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Box: 1 Fold: 1 Andre, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 8/4/1850

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Andre, brother of Julianne Clark Andre (wife of James Placidus Ord), to James Placidus Ord: "Your kind interest in the welfare of my son [James] demands my first attention and sincere thanks..."

Box: 1 Fold: 2 Andre, Peter C. to James Placidus Ord
Datespan: 2/28/1850-6/13/1865

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 ALS from Peter C. Andre, brother of James Andre (cf. folder 1:1), to James Placidus Ord.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Andre, Peter C. to Julianne Clark Andre
Date: 10/8/1844

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Peter C. Andre to his sister Julianne Clark Andre: "It is with pleasure I write you this letter in answer to yours which I saw yesterday for the first time having just returned from the country - All the family is well (except mother which is troubled with a sore foot..." (Addressed from Detroit.)

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Andre, Julianne Clark to James Cresap Ord
Date: 10/11/1864

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Julianne Clark Andre Ord to her son James Cresap Ord: "My Dear Son - I was delighted to receive a letter from you and so was your grandmother and all your sisters - but more so, than any of us, was your little brother [Placidus Andre Ord]..." (Addressed from Detroit to James Cresap Ord at Georgetown College.)

@ References also to James Placidus, General Edward Otho Cresap, and to William Marcellus ["Marcy"].

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Andre, Julianne Clark to James Placidus Ord
Date: 6/18/1846

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Julianne Clark Andre to James Placidus Ord: "My dear Placidus - My anxiety after you left the house for the steamboat began to increase more and more for your safety [of?] your trip home..." (Addressed from Detroit. Julianne, sometimes spelled Julian or Julia, and Placidus were married in Detroit on July 7, 1846.)

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Andre, Julianne Clark - Correspondence Received
Datespan: 3/21/1862-4/5/1871

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS to Julianne from acquaintances. ALS from a Rafael Castro in Spanish, addressed to her in Santa Cruz (3/21/1862); ALS + ALS fragment from John McElroy of San Francisco, re travel arrangments and shipping of personal effects (5/10/1864); ALS from D.J. Shonner (?).

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Marstella, Joseph Selma - Correspondence Received
Date: 1/26/1885

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from H.E. Makinney, deputy district attorney, Searcher of Records, Santa Cruz, to Joseph Selma Marstella, husband of Josephine Ord (daughter of James Placidus and Julianne C. Andre Ord). Concerns the legacy of James Ord - specifically the controversy over ownership of his estate, contested between John Stephen Ord and Annie E. Williams Ord, wife of William Marcellus Ord. (See also Folder 1:12.)

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Ord, Anne Maria Wilson Ord from David Wilson
Date: 5/5/1898

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from David Wilson to his daughter Anne Maria Wilson, wife of James Cresap Ord. Expresses the former's anxiety for the safety of Anne and James during his involvement in the Spanish-American War of 1898.



Box: 1 Fold: 9 Ord, Anne Maria Wilson Ord - Correspondence Received
Date: 12/29/1914

DESCRIPTION: Contains ACS postcard to Mrs. James C. Ord in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from friend H.R. Barnes writing from London.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Ord, Anne Maria Wilson Ord - Miscellaneous
Datespan: 3/17/21-10/29/28

DESCRIPTION: Contains various printed tickets/passes marked for Mrs. James C. Ord, including one to the reception for Charles A. Lindbergh after his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. Also includes 2 stamped envelopes addressed to Mrs. Ord in Syracuse, NY (1921) and in Chevy Chase, MD (1928).

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Ord, Clarissa Rebecca to Siblings
Date: 9/7/1869

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Clarissa Rebecca Ord (also known as "Kitty") to her siblings "Jiminez" (probably Placidus Andre) and "sister" (not identified in letter)*. Concerns the wedding arrangements of a relative in Saginaw, from where she was writing while visiting with her "Uncle Peter" [Andre, presumably].

