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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Rogers, Mary Martin and Family Papers, 1851 - 1954

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Rogers, Mary Martin and Family. Papers, 1851 - 1954.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1332

Rogers, Mary Martin and Family. Papers, 1851 - 1954. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1332. 1/2 hollinger box, .21 cubic feet.


This collection consists mainly of copies of letters written to Lavina Wood from members of her family. Most of the letters came from Lavina Wood's brothers and sisters, and date from 1851 to the early 1900s. The letters from 1901 to 1905, which were written by Mary Martin Rogers, Lavina's sister, are original. The letters discuss everyday pioneer life, and contain information about other family members, problems with farming, and financial advice. They provide a good look at the lives of women on the homesteading frontier. Also included in the collection is a photocopy of a newspaper article from the Evening Leader of New York, which discusses a journal, compiled by the son of Rhoda Lodema Martin Marcy. A family genealogy chart constructed for Seneca Marcy is also included in the collection.

Biographical Note:

The family which this collection focuses on began with Sylvester Martin. He moved his family to Canton, New York around 1830. The family included seven children - Lavina, Rhoda, Lodema, Eliza, Mary Ann, Nathan, Joseph, and Ferdinand.

Joseph died at the age of sixteen. Lavina married Lewis Wood and spent her entire life in Canton, New York. Lodema married and moved west with her husband, Seneca Marcy. They eventually settled in Clarence, Iowa. Slyvester, his wife and family also moved west and lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Mary married Martin Rogers and lived in Zumbrota, Minnesota. Ferdinand lived in Wisconsin until his wife died, and then he moved to Iowa. Eliza was married and lived for a time in Cedar County, Iowa. She later moved to Zumbrota, Minnesota. Nathan never married and lived in Wisconsin.

The original letters in the collection were written from 1901 - 1905 by Mary Martin Rogers, and were sent to Lena Wood, her niece, the daughter of Lavina and Lewis Wood.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Rogers, Mary Martin and Family. Papers, 1851 - 1954. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1332, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


The Minnesota Historical Society donated this collection in November 1982.

Processed By:

Karyn Nester processed this collection in April 1988. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell January 2001.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no other manuscript collections about Mary Martin Rogers and her family available elsewhere. This collection consists mostly of photocopies of letters written by Mary Martin Rogers. The original letters can be found at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Rogers, Mary Martin.
Frontier and pioneer life--Zumbrota, Minnesota.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1332



Letters from Mary Martin Rogers to Lena Wood, 1901 – 1905



Letters to Lavina Wood from Mary Martin Rogers, 1851 – 1878 (copies)



Letters to Lavina Wood from Rhoda Lodema Martin Marcy, 1851 – 1878 (copies)



Letters to Lavina Wood from Eliza Martin Besaw, 1852 – 1870 (copies)



Letters to Lavina Wood from Ferdinand, Joseph, and Nathan Martin, 1851 – 1878 (copies)



Letters to Lavina Wood from various relatives, 1860 – 1877 (copies)



Newspaper article, 1954 (photocopy), and a photocopy of a genealogy chart on Seneca Marcy