Suffrage Saturday: 1893 Letter with List of Registered Women Voters, Colchester, NY, Part 4
➡ Women’s Suffrage
Be sure to send letter to those before
whose name I have marked an X.
Send letter to all if you have
time. I will send list for
other Dists. soon.
E. E. Conlon
This concludes the transcription of this letter.
A good friend of the blog, Lisa, kindly reviewed and enhanced my transcription (thank you!), and researched Miss Nora Terry, to whom this letter was addressed. Nora Terry, age 25, was listed in the New York State Census in the First Election District, Tompkins, Delaware County, New York on 16 Feb 1892. Her occupation was “Teacher” so that may give us some clues as to why she was the recipient of the letter, and why teachers and ex-teachers were noted on the list.
Miss Nora Terry apparently married, as a ‘Mollie Brittain’ is found in the Delaware County, NY Marriage Book 13, page 427, marrying F. Ward Aber; Robert Brittain and Nora Terry are listed as her parents.
Further research finds Robert Brittain, a physician, and his wife Nora in Colchester for the 1905 NY State Census, with their son Robert Brittain, Jr., son Knox Brittain, and daughter Mollie Brittain, age 3. By the 1910 US Federal Census, they had two more sons listed: Evans Brittain and Ned Brittain; a servant was listed in the household as well. Nora and her family are found in many other records of the area.
Unfortunately the author of the letter, E. E. Conlon, has been challenging to track down. The letter has a Downsville postmark on the address side of the envelope, and one for Hamden and another for Walton, NY on the back. Having only the initials for the name makes it difficult- we have been unable to find a person with that name in the 1892 NY State Census, or in any other records. There are many Conlons in the area, but none with the first initials “E. E.” or any names beginning with those letters.
Please do contact us on the blog if you have any additional information about this letter and the subject, or any of the women listed.
Notes, Sources, and References:
1) Letter owned by author.
2) See also other posts in this series.
3) New York State Census for Nora Terry in 1892: Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. E. D. 01, page 8, column 1.
4) Delaware County Marriage Book 13 Transcription: http://www.dcnyhistory.org/oldnewsidx/marriageslinda13.html
5) 1905 NY State Census for the household of Robert Brittain: New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 01; City: Colchester; County: Delaware, page 5, lines 46-50.
6) 1910 US Federal Census, Robert Brittain Head of Household: Year: 1910; Census Place: Colchester, Delaware, New York; Roll: T624_935; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0004; FHL microfilm: 1374948, page 4A, lines 20-27.
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