Atwater Family Papers

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Atwater family papers
Creator: Atwater family
Call Number: D.499
Dates: 1701-1960s [bulk]
Physical Description: 12 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
Accruals
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: First five generations, 1787-1960
Subseries I: First and second generations, 1787-1894
Subseries II: Third and fourth generations, 1862-1960
Subseries III: Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater
Series II: Letters sent to Frances Marsh Washburn, 1914-1959
Collection Overview
Title: Atwater family papers
Creator: Atwater family
Call Number: D.499
Dates: 1701-1960s [bulk]
Physical Description: 12 Linear Feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Five generations of Atwater family members are included in the collection, as well as related families: Langworthy, Parrin, Clapp, Washburn, Marsh, Davis, Abbott, and Prole. The first generation also includes: Lyman Barker Langworthy, who was born on October 21, 1787 and was the grandfather of William Andrews Langworthy.

The second generation includes William Langworthy (November 4, 1816-April 25, 1875), who was born in Ballston Spa, New York, and worked as a hardware merchant in Seneca Falls, New York. Langworthy and was Fanny Langworthy's father. Ann Elizabeth Langworthy was born on May 24, 1831 in Saratoga Springs and was Fanny Langworthy's aunt.

Stephen Atwater (November 26, 1815-April 12, 1855), was the son of Mead Atwater. Atwater worked as a Civil Engineer, and contributed to the completion of the second Erie Canal aqueduct over Genesee River in Rochester. He later became City Surveyor for Providence, Rhode Island. Stephen Atwater died of tuberculosis on April 12, 1855, and is buried in Swan Point Cemetery, in Providence, Rhode Island. His wife, Mary Weaver Atwater (March 5, 1816-May 19, 1984) was born in Hamilton, New York, and died in Batavia, New York. Sara Atwater Kelsey (October 31, 1826-) was Stephen's sister.

A second family, the Marsh family included: Jamie Peabody Marsh, who was born on May 24, 1841, in Lockport, New York. He moved to Chicago in 1862, where he designed and manufactured steam valves as the James P. Marsh & Co. Marsh died on June 27, 1923.

Edward Weaver Atwater (January 5, 1842-September 2, 1910), was Stephen Atwater's son, and named after Edward Mott Moore, a Rochester physician, fellow Quaker, and family friend. Atwater served in the Civil War. After the war he operated a fruit farm near Palmyra, New York from 1874-1878. He then worked for H. A. Deland & Co., in Fairport, New York from 1878-1886. Atwater then worked at the Johnston Harvester Co., in Batavia, New York from 1886-1910, and served as the company's president from 1907-1910. During the period from 1886-1907, Atwater also served as the business manager for the Richmond estate. Atwater is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, in Batavia, New York. Edward Weaver Atwater's wife was Fanny Ann Langworthy. Fanny was born on July 29, 1851 in Seneca Falls, New York. She and later died in childbirth on April 14, 1885, in Fairport, New York. She is buried in Seneca Falls, New York.

Richard Mead Atwater was born on August 10, 1844 in Providence, Phode Island. He was Edward Weaver Atwater's younger brother. He worked as a foreign representative for the Johnston Harvester Co., in both Berlin and Paris. Atwater died in October 1920, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Alice M. Atwater, also referred to as "Anno Dear" was born on November 22, 1851 in Providence, Rhode Island. She was the maiden sister of Edward Weaver Atwater, and raised his children after his wife died. Alice M. Atwater died on July 18, 1936.

(Annie) Caroline Atwater Mason was born on July 10, 1853, and was Edward Atwater Mead's younger sister. She married John Mason, who was a Baptist minister, and later a professor at the Baptist Seminary in Rochester. She authored several novels. Caroline Atwater Mason died on May 2, 1939.

The fourth generation includes: William Langworthy Atwater, who was born in 1873 and was the elder son of Edward Weaver Atwater. He died on January 27, 1945 in Maryland.

Edward Congdon Atwater was born on October 9, 1876, in Palmyra, New York and was the second son of Edward Weaver Atwater. He attended the University of Rochester and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1898. Atwater was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa. He later worked as a lawyer, and served as secretary and treasurer of Massey-Harris Harvester Co., the successor of the Johnston Harvester Company. Atwater died on August 28, 1925, and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, in Batavia, New York.

Frances Atwater Clapp was born on August 3, 1883 in Fairport, New York. She was the younger daughter of Edward Weaver Atwater, and married William D. Clapp. She died on January 31, 1958 in Rochester, New York.

The fifth generation includes Edward Perrin Atwater, who was born on July 5, 1902. Atwater served as President of First National Bank in Batavia, New York from 1934-1962. He died on June 6, 1967 in Batavia.

Rowena Marsh Abbott was born on December 24, 1869, in Chicago, and was the younger daughter of James Peabody Marsh. Her passport dates her birth as 1873. Her sister was Frances Washburn. Rowena later married John J. Abbott.

