Guide to the Alvan Tobey Papers, 1858-1869
Collection number: MS 120
About Alvan Tobey, 1808-1874
The Reverend Alvan Tobey was born in Wilmington, VT on April 1, 1808 and graduated
from Amherst College in 1828 and at Andover Seminary in 1831. He succeeded the Rev.
Robert Page at the Congregational Church in Durham, NH and began preaching there on
the first Sabbath of Oct 1831. He was ordained as minister on Nov 20, 1833. “He was
greatly esteemed and the church prospered under his ministry of nearly thirty-nine
years. One hundred and forty-nine members were added to the church, 34 of them in
1868. Mr. Tobey moved to Somersworth, where he died 20 Sept 1874.” (source: History
of the Town of Durham, New Hampshire, Vol. 1, p. 207).
About the Alvan Tobey Papers
Correspondence and receipts, 1858-1869: Five receipts that document Alvan Tobey’s
payment of local and federal taxes, six receipts from the Durham Post Office that
record postage paid by Tobey for his numerous newspaper subscriptions, a telegram,
and a letter to Tobey from Samuel G. Adams that describes the early history of the
Congregational Church in Durham and provides biographical information about Reverend
Hugh Adams (1676-1748) and Reverend John Adams (1725-1792).
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as
stipulated by United States copyright law.
[Identification of item], Alvan Tobey Papers, 1858-1869, MS 120, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Purchased: Carmen Valentino, Sept. 18, 1995 (Accession number: 95.031)