Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Blay/Cunningham/Niederlander Families

 

LH- Misc. Mss

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Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

 

This collection was given to the Hayes Presidential Center by Mr. and Mrs. Mike Rosengarten in 1998.

 

Biographical Sketch

 

Relatively little is known about the families of Cunningham, Blay, and Niederlander.  It is determined that Maria Cunningham of Utica, New York, married Joseph W. Niederlander, and the couple settled in Middletown, Ohio.  It appears as though they had eight children, including a daughter named Laura, who was born 25 April 1878.  Laura Niederlander married Frederic R. Blay, the son of a Detroit, Michigan, contractor and builder.  According to the 1910 census for Wayne County, Michigan, it seems as though Frederic and Laura Blay settled in Detroit with their three children: Mary, Frederic Jr., and Charles.

 

Scope and Content

 

This collection, spanning from 1857 to 1966, contains correspondence, birth and baptismal records, religious articles, and other papers relating to the families of Cunningham, Blay, and Niederlander.  The correspondence includes incoming and outgoing communication relating to Maria Cunningham-Niederlander, Laura (Niederlander) Blay, and Frederic R. Blay, among others.  It also contains a number of letters in which the author and recipient are unmentioned or unidentifiable.  The collection, furthermore, consists of birth records for Laura (Niederlander) Blay and Frederic Blay, baptism records, a doctor’s bill and report, as well as prayer cards, religious leaflets, and other such items.

 

Inventory

 

Ac. 5718

1 folder

 

Correspondence:

 

BLAY, FREDERIC R.

To Laura, dtd 1898, Detroit, Michigan.

To Laura, dtd n.d., Detroit Michigan.

To unknown, dtd 23 October, n.y.

 

BLAY, LAURA (NIEDERLANDER)

To “My dearest boy,” dtd 27 November 1901.

To “My dearest boy,” dtd n.d.

To “My dearest boy,” dtd n.d.  Incomplete.

To unknown, n.d.  Incomplete.

 

BLAY, MICHAEL [“DAD”]

To Frederic, dtd 10 May ‘21.

 

CUNNINGHAM-NIEDERLANDER, MARIA

To “My friend,” dtd 22 September, Monroe.

 

DOHERTY, C. C.

To Miss M. Cunningham, dtd 18 June 1862, Cincinnati.

 

DOUD, ELLA

To “Mrs.,” dtd 28 May ’63, Hamilton.

 

[GIN?], J.

To “My dear girl,” dtd 3 April, Franklin.

 

GLYNN, JOHN

To Maria, dtd 6 May 1861, Hamilton.

 

GOUGH, J.

To Miss Cunningham, dtd 25 February, Franklin.

 

MARTIN, JAS. A.

To Maria, dtd 15 January 1861, Cincinnati, O.

 

MARTIN, JIM

To Maria, dtd n.d.

 

MESEROLE, L_CH

To “Dear sister,” dtd 12 February 1862, Cincinnati.

 

MURPHY, D. J.

To Maria, dtd 7 December 1862.

To Maria, dtd 4 January 1863.

 

NIEDERLANDER, A. C.

To Joseph, dtd 3 November 1862, Sandusky.

 

UNKNOWN CORRESPONDENTS

From Dennis.  To “Dear friend,” dtd 13 April 1860.

From Dennis.  To “To Maria, dtd 12 October 1861.

From Lib.  To Louis and Maggie Langlois, dtd 25 December 1918.  Postcard.

From Mary.  To unknown, dtd n.d., Middletown.

From Sallie.  To Maria, dtd 30 October ‘57, Hamilton.

From “Your friend and valentine.”  To unknown, dtd n.d.

To “Dearest,” dtd Thanksgiving Day.

To Ella, dtd 10 December, Cincinnati.

To Laura, dtd n.d.  Incomplete.

To Lide, dtd n.d., Middletown.

To Maria, dtd n.d.

To Miss Cunningham, dtd 19 July 1861, Cincinnati.

To “My dearest girl,” dtd n.d.  Incomplete.

 

Documents:

Financial statement for Mrs. M. J. Niederlander, dtd 5 November 1863.

Doctor’s report for claim #C2395256 of the Veterans Administration, dtd 11 May ’36.

Certificate of baptism for Louis John Bondy (b. 5 July 1921), dtd 18 March 1945.

Certificate of baptism for Laura Niederlander (b. 25 April 1878), dtd 14 October 1941.

Copy of birth record for Fred Blay (b. 14 August 1874), dtd 22 March 1966.

Copy of birth record for Fred Blay (b. 14 August 1874) dtd 18 January 1939.

Eight addressed letter envelopes

 

Religious articles/papers:

Scapular – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Simon Stock

Sacrament card

“Novena to the Holy Face”

“Prayer to the Holy Face”

“Shrine of our Lady of the Green Scapular”

Christmas blessings paper