Scope and Content
The Atwater Family Papers includes two series: First Five Generations, 1787-1960, and letters sent to Frances Marsh Washburn, 1914-1959. The first series consists of letters, diaries, memoranda, reminiscences and notes that span from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries and document the lives of five generations of family members, who were connected to Rochester, New York. Specifically, the collection includes reminiscences from Lyman Barker Langworthy, which date from 1701-1869. There are fourteen typed transcriptions of letters sent to and from Stephen Atwater, that describe family matters and a property title despute. These letters date from 1844-1855. There is an 1892 memorandum from Mary Weaver Atwaterood regarding her furniture. There are also five deeds from William Langworthy for property bought in Seneca Falls and in Rochester, which are dated from 1851-1860. Ann Elizabeth Langworthy's will, dated September 2, 1875, is also in the collection. There are letters, documents, reminiscences, and a diary from Edward Weaver Atwater from his time serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, 1861-1863. There is one letter that Fanny Ann Langworthy sent to her older son, William Langworthy Atwater on January 25, 1885. Included in the collection are also six letters sent to Richard Mead Atwater from his attorney, Safford E. North, November 19-December 10, 1910 regarding purchase of his stock in Johnston Harvester Company by Massey Harris County Limited. There are twelve photocopies of letters from the American painter, Ogden Wood, which were mostly written to Richard's wife, Abby, from October 19, 1907-August 13, 1912. There are letters, diaries, reminiscences from Alice M. Atwater dating from 1894-1916. Included are also letters from William Langworthy Atwater written to his father while he worked as a clerk in the Manila Ordnance Depot, October 4, 1901-January 22, 1904. There are essays written during Edward Congdon Atwater's years as a student at the University of Rochester. Also included in the collection are letters and reminiscences from Frances Atwater Clapp that range in date from 1902-1954. There are also notes taken from family bibles and diaries, as well as letters and an affidavit from James Peabody Marsh, 1908-1930. There are a number of letters sent to and from Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater, as well as selections of her writings. There are letters sent to and from Edward Perrin Atwater as well as letters from Julian P. Atwater.

The second series includes letters sent to Frances Marsh Washburn. The majority of the letters were sent from Rowena Marsh Abbott, her sister, Frances Washburn, dating from 1921-1952. These letters have been transcribed and can be found in Volumes 22 and 23. There are also originals of a select number of these letters.

Subject(s):
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Correspondence
Langworthy, Lyman Barker, 1787-1880
Atwater, Edward C.
Atwater family
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Atwater Family Papers were the gift of Dr. Edward C. Atwater, and his brothers, James P. Atwater, and Julian W. Atwater, 2016.Accruals
Accruals are expected for this collection.Access
The Atwater family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
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Content List
Series I: First five generations, 1787-1960
Subseries I: First and second generations, 1787-1894
Box 1, Folder 1Mead Atwater
This folder contains a typescript copy of a letter to Israel Palmer, of McGrawsville, New York, written on November 27, 1850 regarding a runaway slave. Also included is a letter offering the original of the 1850 letter for sale, for $1.00.

Box 1, Folder 2Stephen Atwater, 1853-1855
This folder contains letters written to various family members.

Box 1, Folder 3Stephen Atwater, typed transcriptions of letters, 1844-1855
Box 1, Folder 4Mary Weaver Atwater, 1892
This folder contains a memorandum regarding Mary's furniture, dictated to her son, and a newspaper obituary. There are also notes describing Mary Weaver's death, likely written by "Anno Dear."

Box 1, Folder 5Sarah Atwater Kelsey, 1790-1878
This folder contains reminiscences of her parents, Mead Atwater and Huldah Hoag Atwater, both of whom were Quakers.

Box 1, Folder 6William Langworthy, 1851-1860
This folder contains five deeds for properties bought in Seneca Falls and Rochester, New York.

Box 1, Folder 7Ann Elizabeth Langworthy, September 2, 1875
This folder contains Langworthy's will, for which her brother, William A. Langworthy was the executor.

Box 1, Folder 8Edward Weaver Atwater: Correspondence, 1863-1910
This folder contains business correspondence.

Box 1, Folder 9Letters from Walter H. Coleman to Edward Weaver Atwater, 1861-1862
Box 1, Folder 10Edward Weaver Atwater: Copy of Civil War pension application, May 1911
Box 1, Folder 11Letters from Abram B. Lawrence to Edward Weaver Atwater, 1889-1910
Lieutenant [later Colonel] Abram B. Lawrence was the officer under whom Atwater worked as an army clerk at the 2nd Brigade Headquaters, Abercrombie's Division, in Virginia during the fall of 1862.
The folder contains letters, two photographs, special orders, and an affidavit.

Box 1, Folder 12Edward Weaver Atwater: Deed for Elmwood Cemetery, October 5, 1908
Box 1, Folder 13"Story of my army life in 1862 and 1863 written for my children", December 18, 1885
Box 1, Folder 14Edward Weaver Atwater: Civil War conscription documents, 1863, 1864, 1890
Box 1, Folder 15Edward Weaver Atwater Correspondence, ca. 1862-1909
This folder contains letters written to various family members while serving in the Civil War, as well as letters sent later in life.

Box 1, Folder 16Edward Weaver Atwater: "Thoughts on the anniversary of my entering business", May 9, 1860
Box 1, Folder 17Edward Weaver Atwater: "Trip to New Bedford", February 22, 1861
Box 1, Folder 18Letter from Edward Weaver Atwater to Joseph Atwater, April 23, 1861
This letter is written to Atwater's uncle explaining why as a Quaker he should still enlist in the army.

Box 1, Folder 19Edward Weaver Atwater: Eleventh Rhode Island Regiment, photographs, souvenir book, clippings
Box 1, Folder 20Edward Weaver Atwater: clippings, photographs, correspondence
Box 1, Folder 21Photograph of Joseph Atwater, son of Mead Atwater
Box 1, Folder 22Richard Mead Atwater: correspondence from Safford E. North; secondary research notes; Letter from Edward Weaver Atwater, brother
This folder includes a letter to Atwater's brother, Edward Weaver, on May 29, 1909 regarding Ben Kelly and Edward's volume of war letters. There are also letters exchanged with Safford E. North, regarding purchase of his stock in Johnston Harvester Co. by Massey Harris Co. Ltd. Johnston Harvester Co. had previously been Batavia's largest industry, until it was sold. There are also photocopies of twelve letters from Ogden Wood to Richard, or his wife Abby, written from Paris between 1907 and 1912. Richard was Wood's legatee, and inherited many of his paintings. There are several letters from Mrs. A. B. Chace, Richard's sister-in-law and one from his daughter Sophy, who were caring for Wood in the last period of his life.

