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Benjamin Franklin Day letters

 Collection — Folder: S0342
Identifier: S0342

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from Benjamin Franklin Day in Buena Vista, Virginia to his niece Jenny ranging from 1931 to 1932 regarding daily life, current events, family news and history, recollections of his life, including his time in the U.S. Navy.

Dates

  • 1931-1932

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Rear Admiral Benjamin Franklin Day was born on January 16, 1841, in Plymouth, Ohio, to Benjamin Franklin Day and Prussia King. He was appointed to the Naval Academy from Ohio in 1858. During the U.S. Civil War, he served in the U.S.S. Harriet Lane and in the Colorado in the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. In July 1863, Day was wounded in a night engagement. He retired from active naval duty on March 28, 1900, after more than forty years of service.

Day married Flora Inez Baldwin (1846-1888) and they had two sons, Phillip B. and Benjamin Clarke (1877-1954). After the death of his first wife, he married Julia B. Wentz (1842-1920) on May 9, 1892. In 1900, they lived in Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, Virginia. His son, Phillip B. Day had three children with his wife Ernestina: Phillip B., Jr., Fora P., and Jane.

Benjamin Franklin Day died on July 3, 1933, at the home of his son Phillip in Buena Vista, Virginia.

Source:

Information found within collection.

Ancestry.com. "Benjamin F. Day." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 1, 2018. www.ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com. "Benjamin F. Day." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 1, 2018. www.ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com. "Benjamin F. Day." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 1, 2018. www.ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com. "Benjamin F. Day." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 1, 2018. www.ancestry.com.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Accessed December 19, 2013.

Extent

0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013 December by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2013 December by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2018/05/01 by Brittany Kropf.
Title
Benjamin Franklin Day letters
Status
Completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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