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Bixby family of Chelsea, Vermont papers, 1851-1905.
Bixby family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 204  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Bixby family.
Title : Bixby family of Chelsea, Vermont papers, 1851-1905.
Physical Description : .5 linear ft. (1 box).
Summary :

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence to Frances Wills Bixby dating from 1851 to 1876. The collection includes letters written to Frances Bixby by her sisters and by women friends; approximately 14 Civil War letters written to Frances Bixby, including a letter from Orville Bixby written after the Battle of Fredericksburg; and a letter from Mark J. Sargent describing her husband's death. There are many post-war family letters.

Also in this collection are materials related to the town of Chelsea, including a treasurer's account book (1851-1889) created by John B. Bacon and some publications about town history.

Biographical or historical data :

Orville Bixby (August 7, 1834 - May 5, 1864) was born in Chelsea, Vermont, and was employed at H. P. Allen & Co. in South Royalton, Vermont, for six years. On May 21, 1861, he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, Company E, 2nd Regiment, from Royalton, Vermont. He was promoted 1st Lieutenant on January 11, 1862, and Captain on August 4, 1862. He died in action on May 5, 1864, in the Battle of the Wilderness. He married Frances Wills (August 20, 1832 - May 30, 1915) on June 1, 1858.

Frances Wills Bixby was born in Chelsea, attended the Chelsea Academy, and taught school in Chelsea and adjoining towns. In 1862, while her husband was serving in the War, she and her son, Herbert O. Bixby (October 7, 1861 - August 27, 1920) moved back to Chelsea. In 1911 she purchased the John B. Bacon house in Chelsea, where she lived with her son and his family until her death.

Herbert O. Bixby attended the Chelsea Academy and Goddard Seminary. In 1886 he married Grace M. Noyes. From 1883 to 1892 he worked for E. R. Hyde & Co. He was Assistant Postmaster and Postmaster at various times and eventually formed his own business in Chelsea. He and Grace had two daughters, Hazel E. Bixby (d. December 18, 1912) and Myrtle E. Bixby.

Personal Subject : Bixby family.
Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 2nd 1861-1865. Company E.
Subject Term : Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862.
Wilderness, Battle of the, Va., 1864.
Geographic Term : Chelsea (Vt.) Archival Resources.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Campaigns.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Account books.
Added Author : Bixby, Orville, 1834-1864.
Bixby, Frances, (Frances Wills), 1832-1915.
Bixby, Herbert O., 1861-1920.
Bixby, Myrtle E.
Bacon, John B.
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