@ * The nicknames "Jimmy" and "Jimenez" applied to James Cresap Ord and to his younger brother Placidus Andre Ord, respectively. Later in the same letter, Kitty asks if there have been any letters "from Pa or Jimmy?" the last presumably is James Cresap Ord.

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Ord, Clarissa Rebecca from Joseph H. Skirm
Datespan: 2/6/1892-3/2/1892

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from Joseph H. Skirm addressed to "Mrs. Kitty Ord Pierce" of Santa Cruz. (Clarissa Rebecca, daughter of James Placidus and Julianne Ord, married John Rodman Pierce, April 24, 1878.)

@ Both letters from Skirm discuss the controversy over the James Ord estate legacy. Skirm describes in detail the complex sequence of events that finally deprived John Stephen Ord (Kitty's uncle) of his "rightful" ownership, leaving Mrs. Annie E. Williams, widow of William Marcellus Ord, in almost sole possession of the contested land.

Box: 1 Fold: 13 Ord, Clarissa Rebecca - Correspondence Received
Date: 1/31/1886

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS in Spanish from a friend (signature unclear). Addressed to "C. Ord," probably Clarissa since regards are sent to her "husband John" at the end of the letter.

Box: 1 Fold: 14 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Ord
Date: 12/18/1853

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward Otho Cresap Ord to his father James Ord. Written from "Camp near San Pedro, Calif." to James Ord in Washington. "...I am just down from a tour to buy a little piece of land in this fertile but warm and unsettled and gentle farm district. The vineyards and olive groves are few but very pretty and productive and I am on the trail of one for the Ord family which John would like to settle on. Alas I am almost too poor to help him much and now I regret that I did not make money too in the early days of the gold mining."

Box: 1 Fold: 15 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Ord
Date: 2/15/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Ord from his son writing from the family homestead in Benicia, San Francisco area. Includes description of the old house of which Edward says "looks better than I ever saw it," as well as of the locale.

@ Reference is made to "Capt. Baldwin," probably Noyes Baldwin (1826-1893).

Box: 1 Fold: 16 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Ord
Date: 5/23/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Ord from his son writing from Fort Orford, Oregon Territory, during his campaign against the Rogue River Indians.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Ord
Date: 3/23/1858

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Ord from his son writing from Fort Miller, California: "Dear Pa - I am just in after a three days duty ride at my new post. Find every thing warm dry and quiet. Post looks pleasant and promises to suit me equally. I only hope they will not change me back again to Benicia..."

Box: 1 Fold: 18 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap - Dispatch to James Cresap Ord
Date: 7/10/1876

DESCRIPTION: Contains autograph dispatch transcription of message from Edward Otho Cresap Ord to his nephew James Cresap Ord re the death of his father, James Placidus Ord: "By first opportunity notify Lieut. James Ord, Fort Davis, that his father was thrown from a carriage last night and died. That he will repair to this city [San Antonio, Texas] on special duty."

Box: 1 Fold: 19 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 10/7/1837

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord from his brother. Written at West Point, New York, to J. Placidus in Sault de St. Marie, Michigan. Primarily concerns Edward's request for "very desirable blankets, Buffalo moccasins, etc.," and a visit to Niagara Falls, "...you would have a better idea of it if you could imagine the bed of the Potomac to sink suddenly 200 feet..."

Box: 1 Fold: 20 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 8/11/1840

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord from his brother on board the steamer "Gaston." Describes his adventures en route to his new post, Fort Dallas "near Key Biscayne" [Biscayne Bay?] in Florida: " I enclose you a paper which will partially explain my not having written for some time. This accident or wreck as some of us call it, was quite a dangerous affair. We were on a dangerous part of a rough coast in a bad season in a little broken down river steam boat, with the sea roaring on one side and savages wailing on the other...just as we reached Cape Canaveral, a squall rose astern and carried us around in fine style. We were five days coming about 35 [?] miles to this place where we have been waiting for 10 days for another boat."

