Chaffee Family Papers, 1826-[ca. 1937], 1988.

Collection Number: 3889

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Chaffee family papers, 1826-[ca. 1937], 1988.
Collection Number:
3889
Creator:
Chaffee family.
Quantity:
6.9 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, printed material.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Chaffee family letters; book of remedies; a copy of LOVE LIES BLEEDING by Helen Smith Jordan, a book in which some of the letters are reproduced; a booklet "Civil War Letters Received by the Family of E.F. Chaffee, Attica, N.Y. 1861-1865," also by Helen Smith Jordan; and "Musings and Memories," by Henry Chaffee Abell, 1988.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Thomas Chaffee came from England in about 1633 and settled in Hingham, Massachusetts. He had two sons, Nathan and Joseph. Joseph married Ann Martin in 1669, and they had nine children. One son, James, was married twice and had 20 children. Most of them moved to western New York, many settling near Attica. The second son, Nathan, son of James' first wife, Berea Hayden, married Priscilla Wedge of Woodstock, Connecticut, and they later moved to Brookfield, Massachusetts. Their son William married Rachel Rice in 1807. In 1817 William and Rachel moved to a farm south of Attica. The couple had nine children (excluding one who died in Massachusetts). At least one child, Edward Franklin Chaffee, remained in or near Attica his entire life. He taught at and was a principal of the Attica Union School, and helped to pass legislation to make it a free school.
Edward Chaffee also wrote local history articles for the local press. He married Harriette E. Jones in 1845, and they had six (surviving) children: Mary Abigail, William Franklin, Harriette Emeline, Eliza Rosette, Katie Evangeline, and Nellie Josephine.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Chaffee family letters; book of remedies; a copy of LOVE LIES BLEEDING by Helen Smith Jordan, a book in which some of the letters are reproduced; a booklet "Civil War Letters Received by the Family of E.F. Chaffee, Attica, N.Y. 1861-1865," also by Helen Smith Jordan; and "Musings and Memories," by Henry Chaffee Abell, 1988.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Chaffee family.
Abell, Henry Chaffee.
Abell, Mary Abigail Chaffee, 1846-1875.
Chaffee, Ann Martin.
Chaffee, Berea Hayden.
Chaffee, Edward Franklin.
Chaffee, Eliza Rosetta.
Chaffee, Harriette Emeline.
Chaffee, James.
Chaffee, Katie Evangeline.
Chaffee, Nathan.
Chaffee, Nellie Josephine.
Chaffee, Priscilla Wedge.
Chaffee, Rachel Rice.
Chaffee, Thomas.
Chaffee, William Franklin.
Chaffee, William.
Jordan, Helen Smith.
Jordan, Helen Smith.
Attica Union School.

Subjects:
Schools.
Farmers.
Teachers.

Places:
Attica (N.Y.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Form and Genre Terms:
Genealogies.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Chaffee family papers, #3889. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Letters
Subseries Ia: Loose Letters in Chronological Order
Subseries Ib: Group Letters
Subseries Ic: Typed copies
Series II. Documents, Newspapers and Manuscripts

