II: Walter Minto Skelton (1804-48) and Family [series]
1: Correspondence [subseries]
Scope note: Correspondence from 1780 to 1813 (and possibly to 1824), primarily to or from Mary Skelton Minto (died late 1824). Correspondence from 1824 to 1843 primarily to or from Walter M. Skelton (died 1848). Later correspondence chiefly concerning Boyd family.
18 October [probably before 1780], Skelton, M[ary], to Betsey Skelton
4 March 1780-6 April 1780, Invitations
[Note: Filed in Series II, sub-series 6.]
17 February 1781, Invitation
[Note: Filed in Series II, sub-series 6. ]
[a few days before 19 November 1781], Mrs. S[cudder] to her husband
24 June 1782--[probably mid-1780s], Invitations
[Note: Filed in Series II, sub-series 6. ]
[1788-1789], Minto, Walter, to Miss [Mary] Skelton
[Note: Filed in Series I, sub-series 1. ]
7 October [probably 1789 though could be later], Minto, M[ary], to Walter Minto
[Note: Filed in Series I, sub-series 1. ]
21 December 1795, Rittenhouse to Mary Minto
[Note: Filed in Series I, sub-series 1. ]
14 February 1797 (with P.S. 10 March 1797), Minto, Nanny, to Mrs. Christie
[Note: Filed in Series I, sub-series 1. ]
16 March 1797, Skelton, Joseph, to Mary Minto
[Note: Filed in Series I, sub-series 1. ]
1 July 1797, Snowden to Mary Minto
[Note: Filed in Series I, sub-series 1. ]
15 February 1798, Minto, Walter, Sr., to Mary Minto
[Note: Filed in Series I, sub-series 1. ]
17 July 1799, Anonymous to Mary Minto
6 February 1800, Garcia del Rio to Drake
1 December 1802, Gamble to Detargny
7 December 1805, Chrystie, John, to Mary Minto
2 February 1807, Chrystie, John, to Mary Minto
4 May 1808, Chrystie, John, to Mary Minto
24 October 1808, Gibbes to Mary Minto
22 January 1810, Chrystie, M, to Mary Minto
14 February 1811, Hopkins to Mary Minto
19 January 1813, Hopkins to Mary Minto
Undated, [probably after 1796 and perhaps after 1807, before late 1824], Chrystie, M., to Mary Minto
Undated, [probably after 1796 but not clear how long after; before late 1824], Cuthbert to Mary Minto
Undated, [probably after 1796 but not clear how long after; before late 1824], [Cuthbert] to Mary Minto (a draft of the preceding)
27 June 1824, Skelton, Walter Minto, to John Skelton (appears to be a draft, or else the letter was not sent)
18 August 1824, Maclean to WMS
29 September 1824, Skelton, W. M., to Anonymous (draft)
20 January 1825, Skelton, Joseph, to WMS
2 February 1826, Skelton, W. M., to Mary Skelton
6 February 1826, Invitation to Mr. [Walter] Skelton
[Note: Filed in Series II, sub-series 6. ]
22 March 1827, White, Elizabeth, to WMS
8 July 1831, Skelton, W. M., to John Lourey (copy)
[received 25 July 1831], Committee of the Princeton Blues to WMS
14 January 1832, Skelton, Ann, to WMS
6 February 1832, Skelton, W. M., to Sarah Skelton
8 February 1834 Invitation to Ann Skelton
[Note: Filed in Series II, sub-series 6. ]
February 1843, Invitation to W.M. Skelton & Lady
[Note: Filed in Series II, sub-series 6. ]
[?2]4 March 72, Ryder to Ann Skelton
17 February 1887, Rayburn to Hannah P. Boyd
7 January 98, Earhart, Harry B., to W.M. Boyd
30 March 1906, Duffy to Hill
11 September 1915, K., H.L., to Elizabeth [Boyd]
11 January 1930, Skelton, Ann, to Mary Boyd (transcript of spirit message enclosed in next letter)
12 January 1930, Robb to Elizabeth Boyd
7 April 1931, Thorsen to Elizabeth Boyd
18 November 1937, White, Marie Earhart, to Elizabeth Boyd
24 August 1938, Jack[s]on to Elizabeth Boyd
2 May 1939, White, Marie Earhart, to Elizabeth Boyd
6 September 1940, White, Marie Earhart, to Elizabeth Boyd
2. Prose Writings and Poetry [subseries]
In WMS's hand
1822-1827, "Original Pieces / in Poetry and Prose. / 1824" (title, on page 3)
A mixture of verse and prose pieces. The first item is a poem entitled "To the Memory of A Mother." At ends of pieces there are frequently dates, usually consecutive (e.g., August 10, August 14, September 5 1824, March 5 1825, July 1822, January 1825, April 2nd 1825, July 8th 1825, January 9th 1825, January 1826, June 1827), followed by initials or names (e.g., AHDH, my mother, MBW, Miss S. Bayley, MW, TA-n, DB), perhaps referring to people to whom Skelton has shown the pieces; occasionally the note "Published" appears. Most prose pieces parallel those found in Orations, Lectures, and Essays below.
1824, "Extracts-1824 / Walter M. Skelton's" (title page)
Primarily verse, with attributions at the ends of each piece. The cover and title page both have "W M Skelton" stamped on them.
Undated, ca. 1824-27, "Extracts / Skelton's" (title page)
Primarily verse, but a few prose pieces: a series of quotations, with name or source at the end of each. 96 pages, with 60-64, 68-69, and 74-96 blank.
In other hands
1818-4, lecture notes
Notes from 8 lectures on history (both general and ancient), some with questions appended; followed by (and occasionally interspersed with) verse. On front cover: "M [W] McAllister / Princeton College / Nassau Hall / Newjersey / January 9, 1818 / in the 42 year of the Amer / ican Independence." On page 3: "Conemaugh Loyalhanna," "Conemaugh" again, "T.W. Simpson," "Theodore Simpson," "Conemaugh Thomas Chrystie Skelton" (this last upside down in bottom margin); on page 52: "Conamaugh May 184."
