Eddy family papers: 1837-1921 (bulk 1861-1864)
Summary Information
Title: Eddy family papers
Creator: Eddy family (Plymouth, Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1837-1921
Bulk dates: 1861-1864
Extent: 0.6 linear feet (in 2 boxes)
Extent: 1 volume (in 1 box)
Extent: 196 MB
Abstract:
Residents of Plymouth, Michigan. Three Eddy brothers, Willard, William Hannahs, and Clark, served in the Michigan 2nd and 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiments in the Civil War. This collection contains family portraits (mostly tintypes, with a few daguerreotypes and ambrotypes as well), wartime correspondence among the Eddy siblings and parents (including several digital scans and transcriptions), family genealogical materials, and a family Bible.
Call number: 2016083 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Nicco Pandolfi, October 2016.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by Charlotte G. McIver (donor no. 11575) in July 2016.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open without restriction.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Eddy Family papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. [item], Eddy Family papers, Bentley Historical Library, https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/134034


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Family Portraits and Family Papers.


Biography

The Eddy Family was a Civil War-era family from Plymouth, Michigan. Otis Eddy (b. August 30, 1810) married Lucy Ann Clark (b. December 27, 1811) on January 10, 1837. They had eight children: Willard, Jane, William Hannahs, Clark, Sarah Elizabeth, James Otis, Anna, and John Mathewson. Of these children, the three elder brothers served in the Michigan 2nd and 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiments in the Civil War. Willard Eddy was killed in action in the Battle of Williamsburg on May 5, 1862 and William Hannahs Eddy was killed in the Battle of Fredricksburg on December 12, 1862. Clark Eddy survived through most of the war but died in a military hospital near Petersburg, Virginia on June 18, 1865.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains family portraits, genealogical material, correspondence among the Eddy siblings and parents, and a family Bible. The correspondence consists of approximately 120 letters, most of which were written during the American Civil War (1860-1865) between the three enlisted brothers, Willard, William and Clark, and their parents, Otis and Lucy. Three of the letters contain accounts of the Battle of Williamsburg (letter dated May 12, 1862), the First Battle of Fredricksburg (letter dated May 26, 1863), and the Second Battle of Fredricksburg (letter dated May 26, 1863). There are also digital scans of six of the letters and digital transcriptions of ten of them.

The family Bible is also included, and the loose leaf genealogical and family record materials that were once interleaved within it have been foldered separately for preservation reasons. There are also two official Union Army documents conferring promotions on Clark Eddy, one for the rank of corporal and the other for the rank of sergeant.

The collection also includes a box of family portraits taken using various early photographic methods. There are four 1/6th plate size portraits framed in “Union Cases,” two of which are tintypes and two of which are daguerreotypes. There are also two 1/9th plate size ambrotypes. The box also contains a leather-bound photograph album of fifteen later portraits of family members, as well as a small Maple Grove Candies box which holds five unframed and uncased tintypes.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • War casualties.
  • Soldiers -- Michigan -- Correspondence.
  • Military camps.
  • Fredericksburg (Va.), Battle of, 1862.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Plymouth (Mich.) -- Genealogy.
  • Plymouth (Mich.)
  • Family members.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Military life.
  • Digital file formats.
  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Soldiers -- Michigan -- Plymouth.
  • Ambrotypes (photographs)
  • Tintypes (prints)
  • Daguerreotypes (photographs)
  • Portraits.
  • Eddy family (Plymouth, Mich.)
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865).
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 24th (1862-1865)
  • Clark, Lucy Ann, 1810-1889.
  • Eddy, Clark, 1810-1865.
  • Eddy, Willard, 1810-1862.
  • Eddy, William H., 1810-1862.
  • Eddy, Otis, 1810-1889.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Box   1  
Family Portraits 1850s-1870s [series] (2 glass photographic plates (ambrotypes, Union cases; ninth plate), 2 photographs (daguerreotypes, Union cases; sixth plate), 2 tintypes (Union cases; sixth plate), 5 tintypes (sixth plate), 15 photographs ((in small leatherbound album); photograph album))

This Family Portraits series (1850s-1870s, 0.3 linear feet) series consists of a box of family portraits taken using various early photographic methods. There are four 1/6th plate size portraits framed in “Union Cases,” two of which are tintypes and two of which are daguerreotypes. There are also two 1/9th plate size ambrotypes. The box also contains a leather-bound photograph album holding fifteen later portraits of family members, as well as a small Maple Grove Candies box which holds five uncased tintypes. There are no annotations identifying the subjects of the photographs or the dates they were taken.

 
Family Papers 1857-1921 [series] (0.3 linear feet (in 6 folders), 1 volume (in 1 box (box 3); Bible))

This Family Papers series (1857-1921, 0.3 linear feet, 1 volume, and 196 MB) primarily contains correspondence consisting of approximately 120 letters, most of which were written during the American Civil War (1860-1865) between the three enlisted brothers, Willard, William and Clark, and their parents, Otis and Lucy. Three of the letters contain accounts of the Battle of Williamsburg (letter dated May 12, 1862), the First Battle of Fredricksburg (letter dated May 26, 1863), and the Second Battle of Fredricksburg (letter dated May 26, 1863). The family Bible is also included, and a folder of loose leaf genealogical and family record materials that were interleaved between Bible pages. There are also two official Union Army documents conferring promotions on Clark Eddy, one for the rank of corporal and the other for the rank of sergeant. The digital materials include scans of six letters and transcriptions of ten letters.

Box   2  
Genealogical Records 1837-1921 (1 folder)

This folder contains genealogical records for several generations of the Eddy family, with the beinning date inferred from the document being written in a consistent hand and the last addition appearing to be a 1921 death date. These materials were originally interleaved in the Family Bible, but were removed and foldered for purposes of preservation and access.

 
Family Correspondence 1857-1882 (0.2 linear feet)
Box   2  
Correspondence 1857-1862 (1 folder)
Box   2  
Correspondence 1863 (1 folder)
Box   2  
Correspondence 1864 (1 folder)
Box   2  
Correspondence (undated or illegible dates) (1 folder)
Box   2  
Two Military Promotion Records and Two Post-war Letters 1862-1882 (1 folder)
  Online  
Correspondence (scans and transcriptions) 1861-1864 (196 MB) [access item]
Box   3  
Family Bible