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Daniel and Tammy Dickinson Family Papers, 1818-1901 (Bulk: 1850-1880)
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Abstract:
The Daniel and Tammy Dickinson Family Papers document the lives of three generations of the Daniel Dickinson (1793-1874) and Tammy (Martha) Eastman Dickinson (1801-1887) family. The papers date from 1818 to 1901 and are comprised almost entirely of correspondence, mostly incoming to Daniel and Tammy from siblings, children, grandchildren, friends, acquaintances, and business contacts. Topics in the letters include family news, religion, the Civil War, and western migration. The last two folders of the collection contain photocopies of miscellaneous background papers, including a selection of genealogical research reports with information about people mentioned in the collection.

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Historical Note

The Daniel and Tammy Dickinson Papers document the lives of members of the Daniel Dickinson and Tammy Eastman families. The collection is divided almost equally among correspondence to Tammy Dickinson; correspondence to and from Daniel Dickinson; and correspondence to and from either other members of Dickinson or Eastman families, or from friends and acquaintances. The correspondence covers three generations.

The following biographical sketches describe family members most represented in the collection. Many other correspondents or subjects are listed at the end of the finding aid, under search terms.

  • Daniel Dickinson (1793-1874) was one of four sons of Azariah (b. 1753) and Mary Eastman Dickinson (b. 1761) of Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended local schools and then turned to farming, eventually taking over the family farm when his father died in 1813. He was deeply involved in town and church affairs, including the organization in 1826 of the Union Church of North Amherst. He was married first to Louisa (sometimes identified as Laura) Adams (b. 1798) of Leverett, Mass. or Newfane, Vt. (records vary) with whom he had a son and daughter. After her early death in 1828, he married Tammy Dickinson, with whom he had two daughters and four sons. Additional biographical information for Daniel Dickinson is in William S. Tyler's sermon, Discourse delivered at the funeral of Daniel Dickinson at Amherst, Mass., December 29, 1874, copies of which are in Daniel Dickinson's non-alumnus biographical file and in the William S. Tyler Papers in the Archives and Special Collections.
  • Tammy (Martha Thomassine) Eastman (1801-1887) was the daughter of William Eastman (b. 1763) and Tamerson Read (b. 1770). Like the Dickinsons, the Eastman family is a widespread family in Western Massachusetts, and Tammy's branch - her children, and her siblings and their wives -- is well-represented in this collection. Tammy herself is less well represented, having only one sure item in her hand, a diary entry that suggests the difficulties of being a farmer's wife and the mother of two young children with another on the way. Letters to her indicate that her family was as devoted to her she was to them.
  • Rev. Austin Dickinson (1791-1849) was the second son of Azariah and Mary Eastman Dickinson. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1813, read law with Samuel Fowler Dickinson (grandfather of Emily Dickinson), traveled south for both religious and health reasons, and returned to Amherst in 1822. He became involved with the struggle to obtain a charter from the state "in the face of an organized, virtually state-wide opposition" (see Keep, below) for the new college in Amherst and devoted several years to the effort (chronicled in Ornan Eastman's "Rev. Austin Dickinson, His Services to Amherst College," 1872). He also published sermons (his own and those of others) and, in 1844, turned to inserting religious articles into secular newspapers in order to obtain a wider audience for the topic. His wife describes this work in her letter of February 3, 1845 (folder 18). Austin Dickinson died of cholera in 1849. See "Centennial Biographies: Two Amherst Dickinsons" by Austin Baxter Keep (AC 1897) in Amherst Graduates Quarterly, No. 35, May, 1920. Additional biographical information, including Ornan Eastman's piece mentioned above, may be found in Austin Dickinson's non-alumnus biographical file.
  • Rev. Baxter Dickinson (1795-1875) was the youngest of Azariah and Mary Dickinson's four sons. Like his brother Austin, Baxter Dickinson was marked early for the ministry. After his graduation from Yale in 1817, he attended Andover Theological Seminary and took his first position in Longmeadow, Mass., where he worked until 1829. A letter written from Longmeadow in 1829 by his wife, Martha Bush Dickinson, is in folder 11. Baxter Dickinson then worked in several locations before moving to Lake Forest, Ill., from which place he wrote several of the letters in this collection. From 1859 to 1868, Baxter Dickinson's four daughters had a school in Lake Forest, the Dickinson Seminary for Young Ladies (see collections.lakeforest.edu/items/show/5727 for a photograph), and both Baxter and his wife worked with his daughters in the school. Baxter's lively, detailed letters provide useful information about his family, their school, and life in Illinois during the period. The family moved back to Brooklyn, New York, sometime in 1868 and resided there for many years. Baxter Dickinson died in 1875 at age 80. Two of his sons were Amherst alumni, Richard Salter Storrs Dickinson (AC 1844) and William Cowper Dickinson (AC 1848). The latter was one of Emily Dickinson's correspondents, along with sisters Harriet and Martha.
  • Louisa Dickinson Greene (1830-1881) was the daughter of Daniel and Tammy Dickinson. Aside from her mother's journal description about Louisa's mischievousness (folder 13), little is known about her early years. She probably attended a local school either in Amherst or North Amherst, perhaps even Amherst Academy, although her name is not in extant catalogues. In 1847-1848 she attended Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary, where she would have found her cousin Emily Dickinson. Two sources agree that she subsequently attended the Bradford Female Seminary in Bradford, Mass. (near Boston) for about a year; however, one of those sources says that she spent "her 18th year" (which would have been 1848-1849) with the Baxter Dickinsons in Auburn, New York, so it remains unclear when she attended Bradford. After her schooling, she commenced teaching, holding posts in three states between 1849 and 1856. While teaching in New York, she met John Morton Greene (AC 1848), who prevailed upon her to return to Mt. Holyoke to finish her studies before their marriage. This she did, returning to South Hadley in 1856 and graduating in 1857. After their marriage, Louisa and John Greene lived in Hatfield, South Hadley, and Lowell, Mass. Louisa's many letters to her mother provide details of her family life and the work she and her husband performed for the communities in which they lived. Louisa Greene died at her home in Lowell in 1881. The most detailed treatments of her life may be found in: "Memorial Sermon: Preached April 1, 1881, at the funeral of Mrs. Louisa Dickinson Greene," by Rev. C. L. Woodworth, and Foreshadowings of Smith College, by daughter Helen French Greene (see links below). The latter volume includes photographs of Louisa and John Greene.
  • Edward Baxter Dickinson (1840-1867) was the youngest son of Daniel and Tammy Dickinson. There is no known record of his youth, but he is likely to have attended a school in either North Amherst or Amherst. Our knowledge of him comes from letters to his family written during the Civil War. Edward enlisted in the 27th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and served from 1861-1864. In June, 1864, he was wounded at Cold Harbor, Virginia, hospitalized in Grant General Hospital on Willets Point, New York, and mustered out in September. The nine letters from the front in this collection are undoubtedly a fraction of what he wrote home. After returning from war, Edward headed west, staying first with his uncle Baxter Dickinson in Illinois and then starting a business, probably a general store, in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Edward often commented on his good health, even during war years, but he seems to have fallen ill quickly and severely, dying in 1867.
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Daniel and Tammy Dickinson Family Papers consist of .5 linear feet of material documenting the personal and professional lives of three generations of family members, dating from 1818 to 1901. The bulk of the material dates from the 1850s through the 1870s. In addition to illustrating relationships among family members, the papers are a useful source for the study of American history in the nineteenth century, providing a personal view of the impact of religious, economic, social, and cultural issues on a New England family.