Box 1, Folder 23"Plaint of the Female Slave," poem [L.D.?] Curtis to Mary F. Clapp, May 31, 1836
Box 1, Folder 24Fanny Ann Langworthy, letter to William Langworthy, January 25, 1885
Volume 1Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1897
Volume 2Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1898-1899
Volume 3Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1900
Volume 4Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1901
Volume 5Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1902
Volume 6Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1903
Volume 7Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1904
Volume 8Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1905
Volume 9Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1906-July 31, 1908
Volume 10Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, August 1, 1908-1911
Volume 11Edward Congdon Atwater: Account Book, 1912-June 15, 1915
Volume 12Edward Congdon Atwater: Diary, 1899
This volume includes daily activities, with accounts in the back.

Volume 13Edward Congdon Atwater: Diary, 1900
This volume includes daily activities.

Volume 14Edward Congdon Atwater: Diary, January-June 11, 1901
This volumes includes daily activities, and accounts in the back.

Volume 15Edward A. Washburn: Law Ledger, August 3, 1926-July 7, 1934
Volume 16Fannie Caroline Davis Marsh: Dairy, 1865
The diary includes many recipes, with loose ones, as well.

Volume 17Edward Weaver Atwater: account book, 1868-1906
This account book includes income and expenses for each year.

Volume 18Alice M. Atwater "Anno Dear": diary, 1911
Atwater started this diary on January 9, 1911, soon after her brother's death. She moved in October from 401 East Main Street, Batavia, to Rochester, where her niece, Frances Clapp lived.

Volume 19Alice M. Atwater "Anno Dear": sketch book, ca. 1900-1904
The sketches are pencil, pen and ink, as well as water color. Most of the sketches are of European subjects.

Volume 20Frances Atwater Clapp: reminiscences, 1954
Clapp wrote these reminiscences at the request of her grandnephew, Edward Congdon Atwater.

Volume 21Edward Weaver Atwater: Army letters written to E. W. Atwater then living in Providence, R.I., 1861-1863
Harry C. Cushing, Charles D. Owen, Benjamin E. Kelly, and Walter H. Colemen were all friends in Providence who served with Atwater. Each of them had enlisted the year before he did.
This volume was put together in 1909, and includes twenty-four letters from Harry C. Cushing, nine letters from Charles D. Owen, six letters from Benjamin E. Kelly, eight letters from Walter H. Coleman.

Volume 22Rowena Marsh Abbott: Letters written by Abbott to her sister, Frances Marsh Washburn, 1921-1932
Volume 23Rowena Marsh Abbott: Letters written by Abbott to her sister, Frances Marsh Washburn, 1932-1952
Box 3Fourth and Fifth Generations, 1912-1954
Box 3, Folder 1Edward Perrin Atwater: Letters to parents, sent from Dan Beard Camp, June 27, 1916-August 26, 1916
This folder includes letters that Atwater sent to his parents describing his experiences while at camp. There is also a letter from Dan Beard to Atwater's parents describing his poor performance at camp.

Box 3, Folder 2Edward Perrin Atwater: Letters to parents, sent from Santo Domingo (Folder 1 of 2), November 8, 1923-May 2, 1924
In these letters, Atwater describes working for and living with his older cousin, Leigh Richmond Brewer Atwater, and his wife, Grace. The couple were establishing a farm during this period.

Box 3, Folder 3Edward Perrin Atwater: Letters to parents, sent from Santo Domingo (Folder 2 of 2), November 8, 1923-May 2, 1924
Box 3, Folder 4Edward Perrin Atwater: Letters to Rowena Washburn Atwater, March 25, 1925-March 16, 1926
These letters were sent during the period before their marriage, and continue until after up to the birth of their first child.

Box 3, Folder 5Edward Perrin Atwater: Letter to Edward Congdon Atwater, March 1912; telegram; resolution; obituary; floor plan of Kosciusko, Mississippi home
The telegram included in this folder was sent from Atwater to his wife, Rowena, on August 6, 1926. The invoice is for a Chrysler "70" Roadster, purchased for $1695.00 from the Jordan Auto Company, on April 9, 1927. The resolution is from the Board of Directors, Liberty National Bank, June 13, 1967.

Box 3, Folder 6John J. Abbott: Correspondence, 1913-1939
This folder contains a letter written on January 16, 1913 to, Woodrow Wilson. There is also a thank-you letter from the Present of the Continental Illinois Bank. Letters sent from Abbott to Edward Williams of the State Department concerning the safety of the steamer Kroonland from German submarines. Rowena Marsh Abbott was on that ship. There are also letters sent to Rowena from Rome, and Peking, China. Also included are letters sent to Rowena Washburn Abbott, regarding her husband's business potential, and general investment advice. There are two letters sent to Abbott's sister-in-law, Frances Marsh Washburn.

Box 3, Folder 7John J. Abbott: brochure from American Trust and Savings Bank; resolution of the Board of Continental Illinois Bank and Trust Company; obituary
Box 3, Folder 8Rowena Marsh Abbott: Letters to Frances Washburn, 1921-1946
Frances Washburn was Rowena Marsh Abbott's sister.

Box 3, Folder 9Rowena Marsh Abbott: Messages and notes received through a medium
The items in the folder include messages received by R.T. Crane through Lottie Herbine from the President of the Chicago University, Dr. William Harper a short time after his death. There is also a message received through Lottie Herbine. Finally, there are notes taken while talking with Dr. Coulter and others through Lottie Herbine.

Box 3, Folder 10Rowena Marsh Abbott: Family correspondence, ca. 1908-1941
Box 3, Folder 11Rowena Marsh Abbott: Poems and reports
The report is on behalf of the Printing Committee of Colonial Dames of America.

