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Guide to the Papers of the Coe-Brown Family
  MS 124

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 21, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Coe-Brown Family Papers
Dates: 1787-1892
Abstract: The Coe-Brown Family Papers consists primarily of the papers of Rev. Jonas Coe (1759-1822), particularly in regard to his career as a minister; and the papers of two of his grandsons, Jonas M. Coe and John Crosby Brown. Jonas M. Coe's papers contain his schoolwork and correspondence with family and friends. John Crosby Brown's papers detail the history and recovery of his grandfather's papers and sermons. Other family papers and correspondence are contained within the collection.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 124

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Biographical Note

1759 Rev. Jonas Coe born near New Hempstead, NY (Rockland Co.)
1789 Rev. Coe graduates from Queens College (Rutgers), New Brunswick, NJ
1791 Licensed to preach the gospel
1792 Receives MA from the College of New Jersey, marries Elizabeth Huntting Miller (1778-1805)
1796 Son Edward Morris born
1803 Daughter Eliza Maria born
1804 Rev. Coe accepts call to be pastor of Presbyterian Church in Troy, NY
1805 Elizabeth Miller Coe dies
1810 Rev. Coe marries Abigail Wallace (1771-1863)
1815 Receives Doctor of Divinity from Middlebury College
1822 Rev. Coe dies in Troy, NY

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Scope and Content Note

The Coe-Brown Family Papers consists primarily of the sermons and personal papers of Rev. Jonas Coe, including papers concerning his ministerial studies and career, legal and financial documents. The collection also contains the letters and schoolwork of Coe's grandson, Jonas M. Coe. The schoolwork represents his studies at the Orange County Institute in Newburgh, NY, between 1825-1839. Correspondence discusses his studies and daily life and is mainly written to friends and to his aunt, Eliza Brown.

Also included in the collection is a journal of a missionary tour written by Rev. Coe's son John Robert Coe, an account book belonging to daughter Eliza Coe Brown, and letters from other members of the Coe-Brown family.

The final folder in the collection contains the papers of Rev. Coe's grandson John Crosby Brown, consisting mainly of correspondence between Brown and James P. Wallace and B. H. Hall. This correspondence is primarily related to the history and recovery of the papers and sermons of Rev. Jonas Coe, and Crosby's creation of a book of reminiscences of his grandfather for the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, NY to be read at its Centennial service in 1892.


Items in the collection are arranged by family member and type of material, then chronologically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Brown, Eliza Coe
  • Brown, John Crosby
  • Coe, Abigail Wallace
  • Coe, Edward Morris
  • Coe, Elizabeth Miller
  • Coe, John Miller
  • Coe, Jonas M.
  • Coe, Rev. Jonas
  • Hall, B. H.
  • Wallace, James P.

Document Type

  • Bills
  • Catalogs
  • Correspondence
  • Eulogy
  • Lectures
  • Legal documents
  • Pamphlets
  • Schoolwork
  • Sermons
  • Wills

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Administrative Information


Donated by Mrs. John Crosby Brown, 1991.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to:

Manuscripts Curator
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Coe-Brown Family Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Additional material related to the Coe family:

Coe, David Benton. 1856.  Record of the Coe family, 1596-1856. Compiled by Eunice A. Lloyd. New York: J.A. Gray's Printing Office.

Coe, David Benton. 1885.  Record of the Coe family and descendants: from 1596. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing Company.

Coe, David Benton. 1885.  Record of the Coe family, 1596-1856. Compiled by Eunice A. Lloyd. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing Company.

A family tree is available in the repository. Please consult manuscript reference staff.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Rev. Jonas Coe: Sermons and related papers
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Rev. Jonas Coe: Will and related papers
1822-1823, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Eliza M. Coe, John R. Coe, Edward M. Coe: Papers
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Jonas M. Coe: Correspondence
1825-1863, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Jonas M. Coe: School books
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Jonas M. Coe: Unbound schoolwork
1834-1839, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 John Crosby Brown: Correspondence

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