Bibliography of Foote Family Sources

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Published Sources

  • Alfred F. Young, The Democratic Republicans of New York: The Origins, 1763-1797 (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press) Has source info on Ebenezer in Biblio.
  • (Mr.) W. Abbot, “The crisis of the Revolution; the Story of Arnold and André.” New York. 1899.
  • The Balance; and Columbian Repository, vol. 2; No. 16. Hudson, 19 April, 1803: "Resolved, That Ebenezer Foote, of the county of Delaware, and Jacob Ford, of the county of Columbia, be supported as Senators to represent the middle district in the Legislature of this State."
  • William M. Beauchamp, "Aboriginal Occupation of New York." Bulletin of the New York State Museum No. 32, Feb. 1900. pp 58 & 59 relating to Delaware County.
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1744–1989, Bicentennial Edition, Washington, U S Government Printing Office, 1989 [alphabetical entries]
  • Mrs. Catharina V. R. Bonney, Legacy of Historical Gleanings, with Illustrations and Autographs. In Two Volumes. Albany, J. Muinsell 82 State Street. 1875. Volume one mentions Ebenezer Foote.
  • John L. Brooke. Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson. Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series. UNC Press Books, 2010.
  • Abram William Foote. Foote Family comprising the genealogy and history of Nathaniel Foote, of Wethersfield, Conn., and his descendants; also a partial record of descendants of Pasco Foote of Salem, Mass., Richard Foote of Stafford County, Va., and John Foote of New York City, Marble City Press, The Tuttle Co., 1907.
  • Katherine Adelia Foote, Ebenezer Foote, the founder; being an epistolary light on his time as shed by letters from his files, selected by his great-granddaughter Katherine Adelia Foote. Delhi, N.Y., Delaware Express Co., 1927. Or EFtF. This book has been transcribed and edited with accurate, full, content of the original letters on this website. 224 p. port. 24 cm. The digitally scanned original can be read online here.
  • _____, The Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association 9, no. 1 (1928): 76-77.
  • Joanne B. Freeman, ‘’Affairs of Honor,’’ National Politics in the New Republic. Yale, 2001. Ebenezer, “a powerful Federalist,” mentioned p. 222.
  • Jay Gould. History of Delaware County, and Border Wars of New York: containing a sketch of the early settlements in the county, and a history of the late anti-rent difficulties in Delaware : with other historical and miscellaneous matter. Keany & Gould. 1856.
  • Jabez D. Hammond (Jabez Delano), 1778-1855; Root, Erastus, 1773-1846. The history of political parties in the state of New York, from the ratification of the federal constitution to December, 1840. Buffalo, 1850.
  • C. Van Benthuysen, 1842?
  • Stephen C. Hutchins, Civil List and Constitutional History of the Colony and State of New York, Weed, Parsons & Company, 1883 - Administrative and political divisions
  • Reeve Huston, Land and Freedom: Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York, Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • John P. Kaminski, George Clinton: Yeoman Politician of the New Republic, Madison, 1993.
  • Floyd H. Lincoln, Arbor Hill, Fraser, Delaware Co., N.Y., Residence of John D. Clarke, Congressman Thirty-Fourth District, 1921–1925, “reprinted from an article by Floyd H. Lincoln and published in The Walton Reporter, June 6, 1925.
  • Edgar J. McManus, A History of Negro Slavery in New York, Syracuse, N.Y., 1966, p. 149–150, 162–165, 174–175
  • W.H. Munsell & Co. [publishers], History of Delaware County, N.Y., With Illustrations, Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Some Pioneers and Prominent Residents /1797–1880/, N.Y.C., 1880. Index published by the Delaware County Historical Society.
  • New York, a guide to the Empire state. American guide series, US History Publishers, 1949
  • Office of the State Comptroller, New York in the Revolution as a Colony and State, a Compilation of Documents and Records. Two volumes with supplement 1780, Albany NY. 1904. Ebenezer Foote and Asa Worthington were Inspectors of Cattle. June 24, 1780.
  • Thomas C. Parramore, "The Merchants Foote," ‘’The North Carolina Historical Review’’ Vol. 46, No. 4 (October, 1969), pp. 365-376
  • Ambrose Spencer, Albany, 8 January, 1802, in the Poughkeepsie Journal, from the Albany Register, extra. Jan. 19, 1802. "To Ebenezer Foote."
  • Dorman S. Purdy, “Descendants of Francis Purdy”, ms., New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
  • Patrick Rael, “The Long Death of Slavery,” in Slavery in New York, ed. Ira Berlin and Leslie M. Harris, N.Y., 2005, p. 124–125*Henry R. Stiles, History of Ancient Weathersfield, N. Y., 1904; page number.
  • Russel Headley (Ed.): The History of Orange County, New York, Newburgh, part 2, Middletown, New York, 1908.
  • The Newburgh Centennial includes information on Solomon Sleight

