This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's family. Many of the items pertain to the financial affairs of Edison's children. Included are references to payments sent to daughter Marion Edison Oeser, who was living in Germany, and to the repayment of a loan made by Edison to daughter Madeleine Edison Sloane. Other letters relate to the illness of grandnephew and Edison employee Charles Poyer, whom the inventor visited in Saranac, Michigan, during the summer of 1916. There is also correspondence with cousin Nancy Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wadsworth and her niece Mrs. Stephen H. Balcom regarding a mortar and pestle once owned by Edison's maternal grandfather, Ebenezer M. Elliott.
Approximately 30 percent of the documents have been selected. Among the unselected items are letters from individuals seeking compensation for unpaid bills owed by Edisonâ€™s sons Thomas Jr. and William or for bad investments in a long-defunct steel venture between Thomas Jr. and William W. Holzer. Other unselected items include correspondence from individuals not related to Edison, letters not addressed to him, and routine documents concerning the transmittal and receipt of payments. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.