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JOHN READE
FAMILY PAPERS

 

1709 - 1879

(bulk dates 1793 - 1808)

 

Manuscript Collection Number: 482

 

Accessioned:  Purchase, 1957

 

Extent:  .6 linear feet and oversize boxes

 

Content:  Correspondence, receipts, and legal papers

 

Access:  The collection is open for research. 

 

Processed:  February 2003 by Theresa Hessey


Table of Contents



Historical Note

 

            John Reade Esq. was born in 1745 and died on October 25, 1808.  He moved from New York City to Red Hook, New York, near present day Tivoli.  While at Red Hook, he established a freighting business and storehouse with Jacob Bogardus, where his clients included such prominent families as the Van Hornes, the Ludlows, and the De Peysters.  Although his partnership with Bogardus was dissolved in 1794, he maintained the business under his own name.  In 1774, he married Catharine Livingston (1756-1829/30?), daughter of Robert Gilbert Livingston and a cousin of Henry Livingston, of nearby Poughkeepsie.  Together they raised at least six children: Catharine Livingston Reade, Helen Maria Reade (1790-1879), Joseph Reade (1780-1809), Ann Livingston Reade (b. 1783), William Reade, and Robert L. Reade.  Eventually, the family moved to Poughkeepsie where Reade continued his successful business and expanded into land speculation.  His sons, Joseph and Robert, both joined the family business and conducted affairs from New York City, including collecting on accounts and maintaining relationships with existing and potential customers.  In an effort to enlarge their business and establish contacts, both sons made trips abroad.  Robert traveled to the West Indies in 1806 and Joseph to Europe in 1807.  In fact, Joseph would become ill and die while on a trip to Antigua in 1809.

Reade’s daughters were also prominent in New York City society.  Catharine Livingston Reade married Nicholas William Stuyvesant in 1795 and throughout her married life maintained a close relationship with her parents.  Helen Reade married James Hooker in 1816 and Anne Reade married Robert Kearney in 1810.  Until their marriages, however, Helen and Ann both visited Catharine and often spent prolonged periods in their sister’s home assisting with homemaking and child-rearing responsibilities.  In addition, they maintained contact with family acquaintances and fulfilled many social commitments. 

With the death of John Reade in 1808 and the death of his brother Joseph in 1809, Robert Reade assumed the position of head of both the family and the company and continued the freighting business begun by his father. 

 

Sources:

 

Van Deusen, Mary, “Henry Livingston’s Cousins,”  Retrieved February 6, 2003 from http://www.iment.com/maida/familytree/henry/genealogy/cousins.htm 

 

Hadden, James Smith. History of Duchess County, New York. Syracuse:  D. Mason, 1882.

 

Note: Additional historical information is derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

 

The John Reade Family Papers consist of .6 linear feet of material spanning the dates 1709 to 1879 with the bulk of the material between the years 1793 to 1808.  The papers are arranged chronologically and consist primarily of correspondence to John Reade, a successful businessman and land speculator of Red Hook and Poughkeepsie, New York, from various family members, several of whom moved to New York City, and occasionally from acquaintances and business contacts such as Jacob Bogardus and Garrit Van Horne.  The majority of letters are from Joseph Reade to his father concerning a variety of business matters in addition to domestic issues.  These letters trace Joseph’s progress from Princeton student until he represents his father’s business in New York City.  Correspondence is also included from Catharine Livingston (Reade) Stuyvesant, in New York City, regarding her family and household matters, as well as letters from John Reade’s other children, Helen, Ann, and Robert Reade. 

Many of the letters dated after 1808 and 1809 are addressed to Robert Reade, who, following the deaths of his father and brother Joseph, assumed leadership of the family and control of the family business.  Robert Reade’s correspondents include his uncle Gilbert Robert Livingston, his brother-in-law James Hooker, and members of the De Peyster family.  Interspersed in the collection are a few letters addressed to Mrs. John Reade (Catharine Livingston Reade) as well as letters addressed to James Hooker (husband of Helen Reade).  In addition to the correspondence, the collection contains various receipts, legal papers, and genealogical information related to the Hooker family.  Many of the receipts and legal papers date from the early eighteenth century, including a receipt dated March 1709.


