Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More Letters!!!! and Pictures too!!!

I'm reeling just a little bit right now. I have never won the lottery but this is better!!!

I was doing a search for Ashley Carlisle at Google Books and I found:
Guide to the Western Michigan University Regional History Collections
By Phyllis Burnham, Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections, Sharon Carlson, Suzanne Husband, Pamela Jobin, Charlene Renner
Contributor Phyllis Burnham, Sharon Carlson, Suzanne Husband, Pamela Jobin, Charlene Renner
Published by New Issues Press, 1998
Original from the University of Michigan
Digitized Dec 27, 2006
ISBN 093282658X, 9780932826589
342 pages

It is a "snippet view" listing but I could make out
A-369
Tamerson Binns Collection
1863-1951
3 folders
Transcript of Carlisle-Binns Genealogy

Tamerson Binns was my grand-aunt and the daughter of Isaac Ashley Carlisle and Sarah Ann "Anna" Camfield.

So I went straight to the Western Michigan University website and found the Tamerson Binns Collection in the Regional History Catalog.
Summary: Typescript of Carlisle-Binns genealogy. Civil War letters from Ashley Carlisle, Michigan 2nd Cavalry to family, 1863-1864. The Reunion, and Extra, May 1889 (a published listing of surviving soldiers, Sparta, MIchigan, incomplete). Ledger and cash book from Binn’s Business Records, Binn’s Magnet Store, Buchanan, Michigan, 1883-1888, 1928-1951. Miscellaneous material relative to Grand Army of the Republic, Buchanan.

It also references "Thirty-four photographs transferred to Photograph Collection."

Holy Cow! Yipee-Yi-Yay!! Whoo-whoo!

I was so excited to find the Civil War letters between Daniel and Hannah Carlisle that I didn't stop to wonder why there were no letters from Ashley!

Now I have to contact the library. I see another trip to Michigan on the horizon.

9 comments:

Jasia said...

Oh my gosh! You are soooo lucky!!! I'm happy for you of course, and happy that you'll be coming back to Michigan. And I'm very envious too.

So what do you think? Will it be Easter break again or can you get away sooner and come over Christmas break? You know your curiosity is going to eat at you till you come!

I love reading the letters you've been transcribing and I can hardly wait to read the next batch too! And I'd love to have dinner again...

Becky said...

Wow, Christmas came a little early this year!! It is pretty amazing that two of your relatives donated family papers to archives. And this time pictures too. Awesome!! I don't think I could wait until Easter...

Msteri said...

Happy dance, Happy dance! Congratulations Apple! Look forward to hearing more!

Miriam said...

I'm so happy for you, Apple (and also happy you linked this great resource...maybe I'll be lucky enough to find some of my ancestors' papers in this collection!),

Apple said...

Thank you all for sharing my excitement! My husband's reaction? "I guess this means you'll be traveling in April again."

Jasia - Maybe dinner in April will become an annual thing. If I'm traveling to Michigan I'm certainly going to spend more time at the Bentley!

Miriam - I hope you find something in the catalog! And if you do be sure to let me know.

I'd love to go on my February break but seeing as that is our 25th wedding anniversary I guess I really should go someplace with him! So right now I'm hoping I can work it out for April. It doesn't look like I'll be going to Illinois after all.

My mother knew nothing of this collection and now I'm wondering who else might have donated papers and where they may have left them.

There is one other set of letters that have already been transcribed and placed online and I'll have to write about them soon.

Jewelgirl said...

I understand exactly how you feel!!!
This sounds like a treasure trove of
fabulous family papers and archived
too! Yes, Christmas has come early!
Very happy for you!!!!!

Apple said...

Jewelgirl - Christmas did come early. Thanks!

Lisa said...

I'm looking forward to reading more about your amazing family discoveries, Apple. Can't wait for your Friday from the Collectors article at Shades of the Departed! :)

Lisa
Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture
Small-leaved Shamrock
A light that shines again
100 Years in America

Apple said...

Lisa,
I hope you like it! I was very surprised and flattered to be asked.