McNish Family Papers,1773-1926

Collection Number: 754

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
McNish family papers, 1773-1926.
Collection Number:
754
Creator:
McNish family.
Quantity:
2.1 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Land accounts, deeds, wills, merchandising statements, school records, correspondence, recipes, contracts, bills, and other papers.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Families papers from Washington County, New York.
Language:
Collection material in English


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Miscellaneous material from Salem, Washington County, N.Y. includes papers (1774-1810) of Alexander McNish, constable, assessor, and later coroner of Salem; enumerations of real and personal property of early settlers; land accounts; deeds; wills; merchandising statements; early school records; letters from relatives in Aughentober, Northern Ireland, discussing the high price for land and consequent emigration to America, reaction to American complaints against abuse of neutral rights, and offering indentures in return for transportation; a letter (1808) from a Representative in Congress on the embargo; recipes; contracts, bills of costs, trustee accounts, and other papers (1811-1813) relating to the building of Washington Academy; diaries of Darley McNish (1888-1891); and correspondence of Darley and Sarah McNish (1874-1926).
Additional papers of Alexander McNish include correspondence and legal papers, chiefly concerned with the payment of rents and sale or leasing of lands in the Salem area, merino sheep raising, tax and debt collection, and inquests and other duties McNish performed as constable, coroner, and U.S. mail contractor. Also, letters dealing with politics and family matters, the latter including several from relatives in Ireland and in Ohio and Kentucky. Farm labor and produce accounts, fragmentary diary entries, and weather records of William McNish (1 vol., 1827-1853). Correspondents include W. M. Adam, William Barnes, William Boyd, John Doty, Eliakim Elmore, John Kerr, R. J. Meigs, Samuel Prince, W. Raleigh, Edward Savage, John Savage, Alexander Steele, James Steele, James S. Stewart, William Story, David Thomas, John Williams, and David Woods.
See Accession Folder for more detailed descriptions of contents.
SUBJECTS

Names:
McNish family.
Adam, W. M.
Barnes, William.
Boyd, William.
Doty, John.
Elmore, Eliakim.
Kerr, John.
McNish, Alexander.
McNish, Darley.
McNish, Sarah.
McNish, William.
Meigs, Return Jonathan.
Prince, Samuel.
Raleigh, W.
Savage, Edward.
Savage, John.
Steele, Alexander.
Stewart, James S.
Story, William.
Williams, John, 1752-1806.
Washington Academy (Salem, N.Y.)

Subjects:
Real property--New York (State)--Washington County
Family--New York (State)--Washington County.
Education, Secondary--New York (State)--Washington County.
Immigration--New York (State)--Washington County.
Emigration--Northern Ireland.
Merino sheep.
Cookery.
Coroners--New York (State)--Washington County.
Debtor and creditor--New York (State)--Washington County.
Postal service--United States.
Taxation--New York (State)--Washington County.
Weather.
Meteorology--New York (State)--Washington County--Observations.
Women's diaries.
Neutrality--United States.

Places:
Washington County (N.Y.)--Politics and government.
Northern Ireland--Economic conditions--19th century.

Form and Genre Terms:
Diaries.
Account books.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
McNish family papers, #754. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Fragments - ca. 1790s , mainly undated
Box 1
1789
Box 1
undated - late 18th c. - early 19th c.
Box 1
1774-1788
Box 1
1790
Box 1
1791
Box 1
1792
Box 1
1793
Box 1
1794
Box 1
1795
Box 1
1796-1799
Box 1
1803
Box 1
1800-1802
Box 1
1804
Box 1
1805
Box 1
1806-1809
Box 2
1810-1814
Box 2
1815-1834
Box 2
1844-1875
Box 2
1876-1885
Box 2
1886-1889
Box 2
1890-1891
Box 2
1892-1895
Box 2
1896-1898
Box 2
1899-1900
Box 2
1901-1908
Box 2
1912-1926
Box 2
School work
Box 2
undated
Box 2
undated
Box 3
Recipes
Box 3
Pictures and postcards - 1 identified picture of Miss Darley McNish
Box 3
4 notebooks of Darley McNish with daily notes (diary)
1888-1891
Box 3
2 pocket date books of Abner Robertson
1871-1872
Box 3
3 note books of William McNish concerning seasonal farming and weather
1866-1868, 1868-1869, 1873-1874
Box 3
8 almanacs
1835, 1873, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1892
Box 3
3 day diaries or work records
1858, 1866, 1887
Box 3
2 check stub books of Darley and Sarah McNish
Box 3
The Directory for Family Worship, approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Edinburgh
1793
Box 3
Early cookbook (fragment)
Box 3
Almanac, (fragment)
1830
Box 3
Early farming book (fragment)
Box 3
Fragmented article concerning the advantages of growing flax in Ireland over Holland
1735
Box 3
Address by "the undersigned members of the House of Representatives to their respective constituents" against going to war with Great Britain (War of 1812)
1812
Box 3
"The Christian Magazine and Presbyterian Preacher," Vol. VIII, no. 8 (complete)
August 1839
Box 4
1773-1792
Box 4
1793-1802
Box 4
1804-1808
Box 4
1810-1811
Box 4
1812-1814
Box 4
1815-October 1816
Box 4
December 1816-September 1817
Box 4
October 1817-1819
Box 4
1820-April 1821
Box 4
August 1821-October 1823
Box 4
November 1823-November 1824
Box 4
1825-1833
Box 4
Illegible dates or undated
Box 4
The Washington Academy in Salem, in the County of Washington, New York,
1915
Box 5
1792-1834
Box 5
1835-1857 , n.d.
Box 5
Papers from McNish account book
Box 5
Account book of William McNish