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Grant Family Papers, 1778-1913 (Bulk: 1830-1870)
5 boxes (2.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 66

Abstract:
The Grant family papers include correspondence, diaries, account books and financial/legal papers, biographical and genealogical material, printed material, dating from 1778 to 1913. Topics include education, maintenance of Connecticut homestead, banking in Ohio, starting businesses in Nebraska and Illinois, and accounts of Mary Grant's experiences as a missionary in India and her death from cholera.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

The Grant family Papers represent three generations, including educators, missionaries, a banker, pioneer lawyer, social reformer, writer and lecturer. Zilpah Polly Grant Banister, 1794-1894, was born in Norfolk, Connecticut. She was a pioneering educator and founder of Adams Female Seminary in Derry, NH, 1824, and Ipswich Female Seminary with Mary Lyon, 1827. She married William Banister, 1841. Her brother, Elijah Grant, was a town officer, who married Elizabeth Phelps Grant, 1809-1875. They had 8 children. Elijah Phelps Grant was a lawyer, philosopher, social reformer, and banker in Carleton, OH, and John Grant a teacher at Yale and founder of his own private school. Other family members were bankers, homesteaders in CT, pioneers in Nebraska and Illinois. Mary Z. Grant Burgess was a missionary in India.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

It is clear from their content and their provenance, however, that they are actually the papers of her brother Elijah Grant, his wife Elizabeth Phelps Grant, their children, and the descendents of the eldest son, Elijah Phelps Grant. The correspondence consists mainly of letters exchanged within the family from the l830s to the l860s. Most of Zilpah Grant's letters were written to her nephews Marcus and John after she had married and given up teaching. John Grant, who taught at Yale and later established his own private school, sought her counsel as a former school principal. Correspondence of other family members relates to such topics as the maintenance of the original Connecticut homestead, banking in Canton, Ohio, and the starting of businesses in Nebraska and Illinois.

The early financial records, beginning in the l770's, are mostly from the settlement of the estate of Elijah Grant's uncle Samuel Cowles, of Colebrook, Connecticut, who died in l843. Account books belonging to Elijah Grant (l822-56) Elijah P. Grant (l866-67), James M. Grant (l868); Jennie Wallace (l890-97) and William Wallace (l90l-07) add to the fragmentary family financial record.

Notebooks, lectures, essays, and newspaper articles by Elijah P. Grant span the period from his college days at Yale to old age. One of his college notebooks contains transcriptions of letters describing the death of Mary Zilpah Grant Burgess who died of cholera in India where she and her husband were missionaries. The balance of the collection consists of diaries, a few photographs, compositions, and legal papers relating to various family members.

Portions of the Grant Family Papers have been digitized for the Five College Digitization Project Web site.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Grant Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Grant Family Papers were a gift of Mary R. Wallace, descendant of the Grant family, in 1959.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English
Bibliography

Additional biographical information on Zilpah Polly Grant Banister can be found in Notable American Women, 1607-1950; a biographical dictionary. Edward T. James, editor (1971).

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List



Contents


Box l: folder l
Biographical and genealogical


Box : folder 2
Note:

These documents are available online as part of the Five College Digitization Project Web site.

Bills, receipts, accounts,
l8l2-l906

Box : folder 3
Contracts, deeds, quit claims, etc.,
l795-l888

Box : folder 4
Clippings,
l870-l872

Box : folder 5
Lake Erie Female Seminary, Painesville, Ohio (Mary Grant material),
l859-l860; n.d.

Box : folder 6
Photographs


Box : folder 7
CORRESPONDENCE



To Grant family from friends,
l82l-l89l

Box : folder 8
Banister, Zilpah Polly (Grant) to family,
l855-l874

Box : folder 9
Note:

These documents are available online as part of the Five College Digitization Project Web site.

Grant, Abigail (Cowles) (Mrs. Joel) to family,
l847-l877

Box : folder l0
Grant, Caroline (Mrs. Daniel) to family,
l854, l869, l89l

Box : folder l1
Grant, Elijah to Dr. Phelps,
l840

Box : folder l2
Grant, Elijah Phelps to family,
l830-l859

Box : folder l3
Grant, Elizabeth to Martha Grant,
l843

Box : folder l4
Grant, Gertrude D. (Mrs. John) to family,
l857-l860, l879

Box : folder l5
Grant, Jane (Jennie) to family,
l857-l859

Box : folder l6
Grant, Joel to parents and brother,
l839-l859

Box : folder l7
Grant, Joel to family,
l860-l873

Box : folder l8
Grant, John to parents,
l848-l867

Box : folder l9
Grant, John to Martha Grant,
l842-l843

Box : folder 20
Grant, John to Marcus Grant,
l843-l864

Box : folder 2l
Grant, John to Marcus Grant,
l865-l877

Box : folder 22
Grant, John to Zilpah P.G. (Grant) Banister,
l846-l852

Box : folder 23
Note:

These documents are available online as part of the Five College Digitization Project Web site.