The strongest theme running through this collection is religion. Many of the writers were clergymen, or wives or children of clergymen. The letters reflect the important role religion played in the lives of both the writers and the recipients, especially in terms of how they dealt with difficulties in their own lives and in how they viewed their work for members of their communities.

The collection also includes items about Daniel Dickinson's work for the new North Congregational Church in North Amherst as well as about the many churches at which his brothers officiated.

Another theme running through the collection is that of westward migration. Both Daniel's brother Baxter and his family, and Daniel's sons Daniel Austin (1822-1923) and Edward Baxter moved out as far as Illinois and Iowa. Baxter's letters from Lake Forest, Ill. are especially interesting with their evocation of adventure, new opportunities, and growth. Son Edward's letters to his father illustrate his ambition and enthusiasm for the opportunities a move west offered. Edward's career was cut short by his early death, but during the short time he was in Iowa he established a profitable business and showed both great optimism and great expectations.

A few letters in the collection illustrate a movement toward the south early in the 19th century that was dictated more by religious interest than by a desire for adventure or financial opportunity. During this time, many New Englanders headed south to open and teach in schools. For example, records outside this collection show that Daniel's brother Rev. Austin Dickinson was involved with raising money for a theological seminary in East Tennessee (he helped raise $35,000, a large sum in those days). In this collection, we see a few letters with similar enterprises, viz. an 1822 letter about a teaching post in Savannah, Georgia; a letter of recommendation for an acquaintance heading south in 1824, and a later letter (1853) from an Amherst minster's wife, Mary Cooke, who had accompanied her husband to his teaching post at the East Tennessee Female Institute.

The Dickinsons' impulse to expand educational opportunities was not limited to work in the south. After Rev. Austin Dickinson returned from the south he became deeply involved with what would become Amherst College, putting much work into obtaining its charter. Rev. Baxter Dickinson was also involved in early efforts for Amherst College, sending some of his modest salary to the enterprise and helping raise funds for it as well. Later, two of his sons went to Amherst College, Rev. Richard Salter Storrs Dickinson (AC 1844) and Rev. William Cowper Dickinson (AC 1848; also a friend of cousin and poet Emily Dickinson).

The Dickinsons didn't confine their interest in education to boys. Rev. Austin Dickinson and his wife, Laura Whittlesey Camp, had only one child, a daughter named Clementine (sometimes mistakenly identified as Constance) who died very early, but both Daniel and Baxter had girls who received educations almost as good as those of their brothers. On the whole, it appears that the girls were limited in their opportunities by what the world offered, rather than by what the families were willing to provide. Daniel's daughter Louisa went to Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary (she was there when distant cousin Emily Dickinson was, and her name appears just below the poet's in the 1847-48 catalogue), then to Bradford Female Seminary, where she spent a year. Nearly a decade later she returned to finish her schooling at Mt. Holyoke. She married Rev. John Morton Greene (AC 1853), who is said to have advised Sophia Smith to provide money for what became Smith College. Louisa and John Greene in turn provided their own daughters with solid educations.

Baxter Dickinson's daughters followed their father to his many positions in the ministry and would have attended schools in New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New Jersey. At least one daughter, Harriet A. Dickinson (one of Emily Dickinson's correspondents) attended Lasell Female Seminary in Boston and later taught for decades at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. When Baxter's family moved to Lake Forest, his daughters opened a school there, the Dickinson Seminary for Young Ladies (1859-1868). Baxter's lively and informative letters to Daniel describe the school - the number of students, the arrangements, the subjects covered, the effect of the Civil War, etc. - and his pride in his daughters is readily apparent. In these letters, at least, there is no sense of low expectations or surprise at their accomplishments.

The Civil War also figures in this collection through both the letters of Baxter Dickinson to his brother Daniel and, more directly, through the letters of Daniel's son Edward Baxter Dickinson to his family. Edward served in the 27th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry from 1861-1864. His letters talk about his duties, his opinions about the war and the people fighting (or not fighting) it, and his plans for the future.

