Finding aid created by: --
Date: circa 1975
|9 Oct 2008||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|9 Mar 2021||a few additions, correspondence rearranged (MS)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Cragin, Charles H. (Charles Hartwell), 1817-1887.|
|Title:||Charles H. Cragin Papers|
|Quantity:||0.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American genealogist, physician; collection includes correspondence, principally of family members; bills, writings, and printed material|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Charles Hartwell Cragin (1817-1887) was an American physician and genealogist.
Born in Alsted, New Hampshire, he attended the Academy of Groton. He taught school in Richmond, Virginia (1837-1838) and Fitchburg, Massachusetts (1838-1840); during the latter period he also studied medicine, earning his M.D. in 1844. He practiced medicine in Washington, D.C. and Georgetown. Along with Alexander G. Abell, he established Sacramento Hospital at Sutter's Fort in 1849, the first hospital in what is today Sacramento, California. He later served four years as Police Commissioner of the District of Columbia and three years as Postmaster at Georgetown.
In his youth Cragin was romantically involved with Mary E. Thurston, who died in 1839 at age 18 of erysipelas. Several years later Cragin married his first wife, Mary Foxall McKenney (1845), who died in 1853. In 1857 Cragin married Henrietta Foxall McKenney (the two women are assumed to be sisters). In 1860 Cragin wrote and published a family history entitled The genealogy of the Cragin family, being the descendants of John Cragin, of Woburn, Massachusetts, from 1652 to 1858.
The Charles H. Cragin Papers consists of correspondence and subject files.
Correspondence contains both incoming and outgoing items. Family correspondence is placed first, including Charles' father and siblings. There is considerable correspondence with Alexander G. Abell, author of a biography of President Tyler, and with a young woman named Mary E. Thurston, evidently an early love of Cragin's.
Subject files contains a few bills, two essays by Cragin, and two printed items.
Correspondence is arranged family first, then alphabetically by correspondent.
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Additional Abell material is available in the Alexander G. Abell Correspondence.
Abell, Alexander Gurdon, 1819-1890.
Cragin, Charles H. (Charles Hartwell), 1817-1887.
Haven, Joseph, 1816-1874.
Tyler, John, 1790-1862.
Genealogists -- United States.
Physicians -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Bills of sale.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Charles H. Cragin Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Box 1||Cragin, E.M. (sister?) 1842-1844|
|Box 1||Cragin, Isaiah (father, a deacon) 1831-1844 (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Cragin, Isaiah L. (brother) 1834-1843|
|Box 1||Cragin, Maria (sister) 1835|
|Box 1||Cragin family, miscellaneous 1844, 1868, 1880-1881|
|Box 1||Abell, Alexander G., to Cragin 1847, 1850, 1867 - from the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) and San Francisco|
|Box 1||Abell, Alexander G., from others 1843-1844 - regarding his biography of John Tyler; includes a few letters addressed to John Tyler|
|Box 1||A-C, miscellaneous 1840-1846|
|Box 1||D-H, miscellaneous 1835-1848|
|Box 1||Haven, Joseph 1834-1836 - clergyman, educator at Amherst College, founding professor at Chicago Theological Seminary; includes letters from Amherst as well as one from New York during his time teaching at the State Institution for the Deaf and Dumb|
|Box 1||I-S, miscellaneous 1835-1880|
|Box 1||Shipley, Sam 1836-1841|
|Box 1||Thurston, Mary E. 1837-1839 - youthful love interest of Cragin (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Thurston, W. P. (Mary's father) 1838-1843|
|Box 1||T-V 1837, 1841|
|Box 1||Waldo, Giles 1839-1841 - acquaintance and correspondent with Ralph Waldo Emerson; travelled with Abell to the Hawaiian Islands, where he served as Vice-Consul|
|Box 1||W, miscellaneous 1838, 1844, undated|
|Box 1||Unidentified 1838, 1845, 1858|
|Box 1||Essays by Cragin - "Diseases of the blood" and "Review of Burns"|
|Box 1||Printed material - a carte de visite of opera singer Carlotta Patti and an accordion-folded set of tiny souvenir photographs of Eastbourne|