Guide to the Rebecca Peabody Letter, May 1,
Collection number: MS 230
About Rebecca Peabody
Rebecca Peabody was a widow with six young children who lived in Franklin, N.H.
About the Rebecca Peabody letter
Letter to Mr. Horace Chase, Judge of Probates, Hopkinton NH, May 1, 1848 in which
Rebecca details her desperate plight. Her husband, who has recently left her -
though whether she means that he died or that he abandoned her is unclear - was in
debt to a Mr. Pike by having signed a promissory note with another man. As a result,
she is about to be put out of house and home with six "small ones" to care for and
no means of doing so. She seeks help from the judge.
One possibility for her husband's identity would be Ebenezer Peabody (3 Sep 1794
Gorham, ME- 2 Sep 1847 Franklin, NH. This would make Rebecca's birth surname
Robertson, born 18 March 1801 at Concord NH, died 17 Jan 1882 at Franklin, NH. At
least five children are buried in the cemetery with them.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.
Rebecca Peabody letter, 1848, MS 230, Milne Special Collections and Archives,
University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, N.J., July 7, 2010 (Accession number: 2010.06)