Brown/Kirby Family Papers

Brown/Kirby Family Papers

Collection Number: 
14
Collection Length: 
2.00ft
Period: 
1800 to 1865
Finding Aid: 

Jacob Jennings Brown founded the village of Brownville NY. After outstanding service during the War of 1812, he was made general-in-chief of the army, a position he held until his death. His son-in-law Edmond Kirby also had a distinguished army career. He also was active in founding a number of businesses in and around Brownville, including the Jefferson Woolen Mill in Dexter. The collection consists of both personal and business correspondence of Jacob Jennings Brown, his son-in-law Edmond Kirby, and their families. In their correspondence they often discuss national politics as well as family and business affairs.