Manuscripts, Archives and other Unpublished Sources

  • Delaware County Historical Association, Delhi, New York: Ebenezer Foote papers, 1785-1829
    Local system #: (NIC)NYDE240-160-0039 Add Author: Ebenezer Foote. Title: Ebenezer Foote papers, 1785-1829. Quantity: 1000 items (ca.) Historical/biog note: Politician, lawyer, land agent. Abstract: Correspondence, tax papers, deeds, leases, account sheets with absentee landlords, 1785-1829. Also powers of attorney from absentee landlords to Foote, empowering him to act as agent in land sales, purchases and lease transactions, 1799-1826. Form/genre terms: Correspondence. Local subject: Land records, deeds and surveys. Local subject: Land speculation. H. Fletcher Davidson Historical Library and Archives, R.D. 2, Delhi, New York 13753.
  • Detroit Public Library Detroit Michigan.
Revolutionary reminiscences (autobiographical) of the life of Ebenezer Foote. Detroit Public library. Ebenezer Foote papers, 1756-1784 Foote, Ebenezer, 1756-1829. Pages: 8 [incomplete —dff]
1 copy available at Main Library, Archive/Manuscript Burton Historical Collection Manuscripts Collection Note: Level A, Stack 19N. This appears to be a handwritten ms by Foote, transcribed as part of his/ or his widow's, application for pension. Another copy, written and corrected later, is in the National Archives. Another copy was, in 1969, "in the possession of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Johnson, Delhi," Thomas C. Parramore, "The Merchants Foote," The North Carolina Historical Review, Vol. 46, No. 4 (October, 1969), pp. 365-376
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Perkins Library, mss.
  • Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Baton Rouge:
Letter from Colonel John Swartwout of New York, a political supporter of Aaron Burr, written to Ebenezer Foote referring to the business of his mercantile firm. The last line of the letter makes an oblique reference to the Burr Conspiracy. John Swartwout Letter, Mss. 1580, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, ( ) Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Wolcott’s Regiment, Connecticut. Sargents: Abner Brenoughs, Nathan Abbott, John Wood. "Record of service of Connecticut men in the I. War of the Revolution, II. War of 1812, III. Mexican War”
  • New York State Library. Manuscripts and Special Collections, Empire Plaza, Albany, New York.
Foote, Ebenezer, 1756-1829. Papers, 1779-1829 New York State Library Ms and Sp collections, Albany, NY.

Local system #: (N)SC11365 Author: Foote, Ebenezer, 1756-1829. Title: Papers, 1779-1829. Quantity: 9 boxes. Quantity: 2 microfilm. Arrangement: Organized into five separate accessions. Historical/biog note: Soldier in the American Revolution, Ulster County, N.Y. politician and Delaware County, N.Y. official. Member of the N.Y. State legislature.

Abstract: These papers consist mainly of correspondence between Foote and his associates. The letters discuss a variety of business matters and political issues as well as personal topics. The collection also includes items such as deeds and leases for lands in Delaware County, N.Y. and records from various Delaware County courts. Indexes: Index of correspondents available in repository. Finding aids: Unpublished guide available in repository.

New York State Historical Documents Albany, NY 12230 United States Archival Material OCLC Number: 155401161 Abstract: Correspondence, tax papers, deeds, leases, account sheets with absentee landlords, 1785-1829. Also powers of attorney from absentee landlords to Foote, empowering him to act as agent in land sales, purchases and lease transactions, 1799-1826.

