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Call No.: Mss:77 1833-1860 C487
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Epaphras Bull Chase records
Quantity: 1 linear feet (5 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The collection consists of five volumes pertaining to E. B. Chase's various business interests from 1833 to 1860.
Baker Library Historical Collections holds several other collections relating to Epaphras B. Chase and his family. These include records of the Passumpsic Stage Coach Company and Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers Railroad, 1845-1858 (Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers Railroad, Mss:705 1845-1858 C487). Also, an 1858 diary kept by Henry Chase while he practiced law in Sycamore, Illinois, (Henry Chase diary, Mss:831 1858 C487) and an account book that records Henry Chase's educational expenses at Yale College (1848-1850) and Harvard Law School (1851) and tuition payments (1861-1862) he collected while running the Lyndon Academy with his sister Adaline (Henry Chase account book, Mss:864 1843-1865 C487).
Epaphras Bull Chase, son of Moses and Deborah (Bull) Chase, was born 1800 in Bradford, Vermont. His father, Moses Chase, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1797, read law and practiced in both Calais, Maine, and Bradford, Vermont. As the oldest of nine children, Epaphras became somewhat of an entrepreneur as he owned a store in Lyndon, Vermont, by age nineteen. In addition, he traded in corn, hogs, sheep and cattle and soon acquired an interest in a second store located in a neighboring town. He was instrumental in the establishment of a bank in Newbury, Vermont. In 1848, Chase contracted with six other men to set up a stage line from Lyndon to Lebanon, New Hampshire. In 1850, Chase and a partner, A. P. Balch, bought out the other stage line owners and undertook an extension of the Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers Railroad which followed the stage route.Epaphras Bull Chase married Louisa Baldwin in the 1820s. The couple had seven children including: (1) Henry, b. October 10, 1827, d. February 12, 1904 in Calais, Maine; (2) Charles; (3) Charlotte; (4) Emily; (5) Adaline; (6) Mary; and (7) Martha. Chase was prosperous enough to send Henry to Yale and eventually to Harvard Law School while his daughter, Martha, attended Miss Aiken's Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut. Henry worked as an attorney in Vermont and later in Illinois, but eventually returned to Vermont to run Lyndon Academy with his sister Adaline. Epaphras Bull Chase died September 10, 1867 in Lyndon, Vermont.
The collection consists of five volumes pertaining to Epaphras Bull Chase's various business interests from 1833 to1860.