Seth K. Shetterly papers: 1829-1934
Summary Information
Title: Seth K. Shetterly papers
Creator: Shetterly, Seth K., 1820-
Dates: 1829-1934
Extent: 2 linear feet, 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Utica, Michigan attorney, justice of the peace, and state representative. Correspondence mainly concerning family, legal, and political affairs; also scattered municipal and township records, 1846-1865, for Utica and Shelby and Sterling townships in Macomb County, Michigan, especially school records; and miscellaneous business and legal papers, poems, essays, and notebooks.
Call number: 8623 Aa 2; Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The Shetterly papers were donated by Arthur Van Duren (donor no. 988) in 1939.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Seth K. Shetterly papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Seth K. Shetterly, Utica, Michigan, pioneer, lawyer, and politician, was born October 15, 1820 in Union County, Pennsylvania. His parents came to Michigan in August 1832, and he obtained his elementary education in the district schools. In 1840, his father moved to Ann Arbor, and Seth entered the law office of Miles, Ramsdett, and Wilson. He was admitted to the bar in 1843, and in June 1844 opened a law office at Utica. He was married in 1843 to Harriet H. Wright who died in 1849. He was married again in 1853 to Amelia Sterns who died in 1858. In 1859, he married Clara A. Wright to whom he remained married until his own death, probably around 1893.

Shetterly also held numerous political offices. He was elected Justice of the Peace in April 1854, a position he held throughout his life. In 1862, he was elected Circuit Court Commissioner for Macomb County, and reelected in 1864. In 1867, he was elected to the Michigan Legislature from the southern district of Macomb County and in 1876 from the western district. In 1846, he was appointed a Master in Chancery by Governor Barry. Shetterly was also a member of the Masonic order.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers of Seth K. Shetterly cover the years 1835-1934 though the bulk of the material falls between 1850 and 1890. The papers are arranged into four series: Correspondence, Municipal and Township Records, Miscellaneous Papers, and Diaries and Ledgers.

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.


  • Grand Traverse Bay Region (Mich.)
  • Justices of the peace -- Michigan -- Macomb County.
  • Lawyers -- Michigan -- Utica.
  • Macomb County (Mich.)
  • Macomb County (Mich.) -- Schools.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1815-1844.
  • Niles (Mich.)
  • Schools -- Michigan -- Macomb County.
  • Shelby (Macomb County, Mich. : Township)
  • Sterling Heights (Mich.)
  • Utica (Mich.)
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- To 1837.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Michigan State Normal School.
  • Michigan. Legislature.
  • Adams, Edward Francis, 1839-1939.
  • Aldrich, R. J.
  • Chandler, Zachariah, 1813-1879.
  • Clark, George Brownell.
  • Dickinson, Donald McDonald, 1846-1917.
  • Douglas, Silas H. (Silas Hamilton), 1816-1890.
  • Duffield, D. Bethune (Divie Bethune), 1821-1891.
  • Eldridge, James B.
  • Lowell, Dwight Nelson, -1907.
  • Pitcher, Zina, 1797-1872.
  • Stephen, John.
  • Stephens, James.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]

Correspondence is arranged chronologically from 1829 to 1934. It is by far the largest series, measuring ten linear inches. The series consists mostly of the professional and personal correspondence of Seth Shetterly. In addition to family members, correspondents include R.J. Aldrich, Zachariah Chandler, George Brownell Clark, Don McDonald Dickinson, Silas Hamilton Douglas, David Bethune Duffield, James B. Eldridge, D.N. Lowell, Zina Pitcher, John Stephens, and James Stephens. There is also some correspondence of other persons. In the folders covering the years 1829-1848, most of the correspondence is Samuel Smith's of Oakland County, Michigan. Included are several letters written 1834-1835 by his son while serving in the Army at Fort Gibson [present day Oklahoma]. He describes the high mortality rate and low morale at the fort. The last folder of correspondence, 1898-1934, consists almost entirely of the correspondence of Seth's widow Clara, mostly letters from her children.

