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BRINTON FAMILY PAPERS

 

1715 – 1930

 

 

 

 

Manuscript Collection Number 453

 

Accessioned:  Gift of Anna D. Moyerman, 1972.

 

Extent:  7 linear ft. (ca. 4000 items) and oversize

 

Content:  Mortgages, deeds, leases, manuscripts, diaries, account books, surveys, correspondence, legal documents, medical notes, medical illustrations, newspaper clippings, Civil War reports and orders, genealogical research, sermons, essays, and photographs; and receipts for bonds, rent, food, medical and dental services, clothing, house repair, labor, stocks, tax, transportation, and education.

 

Access:  The collection is open for research.

 

Processed:  August 2002, Ryan K. Thompson; additions 2005, Emily Holloway



Table of Contents


Biographical and Historical Note

 

            The Brinton Family papers document several generations of the Brinton, Steinmetz, and Ward families, three important families who flourished between 1760-1930 in Pennsylvania and New York.  Several members of the family played prominent roles in their communities and included landholders, real estate developers, merchants, Civil War surgeons, medical doctors and professors, missionaries, a minister, an art critic, an anthropologist, lawyers, a judge, an engineer, and several authors.

John Steinmetz (fl. 1760-1831) was a prosperous Philadelphia merchant and the father-in-law of John Hill Brinton.  He participated in various commercial transactions and managed numerous land holdings in Maurice Rivers in Cumberland County, New Jersey; Manheim Township and Hallam Township in York and Lancaster counties, respectively, in Pennsylvania; and other areas.

John Hill Brinton (1772-1827) married Sarah (also called Sally) Steinmetz of Philadelphia.  They had eight children:  Catherine Ann, John L., Elizabeth, Ann, George, Reppele, Sarah, and Mary.  John Hill Brinton was a lawyer who also speculated in tracts of land in the Maurice River Township in New Jersey and Manheim Township in York County, Pennsylvania.

George Brinton (1804-1858) was the son of John Hill and Sarah Steinmetz Brinton.  George married Mary Margaret Smith of Philadelphia and they had five children:  John Hill, Mary Yeates, Margaret Yeates, Sarah Frederica, and Margaret Yeates.  He managed various farms and tracts of land in Geneseo, New York, and Maurice River Township in Cumberland County, New Jersey.

Dr. John Hill Brinton (1832-1907), the son of George and Mary Brinton, married Sarah Ward, daughter of the Reverend Ferdinand de Wilton Ward of Geneseo, New York.  Dr. Brinton and his wife had four children:  George, John Hill, Jr., Ferdinand Ward, and Jasper Yeates.  John Hill Brinton was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1850 and M.A., 1853) and he received a medical degree from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1852; he spent the following year abroad, studying medicine in Vienna and Paris.  Upon his return, he began a general practice, taught medical classes, and became the chair of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.  When the Civil War erupted in 1861, Brinton served as a brigade surgeon, a hospital administrator, and later helped establish the United States Army Medical Museum.  His memoirs of the war included observations on his first cousin, General George Brinton McClellan.  Following the war, he returned to Philadelphia and was chosen to be a surgeon at the Philadelphia Hospital, was invited to teach classes at the Jefferson Medical College, and was later appointed Professor of the Practice of Surgery and Clinical Surgery.  In 1896, the Surgeon General of the United States asked him to give the valedictory address at the Army Medical School in Washington, D.C.

            Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward (1812-1891), father of Sarah Ward Brinton, was a member of the Presbyterian clergy in both Geneseo and Rochester, New York.  He graduated from the Theological Seminary at Princeton.  He married Jane Shaw and in 1836 they arrived in India to spend the next two decades as Christian missionaries in Madura and Madras in service of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) society.  While there, he learned Tamil, one of the Indian languages, and worked on several translations of religious works.  Upon returning, he became a pastor in Geneseo and worked extensively with the local Bible Society.

            Dr. Ward Brinton (b. 1873) was the son of Dr. John Hill and Sarah Ward Brinton.  He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1894 and specialized in the treatment of tuberculosis.  He served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and gave speeches on how to prevent its spread among the working classes.

            Dr. Christian Brinton (1870-1942), the son of Joseph Hill and Mary Brinton, was an author, art critic, and lecturer.  From Haverford College, he received his B.A. in 1892, his M.A. in 1906, and his Ph.D. in 1914.  He also studied at the universities of Heidelberg, Paris, and École du Louvre.  Christian Brinton wrote catalogs for a number of international art exhibitions and served as director of foreign art at the Sesquicentennial International Exposition in Philadelphia in 1926.

            Joseph J. Steinmetz , the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Steinmetz of Germantown, near Philadelphia, was an engineer.  In 1929-1930, he traveled around the world and attended a 1929 World Engineering Conference in Tokyo.  Throughout his world tour, he maintained regular correspondence with his mother and sister Margaret, sending letters and postcards from Japan, China, the Philippines, Indo-China, India, Ceylon, Egypt, Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Athens.

 

Sources:

 

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.  Papers of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions: documents administered by the Houghton Library of Harvard University.  Woodbridge, Conn: Research Publications International, 1994.  Microfilm. See reels 466-498.

