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2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

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 Amos C. Barstow Papers

 Family of Providence, R.I.

 Papers, 1830-1975

 Size: .25 ft.

 Catalog number: MSS 284

 Processed by: Elizabeth Delmage, March 2007

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Amos Chafee Barstow (1813-1894) was born 30 April 1813 to Nathaniel and Sophia Chafee Barstow in Providence, R.I. Barstow married Emeline Mumford Eames (1813-1900) on 28 May 1834 and together they had the following children: Sarah S. (Barstow) Thomas (1839-1901), Emeline E. (Barstow) Bradford (1840-1937), Mary L. (Barstow) Cooke (1842-1919), Martha M. (Barstow) Cutler (1844-1873), Anna J. (Barstow) Butler (1846-1923), Amos C. Barstow, Jr. (1848-1903), and George E. Barstow (b. 1849). Amos C. Barstow was a stove manufacturer and operated the Barstow Stove Company on Point Street in Providence, R.I. He died on 5 September 1894 in Providence, R.I.

            Amos Chafee Barstow, Jr. (1848-1903) was born 2 November 1848 in Providence and was a stove manufacturer like his father. He married Grace Mason Palmer (1850-1933) on 27 June 1876 and they lived at 224 Angell Street in Providence. Amos and Grace had four children:

Amos C. Barstow III (1877-1879), Mary M. (Barstow) Guernsey (1879-1967), John Palmer Barstow (1880-1937), and Grace E. (Barstow) Murphy (1888-1975). He died on 12 May 1903 and is buried in the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, R.I.

            Grace E. (Barstow) Murphy moved to New York with her family and took in her mother, Grace M. Palmer Barstow when she was no longer able to live independently. Grace E. (Barstow) Murphy was the mother of Alison M. Conner, the donor of this collection.


Guide to Women's Diaries in the Manuscript Collection at the Rhode Island Historical Society


Rhode Island Cemetery Database

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Scope and content:

            This collection is comprised of correspondence, diaries and other miscellaneous materials from various members of the Barstow family dating from 1830 through 1975. Included are Grace M. (Palmer) Barstow's travel diaries from Europe as well as her mother-in-law, Emeline M. (Eames) Barstow's autograph books that are filled with poems and quotations from her friends. A volume of the New Testament given to Amos C. Barstow, Jr. by his mother in 1891 is also included.

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            The materials within this collection were donated by Alison M. Conner of Olympia, Washington in two separate gifts, one in June 1975 (#1975. 48. 1- ) and the second in July 1976 (#1976. 122. 1- ).

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Processing note:

            This collection was rehoused into an archival box and folders in March 2007.

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Box 1, Folder 1.          Amos C. Barstow                                           1862-1891

Box 1, Folder 2.          Amos C. Barstow, Jr.                                     1883-1905. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 3.          Emeline M. (Eames) Barstow                        1835-1891

Box 1, Folder 4.          Grace M. (Palmer) Barstow                           1875-1929

Box 1, Folder 5.          Grace E. (Barstow) Murphy                           1947

Box 1, Folder 6.          Alison M. Conner                                           1975


Box 1, Folder 7.          Grace M. (Palmer) Barstow                           1873-1874

Box 1, Folder 8.          Grace M. (Palmer) Barstow                           1874-1875

Box 1, Folder 9.          Grace M. (Palmer) Barstow and                     1907

                                        Grace E. (Barstow) Murphy


Box 1, Folder 10.        Emeline M. (Eames) Barstow's                      1830-1832

                                          Autograph book

Box 1, Folder 11.        Emeline M. (Eames) Barstow's                      1836-1839

                                         Autograph book

Box 1, Folder 12.        Songs written for the Golden Wedding          28 May 1884

                                         of Mr. & Mrs. A.C. Barstow

Box 1, Folder 13.        Mary M. (Barstow) Guernsey's                      1887

                                         Tracing book

Box 1, Folder 14.        John Palmer Barstow's Original designs        1887

Box 1, Folder 15.        Remarks of A.C. Barstow before the             21 May 1890

                                         Union Congregational Church

Box 1, Folder 16.        John Palmer Barstow's School pamphlets      1890-1891, 1893-1894,

                                                                                                            29 Jun 1898

Box 1, Folder 17.        Amos C. Barstow, Jr.'s New Testament         1891

Box 1, Folder 18.        Poem by Mary M. (Barstow) Guernsey         March 1899

Box 1, Folder 19.        Genealogies of the Chafee and Barstow         n.d.


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Autograph books

Barstow, Amos C., 1813-1894

Barstow, Amos C., Jr., 1848-1903

Barstow, Emeline M. (Eames), 1813-1900

Barstow, Grace M. (Palmer), 1850-1933

Barstow, John P., 1880-1937

Diaries, 1873-1875

Diaries, 1907

Guernsey, Mary M. (Barstow), 1879-1967

Murphy, Grace E. (Barstow), 1888-1975


Union Congregational Church (Providence, R.I.)

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