MS-032: The Letters of the Toomey Family during World War I

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MS-032: The Letters of the Toomey Family during World War I

(1 box, .27 cubic feet)

Inclusive Dates: 1876-1927

Bulk Dates: 1916-1918

Processed by Jaclyn Campbell
August 2001

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Provenance: Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum


The Humphrey Toomey family was a Catholic family residing in Sullivan County, New York, during World War I.  This collection includes letters from Leo Toomey, Joe Toomey, and Mary Ellen Toomey to their mother, Mrs. Humphrey Toomey. 

Leo Toomey, a member of the Quarter Master Corps, served as a clerk during World War I.  He was stationed in Fort Slocum, New York; Camp Joseph E. Johnston, Florida; and Newport News, Virginia.  Toomey was a member of the 35th Rec. Company, Clerical Company Number 4, Clerical Company Number 3, and Supply Company Number 312.  Leo Toomey was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  In April 1927, he married a woman named Nellie.

Joe Toomey was a private in the 306th Infantry Company A, stationed at Camp Upton on Long Island, New York during World War I.  As a civilian, he was a police officer.  He was later moved to the Guard and Fire Company, stationed in Hoboken, New Jersey in October 1917.

Mary Ellen Toomey was a nurse stationed in Hoboken, New Jersey, during World War I.

Series Description

The Toomey collection is composed primarily of correspondence and is arranged into four series:  Series I: Leo Toomey Letters, Series II: Joe Toomey Letters, Series III: Mary Ellen Toomey Letters, and Series IV: Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Notes:

Series I is composed of letters written by Leo Toomey to his mother and letters written to Toomey from family, friends, and various sources.

Series II is composed of letters written by Joe Toomey to his mother.

Series III is composed of letters written to Mary Ellen Toomey from her brother, Leo and letters written by Mary Ellen Toomey to her mother.

Series IV is composed of miscellaneous photographs, correspondence, and unknown family papers.  This series includes a Certificate of Naturalization for Godlib Feitz and a blank World War I Questionnaire to be used for perpetuating history.

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