 

Brinton, John H.  Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton: Civil War Surgeon, 1861-1865. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996.

 

Gould, George M., ed.  The Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, Benefactors, Alumni, Hospital, etc., Its Founders, Officers, Instructors, 1826-1904: A History.  Volume II.  New York:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1904.

 

Gravell, Thomas, George Miller, and Elizabeth Walsh.  American Watermarks, 1690-1835.  New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2002.

 

Marquis, Albert Nelson, ed.  Who’s Who in Delaware: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men and Women of the States of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and West Virginia.  Volume I.  Chicago: The A. N. Marquis Company, 1939.



Scope and Contents Note

The Brinton Family Papers relates to members of the prominent Philadelphia-area family and several of their related family lines over five generations from 1715-1930, with the bulk of the documents falling between 1840-1890.  The collection consists of 6.3 linear feet of material and includes a wide variety of sources including mortgages, deeds, leases, account books, surveys, correspondence, land use agreements, legal documents, travel diaries, medical notes, newspaper clippings, Civil War reports and orders, genealogical research, sermons, essays, and photographs; and receipts for bonds, rent, food, transportation, medical and dental services, labor, stocks, tax, clothing, house repair, and education.  These receipts are mundane, yet richly thorough, documentation of the domestic and business affairs of two early nineteenth-century Philadelphians, John Hill Brinton and his son George Brinton.

The collection further represents the varied careers of several interesting family members:  the Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, a Christian missionary to India, 1836-1856, who studied and translated Tamil; Dr. John Hill Brinton, a distinguished Civil War surgeon; Dr. Chirstian Brinton, a scholar and critic who served as director of foreign art at the 1926 Philadelphia Sesquicentennial; and Joseph Steinmentz, an engineer whose 1929 world tour is documented in letters to his family.  Other notable documents in the collection include early family deeds signed by Richard, John, and William Penn, descendents of William Penn; and three 1805 deeds executed by Katherine Inglis, a female attorney practicing in Philadelphia.

The collection contains nine separate series organized around different family members:  I. John Steinmetz, 1760-1831;  II. John H. Brinton, 1790-1837;  III. George Brinton, 1827-1858;  IV. Dr. John Hill Brinton, 1834-1908;  V. Reverend Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890;  VI. Dr. Ward Brinton, 1901-1928;  VII. Dr. Christian Brinton, 1929;  VIII. Joseph J. Steinmetz, 1929-1930; and Series IX. Other Family Members.  The tenth series comprises 119 deeds, several of which cross generations of the Brinton family.

Series I.  John Steinmetz, 1760-1831, includes documents such as land use agreements, bonds, rent receipts, court documents, surveys, and maps related to his real estate dealings in Maurice River in Cumberland County, New Jersey; Manheim Township in York County, Pennsylvania; and Hallam Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  The correspondence includes both business and family interests in real estate and shipping goods.  It also contains three very early land receipts, 1715-1733 (F1).

Series II.  John H. Brinton, 1790-1837, includes rent and account receipts, legal documents, land use agreements, deeds, indentures, surveys, maps, and numerous mortgages related to his real estate affairs in Maurice River, New Jersey; Manheim Township in York County, Pennsylvania; and other areas of Pennsylvania.  Among the real estate correspondence is an 1812 letter to John H. Brinton, written on paper bearing the watermark of Coulter, Bever, and Bowman, who established Ohio’s first paper mill in 1807 (see Gravell, American Watermarks).  Regular correspondents include Andrews and Elliot, Isaac Bonsall, and John R. Coates.  This series may be most useful for reconstructing the economic networks revealed by the numerous mortgages and receipts it contains.  The mortgages often reveal the names of the people and the ways in which they used the land in several regions of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Additional deeds and indentures related to John H. Brinton are found in Series X.  The extensive domestic receipts may be used to reconstruct the material world in which Brinton and his family lived in the early national period in Philadelphia.  Receipts for building materials, clothing, coal, wood, education, food, furnishing and repairing the home, labor, medical and dental services, stocks, taxes, and transportation provide a variety of ways to examine their family life.

Series III.  George Brinton, 1827-1858, includes accounts, receipts, land agreements, court documents, and correspondence related to business and real estate in Maurice River in Cumberland County, New Jersey, and Geneseo, New York.  Important correspondents include Allan Ayrnault and William Spencer.  As in the preceding series, George Brinton’s varied receipts for building materials, clothing, coal, wood, fuel, society memberships, education, food, furnishing and repairing the home, labor, medical and dental services, mortgages, stocks, taxes, and transportation provide extensive details to study the world in which his family lived.

Series IV.  Dr. John Hill Brinton, 1834-1908, includes rich materials on his medical career as a student, as a surgeon during the Civil War, and later as a practicing physician and professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.  Official correspondence from the Civil War, including orders, replies, receipts, inventories, and reports helps provide a useful perspective of the Civil War.  Dr. John H. Brinton served as brigade surgeon under generals Fremont and Grant, 1861-1863, and as supertindent of hospitals at Nashville, 1864-1865.  His correspondence before and after the Civil War includes both personal and professional letters to him, as well as copies of outgoing correspondence.  A final group of correspondence was addressed directly to Mrs. John H. Brinton (Sarah Ward Brinton), and includes letters from her husband, her family, and father, Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, whose papers are arranged in Series V.  Several notebook and  account books include lists of patients and notes on treatments and visits.  He authored various medical articles and gave several public speeches.  His papers also include notes, lectures, and journals from when he was a student and a professor of medicine.  Of special interest in these medical notes are a case study of spinabifida and a notebook on “Eye Surgery and Operative Surgery” from an 1852 trip to Vienna.  Dr. Brinton’s papers reflect the changing practice of medicine during the second half of the nineteenth century from a variety of perspectives.

