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Driver, George, 1805-1887
George Driver (1805-1887)
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The George Drive papers contain
diaries kept by this Salem, Massachusetts, shoecutter and gardener.
Scope and Content Note
The George Drive papers contain diaries kept by this Salem, Massachusetts, shoecutter
and gardener. George Driver maintained gardening accounts for years, but it was not
until 1879 that he identified his occupation as "gardener" in the Salem City
directory. The diaries in this collection concern his gardening activities. Each is
divided into two sections: day-to-day weather accounts, and notes on the planting
and harvesting he undertook.
George Driver was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on May 7,
1805, the son of Stephen, Jr. and Ruth (Metcalf) Driver. After briefly working as a
cabinetmaker, Driver entered the family business of shoemaking, joining the house of
his oldest brother, Stephen III, as a limited partner in 1827. At this time Stephen
Driver's business was a retail store doing only custom work. In 1836 Stephen sold
his interest to his brother-in-law, Ebenezer Buswell, and began a wholesale business
in boots and shoes. George Driver stayed with Buswell under the name of Driver &
Buswell until 1847, when George withdrew to join Stephen's wholesale trade. He
remained there, principally as a shoecutter, until Stephen's death in 1867.
George married Mary Pittman (1806-1830) on April 28, 1829; they had no children.
On August 12, 1835, Driver married Sophia Derby Field (1805-1870) in Salem. They had
three daughters: Sophia Osgood, Ruth Helen, and Sarah Ellen. He died in Salem on
April 7, 1887.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
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This material was donated by Sophia Osgood Driver in 1905.
Collection processed by Unknown, [1980s]. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, December
Cooke, Harriet Ruth Waters. The Driver Family: A
Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Robert and Phebe Driver, of Lynn,
Mass. With an Appendix, Containing Twenty-three Allied Families.
1592-1887. New York: Printed for the Author by J. Wilson and Son,