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Henry Stevens family correspondence, 1844-1862.
Stevens, Henry, 1791-1867
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 30 (cont'd in Doc 346)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Stevens, Henry, 1791-1867
Title : Henry Stevens family correspondence, 1844-1862.
Physical Description : 2 linear ft.
Summary :

The Henry Stevens family correspondence, 1844-1862, consists of letters written between Henry and Candace Stevens of Barnet, Vermont, and six of their children: Henry Jr., Sophia, Enos, Simon, Frank and George. The topics of the correspondence include the education and careers of the children, travel, finances, and there is much written about the work various family members did in copying and collecting historical documents for preservation. Family marriages, births, and deaths are mentioned. There are also letters to Henry Sr. relating to business and politics. The third son, George was in the military and died in service in 1846. The family apparently acquired some of his military correspondence and it is interfiled with the family papers.

Biographical or historical data :

Henry Stevens was born in 1791, in Barnet, Vermont, the first of ten children of Enos and Sophia Grout Stevens. Upon his father's death in 1808, he quit school to help manage the family farm and businesses. In 1815 he married Candace Salter and together they had eleven children, only six of whom survived to adulthood. The children were Enos, 1816-1877; Sophia, 1817-1820; Henry, 1819-1886; George, 1821-1846; Samuel, 1823-1827; Simon, 1825-1894; Sophia Candace, 1827-1892; Benjamin Franklin, 1829-1833; Samuel, 1831-1833; Benjamin Franklin, 1833-1902; and Elizabeth, 1835-1836. Except for six years spent in Burlington, Vt., Stevens lived in Barnet and died there in 1867.

During his life Henry Stevens served as a justice of the peace and postmaster for Barnet, and represented Barnet in the state legislature in 1826 and 1827. He was one of the organizers of the Passumpsic Turnpike Corporation, and operated a stage line for a time. He also served as an agent of the Secretary of the Treasury, collecting information about New England manufacturers. Based on evidence in the collection he also served in some capacity helping people acquire pensions. He was an avid antiquarian and book collector, and in 1838 helped start the Vermont Historical and Antiquarian Society, which later became the Vermont Historical Society.

Personal Subject : Force, Peter, 1790-1868.
Page, William, 1811-1885.
Hitchcock, Steven, d. 1852.
Corporate Subject : Vermont Historical Society.
United States. Army. Officers Correspondence
United States. Army Firearms.
Subject Term : Antiquarian booksellers London.
Archival materials Collectors and collecting.
Geographic Term : London Social life and customs.
Fort Jessup (La.) Description.
Paradise (Pa.) Social life and customs.
Lancaster (Pa.) Social life and customs.
Barnet (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Middlebury (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Hartford (Ct.) Social life and customs.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Added Author : Stevens, Thaddeus, 1792-1868.
Stevens, Candace, fl. 1815-1862.
Stevens, Henry 1819-1886.
Stevens, Enos, 1816-1877.
Stevens, Simon, 1825-1894.
Stevens, Benjamin Franklin 1833-1902.
Stevens, George, 1821-1846.
Page, Sophia Stevens, 1827-1892.
Hubbard, Henry, fl. 1849.
Stevens, Mary, fl. 1854-1862.
Johns, James, 1797-1874
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