Series V.  Reverend Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890, includes a number of journals, account books, sermons, and study notes related to his religious work as a pastor and as a missionary for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) in India.  He translated some of his lectures and sermons into Tamil to aid in teaching the Gospel in India.  His account books and membership lists also shed light on the structure and management of the church in Maduras, India; Geneseo, New York; and Rochester, New York.  He compiled several notebooks on genealogy and corresponded with various members of his family concerning this topic.  Ward’s extensive notes, sermons, and discussions of religious topics and experiences provides an extremely useful source for examining various religious, intellectual, and philosophical beliefs and attitudes from the 1850s through the 1890s.  Additional correspondence and diary entries of the Wards may be found in a related microfilm collection, Papers of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, which is owned by the University of Delaware Library.


The limited amount of correspondence in Series VI.  Dr. Ward Brinton, 1901-1928, primarily concerns Dr. Brinton’s appointments in the Medical Out-Patient Department at Jefferson Hospital and his service in the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis.  The Society’s efforts to prevent tuberculosis in Philadelphia particularly targeted labor unions and members of the working class during the first two decades of the twentieth century.

Series VII.  Dr. Christian Brinton, 1929, contains a limited sample of his work as an art critic and lecturer.  Included are five essays, one script for a presentation of lantern slides, and three drafts of a radio speech on Native American arts.  Among his correspondence is a 1929 letter to Theodore Dreiser, which conveys his impressions of Russian Ballet.

Series VIII.  Joseph J. Steinmetz, 1929-1930, contains letters, photographs, and postcards documenting a world tour through Japan, China, the Philippines, Indo-China, India, Ceylon, Egypt, Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Athens.  Steinmetz addressed the correspondence to his mother and sister Margaret, who both lived in Germantown, Pennsylvania, but were also abroad, for a period in 1929, in Paris.  He filled his letters with observations of the places he visited and the people he met, allowing the researcher to share Steinmetz’s view of the world in 1929-1930.

            Series IX.  Other Family Members encompasses miscellaneous documents and Series X.  Deeds  includes documents that span several generations of Steinmetz and Brinton family land holdings.  A genealogical summary of the Brinton family is appended to this finding aid.



Series List

 

 

I.          John Steinmetz, 1760-1831

II.         John H. Brinton, 1790-1837

III.       George Brinton, 1827-1858

IV.       Dr. John Hill Brinton, 1834-1908

            Civil War / Family / Meical Career / Financial Records

V.        Reverend Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890

VI.       Dr. Ward Brinton, 1901-1928

VII.      Dr. Christian Brinton, 1929

VIII.     Joseph J. Steinmetz , 1929-1930

IX.       Other Family Members

X.        Deeds

 

Appendix:  Genealogical Summary of the Brinton Family



Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

1                      Series I.  John Steinmetz, 1760-1831

                        Philadelphia merchant with land holdings in Maurice River, NJ; Manheim Township, Penn; and Hallam Township, Penn.

 

            F1        Receipts, 1715-1719, 1723, 1733

 

Account Receipts

F2        1786-1817

            F3        1809-1837

 

            F4        Agreements, 1806-1811

 

            F5        Bonds, 1776-1812

 

            F6        Correspondence, 1786

 

            F7        Court Documents, 1798-1829

 

            F8        Deeds & Indentures, 1790-1811

 

            F9        Real Estate Documents, 1808-1823

 

            F10      Receipts, 1811-1831

 

            F11      Surveys & Maps, 1760-1807

 

 

                        Series II.  John H. Brinton, 1790-1837

                        Phildadelphia lawyer; married to Sarah (Sally) Steinmetz; land holdings in Maurice River Township, Cumberland, NJ, and Manheim Township, York County, Penn.

 

            F12      Account Receipts, 1810-1825

 

            F13      Correspondence, 1812-1830

                        Includes 1812 letter to JHB written paper with watermark of Coulter, Bever, and Bowman (first mill established in Ohio, 1807).

 

            F14      Deeds & Indentures, 1790-1825

 

            F15      Land Use Agreements, 1800-1819

 

            F16      Land Documents, 1808-1833

 

            F17      Legal Documents, 1804-1837

 

1                      Series II. John H. Brinton, 1790-1837 (cont’d)

 

            F18      Notes

 

            F19      Surveys & Maps, 1805-1820

 

            F20      Mortgages (1)

            F21      Mortgages (2)

            F22      Mortgages (3)

            F23      Mortgages (4)

            F24      Mortgages (5)

            F25      Mortgages (6)

 

2          F26      Receipts

 

            F27      Building Material Receipts (1)

            F28      Building Material Receipts (2)

Includes receipts for lime, posts, lumber, nails, brick, carpets, matts, white lead, turpentine, glass, and other materials.

