Kaercher and Packer Family Papers,1789-1938

Collection Number: 347

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Kaercher and Packer family papers, 1789-1938.
Collection Number:
347
Creator:
Kaercher family.
Quantity:
2.5 cubic ft; 4 v.; 2 museum folders.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, commissions, reports, licenses, financial accounts, sermons, deeds, agreements, veterinary formulas, diaries, essays, poetry, and other items.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence and other papers relating the life of George Kaercher, who was a divinity student at Burr Seminary in Manchester, Vermont and Western Reserve College in Ohio, and later a minister in Ohio. Also includes papers of the Packer family.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

George Kaercher was a divinity student at Burr Seminary, Manchester, Vermont, and Western Reserve, Ohio and a minister in Ohio.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Letters to Kaercher commenting on education, economic and social conditions, the costs of travel, revivals among students and laymen, Taylorism (New Haven theology), Millerism (Millerite movement), the need of ministers among German immigrants of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the American Tract Society, religion on the frontier, epidemics, the Reverend Albert Barnes, Dr. Tyng, and other divines; commissions and reports to the American Home Missionary Society, licenses to preach, accounts as to expenses and salaries; correspondence of Rev. Kaercher during the Civil War with the Woman's Central Association of Relief, sermons, and a few Anti-Masonic and Anti-Slavery items. Also, Packer family papers, including deeds, agreements, accounts, receipts, personal and business correspondence of the Packer, Mason, and Kaercher families; veterinary formulas of Johnathan Packer; includes diaries, essays, poetry, and miscellanea. Families are centered in Preston, Chenango County, New York.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Kaercher family.
Barnes, Albert.
Kaercher, George.
Mason family.
Packer family.
Packer, Johnathan.
American Home Missionary Society.
American Tract Society.
Burr Seminary.
Western Reserve College.
Woman's Central Association of Relief.

Subjects:
Theological seminaries.
Family--New York (State)--Preston.
Freemasonry.
Antislavery movements.
Millerite movement.
New Haven theology.
Immigrants.
Revivals.
Veterinary drugs.
Clergy.

Places:
Chenango County (N.Y.)--Economic conditions.
Chenango County (N.Y.)--Social conditions.
Chenango County (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.

