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Turner, Abel

Abel Turner, The Life and Travels of Abel Turner

1839
451p. 0.2 linear feet
Call no.: MS 708 bd

As a young man in Foxcroft, Maine, Abel Turner was caught up in the evangelical revivals and converted to Free Will Baptism, becoming a minister by the age of 21. Beginning in the backwoods settlements, Turner spent the better part of a decade attempting to “convert sinners” in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties and the in the Burned-Over District of New York state, from Utica to Penn Yan and Cattaraugus County.

Written for his wife, Abel Turner’s long and detailed autobiography is a remarkable record of a young Free Will Baptist minister’s labors during the Second Great Awakening. Beginning with his childhood in Maine and his conversion experience, the manuscript provides insight into Turner’s experiences preaching in the rough-hewn interior settlements of Maine and the Burned-Over District of New York from roughly 1821 through 1839. In addition to some wonderful commentary on evangelical religion in the heart of the Awakening and on Turner’s own spiritual development, the memoir includes fascinating descriptions of the towns and people he met along the way.

Subjects
Free Will Baptists (1727-1935)--Clergy
Maine--History--19th century
New York (State)--History--19th century
Second Great Awakening--Maine--History
Second Great Awakening--New York (State)--History
Contributors
Turner, Abel
Types of material
Autobiographies
Twiss, Thomas D.

Thomas D. Twiss Account Book

1829-1873
1 vol. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 921 bd

A farmer and laborer in Antrim, N.H., Thomas Dimon Twiss was born in Beverly, Mass., in 1801. At the age of 24, Twiss married a local Antrim woman, Betsey Brackett, with whom he raised a family of three children.

This typical single-column account book of the mid-nineteenth century records Twiss’s diverse economic transactions, providing labor for the town in “braking rods” [breaking roads] and “digin graves”and to neighbors and for a wide variety of manual farm labor, including killing hogs, plowing, threshing, haying, and assorted carpentry work.

Subjects
Antrim (N.H.)--Economic conditions--19th century
Farmers--New Hampshire--19th century
Grave diggers--New Hampshire--19th century
Types of material
Account books
Tyler, Philemon L., b. 1812

Phileman L. Tyler Daybooks

1841-1852
2 vols. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 236 bd

The shoemaker, Philemon L. Tyler, was born in Massachusetts in 1812. He and his wife Tersilla, also a native of Massachusetts, settled in New York some time before the birth of their first child in 1838. By 1850, after at least a decade in the village of Springville in the agricultural town of Concord, New York, Tyler had three children, and real estate valued at $4,400.

Daybooks include a record of the prices of boots and shoes, and the method and form of payment (rarely cash, sometimes labor, but often apples, potatoes, chicken, wheat, mutton, pork, beef, hay, and other farm products such as cow hides and calf skins).

Subjects
Barter--New York--Erie County--History--19th century
Boots--Prices--New York--Erie County--History--19th century
Debtor and creditor--New York--Erie County--History--19th century
Erie County (N.Y.)--Economic conditions--19th century
Erie County (N.Y.)--Rural conditions--19th century
Hides and skins--New York--Erie County--History--19th century
Shoemakers--New York--Erie County--Economic conditions--19th century
Shoes--Prices--New York--Erie County--History--19th century
Springville (Erie County, N.Y.)--Economic conditions--19th century
Springville (Erie County, N.Y.)--Rural conditions--19th century
Contributors
Tyler, Phileman L., 1812-
Types of material
Daybooks
Tymoczko, Maria

Maria Tymoczko Papers

1973-2002
3 boxes 2.5 linear feet
Call no.: FS 141

As an undergraduate at Harvard, Maria Tymoczko was lured away from the study of biochemistry into medieval literature, remaining at Harvard through her doctorate and eventually making the subject into an academic career. Since joining the faculty at UMass Amherst in 1974, she has written or edited six books and has built an international reputation in three fields: Celtic medieval literature, Irish studies, and translation studies. A popular instructor, she has also played a leading role on several university committees.

The Tymoczko Papers document both the career and university service of a scholar of Irish literature and theorist of translation. In addition to her professional correspondence (1973-1980), the collection includes a significant quantity of material documenting Tymoczko’s university service, including notes from her time as chair of the General Education Council (1986-1994), from the Joint Task Force of UMass and Community College Relations, and the Rules Committee and Ad-hoc Committee on Retention of Administrators of the Faculty Senate. Additions to the collection are expected in the future.

Subjects
Irish literature
Translating and interpreting
University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
University of Massachusetts Amherst. Program in Comparative Literature
Contributors
Tymoczko, Maria
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