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Fullam-Spaulding Family Papers, 1776-1928.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 193  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : Fullam-Spaulding Family Papers, 1776-1928.
Physical Description : .25 linear ft. (1 box).
Summary :

Most of the letters in the collection were exchanged by Sewall Fullam and his wife between 1833 and 1876; many of these letters were written during the period Fullam represented Ludlow in the Vermont legislature. The oldest letter in the collection was written by Daniel Howe (1752-1776) in 1776 to his wife, Eunice (1754-1789), while he was serving in the army at Ticonderoga. Daniel Howe was the grandfather of Eunice Howe Goddard who married Sewall Fullam.

The Fullam's older son, Volney (1830-1912), served in the Civil War between May 6, 1861 and August 1862. In the letters he and his mother exchanged during this period, he mentions "fatigue" after the Battle of Bull Run (July 23, 1861) and shaking hands with President Lincoln: "he is a very plain looking man, but one whom I was very glad to take by the hand" (August 3, 1861). He also writes of having his "picture" taken in Washington (October 27, 1861). These may be the portraits in the Vermont Historical Society portrait collection (Size D, F-PO Fullam). The final letters, written between 1864 and 1870, were exchanged by mother and son when Volney was in "business" in New York City.

The more recent letters in the collection concern members of the Spaulding family, who were related to the Fullams through the marriage of their daughter, Victoria, to Marcus A. Spaulding. The collection includes a letter from their son, Arthur (1869-1894), to his mother as well as a tribute to Victoria after her death in 1928. The miscellaneous series includes an undated, unsigned, holograph manuscript about the adventures of Thomas Gleason (or Gleeson), "a soldier of the Revolution," who was captured by and escaped from the Indians. According to the author of the manuscript, Gleason died in Cavendish, Vermont. It has not been determined, how or if, Gleason is related to the Fullam family.

Biographical or historical data :

Daniel Howe (b. Feb. 17, 1752) was the grandfather of Eunice Howe Fullam. Daniel Howe, who died in the army in 1776, married Eunice Chase (1754-1789). Their daughter Elizabeth (1775-1825) married Aaron Goddard on October 28, 1795. Their daughter, Eunice Howe (1796-1875), married Sewall Fullam.

Sewall Fullam (April 7, 1799 - Nov. 26, 1876) was born in Cavendish, Vermont, the son of Sewall and Mehitable Harris Fullam. The family moved to Reading and in 1828, Fullam became a resident of Ludlow, where he lived until his death. He ware largely self-taught and became a member of the Windsor County Bar in 1836. He represented Ludlow in the State Legislature from 1834 to 1841, was a member of the 1843 Constitutional Convention, and was State's Attorney in 1842-43 and 1847-48. Fullam married Eunice Howe Goddard of Reading on November 17, 1825. Their five children were: Elizabeth (b. 1826), Candace Lucretia (b. 1828), Volney Sewall (1830-1912), Benoni Buck (1833-1897), and Victoria Eunice (1838-1928), who married Marcus A. Spaulding (1835-1897).

Volney S. Fullam was born in Ludlow, Vermont, on July 16, 1830. In May, 1861, he was commissioned as a Captain in Co. I of the Second Regiment of Vermont Volunteers and saw action at the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in January 1862 in the Seventh Regiment and resigned in August 1862 following the Battle of Baton Rouge. After the Civil War Volney Fullam practiced law in New York City. He returned to Ludlow in 1876 when his father became ill; he lived briefly in Rutland and returned to Ludlow in 1901.

Victoria Eunice Fullam, daughter of Sewall and Eunice Fullam, was born November 2, 1838. She married Marcus Aurelius Spaulding (Feb. 17, 1835-Jan. 14, 1897) on March 20, 1867. Their son, Arthur Goddard was born November 30, 1869 and died October 17, 1894.

Related Collections : See also related collection: Volney Sewall Fullam Papers, MSA 172.
Personal Subject : Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Spalding family.
Spaulding, Victoria (Victoria Eunice Fullam), Mrs. Marcus A. Spaulding, b.1838.
Gleason, Thomas.
Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 2nd 1861-1865. Company I.
United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 7th 1862-1866
Subject Term : Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
Indian captivities Vermont.
Geographic Term : Fort Ticonderoga (N.Y.)
Ludlow (Vt.) Archival resources.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States History Revolution, 1775-1783.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Occupation : Legislators
Added Author : Fullam, Sewall, 1799-1876.
Fullam, Volney Sewall, 1830-1912.
Howe, Daniel, 1752-1776.
Spaulding, Arthur Goddard, 1869-1894.
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