The Freeman-Robbins Papers consist of two family histories and the letters of Allen B. Freeman. An Ohio Volunteer during the Civil War, Allen B. Freeman returned to Vermont after the war and began life with his first wife, Ellen Smith. There were three children born of this marriage, and three more children were born to Allen Freeman and his second wife, Carrie. Carrie and Allen were divorced before their third child, Ellen, was born. Four years later Allen Freeman married Ophelia Spaulding, his third and final marriage. In 1895 Allen Freeman moved from Vermont to Conway, Arkansas, and bought an 80-acre farm in Petit, Arkansas, where he lived until his death in 1897.
Much of the correspondence pertains to Freeman’s service in the war and his business ventures. The historical materials focus on the children of Allen and Carrie Freeman and on the history of the Robbins family, connected with the Freeman family by marriage. The materials provide an interesting look at the lives of Civil War veterans and at the genealogy of the Robbins and Freeman families.
Arrangement: This collection is arranged in three file folders. The first contains the correspondence of Allen B. Freeman in Chronological order. The second folder contains a copy of “The Life of Allen B. Freeman” by Iva May Robbins. The third folder contains a copy of “Genealogy of the Wellington Robbins Family” compiled by Walter Frank Robbins.
File 1 – Correspondence of Allen B. Freeman, 1883-1912
File 2 – “The Life of Allen B. Freeman,” by Iva May Robbins
File 3 – “Genealogy of the Wellington Robbins Family,” compiled by Walter Frank Robbins
File 4 – Diary of Ruth O. Robbins 2/24/36-12/28/49
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