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  • Recent Manuscript Accessions

    Published Date : February 1985
    The Manuscript Division had a record thirty accessions since the beginning of October. Two collections were included. Marjorie M. Dunham gave her father’s genealogies, charts, notes and correspondence pertaining to descendants of John Dunham (1589-1669) of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The compiler, Albert M. Dunham (1871-1965), was an Attleboro, Massachusetts, resident, and his papers include photographs of local properties. Elizabeth M. Booth gave her own collection of material on descendants of Watertown, Massachusetts’s John Spring (1589- ). Going back to her English ancestors in 1440, Miss Booth carried her research to 1979.

    Following an appeal in the NEXUS, many readers sent photocopies, typescripts, and originals of their family records. These were a sizeable part of the accession total, and all cannot be acknowledged here. Nevertheless, the donors’ willingness to share their information is greatly appreciated.

    Several genealogical works were also received. Included in this category are Florence Gadbois, “Gadbois Genealogy, 1844-1984”; Mary C. MacIntosh, “Some Related Lineages of Early New England”; and Rev. Josiah Lyman Arms, “An Error in Deerfield, Mass. History?” Rev. Arms discusses the genealogical record of Josiah L. Arms (1788-1828).

    Five collections from the Societys unprocessed backlog were completed with volunteer help. Mr. John Carney's efforts added two collections of major New England figures. These were papers of Joseph Dudley (1732-1767), and of John Leverett (1662-1724). Mrs. F. Stuart Trask assisted with the Maude F. Taylor papers. Mrs. Taylor and her husband compiled extensive research on Steward and Taylor families, including 109 allied lines. Mr. and Mrs. Donald K. Phillips were instrumental in preserving this collection. Finally, Mrs. Robert C. Nordblom brought order to Howard P. Moore’s research papers concerning Salem’s Richard Moore (1614-1674). An important part of this collection is its material pertaining to allied families bearing the names Dutch, Hollingsworth, Hunter and Knowlton.

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