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Boardman and Miles family papers, 1837-1882.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 301  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : Boardman and Miles family papers, 1837-1882.
Physical Description : .5 linear ft.
Summary :

The collection consists of 26 letters from the period 1850 to 1882 of the Boardman and Miles families of Morrisville, Vermont. The collection also includes six folders of legal papers from the year 1837.

The letters in the collection were exchanged between family members and friends and concern every day matters for the most part. There is one letter written to Augusta Boardman, dated 1858, from a female friend who appears to be living in Virginia. In it, she talks of household tasks, clothing and the food available to her in the south in August.

The rest of the letters relate to the Miles family (though there is news of Augusta in some of them). Among the letters to Sarah Miles, her brother Frank describes, and includes a sketch of, a fashionable 1863 Boston gown. In an unusual August 3, 1858 letter to Ellen Miles, a friend describes how a recent "freshet" surrounded her Waitsfield farm and the extensive flood damage to the area. There is also an 1858 letter addressed to "Miss" Miles from Abby Maria Hemenway with a description of her Vermont Gazetteer project.

George Miles writes to his brother Frank in August 1863 from Canada about the draft: although there are a great many "schedaddlers and deserters" from the draft, he says he is considering enlisting. In an 1872 letter to his brother John, his mother and Ellen, George tells his family not to give Frank any more money-he is a drunkard and a disgrace. Many of the letters contain references to the Civil War.

The legal papers in the collection are writs signed by John Miles, Justice of the Peace, in Morristown, Lamoille County, Vermont, in the year 1837. The relationship of John Miles to the Boardman family is unexplained.

Biographical or historical data :

The Boardmans were early settlers of Morrisville, Vermont. Augusta Boardman, daughter of Alfred C. and Mary Holcomb Boardman, was born in Morristown in 1826. She married "a Mr. Lease" and died December 19, 1877. Harvey C. Boardman (March 11, 1824-September 30, 1852), brother of Alfred, married Laura Marie Spaulding (March 13, 1831-February 9, 1888).

John Miles, son of James and Abigail (Mason) Miles, was born November 1, 1797 in Concord, Massachusetts. He married Abiah Reed of Cornish, New Hampshire, and had six children: Sarah Spring, born in 1829, James William, born in 1831, Ellen Elizabeth, born in 1835, John Mason, born in 1837, Francis R., born in 1839, and George A., born in 1842. John Miles was a saddler and harness maker, and a Justice of the Peace in Morrisville in 1837.

Personal Subject : Boardman family.
Miles family.
Title Subject : Vermont historical gazetteer.
Subject Term : Floods Vermont Waitsfield.
Clothing and dress Massachusetts Boston.
Geographic Term : Morristown (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Virginia Social life and customs.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Desertions.
Genre/Form : Letters correspondence.
Legal documents.
Added Author : Miles, Francis R., b. 1839.
Miles, George A., b. 1842.
Miles, John, b.1797.
Hemenway, Abby Maria, 1828-1890.
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