Guide to the Reynolds-Day Family Papers 1847-1875 MG 1570

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Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Container List

Correspondence 1847-1875


Guide to the Reynolds-Day Family Papers
1847-1875
MG 1570
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
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Email: library@jerseyhistory.org
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. January 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: Reynolds-Day Families
Title: Reynolds-Day Families Papers,
Dates 1847-1875
Abstract: The collection consists mainly of correspondence of the Day and Reynolds families from 1847 to 1875.
Quantity: 0.50 linear feet / 20 folders
Collection Number: MG 1570

Biographical Note

The Reynolds and Day families figured prominently in the founding of Orange, New Jersey.

Judge Stephen D. Day (1771-1856) was a direct descendant of George Day, one of the founders of Newark, New Jersey. He was born in Camptown (now Irvington), New Jersey. Day settled in Orange, New Jersey in 1798, and with his partner, John Lindsley, became one of the first merchants in that town. His other business activities included the organization of the Orange Bank, and the formation of the Morris and Essex Railroad Company. Day was also a member of the first Orange Town Committee, a judge in the County Court of Common Pleas, and was a New Jersey State Senator. Day married Lindsley’s sister Sarah, with whom he had six children, of whom three survived: Robert Patton (b. 1799), Eliza (b. 1805), and Charles Rodney (b. 1808). After Sarah’s death Day married Mary Lindsley, the sister of his first wife.

James Everett Reynolds was also a descendant of one of the founding families of Orange, New Jersey. He was the son of Daniel D. Reynolds and Eliza Gurnee, and was a leading businessman and attorney in Orange, and later East Orange, New Jersey. Much of his wealth was derived from earnings on real estate deals. On March 3, 1868, one of the buildings erected by Reynolds on Main Street was destroyed in a fire, which also destroyed the home of Charles Day. The total damage was estimated at forty thousand dollars, which was quite a large sum for the time. Reynolds married Phebe Day, the granddaughter of Stephen D. Day. They had three sons and five daughters.

Clinton G. Reynolds, the brother of James Everett Reynolds, was born in 1835. Also an attorney, Clinton’s business activities were mostly in real estate; most notable of these were his dealings on lands available in the West under the Homestead Act. He was shot dead in his New York office on May 20, 1890.
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Scope and Content Note

The majority of the papers are the correspondence of James Everett Reynolds dating from 1856 to approximately 1868. The bulk of these papers include communications from Reynolds’s brother, Clinton, who was residing in Redwing, Minnesota. The subject matter in these letters and telegrams mainly focuses on their land speculation deals in the western United States during the years 1856 to 1861, as well as personal matters. Other family correspondence is from Reynolds’s father, Daniel, and his sister Fanny, his brother Charlie, and from various cousins. The rest of Reynolds’s letters are from primarily business contacts such as George W. Powers and Company, S.J. Sanger, and from friends such as Ed Dodd and J.K. McLean.

The papers of the Day family are mostly letters addressed to Mrs. Stephen D. Day, as well notes to Eliza Day from her parents, Stephen and Sarah Day. Also included are an invitation for Mary Day to Robert Day and Sallie Young in 1875, and a photocopy of Phebe Day Reynolds’s portrait.

Various unidentified and fragmented letters, possibly belonging to James Everett Reynolds, complete the collection.
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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Day, George.
Day, Stephen D., 1771-1856
Reynolds, Clinton G.
Reynolds, James Everett
Subject Topics:
Land speculation–United States.
Subject Places:
Orange (N.J.)
Document Types:
Letters (Correspondence)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1570, Reynolds-Day Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dinwiddie Smith and Phebe K. Bentink-Smith, April 2000.

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Bibliography

Condit, Jotham H. Early Records of the Township of Orange, from 1807 to 1845. (Orange, New Jersey: The Chronicle Press, 1897).

Whittemore, Henry. The Founders and Builders of the Oranges. (Newark, New Jersey: L.J. Hardham, 1896).

Pierson, David Lawson. History of the Oranges to 1921, 4 vols. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922).

