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Peter W. Dean and Company Records

Identifier: mss-267

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of financial records (ex. bills, accounts) and business correspondence (ex. orders, shipping information) of the company's woolen mill in Grafton, VT. The missionary material documents donations to Baptist foreign missions arranged in part by Dean as the Treasurer of the Woodstock Baptist Association occasionally in support of a missionary named Mr. Brown.


  • 1829-1864



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.

Biographical / Historical

Peter Worden Dean was born in Massachusetts in 1797 to Mary Worden (or Mercy Werden) Dean and Job Dean, a farmer. He married Philinda Willey (1798-1870) of Manchester, VT in 1819. They had six children, though one died in infancy.

They moved from Manchester to Grafton, VT in 1827. Dean partnered with a Mr. Alexander to build and run a woolen mill in Grafton in 1831. The building burned in 1839 and Mr. Alexander sold his interest. Dean expanded and added new equipment in 1854. In 1863 the company was incorporated and renamed Grafton Manufacturing Company. In 1867, E. S. Sabin Jr. of Saxton's River bought the property at auction for $4,000.

Peter W. Dean was active in state and local politics for the Whig Party. He was a Justice of the Peace, member of the Vermont House of Representatives, and Assistant Judge in Windham County (served about 1864-1870). Peter W. Dean died in 1879. He was buried in Grafton, VT with his wife and son Benjamin (1827-1864).


0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection consists of financial records and business correspondence of the company's woolen mill in Grafton, VT.


Library Research Annex; contact for access.


Palmer, Francis A. History of the Town of Grafton, Vermont. (Brattleboro, 1954). p. 28.
Child, Hamilton (compiler). Gazetteer and Business Directory of Windham County, VT., 1724-1888. (Syracuse, 1884). p. 192.
Guide to the Peter W. Dean and Company Records
2018 April
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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