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MS Am 768

Crosby, Mary Taylor, 1745-. Mary Taylor Crosby correspondence, 1766-1804: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 768
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Crosby, Mary Taylor, 1745-.
Title: Mary Taylor Crosby correspondence,
Date(s): 1766-1804.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of Grafton, Massachusetts native, Mary Taylor Crosby with friends, her brother, and her future husband, Aaron Crosby. The Crosby's were missionaries to the Oneida mission.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Fred W. Dickinson, as estate administrator, Box 1339, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1915 February 15.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Mary Taylor Crosby Correspondence, 1766-1804 (MS Am 768). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Miss Mary Taylor Crosby was born in Grafton, Massachusetts on 1745 November 1, the daughter of Hezekiah Taylor and Abigail Hunt Taylor. She was also addressed in these letters, prior to marriage, as Dolly Taylor or Polly Taylor. She married Aaron Crosby on 1774 August 22 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and joined her husband in his missionary work at the Oneida mission. They had a daughter Mary (born 1776) and a son Eli (born 1778).
Aaron Crosby (1744-1824) was born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts on 1745 December 31. He was the son of Samuel Crosby (died 1748 January 23 in Shrewsbury) and Dorothy Brown Crosby. His father died when he was four and his mother remarried Jonathan Ward of Upton. He was a Harvard College A.B. 1770, A.M. 1773, a school master at Brookfield in 1771, and a missionary with the Oneida mission on the Susquehannah River, set out on 1771 August 21. While at Harvard College, he had roomed with Mary's brother, Hezekiah Taylor. He died in 1824.
Mary's brother, Hezekiah Taylor, was born 1748 November 16 and he was a Harvard A.B. 1770, A.M. 1797. For several years after graduation he kept school in Westborough and Shrewsbury. On 1774 March 31 he married Sarah Frost (died 1840). He became the first minister of the First Congregational Church of Newfane, Vermont and died 1814 August 23.
Sources: Sibley's Harvard Graduates. Volume XVII, 1768-1771. Massachusetts Historical Society: Boston, 1975; and notes from donor of collection (see item 14) below.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of Mary Taylor Crosby, with her brother Hezekiah Taylor, courting letters with her soon-to-be-husband Aaron Crosby, and between Mary and various friends. Some letters exchanged while Aaron Crosby and Hezekiah Taylor were students at Harvard College. Also includes autograph manuscript notes concerning the collection, written by the donor, Fred W. Dickinson.


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