William B. Goodrich/P.H. Wells Coll.

William B. Goodrich/P.H. Wells Coll.

Collection Number: 
56
Collection Length: 
1.50ft
Period: 
1853 to 1898
Finding Aid: 

Goodrich was born in Wilna, Jefferson County, New York, practiced law in Madrid, N.Y. and was a Lieutenant Colonel during the Civil War. P. H. Wells was in the Navy stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y. and visited Gouverneur and Madrid, N.Y. where his wife's (Sadie Olin) parents lived. This collection consists of letters, diaries, business papers, photographs, and memorabilia. William Goodrich practiced law in Madrid, N.Y., was judge advocate of the 33rd Regiment NYS Militia, a journalist and part owner of a local newspaper and a Lieutenant Colonel with the 1st Company of the 60th Regiment NYS volunteers during the Civil War where he was killed in the Battle of Antietan in 1862. Stella Goodrich Russell, William's daughter, married U.S. Senator Charles Russell of Kings County, N.Y., a prominent lawyer. She founded Camp Goodrich in New Jersey, a place for convalescent soldiers and sailors. The bulk of the collection is correspondence of P.H. Wells to his family (wife Sadie Olin & four daughters) in Madrid, N.Y. while in the Navy in Brooklyn. Also included are church and Sunday school records from Wells.