Collection ID: LL001

Collection context


The Ledyard Family, Lincklaen family, The Fairchild Family, and The Remington Family
Dating from the 1790s through 1970, the Lincklaen/Ledyard collection in the Lorenzo archive contains correspondence, land records, wills, maps, store and personal account ledgers, photographs, ephemera, and more created, collected or relating to the family members, enslaved, servants, and business and personal associates.
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Scope and Content:

The Lincklaen/Ledyard Collection is comprised of materials collected by the Lincklaen and Ledyard Family, primarily the Ledyard Family, from the years 1740 to 1970. The materials within the collection include correspondence, business documents, account books, ledgers, cash books, memorandum books, day books, land documents and papers, maps, blueprints, white prints, and browline prints, legal documents and papers, estate records of members of the Fairchild, Fitzhugh, Krumbhaar, Ledyard, Lincklaen, Remington, Stebbins, Seymour, and Vander Kemp Estates, newspaper clippings, genealogy, research notes, printed materials such as blank postcards and blank greeting cards, publications, catalogs, books, administrative records, government records such as military records dating back to the 1770s, speeches and addresses, circulars, fliers, leaflets, pamphlets and programs, posters, bradosides, advertisements, instructional materials, lists, journals, writings, address books, blank forms, blotting papers, calendars, certificates, commemorative materials, drawings, envelopes, guidelines, identification cards, licenses, memorial books, money, paintings, plant materials, playing cards, post office return receipts, prescriptions, prints, resource sources, registrations, schedules, school records, sheet music, stationary, tags, textiles, telephone numbers, travel documents, wallpaper, and miscellaneous items. The collection also includes subcollections of important note: Anti-Suffrage Materials, the Third Great Western Turnpike Documents and Papers, the Madison and Oneida County Courthouse Documents and Papers, the Holland Land Company, and the Grand Tour of 1884, a European trip taken by the third generation family member, George S. Strawbridge Ledyard Sr., in 1884. The Anti-Suffrage Materials collection contains printed speeches and addresses, pamphlets and programs to events, fliers, broadsides, leaflets, photographs, and sheet music. The Third Great Western Turnpike Documents and Papers subseries contains historical documents pertaining to the construction of the Turnpike such as articles and a charter of of incorporation, blank forms, construction contracts, correspondence, financial records, guidebooks, instructional materials, land documents, newspaper clippings, posters, a petition, speeches and address, and power of attorney documents. The Madison County Courthouse Documents and Papers subseries contains a certificate of commissioners, financial records, land documents, and meeting minutes. All of the documents are pertaining to the construction of the court house. The Grand Tour of 1884 subseries contains advertisements, broadsides, calling cards, correspondence, drawings, envelopes, guides, leaflets, menus, notes, pamphlets and programs, hotel and retail receipts, souvenirs, tags, tickets, a tracking chart, travel receipts, and travel documents.

Biographical / Historical:

Lorenzo State Historic Site is the 1807 Federal style mansion of John Lincklaen, Holland Land Company agent and founder of Cazenovia, New York. Lorenzo was continually occupied by John Lincklaen, his wife, Helen Ledyard, and her descendants until the property and contents were conveyed to New York State in 1968. Operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Central Region, the site comprises the buildings, furnishings, archive, and 87 acres of land that once belonged to the Lincklaen/Ledyard families. The site is also supported by the Friends of Lorenzo, a 501c3 organization. Family members residing at Lorenzo are as follows (dates after names indicate period of ownership): John Lincklaen (1807-1822), Helen Ledyard Lincklaen (1822-1823, 1827-1847), Jonathan Denise Ledyard (1823-1827), Jane Strawbridge Ledyard, Ledyard Lincklaen (born Lincklaen Ledyard 1847-1864), Helen Clarissa Seymour Lincklaen (1864-1890), Helen Lincklaen Fairchild (1890-1931), Charles S. Fairchild, Jane Ledyard Remington (1931-1953), Eliphalet Remington, George S. Ledyard, Jr., Annie Keast Ledyard, and John D. Ledyard.

