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Griggs-Bragg family letters, 1848-1938.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 149 (cont'd in MSA 150)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Title : Griggs-Bragg family letters, 1848-1938.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft. (2 boxes).
Summary :

The collection consists of letters both by and to members of three generations of the Griggs and Bragg families of Fayston, Vermont. The family is descended from Stephen Griggs (1784-1828) and Rhoda Smith (1786-1861), early settlers of Fayston.

The earliest letters in the collection, written between 1848 and 1894, are those of Sally (1814-1903) and Susan (1816-1897) Griggs, daughters of Stephen and Rhoda Griggs. Sally's letters concern her life in Fayston whereas Susan's correspondence relates in large part to her teaching career in Indiana and Missouri, an opportunity arranged for her by the National Board of Popular Education under the leadership of Vermont's ex-Governor William Slade.

The largest group of letters are those of Anna Bixby Griggs Bragg (1837-1887) and John Chandler Griggs Jr. (1851-1938), children of John Chandler Griggs (1807-1861) and Lydia Bixby (1812-1887). Anna describes her life as a farm wife in Fayston between 1865 and 1914 and John, his career as a small businessman in Waterbury, Barre, and Montpelier between 1892 and 1938.

Biographical or historical data :

Stephen Griggs (1784-1828) and Rhoda Bacon Smith (1786-1861) were married in 1807, and moved from Pomfret, Conn., to Fayston, Vt., in 1809. Their children were: John Chandler (1807-1861), Lucinda B. (1809-1892), Sally (or Sarah) (1814-1903), Lucius S. (1811-1898), Susan (or Susannah) (1816-1897), Rhoda (1823-1845), Stephen Roswell (1825-1908).

Susan Griggs (1816-1897) devoted her adult life to teaching. In 1850 she was one of a number of Vermont women recruited by the National Board of Popular Education, established in 1846 to provide eastern school teachers to needy western schools.

Family members in the second generation who figure prominently in the collection are: Anna B. Griggs Bragg and John C. Griggs Jr., children of John C. and Lydia Bixby Griggs; and Florence Griggs Bigelow (dates?) and Clarence Griggs (dates?), children of Lucius S. and Cordelia Richardson Griggs.

Corporate Subject : National Board of Popular Education.
Subject Term : Floods Vermont.
Farm life Vermont Fayston.
Geographic Term : Fayston (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Waterbury (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Barre (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Montpelier (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Vermont Floods.
Genre/Form : Genealogies.
Obituaries.
Occupation : Teachers.
Added Author : Griggs, Lucius S., 1811-1898.
Griggs, Sally, 1814-1903.
Griggs, Susan, 1816-1897.
Slade, William, Governor of Vermont, 1844-1846, 1786-1859.
Chamberlin, Jane E., 1832-1914.
Bigelow, Florence, f. 1897-1938.
Bragg, Anna, 1835-1887.
Griggs, John Chandler, 1851-1938.
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