 

            F29      Church & Subscription Receipts

Includes receipts for pew rent at St. James Church; various subscriptions including The Mirror of Taste and Dramatic Censor, United States Gazette, Philadelphia Gazette, and The Register; and donations to the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church for the Advancement of Christianity in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

           

F30      Clothing Receipts (1)

            F31      Clothing Receipts (2)

Includes receipts for the purchase, alteration, fabrication, and repair of various articles of clothing and shoes.

 

            F32      Coal & Wood Receipts

                        Includes receipts for tons of coal and cords of wood.

 

            F33      Education Receipts

Includes tuition receipts for sons’ and daughters’ education and receipts for school supplies and books.

 

            F34      Food Receipts (1)

            F35      Food Receipts (2)

Includes receipts for food, bread deliveries, milk and cream deliveries, ice, spices, alcoholic beverages, and special food orders.

 

2                      Series II. John H. Brinton, 1790-1837 (cont’d)

 

            F36      House Furnishing Receipts

Includes receipts for furniture, carpeting, blinds, paper, mats, pianos, bookcases, silverware, kitchenware, etc.

 

            F37      House Repair Receipts (1)

            F38      House Repair Receipts (2)

Includes receipts for boiler repair, curbing installation, the installation and repair of lead pipes, digging wells, painting, and various repairs on the house.

 

            F39      Labor Receipts (1)

F40      Labor Receipts (2)

Includes receipts for washing, carpentry, digging and carting dirt and gravel, fencing, and other jobs not specifically mentioning a house.

           

F41      Land Receipts

F42      Land Rent Receipts

 

            F43      Medical & Dental Receipts

                        Includes receipts for medical services, fillings and cleanings, and shaving.

 

            F44      Stock Receipts

 

            F45      Tax Receipts

 

            F46      Transportation Receipts

Includes receipts from travel, carriage and harness repair, and the purchase and care of livestock—including shoeing.

 

 

                        Series III.  George Brinton, 1827-1858

                        Phildadelphia resident; married to Mary Margaret Smith; managed land in Geneseo, NY, and Maurice River Township in Cumberland County, NJ.

 

3          F47      Accounts, 1828-1856

 

            F48      Correspondence, 1827-1857

 

            F49      Court Documents, 1837-1851

 

            F50      Land Agreements, 1838-1843

 

            F51      Surveys

 

3                      Series III. George Brinton, 1827-1858 (cont’d)

 

            F52      Receipts, 1829-1858

 

            F53      Building Materials Receipts

Includes receipts for lime, bricks, trees, carpet, nails, boards, shingles, plaster, oil, white lead, and pipes.

 

            F54      Clothing Receipts (1)

            F55      Clothing Receipts (2)

Includes receipts for the purchase, alteration, fabrication, and repair of various articles of clothing and shoes.

 

            F56      Coal, Wood, & Fuel Receipts

                        Includes receipts for tons of coal, cords of wood, and fuel.

 

            F57      Education & Society Receipts

Includes receipts for pew rent; tuition receipts for his children from tutors, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Protestant Episcopal Female Institute; and subscriptions to Inquirer and Gazette, the Society of the Episcopal Church for the Advancement of Christianity in Pennsylvania, Saturday Evening Post, Protestant Episcopal Recorder, North American, New York Weekly Herald, Church Register, National Gazette, New-York Albion, Philadelphia Saturday News & Literary Gazette, Novelist’s Gazette, and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

 

            F58      Food Receipts

                        Includes receipts for food, bread deliveries, milk and cream deliveries, ice, spices, alcoholic beverages, and special food orders.

 

            F59      House Furnishings Receipts

                        Includes receipts for carpets, cabinets, blinds, furniture, matting, kitchen utensils, chests, shelving, bookcases, chandeliers, safe, and silverware.

 

            F60      Home Repair Receipts

 

            F61      Labor Receipts

Includes receipts for washing, laying carpet, waiters at wedding party, advertising, carpentry work, hauling dirt, field work, erecting a monument at Marseilles, hauling away ashes, printing cards, and banking.

 

            F62      Land Receipts

 

            F63      Land Rent Receipts

 

            F64      Medical & Dental Receipts

3                      Series III. George Brinton, 1827-1858 (cont’d)

 

            F65      Mortgage Receipts

 

            F66      Stock Receipts

 

            F67      Tax Receipts

 

            F68      Transportation Receipts

Includes receipts from travel, carriage and harness repair, and the care of             livestock—including shoeing.

 

 

                        Series IV. Dr. John Hill Brinton, 1834-1908

 

                        Civil War Correspondence, 1861-1866, n.d.

Includes official orders, requests, and responses related to Dr. Brinton’s work as a surgeon and hospital superintendent during the Civil War.

            F69      1861

            F70      1862

            F71      1863

            F72      1864 (I)

            F73      1864 (II)

            F74      1865

            F75      1866

            F76      n.d.

 

                        Civil War Invoices & Receipts

Included are invoices for hospital supplies, medicines, etc., and receipts for new supplies that arrived.

            F77      Invoices and Receipts, n.d.