Box 3, Folder 12Typescript notes from family bibles, 1823, 1826, 1831, 1846; Thomas Miner 1669 diary excerpt
This folder contains notes on the Chamberlin Bible, 1823; Zebulon Weaver's bible, 1831; William Andrews Langworthy, 1826; William Langworthy, 1846.

Box 3, Folder 13Letters sent to Edward Perrin Atwater and Rowena Atwater, 1941
Box 22, Folder 3Edward Perrin Atwater: correspondence from family member, 1947, undated
Box 22, Folder 4Julian Atwater: correspondence, 1939-1946
Box 22, Folder 6Julian Atwater: correspondence, 1949, undated
Box 22, Folder 5Julian Atwater: correspondence, 1947-1948
Box 22, Folder 7Julian Atwater: correspondence, undated
Box 22, Folder 8Correspondence, unknown writers and recipients
Box 4Marsh-Atwater-Washburn Correspondence, 1924-1959
Box 4, Folder 1Letters to and from Rowena Marsh Abbott, ca. 1946
Box 4, Folder 2Letters to and from Edward W. Atwater, ca. 1941-1954
Later in life, Atwater would go by the name Edward Congdon Atwater, rather than W. Atwater.

Box 4, Folder 3Letters to and from Edward A. Washburn, ca. 1923-1934
Box 4, Folder 4Letter to Julian Atwater, March 5, 1942
Box 4, Folder 5Letter to Frances V. Marsh
Box 4, Folder 6Letter from Edward P. Atwater to Mrs. Bingamen, April 16, 1935
Box 4, Folder 7Letters to "Fannie", possibly Fannie Caroline Davis Marsh
Box 4, Folder 8Letters to Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater, ca. 1922-1935
Box 20, Folder 8Edward A. Washburn: Correspondence, 1919-1925
This folder includes letters to Frances Washburn, his wife. The first is dated February 22, 1919, from the Hotel Citronelle, in Citronelle, Alabama. The next is dated February 12, 1920, from Batavia, New York to his wife at 3222 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, which was her father's home. In this 1920 letter, Edward discusses their daughter's suitor. There is a letter dated May 5, 1921, from Batavia, to his wife at 3222 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, regarding a lawsuit. The next letter is dated May 6, 1921, Batavia, regarding a lawsuit and their daughter Rowena's suitor, Fairfax Tucker. The next two letters are typed and were written on September 3 and September 7, 1921, at Claridge's Hotel in Paris.

There are a group of letters related to Rowena's suitor, Parker Craig, including a September 28, 1922 (post-mark) letter written from Batavia, to his wife, Rowena at 3222 Michigan Avenue; October 12, 1922, written from Batavia, to his wife at 3222 Michigan Avenue that includes information about James P. Marsh's investments and Parker Craig; a draft of a December 22, 1922, ["My dear Mr. C"]; letter written from Craig on December 27, 1922, January 2, 1923, and February 8, 1923. There are three letters written from Edward to his wife, dated January 28, 1925, which includes her January financial statement; a letter written on February 27, 1925, regarding financial matters and that mentions the sale of 3222 Michigan Avenue; a letter dated March 3, 1925, regarding their daughter's upcoming wedding, which includes the line: "I am not myself crazy about church weddings & do not quite understand why R. selected such ... none of Rowena's relatives so far as I can recall were ever married in church." There is also a telegram dated August 15, 1925 was written from Philadelphia, also to his wife, and may refer to an incident with Grandfather and the baggage that were put on the LHVRR train at Batavia but Frances Marsh Washburn was left on the platform.
The contents of this folder are part of an April 2016 accrual.

Box 20, Folder 9Edward A. Washburn: Correspondence, 1926
Included in this folder are letters and telegrams, dated August 11, 13, 16, 20, 24, 27, 29, September 3, 7, 10, 14, 24, 1926, and 2 telegrams to Frances Marsh Washburn while traveling with Henry Honeck and Nikitas Dipson, from New York City, at the Commodore Hotel, onboard the RMS Berengaria, at Claridge's Hotel in Paris, the Savoy in London, onboard the Mauretania, and the Commodore. The August 29 letter mentions: "I imagine that Rowena is still south and you have little Edward with you." Also included is a letter from November 18, probably 1926, written from Batavia, to his wife, probably at the Abbott's in Chicago. In the letter Edward warns his wife "not to think of investing in this unless Rena does under John's advice." "This" was Mr. Thompson, James Peabody Marsh's successor in the Marsh Co., seeking investment.
The contents of this folder are part of an April 2016 accrual.

Box 20, Folder 10Edward A. Washburn: Correspondence, 1928-1932
Included in this folder is a letter dated February 16, 1928, from Batavia, to his brother-in-law, John Jay Abbott, regarding a possible position for his son-in-law, Edward P. Atwater. Also included is a letter dated February 18, 1928, also written from Batavia, to Abbott regarding employment. There are four letters written to Frances Marsh Washburn on August 7, 14, 19, September 6, 1928, from Paris, when he was traveling with Nikitas Dipson and Frank Pixley while onboard the SS Majestic and the Claridge Hotel in Paris. There is also an October 2, letter, likely written in 1932, from Batavia, to Rowena, who was likely visiting with the Abbott's in Chicago. The letter includes details about Marsh's books and the need to replace sewer pipes, as well as address other financial matters.
The contents of this folder are part of an April 2016 accrual.

Box 20, Folder 11Edward A. Washburn: Correspondence, 1933
Included in this folder is a letter from Edward's cousin Clarence Grow, from Highgate Springs, Vermont, dated July 23, 1933. There are also five letters, dated: August 24, 30, September 5,6, 9, 1933, from the Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to his wife, Frances. These letters were written after Edward A. Washburn's first stroke. The first three letters are in the hand of Grace Townsend, his nurse. There is also a telegram dated August 26, 1933, and an October 25, 1933, letter to Frances, from the St. Moritz Hotel, in New York City.
The contents of this folder are part of an April 2016 accrual.

