MS Am 2310
Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce Buford letters to her
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Call No.: MS Am 2310
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce.
Title: Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce Buford letters to her cousin,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from Mary Ann Buford to an unidentified cousin, concerning family matters
and life in the North during the post Civil War years. Mary Ann Buford was the wife
of Civil War general, Napoleon Bonaparte Buford.
*2000M-25. Gift of Robert Meteyard, Danby Croft, Leatherhead Road, Great Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey KT23 4RR, U.K.;
received: 2000 October 13.
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Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce Buford Letters to her Cousin (MS Am 2310 ). Houghton Library,
Some prominent names connected with this collection are:
- Buford, John, 1826-1863. Civil War general and half-brother of Napoleon Bonapart Buford. Father was John Buford,
Sr. and mother Ann Bannister Watson Buford.
- Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. 1st husband was Haywood Pierce; 2nd husband was Napoleon Bonapart Buford (she was
his 2nd wife). She was the sister of Sarah Miles Greenwood Lunt (d.1842). She became
the caretaker for George Lunt's two daughters (she was their maternal aunt), Marion
(May) and Sarah (Lily), after her sister died.
- Buford, Napoleon B., 1807-1883. Napoleon Bonapart Buford was a Civil War general; son of John Buford, Sr. and Nancy
Hickman Buford; West Point (1827); his second wife was Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce Buford.
Studied law at Harvard, was the half-brother of Civil War general John Buford (1825-1863).
Family moved from Kentucky to Rock Island, Illinois. He was financially ruined by the default of Southern bonds held by his bank; served
with Union Army from Aug. 1861 to Aug. 1865, was special United States commissioner
of Indian affairs in 1868, and U.S. Commissioner for inspecting the Union Pacific
railroad from 1867-1869.
- Eagan, Sarah Miles Lunt Biers, 1840-1915. ("Lily"): daughter of George Lunt and Sarah Miles Greenwood Lunt (d.1842); known
as Cousin Lily; married Dr. Alfred ?Biers [possibly Beers?] and William T. Egan. Had son Buford Egan .
- Lunt, George, 1803-1885. Son of Abel Lunt and Phoebe Lunt. A.B. Harvard 1824, practiced law in Newburyport
in 1827, later a politician, poet, and editor. Had three wives: Sarah Miles Greenwood
Lunt (d.1842), Emily Ashton Lunt, and Adeline Treadwell Parsons Lunt. Two of his daughters
were: Marion Greenwood Lunt Meatyard ("May") (1835-1915) and Sarah Miles Lunt Biers
Eagan ("Lily") (1840-1915).
- Meatyard, Marion Greenwood Lunt, 1835-1915. ("May"): daughter of George Lunt and Sarah Miles Greenwood Lunt (d.1842); known as
Cousin May; married Thomas Columbus Meatyard; son Thomas Buford Meteyard.
- Meatyard, Thomas Columbus. (d.1868): aid (Captain) to General Buford; married Marion Greenwood Lunt Meatyard
(1835-1915) (May), son Thomas Buford Meteyard (1865-1928). General Buford looked after
T.C. Meatyard's widow and small son after father's death in 1868.
- Meteyard, Robert T.B., 1912-. Son of Thomas Buford Meteyard and Isabel Barber Meteyard. Married Mary Hart, children:
Martin, Hugh, and Jenny. Donor of these papers.
- Meteyard, Thomas Buford. (1865-1928): b. Illinois, expatriate painter was one of the first Americans to be
included in early Post-Impressionist exhibitions. He married Isabel Barber Meteyard.
Their son was Robert T.B. Meteyard (b.1912-), the donor of these papers.
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically.
Letters discuss family matters in the regions of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Newburyport,
Massachusetts, Rock Island, Illinois, the shore of Connecticut, Chicago, and Colorado.
Most letters and all envelopes have autograph manuscript annotations by the donor,
Robert T.B. Meteyard.
- (1). Buford, Napoleon B., 1807-1883. Letter to Mr. Hobbs , Newburyport, 1865 Dec. 4. 1 folders
Mentions: Mrs. Buford's admiration for the Rocky Mountains , Cousin May's beautiful baby, and his happiness in being at the Hunt 's in Newburyport.
