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Guide to the Francis Skillman papers ARC.280

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 13, 2019
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

  Updated by Mary Mann to reflect incorporation of additional materials  , April 26, 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Skillman, Francis
Title: Francis Skillman papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1769-1896
Abstract: Francis Skillman (1817-circa 1897) of Roslyn, Nassau County (part of Queens County in the nineteenth century), on Long Island, N.Y. was a Justice of the Peace from 1851-1876 in North Hempstead, a genealogist who published a family history of the Skillmans in 1892, and a farmer. The Francis Skillman papers include materials from each of these aspects of Skillman's life. These materials include correspondence, a genealogy manuscript and the research underlying the manuscript, journals, a docket book, property agreements, and miscellaneous historical documents. The journals principally concern Skillman's farming activities and his hiring of help. The correspondence can generally be categorized as: letters from the Civil War years to Skillman from Christian Walthert, a private in the 15th New York Regiment of Engineers; letters from Skillman to his brother principally concerning family matters; and responses to Skillman's genealogical inquiries. Genealogical information on the Schenck and Onderdonk families can also be found in the collection.
Quantity: 2.8 Linear Feet in one manuscript box and two flat boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: ARC.280