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Descriptions and lists of letters
Box 1 Folder 2
Undated
Box 1 Folder 3
Letters with envelopes
1841-1860
Box 1 Folder 4
Letters with envelopes
1861-1866
Box 1 Folder 5
Letters with envelopes
1867-1888
Box 1 Folder 6
Letters with envelopes
1889-1910
Box 1 Folder 7
Letters with envelopes
1911-1918
Box 1 Folder 8
Letters with envelopes
1919-1923
Box 1 Folder 9
Letters with envelopes
1924-1930
Box 1 Folder 10
Letters with envelopes
1931-1971
Box 1 Folder 11
Loose letters
1851,1861-1864
Box 1 Folder 12
Letter, printed item, bone rings carved by a soldier in the Civil War
Box 1 Folder 13
Loose letters
1965-1867
Box 1 Folder 14
Loose letters
1868
Box 1 Folder 15
Loose letters
1869
Box 1 Folder 16
Loose letters
1871
Box 1 Folder 17
Loose letters
1879-1886
Box 1 Folder 18
Loose letters
1887-1907
Box 1 Folder 19
Loose letters
1909-1939
Box 3 Folder 1
Letters from Robert
1912-1918
Box 3 Folder 1
Letters from Helen, WWI
Box 3 Folder 2
Letters from Faith Jones about death
1850s
Box 3 Folder 3
Civil War letters to Edward Chaffee
1860s
Box 3 Folder 4
Edward Jones, Harriet Chaffee letter
Box 3 Folder 5
Edward Chaffee soldier letter
1918
Box 3 Folder 6
Chaffee letters
1871
Box 3 Folder 6
Union Village, Vermont
Box 3 Folder 6
Old Adams letter
1865
Box 3 Folder 6
Letters to Kate and Eliza
1871-1879
Box 3 Folder 7
Description of letters
Box 3 Folder 8
Miscellaneous letters
Box 3 Folder 9
Copies of miscellaneous letters
Box 3 Folder 10
Letters to or from Nell Smith
Box 3 Folder 10
William Jones to William Chaffee
Box 3 Folder 11
Miscellaneous letters
Box 3 Folder 11
Letters to Nell Smith
1917-1918
Box 3 Folder 12
Sigrid's students' letters
Box 3 Folder 14
Handwritten copies of letters from Mary's children
1875
Box 3 Folder 15
Emma, etc. not decipherable
Box 3 Folder 16
Free Methodist letters (Mary), clippings
Box 3 Folder 17
Cornell Correspondence with Helen Jordan about donated letters
Box 3 Folder 18
Stanford Press letters about publication
1990
Box 2 Folder 1
Nell Chaffee letters, undates
Box 2 Folder 2
Nell's notes and baby mementos
Box 2 Folder 3
Miscellaneous Nell Chaffee letters
1845-1900
Box 2 Folder 4
Nell Chaffee letters
1901-1915
Box 2 Folder 5
Nell Chaffee letters
1918-1930
Box 2 Folder 6
Nell Chaffee letters
1939-1952
Box 2 Folder 7
Chaffee letters
1864-1878
Box 2 Folder 8
Chaffee letters
1869-1880
Box 2 Folder 9
Chaffee letters
1856-1871
Box 2 Folder 10
Chaffee letters
1874-1883
Box 2 Folder 11
Chaffee letters
1884-1885
Box 2 Folder 12
Letters to Kate and Nell
1879-1898
Box 2 Folder 13
Letters from Nellie to Robert
1913
Box 2 Folder 14
Letters from Helen Smith
1912
Box 2 Folder 15
Letters from Helen Smith
1914
Box 2 Folder 16
Letters from Edward Jones
1895-1919
Box 2 Folder 17
Henry's report cards
Box 2 Folder 17
Letters from Olafson attic
1913-1935
Box 2 Folder 18
Letters from Nell to Emma
1924
Box 2 Folder 19
Mary Chaffee Abell to family
1860-1875
Box 2 Folder 20
Smith family wallet and notebook
Box 2 Folder 20
To Nell from Helen
1918
Box 2 Folder 20
Empty envelopes
Box 2 Folder 20
Harriet and Helen, from Nancy
Box 2 Folder 21
Joseph Smith to Nellie
1893, 1921
Box 2 Folder 21
Nancy to Bob
1872-1890
Box 2 Folder 21
Eliza to husband
1889
Box 2 Folder 21
Miscellaneous Smith family
1889-1922
Box 2 Folder 22
Edward Smith letters to parents
1914-1919
Box 2 Folder 22
Emma to Nell. Includes rattle from snake
1921
Box 2 Folder 23
Henry Abell to Helen Jordan
1954-1978
Box 2 Folder 23
Robert Smith letters
1914-1944
Box 2 Folder 24-25
Smith family letter
Box 4 Folder 1-2
Letters to Chaffees with copies
1840-1860
Box 4 Folder 3
Smith family papers
1840-1858
Box 4 Folder 4
Smith family letters
1826-1854
Box 4 Folder 14
Kate's letters to Joseph, with summaries
1881-1885
Box 4 Folder 15
Letters to Helen
Box 4 Folder 16
Miscellaneous
1860-1903
Box 5
Copies organized in chronological order
1826-1915
Box 8
Copies and typed letters
Box 3 Folder 13
"The Truth About Mary Abigail" publication packet
1972
Box 3 Folder 19
Poem by Mary, Chaffee information
Box 3 Folder 20
Two photographs
Box 3 Folder 21
Free methodist materials
Box 3 Folder 22-24
Miscellaneous papers
Box 3 Folder 24
Aumni reunion materials
Box 3 Folder 25
Manuscript for newspaper, Edward Chaffee?
Box 3 Folder 26
Poetry
Box 3 Folder 27
Story of an African American woman
Box 3 Folder 28
Legal deeds
Box 3 Folder 29
Katie Chaffee's papers from desk
Box 3 Folder 30
Edward Chaffee "Recollection of a New England Trip"
Box 3 Folder 31
Family Chart, photographs
Box 3 Folder 32
Certificates, licenses
Box 3 Folder 33
"Musings and Memories" by Henry C. Abell
Box 3 Folder 34
Sander's Reader
1848
Box 4 Folder 5
Story of Reverend Musket
Box 4 Folder 6
A. Stevens school materials
Box 4 Folder 7
Central New York Genealogical Society "Tree Talks"
Box 4 Folder 8-9
Attica history newsclippings
Box 4 Folder 10-13
Miscellaneous clippings, with wallet
Box 6
Newspaper clippings in scrapbook album
Box 6
7 rolled documents
Box 7
Nell's diaries, up to 1922
Box 9
Negatives and papers for Love Lies Bleeding
Box 9
Love Lies Bleeding
Box 9
Typed Civil War letters
Box 88
Love Lies Bleeding prints