Fordyce Family Papers, 1839-1979

Collection Number: 3646

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Fordyce Family papers, 1839-1979
Collection Number:
3646
Creator:
Fordyce family
Quantity:
30.4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, account books, notebooks, photographs, deeds, field notes, glass slides, newsclippings, daguerrotypes, portraits, photograph albums, wallpaper samples, menus, invitations, stock certificates, and scrapbooks.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection consists of correspondence, account books, notebooks, photographs, deeds, and other material of the Fordyce family of Scipio Center, Cayuga County and Monroe County, New York. Also contains papers of the Ohio branch of the Fordyce family, which included George Lincoln Fordyce, a Cleveland businessman and naturalist.
Language:
Collection material in English


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection consists of correspondence, account books, notebooks, photographs and deeds of the Fordyce family of Scipio Center, Cayuga County and Monroe County, New York. Includes letters and papers of the Nathaniel Horton Fordyce family of Monroe County, New York, 1839-1925, 1969. Many of them are letters to Nathaniel and Henrietta's daughter, Cornelia, a schoolteacher, from sisters Helen, Frances and Mary, her brother Horton and from Henrietta. Also, courtship letters of Horton (Nathaniel Horton, Jr.) Fordyce to Julia Heusner of Rochester, New York, and other letters from Heusner and Fordyce friends and relatives, 1846-1919. Includes letters to Cornelia Fordyce from family and friends, 1851-1919, some written by cousins fighting in the Civil War, 1861-1864; letters from Addie Gilson to Cornelia Fordyce, 1877-1907; photocopies of letters, papers and clippings concerning the Ohio branch of the Fordyce family, 1890-1979; correspondence includes letters from Ernest Thompson Seton, field notes, glass slides, articles, and clippings, largely concerning ornithology, by and about George Lincoln Fordyce, a Cleveland businessman and naturalist. Also, daguerreotypes, portraits and photographs of family members and friends; photograph albums, newspaper clippings; wallpaper samples from the Fordyce house; menus, invitations, postcards and stock certificates; letters, scrapbooks and photographs from the travels of Oscar F. and Rebecca Fordyce Gayton.