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Purchase, 2013 [acc. #2013.068]

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Contents List
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE



[?], Melissa, writing from Granby, Mass., to Tammy (Martha) Eastman: misses Tammy (away in Westfield), updates her on matches between Rodney Ayres and Betsey Nash, and Mr. B. Witt and P. Eastman, etc. ("I could write all night such nonsense…"); also the death of Heman Bartlett's child from dysentery and the progress of that disease in town
1818 Aug

Box 1: folder 1
Davis, Edward A., writing from Savannah, Geo., to Leavitt Thaxter in Sparta, Geo., inviting Thaxter to consider a teaching post in Savannah at $1200 a year (Thaxter returned to New England in 1823, establishing Thaxter's Academy in Edgartown, Mass.; connection to Daniel Dickinson family unclear)
1822 Nov

Box 1: folder 2
Alvord, E. [Eleazar?], writing from Northampton, Mass., to Rev. Austin Dickinson, inviting him to preach [in Greenfield, Mass.?] for a limited time after the dismission of Mr. [Charles?] Jenkins
1824 Jul

Box 1: folder 3
Dickinson, Austin (Rev.), writing from Amherst, Mass., a letter of introduction to Dyer Ball upon the latter's trip to the south (probably missionary Dyer Ball, b. 1796): Rev. Dickinson vouches for him as a "gentleman, a scholar, and a Christian"
1824 Oct

Box 1: folder 4
Copy of a [form] letter [from members of the nascent Congregational Union Society of Amherst] to or by Daniel Dickinson inviting the recipient to help lay the cornerstone of the North Congregational Church (in North Amherst, Mass.; Daniel Dickinson was a member of the parish committee)
1826

Box 1: folder 5
Field, Martin (1773-1869), writing from New Fane, Vt., to Louisa [Adams] Dickinson (Daniel Dickinson's first wife, d. 1828), regarding her health -- he strongly encourages her to go to Saratoga Springs: "in many cases apparently as desperate as yours perfect cures have been obtained at the Springs" and "by this time you must be convinced that Physicians cannot cure you"
1826 May

Box 1: folder 6
Hunt, William W. (Rev.), writing from Belchertown, Mass., to Daniel Dickinson, responding to the latter's invitation on behalf of the Union Society to preach at the North Congregational Church for a period of 8 weeks; Hunt accepts "with a sincere wish that your Union Society may never be divided, but that it may be strengthened and enlarged until societies in this world shall be no more"
1826 Oct

Box 1: folder 7
[Dickinson, Daniel], writing from Amherst, Mass., a "copy of a letter missive" to "the 2nd Church of Christ in Amherst Rev. and Beloved" announcing William W. Hunt's acceptance of an offer to settle with the church and requesting the recipients' attendance at his ordination; the letter (or a version of it) went to several churches in the area
1827 [Feb]

Box 1: folder 8
[Hastings], Lucy S., writing from [Connecticut?]to Tammy Eastman regarding her studies at school, including the subjects she covered; her hopes for a relationship with her cousin Waitstill [Waitstill Hastings of Charlemont, MA?]; the health of family members (copy in folder; original in OSF-1)
[before 1829]

Box 1: folder 9
Eastman, Tammy, [to or by her], a long verse, "Lamenting the Lowness of Religion"
[before 1829]

Box 1: folder 10
Dickinson, Martha Bush, writing from Longmeadow, Mass., to her mother-in-law, Mary Eastman Dickinson, regarding the state of the family in Longmeadow, where her husband, Rev. Baxter Dickinson, preaches at the First Church; mentions several members of the family and details of the rebuilding of the meetinghouse in Longmeadow; religious content (note: according to Austin Baxter Keep, AC 1897, "it was at this time that [Rev. Baxter Dickinson] rendered material assistance in raising funds for the young college at Amherst and from the first fruits of his slender salary made a personal contribution thereto, as the records show" - Amherst Graduates Quarterly, No. 35, May 1920, "Two Amherst Dickinsons")
1829 Jan

Box 1: folder 11
Eastman, [George] (AC 1830), writing from the Andover Theological Seminary in Newton, Mass., to his sister Tammy (Martha) Eastman Dickinson: "almost every letter from Granby brings tidings of t[he] death of some of my acquaintance"; reflects on the "great spiritual death in this region"; news about people he knows (his fiancée H[annah Hunt]; Asher Bliss [AC 1829] going as missionary to the Indians in Cattaraugus, New York, et al.); brother Henry Edward Eastman's letters from "t[he] hill country," i.e., from Henry's fiancée Minerva S. Nash from rural Conway, Mass.
1832 Aug

Box 1: folder 12
Dickinson, Tammy (Martha) Eastman: journal entry: "today I have had severe trials with my children, William [William Eastman Dickinson, AC 1855] has been very peevish and fretful…I then applied the rod several times without producing any effect, he continued to cry violently and manifested an obstinate and unyielding temper I persevered in whipping him till he began to feel that he must give up...and was a very pleasant child the remainder of the day
1833 Aug

Box 1: folder 13
Eastman, William, writing from [Ovid Academy] in Seneca County, N.Y., to his brother-in-law Daniel Dickinson: notes birth of his niece Sarah Tamison Dickinson in May; details of Ovid Academy work (Eastman taught there and was principal before 1837)
1834 Oct

Box 1: folder 14
Dickinson, Laura Whittlesey Camp, wife of Rev. Austin Dickinson, writing from New York, N.Y., to her new mother-in-law, Mary Eastman Dickinson: introduces herself and asks for Mary's acceptance of her as a daughter and wife, hopes to meet her in the summer
1836 May

Box 1: folder 15
Eastman, William, writing from Marshall, Mich., to brother-in-law Daniel Dickinson: he is no longer at Ovid Academy, has also left the school he taught at afterward, seeks to renew his health by building a log home and supporting himself with the property, has asked for money from his brothers, who have shown resistance to the idea; he asks Daniel what he thinks of the project (pdf available; fragile original with section missing)
1838 Jan

Box 1: folder 16
Dickinson, S.W., probably a Dickinson cousin's wife, writing from a temporary lodging (Marlboro House) in Boston, Mass., to Daniel and Tammy Dickinson, regarding a recent visit and their (S.W. and her husband's) activities since, including the complications of traveling in winter; mentions several of Daniel's brothers and other people known to both families (incl. some with whom they dine: "Rev. Mr. Hunt , the temperance lecturer, Rev. Mr. Ladd the Peaceman, Mr. Right the Abolitionist, &c"); religious content, incl. this digression: "We spent two or three days very pleasantly with Mr. Porter's family in Sturbridge; they are excellent people, and appear to be laying [aside?] their treasures where they will be sure to receive an income from them [piece missing]…earthly treasures shall have been consumed and their possessors famished; having nothing to satisfy them but 'the fruit of their own ways and being filled with their devices'" [Proverbs 1:31] (fragile original)
1840 Jan