- (2). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letters to cousin, Newburyport, 1865 Oct. 23 and Cambridgeport, 1865 Dec. 18. 1 folders
Mentions: General Buford's efforts to pay off all debts caused by the Civil War, received
letters from the Captain and Cousin May in Rock Island, Illinois, Captain Meatyard and Cousin May to go to Chicago where Captain has a position.
- (3). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letters to cousin, Cambridgeport, 1866 Jan. 7 and Feb. 7. 1 folders
Mentions: Interesting news of Captain Meatyard, Cousin May, and Tommy, and writes
of their future movements and plans for going west.
- (4). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letters to cousin, Cambridgeport, 1866 Mar. 4 and Deerfield, 1866 Mar. 24. 1 folders
Mentions: news of family members and her experiences during war with smallpox in hospitals.
- (5). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letters to cousin, Deerfield, 1866 Apr. 5, Pine Orchard, Conn., 1866 Apr. 22, and St. Nicholas Hotel, New York and Chicago, 1866 Apr. 28 - June 10-18. 1 folders
Mentions: Cousin May, Pine Orchard on Long Island Sound, Cousin Lily, Central Park,
injury to Captain Meatyard's foot, and Tommy as a baby.
- (6). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letters to cousin, Milwaukee, 1866 May 28, Pine Orchard, Conn., 1866 July ? and 4. 1 folders
Mentions: Cousin Lily was left at Pine Orchard when they were going west, saw Cousin May in Chicago for
baby's baptism, visited Rock Island, Illinois and packed up equipment for trip to log cabin, saw daughter-in-law Annie from Kentucky, and visited Brown relations of Mr. Pierce her first husband in Milwaukee.
Also describes Pine Orchard, Cousin Lily's delicate health, and General's life on
railway out west.
- (7). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letters to cousin, Pine Orchard, Conn., 1866 Aug. 7 and Newburyport, 1866 Sept. 2. 1 folders
Mentions: first mention of Dr. Biers (possibly Beers?) who wishes to marry Cousin
Lily, wants her opinion of Dr. Biers, visit of Captain, Cousin May and Tommy, and
Newburyport is unkind and unpleasant influence to Aunt Sarah and to her mother when
they are not there. Also mentions: Captain Meatyard's fishing excursion, Aunt Stedman's
illness and lovely character, and party at the Wheelwrights who were cousins (Eben
- (8). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letters to cousin, Cambridge, 1866 Oct. 24, Newburyport, 1866 Oct. 29, and Cambridgeport, 1866 Dec. 16. 1 folders
Mentions: Cousin Lily is very delicate, Mr. Buford writes from Colorado of sleeping
out of doors, Aunt Stedman very ill, and George Lunt's departure for Australia.
- (9). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letter to cousin, Cambridgeport, 1867 Jan. 6. 1 folders
Mentions: Arrival of Aunt Greenwood, Cousin May, little Tommy and Christmas, Christmas
in Cambridgeport, and Cousin Lily's wedding outfit.
- (10). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letter to cousin, Chicago, 1867 Mar. 3 and Rock Island, 1867 Mar. 29- Apr. 1. 1 folders
Mentions: Tommy teething, May getting ready to go to Cairo, train journey from Boston
to Chicago with her mother, the General off for the plains always enduring every hardship
to pay off debts from the war, and Tommy happy with great-grandmother. Also mentions:
her return to Rock Island with her mother, Lily left in Chicago and delicate health,
Dr Biers and engagement to Lily, General Buford in Colorado and his troops, Cousin
May, and how she has been cheated out of her property and her incompetent lawyer .
- (11). Buford, Mary Ann Greenwood Pierce. Letter to cousin, Rock Island, Illinois, 1867 no month or day. 1 folders
Mentions: Dr. Biers visit, unexpected arrival of General Buford on his way to Washington
from the west, the disturbing behavior of his son Joseph, death of her mother, Cousin
Lily to be married in the autumn and they will go to Litchfield, Massachusetts to