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Elkanah Jones Diaries

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jones, Elkanah.
Title: Elkanah Jones Diaries
Inclusive Dates: 1789-1794
Quantity: 7 volumes
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Elkanah Jones (1761-1849) was born in Hebron, Connecticut. A cabinet maker by trade, he served as a private during the American Revolution and kept detailed diaries of his experiences during the war and for many years afterwards. He never married, and lived his last years with his niece Abigail and her husband Jonathan Goldsmith in Painesville, Ohio.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Elkanah Jones Diaries consist of seven volumes covering the years 1789 to 1794.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Jones, Elkanah Diaries.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Elkanah Jones Diaries,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: [Summit record]
Date: 2001-01-01
Revision history: 10 Oct 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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SC 208 24 Feb 1789 to 28 May 1789
SC 208 29 May 1789 to 6 Oct 1789
SC 208 7 Oct 1789 to 28 April 1790
SC 208 1 Apr 1791 to 19 Dec 1791
SC 208 20 Dec 1791 to 13 Oct 1792
SC 208 14 Oct 1792 to 31 May 1793
SC 208 18 May 1794 to 13 Jun 1794 - single sheet, folded octavo; one side consists of a handwritten copy of the poem "Mary's Dream" by John Lowe

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