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Papers of the Jackson, Kinney, and Wood families, 1826-1953

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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 78 (cont'd in MSA 79)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : Papers of the Jackson, Kinney, and Wood families, 1826-1953 (bulk 1860-1890).
Physical Description : .66 linear feet.
Summary :

The Jackson/Wood/Kinney papers consist of correspondence, genealogical information, financial records, and inspirational religious writings. The collection contains material from the Jackson, Wood, and Kinney families (related by marriage) and some miscellaneous unidentified material.

The correspondence is primarily to E.A. Kinney of Barre, Vermont (1828-1881) from her cousin, Betsy Ann Bunnell (1830-1878) of Claremont, N.H., and her niece, Cora Wood Jackson (1844-1917) of Montpelier, Vermont. There is also correspondence to Clement Wood of Barre (1846-1869) and Mr. and Mrs. Abel Wood of Barre (Cynthia Mary, 1820-1893 and Abel, 1816-1876); Cynthia was a descendent of James Kinney.

The correspondence in the collection focuses primarily on family news, health, weather, travel, deaths, gardening and sewing. However, the letters also discuss agricultural life during the period, indicate much traveling by family members to relatives in other states and to Boston and Manchester, demonstrate an interest in politics (town meeting, the legislature) and national news (the Chicago fire), focus on church news and attendance at camp meetings, and give a portrait of the economic situation of the families. Women in the family were professional dressmakers, made and sold jelly, cheese, syrup, molasses, butter and other products and hired out to assist in housekeeping. Sons worked on other farms and in "shops." Daughters went to school at a distance and hired out as domestic help. Often, the family took in boarders, usually the schoolteacher. Occasionally the family had hired domestic help or agricultural labor.

Personal Subject : Kinney, E.A., 1828-1881.
Wood, Clement, 1846-1869.
Wood, Cynthia Mary, 1820-1893.
Wood, Abel, 1816-1876.
Subject Term : Farm life Vermont.
Women Social life and customs.
Geographic Term : Claremont (N.H.) Social life and customs.
Barre (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Montpelier (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Genre/Form : Genealogies.
Added Author : Bunnell, Betsy Ann, 1830-1878.
Jackson, Cora Wood, 1844-1917.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.