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Container List

Correspondence1847-1875

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Letter from Daniel Reynolds 1856 Apr. 30
1 1 Letter from Daniel Reynolds 1856 June 5
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 May 17
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 May 29
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Sept. 9
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Sept. 30
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Oct. 15
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Oct. 18
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Oct. 31
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Oct. 31
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Dec. 5
1 2 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1856 Dec. 17
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Jan. 3
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Jan. 20
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Feb. 4
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Apr. 28
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 May 7
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Aug. 10
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Nov. 14
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857 Dec. 5
1 3 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1857
Dec. 18
1 4 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1858 May 24
1 4 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1858 June 22
1 4 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1858 July 1
1 4 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1858 Aug. 13
1 4 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1858 Sept. 8
1 4 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1858
Sept. 23
1 5 James Reynolds’s correspondence 1858
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1859
Jan. 21
1 5 James Reynolds’s correspondence 1858
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1859 May 4
1 5 James Reynolds’s correspondence from Clinton G. Reynolds 1859 July 14
1 5 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1859 Oct. 22
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 May 25
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 May 28
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 Jun. 16
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 Jul. 10
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 Aug. 3
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 Aug. 17
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 Sept. 1
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 Sept. 6
1 6 James Reynolds’s correspondence
from Clinton G. Reynolds
1860 Sept. 10
1 6 Registered letter receipt 1860 Sept. 13
1 6 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860
Sept. 19
1 6 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Sept. 19
1 6 Telegram from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Sept. 27
1 6 Telegram from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 1
1 6 Telegram from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 5
1 6 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 5
1 6 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 6
1 6 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Oct. 9
1 6 Telegram from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Dec. 7
1 6 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1860 Dec. 23
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Jan. 14
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 4
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 7
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 17
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 23
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Mar. 12
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Mar. 28
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Aug. 21
1 7 Letter from Clinton G. Reynolds 1861 Dec. 5
1 8 Letter fragment from Clinton G. Reynolds n.d
1 8 Letter fragment from Clinton G. Reynolds n.d
1 8 Letter fragment from Clinton G. Reynolds n.d
1 8 Enclosure, J.H. Gower, Bros. & Co., n.d.
Iowa City, Iowa, Available Lands Advertisement
n.d
1 9 Letter from Fanny Reynolds 1858 Sept. 6
1 10 Letter from Charlie Reynolds 1861 Feb. 4
1 10 Letter from Charlie Reynolds 1861 Feb. 14
1 11 Letter from J.A. Reynolds 1861 Jan. 19
1 11 Letter from J.A. Reynolds 1861 Feb. 11
1 12 Letter from Cousin Theodore 1860 Nov. 10
1 12 Letter from unidentified cousin 1861 May 21
1 13 Letter from Griffiths 1859 Sept. 20
1 13 Letter from Griffiths 1859 Oct. 17
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co 1860 June 12
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co 1860 June 15
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co 1860 June 21
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co 1860 June 23
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co 1860 Aug. 7
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co 1861 Feb. 9
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co 1861 Feb. 11
1 14 Telegram from George W. Powers & Co. 1861 Feb. 13
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co. 1861
Feb. 13
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co. 1861
Mar. 5
1 14 Telegram from George W. Powers & Co. 1861 Mar. 16
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co. 1861 July 31
1 14 Letter from George W. Powers & Co. n.d.
1 15 Letter from J.K. McLean 1858
Apr. 15
1 15 Letter from J.K. McLean 1859 July 30
1 15 Letter from J.K. McLean 1859 Oct. 5
1 15 Letter from J.K. McLean 1859 Nov. 18
1 15 Letter from J.K. McLean 1860 Aug. 3
1 15 Letter from J.K. McLean 1861
Feb. 11
1 15 Letter from J.K. McLean 1861 May 21
1 15 Letter fragment from J.K. McLean n.d.
1 16 Letter from Ed Dodd 1860 June 12
1 16 1860 Dec. 9 n.d.
1 16 1861 Mar. 8 n.d.
1 17 Letter from S.J. Sanger, Agt. 1860 Dec. 31
1 17 Letter from S.J. Sanger, Agt. 1861

Jan. 21

1 18 Letter from unidentified person
2 Letter from “C.E.G.”
1860 Dec. 3
1 18 Letter from “C.E.G.” 1861 May 21
1 19 Letter to Eliza Day from parents 1847 Apr. 7
1 19 Letter to Mrs. (Mary) Day from Cornelia Colton 1847 May 27
1 19 Letter to Mrs. (Mary) Day from Cornelia Colton 1849 Jan. 17
1 19 Wedding Invitation for Mary Day (Marriage of Robert Day and Sallie
Young)
1875 ca. Sept. 15
1 19 Portrait of Phebe Day (photocopy) n.d.
1 20 Unidentified letter 1857 Dec. 12
1 20 Letter from James Hind 1860 Oct. 6
1 20 Letter from G.W. Handford 1861 Feb. 6
1 20 Letter to Smith 1868 July 30
1 20 Letter fragment n.d.
1 20 Letter fragment n.d.

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