Arrangement

            The John Reade Family Papers are arranged in chronological order, revealing a family history of business affairs and personal news through correspondence and other documents regularly exchanged between geographically dispersed family members.

            The vast majority of the collection is correspondence addressed to John Reade; the bulk of the collection, 1793-1808, dates from around the time John Reade took private ownership of his freighting business until his death in 1808.  Unless otherwise noted, all correspondence is from Joseph Reade to his father John.  Any exceptions to Joseph Reade as sender or John Reade as recipient are also noted.  There are three letters from John Reade (JR) to his wife and another associate. 

            Unfortunately, the letters and documents were once taped to sheets of paper and bound into volumes.  The volumes were disbound and documents were opened and housed in mylar sleeves for flat storage.  Nearly half of the documents are stored in oversize manuscript boxes, though this finding aid presents a single chronological list for the collection. 

            Oversize documents (stored in oversize boxes) are noted with asterisks (*).



Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

1          F1                    1750

Jun 16              ALS     1p        Louis Carré to Mrs. Thomas Gordon Stelle

 

F2                    1787

Feb 4               ALS     4p*

                                    Jun 25              ALS     4p        JR to Catharine L. Reade*

Sep 26             ALS     1p        JR to J. Radcliff

n.d.                  ALS     2p        JR to Catharine L. Reade

 

F3                    1790

Jul 16               ALS     2p        from Garrit Van Horne*

 

1791

Nov 9              ALS     2p        from George Ludlow*

 

F4                    1792

May 4              ALS     2p        from Jeremiah Tronson*

May 11            ALS     1p        from Albert Pawling     

Jun 30              ALS     2p        Lawrence Stephens to Catharine L. Reade*

                                    Sep 23             ALS     2p*

                                    Oct 6               ALS     1p        from Ogden Hoffman

                                    Oct 16             ALS     1p        from Charles Henry Livingston

                                    Dec 8               ALS     2p        from Mrs. Stephens*

 

F5                    1793

Jan 12              ALS     2p        from Mrs. Fanny Stephens*

Jan 19              ALS     1p

                                    Jan 19              ALS     1p        from Gilbert Robert Livingston

                                    Feb 22             ALS     1p

                                    May 1              ALS     2p        from Garrit Van Horne*

                                    May 15            ALS     1p        from Gilbert Robert Livingston

                                    May 20            ALS     1p

                                    Jun 28              ALS     2p        from Garrit Van Horne*

                                    Jul 20               ALS     1p        from Cary Ludlow

                                    Aug 25             ALS     2p

                                    Aug 26             ALS     2p        from Garrit Van Horne*

                                    Aug 29             ALS     2p        from Jeremiah Tronson*

                                    Sep 2               ALS     2p        from Richard Harison*

                                    Sep 24             ALS     2p        from Garrit Van Horne*

 

F6                    1794

Mar 5               ALS     1p        from J. Charlton

                                    Mar 22             ALS     1p        from James De Peyster

                                    Apr 30             ALS     1p        from David Clarkson

                                    Aug 10             ALS     3p        from Jacob Bogardus*

                                    Dec 4               ALS     3p        from Jacob Bogardus*

1 (cont’d)                     Dec 5               ALS     1p        from George Ludlow

F7                    1795

Jul 16               ALS     1p        from Richard Harison

                                    Aug 3               ALS     3p*

                                    Sep 11             ALS     3p*

 

1796

Aug 9               ALS     3p*

                                    Aug 11             ALS     2p*

Aug 16             ALS     1p

                                    Aug 18             ALS     1p

 

F8                    1797

Feb                  ALS     3p        from Lawrence Stephens*

                                    Mar 13             ALS     3p        from Lawrence Stephens*

                                    Apr 3               ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Apr 15             ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    May 7              ALS     1p        from Lawrence Stephens