NYSL: Title: "To the inhabitants of Ulster County." Imprint: Kingston, N.Y. : Power & Copp, [1793?] Physical description: 1 photostat ; 46 x 26 cm. Note: "The public prints in this and in a neighbouring county have of late been thronged with publications, bearing the signature of Ebenezer Foote, which were evidently intended to depreciate my reputation in the esteem of my fellow citizens ..." Note: The letter is signed Christopher Tappen and dated Kingston, April 16, 1793. Appended to it is a letter stating, "We do verify that Christopher Tappen, late treasurer of Ulster county ..." The appended item is signed by seven individuals. Note: Originally part of the 79-item "DeWitt Clinton Broadside Collection." Note: Original number: 1775-45. Local note: Broadside accession — August 22, 2003 The correspondence between the Hon. Ebenezer Foote and Ambrose Spencer: published originally in the Albany Sentinel & Register, 1802. Albany register, Published 1788-1820 : Semiweekly.

No Footlicker. Odd! Odd! Odd!! : To the Republican electors of the county of Delaware. Delaware County, N.Y. : s.n., 1822. Broadside, 1 sheet ([1] p.) ; 30 x 22 cm. Signed: No Footlicker. Opposes the nomination of Charles A. Foote as Republican candidate for congress and endorses the candidacy of John T. More for the office. NYHS copy inscribed at foot in pencil: he was elected notwithstanding his aristocracy; inscribed on verso: no footlicker—an amazing effort of genius by Sherwood & Fitch. Foote, Charles A. More, John T., United States. Congress — Elections. Republican Party (N.Y. : 1792-1828)

“Republican meeting. : At a meeting of the following named Republicans, from different parts of the county oD elaware [sic], hastily convened at Edgerton Hotel, in Delhi, on the 30th day of Oct. 1822 … Delaware County, N.Y. : s.n., 1822, 1 sheet ([1] p.) ; 30 x 23 cm. Endorses and confirms the nomination of Republican candidates Charles A. Foote, for congress, and Martin Keeler, for sheriff, and rejects the nomination of John T. More for congress made at a Republican meeting at Roxbury, New York. Foote, Charles A., Keeler, Martin., More, John T.

Letter, Peter Livingston Manor to Walter Livingston, New York City, 1785, Charles A Foote Kinderhook to Ebenezer Foote, Delhi, 1805, box 2 folder 60 EFP.

William Butler; Robert Leake; Helena Myers; Litchfield family.; Ross family. Contributors: Robert Ross; Ebenezer Foote; Frederick William Hecht; Edward Litchfield; John Morin Scott OCLC Number: 58779453

Description: 1 box (ca. 190 items) Abstract: Correspondence, deeds, receipts, bonds, accounts, releases, articles of agreement, estates papers, leases, mortgages, land transfers, powers of attorney, land grants and petitions, and assorted land and legal papers, 1764-1830 (bulk 1770-1816) of Robert Ross, deputy commissary of New York, and his son, Robert Ross, Jr., of Eastchester, Westchester County, New York; as well as letters and papers of other members of the Ross and related Litchfield family... Papers of Robert Ross, Jr., include correspondence, 1796-1815, related to the land titles, transfers, sales, and administration of family properties; along with ca. 110 receipts, bill, and accounts, 1814-1816, recording his payments for purchases of dry goods, paint, provisions, lumber, etc., for making and repairing shoes, tools, harness, clothing, utensils, etc., and for tuition, taxes, coach hire, lodging, stabling, blacksmithing, etc. Included are letters to Ross's wife, Ann S. Ross, and from Ebenezer Foote regarding management of Ross's business affairs. See also: Donald Clark collection, NYHSL. over 65 letters.
  • New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Brooke Astor room, 5th Avenue, New York City, New York.
“Captain Foote” from: Beecher, James Chaplin, 1828-1886 Misc Names Collection. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788 Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328. Call number — MssCol 7162 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)

Preferred Citation James Chaplin Beecher letter to Captain Foote, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division. Beecher, James Chaplin, 1828-1886, clergyman, abolitionist, son of Lyman Beecher, 1775-1863, brother of Catharine and Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe; resident of Elmira, N.Y.

Liebmann, Alfred J., 1885-1957, Liebmann collection of American historical documents relating to spiritous liquors, 1665-1910 [bulk 1665-1865] Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1756 .68 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 volume, 1 oversized folder) Alfred J. Liebermann (b. 1885) was a research chemist. Born in Switzerland, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1910 and became technical director of Schenley Industries and president of the Schenley Research Institute.

