Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Brevoort Family Papers, 1856-1898

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Brevoort family papers
Creator: Brevoort family
Inclusive dates: 1856-1898
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
The Brevoort family papers contain personal and professional correspondence of brothers William H. and Edwin L. Brevoort, of Walesboro and Vincennes, Indiana. The collection includes correspondence written to the boys during their studies at North Western Christian University, personal letters from family and friends, and professional correspondence related to William's land holdings in and around Vincennes.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1994. M-3049.5.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Brevoort Family Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items and a photographic postcard placed at the end.


Jason F. Brevoort, a physician, was born in New York c. 1810, and moved to Ohio with his wife, Sara. There, they had three sons: William H. (1838-1918), Edwin L. (1844-1882), and Albert. William and Edwin attended North Western Christian University (now Butler University) in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating in 1862 and 1865, respectively. After graduation, William became a farmer in Vincennes, Indiana, and eventually amassed a large amount of land. He and his first wife, Harriet Mantle, married in 1869 had a son, John Mantle Brevoort. In 1876, following Harriet's death, he married Amelia Shattuck. Edwin returned to Walesboro after receiving his degree. He and his wife, Emma Jane Souders, had three daughters: Hatininel, Lulu, and May.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Brevoort family papers contain personal and professional correspondence of brothers William H. and Edwin L. Brevoort, of Walesboro and Vincennes, Indiana. The first letters in the collection are primarily addressed to William H. Brevoort during his time at North Western Christian University (now Butler University), particularly during the first years of the Civil War. Though Henry Brevoort, a relative, occasionally addressed state politics, much of the correspondence relates to family news and to education, including a series from his brother Edwin about his own studies at the university. Both brothers frequently received updates from their mother, who wrote about the family farm, and from each other, discussing their lives and post-educational prospects. William ultimately wished to become a farmer, but briefly considered enlisting: he told his brother, "Whether I farm or not my enlistment will destroy all my prospects of a happy life, hence my hesitation. But if Father does not intend to give me an opportunity to farm, I cannot follow anything else (because unfit) and I shall volunteer and die" (October 6, 1861). Both continued to receive correspondence from their parents, cousins, and from each other throughout their adult lives, and many later letters relate to William's business affairs and landholdings in and around Vincennes, Indiana, in the 1870s and 1880s; he frequently wrote of selling cattle and of other agricultural pursuits. Other late items are addressed to William's second wife, Amelia Shattuck, about the couple's farm; several of these are written by E. W. Pegg in Clintonville, Ohio. The collection contains one undated photographic postcard with a portrait of an unidentified older woman.

Subject Terms

    • Agriculture--United States--History--19th century.
    • Education--Indiana.
    • Family farms--Indiana.
    • Family life--Indiana.
    • Indiana--History--19th century.
    • North-western Christian University (Indianapolis, Ind.)
    • Real property--Indiana.
    • Vincennes (Ind.)--History--19th century.
    • Brevoort, Edwin L., 1844-1882.
    • Brevoort, Jason F.
    • Brevoort, Sara.
    • Brevoort, William H., 1838-1918.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Postcards.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-22
     September 20, 1856-November 30, 1898, and  undated
    Box   1 Folder   23
    Photographic postcard,  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data

    "Deaths." Butler Autumnal Quarterly 8.1 (April 1918).