Stoddard family papers, 1852-1899.
Collection Number: 6012

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Stoddard family papers, 1852-1899.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
Two diaries (1860, 1861); a poem and an essay book by Lucy Maria Stoddard, an account book by J.M. and Lucy Stoddard (1883-1899) and miscellaneous papers.
Stoddard family.
4 volumes.
3 items.
Collection material in English


Lucy M. Stoddard was born on May 28, 1839 in Palmyra, N.Y., the daughter of James O. and Luciena M. Stoddard. She was a primary and Sunday school teacher for most of her adult life, and was active in church and educational societies. In July, l86l, she was made superintendent of the Sunday school


This collection contains 7 items including two diaries, a poem and an essay book by Lucy Maria Stoddard; an account book of J.M. and Lucy H. Stoddard; a folder of newspaper clippings; and a folder containing Stoddard family letters, notes and genealogical material.


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Stoddard family papers, #6012. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Stoddard, Lucy Maria.
Stoddard, J. M.
New York (State) -- Social life and customs.
Farm life -- New York (State)
Form and Genre Terms:

Item 1
Diary of Lucy M. Stoddard, Palmyra,
January 1, 1860 -December 31, 1860
Scope and Contents
Chronological order, no pagination. Most entries mention weather, daily activities, deaths, births and marriages of friends and family; much mention of her religious esperience and activities among the Sunday School Teacher's Association of Wayne County and the Palmyra Classical Union School.
Item 2
Diary of Lucy M. Stoddard, Palmyra,
January 1, l86l -October 31, l86l
Scope and Contents
Chronological order, no pagination. November 1, l86l-December 31, l86l on loose sheets tucked in back of diary. Contents are in general the same as Item 1, plus some mention of national affairs such as Civil War and Lincoln's presidency. In March, l86l, the Stoddard family moved to a new farm in Marion, at The Hall Settlement. In July she was nominated and elected Superintendent of the Sunday school.
Item 3
Poem and essay book of Lucy M. Stoddard,
Scope and Contents
No order, no pagination. Contains entries dated 1852, 1858, 1857, 1856, etc., in no apparent order. Includes some autographs (presumably of school friends), essays on the passing of time, of memory, poems on life and death, parables on morality, etc. Some pencilled entries, some later additions in the form of comments on old poems and essays.
Item 4
"The New Settlement"
Scope and Contents
A pamphlet by The American Tract Society. Pencilled on inside cover: "To Eunice from Aunt Julia." Eunice was a younger sister of Lucy M. Stoddard. No publishing date.
Item 5
Farmer's Account Book, Itemized and Consolidated," of J.M. Stoddard, Walworth, Wayne County, New York.,
Scope and Contents
Numbered pages. "Consolidated Wheat Acc't," 1883, 1887, 1888, 1889. "Itemized Wheat Acc't," August 15, 1884 to December 1891 "Oats," 1883, 1884. There are three loose papers on page 85; they are a) a newspaper clipping, obituary, b) letter of C.L. Stoddard, 1882, Wausau, Wisconsin, and c) a short family geneology of men in Stoddard line from 1776 to l86l. Pp. 27-30: Auction of J.M. and Lucy M. Stoddard on February 27, 1886. "Barley Acc't," 1883-84. "Lucy M. Stoddard in account with F D. Stoddard," April 1, 1894: "Old Stoddard Homestead, Income and Expenses." Pp. 164-5: "For Keeping the Time of Hired Help." Pp. 168-196: 1890-99 Record of how many "fits Eunice had."
Item 6
Folder of 26 non-newspaper items with a name index.
Scope and Contents
Four letters, all dated after 1879. Two poems in memory of James O. Stoddard (Lucy M.'s father) dated 1878. Five financial papers:1) "Lucy M. Stoddard... Dr. to Estate of the late Luciena M, Stoddard," 2 pages numbered 3 and 4 respectively, February 1860 to Sept. 25, 1891.2) "George E. Stoddard Dr. to Lucy M. Stoddard," incomplete, dated Walworth, June 22, 1891.3) Two payment receipts dated 1903. Six miscellaneous items: a) Two pamphlets titled "Dew Drops," one dated February 1889, other March 1889. b) Leaflet advertising a book titled, "Descendants of Thomas Durfee." Durfee families lived in Palmyra and Marion, friends of Stoddards. c) Photo of "Mr. Morgan J. Stoddard Marriage picther (sic) February 6, 8-8-8" signed "Eunice." d) "Certificate of Admission," Frank Stoddard to Hall Settlement Sunday School, no date, e) Accrostic by Wm. 0. Moffit, W. Walvorth, July 14, 1882. The rest are sheets and bits of paper containing information on Stoddard, Ward and Stewart families.
Item 7
Folder of newspaper clippings, with a name index (same as Item 6).
Scope and Contents
Dates cover 1863-1901, much undated material, obituaries and Stoddard family-related news.