1829-1830, "Elizabeth White's / Collection / of Poetry" (on cover, printed or traced)
Attributions appear at the ends of many poems, but not all. On page 133 are these notes and dates: "My Dear Mother departed this life 1st mo. 18th 1829" followed by: "EW 1st mo. 1830."
Undated, ca. 1834-1836
Extracts in prose and (especially) verse, some of which are attributed. Internal dates: "Princeton 1835" at the end of a poem; " October 4th 1836" at the end of a poem; "The Hon. Nicholas Biddles address before the Alumni of Nassau Hale Sept 30th 1835" at the end of a proverb; "1834" and "Webb" after a prose sentence; " July 1834" at the end of a poem "By a Lady." The first item is a poem by Campbell, "The Last Man"; on verso of last leaf are scribbles, including names (James Hogg, Washington Irving, Walter Scott, and Anderson), titles of poems, some quotations, the date 1836 and (at the top) the place name Freeport.
Orations, Lectures, Essays
In WMS's hand
Scope note: Presumably composed by WMS (the undated items are probably mid-1820s)
28 September 1824, On chivalry (no title, but "II" is at the top of p. 1).
Begins: "There are some subjects which naturally strike the mind." The date and "Skelton" are on p. 8. Also in Notebooks above.
14 February 1825, On slander, etc. (no title).
Begins: "If we should closely scrutinize the motives that prompt our own actions." The date and "Skelton" are on p. .
30 June 1825, Oration (no title), beginning: "All again is hushed in quiet."
The date and "Skelton" are on p. . Also in Notebooks above; and cf. next item.
July 1825, "An Oration delivered in the College chapel of Nassau Hall a few days after the 4th of July of 1825."
Begins: "All again is hushed in quiet!"; ends: "‘Fiat justitia, si ruat coelum!' Skelton." Also in Notebooks above; and cf. previous item.
1825, "Oration 1825" on slavery.
Begins: "Slavery, as it exists in our country at the present day." Title and date written vertically on p. , which is otherwise blank; the text ends on p. . Also in Notebooks above; and cf. draft beginning "Many have pretended" below.
July 1826, "An Oration delivered at Cranbury July 4th 1826."
Begins: "Friends and Fellow Citizens-Welcome! To one and all, as the organ of all, I bid a mutual and a cordial welcome." Not in WMS's hand, but the ending "Skelton" on leaf [9b] does look like his hand. Cf. Oration, beginning "Friends and Fellow Citizens - Welcome!" below.
5 September 1826, Oration entitled "The Influence of the Arts & Sciences on Civil Liberty."
Begins: "It is an evil peculiarly attached to literary pursuits." The date is on p. .
1826, Oration (no title), beginning: "Friends & Fellow Citizens-Welcome!"
On p.  are "End" and below it "Skelton 1826." Cf. "An Oration delivered at Cranbury" above.
Undated, Untitled oration.
Begins: "The discovery and direction of those feelings which May be made subservient to the prevention of crime and promotion of good conduct, have engaged the attention of mankind since the creation of civil government to the present day." Leaf  blank, text begins on leaf [2a], and "Skelton" on leaf [8b]. A version in Notebooks above; and cf. draft beginning "Time is the greatest innovator" on capital punishment, and draft beginning "Many have pretended" below.
Undated, Oration or essay entitled "Proverb the 19th. Vers. 23d. a man's pride shall bring him Low."
Begins: "It is often the fate of those who stray from the paths of duty, in pursuit of happiness, to defeat their own views, & to embrace misery, where they hope to find enjoyment"; no colophon, just ends.
Short oration or essay, probably incomplete but ending with a full sentence in the middle of p. . Begins: "The great author of all things, in the formation of that strange and wonderful creature Man."
Undated, "For the True American."
Outline or draft of half a page. Begins with a 6-line poem by "Beattie"; then: "Most truly has it been written, in the emphatic and breathing characters of inspiration." Ends: "Moderation in all things May be ranked as the first, or alpha, in this list of first principles." A version also in Notebooks above.
Undated, "The Bachelor of Arts."
Outline or draft of a page. Begins with three lines from Shakespeare; then: "This is the age of improvement, & opinions should not be stamped with the sin of hetrodoxy [sic]."
Undated, Draft or part of an essay or oration on capital punishment (no title).
Begins: "Time is the greatest innovator . . ." (a quotation from Lord Bacon); then: "The present is an age of progressive improvement." Also in Notebooks above; and cf. oration beginning "The discovery and direction of those feelings" above and draft beginning "Many have pretended" below.
Undated, "W.M. Skelton Universal Suffrage": a note.
Undated, "The United States Senate" and "Chief Justice Marshall": two notes.
The name "W.M. Skelton" follows each note.
Undated, On slavery (no title).
Draft or outline. Begins: "Much has been said & written on the subject of slavery as it exists in these United States." A version also in Notebooks above; and cf. "Oration 1825" above.
Undated, On capital punishment (no title).
Draft or outline. Begins: "Many have pretended to rest their support of this barbarian practice on parts of the Jewish dispensation." Cf. oration beginning "The discovery and direction of those feelings" and draft beginning "Time is the greatest innovator" above.
In other hands
Scope note: Both probably written in the mid-1820s.
Undated, "Oration" in praise of Hamilton, with the names "GW Crump" and "GeoW Crump Powhatan" (on p. ).
Begins: "To swell the sable triumph of the tomb the Great destroyer in pointing his shaft at Hamilton has selected a victim of no ordinary value."
Undated, On misery and happiness in life (no title), with the name "Bryce" at the end.
Begins: "It is the delight of a certain class of men to describe the miseries of human life in the most lively manner."
In WMS's hand
Scope note: Perhaps composed by WMS.
8 September 1824, Untitled.
Begins: "My Mary's form is fair and delicate; / As fair -- but stronger -- is her chastened mind."
22 February 1826, Untitled.
Begins: "I said, fair lady, that ‘my Muse was dead', / And that, with all becoming obsequies / To such a frail and worthless thing." The date is on the verso followed by "S" and then: "Skelton To Miss C. Morford," with repetitions: "To Miss CM," "To Miss C," "Miss C Morford."
