Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Isaac Bronson Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Isaac Bronson Papers
Creator: Bronson, Isaac, 1760-1838.
Inclusive dates: 1782-1861, and undated
Extent: .75 cubic feet (in 2 box)
Papers include correspondence, accounts, pension papers, estate papers, bills, receipts, contracts, land and legal records, and miscellaneous of Isaac Bronson.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 3080

Access Restrictions:

Isaac Bronson Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Isaac Bronson Papers, # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically.



Isaac Bronson (1760-1838) was a New York banker, businessman, land speculator, money-lender, and promoter of westward expansion. He served in the Second Regiment of Light Dragoons of the Connecticut Line during the American Revolutionary War as a surgeon’s mate. After returning from India and Europe, Isaac married Anna Olcott (1764?-May 1-1850). Together they had ten children: 1) Oliver (died in infancy); Maria (died in infancy); 3) Maria (1793-1854); Harriet (1796-1853); Caroline (1798-1853); Oliver (1799- ); Arthur (1801-1844); Frederick (1802-1868); Mary (1806- ); and Ann (1810-1840). With his son, Frederick (1802-1868), and grandson, also named Frederic (1849-1900), Isaac opened a bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Thirty years before his death Isaac became an avid, devote Christian. He died of neuralgic affection of the heart at Greenfield, Illinois, on May 19, 1839. (This information is from reel 1 of 30 Bronson Family Papers, filmed at the New York Public Library (NYPL) in 1971, a copy of which is available at the Clarke Historical Library.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes Isaac Bronson’s correspondence, 1792-1839, undated; accounts, 1818-1838, undated; pension papers relative to Isaac Bronson’s claims of service in the Second Regiment of Light Dragoons of the Connecticut Line during the American Revolutionary War, 1828-1846, undated; estate papers, 1842; bills, receipts, contracts, land, legal, and miscellaneous papers, 1792-1861, undated.

The Clarke also has the original papers of Frederic and Arthur Bronson, Isaac’s sons, and the Bronson Family Papers (See those finding aids.). These collections include some additional papers of Isaac Bronson.

On microfilm, the Clarke has the Bronson Family Papers deposited at NYPL (Mss. Micro F-40, 30 reels of positive microfilm). Here, amidst papers of numerous Bronson family members, are found Isaac’s letters, 1802-1838 (reels 1-2), 1820-1832 (reels 11-12), 1833 (reel 19), 1760-1838 and 1814-1836 (reels 20-21). Also available at the Clarke on microfilm are selected papers of Isaac Bronson which are deposited at NYPL (3 reels of negative microfilm, no Acc#). These papers were filmed at the NYPL in 1970 and donated by Dr. John Hager.

