Brockett Collection,1773-1890

Collection Number: 381

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Brockett collection, 1773-1890
Collection Number:
381
Creator:
Frank S., Brockett
Quantity:
.3 cubic ft.; 4 v.
Forms of Material:
Deeds, bonds, accounts, lists, scrapbooks, letters, and other papers.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Deeds, bonds, accounts, lists, scrapbooks, and letters pertaining to the Irvine family and Albany, Rensselaer and Washington Counties, New York. Deeds from Alexander and Cadwallader Colden. Also, papers pertaining to the Lourie family, of Washington County, including lists from "The Old Town" book (1773-1816) including slave owners, school districts, fire wardens, and town meetings of Albany County. Scrapbooks of John S. Crocker, Warden of the United States Jail in Washington, D. C., relating to President Garfield, Guiteau, the Jail, Washington, D. C. and other topics; letters from Crocker to his wife from Albany, Rikers Island, Libby Prison, Salisbury Prison, and from his stations with McClellan's and Burnside's armies, describing in detail the problems of his commands, his capture, a number of campaigns, and the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Language:
Collection material in English


CHRONOLOGY--GENERAL JOHN S. CROCKER

1820, March 4 Born, son of Col. Francis Crocker and Anna Woodworth, of Cambridge, N.Y. Both of Revolutionary War ancestry. Col. Crocker a Mayflower descendent.
1834 Gen. Crocker began his military career by organizing a company of schoolboys, of which he was elected Captain - so well drilled and disciplined the company were the pride of the village.
1837 Taught school at Ashgrove, suburb of Cambridge.
1840 Commissioned First Lieutenant of artillery, attached to 14th Regiment of N.Y. State Militia by Gov. Seward. During the next twenty years rose through the successive grades of Captain, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, and General in the State Militia, thus forming State-wide acquaintance among military men and officials.
1843 Was married on June 13 to Harriette Sipperly of Melrose, N.Y. They had three sons, John S., Jr., Irving M., and Willis F. Crocker.
1846 Was admitted to the New York State Bar, having studied law in the office of Judge Howe of Cambridge and Albany Law School.
1855 Joined the "Know Nothings" and appoint Deputy for the first assembly district of Washington County.
1855 Elected member of the New York State Assembly.
1860 Organized Cambridge Valley Lodge #481, F&AM (chartered June 12) and was elected J.W. of the Lodge. (When living in Washington, D.C. after close of Civil War, advanced to the 33rd and highest Degree in Masonry and was a brother Lodge member of President James A. Garfield.)
1861 Governor Morgan authorized him to raise and drill a Regiment of Volunteer Infantry. Quickly mustered 1030 outstanding men, mostly from Washington, Warren, Essex, and Rensselaer Counties. This Regiment was numbered the 93rd N.Y.V. and were christened "Morgan Rifles" in honor of Governor Morgan.
1862, January 30 Col. Crocker and his Regimental officers were commissioned and shortly thereafter left for Washington and became attached to the Army of the Potomac under General Geo. B. McClellan, and during 1862-1863 served as Headquarters Guard of this Army, under McClellan, Burnside, Hooker, and Meade, participating in the Peninsular Campaign, Antietem, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg.
1864 Expiration, in January, of enlistment; furloughed, and re-enlisted as a Veteran Regiment, the first of this class of the Army of the Potomac, and then took the field and fought under Gen. Grant up to the time of Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
1864 At the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5, the 93rd N.Y.V. were cited by General Birney for outstanding gallantry, and Colonel Crocker was made a Brigadier General in the field on the death of General Hayes. In this battle, General Crocker had four horses killed under him and himself was severely wounded.
1865, May 23 The remnants of this renowned Regiment participated in the Grand Review on Pennsylvania Avenue at Washington, D.C.
1865-1869 Was a practicing lawyer in Washington.
1869 Was appointed by President U.S. Grant Warden of the United States Jail at Washington, which he held until his death in 1890. During his tenure of office, he officiated at the hanging of Charles J. Guiteau, the assassinator of President James A. Garfield. Also during this period he was very active in politics in the city, being President of the Board of Aldermen and Acting Mayor. He had very active participation in the filling in of the Canal and levelling of Washington's streets, directed by the hard-bitten and resolute "Boss" Shepard.
1890 Died.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Deeds, bonds, accounts, lists, scrapbooks, and letters pertaining to the Irvine family and Albany, Rensselaer and Washington Counties, New York. Deeds from Alexander and Cadwallader Colden. Also, papers pertaining to the Lourie family, of Washington County, including lists from "The Old Town" book (1773-1816) including slave owners, school districts, fire wardens, and town meetings of Albany County. Scrapbooks of John S. Crocker, Warden of the United States Jail in Washington, D. C., relating to President Garfield, Guiteau, the Jail, Washington, D. C. and other topics; letters from Crocker to his wife from Albany, Rikers Island, Libby Prison, Salisbury Prison, and from his stations with McClellan's and Burnside's armies, describing in detail the problems of his commands, his capture, a number of campaigns, and the Battle of Fredericksburg.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Brockett, Frank S.,
Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881.
Colden, Alexander.
Colden, Cadwallader R., 1774-1839.
Crocker, John S., d. 1890.
Garfield, James A., (James Abram), 1831-1881.
Guiteau, Charles Julius, 1841-1882.
Irvine family.
Lourie family.
McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885.
Libby Prison.
Salisbury Prison (N.C.)

