John Winfield Deyo Collection (1795-1906)

Finding Aid Completed by Eric Roth, September 28, 1999
Volume: 0.5 cu. ft.
Acquisition: The papers were donated to the Huguenot Historical Society by John Winfield Deyo on June 7, 1989.
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.

Collection Description

The collection consists of miscellaneous papers of various ancestors of collector John Winfield Deyo I-1221 (b. 1921) (1). The two individuals primarily represented in the collection include John Elting (1773-1827), and Carrie A. Disbrow (1858-1920), wife of Ernest Elmore Deyo G-1121 (1856-1934).

The main strength of the collection is the presence of several wills, estate inventories, and other legal papers from 1807 to 1865. These include the will of Jannetje Hasbrouck, widow of Jacob Hasbrouck (1807); will of Esther Wurtz, widow of George Wurtz (1820); will and estate inventory of John Elting (1827), will of Benjamin Ebenzer Potter of Cayuga County, NY (1833); and an estate inventory of Blandina Potter (1865). Other legal papers include a survey map deeds, bonds, and court papers relating to lands in Ulster County owned by John Elting and the Hasbrouck, Wurtz and Deyo families (1795-1836).

The correspondence of Carrie A. Disbrow Deyo consists of postcards, greeting cards and letters from friends and relatives in Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Brooklyn and Saranac Lake, NY from 1882-1886, and 1905-1906. The correspondents primarily discuss family issues such as visits, vacations, children, weddings, and health concerns. Brief descriptions of leisurely pursuits such as picnics, operas, festivals and automobile rides also abound. Several of the letters and greeting cards from 1905 discuss the death of Mrs. Deyo's father. Overall, the handwriting in the letters is quite legible. Stamped envelopes and decorative greeting cards have been separated from the correspondence and are available by special request only.

Other items in the collection include albumen print photographs of Mauritus W. Deyo F-603 (1819-1898) and his wife Mary Jane Winfield (1827-1901); and a miniature book entitled History of the Bible (1827), containing the signature of Carrie A. Disbrow.

In addition to this collection, the Huguenot Historical Society also maintains four other collections of papers pertaining to the Deyo family. They include the Mary Deyo Papers (ca. 1850-1932), Jessie B. VanWagenen Deyo Papers (1889-1929), Deyo Family Papers(1675-1870), and the William S. Deyoe Papers (1892-1972). Researchers may also want to consult the Huguenot Historical Society Bible and Religious Book Collection, which includes several Bibles with Deyo family history.

Folder/Item List

(1882-1886 and undated)

Estate and Legal Papers:
(1795-1836) - oversize
(1865 and undated) - oversize

Photographs (undated)

History of the Bible. Hartford, Julius Gilman, Publisher (1827)


1. All genealogical information unless otherwise noted is taken from: Hasbrouck, Kenneth E. and Heidgard, Ruth P. The Deyo (Deyoe) Family, revised & enlarged. Deyo Family Association, Huguenot Historical Society, Inc., New Paltz, NY (1992).