Justin Foote, at New York, to Ebenezer Foote, Official document containing lists of persons licensed as inn-holders and retailers of liquor in the town of Newburyport, Mass. dated September 1, 1813 at Salem and October 2, 1813 at Newburyport

Van Gaasbeek, Peter, 1754-1797 Letters. Call number — MssCol 4658 .1 linear feet (1 folder)

Preferred Citation: Letters to Peter Van Gaasbeek and Peter Marius Groen, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

Eight letters, 1775-1797, to merchant Peter Van Gaasbeek at Kingston, New York and New York City, from Jacob Marius Groen, Jr. at Kingston; Abraham G. Lansing at Albany; Ebenezer Foote and Solomon Sleight at Newburgh; Nicholas Low at New York; Noah Welles at East Windsor (Connecticut) ; and Edward Jones at Philadelphia. Letters concern personal and business affairs, Federal loan office certificates, and political matters. A letter dated December 15, 1800 from Samuel Sherwood at Delhi, to Peter Marius Groen in Kingston, pertains to legal expenses. Purchased from Stan. V. Henkels, 1923. Compiled by Susan P. Waide, 2014.
  • Princeton University Library, Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton, New Jersey.
Ebenezer Foote Papers, 1766-1925, bulk 1785-1829. Ebenezer Foote (1756-1829) was a cattle agent for the Continental Army's Commissary Department during the American Revolutionary War, a merchant, a land agent, a politician, and a judge in New York State. Foote's papers date from 1766 to 1925, with the majority dating from 1785 to his death in 1829, and primarily document his land agency business in Delhi, Delaware County, New York. In addition to the land and financial records related to his business, the collection also contains some legal records, records documenting Foote's work as inspector of cattle for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and limited family records. 5.1 linear feet. 12 archival boxes, 1 oversized box. Call number: C0430

Born April 12, 1756 in Connecticut, Ebenezer Foote was the son of Daniel (1717-1801) and Margaret Parsons (1721-1764) Foote. At the start of the American Revolutionary War, Foote volunteered as a soldier, without permission from his father, and saw action at the Battle of Bunker Hill, wintered in Valley Forge, and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Fort Washington. Following his capture, Foote was held in Bridewell Prison in New York City, from which he escaped in December, 1777 by swimming across the Hudson River to New Jersey. Although free from captivity, Foote's health was compromised due to his winter-time escape, and he was unable to participate in further military engagements. Instead, he served in the Commissary Department as inspector of cattle for the Continental Army, stationed in Crompond, New York. In this capacity, he gathered cattle from the countryside and forwarded them across the Hudson River to West Point to supply the troops. He eventually left the army in 1783 with the rank of major.

Returning to civilian life, Foote served as a member of the New York legislature in 1792, 1794, 1796, and 1797, and worked in the mercantile business in Newburgh, New York and Ulster County, New York until 1797, when he actively participated in the formation of Delaware County, and moved to Delhi, New York. He quickly became active in Delaware County's community and politics. He was appointed the first county clerk of Delaware County, serving from 1798 to 1801, served as a member of the state senate from the Middle District from 1798 to 1802, sat in the Council of Appointment with Governor John Jay (1745-1829) in 1799, and conducted an extensive land agency. In 1810, Foote was appointed the judge of the New York Court of Common Pleas, serving until 1816, and then again, from 1828 until his death in 1829.

In 1779, Foote married Jerusha Purdy (1754-1818) and, in 1797, he began building his estate, Arbor Hill, on land granted to him in return for his military service. The Footes' were the parents of four children: Frederick Parsons Foote (1782-1827), Charles Augustus Foote (1785-1824), Harriet Foote (born 1787), and Margaret Parsons Foote (1790-1840). Frederick Parsons Foote served as a general in the War of 1812. He married Charlotte Welles, had three children, and died in Leghorn Italy at the age of 45. Charles Augustus Foote, a lawyer and member of Congress from New York in 1824, married Maria Baldwin and was the father of five children who lived to adulthood: Frances, Catherine B., Rensselaer (West point graduate and career soldier who served in the Seminole War and was killed at the Battle of Gaines Mill during the Civil War), Charles A., and James B. Harriet Foote first married Ambrose Bryan, and later married her cousin John Foote (son of Ebenezer's brother Isaac [1746-1842]). She became guardian to her brother Charles' children following his death. Margaret Parsons Foote married Reverend Ebenezer K. Maxwell (1743-1840), the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Delhi for twenty-eight years. Ebenezer Foote died on December 28, 1829 at the age of 75.

