Mitchell and Barnes Families Papers,1791-1999

Collection Number: 3785

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Mitchell and Barnes families papers, 1791-1999.
Collection Number:
Mitchell family.
3.8 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, land and other legal documents, daybooks, photographs, an autograph book, and clippings
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Papers consist primarily of correspondence, land and other legal documents, daybooks, photographs, and clippings. Early documents largely concern the transfer and use of land in central and eastern New York.
Collection material in English


Papers consist primarily of correspondence, land and other legal documents, daybooks, photographs, and clippings. Early documents largely concern the transfer and use of land in central and eastern New York. Much of the correspondence comprises letters to Harriet (Hattie) Newell Mitchell (1822-1899) and her sister, Charlotte (Lottie) E. Mitchell (1834-1916), daughters of John (1798-1886) and Phoebe Tichenor Mitchell (1801-1837), and letters to Emily (Minnie) Ann Mitchell, daughter of William I. (1825-1904) and Emily Ann Steenberg Mitchell (1826-1847); other major correspondents include Orrin S. Wood (1817-1909), brother-in-law of Ezra Cornell, Bradford T. Mitchell (1837-1879), William L. Mitchell (1825-1904), and Amelia Mitchell (Mrs. Henry Preswick, 1829-1912). Also, autograph book of Minnie Mitchell, including poems by David Starr Jordan and members of the Grove Literary Society, 1871; and composite photograph of members of the Winter Course Rice Poultry Club, 1913-1914.
This correspondence concerns the death of Orrin Wood's wife of only ten months (Mary I. Mitchell, 1821-1842), his trip to Maine with Ezra Cornell and other travels, his impressions of Washington, D.C., where he went to learn telegraphy, his work in Canada with the Montreal Telegraph Company and with several New York telegraph posts, including the Utica telegraph office, and his marriage to Julia Forbes; Bradford T. Mitchell's work, also in telegraphy, in various places including Ottawa, Illinois, where he married Mary Miller, speculation in gold, silver, and Treasury notes with the aid of the telegraph, politics, his partnership in a boot and shoe business, and their move from Illinois to Utica; Emily (Minnie) Mitchell's visit to Saratoga Co., her marriage to Samuel Burling Barnes (1852-1908), her feelings regarding living with her in-laws on a farm in White Plains, N.Y., housekeeping, social life, relatives, and children, especially her daughter Harriet M. Barnes ("Little Hattie," 1886-1957); and, in letters from Hattie and Lottie, farming on land east of Ithaca, N.Y., friends and relatives, and events in the Ithaca area. Additional correspondents include Ella L. Atwater, Samuel Barnes, M. K. A. Benchley, Esther M. Boughton (Mrs. Henry Landon), Sarah Butts, William N. Cobb, Carrie J. Dodge, Armitta Drake, Mary J. Edwards, G. C. Hall, M. C. Johnston, David Starr Jordan, Mary Ann Miller Mitchell, Hiram Morse, E. R. Pinkney, Cornelia Preswick,
Eugene Henry Preswick (Cornell University Class of 1883), Orrin C. Steenberg, Fred I. Steenberg, Emily Ann Steenberg, and Hoffman and Catherine Steenberg. Also included are daybooks (ca.1806-1835) containing financial records and medical remedies; Minnie Mitchell's diary of 1869, which relates to everyday accounts of work, church, friends, family, and visits to Saratoga Co.; and class notes, examinations, and laboratory instructions of Harriet M. Barnes (Cornell University Class of 1912). Material deals with areas of Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Dutchess, Montgomery, Onondaga, Saratoga, Tioga, Tompkins, Washington, and Westchester Counties.
Also, two "family record" cross-stitch samplers in wicker trays with glass tops; pressed and mounted botanical specimens; and dressmaking paterns, including the "Rodmure" by Annie R. Dick, Albany, N.Y.

Mitchell family.
Atwater, Elia L.
Barnes, Harriet M.
Barnes, Samuel Burling, 1852-1908.
Barnes, Samuel.
Benchley, M. K. A.
Boughton, Esther M.
Butts, Sarah.
Cobb, William N.
Cornell, Ezra, 1807-1874.
Dodge, Carrie J.
Drake, Armitta.
Edwards, Mary J.
Forbes, Julia.
Hall, G. C.
Johnston, M. C.
Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931.
Mitchell, Amelia.
Mitchell, Bradford T., 1837-1879.
Mitchell, Charlotte E., 1834-1916.
Mitchell, Emily Ann Steenberg, 1826-1847.
Mitchell, Emily Ann.
Mitchell, Harriet Newell, 1822-1899.
Mitchell, John, 1798-1886.
Mitchell, Mary Ann Miller.
Mitchell, Mary I., 1821-1842.
Mitchell, Phoebe Tichenor, 1801-1837.
Mitchell, William I., 1825-1904.
Mitchell, William L., 1825-1904.
Morse, Hiram.
Pinkney, E. R.
Preswick, Cornelia.
Preswick, Eugene Henry.
Steenberg, Catherine.
Steenberg, Emily Ann.
Steenberg, Fred I.
Steenberg, Hoffman.
Steenberg, Orrin C.
Wood, Orrin S., 1817-1909.
Grove Literary Society (Cornell University)
Montreal Telegraph Company.
New York State College of Agriculture.Rice Poultry Club.

Land titles--Registration and transfer.

