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Eva Jane Richmond and William Richmond Diaries

Identifier: mss-796

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 8 "line-a-day" or pocket diaries kept by Eva Jane Richmond or William Richmond. Eva writes about spiritual/religious feelings and personal thoughts as well as sewing projects and the comings and goings of her extended family. William writes about farm work including hay harvesting, building projects, labor, and finances. Both regularly make mention of the weather.


  • 1875-1936


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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

Biographical / Historical

William Richmond (also known as Willie) was born in 1845 in Bethel, Vermont. He had two brothers: Kendrick Richmond (b. 1841 in Rochester, Vermont and d. 1904 in Newport) served in the Civil War and Frank Richmond (b. 1852 in Bethel, VT and d. 1883) is discussed below. Their parents were Ebenezer Kendrick Richmond (1815-1888) and Anna Chaffee Richmond (1817-1893). William had two children: Clarence (1874-1937, married Florence E. Nye (1877-1961)) and Mary or May (b. 1883 and married Louis Bradshaw in 1907). Willie was married twice: first to Clara Trow (1847-1876) then to Emma Wright (1853-1951) in 1880. William lived outside Newport, Vermont and appears to have been a farmer. He died in Newport in 1924. Emma lived with Mary/May and her husband in Plainfield, New Jersey afterwards.

Frank Richmond married Eva Davison (sometimes given as Davidson). She was born in 1856 in Newport, VT to David and Betsy (Damon) Davison. One note in the collection indicates that she had a half-sister named Mary who is mentioned in the diary.

Eva and Frank married on November 28, 1876 and they had two children, Elizabeth or "Lizzie" (1878-1955) and Marion (1882-1956). Frank worked as a farmer and they lived in Newport. When Frank died in 1883, Eva and the girls went to live with William and Emma's family. They apparently left Newport in about 1897 since they are listed along with William's son Clarence in the home of Henry C. Tinkham (see below) in the 1987 Burlington City Directory. Clarence had been boarding there since 1896.

Elizabeth married Henry C. Tinkham, MD (1856-1925) on July 2, 1913. She was his second wife. Mabel Tinkham (1889-1912) was the only surviving child of his previous marriage to Clara E. Day (d. 1896). He graduated from the UVM School of Medicine in 1883. In 1899, Tinkham became the Dean of the UVM Medical School. Eva lived with Henry and Elizabeth on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington from 1913 until her death in 1936. Elizabeth too lived there until her death.

Marion married A. Lewis Whiting (1879-1931), a manufacturer in Burlington, VT in 1911. His father was Alfred C. Whiting of the A. C. and E. B. Whiting Co. that manufactured brushes. They had a son named Alfred L. Whiting (1912-1978). According to Eva's diary entries in about 1935, Marion was living in an apartment attached to the home in Burlington shared by her mother and sister.

One note indicates that Eva Jane Davidson Richmond was christened Jane Davidson and changed her first name to Eva Jane.

[adapted from notes in the collection]


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection consists of 8 "line-a-day" or pocket diaries kept by Eva Jane Richmond or William Richmond documenting the weather and personal or family activities.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Separated Materials

Removed diary of Edson S. Tinkham from this collection and placed it with bound manuscripts. Tinkham was the brother of Henry C. Tinkham, son-in-law to Eva Richmond and husband to Elizabeth Richmond Tinkham.


Guide to the Eva Jane Richmond and William Richmond Diaries
2018 May
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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