Description. The Ebenezer Foote Papers date from 1766 to 1925 and primarily document Foote's land agency business. The bulk of the records date from 1785 to Foote's death in 1829, and in addition to the land and financial records related to his business, the collection also contains some legal records, records documenting Foote's work as inspector of cattle for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and limited family records. The collection is arranged in four series: "Business Records, Largely Relating to Land, 1766-1829," "Legal Records, 1788-1829," "Revolutionary War Correspondence and Financial Records regarding Supplies of Cattle for the Continental Army, 1778-1782," and "Family Records, 1790-1925."

As a collection, this material provides an interesting glimpse into the formation of a new county, particularly in assessing its property, negotiating its land transactions, and governing/judging its community. The papers also provide a unique opportunity to see the American dream in action, from fighting for the nation's independence, building a business, earning success and respect, and participating in the governance of the county and state.

Box 13 is oversized.
Series 1. Business Records, Largely Relating to Land, 1766-1829
Subseries a. Correspondence to Ebenezer Foote, 1785-1829
Subseries b. Financial and Land Records, 1766-1829
Series 2. Legal Records, 1788-1829
Series 3. Revolutionary War Correspondence and Financial Records regarding Supplies of Cattle for the Continental Army, 1778-1782
Series 4. Family Records, 1790-1925

This collection was acquired in two parts. The bulk of the collection was donated by Stewart Robinson, March 18, 1964. The correspondence found in "Series III. Revolutionary War Correspondence and Financial Records Regarding Supplies of Cattle for the Continental Army, 1778-1782" was purchased at auction in 2012. [the finding aid can be seen on the Princeton online catalog. Note: Stewart “Stu” Robinson was ordained a Presbyterian Minister, see Princeton Alumni Weekly, vol. 18, 1917. —dff]

1 Feb, 2017; seen boxes: 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 12. (12 has family material) folder 18: john P Brother. 28 march, 1817 to Ebenezer, Delhi. “I have had some plans of emigration to a milder climate in view, but I hope to see you before they will be put in execution. if that should take place at all, at any rate, I shall wait Samls arrival & dispatch him or go myself to look out for a place of shelter before I finally determine on my future plans,—I hope that as soon as convenient after receive this you will give me the pleasure of hearing of the present state of your yourself & family,”

31 March, 1818: “I expect to sail for Jama. in about a month, I shall probably make but a short stay of of return by way of the Alabama territory were I shall look out for some place to settle myself upon in which a subsistence may be obtained more easily than here, where it requires more Keenness & dexterity for that purpose than i either possessor can ever hope to acquire, in boxes, seen alphabetical, miscellaneous folders: H., M, R., W. V. Misc.

Box 12, folder 7: “The politician outwitted” old book.

Box 12 folder 1: William Frost. Writes from West Point thanking him for delivery of cattle.

Box 12. folder 2. : West Point, 2d Dec 1780, Sir The Thirty Head of Cattle I las sent for were driven as far as Danforth’s the Night before last I tester morning obtained a party of men and now I under the … but now he cannot find them (the cattle)

box 12 folder 16: Jesse Baldwin writes letter to Margaret P Foote long letter about the ministers in NYC and the Devil, Jesus and God in general.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York
Van Gaasbeek, Peter, 1754-1798. Correspondence, 1773-1802 LOCATION: Local system #: (NIC)NYDU427-240-0274

Abstract: Papers of Peter Van Gaasbeek include family correspondence, 1786-1794; political and business correspondence with John Addison, 1792-1796, Abraham B. Bancker, 1788-1789, Coenraedt E. Elmendorf, 1787-1797, Container 30 Ebenezer Foote, 1792-1797, Rufus King, 1794-1795, Johannes Miller, 1792-1795, Jacob Radclift, 1795-1796, James S. Roosevelt, 1793-1794, Cornelius C. Schoonmaker, 1783-1789, Cornelius Wynkoop, 1787-1788, and others, 1773-1802; and correspondence with Peter R. and John R. Livingston regarding military affairs, 1776-1778.

