Miner (Sidney H.) Genealogical Papers, 1672-1907 (RG 074:011)

RG 074:011, Sidney Miner Genealogical Papers Inventory

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Sidney Miner incoming correspondence 1854-1881

Series 2. Research 1672-1899

Series 3. Lydia and Sidney H. Miner papers 1878-1907


RG 074:011, Sidney Miner Genealogical Papers

Inventory

Finding aid prepared by Barbara Austen.

Copyright 2009 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Miner, Sidney, 1805-1881
Title: Sidney Miner genealogical papers
Dates: 1672-1907
Quantity: 3 cubic feet
Abstract: Correspondence, notes, transcripts of oringinal records and family group sheets related to the Miner family.
Identification: RG074_011
Accession: T003224
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Sidney Miner was born in New London, Connecticut, in 1805, the third son of Frederick Miner, a merchant of New London. Sidney traced his ancestry to Thomas Miner who emigrated from England with Governor John Winthrop and was an early settler in Saybrook. It was his interest in genealogy that led to the formation of this collection.

By trade Sidney was a carpenter, joiner, and store clerk, eventually becoming a partner with Joseph Lawrence in the whaling and sealing business. In 1834 he married Mary A. Ramsdell of Mansfield, Connecticut., with whom he had three children. His wife died in 1843 and the following year he married Lydia Belcher of Granby, Connecticut. Sidney died in 1881. His grandson Sidney H. Miner (1868-1937) was the son of Frederick W. Miner and it was he and Lydia who tried to compile the elder Sidney’s genealogical research into a book for publication.

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Scope and Content

Sidney Miner collected family history, and between 1860 and 1880, mailed out circular letters and family group sheets to those with the Miner name throughout the country. This collection consists of samples of his circular letters, blank and completed family sheets, and correspondence providing family histories that Miner planned to compile into a publication. His correspondence is organized in Series 1. One notable letter in the collection is from E.B. Kellogg in 1857 concerning the printing of the Miner coat of arms by Kellogg, a noted Hartford printer.

Sidney died before a book could be completed so his wife Lydia and his grandson Sidney H. continued Sidney's work. Genealogical notes put into an assortment of volumes may have been written by any of the three individuals; as a result, all raw data and drafts of the book have been grouped together in Series 2, Research. Series 3 contains letters to Lydia related to the family history, including from Mary Fosdick about the Lyme, Connecticut, family of Miners and from C.C. Woodward inquiring into the status of the publication. There is also one letter to Sidney H. asking about publication. Among Lydia's papers are several drawings of Minor family coats of arms.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Sidney Minor incoming correspondence, 1854-1881

Series 2. Research,1672-1899

Series 3. Lydia and Sidney H. Miner Papers, 1878-1907

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

Minor, Miner family: History and Genealogy Unit Special Genealogical File, 1936-1991 [CSL call number StLib History Reference Spec.Gen.File Minor]

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Index Terms

Persons:

Miner, Lydia Jewett Belcher, 1819-1907
Miner, Sidney, 1805-1881

Family Names:

Herndon family
Minor family

Places:

Connecticut -- Genealogy

Document Types:

Coats of arms
Correspondence
Genealogies

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Administrative Information

Arrangement

There was no apparent organization to the papers when they were acquired. Materials were stuffed into unattached covers, a variety of binders and newspapers used as folders. These have been removed and a note on each folder indicates which binder they were found originally. Sidney and his family used any piece of scrap paper they could find for their notes, and they used recycled bound volumes, many of them account books, from which the first pages were removed; one volume was the log book of the Propeller New London and another was a book of blank checks.

A large number of letters to Sidney were numbered and had been adhered to strips of paper, evidently so they could be bound together. Those letters were gathered from the various binders and organized by number (some of which are lacking). Another group of letters is adhered along the left edge, once again indicating they were meant to be bound; they have not been separated.

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Container List

Series 1. Sidney Miner incoming correspondence, 1854-1881
Box Folder
Letters, including a letter from E.B. Kellogg, 1854-1881 1 1
Letters,(#28-187), 1854-1857 2
Letters,(#204-300), 1857-1860 3
Letters,(#301-398), 1860-1871 4
Letters,(#400-524), 1871-1872 5
Letters (sewn together), 1871-1876 6
Letters, 1857-1877 7
Letters, 1878-1881 8
Letters from black portfolio, 1862-1880 9
Series 2. Research, 1672-1899
Box Folder
Transcriptions and original documents, 1672-1792 1 10
Sketch from the life of Richardson Miner, by Richard C. Ambler, read to the Fairfield County Historical Society, 1882 April 14 11
Notebook with death notices, list of individuals wanting the book when published , 1863-1882 12
Miner cemetery transcriptions (2 volumes), 1882, undated 13
History and genealogical notes (1 volume), after 1872 14
Items removed from the preceding volume, 1877-1894 15
Nova Scotia records, after 1876 16
Sketch of Miner coat of arms, undated 17
Check book used for genealogical notes, circa 1870 18
Items removed from check book, before 1881 19
Genealogical notes, after 1872 (similar to item 14), after 1872 20
Data on George Miner, circa 1877 21
Genealogical notes, assorted lines and families, 1872-1896 22-24
"All this book lack the connecting link to pay to record", 1876-1881 25-26
Descendants of Clement Miner, 1873-1880 2 1-4
Descendants of Ephraim Miner (one item in oversize box), 1876-1879 5-6
John Miner (2), after 1892 7
Descendants of Joseph Miner, 1876 8
Joshua Miner, after 1893 9
Descendants of Judah Miner, 1876-1877, undated 10-11
Descendants of Manassah Miner, 1876-1879, after 1881 12-13
"An Herauldic Essay" (2 copies), undated 14
Indexes of Miner family names (oversize box), undated 15
Items removed from preceding indexes, 1896-1899 16-17
Miner genealogy by generation (volume), undated 18
Miner genealogy book drafts, circa 1899 19-20
Engraved portraits of Sidney Miner, undated 21
Series 3. Lydia and Sidney H. Miner papers, 1878-1907
Box Folder
Incoming letters to Lydia Miner, 1878-1899, undated 2 22
Incoming "Miner family letters" to Lydia Miner, 1883-1889 23
Incoming letters from Mary Fosdick to Lydia Miner, 1897-1898 24
Incoming letters from C.C. WOodworth to Lydia Miner, 1893-1898 25
Notes from Mrs. Chute about Salem, Massachusetts, Miners, 1894 26
Drawings of Miner family coats of arms and a Wood family grave stone rubbing (oversize folder), undated 27
Non-genealogical letters to Lydia Miner, 1885-1899 28
Memorial to Lydia Miner at her death, 1907 29
Letter to Sidney H. Miner about publishing a book, 1898 30
Index to unidentified volume and Wheeler & Miner blotter, undated 31