Volume 24Frances Marsh Washburn, Scrapbook, 1985-ca. 1915
This scrapbook includes obituaries of Dr. Lemuel Tozier, Gardner Abbott, Judge Samuel Williamson, Mrs. S.P. Van Winkle (mother of James Peabody Marsh), George M. Davis, as well as an announcement of the marriage of Ethel Marsh Williamson. There are also life histories of Othniel Marsh and Caleb Marsh, as well as items related in support for re-election of Edward A. Washburn. Also included is a notice of John Jay Abbott being elected Vice President of American Trust & Savings Bank, and the sale of Othniel Marsh porcelains and paintings.

Volume 25Frances Marsh Washburn, Diary, 1909-1911, ca. 1912-1948
Volume 26Frances Marsh Washburn: Reminiscences, written 1952
Volume 27Julian J. Washburn: Letterbook, December 1888-September 1, 1896
This volume contains copies of letters written between December 1888- September 11, 1896. These letters do not include any correspondence from business acquaintances related to Wiard Plow Company, which Washburn worked for beginning in 1877. Most of the letters are handwritten, several are typed. Included are approximately 20 letters to his mother, nine to his mother-in-law, 6 to his cousin P. Elias Grow, and many to other relatives. There is a letter to Frances Marsh, his future daughter-in-law, welcoming her engagement to Edward Perrin Atwater, Jan. 16, 1896. There is also a letter to James P. Marsh about his daughter Fannie's arrival in Batavia, New York from May 22, 1896. There are letters written as a member of the Board of Education and its library committee, including several letters to Melville Dewey. Included in the volume are two letters to the Honorable R.A. Maxwell protesting the change of name of West Randolph to Randolph and of Randolph to Randolph Center. There is also a letter to the Honorable Redfield Proctor noting Julian Washburn's support for Presidential candidate, William McKinley. There is also a letter regarding the tombstone for his mother-in-law, Mary Nichols.

Volume 28Julian J. Washburn: Letterbook, April 1913-October 1918
This volume includes copies of typescript letters written between April 1913 and October 1918. There are a number of letters to Washburn's cousins: Adelaide, Evelyn, Hattie, Helen, Lawrence, Lily, Mattie; nephews: Clarence, Paul Russlow (p. 159, 248); Dr. Russlow (p. 432, July 30, 1918). There are also three letters to his son, Ned (p. 191-93); a letter to his sister-in-law, Roxie (p. 314); to sister Ruth; to daughter-in-law, Frances Washburn; to granddaughter, Rowena (284, 296, 420). Also included are letters to M. J. Earley, Wiard Plow Company representative in Paris. The volume also contains family genealogy of the Washburn family, including the Reverend Louis B. Washburn (p. 74), rector of St. Paul's Church in Rochester, from 1888-1895; history of the Story family (p. 139-40). The letters describing Mary Washburn's illness and death are to Dr. Goldthwait (p. 6, beginning on May 21, 1913). These letters describe Mary's symptoms and difficulties, including Mary being unable to walk and using a wheelchair; Dr. Goldthwait reducing the bill; Mary's funeral at home (p. 222); and a letter of thanks to Alfred Brittain (p. 214). Social issues are also addressed in these letters, including comments on a Workman's Compensation Law (p. 89, February 26, 1914). There are letters to politicians, including Congressman Danforth, August 17, 1914, a letter to President Wilson recommending John F. Ryan for postmaster of Batavia, New York, June 17, 1913, and a letter to "Earley" regarding Archie Sanders and his campaign against the incumbent Danforth for Congress (p 269-71). Also included is a renewal notice for Washburn's subscription to New York Evening Sun.

Volume 29Othniel Charles Marsh: Scrapbook
This scrapbook is believed to have been kept by Frances Marsh Washburn.
This scrapbook contains pages of newspaper clippings about Marsh and a letter to his brother James, regarding the death of their sister, Elizabeth. Also included are obituaries of Elizabeth Williamson- wife of Judge Williamson- and Julian J. Washburn.

Volume 33Edward A. Washburn: Account book, October 1918-February 1919
Volume 34Edward A. Washburn: Diary, August 10-23, 1926
This diary includes Edward's experiences while on a trip to Paris with H. H. Honeck and Nikitas Dipson.

Volume 35Kate Fisher McCool: diary, August 5, 1874-April 22, 1875
This diary includes Kate's experiences on a trip to Europe when she was thirteen. The trip began in Cologne and ended in Paris.
The following two items were folded into the diary and have been removed and housed in an envelope and shelved next to this volume 22: A letter to "Harriet" written while in Norway. The second itemre is an Ottoman Turkish document, dated March 26/27, 1893 authorizing Kate to go from Jerusalem to Damascus. The notation of the verso details that Kate left Damascus for Alexandria.

Volume 36Alice Gardner Fisher: Diary, July 9, 1890-August 8, 1890
Alice was accompanied by her daughter, Kate, and Daniel McCool, Kate's future husband.
This diary shares Alice's aexperiences on a trip to Norway, Sweden, and Russia, ending in Berlin.

Subseries II: Third and fourth generations, 1862-1960
Box 2, Folder 1Alice M. Atwater: "Reminiscences," copies written, 1913-1916
Box 2, Folder 2Alice M. Atwater: correspondence, 1908, 1910
This folder contains a letter written to her brother, Edward Weaver Atwater, and a letter sent to Edward Congdon Atwater regarding income from Edward Weaver Atwater's estate.

Box 2, Folder 3Letters from William Langworthy Atwater to Edward Weaver Atwater, 1901-1903
This folder contains 23 letters written from Atwater, to his father, Edward Weaver Atwater when he was working as a clerk in the Manila Ordnance Depot. There are several photographs and notes included.

