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Trow family collection, 1854-1880.
Trow family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 243  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Trow family.
Title : Trow family collection, 1854-1880.
Physical Description : .25 linear ft.
Summary :

The collection contains Barre Academy papers written by Adela and teaching certificates she earned. It also contains fourteen letters to Adela from friends and relatives, and letters to and from other family members. There are sixteen letters from Emma and her husband in Michigan written to Adela and John in Barre, and three other Wilson-Averill letters. The letters deal mostly with family matters, the health of the writer, problems of raising children, and the hardships of farming. The earlier letters are mostly from Barre Academy classmates during vacation breaks.

Also included are twenty-four photographs, organized as they had been in a family album. These represent members of the Averill, Wilson, and Chandler families. The pictures are labeled, and additional clarification has been added on the back of the photographs. The genealogical chart has a key to the individuals in the photographs.

The collection also contains information collected by Eleanor Angell. She provides a brief history of the families, a summary of the collection, and a bibliography. She also provides a listing of the letters as well as brief notes of what each letter contains, and in two cases she has typed out the contents of letters that are hard to read. She also has provided a genealogical chart, starting with David Weston Averill (b. 1788), John Wilson (b. 1778), John Chandler (b. 1793), and John Trow (b. 1782).

Biographical or historical data :

The Trow, Chandler, Averill, and Wilson families were early settlers in Barre, Vermont. The Trow and Averill families became connected when Adela Trow (born 1843) and her sister Emma (born 1846) married twin brothers, John and James Averill (born 1841). The Trow sisters were children of Mary Doten Chandler and Dexter Trow, and the twin brothers were sons of Mercy Wilson and Weston David Averill. Adela Trow preserved the collection. She attended Barre Academy, taught school, and then married John in 1866. John enlisted in Co. E, 8th Regiment Vermont Volunteers. After he returned from the Civil War, he and Adela remained in Barre, where they farmed and raised seven children. Emma, author of most of these letters, married James in 1867. He had been in the same company as his twin in the Civil War, and he lost his leg from a wound he received. Emma and James moved to Michigan in 1868, where they also farmed, and had seven children.

Related Collections : The Vermont Historical Society also owns a related genealogy published by Eleanor Angell, "Three Early Vermont Settlers: Amos Morse, George Trow, Ephraim Ainsworth", 2000 (X929.2 M835aa).
Personal Subject : Trow family.
Averill family.
Chandler family.
Wilson family.
Corporate Subject : Barre Academy Barre, Vt.
Subject Term : Agriculture Michigan.
Migration, Internal United States.
Geographic Term : Barre (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Local Subject : Vermonters in Michigan.
Added Author : Angell, Eleanor.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.