A0818 Kingsbury Family Papers Inventory of Kingsbury Family Papers A0818 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 email@example.com URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:37:23 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Kingsbury Family Papers
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A portion of the collection was donated by Madame de Giverville, daughter of J.W. Kingsbury, in 1911. Other material was added at a later date.
Jacob Kingsbury was born July 6, 1756, in Franklin County, Connecticut. In 1775, Kingsbury enlisted as a private in the Continental Army. He served in General Anthony Wayne’s Indian campaigns and was promoted to lieutenant of infantry in 1789. On November 24, 1799, he married Sarah Palmer Ellis. Upon promotion, Lieutenant Colonel Kingsbury was given command of Fort Wilkinson, Georgia, and later was one of the principal builders of the fort at Bellefontaine. He was promoted to colonel inspector-general before retiring from the army in 1815. After retiring, he returned to his family home in Franklin, Connecticut, where he died on July 1, 1837.
James Wilkinson Kingsbury, son of Jacob, was born September 28, 1801. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in June 1823. The following year, Second Lieutenant Kingsbury was a member of the Atkinson-O’Fallon expedition to the American West (1824-1826). On May 25, 1830, while stationed at Bellefontaine, he married Julia Antoinette Cabanne (1809-1836), daughter of prominent St. Louisan J. Pierre Cabanne. Kingsbury was promoted to the rank of captain by President Martin Van Buren in October 1837 but resigned within the same month. Kingsbury went on to become a military storekeeper in the army’s purchasing department, a position he held until 1843. He died June 25, 1853.
Charles E. Kingsbury, son of Jacob, was born July 12, 1818, in Norwich, Franklin County, Connecticut. He was appointed as a 2nd lieutenant in the 2nd Regiment of the Dragoons in 1836. He died June 9, 1837.
Thomas Humphrey Cushing Kingsbury, son of Jacob, was born December 23, 1806, near New Orleans. He married Caroline Prudence Ray on May 4, 1834, in Lenox, Ohio. He died August 7, 1880, in Franklin County, Connecticut.
Henry Walter Kingsbury was born in Illinois. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in July 1856. In April 1862, he was promoted to colonel of the 11th Connecticut Infantry. He died September 18, 1862, from wounds received at the Battle of Antietam.
Scope and Contents
The Kingsbury Family Papers consists of correspondence, circulars, commissions, clippings, and genealogical information.
The collection primarily contains material related to the service of the Kingsbury family in the U.S. Army and some family letters. A large portion of the collection comprises correspondence between Jacob Kingsbury and prominent American military and political leaders such as Secretary of State Henry Knox, Secretary of War James McHenry, Alexander Hamilton, James Wilkinson, Oliver Hazard Perry, Secretary of War William Eustis and Horatio Stark.
Later correspondence is written primarily by James Wilkinson Kingsbury and includes letters to his parents and friends, such as George Whistler, regarding his school work, his military appointments, and two letters that describe his involvement in the Atkinson-O'Fallon expedition up the Missouri River (1824-1826).
The collection contains a number of military commissions signed by Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, and James Buchanan. The remaining material in the collection consists of Kingsbury family genealogical information and memorabilia.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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Kingsbury Family Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis.