Box 2, Folder 4William Langworthy Atwater to Edward Weaver Atwater, ca. 1902
This folder includes penciled notes written by Helen Atwater Heurtley regarding William and his family. There is also a letter from Jennie Mulvaney. Jennie may have been the mother of Mary Mulvaney, William's first wife, who died in 1918.

Box 2, Folder 5Edward Congdon Atwater: essays, 1895-1898
This folder contains essays written while a student at the University of Rochester. The essays include: Tolstoi. An oration; Notes: Cleon the poet to Proteus the tyrant; some impressions upon reading Tennyson's "Princess"; Journal kept for an English class; The Poetical theories of Wordsworth, an essay; The Pre-Raphaelite School in English Poetry; Pre-Raphaelitism in art and literature, an oration.

Box 2, Folder 6Edward Congdon Atwater: diary excerpt; copies of obituaries; note related to Elmwood Cemetery plot
Box 2, Folder 7Edward Congdon Atwater: family coorespondence, 1913-1925
This folder includes two letters from Edward to "Anno Dear" concerning income from Edward Weaver Atwater's estate. There is a letter from his cousin, Grace D. Atwater, written from the Dominican Republic, reporting on the activities of Edward's son who was working for Grace and Richard Atwater.

Box 2, Folder 8Alice Elizabeth Atwater Hickox Leadley
This folder contains a photocopy of a drawing by Norman Rockwell, of Alice and Edward Leadley, with an explanatory newspaper clipping.

Box 2, Folder 9Frances Atwater Clapp: family correspondence, March-August 1902
This folder includes twenty-seven letters written to "Anno Dear" describing a trip to London and Paris with her father, Edward Weaver Atwater.

Box 2, Folder 10Frances Atwater Clapp: unsigned note; "Ghosts in Providence," recollection
This folder includes a reminiscence written in 1954, at the request of her grandnephew, Edward Congdon Atwater. Ghosts in Providence is series of recollections of her grandparents and her parent's generation.

Box 2, Folder 11William D. Clapp, October 7, 1960
This folder includes a photocopy of Clapp's obituary.

Box 2, Folder 12William Andrew Perrin, 1901-1912, 1949
This folder includes a telegram sent to Edward Congdon Atwater, on his wedding day, June 26, 1901, as well as genealogical notes.

Box 2, Folder 13Julian J. Washburn: Letter to wife, Mattie; copy of newspaper obituary
Box 2, Folder 14Julian J. Washburn: rental agreement, November 5, 1877
Box 2, Folder 15Julian J. Washburn: Letters to cousin, Lucian Edson, 1862-1874
Box 2, Folder 16Julian J. Washburn: Letter to cousin, P. Elias Grow to cousin, Lucian Edson
Box 2, Folder 17Edward A. Washburn: correspondence, 1874-1886
This folder includes letters exchanged between Edward and friends, Albert Perkins and [Georgie?]; letters to his parents and sister, as well as a letter describing a trip from to visit relatives to Batavia, New York through Boston, Newport, and New York; and Boston to New York.

Box 2, Folder 18Edward A. Washburn: marriage certificate; inventory of securities; off print biography; obituary, 1896-1934
Box 2, Folder 19James Peabody Marsh: Business correspondence, related to James P. Marsh Co., 1925-1926
Box 2, Folder 20James Peabody Marsh: copies of obituaries, 1923
Box 2, Folder 21James Peabody Marsh: correspondence with family members, 1911-1918
This folder contains letters to Marsh's grandaughter, Rowena and his daughter Frances.

Box 2, Folder 22James Peabody Marsh: letters to his daughter Frances; correspondence with family members, December 31, 1908
Box 2, Folder 23James Peabody Marsh: correspondence regarding the death of his wife, Fannie Davis, April 22, 1907
Box 2, Folder 24Fannie Davis Marsh: family correspondence, 1871, 1907
Box 2, Folder 25Othniel Charles Marsh: List of scientific publications, 1861-1897
Box 2, Folder 26Othniel Charles Marsh: executors' sale, American Art Catalog, February 26-27, 1900
Box 2, Folder 27Rowena Wells Davis: Letter from Grandma Davis to Frances Marsh, October 25, 1872
Box 18Frances Marsh Washburn Correspondence, 1907-1930
The materials in Box 18 were donated in April 2016.

Box 18, Folder 1Fannie Caroline Davis Marsh: mourning and calling cards
Box 18, Folder 2Othniel Charles Marsh: obituary and biographical sketch
Box 18, Folder 3Edward A. Washburn: correspondence, 1919-1925
Box 18, Folder 4Edward A. Washburn: correspondence, 1926
Box 18, Folder 5Edward A. Washburn: correspondence, 1928-1932
Box 18, Folder 6Edward A. Washburn: correspondence, 1933
Box 18, Folder 7August 1907-
Subseries III: Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater
Box 18Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: Diary, November 1923-May 1924
This diary describes Atwater's trip to Europe, mostly to Italy, with stops in Switzerland, Paris, and London. Her accounts include impressions of art and architecture.

Box 21Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater, 1925-1993
Box 21, Folder 1Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: Birth certificate, January 18, 1899; passport, 1923; obituary, September 29, 1993
Rowena's original name was Frances Rowena Washburn.
The 1923 passport includes visas for the United Kingdom and Italy.

Box 21, Folder 2Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: hospital work, 1942-1955
Box 21, Folder 3Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: childcare documents
This folder includes an infant feeding schedule.

Box 21, Folder 4Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: selected writings
This folder contains the memoirs: "Off to Mexico with Lil," dated February 4, 1964; "The Batavia Club to me when a child of five," dated September 14, 1964; and "My Operation," ca. 1960s-1970s.