INDEX TO SERIES III BY AUTHOR WITH INCLUSIVE DATES OF CORRESPONDENCE

Adams, Alice 1866-1876, 1880
Adams, Alice B.
Adams, Athalia
Adriance, Mrs. George (Ernestine Knapp) 1909
Baldwin, Stephen 1853 or 1855
Bannister, F.C. 1874-1875
Bennett, Alma C. 1855
Bennett, Mrs. C.D. (Charles D.) 1884
Bloomfield, Nellie 1863-1865
Brown, S.S. 1896, 1898
Carpenter, Frank 1862
Chapin, W.D. 1882
Clark, Sally 1866
Clements, L. 1871
Collins, Florence K. 1899, 1901-1902
Collins, Blanche 1903-1904
Collins, Laura Horrigan 1904
Collins, Ada Horrigan 1905
Conover, V. n.d.
Culver, M.J.A. n.d.
Cornell University 1875
Davis, W.P. 1872-1873
Davis, Horace W. 1873-1874
Davis, Franklin 1875-1877
Decker, Martha and Delia 1851-1867
Douglas, Franklin 1889
Ewing, Lizzie E. 1875
Fordyce, Samuel Wesley 1861-1863
Galusha, Esther (McCollum) 1869
Gifford, Mariette (Chapin) 1867, 1869
Granger, L.H. 1876
Gunning, Frank T. 1886 or 1889 or n.d.?
Harmon, Mrs. E.L. 1889
Heath, David W. 1871
Henderson, David N. 1872
Herslinger, Mamie 1884
Hunt, William 1862
Jones, William E. 1861-1862, 1869
Knapp, Elizabeth 1877-1881
McGee, Josephine 1860, 1862
Miller, Belle 1885
Miller, George
Morris, Mathilda 1860
Morris, Carrie ?
Morris, Lauretta ?
Olney, Eunice Jane or Jennie (later Tobey) n.d., 1851-1852, 1854-1861, 1867, 1881, 1886-1891, 1894, 190?, 1909
Orchard, Katie 1904, 1908
Page, Mrs. A.H. 1873-1874
Patterson, Harley M. 1861
Patterson, Harvey J. 1862-1865
Patterson, Hannah 1861-1865, 1874, 1876
Patterson, Anna C. 1868, 1869, 1878-1880, 1884
Quirk, Mrs. J.A. 1879
Scott, William 1900
Shorkley, A.F. (Amelia) 1879
Smith, Belle M. 1899
Stratton, Eliza ca. 1869, ca. 1870, 1871-1873, ca. 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890, 1892
Strong, Gail 1896, 1900
Strong, Ida 1903, 1905
Strong, Frances 1906, 1907
Strong, Cora 1904
Strong, H.L. 1910
Van Dusan, Phebe Martha 1869, 1870, 1873
Van Dusan, Gertrude F. 1882-1883, 1887-1888
Van Dusan, Edith 1869
McKay, Edith 1889, 1891-1892, 1894, 1896
McKay, Willard 1899, 1901, 1907
McKay, Mildred 1904, 1909, 1913
Warner, Rilla 1869
Watkins, Ada D. 1881-1882
Wayte, Aldred H. 1872
Wayte, Edwin 1872
Wayte, Mrs. E. 1885-1886
Welch, Ella or Ellen 1865-1866
Whitaker, ? 1904
Willard, Frances n.d.
Willard, M. Mary 1864-1865
Willard, M.J. 1889, 1905
Wilmarth, Jane 1856
Wing, Mary (see Willard)
Weeks, Frances (Jones) 1906-1907
Unidentified ca. 1850, 1871, 1874, 1880, 1889, 1908, n.d.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Fordyce, Cornelia.
Fordyce, Frances.
Fordyce, George Lincoln.
Fordyce, Helen.
Fordyce, Henrietta.
Fordyce, Horton (Nathaniel Horton)
Fordyce, Mary.
Fordyce, Nathaniel Horton.
Seton, Ernest Thompson.
Gayton, Oscar F.
Gayton, Rebecca Fordyce.
Gilson, Addie.
Heusner, Julia.

Subjects:
Ornithology.
Voyages and travels.
Naturalists.

Places:
Cayuga County (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
Monroe County (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
Ohio--Social life and customs.
Scipio Center (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Form and Genre Terms:
Albums.
Daguerreotypes.
Menus.
Photographs.
Postcards.
Scapbooks.
Stock certificates.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Fordyce Family Papers, #3646. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

This collection has been divided into parts by the donor; each is described below. The donor has made transcriptions of the first four parts plus two parts not included in the collection. There are photocopies of other papers also not included. Each part is arranged chronologically; the transcriptions are generally arranged alphabetically by author, and chronologically.
Letters and papers of the Fordyce family are housed in 6-3" legal size Hollinger boxes. The collection also includes 2-4" legal size boxes of portraits, photographs and albums, daguerreotypes; and 1-16" box containing five looseleaf notebooks of transcriptions.
SERIES LIST

Series I, 1839-1925, 1969, consists of the letters and papers of the Nathaniel Horton Fordyce family of Monroe County, New York, and of a few friends and relatives. Many of the letters are to Nathaniel and Henrietta Fordyce's daughter, Cornelia, a schoolteacher, from sisters Helen, Frances, and Mary, and brother Horton, and from Henrietta.
Boxes 1-2.
Series II, 1846-1919, is mostly the courtship letters of Horton (Nathaniel Horton, Jr.) to Julia Heusner of Rochester, whom he married in 1896. In them he discusses the progress of the rooms he is adding to the farmhouse at Scipio for their own use. (Julia died in 1898 in childbirth.) Other letters are from Heusner and Fordyce friends and relatives.
Box 3
Series III, 1851-1913. These letters are from more than fifty friends and relatives to Cornelia Fordyce. A few letters, 1861-1864, are written by cousins at the battlefront. The transcripts of these letters are alphabetically arranged by sender.
Boxes 4-5.
Series IV, 1877-1907. Addie Gilson is the author of this extensive correspondnce--she wrote at least weekly to Cornelia--filled with thoughts on religion, her infirmities, and news of various family members and friends. Addie apparently was confined to a wheelchair much of the time. Beside writing many letters, she used her time in bottling and distributing "Dr. Hammond's Great Remedy."
Boxes 5-10.
Series V, ca. 1890 and later, is transcriptions only and concerns the "Ohio Fordyces." It includes photocopies of papers and letters and newsclippings, and narratives by the donor about family members; also articles by and about George L. Fordyce, businessman and noted Cleveland naturalist.
Boxes 11-20.
(Appendix #1-6, looseleaf notebook, includes supplementary material, miscellany, notes for Part VI, copies of a few pages of Benjamin Fordyce's account book.)
Series VI. Additional papers. Louise G. Coulson material.
Boxes 21-43.
(Note: Boxes 21-26, 28, and 49 transferred to the Cayuga County Historical Society, July 2018.)

