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  • Notes on the Manuscript Collection Vol. 2 No. 2

    John B. Carney

    Published Date : April 1985


    Mss 23, 800 items.

    The Ballou Papers consist of items belonging to or generated by Hosea Storr Ballou (1857-1943), nephew of Hosea Ballou 11(1796-1861), and grand nephew of Hosea Ballou (1771-1852). Hosea Starr Ballou was born in North Orange, Mass., but spent most of his life in Boston where he made a career as an investment banker. He was also the author of many historical and genealogical articles. This material contains his papers, and those he collected from his family.

    In the absence of any previously discernible organization, the material has been divided into three sections. The first contains correspondence of the Ballou and related families for the period 1816- 1915. Prior to 1882. the correspondence contains primarily family letters of the Goodell and Ballou families of North Orange, Mass.; after 1882, the letters are those Hosea Starr Ballou (1857-1943), and his immediate family.

    The second section contains personal papers of Hosea Starr Ballou (1857-1943), which include sermons, poems, bills, and receipts for the period 1860- 1909.

    The third section is a group of family documents, mainly probate records of the Goodell and Foskett families for the period 1816-1886, but also bible records, and genealogical notes.



    Mss 29, 5 inches.

    The Henry James Tudor papers consist chiefly of letters from family members, written 1819-1849, to Henry James Tudor, of Boston, concerning family matters and the salt and ice business.

    In addition to one hundred and fifty-five letters from family members to Henry James Tudor, there are also a memo book dated 1827-8 and some undated reports on salt-making conducted by Henry James Tudor. There are as well about fifteen letters addressed to other members of the Tudor family; a portrait of Henry James Tudor in both watercolor and lithographic states, and a sketch of the family burial plot with annotations by Henry James Tudor.

    Henry James Tudor was the eighth and youngest child of William Tudor of Boston, (1750-1819), and his wife Delia Jarvis Tudor, (1753-1843). Five of their eight children reached maturity. William, (1779-1830), was a Boston litterateur, editor of the North American Review, founder of the Boston Athenaeum, and author of a well-regarded life of James Otis. In 1823 he was appointed U.S. Consul to Peru. Frederic, (1783-1864), the “Ice King,” invented and perfected methods of preserving and shipping ice to the tropics. Emma Jane, (1785-1865), married Robert Hallowell Gardiner, (1782-1864), and lived in considerable state on the family lands in Gardiner, Maine. Delia, (1787-1861), married Commodore Charles Stewart, commander of the Constitution in the War of 1812. Their daughter, Delia Tudor Stewart married, in Ireland, John Henry Parnell, (1846-1891), and became the mother of Charles Stewart Parnell, the crusader for Irish home rule.

    The papers are divided into seven sub-groups, according to the author of the letters. They are: Delia Jarvis Tudor, (1753-1843); William Tudor, (1779-1830); Frederic Tudor, (1783-1864); Gardiner Family; Stewart Family; Henry James Tudor, (1791-1864); and Letters from unrelated individuals.

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