Acquisition information:
The Lincklaen/Ledyard Collection was found in the Lorenzo Mansion after its purchase by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation in 1969. The contents of the collection were compiled, processed, and rehoused by Russell Grills and Sharon Cooney c.1970s, and was reprocessed by Lucy Bell for the 2021/2022 grant funded project from the New York State Parks and Recreation Department to create and publish finding aids for the archives of the Lorenzo State Historic Site.
Processing information:

The Lincklaen/Ledyard Collection was processed by Russell Grills and Sharon Cooney in c.1970s after the purchase of Lorenzo in 1969. It was then reprocessed by Lucy Bell for the 2021/2022 grant funded project from the New York State Parks and Recreation Department to create and publish finding aids for the archives of the Lorenzo State Historic Site.


The Lincklaen/ Ledyard Collection is arranged into sixty eight series and 36 subseries: I. Correspondence, II. Business Documents and Papers; IIa. Account Books IIb. Ledgers IIc. Daybooks IId. Cashbooks IIe. Memorandum Book; III. Land Documents and Papers; IIIa. Canal Abandonment Documents, IIIb. Ledyard Canal Documents, IIIc. Building Plans, Floor Plans, and Blueprints, IIId. Blueprints, Whiteprints, and Brown Line Prints, IIIe. Preliminary Sketches, IIIf. Lorenzo Farm Documents, IIIg. Madison and Oneida County Courthouse Documents, IIIh. Pontiac Super Saver Station, IIIi. Maps and Maps Books, IIIj. Atlases; IV. Legal Documents and Papers, V. Estate Records, VI. Newspaper Clippings; VIa. Newspaper and Newspaper Clippings Books and Scrapbooks; VII. Genealogy, VIII. Research Notes, IX. Printed Materials; IXa. Publications;

X. Catalogs, XI. Books; XIa. Booklets; XII. Administrative Records, XIII. Government Records; XIIIa. Military Records; XIV. French Spoliations, XV. Lectures, XVI. Speeches and Addresses, XVII. Circulars, XVIII. Fliers, XIX. Leaflets,

XX. Pamphlets and Programs, XXI. Posters, XXII. Broadsides, XXIII. Advertisements, XXIV. Instructional Materials, XXV. Lists, XXVI. Journals, XXVII. Writings, XXVIII. Anti-Suffrage Materials, XXIX. Third Great Western Turnpike

XXX. Grand Tour of 1884, XXXI. Club and Society Documents, XXXII. Spanish-American War Squadron A Documents, XXXIIa. Association of Ex-Members of Squadron A; XXXIII. Address Books, XXXVI. Blank Forms, XXXV. Blotting Paper, XXXVI. Calendars, XXXVII. Cazenovia Sesquicentennial Documents, XXXVIII. Certificates, XXXIX. Commemorative Materials

XL. Drawings, XLI. Envelopes, XLII. Groton Heights Centennial Documents, XLIII. Guidelines, XLIV. Identification Cards, XLV. Licenses, XLVI. Memorial Books, XLVII. Money, XLVIII. Paintings, XLIX. Plant Materials

L. Playing Cards, LI. Postage Stamps, LII. Post Office Return Receipts, LIII. Prescriptions, LIV. Prints, LV. Resource Sources, LVI. Registration, LVII. Schedules, LVIII. School Records, LVIX. Sheet Music

LX. Stationary, LXI. Tags, LXII. Textiles, LXIII. Telephone Numbers, LXIV. Travel Documents, LXV. Wallpaper, LXVI. Miscellaneous, LXVII. Holland Land Company; LXVIIa. Maps and Map Books, LXVIIb. Letters Patent, LXVIIc. Land Documents, LXVIId. Land Books, LXVIIe. Census Records; LXVIII. Photographs; LXVIIIa. Cazenovia Scenes, LXVIIIb. New York State Scenes, LXVIIIc. Family Properties, LXVIIId. Family Photos, LXVIIIe. Non-Family Photos, LXVIIIf. Various People, LXVIIIg. Group Photos, LXVIIIh. Unidentified Photos, LXVIIIi. Animals, LXVIIIj. National and International Scenes and Unidentified Landscapes, LXVIIIk. Film Negatives, LXVIIIl. Glass Negatives, LXVIIIm. Reproduction Photographs, LXVIIIn. Miscellaneous, LXVIIIo. Ledyard Lincklaen's Stereoscopic Photographs, LXVIIIp. Scrapbooks


There have not been any past accruals for The Linkclaen/Ledyard Collection nor are any expected in the future.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: a Content Standard



The Lincklaen/Ledyard Collection is open for public research. The Lorenzo State Historic Site archives are open to researchers by appointment only. Please call 315-655-3200 to set up your appointment.


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