Joseph Onderdonk Skillman Correspondence
Description: There are 31 letters addressed to Joseph Onderdonk Skillman in this collection. With but one or two apparent exceptions, all letters are from members of the family, more especially, from his brother Francis Skillman. All are written on single sheets of paper, but none have any integral address leaves. Because in some instances, the envelopes in which the letters were enclosed have survived, we have been able to fix Mr. Skillman’s place of residence at the time, as either Manhasset or Blackstump (the lower portion of the old Flushing Township bordering on the Jamaica Township). Other letters did not have envelopes nor had envelopes with no community name on them. Probably, Mr. Skillman spent the majority of his life in Flushing.