Subjects:
Prisons--Washington (D.C.)
Slavery--New York (State)--Albany County.
Education--New York (State).
Family--New York (State)--Albany County.
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862.

Places:
Albany County (N.Y.)--History, Local.
Rensselaer County (N.Y.)--History, Local.
Washington County (N.Y.)--History, Local.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Albany County (N.Y.)--Politics and government.

Form and Genre Terms:
Account books.
Deeds.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Brockett collection, #381. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Indenture, From William Bradshaw to George Duncan, Albany County
December 17, 1778
Box 1
Indenture, From John Johnston to George Duncan and John Moor, Albany County
February 11, 1784
Box 1
Deed, From William Edgar to James Irvine, Albany County
December 15, 1786
Box 1
Indenture, From Alexander Golden to James Irvine and James Blake, Albany County
February 15, 1794
Box 1
Indenture, From James Thompson to William Mushet, Washington County
September 7, 1794
Box 1
Indenture, From Jonathan French to Alexander Lourey, Washington County
September 15, 1796
Box 1
Indenture, From James Blake to James Irvine, Washington County
April 15, 1797
Box 1
Indenture, From James Black and James Irvine to H.N. Colden, Washington County
August 28, 1798
Box 1
Indenture, From William Edgar and Ann, his wife, to James Irvine, Washington County
1799
Box 1
Indenture, From William Mushet and Mary, his wife, to Alexander Lourie, Washington County
November 2, 1799
Box 1
Indenture, From James Irvine to Robert Irvine, Washington County
September 16, 1800
Box 1
Bond, from James Irvine to William McAuley, Washington County
September 16, 1800
Box 1
Bond for a Deed, From Iudah Weeks to James Devanny, Bennington County and Washington County
November 21, 1801
Box 1
Indenture, From James Irvine and Mary, his wife, to William McAuley, Washington County
May 4, 1804
Box 1
Indenture, From Cadwallader Colden to James Irvine, Rennselaer County, and Washington County
January 31, 1804
Box 1
Indenture, From C.R. Colden to James Irvine and Benjamin Fuitin, Washington County
July 9, 1807
Box 1
Agreement, Between John Miller and Mumphard Kinyon and Israel Whipple, Washington County
May 31, 1809
Box 1
Bond, From James Irvine and George Miller to John Robinson, Washington County
February 13, 1811
Box 1
Agreement, Between John Welsh and George Lourie, Washington County
February 7, 1812
Box 1
Agreement, Between Samuel McDonal and George Lourie and Henry McAuley, Washington County
April 3, 1813
Box 1
Long Bill of Goods, From George Lourie to William Stevenson and Company
1813
Box 1
Agreement, Between John Mushet and George Lourie, Washington County
January 6, 1812
Box 1
Indenture, From George Lourie to Alexander Lourie, Washington County
February 22, 1812
Box 1
Indenture, From Alexander Lourie to George Lourie, Washington County
February 22, 1812
Box 1
Indenture, From James Irvine to George Lourie, Washington County
March 11, 1816
Box 1
Indenture, From Reuben J. Blanchard to George Lourie, Washington County
November 15, 1819
Box 1
Oath before the justice of the peace, James Irvine by Chancy Scovil in favor of William Stevenson for one hundred dollars and ninety-four cents, Washington County
April 30, 1819
Box 1
Indenture, From Robert McAuley, Washington County, to Patty Lee, Saratoga County
December 29, 1820
Box 1
Inventory of the goods, chattels, and credits of James Irvine, deceased, Washington County
December 14, 1820.
Box 1
Bill of Sale, From Samuel McDonal to George Lourie and James Hay, Washington County
December 6, 1821
Box 1
Agreement, Between Mary Irvine, Jackson and Robert Pearson, Whitecreek
March 14, 1823
Box 1
Letter, From Margaret (Lourie) Armstrong, Lisbon to Mr. Alexander Lourie on the possibilities of acquiring fifty acres of land and church affairs
June 11, 1827
Box 1
Letter, From John Robertson to George Lourie, Jackson, concerning a mortgage