Box 1: folder 17
Dickinson, Laura Whittlesey Camp, writing from New York, N.Y., to Daniel and Tammy Eastman: letter describes her peripatetic life and suggests her desire for a home of her own; also her work with husband Rev. Austin Dickinson in writing religious pieces for secular papers (on this work see also "Rev. Austin Dickinson" in the Congregational Quarterly, April 1872, by Ornan Eastman, copy included in folder, and the "Memoir of Rev. Austin Dickinson" from the "Biographical Notices" of Dartmouth College for the Class of 1813, a copy of which is in his non-alumnus biographical folder)
1845 Feb

Box 1: folder 18
Dickinson, Daniel, writing from North Amherst, Mass., to son William Eastman Dickinson (AC 1855) studying at Williston Seminary in Easthampton, Mass.: congratulates him on how well his studies are going and gives news from home
1850 Nov

Box 1: folder 19
Eastman, Minerva S. Nash, writing from Somerset, Mich., to Mrs. Reuben Eastman (sister-in-law), recounting her travels through Western Massachusetts and New York; stopping in Pontiac to see family: "they will be exposed to many temptations there - I hope they may have the grace to withstand them"
1851 Jul

Box 1: folder 20
[?], Abby, writing from Boston, Mass., to Juliett Hutchins [alt. Hutchens, b. ca. 1831] in Kennebunk Port, Maine, with letter from "cousin" Vri[lene] on last page: youthful, humorous letter bemoaning lack of marriage prospects; irregular attendance at church ("Vrilene and I are regular heathens we don't go to Church at all"); visit to Paris, perhaps as a companion or lady's maid; past work at mill; from Vrilene, "I think I must come home and see if I cannot get married for I know that I never shall while I stay up here…but you know that it would be almost impossible for one of us to get a fellow, it is altogether out of our line of business, you know. I am very much surprised to hear how they are matched down there. I hope you will look out and not do the same"; relationships of writers and recipient to Dickinson-Eastman family unclear
1853 Jan

Box 1: folder 21
Cooke, M.G. (Mary Gray), wife of Rev. George Cooke (AC 1832, NG), writing from Knoxville, Tenn., to Tammy Dickinson: Rev. Cooke is working at the East Tennessee Female Institute, having moved to the region from his pastorate in North Amherst; Mary has had cholera, misses New England, and has heard with mixed feelings that the new pastor (Rev. George E. Fisher) is very good; feels some resentment: "What can you tell of the City folks? In all the news of N. Amherst I seldom hear from a certain number that could not feel so affectionate towards us when there because we were not good Abolitionists. I would like to see those good brothers now, and tell them what I know & feel. I would like to have any one of them take my cook a month and then tell me what they think" (the Cookes moved back to the Amherst area after 1857 and were involved in supporting the Union cause in the 1860s; in 1860 Rev. Cooke "conducted a young ladies' institute in the 'Sellon house,' now occupied by the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity" (Tyler, History of the Town of Amherst, p. 274)
1853 Jun

Box 1: folder 22
Harris, Caroline E. (Scott), writing from Wilmington, Vt., to her children, including Ardelia Melissa Harris (b. 1842) who married Charles Reed (or Read) Dickinson, son of Daniel and Tammy: the Harrises had traveled to Vermont, visiting husband Edwin's brothers Lucius and Loren; letter mentions many Harris relatives
[ca. 1855]

Box 1: folder 23
Doty, I.E., writing from Waterville, [N.Y.], to "Cousin" [Caroline E. Harris, daughter of Rachel Doty and Thaddeus Scott?], regarding her work at a school; 130 students; George H. Stowits, Principal, running for school commissioner
1857 Nov

Box 1: folder 24
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Boston, Mass., to Daniel Dickinson, regarding current location of family members; family's forthcoming move to Chicago, where Baxter will be connected with a Presbyterian theological seminary at Lind University (now Lake Forest College); plans for the organization of the seminary (which was never built as the donor lost his fortune); the four Dickinson daughters "propose to establish a school of high order for young Ladies"; understands that visits will be rare, but "communication is now easy, & wonderfully rapid"
1859 May

Box 1: folder 25
Dickinson, Baxter, to Daniel Dickinson, writing from Lake Forest, Ill., regarding a loan for the school (the funds were sent by Osmyn Baker, a prominent lawyer in Northampton and Amherst); his regret at not having sold his railroad stocks ("I have now declared off from all such uncertainties as R.R. stocks"); son William Cowper Dickinson (AC 1848) is a professor and preacher in the area; Baxter's favorable opinion of Lake Forest; the progress of his daughters in their school (the Dickinson Seminary for Young Ladies)
1859 Dec

Box 1: folder 26
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, to Daniel Dickinson (his father), a brief note from wartime to let his parents know that he's all right (Edward B. Dickinson served in the Civil War from 1861-1864)
[ca. 1861]

Box 1: folder 27
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Lake Forest, Ill., to Daniel Dickinson, regarding Daniel's illness; a "sketch of our history for the past year"; Dickinson Seminary has 21 boarding scholars and additional day scholars; improvements to the school; description of all the subjects his daughters teach and his pride in them; war looming, but "I do not see that the calamitous influences of the 'war' will injure us very seriously. Our scholars are mainly from wealthy families of Chicago & vicinity, who will have their daughters educated at any rate"; his concern about the banks in Illinois, which are "secured by state stocks -- & mostly by stocks of the southern states. Those stocks are now nearly worthless. And of course our currency is of very doubtful value so that we are all afraid of it…We all pay our bills very quick if we get money, not knowing that it may be of much or any value a day or two hence"; details of son William's financial matters as well as his own, both handled by Osmyn Baker, who "likes the Dickinson family stock" (i.e., receives regular employment from the Dickinsons)
1861 May

Box 1: folder 28
Kenney, Tracy (d. 1866), writing from Newton, Mass., to [William Eastman] Dickinson ("Friend and Pastor"): description of Kenney's work at Andover Theological Seminary; religious content (WED was pastor in Orleans, Mass., Kenney's home, from 1860-62)
1861 Dec

