Albert Wilson, with Henry E. Rochester as Attorney, July 7, 1838
1 page

Auditor's receipt for taxes, state of Kentucky, 1839
Receipt for purchase of cemetery plot in Mount Hope Cemetery for Henry E. Rochester and heirs, February 10, 1841
Auditor's receipt for taxes, state of Kentucky, 1849
Bank receipt and $3 bill, delivered to the bank by Henry E. Rochester's wife, Sophia, July 15, 1849
2 pages

Box 3, Folder 101850s
Financial records regarding the commemoration of Henry Clay after his death in June 1852. Clay's body passed through Rochester on July 6, 1852

Receipt for payment for the Clay eulogy, July 17, 1852
Receipt for payment of Church after death of Henry Clay, July 20, 1852
Receipt for payment for music at Henry Clay's funeral, July 22, 1852
Note concerning tolling of the church bell, July 24, 1852
Receipt for payment for tolling church bell, July 31, 1852
Receipt for payment for tolling church bell, August 2, 1852
List of expenses, August 16, 1852
Receipt for eulogy, August 1852
Documents related to the funeral of Henry Clay, undated
4 documents

Box 5, Folder 1Slave transaction account book, 1790-1794
Box 5, Folder 3-4Memorandum book containing financial transactions, 1805 and undated
Box 5, Folder 5Farm account
Signed receipt from Samuel Sprigg, 1817
Rochester farm account in Nathaniel T. Rochester's handwriting, 1831
2 pages

Groveland farm account kept by Nathaniel T. Rochester, 1832
1 page

Farm account
Series III: Deeds, mortgages, leases, etc.
Box 3, Folder 11Ms. account book of John Dunn in Jamaica, 1784-1792
7 Leaves

Box 3, Folder 12Deed signed over to John Rice from John Stoveall, June 8, 1796
Box 3, Folder 13Conveyance of deeds between Charles Williamson and William Pulteney with appointment of Robert Troup attorney, March 1801
Box 3, Folder 141810-1829
Receipt for John Rochester's use of Slip No. 70 in the Meeting House on Carroll Street, May 10, 1817
Carriage tax receipts for Nathaniel Rochester's coaches, June 1817
2 receipts

Summons for Harvey Montgomery concerning Exchange Street South, June 25, 1828
Supreme court document in the matter of Harvey Montgomery vs. The Village of Rochester, July 29, 1828
Box 3, Folder 151830s
Deed from Obadiah Bash and wife, Selah Matthews and wife to Matthew M. Hall, June 17, 1839
Box 3, Folder 161840s
Mortgage signed over Selah Matthews from to Joseph Cole, December 23, 1840
Bond between Joseph Cole and Selah Matthews, December 23, 1840
Discharge of mortgage, Selah Matthews to Joseph Cole, December 23, 1840
Bond between Henry Cady and Isaac Hills, Erastus Cook and Ephraim Moore, June 21, 1841
Mortgage between Henry Cady and Isaac Hills, Erasmus Cook and Ephraim Moore, June 21, 1841
Deed from Joseph Cole and wife to Matthew Hall, June 24, 1841
Bond between Henry Cady, Joseph Wood, and Matthew Hall, June 25, 1841
Receipt for payment on a deed made by Henry Cady to the trustees of Robert Sedgwick, June 26, 1841
Bond between Joseph Cole and Matthew Hall, June 26, 1841
Agreement between Michael Cady and Michael Hall, December 18, 1841
Deed from Michael Cady and wife to Matthew Hall, June 25, 1842
Deed between Elie Beatty and Basil Norris, July 10, 1846
Lease between the Rochester City Bank of the City of Rochester and Ezra M. Nichols of Lockport, January 17, 1849
Box 3, Folder 171850s
Lease between Thomas H. Rochester and Nathaniel T. Rochester, April 1, 1850
Lease between Anson Coleman and George Siebert, May 1, 1850
Lease between Thomas H. Rochester, agent for the heirs of Anson Coleman, deceased, and James Shaw, April 5, 1852
Agreement between Edward Beatty and Thomas H. Rochester, March 25, 1857
Tax receipts from Elie Beatty, 1857 and 1858
Deed between Edward Beatty and Thomas H. Rochester, January 4, 1858
Letter to Thomas H. Rochester from Edward Beatty of Hagerstown, MD, June 11, 1858
Deed between Mary D. Beatty (Wife of Elie Beatty, now deceased) and Thomas H. Rochester, May 6, 1859
Deed between Edward Beatty and Thomas H. Rochester, December 19, 1859
Box 3, Folder 181860s
Deed between Basil Norris and Thomas H. Rochester, July 12, 1860
Harvey Montgomery, receipt for payment for Pew 79 at St. Luke's Church, 1867
Box 3, Folder 19Undated items
Memorandum listing names, ages, dispositions, and prices of slaves, undated [circa 1790]
1 page

