Annie R. Disosway family papers

Annie R. Disosway family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Disosway family
Title: Annie R. Disosway family papers
Dates: 1822-1940
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet 1 box
Coll. Number: ms3184

Biographical/Historical Note

Annie Ryerss Disosway was the daughter of Cornelius Ryerss Disosway and Eliza Wilkins Disosway. The family includes Annie, sisters Louise and Mary, and brother William Wilkins. Annie married Henry Kingsland Adams and had two daughters, Louise and Winnona. In 1902, Louise married Frank Trenholm Haskell Coffin and they had a son, Kingsland Coffyn.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Annie Disosway, her relatives and descendants. Correspondence is addressed to Annie in New York City; and Kingsland Coffyn in Maine, New Hamphsire, and New York City. A letter to Annie Disosway from “R.” in Olney, Maryland, describes in detail the Confederate troops coming to the family home. Diaries kept by Annie Disosway describe her move to New York, attendance at female seminary, and her family; contain her thoughts on the American Civil War; and describe her brother’s enlistment in the First New York Mounted Rifles, his serious illness, and her travels to the camp of the Lincoln Cavalry (Camp Meigs) to care for him. A third diary kept by Annie contains reminiscences of past Christmas seasons. A fourth diary kept by Louise Disosway describes various family matters. Further writings include a school composition book of Winnona Adams, a handwritten newsletter edited by Louise Adams, and lessons and lecture notes written by Annie Disosway Adams regarding mental healing, the Iliad, French history, and her husband’s death. The collection also includes wills of Achsah Wilkins, Cornelius Ryerss Disosway, and Israel Disosway; and the Commission of Cornelius R. Disosway, Chaplain of 10th Regiment.

Index Terms

Camp Meigs (Washington, D.C.)
New York (State)--Social life and customs.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Annie R. Disosway family papers, ms3184, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1864-1940
2Annie Disosway diary, 1854-1856
3Annie Disosway diary, 1860-1861, 1863, 1927
4Annie Disosway Adams diary, 1891-1898
5Annie Disosway Adams notebook, 1893-1894, 1913
6Annie Disosway Adams writings, 1885, 1899
7Louise Disosway diary, 1886-1915
8Louise Adams writings, including Chips from the Rocks, 1892-1893
9Winnona Disosway Adams school composition book
10Poetry, 1875-1894
11Wills, 1822-1888
12Commission of Cornelius R. Disosway, Chaplain of 10th Regiment, 1833
13Printed material, 1881-1929