            F78      1861

            F79      1862

            F80      1863

            F81      1864

 

4          F82      1865

 

            F83      Civil War Reports, 1864-1865

Includes reports indicating number of wounded and number of available beds.

 

            F84      Civil War Congressional Bill

Includes the text of a bill to increase the number of surgeons in the Medical Corps of the Regular Army.


4                      Series IV.  Dr. John Hill Brinton, 1834-1908 (cont’d)

 

            F85      Civil War Floorplan Drawings

                        Includes three sketches of floorplans for a hospital.

 

            F86      Personal Correspondence, 1864-1893

 

            F87      Professional Correspondence, 1862-1908

 

            F88      Family Correspondence, 1861-1891

 

            F89      Family Correspondence, n.d.

 

            F90      Sarah Ward Brinton Correspondence. 1852-1891

Addressed directly to Sarah Brinton, JHB’s wife, with much from her mother and father, brother Will Ward, and sister-in-law Kate Ward

 

            F91      Brinton Pedigree

                        Traces seven generations of Brintons, from William Brinton to Dr. John Hill Brinton, and includes marriages and children.

 

            F92      The Death of John H. Brinton, Jr.

                        The Ledger, Nov (?) 17, 1898 [newspaper clipping]

 

            F93      Journal, 1852 (1)

 

            F94      Journal, 1852 (2)

                        Also contains several fragile, loose pages of journal entries.

 

            F95      Journal, 1853

 

            F96      Case Study of Spinabifida by Henry Bond (?)

AM with 3 color medical illustrations by J. Drayton.

 

            F97      Medical Notes

 

            F98      “Eye Surgery and Operative Surgery,” Vienna, 1852

                        Autograph notebook of medical notes

 

            F99      Surgery Lectures, 1856

 

F100    “Notes on Practice of Surgery taken from the Lectures of Professor John H. Brinton, M. D., Professor of Practice of Surgery in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Session of 1890-1891.”  Autograph note taken by S. P. Kerns.

 

4                      Series IV.  Dr. John Hill Brinton, 1834-1908 (cont’d)

 

            F101    Brinton, John H.

                        “On the Choice of Operation for Stone.” Therapeutic Gazette, Nov. 15, 1899.

 

F102    Catalogue of the members of the Philomathean Society instituted at the University of Pennsylvania, 1813.  Phil: L.R. Bailey, 1845.

 

            F103    List of operative surgery class members, 1853-1858

 

F104    Proceedings at the Inauguration of the building for the departments of arts and sciences, University of Pennsylvania, 1872

 

            F105    Receipts, 1838-1864, with two indentures

 

            F106    Tax Receipts, 1834-1853

 

            F107    Personal Account Book, 1861-1863

 

            F108    Visiting List and record of accounts, 1871

 

            F109    Cash Book for personal expenses, 1871-1875

 

            F110    Physician’s Visiting List for 1876

 

            F111    Medical Account Book, 1898-1902

 

 

                        Series V.  Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890

 

            F112    Family Correspondence, 1793, 1822-1890

 

5          F113    Newspaper Clippings 1879, 1886

Includes 1879 FdWW letter to World, in defense of his son, Ferdinand Ward, imprisoned for financial misdeeds; and 1886 article regarding preservation of P.T. Barnum’s elephant, Jumbo, at Henry A. Ward’s museum

 

F114    “Biographical Narrative of F.D.W. Ward,” n.d.

Prepared by Col. John Rosbach of Geneseo, NY, 17 pp., incomplete.

 

            F115    Genealogy

Includes a photograph of Ward, correspondence with family regarding genealogical questions, notes, several family trees, and two notebooks.

 

5                      Series V.  Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890 (cont’d)

 

            F116    Personal Account Book, 1841-1858

 

F117    Account Book, 1850-1851

            Geneseo Academy accounts.

 

F118    Account Book, 1851-1857

            Record of teacher’s wages at Geneseo Academy.

 

            F119    Account Book, 1861-1865

                        Dr. L.A. Ward in account with FdWW

 

            F120    Account Book, 1866-1869

 

            F121    Receipts, 1875-1890

 

            F122    Bank Account Book, 1890-1891

                        Genesee Valley National Bank in acct with FdWW

 

 

            F123    Diary, 1840-1841

                        With “Public Letter to ABCFM on the mode of journeying to Madura and outfit required.”

           

            F124    Diary, 1841-1843

                        Record of daily events while in India.

 

            F125    Diary, 1845

                        Record of daily events while in India.

 

            F126    Diaries, 1847-1849 (2 items)

Pocket             diary includes a record of daily events, and hand-drawn map of hemispheres with a key indicating Christian missions, what denomination, and year established, 1847.

 

Diary of daily events in India, 1848-1849.

           

            F127    Diary, 1848-1850

                        “Skeleton of Pursuits After Arrival at Geneseo.”

 

            F128    Diaries, 1853-1857 (2 items)

                        Daily diary, 1853-1854

 

                        Pocket diary, 1857

                        (Rochester: E. Darrow & Brother.)

5                      Series V.  Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890 (cont’d)

 

            F129    Diaries, 1865-1866 (2 items)

Pocket diary including daily events, recipe for “Farmers Fruit Cake,” and list of ministers in Livingston County, New York, 1865.