14 June 1826, "My Mother."
Begins: "Whose anxious love for me was first, / While yet an embryo of being." Poem of 27 lines (9 stanzas of 3 lines each), with "My Mother" as a tag to each stanza. The date and "Skelton" are on the verso.
In other hands
[Late 1824?], Untitled.
Begins: "A welcome gallant chief / From Gallia's sunny clime"; ends: "It bade us honour thee / Lov'd La Fayette." These are lines sung at the celebration of General Lafayette's second visit to Trenton, on 25 September 1824 by 13 young women, each representing one of the 13 original colonies; printed in the Trenton Federalist of 27 September 1824 and in the True American for 2 October 1824 a full account is in A History of Trenton 1679-1929 (1929), Chapter IV, Section V.
[1825?], "Lines upon hearing a discourse from the Revd Dr. Alexander, from the words referred to -- preached Sunday, March 6th 1825 -- in the College Chapel --" [in Princeton].
Begins: "By faith -- tho' bow'd beneath the vilest yoke / Oppression dire for slavery ever made"; preceded by the text: "By faith Moses when he was born etc. etc. Hebrews 11th Ch. [?] 23 to 29 inclusive -- see also Exodus." The title follows the poem on the verso.
Ashbel Green, President of the College of New Jersey from 1812-22, is referred to in the poem. Begins: "In Princeton when t'was nine o'clock / To Junior room did College flock / To get a holiday or knock / Town Tutors & the Faculty." Poem of 32 lines (8 stanzas of 4 lines each); the poem is in a hand that has many characteristics of WMS's hand and may be a hastily written copy by him. Also on the verso, following the poem, in what is probably WMS's hand, are "A parody," "Mrs. Mary Minto," and "Johnson is Skelton."
Undated, "Don't give up the Ship / A new song / Composed in / Dartmoor prison / By an American tar and sold by the author."
Begins: "You parliament of England you Lords and Commons too / Consider well what you're aboute and what you mean to do." Poem of 44 long lines (11 stanzas of 4 lines each), frequently reprinted; the title is based on Captain James Lawrence's last words to his crew, on the U.S.S. Chesapeake, in a battle against the British frigate HMS Shannon just outside Boston Harbor in June of 1813 during the War of 1812. On page 4 is an alphabetical list of surnames (in WMS's hand and including his surname) and then the name and address (not in WMS's hand) "B.W. Leigh Esq. / Richmond / Virginia."
Begins: "If on my heart the mildew of the blight / Of rash transgression sits & like a [v…] / Of darkness shrouds the future . . ." In margin on page , upside down, is the name "Thomas Skelton" followed by "Conam[e]ugh," with many other scribbles in margins of pages -.
Undated, two poems.
1st leaf, containing 2 items: 1st item: "The Burial," beginning "He buried her silently ‘neath the green sod / Where the flowers were freshly blooming." Poem of 20 lines (5 stanzas of 4 lines each), all on the recto, followed by "Struthfield" and then "Ann." 2nd item: An untitled poem of 32 lines (8 stanzas of 4 lines each) in pencil on the verso, in a different hand, beginning "I hate the world be cause the world / Hath ever hated me"; 6 stanzas are on the verso and the last 2 written upside down at the bottom of the recto. 2nd leaf: Untitled, but a recopying of "The Burial" on the recto in the same hand as on the recto of the 1st leaf.
Undated, "Auld Lang Syne."
Begins: "Should auld acquaintance be forgot / And never brought to mind?" Well known poem in 5 stanzas (of 4 lines each, with a 4-line refrain) by Robert Burns, written in 1788. The name "W Joline" written 15 times in the margins and at the top of the recto.
Undated, "Parody on the Knight Errant."
Begins: "T'was Samy Jones the fisherman was bound for Sandy Hook / But first upon his almanack a solem oath he took."
Undated, "A Picture."
Begins: "She was a lovely girl I trow, / This all who've seen her can avow."
Undated, "Days of Yore."
Begins: "There is a charm in evenings hour / When wearied nature sinks to rest." This item and "To a Friend" and "To Melancholy" are all written by the same hand. The name "Rosalind" appears at the end.
Undated, "To a Friend."
Begins with 4 lines by Byron (from "The Corsair," Canto II, passus XIV): "Oh I envy those / Whose hearts on hearts as faithful can repose," etc. The poem proper begins: "I have longed for a soul as exalted and true / As I've seen in those visions of fancy so fair." This item and "Days of Yore" and "To Melancholy" are all written by the same hand. The name "Rosalind" appears at the end.
Undated, "To Melancholy."
Begins: "I know thee when the breezes play, / So calmly and so softly driven." Poem of 52 lines (3 stanzas of 12 lines each and 1 of 16 lines). This item and "Days of Yore" and "To a Friend" are all written by the same hand. The name "Rosalind" appears at the end.
Undated, "The Lacerated Glove" and "Lines on revisiting the Cottage of Rosa after a long absence."
2 items, written by same hand. 1st item: "The Lacerated Glove" on pages 1-2. Begins with 2 lines by Shakespeare (from Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2): "Oh that I were a glove upon that hand / That I might touch that cheek." The poem proper begins: "O Romeo! Had thy wish been granted, / What poet could thy raptures speak?" Poem of 28 lines (7 stanzas of 4 lines each, with 4 on page 1 and 3 on page 2); there are 3 notes to the poem: on "Capricorn (line 12), with 3 lines by Shakespeare; on "glove from Harriet's hand now torn" (line 14), with reference to "Mrs. Harriet Rodman"; and on "Scorpio" (line 23), with a quotation in Latin from Virgil's Georgics. 2nd item: "Lines. / On revisiting the Cottage of Rosa after a long absence. May 4th 1807 " on pages 3-4. Begins: "Seven summers have flown, and once more do I see / The fields, and the groves I deserted so long!" Poem of 24 lines (6 stanzas of 4 lines each, with 4 1/4 stanzas on page 3 and 1 3/4 on page 4), by Anthony Bleecker (1770-1827), printed in Samuel Kettell, ed., Specimens of American Poetry, with Critical and Biographical Notes (1829), II.382. The name "Paridel" appears at the end of the poem.
