Guide to the Reynolds-Day Family Papers1847-1875MG 1570

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Access Points

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Correspondence 1847-1875

Guide to the Reynolds-Day Family Papers1847-1875MG 1570Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz.

Guide to the Reynolds-Day Family Papers
1847-1875

MG 1570



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Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. January 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reynolds-Day Families
Title: Reynolds-Day Families Papers,
Dates1847-1875
Abstract: The collection consists mainly of correspondence of the Day and Reynolds families from 1847 to 1875.
Quantity: 0.50 linear feet / 20 folders
Collection Number: MG 1570

Biographical Note

The Reynolds and Day families figured prominently in the founding of Orange, New Jersey. Judge Stephen D. Day (1771-1856) was a direct descendant of George Day, one of the founders of Newark, New Jersey. He was born in Camptown (now Irvington), New Jersey. Day settled in Orange, New Jersey in 1798, and with his partner, John Lindsley, became one of the first merchants in that town. His other business activities included the organization of the Orange Bank, and the formation of the Morris and Essex Railroad Company. Day was also a member of the first Orange Town Committee, a judge in the County Court of Common Pleas, and was a New Jersey State Senator. Day married Lindsley's sister Sarah, with whom he had six children, of whom three survived: Robert Patton (b. 1799), Eliza (b. 1805), and Charles Rodney (b. 1808). After Sarah's death Day married Mary Lindsley, the sister of his first wife. James Everett Reynolds was also a descendant of one of the founding families of Orange, New Jersey. He was the son of Daniel D. Reynolds and Eliza Gurnee, and was a leading businessman and attorney in Orange, and later East Orange, New Jersey. Much of his wealth was derived from earnings on real estate deals. On March 3, 1868, one of the buildings erected by Reynolds on Main Street was destroyed in a fire, which also destroyed the home of Charles Day. The total damage was estimated at forty thousand dollars, which was quite a large sum for the time. Reynolds married Phebe Day, the granddaughter of Stephen D. Day. They had three sons and five daughters. Clinton G. Reynolds, the brother of James Everett Reynolds, was born in 1835. Also an attorney, Clinton's business activities were mostly in real estate; most notable of these were his dealings on lands available in the West under the Homestead Act. He was shot dead in his New York office on May 20, 1890.

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Scope and Content Note

The majority of the papers are the correspondence of James Everett Reynolds dating from 1856 to approximately 1868. The bulk of these papers include communications from Reynolds's brother, Clinton, who was residing in Redwing, Minnesota. The subject matter in these letters and telegrams mainly focuses on their land speculation deals in the western United States during the years 1856 to 1861, as well as personal matters. Other family correspondence is from Reynolds's father, Daniel, and his sister Fanny, his brother Charlie, and from various cousins. The rest of Reynolds's letters are from primarily business contacts such as George W. Powers and Company, S.J. Sanger, and from friends such as Ed Dodd and J.K. McLean. The papers of the Day family are mostly letters addressed to Mrs. Stephen D. Day, as well notes to Eliza Day from her parents, Stephen and Sarah Day. Also included are an invitation for Mary Day to Robert Day and Sallie Young in 1875, and a photocopy of Phebe Day Reynolds's portrait. Various unidentified and fragmented letters, possibly belonging to James Everett Reynolds, complete the collection.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Day, George.
Day, Stephen D., 1771-1856
Reynolds, Clinton G.
Reynolds, James Everett
Subject Topics:
Land speculation--United States.
Subject Places:
Orange (N.J.)
Document Types:
Letters (Correspondence)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1570, Reynolds-Day Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dinwiddie Smith and Phebe K. Bentink-Smith, April 2000.

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Bibliography

Condit, Jotham H. Early Records of the Township of Orange, from 1807 to 1845. (Orange, New Jersey: The Chronicle Press, 1897).

Whittemore, Henry. The Founders and Builders of the Oranges. (Newark, New Jersey: L.J. Hardham, 1896).

Pierson, David Lawson. History of the Oranges to 1921, 4 vols. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922).

