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Manuscript Group 133
WELLES FAMILY COLLECTION
1805-1898
1.5 cu. ft.


Correspondence, accounts, etc. of the family of Charles F. Welles (b. 1789, d.1866) who was a prominent resident of Wyalusing, Bradford County.

Personal correspondence, 1805-1898, between Charles F. Welles and his wife, Ellen J. Welles, their several sons and daughters, and others. In addition to family affairs, the letters include: fishing voyages by two of the sons along the New England and Nova Scotia coasts; student life at Princeton and at Vassar College; a visit to England by Henry H. Welles, 1854; and business enterprises, including shipping, lumbering, gristmill operations, farming, and canal and bridge construction, in which the Welleses were engaged. Separated from the main body of personl correspondence are several printed items of interest, including an 1845 circular from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, requesting information on local history and records, and two 1867 items describing the new Lincoln University at Oxford, Chester County.

Business correspondence of Charles F. Welles and his son, George H. Welles, 1818-1888, dealing particularly with the acquisition and sale of land, court cases involving land, and the use of timber. Correspondence touches also on farm management, gristmill operations, and the progress in the 1850s of the North Branch Canal and the Wyalusing Bridge Compnay. Among the writers are Mathias and G.M. Hollenback of Wilkes-Barre and Benjamin R. Morgan of Philadelphia, as well as Sir Gerald Aylmer of Donodea Castle in Ireland, who wrote in 1850 and 1851 concerning the immigration from the country under Charles F. Welles' sponsorship of a workman for the North Branch Canal.

Accounts, legal papers, etc. 1806-1867, mainly of Mathias Hollenback and Charles F. Welles and including receipts, promissory notes, deeds, leases, statements of court judgements, and invoices. Many of the papers relate to farming operations between 1838 and 1855 on land held by Welles in Towanda and Wyalusing.




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