Robert Smith collection, 1814-1932.


Robert Smith collection, 1814-1932.

Correspondence among members of the Chandler family of South Windsor and Norwalk, Connecticut, of the Lyon family of New York, Montreal and Connecticut, and of the Moore family of Hartford, Connecticut. The bulk of the correspondence is from Georgianna V. Lyon to her daughter Louise Lyon Moore, 1913-1923, and to Louise from her sister Isabel Lyon Ashcroft of Mamaroneck, NY. Louise was married to Jesse Moore, a bond salesman with Richter & Co. in Hartford, Conn. Louise also received letters from extended family members and friends, and from a godson in France. The next largest segment of correspondence belongs to Leonidas Chandler of South Windsor, Conn., a farmer and apparently a citizen active in town politics. His correspondence dates 1864-1913. His son Frederick L. Chandler was in law and real estate in Norwalk, Conn., and he wrote frequent letters to his parents Leonidas and Celia, 1899-1919. Bessie, Frederick's wife, is represented by letters to her mother-in-law Celia Chandler, 1915-1918. The collection also includes letters to Samuel and Henry Camp of Durham, Connecticut, 1821-1824; letters to Mrs. Powers from M.L. Catlin, 1873-1887; letters to Erwin, 1871-1873, letters to Frances Olcott, 1870-1893; records of the South Windsor schools; and printed ballots. Of interest is the correspondence and papers of Florence Griswold, and an ecclesiastical tax list for Old Saybrook, 1814. Many of the letters remain only partly identified as they are addressed to "cousin" or "Aunt" with no last names. No envelopes were found with this collection.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes).

Related Entities

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Lyon, Georgiana V. (person)

Camp, Samuel, 1744-1813 (person)

Griswold, Florence, 1850-1937 (person)

Resident of Old Lyme, Conn.; after the death of her mother in 1899 opened the family home to summer boarders and shortly thereafter it was discovered by Henry Ward Ranger who was looking for a place to paint; during the following years, Griswold's house served as a center for artists of the American Barbizon and Impressionist movements who came to Old Lyme, providing rooms and meals; in many cases, Griswold also served as agent for the artists. From the description of Florence Griswo...

Chandler, Celia. (person)

Camp, Henry J. (person)

Ashcroft, Isabel Lyon. (person)

Smith, Robert Freeman, 1930-.... (person)

Epithet: Subject of Mss Eur C247 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001512.0x00015a American visitor to Manchuria and Mongolia. From the description of Robert Smith reports, 1932-1934. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754867320 Born in Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 1757; volunteer in war of revolution; member of Maryland legislature; secretary of the navy, 1801-05; attorney general 1805; secretary of sta...

Chandler family. (family)

Powers family. (family)

Chandler, Bessie. (person)

Moore, Louise Lyon, 1865-ca. 1900. (person)

Chandler, F. W. (Frederick William), 1938- (person)

Chandler, Leonidas. (person)

Olcott, Frances Jenkins (person)

Moore, Jesse, 1866-1922. (person)