The Frazer Family Collection (1767-1922)
Scope and Content: The collection consists primarily of correspondence and legal documents written to various members of the Frazar family. Much of the correspondence deals with matters concerning their jobs within the Union army. There are also more personal letters of correspondence. The legal documents concern their travels throughout the world and governmental appointments.
Biographical Information: Douglas Frazar was born to Amherst Alden Frazar and Sarah Drew Bradford of Duxbury, Massachusetts around 1836. During the Civil War he served for the Union Army in New York and eventually became a brigadier general. After the war, Douglas went to work for the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. He married Emily May Durrell and they settled in Somerville, Massachusetts. In 1887 he was appointed judge in Middlesex County. Douglas also had a strong history of travel, having been to Liverpool, England; Shanghai, China; Jordan; Mecca; and Paris, France.
Samuel A. Frazar (c. 1742-1838) was the son of Capt. Thomas Frazer and Rebecca Alden. He was raised in Boston, MA but eventually moved to Duxbury. In 1791, at the age of 49, he married Abigail Drew. He was a shipbuilder as well a Plymouth County Judge. He built a house on the Blue Fish River at 47 St. George St. in 1793 which still stands.
Organization: The collection is separated into three series:
Series I – Correspondence (1843-1922)
Series II –Legal Documents (1771-1894)
Series III – Miscellaneous (1767)
Series I – Correspondence (1843-1922); 14 items.
- Folder 1- Correspondence (1843-1870)
- Secretary of War to U.S. Senator Henry Wilson; Feb. 4, 1843.
- Stearns to A.A. Frazar; Sept. 3, 1861.
- Note from Oliver Eldridge; Feb. 6, 1863.
- Eclectic Association secretary A.G. Montgomery to Major Douglas Frazar; Nov. 12, 1863.
- Secretary of Union Club to Major Douglas Frazar; Dec. 15, 1863.
- Josiah Quincy to Governor of New York Reuben Fenton; Dec. 5, 1864.
- U.S. Senator Charles Summer to Governor of New York Reuben Fenton; Dec. 15, 1864.
- Assistant Secretary of War to Major Douglas Frazar; Jan. 27, 1865.
- Governor of Massachusetts John A. Andrew to Governor of New York Reuben Fenton; July 7, 1865.
- O.B. Wilcox to General Douglas Frazar; Apr. 3, 1868.
- Assistant Commissioner of Virginia for Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands to General Douglas Frazar; Sept. 9, 1868.
- Mosby to Frazar; Dec. 9, 1886.
- A.A. Frazar to Brother Thomas; May 16, 1870.
- Folder 2- Correspondence (1922)
- Estelle Tyler Warner to George Frazar; June 14, 1922.
Series II – Legal Documents (1771-1894); 12 items
- Folder 1- Military (1865-1894); 4 items
- Orders for Colonel Douglas Frazar; Sept. 24, 1865.
- Honorable Discharge of Douglas Frazar; Apr. 22, 1873.
- Military Record of Douglas Frazar; Jan. 6, 1894.
- Folder 2- Business (1771-1868)
- Charter Party of Affreightment; 1771.
- Notice of new business office of Frazar & Co.; Apr. 1, 1859.
- Complaint filed at Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; Aug. 8, 1868.
- Folder 3- Travel (1854-1857)
- Certificate of American citizenship for Douglas Frazar; June 23, 1854.
- Passport from the U.S. to travel to France; Aug. 14, 1857.
- Folder 4- Government Appointment (1816-1887)
- Samuel A. Frazar appointed Plymouth county judge; Aug. 29, 1816.
- Samuel A. Frazar appointed Plymouth county judge; Apr. 20, 1837.
- Douglas Frazar appointed Massachusetts judge; March 23, 1887.
Series III – Miscellaneous (1767); 2 items.
- Family tree by Thomas Frazar; 1767.
- Chinese map; date unknown.