Jennie Earl and Elizabeth S.C. [Crittenden] correspondence
This collection of letters was apparently written by two sisters living in Lawrence from 1859 to sometime after 1863. The letters are written to their mother and brother who lived in Westinfield, Connecticut, and concern events in Lawrence prior to and during the Civil War.
- Earl, Jennie L. (Person)
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Biographies of Jennie and Elizabeth Crittenden
Elizabeth Crittenden was born in Connecticut around 1825. In November 1854, she and her younger sister Jennie Crittenden left Wethersfield, Connecticut, and headed west to Kansas. They came as part of the 6th contingent of the Emigrant Aid Company, an organization dedicated to sending citizens with anti-slavery sentiments to the new Kansas Territory to ensure that it would not be admitted as a slave state. Elizabeth's husband, Anson H. Mallory, had left with the first Company party in July and was waiting for the sisters in Lawrence.
Jennie married George F. Earl in 1857. Earl had also come to Lawrence as a member of the Emigrant Aid Company, and he served as a Captain in Kansas Company A during the Civil War.
By the summer of 1863, Elizabeth had been abandoned by her husband Anson and recently granted a divorce. She resumed using her maiden name and signed her letters "ESC."
1 folder (+ 1 oversize folder (32 items))
The letters are arranged chronologically. Two letters dated 1859 and 1881 from two different attorney's are filed together, separate from the main body of correspondence.
RH MS P285
RH MS Q70
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, James Helms, 1976
- Guide to the Jennie L. and Elizabeth S.C. Earl Correspondence
- Jennie Earl and Elizabeth S.C. correspondence
- Finding aid prepared by lgg, 1976; sfw, 1985; revised by, cl 2010. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006
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Jennie L. Earl and Elizabeth S.C. [Crittenden] correspondence, Kansas Collection, RH MS P285, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas