Guide to the Ashbel W. Corey (1798-1839) and Anna E. Corey (fl.1824-1857) Papers 1790-1904 MG 90

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Arrangement
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1822-1893

Series 2: Business Correspondence, 1826-1839.

Series 3: Business Records, 1808-1895.

Series 4: Financial Documents, 1808-1873.

Series 5: Legal Documents, 1790-1887.

Series 6: Literary Productions, 1833-1904.

Series 7: Printed Material, 1814-1853


Guide to the Ashbel W. Corey (1798-1839) and Anna E. Corey (fl.1824-1857) Papers
1790-1904
MG 90

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Inventory prepared by Irina Peris as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. November 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Corey, Ashbel W. (Ashbel Wheelock), 1798-1839.
Title: Ashbel W. Corey (1798-1839) and Anna E. Corey (fl.1824-1857)

Papers

Dates 1790-1904
Abstract: Consists of correspondence, business records, financial documents, legal documents, literary productions, and printed materials dating from 1790 to 1904 and belonging to the Corey family of Newark, NJ.
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number: MG 90

Biographical Note

Ashbel Wheelock Corey was a prominent Newark lawyer and entrepreneur. He was born on February 12, 1798 in Caldwell, Essex County, New Jersey. He studied law in the office of Silas Whitehead, the clerk of Essex County, and was admitted to the bar in 1826. Corey assisted in the process of securing the charter of the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Co., and he subsequently was elected to its Board of Directors. Although Corey was actively involved in overseeing construction of the railroad, he still practiced law and participated in a cargo shipping business conducted by Caleb W. Bruen (1768-1846), the father of his wife, Anna Elizabeth, whom he married in 1827. Corey did not seem to be successful in his business endeavors, however, for at the time of his death from tuberculosis in 1839, his estate was not sufficient to pay his debts. His wife, who had to take care of four children, rented out her property. Ashbel and Anna Corey had four children: Anna Elizabeth (later Baldwin), Sophia, Henry, and Andrew.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 2 linear feet of correspondence, business records, financial documents, legal documents, literary productions, and printed materials dating from 1790 to 1904. The documents relate to the practice of law in 19th century New Jersey, transportation, as well as a variety of subjects such as education, medicine, religion, and women as independent entrepreneurs. This collection is organized into six series: Correspondence, Business records, Financial documents, Legal documents, Literary productions, and Printed material. The documents within each series are arranged chronologically with the exception of the category “Various Individuals” in Series I and the book list in Series VI, where the arrangement is alphabetical.

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Arrangement

The papers are organized into seven series:

Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1822-1893

Series 2: Business Correspondence, 1826-1839

Series 3: Business Records, 1808-1895

Series 4: Financial Documents, 1808-1873

Series 5: Legal Documents, 1790-1887

Series 6: Literary Productions, 1833-1904

Series 7: Printed Material, 1814-1853

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Bruen, Caleb W.
Corey, Anna Eliza Bruen.
Subject Organizations.
New Jersey Transportation and Railroad Co.
Subject Topics:
Actions and defenses–New Jersey.
Businesswomen–New Jersey.
Calligraphy.
Capitalists and financiers–New Jersey.
Insurance companies.
Land titles–New Jersey.
Law–New Jersey.
Lawyers–New Jersey.
Ocean travel.
Religion.
Subject Places:
Essex County (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)
West Indies.
Document Types:
Account books.
Civil court records.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Deeds.
Diaries.
Diplomas.
Financial records.
Legal documents.
Receipts.
Wills.

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 79, Caleb W. Bruen (1768-1846), Cabinetmaker and Distiller, Record books

Manuscript Group 181, Estate of Daniel Tichenor (1757-1831), Vendue Book.

Manuscript Group 398, Rutherfurd Family Papers.

Contains a letter from Ashbel W.Corey
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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 90, Ashbel W. Corey (1798-1839) and Anna E. Corey (fl.1824-1857)

Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Mrs. Alex M. Linnett in 1921.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1822-1893

Scope and Content:

This sub-series largely consists of letters addressed to or written by Anna E. Bruen (Corey) which discuss family matters, her relationship with her future husband, and her deep devotion to religion. The letters she sent to her parents during a trip with her husband to the West Indies in 1836-1837 explore cultural differences and racial ambiguities of the places visited, along with medical issues. The latter topic reflects the main purpose of the trip, the improvement of her husband’s health.

These letters are contained in 9 folders.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Anna E. (Bruen) Corey. Letters received 1824-1849
1 2 Anna E. (Bruen) Corey. Letters sent 1836-1839
1 3 Anna E. Corey (Baldwin). 1856-1868
1 4 Ashbel W. Corey. Letters received 1831-1837
1 5 Henry M. Corey. Letters received 1859-1862
1 6 Sophia B. Corey 1866-1893
1 7 James H. Bruen 1829
1 8 Various individuals 1822-1887
1 9 Various individuals n.d.

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Series 2: Business Correspondence, 1826-1839.

Scope and Content:

The correspondence of Ashbel W. Corey and other individuals concerns mostly financial and family issues. Contained in 3 folders.

Box Folder Title Date
1 10 Ashbel W. Corey 1826-1832
1 11 Ashbel W. Corey 1836-1839
1 12 Various individuals 1826-1839

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Series 3: Business Records, 1808-1895.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of 27 folders of lease contracts, accounts, law practice documents, and miscellaneous records dating from 1808 to 1895. The business records reflect Ashbel W. Corey’s various activities: his work as a lawyer (mostly the financial side of a practicing attorney), as a partner of Caleb W. Bruen’s shipping business, and as a landlord.

