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Steele Family Correspondence: Finding Aid
mssHM 73830-73862  
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Description
The collection includes thirty letters chiefly from the Steele family of Ann Arbor, Michigan, between 1856 and the 1870s, to Ellen Steele Sturges (1837-1930). The letters primarily discuss family news and health, as well as occasional references to cultural and religious life in Ann Arbor. Notably, one letter discusses President Ulysses S. Grant’s unsuccessful bid for a third term.
Background
The family of minister Ebenezer Steele (October 18, 1808-1900) and Phebe Steele (1819-1910) lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their daughter Julia lived in their household in Ann Arbor until her death on November 11, 1866, of an unknown tuberculosis-like illness. Their son, Valentine, lived in Ann Arbor until the time of his death of an unknown tuberculosis-like illness on June 12, 1874. Another daughter, Ellen (1837-1930), who worked as a school teacher in Michigan, married David B. Sturges, and immigrated with him to Montana Territory sometime between 1856-1866, where they lived in Helena, Virginia City, and Gallatin. Ellen Sturges eventually settled in San Bernardino, California, between 1876 and 1902. The Steeles of Ann Arbor were active in the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, and ran a boarding house for students at the University of Michigan, where they often attended events.
Extent
33 items in 1 box
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