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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stoneman Family Papers
    Dates: 1891-1920
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Creator: Stoneman Family
    Extent: 72 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The documents reveal the range of legal, financial, and estate-related transactions initiated by or concerning the Stoneman family and their associates. Included in this series are legal agreements, banking statements, inventories of the Stoneman's estate, and general financial records. The correspondence includes personal and business letters to and by the Stoneman family members and their associates. Two letters dated January 1889 were written by General George Stoneman while he was still living in Los Angeles. Most of the letters were penned after the generals' death in September 1894, and directed to John T. Stoneman, administrator of his brother's estate. The ephemera includes newspaper clippings (obituaries of George Stoneman from Buffalo, NY newspapers) and several miscellaneous items. Notable participants include William B. Allison, Thomas Updegraff and the United States Army.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information

    Access

    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Stoneman Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was purchased by the Huntington Library from Mr. Henry Carter in April 1969.

    Biography

    Although best known for his service in the Union cavalry during the Civil War, Major General George Stoneman extended his career into civil and political spheres after the war. Near the end of the conflict, he married Mary Oliver Hardisty of Baltimore, Maryland, with whom he eventually had four children: George J., Adele, Katherine, and Cornelius. After poor health forced him to resign as commander of the Department of Arizona in 1871, Stoneman relocated with his family to the "Los Robles" estate in the greater Los Angeles area. His political career in California began with his appointment as Railroad Commissioner in 1879, and culminated in his tenure as the state’s Democratic governor from 1883 to 1887. Domestic, health, and financial troubles vexed Stoneman by the end of this governorship, apparently compelling him to seek respite in his native New York circa 1892. While staying with his sister, Charlotte S. Williams, wife of New York Senator Benjamin H. Williams, his health continued to worsen, precluding his return to California. He suffered a stroke in April 1894 from which he was unable to recover. Stoneman died in Buffalo, NY on September 5, 1894 and was interred at Bentley Cemetery in Lakewood, NY. His brother, John T. Stoneman, assumed the role of administrator of the ex-general’s estate from the time of Stoneman’s death to 1897.

    Scope and Content

    The papers consist of the following series:
    1. The chronologically-arranged documents reveal the range of legal, financial, and estate-related transactions initiated by or concerning the Stoneman Family and their associates. Included in this series are legal agreements, banking statements, inventories of the Stoneman’s estate, and general financial records.
    2. The chronologically-arranged correspondence includes personal and business letters to and by the Stoneman Family members and their associates. Two letters dated January 1889 were written by General George Stoneman while he was still living in Los Angeles. Most of the letters were penned after the generals’ death in September 1894, and directed to John T. Stoneman, administrator of his brother’s estate.
    3. Finally, ephemera are subdivided into two sections: newspaper clippings and miscellaneous. The first subdivision includes 15 obituaries and accounts of the funeral of George Stoneman, all of which were reported in Buffalo, NY newspapers. The second subdivision contains one invoice to A. Chapin to pay E. Stow, signed by James Crawford and dated Jan. 19, 1891; one postcard dated Dec. 13, 1919 and addressed to Asahel Chapin; a typewritten postcard addressed to A. Chapin from L. Ernest Thornton, Deputy Secretary of State of Maine, and dated Jan. 5, 1920; the stamped face of a mutilated envelope addressed to A. Chapin from the District Court of Elkader, Iowa, and postmarked Apr. 13, 1894; one letter-sized envelope addressed to Florence S. Chapin of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and three oversized, fragile envelopes that originally housed the papers of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Stoneman family.
    Stoneman, George, 1822-1894.
    Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908.
    Updegraff, Thomas, 1834-1910.

    Corporate Names

    Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. California Commandery.
    United States. Army -- Pay, allowances, etc.

    Subjects

    Inventories of decedents' estates -- New York (State)

    Geographic Areas

    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

    Genre

    Account books 19th century.
    Bank statements 19th century.
    Legal documents California 19th century.
    Legal documents New York 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) California 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) New York 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) New York 20th century.