Allegany County, (N.Y.)
Cayuga County, (N.Y.)
Chemung County, (N.Y.)
Dutchess County, (N.Y.)
Montgomery County, (N.Y.)
Onondaga County, (N.Y.)
Saratoga County, (N.Y.)
Tioga County, (N.Y.)
Tompkins County, (N.Y.)
Washington County, (N.Y.)
Westchester County, (N.Y.)
Ithaca (N.Y.)
Washington, D.C.

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Cite As:
Mitchell and Barnes families papers, #3785. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Box 1 Folder 1
Box 1 Folder 2
1820-1836 , n.d.
Box 1 Folder 3
Box 1 Folder 4
Box 1 Folder 5
Box 1 Folder 6
1852, 1855-1856
Box 1 Folder 7
Box 1 Folder 8
Box 1 Folder 9
Box 1 Folder 10
Box 1 Folder 11
Box 1 Folder 12
Box 1 Folder 13
Box 1 Folder 14
Box 1 Folder 15
Box 1 Folder 16
Box 1
Daybooks of Benjamin F. and Silas Hutchinson, ca.
Box 1
Diary of Minnie Mitchell
Box 2 Folder 1
Herbarium sheets
Box 2 Folder 2-10
Home Economics: laboratory instructions, class notes, examinations,
Box 3 Folder 1
2 Mitchell Family Reunion Registers (helpful with genealogy)
Box 3 Folder 2
Manuscript book of poetry
Box 3 Folder 3
Mitchell family reunions
Box 3 Folder 4
Cornell University miscellany
Box 3 Folder 5
Valentine to Minnie Mitchell
Box 3 Folder 6
Hattie Barnes correspondence
Box 3 Folder 7
Genealogy cards
Box 4 Folder 1
Letters: Howard D. Weeks
Box 4 Folder 2
Letters to Minnie Mitchell
1878, 1882-1883
Box 4 Folder 3
Letters: to Mr. & Mrs. Samuel B. Barnes, Kensico, N.Y., Westchester County; some from W. S. Mitchell
1880's, 1899
Box 4 Folder 4
Wedding invitations
Box 4 Folder 5
Wedding invitations
Box 4 Folder 6
S. William Barnes misce
Box 4 Folder 7
Mitchell family history
Box 4 Folder 8
Miscellany from Ithaca Academy
Box 4 Folder 9
Photos: Barnes, Mitchell, and Hegeman family members
ca. 1914
Box 4 Folder 10
Other families: Molan, Avery, Hildebrandt, Nichols, Chase, Burtis, Gardiner, Farling, Crawford, Demorest
Box 4 Folder 11
Unidentified people
Box 4 Folder 12
Mitchell family home and farm
ca. 1800-1965
Box 4 Folder 13
Unidentified people and homes
Box 4 Folder 14
Pictures for Don Barnes I: members of Mitchell, Barnes (most images not identified)
Box 4 Folder 15
Pictures for Don Barnes II: none identified
Box 4 Folder 16
Pictures for Don Barnes III: members of Barnes, Chase, and Stewart families (most images not identified); miscellaneous colored prints
Box 5
Photo album: members of Barnes, Mitchell, Preswick, Mandiville, Hutchison, Farling, Morse, Hegeman, Smith, McKinney, and Spencer families
Box 5
Photo album: members of Tyler, Barnes, Preswick, Mitchell, Hegeman, Eelston, Benchley, Spencer, Augell, Hutchison, Williams, and Eaton families
Box 5
Photo album: members of Mitchell, Wood, Cornell, Hegeman, Preswick, Anderson, Johnston, Cowdrey, Coddington, Ostrander, Tichenor, Titchenor, Howell, Smith, Brauner, Cunningham, Shaver, Snyder, Chase, Mead, Voke, Halliday, Bryant, Kimball, Bunoye[?], Curran, Phillips, Judd, and Mandiville families
Box 5 Folder 1
Loose photographs: members of Hutchinson, Diltz, Boakley, Steenberg, Steinberg, Bowman, Edwards, Bryant, Mitchell, Berry, and Face families; calendar for 1908; negatives
Box 5 Folder 2
Barnes and Mitchell families: legal documents
Box 5 Folder 3
Legal documents and relating correspondence, etc.
Box 5 Folder 4
Barnes family legal documents
Box 5 Folder 5
Mitchell/Barnes families: legal documents [many photocopies]
Box 6
Family Bible (includes clippings in both covers
Box 6
History of Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, & Schuyler Counties, New York with Illustrations 1879
Box 6 Folder 1
Mitchell family: wills [many photocopies]
Box 6 Folder 2
Deed transferring land to Cornell University
Box 6 Folder 3
James Mitchell and his descendants genealogy and poem
Box 6 Folder 4
Published items: friendship album of Emily Ann Steenbergh
Box 6 Folder 4
29 Views of Salem [Massachusetts]
Box 6 Folder 5
Trim from garment
Box 7 Folder 3
Oversize items: clippings re Burger King at East Hill Plaza
Box 8
Oversize family photographs
Box 8
Family photographs: CD-354
Box 9
Box 9
Box 10
Oversize items: 3 maps of New York State/Tompkins County
Mapcase Folder 1
Oversize items: zone map of Town of Ithaca
Folder 1
Oversize items: composite photograph of members of the Winter Course Rice Poultry Club
Folder 1
Dressmaking patterns
Folder 2
Botanical specimens