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Timothy J. Hubbard Papers, 1808-1881.
Hubbard, Timothy J., 1823-1880.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 76, 443-444  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Hubbard, Timothy J., 1823-1880.
Title : Timothy J. Hubbard Papers, 1808-1881.
Physical Description : 3 linear ft. (3 boxes).
Summary :

The Timothy J. Hubbard Papers consist primarily of deeds, leases, insurance policies, accounts, correspondence, and various legal documents from the years 1808 to 1881. They contain thousands of documents saved by Timothy J. Hubbard, who was meticulous in documenting his business and legal affairs. Because of the scope of his business affairs, this collection contains a wealth of information about many of the people, particularly the businessmen, in Montpelier during the mid 1800s. The detailed lists of goods bought and sold offer a very interesting picture of the life style of the people of Montpelier.

Other family members are represented in these papers. Most significant of these are Hubbard's mother, Julia Clark, his sister, Emma G. Hubbard Dieter, and his cousin Gustavus S. Hubbard. The oldest documents in the collection date from 1808 through 1819 and are primarily bonds with the Town of Montpelier during the time when Capt. Timothy Hubbard was a selectman. The business and personal accounts of TJH include lengthy lists from which can be gleaned a picture of some of what life in Montpelier entailed. These include food, medicine, dry goods, clothing, taxes, newspapers, sewing machines, steam engines, lumber shipments, gas and water works installation, horse and buggy maintenance and the many legal disputes involved in these matters. TJH owned farm property as well, and those accounts include measurements of hay deliveries.

Biographical or historical data :

Three brothers, Timothy (1776-1850), Roger (1783-1848) and Chester Hubbard (1788-1832) came to Montpelier before or about 1800. Chester Hubbard married Julia Granville Jewett in 1820. She was born about 1790. Their son, Timothy J. Hubbard, was born on August 23, 1823 in Montpelier. His sister, Emma G. Hubbard, was born in 1825. Other children born to this couple were Ruth (1827) and Chester (1830 or 1831). Widowed in 1832, Julia Hubbard married Augustine Clark(e) in 1840. Emma G. Hubbard married Anderson Devereaux Dieter in 1854, and they had one son, Frederick Jewett Dieter (d. 1944).

Timothy J. Hubbard (TJH) was a merchant, real estate owner and landlord. He was about nine years old when his father died. He attended an academy in Burlington some of the time during the years between 1837 and 1844. Calvin J. Keith was his appointed guardian and TJH discharged him from his guardianship in 1844. At some point, TJH took over the store his father left him. During his lifetime, TJH was involved in many financial, legal, and real estate transactions. TJH never married, but he appears to have been devoted to his family and friends.

In 1858 Timothy J. Hubbard was a member of the committee that formed to propose a system of graded schools in response to an act passed by the legislature. TJH wrote a minority report that was printed along with the committee report. By 1863 TJH had a Certificate of Disability, unfit to perform military duty, due to a hernia. In 1867 he visited Sharon Springs, New York, possibly for health reasons. In 1868 and 1870 we have letters from a friend that refer to mutual health problems such as rheumatism. By 1874, we know that he was a cripple and was carried to his office by a servant. Timothy J. Hubbard died on November 7, 1880.

Subject Term : Medical care Vermont Montpelier.
Geographic Term : Montpelier (Vt.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Montpelier (Vt.) Commerce.
Montpelier (Vt.) Schools.
Montpelier (Vt.) Merchants.
Montpelier (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Genre/Form : Account books.
Insurance policies.
Estate records.
Business records.
Financial records.
Occupation : Merchant.
Added Author : Clark, Julia Granville Jewett Hubbard, 1790-?
Dieter, Emma G. Hubbard, 1825-?
Hubbard, Gustavus S.
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