Finding aid for the Wade Family Papers

Wade Family Papers
Western Reserve Historical Society
Phone: 216-721-5722
Wade Family
0.10 linear feet (1 container)
Benjamin F. Wade, an Ashtabula County, Ohio, lawyer and zealous abolitionist, was one of the foremost Radical Republican United States Senators of the American Civil War. Wade demanded that Lincoln make the war a crusade to free the slaves, and he led the charge to keep control of Reconstruction in the hands of Congress. His family, descended from Jonathan Wade, a 1632 immigrant to Massachusetts, was one of the most prominent families of Ashtabula County during the 19th century. The first of the family to settle in Ashtabula County was James Wade, father of Benjamin, who arrived there in the 1820s. The collection consists of correspondence, wedding invitations, genealogy notes, newspaper clippings, and a freight receipt. The collection pertains to the views of Radical Republicans during the early stages of the Civil War. Caroline Wade's letter strongly expresses her (and probably her husband's) negative views of President Abraham Lincoln and General George B. McClellan. The genealogical material is also useful for information on the Wade family of the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the families of Dudley, Newhall, Hills, Upham, Wigglesworth, and Leonard.
MS 4181
closed stacks
The records are in English