In 1828, five Corrie brothers from Scotland and England settled in Wabash County, Ill. One of these was Robert Corrie (1779-1863) who, with his wife Sarah (1785-1864), maintained an active correspondence with other members of the family, particularly those who remained in England. The correspondence was continued by their children: Jane (1827-1908), who married a Presbyterian minister, Samuel C. Baldridge, and John Robert (1816-97), who maintained the family farm in Wabash County. Lester Linn Corrie of Urbana is the grandson of John Robert Corrie.
This collection highlights an emigrating family's continuing cross-Atlantic ties, with references to contemporary events, presidents, and the Civil War. The Corries had extensive land holdings which are frequently mentioned in the correspondence.
Lester J. Corrie, grandson of John Robert Corrie, loaned the originals to the Library for microfilming in 1972.