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Giles P. Ransom Family Collection (Roscoe)


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Collection Overview

Title: Giles P. Ransom Family Collection (Roscoe), 1839-2009

Predominant Dates:1850s-1930s

ID: RHC/RC/275

Extent: 26.5 Linear Feet. More info below.


The collection is divided into three series: Personal Correspondence, Volumes and Ephemera, and Business Correspondence.  The first series contains the family’s personal correspondence.  Each subseries represents an individual family: (A) Leland, (B) Sherman, (C) Jenks, and (D) Ransom.  Notable elements are letters to brothers Solomon and Leland Jenks who were pioneers to the Rockford area, Giles and Mahala Ransom’s Civil War correspondence (located in the folders “Correspondence to Dr. Giles Ransom, 1860-1865" and “Correspondence to Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1860-1869"), a personal account of a Lincoln-Douglas speech, and Arthur Nielsen’s letters to his wife while on site of the Hoover Dam’s construction.  For the ease of the researcher, transcriptions of many of these items can be found in Series I, Subseries C: Roscoe History, Genealogy, and Additional Research.

Series two contains volumes and ephemera, including diaries, personal expense records and receipts, clippings, school reports, volumes, pamphlets, and genealogical research.  The subseries are divided between items belonging to specific family members (A) and items with no known owner (B).  Subseries C contains the documents relating to historical aspects of Roscoe and supplementary materials documenting the family’s history.  Many  items in this subseries were collected by researchers of the Ransom lineage prior to the complete processing of the collection.  Included are genealogy and lineage documentation, duplicates of photographs provided by the donor, additional materials concerning the late Arthur Nielsen, and transcriptions of letters within the collection.

Series three provides the business records from the family.  Subseries A contains the records relating to the medical practices of Drs. Giles, Penn, Wilmont, and Daniel Leland Ransom.  Items include medical school notebooks, licenses & certificates, patient logs (Physician’s Handbooks), Ransom Sanitarium records, and medical pamphlets.  Although ownership and management of the Ransom Sanitarium played a significant role in these men’s lives, the records from the business are sparse.  The Ransom doctors were meticulous with their records and the collection reflects this with a strong presence of “Physician’s Handbooks” and other log books for patient visits and payments.  The additional subseries relate to (non-medical) business records and are organized by the individual family units: (B) Sherman, (C) Jenks, (D) Leland, and (E) Ransom.  Included are  deed records, receipts, business correspondence, and wills.  Notable aspects of this series include Dr. Giles Ransom’s documents while serving as a surgeon in the Civil War and the correspondence and records regarding remote land ownership in South Dakota.

Addendum 2 is arranged by subject in alphabetical order.

Date Acquired: 06/22/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Diaries-- 1840-1869, Diaries-- 1870-1909, Diaries-- 1910-1960, Family life--History, Frontier and pioneer life, Genealogy, Giles Paddock Ransom Family, Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.), Jenks Family, Leland Family, Love-letters, Medical care, Mental health, Methodist Episcopal Church, National Grange. Charter Grove Grange (DeKalb County, Ill.), Nielsen Family, Physician, Prohibition, Ransom Family, Rockford (Ill.), Roscoe (Ill.), Sanitariums, Sherman Family, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence, Winnebago County (Ill), World War II

Forms of Material: Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records in the Dr. Giles Paddock Ransom Family collection date from 1789 to 2009 with the majority of the records from the 1850 through 1930 time period.  They document the personal and business aspects of individuals living in Rockford and Roscoe, Illinois.  There are four main families represented in the collection–Jenks, Sherman, Leland, and Ransom; the Ransom family is most predominant.  The other families are associated by marriage or settled near the Ransoms or both.  Documents include personal correspondence, diaries, clippings, business records, deed records, school records, and lineage documentation.  Some original documents are restricted do to their historical value or personal nature; however, most have copies available for public viewing.

The key figures in the collection are Dr. Giles Ransom and his son, Dr. Wilmont Ransom who were best known for their medical practice and Sanitarium, which was founded by Dr. Penn Ransom (son of Giles).  Giles and Wilmont were meticulous in their record keeping, both personal and business related, and the collection reflects this through their extensive letters, diaries, medical notes, and personal ephemera.  A missing aspect of the collection is documentation of Penn’s life.  Items relating to him are scarce throughout the collection.

