Andre Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Andre Family, (Samuel Andre, d. 1881)
Andre family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 4 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Samuel Andre came to Benzie County, Michigan, in 1874 to homestead. His wife Elizabeth later traveled from Pennsylvania to join him there. When Samuel died in 1881, Elizabeth became guardian of his estate. She married A.J. Hurlbert in 1882 but continued as guardian of Andre lands and property. It is unclear from the materials who inherited the property.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of letters, accounts books, and miscellaneous bills and receipts of the Andre and Hurlbert families. Most of the letters, written in 1874, are from Samuel to Elizabeth as he traveled through Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska as an itinerant farm worker. The bills and receipts are primarily from general stores, showing goods purchased, the prices paid, and eggs and dairy products accepted in trade. There are also accounts showing farm work performed; it is not clear who kept these accounts. In addition, a partial ledger contains accounts for the Andre and Spaulding general store (1879-1880), as well as Elizabeth Hurlbert's personal accounts and her accounts as guardian (1885-1888). Finally, there are several small account books kept by A.J. and Elizabeth Hurlbert. A.J. used his for farm accounts (1882-1889), while Elizabeth recorded household expenses and rent from boarders.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1967

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

Gift of Kate Andre, 1962-01-05. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Andre Family, (Samuel Andre, d. 1881)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Benzie County (Mich.)
  • Iowa -- Description and travel
  • Michigan -- Description and travel
  • Nebraska -- Description and travel
  • Wisconsin -- Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Andre, Kate
  • Andre, Samuel, d. 1881
  • Hurlbert, Elizabeth Andre


  • Agriculture -- Iowa
  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Agriculture -- Nebraska
  • Agriculture -- Wisconsin
  • Business records -- Michigan
  • Finance, Personal -- Michigan
  • Merchants -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Andre Family 1874-1892   Papers