Guide to the Papers of Benjamin Sumner, 1759 - 1809Manuscript MS-968

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Benjamin Sumner, 1759 - 1809

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-968

Collection Dates:

1759 - 1809

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Benjamin Sumner include accounts (also receipts), property records, petitions, deeds, correspondence, and land plats. Of note is a letter written by NH Congressman Samuel Dinsmore.

Biography

Benjamin Sumner (1737-1815) was born and married in Hebron, CT, and later moved with his family to become one of the earliest settlers of Claremont, Sullivan Country, NH. He served many civic positions in Claremont including Selectman, town clerk, Town Meeting Moderator, legislative representative, and civil magistrate.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Legal Documents, ca. 1762-1815, undated

Legal documents include contracts, printed law, and census

Box: 1, Dates: ca. 1762-1846

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Contract of Indenture, 1762
  • Folder: 2, Blank printed tax contract, 1815
  • Folder: 3, Federal tax law, 1815
  • Folder: 4, Census, Undated

Series 2, Land Documents, ca. 1763-1829, undated

Land documents include land plats, descriptions of land and property limits, deeds, advertisements, and other documents relating to Claremont and surrounding New Hampshire areas and Quebec, Canada

Box: 1, Dates: ca. 1762-1846

Box Contents

  • Folder: 5, Deed, involving Loomis and Clark, 1763
  • Folder: 6, Separated accounts relating to land sale, ca. 1767-8
  • Folder: 7, Application for land, 1769
  • Folder: 8, Partial land plat with account on reverse, 1771
  • Folder: 9, Legal land document, addressed to Selectman, 1774
  • Folder: 10, Deed, involving John Spencer, 1779
  • Folder: 11, Official document relating to Benjamin Sumner and land in Quebec, 1783
  • Folder: 12, Deed, involving George Moore and Abel Wood, 1788
  • Folder: 13, Deed, involving John Sumner and Ezra Jones, 1795
  • Folder: 14, Printed advertisement, 1829
  • Folder: 15, Description of land on Sugar River and land plat, Undated
  • Folder: 16, Land plat with land assigned, Undated
  • Folder: 17, Land plat of Harrisburg, VT and list of names, Undated
  • Folder: 18, Land plat, Undated
  • Folder: 19, Description of property limit, Undated
  • Folder: 20, Scrap paper with some property reference, Undated

Series 3, Correspondence, 1783-1846, undated

Correspondence includes both the business and personal correspondence of Benjamin Sumner, his son John H. Sumner, and others unrelated to the Sumners, most letters concerning either family matters or reminders of business requests or advice

Box: 1, Dates: ca. 1762-1846

Box Contents

  • Folder: 21, Business letter from Willard Treadwell to Benjamin Sumner, 1783
  • Folder: 22, Business letter of inquiry from J.V. Buckingham to Benjamin Sumner, 1788
  • Folder: 23, Business letter concerning land from Elijah Hubbard to Benjamin Sumner, 1799
  • Folder: 24, Business letter to "To the Wardens of the Churches in Claremont", 1808
  • Folder: 25, Business letter to John H. Sumner from Congressman Samuel Dinsmore, 1812
  • Folder: 26, Business letter written by John H. Sumner, 1818
  • Folder: 27, Personal letter to John H. Sumner from Wm. Sumner, 1820
  • Folder: 28, Personal letters to John H. Sumner from his daughter and other female relatives, 1832
  • Folder: 29, Business letter to John H. Sumner from J. Farmer, 1835
  • Folder: 30, Business letter to John H. Sumner from A. Buck concerning his mother's widow's pension, 1838
  • Folder: 31, Personal letter to John H. Sumner from Charles K. Averill, mentions Sumner's daughter, 1840
  • Folder: 32, Business letter to Bildad Baul from J. Wainwright, 1841
  • Folder: 33, Business letter to Chas. A. Saxton from P.I. Saxton, 1841
  • Folder: 34, Personal letters to John H. Sumner from his son and granddaughter, 1842
  • Folder: 35, Business letter to John L. Putuam from J.H. Willard, 1846
  • Folder: 36, Business letters to Ralfe Clench Esq. from Benjamin Sumner, Undated
  • Folder: 37, Possible copy of business letter, prayer, and list of Mediterranean ships, Undated

Series 4, Accounts, 1770-1829, undated

Accounts include lists of names and money amounts, notes of payment or debt, lists of expenses, and other records relating to Benjamin Sumner, John H. Sumner, and others

Box: 1, Dates: ca. 1762-1846

Box Contents

  • Folder: 38, Fragment, 1770
  • Folder: 39, Benjamin Sumner's list of expenses relating to the Wheatons and a note of payment, ca. 1771-6
  • Folder: 40, Order of payment, 1772
  • Folder: 41, Note of payment relating to Benjamin Sumner, 1774
  • Folder: 42, Note of payment relating to Benjamin Sumner, 1774
  • Folder: 43, Note of payment relating to Benjamin Sumner, 1778
  • Folder: 44, List of expenses relating to Benjamin Sumner, ca. 1781-3
  • Folder: 45, List of payments relating to Benjamin Sumner, 1785
  • Folder: 46, Note of debt relating to Benjamin Sumner, 1789
  • Folder: 47, Note of debt relating to John H. Sumner, 1800
  • Folder: 48, Claremont Handbook and Pocket Reference, 1806
  • Folder: 49, Printed contract of payment, 1819
  • Folder: 50, Printed notice of immediate payment relating to John H. Sumner, 1829
  • Folder: 51, Page of names, page numbers, and money amounts relating to Benjamin Sumner, Undated
  • Folder: 52, Benjamin Sumner's account book in deerskin pouch, Undated
  • Folder: 53, Benjamin Sumner's account book and land journal, Undated
  • Folder: 54, Note of debt relating to John H. Sumner, Undated
  • Folder: 55, List of expenses relating to John Spencer, Undated

Series 5, Peters Family Documents, ca. 1772, undated

Documents relating to the Peters family with no mention of the Sumners

Box: 1, Dates: ca. 1762-1846

Box Contents

  • Folder: 56, Records of family births and deaths, 1772
  • Folder: 57, Will/deed written by Joseph Peters to his wife, Undated

Series 6, Certificates, Undated

Certificate contains two official oaths

Box: 1, Dates: ca. 1762-1846

Box Contents

  • Folder: 58, Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office, Undated

Series 7, Engraving, Undated

Engraving, reinforced with cloth on reverse

Box: 1, Dates: ca. 1762-1846

Box Contents

  • Folder: 59, Engraving of the Battle of Waterloo, Undated

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