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Christopher Ripley Charles Shepard papers

Christopher Ripley Charles Shepard papers

Collection Number: 
12
Collection Length: 
3.25ft
Period: 
1801 to 1870
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Christopher Ripley came to Northern New York about 1827 from Ohio and established the C. Ripley and Company in Ogdensburg which lasted three years. He then took employment with Molson Davies and Company in Montreal (Commission Merchants) as their agent obtaining consignments for wheat, flour, beef and pork in the State of Ohio. In 1836 Ripley purchased Matildaville (now Colton) from George Parish. Ripley was unable to resell the land and spent his remaining years trying to recoup his losses. Ripley attended West Point and became a Major-General during the Civil War. Christopher Ripley was born December 12, 1781 married Julia Caulkins on May 11, 1818 and had three children, Lucia, Laura (Mrs. Charles Shepard) and Roswell. The collection consists of business and personal correspondence of the Ripley family including the correspondence of Charles Shepard (Ripley's son-in-law) and his connection with the American Line Steamship Company. Also included is an article titled "The Ripley Papers" by Atwood Manley. St. Lawrence University purchased the collection in 1955, with additional materials being acquired through gifts and purchases.