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Guide to the Dutchess County Loyalists Papers, 1776-1922

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Title: Dutchess County Loyalists Papers
Dates: 1776-1922
Quantity: 1 box (0.5 cubic ft.)
Abstract: Letters and legal documents regarding Loyalist residents of Dutchess County and Poughkeepsie, NY, during and immediately after the American Revolution; transcripts and descriptions of materials by Albany, NY, dealer Pierre and Scropes, Inc.; photocopies of original documents.
Forms of Materials: Letters, legal documents, dealer's descriptions, transcripts, photocopies

Historical Note

During the American Revolution (1775-1783) those who remained loyal to Great Britain often found themselves threatened and forced to flee their homes by their Patriot neighbors. Many who fled made new homes in the Canadian maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Before fleeing, Loyalists frequently petitioned the Crown for aid and, after the Revolution, undertook legal proceedings to gain compensation for property they lost when they left. The materials in this collection document the experience of a number of Loyalists who lived in Dutchess County, NY, and ultimately fled to New Brunswick.

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Scope and Content Note

Letters and legal documents regarding Loyalist residents of Dutchess County and Poughkeepsie, NY, during and immediately after the American Revolution; transcripts and descriptions of materials by Albany, NY, dealer Pierre and Scropes, Inc.; photocopies of original documents.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series, and alphabetically within each series.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Subject Headings

Subjects:

  • American loyalists--New York (State)--Dutchess County

Places:

  • Dutchess County (N.Y.)--History--1775-1865--Sources
  • New York (State)--History--1775-1865--Sources
  • Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)--History--1775-1865--Sources

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Mark Seidl, March 2014. Updated by Mark Seidl, May 2014.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dutchess County Loyalists Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Mark Seidl, March 2014

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Pierre and Scropes, Inc., June 1922. Transferred from Special Collections Dewey material, March 2014.

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Series List

Series I. Original Documents, 1776-1786

Series II. Dealer's Materials, circa 1920

This series includes the materials provided by the dealer Pierre and Scropes, Inc., including enclosures, transcripts of the documents, and photocopies of the documents and transcripts.

Container List

Series I. Original Documents

Folder 1.1 Appointment of Gilbert Livingston as attorny for John Beardsley, 1789
Folder 1.2 Descent of B. Crannell, circa 1785
Folder 1.3 Letter from Mr. Crannell to his sons-in-law Gilbert and Tappan, 1785
Folder 1.4 Letter from Reverend John Beardsley to Gilbert Livingston, 1786
Folder 1.5 Petition of the faithful subjects of his Majesty King Geo. the third, 1776
Folder 1.6 Schedule of real estate, circa 1785

Series II. Dealer's Materials

Folder 1.7 Dealer's description of Five Poughkeepsie Loyalists documents, circa 1922 [original ms. and photocopy]
Folder 1.8 Dealer's description of Petition of the faithful subjects . . ., circa 1922 [original ms. and photocopy]
Folder 1.9 Dealer's enclosure for Five Poughkeepsie Loyalists documents, circa 1922 [includes typed description]
Folder 1.10 Dealer's enclosure for Petition of the faithful subjects . . ., circa 1922 [includes typed description]
Folder 1.11 Photocopies, circa 1922
Folder 1.12 Typed transcript of Petition of the faithful subjects . . ., circa 1922

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