Box: 1 Fold: 21 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 12/21/1841

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord in Alleghany County, Md., from his brother writing from Fort Lauderdale. Describes his experiences in the Everglades in the campaign against the Seminole Indians.

Box: 1 Fold: 22 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/3/1843

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord in Racine, Wisconsin Territory, from his brother in North Carolina. [Fragment of p.3 torn away.]

Box: 1 Fold: 23 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 2/27/1845

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord in Sault St. Marie, Michigan, from his brother writing from Fort McHenry, Maryland. Primarily concerning employment prospects for their brother Robert Brent Ord. Edwards mentions having recommended Robert to John Charles Fremont (1813-1890) the explorer and army officer, who was about to start an expedition to California; however, "Fremont told [him] that his party about 30 strong was made up of trappers, hunters and mountaineers, men who could find as well as defend themselves as they traveled, that no escort of troops was wanted..."

Box: 1 Fold: 24 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 11/20/1845

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord in Detroit, Michigan, from his brother writing from Washington. Primarily concerns urging Placidus to gain a place in the Michigan legislature to promote the interests of their father, James Ord, in becoming a Democratic member of Congress.

Box: 1 Fold: 25 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: c. 1846

DESCRIPTION: Contains ANS on the back of a printed copy of a prospectus for Georgetown College, print date 1846. Edward writes: "...The companies (army) will be increased, one new regiment raised and probably a row with Mexico, in which case I shall be there. The officers of the new regiment will be citizens, the House of Reprsentatives to contrary nontwithstanding. How does your courting scrape come on. In earnest, Placy - get married if you can, you'll be a wiser and better man."

Box: 1 Fold: 26 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 3/25/1846

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord from his brother in Washington. Addressed to J. Placidus in the legislature, Detroit, Michigan. "My Dear Placy - I have received your Papers occasionally, but no letters - you don't seem to be overwhelmed with your interest in legislative business either - you must write to me and tell us a little of your experience in politics etc...."

Box: 1 Fold: 27 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/6/1846

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord in Detroit, from his brother in Washington.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/19/1846

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord in the Michigan legislature from his brother Edward writing from Philadelphia. Mostly concerning the college prospects of their younger brothers William Marcellus (also known as "Marcy") and "Jack" (possibly, Johns Stephen). Commenting on Georgetown College, Edward writes, "I think that Georgetown College is one of the most expensive institutions in the United States, tis too far south, and the schooling is in my oinion too much on the Classic style for our utilitarian and go ahead Americans. A boy at Georgetown is bound for 3 or 4 years to Latin, Greek, etc., which, unless he is destined for Law, Medicine or Divinity is about as useful to him as so much Sanscrit. To teach a young man to be an engineer, surveyor, draughtsman, tolerable mathematician, chemist or good English scholar and composer is of far more use than all the obsolete ideas that dead men have ever expressed in languages which ought to have been buried with them."

@ Edward also mentions enclosure of a Georgetown College prospectus. (cf. Folder 1:25.)

@ Includes little postscript by James Placidus in forwarding the letter to other members of the Ord family, which was a common practice among them.

Box: 1 Fold: 29 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 5/18/1840

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord in Sault St. Marie, Michigan: "Dear Brother - No letter from home yet, tis true Siffy (Pacificus Ord) has at last written, and tells me up to the 1st of February you were all well..." Contains more news of life at post during the military campaigns against the Indians in Florida. Reference to activities along the St. John's River, Florida, and description of the locale. Also mentions. Gen. Alexander Macomb (1782-1841).

Box: 1 Fold: 30 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/2/1850

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord from his brother writing from Mackinaw, Michigan.

Box: 1 Fold: 31 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/14/1850

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord, Detroit, from his brother in Sault St. Marie, Michigan. Primarily concerning family affairs, the now elderly and ailing James Ord's financial situation in particular. Refers also to the proposed education of John Stephen at Georgetown College.