February 5, 1830
Box 1
Statement or Certificate by Charles F. Ingles that Mr. McDonal would pay the one dollar fee for David Johnson in the suit David Johnson vs. Henry McAuley
March 10, 1839
Box 1
Bond, From Samuel McDonal to George Lourie and A.B. McDonal, Washington County
April 1, 1837
Box 1
Application for Fire Insurance, George Lourie, Washington County
1837
Box 1
Fire Insurance Policy for fifteen hundred and two dollars, George Lourie, Washington County
May 17, 1840
Box 1
Declaration of Trust by George Lourie and James Hay, concerning a bond and mortgage made in their trust by Mary McDonal for her Children, Alexander and Peter McDonal, Washington County
August 15, 1838
Box 1
Road Warrant to George Lourie, overseer to take command the persons whose names are contained in a list, Washington County, District No. 19
April 20, 1838
Box 1
In Account with George; William S. Warner, merchant, Cambridge
March 29, 1847
Box 1
Certificate of life members in American Tract Society to George Lourie from Alexander Bullions Congugation, Cambridge, New York
September 17, 1853
Box 1
Fire Insurance Policy No. 646 for thirty-one hundred and thirty dollars to Thomas B. Lourie, Jackson, New York
December 4, 1882
Box 1
Indenture, From George Duncan to John Mushet and William Mushet, Albany County
March 30, 1886.
Box 1
Agreement Between George Lourie and Joe P. Parly, Cambridge
Undated
Box 1
List of names, goods and prices, no date.
Box 1
Law dealing with marrying members of the Church, no date.
Box 1
"Morgan's Men" - Release, October 6. From the October issue of the Recorder: Bulletin of the American Irish Historical Society.
This article is topical in relation to the ceremonies connected with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga, at the Battlefield, Saturday, October 8, 1927 - Morgan's Riflemen at the Battle of Saratoga, by Michael J. O'Brian, Histographer, American Irish Historical Society.
Lists taken from "The Old Town" book, 1773-1816.
Box 1
Slave Owners in Town of Cambridge.
Box 1
School districts, Cambridge town.
Box 1
Goods sold at Anson Ingrahams Store, Center Cambridge -
1830-1840
Box 1
Firemen (five wardens) from the old Cambridge book 1st meeting of Cambridge District.
Box 1
Town Meetings of Cambridge "District," Albany County, Province of New York.
Box 1
Town Meetings of Cambridge "Township," Washington County, State of New York and place and date where held.
Box 1
Commissioners of Roads, Cambridge
1781 to 1816
From the old Cambridge book - dates are when certain members laid out specified Roads.
Box 1
Cambridge - Roads.
Box 1
White Creek - Center White Creek, or "Waite's Corners."
Box 1
Rev. J.R. Fisher - historical address (data by Mr. Albert Whiteside)
September 12, 1900
The centennial of Whiteside.
Box 1
Letters (typewritten)
December 19, 1861 to May 3, 1864
139 items. From John S. Crocker, Col. 93rd N.Y. Vols., Brig. General, Major General U.S., to his wife. Civil War
Volume 1
Scrap Book
Undated
General John S. Crocker, Warden, United States Jail, Washington, D.C. Clippings of poetry, stories, and images taken from various newspapers. Includes a few articles about events involving General Crocker.
Volume 3
Scrap Book
1882 to 1889
General John S. Crocker, Warden, United States Jail, Washington, D.C. News clippings and photographs relating to the assassination of President Garfield and the capture and trial of Charles Guiteau, convicted of the assassination. Also material relating to Crocker's appointment of warden and other national events. Maps belonging to Crocker from his time in the Civil War.
Volume 4
Scrap Book
1880-1882
General John S. Crocker, Warden, United States Jail, Washington, D.C. News clippings relating to the assassination of President Garfield and the trial and execution of Charles Guiteau, convicted of the assassination. Also material relating to the execution of James Madison Wyatt Stone, convicted of killing his wife.
Volume 2
George Lourie's Account Book, Cambridge
1810