Guide to the Townsend Family Papers, 1829-1972
Consists of genealogical information, correspondence, photographs, diaries, notebooks, and a manuscript autobiography relating to the large Townsend family of Felchville, Vermont.
- Collection Number
- Townsend Family papers
- 2.4 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
The collection consists of genealogical information, correspondence, photographs, diaries, notebooks, and a manuscript autobiography relating to the Townsend family of Felchville, Vermont. The bulk of the correspondence between a large group of family members falls between 1830 and 1939; topics include family matters and spiritualism. One group of letters and a diary were written by a Union soldier, Francis Torrey Townsend, and relate to his experiences in Mississippi and Tennessee as a soldier with Company K, 13th Iowa Infantry. Other materials concern Bessie Meachum's teaching experiences with African-American children at the Beach Institute, Savannah, Ga., at the Lincoln Normal School, Marion, Ala., and at the Rio Grande Industrial School in Albuquerque, N.M.; some of this work was done through the American Missionary Association of the Congregational Church. Some photographs also depict Tougaloo College in Miss., and Le Moyne College in Tenn. Other volumes include the early 20th century diaries of Torrey Townsend and his autobiography; an 1870 diary of Elisa Townsend; a 1892 diary of Mary Meachum; and several diaries and notebooks of Bessie Meachum.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Townsend Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Residents of Felchville, Windsor County, Vt.
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- Annie A. Townsend
- Aurelia T. Herrick
- Bessie Meachum
- Dennis Townsend
- Elisa Townsend
- Francis Torrey Townsend
- Mary Meachum
- Susan T. Fay
- Townsend family
- American Missionary Association
- African Americans -- Education -- Southern States
- Education -- Southern States
- Le Moyne College (Memphis, TN)
- Lincoln Normal School (Marion, AL)
- Rio Grande Industrial School (Albuquerque,NM)
- Soldiers -- Correspondence
- Soldiers -- Diaries
- Tougaloo College
- United States Army -- Iowa Infantry Regiment 13th -- Company K
- Vermont -- Social life and customs
- Women -- Vermont -- Correspondence
- Felchville, VT -- History
- Mississippi -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
The Townsend Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1984.
Processed by: Paula Mangiafico, 1995