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John and Patty Daboll Letter

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Daboll, John.
Title: John and Patty Daboll Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1812
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Manuscript letter, signed, dated 30 July 1812 from John and Patty Daboll of Aurelius, N.Y., to Richardson Miner of Colraine, Mass., describing the settlement of the region around the Central New York towns of Aurelius, Auburn, and Union Springs in significant detail.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

John Daboll and his wife Patty (real name Martha) were early settlers of the Central New York town of Aurelius. Based on information given in the letter, John was a farmer and woodworker or cabinetmaker. Richardson Miner, the recipient of the letter, was Mrs. Daboll's father.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John and Patty Daboll Letter consists of a single manuscript letter, signed by both the Dabolls, dated 30 July 1812. The letter is addressed to Mrs. Daboll's father Richardson Miner of Colraine, Mass. The first part of the letter is from John Daboll and describes the town of Aurelius, New York as well as surrounding towns of Union Springs and Auburn. The Dabolls had evidently recently settled in Aurelius:

[We are] in a pretty compact neighborhood inhabitants are mostly Baptist and Congregationalists and appear to be a well-bred group being mostly from Chaddam [Chatham] and Stratford in Connecticut. We have a good library 1/2 a mile distant and a good school 50 rods off...

Daboll goes on to describe the crops, businesses, land, and some of the local residents ("...the springs are the property of Judge Walter Wood a Friend Quaker and very rich..."). The last part of the letter is from Mrs. Daboll, who mentions the friendliness of the people.

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Subject Headings


Daboll, John Miner.
Daboll, Martha.
Miner, Richardson.


Auburn (N.Y.) -- History.
Aurelius (N.Y.) -- History.
Union Springs (N.Y.) -- History.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John and Patty Daboll Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Adah C. Blackman Fund, 2012.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 23 Aug 2012
Revision history:

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SC 683 Richardson Miner 30 Jul 1812

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