 

Pocket diary “Published annually for the trade,” with “Memorable Events in the Secession Rebellion, together with fluctuation in Gold.” 1866.

           

            F130    Diaries, 1869-1870 (2 items)

Pocket diary with list of families belonging to Central Presbyterian Parish in Geneseo, 1869.

 

Pocket diary with daily notes and church attendance.

                       

            F131    Diaries, 1871-1873 (2 items)

Pocket diary with list of families in the Central Presbyterian Parish in Geneseo, 1871.

 

Pocket diary with sporadic entries, list of church families; receipt, newspaper clipping and Sermon excerpt enclosed, 1873.

 

            F132    Diaries, 1878-1882 (2 items)

                        Pocket diary of daily events, 1878.

 

Pocket diary of daily events, including photograph of Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1882.

           

            F133    Diary, 1887

                        Pocket diary of daily events.

           

            F134    Notebook, 1833-1887

                        “Pastoral events during 10 years” noting marriages, deaths, admissions, etc.

 

F135    Notebook, 1858-1868

            Record of Rev. Ward’s duties as Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Geneseo, New York. Also includes a photograph of “The Spanish Peaks.”

 

            F136    Church Membership List, 1873

                        List of families and number of parishioners in Central Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, New York

 

            F137    Letter to Members of the Central Presbyterian Church Society, 1873

 

 

Series V.  Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890 (cont’d)

 

5          F138    “Historical Narrative of First Presbyterian Church of Groveland –

Livingston County,” author unknown, 1876.

 

            F139    “The dignity of the missionary enterprise”

                        AMs [essay], 7 pp., June 28, 1836

 

            F140    “Reasons in favor of coming to Rochester

                        AMs [essay], 3 pp., n.d., with undated fragments

 

            F141    Personal Narrative, 1837.

Description of personal spiritual development from birth to present written in Madras, India, June 18, 1837.

 

            F142    Sermon and Lecture Notes, 1877 and undated (16 items)

                        Untitled notes on various bible passages (9 items)

                       

                        “Noah’s Obedience” Genesis 6:22 includes handwritten notes, pages from

books, and newspaper clipping.

 

“Men and Brethren” Acts 2:37 includes handwritten notes.

 

“The Revelation of God” Heb. 1:1-2 includes handwritten notes.

 

“The Comfort of the Truth” John 14:16-17 includes handwritten notes.

 

“Sabbath Observance” Isaiah 58:13-14 includes handwritten notes and newspaper clippings from Evangelical Messenger.

 

“The House of God” Psalms 26:8 includes handwritten notes and undated newspaper clippings.

 

“The Parable of the Talents” Matthew 25:24-25 includes newspaper clipping from the Evangelical Messenger, 1889.

 

 

6          F143    Sermons, 1834-1852 (13 items)

Psalms 17:18 “I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.”  Preached from 1834-1884.

 

Luke 23:42-43 “And he said unto Jesus Lord remember me when thou cometh into thy kingdom.”

 

Hebrews 6:18

 

6                      Series V.  Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890 (cont’d)

 

F143    Sermons (cont’d)

John 1:19 “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.”  Written 1837, preached 1837, 1856, 1859, and 1878.

 

John 1:45 “Philip foundeth Nathaniel and saith unto him …”

 

John 20:31 “But these are written that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ…”

 

Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in Earth as it is in Heaven.”

 

Matthew 6:12 “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

 

Matthew 6:16-8 includes four discourses labeled numbers 2 - 5.

 

Luke 9:30-31 “And behold there talked with him two men…”

 

“Appeal to the thirsty” written in 1852, revised 1885.

 

            F144    Sermons, 1841-1845 (3 items)

“Profit of Godliness” Tamil discourse from 1 Timothy 4:8 with English translation, 1841-1842.

 

“Two Parables: The Talents, Matthew 25:14, Pounds given for trading, Luke 12: (no verse given)”  Written in English and Tamil, 1842.

 

Notebook with four sermons preached in India, 1845.

 

            F145    Sermons, 1856-1871 (12 items)

                        Acts 10:5.6 preached 1858.

 

“Statement for reasons for resigning my pastorate of the Presbyterian Church Geneseo,” 1858 Sep 12.

 

Luke 1:68-70 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for he hath visited and redeemed his people…” preached Christmas eve, 1858.

 

Acts 8:23 preached 1861 Feb.

 

Acts 10:43 preached 1861 Apr.

 

Luke 9:26 “For whoever shall be ashamed of me and my words…” preached 1861 Apr.

 

6                                            Series V.  Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890 (cont’d)

 

F145    Sermons (cont’d)

John 8:12 “Then spoke Jesus unto them, saying I am the light of the world…” preached 1861 Apr.

 

John 13:8 “Peter said unto him thou shall never wash my feet…” preached 1861 Aug.

 

Acts 20:21 preached 1866 May..

 

Luke 16:5  “How much owest thou unto my Lord.” preached 1869.

 

“A Stand for Christ” with discussion of Matthew 12:30, preached 1871-1886.

 

“Account to God” with discussion of Romans 14:12, preached 1871, 1879, and 1882.

 

            F146    Sermons, 1873-1881 (11 items)

                        Luke 12:35-37 preached 1873.