General note: Part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hudson River Valley and Dutchess County Manuscripts. Personal subject: Addison, John. Personal subject: Bancker, Abraham B. Personal subject: Elmendorf, Coenraedt E. Personal subject: Foote, Ebenezer. Personal subject: King, Rufus, 1755-1827. Personal subject: Miller, Johannes. Personal subject: Radclift, Jacob. Personal subject: Roosevelt, James S. Personal subject: Schoonmaker, Cornelius C. Personal subject: Wynkoop, Cornelius. Personal subject: Livingston, Peter R. Personal subject: Livingston, John R., 1754-1851. Subject: Family—New York (State)—Dutchess County. Geographic terms: Dutchess County (N.Y.)—Commerce. Geographic terms: Dutchess County (N.Y.)—Politics and government. Geographic terms: United States—History—Revolution, 1775-1783.
  • Society of the Cincinnati Library, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
  • State University of New York at Oneonta Oneonta, New York.

1823 letter to Ebenezer Foote: Daily Life in Antebellum Rural New York, Also Digitalized. [ Read the letter here]

  • United States Military Academy (West Point) Library, Manuscripts. Highlands, New York, 10996-10997
Rensselaer Foote papers. Foote, Rensselaer, 1815-1862, USMA x1838. 1847-1861. 81 items.

Subject Terms: United States Military Academy — Publications by Former Cadets; United States Military Academy — Publications about Former Cadets; United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865; United States. Army — Ordnance and ordnance stores; United States. Army — Records and correspondence; United States. Army — Officers Correspondence

Summary: Papers, 1847-1861, including ordnance invoices; receipts; correspondence; ordnance papers; accounts; ordnance records, 1847-1858. Available for use by appointment. U.S. Military Academy Library, Special Collections. Gift of John D. Crocker, 1968.

Army officer, killed in Civil War, Gaines Mill, Va., 27 June 1862, Bvt Major.

OCLC: 7521638 Accession Number: usma.1052303
  • U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (U.S. Army Military History Institute Library, Ridgeway Hall), 950 Soldiers Drive Carlisle, PA 17013-5021
The John Worthington Ames papers, 1860-1863. Publication Year: 1860

Subject Terms: Seven Days' Battles, Va., 1862 — Personal narratives. Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862 — Personal narratives. Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862 — Personal narratives. Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862 — Personal narratives. Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863 — Personal narratives. Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 — Personal narratives. Draft Riot, New York, N.Y., 1863

Correspondents: Meade, George Gordon, 1815-1872, George Sykes, 1822-1880. Joseph Hooker, 1814-1879. Fitz-John Porter, 1822-1901. Canby, Edward Richard Sprigg, 1817-1873. Charles Swain Lovell, 1811-1871. Floyd-Jones, Delancey. Bates, Edward, 1793-1869.

Description: Personal letters pertaining to the following war: Civil War — Secession Crisis, — Eastern Theater, — Northern Interior. 1 Box, Original material, Contains information pertaining to the following military units and organizations: 11th United States (U.S.) Infantry Regiment; 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, V (5th) Corps; 6th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment; 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. General description of the collection: The John W. Ames papers include officer's letters (400 typed pages): 3 as a civilian in Texas, November-December 1861; and the rest while serving in the Army, August 1861-September 1863: Yorktown, seven days, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and draft riots in New York. George Meade, George Sykes, Joseph Hooker, Fitz-John Porter, Edward Canby, Charles Lovell, Charles Russell, Delancey Floyd-Jones, and Edward Bates are included.

