Stearns Family Papers

A Guide to the Stearns Family Papers 1714-1920 Ms.1989.013


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1989.013
Title
Stearns Family Papers1714-1920
Quantity
1.4 Cubic Feet 4 boxes
Creator
Stearns family (Mansfield, Massachusetts)
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Stearns Family Papers, Ms1989-013, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The original papers and transcripts are in the possession of Stuart H. Buck of Lynchburg, Virginia, who edited and transcribed the papers. He loaned the transcripts to the Special Collections Department in January 1989. The transcripts were copied in February and March and returned to Mr. Buck in March 1989.


Biographical Note

The Stearns is descended from Isaac Stearns (1600-71) Isaac Stearns, born in England in 1600, came to America in 1630. He landed in Salem, Massachusetts, and settled in nearby Watertown, where he became a town selectman. Most of the materials are concerned with the 7th Isaac Stearns (1790-1879), and his extended family and descendants. This branch of the Stearns family remained in or near Mansfield, Massachusetts, for 300 years, or seven generations, and saved thousands of papers concern most of the family members. Materials related to their history were later edited and transcribed by Stuart H. Buck, great-grandson of the 7th Isaac, of Lynchburg, Virgina.

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of photocopies of transcripts and originals of correspondence, diaries, official documents, writings, and other genealogical documents (1714-1920) of the Stearns family. Several essays describing the genealogy of the family precede the transcripts of the family papers. An index to the transcripts is included. Included in the papers are the extensive Civil War correspondence of Orange Scott Stearns (1835-70) of the 29th Massachusetts Regiment, to his family, and the Civil War papers of Isaac Holden Stearns (1825-97), a surgeon in the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry. The papers also include the poems of Sally Stearns (1804-90), copies of the papers of Samuel Crocker Lovell (1840-?), and essays on the genealogy of the Stearns and other related families by Stuart H. Buck. Essays concerning specific family members are organized after the index, followed by information on Samuel Crocker Lovell, John Lee Holt, and Erie L. Ditty, Civil War soldiers.

Arrangement

This collections is arranged by subject, then chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Diaries

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Stearns Family Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Stearns Family Papers
1712-1920
  • Family Correspondence, Diaries, History and Genealogical Writings
    1714-1986
    • box-folder 1 folder: 1
      "Out of the Sugar Barrels," (1985) by Stuart H. Buck. Typescript, unbound history of Isaac Stearns. Jr. (1790-1879) and family. 179 pp.
      1790-1879
    • box-folder 1 folder: 2
      "Genealogical Notes on the Stearns, Buck, Caswell, Cheever, Fillebrown, Pratt, Smith, Ware family and others," by Stuart H. Buck. Typescript, unbound, 40 pp.
      n.d.
    • box-folder 1 folder: 3
      Itemized list and descriptions of original Stearns and Buck family documents
      n.d.
    • box-folder 1 folder: 4
      "The Cheever Connection ," (1986) edited by Stuart H. Buck. Unbound transcripts of letters (1780-1825) concerning the Cheever family, with a description of the connection between the Cheevers and the Stearns. 78 pp.
      1780-1820
    • box-folder 1 folder: 5
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1714-1811
    • box-folder 1 folder: 6
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1812-30
    • box-folder 1 folder: 7
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1830-36
    • box-folder 1 folder: 8
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1836-43
  • Family Correspondence, Diaries, etc.
    1843-90
    • box-folder 2 folder: 1
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1843-52
    • box-folder 2 folder: 2
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1853-60
    • box-folder 2 folder: 3
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1858-62
    • box-folder 2 folder: 4
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1863-70
    • box-folder 2 folder: 5
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1866-68
    • box-folder 2 folder: 6
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1869-81
    • box-folder 2 folder: 7
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1882-90
  • Family Correspondence, Diaries, Indices to family papers, Proceedings, and a Poem
    1850-1920
    • box-folder 3 folder: 1
      Stearns family correspondence, diaries, etc.
      1891-1920
    • box-folder 3 folder: 2
      Index to the Stearns family papers (A - Smith, Jane)
      n.d.
    • box-folder 3 folder: 3
      Index to the Stearns family papers (Smith, Jerusha - Stearns, Nathan)
      n.d.
    • box-folder 3 folder: 4
      Index to the Stearns family papers (Stearns, O. Scott - Wetheral, Solomon)
      n.d.
    • box-folder 3 folder: 5
      Proceedings taken by Isaac Holden Stearns and George Frederic Stearns, secretaries (1850-55) of the Abington Society of Natural History. Includes excerpts (1851-57) from Isaac Holden Stearns' diary.
      1850-57
    • box-folder 3 folder: 6
      Sally Stearns--poems
      n.d.
  • Civil War Correspondence, Regiment History, Memoirs, Photographs, Essay, and Diary
    1825-97
    • box-folder 4 folder: 1
      Isaac Holden Stearns (1825-97), surgeon of the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry. Correspondence (1858-64) and a copy of a history of the regiment.
      1825-97
    • box-folder 4 folder: 2
      "Memoirs of a Lieutenant in the Civil War," by Erie L. Ditty. Typescript, unbound memoirs with photographs of Civil War scenes.
      n.d.
    • box-folder 4 folder: 3
      "The Letters of John Lee Holt" (1829-63), edited by James A. Mumper. Published biographical essay of a Confederate soldier killed at Gettysburg during Pickett's charge.
      1829-63
    • box-folder 4 folder: 4
      Lovell, Samuel C., 1st Lieutenant in the 4th Massachusetts Calvary, who led the escort of General Lee form the battlefield at Appomattox, Virginia in April 1865. Published descriptions and a typescript diary.
      1865