Box: 1 Fold: 32 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 10/14/1851

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord from his brother in Boston: "...Well how do you get on at the Saut [Sault St. Marie, Michigan]. Have you prospered as you hoped? and is business paying?" Continues to make observations on the education and development of his younger brother John Stephen ("Jack"): "he is very lazy - in books - and has the knack of having his own way so that you could not do much with him." Finally, also complains lightly of his bachelor state and blames Boston: "I am disgusted with the Bostonians - who have so little confidence in [their?] claims to respect in social intercourse that they won't admit officers to their firesides - at least they don't like to have them too much with their daughters..."

Box: 1 Fold: 33 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/7/1852

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord, Sault St. Marie, Michigan, from his brother writing from Washington. Primarily concerning money matters as it seems Edward was frequently looked to for financial support by his family, contributing to tuition of younger siblings and the general upkeep of his parents.

Box: 1 Fold: 34 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 7/18/1852

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord from his brother in New York. More on Edward's concern for the prospects of John Stephen: "I was urging John to try and get into some business, on account of the absolute necessity of a man's depending on himself..."

Box: 1 Fold: 35 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 11/20/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord from his brother in San Francisco: "Dear Brother Placy - We all read your letter and sympathise in your trouble - brother Placy you shall receive some money by the steamer two weeks hence...Brother Siffy is quite close in money matters, and though he is pretty liberal to strangers sometimes yet he don't care much for his brothers - he has however opened his heart to Pa and Ma and made them comfortable and independent..."

Box: 1 Fold: 36 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/5/1857

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to James Placidus Ord from his brother from San Francisco, giving mainly family news of Pacificus, Robert, mother and father, as well as Georgiana ("Georgy"). Also mentions his daughter, Augusta Jacoline Ord.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 6/22/1857

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward O.C. Ord to his brother J. Placidus. Mostly family news: whereabouts and goings on of the parents James Ord and Rebecca Cresap Ord; also of Pacificus and and Georgiana (also referred to as "Sissy"); and the death of Edward's first child, probably Rebecca Ruth Ord (cf. reference to birth, Folder 2:42).

@ The letter includes transcriptions of letters sent by Rebecca Cresap Ord and by Edward to James Ord in Monterey from Benicia.

Box: 1 Fold: 38 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 1/4/1859

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward O.C. Ord writing from Washington, DC, to his brother J. Placidus yet in Sault St. Marie, Michigan: "My Dear Brother - A happy New Year to you - you see I am back - wife, family, etc., etc., etc., etc. I have 3 little ones - one 2 years, one 1 year, and one a month and half old - lots of crying at home..." Continues with news of the parents now residing in Santa Cruz on a farm looked after by John Stephen. Promises Placy that he will endeavour to find "a situation under government on the Pacific...but I can only promise to try...I think it possible I can do a favor to the delegates from both Washington and Oregon Territory and if so shall try and get a place for you through their influence or that of Doct. Gwin [William McKendree Gwin 1805-1885, California senator]."

@ Also goes on with description of his travels: "I visited Washington Territory...and the country East of the Cascades is very pleasant in the fall and soil etc. very attractive."

Box: 1 Fold: 39 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 1/27/1859

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward O.C. Ord writing from Washinton, DC, to his brother J. Placidus. Primarily concerns Edward's efforts to obtain employment for Placy. Details the official connections he has in D.C., including his former classmate Isaac Ingalls Stevens, territorial governor of Washington DC c.1853-57. Edward cautions parenthetically: "(Private: this is all in confidence - I don't even tell my wife my official connections - though there is no reason why you should not.)"

@ Prospects for employment mentioned by Edward include a berth on the wagon road for the North.



Box: 1 Fold: 40 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 2/23/1859

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward O.C. Ord at the Artillery School at Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort, Virginia, to his brother J. Placidus. Containing more information on job prospects for Placy: "I still advise...to go on immediately with all the Democratic letters and recommendations you can get (especially to General [Lewis] Cass)..."