Form and Genre Terms:
Sermons.
Diaries.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Kaercher and Packer family papers, #347. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Box 1
B, Woodruff and Packer. Deeds, letters, account, receipts, 1789-1912 and no date.
Box 2
A 4-5, Sermons of Rev. George Kaercher.
A 1-3, Kaercher papers.
Box 3 Folder 1
1 religious poem written in German - 1816
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - May 8, 1838 - John W. Elliot to George Kaercher - from Manual Labor Inst., Marion, Ala. - lack of educational advantages in South - opportunity for "enterprising merchant, mechanic, or professional man"
Box 3 Folder 1
2 letters - Feb. 12 and Dec. 13, 1834 - from Williams College - Oliver M. Sears to Kaercher - college life, religious excitement, aid for those studying for the ministry at Williams
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - 1839 - Hudson, Ohio - unsigned to Kaercher - costs of going from Albany to Ohio, living costs at Western Reserve, etc. - idea of Kaercher laboring among own people in West - muddy roads in Ohio - Prof. St. John and collection of mineral specimens
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Oct. 1839 - to Kaercher - received $15 aid from American Education Society while at Burr Seminary
Box 3 Folder 1
1 pledge - Nov. 1839 , Manchester, Vt. - by students to pray, on separation, for each member of group for one year
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Dec. 16, 1839 - Western Reserve - Jacob Patch to Kaercher - division of church in Sharon - religious schism - division among congregations of churches - urges Kaercher to bring whole class with him to Western Reserve - college literary societies
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Feb. 25, 1840 - Watertown - Guernsey to Kaercher - religious revival - sermons of M. Grovsnor
Box 3 Folder 1
Expenses at Burr Seminary - Mar. 25, 1840
Box 3 Folder 1
Receipt for work - July 4, 1841
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - July 27, 1840 - Amenia - Hiram Weed to Kaercher - on aid from home people to Kaercher - hard times - furnaces
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - July 9, 1840 - Upton, Mass. - M. Grosvenor conducting good revival in region
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Oct. 10, 1840 - Burr Seminary - uses shorthand - epidemic (?) - many deaths
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Mar. 13, 1841 - Manchester
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Mar. 28, 1841 - Aaron Read to Kaercher urging him to sing in gallery in church, not to leave it, that singing before long will be from front of pulpit
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - July 31, 1841 - S.N. Grant to Kaercher - Storatton - Kaercher has been helping to conduct revivals - state of Burr Seminary - 4th July celebration at Townsend (3 or 400,000 present)
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - May 6, 1842 - Manchester - Grant - condition of Burr Seminary - no religious revival, revival at Williams College (only 20 students there impenitent)
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Apr. 25, 1843 - Sharon - Hiram Weed to Kaercher - Presbyterians and revival - (Methodists influenced by Millerism) - Christ to come this month - not many to believe this part "yet the multitude that came to hear from curiosity were willing to attend from night to night that they might hear the truth from Mr. Reed and others"
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - June 9, 1843 - Savanah - Christine Carlen to Kaercher at Western Reserve - husband
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Oct. 1, 1843 - Sharon - Hiram Weed - Post Office creates excitement - revival died down
Box 3 Folder 1
1 letter - Oct. 24, 1843 - Detroit - Lucious C. Rouse - had proposed to American Tract Society that Kaercher work during vacation in Stack Co. - ATS refused, wanting permanent works - Rouse urges Kaercher to preach to Germans in Ohio or Penn. and consult with German Reformed or Presbyterians Church - number of Germans in Springfield and Canton - urges Kaercher to spend vacation in exploration trip among these Germans and in giving away tracts
Box 3 Folder 2
1 citizenship papers - George Kaercher - May 21, 1844 , Akron, Ohio
Box 3 Folder 2
1 licence to preach - July 24, 1844 - Hudson - G. Kaercher - by Presbytery of Portage
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - Oct. 21, 1844 - Yale - Guernsey to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 2
1 commission from Home Missionary Society - Dec. 21, 1844 - G. Kaercher - six months at Northampton, Summit Co., Ohio - to receive $25 and rent from congregation
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - Mar. 14, 1845 - Guernsey to Kaercher - Kaercher's brother Frederick arrested for counterfeiting money
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - Aug. 4, 1845 - Guernsey to Kaercher - description of Albert Barnes, Stephen Higginson, Dr. Tying
Box 3 Folder 2
1 diploma - Aug. 14, 1845 - G. Kaercher - Western Reserve College
Box 3 Folder 2
1 commission from Home Missionary Society - Sept. 1, 1845 - 1 year at Peninsula - $100
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - Oct. 22, 1845 - Yale - Guernsey to Kaercher - New School Presbyterian Church at Newburgh, N.Y.
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - Nov. 20, 1845 - Lima, Mich. - E.P. Marvin - on advantages of minister's life
Box 3 Folder 2
1 license - Nov. 24, 1845 - State of Ohio - to Kaercher to perform marriages
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - Jan. 20, 1846 - Yale - Blakeslee to Kaercher - likes Wm. Taylor as lecturer but condemns Taylorism
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - Jan. 26, 1846 - Wolcottville, Conn. - theory of annihilation of the wicked - on salaries