Indians of North America
Kingsbury family -- Genealogy
United States -- Armed Forces
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States -- History -- War of 1812
United States. Army
Kingsbury, Charles E., 1818-1837
Kingsbury, Henry Walter, 1836-1862
Kingsbury, Jacob, 1756-1837
Kingsbury, James Wilkinson, 1801-1853
Kingsbury, Thomas Humphrey Cushing, 1806-1880
Genealogy chart; genealogy correspondence with the Missouri Historical Society; and donor correspondence with the Missouri Historical Society. 1879-1911 1 1 Letter signed Brig. Gen. Jos. Harmar: Extract of General Orders commending Lieutenant Kingsbury for his leadership in repelling an Indian attack on Dunlap’s Station. (2 pages) 1791 Jan 14 1 2 Letter signed Brig. Gen. Jos. Harmar to Lieutenant Jacob Kingsbury, Coleraine. (1 page) 1791 Jan 15 1 2 Letter signed Secretary of War Knox to Captain Jacob Kingsbury notifying him of his promotion to captain. (1 page) 1792 Apr 12 1 2 Letter signed Secretary of War James McHenry to Major Jacob Kingsbury notifying him of his promotion to the rank of major. (2 pages) 1797 July 20 1 2 Letter signed Alexander Hamilton to Major Kingsbury denying his request for an extended leave of absence. (3 pages) 1799 Dec 2 1 2 Letter signed A. Hamilton [Alexander Hamilton], New York, to Major Kingsbury, Norwich, Connecticut, December 2, 1799 Letter signed Uriah Tracy to Major Jacob Kingsbury concerning Alexander Hamilton’s decision to deny leave and comments on George Washington’s death. (1 page) 1799 Dec 24 1 2 Letter signed T.H. Cushing to Major Jacob Kingsbury regarding recruitment and orders. (1 page) 1800 Dec 29 1 2 Reward bill for deserter, Joseph Spaulding, fifer. Issued by Major Jacob Kingsbury. (1 page) 1801 Aug 5 1 2 Reward bill for deserters, Abraham Walling and John Clenney, soldiers. Issued by Major Jacob Kingsbury. (1 page) 1801 Aug 16 1 2 Letter signed T.M. Cushing to Major Jacob Kingsbury notifying him of his selection for the command at Fort Wilkinson, Georgia. (1 page) 1802 Feb 18 1 2 Letter signed James Wilkinson to Jacob Kingsbury regarding Kingsbury’s arrival at Fort Wilkinson. (2 pages) 1802 June 22 1 2 Letter signed Jacob Kingsbury to General Wilkinson thanking him for his assistance. (1 page) 1802 June 23 1 2 Letter signed Return J. Meigs, Southwest Point, Tennessee, to Jacob Kingsbury on the intrusion of white settlers within Cherokee lands. (2 pages) 1803 Aug 10 1 2 Letter signed Captain A.C. Clerk, His British Majesty’s 49th Regular Infantry, to Colonel Kingsbury seeking his assistance in locating twelve deserters from the British Army post at St. Joseph’s. (2 pages) 1805 Apr 23 1 2 Document signed Jon Williams, president, U.S.M.P.S., to Colonel Kingsbury informing him of his election to the membership of the United States Military Philosophical Society. (2 pages) 1807 July 8 1 2 Letter signed Horatio Stark to Jacob Kingsbury notifying Kingsbury that the governor has arrived. (1 page) 1807 Oct 28 1 2 Letter signed Horatio Stark to Jacob Kingsbury on affairs at Ft. Adams, Louisiana. (2 pages) 1808 Sept 15 1 2 Letter signed W. Popham, treasurer U.S.M.P.S., to Jacob Kingsbury acknowledging receipt of membership dues to the society. [receipt included] (3 pages) 1808 Oct 30 1 2 Letter signed N. Dearborn to Jacob Kingsbury notifying him of his promotion to colonel by the president of the United States. (2 pages) 1809 Jan 4 1 2 Letter signed W. Eustis to Jacob Kingsbury informing him that Col. Burbeck has been ordered to Kingsbury’s post. (1 page) 1809 May 10 1 2 Extracts from the Minutes of the United States Philosophical Society at an Occasional Meeting Held at New York, December 28, 1809. (22 pages) 1809 Dec 28 1 2 Transcript of letter of Horatio Stark to Jacob Kingsbury discussing the state of affairs between the U.S. and Europe. (1 page) 1810 Feb 12 1 2 Letter signed Wm. Hull to Jacob Kingsbury concerning leaders of the Seneca Nation and necessities needed for returning them home to Buffalo. (1 page) 1810 Sept 30 1 2 Typescript copy of letter of I. Brownson, 1st Regiment Infantry, Fort Osage, to Jacob Kingsbury, Detroit, on the return of Capt. E.B. Clemson’s Company 1st Infantry and news of the murder of six Osages by the Pawtowatomies. (1 page) 1811 Jan 1 1 3 David Beard, John Anderson and Henry Hunt to Mrs. Kingsbury inviting her to a ball at the hotel of Mrs. William Forsyth, Detroit. (1 