Undated, "Of My Lady Isabella playing on the lute."
Begins: "Such moving sounds from such a careless touch! / So unconcern'd herself, and we so much." Poem of 16 lines by Edmund Waller (1606-87) about Lady Isabella Thynne (nee Rich). The hand is perhaps that of a child practicing careful writing.
Undated, four poems.
4 poems, each of 40 lines (10 stanzas of 4 lines each), entitled "December," "February," "March," and "April ." (1) "December" (on pages -) begins: "From mountains of eternal snow / And zembla's dreary plains / Where the bleak winds for ever blow." Poem by Francis Fawkes (1721-77) entitled "Ode to Winter." (2) "February" (pages -) begins: "The Sister regent of the opening year / Now sways the scepter of revolving time." (3) " March " (pages -) begins: "At length stern Winters frigid sway subsides / And leaves progressive this auspicious isle." (4) " April " (pages -) begins: "A Scene of pleasure nature oer the plains / Displays propitious with a lib'ral hand."
Begins: "Hail sinless child we welcome three / In the unblemished purity / Of thy young heart." Poem of 12 lines (2 stanzas of 6 lines each, rhyming aabccb, with the b-lines shorter than the others). ; on the verso are accounts, in dollars, adding up to $32.70, with what appears to be a date: "20-12-40" (?1840).
Undated, "Stork of Lea."
Begins: "There was wailing on the water / And thunder in the sky." Poem of an uncertain number of stanzas (51 lines total, but the first 6 lines on the verso are a repeat of the first 6 lines on the recto and the last 4 lines at the bottom of the recto are written upside down); appears to be written by the same careless hand as (r) below. 1 large leaf; numbers (mainly sums) appear on both the recto and the verso; also on the verso is the place name "Holladaysburghe" and the personal name "Hiram" written 4 times.
Undated, three poems.
3 items, written by one careless hand, which appears to be the same as (q) above. At top right, written sideways, is "Samuel Whites […] / pair gloves 62 1/2." 1st item: Untitled, beginning "Tis midnighte & the clear blue sky looks down / [L..nd]ly on a slumbring world." 2nd item: "Dreams." Begins: "Here am I! What are they? If shadows of the mind / Along without prosstit sanction. They / are haughty -- perhaps they are but as the wind." Poem of 1 8-line stanza, followed by 3 lines, with 2 other sets of 3 lines written sideways in the margins, one set on the left and one on the right. 3rd item: "To Lydia." Begins: "The hour has come I must away / And yet before I go / One parting thought I'll cast on thee." 2 stanzas, the first of 6 lines rhyming abccab, the second of 7 lines rhyming abccbab, followed by 2 more stanzas written sideways in the margins, 1 of 5 lines on the left and 1 of 4 lines on the right.
Undated, "Canzonetta" (in Italian).
Begins: "La Biondina in gondoletta / l'altra sera gho mena." Poem of 40 lines (5 stanzas of 8 lines each) by Giovanni Battista Peruchini (1784-1870). 1 small leaf, folded in half to make 4 pages, with 2 stanzas on page 1, 2 on page 2, 1 on page 3 and with page 4 blank; the poem ends with "per un Veneziano" and "fin."
3. Illustrations and Photographs [subseries]
Engraving and drawing
(a) Undated, Engraving.
From an unknown book, with "Tab. II" and then "Fig. 3" and "Fig. 4" on it. Fig. 3 pictures the side view of gears, probably for a clock (or perhaps some sort of astronomical device); Fig. 4 pictures the front view of a plate probably for the gears, with the inscription "Gio Filipp Tresler" on it, and underneath "Augosto." The 1823 6th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, in the entry for clock, says that "one Tresler, at that time [mid-17th century] clock-maker to the father of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, made the first pendulum clock at Florence, by direction of Galileo Galilei" (page 200b).
(b) Undated, Drawing.
A drawing of the same, slightly larger. It is uncertain whether the drawing is the original from which the engraving was made or was itself made from the engraving.
1846, Print of Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ.
Undated, 4 unidentified photographs, probably of Skelton or related families.
Bust portrait of an old man; carte-de-visite with 3-cent stamp on back, [late 1860s]
Bust portrait of a young boy and a young girl; cabinet card taken at Kennedy [Studio], 20 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., [ca. 1870-1890]
Old woman leaning on back of velvet chair; cabinet card taken at Aufrecht [Studio], Allegheny, Pa., [ca. 1870-1890]
Baby (in clothes) in velvet chair; cabinet card taken at Stewart & Co., Federal St. and Stockton Ave., Allegheny, Pa., [ca. 1870-1890]
16 April 1900, Official certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
W.M. Boyd of Armstrong County has been duly elected a Justice of the Peace for the Borough of Freeport for a term of 5 years; recorded 7 May 1900.
11 April 1905, Official certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
W.M. Boyd of Armstrong County has been duly elected a Justice of the Peace for the Borough of Freeport for a term of 5 years; recorded 4 May 1905.
30 December 1905, Itemized bill and receipt (dated 6 January 1906).
For funeral expenses of $51.50 for John B. Boyd from S. Turner and Son, Freeport; paid by W.M. Boyd.
4 February 1911, Last will and testament of W.M. Boyd.
Leaving everything to his daughter Mary L. Boyd; witnessed by 2 persons; also appoints her executor; 3 attachments, all dated 8 October 1912 (1) attestation of the hand of 1 of the 2 witnesses; (2) attestation by 2nd witness that he witnessed the will of W.M. Boyd, now deceased; (3) will proven by Registrar of Wills in Kittanning and Mary L. Boyd appointed executrix.
5 September 136, Will of John Craig of Buffalo Township, Armstrong County.
Dividing his real estate into 6 parcels among (1) his son Samuel, (2) his son John, (3) his daughter Isabella, (4) 3 daughters (named Clark) of his daughter Elizabeth deceased, (5) his daughter Martha, and (6) his 2 daughters and the 3 granddaughters already mentioned, plus $100 to his grandson John Craig; and his personal and movable property among Isabella, Samuel, and 4 granddaughters; appoints his son John executor, to whom he also gives $40; codicils of 11 July 1839 and 2 July 1844 (in latter Isabella is said to be married to a man named John Boyd and has a son James and daughters Eliza Boyd and Mary Boyd; James has children of his own, John C. Boyd and Jane Boyd); will registered 5 April 1850 (no place given); the present copy is typewritten and considerably later
[Note: Cf. section I.A above, letters of Gamble, Garcia del Rio, and Hopkins.]
25 November 1796, Summons to [Marin] Detargny for guard duty, Paris, 5 Frimaire, l'an cinquieme (formerly in 1934 Minto donation)
12 March 1797, Certificate of identity for Marin Detargny, Departement de la Seine, Canton de Paris, 22 Ventose, an 5 (formerly in 1934 Minto donation)
20 March 1797, Summons to [Marin] Detargny for guard duty, Paris, 30 Ventose, l'an cinquieme
30 April 1797, Summons to [Marin] Detargny for guard duty, Paris, 11 Floreal, l'an cinquieme
26 May 1797, Summons to [Marin] Detargny for guard duty, Paris, 7 Prairial, l'an cinquieme (formerly in 1934 Minto donation)
18 April 1798, Carte de Surete for Marin Detargny, Bureau Central, Canton de Bordeaux, 29 Germinal, l'an sixieme (M.D., profession = Professeur, has lived in Bordeaux for 1 year)
13 June 1798, Birth certificate for Marin Detargny, born 26 June 1776 son of Jean Francois Detargny, Archives du Departement de la Seine, Commune de Paris, 24 Prairial, l'an 6e (formerly in 1934 Minto donation)
13 June 1798, Copy of death certificate for Jean Francois Detargny, died 26 March 1794 aged 60 years of age, Commune de Paris, 24 Prairial, l'an 6 (formerly in 1934 Minto donation)
20 October 1798, Certificat de Conscription for Marin Detargny, "homme de lettres," Canton de Bordeaux, 29 Vendemiaire, septieme annee (formerly in 1934 Minto donation)
22 November 1798, Carte de Surete for Marin Detargny, "homme de lettres," Bureau Central, Canton de Marseille (M.D. has been living in Marseille for [?less than] 3 months), le Deux frimaire, an 7e (formerly in 1934 Minto donation)
28 April 1804, Statement signed by six citizens of Annapolis certifying that Mr. Marin Detargny has resided in said city as a French teacher for 17 months and "has behaved himself with propriety, and sustained the Character of a Gentleman"
1805, One sheet of paper, folded (addressed on outside to Rev. Mr. Detargny). 11 November 1805 Resolution (on page 1) from the Council Chamber, Charleston, that 29 November be set apart as a day of General Thanksgiving to God for all the benefits and blessings conferred on the citizens of said city and that the clergy of the city be requested to promote this to their congregations on that day. 12 November 1805 Circular (on page 2) from the Intendant, Charleston, conveying this request.
1 December 1806, Receipt from the Reverend Marin Detargny, Charleston, for $12.75 "as a Consideration" for a "Policy of Assurance" for $2000 to be issued by Phoenix Assurance-Company of London, signed by Jno. M. Davis, Agent
18 August 1807, Authorization from Charles Lining, "Esquire, Ordinary," South Carolina, Charleston District, to the Reverend Mr. Marin Detargny to join in matrimony Joseph Finch of Charleston, Manufacturer of Cut Nails, and Catharine Spencer of Charleston, Spinster
9 June 1785, Survey by Joshua Elder of a plot of land called "Settle," containing 200 4/10 acres, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, for Benjamin Franklin; returned to secretary's office for Benjamin Franklin 10 October 1787
29 October 1814, Deed of sale of 11 tracts of land on the northwest side of the Allegheny River, "now or formerly" in Westmoreland County, by Louis Bache and Richard Bache, executors of the will of Richard Bache, deceased, of Settle, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, acting on behalf of some of the members of the Bache family in Pennsylvania, heirs of Benjamin Franklin, and by other members of the family in their own right, to Randall Hutchinson; recorded in Armstrong County 21 August 1815
29 October 1814, Deed of sale of the tract called "Settle," "now or formerly" in Westmoreland County, from Randall Hutchinson to William I. Duane and his wife Deborah (who are one of the parties to the sale of the 11 tracts in previous item) for $1.00; recorded in Armstrong County 21 August 1815
24 January 1840, Deed of sale of a tract of land called "Settle" (of 200 4/10 acres), formerly in Westmoreland County but now in Armstrong, by William I. Duane and Deborah his wife to WMS for $4000
24 January 1840, Deed of sale of a tract of land called "Broughton" (of 209 7/10 acres), formerly in Westmoreland County but now in Armstrong, by William I. Duane and Deborah his wife to WMS for $4180
Undated, ca. 1887, Draft claim of Hannah P. Boyd and Mary McFarland, sisters of George McFarland, for "arrears of pay and bounty."
On a form that has 188 plus a blank for the year in the decade (probably 1887). George, a private in Company G, 5th Regiment of the "Calafornia Volunteers," died "on or about the" 31st October 1862 in the service of the U.S.; the sisters appoint Calvin Rayburn of Kittanning to prosecute the claim (see letter of Rayburn to Hannah Boyd above in section I.C)
1 June 1908, Bill for funeral expenses of $66.79 for Mrs. [sic; cf. previous item] Mary S. McFarland from S. Turner and Son, Freeport.
With receipt of payment by Miss Lizzie Boyd dated 8 December 1908. Since the actual expenses are dated 6 August 1904 this may have been a second or third bill.
13 March 1826, Deed of sale of land by Jacob Scudder and his wife Hester to William Gulick in Montgomery Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.