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Container List

 

Correspondence1847-1875

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Letter from Daniel Reynolds 1856 Apr. 30
11Letter from Daniel Reynolds 1856 June 5
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 May 17
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 May 29
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Sept. 9
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Sept. 30
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Oct. 15
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Oct. 18
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Oct. 31
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Oct. 31
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Dec. 5
12James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Dec. 17
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds1857 Jan. 3
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Jan. 20
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Feb. 4
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Apr. 28
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 May 7
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Aug. 10
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Nov. 14
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Dec. 5
13James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Dec. 18
14James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1858 May 24
14James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1858 June 22
14James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1858 July 1
14James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1858 Aug. 13
14James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1858 Sept. 8
14James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1858 Sept. 23
15James Reynolds's correspondence 1858 from Clinton G. Reynolds 1859 Jan. 21
15James Reynolds's correspondence 1858 from Clinton G. Reynolds 1859 May 4
15James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1859 July 14
15James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1859 Oct. 22
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 May 25
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 May 28
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Jun. 16
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds1860 Jul. 10
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Aug. 3
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Aug. 17
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Sept. 1
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Sept. 6
16James Reynolds's correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Sept. 10
16Registered letter receipt 1860 Sept. 13
16Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Sept. 19
16Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds1860 Sept. 19
16Telegram from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Sept. 27
16Telegram from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 1
16Telegram from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 5
16Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 5
16Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 6
16Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 9
16Telegram from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Dec. 7
16 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Dec. 23
17Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds1861 Jan. 14
17 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 4
17 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 7
17 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 17
17 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 23
17 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Mar. 12
17 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Mar. 28
17 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Aug. 21
17 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Dec. 5
18 Letter fragment from Clinton G. Reynolds n.d
18 Letter fragment from Clinton G. Reynolds n.d
18 Letter fragment from Clinton G. Reynolds n.d
18 Enclosure, J.H. Gower, Bros. & Co., n.d. Iowa City, Iowa, Available Lands Advertisement n.d
19 Letter from Fanny Reynolds 1858 Sept. 6
110 Letter from Charlie Reynolds 1861 Feb. 4
110Letter from Charlie Reynolds1861 Feb. 14
111Letter from J.A. Reynolds1861 Jan. 19
111Letter from J.A. Reynolds1861 Feb. 11
112Letter from Cousin Theodore 1860 Nov. 10
112Letter from unidentified cousin1861 May 21
113Letter from Griffiths1859 Sept. 20
113Letter from Griffiths1859 Oct. 17
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co1860 June 12
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co1860 June 15
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co1860 June 21
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co1860 June 23
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co1860 Aug. 7
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co1861 Feb. 9
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co1861 Feb. 11
114Telegram from George W. Powers & Co. 1861 Feb. 13
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co.1861 Feb. 13
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co.1861 Mar. 5
114Telegram from George W. Powers & Co.1861 Mar. 16
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co.1861 July 31
114Letter from George W. Powers & Co.n.d.
115Letter from J.K. McLean1858 Apr. 15
115Letter from J.K. McLean 1859 July 30
115Letter from J.K. McLean 1859 Oct. 5
115Letter from J.K. McLean1859 Nov. 18
115Letter from J.K. McLean1860 Aug. 3
115Letter from J.K. McLean1861 Feb. 11
115Letter from J.K. McLean 1861 May 21
115Letter fragment from J.K. McLean n.d.
116Letter from Ed Dodd1860 June 12
1161860 Dec. 9n.d.
1161861 Mar. 8n.d.
117Letter from S.J. Sanger, Agt. 1860 Dec. 31
117Letter from S.J. Sanger, Agt. 1861 Jan. 21
118Letter from unidentified person 2 Letter from "C.E.G." 1860 Dec. 3
118 Letter from "C.E.G." 1861 May 21
119 Letter to Eliza Day from parents 1847 Apr. 7
119 Letter to Mrs. (Mary) Day from Cornelia Colton1847 May 27
119 Letter to Mrs. (Mary) Day from Cornelia Colton1849 Jan. 17
119 Wedding Invitation for Mary Day (Marriage of Robert Day and Sallie Young) 1875 ca. Sept. 15
119 Portrait of Phebe Day (photocopy) n.d.
120 Unidentified letter 1857 Dec. 12
120 Letter from James Hind 1860 Oct. 6
120 Letter from G.W. Handford 1861 Feb. 6
120 Letter to Smith 1868 July 30
120Letter fragment n.d.
120Letter fragment n.d.

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