Box Folder Title Date
1 13 Anna E. Corey. Lease contracts 1845-1847
1 14 Ashbel W. Corey. Lease contracts 1839-1840
1 15 Ashbel W. Corey. Accounts 1832-1837
1 16 Ashbel W. Corey. Rent accounts 1834-1838
1 17 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1808-1824
1 18 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1825-1828
1 19 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1829
1 20 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1829-1830
1 21 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1830
1 22 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1831
1 23 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1832-1833
1 24 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1834-1835
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1836-1837
2 2 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents 1838-1839
2 3 Ashbel W. Corey. Law practice documents n.d.
2 4 Ashbel W. Corey. Miscellaneous n.d.
2 5 Caleb W. Bruen. Miscellaneous 1819-1840
2 6 Various individuals. Miscellaneous 1833-1895

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Series 4: Financial Documents, 1808-1873.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of 13 folders of account books, receipts, bonds, mortgages, insurance policies, and stock accounts. Among the financial documents, the account books of Anna E. Corey are of special interest. They give a detailed picture of her daily expenses and profits. Her receipts and lease contracts give an account of her efforts to sustain herself financially after the death of her husband. The financial documents of Ashbel W. Corey include receipts, bonds, and mortgages. Stock accounts of Ashbel W. Corey reflect his financial involvement with the New Jersey Transportation and Railroad Co.

Box Folder Title Date
2 7 Anna E. Corey. Account books 1839-1844
2 8 Anna E. Corey. Receipts 1824-1847
2 9 Anna E. Corey. Receipts 1848-1856
2 10 Ashbel W. Corey. Account books 1826-1833
2 11 Ashbel W. Corey. Account book 1835-1836
2 12 Ashbel W. Corey. Accounts, promissory notes 1832-1837
2 13 Ashbel W. Corey. Bonds, mortgages 1828-1837
2 14 Ashbel W. Corey. Receipts 1820-1828
2 15 Ashbel W. Corey. Receipts 1829-1839
Box Folder Title Date
3 1 Ashbel W. Corey. Stock accounts 1833-1838
3 2 Ashbel W. Corey. Insurance policies 1835-1864
3 3 Caleb W. Bruen. Miscellaneous 1808-1847
3 4 Various individuals. Miscellaneous 1839-1873

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Series 5: Legal Documents, 1790-1887.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of 13 folders of land deeds, court notices, and estate papers, which reflect the activities of Ashbel W. Corey as an investor in the New Jersey land market. The results of his financial endeavors are represented in his estate papers. The legal documents also reflect his family’s involvement in various lawsuits.

Box Folder Title Date
3 5 Anna E. Corey. Court notices, draft of will, etc. 1839-1852
3 6 Anna E. Corey. Deeds 1837-1857
3 7 Ashbel W. Corey. Estate papers 1839-1840
3 8 Ashbel W. Corey. Articles of agreement, court appeals 1830-1840
3 9 Ashbel W. Corey. Deeds 1828-1833
3 10 Ashbel W. Corey. Deeds 1831-1834
3 11 Ashbel W. Corey. Deeds 1835
3 12 Ashbel W. Corey. Deeds 1835
3 13 Ashbel W. Corey. Deeds 1836
3 14 Ashbel W. Corey. Deeds 1837-1838
3 15 Sophia B. Corey. Deeds 1860-1873
3 16 Anna E. (Corey) Baldwin 1869-1887
3 17 Caleb W. Bruen 1790-1847
3 18 Various individuals. Miscellaneous 1789-1857

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Series 6: Literary Productions, 1833-1904.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of 5 folders of diaries, essays, and a poem. Of note is the diary of Anna E. Corey kept during a family boat trip which comments on the weather, food served on board, her husband’s health, and the children’s behavior. Her essays on religion are a good source of information on the period’s popular religious sentiments. This series includes a poem written by Andrew M. Corey, son of Anna E. and Ashbel W. Corey; a calligraphy book of the other son, Henry M. Corey; and an essay on the insurance business by an unknown author.

Box Folder Title Date
4 1 Anna E. Corey. Diary 1833-1835
4 2 Anna E. Corey. Essays on Religion 1848
4 3 Andrew M. Corey. Poem “The American Epic” 1904
4 4 Henry M. Corey. Calligraphy book n.d.
4 5 Essay and notes on the insurance business n.d.

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Series 7: Printed Material, 1814-1853

Scope and Content:

This series consists of one oversized volume and 2 folders of schoolbooks, the school diploma of Sophia B. Corey, and a fragment of the publication, “The Judgment of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.”.

Box Folder Title Date
4 6 “The Judgment of the Supreme Court of New Jersey” 1835
Box Title Date
5 Baldwin, Austin. “A Table Book and Primary Arithmetic, Compiled and Arranged for the Introductory Department of the New York High Schools.” New York: R. Lockwood 1839
5 Emerson, Frederick. “The North American Arithmetic, Part Second.” Boston: Tappan and Whittemore 1853
5 Rudd, John C. “A Compendium of Geography Containing, Besides the Matter Usual in Such Works, A Short System of Sacred Geography.” Trenton, NJ: D. and E. Fenton 1819
5 Watts, Isaac. “Psalms of David.” Elizabethtown, NJ: Isaac Kollock 1814
Box Title Date
OS Sophia B. Corey. School diploma 1845

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