Johnson Finney Papers
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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.
- Finney, Johnson (Person)
Collection is open for research.
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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.
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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.
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Gift of the estate of Leon W. Dean, January 1988.
- Guide to the Johnson Finney Papers, 1776-1859
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