Correspondence pertaining to the negotiation between J.Wm. P…. and W Howdy (?)
Document with multiple signatures
Document with names and dates
Copy of document regarding the Holland Land Purchase
An abstract of the Pulteney Title
Case concerning the purchase of the Genesee tract
12 pages

Series IV: Printed and manuscript materials
Subseries I: Printed and typescript materials
Box 4, Folder 1Watterston, George, Proposal by subscription . . . West India Letters, circa 1810
Book subscription broadside

Box 4, Folder 21820 census
Box 4, Folder 3Broadside, Albany, 1820s
Box 4, Folder 4Typescript sheet declaring Nathaniel T. Rochester's faith in God, October 15, 1821
Box 4, Folder 5Pamphlet, "Reply of Mr. Trimble", 1826
Box 4, Folder 6Pamphlet, "Remarks on the Attorney General's report to the senate", 1849 or later
Box 4, Folder 7Predictions about the City of Rochester 100 years hence, in 1950, 1850
Typescript

Box 4, Folder 8Rochester, Henry E. Genesee River within limits of city
7 pages
Typescript

Box 4, Folder 9Invitation to a ball for the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1892
Box 4, Folder 10Printed songs from Lincoln Birthday celebration, 1909
Box 4, Folder 11Rochester, Nathaniel. "A brief sketch of the life of Nathaniel Rochester"
Pamphlet

Box 4, Folder 12Postcards
4 items

Subseries II: Miscellaneous manuscript materials
Box 4, Folder 13Index concerning an estate, circa 1798
Box 4, Folder 14Rochester, Nathaniel, End of life statement, July 28, 1830 and October 31, 1830
4 pages

Box 4, Folder 15John Dunn
1 page
Manuscript

Box 4, Folder 16Genealogical notes on scraps of paper
Box 4, Folder 17Miscellaneous manuscript fragments
Box 4, Folder 18Clipped autographs, circa 1820s
Box 4, Folder 19Account of trip from Rochester to Albany to Philadelphia, 1826
Box 4, Folder 20Wedding invitation, 1900
Wedding of daughter of George Washington Bolling to W. Henry Fitzhugh Lee in Washington

Box 4, Folder 21Information on the Osgood collection, circa 1930s
Box 4, Folder 22Unidentified wax seal
Box 5, Folder 2Nathaniel Rochester's account of a trip to the Genesee from Hagerstown, MD, 1802
Box 5, Folder 6Calling cards and stamp
"Mr. Nathaniel Rochester" calling cards
Rubber stamp, "N. Rochester" signature
Copper plate for "Mr. Nathaniel Rochester" calling cards
Volume 1Diary, 1833-1834
Volume 2Diary, 1836-1839
Volume 3Diary, 1856-1861
Subseries III: Newspaper clippings
Box 4, Folder 23Letter to the editor concerning a mermaid sighting, and vegetable materials for making paper, 1809
Box 4, Folder 24Letter of William B. Rochester, written July 12, 1814, February 7, 1888
Box 4, Folder 25Clipping re: bell dedicated by the DAR, June 1, 1893
Box 4, Folder 26"Col. Rochester letter found telling why he came north." The Rochester Herald, July 12, 1910
Box 4, Folder 27Newspaper clippings concerning the Rochester family, 1900-1930
Box 4, Folder 28Newspaper clippings concerning letters about the War of 1812, 1931
Box 4, Folder 29"Attempted robbery or murder." Pontiac Jacksonian 5:22, September 30, 1842
Full issue. Account of a robbery attempt at Henry E. Rochester's home

