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Alpha Kingsley Papers

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Kingsley, Alpha
Title
Alpha Kingsley Papers
Dates [inclusive]
1799-1845
Quantity
One Box
Shelf location
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library.
Language
English
Abstract
The Alpha Kingsley Papers consist of one box of letters that Kingsley wrote to members of his family between 1799 and 1844. The letters provide considerable detail about Kingsley's life in the Army from 1799 through 1815; after that, they deal primarily with his civilian family and business concerns in Nashville.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] The Alpha Kingsley Collection, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 1998 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Acquisition Information

Enosburg Historical Society, 1987

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Biography

Alpha Knigsley was the son of Ebenezer and Thankful Kingsley, who lived in the Barre/Williamstown, Vermont, area in the 1790s and early 1800s. Alpha Kingsley joined the U.S. Army in October 1799 and remained in the service until June 1815, resigning as a captain to return to civilian life. Kingsley's service in the Army was principally in the First U.S. Infantry, with postings largely in the upper Mississippi River Valley. Upon leaving the Army in 1815, he settled in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lived at least until the mid 1840s. Few other details of his life are available.

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Scope and Content

The Alpha Kingsley Papers consist of one box of letters that Kingsley wrote to members of his family between 1799 and 1844. The letters provide considerable detail about Kingsley's life in the Army from 1799 through 1815; after that, they deal primarily with his civilian family and business concerns in Nashville. Recipients of the letters include Kingsley's parents, his brother Elishe and his sister Achsa. A few of the letters are from Clarissa Kingsley Chase and her husband John to Ebenezer Kingsley. During the course of the correspondence, the Vermont members of the family resided in Barre, Williamstown, Hardwick, Montepellier, Berlin, and Waterbury. The arrangement of the collection is chronological.

The University of Vermont acquired the Alpha Kingsley Papers in September 1987 as a gift from the Enosburg Historical Society , Enosburg, Vermont, and in July 1988 as a gift from Ms. Pauline Pomeroy of New York City. Ms. Pomeroy, a descendent of Alpha Kingsley, gave the Kingsley manuscript that UVM received from the Enosburg Historical Society to the Society in 1987. The Enosburg Historical Society has a complete set of photocopies of the Kingsley Papers.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. -- History-Sources

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • Nashville (Tenn.)

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