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
Title: Barnard family papers Creator: Barnard, Betsey Inclusive dates: 1789-1876 Bulk dates: 1817-1876 Extent: 0.25 linear feet Abstract:
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: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
2002. M-4232 .
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
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.
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.