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Coe-Brown Family papers

Call Number

MS 124


1787-1892, inclusive



0.5 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

The documents in this collection are in English.


The Coe-Brown Family Papers consists primarily of the papers of Rev. Jonas Coe (1759-1822), particularly in regard to his career as a minister; and the papers of two of his grandsons, Jonas M. Coe and John Crosby Brown. Jonas M. Coe's papers contain his schoolwork and correspondence with family and friends. John Crosby Brown's papers detail the history and recovery of his grandfather's papers and sermons. Other family papers and correspondence are contained within the collection.


1759 Rev. Jonas Coe born near New Hempstead, NY (Rockland Co.)
1789 Rev. Coe graduates from Queens College (Rutgers), New Brunswick, NJ
1791 Licensed to preach the gospel
1792 Receives MA from the College of New Jersey, marries Elizabeth Huntting Miller (1778-1805)
1796 Son Edward Morris born
1803 Daughter Eliza Maria born
1804 Rev. Coe accepts call to be pastor of Presbyterian Church in Troy, NY
1805 Elizabeth Miller Coe dies
1810 Rev. Coe marries Abigail Wallace (1771-1863)
1815 Receives Doctor of Divinity from Middlebury College
1822 Rev. Coe dies in Troy, NY


Items in the collection are arranged by family member and type of material, then chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The Coe-Brown Family Papers consists primarily of the sermons and personal papers of Rev. Jonas Coe, including papers concerning his ministerial studies and career, legal and financial documents. The collection also contains the letters and schoolwork of Coe's grandson, Jonas M. Coe. The schoolwork represents his studies at the Orange County Institute in Newburgh, NY, between 1825-1839. Correspondence discusses his studies and daily life and is mainly written to friends and to his aunt, Eliza Brown.

Also included in the collection is a journal of a missionary tour written by Rev. Coe's son John Robert Coe, an account book belonging to daughter Eliza Coe Brown, and letters from other members of the Coe-Brown family.

The final folder in the collection contains the papers of Rev. Coe's grandson John Crosby Brown, consisting mainly of correspondence between Brown and James P. Wallace and B. H. Hall. This correspondence is primarily related to the history and recovery of the papers and sermons of Rev. Jonas Coe, and Crosby's creation of a book of reminiscences of his grandfather for the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, NY to be read at its Centennial service in 1892.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Coe-Brown Family Papers, MS 124, The New-York Historical Society.

Location of Materials

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs. John Crosby Brown, 1991.

Related Materials

Additional material related to the Coe family:

Coe, David Benton. 1856. Record of the Coe family, 1596-1856. Compiled by Eunice A. Lloyd. New York: J.A. Gray's Printing Office.

Coe, David Benton. 1885. Record of the Coe family and descendants: from 1596. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing Company.

Coe, David Benton. 1885. Record of the Coe family, 1596-1856. Compiled by Eunice A. Lloyd. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing Company.

A family tree is available in the repository. Please consult manuscript reference staff.

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About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:48:05 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

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