Jessie B. VanWagenen Deyo Papers (1889-1929)

Finding Aid Completed by Eric Roth, June 3, 1999
Volume: 0.5 cu. ft.
Acquisition: The papers were donated to the Huguenot Historical Society by Douglas Wilson in 1984.
Access: Unrestricted.
Copyright: Request for permission to publish materials from these records should be discussed with the Archivist and Director of the Huguenot Historical Society.

Special thanks to Deyo Family Association President Esther Aldridge for her help in processing the collection.

Biographical Note

Jessie B. VanWagenen was born in 1870 to Jacob A. Wagenen and Nettie Smith and apparently grew up in the hamlet at Creek Locks in the town of Rosendale, NY. On September 6, 1893 she married Abram W. Deyo, professor at Claverack College in Claverack, NY. Mr. and Mrs. Deyo removed to Elmira, NY at least by 1918. Mrs. Deyo died in 1938 and was buried in Rosendale.

Collection Description

Records include handwritten letters between Jessie B. VanWagenen and her future husband Abram Deyo (1892-1893) while he was at Claverack and she at Rosendale, and between Mrs. Deyo and family members while she was living in Elmira, Chemung County, NY. Of interest are letters written to Mrs. Deyo from her brother Simon B. Van Wagenen, contractor at Rondout (city of Kingston), Ulster County, NY who served as Chair of the Committee of Internal Affairs in the New York State Assembly, and letters written to Jean S. Deyo in the 1920's discussing marriage. The familial connection between Jean S. Deyo and Jessie B. VanWagenen Deyo is uncertain. Also in the collection are deeds, receipts, accounts, tax statements and legal correspondence relating to the settlement of Abram Deyo's estate after his death in 1923. Other papers include newspaper clippings and wedding and graduation invitations pertaining to families and friends at New Paltz, NY (1889-1894), and an unidentified photograph of a young man. The handwriting in most of the letters is quite legible. Access to envelopes from this collection is available upon request.

Folder/Item List


Estate and Legal Papers (1918-1928)

Miscellaneous (1889-1904 and undated)