Addendum 1 consists of correspondences between Daniel Leland Ransom, Norman Haskins, and C.C. Forrester regarding their business with the King Fissure Mining Company and other financial endeavors. Other miscellaneous letters are from Mary Haskins, and other distant relatives of the Ransom family. Further correspondences with Daniel Leland Ransom can be found in Box 13 (Series I, Subseries D). There is also a speech regarding the President Lincoln given by Daniel Sherman, who as a newspaper editor in Ohio.

Addendum 2 contains mainly photographs of individual family units from 1898 to 1981 as well as photographs of residences and churches. Also included is correspondence of the Nielson Family and letters between Robert and David Etnyre, father and son.

The collection also contains electronic files of digitized photographs, correspondence, ephemera, and family genealogy that are mostly copies of what can be found in paper form in the collection.

Collection Historical Note

Dr. Giles Paddock Ransom was born in 1824 and was an early settler to Winnebago County.  He worked as postmaster in Belvidere, graduated from Rush Medical School in 1850, and briefly served as assistant surgeon for the 2nd Illinois Artillery during the Civil War.  Giles Ransom was best known for his many years of medical assistance to residents of the area.  He married Mahala Jenks (whose father, Solomon Jenks, resided in Roscoe and was the first physician in the Winnebago area) and the two had 6 children: Wilmont, Lydia Elizabeth, Penn, Giles Norman, Susan Grace, and Charles Art.

Dr. Wilmont Leland Ransom, son of Giles, was born in 1852 and resided in the family’s Roscoe home during his youth.  He attended medical school in Chicago and married Sylvia Sherman (daughter of Daniel J. Sherman) in 1889.  Wilmont was also a highly respected physician, especially after the passing of his father in 1892, and his brother, Penn, in 1910.  The three men had worked together to manage the Ransom Sanitarium (circa 1888-1892), a place of rest and healing specializing in mental and nervous diseases.  The Sanitarium relied upon spring water and other natural methods for their medicinal properties.

Wilmont was also an avid investor, engaging in many business ventures throughout his life.  He promoted and centered a medical practice around the “Fidelity Rupture Cure,” invested in oil, and purchased land in South Dakota that was farmed and leased under his remote supervision.  He worked to trace the family’s genealogy and was, like his father, a strong advocate of temperance.  In his later life Wilmont devoted much of his time to the local Boy Scouts.  

Wilmont and Sylvia had two children, Daniel Leland (often referred to as Leland) and Florence.  Leland studied to be an Osteopathic doctor and moved many times, eventually settling in California.  He had an estranged relationship with his family for reasons that are not entirely clear, although they seemed to make amends around the time of Wilmont’s death in 1934.  Florence remained in Rockford; she married Arthur Nielsen.  They had 5 children: John, Nancy, Daniel, Arthur, Sylvia.

Subject/Index Terms

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church
Diaries-- 1840-1869
Diaries-- 1870-1909
Diaries-- 1910-1960
Family life--History
Frontier and pioneer life
Giles Paddock Ransom Family
Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.)
Jenks Family
Leland Family
Medical care
Mental health
Methodist Episcopal Church
National Grange. Charter Grove Grange (DeKalb County, Ill.)
Nielsen Family
Ransom Family
Rockford (Ill.)
Roscoe (Ill.)
Sherman Family
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence
Winnebago County (Ill)
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional supplementary records were added at a later dates.

Alternate Extent Statement: 671 digital files (2.40 MB)

Access Restrictions: There are some restrictions on access to the collection due to preservation purposes, although copies of the materials are available for viewing in most cases.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: John and Mary Nielsen

Acquisition Method: John and Mary Nielsen donated the Dr. Giles Paddock Ransom Family collection to the Regional History Center on June 22, 2006.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal Correspondence],
[Series II: Volumes and Ephemera],
[Series III: Business Records],
[Series IV: Oversize],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],

Series II: Volumes and Ephemera
Sub-Series A: Volumes and ephemera of specific family members
Box 17
Folder 1: Journal (Number 1, Volume 1), Doctor Giles Ransom, January-March 1841
Folder 2: Journal (Number 2, Volume 1), Doctor Giles Ransom, April-June 1841
Folder 3: Journal (Number 4, Volume 1), Doctor Giles Ransom, October-December 1841
Folder 4: Journal, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1843-1847
Note: transcription available
Folder 5: Memo book of personal notes, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1846
Folder 6: Personal expenses, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1852-1853
Folder 7: Certificate of American Board of Commissioners for Foreign  Missions, 1866
Folder 8: Political publications, ephemera of Doctor Giles Ransom, 1866, 1870, no date
Folder 9: Correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom concerning personal  finances, 1868-1882
Folder 10: Personal account ledger, Doctor Giles Ransom, circa 1896-1875
Folder 11: Obituaries of Roscoe, Illinois residents written by Doctor Giles  Ransom, no date
Folder 12: Roscoe Circuit Clerk candidate card, Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 13: Book, Written Mnemonics, Doctor Giles Ransom (owner), no date
Folder 14: Arguments for Prohibition, Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 15: Writings, Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 16: Miscellaneous ephemera of Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 17: Funeral sermon of Doctor Giles Ransom, 1892
Folder 18: "The Misogomist Covenant", Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, no date
Box 18
Folder 1: Copies of Doctor Giles P. Ransom's Muster Roll, ephemera of Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1862-1863
Folder 2: A Book of Golden Deeds, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (owner), published circa 1864
Folder 3: Cards, clippings, and other miscellaneous ephemera, Doctor  Wilmont Ransom, 1868-1934, no date
Folder 4: Personal diary, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (Chicago), 1871
Folder 5: Notes and tintype photographs from inner pockets of personal  diary, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1871
Folder 6: Personal notebook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1874
Folder 7: Book, Greek New Testament, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (owner), circa 1877
Folder 8: Letters and cancelled checks concerning personal finances, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1885-1926
Folder 9-10: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1887, 1889
Folder 11: Maps and history of Roscoe, Doctor Wilmont Ransom
Folder 12: Roscoe school memoranda
Box 19
Folder 1: Personal diary and ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1890
Folder 2: Membership dues notices, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1895, 1917, 1924
Folder 3-4: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1896-1897, 1898
Folder 5: Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church Christmas service program, ephemera of Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1898
Folder 6: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, June-December  1899
Folder 7: Notes and empty envelopes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1903, 1926, no date
Folder 8: Methodist Episcopal Church bulletins (Iowa), ephemera of Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1903, 1913
Folder 9: Modern Woodmen of American dues booklet and receipt, 1908-1918
Folder 10-11: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1911-1912
Folder 12: Automobile registration certificate, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1915
Folder 13: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1917-1918
Folder 14: Checkbook register, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1917-1919
Folder 15: Loose leaf sheets, weather and temperature notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1920-1924
Folder 16-18: European travel with scouts scrapbook, 1929
Folder 19-20: Summary of European Travel, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1922, 1923
Folder 21: "Lema Davis in Europe" column, clippings belonging to  Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1922-1923
Box 20
Folder 1: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1925
Folder 2: Bills from Monte Sano Sanitarium and Hospital, Los Angeles, California, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (patient), 1926
Folder 3: Camp Rotary materials, 1926
Folder 4: Personal diary, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1928
Folder 5: Eastern trip with Scouts, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1928
Folder 6: Astronomy notes and clippings, items belonging to of Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1929-1932, no date
Folder 7-9: Personal notebook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1930, 1932, 1933
Folder 10: Personal diary, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1934
Folder 11: Miscellaneous photographs, items belonging to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 12: Arguments for temperance, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 13: Note tablet and notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 14: Notebook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 15: Eulogy of Rev. Erastus Colton, written by Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 16: Astronomy notes and Boy Scout merit badge book, no date
Folder 17: Editorials, Doctor Wilmont Ransom
Folder 18: Miscellaneous ephemera of Doctor Wilmont Ransom
Folder 19: Dedication address and collection of portraits, Archibald Church Library, 1930
Box 21
Folder 1: Book, The Happy Choice, Ella Jenks (owner), 1846
Folder 2: Book, The White Ribbon Birthday Book, Ella Jenks (owner), circa 1870-1838
Folder 3: Clippings, photographs, notes and cards from inside The White Ribbon Birthday Book, Ella Jenks (owner), circa 1870-1838
Folder 4: Personal ledger, Ella Jenks, 1929-1931
Folder 5: Book, Short History of the Reformation, Ella Jenks (owner), 1884
Folder 6: Book, The Washington Standard Guide, Ella Jenks (owner), 1898
Folder 7: Notes from Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church School,  Ella Jenks, 1908-1929
Folder 8: Miscellaneous ephemera, Ella Jenks, 1880-1932, no date
Folder 9: Clippings, Ella Jenks
Folder 10: Recipe journal, Ella Jenks, no date
Box 22
Folder 1: Written account of life in Granger, Iowa, Daniel Leland  Ransom, circa 1900
Folder 2: Miscellaneous ephemera, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1906- 1926
Folder 3: The Battle Creek Idea, Daniel Leland Ransom (owner), 1908
Folder 4: Training Circular Number 17, Daniel Leland Ransom (owner), 1918
Folder 5: Business cards and notes, Daniel Leland Ransom, no date
Folder 6-7: School assignments, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, circa 1905- 1908
Folder 8: School records, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1911-1913
Folder 9: Photographs of schoolmates, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, circa  1912
Folder 10: Recital programs, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1920-1926
Folder 11: Cancelled checks, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1922-1925
Folder 12: Street addresses of friends and relatives, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, circa 1930
Folder 13: Personal expense ledger, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1934- 1937
Folder 14: Home expenses, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1929-1933
Folder 15: Research on Poland, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, circa 1944- 1950
Folder 16: Cards, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, no date
Folder 17: Clippings, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, no date
Folder 18: Miscellaneous ephemera, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1938, 1939, 1965, no date
Folder 19: Recipe journal, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, no date
Folder 20: Clippings from recipe journal, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen
Box 23
Folder 1: Personal ledger, Charles Art Ransom, 1842-1852
Folder 2: Sherwood's Writing Speller, Charles Art Ransom, no date
Folder 3: Last Will; writings,  Charles Art Ransom, 1948; no date
Folder 4: Photograph, Alex J. Leland in militia uniform, 1883
Folder 5: Obituary, Hiram Lewis, 1887
Folder 6: Examples of personal stamp, "J. A. Wilson, Druggist &  Apothecary", no date
Folder 7-8: Personal diary and ledger, Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1885, 1890
Folder 9: Memorial cards, Mrs. Julia (Jenks) Leland and George Jaffray, 1890
Folder 10: Book, Science and health with Key to the Scriptures, Arthur H. Nielsen (owner), 1917
Folder 11: Writings, Giles Norman Ransom, no date
Folder 12: Speeches, John Sherman, 1872
Folder 13: Ephemera of Daniel J. Sherman, 1899, 1910, no date
Folder 14-15: Report cards, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, 1877-1879
Folder 16: Checks, tax withholding, and other Brotherhood of the American Yeomen correspondence, Sylvia (Sherman)  Ransom, 1888, 1918, no date
Folder 17: Personal expenses, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, 1898
Folder 18: Recipe journal, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, circa 1915
Folder 19: Recipe clippings, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom
Folder 20: Clinic card, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, 1921
Folder 21: Sherman family ephemera
Folder 22: Clippings, Weaver Family
Folder 23: Clipping, marriage announcement of Allie Lawrence  (granddaughter of Solomon Jenks), circa 1900
Folder 24: Alton M. Worden advertisement for plant tonic, no date
Folder 25: Miscellaneous ephemera of Daniel S. Nielsen
Folder 26: Receipt of payment for music lessons, Mrs. Luthe, no date
Folder 27: Nielsen Family ephemera
Folder 28: "Recollections of a Combat Engineer", Robert E. Etnyre,  World War II
Folder 29: Product literature, E.D. Etnyre & Company, 1981-1982
Folder 30: The Home Cook Book, 1875
Folder 31: Assorted Nielsen/Etnyre Family Images on Photo CD, copied 2012
Access note: Disc must use a CD-ROM with a spindle in the center
Box 24
Item 1: Leather pocketbook, Joel Jenks, circa 1860
Item 2: Leather pocketbook, Smith Jenks, circa 1850
Item 3: Leather document wallet, unknown owner