Box 1: folder 29
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Lake Forest, Ill., to Daniel Dickinson, regarding several illnesses in Daniel's family; departure of Edward Baxter Dickinson (Daniel's son) and Ransom Dickinson Pratt (AC 1863) to war; Baxter's opinion of the war; death of little Willie of brain fever [William H. Dickinson, son of William Cowper Dickinson, d. Jan 7, 1862]; effect of the war on the Dickinson Seminary; enclosed a photograph [missing] of Baxter with grey hair that he does not like but thinks as well as the original, "I doubt whether the Dickinson race are any of them able to get a very handsome picture. At the same time, what is better, they are far from being deficient in intellectual & moral excellencies" (a picture of Baxter Dickinson from this period is reproduced in Austin Baxter Keep's "Two Amherst Dickinsons," Amherst Graduates Quarterly, No. 35, May 1920)
1862 Feb

Box 1: folder 30
[Thyny], G.H., writing from Beaufort, S.C., to "Mrs. Dudley" regarding life at Camp Beaufort during the war - he writes with the sense he may not have a chance again as his unit is about to go up the James River (fragment; relationship to Dickinsons and/or Eastmans unclear)
[1862] Mar

Box 1: folder 31
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Newberne (sic; New Bern), N.C., to brother George or Charles Dickinson, regarding doing "picket duty" on the railroad; may be in Newberne for the summer; looks forward to getting home: "I long to be in trade that was what I was made for instead of any other employment"
1862 Apr

Box 1: folder 32
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Lake Forest, Ill., to Daniel Dickinson, regarding a second, more satisfactory, photograph: "Photographs seem to be all the rage at present, & the artists are getting a high degree of perfection as well as a harvest of compensation"; has heard from S.W. Kellogg of Amherst that Richard Loomis has gone to war and expresses his concern for Daniel's son Edward: "I hope the great Eastern armies will drive the wicked Rebels all out of Virginia, North Carolina &c… Our Western boys, you see, are exhibiting an energy & daring that show that this part of the country is to be taken care of. What a rebellion for the 19th Century - in the most enlightened Christian land of the earth - against the best government of the world"; the Dickinson Seminary for Young Ladies feels the effect of war: "The war embarrasses our school enterprise somewhat as well as nearly all important [interests]. We have at present sixteen boarding scholars with several day scholars - not as many as at the opening of the year. People are looking carefully after their family expenses these days, --& saving as well as they can for the tax-gatherers"
1862 May

Box 1: folder 33
Dickinson, Martha Bush (Baxter's wife), writing from Lake Forest, Ill., to Tammy Dickinson, describing her return home after a visit to Amherst; the Dickinson Seminary has fewer boarders than the previous year: "this War affects the purse as well as the hearts of parents"; asks after Tammy's son Edward, away at war, and laments the state of the nation
1862 Nov

Box 1: folder 34
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Newbern (sic; New Bern), N.C., to Charles Dickinson (brother), regarding the state of the war effort: "…the prospects for our crushing out the rebellion do not look so good as they did, and to tell what I believe I think it very doubtful whether we ever shall"
1863 Jan

Box 1: folder 35
Greene, Louisa Dickinson, writing from Hatfield, Mass., to her mother, Tammy Dickinson in North Amherst: "it seemed a long time since hearing anything from you"; writes brother Edward (at war) regularly; family news including about the Irish maid Ellen; the benefits of old cider; the washing done with the 'wringer'; three-year-old son Willie, whose father "gave him a number of old letters to amuse himself with this P.M. and while I was rocking the baby [Louisa] in my arms, he…read one of the letters after this fashion - 'Uncle Eddie, you must fight the rebels, fight um, fight um, fight um good, don't you come home"; also religious content, including "I wish I could tell you of increased religious interest - but the encouraging signs have disappointed us - the young people, to our great grief, are interested in a dancing school started Tues. eve."
1863 Feb

Box 1: folder 36
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Washington, N.C., to brother Charles Dickinson regarding supplies, including "a nice pair of calfskin boots…I want them to have solid double soles and have steel pegs driven into the heels and toes so as to prevent them wearing out"
1863 Feb

Box 1: folder 37
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Washington, N.C., to Charles Dickinson: "There is a great deal of money being made out of this war by those who remain at home. I am sorry to see so many 'peacemen' at the north, either they are traitors or miserable cowards who dare not fight and want the war to close for fear of being drafted. I hope the President will soon order a draft of two or three hundred thousand men and enforce it at the point of the bayonet if necessary. I would shoot a northern man who should resist the draft as quick as I would a southern rebel for I consider him just as bad and if anything a little worse. This war should be prosecuted until the authority of the government is firmly established over every state…I have heard that even some of the people of Amherst say they will never submit to a draft. I say shame on such cowardly traitors"
1863 Mar

Box 1: folder 38
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Washington, N.C., to Tammy Dickinson (his mother), assuring her he is safe and then writing at length about the amount and kind of constant firing upon his unit ("while I am writing I can hear the shells whistling through the air") (pdf available)
1863 Apr

Box 1: folder 39
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Newberne (sic; New Bern), N.C., to brother William Dickinson: war news, including an account of an expedition to Trenton to prevent the Confederates from cutting off a Union cavalry raid - the latter "succeeded in tearing up several miles of railroad track captured many horses and destroyed large quantities of government stores &c. &c."
1863 Jul

Box 1: folder 40
Pratt, Ransom D. ("cousin"), writing from New Berne (sic; New Bern), N.C., to Tammy Dickinson, regarding the illness of her daughter Sarah, who has come to New Berne to work in the infirmary
1864 Jan

Box 1: folder 41
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Portsmouth, Va., to Tammy Dickinson, regarding his ability to attend church even during wartime; a military excursion on the 4th reported to the Amherst Express; Sarah Dickinson's health improving: "were she not so deeply interested in her work I should wish that she should return home. I never want her to feel that it is necessary for her to teach in order to gain her support for it is not so long as she has a brother living"
1864 Mar

Box 1: folder 42
Earls, John M., writing from Troy, N.Y., to .S. [Stephen?] P. Puffer, Esq., of North Amherst, a business letter offering a smut machine (grain cleaner) for $75
1864 Jul

Box 1: folder 43
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from "Grant U.S. Gen'l Hospital, N.Y" (Grant General Hospital at Fort Totten on Willets Point, N.Y.), to Charles Dickinson, updating his brother on his recovery from war wound, his plans to return home in a few months, and his annoyance that new Massachusetts infantrymen will each receive $20 a month to fight for a hundred days in defense of Washington while earlier volunteers received nothing (transcript in folder and as pdf)
[1864] Jul