Box 21, Folder 5Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: correspondence, 1920-1926
This folder includes a letter from Dan [Webster?], of 113 Lexington Avenue, Buffalo, New York, written on June 22, 1920. There is a telegram from Rowena while in Chicago to her mother, Frances Marsh Washburn, dated December 6, 1921. In the letter she writes: "My engagement [to Fairfax Tucker] broken ... " There are also letters from: Stella Craig, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, October 11, 1922; Parker Craig, of Buffalo, October 15, 1922; and from Paul Russlow, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 8, 1924. In Craig's letter he writes: "Very satisfactory conference no definite date decided upon .. "

Also included in this folder are letters sent to Rowena and Edward after the birth of their children, Edward Congdon Atwater in 1926, and James P. Atwater in 1928. The letters are from Elizabeth Caney Parker, April 9, 1925. Parker was a family friend; Aunt Lettie [Mrs. Walter] Morse, 1926. Morse was Frances Marsh Washburn's aunt; Alice Scatcherd, ca. Feb. 1926, March 21 and March 24, 1926, and April 1928; "Rum," Rowena's roommate at Wallcourt, ca. March 1926; Kate Fisher McCool, Frances's friend and neighbor, while at the Hotel St. George, in Algiers, March 5, 1926; Marin Perrin, Edward Perrin Atwater's first cousin, while in China, April 1, 1926; Frances, while at the Chalfonte in Atlantic City, May 7, 1926; Marian Perrin Burton, Edward's aunt, June 8, 1926; and from Grace Grow Russlow, one of Edward A. Washburn's cousins, July 16, 1926.

Box 21, Folder 6Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: correspondence, 1927, 1929, 1969
There is also a letter from the President of Genesee Community College, May 22, 1969 that thanks Rowena for providing a scholarship for a black nursing student.

Box 21, Folder 7Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: school papers, 1908-1918
Box 21, Folder 8Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: wedding planning (1 of 2), 1925
Box 21, Folder 9Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: wedding planning (2 of 2), 1925
Box 21, Folder 10Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: diary of a trip to Spain, June 10-22, [1975?]
Box 21, Folder 11Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: "First Recollection", 1974
Box 21, Folder 12Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: letter from Frederick W. Hawley, December 2, 1947; yearbook- Fort Nightly Club, 1948-1949
Box 21, Folder 13Henry Samson: correspondence, May 28-December 20, 1916
These letters were written while on board the U.S.S. Monterey in the Philippines, to his aunt Grace Olmsted in Batavia, New York. Samson was a friend of Edward and Rowena Atwater and often spent time with them while he was in Batavia.

Box 21, Folder 14Lettie Morse: correspondence, September 23, 1924-July 17, 1929
Lettie Morse was known to the family as "Aunt Lettie.".

Box 22, Folder 1Fannie Caroline Davis Marsh: mourning and calling cards
Box 22, Folder 2Othniel Charles Marsh: obituary and biographical sketch
Volume 30Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: Diary, 1927-1930
Volume 31Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: Diary, May 26-August 8, [1950s?]
In this diary Rowena shares her experiences traveling to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, German, France, and England with Lily D. Brown.

Volume 32Rowena Marsh Washburn Atwater: Diary, March 3-April 7, ca. 1950s
In this diary Rowena describes a trip that she and Edward Perrin Atwater took that included: Ashland, Ohio, Vicksburg, Mississippi, Sonora, San Antonio, El Paso, Texas, Tuscon, Arizona, San Diego, La Jolla, California, Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona, Gallop, New Mexico, Austin and Houston, Texas, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, Florida, and New York City.

Series II: Letters sent to Frances Marsh Washburn, 1914-1959
The materials in Box 18 were donated as an accrual in April 2016.

