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Guide to the Alvan Tobey Papers, 1858-1869

Collection number: MS 120

Size: 13 items (0.10 cu.ft.)

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).

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alvan Tobey Papers, 1858-1869, MS 120, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Carmen Valentino, Sept. 18, 1995 (Accession number: 95.031)