The Life and Death of Leah Catharine Deyo Jessup
Leah Catharine Deyo was born in New Paltz, NY in 1818 and resided in the Hudson Valley until her death in 1849.
John and Katia Jacobs, descendants of Leah Catharine preserved a collection of her correspondence, daguerreotypes, clothing and photographs. They generously donated it to the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Library in the 1980s.
This exhibit chronicles different aspects of Leah Catharine's life and offers a glimpse into the daily life of a mid-nineteenth century woman.
All of the digitized materials in the Leah Catharine Deyo Jessup Collection are available on the Hudson River Valley Heritage website. Selected items from the collection are featured throughout this exhibit.
Special thanks to John and Katia Jacobs for their generous donation.