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  • Notes on the Manuscript Collection Vol. 5 No. 4

    John B. Carney

    Published Date : August-September 1988
    Mss. 90, 1 linear ft.

    Albert M. Dunham, 1871-1965, was treasurer of the American Screw Company in Providence, Rhode Island. A resident of Attleboro, Massachusetts, he also helped manage the extensive properties belonging to the heirs of George O. Dunham. His interest in genealogy included the Dunham and allied families. He started his research in 1927, with the assistance of his daughter, Marjorie M. Dunham, born in 1910. She gave the collection to the Society on 22 September 1988.

    The collection is divided into three parts. The first part is genealogical, concerning the descendants of John Dunham, 1589-1669, of Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition, there is some material concerning each of 18 allied families for the period from A.D. 860 through 1984. Among the allied families are Barrows, Blanding, Briggs, Dade, Hicks, Hill, Hodges, Hunter, Jewett, Lincoln, Newman, Perry, Sawyer, Sweet, Thayer. Townsend, Wetherel, White, and Woodward.

    The second part includes deeds, plats, correspondence, and accounts pertaining to the Attleboro, Massachusetts, property of the heirs of George O. Dunham, 1733-1950.

    The third part contains graphics of Dunham, Perry, and Thayer homes and cemetery markers in Attleboro and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and Cleveland, Ohio.

    Mss. 46, 2 linear feet

    The Elliot Collection consists of genealogical correspondence and research notes on 92 New England families, 1620-1947, compiled by Ella Florence Elliot between 1897 and1947. It also includes Elliot family papers and photographs, 1842-1956.

    Miss Elliot, 1868-1962, was born at Newton, Massachusetts, and moved with her family at an early age to Somerville, where she spent her adult years. A genealogist by profession, she researched at least 92 New England families, many on behalf of Georgiana Guild, genealogist for the Providence, Rhode Island, chapter of the Colonial Dames of America. She also continued the work of her father, Charles Darwin Elliot, 1837-1908, on Elliot and related families. Miss Elliot was a Life member of NEHGS from 1902 until she died in 1962.

    The first section of the collection contains genealogical correspondence and research notes which Miss Elliot compiled between 1897 and 1947. It includes the families of Drake, Elliot, Hicks, and Tucker, her paternal ancestors, and Ring, Urann, and Spencer, her maternal ancestors. Most of the material, however, is professional research on other families, and includes vital records of New York and New England, particularly Massachusetts and New Hampshire. There is a small collection of family papers, mainly correspondence. Finally there is a collection of photographs, 1892-1942, mostly Elliot family members.

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