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Johnson Finney Papers

 Collection
Identifier: mss-103

Scope and Content

The Johnson Finney Papers consist of one box of Finney's diaries for intermittent periods of the years between 1809 and 1858. Finney's diary entries, which average approximately seven lines per day, focus on day-to-day activities on the farm and at the sawmill. He records family news, the weather, trips to neighboring Addison County towns, and local events. An occasional entry discusses state and national politics and Finney's participation in such organizations as the Washington Benevolent Society. The collection also includes one sawmill account book, for the years 1836-44.

Dates

  • 1776-1859

Creator

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biography

The known facts of Johnson Finney's life are very sketchy. He was born in 1776, and was probably the son of Ebenezer Finney, a veteran of the Revolution who was one of the early settlers of Monkton, Vermont. The Finneys were farmers and sawmill operators in Monkton throughout the nineteenth century. Johnson Finney represented Monkton in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1826 and 1828; his son, Norman Finney, was Monkton's representative in 1855 and 1856. Johnson Finney died in 1859.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Abstract

The Johnson Finney Papers consist of one box of Finney's diaries for intermittent periods of the years between 1809 and 1858. Finney's diary entries, which average approximately seven lines per day, focus on day-to-day activities on the farm and at the sawmill.

Shelf location

Library Research Annex; contact uvmsc@uvm.edu for access.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the estate of Leon W. Dean, January 1988.
Title
Guide to the Johnson Finney Papers, 1776-1859
Status
Completed
Date
1998
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Silver Special Collections Library
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Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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