Series V: Photographs of the Rochester family
Grouped chronologically when indicated. If no date was indicated, photographs were grouped according to original order upon acquisition

Box 5, Folder 7Photographs of Nathaniel Rochester (daguerreotypes?)
3 photographs

"Natty Rochester" (March 26, 1854- March 6, 1906)
Nathaniel Rochester (slip with story of "Gold Nugget" enclosed)
Nat Rochester
Box 6, Folder 11860s
Box 6, Folder 21890s
Box 6, Folder 3Fanny Cooper Rochester Rogers, 1896
Box 6, Folder 41920s
Box 6, Folder 51930s
Box 6, Folder 6Ruth Bartlett Rochester, 1943
Box 6, Folder 7-91956-1958
Box 6, Folder 10-121960s
Box 6, Folder 13-161970s
Box 6, Folder 171999
Box 6, Folder 18Album with young children, undated
Box 6, Folder 19-22Undated
Box 6, Folder 23Henry Ely Rochester, undated
Box 6, Folder 24Rochester family group photograph, undated
Box 6aAlbum, Thomas Hortense Rochester, "Pictures of house, 333 Elmwood Ave, photographs taken by Uncle Oscar," undated
Series VI: Genealogy materials
Materials were collected by Nathaniel Rochester III (1919-2001) and his son, Nicholas Rochester. The folder titles reflect the original folder headings used by Rochester. The materials in Box 7 were likely collected to form the research for a family history compiled by Nathaniel Rochester III. This family history can be found in the early folders of Box 8.

Box 7, Folder 1Rochester family genealogy compiled by Nathaniel Rochester III, before 1945?
Box 7, Folder 2David O'Killa the Immigrant of Old Yarmouth, Massachusetts with His Descendants and Allied Families, 1652-1962, compiled by Eunice Kelley Randall, 1962
Photocopy

Box 7, Folder 3Visit To Betty Fajans, August 20-21, 1993
Manuscript and transcript

Box 7, Folder 4TFR- notes and typescript pages
Box 7, Folder 5Genealogical data from Charlie Wheeler
Mainly photocopies

Box 7, Folder 6Genealogical data, including off-center TFR photos
Box 7, Folder 7Information on the Heathcote part of the family genealogy
"The Heathcote manor," by Charles B. Wheeler of Scarsdale, NY, March 27, 1922
Page 15 has a pictures of Rev. William Heathcote de Lancey, D. D., Bishop of Western New York (1797-1865)

Developments: IBM United Kingdom Laboratories Limited Newsletter, January 29, 1982
Article on Nathaniel Rochester's visit to Hursley

Pictures from England concerning the Heathcotes
Letters concerning the history of Hursley Park
Box 7, Folder 8Genealogy notes
Box 7, Folder 9Madeleine Duffield Blakeslee, genealogy and obituary
Box 7, Folder 10Thomas F. Rochester, flying log book, November 12, 1917-February 2, 1919
Box 7, Folder 11Miscellaneous genealogy folder
Box 7, Folder 12Materials relating to Nathaniel Rochester III's work for IBM
Box 7, Folder 13Minstrels material, undated
Photographs of children dressed in blackface, and a handwritten minstrel show

Box 7, Folder 14Correspondence from Nathaniel Rochester to his parents, 1940s
Box 7, Folder 15Genealogy miscellaneous, including interview of Nathaniel Rochester by Andrew Goldstein, June 6, 1991
Box 7, Folder 16Materials used by Nicholas E. Rochester to apply for a Cold War Recognition Certificate for Nathaniel Rochester III
Box 7, Folder 17Rochester family street addresses, 1919-1937
Handwritten by Nathaniel Rochester III

Box 7, Folder 18Letters and appointments as Notary Republic in different states of Montgomery Rochester -grandson of Nathaniel and son of Thomas Rochester.
Colonel Rochester lived in Albany for many years. He died in 1909