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Series I, 1839-1925, 1969.
Consists of the letters and papers of the Nathaniel Horton Fordyce family of Monroe County, New York, and of a few friends and relatives. Many of the letters are to Nathaniel and Henrietta Fordyce's daughter, Cornelia, a schoolteacher, from sisters Helen, Frances, and Mary, and brother Horton, and from Henrietta.
Box 1 Folder 1
1839-1851
Box 1 Folder 2
1853-1856
Box 1 Folder 3
1857-1859
Box 1 Folder 4
1860-1865
Box 1 Folder 5
1866-1869
Box 1 Folder 6
1870
Box 1 Folder 7
1871
Box 1 Folder 8
1872, 1873
Box 1 Folder 9
1874
Box 2 Folder 1
1875
Box 2 Folder 2
1876
Box 2 Folder 3
1878, 1879
Box 2 Folder 4
1880
Box 2 Folder 5
1881
Box 2 Folder 6
1882, 1884, 1885
Box 2 Folder 7
1886, 1887
Box 2 Folder 8
1888, 1889
Box 2 Folder 9
1890-1899
Box 2 Folder 10
1901-1922, 1969
Box 2 Folder 11
n.d.
Series II, 1846-1919.
Mostly the courtship letters of Horton (Nathaniel Horton, Jr.) to Julia Heusner of Rochester, whom he married in 1896. In them he discusses the progress of the rooms he is adding to the farmhouse at Scipio for their own use. (Julia died in 1898 in childbirth.) Other letters are from Heusner and Fordyce friends and relatives.
Box 3 Folder 1
1846, 1871, 1877-1887
Box 3 Folder 2
1888-1892
Box 3 Folder 3
1893-1895
Box 3 Folder 4
Jan.-Apr. 1896
Box 3 Folder 5
May 1896
Box 3 Folder 6
June-July 1896
Box 3 Folder 7
Aug.-Sept. 1896
Box 3 Folder 8
Oct.-Dec. 1896
Box 3 Folder 9
Jan.-June 1897
Box 3 Folder 10
July-Dec. 1897
Box 3 Folder 11
Jan.-Mar. 1898
Box 3 Folder 12
Apr. 1898-1919
Box 3 Folder 13
n.d.
Series III, 1851-1913.
These letters are from more than fifty friends and relatives to Cornelia Fordyce. A few letters, 1861-1864, are written by cousins at the battlefront. The transcripts of these letters are alphabetically arranged by sender.
Box 4 Folder 1
1851-1854
Box 4 Folder 2
1855-1859
Box 4 Folder 3
1860, 1861
Box 4 Folder 4
1862, 1863
Box 4 Folder 5
1864-1866
Box 4 Folder 6
1867-1869
Box 4 Folder 7
1870-1873
Box 4 Folder 8
1874-1879
Box 4 Folder 9
1880-1886
Box 5 Folder 1
1887-1888
Box 5 Folder 2
1889-1899
Box 5 Folder 3
1900-1904
Box 5 Folder 4
1905-1913
Box 5 Folder 5
n.d.
Series IV, 1877-1907.
Addie Gilson is the author of this extensive correspondnce--she wrote at least weekly to Cornelia--filled with thoughts on religion, her infirmities, and news of various family members and friends. Addie apparently was confined to a wheelchair much of the time. Beside writing many letters, she used her time in bottling and distributing "Dr. Hammond's Great Remedy."
Box 5 Folder 6
1877-1878
Box 5 Folder 7
1879
Box 5 Folder 8
1880
Box 6 Folder 1
1881
Box 6 Folder 2
1882-1886
Box 6 Folder 3
1887
Box 6 Folder 4
1888
Box 6 Folder 5
1889
Box 6 Folder 6
1890
Box 6 Folder 7
1891-1892
Box 6 Folder 8
1893-1894, 1898, 1900, 1907
Box 7
Daguerreotypes, portraits, photographs of family members and friends.
Box 8
Two paragraph albums, photos, portraits, newspaper clippings of family members and friends.
Box 9
Letter transcriptions. Five looseleaf notebooks: Part I, Part II, Part III, Parts IV and V, Appendix.