 

Matthew 6:13 “For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever, Amen.”  preached 1873.

 

John 1:14 “And the word was made flesh…”preached Christmas eve, 1859 and 1874.

 

Luke 15:18-19 “I will arise and go to my Father, and will say unto him: Father I have sinned against heaven…” preached 1875.

 

Acts 9:6 “And he trembling and astonished said…” preached 1877.

 

John 13:17 “If ye know these things…” preached 1878.

 

Mark 8:36 “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul.” preached 1879.

 

Luke 22:19 “And he took bread, and gave thanks…” preached 1879.

 

John 3:2 “We know that thou art a teacher come from God…” preached 1879.

 

Acts 11:26 “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” preached 1879.

 

 

6                      Series V.  Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890 (cont’d)

 

F146    Sermons (cont’d)

John 19:12 “If thou let this man go thou art not Caesar’s friend…” preached  1881.

 

            F147    Notebook (1)

                        Contains ten Christian lectures.

 

            F148    Notebook (2)

                        Contains commentary on Biblical verses.

 

            F149    Notebook (3)

                        Contains a glossary of English words and translations into Tamil.

 

            F150    Notebook (4)

                        Contains notes on various Christian topics.

 

            F151    Notebook (5)

                        Contains notes and reflections on Proverbs.

 

            F152    Notebook (6)

                        Contains a collection of poetry, quotes, and comments on Christianity.

 

            F153    Notebook (7)

                        Contains a collection of Christian parables with pictures and some translations into Tamil.

 

            F154    Notebook (8)

                        Contains an essay on the Church.

 

            F155    Notebook (9)

                        Contains notes on Proverbs and a church record from 1869-1873.

 

            F156    Notebook (10)

                        Contains a notebook titled, “2000 clerical acts, anecdotes, and apothegms: A Book for the Theological Student, the Preacher, and the Pastor’s Study being extracts from 300 ancient and modern authors.”

 

            F157    Notebook (11)

                        Contains notes on various religious topics.

 

            F158    Notebook (12)

                        Contains notes on various Christian topics.

                       

           

6                                            Series V.  Rev. Ferdinand de Wilton Ward, 1793-1890 (cont’d)

 

F159    Notebook (13)

                        Contains notes on preaching sermons.

                       

F160    Notebook (14)

                        Contains Christian lectures in English partially translated into Tamil.

 

            F161    Notebook (15)

                        Though the inside covered is inscribed with the name Nancy Forman, the notebook contains notes on various religious topics and Biblical verses. It also has an essay titled, “The Believer’s Challenge: A Sermon by Fred William Krumacher.”

 

            F162    Notebook (16)

Collection of poems, prayers, and songs concerning various aspects of Christian faith.

 

            F163    Notebook (17)

Thoughts and discussions of various Christian topics, including the nature of God, God’s moral law, and the diversity of the human race.

 

            F164    Notebooks (18,19)

Includes two chapters, 13 and 14, each with subject headings “sentiment” and “reflections” dealing with various religious topics.

 

Includes notes on religious topics, many portions illegible.

 

            F165    Notebook (20)

“The honor-labor-responsibility and joys of the Gospel Ministry” includes quotes about the ministry, and index of the quotes.

 

            F166    Notebook (21)

                        Essay “An Actual occurrence told in Plain Blank Verse”, 1885.

 

7          F167    Notebook (22)

                        Biblical texts and discussion of them translated in to Tamil.

                       

 

                        Series VI.  Dr. Ward Brinton, 1901-1928

 

            F168    Receipts

 

           

 

 

7                      Series VI.  Dr. Ward Brinton, 1901-1928 (cont’d)

 

F169    Certificates

Includes certificates as an election watcher, 1906; appointment as a Medical Major in the US Army, 1925; and a certificate for the Brintons Bridge Flour Mills in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania from the United States Food Administration, 1917

                       

F170    Tuberculosis Work

                        Includes program and presentation on the prevention of tuberculosis.

 

            F171    Personal & Professional Correspondence, 1901-1928

 

 

                        Series VII. Dr. Christian Brinton (DR CB), 1929

 

            F172    Essays

“Brazilian Art Comes to America

“The Plight of the Painting: apropos the place of Art in the Decorative Scheme of the Home”

“Bernard Boutet de Monvel”

“The Supreme Moment: Pastel in Prose, Dedicated to Ivan Turgenev”

“Russia Through the Artist’s Eye”

“The Ikon: Its Pre-Christian Origins in the Valley of the Nile” (talk for lantern slides presentation

“American Art in Its native Aspect” (three drafts of a radio speech)

 

            F173    Correspondence, 1929

 

 

                        Series VIII.  Joseph J. Steinmetz, 1929-1930

 

            F174    Correspondence, May 1922

Mrs. Miles A. Hoffman, Surrey, England, to Mrs. Joseph A. Steinmetz, Philadelphia

Correspondence

Includes letters and postcards to his mother and sister Margaret while traveling through Japan, China, the Philippines, Indo-China, India, Ceylon, Egypt, Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Athens.  Most of the air mail stationery from China is color-illustrated and includes maps showing Steinmetz’s travel progress.

