Brake and Wineman families papers

The Brake and Wineman families papers span from the 1760s to the 1940s, though the bulk of the material dates from the nineteen century. The papers are housed in five boxes and five volumes. Prior to arriving at HSP, the papers had been generally grouped according to type or family member and inve...

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Main Authors: Brake (Creator), Wineman (Creator)
Collection:Brake and Wineman Families Papers
Collection Number:3606
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Physical Description: 3.2 Linear feet ; 5 boxes, 5 volumes
Access: The collection is open for research.
Summary: The Brake and Wineman families papers span from the 1760s to the 1940s, though the bulk of the material dates from the nineteen century. The papers are housed in five boxes and five volumes. Prior to arriving at HSP, the papers had been generally grouped according to type or family member and inventoried. At HSP, for the most part, the individual groups of papers were simply transferred to folders; however, the order of the papers was changed so that papers attributed to specific family members appear first, in Box 1 and part of Box 2. The rest of Box 2 and Box 3 contain papers of the families, either the Brakes or the Winemans. Box 4 contains an assortment of collected material, such as Colonial currency and printed matter, as well as photographs of the family and Solomon Brake's Letterkenny farm. Most of the collection documents the family's farms and interactions with each other through correspondence and photographs. There are several school note books in the collection, including those of John Brake (Box 1, Folder 2), Magdalena Brake (Box 1 , Folder 17), George Wineman (Box 1, Folder 18), and Frank W. Brake (Box 2, Folder 4); papers on the family's genealogies; photograph albums; and daguerreotypes. The first group of papers is made up primarily of material from John Brake, Solomon's father. There are bills, receipts, property agreements, correspondence, bank books, a few military papers. A copy of Brake's citizenship certificate from 1814 is also included, as well as papers relating to jury duty and the position of Inspector of Letterkenny Township. Many of these papers are intermixed with those of his sons, Solomon, Jacob, and Jeremiah. Additionally, there are also papers of the Sleighter (Schlichter or Slighter) family (Box 1, Folder 1), George Wineman's Civil War letters (Box 1, Folder 19), and a short biography of Solomon Brake done for a Franklin County newspaper (Box 2, Folder 3). Additionally, Volume 1 is a daybook that belonged to John Brake. Loose papers from this volume have been removed to Box 1, Folder 7. There is also a folder of a few German letters to John Brake's father, Christian Brake (Box 1, Folder 16). Comprising the second group of papers are general family materials, such as receipts, deeds, financial papers, wills and other legal documents, insurance policies, and genealogical papers. Several of the Brake family's farm account book can be found in Box 3, Folder 2. They contain records of items bought and sold and money paid to workers. There is also a small group of lodge papers and booklets, mostly by-laws of the George Washington Lodge No. 143, the Columbus Lodge No. 75 of the International order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), and Olive Branch Encampment No. 13 of the IOOF (Box 3, Folder 8). Papers of the Wineman family include a selection of correspondence between family members on their genealogy (Box 3, Folder 12) and a family bible, 1838-1922 (Volume 2). The final group of papers contains an assortment of items that were apparently collected by the family, such as Colonial currency (Box 4, Folder 2) and paint samples (Box 4, Folder 8). There are also a few more papers in German (Box 4, Folders 1 and 3) and printed obituaries (Box 4, Folder 4). Box 4, Folder 7 contains two 1901 pencil drawings that may have been done by one F. Slyder, possibly James Slyder's father Frank Slyder, who died in 1904. The signature on each is difficult to read. One depicts a village scene, while the other shows a horse-drawn cart and driver. Lastly, the collection contains an array of family photographs, and most have been labeled with either the person or place. In addition to small snapshots, there are formal portraits, mounted images, cabinet cards, cartes de visite, tintypes, and daguerreotypes. The photographs are housed in Boxes 4 and 5 and in three photograph albums, Volumes 3-5.
The Brake (Brecht or Break) family owned a farm in Letterkenny Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, from the 18th century. The Brake and Wineman families came together with the marriage of Solomon Brake (1828-1919) and Sarah Belle Wineman (1855-1925). The collection documents several generations of the two families and includes correspondence, vital records, military records, copy books and other school documents, farm records including account books, property and estate records, receipts, photographs, eighteenth century currency notes, and other items. There are several Civil War letters, primarily from Private George Wineman of the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry, who was killed at Gettysburg. Most of the collection is in English, with a few items in German.