George S. Kephart Family Papers, 1790-1989.

Collection Number: 3268

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
George S. Kephart family papers, 1790-1989.
Collection Number:
3268
Creator:
George S., Kephart
Quantity:
4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Financial Records, Legal Documents, Manuscripts
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Legal documents, 1790-1897, include articles of agreement, deeds, mortgages, and property titles in and around Ithaca, New York; family material includes photos and correspondence
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

George S. Kephart is the great-grandson of Horace Mack, Sr. and Eliza Ann Ferris, and the grandson of Horace Mack, Jr. and Lucy Wheeler.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Legal documents, 1790-1897, include articles of agreement, deeds, mortgages, and property titles in and around Ithaca, New York, drawn up by Horace Mack, Sr. and Jr., Benjamin G. Ferris, and Joshua Ferris. Also included are affidavits of application for military land grants by Revolutionary War soldiers, 1818; maps of Tioga County (New York) township divisions, surveyed, 1808; will of Thomas Hathway bequeathing a portion of land to the Publick Universal Friend (Jemima Wilkinson), 1795; expense account, probably of Benjamin Ferris, for a trip to Albany, 1827; and correspondence between Mack and Ferris family members about banking, legal favors, and property interests. Personal papers include bills and receipts, 1804-1902; a deed for land in Montgomery County, New York for John Shelly signed by Governor George Clinton; a well water analysis, Ithaca, New York, 1895; manuscripts on local history, 1901, 1975; and miscellaneous correspondence. Also, material concerning the Riley and Kephart families. Correspondence of Horace Kephart and printed material pertaining to his work as a naturalist and early advocate for establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Papers relating to George S. Kephart include photograph album/scrapbooks from Bangor, Maine, New York-Minneapolis, Klamath, Oregon, and Chicago-Washington; personal reminiscences; materials about World War I service in France; writings and publications; Cornell Crew materials; and materials about the Kephart Glen in the Cornell plantations.
Memorabilia, primarily relating to Leonard W. Kephart (Class of 1913), including postcards, letters, programs, photographs, views of Ithaca, clippings, 1909 high school class prophecy, and a variety of items from his time at Cornell and later. Manuscript of poem: "Trooper [Trumpeter] George" written by Horace Mack, Jan. 22, 1899, illustrated by Julia Mack; other poems and rhymes by Horace Mack.
Also inscribed copy of "Courtney: Master Oarsman - Champion Coach" by Margaret K. Look, "The Cornell Navy," by C.V.P. Young, and 1913 Cornell Students' Handbook.
Horace Mack's diploma from Hamilton College, 1898
SUBJECTS

Names:
Kephart, George S.,
Ferris family.
Ferris, Benjamin G.
Ferris, Eliza Ann.
Ferris, Joshua.
Hathway, Thomas.
Kephart family.
Kephart, Horace, 1862-1931.
Mack family.
Mack, Horace,
Mack, Horace,
Riley family.
Shelly, John.
Wilkinson, Jemima, 1752-1819.
New York (State).Governor (1801-1804 : Clinton)

Subjects:
Families--New York (State)
Naturalists.
National parks and reserves--United States.
Real property--New York (State)--Montgomery County.

Places:
Ithaca (N.Y.)--History.
Tioga County (N.Y.)--History, Local
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (N.C. and Tenn.)

Form and Genre Terms:
Deeds.
Mortgages.
Maps.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
George S. Kephart family papers, #3268. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

NOTES

Consists of collections #3268 and #1697.

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