[Note: Jacob Scudder, May have been the son of H[annah] S[cudder]: see her letter to her husband in section I.A above. ]
Ann Skelton (1818-1906)
13 June 1856, Survey ("Draft") of a tract of land (i.e., the 2 tracts mentioned in Walter Skelton, item 3) for Ann Skelton (cf. WMS.'s wills in Walter Skelton, items 2 and 4)
11 May 1858, Indenture by Jacob M. Bush to Ann Skelton.
For $1100 with interest, to be paid according to a schedule ending in 1862 for 25+ acres of land, part of a larger tract conveyed by William I. Duane to Walter Skelton (either item 4 or 5 in Franklin heirs or both), who devised it to Ann Skelton, Sarah Skelton, and Joseph Skelton Jr. (see Walter Skelton, item 4), and Joseph Skelton Jr. and his wife Elizabeth conveyed 184 acres of which this is a part to Ann Skelton.
22 July 1900, Lease by Ann Skelton of Freeport Borough, Armstrong County, to Thomas McCauley and P.J. McCauley of Pittsburgh.
Leases the right to quarry stone on the southern part of a piece of land owned by her for a period of 5 years initially, with the possibility of a further 5 years; the McCauleys to pay her rental of 10 cents per cubic yard and to quarry at least 2000 cubic yards each year.
29 November 1904, Grant by Ann Skelton to the Kiskiminetas Connecting Railroad Co.
For a right of way 66 feet wide for the location, etc. of a railroad over 10 acres more or less of her land in South Buffaloe Township, Armstrong County, for $50; sealed and delivered in the presence of W.M. Boyd.
Undated, Informal draft of someone's will (probably Ann Skelton's).
[Note: Dates to before 4 February 1911 (Boyd, item 4) because W.M. Boyd is referred to as still alive, but not clear how much earlier; before 30 March 1906 and certainly before 1 July 1906 (see next item), if Ann Skelton is the writer.]
Leaving specific items of her personal property to Hannah Boyd, Lizzie Boyd, John H. Boyd, and Helen M. McIntyre and, after expenses have been paid, dividing the profits from the remainder of her personal property and from her real estate equally to the same four persons (except that Helen McIntyre's part is to be shared with her brother Charles B. McIntyre).
1 July 1906, Bill and receipt for funeral expenses of $116.75 for Miss Ann Skelton from S. Turner and Son, Freeport;
[Note: Paid by Lizzie Boyd, Executrix (probably dead by 30 March 1906 see letter of Duffy to Hill above in section I.B). ]
Undated, ca. 1933-1934, Notification by County Treasurer, Kittanning, to estate of Annie Skelton.
Her property in South Buffalo has been returned for non-payment of taxes for 1932 amounting to $12.81 and, unless they are paid, the property will be sold at the Court House in Armstrong County on 6 August 1934.
Elizabeth Skelton (?-1826)
29 March 1825, Will of Elizabeth Skelton.
Leaving all of her personal property and real estate to her nephew WMS, except for some plate and wearing apparel (to Elizabeth McFarland, niece, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Skelton) and a mourning ring (to Harriet Nicholson, niece, daughter of Samuel and Hannah Nicholson); appoints John Lowrey executor, unless WMS is of legal age at time of her death, in which case he is to be executor; certified as true copy 13 November 1826 Elizabeth Skelton now deceased.
29 March 1825, Copy of preceding item; certified as such 17 June 1839
13 November 1826, Inventory of possessions of Elizabeth Skelton; certified 18 November 1829 Elizabeth Skelton now deceased
Joseph Skelton Sr. (?-before 1840)
Undated, marriage certificate.
[Note: Probably before 1803, when the Skeltons' 1st child was born.]
Certificate by Thomas Lyell, witnessed by W. [?]. Bessonett and James Thorburn: "This will certify that I did on Thursday evening the 27 of May join together in marriage Mr. Joseph Skelton and Miss Sarah White."
Mary Skelton Minto (?-1824)
9 November 1796, Receipt by Enos Kelley to Mary Minto for the items mentioned in document B.16 (a) in Series 1: IV.Documents (this receipt is now item B.16 (b) in Series 1: IV.Documents)
1796 [day and month torn away]: Codicil by Mary Skelton [Minto], executrix of Minto's last will (he being deceased), to a bond of indemnity (dated 28 September 1795) by Minto to Richard Stockton for 1180 pounds, probably asking to have debt set aside (this is now item B.10 (b) in Series 1: IV.Documents)
23 May 1801, Bill of lading for one box, shipped from Leith to New York on the Russell, directed to Mrs. Minto, to be delivered to Mrs. Chrystie of New York for payment; contents unknown to Rowland Gibbs, master of the Russell (this is now item B.17 in Series 1: IV.Documents)
25 August 1812, Middlesex County, State of New Jersey: Certificate that Mary Minto brought before 2 overseers of the poor and 2 justices of the peace her female slave named Gitty, who appears to be of sound mind and not under any bodily incapacity, between 21 and 40 years; recorded in Clerk's office, no date
25 August 1812, Statement of Mary Minto that she has set free her slave Gitty (of 21 years or thereabouts); recorded in Clerk's office on 26 August 1812
8 January 1817, Will of Mary Minto, leaving $100 to her sister Sarah Clark, $600 to Walter Minto Skelton (to be used at the discretion of her sister Elizabeth), and the remainder of her personal property and all of her real estate to her sister Elizabeth; appoints her sister executrix and administratrix; certified as a true copy of the will by a surrogate in New Brunswick on 17 June 1839
Walter Skelton (1804-48)
20 October 1830, Commission of Walter M. Skelton to be Captain of the company Princeton Blues, having been elected to such position on 25 May 1830
ca. 1840, Draft of will of WMS, leaving to his mother, Sarah Skelton, "a comfortable maintenance" out of his estate, and then leaving everything to his sister Ann Skelton; appoints Ann executrix
21 April 1841, Survey of 2 tracts of land in Buffaloe Township, Armstrong County, for WMS (these are the tracts sold to him in 1840 mentioned in Franklin heirs, items 4 and 5 above)
16 September 1845, Will (copy) of WMS, of Buffaloe Township, Armstrong County; leaving 1/3 to his sister Ann Skelton, 1/3 to his brother Joseph Skelton, Jr., and 1/3 in trust to his sister Ann for the use of his mother Sarah Skelton; appoints Ann executrix; will proved in Kittanning, Pennsylvania 20 June 1848 (Walter Skelton being deceased), and certified in Register's Office 21 June 1848
23 March 1839, Will of Elizabeth White of Scarsdale, Westchester County, New York, leaving the bulk of her estate to (1) various charities (half) and (2) her 3 sisters, Mary Bessonett, Phebe White, and Jane White (half, in various proportions); certified as true copy 12 October 1841 Elizabeth White now deceased
13 June 1839, Memorandum of land owned by Elizabeth White in Illinois, deeded to her on 1 April 1837 and recorded in Illinois on 27 June 1837
5: Printed Materials [subseries]
(In Broadsides Small under S)
31 December 1799, Sacred music, to be performed in St. Paul's Church, on Tuesday the 31st December, 1799 by the Anacreontic and Philharmonic Societies, at the Funeral Ceremonies in honor of the Memory of the late General Washington [New York, 1799]. (formerly in 1934 Minto donation)
ca. early 1800s, "Boarding and Education for Young Ladies, At Mrs GRAHAM's, Broadway, NEW YORK": advertisement and list of fees (on a ca. 3" x 5" card) for a school run by Isabella Graham (1742-1814); Mrs. Graham began teaching in New York in late 1789 when fees for schools like hers were ca. $80 per year for full boarders; by the time of this advertisement her fee was $125 for full boarders, which must put the date considerably later than 1789 Mrs. Graham was a good friend of the Mrs. Chrystie who corresponded with the Mintos from the 1790s until 1810 and who is often mentioned in other correspondence, along with her husband, Major (later Colonel) Chrystie.
