Warren Hunting Smith Library

Church family papers, 1784-1928, 2000: A Finding Aid
SC.8

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Summary Information

Repository
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Church family
Title
Church family papers, 1784-1928, 2000
ID
SC.8
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1784-1928
Date [inclusive]
1784-2000
Extent
3.0 Cubic feet  3 Boxes
Language
English

Scope and Contents

The Church family papers contain both personal and business correspondence, along with financial records, wills, newspaper clippings, and genealogical materials that span over a century, from 1784 to 1928.

The largest part of the collection is comprised of Church family papers. There are many wills and handwritten bequests to family members, family correspondence, genealogical sketches, financial and property records, as well as a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the Church family. Included in the collection are correspondence to and from France where the Church's had family and friends.

Some photographs and copies of photographs exist within the collection. A few members of the Church family are pictured. A postcard picture of the Belvidere home and a photograph of a chapel near Belvidere are included as well. Some pictures of Hobart College taken at the beginning of this century are also included.

A thesis by Melissa Carrie Naulin titled "All That a Genteel Family Need Require: The Church Family's Frontier Experience at Belvidere, Allegany County, New York" is also included. This thesis was written using the materials in the Church family papers and was submitted to the faculty at the University of Delaware in 2000.


Arrangement

Due to the first series having been previously arranged, described, and processed, the first series contains materials similar and in some cases identical to the other series. The Church Papers are arranged in 23 series.

Added to the collection in Spring 2000 is a Master's thesis by Melissa Carrie Naulin who used the papers to research the Church family and their Belvidere home for her thesis titled "All That A Genteel Family Need Require: The Church Family's Frontier Experience At Belvidere, Allegany County, New York".

The collection is arranged in the following series:

1. Church family papers

2. Church family genealogical papers

3. Belvidere home

4. J. B. Church

5. Philip Church

6. Elizabeth Barker Church

7. Anne Matilda Stewart Church

8. Catherine Church Cruger

9. Sophia Church Hosack

10. Angelica Church Warren

11. Alice Church Coffin

12. Elizabeth Church Horwood

13. J. B. Church

14. Richard Church

15. Maria Trumbull Church

16. Mary T. Morse

17. Henrietta Hubbard Church

18. Walter S. Church

19. A. Hamilton Church

20. William Henry Church

21. Philip Schuyler Church

22. Church family scrapbook

23. "All That a Genteel Family Need Require: The Church Family's Frontier Experience at Belvidere, Allegany County, New York" by Melissa Carrie Naulin


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections Winter Term 1996

Warren Hunting Smith Library
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY, 14456
315-781-3009
archives@hws.edu

Provenance

The Church Papers, containing correspondence, financial records, wills, genealogical materials, newspaper articles, and a scrapbook of the family were collected by Marian Cruger Coffin and Warren Hunting Smith and donated to the Archives and Special Collections of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.


Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Church family -- Genealogy
  • Cruger family -- Genealogy
  • Cruger family
  • Pacey family - Genealogy
  • Pacey family
  • Schuyler family -- Genealogy
  • Schuyler family

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Court records
  • Receipts (Acknowledgments)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Wills

Personal Name(s)

  • Bastard, Auguste de, Comte
  • Church, A. Hamilton
  • Church, Anne Matilda Stewart
  • Church, Elizabeth Barker
  • Church, Henrietta Hubbard
  • Church, John B., d. 1819
  • Church, Maria Trumbull
  • Church, Philip Schuyler
  • Church, Philip, 1778-1861
  • Church, Richard, 1803-1889
  • Church, Walter S.
  • Church, William Henry
  • Coffin, Alice Church
  • Cruger, Angelica, 1805-1886
  • Cruger, Catherine Church
  • Horwood, Elizabeth Church
  • Hosack, Sophia Church
  • Morse, Mary T.
  • Naulin, Melissa Carrie
  • Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813, -- Autographs
  • Van Rennsalaer, Stephen
  • Warren, Angelica Church

Subject(s)