Box 1: folder 44
Eastman, Samantha White, wife of Reubin Eastman, writing from New Ipswich, N.H., to sister-in-law Tammy Dickinson, regarding her health ("cancer trouble," for which she is taking Missisquois water) and her husband's death (Sep, 1867); religious content
[1868] Apr

Box 1: folder 45
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Lake Forest, Ill., to Tammy Dickinson, regarding his trip via Niagara Falls and Ann Arbor to Lake Forest, where he is staying with his uncle Baxter Dickinson (with envelope from another letter)
1865 Aug

Box 1: folder 46
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Lake Forest, Ill., to his brother Daniel, regarding nephew Edward's new business [a general store?] and a problem with a promised draft (check) to Edward from a business associate in New York - Baxter advises on the matter at length
1865 Sep

Box 1: folder 47
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Iowa Falls, Iowa, to Tammy Dickinson, regarding his new business in Iowa Falls
1865 Nov

Box 1: folder 48
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Iowa Falls, Iowa, to Daniel Dickinson, regarding the success of his business: "I like to make large profits and I intend to have my capital invested in goods that will pay it"
1865 Nov

Box 1: folder 49
Dickinson, Edward Baxter, writing from Iowa Falls, Iowa, to Tammy Dickinson, regarding the continued success of his business, his excellent health, and news of the family out west; Iowa Falls continues to grow: "We can now boast of five lawyers and as many doctors which I think is a sufficient number for our present proportions"
1866 Apr

Box 1: folder 50
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Lake Forest, Ill., to Daniel Dickinson, with news of his family: daughter Isabella marrying John Haskell Keep (their sons Wallace [AC 1894] and Austin [AC 1897] provided the daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson, which Wallace received from Lavinia Dickinson - see Millicent Todd Bingham's Emily Dickinson's Home, appendix 1)
1866 Apr

Box 1: folder 51
Lyon, E.S. (Edward B. Dickinson's business partner), writing from Iowa Falls, Iowa, to Charles Dickinson, regarding a note Daniel Dickinson holds against the business; Edward is ill - "emaciated" - and died later in the month
1867 Apr

Box 1: folder 52
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Lake Forest, Ill., to Daniel Dickinson, regarding his family's news: they have closed their school; the Keeps have a new son (Richard Hamilton Keep, b. 1867) and have been with Baxter's family on account of Yellow Fever in New Orleans, where they would otherwise reside; daughter Harriet is spending the winter in Germany; son William is preaching in Chicago; daughter Martha takes care of her parents, etc.
1868 Feb

Box 1: folder 53
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Daniel Dickinson, regarding the death of his daughter Martha: "she was a daughter & Christian of great excellences"
1870 Sep

Box 1: folder 54
Eastman, Samantha White, writing from Austin, Mich., to Tammy Dickinson: family news of the Eastmans in the west; reflects on husband Reubin's last days (d. 1867) and his religiousness and readiness for death; the promise suggested by his last words, which were incomprehensible but seemed to be about Jesus: "I regret that we could not know just what it was [that he said], but how often it is the case, it was so with my mother, I know she saw something which she was not permitted to tell us & so did Sarah, but we gathered enough…to feel that it was something bright, & promising"; her sense that God's judgment might be abroad: "I think there seems to have come to N England something new in the experience of the present generation during the year past. The unusual storms & earthquakes. I hope this last earthquake [Quebec, early Oct] may not be followed by such storms as the last year's was, but the judgments of the Lord seem to be abroad in the earth & may the inhabitants learn righteousness"
1870 Oct

Box 1: folder 55
Greene, [Louisa Dickinson], writing from Lowell, Mass. for her children Willie, Lulu [Louisa], and Henry [Harvey], to Daniel Dickinson, the children's grandfather, thanking him for his Xmas gifts and describing their holiday; reflecting at length on the death in early November of their brother Josie or Jojo [Joseph Lyman Greene], as well as the earlier death in 1861 of brother Johnnie (John Morton Lyman Greene): "We think we should be rich indeed with those two beautiful brothers but perhaps with two such treasures in Heaven we are richer still"; observations about the mills in Lowell: "People begin their work at 6+½ o'clock in the morning & continue it till 6+½ o'clock in the evening. There are a great many boys & girls about twelve years of age in the mills"
1870 Dec

Box 1: folder 56
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Daniel Dickinson: family news from Brooklyn; concern about Daniel's "frequent & many infirmities"; daughter Harriet at the Packer Institution; daughter Mary gives music lessons and takes care of her parents; daughter Isabelle Keep's son Richard recovering from scarlet fever, etc.; Baxter's increasing interest in genealogy: "Please tell me where [father and mother] were born & where they died, & who were their father & mother respectively; that is probably as far back as we can get…I am often asked about them…& been mortified to find myself unable to answer such reasonable inquiries"
1871 Jan

Box 1: folder 57
Dickinson, Daniel, writing from North Amherst, Mass., to Daniel Austin Dickinson (his son by Louisa, his first wife) (copy): congratulating Daniel on his forthcoming or recent marriage (records suggest that this is a first marriage for Daniel, while his second was in 1880 to Ellen Hobart; daughter Rosa b. ca. 1874)
1872 Jul

Box 1: folder 58
Eastman, A.E. (Anna Elizabeth Portia, Tammy Dickinson's niece, daughter of George Eastman), writing from Ann Arbor, Mich., to the Daniel Dickinson family, reminiscing about a recent visit; she and her mother (Hannah Hunt Eastman) tutoring a Japanese student
1872 Sep

Box 1: folder 59
Dickinson, Baxter, writing from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Daniel Dickinson, regarding general family news, increasing infirmities, etc.
1872 Oct

Box 1: folder 60
Dickinson, William Eastman (Rev.), writing from Walpole, N.H., to his mother, Tammy Dickinson, regarding his work for the First Congregational Church in Walpole, including a summary of a recent disagreement over free seats in the church: "The disturbance which was caused by the vote that was passed in the meeting of the Parish on Monday to have free seats for this year [affected] us unfavorably, but I trust that the presence of the Lord's Spirit may be so manifest as to avert all ill-feeling. I have been obliged to go about & pour on the oil of kindness to many rebellious hearts & it looks now as though all would settle down calmly & great good be accomplished in the end"; additional religious content
1873 Jan

