Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jackman Family Collection, 1848-1900

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray and Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Jackman family collection
Creator: Jackman family
Inclusive dates: 1848-1900
Extent: 22 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 20 letters, 1 document, and 1 essay fragment related to members of the extended Jackman family, who lived in Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington during the late 19th century. The material, which includes many letters by women, concerns topics such as religion, family life and news, the Civil War, family history, and education.

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:

1998. M-3460.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

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:

Jackman family collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Elijah Hall (1784-1846) and Eunice Stevens (1784-1845) lived in Orwell, Vermont; Middlebury, New York; Honey Creek, Indiana; and Darwin, Illinois, in the early 19th century. They had eleven children: Elijah (b. 1805), Oliver S. (b. 1807), Mary Ann (b. 1809), William F. (b. 1811), Edward P. (b. 1814), Amanda M. (1816-1842), Edwin D. (b. 1818), Harrison B. (b. 1820), Cynthia M. (b. 1822), Malvina S. (b. 1825), and Rosalthe (b. 1831). The elder Elijah Hall served in the military during the War of 1812. Amanda M. Hall married Joseph Jackman of Darwin, Illinois, on September 12, 1839. After Amanda's death in 1842, Jackman married her sister, Mary Ann Hall, on December 27, 1842. Mary Ann Hall and Joseph Jackman had at least one daughter, Ada, who married William H. Grupe before 1861. William H. Grupe served in Company F of the 30th Illinois Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War. They lived in Darwin, Illinois, and had at least two children, Mary A. (b. ca. 1874) and Charles (b. 1878). Mary A. Grupe attended the Washington State Normal School in Ellensburg, Washington, around 1900.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 20 letters, 1 copied document, and 1 essay fragment related to members of the extended Jackman family, who lived in Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington during the late 19th century. The material, which includes many letters by women, concerns topics such as religion, family life and news, the Civil War, family history, and education. Most correspondents wrote only 1 or 2 letters.

The first item is a letter David McDonald wrote about Indiana University School of Law in 1848, addressed to an unidentified recipient. A notarized document dated April 4, 1851, provides genealogical information about the family of Elijah and Eunice Hall, and most remaining items are letters written to and received by their daughter Mary Ann and her descendants. The letters concern a variety of topics related to daily life throughout the latter half of the 19th century, including educational experiences (Ada's letter of February 14, 1858, from Moline, Illinois, for example) and the problems associated with earning a living in Illinois and Indiana (Mary A. Jackman's letter of July 10, 1859, for example). Some correspondents discussed religion, such as their spiritual beliefs and skepticism about Universalist teachings (January 5, 1862). During the war, one person wrote about an acquaintance who had briefly served in the Union Army, and Mary A. Merriman shared her opinion that the Civil War was a chastisement of the nation for "pride and naughtiness of heart" (June 5, 1863).

Later letters include mentions of Elijah Hall's War of 1812 service and its detrimental effects on him, and William Grupe's Civil War service. One letter concerns an unidentified woman's life in San Francisco, California, in 1878, and 6 late items reflect the Grupe family's life in Dayton, Washington. Among the latter are a letter about social life at the Washington State Normal School in 1900, and an undated essay fragment entitled "When a Western Girl Comes East" (4 pages) about regional differences and misconceptions between the residents of the Pacific Coast and the state of New York.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Dayton (Wash.)
    • Disabled veterans.
    • Education--United States--History--19th century.
    • Haverhill (Mass.)
    • Indiana University. School of Law.
    • Moline (Ill.)
    • San Francisco (Calif.)
    • United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 30th (1861-1865)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • United States--History--War of 1812--Veterans.
    • Universalism.
    • Washington State Normal School (Ellensburg, Wash.)
    • Women--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Grupe, Ada Jackman.
    • Grupe, Mary A.
    • Hall, Edwin D., b. 1818.
    • Hall, Harrison B., b. 1820.
    • Jackman, Mary Ann, b. 1809.
    • Merriman, Mary A.
    • Stephens, Mary.
    Genre Terms:
    • Essays.
    • Legal documents.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   31, Small Collections  
    Jackman family collection [series]:
    Folders   11-12  
     August 31, 1848-February 21, 1900, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    United States. Congress. House. Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1897. Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1897, p. 181.