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Series I. Legal Material, 1798-1893

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains the papers created by Taylor and MacKey in the legal offices of Taylor, Gilfillan & MacKey in the 1860s, and, later, Taylor & MacKey. These chronologically arranged "legal documents" include: drafts of real estate agreements, notes for cases (some of which identify the client), ledgers of client payments, attorney fee forms and checks, subpoenas, witness depositions, and ephemera. This series also contains limited correspondence that relates the Taylor & MacKey firm. The materials reflect the breadth of their practice, including their work for clients in their town of Oil City, Venango County. The firm also represented clients from Altoona, Meadville, Erie, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, as well as towns in upstate New York. These papers refer to property loss cases, such as Ellis Harris vs. Imperial Fire Co. and estate and real estate cases heard in the Court of Common pleas of Venango County. Also present are drafts of land agreements presumably created by Taylor & MacKey. Many of the papers relate to clients in the oil, mining and railroad businesses, including the Tank Oil Company, the Atlantic Petroleum Company, the Pithole Creek Petroleum Company, the Osceola Oil Company, the Island Oil Company, the Fountain Oil Company, Ritchie Oil Company, and the Oil Well Supply Company. The firm also practiced criminal law, including two murder cases in 1863, and cases argued before the Orphan's Court. The majority of these papers are arranged chronologically. However, depositions and court transcripts from cases of note are located in Box 8, including a worksite bludgeoning murder between log rollers, an 1863 stabbing death, two undated shooting deaths, and the trial of a man accused of raping an eleven-year-old neighbor in the woods near her home.

Subseries 1. Legal Documnents, 1798-1893

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries is chronologically arranged "legal documents" include: drafts of real estate agreements, notes for cases (some of which identify the client), ledgers of client payments, attorney fee forms and checks, subpoenas, witness depositions, and ephemera. The materials also include limited amount of correspondence that relate to the Taylor & MacKey firm. The materials reflect the breadth of their practice, including their work for clients in their town of Oil City, Venango County.


Box 1
Folder 1-10 Legal documents, 1798-1860

Box 2
Folder 1-6 Legal documents, 1861-1864

Box 3
Folder 1-6 Legal documents, 1864-1866

Box 4
Folder 1-9 Legal documents, 1867-1873

Box 5
Folder 1-10 Legal documents, 1874-1893

Box 6
Folder 1-5 Legal documents, undated

Box 7
Folder 01-04 Legal documents, undated
Folder 5 Case notes, undated
Folder 6 Case notes, undated

Subseries 2. Notes and Judgements, 1860-1875

Scope and Content Notes:

The notes and judgements subseries included case notes on shooting, murder testimony, and other general legal documentation.


Box 8
Folder 1 Notes and Judgements, general, 1860-1875
Folder 2 Bludgeoning murder testimony, 1863
Folder 3 Stabbing murder case notes, 1863
Folder 4 Oil contract draft, 1870
Folder 5 Testimony of breach of contract, 1871
Folder 6 Shooting Case Notes, undated
Folder 7 Shooting Case, undated
Folder 8 Account of fire losses, undated
Folder 9 Murder case testimony, undated
Folder 10 Rape case, undated