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  • Manuscript Accessions Vol. 2 No. 4

    The manuscript division added six collections and twenty-one individual items this spring.  Among the donors were several noted for their strong ties with the Society.  Mrs. Jack F. Bennett, trustee, gave a manuscript by Henry F. Curtis recording his family from 1718 to 1927.  Mr. Roger D. Joslyn donated Mary D. Stowell’s notes on her Davidson ancestors, which will soon be published in the NEXUS.  Six more family records, which she transcribed from family Bibles, were given by Mrs. Elizabeth F. Jago.

    In addition to family records, Mrs. Jago also donated a Batterman family chart.  Other charts came from Dr. and Mrs. Reimenschneider (Reimenschneider-Tristram families), and by Latham B. Lambert (Lambert family).

    Thanks are also due members and officers of several historical organizations, who transferred material from their holdings to the Society.  The Braintree Historical Society provided the text of an address on Hopkinton cemeteries, while the Kendall Whaling Museum turned over Charles A. Woodward’s “History of the Woodward Family.”  Of the new collections, the Papers of Mary A. Lucas were given by the Cape Cod Genealogical Society.

    Other new collections include Dorothy L. Crawford’s research on descendants of John Havwood, ca. 1612-1701; the Charles G. Dailey Papers; the Agnes F. Dodge Papers; and the Alice F. Howland Papers.  In addition to named families, each collection contains information concerning at least several allied lines.

    Rev. Robert I. Goode’s “In Search of Thomas Alley” is both a collection and a family history.  With Daniel Nicholas, Rev. Goode has addressed many of the questions that confuse descent from Rowleys Thomas Alley, -1699.  A second family history, “From Sudbury to Texas and Back Again,” was written and presented by Mr. Paul S. Ketter. It traces Ketter’s descent from John Rediat, 1612-1687, of Sudbury, Mass.

    Only one of the spring collections is not yet ready for use.  However, two from the uncatalogued backlog are ready.  Mrs. Ruth E. Griffin completed the Samuel B. Mayo Papers, which contain personal and genealogical material of the Chandler, Claflin, Kendrick and Mayo families.  An intern from Eastern Nazarene College and a member, Mrs. Griffin has now joined the Friends of the Library.  Mrs. F. Stuart Trask, head of the Friends volunteers, somehow found time to finish the Frederick L. Weiss papers. Primarily concerned with Rev. Mr. Weiss’s family and that of his wife, his material concentrates in the Lancaster-Sterling, Massachusetts area.  Over 119 families are treated.  Volunteers John Carney and Robert Shaw are working on two more collections.

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