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Mumford family papers, 1787-1914

Identifier: SC-68

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily comprised of correspondence between members of the Mumford family and their relatives through several generations. The earliest letter dates to 1787 with the most recent from 1911. These letters are personal and are largely on everyday topics and life events. There is also correspondence from professional organizations. A smaller portion of the collection consists of documents and other printed materials.


  • 1787 - 1914

Biographical Note

There are many individuals involved in this collection, and as a large part of the collection consists of correspondence between members of the Mumford family, it is important to understand their familial relations at a basic level.

Thomas Mumford was born in 1770 to David and Rebecca Mumford. Thomas had several siblings including Helen, Elihu, Mary P., and Henrietta. William married Mary S. Smith in 1795. Mary was born in 1773 to Reuben and Abigail Smith. She had a sister (among other siblings) named Fanny (Skinner). Thomas died in 1831; Mary died in 1840.

William Woolsey Mumford was born in 1795 to Thomas and Mary S. Mumford. He married Angelina S. Jenkins in 1827. Angelina was born in 1807; her mother was Sarah Bingham and her sister was Elizabeth S. Bingham. Betsey Calhoun (wife of George A. Calhoun) was her aunt and Sarah BinghamΓÇÖs sister as was Harriet Scoville. William died in 1848; Angelina died in 1836.

William Woolsey and Angelina S. Mumford had several children including George E. Mumford and Angelina J. Mumford (born 1833). George was born in 1831. He married Julia Hills (born 1840) in 1860, and they had several sons. George died in 1892; Julia died in 1882.

James Gregory Mumford was one of George E. and Julia MumfordΓÇÖs sons. He was born in 1863. He married Helen Ford (born 1865) in 1892. James G. Mumford was a doctor and author. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1913 and served until his death. James died in 1914 in Clifton Springs; Helen died in 1934.


0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Documents


Box 1-2: Archives Storage, Range 21B, Section 1


Hugh Kane '68 donated these items to Archives and Special Collections on 22 December 2017.

Mumford family papers, 1787-1914: A Finding Aid
Tricia McEldowney, Archivist
January 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections Repository

Warren Hunting Smith Library
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva New York 14456 U.S.A. US (United States)