date(s):
1856-1883
subject(s):
Genealogy
place(s):
Leavenworth, KS, USA; Kansas, USA; United States
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0437 Edson-Russ Family Papers Inventory of Edson-Russ Family Papers A0437 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:30:42 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Edson-Russ Family Papers A0437 0.04 Cubic Feet (1 folder (14 items)) 1856-1900 Processing Information Processed by Michelle Fullenkamp, May 2010. Donor Information Papers were donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Haugh of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1987. Biographical Sketch Hull Tower (1802-1880) and his brother Cotton Tower (1795-1881) married into the Edson family in Hardin County, Kentucky. Cotton Tower married Hannah Edson (1798-1873) in 1816, and Hull Tower married Hannah's sister Sarah Edson (1801-1887) in 1821. Hull and Sarah Tower eventually moved to Oakland, Oregon, and at least seven of their children also took up residence in the territories of Washington, Oregon, and California. Cotton and Hannah Tower took up residence in Leavenworth, Crawford County, Indiana. Daniel Edson (born 1802; brother of Sarah Edson Tower and Hannah Edson Tower) and his wife, Rachel, had a daughter named Sylvia (born 1833). Sylvia (sometimes referred to as Sylva) married Henry M. Russ on April 7, 1852. Silva and Henry’s son, Charles W. Russ (born 1867), married Nancy Ludla (born 1868) in 1887. Scope and Contents Collection consists primarily of correspondence to Rachel and Daniel Edson from the families of her brothers Cotton Tower (in Indiana) and Hull Tower (in Oregon). Collection also includes an issue of the Bethany Weekly Union , April 3, 1862; a receipt of Henry M. Russ, March 1, 1856; and an undated document listing births in the Russ family from 1867 to 1906. Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Edson-Russ Family Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Agriculture -- Illinois Agriculture -- Oregon Oregon -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Religion Revivals Edson-Russ family Receipt of Henrey M. Russ [Henry M. Russ] for his state, county, and road tax in Ewington, Effingham County, Illinois. Signed John G. Gamble. 1856 Mar 1 1 1 Letter signed James B. Tower, Leavenwoth [Leavenworth], Ind., Crawford Co., to his aunt and uncle, Daniel and Rachel Edson. Discusses poor crops and religious revivals. Mentions many family members, including Wesley Tower, Ambros Tower, Robert [Robert Tower], and Mary Collins. He is the youngest son living at home with Julianne Patrick. 1859 Feb 1 1 Issue of the Bethany Weekly Union (Bethany, Missouri) (4 pages). Daniel Edson's name is handwritten across front page. 1862 Apr 3 1 1 Letter signed Hull and Sarah Tower, Oregon, to his brother and sister, Daniel and Rachel Edson. Discusses state of crops and Civil War. Mentions that "there are a few of the Coperheds [Copperheads] mixed among us but a large majority of Oregon and California are Strong Union." Comments on the number of churches and religious revivals. Their family connections in Oregon have grown to 37 family members. Mentions that Lafayett [Lafayette Tower] is an exhorter and Daniel [Daniel Tower] is a preacher in the United Brethren Church. 1863 Sept 15 1 1 Letter signed Hull and Sarah Tower, Oakland, Oregon, to brother and sister, Daniel and Rachel Edson. Discusses crops and recent scarlet fever epidemic. Mentions that they have had four grandchildren born: Abigail Smith, Harriet Powers, and Hannah Debaun have a son and Jane Ferguson has a daughter. Edwin Debaun [Hannah’s husband] is thinking about moving to Walla Walla country. 1864 Mar 15 1 1 Letter signed Hull and Sarah Tower, Oakland Oregon to his brother and sister, Daniel annd Rachel Edson. Mentions William Ferguson, Fanny Camel and other acquaintances. Discusses religion, revivals, and family health. 1868 Apr 15 1 1 Letter signed Hull and Sarah Tower, Oakland, Oregon, to brother and sister, Daniel and Rachel Edson. Mentions health of Daniel [Daniel Edson]. Discusses state of crops and religion. Mentions children’s addresses: Sarah J Ferguson, Walla Walla Sitty, Washington Territory; Daniel E. Tower, Walla Walla Sitty, Washington Territory; Harriet Powers, Summerville, Union County, Oregon; Hannah Debaun, Philomoh Benton County, Oregon; Abigail B Smith, Santabarbary[Santa Barbara], California; Washington S. Tower, Oakland, Douglas County, Oregon; Lafayett [Lafayette Tower] lives with Hull and Sarah Tower in Oakland, Oregon. 1874 Oct 16 1 1 Letter signed Hull and Sarah Tower, Oakland, Oregon, to brother and sister, Daniel and Rachel Edson. Mentions letter from Mercy Ann to William Smith. Mentions where some of their children are living, health and religion. 1874 July 24 1 1 Letter signed William and Sarah J. Ferguson and family, Walla Walla, WT [Washington Territory], to aunt, Rachel Edson. Writes of condolences on the death of Uncle Daniel [Daniel Edson]. Mentions John W. Brown in California. 1875 June 25 1 1 Letter signed Cotton Tower, near Leavenworth, Indiana, to sister Mrs. Rachel Edson. Lists seven children living including Elizabeth Doolittle and Mary R. Collins. 1875 July 19 1 1 Letter signed Abigail B. Smith and family to aunt Rachel Edson. Mentions her brother Daniel’s death in the spring and Laphayett's [Lafayette’s] folks are well. 1899 July 16 1 1 Letter signed William and Jane Ferguson, Walla Walla, WT [Washington Territory], to aunt Rachel Edson. Discusses their mother's health. Mentions that Hannah Debaun lost three girls to consumption. 1883 Nov 19 1 1 Document titled "Family Reckard." Reads: Charles Wesley Russ born May 26, 1867. Nancy Ludla Russ was born April 18, 1868. Hattie Pearl Russ was born March 29, 1888. George Orville Russ was born Feb. 1, 1890. William Henry Russ was born June 8, 1892. Clare Bessie Russ was born April 24, 1894, Viola Mabel Russ was born June 1st, 1897. Albert Russ was born May the 5, 1900. Elbert Russ was born May 5, 1900. "Twins." circa 1900 or after 1 1 Unsigned note that includes verses from a religious song ballad. Note concludes with text in code. No date 1 1