Subject Terms

    • Bronson, Isaac, 1760-1838.
    • Bronson, Frederic, 1802-1868.
    • Bronson, Arthur.
    • Bronson family.
    • Real property--United States.
    • Real property--Illinois.
    • Real property--New York (State)
    • Banks and banking--Connecticut.
    • New York (N.Y.)--Business, industries and trade--Banking.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Isaac Bronson Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Accounts, 1818-1836, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Accounts, with John Ward and Company, 1831-May 19, 1838, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Bills and Receipts for two "new" houses in Water and Cherry Streets, New York, June 1820, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Bills and Receipts for two "new" houses in Water and Cherry Streets, New York, July-September 1820
    Box   1 F   5
    Bills and Receipts for two "new" houses in Water and Cherry Streets, New York, October-December 1820
    Box   1 F   6
    Bills and Receipts for two "new" houses in Water and Cherry Streets, New York, 1821
    Box   1 F   7
    Contracts, 1820- 1835
    Box   1 F   8
    Estate-Land Papers, Illinois, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Land Papers, New York (State), New York County, and New York (City), 1836-1841
    Box   1 F   10
    Land Papers, New York (State), New York County, and New York (City); Securities of Henry I. Sandford, undated; undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Land Papers, New York (State), Rensselear County, Greenbush, 1829, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Legal Papers, George G. Sickels vs. Edwin A. Dodge, Cyremus N Dodge, Margaret Dodge, Isaac Bronson, 1830
    Box   1 F   13
    Letters, N. Gorham (2); Isaac Bronson II; Mrs. Anna Bronson; H.B. Kinsley; Samuel Ward; Oliver L. Phelps (2); Robert Gilchrist; John Greig, 1792-1813
    Box   1 F   14
    Letters, William Gardiner (2); Thomas R. Gold (4); Elias Gummare, 1814-1815
    Box   1 F   15
    Letters, James B. Murray; Thomas R. Gold (5); E. Gilbert (3); Daniel Goldsmith; James and Edmund Dwight; James R. Gould; De Labad (2), 1816-1818
    Box   1 F   16
    Letters, James Gould; James B. Murray (2); Thomas R. Gold (3), John Greig (2), 1819
    Box   1 F   17
    Letters, Calvin Goddard; Thomas R. Gold (3); John Greig; E. Green; James W. Glass; Robert S. Garnett; John Gustin; R. Gillespie; Samuel Ditty; Ebenezer Dimon; Roger M. Sherman; Nicolas Ryerson, 1820-1825
    Box   1 F   18
    Letters, Robert Goff; Marinus Gilbert; John McVickar; Oliver Bronson (6); Frederick Bronson (5); John Bolton; John Frost; Joel Farnham, 1826-1828
    Box   1 F   19
    Letters, Joshua Forman (5); John Bolton (3); Robert Milne (2); Edward Griffin; Frederick Bronson; Le Ray? [Le Roy?]; D. Chaumont; Davis S. Dodge, 1829
    Box   1 F   20
    Letters, Anthony Dey; Ebenezer Dimon; Robert L. Livingston; Horatio Kingsland; C.C. Cambreleng (2), 1830
    Box   1 F   21
    Letters, C.C. Cambreleng (6); Mary Livingston, 1831
    Box   1 F   22
    Letters, C.F. Mercer (2); Gideon Tomlinson; Ephraim Middlebrooks; James B. Murray; E.T. Troup; C.C. Cambreleng (4); Winfield Scott; William S. Johnston; Mary Livingston; William Oxtoley; Joseph Wakeman and Ebenezer Jesup; F.E. De Peyster, Jr; W.S. Johnston; Enoch W. Ford, 1832
    Box   1 F   23
    Letters, Mary Livingston; Martin Westbrook; Patrick Marrick; Samuel Whiting; Winfield Scott (2); C.C. Cambreleng; Samuel Ward; Ebenezer Dimon, 1833
    Box   1 F   24
    Letters, N. Freeman (4); William Bard; Roswell Randall; C.F. Mercer, 1834
    Box   1 F   25
    Letters, James B. Murray; K. Pritchette; C.F. Mercer (4); Anson Johbnson (6); John B. Young, 1835
    Box   1 F   26
    Letters, William Bard (2); Anson Johnson (10); K. Pritchette (3); N. Freeman; C.C. Cambreleng, January-March 1836
    Box   1 F   27
    Letters, "Mr. LeRoy:" Anson Johnson (3); A.G. Harrison (2), April 1836
    Box   1 F   28
