Isaac Bronson Papers   1782-1861, and undated
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Isaac Bronson (1760-1838) was a New York banker, businessman, land speculator, money-lender, and promoter of westward expansion. He served in the Second Regiment of Light Dragoons of the Connecticut Line during the American Revolutionary War as a surgeon’s mate. After returning from India and Europe, Isaac married Anna Olcott (1764?-May 1-1850). Together they had ten children: 1) Oliver (died in infancy); Maria (died in infancy); 3) Maria (1793-1854); Harriet (1796-1853); Caroline (1798-1853); Oliver (1799- ); Arthur (1801-1844); Frederick (1802-1868); Mary (1806- ); and Ann (1810-1840). With his son, Frederick (1802-1868), and grandson, also named Frederic (1849-1900), Isaac opened a bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Thirty years before his death Isaac became an avid, devote Christian. He died of neuralgic affection of the heart at Greenfield, Illinois, on May 19, 1839. (This information is from reel 1 of 30 Bronson Family Papers, filmed at the New York Public Library (NYPL) in 1971, a copy of which is available at the Clarke Historical Library.)