Available on site only. Accession Number: edsagd. 49777131 - Ridgway Hall, Bay 4, Row 134, Face D, Shelf 5 box 1
  • University of Florida, P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, Gainesville, Florida. And digitized here.
“It is astonishing what a great variety of queer things there are in this Country,” Letter from Rensselaer Foote, Fort Simmons on Caloosahatchee River Florida, Nov. 25th 1841, to his sister Catherine B. Foote.
  • Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia,
Letters to Ebenezer Foote [manuscript] 1794-1820. Format: Mixed Materials; Description 29 items. Variant title: Federalist letters. Letters concern national politics and the villainy of the Jeffersonians. Particularly topics include Elbridge Gerry and the XYZ affair; Jefferson and the election of 1800; bitterness between the "Clintonians" and the "Lewisites"; contemporary political factions; George Clinton, the Embargo and Thomas Jefferson; James Madison and the Embargo; John Adams suspect as a true Federalist; controversies surrounding the election of 1808; the character of Jefferson; Citizen Genet's opinions; Bonaparte; a the National Bank; and slavery and The Missouri Compromise. Correspondents include Loving Andrews, John Avery, Samuel A. Barker, A. deZeng, C. E. Edmunds, Charles A. Foote, John P. Foote, Justin Foote, Barent Gardenier, Daniel Hale, Jacob Morris, John Radcliff, Stephen van Rensselaer, William Root, Henry van Schaack, William Thompson, and Abraham van Vechten. Notes: Forms part of the Tracy W. McGregor Autograph Collection. Cite as Federalist Letters to Ebenezer Foote, 1794-1820, in the Tracy W. McGregor Library, Accession #4887, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, Manuscripts and Archives, New Haven, Connecticut.
Burr Family Papers. Call Number: MS 303 Burr family papers Dates: 1750-1890 Physical Description: 1 linear foot (3 boxes, 1 folio) Correspondence and other papers relating to members of the Burr family of Fairfield, Conn. Principal figures represented in the papers include Aaron Burr (1756-1836), soldier, politician and third vice-president of the United States; and his father, the Reverend Aaron Burr (1716-1757), scholar, clergyman, and second president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton) …There is also a small group of correspondence of others which refers to Burr, e.g., the letters received by Ebenezer Foote (1 25), which discuss New York state politics and suggests Burr as a candidate for governor in 1795. Other letters relate to the trial; Henry Dearborn to Edward Triffin reporting Burr's surrender; A letter from Alfred Edwards to Henry Waggaman Edwards mentions the duel with Hamilton. Samuel A. Barker (4) 1795 1 25; William P. Beers (1) 1806 1 25; Solomon Sleight (1) 1795; Peter Van Gaasbeek (5) 1795; S. Van Rensellaer (1) 1795; Abraham Van Vechten (1762-1823) (1) 1800

Online Sources:

  • The Delaware County Historical Society has done an excellent job in digitizing their cemetery and vital records, manuscripts, maps, and other primary sources. Various histories of the area are also digitalized, sometimes in more convenient form that google.books.
  • State University of New York at Oneonta Oneonta, New York.

1823 letter to Ebenezer Foote: Daily Life in Antebellum Rural New York, State University of New York at Oneonta. Background: Ebenezer Foote served in the Revolutionary War and later made his home in Delhi, NY. May be hard to read, as is the original. [ Read the letter here]


Andrew James Colvin married, at Newark, New Jersey, September 2, 1845, Margaret Crane Alling, daughter of Prudden Alling and Maria Halsey, of Newark, New Jersey. She was a niece of Colonel John Ford, and related to General Prudden of the revolutionary army, and by marriage of her aunt, Matilda (Rosekrans) Halsey, to General Ebenezer Foote of the Continental army, an old Delaware county family. She was a descendant of Roger Alling (1st) progenitor of the family in America, who came to this country in 1639, settling in New Haven, Connecticut. Foote Rosekrans Halsey family connection links here


Christopher Tappan: To the inhabitants of Ulster County : the public prints in this and in a neighbouring county, have of late been thronged with publications, bearing the signature of Ebenezer Foote, which were evidently intended to depreciate my reputation...
 Ebenezer Foote: Fellow citizens of Ulster County. Once more I address you on the subject matter of dispute between Mr. Tappen and myself, and this once possibly may be the last. Published 1793 by Printed by Power & Copp. in Kingston [N.Y.] . 
Signed: Ebenezer Foote. Marlborough, March 26, 1793. Shipton & Mooney 46751. Microfiche. [New York : Readex Microprint, 1985] 11 x 15 cm. (Early American imprints. First series ; no. 46751) Series Early American imprints — no. 46751. [microform] : 1 sheet ([1] p.) ; ID Numbers Open Library OL14598732M

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