Item 4: Leather medical kit with glass vials, Doctor Giles Ransom
Item 5: Leather document wallet, Arthur H. Nielsen
Item 6: Faux leather life insurance portfolio wallet, Arthur H. Nielsen
Sub-Series B: Volumes and ephemera with unknown owners
Box 25
Folder 1: Swedish to English Dictionary,, 1885
Folder 2: The Pilgrim's Rest , circa 1888
Folder 3: The Practical Book of Cage Birds , 1894
Folder 4: "One Wish" pamphlet, 1912
Folder 5: Dictionary of Classical Mythology , 1924
Folder 6: Massine Etern , no date
Folder 7: English to Swedish Dictionary , no date
Box 26
Folder 1: Passages from the Diary of a Late Physician, 1838
Folder 2: The Whig Almanac , 1845, 1846
Folder 3: Constitution of the Grand Council of the United States of  America , 1854
Folder 4: Nearer My God to Thee , 1882
Folder 5: Pamphlet, "Address of Lewis Lampman delivered before the Green Company Agricultural Society", 1883
Box 27
Folder 1: Clippings, Woodrow Wilson death, 1924
Folder 2: Clippings, Rockford & Roscoe history
Folder 3: Clippings, publishing of the Register-Gazette, 1926
Folder 4: Clippings, Smith v. Hoover on the issues, 1928
Folder 5: Clipping for Ella Jenks 87th Birthday, 1934
Folder 6-7: Clippings, Queen Elizabeth visits Chicago, 1959
Folder 8: Clippings, historical moments
Folder 9: Book of clippings concerning prohibition, no date
Folder 10: Miscellaneous clippings
Box 28
Folder 1: Sermon transcripts, 1824
Folder 2: Adultery witness accounts and examinations, Joseph Irish,  G.M. Young, Richard Darby, 1867
Folder 3: Photograph book, circa 1920-35
Folder 4: Historical notes and timelines concerning Rome, no date
Folder 5: Magic tricks (book of magic, Magic Oracle, cardboard shapes, contract)
Folder 6: Notes concerning insects
Folder 7: Arguments for Prohibition, no date
Folder 8: Unidentified pictures
Folder 9: Hand-drawn map of Dodge and Walworth Counties, no date
Folder 10: Miscellaneous ephemera, owner unknown
Folder 11: Writings, author unknown
Sub-Series C: Roscoe History, Genealogy, and Additional Research
Box 29
Folder 1: Dates of births and deaths of early Roscoe residents, 1792- 1940
Folder 2: Transcription of letters between Abi and Amos Tuttle, Horace Cole, Abi Cole, and Hiram Cole, 1838-1846
Folder 3: Roscoe Township, General Store ledger, 1840
Folder 4: Anti Slavery Society meeting proceedings, Roscoe, Illinois, 1842
Folder 5: Roscoe school history
Folder 6: Roscoe Township S.S. Society, 1875
Folder 7: Early Roscoe history as recalled by Doctor Wilmont Ransom
Folder 8: "Hancock and English Club" petition, no date
Folder 9: Copy of book, The Story of Roscoe , no date
Folder 10: Researcher notes and clippings, Roscoe, Illinois
Folder 11: Miscellaneous Rockford and Roscoe, Illinois history
Folder 12: Account ledger, Methodist Episcopal Church (Roscoe, Illinois) in  account with Edwin Jenks (and E. Holmes), 1849
Folder 13: Account ledger, Trustees of Methodist Episcopal Church  Roscoe, Illinois, 1850
Folder 14: Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting, Methodist Episcopal  Church, Roscoe, Illinois, 1859, no date
Folder 15: Court Street Methodist Episcopal School notes, clippings, 1902-1907, 1910-1931
Folder 16: Court Street Methodist Episcopal School log book and  scrapbooks, 1 Volume, 1902-1931
Folder 17: Yearbook and directory: Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 1927
Box 30
Folder 1: Ransom home, Roscoe, Illinois, circa 1880-1989
Folder 2: Title records, Solomon Jenks's land, Roscoe, Illinois
Folder 3: Ransom Sanitarium memorial, 2001
Folder 4: Leland family genealogy
Folder 5: Lewis family genealogy, composed by Sylvia (Sherman)  Ransom, circa 1915
Folder 6: Jenks family genealogy
Folder 7: Ransom family genealogy, notes and clippings
Folder 8: Ransom and Nielsen family genealogy, prepared 1978
Folder 9: Willard family genealogy
Folder 10: Etnyre family genealogy
Folder 11: Mayflower lineage descendants documentation
Folder 12: Obituaries
Folder 13: Arthur H. Nielsen 90th birthday and life stories, DVD, 1984
Folder 14: Correspondence with Dan Nielsen and Hoover Dam photographs, 2009
Folder 15: Supplementary collection research
Box 31a
Folder 1: Correspondence to Solomon Leland, 1837-1847
Note: transcriptions
Folder 2: Correspondence to Solomon Leland, 1848-1857
Note: transcriptions
Folder 3: Correspondence to Alvin Leland, 1837-1844
Note: transcriptions,  incomplete
Folder 4: Correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1860-1865
Note: transcriptions
Folder 5: Correspondence to Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1861-1863
Note: transcriptions
Folder 6: Journal, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1843-1847
Note: transcriptions
Folder 7: Correspondence to Erasmus Ransom (from Doctor Giles Ransom), 1858
Note: transcription, personal account of Lincoln- Douglas speeches
Folder 8: Civil War medical correspondence to and from Doctor Giles Ransom, 1862-63, 1883
Note: transcriptions
Folder 9: Ransom family photographs, circa 1860-1902
Folder 10: Ransom family photographs, circa 1905-1988
Folder 11: Text of Lincoln-Douglas speeches (Chicago) and Chicago Tribune articles concerning the Chicago speeches, July 9-10, 1858; 1858

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