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John P. Varnum Family Collection Container List

Correspondence: Mrs. John P. Varnum (Josephine L. Dyer "Josie")
Box Folder Description
Box: 1 Folder: 1 1871? March 20, E. Stoughton (Massachusetts?). Letter to "Dear Johnnie...Josie L. Dyer." Written on back page: "This is the oldest letter of my wife (to me) now in existence. J. P. Varnum. Gainesville, Fla. July 6, 1878. I am poor, but a thousand dollars would not purchase this letter. J. P. Varnum."
Box: 1 Folder: 2 1877 April 8, Tallahassee. Letter to "Dear Aunt Celia (?) ...with lots of love Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 3-4 1881 January 18, Jacksonville, Fla. Letter to "Dear Mother...Josie." On letterhead stationery: Law Offices of Cheney & Varnum, No. 8 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, Fla. Includes letter dated Jan 24 1882 (?).
Box: 1 Folder: 5 1881 October 20, Gainesville, Florida. Letter to "Dear Josie..L " (signature not legible).
Box: 1 Folder: 6 1882 August 1, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Marnie (?) ...with love Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 7 1882 October 22, Jacksonville. Letter to "My dear Mother...with much love Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 8 1883 December 6, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Mother...Edith is waking and I must say good night..." Unsigned, penmanship of "Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 9-10 1884 January 20, February 22, Jacksonville. Letters to "Dear Little Archie...with a great deal of love Mamma."
Box: 1 Folder: 11 1884 January 25, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Aunt Celia..." Unsigned.
Box: 1 Folder: 12 1884 January 27, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Mother...With much love Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 13 1884? July 27, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Mammy...John will have his valuable papers deeds notes from C. H. Jones secured by mortgage on Times Union...In haste Josephine."
Box: 1 Folder: 14 1884 December 29, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Mamsie (?) ...With love, Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 15 1885 January 22, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Mammy...Love to all, Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 16-17 1885 February 8; November ? 26, Jacksonville. Letters to "Dear Mamsie (?)...Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 18 1885? March 25, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Aunt Celia?...Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 19-20 1885 April 15; December 14, Jacksonville. Letters to "Dear Mother...Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 21-22 1885 June 28; November ? 22, Jacksonville. Letters to "Dear Marnie...Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 23-24 1886 November ? 12 & 14, Jacksonville. Letter to "My Dear Johnnie," from "Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 25 1887 February 27, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Aunt Celia...Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 26 1887 May 16, Jacksonville. Letter to "Marnie my dear...Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 27 1887 May 20, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Mother...Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 28 1888 February 2, Jacksonville. Letter to "Dear Mammy...Josie."
Box: 1 Folder: 29 1888 February 13?, Jacksonville, Fla. Letter to "Dear Mother...Josie." On letterhead stationery: Florida Literary and News Bureau, John P. Varnum, Manager [Late Managing Editor News-Herald.]
Box: 1 Folder: 30 1888 May 11, Jacksonville, Fla. Letter to "Dear Grandma...Josie." On letterhead stationery: Florida Literary and News Bureau, John P. Varnum, Manager [Late Managing Editor News-Herald.] At top of page: "Dicatated."
Box: 1 Folder: 31 1888 May 18, Jacksonville, Fla. Letter to "Dear Mother...We are gradually getting packed we have a man engaged to come Monday and pack the furniture. I shall take a room with Gracie and Nora and our plan is to have John Archie and Edie go on Thursday's Steamer. This sickness has been a most dreadful misfortune to us. If I could possibly have got Johnnie off by himself I should have done so but he would not hear to anything of the sort he is terribly weak and exhausted that seems to be all Dr. Mallett thinks a change of air will bring him up very quickly. The children are improving but very slowly. Grace talks continually, when her fever is on, of Aunt Celia's bread and milk..." On letterhead stationery: Florida Literary and News Bureau, John P. Varnum, Manager [Late Managing Editor News-Herald.] Note: Jacksonville experienced a virulent yellow fever epidemic in July-August 1888.
Correspondence: John P. Varnum
Box Folder Description
Box: 1 Folder: 32 1877 May 12, Mandarin. Letter to "Dear Sir: Was there any mistake about the ticket you so kindly relieved me of yesterday...I am yours respectfully Mrs. Henry Ward (?) Beecher." (Harriet Beecher Stowe maintained a home and wintered in Mandarin, Florida from 1867 to 1884)
Box: 1 Folder: 33 1878 April 25, Mandarin. Letter to "J. P. Varnum Esq, Dear Sir: It now appears that it may be important for me to take Steamer at Fernandina Thursday May 2nd - for home. In that case, I fear I must leave Jacksonville the day before...Yours respectfully Mrs. Henry Ward (?) Beecher."
Box: 1 Folder: 34 1888 July 16, Jacksonville, Fla. Letter to "Mr. J.P.Varnum, My dear John...I hope by this time you are better and able to get around again, and I have no doubt but that the pure air and radical change of living will soon put you in fighting trim. I don't know anything very funny unless it is the effort of the Stockton combination to make a newspaper..." No signature - last page of letter missing.
Family Correspondence
Box Folder Description
Box: 1 Folder: 35 No year, "Monday evening. Johnnie dear...With great fections Dodo."
Box: 1 Folder: 36 1876 Feb. 10, Eau Gallie. Letter to "My dear aunt Mimi...Your loving Marnie."
Box: 1 Folder: 37 1927 February 25, Eau Gallie, Fla. Letter to "A. R. Tucker & E. B. Taylor, City." On letterhead: State Bank of Eau Gallie, Fla. With envelope.
Box: 1 Folder: 38-46

Miscellaneous envelopes, without contents:

  • 1. To Mrs. John P. Varnum, East Stoughton, Massachusetts (return address: Jacksonville Board of Trade, John P. Varnum, Secretary)
  • 2. To Mrs. Jno. P. Varnum, Tallahassee, Fla. (return address: John P. Varnum, Gainesville, Fla.)
  • 3. To John P. Varnum Esq., Eau Gallie, Brevard County, Florida
  • 4. To Genl Varnum, Land Office, Gainesville, Florida
  • 5-6. To Mrs. A. L. Dyer, East Stoughton, Massachusetts
  • 7. To Mrs. Carolyn V. Tucker, Nantasket Beach, Mass. (Postmarked Jacksonville, Fla. October 1925)
  • 8-9. To Mrs. Edith V. Tucker, Nantasket Beach, Mass. (Postmarked Eau Gallie, Fla., November 1925).
Legal Documents
Box Folder Description
Box: 1 Folder: 47 1866 Sheet, with handwritten text: "$800.00 Canton January 1, 1866 One year from date for value received I promise to pay to Rufus C. Wood Executor of the Will of ? White, ?, on order, the sum of eight hundred dollars with interest ? payable semi-annually Darius Littlefield Secured by mortgage on real estate in Stoughton ? duly stamped." Payments written on back.
Box: 2 Folder: 48 1882 / 1884 Mortgage deed: On cover: From John P. Varnum & Wife To Mrs. H. K. Brown [Hannah K. Brown] Dated April 27, 1882. Hillsborough County, Florida. Canceled April 27, 1884. For land in "Brevard Putnam & Hillsborough Florida, Lot 3, Section 9, Township 27 South, Range Brevard County, Florida.."
Box: 1 Folder: 49 1886 / 1887 Sheet, with handwritten text: State of Florida, Brevard County, Redemption of Tax Certificate no. 33 of tax sale of June 7th 1886, Lot 3... by E. G. Flesviant (?) by paying the sum of eight (?) dollars... January 27th 1887.
Box: 2 Folder: 50 1888 Will of: Celia A. Littlefield, "...single woman of Avon in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts....I give and bequeath to my nephew Charles A. Varnum, a grandson of said Almira L. Dyer, now of Jacksonville in the State of Florida and to my neices [sic] Grace D. Varnum, Edith C. Varnum and Nora Varnum all of said Jacksonville and all children of John and Josephine L. Varnum the sum of one hundred dollars ($100) each..." Dated May 2, 1888.
Box: 2 Folder: 51 1889 Administrator's Letter: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Probate Court, Josephine L. Varnum of Avon appointed Administratrix of the Estate of John P. Varnum late of Avon... Dated February 13, 1889.
Box: 1 Folder: 52a-b 1894 Land condemnation / eminent domain petition: Circuit Court, Brevard County, Florida, The Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Indian River Railway Company vs. J. P. Varnum heirs (Josephine L. Varnum, widow, and Grace, Edith and Norah Varnum, minor children and heirs of J. P. Varnum, deceased.) Dated August 11, 1894. States Varnum heirs "live at Avon, Mass." (2 copies)
Box: 2 Folder: 53 1926 Probate document: "State of Florida, County of record of any administration or probate proceedings upon the estates of John P. Varnum, Josephine L. Varnum or Nora Varnum...September 13, 1926."
Box: 2 Folder: 54 1926 Quit-Claim Deed: From Robbins & Graham Company to Grace D. Varnum and Edith V. Tucker. Recorded in the Public Records of Brevard County, Florida, "All of Government Lot no. 3 of Section Nine (9), Township 27 South, Range 37 East..." Dated September 24, 1926.
Miscellaneous Materials
Box Folder Description
Box: 1 Folder: 55 Sheet: Dated 1841 ? October 11. At top of page: "17 years of age. My birthday this day I wish to make resolutions which shall be kept. I resolve that I will be industrious that I will improve every moment of the time (?). also that I will endeavor to be cheerful (?) and to speak pleasantly to every one. I resolve to perform my resolutions. [signed] Annie (?) Littlejohn (?)"
Box: 1 Folder: 56 Notes (7 pages) with inscription on last page: "Written by George Alfred Townsend in 1882 at the St. James Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida as a favor to me and published next morning in Fla. Times. J.P.V."
Box: 2 Folder: 57 Letter to the Editor. Heading on top of first page: "Truth and Fraud, To the Editor of the Morning News." Signed "Honest Democrat." 1886?
Box: 1 Folder: 58

Business card:

John P. Varnum, The Florida Times-Union, (Daily and Weekly) - and - Job Printing House, Jones, Varnum & Co., Proprietors. Jacksonville, Florida

Box: 1 Folder: 59-62

Calling cards:

Mrs. John P. Varnum (2)

Miss Edith Christine Varnum

C.V.A. Varnum / Archibald C. Varnum / Charles V. A. Varnum

Box: 1 Folder: 63 Newsclipping: "A. R. Tucker Will Build Home North of City. Chamber of Commerce News Service: Eau Gallie is glad to welcome back A. R. Tucker of Avon, Mass. Mr. Tucker is the son-in-law of the late J. P. Varnum, who was well known to many of our older citizens. Mr. Varnum was the first Postmaster of Eau Gallie as well as the founder of the Jacksonville Times; later he purchased the Jacksonville Union and combined them into the present great daily, The Times-Union. The heirs of J. P. Varnum own 16 acres of land near the High School, north of the section line and adjoining Varnum Creek..." No date on clipping.