page) 1811 Feb 1 1 3 Gen. P. Gansevort et al to Mrs. Kingsbury inviting her to a ball at Mrs. Kimboll’s, Frederick-Town. (1 page) 1811 Sept 26 1 3 Letter signed James Wilkinson Kingsbury to Daniel Curtis congratulating him on his appointment to ensign in the 1st Infantry. (2 pages) 1812 Mar 2 1 3 Letter signed Jacob Kingsbury to Capt. Stark detailing Kingsbury’s business in Washington and notifying him of the expected arrival of Brig. Gen. Hull to Detroit along with regulars and Ohio militia in order to expand and reinforce the fort. (4 pages) 1812 Apr 9 1 3 Letter signed Major Abram Eustis to Jacob Kingsbury requesting the transfer of Pvt. Charles Williams of Lieutenant Ketcham’s detachment to Capt. McDowell’s Light Artillery. (1 page) 1812 July 27 1 3 Letter signed O.H. Perry to Jacob Kingsbury acknowledging his note pertaining to
the assault on Mr. Auston. (2 pages) 1812 Aug 11 1 3 Letter signed James Wilkinson Kingsbury to Jacob Kingsbury regarding his studies and family. (2 pages) 1812 Sept 2 1 3 Letter signed James W. Kingsbury to Jacob Kingsbury on matters of school and studies. (2 pages) 1812 Sept 8 1 3 Letter signed James Perry to Jacob Kingsbury acknowledging Kingsbury’s orders and information regarding the presence of enemy ships and all preparations for possible attack. (1 page) 1812 Dec 5 1 3 Letter signed George W. Whistler to James W. Kingsbury writes of family news. (2 pages) ca. 1813 1 3 Letter signed James Wilkinson Kingsbury to Jacob Kingsbury telling of school news. (2 pages) 1813 Apr 12 1 3 Letter signed James Wilkinson Kingsbury to Jacob Kingsbury telling of school and family news. (2 pages) 1813 May 5 1 3 Letter signed James Wilkinson Kingsbury to parents telling of news of the war and discussing his studies. (2 pages) 1813 June 6 1 3 Letter signed Wm. Ennis and Daniel Sheldon to Jacob Kingsbury inviting him to dine with the Rhode Island Society of Cincinnati as part of Independence Day celebrations. (1 page) 1813 June 19 1 3 Letter signed Adjutant General John De Barth Walbach to Jacob Kingsbury discussing orders for the 1st Regiment and the formation of a new regiment. (2 pages) 1814 Jan 23 1 3 Letter signed Jacob Kingsbury to James Wilkinson Kingsbury speaks of making decision to remain as inspector-general at Newport or accept command of 1st Regiment in New Jersey. (2 pages) 1814 Oct 3 1 3 Document signed J.C. Calhoun to James W. Kingsbury notifying him of his appointment as a cadet in the service of the United States. (2 pages) 1819 Aug 28 1 3 Document signed S. Thayer to Jacob Kingsbury, request for signature from parent of cadet to consent to five years of military service. (2 pages) 1822 Feb 4 1 3 Letter signed Pierre de Poletia to James Wilkinson Kingsbury regarding Kingsbury’s request for a commission in the Russian Army. [transcript included] (2 pages) 1822 Mar 7 1 3 Letter signed G. Warnoff[?] to James Wilkinson Kingsbury regretting to inform him that the Russian Army does not pursue foreign recruits for service. Original document is badly faded. [transcript provided] (2 pages) 1822 Mar 25 1 3 Letter signed Alexander Macomb to James Lauman regarding application of Thomas Kingsbury to U.S. Military Academy. (1 page) 1822 Sept 30 1 3 Letter signed Theodorus Bailey to J.W. Kingsbury regarding a letter Kingsbury is attempting to forward to General Wilkinson in Vera Cruz, Mexico. (2 pages) 1823 Apr 12 1 3 Letter signed J.W. Kingsbury to Col. Thayer requesting a two-month furlough during July and August. (2 pages) 1823 June 14 1 3 Letter signed S. Thayer to J.W. Kingsbury informing him that the valedictory address of the class will be held in the chapel. (1 page) 1823 June 19 1 3 Document signed J.C. Calhoun to J.W. Kingsbury informing him that the president appointed him a brevet 2nd lieutenant and orders to report to Major General Gaines at the headquarters of the Western Department. (2 pages) 1823 Aug 19 1 3 Document signed J.C. Calhoun to J.W. Kingsbury informing him of his appointment to the rank of 2nd lieutenant and orders to report to Belle Fontaine. (2 pages) 1823 Nov 29 1 3 Document signed James Monroe commissioning J.W. Kingsbury as 2nd lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Infantry. (1 page) 1824 Jan 1 1 3 Typescript copy of letter of Jas. W. Kingsbury, on board the keel boat Beaver , 24 miles below Franklin, Missouri, to Jacob Kingsbury