                                    May 20            ALS     1p        from Samuel Hake

                                    Jul 22               ALS     2p        from Lawrence Stephens*

                                    Aug 5               ALS     1p

                                    Aug 14             ALS     1p

                                    Aug 25             ALS     1p

                                    Aug 29             ALS     3p*

                                    Aug                  ALS     1p

                                    Sep 7               ALS     3p*

                                    Sep 13             ALS     1p

                                    Sep 27             ALS     2p*

                                    Nov 9              ALS     1p*

                                    Nov 11                        ALS     3p*

                                    Nov 11                        ALS     2p*

                                    Nov 12                        ALS     2p*

                                    Nov 25                        ALS     2p*

                                    Dec 2               ALS     3p*

                                    Dec 13             ALS     2p*

                                    Dec 26             ALS     1p

                                    Dec 30             ALS     1p

                       

F9                    1798

Jan 6                ALS     1p

                                    Jan 10              ALS     1p

                                    Jan 13              ALS     1p

                                    Jan 23              ALS     1p

                                    Mar 13             ALS     3p*

                                    Mar 18             ALS     1p

                                    Mar 22             ALS     1p

1 (cont’d)                     Mar 27             ALS     2p*

                                    Mar 31             ALS     2p*

                                    Apr 28             ALS     2p*

                                    Apr                  ALS     1p

                                    May 6              ALS     2p*

                                    May 12            ALS     2p*

                                    Jun 9                ALS     3p*

                                    Jun 15              ALS     3p*

                                    Jun 19              ALS     3p*

                                    Jun 30              ALS     1p

                                    Jun                   ALS     3p*

                                    Jul 2                 ALS     1p

                                    Jul 7                 ALS     1p

                                    Jul 28               ALS     1p

                                    Aug 1               ALS     1p

                                    Aug 18             ALS     1p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Nov 26                        ALS     1p

                                    Nov 30                        ALS     2p*

                                    Dec 8               ALS     1p

                                    Dec 11             ALS     1p

                                    Dec 15             ALS     2p*

 

F10                  1799

Jan 10              ALS     1p

                                    Jul                    ALS     1p        from Henry G. Livingston

                                    Aug 19             ALS     1p

                                    Oct 6               ALS     1p        from Joseph Reade to Cary Ludlow

 

F11                  1800

Jan 7                ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Feb 16             ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

May 13            ALS     1p        from Elizabeth Riddle

                                    Jun 11              ALS     3p        from Josiah Ogden Hoffman*

                                    Jul 26               ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Sep 13             ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Dec 23             ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

 

F12                  1801

Mar 20             ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Apr 24             ALS     3p*

Apr 25             ALS     3p*

May 8              ALS     2p*

May 28            ALS     3p*

May                 ALS     4p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

Jun 5                ALS     3p*

Jul 1                 ALS     2p*

1 (cont’d)                     Jul18                ALS     1p

Aug 22             ALS     1p        from John Charlton

Aug 26             ALS     1p

                                    Aug 29             ALS     2p*

                                    Sep 23             ALS     1p

                                    Nov 2              ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Nov 16                        ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Nov 21                        ALS     2p*

                                    Dec 2               ALS     1p

                                    Dec 15             ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Dec 26             ALS     1p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant

                                    Dec                  ALS     2p*

 

F13                  1802

Jan 6                ALS     2p*

                                    Mar 2               ALS     3p*

Mar 8               ALS     1p

Mar 31             ALS     2p*

                                    Apr 14             ALS     1p

                                    May 11            ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    May 26            ALS     1p

                                    Jun 16              ALS     1p

                                    Jun 30              ALS     1p

                                    Jun                   ALS     2p*

                                    Jul 7                 ALS     1p

                                    Jul 19               ALS     1p

                                    Oct 20             ALS     2p*

                                    Nov 19                        ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant

                                    Nov                 ALS     2p*

 

F14                  1803

Jan 11              ALS     2p        from Jacob Radcliff*

Jan 20              ALS     1p

                                    Feb 15             ALS     1p

                                    Mar 4               ALS     1p        from Gilbert Robert Livingston

                                    Mar 19             ALS     2p        from Gilbert Robert Livingston

                                    Mar 26             ALS     3p*

                                    May 3              ALS     1p        from Archibald Kane

                                    Apr 6               ALS     3p*

                                    Jun 4                ALS     2p*

                                    Jun 18              ALS     2p*

                                    Jun                   ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Jul 5                 ALS     3p*

                                    Jul 13               ALS     1p

                                    Aug 9               ALS     1p        from Gilbert Robert Livingston

                                    Aug 30             ALS     1p

1 (cont’d)                     Aug 30             ALS     1p        from Anna Livingston

                                    Nov 16                        ALS     2p*

                                    Dec 15             ALS     2p*

                                    Dec 28             ALS     1p

 

2          F15                  1804

Jan 6                ALS     2p*

                                    Jan 24              ALS     2p*

Feb 1               ALS     3p        from Ann L. Reade and Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

Mar 1               ALS     1p

                                    Mar 12             ALS     1p

                                    Mar 27             ALS     2p        from Helen L. Reade

                                    Mar                  ALS     3p*

                                    Apr 7               ALS     1p

                                    May 5              ALS     3p*

                                    May 12            ALS     1p

                                    Aug 11             ALS     1p

                                    Aug 25             ALS     2p*

                                    Sep 22             ALS     1p

                                    Oct 6               ALS     1p

                                    Oct 13             ALS     2p        from Archibald Kane

                                    Dec 15             ALS     1p

 

F16                  1805   

Jan                   ALS     1p*

                                    Feb 10             ALS     3p*

                                    Mar 19             ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Apr 6               ALS     1p*

Apr 9               ALS     1p

                                    Apr 20             ALS     1p*

                                    May 4              ALS     1p

                                    May 31            ALS     1p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant

                                    Jun 12              ALS     1p

                                    Jul 13               ALS     2p        from Frederick De Peyster*

                                    Jul 20               ALS     3p*

                                    Jul 27               ALS     2p*

                                    Aug 23             ALS     2p*

                                    Aug 24             ALS     1p

                                    Sep 11             ALS     2p*

                                    Oct 7               ALS     2p*

                                    Nov 9              ALS     2p*

                                    Nov 16                        ALS     2p*

                                    Nov 21                        ALS     2p        from Lawrence Stephens*

                                    Nov 28                        ALS     2p        from Joseph Reade to Henry G. Livingston*

                                    Dec 7               ALS     3p*

2 (cont’d)                     Dec 13             ALS     2p from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Dec 28             ALS     1p

 

F17                  1806   

Jan 4                ALS     1p

                                    Jan 8                ALS     1p*

                                    Jan 19              ALS     3p*

                                    Jan 30              ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Feb 6               ALS     3p*

                                    Feb 20             ALS     1p

                                    Mar 14             ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Apr 18             ALS     1p

                                    Apr 23             ALS     1p

                                    May 7              ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade

                                    May 28            ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    May 31            ALS     1p

                                    May 31            ALS     2p        from Helen L. Reade*

                                    Jun 28              ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Jul 5                 ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Aug 15             ALS     2p*

                                    Sep 20             ALS     2p*

                                    Oct 18             ALS     2p        from Ann L. Reade*

                                    Nov 1              ALS     1p

 

F18                  1807

Jan 2                ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade

                                    Jan 4                ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Jan 15              ALS     1p        from Ann L. Reade

                                    Jan 21              ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Jan 27              ALS     2p*

                                    Feb 1               ALS     1p*

                                    Feb 15             ALS     3p*

                                    Feb 22             ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Mar 9               ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Apr 3               ALS     4p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Apr 8               ALS     3p*

                                    Apr 14             ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Apr 18             ALS     1p

