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Brayton Family Papers
L411, B124
1820-1969
11 mss boxes, 1 cu. ft box, 1 oversized folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Jill Campbell, February 2001
Revised by: Jennifer Duplaga, May 2005
Revised by: Elizabeth M. Wilkinson, September 2005

Biographical Note:

The Springer and Brayton families included William H. Springer, born 1829, who was a tinner and a farmer in Oakland City, Indiana in the 1850s to 1887, and Washington, Indiana from 1887 until his death in 1915.  William H. Springer was served as a Lieutenant in the 38th Indiana Regiment from 1861-1864.  Springer had two daughters, Ella Springer Sears and Carrie Springer Brayton.  Ella was born in 1850 and was a music teacher in southern Indiana and Kentucky.  Ella was married to Jesse M. Sears.  She passed away in 1876.  Carrie was born in 1860 and passed away in 1934.  She married John Brayton who was a bookkeeper in Chicago.  Together they had Margaret Brayton, born July 11, 1895.  Margaret graduated from the National Kindergarten College in 1916 and was a kindergarten instructor in Chicago in the 1920s.  Later she moved to Muncie, Indiana where she taught at Ball State Teachers College from 1932 into the 1960s.  Margaret passed away in Muncie in 1986.   

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists principally of personal correspondence of the Springer and Brayton families from 1842-1940.  Included are William Springer’s letters to his wife while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. Also included is the personal correspondence of the John Brayton family and related families in Warren County, New York and Washington, Indiana.  There are also a significant amount of papers on Margaret Brayton (1895-1986) of Muncie, Indiana. 

Papers include a great deal of genealogical information on the Brayton, Sears and Springer families including death certificates, obituary clippings, funeral notices, family bibles, marriage certificates, land deeds, etc.  Also included are 2 boxes of family photographs including tintypes and daguerreotypes, a letter from A.M. Springer to his mother, dated January 25, 1852, while he was in Oregon and California during the gold rush, and letters from William H. Springer to his family while he served in the 38th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War.  Other family names include Palmer, McVey, Gilman, and Walker.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1.

Folder 
1. Correspondence, 1823-1849
2. Correspondence, 1850-1859
3. Correspondence, 1860-1865
4. Civil War reminiscences of Wm. H. Springer, 38th IN Regiment
5. Correspondence, 1870-1879
6. Correspondence, 1880-1885
7. Correspondence, 1886-1887
8. Correspondence, 1888-1889
9. Correspondence, 1890, Jan.-June

Box 2.

Folder 
1. Correspondence, 1890, July
2. Correspondence, 1890, Aug.
3. Correspondence, 1890, Sept.
4. Correspondence, 1890, Oct.
5. Correspondence, 1890, Nov. –Dec.
6. Correspondence, 1891, Jan.-Feb.
7. Correspondence, 1891, March

Box 3 .

Folder 
1. Correspondence, 1891, Apr.
2. Correspondence, 1891, May
3. Correspondence, 1891, June-Dec.
4. Correspondence, 1892
5. Correspondence, 1893, Jan.-Oct.
6. Correspondence, 1893, Nov. –Dec.
7. Correspondence, 1894
8. Correspondence, 1895
9. Correspondence, 1896
10. Correspondence, 1897-1899
11. Correspondence, 1900-1904

Box 4.

Folder 
1. Correspondence, 1905-1907
2. Correspondence, 1908-1909
3. Correspondence, 1910-1914
4. Margaret Brayton’s Kindergarten class papers, 1912-1935
5. Correspondence, 1915-1916
6. National Kindergarten College Yearbook, 1916
7. Correspondence, 1917-1918
8. Correspondence, 1919

Box 5.

Folder 
1. Correspondence, 1920
2. Correspondence, 1921-1924
3. Correspondence, 1925-1929
4. Correspondence, 1930-1932
5. Correspondence, 1933-1934
6. Correspondence, 1935-1938
7. Correspondence, 1941-1959
8. Correspondence, 1960-1969
9. Undated correspondence
10. Miscellaneous papers
11. Miscellaneous papers

Box 6.

Folder 
1. Writings of John E. Brayton
2. Writings of John E. Brayton
3. Writings of John E. Brayton
4. Writings of John E. Brayton
5. Writings of John E. Brayton
6. Printed sermons of Rev. Wm. Quayle, St. James Episcopal Church, Chicago, 1905-1908
7. Printed sermons of Rev. Wm. Quayle, St. James Episcopal Church, Chicago, 1905-1908

Box 7.  Photographs

Folder 
1. Brayton family photographs
2. Brayton family photographs
3. Brayton family photographs
4. Brayton family photographs
5. Gilman family photographs
6. Sears family photographs
7. Springer family photographs

Box 8.  Photographs

Folder 
1. Walker family photographs
2. Tintypes
3. Daguerreotypes
4. Daguerreotypes
5. Miscellaneous family photographs
6. Unidentified photographs
7. Unidentified photographs
8. Unidentified photographs
9. Photo album
10. Postcards, news clippings, negatives, etc.

Box 9.

Folder 
1. Holy Bible, 1817, belonging to Joshua Springer and Nicholas Springer

Box 10.

Folder 
1. Holy Bible, 1873, belonging to W.H. and M.H. Springer

Box 11.  Miscellaneous materials

Folder 
1. Brayton family photo album
2. McGuffy’s Sixth Eclectic Reader, 1857
3. Anecdotes for the Fireside, 1852
4. Holy Bible, 1847, belonging to William  Springer
5. Estes Park trip diary, 1924
6. Margaret Brayton’s date book, 1915
7. Dance card, 1911
8. Diary of Margaret Brayton, September 1916
9. Margaret Brayton’s Diary, 1917
10. Booklet of Army insignia, 1917-1918
11. Margaret Brayton’s Diary,1916
12. McGuffy’s Third Eclectic Reader, 1879
13. McGuffy’s Third Eclectic Reader, 1865
14. McGuffy’s First Eclectic Reader, 1863
15. The New Testament, 1905
16. Holy Bible, 1871, belonging to Mrs. W.H. Springer
17. School Composition, 1874
18. McGuffy’s Fourth Eclectic Reader, 1866
19. Felter’s Arithmetic Primer, 1863
20. Carrie Springer’s autograph book, 1881
21. Doctrines and Discipline, 1853
22. Ray’s Practical Arithmetic, 1877
23. Mrs. Follen’s Twilight Stores, 1858
24. The Christian Minister’s Affectionate Advice, 1853; includes marriage certificate for John Brayton and Lydia E. Palmer
25. Precious Lessons from the Lips of Jesus, 1857
26. The Little Captain

Box 12.  Genealogy

Folder 
1. W. L. Brayton, 1940
2. Brayton Genealogy by John F. Brayton
3. Brayton Genealogy
4. Brayton Genealogy
5. Springer Heirs
6. Springer and Sears family history

Oversized Folder (B124).

1820-1888 Land indentures
n.d. Commission of Wm. H. Springer, 38th Regiment
1869 Marriage certificate of Jesse M. Sears and E. Ella Springer
n.d. Broadside
n.d. Insurance certificates
1878 Teacher’s license for Carrie Springer
n.d. Floor plan of John E. Brayton’s home
1932 Northwestern University diploma for Margaret Brayton
1919 Photograph of the Canteen Workers of the American Red Cross, Chicago Chapter

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 11 mss boxes, 1 cu. ft box, 1 ov. folder
Collection Dates: 1820-1969
Provenance: Margaret Brayton, 1968.
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate Formats: 
Related Holdings: William H. Springer Oral History, 1915 (cassette) and Margaret Brayton Oral History, 1982 (cassette)
Notes: