Annie R. Disosway family papers

Annie R. Disosway family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Adams, Annie Ryerss Disosway, b. 1838
Title: Annie R. Disosway family papers
Dates: 1854-1940
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3184

Biographical/Historical Note

Annie Ryerss Disosway (b. 1838) was the daughter of Cornelius Ryerss Disosway (d.1888) and Eliza Wilkins Disosway (d.1897). The family including Annie, sisters Louise (b. 1840) and Mary, and brother William Wilkins (Willie, 1843-1863), moved from Baltimore, Maryland to New York City in 1854. Annie married Henry Kingsland Adams (d. 1899) and had two daughters, Louise (Loulie, b. 1876) and Winnona (Nannie, b. 1873). In 1902 Louise Adams married Frank Trenholm Haskell Coffin and they had a son Kingsland Coffyn.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, wills, writings and printed material. The correspondence is to and from various family members. One letter to Annie Disosway from R. in Olney, Maryland, describes in detail the Confederate troops coming to the family home. There are three diaries written by Annie Disosway. The 1854-1856 diary describes her move to New York, boarding school in Pennsylvania, and her family. Annie’s second diary, 1860-1861, deals with her thoughts on the Civil War, her brother Willie’s enlistment in the 1st New York Mounted Rifles, and his serious illness. She and her mother traveled to the camp of the Lincoln Cavalry (Camp Meigs) in Washington, D.C., to care for him, and many details of the camp and soldiers are given. Willie survived the illness but was killed on October 13, 1863. The third diary, 1891-1898, contains Annie’s reminiscences of past Christmas seasons. A fourth diary, 1886-1915, was written by Annie’s sister Louise and describes various family matters. Other writings include a school composition book by Winnona Adams, a handwritten newsletter edited by 16-year-old Louise Adams, and notes by Annie Disosway Adams regarding mental healing, the Iliad, French history, and her husband’s death.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Adams, Annie Ryerss Disosway, b. 1838 -- Correspondence
Adams, Annie Ryerss Disosway, b. 1838 -- Diaries
Adams, Annie Ryerss Disosway, b. 1838 -- Family
Adams, Annie Ryerss Disosway, b. 1838 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Adams, Henry Kingsland, d. 1899 -- Death and burial
Adams, Winnona, b. 1873 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Camp Meigs (Washington, D.C.).
Disosway, Louise, b. 1840 -- Diaries
Disosway, William Wilkins, 1843-1863 -- Death and burial
Homer -- Iliad
Mental healing.
New York (State)--Social life and customs--19th century.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
Wills--New York (State)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Annie R. Disosway family papers, MS 3184. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1864-1940
2Writings - Diary - Annie Disosway, 1854-1856
3Writings - Diary - Annie Disosway, 1860-1861
4Writings - Diary - Annie Disosway Adams, 1891-1898
5Writings - Notebook - Annie Disosway Adams, 1891-1894
6Writings - Annie Disosway Adams
Children and husband's death.
7Writings - Diary - Louise Disosway, 1886-1915
8Writings - "Chips from the Rocks" - Louise Disosway, 1892
9Writings - School composition book - Winnona Disosway Adams
10Writings - Poetry
12Commission of Cornelius R. Disosway, Chaplain of 10th Regiment, 1833
13Printed material