ATKINS, QUINTUS FLAMINIUS

Local History Collections

Collection ID: 285
Location: LH 62

(Description ID: 594362)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Quintus Flaminius Atkins 

LH 62

Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

This collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 1969

Biographical Sketch

Born May 10, 1785 in Wolcott, New Haven County, Connecticut, Quintus F. Atkins was the eldest son of Josiah Atkins, Sr. and Mary Gillett. At the age of 17, Atkins enlisted for a year’s service in a regiment encamped near New Haven.  In 1801, he settled in Genesee County, New York. The following year, he moved to Morgan, Ashtabula County, Ohio, with a group of settlers.  In 1804, Atkins married Sarah Wright, youngest daughter of Captain John Wright. Atkins carried the United States mail between Cleveland and Detroit via Sandusky. Reverend Joseph Badger, an early missionary to the Native American tribes in Northwest Ohio, encouraged the Atkinses to join him in establishing a new mission.  With their daughter Emily, they descended the Grand River to its mouth and then followed the southern shoreline of Lake Erie to Sandusky. A year and a half later, plagued by malaria, the couple gave up the mission and returned to Morgan, where Atkins began carrying the mail between Vermilion and Cleveland.

With the organization of Ashtabula County in 1811, Atkins was appointed sheriff.  A year later, he resigned and enlisted in General William Henry Harrison’s Army of the Northwest. Following the War of 1812, Atkins was again elected sheriff and then appointed county auditor.  In 1823, he was appointed by the state of Ohio to superintend the building of the Maumee and Western Reserve Turnpike through the Black Swamp.  For the next three years, he oversaw the road’s construction and surveyed and sold the lands granted by Congress to the state of Ohio for building the road. While Atkins’ turnpike venture was a financial success, his canal building in eastern Ohio and land speculation in New York proved disastrous.  In 1835 Atkins was employed by the Arcole Furnace Company in Madison as agent. In February, his wife died at their home in Brooklyn. Quintus Flaminius Atkins died at Brooklyn January 23, 1859, at the age of 77.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, dating from 1805 to 1854. However, the bulk of the material is correspondence dating from 1819 to 1826 between Quintus F. Atkins and brothers Josiah Atkins, Jr. and Philantus Atkins.  There are 15 letters dated Lower Sandusky [Fremont, Ohio], 1823 - 1826; Typed transcripts of these letters are part of this collection. Other correspondents include Lewis Cass, Joshua R. Giddings, Elijah Whittlesey and Salmon P. Chase.

There are also several miscellaneous pieces: a patent for dressing shingles; a letter addressed to “The Free & Independent Electors of Cuyahoga County,” dated Cleveland, September 14, 1841; a manuscript titled “Sentiments embodied in H. Clay’s speech in the Senate of the U.S. in 1839”; also Photocopy and typed transcription of “Wyandot Missions in 1805- 807,” Diary of Quintus F. Atkins prepared by C. C. Baldwin: Photocopy ”The Western Reserve Historical Tract Society” No. 50, pp. 110-113.

The 1826/1827 survey and field notes of the lands provided for the Maumee and Western Reserve Turnpike created by Josiah Atkins, Jr. are part of the Oscar Stierwalt Collection (LH-126)  

Inventory

75 pieces

Ac. 1919, 1964

 

ATKINS, Josiah, Jr.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sandusky, Jly 11, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sandusky, Jly 25, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sandusky, Aug. 1, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sandusky, Aug. 8, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sandusky, Aug 15, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sandusky, Aug. 22, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sandusky, Sept. 12, 1824.


To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sandusky, Oct. 17, 1824

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jefferson, Nov. 24, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jefferson, Dec. 21, 1826.

ATKINS, Philantus

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Hubbard, Mar. 21. 1819.

To Q. F. Atkins dtd Hubbard, Apr. 21. 1819.

ATKINS, Quintus F.

To Josiah Atkins dtd Jefferson, Jly 15, 1824.

To Josiah Atkins dtd Jefferson, Aug. 2, 1824.

To Josiah Atkins, L. Sdsky dtd Jefferson, Aug. 13, 1824.

To Josiah Atkins dtd Jefferson, Aug. 21, 1824.

To Josiah Atkins dtd Jefferson, Sept. 4, 1824.

[Anonymous]

To Chas. Learned, Detroit dtd Nov. 1, 1826 [copy, contemporary]

BEARDSLEY, D.H.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Columbus, Feb. 6, 1826.

BROWN, Joseph

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Coventry, Jan. 24, 1831.

CASS, L.W.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Detroit, Nov. 28, 1826.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Detroit, July 1, [n.y.].

CATHCART, Rev. Dr. Robert          

To Q.F. Atkins dtd [York, Penna.] Jly 18, 1833.

CHASE, A.R.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Salem, Feb. 21, 1824.

CHASE, S.P.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Cincinnati, Jly 21, 1845.

FITCH, Zalmon

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Warren, Nov. 29, 1826.

GIDDINGS, J.R.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jefferson, Dec. 6, 1805.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jefferson, Nov. 23, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jefferson, Nov. 3, 1826.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jefferson, Nov. 19, 1838.


HARPER, R.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Harpersfield, Mar. 12, 1826.

HAWLEY, J.R.

To Q.F. Atkins, dtd Jefferson, Nov. 29, 1826.

To Q.F. Atkins, dtd Jefferson, Nov. 7, 1826.

HOLLISTER, J.

dtd Perrysburg, Jly 14, 1825.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Buffalo, Jly 25, 1826

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Perrysburg, Apr. 9, 1830.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Perrysburg, Mr. 25, 1830.

HOLLISTER & CO.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jly 5, 1826.

HOWARD, Horton

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Delaware, Feb. 5, 1824.

JONES, C.O.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Indiana, Jne 18, 1830.

KING, N.W.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Harpersfield, Mar. 4, 1824.

LEEZEN, Calvin

To Q.F. Atkins dtd D.Sdsky Mar. 22. 1826.

MERRILL, J.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd McConnelsville, Dec. 11, 1828.

PERKINS, Genl. Simon

To Q.F. Atkins, dtd [Jne 2, 1826].

To Q.F. Atkins dtd May 20, 1820.

SMITH, S.W.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Painesville, Apr. 2, 1831.

STORRS, L.G.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd [Sept. 1826].

WADE, E.

To Q.F. Atkins undated.


WHEELER & HAND

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Unionville, Jan. 2, 1830.

WHELPHEY, Saml

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jne 25, 1830.

WALKE, Anthony

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Chillicothe, Feb. 28, 1826.

WALLACE, John

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Urbana, Feb. 9, 1824.

WHELPHEY Thomas

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Ashtabula, Dec. 1, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Ashtabula, May 4, 1824.

WHITAKER, Geo. F.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sdsky, Jan. 3, 1823.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sdsky, Jan. 29, 1824.

WHITTENGER Nicholas

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sanduksy, Mar. 21, 1824.

WHITTLESEY, E.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Wash. D.C., Jan. 28, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Wash. D.C., Feb. 24, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Wash. D.C., Dec. 14, 1824.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Wash. D.C., Feb. 9, 1826.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Wash. D.C., Feb. 24, 1826.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Nov. 7, 1826.

WILLIAMS, Ezra

To Q.F. Atkins dtd L. Sdsky, Mar. 21, 1824.

WRIGHT, Amos C.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Tallmadge, May 1, 1819.

To Q.F. Atkins dtd Jan. 23, 1824.