29 August 1844 The Clay Bugle, No. 35, Harrisburg, Thursday, [Pa.,] August 29, 1844 a weekly Whig campaign newspaper created to support the candidacy of Henry Clay for President of the U.S.
13 March 1852, The Home Journal, for the week ending Saturday March 13, 1852 ed. George Pope Morris and Nathaniel Parker Willis, "[Whole NO. 318.--SERIES FOR 1852--NO. 11." [New York].
1882, Proceedings of the First Boyd Convention Held at Beaver, Pennsylvania, October 26 and 27, 1881. Published by the Boyd Association Historical Committee. Youngstown, Ohio: Youngstown Publishing Company, 1882. 42 pages.
ca. early 1883, The Second Re-Union of the Descendants of John and Mary-Fulton Boyd, will be held in Lima, Allen County, Wednesday and Thursday, October 24th and 25th, 1883. Printed in Chambersburg, Pa., [?early 1883]. Announcement of reunion, with program, committees, etc.; 1 leaf folded in half to make 4 pages, the last of which is blank.
7. 1884, Proceedings of the Second Boyd Convention Held at Lima, Ohio, October 24th and 25th, 1883. Youngstown, Ohio: W.H. Woodrow, 1884. 48 pages.
1885, Proceedings of the Third Boyd Convention Held at Kiskiminetas Springs, Saltsburg, Pa., August 27th and 28th, 1884. Youngstown, Ohio: W.H.Woodrow, 1885. 33 pages.
ca. early 1887, Call for a Reunion to Be Held at Slate Lick, Pennsylvania, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31, 1887. Announcement to residents and former residents of Slate Lick; 1 leaf folded in half to make 4 pages, the last of which is blank; addressed to Miss A. Skelton at Scilney, Pa. [postmarked "Kittanning"].
1887, Re-Union at Slate Lick, Pa. Of Present and Former Residents, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 & 31, 1887. "Programme" of events. 1 narrow leaf, with printing on recto only.
1888, Proceedings of the Fourth Boyd Convention Held at Hamilton, Ohio, September 15th and 16th, 1886. H. Byxbe, 1888. 26 pages.
1888, Proceedings of the Fifth Boyd Convention Held at Pittsburgh, Pa., (Hotel Boyer,) September 5th and 6th, 1888. H. Byxbe, 1888. 59 pages.
1892, Proceedings of the Sixth Boyd Convention Held at Marion, Ohio, (Hotel Marion,) August 27th and 28th, 1890. H. Byxbe, 1892. 42 pages.
1894, Proceedings of the Seventh Boyd Convention Held at Seventh Avenue Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pa., August 31st and September 1st, 1892. H. Byxbe, 1894. 30 pages.
3 newspaper clippings about family events:
[May 1935]: Article, perhaps from a newspaper in Tarentum, Pa. (since on the reverse is an advertisement for "Chantler's" in that city), about Amelia Earhart's non-stop flight from Mexico City to New York City on May 8; mentions Samuel (age 68) and Ida (age 73) Earhart, first cousins of Amelia's father Edwin Earhart (who was a schoolmaster near Saltsburg, Pa.), and another cousin, Emma Elizabeth Earhart Fleming (age 83) of Indiana, Pa.; Amelia's grandfather, Rev. David Earhart, had the Lutheran parsonage in Apollo, Pa., and the Earhart family used to visit Samuel and Ida.
[November 1949]: Death notice, probably from a Pittsburgh newspaper, of Frank F. McIntyre of Altoona, Pa., on 16 November 1949 Frank was the father of Charles B. McIntyre and Helen B. McIntyre of Pittsburgh; the funeral was held in Freeport, Pa.
14 June 1956: Notice from the Pittsburgh Press of the honoring of Miss Helen McIntyre, retiring school teacher, by the Shakespeare School PTA in East Liberty, Pa.
6: Notes, Invitations, Miscellanea [subseries]
Notes (all in WMS's hand except the last two)
Syllabus, with required readings; probably from WMS's years at the College of New Jersey.
A list of college classes, beginning on a Tuesday and going to the following Monday, with only Sunday omitted; probably from WMS's years at the College of New Jersey.
A set of 5 series of surnames, followed by "Valedictory. D. Crawford": perhaps a list of College of New Jersey graduates or graduation speakers (WMS's name is not among them).
