The Resource Tufts-Smith-Adams family collection

Tufts-Smith-Adams family collection

Label
Tufts-Smith-Adams family collection, 1736-1937
Title
Tufts-Smith-Adams family collection
Inclusive dates
1736-1937
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Correspondence contains letters from and drafts of letters to various family members,. Writings include five items: Cotton Tufts' father-in-law William Smiths sermon notes, Tufts� own writings on an epidemic and a description of Weymouth, daughter-in-law Mercy Brooks Tuft's 1799 diary, and a pamphlet printing of Rev. Jacob Norton's sermon at the interment of Cotton Tufts in December 1815. There are nine pamphlets and two pages of an 1813 almanac and including a note to retain with Cotton Tufts. Legal and Financial Papers primarily relate to Cotton Tufts' land holdings. There are three photographic images: one portrait of Cotton Tufts, one of his second wife, Susannah Warner Tufts, A third image depicts Susan Tufts, c. 1865. Artifacts and ephemera include Tufts family materials from the 1820s to 1870s and more contemporary materials about the Adams family and Tufts genealogy. Imported notions sold to Quincy Tufts for his store. Other textiles include a single women's shoe and a 1820 sampler by Abby G. Tufts. The familial relationship has not been determined
Biographical or historical data
Dr. Cotton Tufts (1732 -1815) was born in Medford, MA, son of Dr. Simon and Abigail Smith Tufts. He graduated from Harvard College in 1749, after which he studied medicine under his brother, Simon, also a Harvard graduate, before setting up his practice in Weymouth. Tufts gained recognition in 1751 when he introduced a new therapy for diphtheria, or "putrid sore throat," . Harvard awarded him an honorary M.D. in 1785. Tufts married Lucy Quincy (1729-1785) in 1755, a daughter of Col. John Quincy of Braintree. Lucy Tufts was the sister of Abigail Adam's mother, Elizabeth Quincy. The Tufts' only child also was named Cotton Tufts (1757-1833). After Lucy's death, the elder Cotton Tufts married Mrs. Susanna Warner (1744-1832) in 1789. In 1765 Dr. Tufts wrote instructions to representatives of the town of Weymouth against the Stamp Act. He served as a justice of the peace for Suffolk County, and from 1781-1792, was a member of the Massachusetts state senate. In 1788 Tufts was a Federalist delegate to the Massachusetts state convention that ratified the Constitution. Of particular note is that he was entrusted with sole care of John and Abigail Adams' private affairs during their time abroad between 1780 and 1788, and again handled the local affairs for the couple during Adams' presidency. The younger Cotton Tufts married Mercy Brooks (1764 - 1849) in 1788. They had four children: Quincy (1791-1872), Lucy (1793-1856) who married Thomas Tarbell, Susannah (1797-1877), and Mercy (1800-1858). His son Cotton Tufts (1757-1833) had a business/store with James Whittemore where the original Tufts Library building was built. The younger Cotton Tufts married Mercy Brooks (1764-1849) in 1788. They had four children: Quincy (1791-1872), Lucy (1793-1856) who married Thomas Tarbell, Susannah (1797-1877), and Mercy (1800-1858). Quincy Tufts kept a store on Washington St. in Boston which carried dry goods. He left his fortune ($20k) to Tufts Library. He and his sister Susannah were the founders and benefactors of the Tufts Library.
Cataloging source
OCD
Language note
Materials in English
Label
Tufts-Smith-Adams family collection
Instantiates
Note
Materials in this collection are located in the Local History Collection at Tufts Library, Weymouth, Mass
Control code
ocn960458332
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid and container list available in the library.
Extent
5 containers (4.75 linear ft.)
Governing access note
Open to researchers. Most of the Adams correspondence is available online and researchers should use those sources
Immediate source of acquisition
In most instances there is no specific donor information. The newspapers that were owned by Cotton Tufts were donated by Enoch Sanford in 1915.
Organization method
Organized into six series: Series I. Correspondence (1749-1808); Series II. Writings (1768-1816) ; Series III. Pamphlets (1736-1813); Series IV. Legal and Financial Papers, 1766-1937 ;Series V. Images. Series VI. Artifacts.
System control number
(OCoLC)960458332
Label
Tufts-Smith-Adams family collection
Note
Materials in this collection are located in the Local History Collection at Tufts Library, Weymouth, Mass
Control code
ocn960458332
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid and container list available in the library.
Extent
5 containers (4.75 linear ft.)
Governing access note
Open to researchers. Most of the Adams correspondence is available online and researchers should use those sources
Immediate source of acquisition
In most instances there is no specific donor information. The newspapers that were owned by Cotton Tufts were donated by Enoch Sanford in 1915.
Organization method
Organized into six series: Series I. Correspondence (1749-1808); Series II. Writings (1768-1816) ; Series III. Pamphlets (1736-1813); Series IV. Legal and Financial Papers, 1766-1937 ;Series V. Images. Series VI. Artifacts.
System control number
(OCoLC)960458332

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