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Chauncy Higbee Papers

Identifier: MS-BC284

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal documents, receipts, advertising material, stock certificates and political flyers document the career of Chauncy Higbee. The legal partnerships of Higbee and Hays, Higbee and Richardson, Higbee and Wike, and Matthews and Wike are represented. Most of the correspondence is related to legal affairs such as real estate transactions, settlement of accounts, wills and estates. Many deeds, wills, affidavits and depositions. There are some letters from F.M. Higbee, in New York, usually discussing cases or financial matters.


  • Created: 1823-1927
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1992


Conditions Governing Access

Open for access.


0.42 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged in two series, File I and File II. File I includes undated depositions from cases in New York, a few letters that discuss the railroad, drawings of the railroad route in Pike County, and a legal document pertaining to the land that would be used. File I also contains the law license of Scott Wike, a few of his legal papers and several letters from family members. One from a niece, Addie Wike, discusses the change in her father’s behavior since taking the Keeley Cure. File II, contains more letters with reference to politics, especially those from A. Starne, that discuss both local and national politics. One 1864 letter discusses the probability of the Democrats running McClellan against Lincoln. It also contains some materials from the law practice of Harry Higbee, usually civil matters related to real estate and settlement of accounts and estates. Also included in File II are typescripts of some correspondence dated from 1831 to 1892.

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Cheryl Schnirring and Connie Butts
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Repository Details

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