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Hubert C. and Laura Tupper Brown letters, 1863-1886.
Brown, Hubert C.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 538: 28-37  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Brown, Hubert C.
Title : Hubert C. and Laura Tupper Brown letters, 1863-1886.
Physical Description : 10 folders.
Summary :

The bulk of the letters are addressed to Laura Brown, though the collection also includes several from Hubert's brother, Joseph, who served in an Iowa Regiment during the Civil War. In March 1865, Joseph's daughter, Nettie Brown wrote from Angelo, Wisconsin that her father had enlisted in the 4th Iowa Independent Light Artillery to avoid the draft and because he could not afford "to hire a man." Joseph wrote from New Orleans in May and June 1865 at the end of the Civil War. The collection also includes numerous letters from relatives, including many from Laura's sisters, Julia and Josephine, and her cousin, Alanson L. Tupper. There are also several letters written to Laura in French by her former teacher at the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, St. Cesaire, Quebec, Sister Mary St. Charles.

In a series of letters between 1865 and 1869 to Laura Brown, Mary E. Girard,a school friend, described her employment in a dressmaker's shop in Hartford, Connecticut and in the Lowell, Massachusetts textile mills. Mary planned to work two years and wrote that "I can not content myself in any place unless I am making money." Mary eventually married Joseph Kelley and they bought a farm in Brownington, Vermont.

Biographical or historical data :

Hubert C. Brown of Fairfield, Vermont, the son of Joseph and Aurelia Brown, and Laura Tupper of Bakersfield, Vermont, the daughter of Solon and Nancy A. Tupper, were married in Enosburgh November 24, 1863. By 1864, Laura was living in Lockport, Illinois and Hubert wrote in September of that year to a cousin that his wife was living in another state, and "I have heard that she will live with me if I'll come to Illinois." By 1865 however, they both were living in East Fairfield, Vermont and by 1873, he was proprietor of the Lowell House. Laura studied piano in Montreal and during the 1860s and 1870s, she received licenses to teach in the public schools of Hyde Park, Fairfield, and Lowell..

Source : Forms part of: A. Fern Souther papers, 1860-1982.
Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Iowa Light Artillery Battery, 4th 1863-1865
Subject Term : Marriage Vermont.
Family life Vermont Fairfield.
Migration, Internal Illinois.
Teachers Vermont.
Women dressmakers Connecticut Hartford.
Textile workers Massachusetts Lowell.
Geographic Term : United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Franklin County (Vt.) Social life and customs 19th century.
Lockport (Ill.) Social life and customs 19th century.
Sparta (Wis.) Social life and customs 19th century.
Added Author : Brown, Hubert C.
Brown, Joseph, b. 1833.
Brown, Nettie.
Tupper, Julia.
Tupper, Josephine.
Tupper, Alanson L.
Girard, Mary E.
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