Grant, John to Zilpah P.G. (Grant) Banister,
l853-l858

Box : folder 24
Note:

These documents are available online as part of the Five College Digitization Project Web site.

Grant, John to Gertrude Day Grant and friends,
l850, l878

Box : folder 25
Grant, Martha to Marcus Grant,
l843

Box 2: folder 26
Grant, Mary to Susan Boyd and Mrs. James Boyd,
l835, l839

Box 2: folder 27
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to Elizabeth and Lewis Boyd,
l837-l855

Box 2: folder 28
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to Elizabeth Boyd (sister),
l856-l869

Box 2: folder 29
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to Elizabeth Grant,
l840-l859

Box 2: folder 30
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to Jane M. Boyd (mother),
l83l-l852

Box 2: folder 3l
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to William Grant,
l883

Box 2: folder 32
Hurford, Elizabeth (Grant) to family,
l853-l863

Box 2: folder 33
Wallace, Mary (Grant) to family,
l853-l864

Box 2: folder 34
Wallace, William, misc. correspondence to and from him (includes some other types of material),
l857-l9l3

Box 2: folder 35
FINANCIAL MATERIALS



Samuel Cowles



Account book,
1840-42

Box 3: folder 1
Deeds, receipts, bills (many from the estate of Samuel Cowles),
l788-l850, n.d.

Box 3: folder 2-5
Elijah Phelps Grant



Account books (2),
1822-42, 1866

Box 3: folder 6
Account book,
1833-37

Box 3: folder 7
Account book,
1833-56

Box 3: folder 8
James W. Grant: account books (2),
1868

Box 3: folder 9
Isaac Jacklyn: receipts, indenture papers, deeds (many from his estate),
l856-74

Box 3: folder 10
MISCELLANEOUS



Elijah Phelps Grant



College notebooks (Yale)



Memorandum Quotidiana and notes on the Class of
1830, 1828

Box 4: folder 1
Chemistry with B. Silliman, Botany, and "An Account of the Death of Mrs. Mary Burgess…,"
1828, 1842

Box 4: folder 2
Lectures



"What is the best mode of teaching reading?"
1838

Box 4: folder 3
"The Immortality of the Soul,"
1849

Box 4: folder 4
"The Eternity of the Universe,"
1866-67

Box 4: folder 5
"All Things Eternal,"
1867

Box 4: folder 6
"Original Manuscripts,"
n.d.

Box 4: folder 7
Notes and writings, miscellaneous,
1872, n.d.

Box 4: folder 8
Daguerreotype, Canton, Ohio,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 9
John Grant: Journals (2),
l854-l855

Box 4: folder 10
Dorothy Wallace: reminiscence and diary, "Omaha in the '80s"
after 1941

Box 5: folder 1
Jennie Wallace



Account book,
1890-97

Box 5: folder 2
Composition book,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
William Wallace



Account books (2),
l90l-l907

Box 5: folder 4
Journals (2),
l857, l860

Box 5: folder 5

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Subjects
  • Family--United States--History--Sources
  • Adams Female Academy (Derry, N.H.)
  • Bannister, Zilpah P. Grant (Zilpah Polly Grant), 1794-1874
  • Burgess, Mary Zilpah Grant
  • Colebrook (Conn.)--History--Sources
  • Cowles family
  • Educators--New England--Biography--Sources
  • Frontier and pioneer life--United States--19th century--Sources
  • Grant family
  • Grant, Elijah Phelps, 1809-1875
  • Grant, John
  • Lawyers--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Missionaries--India--Biography--Sources
  • Norfolk (Conn.)--History--Sources
  • United States--Social life and customs--18th century--Sources
  • United States--Social life and customs--19th century--Sources
  • Women--Education--History--19th century--Sources
  • Yale University - Students--History--19th century--Sources


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