Brayton family papers
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Papers include a great deal of genealogical information on the Brayton, Sears and Springer families including death certificates, obituary clippings, funeral notices, family bibles, marriage certificates, land deeds, etc. Also included are 2 boxes of family photographs including tintypes and daguerreotypes, a letter from A. M. Springer to his mother, dated January 25, 1852, while he was in Oregon and California during the gold rush, and letters from William H. Springer to his family while he served in the 38th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War. Other family names include Palmer, McVey, Gilman, and Walker.
There are also 2 oversize folders containing land indentures (1820-1888), William H. Springer's military commission, an 1869 marriage certificate for Jesse M. Sears and E. Ella Springer, an 1878 teacher’s license for Carrie Springer, Margaret Brayton's Northwestern University diploma (1932), a photograph of canteen workers of the American Red Cross, Chicago Chapter (1919), and undated broadside, insurance certificates, and floor plan of John E. Brayton’s home (OB169, OBC047).
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Ella Springer was born in 1850 and was a music teacher in southern Indiana and Kentucky. She married Jesse M. Sears. Springer passed away in 1876.
Carrie Springer was born in 1860 and passed away in 1934. She married John Brayton who was a bookkeeper in Chicago. Together they had 2 daughters, Ruth (1892-1972) and Margaret (1895-1986).
Margaret Brayton graduated from the National Kindergarten College in 1916 and was a kindergarten instructor in Chicago in the 1920s. Later she moved to Muncie, Indiana where she taught at Ball State Teachers College from 1932 into the 1960s. She died in Muncie in 1986.
4.9 Cubic Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 2 clamshell boxes, 2 volumes, 2 oversize folders)
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