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Guide to the Ellet Family Papers, 1839-1968
Special Collections M698  
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This collection of 2 linear feet of Civil War papers was received by Stanford as a gift from Elizabeth Ellet Nitz and Frances Ellet Ward in 1994. The collection consists primarily of correspondence, including extensive letters of Brigadier General Alfred Washington Ellet to his wife, Sarah Roberts Ellet between 1861 and 1864. The collection also includes some letters from Sarah Ellet to her husband, and correspondence between various members of the Ellet family. These primary correspondents are Ellet's mother, Mrs. Mary Israel Ellet; brothers, Charles Ellet, Jr. and Edward Carpenter Ellet; sister-in-law Mrs. Elvira Daniels Ellet; niece Miss Mary Virginia Ellet (later Mrs. Cabell); nephews Charles Rivers Ellet, John Ellet and Richard Ellet; and Alfred Ellet's two younger children, Miss Elvira (Ellie) Ellet and William (Willie) Ellet.
Mary Israel (1780-1870) and Charles Ellet (1777-1847) were married in Philadelphia in 1801. They lived alternately in the city and on two farms, one near Tullytown, Pennsylvania (purchased 1807) and one in Delaware (purchased 1818). Between 1802 and 1823 Mrs. Mary I. Ellet bore fourteen children, many of whom died in childhood or early adulthood.* At the start of the Civil War, only Charles Ellet, Jr., John I. Ellet, Edward Carpenter Ellet, and Alfred Washington Ellet were still living.
2 linear ft.
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