Box 8, Folder 1Thomas Fortescue Rochester, M.D., and his descendants, ancestors, and relatives, by Nathaniel Rochester III, January 5, 1993
Box 8, Folder 2Thomas Fortescue Rochester, M.D., and his descendants, ancestors, and relatives, by Nathaniel Rochester III, January 29, 1993
Box 8, Folder 3Thomas Fortescue Rochester, M.D., and his descendants, ancestors, and relatives, by Nathaniel Rochester III, 1993
Box 8, Folder 4Thomas Fortescue Rochester, M.D., and his descendants, ancestors, and relatives, guide booklet, February 14, 1993
Box 8, Folder 5Draft of Thomas Fortescue Rochester, M.D., and his descendants, ancestors, and relatives, by Nathaniel Rochester III
Box 8, Folder 6The first Rochesters in America and genealogy of Thomas Fortescue Rochester and his descendants, edited by Richard F. Ober
Box 8, Folder 7Randall, WS. "Benedict Arnold: patriot and traitor"
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Box 8, Folder 8Margaret Munro Delancey ancestors, source material, Paar, Nicoll, Asfordby, etc.
Box 8, Folder 9Ancestors of Marilyn Anne McHugh, wife of Robert Bradstreet Rochester
Box 8, Folder 10The career of James Delancey: a loyalist attitude in the making, by Margaret Weaver, 1983
Box 8, Folder 11"The children of Bladensfield" by Nicholas Rochester
Box 8, Folder 12Wheeler, Charles B. "Descendants of Thomas Fortescue Rochester…", February 1, 1986
Box 8, Folder 13"Early history of the Rochester family in America with charts of the family and its connections from 1640 to 1882", 1882
Collected and compiled by Nathaniel Rochester, Buffalo, NY,
Photocopy, 2 copies

Box 8, Folder 14Bill Milton correspondence, 1993
Box 8, Folder 15Miscellaneous genealogical photocopies, etc.
Box 8, Folder 16Steven R. Rochester correspondence, 1993
Series VII: Biographical material about Nathaniel Rochester III
Books collected by or containing information about Nathaniel Rochester III

Box 9, Folder 1Award: Governing board of the IEEE Computer Society "Computer pioneer award" to Nathaniel Rochester for the Architecture of IBM 701 and IBM 702 Electronic Data Processing Machines, September 18, 1984
Box 9, Folder 2Social register listing Rochester family names, 1984
Photocopy of pertinent pages

Box 9, Folder 3A century of honors: the first one-hundred years of award winners, honorary members, past presidents and fellows of the Institute, 1884-1984. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., 1984
See pageg. 364 for note on Nathaniel Rochester III

Box 9, Folder 4Federal Aviation Agency. Report of the Task Force on Air Traffic Control: a study of the safe and efficient utilization of airspace, Project Beacon (US Government Printing Office), 1961
Nathaniel Rochester III was on the committee that issued the report

Box 9, Folder 5IBM Journal of Research and Development: 25th anniversary issue, 1981
See page 842 for a biography of Nathaniel Rochester III

Box 9, Folder 6M.I.T. alumni register, 1948
See page 223 for Nathaniel Rochester III

Box 9, Folder 7M.I.T. class of 1941 25th reunion, 1966
See page 93 for Nathaniel Rochester III

Box 10, Folder 1M.I.T. class of 1941 50th reunion yearbook
Box 10, Folder 2Rochester, Nathaniel, "A formalization of two-dimensional syntax description", 1966
Published in Steel, T. B. Jr., ed., Formal Language Description Languages for Computer Programming: Proceedings of the IFIP Working Conference on Formal Language Description Languages (North-Holland Publishing Company: Amsterdam)

Box 10, Folder 3Rochester, Nathaniel and H. L. Gelernter, "Intelligent behavior in problem-solving machines" IBM Journal of Research and Development 2:4 (October 1958): 336-345
Box 10, Folder 4Terman, Frederick Emmons. Radio Engineers' Handbook (McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc: New York) 1943. Signed by Nat Rochester, September 17, 1943
Box 10, Folder 5Think: 200 Years of Work in America, July 1976
Box 10, Folder 6Time Magazine, May 11, 1981
See second to last page for photo of Nathaniel Rochester III at a keyboard

Box 10, Folder 7Watson, Thos. J. Men-minutes-money (International Business Machines Corporation: New York), 1934
Signed by Nat Rochester, April 14, 1955



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