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George Driver (1805-1887) Papers

George Driver (1805-1887) Papers

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GEORGE DRIVER (1805-1887) PAPERS, 1836-1882





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Driver, George, 1805-1887
Title:George Driver (1805-1887) Papers
Dates:1836/1882
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The George Drive papers contain diaries kept by this Salem, Massachusetts, shoecutter and gardener.
Collection Number:MSS 200

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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.


Biographical Sketch

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.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Climatology
Gardening
Horticulture
Weather
Salem (Mass.)
Diaries

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

George Driver (1805-1887) Papers, MSS 200, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Sophia Osgood Driver in 1905.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Unknown, [1980s]. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, December 2015.


Related Material


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, 1889.


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