Collection ID: JG001

Collection context


Fairchild family, Childs family, Stebbins Family, and Ledyard family
This collection contains advertisements, business documents, correspondence, lists, petitions, photographs, printed materials, stamps, and writings. All materials within this collection are from the ancestors of Jane Kennard Gilmore's grandmother, Helen L. Stebbins (nee Kennard). These ancestors include members of the Childs, Fairchilds, Ledyards, and Stebbins families.
1.25 linear feet and 3 manuscript boxes


Scope and Content:

The Jane Kennard Gilmore collection consists of personal documents and photographs belonging to the ancestors of the grandmother of Jane K. Gilmore, Helen L. Stebbins (nee Kennard). These documents includes correspondence between members of the Fairchild, Childs, Stebbins, and Ledyard Families, advertisements for Lake Owaghena, checks for Perry G. Childs, a petition to the U.S. Postmaster to change a Cazenovia mail route, a book of stamps, printed obituaries, and typed recipes from Jane K. Gilmore's great, great, great aunt, Sophia C. Fairchild (nee Jackson).

Also within this collection are various daguerreotypes of members of the Childs, Stebbins, Fairchild, and Ledyard families that are in their original cases.

Biographical / Historical:

Although not much information is readily available on Jane Kennard Gilman herself, her genealogical information is known.

She is the daughter of Jane Sidney Kennard and James H. Gilman. Her lineage in relation to the families of Lorenzo are through her mother.

Jane Sidney Kennard is the daughter of John Stebbins Kennard and Elizabeth Eaton, with John Stebbins Kennard being the son of Arthur Wood Kennard and Helen Lucy Stebbins (nee Kennard) and the brother to Marjory Kennard, Helen Grace Kennard, and Charles Fairchild Kennard.

Helen Lucy Stebbins (nee Kennard) was the daughter of John Stebbins and Katharine Fairchild (nee Stebbins) and was the sister of Katherine "Kitty" Stebbins (nee Ten Eyck) and Sidney Fairchild Stebbins.

Katharine Fairchild (nee Stebbins) was married to John Stebbins and was the sister of Charles Stebbins Fairchild, an owner of the Lorenzo mansion along with his wife, Helen Lincklaen (nee Fairchild). Katharine Fairchild (nee Stebbins) was the daughter of Sidney Thompson Fairchild and Helen Childs (nee Fairchild).

Helen Ledyard Childs (nee Fairchild) was the daughter of Perry Green Childs and Catharine Ledyard (nee Childs). Her children were Katharine Fairchild, Charles Stebbins Fairchild, and Sophia "Aunt Toto" Childs Fairchild.

Acquisition information:
As of October 26th, 2022, acquisition information for the Jane Kennard Gilman Collection has not been found.
Processing information:

The Jane Kennard Gilman Collection was processed 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 Jane Kennard Gilman Collection is arranged by decade and is separated into nine series: I. Advertisements, II. Business Documents and Papers, III. Correspondence, IV. Lists, V. Petitions, VI. Photographs, VII. Printed Materials-Obituaries, VIII. Stamps, IX. Writings. Each series is arranged chronologically by decade.


There have not been any past accruals to the Jane Kennard GIlman Collection nor are any expected in the future.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: a Content Standard



The Jane Kennard Gilman 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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