Box: 1 Fold: 41 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/6/1859

DESCRIPTION: Contains undated ALS from Edward O.C. Ord writing from Fort Monroe to his brother J. Placidus: "My Dear Brother - why have you not written to me - I saw an account of the accident on the Great Western Railroad through Canada...I have felt quite uneasy, and my not hearing from you has not relieved my mind - please write at once." Continues with more job advice.

Box: 1 Fold: 42 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 5/5/1859

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward O.C. Ord at Fort Monroe, Va., to his brother J. Placidus. In which Edward sends advice and encouragement to Placy concerning employment: "...passages to California are lower now than ever, you can commence on a farm there, with probably few obstacles, fewer than in this country..."

Box: 1 Fold: 43 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 12/11/1859

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to J. Placidus written by Edward at Baltimore, Maryland: "Your last via Old Point reached me at Harpers Ferry whither I had gone in command of four companies of artillery, on a hurrah expedition to...overawe northern filibusters." Refers also to the earlier expedition that supressed John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry.

Box: 1 Fold: 44 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/8/1863

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward O.C. Ord writing from Harrisburg, Pa., to his brother J. Placidus. Both appear to be serving in the military at this point in the Civil War. "I had just received a telegram from General [Henry Wager] Halleck stating that I would receive orders for duty in a few days and that as you had not up to that time received any orders from Washington, and you would prefer it, to ask you to wait and as soon as I received orders I would have you ordered to join me."

@ Halleck commanded the seizure of Corinth, 1862, and assumed command as general-in-chief of the US Army, headquartered in Washington, DC, until he was superseded by Ulysses Grant, 1864. He was also President Lincoln's military adviser, 1862, and chief of staff to Grant, 1864-65.

Box: 1 Fold: 45 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 12/2/1863

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS written by Edward from Louisville, Kentucky. Reports on illness of his children and himself, down with pneumonia. One child, "Lilly" died. Note: sp. var. "Lillie" or "Lilly."

Box: 1 Fold: 46 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 12/18/1863

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS written to J. Placidus Ord, now addressed by his military title, "Major," from Edward in Washington, DC.

Box: 1 Fold: 47 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/5/1864

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward writing at Cumberland, where he was posted with Gen. Franz Sigel and Gen. George Crook in the campaign against Staunton, Va.

Box: 1 Fold: 48 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 5/23/1864

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward writing from near Wheeling, Virginia. Expresses concerns about various rumours and gossip about him: "My dear Brother - I find that the news paper rumor (started by someone desirous of injuring me) that I am mustered out of service, is not true - and should I deserve it I presume I may be put on duty again." Continues: "Now for a word of advice in a domestic matter - My enemies have made much use of the fact that my wife is a secessionist and related to their officers she could not resist the temptation of associating with those of similar ideas - and - all I could say only made her the more persistent - so that I concluded if I was to be bandied about subordinate places on account of my connection with secessionists I had better resign at once for my usefulness was marred if not destroyed by my unfortunate connection. I have had this fact of my wife's family politics thrown in my teeth by generals' wives... and there is no doubt of it that unless a man is peculiarly constituted his wife's influence is of great importance to him in his political relations. Should your wife still have her seccession[ist] views, you had better at once quit the service and go into private business for yourself, for her politics will become known more rapidly than if she had the small pox - and officers will avoid having you with them for fear it will operate to their disadvantage - it is melancholy that this is so but it is true..."

Box: 1 Fold: 49 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 9/15/1864

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward O.C. Ord in Ohio, to his brother J. Placidus.

Box: 1 Fold: 50 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 6/28/1865

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Edward writing from Cobbs Island.

Box: 1 Fold: 51 Ord, Edward Otho Cresap to James Placidus Ord
Date: 9/22/1866

DESCRIPTION: Written during a cholera epidemic in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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