detailing a trip up the Missouri River on a paddle keel boat and arrival at Franklin, Missouri. (1 page) 1824 Sept 29 1 3 Letter signed J.W. Kingsbury to parents discussing details of his involvement in the Atkinson-O’Fallon expedition. (2 pages) 1825 Oct 3 1 3 Letter signed J.W. Kingsbury to parents discussing Indian artifacts he collected on West expedition and his requests for a transfer to the East. (2 pages) 1826 Aug 16 1 4 Letter signed J.W. Kingsbury to parents informing them of his affections for Miss Cabanne and his interest in marriage. (2 pages) 1828 Apr 18 1 4 National Intelligencer newspaper clipping contains a reprint of the U.S. Senate’s bill providing for surviving officers of the American Revolution. [original & preservation copy] (2 pages) 1828 May 3 1 4 Letter signed Edward P. Gaines to J.W. Kingsbury assuring him that his request to transfer to the quartermaster’s office will be approved. (2 pages) 1828 May 20 1 4 Document signed Peter B. Porter to J.W. Kingsbury announcing his appointment as an assistant commissar of subsistence, 1st Regiment, by the president of the United States. (2 pages) 1828 June 25 1 4 Commission promoting J.W. Kingsbury to 1st lieutenant of 1st Regiment of Infantry by President Andrew Jackson. (1 page) 1830 Aug 1 1 4 Document signed Assistant Secretary of War Randolph to J.W. Kingsbury promoting Kingsbury to 1st lieutenant in the 1st Regiment. (2 pages) 1830 Oct 20 1 4 Letter signed J.W. Kingsbury to Madame Cabanne, St. Louis, tells of Julia Kingsbury’s health and disposition and eagerness for visitors. (2 pages) 1831 May 1 1 4 Abstract of provisions issued to Indians at Fort Crawford by J.W. Kingsbury, assistant commissar of subsistence. Signed by Zachary Taylor. (1 page) 1833 Feb 1 4 Commission promoting Charles E. Kingsbury to 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Regiment of Dragoons by President Andrew Jackson. (1 page) 1836 June 8 1 4 Letter signed Jas. W. Kingsbury, Franklin, New London County, Connecticut, to son Lieutenant Charles E. Kingsbury, Fort Columbus, New York, discusses family news. (1 page) 1836 Dec 25 1 4 Commission promoting James W. Kingsbury to captain in the 1st Regiment of Infantry by President Martin Van Buren. (1 page) 1837 Oct 3 1 4 Letter signed R. Groves[?] to James W. Kingsbury accepting Kingsbury's resignation. (1 page) 1837 Oct 17 1 4 Document of A.B. Roman to J.W. Kingsbury, invitation to attend an anniversary celebration of the Battle of New Orleans. (2 pages) 1843 Jan 4 1 4 Letter signed Jefferson Davis to J.W. Kingsbury speaks of a past visit to the Kingsburys and plans for future visits. (2 pages) 1849 Dec 15 1 5 Letter signed R.E. Lee to J.W. Kingsbury informing Kingsbury of the poor performance of Kingsbury’s nephew at West Point. (2 pages) 1853 Jan 12 1 5 Letter signed Henry Flanders to Thomas Humphrey Cushing Kingsbury asking for genealogical information Kingsbury may have on the ancestors of Henry Kingsbury. (1 page) 1855 Sept 5 1 5 Letter signed James Buchanan to E.A. Hannegan, explaining why Ramsey was not given an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. (1 page) 1858 Apr 26 1 5 Letter signed James Usher to F.J. Kingsbury regarding the Kingsbury family coat of arms. (1 page) 1862 Aug 26 1 5 The Evening Press [Norwich, Connecticut] newspaper clipping: “The Day after the Battle.” Describes the aftermath of Battle of Antietam and mentions death of Col. [Henry Walter] Kingsbury. [original and preservation copy] 1862 Oct 23 1 5 Letter signed [author & receiver names illegible] expresses despair over family matters. (2 pages) 1863 Feb 4 1 5 Letter signed George Baldwin to Miss Neilson: poem. (1 page) 1896 1 5 Document of Governor Claiborne to Col. Kingsbury: dinner invitation. (1 page) No year Mar 4 1 5 Document signed W. Eustis to Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Kingsbury, envelope from War Department. (1 page) No year May 9 1 5 Letter signed J. Eustace to Julia agreeing to visit her on Wednesday. (1 page) No year May 22 1 5 Note signed James W. Kingsbury: notes and sketches. (1 page) No date 1 5 Portion of religious certificate in Latin. Very poor condition. (1 page) No date 1 5 Notes in French. (1 page) No date 1 5 Sketch of coat of arms. (1 page) No date 1 5 Scrap of letterhead bearing insignia Memoria Pii Aeterna. (The memory of the pious is eternal.) (1 page) No date 1 5