Lot of 100+ documents related to the extended families and business dealings of several generations of the Agnew family, particularly David Agnew (1805-1882) and his son Charles E. Agnew (1843-1930) both of Sharpsville, PA and John Park Agnew (1819-1892) of Alexandria, VA. The archive contains a wide variety of documents and correspondence including stock certificates, receipts, cancelled checks, ledgers, and business cards, and is of particular interest with regard to the city of Sharpsville and mining interests in the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Washington state regions. Also notable is a check signed in 1912 by William Howard Taft, "President, American National Red Cross" indicated as "For deposit to the credit of the American National Red Cross Chinese Famine Fund." The majority of documents in the archive date from ca 1875-1925. All items are stored in three classic Globe Company Filing Appliances known as "Leader Files" and then housed together within a "Gem Cabinet."
The Agnew family was one of Pennsylvania's earliest and most prominent settler families. James Agnew III (1711-1770) settled in Marsh Creek, PA, and his descendants are widely represented in this archive. Generations after James Agnew settled in Marsh Creek, David Agnew would move his family to Sharpsville, PA, serving as the supervisor for the iron, coal, and railroad interests of the estate of industrialist and former Civil War General James Pierce. David's son Charles E. Agnew would follow closely in his father's footsteps, while David's brother John Park Andrew would pursue business interests of his own in Alexandria, VA. Obituaries and other items relating to Agnew family history supplement the business documents.
Conditions vary but overall documents are in good condition and legible. The Gem Cabinet in which the documents are stored is in fair condition with chipping and abrasions to the wood and a broken lock but otherwise sturdy. Additionally, the Gen cabinet's interior filing books are in fair to poor condition with some portions detached.
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