                                    May 1              ALS     4p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    May 3              ALS     3p*

                                    May 8              ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    May 8              ALS     2p        Ann L. Reade and Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    May 22            ALS     4p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    May 27            ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade  

                                    May 30            ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade  

                                    Jun 26              ALS     2p        from Robert L. Reade*

2 (cont’d)                     Jul 3                 ALS     1p        from Frederick Van Horne

                                    Jul 12               ALS     3p*

                                    Jul 25               ALS     2p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Jul 30               ALS     2p        Joseph Reade to Robert L. Reade*

                                    Aug 1               ALS     2p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Aug 14             ALS     2p        from Frederick Van Horne*

                                    Sep 2               ALS     2p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Sep 12             ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade

                                    Nov 3              ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Dec 5               ALS     1p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant

                                    Dec 15             ALS     3p*

                                    Dec 18             ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Dec 27             ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

 

F19                  1808

Jan 10              ALS     2p        from Robert L. Reade*

Jan 12              ALS     2p*

Jan 27              ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade

Feb 7               ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

Feb 9               ALS     3p*

Feb 16             ALS     2p        from Frederick De Peyster*

Feb 16             ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Mar 4               ALS     1p

                                    Mar 4               ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Mar 11             ALS     1p        from Robert L. Reade

                                    Mar 14             ALS     2p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Apr 6               ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    Apr 13             ALS     3p        from Robert L. Reade*

                                    May 14            ALS     2p*

                                    May 21            ALS     1p*

                                    Jul 2                 ALS     3p*

                                    Sep 28             ALS     1p

                                    Oct 14             ALS     2p*

 

F20                  1810

Aug 5               ALS     1p        from Eliza Hamersley to Catharine L. Reade

                                    Dec 19             ALS     1p       

 

1811

Jul 22               ALS     2p        Frederick De Peyster to Robert L. Reade*

Dec 25             ALS     3p        Catharine L. Stuyvesant to Catharine L. Reade*

 

F21                  1813

Jul 26               ALS     2p        Anna L. Kearney to Catharine L. Stuyvesant

 

2 (cont’d)

F22                  1822

Mar 24             ALS     2p        Helen L. Hooker to Robert L. Reade*

 

1823

Feb 1               ALS     2p        Helen L. Hooker to Robert L. Reade*

Feb 11             ALS     1p        Catharine L. Reade to Robert L. Reade

 

F23                  1829

Feb 4               ALS     3p        Robert L. Reade to James Hooker*

 

F24                  1831

May 17            ALS     3p        Robert L. Reade to James Hooker*

 

1832

Jan 6                ALS     3p        Eliza Hooker to James Hooker*

 

F25                  1834

Jun 5                ALS     1p        Mary Hooker to James Hooker

 

1835

Feb 9               ALS     3p        Catharine L. Stuyvesant to Mrs. Hooker*

 

F26                  1837

Sep 6               ALS     2p        Hamilton Fish to Robert L. Reade*

 

F27                  1847

Jun 26              ALS     2p        Eliza Hooker to James Hooker*

 

F28                  n.d.     

ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p

ALS     1p

                                    Jul 30               ALS     1p

                                    Dec                  ALS     1p

                                                            ALS     1p        from Cary Ludlow

                                                            ALS     1p        Samuel Hake to Mrs. Robert Gilbert Livingston

 

 

2 (cont’d)

            F29                                          ALS     3p*

                                                            ALS     2p*

                                                            ALS     3p*

                                                            ALS     3p*

                                                            ALS     1p*

                                    Jan 23              ALS     3p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                    Dec 27             ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant

                                                            ALS     2p        from Catharine L. Stuyvesant*

                                                            ALS     2p        from Lawrence Stephens*

 

F30                  Miscellaneous receipts, legal papers, and genealogical information related to the Hooker family of New York       

           

F31                  Miscellaneous receipts, legal papers, and genealogical information related to the Hooker family of New York (oversize)

 


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