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Nell Pemberton-Rosenzweig papers

Identifier: c-00540

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a photocopy of an unpublished manuscript, "Journey into the Wilderness," a narrative history of the Pemberton family of Mecosta County, Michigan from 1863 to 1907. In her book, the author and illustrator, Nell Pemberton-Rosenzweig, also tells how she became interested in her family history and came to write their story. The author describes the adventures her grandparents had as they moved west, and the hardships they endured because of harsh weather, poor traveling conditions, and separation from loved ones left behind.


  • Creation: 1978


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Chene Orson Pemberton, the author's grandfather, was born in Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1831. As a young man, he attended Union Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in 1850 he married Louisa Boyd of Allegheny County, New York. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Pemberton joined the 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was wounded during the siege of Charleston, South Carolina. After his discharge he returned to Pennsylvania, and in 1863 he sold his property there, moving his family to Mecosta County, Michigan to live. In addition to farming, Pemberton traveled as a minister in the Methodist Church and preached in the surrounding counties. Chene and Louisa Pemberton had twelve children, two of whom died from disease at a young age.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Custodial History

Gift of Nell Pemberton-Rosenzweig, 1981-03-02.

Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Nell Pemberton-Rosenzweig Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Brown
December 1987
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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