Box 10
Envelopes, temporarily housed with the collection. (See Accession Sheet)
Series V, ca. 1890 and later.
Transcriptions only and concerns the "Ohio Fordyces." It includes photocopies of papers and letters and newsclippings, and narratives by the donor about family members; also articles by and about George L. Fordyce, businessman and noted Cleveland naturalist.
Box 11
Mr. & Mrs. O.F. Gayton's travel literature and itineraries, c. 1950's.
Box 12
George L. Fordyce's ornithological files: corres. and observations, corres. With Ernest T. Seton and photographs.
Box 13
O.F.G. travel material, stock certificates, clippings re Fordyce Dept. Store, c. 1930's, other clippings include L.G. Coulson, wallpaper samples from Fordyce house, file of David Scollan's on N.Y.S. sugar beet growing.
Box 14
G.L.F.'s ornithological papers include field diary, 1903-1905; corres. Of O.F. and D.C. Gayton and typescripts (3 paper boxes), c. 1904-1929, include Alvord, Cooper and Fischer relatives, and travel postcards.
Box 15
Mr. & Mrs. O.F.G's letters and typescripts (Part IV), c. 1895-1959; printed items, slate blackboard, items of Louise Coulson.
Box 16
G.L.F.'s photographs, glass slides and colored printed pictures of birds.
Box 17
Case of glass slides of birds.
Box 18
G.L.F.'s ornithological corres. And observations, corres. With E.T. Seton, and scrapbook of sports clippings.
Box 19
Glass slides [foldered, box only partly full]
Box 20
O.F.G. corres. And typescripts, photograph albums. [Box mostly foldered].
Box 55
Black case containing a Bell and Howell Standard Cinemachinery (has plug for use in an electric outlet).
Series VI. Additional papers. Louise G. Coulson material.
Box 27
Louise Coulson, Cayuga county local history, correspondence
Box 29
Files-House Benjamin Built
Box 30
Family files, genealogy files
Box 31
Genealogy
Box 32
Genealogy, correspondence
Box 33
Louise Coulson correspondence, etc.
Box 34
House Benjamin Built, and other typescripts
Box 35
Fordyce family - all typescripts
1861-1862 diaries of John H. Fordyce, 1864 diary of Louisa Fordyce. Notebooks: Parts I, II, V and VI - winter of mss. On Fordyce family, 1839-1888-1938; 2 notebooks # pp. 1-258, 259-333 [cf. Box 37 for more pp. of mss.]; typescripts of Cayuga Co. church records ie. Reformed Protestant Dutch Church Owasco Outlet (Sand Beach Clr., Fleming).
Box 36
Gayton Family - letters, 1920's and later; clippings, anniversary cards.
Box 37
Fordyce family
L. Coulson's typescripts of Benj. A. Fordyce letters in 1 notebook, annotated typescript of mss. On Fordyce family, pp. 1-1339, in 5 cardboard paper boxes; 1 folder "Notes" 1 folder "Book"
Box 38
Fordyce, Coulson family and personal
Box 39-40
Fordyce, et al photos
Box 41
Fordyce, family papers and miscellaneous
Box 42
Photos
Box 43
Fordyce/Gayton
letters, clippings, deeds, photos, marriage certificate of George L. & Grace Fordyce, estate of N. Horton Fordyce items, silver teaspoon, small leather change purse.
Box 44
Fordyce, genealogy, miscellaneous
Box 45
Unlabled
Box 46
Fordyce, family, miscellaneous
Box 47
(3"leg.)