Josselyn Collections

  • The Josselyn Family Papers (1865-1956)

Scope and Content: The Collection consists of 5 documents regarding the ownership and sale of Josselyn family land in Duxbury, MA.  Also included is the Civil War discharge of John E. Josselyn.

Biographical Information:  John Edgar Josselyn (1846-1920) was born in Duxbury, MA, the son of Issachar Josselyn and Frances Cushman.  In 1862 he enlisted in the Union Army, serving as a private in the 38th Massachusetts Infantry.  He was discharged in 1865.  He was married to Josephine Freeman (1850-1894).  They had three children: Louisa Florence, b. 1870; Lottie Elma, b. 1883; and George Harrison, b. 1884.

The Josselyn property was located on Depot St., Hawkins Ave., and South Station St., Duxbury, MA.

Item List:

  1. Civil War discharge of John E. Josselyn, 1865.
  2. Statement of Sale for land of George H. Josselyn, 1956.
  3. Letter from Attorney Clement A. Briggs to Charles Eaton re: sale of land, 1956.
  4. Bill from Attorney Clement A. Briggs to Charles Eaton re: sale of land, 1956.
  5. Note describing the boundaries of John A. Josselyn’s land, n.d.
  6. Map of Josselyn property on Depot St., Duxbury, MA,  n.d.
  • Ruth Hall Josselyn Record Book (1839)

Scope and Content: The Collection consists of paper-bound record book. The front pages appear to be a ledger composed by Sidney Josselyn (1805-1837) in 1832 while in New Orleans. The following two pages record the births, marriages and deaths of the Hall family of Duxbury and transcriptions of the obituaries of Sidney Josselyn and his son, Eugene Sidney Josselyn (1837-1838) written by Ruth Hall Josselyn (1801-1842). Flowers and leaves have been sewn into the back pages of the book and are very fragile.

Biographical Information: Ruth Hall Josselyn was born in Duxbury, MA in 1801. She was the daughter of Daniel Hall and Ruth Josselyn. In 1832 she married Sidney Josselyn (1805-1837) of Boston and moved with him to New Orleans. In 1837 Sidney died of an epidemic sweeping the city, leaving Ruth and an infant son, Sidney Eugene. Ruth returned to Duxbury where her son died in 1838. Ruth died in 1842.

Organization: The Collection consists of one record book in one folder.

 

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One thought on “Josselyn Collections

  1. Ezra Cushman purchased an old house at the ccrner of Depot St. and
    Prior Farm Rd. the year after the Civil War and had it moved to what is now 227 BayRoad. HIs youngest daughter (mother of Robert and Vernon Stewart) told my dad that Ezra didn’t quite trust his son in law and wanted to keep an eye on him.

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