Box   1  
Undated (2 folders)
Box   1  
1829-1836

(include letter, September 29, 1834, containing a description of Niles, Michigan)

Box   1  
1838-1848
Box   1  
1849-1852
Box   1  
1853-1854
Box   1  
1855-1857

(include letter, December 18, 1857, from Silas H. Douglas; also letter, December 8, 1857, from Zina Pitcher)

Box   1  
1858-March 1859

(include letter, January 12, 1858, from Zachariah Chandler)

Box   1  
April 1859-August 1859
Box   1  
September 1859-August 1860
Box   1  
September 1860-1861
Box   1  
1862-March 1864
Box   1  
April 1864-1867

(include letter, October 31, 1866, from James B. Eldridge)

Box   1  
January-June 1868
Box   1  
July 1868-1869
Box   1  
1870-1872
Box   1  
1873
Box   1  
1874

(include letter from James Eldridge)

Box   1  
1875
Box   1  
1876-February 1877
Box   1  
March-August 1877

(include letter, March 17, 1876, from Donald M. Dickinson)

Box   1  
September-December 1877
Box   1  
1878
Box   1  
1879
Box   1  
1880
Box   1  
January-October 1881
Box   1  
November-December 1881
Box   1  
1882
Box   1  
January-September 1883
Box   1  
October-December 1883
Box   1  
1884
Box   1  
1885
Box   1  
1886
Box   1  
1887-1889
Box   1  
1890-1893
Box   1  
1898-1934

(only two items after 1912)

 
Municipal and Township Records [series]

Municipal and Township Records consists of almost two linear inches of poll lists and school records from Utica and Shelby and Sterling Townships in Macomb County. Although the poll lists are undated, the school records run from 1846 to 1865. Included in the school records are essays, lesson plans, tax bills, bonds, teacher contracts, papers on building a school house, by-laws, business papers, and circulars from the state superintendent of public instruction.

Box   1  
Poll Lists and Members of the Cleveland and Hendrick Club undated
 
Sterling and Shelby Schools
Box   1  
Essays in science and history
Box   1  
School papers (mostly algebra lessons)
Box   1  
School taxes, rate bills 1862-1863
Box   1  
School bonds 1861-1865
Box   1  
Teachers contracts 1859-1862
 
School District No. 1
Box   1  
Administrative 1859-1864

(papers on building a school house, by-laws, and treasurer's bond)

Box   1  
Receipts, accounts payable, and miscellaneous 1859-1864 (3 folders)
Box   1  
School District No. 2 1846-1858

(mostly circulars from state superintendent of public instruction)

Box   1  
Printed Items: printed items from Utica area and 1861 Michigan law requiring municipal officials to record vital statistics
 
Miscellaneous [series]

Miscellaneous Papers consists of four linear inches, made up mostly of legal papers and receipts and accounts payable. There is also a folder of printed items from the Utica area including posters, advertisements, and political notices.

Box   1  
Miscellaneous: includes Shetterly's remarks on Gospel of Mark and printed items
Box   2  
Legal Papers (6 folders)
Box   2  
Receipts and Accounts Payable 1832-1889 (9 folders)
Box   2  
Bills of Lading 1856
Box   2  
Magazines (single issues of Arthur's Home Magazine and Peterson's Magazine) 1889
 
Diaries and Ledgers [series]

Diaries and Ledgers consists of eleven volumes running from 1850 to 1875. Most are business diaries ledgers, but three volumes are personal diaries.

Box   2  
1850-1851

(pocket ledger)

Box   2  
1853

(business diary)

Box   2  
1855

(business diary)

Box   2  
1856-1862

(unbound personal daily journal)

Box   2  
1863 (2 volumes)

(business diaries)

Box   2  
1864

(business diary)

Box   2  
1865

(business diary)

Box   2  
1870

(ledger)

Box   2  
1872

(personal diary)

Box   2  
1875

(personal diary)

Box   2  
Undated (ledger) circa 1854
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Oversize Folder   1  
Deeds and land grants 1835-1863 (13 items)