Box 1: folder 61
Eastman, A.E.P. (Anna Elizabeth Portia), writing from Ann Arbor, Mich., to her uncle Daniel Dickinson regarding her desire to see him and her aunt but anticipating that she will never see either of them again; anticipates past and future deaths: "Suppose you have plenty of time to ruminate over the history of the past, peopled with many who have crossed the 'Beautiful River'; and to dream of the glory of the future when the pearly gates shall have opened and you are ushered into the Royal presence where all is happiness and peace…"
1873 Mar

Box 1: folder 62
Greene, Louisa, writing from Lowell, Mass., to Daniel Dickinson, regarding his recent letter to her describing a maple sugar party and reminiscing about an earlier one held by her brother William (AC 1855): "…William with several of his classmates came up from College to a "sugaring off." Do you remember how they went on to the hill and saw a woodchuck & tried to catch him, and how, when the animal ran into his hole one of the Boston boys clapped his hands & shouted, "we've got him, we've got him!"
1873 Apr

Box 1: folder 63
Greene, Louisa, writing from Lowell, Mass., to Daniel Dickinson on his 80th birthday: family news including reflections on the work of her infirm father-in-law (Linus Greene), now 73: "He told us that he once sawed and harrowed in, in one day, ten acres, and that his greatest day's work was to dig & get into the cellar fifty four bushels of potatoes"
1873 Jun

Box 1: folder 64
Greene, John Morton (AC 1853) and Louisa, writing from Lowell, Mass., to Daniel Dickinson: John writes regarding the new pastor of the North Congregational Church, suggesting that they hire Mr. Fisher again; Louisa writes with family news: "I wonder why the family news is always left for the ladies to convey. I suppose it is because our worthy 'lords' have no time or taste for such trivial matters"
1873 Oct

Box 1: folder 65
Greene, Louisa, writing from Lowell, Mass., to Daniel and Tammy Dickinson, regarding Thanksgiving, wishing they were all together; reflections on the growth of the family; description of son Willie's eye operation for crossed eyes
1873 Nov

Box 1: folder 66
Dickinson, William Cowper (Baxter's son), writing from La Fayette, Ind., to his cousin [probably Charles R. Dickinson, Daniel Dickinson's son], thanking him for a recent visit to Amherst; writes at length about "Daniel" [Daniel Austin Dickinson, Charles's half-brother], including his experiences as a jury member in several trials, as related to him by Judge Blodgett ("an Amherst man"), as well as Daniel's regrets: "Daniel talked with him freely about his life, repeatedly speaking of it as a failure & mistake, & that he regretted he had not improved better his opportunities…"
1874 Sep

Box 1: folder 67
Lansing, Laura W. [the widow of Daniel Dickinson's brother Austin, Laura Whittlesey Camp Dickinson, now remarried and again widowed], writing from Montclair, N.J., a last letter to the dying Daniel Dickinson after a recent visit: "I am thankful and gratified that I have been permitted to see your face and your dear wife's once more, before we pass over Jordan…I trust, through the mercy of our Great High Priest, we shall find a home, a 'house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.' 'When shall I wake and find me there?' We shall very soon, I hope, be partakers of the blessedness of that glorious home, where there is no more sickness or infirmity, where all will possess immortal youth and vigor, and be ministering spirits to those who shall be heirs of salvation…," etc.
1874 Oct

Box 1: folder 68
Lansing, Laura W., writing from Montclair, N.J., to Tammy Dickinson, regarding the death of Daniel Dickinson (on Dec 15), religious content as above
1874 Dec

Box 1: folder 69
Eastman, Julia A. [Julia Arabella, b. 1837], writing from West Hawley, Mass., to widow Tammy Dickinson, a sympathy letter on the death of "Capt. Dickinson"; mentions published sermon about Daniel's death by William S. Tyler of Amherst College (copy in Archives); Julia's father was Rev. John Dickinson, b. 1803 in Amherst, "one of the old school Calvinistic ministers" (History of Hawley, Massachusetts); Julia, an author, and her sister Sarah first principals of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass.
1875 Mar

Box 1: folder 70
Eastman, Julia (b. 1836, daughter of Charles Eastman), to her aunt Tammy Dickinson, regarding her sister Pamela's (aka Pamelia) imminent death from a lung disease, illustrating Pamela's acceptance of death and hope for her children (Pamela died in Feb, 1876)
[1875] Dec

Box 1: folder 71
Greene, John Morton, writing from Lowell, Mass., to Tammy Dickinson regarding wife Louisa's illness (rheumatism, heart trouble)
1876 Apr

Box 1: folder 72
Greene, John Morton, writing from Lowell, Mass., to Tammy Dickinson to update her on Louisa's illness
1876 Apr

Box 1: folder 73
Hamilton, G.N. (George Newell), writing from Waterloo, Iowa, to [the Charles R. Dickinson family], regarding his move from Nebraska, staying with "Father Hall" (his wife's father), mentions wife Charlene (Fisk Hall) and son Frankie (Frank Harlan Hamilton, b. 1875); plague of "hoppers" (locusts): "We were visited again last fall by the Hoppers but they did not do as much damage they came so late but they left a few 1,000,000,000,000,000 eggs to hatch out next spring"
[1877] Feb

Box 1: folder 74
Greene, Helen French (b. 1868), writing from Lowell, Mass., to her grandmother Tammy Dickinson regarding a day off from school; her studies; her mother's plants; her father's cold ("Since papa has had his cold he talks in rhyme and makes us laugh")
1877 Mar

Box 1: folder 75
Hamilton, George (Newell) and Charlene (Fisk Hall), writing from Waterloo, Iowa, to Mrs. C.R. Dickinson (Mrs. Charles Reed Dickinson, née Ardelia Melissa Harris), regarding farming in Iowa; mild winter; future plans; son Frankie
1878 Jan

Box 1: folder 76
Hamilton, C. (Charlene Fisk Hall), [writing from Waterloo, Iowa] to Charles R. Dickinson children Edward, Louise, and Laura, thanking them for a gift to her son Frankie
[ca. 1878]