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - July 7, 1846 - New Haven - Blakeslee - Westerner by birth, nothing would keep him in East - influence of Reserve in Ohio, on Lakes and Mississippi Valley - "For the people of the Reserve have the intelligence and enterprise of North East combined with the energy and go-a-headativeness of the West"
Box 3 Folder 2
1 letter - Aug. 24, 1846 - Knoxville, Knox Co., Ill. - R.C. Bristol to Kaercher - describes state of churches
Box 3 Folder 2
1 commission - Sept. 1, 1846 - G. Kaercher - 1 year at Peninsula, Ohio, for $100
Box 3 Folder 2
1 quarterly report to American Home Missionary Society - Dec. 11, 1846 - Peninsula - G. Kaercher - Methodists held protracted meeting - quite a lot of sickness
Box 3 Folder 3
1 letter - Mar. 8, 1847 - H.K. Smith to Kaercher - formation of a Teacher's Institute for schoolteachers
Box 3 Folder 3
1 letter - Dec. 28, 1846 - Northampton - R.C. Bristol - preached in bar using bar for pulpit
Box 3 Folder 3
1 quarterly report to AHM - asks for leave to visit sick mother - June 9, 1847
Box 3 Folder 3
1 letter - July 26, 1847 - R.C. Bristol - urges Kaercher to come to Illinois - great need for ministers
Box 3 Folder 3
1 commission - Nov. 1, 1849 - G. Kaercher - Peninsula - 1 year - $75
Box 3 Folder 3
1 letter - June 21, 1848 - Henry Reid to Kaercher - presents plan for him to come to Waterville and preach half the time and spend half under the direction of American Tract Society
Box 3 Folder 3
Additional papers
3 letters - 1850
Box 3 Folder 4
Hiram Weed to G. Kaercher - Sharon
Box 3 Folder 4
Joel Case to G. Kaercher - Victoria, Tex.
Box 3 Folder 4
Eunice Ford to G. Kaercher
3 letters - 1851
Box 3 Folder 4
S. Wright to G. Kaercher - New Berlin
Box 3 Folder 4
Charles Cunty to G. Kaercher - Peninsula
Box 3 Folder 4
Aaron Reed to G. Kaercher - Sharon
Box 3 Folder 4
1 commission - 1851 - to G. Kaercher - Preston - 1 yr. 50
Box 3 Folder 4
1 petition - 1851 - to American Home Missionary Society for payment of $50 to Kaercher - congregation to pay $200
3 letters - 1852
Box 3 Folder 4
Catherine Kaercher to G. Kaercher - father
Box 3 Folder 4
Catherine Kaercher to G. Kaercher - father
Box 3 Folder 4
Eunice Ford to G. Kaercher
2 letters - 1854
Box 3 Folder 4
George and Cornelia Kaercher to Lucy Packer
Box 3 Folder 4
Lucy Packer to George and Cornelia Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 4
5 letters - 1854 - George Kaercher to his wife, Cornelia
Box 3 Folder 4
1 letter - 1855 - Catherine Kaercher to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 4
Additional papers
Box 3 Folder 5
1 letter - 1856 - G. Kaercher to nephew - Preston
4 letters - 1857
Box 3 Folder 5
Wm. Potter to G. Kaercher - Claridon
Box 3 Folder 5
G.W. Roberts to G. Kaercher - Green, N.Y.
Box 3 Folder 5
H.W. Gilbert to G. Kaercher - Green, N.Y.
Box 3 Folder 5
J. Patch to G. Kaercher - Orland, Ind.
4 letters - 1858
Box 3 Folder 5
J. Patch to G. Kaercher - Orland, Ind.
Box 3 Folder 5
Ellen to Cornelia Kaercher - Cleveland
Box 3 Folder 5
Edward Baymal to G. Kaercher - concerning death of Kaercher's sister, Catherine Baymal, and son
Box 3 Folder 5
C.A. Hernandes to G. Kaercher - Savannah - concerning death of Kaercher's sister
2 letters - 1859
Box 3 Folder 5
G. Kaercher to his wife - Tabery
Box 3 Folder 5
G. Kaercher to nephew - Preston
Box 3 Folder 5
2 letters - 1862 - Woman's Central Ass. of Relief to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 5
8 letters to G. Kaercher from Elisabeth Wilbur and children
5 letters - 1864
Box 3 Folder 5
Mary Fairbanks to Cornelia Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 5
S. Wait to G. Kaercher - Four Mill Grove
Box 3 Folder 5
J.K. Mason to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 5
2 letters - G. Kaercher to his mother - Sharon
4 letters - 1866
Box 3 Folder 6
Sharon - George Wilbur - to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 6
Tomah - F. Ebert to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 6
Tomah - Daniel Ebert to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 6
Pottsville - George Kaercher to George Kaercher
4 letters - 1868
Box 3 Folder 6
Catherine Field to G. Kaercher - Trempealeau
Box 3 Folder 6
Charles A. Throop to G. Kaercher - Trempealeau
Box 3 Folder 6
James A. Throop to G. Kaercher - Trempealeau
Box 3 Folder 6
Helen Noyes to Cornelia Kaercher
2 letters - 1869
Box 3 Folder 6
Daniel Ebert to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 6
Aaron Reed to G. Kaercher
2 letters - 1874
Box 3 Folder 6
Daniel Ebert to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 6
D. Vrooman to G. Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 6
2 letters - 1878 - G. Kaercher to family
Box 3 Folder 7
3 letters - Mary Fairbanks to Cornelia Kaercher - Barnabas Horves Jr. to George Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 7
Constitution of the Social and Benevolent Society of the Town of Preston
Box 3 Folder 7
Report of number of bibles in families of church
Box 3 Folder 7
List of subscribers for benefit of George Kaercher
Box 3 Folder 7
8 miscellaneous pieces
Box 4
B, Woodruff and Packer. Justice of the Peace records, elections records, etc., Preston, NY, 1817-1890 and no date.
Box 4
Mss., diries of Kaercher, Mason, Noyes, and Packer families, 1817-1922 and no date.
Box 5
Volumes, assessment book, 1848 ; genealogical information on Beaumont, Mason, Packer, Pratt, Woodruff and other families, 1764-1940.
Box 6
Scrapbooks, copybooks, 1836-1913 and no date. Also list of voters Town of Preston, Oct. 13, 1863 ; "The German Church Friend for American German Churches," Jan.-Dec. 1850 , 11 issues.
Box 7
Photographs.
Box 7
Misc. printed material on Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pa., 1876 , souvenir item.
Volume 1-4
Four loose mss. vols.