Guide to the Etting family of Baltimore and Philadelphia collection, undated, 1755-1769, 1787-1830, 1836, 1913


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American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Descriptive Summary

Creator:Etting family (of Baltimore, Frankfort A/M, Philadelphia and York, Pa.)
Title:Etting family collection
Dates:undated, 1755-1769, 1787-1830, 1836, 1913
Abstract:Contains personal papers, including correspondence and documents, relating to Elijah Etting, his sons, Solomon and Reuben, and three grandchildren, Samuel Etting, Kitty (Etting) Cohen, and Elijah Gratz Etting (frequently referred to as Gratz Etting).
Languages:The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1.95 linear feet (1 half manuscript box, 1 oversized box)
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Scope and Content Note

Contains personal papers, including correspondence and documents, relating to Elijah Etting, his sons, Solomon and Reuben, and three grandchildren, Samuel Etting, Kitty (Etting) Cohen, and Elijah Gratz Etting (frequently referred to as Gratz Etting).

The collection has been subdivided according to the individuals concerned as follows: Elijah Etting (1724-1778), a handwritten copy of his naturalization papers (1765), certified as being a true copy of the original by Frank M. Etting (1833-1890) (1854); Reuben Etting (1762-1848), a certificate of naturalization which indicates that he was present as a marshal at the proceedings (1803); Solomon Etting (1764-1847), a letter to Michael Gratz describing the difficult financial circumstances of Joseph Simon (1787), his ketubah for his second wife, Rachel Gratz, executed by Jacob Raphael Cohen and witnessed by Manuel Josephson and Benjamin Nones (1791), letters from his daughters Miriam and Richea (1800, 1817), and a check made out to the order of Solomon Etting and signed Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1830); Samuel Etting (1796-1862), and undated manuscript entitled, "Oldest Jewish Family in Maryland," (written between 1847 and 1862), a small leather-bound notebook with the title, "Etting's Family Record," on the cover, recording the genealogy of the Etting family and containing genealogical data on the Cohen, Gratz, Mears, Mickle, Miles, Myers, Poor, Solomon, and Taylor families (circa 1860); Kitty (Etting) Cohen (1799-1837), a letter from Richea (Gratz) Hays and her daughters, Ellen and Miriam (1819), a letter from her aunt, Frances (Gratz) Etting (1819), and a letter from her mother, Rachel (Gratz) Etting (circa 1821).

Elijah Gratz Etting (1795-1849), a small manuscript notebook entitled "Elements of Moral Philosophy, Vol. 2nd, Gratz Etting, scripsit" (1811), and a letter on a business matter (1836).

A day book of a Philadelphia Jewish merchant for the period February, 1755 to April 1761, containing the signatures of Barnard Gratz and Benjamin Moses Clava and also the names of 27 other Jewish customers. Samuel Oppenheim ascribes the authorship to David Franks; contains also a manuscript list dated 1854 of autographed letters of prominent Americans in the possession of Frank Marx Etting, including members of the U.S. Congress of 1774, the Governors of the American colonies and the signers of the Declaration of Independence. These letters were sold and presented by the purchases to Ho ... nden College, Pennsylvania.

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The collection is organized into a single series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Digitization Note

In 2017, two folders from this collection (Box 1, Folders 5-6) were digitized and made available in their entirety as part of the Digitization-on-Demand program.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Etting family collection; P-143; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Note

Gifts, in part of A.S.W. Rosenbach and the Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Foundation, 1979.

Gift, in part, of Mr. Samuel Oppenheim, 1913.

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Includes former P-64.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.


Etting family collection, undated, 1755-1769, 1787-1830, 1836, 1913

Box 1, Oversized Box 2.
Scope and Content:

See Scope and Content Note.

1 1 Elijah Etting (1724-1778), Certificate of Naturalization 1765 request_box
1 2 Etting Family Record undated request_box
1 3 Reuben Etting (1762-1848) 1803 request_box
1 4 Elijah Gratz Etting (1795-1849), “Elements of Moral Philosophy,” 1811 and letter 1836 request_box
1 5 Katherine Etting Cohen (1799-1837), Correspondence 1819
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1 6 Solomon Etting (1764-1847), Papers 1787-1830
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1 7 Article on Day Book by Samuel Oppenheim 1913 request_box
1 8 Day Book (Research Copy) 1755-1769 request_box
2 (OS1) 1 Day Book (RESTRICTED) 1755-1769 request_box
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