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Journal of Jacob Gerrish [transcription of all the diaries], January 1, 1837 - September 11, 1850

 File — Folder: 5

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Jacob Gerrish papers consist of diaries, deeds, correspondence, and receipts. Gerrish, who lived in New Buffalo, Berrien County, Michigan, kept five diaries during the years 1836-1850. He used the diaries to record his work as a carpenter and blacksmith, his dealings with lumber and land, daily expenses, religious and social activities, and weather conditions. The collection also contains a transcription of the diaries, made by E. S. Sherwood in 1916.

In addition, the collection contains deeds and tax receipts for land in Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan, and LaPorte County, Indiana, which Gerrish bought and sold over the years. It includes an undated list of land he owned in Michigan and Indiana, and an official list of all his deeds registered in Berrien County.


  • Creation: January 1, 1837 - September 11, 1850

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 0.1 Cubic Feet (, 5 folders, 3 volumes on shelf)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US