Favorate documents include Civil War documents of my great grandfather Hemenway's. He was promoted to sargeant late in the war and later, as a civilain, he was a county Sheriff.
My grandfathers shaving mug and my great grandfather Koons shaving mug are also important to me.
There was a photo taken of my 3rd great grandfather, Daniel Gill, who died in 1844, not long after commercial photography became available. He had served in the British 54th Regiment of Foot during the American Revolutionary War.
Lastly, a first edition, second printing of a 1912 book, "A Journey to Ohio in 1810" by Margaret Van Horn Dwight. This was a private journal for a relative, but about 100 years later, it was decided to publish it in book form. There were no AAA motels on the way from CT to OH, most of it was taken on a covered wagon, by walking or a combination of both. Few bridges had been constructed along the way. Sometimes a wagon might not make it across a river. Hotel guests were not always well behaved.