Papers of Abby Pearce Casey (1813-1862)

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1830-1868, undated



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Series XXI, Papers of Abby Pearce Casey (1813-1862), 1830-1868, undated, are primarily family correspondence, in addition to financial, legal and literary material. This series is arranged into two subseries.

Subseries A, Correspondence received, 1830-1868, undated, contains letters sent to Abby (Pearce) Casey, from her family and friends, during periods when she was able to join her husband, first at Madison Barracks, New York, and later in Michigan Territory, and Benecia, California. Letters from her father-in-law, Wanton Casey (1760-1842), her father, Dutee J. Pearce, and sisters Ann and Hannah predominate and are mainly from the 1830s and 1840s. Included in this series are letters regarding the election of Dutee J. Pearce to Congress. This series also contains letters to Abby from her husband Silas, written from Alabama, Florida, Mexico, California, Kansas, and Washington Territory. A small amount of sent correspondence includes three letters sent by Abby Casey on behalf of her son, Thomas Lincoln Casey (1813-1862), recommending his candidacy for West Point. One is to President James K. Polk.

Subseries B, Other papers, 1830-ca. 1861, undated, contains two receipts from Thomas Lincoln Casey; a 1850 deed for a lot of land in San Diego, California; two poems, either by Abby, or more likely unattributed copies of some published work. One poem is dated 1830, the year of Abby's marriage to Silas Casey.


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