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Guide to the Goldsboro Banyar and Banyar Family Papers
1727-1904
 MS 39

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Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 08, 2016
Description is in English

Scope and Contents note

This collection traces the estate and affairs of Goldsboro Banyar and his heirs, spanning the period from the 1740's to 1904. The collection also includes papers relating to various members of the family of Campbell White, who married Goldsboro Banyar's granddaughter Harriet Banyar LeRoy. Materials include primary documents reflecting the governance of colonial New York; patents, deeds, and other documents relating to land transactions; business and personal correspondence; accounts; and legal and estate papers. Although primarily concerned with the affairs of prominent men, the collection also provides tantalizing glimpses of less-documented aspects of early American society, including slavery, interactions with Native Americans, relationships between landowners and laborers, and domestic affairs.

The collection is organized chronologically into three series. In addition to the general summary that follows, more detailed scope and contents notes are provided as introductory matter to each series. Series I spans the years from 1727-1775 and 1784-1823, documenting the political and business career of Goldsboro Banyar and his children, only one of whom (Martha, wife of Jacob LeRoy) survived at Banyar's death. This series consists primarily of documents relating to colonial administration, including office appointments, land transactions and the collection of quitrents, court fees, and rough minutes of Chancery Court proceedings, typically involving matters such as land disputes, estates, guardianship, and divorce. There is also post-colonial era correspondence relating to the settlement of British land claims and other business affairs. Correspondents include George Clarke (Secretary of New York), Edward Clarke, Sir William Johnson, William Knox, and family members Goldsboro Banyar, Jr., William Banyar, and Jacob LeRoy (Banyar's son-in-law). Notably, the only documents from the Revolutionary War period are several pieces of correspondence from the Commissioners for Conspiracies in 1778.

Series II continues into the generation of Goldsboro Banyar's granddaughter, Harriet (Banyar) White, covering the period from the 1820's to the 1850's. In 1816, Harriet married Irish immigrant Campbell White (1787-1859), a lawyer, politician, and business man, who apparently took over some or all responsibility for managing the Banyar estate. Papers in this series include family correspondence and receipts, as well as Campbell White's correspondence on political matters during and after his time in Congress (including a letter remarking on the assassination attempt on Andrew Jackson). Also included are business papers from the White family distillery, and correspondence and business papers of Campbell's brother, Robert White, who served as clerk of the Manhattan Bank for many years, resigning after the Panic of 1837 amid allegations of misfeasance. Notable subjects include currency and anti-rent legislation, the antebellum cotton trade, and the cholera outbreak of 1849.

Series III concludes with the papers of John Campbell White, the son of Campbell and Harriet and great-grandson of Goldsboro Banyar. John Campbell White changed his name to Goldsborough Banyar in order to inherit the Banyar estate. This series covers the period from the 1870's to 1904, and consists primarily of routine business correspondence concerning management of the various Banyar properties, accounts, tax and other receipts, and insurance policies.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized chronologically into three series.

Series I, Goldsboro Banyar, spans the years from 1727-1775 and 1784-1823, documenting the political and business career of Goldsboro Banyar and his children.

Series II, Campbell P. White and Harriet (Banyar White), continues into the next generation with the papers of Campbell and Harriet (Banyar) White, the granddaughter of Goldsboro Banyar, covering the period from the 1820's to the 1850's.

Series III, Goldsborough Banyar (formerly John Campbell White), concludes with the papers of John Campbell White, the son of Campbell and Harriet, who changed his name to Goldsborough Banyar in order to inherit the Banyar estate. This series spans the period from the 1870's to 1904, and consists primarily of routine business correspondence concerning management of the various Banyar properties, accounts, tax and other receipts, and insurance policies.

Material within each series is arranged into subseries by subject matter and/or format, and within those categories, where possible, chronologically.