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Abby Brown diaries, 1841-1908.
Brown, Abby Keith, 1820-1912.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 102 (cont'd in MSA 103-105)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Brown, Abby Keith, 1820-1912.
Title : Abby Brown diaries, 1841-1908.
Physical Description : 2.25 linear ft. (5 boxes).
Summary :

The collection consists of diaries kept by Abby Keith Brown (1820-1912) over a period of 67 years when she lived in Sheldon, Vermont, where her husband, Amasa Merriman Brown (1812-1885), was a physician. She began her diary before her marriage and continued it into her declining years as a grandmother and widow when she made her home with her son Edwin Merriman Brown (1855- 1935), who practiced medicine with his father.

In her brief entries the reader sees the pattern of life for a late-nineteenth-century woman in a rural Vermont village: the repetition of housework and other chores; the frustration with her own periods of ill health as well as that of those close to her; concern for her family and gossip of neighbors; and the particulars of her sewing projects, which included quilting in her later years. Accompanying the diaries is printed family information and photographs.

Biographical or historical data :

Abby Keith Brown was born in 1820 in Sheldon, Vermont, the daughter of Oliver Allen Keith (b. June 27, 1783) and Martha Brooks (dates?) who were married February 10, 1819(?). She married Amasa Merriman Brown November 21, 1841, in Sheldon. Amasa Brown was born in Canada, graduated from the Dartmouth Medical School in 1840, and settled in Sheldon that same year. He held a number of positions in the community and was elected to the Vermont General Assembly in 1854. He was also a physician for forty years.

The Browns had five children: Sarah Elizabeth (b. February 15, 1843), Oliver Keith (b. July 28, 1845), Martha Caroline (b. January 22, 1850), Edwin Merriman (December 5, 1855-February. 5, 1935); and Alfred Keith (May 14, 1858-November. 21, 1896). Edwin Merriman Brown married Fannie L. Comings (1859-1941) of Berkshire on October 6, 1881. Their son, Fred Comings Brown (1884-1955), and Lucy Holmes (d. 1918) were parents of Carolyn Brown (1915- ), who married William North.

Personal Subject : Brown, Edwin Merriman, 1855-1935.
Brown, Amasa Merriman, 1812-1885.
North, Carolyn.
Subject Term : Quilting.
Women Social conditions.
Geographic Term : Sheldon (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Genre/Form : Genealogies.
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