Box 1: folder 77
Hamilton, Charlene F., writing from Plymouth, Nebraska, to the Charles Reed Dickinson family, regarding a land deed soon to be on its way to the Dickinsons; the sudden death of the Hamiltons' 8-month-old daughter Winnie (Faith Winifred Hamilton): "the little life passed away so quietly we would not could not believe she was dead…no one knows who has not already tried it how much a baby is missed…"God knoweth best" - and so we try to bear it"; "Nebraska blows": "the air has been literally filled with dust all day-that (the wind) is one of the unpleasant features of Nebraska…I fear that a "Yankee housekeeper: would go wild though to see the fine black dust settling down upon every thing till there is a thick coating through which it is not possible to discern whether 'tis 'black blue or gray'"
1880 Apr

Box 1: folder 78
Eastman, M.S. (Minerva S. Nash), writing to Tammy Dickinson and family from Washington, D. C., where she is visiting her son James Edwin Eastman, a 1st Lieutenant in the Army; James guards "the assassin [Gettian] at the jail one day in six - has often conversed with him & fully believes he deserves the gallows; James has married a North Carolinian, "a lady of culture & refinement…her views on some subjects are very naturally biased by her early surroundings"; deplores the lack of "good religious influence" in army life
1882 Mar

Box 1: folder 79
Greene, Louisa Dickinson, writing from Lowell, Mass., to her grandmother Tammy Dickinson, regarding a recent visit to Plymouth, Mass.; her father (John Morton Greene) is abroad
1882 Aug

Box 1: folder 80
Greene, Harvey Bartlett, writing from Lowell, Mass., to his grandmother Tammy Dickinson: regrets not being able to visit Amherst before leaving on an extended trip to the Holy Land, where he hopes to "gather as many as three hundred thousand flowers" (Greene is the author of several books about flowers of the Holy Land)
1886 Jan

Box 1: folder 81
Rice, Jennie [former mill worker?], writing from Florence, Mass., to friends Louise and Laura Dickinson (daughters of Charles R. Dickinson): Jennie employed as a [dressmaker]; lengthy, detailed letter about bird watching and wild flower gathering and identification
1890 Jun

Box 1: folder 82
Goodwin, S.H. (Rev.), writing from Utah, to "Miss Dickinson," copy of group letter soliciting support for his church in Provo, Utah
1899 Sep

Box 1: folder 83
Dickinson, Laura Austin, writing from Memphis, Tenn., to her mother, Ardelia Melissa Harris Dickinson, regarding her work at the Le Moyne Normal Institute; family news (the Harris side?); a lecture by explorer George Kennan on "Mountains and Mountaineers of the Caucasus": "After speaking for a little while he excused himself for a few moments to put on the national costume of the Caucasus. The costume was very pretty, but quite abounding in weapons"
1901 Feb

Box 1: folder 84
Genealogical material (photocopies)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 85
Articles (photocopies)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 86

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Subjects
  • Amherst (Mass.)--History--Sources.
  • Amherst (Mass.: Town)--Genealogy.
  • Dickinson family.
  • Dickinson, Adelia, 1810-1890
  • Dickinson, Daniel Austin, 1822-1923
  • Dickinson, George (b. & d. 1836)
  • Dickinson, Harriet Austin, 1835-1913
  • Dickinson, Louisa Adams, 1798-1828
  • Dickinson, Martha Maria, 1829-1870
  • Dickinson, Mary Taylor, 1833-
  • Dickinson, Ransom, 1789-1863
  • Dickinson, Richard Salter Storrs, 1824-1855
  • Dickinson, William Cowper, 1827-1899
  • Dickinson, William Eastman, 1832-1905
  • Eastman, Charles, 1803-1884
  • Eastman, Hannah Hunt, 1809-[1892]
  • Eastman, Henry Edward, 1807-1853
  • Eastman, Reubin Reed, 1797- 1867
  • Greene, John Morton, 1859-1861
  • Greene, Joseph Lyman, 1866-1870
  • Greene, William Storrs, 1860-1942
  • Keep, Austin Baxter, 1875-1932
  • Keep, Isabella Halstead Dickinson
  • Keep, John Haskell, 1836-1895
  • Keep, Wallace Huntington, 1871-1953
  • New England--History--19th century.
  • New England--Religion--19th century.
  • New England--Religious life and customs.
  • New England--Social life and customs.
  • Phelps, Sarah Tamison Dickinson, 1834-1928
  • Religion and culture--History--19th century.
  • Religion and culture--History--19th century.
  • Religion and culture--United States--History--19th century.
  • Smith, Pamelia Clarissa Eastman, 1831-1876
  • Westward movement--United States--1820-1880.

Contributors
  • Cooke, George (Rev), 1811-1889
  • Cooke, Mary Gray, 1818-1886
  • Dickinson, Ardelia Melissa Harris, 1842-1920
  • Dickinson, Austin (Rev.), 1791-1849
  • Dickinson, Baxter (Rev.), 1795-187)
  • Dickinson, Daniel, 1793-1874
  • Dickinson, Edward Baxter, 1840-1867
  • Dickinson, Laura Austin, 1870-1945
  • Dickinson, Laura Whittlesey Camp (Lansing), 1800-1889
  • Dickinson, Martha Bush, 1798-1892
  • Dickinson, Tammy (Martha Thomassine), 1801-1887
  • Dickinson, William Eastman (Rev.), 1832-1905
  • Eastman, Anna Elizabeth Portia, 1837-1896
  • Eastman, George, 1800-1845
  • Eastman, Julia Arabella, 1837-1911
  • Eastman, Julia, 1836-after 1900
  • Eastman, Minerva [Sheldon] Nash, 1808-1892
  • Eastman, Samantha White, 1801-1870
  • Field, Martin, 1773-1869
  • Greene, Harvey Bartlett, 1864-1949
  • Greene, Helen French, 1868-1952
  • Greene, John Morton, 1830-1919
  • Greene, Louisa Dickinson, 1830-1881
  • Greene, Louisa Dickinson, 1862-after 1932
  • Hamilton, Charlene Fisk Hall, 1851-1882
  • Hamilton, George Newell, 1849-1891
  • Harris, Caroline E. Scott, 1819-1898
  • Kenney, Tracy, 1843-1866
  • Rice, Jennie, [b. ca. 1870?]


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