    Letters, Anson Johnson; A.G. Harrison (2); C.C. Cambreleng (4); Simon Perkins; Winfield Scott, May-December 1836
    Box   1 F   29
    Letters, Samuel L. Edward; N. Freeman (4); William Bard; Charles B. Moore; Charles Morton (3); James S. Wadsworth; Levi Woodbury (3); James S. Olcott; Winfield Scott, 1837
    Box   1 F   30
    Letters, C.C. Cambreleng; Reuben Baldwin; W.D. Veile; [G.?] Burroughs; John A. Bryan; Milo Bostwick; Joseph S. Hanna; Abraham Becker, undated: William Bard; John Boton; [Mrs. Bolton?]; Alvin Bronson, 1838, undated
    Box   1 F   31
    Pension Papers, 1828-1830
    Box   1 F   32
    Pension Papers, 1832-1833
    Box   1 F   33
    Pension Papers, Correspondence and deposition; G. Tomlinson (3); John J. Irving (deposition copy); Roger B. Taney, January-February 1834
    Box   1 F   34
    Pension Papers, petitions, correspondence, deposition: Gideon Tomlinson (5); Benjamin Tallmadge; Roger B. Taney (5); unidentified; James B. Murray; Samuel Youngs (deposition copy), 1834 (March)
    Box   1 F   35
    Pension Papers, Affidavit, correspondence, petitions: Roger B. Taney (2); Matthew St. Clair Clarke (3); George Thomas; Levi Woodbury; Samuel Young, April- December 1835
    Box   1 F   36
    Pension Papers, Correspondence, printed Senate bills, affidavits, power of attorney: G. Tomlinson (8); Joshua King; Samuel Young (2); Eneas Munson; Benjamin Tallmadge, 1835 (no Month)
    Box   1 F   37
    Pension Papers, Correspondence, printed circular, printed Senate report and bill: Eneas Munson (2); Francis A. Dickins; G. Tomlinson, 1836
    Box   1 F   38
    Pension Papers, Correspondence, printed Congressional reports, deposition/power of attorney (2), newspaper clipping: G. Tomlinson (2); Lucius Lyon, 1837
    Box   1 F   39
    Pension Papers, Printed Senate bill, correspondence, printed Congressional reports, printed War Dept. Circular (4 copies), memorandum: John Norvell; Francis A. Dickins; Arthur Bronson, 1838
    Box   1 F   40
    Pension Papers, Deposition copies, correspondence, petitions, power of attorney, revocation of power of agent: Arthur Bronson; L. Cooper; Anne Bronson; Charles D. Lewis (2); J.L. Edwards (2); George W. Crump; Francis A. Dickins. [Note: most of the correspondence is with Anne Bronson (Isaac=s wife) and Arthur Bronson in reference to widow’s claims.], 1839
    Box   1 F   41
    Pension Papers, Correspondence, various legal documents, miscellanea: Francis A. Dickins; Henry Northup; William Wilkins; Anne Bronson; Charles D. Lewis; J.M. Porter; Gideon Tomlinson, 1840-1846, undated
    Box   1 F   42
    Securities-Bond of Jefferson County Bank to Isaac Bronson, 1822-1831
    Box   2 F   1
    Estate, Correspondence and Legal Papers, Edwin W. Clark; Messrs. Wakeman; James B. Murray, 1836-1861
    Box   2 F   2
    Miscellaneous Papers, Receipt, bank of New York to Isaac Bronson, May 2, 1815; Memorandum, Bridgeport Bank capital stock, July 1816; Letter to Mr. Thomas Stewardson, June 8, 1818; Agreement (copy) between Isaac Bronson and Hamilton Murray with guarantor George Gallagher, 1828; Insurance policy, Pacific Insurance Company (New York), January 1828 with Nathan Smith and Samuel Hitchcock, Norman Desetin; Mortgage of chattels, Christopher Drake to John Martinson, June 8, 1829; Letter, [B.W. Summars?] to William Bard, May 7, 1830; Applications to New York Life Insurance and Trust Company For stock, May 1830; Financial statement of Charleston Fire and Marine Insurance Company, January 8, 1835; Transfer of court claims: Samuel L. Edwards and Julia Edwards to William Marvin, May 21, 1835; Guaranty (copy): Horatio Stevens to Isaac Bronson, March 25, 1836; Newspaper clipping: Alvin Bronson, letter on the General Banking Law, March 23, 1838, from the Evening Post, May 8, [1838?]; Various documents pertaining to the Hartford County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 1831-1841; Undated correspondence, memoranda, forms, 1815-1841, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Receipt, Col. Sheldon’s Light Dragoons (Connecticut), 1782-1783