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Jeanne Lamphere family history collection.
Lamphere, Jeanne Densmore, 1930-
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 491 (cont'd in Doc 492, XMSC 78)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Lamphere, Jeanne Densmore, 1930-
Title : Jeanne Lamphere family history collection.
Physical Description : 2 linear ft.
General Note : Continued in: Doc 492 and XMSC 78.
Summary :

The collection is composed of two notebooks about the Chalmers family (1739-1955), and one chronicling the Russell, Flint, and Densmore families (1822-1980s). An 1862 ledger from the West Topsham store belonging to Eli Densmore is shelved as XMSC 78.

The notebooks include many original photographs, documents, a few letters, and photocopies of newspaper clippings documenting family events. They include an extensive list of cemeteries where family members are buried, including Newbury, West Topsham, Orange Center, Berlin, Green Mountain Cemetery (Montpelier), Corinth, Cutler Corner (East Montpelier), Middlesex and other locations.

The Chalmers I notebook includes a yellow sheet inside the cover with information from Ruth Wallace (Chalmers) Densmore, Doris Thompson Chalmers, and Julia Buxton Granges. The volume quotes material from the Orange County Gazeteer and Directory (1888) and includes notes on the Newbury Cemetery. It covers the period up to 1980. The Parmenter, Buxton, Chalmers, Barton family history was compiled in 1980; most of the information and photographs are pre-1975.

Two albums of photographs were disassembled and their contents placed in plastic sleeves. These photographs are stored in Doc 492. Two daguerreotypes (one of Mary Jane Parmenter and Eunice Parmenter and the other of Alonzo Flint) and one ambrotype (of Rebecca Buxton) were removed to the VHS collections for these photographic types.

Also included in the collection is a program listing shipboard entertainment aboard the U.S.S. Vermont, whose passengers were soldiers enroute home from World War I (two copies). An 1862 daybook of Benjamin Buxton of Montpelier is included as well.

Biographical or historical data :

Denison Densmore II, the grandfather of Jeanne Densmore Lamphere, was the son of Eli Lauraine Densmore (1851-1924) and Ella Flint (1856-1945). Eli, of West Topsham, was an auctioneer, general merchant, and dealer in horses, fertilizers, carriages, and harnesses. Ella was the daughter of Alonzo Flint (1825-1863) and Caroline Russell (1830-1891). Eli and Ella lived in West Topsham, Brookfield, Montpelier and Barre, Vermont. Denison Densmore II was born March 22, 1876 and died June 1964. Lauraine Densmore was the son of Denison Densmore II (1876-1964) and Josephine Lorena Wheeler. He was born April 10, 1899 and died in October, 1969.

Jeanne Densmore Lamphere's mother, Ruth Chalmers, was the daughter of William H. Chalmers (1862-1904) and Minne Jane Buxton (1864-1955) of Topsham. William H. Chalmers was a carriage manufacturer and a member of the Bradford Guard of the Vermont National Guard. He died on September 9, 1904, while returning from maneuvers in Manassas, Virginia.

William H. Chalmers's father was William Wallace Chalmers (1839-1897). He was born in Newbury, Vermont, served in Company D or the 15th Vermont Volunteers during the Civil War, and was a blacksmith and sheetwright in Topsham.

William H. Chalmers's wife, Minnie, was the daughter of Mary Jane Parmenter (1837-1924) and Benjamin F. Buxton (1833-1891) of Brookfield, Vermont. Her first husband died in 1904 leaving her with 12 children. In 1916 she married Amos Merrill. She purchased the Riverside Annex on State Street in Montpelier and ran it as a hotel for many years.

Personal Subject : Dinsmore family.
Chalmers family.
Buxton family.
Parmenter family.
Corporate Subject : Vermont Battleship.
Geographic Term : Topsham (Vt.) Biography.
Topsham (Vt.) Archival resources.
Montpelier (Vt.) Archival resources.
Orange County (Vt.) Cemeteries.
Washington County (Vt.) Cemeteries.
Genre/Form : Genealogies.
Letters correspondence.
Account books.
Added Author : Densmore, Eli Lauraine, 1851-1924.
Buxton, Benjamin F., 1833-1891.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.