Box 5, Folder 11914-1923
Box 5, Folder 21923-1924
Box 5, Folder 3January-April 1925
Box 5, Folder 4May-June 1925
Box 5, Folder 5June 30-July 17, 1925
Box 6, Folder 1July 31, 1925-September 21, 1925
Box 6, Folder 2October 6, 1925-March 7, 1926
Box 6, Folder 3May 29, 1926-July 5, 1926
Box 6, Folder 4September 5, 1926-January 17, 1927
Box 6, Folder 5January 13, 1927-April 13, 1927
Box 6, Folder 6April 21, 1927-July 29, 1927
Box 6, Folder 7September 11, 1927-October 24, 1927
Box 7, Folder 1October 27, 1927-June 20, 1928
Box 7, Folder 2June 25-December 31, 1928
Box 7, Folder 3February 4-June 21, 1929
Box 7, Folder 4July 1, 1929-September 27, 1930
Box 7, Folder 5October 24, 1930-July 3, 1931
Box 7, Folder 6December 19, 1931-November 30, 1932
Box 8, Folder 1December 20, 1932-May 13, 1933
Box 8, Folder 2July 20-November 11, 1933
Box 8, Folder 3December 6, 1933-February 22, 1934
Box 8, Folder 4March 8-July 26, 1934
Box 8, Folder 5August 23-November 30, 1934
Box 8, Folder 6December 3-23, 1934
Box 9, Folder 1December 26, 1934-February 22, 1935
Box 9, Folder 2January 11-July 31, 1935
Box 9, Folder 3November 19, 1935-July 10, 1936
Box 12, Folder 5May 13-December 22, 1943
Box 9, Folder 4July 15, 1936-March 17, 1937
Box 9, Folder 5May 15-August 21, 1937
Box 9, Folder 6September 20, 1937-December 22, 1938
Box 10, Folder 1February 7-September 25, 1939
Box 10, Folder 2September 28-December 20, 1939
Box 10, Folder 3January 14-March 15, 1940
Box 10, Folder 4March 21-May 26, 1940
Box 10, Folder 5June1-August 17, 1940
Box 11, Folder 1August 31-December 8, 1940
Box 11, Folder 2December 9-December 23, 1940
Box 11, Folder 3January 13-February 17, 1941
Box 11, Folder 4February 19-April 11, 1941
Box 11, Folder 5April 15-August 18, 1941
Box 11, Folder 6September 17-November 24, 1941
Box 11, Folder 7November 28-December 27, 1941
Box 12, Folder 1January 19-March24, 1942
Box 12, Folder 2April 3-October 19, 1942
Box 12, Folder 3October 22-December 30, 1942
Box 12, Folder 4January 3-May 6, 1943
Box 12, Folder 6September 22-December 20, 1943
Box 13, Folder 1January 12-April 20, 1944
Box 13, Folder 2April 22-October 11, 1944
Box 13, Folder 3October 23-December 19, 1944
Box 13, Folder 4January 11-May 24, 1945
Box 13, Folder 5October 22-December 28, 1945
Box 13, Folder 6January 11-May, 1946
Box 13, Folder 7June 4-December 28, 1946
Box 14, Folder 1February 3-September 6, 1947
Box 14, Folder 2September 10-December 29, 1947
Box 14, Folder 3January 22-July 26, 1948
Box 14, Folder 4August 11-December 28, 1948
Box 14, Folder 5January 11-July 25, 1949
Box 14, Folder 6July 27-December 19, 1949
Box 15, Folder 1January 5-February 15, 1940
Box 15, Folder 2February 18-July 19, 1950
Box 15, Folder 3July 24, 1950-February 4, 1951
Box 15, Folder 4February 10-July 6, 1951
Box 15, Folder 5March 26, 1951-February 4, 1952
Box 16, Folder 1February 4-August 22, 1952
Box 16, Folder 2September 2, 1952-February 20, 1953
Box 16, Folder 3March 3, 1953-June 7, 1953
Box 16, Folder 4September 7, 1953-January 25, 1954
Box 16, Folder 5February 10-November 2, 1954
Box 16, Folder 6;
Box 17, Folder 1-5
Undated
Box 17, Folder 6Unknown recipient
Box 17, Folder 7Notes and non-correspondence
Box 19Frances Marsh Washburn, 1907-1946
Box 19, Folder 1August 29, 1907-December 1, 1921
This folder includes a postcard from Frances Marsh Washburn of Eaton, New York, to her father, in Chicago, August 29, 1907. There is a letter from Frances to her daughter, Rowena, April 29, 1915. There are letters from Fairfax Tucker and his family regarding the wedding plans of Fairfax and Rowena, dated April 20, June 5 and October 23, 1920. There are also letters from Fairfax's mother, Ann, dated July 7, and October 19, 1921, and one letter from Fairfax's father, Eldred, dated December 1, 1921.

Box 19, Folder 21922-1924
The letter identified as "Monday" in this folder from Alice Scatcherd, who was vacationing in Nassaue refers to a fire at the Hotel Colonial. The letter is believed to have been written on March 21, 1922.
This folder includes a letter from Ann F. Tucker, dated May 30, 1922. There is also a September 26, 1922 telegram from Parker Craig, announcing a wedding date of November 1, 1922, as well as an October 10, 1922 letter. There is a letter from Alice Scatcherd, dated March 31, 1922.

Box 19, Folder 3January 8-September 18, 1925
There is also a letter from Parker Craig, June 17, 1925. Also included is a letter from Margaret O'Neill, of Chicago, dated May 29, 1925. She was Rowena Abbott's housekeeper.

Box 19, Folder 4October 25, 1925-February 18, 1926
This folder contains a letter from Pansy Seaver, of New York City, dated February 11, 1926. Pansy was a close family friend.

Box 19, Folder 5March 8-September 11, 1926
There is a letter from Edward Dean Richmond, dated April 9, 1926. There is also a letter from Frances to Rowena Washburn, dated May 7, 1926.

Box 19, Folder 6September 12, 1926-1927
This folder contains a letter from Kate Fisher McCool, of Algiers, dated March 5, 1926. Kate was a close friend and neighbor of many years.

Box 19, Folder 71928
Box 19, Folder 8February 3-October 14, 1929
This folder contains a letter from Grace Grow Russlow, of Randolph, Vermont, dated February 3, 1929. She was Edward A. Washburn's cousin.

Box 19, Folder 91930-1939
This folder contains a letter written from 575 Park Avenue, NYC, June 5, 1930; from Linda Perrin Atwater, who was visiting her daughter Helen in Bronxville, New York, dated December 27, 1932. Linda was from Batavia, New York. There is also a letter from Marian Perrin Burton, of Rochester, dated December 3, 1933. Marian was Edward Perrin Atwater's aunt.

Box 19, Folder 101940-1942
Box 19, Folder 111943-1945
Box 19, Folder 121946
Box 20Frances Marsh Washburn, 1947-1954
Box 20, Folder 11947
Box 20, Folder 2January 31-July 26, 1948
Box 20, Folder 3July 28, 1948-June 20, 1949
Box 20, Folder 41950-May 1952
Box 20, Folder 5June 1952-1953
This folder contains a letter from Lena Kinsley, who died on June 10, 1953. Lena was a longtime friend, who refers to recuperating from a fall at Rest Haven, which was the old McWain house at 20 Ross St.

Box 20, Folder 61954
This folder includes a letter from Margaret O'Neill, dated November 15, 1954. Margaret spent her whole life as housekeeper, first, for the Marsh family at 3222 Michigan Avenue and then for the Abbott family at 3224 Michigan Ave. In the letter, she is recalling old times.

Box 20, Folder 7Undated correspondence; Notes
This folder contains a letter from Helen Atwater, at Vassar College, ca. 1925, thanking Frances for a bridesmaid dress, presumably for Rowena Washburn's wedding in April 1925. Also included is a letter sent from 575 Park Avenue, NYC, no date. This last letter regards Edward Dean Richmond's forthcoming marriage and his friendship with the Washburns.



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