  • Inheritance and succession

Title(s)

  • Favourite (Ship)
  • Mary Ann James (Ship)

Other Finding Aids

The full container list can be found in the PDF finding aid available at: http://library.hws.edu/archives/pdfs/Church%20Family.pdf


Collection Inventory

1. Church Family papers 1789-1875 

Box
1
Folder
1-14

Catherine Church 1796-1797 

    BoxFolder
Documents   11

Scope and Contents

3 letters to colonel Trumbull (1796, 1797, and no date)

Anne Matilda Church 1874 

    BoxFolder
Documents   12

Anne Matilda Church

Letter to daughter-in-law, Maria (1874)

John B. Church, Jr. 1810 

    BoxFolder
Documents   13

John B. Church, Jr.

Letter to his mother (1810)

Philip Church 1810-1829 

    BoxFolder
Documents   14-6

Philip Church

Letters about Lake Erie Turnpike (1818, 1819) Letters from William Adam and Lord Grenvile (1810-1815) Letters from Stephen Van Renssalaer (1821-1829)

Angelica Cruger and Comte Auguate de Bastard 1823-1825 

    BoxFolder
Documents   17

Angelica Cruger

Wedding announcement (1823) Announcement of death of the Comte de Bastard d'Estang (1825)

Lady Isabella Gordon 1789 

    BoxFolder
Documents   18

Lady Isabella Gordon

Note about print of Lady Isabella Gordon (1789)

Miscellaneous pieces 1848 

    BoxFolder
Documents   19

Miscellaneous pieces

Signature of J. B. Church, poems with author unknown, letter to Maria from J. B. Church

John B. Church 1808 

    BoxFolder
Documents   110

John B. Church

legal document involving Evart Van Winkle (1808) Miscellaneous bills and receipts

Miscellaneous bills and receipts 

    BoxFolder
Documents   111

Wills 

    BoxFolder
Documents   112

Wills

The wills of Matilda Church and Elizabeth Church

Judge Philip Church 1875 

    BoxFolder
Documents   113

Judge Philip Church

Biography written by his son

Land records and contracts 

    BoxFolder
Documents   114

2. Church family genealogical papers 

Scope and Contents

Including particulars of Cruger family, Pacey family, and Schuyler family. Story of original Col. Philip Pieterson Schuyler included as well.

Box
1
Folder
15
Box
2
Folder
1

3. Belvidere Home 

Scope and Contents

  1. Inventory of library at Belvidere home
  2. Picture of chapel at Belvidere
  3. Postcard picture of Belvidere
  4. List of paintings at an auction
Box
2
Folder
2

4. J. B. Church 1819, 1876 

Scope and Contents

  1. Two stories: "glass bottles" and "why he changed his name"
  2. Photograph (1876)
  3. Note about J. B. Church's secret marriage to Angelica Schuyler
  4. Brief history of J. B. Church's life
Box
2
Folder
3

5. Philip Church 1857-1874 

Scope and Contents

  1. Biography of the Honorable Philip Church
  2. Two letters
  3. Will, proof of will (1874)
  4. Warranty deed (1857)
  5. Document giving Richard Church responsibility for the will of Philip Church (1870)
  6. Memorandums of Philip Church's death
  7. Two ads selling Philip Church's real estate and personal property
Box
2
Folder
4

6. Elizabeth Barker Church 1805-1816 

Scope and Contents

Records of accounts (1805-1816)

Box
2
Folder
5

7. Anne Matilda Stewart Church 1802 

Scope and Contents

  1. Two wills
  2. Informal wills (1802)
  3. Will of Anne Matilda Stewart Church's mother, Mary Ann Stewart
  4. Story of Anne Matilda Stewart Church's father, Major General Walter Stewart
Box
2
Folder
6

8. Catherine Church Cruger, Angelica Cruger, and John Cruger 1823-1866 

Scope and Contents

Materials of Catherine Church Cruger:

  1. letter (1866)

Materials of Catherine Church Cruger's daughter Angelica Cruger:

  1. Letter to M. Toupaint (1823)
  2. Marriage announcement

Materials of Catherine Church Cruger's son John Cruger:

  1. Biography (1865)
Box
2
Folder
7

9. Sophia Church Hosack 1887-1892 

Scope and Contents

  1. Will (1887)
  2. Surrogate court document (1891)
  3. Documents about Sophia Church Hosack's estate
  4. Letters about Sophia Church Hosack's will and estate (1892)
  5. Newspaper announcement of Sophia Church Hosack's death
Box
2
Folder
8

10. Angelica Church Warren 1926 

Scope and Contents

  1. Four wills
  2. letter (1926)
Box
2
Folder
9

11. Alice Church Coffin and Julian Coffin 1826-1828 

Scope and Contents

Materials of Alice Church Coffin

  1. Newspaper articles about Coffin family
  2. Letters (1926 & 1928)
  3. Letter from France, with photo (no date and no identification)

Materials of Alice Church Coffin's son Julian Coffin:

  1. Letter (1863)
Box
2
Folder
10

12. Elizabeth Church Horwood 1892 

Scope and Contents

  1. Bequests of Elizabeth Church Horwood (Aunt Lizzie) 1892
  2. Will
  3. Accounts records
Box
2
Folder
11

13. J. B. Church 1892, 1905 

Scope and Contents

  1. Two letters (1892, 1905)
  2. Records of estate and accounts

Biographical Note

J. B. Church was the son of Philip Church and Anne Matilda Stewart Church.

Box
2
Folder
12

14. Richard Church 1805-1898 

Scope and Contents

  1. Records of debts (1832-1837)
  2. Accounts of infant R. Church (1805-1806)
  3. Letters (1888-1898)
  4. Note about burial
Box
2
Folder
13

15. Maria Trumbull Church 1840-1885 

Scope and Contents

  1. Bequests (1880)
  2. Release of contract to heirs (1885)
  3. Letter (1840)
Box
2
Folder
14

16. Mary T. Morse 1892 

Scope and Contents

  1. Two wills
  2. History of golden locket
  3. List of books to be given to Albany Library
  4. Library acknowledgement of receiving books
  5. Letters (1892)
Box
2
Folder
15

17. Henrietta Hubbard Church 1898-1926 

Scope and Contents

  1. Letters from Louis Dufane (1898-1899)
  2. Letters (1924, 1926)
  3. Will (1926)
  4. Surrogate court document (1926)
  5. Official document about her estate (1926)
  6. Federal tax return (1926)
  7. History of wooden box
Box
2
Folder
16

18. Walter S. Church 1898 

Scope and Contents

  1. Letter (1898)
  2. Petition to Henrietta Church to be the executrix of his will
Box
2
Folder
17

19. A. Hamilton Church undated 

Scope and Contents

Letter to Miss Morse (no date)

Box
2
Folder
18

20. William Henry Church 1927 

Scope and Contents

Settlement of his estate (1927)

Box
2
Folder
19

21. Philip Schuyler Church and Philip S. Church 1926-1945 

Biographical Note

Philip Schuyler Church was a member of the Hobart College class of 1912, and his son Philip S. Church was a member of the Hobart College class of 1945.

Scope and Contents

Materials of Philip Schuyler Church:

  1. Two letters
  2. Business letter
  3. Article about Philip Schuyler Church in the Hobart College Alumni News

Materials of Philip Schuyler Church's son Philip S. Church:

  1. Photocopied pictures of campus
  2. Article in Hobart College Alumni News
Box
2
Folder
20

22. Church Family scrapbook 1850-1920 

Church Family Scrapbook

The scrapbook contains mostly newspaper clippings, entries from 1850 to 1920's. Also included are pencil drawings by Maria Church of Belvidere.

Box
3

23. "All That A Genteel Family Need Require: The Church Family's Frontier Experience At Belvidere, Allegany County, New York" by Melissa Carrie Naulin, 2000 

Box
3