Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Barnard Family Papers, 1789-1876

Finding aid created by
Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Barnard family papers
Creator: Barnard, Betsey
Inclusive dates: 1789-1876
Bulk dates: 1817-1876
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
The Barnard family papers consist of correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and maps related to the family of John G. Barnard of Auburn, Massachusetts. The collection includes documents and manuscript maps pertaining to real estate in Worcester County, Massachusetts, in the early 19th century.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2002. M-4232 .

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:

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


The collection has been arranged in the following order:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Documents
  • Subseries I: Financial Records
  • Subseries II: Legal Documents
  • Series III: Manuscript Maps
  • Series IV: Ephemera

Each series is arranged chronologically.


John G. Barnard was born in Boylston, Massachusetts, in 1779, and lived in Auburn, Massachusetts, where he was a farmer. On January 8, 1810, he married Betsey Dodge, the daughter of Daniel Dodge. They had several children, including Charles Porter Barnard. John G. Barnard died on March 26, 1862.

Charles Porter Barnard was born in the late 1820s and moved with his wife Emma to a farm in Prescott, Wisconsin, sometime before 1859. They later lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, with their four children: Hattie, Charles P., William F., and Robert O.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Barnard family papers consist of correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and maps related to the family of John G. Barnard of Auburn, Massachusetts.

The Correspondence series contains 2 copies of a letter from John G. Barnard to Andrew Sigourney relating to a dispute over payments on a mortgage Sigourney granted to Barnard (August 20, 1830). Additional letters addressed to John G. Barnard represent his other financial interests and concern his debts. Later items are addressed to Betsey Dodge Barnard from her son Charles and his family, who wrote of their lives in Prescott, Wisconsin, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Charles and Emma's provided news about their farm and about family health, and their daughter Hattie wrote a letter about her experiences at school (December 6, 1868).

The Documents series, which comprises the bulk of the collection, has two subseries: Financial records and Legal Documents. John G. Barnard's financial records include receipts and IOUs for various services; several of the receipts pertain to Barnard's tax payments. Most of the legal documents are indentures concerning property in Worcester County, Massachusetts, such as the holdings of Barnard's father-in-law, Daniel Dodge. Several items are signed by John Prentice, a justice of the peace. Manuscript maps illustrate property lines around Auburn, Massachusetts. Many refer to land owned by John G. Barnard.

Among the collection's Ephemera items are three medicinal cures, a calling card, and financial notes.

Subject Terms

    • Auburn (Mass.)
    • Prescott (Wis.)
    • Real property--Massachusetts.
    • Saint Paul (Minn.)
    • Worcester County (Mass.)
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Worcester County (Mass.)
    • Barnard, Charles P.
    • Dodge, Daniel.
    • Barnard, John G., 1779-1862.
    Genre Terms:
    • Indentures.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-2
     August 20, 1830-January 25, 1869, and  undated
    Documents [series]
    Financial records [subseries]
    Box   1 Folders   3-11
     February 13, 1815-April 18, 1876, and  undated
    Legal documents [subseries]
    Box   1 Folders   12-16
     July 2, 1789-December 24, 1871, and  undated
    Manuscript Maps [series]
    Box   1 Folders   17-18
    Ephemera [series]
    Box   1 Folder   19