            F175    1929

Includes Seoul Press, Nov. 22, 1929, with reference to the World Engineering conference held in Tokyo (removed to oversize).

7                      Series VIII.  Joseph J. Steinmetz, 1929-1930 (cont’d)        

 

F176    1930

            F177    n.d.

 

            F178    Photographs, 1930

Six snapshopts taken in Shanghai, Honolulu, near Manila, the Phillipine Islands, aboard ship, and Tokyo

 

                        Series IX.  Other Family Members

 

            F179    Examiner’s Report, 1859

                        Underwood v. Warner court transcript, John F. Brinton, examiner.

 

F180    Jos. H. Brinton, 1866-1884

                        “This pyramid of white granite is thrust up through the Serpentine Quarry of Jos. H. Brinton, Chester County, Pennsylvania, presented by Prof. Rothrock and Eli K. Price, 1884” (mounted photograph)

                        Legal document, 1866

 

            F181    Daniel Garrison Brinton Autobiography, 1877

                        Autobiographical sketch of Daniel Garrison Brinton, who received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, studied abroad in France and Germany, served during the Civil War as a surgeon, and published various articles on Native Americans as an anthropologist.

 

            F182    Biographical Sketch of Dr. J.B. Brinton [with portrait], 1895

                        Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, Mar 1895, 22:3.

                        He received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, gave medical lectures in Philadelphia, served as a surgeon during the Civil War, continued to practice medicine after the war, and founded the Philadelphia Botanical Club.

 

            F183    Jasper Yeates Brinton Receipt

                        Biographical response signed by Jasper Yeates, one of George Brinton’s sons.  Jasper was a Philadelphia lawyer, judge, and author.

 

            F184    Edward Ingersoll Obituary, 1841

                        Husband of Catherine Ann Brinton, daughter of John Hill Brinton. Edward Ingersoll was a Philadelphia lawyer, author of verse

 

            F185    Elizabeth Truman Insurance Policy, 1837-1887

 

           

 

 

7                                            Series IX.  Other Family Members

 

F186    Christopher L. Ward, Mexican Visa, 1853

                        Document signed by Ignacio Prospero Oroposa, vice consul of the Republic of Mexico, New Orleans.  (Ward is described as “lawyer, age 45; he was probably the son of Ferdinand de Wilton Ward).

 

            F187    Thomas Ward Medical Certificate, 1832

                        Granted by the Medical Society of the City and County of New York. Probably the son of Ferdinand de Wilton Ward (removed to oversize).

 

            F188    Medical school class notes, undated

                        Belonged to an F.D.W. Ward living in Philadelphia, possibly the son of Reverend Ferdinand de Wilton Ward.

 

                                   

Series X.  Deeds

 

                        John Hill Brinton (principal signer)

            F189    1802-1804

            F190    1804-1811

            F191    1814-1820

            F192    1823-1827

 

                        John Hill Brinton & Others (signed with group)

            F193    1800-1811

            F194    1811-1814

 

                        John Hill Brinton & Sarah Steinmetz Brinton (his wife)

            F195    1811-1827

                        One item removed to oversize.

 

                        Sarah & Mary Brinton (principal signers)

            F196    1828-1845

                        Items removed to oversize.

 

John Hill Brinton & Women (signed by single women, or married women with their husbands)

            F197    1803-1842

                        Some items removed to oversize.

 

John, William, & Richard Penn (descendants of the original proprietor, William Penn)

            F198    1806-1813

                        Removed to oversize.

 

7                      Series X.  Deeds

 

Katherine Inglis

            F199    1805

Three deeds drawn and signed by a female attorney, daughter of John Inglis, a Philadelphia merchant.

Removed to oversize.


Appendix

 

Genealogical Summary (Chart 1)

 

 

1.  John Hill Brinton (1772-1827) m. Sarah Steinmetz (daughter of John Steinmetz)

            1. Catherine Ann m. Edward Ingersoll (1790-1841)

            2. John L.

            3. Elizabeth

            4. Ann

 

5. George Brinton (1804-1858) m. Mary Margaret Smith (d. 1870)

                        1. John Hill Brinton (Dr., 1832-1907) m. Sarah Ward (see Chart 2)

                                    1. George

                                    2. John Hill (d. 1898)

                                    3. Ferdinand Ward (Dr., b. 1873)

 

                                    4. Jasper Yeates

 

                        2. Mary Yeates

                        3. Margaret Yeates

                        4. Sarah Frederica

                        5. Margaret Yeates

 

            6.  Reppele

            7.  Sarah

            8.  Mary

 

                       

 

                                   

Other relatives included Jasper Yeates Brinton, Dr. Christian Brinton, Joseph J. Steinmetz, Daniel Garrison Brinton, Dr. J. B. Brinton, and Jos. H. Brinton.

 


Genealogical Summary (Chart 2)

 

 

Ferdinand de Wilton Ward (1812-1891) m. Jane Shaw

 

            1. Sarah m. John Hill Brinton (Dr., 1832-1907)

1. George

                        2. John Hill (d. 1898)

                        3. Ferdinand Ward (Dr., b. 1873)

                        4. Jasper Yeates

 

            2. Christopher Ward

 

            3. Thomas Ward

 


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