Descendants of Two Patriots Help Preserve Portraits of the Founders

Historic gifts by descendants of William K. Constable and John Jay tell a narrative about one of the post famous portraits of George Washington

Researching the World Tour of John Jay Ide and L. Gordon Hamerlsey

A 1926 scrapbook captures a world tour frozen in time with photos of the Pyramids and more

An Interwar Intelligence Gatherer

BY SETH CARLSON  In a series of 3 posts based on his transcription of an original pocket diary donated by the Trevor family, JHC volunteer Seth Carlson gives us an insider's view into the world of a Jay descendant and…

Dr. J. C. Jay, Jr. and Observations About Cholera in Germany 1866

BY JACK ENGEL  Disease and threats to peace were constant worries in 18th and 19th century America and abroad. Not surprisingly, the health and well being of others is a uniting thread throughout the many Jay family letters in our…

Joseph Curtis and the NY Manumission Act of 1817

BY JEFF DETORO A story about anti-slavery advocacy that was documented by early American novelist Catharine Maria Sedgwick and how one man's service was further memorialized. In the JHC archives are three letters written to Peter Augustus Jay by Joseph…

200 Years Later: Siblings & Soirées

BY LANDY ERLICK While the Jay family's ancestral home in Rye was not deeded to Peter Augustus Jay until September of 1822, Peter and his family were already spending many of their summers at the country residence by 1814.  We have considerable…