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Lucy Ann Lewis Horton Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Horton, Lucy Ann Lewis, 1812-1901.
Title: Lucy Ann Lewis Horton Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1836-1924
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet
Abstract: Papers of Lucy Ann Lewis and her husband David M. Horton. Collection contains genealogical material of the Lewis family of Oneida County, New York, account books, diaries, and photographs. Of special interest is a diary kept by Mrs. Horton, 1877-1878, with daily summaries of commodity prices, weather, and her daily workload, as well as reference to her husband's business, and news items.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Lucy Ann Lewis (1812-1901) was a housewife in 19th century Whitestown, New York.

Lucy was born in Whitestown, Oneida County, New York on December 13, 1812. Her parents were William R. and Charlotte Lewis. She married David Millard Horton in Sennett on January 10, 1842, the marriage being performed by the Rev. G.W.Montgomery. David Horton was born on June 13, 1819 at the Horton homestead in Throop. He inherited a thriving and prosperous farm from his family, and also ran a coal and phosphate business . He was a member of the Democratic party. He was active in community affairs.

The Hortons had four children, Charlotte, Josephine, William L. and Hiram F. Charlotte married Leander J. Olmstead of Des Moines, Iowa, and had two children, Millard A. and Clarence. Josephine married J. M. Treat, and had two children Edna and Lulu. Hiram married Lucy M. Skeel.

Lucy Ann Lewis Horton kept a diary for two years, in 1877 and 1878, which gives insight into her daily life. It also gives a picture of the great physical demands on women of that era and the enormous work-loads they managed each day. On March 30, 1877 (age 65) she wrote:

Fri. pleasant baked five loaves of bread fried a half bushel of cakes made 6 pies took up the kitchen carpet - Mrs. Servis came in Lewis went to town sold four doz #12 eggs at 15 per dozen 62 bought 2# raisins for one shilling per pound Mr & Mrs Hopkins came in the eve.

Sun. Jan 14, 1877, tells something of the isolation bad weather could cause:

Sun. snows & blows my head aches they say not a team passed but one.

Mrs. Horton died on October 9, 1901 at the Horton homestead in Throop, Mr. Horton died on April 28, 1907 at the homestead. Both are buried at Pine Hill Cemetery.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lucy Ann Lewis Horton Collection contains genealogical material, two account books (one of Asa Olmstead, the other of William Horton), two diaries (one kept by Lucy Ann Lewis Horton, the other by Lottie H. Horton), photographs and memorabilia.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Items are in no particular order.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Horton, David M.
Horton, Lottie.
Horton, Lucy Ann Lewis.
Horton, William L, fl. 1884-1886.
Olmstead, Asa.


Housewives -- United States -- History.
Housewives as authors.
Women -- New York (State) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.


Cayuga County, New York -- Agriculture.
Whitestown (N.Y.) -- History.

Genres and Forms

Account books.
Genealogies (histories)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Lucy Ann Lewis Horton Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift, 1970, 1982.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: -
Date: circa 1970
Revision history: 11 May 2010 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Genealogical materials
Box 1 Lewis family
The Lewis family - genealogical list (typescript)
Genealogical chart
Genealogical list (holograph)
Genealogical narrative, re Lewis family (typescript)
Genealogical list (holograph, red ink)
Account books
Box 1 William L. Horton 1884-1886 - includes business transactions with various persons, comments on the weather, lists names and addresses at the end, an account of his wife's death and funeral
Box 1 Asa Olmstead 1836-1852 - sporadically kept by Mr. Olmstead; lists items sold at auction from his estate on Oct. 21, 1871, with item, price, to whom it was sold; also includes a clipping ("The Year Without A Summer, 1816")
Box 1 Lucy Ann Lewis Horton 1875
This is a day-by-day narrative which gives an account of her life as a mother, wife,and homemaker with interesting insights into the volume, nature, and extent of the work loads carried by women of that era. Reports of the weather and how it affected their daily lives, what certain items cost, the travel options open to people, and the interaction and great dependence of neighbors on each other. Her health, she suffered greatly fro headaches, and that of her friends and relatives was always of concern. Has a page of music theory in front. Also included is a typescript of the diary.
Box 1 Lottie H. Horton 1865
A pocket-sized diary, kept intermittently, difficult to read. The last entry tells of the writer's sadness at not knowing whether a loved one is sick or well, alive or dead, since it has been a year since she last heard from him (perhaps a Civil War separation). The diary does not give a name, nor does it indicate the relationship (brother, father, friend).
Box 1 Author unknown 1862
Author was presumably a young woman, still living at home; the writer talks of parents, household duties, school and friends.
Oversize 1 Group photo (family?), framed
Box 1 Miscellaneous
Lucy Horton Payne
Family group at Uncle Ben's, I886.
Group picture at the Leonerd Camp, Owasco Lake
Uncle Ben Lewis's (list of people on back)
Group picture, four generations - 3 adults, one child
Group picture - Dr. Peak, Lewises
Group picture, at cottage on Lake On tario, includes Lewises and Olmsteads
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1868, 1898, 1924, undated
"Cousin of C.H.O."
Addie De La Vergne
Jane Lewis
Uncle Hiram (Horton)
Unidentified Horton cousin
Aunt Charlotte
Emma Lewis Hoskins
Asora Lewis Case
Hiram Frisby
Minnie Hollenbeck
Hattie Wadwworth, Oct.20, 1868
Julia Hollenbeck
Tintype - Charlotte Frisby
Laura de Graff Horton
Adelbert Lewis
Frank and Emma Lewis Hoskins - snapshot Aug 1924
Hiram Horton and others in front of Wells Fargo Office
Horton Reunion - 1898 - includes Lucy Horton
"Uncle Ben" at his home in Summit, N.J. and others.
Box 1 Album of Remembrance
Provenance Lottie H.Horton, presented by her father, Dec. 25, 1859. Contains "remembrance" poems signed by friends; two paper cut-outs in front of album.
Box 1 Written items
Pope, Alexander Essay On Man. Ithaca, New York: Andrus, Gauntlett & Co., 1846. Provenance, Miss Charlotte Horton, Pineville.
Musical Pearls. Syracuse, New York: William F. Hamilton. Cincinnati, Ohio: Jacob Ernst, 1855. John J. Reed, printer, 16 Spruce Street, New York.(song book).Provenance Julia Whaples, includes fragment of "If Animals Behaved As Humans"
Box 2 The 400. Chicago: Persinger & Sullivan, Issue no. 134 Jul 1903 - travel brochure
Box 2 Miscellaneous
Printed card, Millard A. Olmstead
Reticule, black beaded with black velvet ribbon decoration.Embroidered initials "C.M.L." in white
Black hemstitched scarf
Box 2 Miscellaneous - combs, buttons

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