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Calkins Family

Identifier: BC93

Scope and Contents

The majority of this collection is family correspondence, with a few compositions written by Charles and his 1861 diary, three account books, receipts and news clippings.  There is some correspondence between Anson in Illinois and Elijah in New York discussing farming and family business.  Letters from Charles to his brother Wade telling him of his activities on the farm, family anecdotes and in one, Sept. 1855, he gives the details of what he saw at the county fair.  The 1855-56 letters also describe how hard that winter was, with animals and people freezing to death.  There are 83 Civil War letters, mostly from Charles to his mother.  He gives the details of life in the camp and in the hospital.  Anecdotes about occurrences with the “secesh”, discussions of the war news and any skirmishes he and his regiment have been in.  There are a few letters from his mother and relatives in New York to Charles during the war.  Several Civil War documents and letters related to Allen and Cousin Frederick Calkins.  A few letters from Allen to Wade to New York.  182 letters between the Calkins and McDowell families.  A Nov. 8, 1865 letter, to Ann from Cousin Fannie Luke in San Francisco, Calif., describes a severe earthquake that occurred on Oct. 8, 1865.  An 1845 account book kept by Charles, the son of Elijah, lists his expenditures and the various jobs he has done and amount paid.  A second account book, 1856-1861, kept by his son Charles and a third, 1869-1873, probably kept by Allen which also contains notes on activities and reflects his move to Kansas.


  • Created: 1850-1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1972


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


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Repository Details

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