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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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
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 1: folder 1
Biographical and genealogical


Box 1: folder 2
Note:

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

Bills, receipts, accounts,
1812-1906

Box 1: folder 3
Contracts, deeds, quit claims, etc.,
1795-1888

Box 1: folder 4
Clippings,
1870-1872

Box 1: folder 5
Lake Erie Female Seminary, Painesville, Ohio (Mary Grant material),
1859-1860, undated

Box 1: folder 6
Photographs


Box 1: folder 7
CORRESPONDENCE



To Grant family from friends,
1821-1891

Box 1: folder 8
Banister, Zilpah Polly (Grant) to family,
1855-1874

Box 1: 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,
1847-1877

Box 1: folder 10
Grant, Caroline (Mrs. Daniel) to family,
1854, 1869, 1891

Box 1: folder 11
Grant, Elijah to Dr. Phelps,
1840

Box 1: folder 12
Grant, Elijah Phelps to family,
1830-1859

Box 1: folder 13
Grant, Elizabeth to Martha Grant,
1843

Box 1: folder 14
Grant, Gertrude D. (Mrs. John) to family,
1857-1860, 1879

Box 1: folder 15
Grant, Jane (Jennie) to family,
1857-1859

Box 1: folder 16
Grant, Joel to parents and brother,
1839-1859

Box 1: folder 17
Grant, Joel to family,
1860-1873

Box 1: folder 18
Grant, John to parents,
1848-1867

Box 1: folder 19
Grant, John to Martha Grant,
1842-1843

Box 1: folder 20
Grant, John to Marcus Grant,
1843-1864

Box 1: folder 21
Grant, John to Marcus Grant,
1865-1877

Box 1: folder 22
Grant, John to Zilpah P.G. (Grant) Banister,
1846-1852

Box 1: 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,
1853-1858

Box 1: 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,
1850, 1878

Box 1: folder 25
Grant, Martha to Marcus Grant,
1843

Box 2: folder 26
Grant, Mary to Susan Boyd and Mrs. James Boyd,
1835, 1839

Box 2: folder 27
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to Elizabeth and Lewis Boyd,
1837-1855

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

Box 2: folder 29
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to Elizabeth Grant,
1840-1859

Box 2: folder 30
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to Jane M. Boyd (mother),
1831-1852

Box 2: folder 31
Grant, Susan (Boyd) to William Grant,
1883

Box 2: folder 32
Hurford, Elizabeth (Grant) to family,
1853-1863

Box 2: folder 33
Wallace, Mary (Grant) to family,
1853-1864

Box 2: folder 34
Wallace, William, misc. correspondence to and from him (includes some other types of material),
1857-1913

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),
1788-1850, undated

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),
1856-1874

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,"
undated

Box 4: folder 7
Notes and writings, miscellaneous,
1872, undated

Box 4: folder 8
Daguerreotype, Canton, Ohio,
undated

Box 4: folder 9
John Grant: Journals (2),
1854-1855

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,
undated

Box 5: folder 3
William Wallace



Account books (2),
1901-1907

Box 5: folder 4
Journals (2),
1857, 1860

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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