"Catalogue of Books," divided into "Classicks & French," "Class Books & Books of Science," "Novels & Plays," "Books of a miscellaneous kind," "Musick"; probably WMS's library, with catalogue written in what appears to be a formal variety of his hand.
"Provincialisms noticed in the Western part of Pennsylvania," a series of equivalents in the form "A for B," signed (on reverse) "Skelton," followed by WMS's height and weight measured in "Peal's Museum" on 8 February 1826 then signed again "W.M. Skelton."
Recipe "To boil a Fowl"; this leaf was found in item (a) (1818-4) in section II.A.2, but it is not certain if it was there originally: the hand is quite different and appears to be untrained.
"Kate's Manumission Papers," (at the top of the second quarter (from the left) of the recto), probably in a Skelton family hand (but earlier than the late family hands in section F below).
Scope note: Some on backs of playing cards, marked with * below.
4 March 1780, [Princeton]*: to Miss Skelton from the Gentlemen of the College to a dance and a play
6 April 1780, Princeton*: to Miss Betsy Skelton from the Gentlemen of the Senior Class to public exhibitions in the College Hall
17 February 1781, Princeton*: to Miss Betsy Skelton from the Gentlemen of the College to public exhibitions in the College Hall
24 June 1782, Philadelphia: to Miss B. Baynton from the Minister of France to an entertainment to celebrate the birth of the Dauphin
1 December 1782, Princeton: to Miss Skelton from the managers of an unnamed organization to a dance
17 February 1783, Princeton*: to Miss Skelton from the Junior Class of College to a play and other exercises in the College Hall
14 April 1783, Trenton: to Miss Polly Skelton from the Governor and the Gentlemen of Trenton to a dance "in Celebration of Peace" at Mr. Cape's
22 April 1783, Princeton: to Miss Betsy Skelton from the Gentlemen of Princeton and its Vicinity to a ball "in Celebration of Peace" at Mr. Beekman's
December 1785, [Princeton]: to Miss Eliza Skelton for the season of the Princeton Assembly
30 April [probably mid-1780s], [Princeton]: to Miss E. Skelton from the Gentlemen of the College to public exhibitions in the College Hall
30 April [probably mid-1780s], [Princeton]: to Miss Polly Skelton from the Gentlemen of the College to public exhibitions in the College Hall
23 September [probably mid-1780s]*, Princeton: to Miss Skelton to a dance at Mr. [?] d[. . .]
[late December /early January] [probably mid-1780s], Bordentown*: to the Miss Skeltons to a ball on Twelfth Night, 6 January
Tuesday morning [probably mid-1780s], [Princeton]: to the Miss Skeltons from Dr. Beatty to a dance at his house "this evening" (with additional comments about Mrs. Deane expecting to see the Miss Skeltons at her house for tea, etc.)
Saturday morning [probably mid-1780s], [Princeton]: to Miss Betsey Skelton from the Senior Class to the public orations in the College Hall
6 February 1826, Harrisburg: to Mr. [Walter] Skelton to a Cotillion Party at the house of Mr. John Shock, Harrisburg, on Tuesday next; with envelope addressed to Mr. Skelton
8 February 1834, to Miss Ann Skelton to a "Birth-Night Ball" at Mr. M'Anulty's Hotel, Blairsville, on 21 February 1834
February 1843, to Mr. W.M. Skelton & Lady to a Cotillion Party at the house of Mr. Isreal Hill, Leechburg, on 17 February 1843
Statement to James Carnahan 1823-?25: Statement directed to Dr. [James] Carnahan [president of the College of New Jersey from May 1823 to 1854], from a meeting of college, signed by 75 persons (including WMS), deploring some outrageous act by an unknown person and expressing their support.
Small Notebook, Undated [?1830-31]: Small notebook containing "By-Laws of ‘The Princeton Blues'," followed by signatures of, presumably, the 62 members of the Company (Skelton's is the 4th one on the list).
[Note: Skelton was commissioned Captain of the Company on 20 October 1830 and resigned his commission on 8 July 1831 (see section IV. Walter Skelton, item 1). ]
Booklet of proverbs and common sayings, Undated: in English (on versos), with Spanish equivalents (on facing rectos), entitled (on page ) "A Collection of Proverbs & Common Saying" and (on page ) "una Colleccion de refranes y de dichos communes."
Various notes, undated [but mainly 20th century]. Late family (?and other) notes, in various hands, made about the Minto-Skelton papers before they were given to the Clements Library.
5 leaves, in ink (mainly) and pencil, listing letters in the Minto part of the collection (mainly addressed to him), a bond, a bill, and a few books
2 leaves in pencil, listing a few books and giving a summary of the Minto letters
7 small leaves in pencil, with writing on both sides, listing family books published between 1745 and 1870
1 3" x 5" card in ink with some dates
17 xeroxes of 32 envelopes that contained some of the Minto-Skelton Papers, with notes on the outsides about what they contained (the envelopes themselves have been discarded)
8 small pieces of light cardboard used as markers for books and manuscripts, 2 of which have notes on them
Pieces of cloth 1845 and undated: 24 round pieces of cloth circa 4" in diameter, perhaps congratulatory or farewell remembrances to Mary McFarland (b. 1823), with writing in ink on one side and usually containing a verse or verses, a proverb, etc. (variable) and the name of the writer; frequently also a date and the home of the writer; and occasionally the name of the addressee:
With addressee first, then name of writer, date, and verse:
Mary McFarland: Saltsburgh Indiana Co. Pa. May 1845 W.H.
Mary: Eliza Kirkpatrick Poke Run, October 26th 1845
Mary: R.S. Johnston Saltzburg, September 23rd 1845
To Mary: Jane H. Johnston Saltzburg, October 1st 1845
To Mary: Saltsburgh, October the 6th 1845, S. Skelton
With addressee first, then name of writer and verse:
Mary: Mary Kirkpatrick
With name of writer, date, and verse:
May 1845 Watson Hughes (with name written backwards so as to show through correctly on the reverse)
Saltsburg, October 16th 1845 E.W. Robinson
David Kirkpatrick, October 20th 1845
John M. Kirkpatrick Oakland Farm, October 20th 1845