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Seymour Family papers

Identifier: COU:1450

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a variety of historical documents dating back to the late 1880’s. I. PAPERS includes the typed diary entries from both Edward and Bennett Edward Seymour, naturalization papers, IRS License for a hotel in Oro City, Colorado, as well as grocery orders and a genealogy record of the Seymour Family dating back to 1639. II. OVERSIZED includes three ledgers from the Hawley Merchandise Company in Central City, Colorado; various dates from 1880 to 1897.


  • Creation: 1861 - 1865

Biographical Note

Edward Seymour and his wife, Sarah, lived on a farm in Plymouth, Ohio, and moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1861. He chronicles this journey in a diary, included in the collection, that was expanded by his son, Bennett, in the 1940s. Both transcripts are included in this collection, including business ledgers from the Hawley Merchandise Company in Central City, Colorado. Naturalization papers are included from Oro City, Colorado, which means "gold city" in Spanish; now a ghost town, Oro City was a profitable gold mine in the 1800's. Bennett Edward Seymour married Mary Atkinson in 1875; Atkinson is buried in Gilpin County, Colorado, with her seven children. Edward Seymour died in the August of 1865 in Denver.


2 linear feet

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The Seymour Family is traced back to 1639; this collection contains materials from Edward Seymour, who moved his family from Plymouth, Ohio to Denver, Colorado in 1861 as well as his son, Bennett Seymour, linked to gold towns and businesses in Oro City, Central City, and Denver, Colorado. Originals of the diary and reminiscenes are located at the Colorado Historical Society.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States