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Bonsall family papers, 1683-1916, bulk 1825-1875

Series III: Journals and Account Books, 1785-1865

The sixteen journals in this series cover a range of topics. Prominent are the travel journals of Edward H. Bonsall (1794-1879) and Spencer Bonsall, which describe voyages to Washington DC, the Ohio Valley, and Calcutta, India. The collection also contains a Civil War journal by Spencer Bonsall, written between March 1 and April 17, 1863 during his service as a hospital steward in the 81st Pennsylvania Regiment. Further additions include a book of genealogical tables, the legal journal of John Crosby (written between 1803 and 1816), and a handful of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century account books containing the costs for such mundane expenses as rent, hair dressing, and laundry. The collection also contains the composition books of Spencer Bonsall, his mother, Lydia McIlvain, and a Rebecca B. Thomson, whose connection to the family is unclear.

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Box 5 Folder 1 to 2 Bonsall, Edward H. (1794-1879)--Travel Journals and Letter Books, 1824-1875, (2 Folders)

Box 5 Folder 3 Bonsall Family--Genealogy Book, 1903-1908

(covers 1682 to 1866)

Box 5 Folder 4 Bonsall, Mercy--Copy of Writings, 1785-1805

Box 5 Folder 5 to 7 Bonsall, Spencer, 1832-1863, (3 Folders)

(includes composition books, travel journals, Civil War diary; and a poem by Edward H. Bonsall, 1828)

Box 5 Folder 8 Crosby, John--Legal Notebook, 1803-1816

Box 5 Folder 9 Martin, William (1765-1799)--Account Book, 1787-1796

Box 5 Folder 10 McIlvain, Lydia--Composition Book, 1812

Box 5 Folder 11 Thomson, Rebecca B.--Composition Book, 1824-1826

Box 5 Folder 12 Wroth, William and Elizabeth--Account Book, 1794-1824

(includes records of James and Mrs. McKeever, and Sarah Thompson)