Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis Papers, 1885-1889

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, October 2009

Summary Information
Title: Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers
Creator: Davis, Jessie Eycleshymer, 1866-1936
Inclusive dates: 1885-1889
Extent: 15 items
Abstract:
The Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers contain 15 letters from Kirt to his fiancé and later wife Jessie, while he is away building new railroad lines in southern Michigan for the Michigan Central Railroad Company.
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
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1996. M-3230.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

Kirkland D. and Jessie Davis Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

This collection is organized chronologically.


Biography

Kirtland D. Davis was born in Sheridan Township, Michigan, in 1860 to William Davis and Savira Elliot and was one of eight children. In 1886, while living in Barry, Michigan, he married Jessie L. Eycleshymer, born in New York, on September 8, 1866; they had one son, Leon Ward Davis (1889-1960). During the late 1880s, Kirk Davis was an employee of the Michigan Central Railroad, where he worked on the construction of new lines in the southern region of the state. Kirt died in Albion, Michigan, on November 6, 1925; Jessie died there in 1936.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers contain 15 letters from Kirt to his fiancé and later wife Jessie, while he was away building new railroad lines in southern Michigan for the Michigan Central Railroad Company. He described his work, his social life, the scenery, and the towns of southern Michigan during the late 1880s. The letters are endearing and often comical, providing occasional glimpses into the couple's personal lives.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Courtship--Middle West.
    • Husband and wife--Michigan.
    • Michigan Central Railroad Company.
    • Michigan--Description and travel.
    • Railroads--Employees.
    • Railroads--Michigan.
    Contributors:
    • Davis, Kirtland D., 1860-1925.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   15, Small Collections  
    Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers [series]
    Folder   1  
     January [1], 1885-July 9, 1889
    Folder   2  
     July 10-August 9, 1889
    Additional Descriptive Data
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