Contents and Arrangement

Martha Bradstreet (1780-1871) Memoir Drafts, circa 1800-1860

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of a collection of correspondence, writings, legal documents, and genealogical papers belonging to Martha Bradstreet (1780-1871) of Bennettsville, New York, the step-granddaughter of Major General John Bradstreet (1711-1774) who fought legal battles surrounding her land claims in Oneida, Herkimer, and Delaware Counties, New York, for much of the 19th century.

Correspondence includes fourteen pages of copied letters from 1780 and five autograph letters dating from 1780 to 1794, which were exchanged between three of Martha Bradstreet's aunts and relate to John Bradstreet, as well as the family's efforts to care for Martha Bradstreet and her mother and brother following her father's death. Among the copied letters are detailed accounts by Elizabeth and Peter Livius (Chief Justice of Quebec) that describe "the fearful termination" of their "intended voyage to Quebec," due to a massive storm that resulted in "the wreck and total loss of the Royal Yacht, the Worseley" off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. There are also twenty-four family letters dating from 1848 to 1869, which are largely exchanged between Phebe Bradstreet and her family, including her husband Edward L. Bradstreet (Martha Bradstreet's son) and two daughters, Martha Northrup and Flavilla Humphrey.

Of note are several dozen legal documents and letters relating to Martha Bradstreet's legal claims and associated legal activities to regain title to land throughout the Mohawk River Valley in upstate New York that she had inherited from the estates of John Bradstreet and his wife Mary Aldridge. There are also two brief drafts of an outline and chapter of Martha Bradstreet's memoir, genealogical and historical materials relating to the Bradstreet, Livius, and Cook families, and two paintings of the Bradstreet Family Coat of Arms.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2020 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Martha Bradstreet (1780-1871) Memoir Drafts; Martha Bradstreet Family Papers, C1646, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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