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Benjamin True Diaries

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0993-sc

Scope and Contents Note

Eleven diaries of a county sheriff and farmer in Portland and Pownal, Maine covering the years 1884 to 1894. Entries are short and topics covered include his work as a county sheriff, his daily activities, short observations on the daily weather, work on the farm, who came to visit, trips he made. Included are records of financial accounts at the end of each diary.

Dates

  • 1884-1894

Creator

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

Benjamin True was born around 1820 in Pownal, Maine, and was the Cumberland County Sheriff from 1883 to 1886. He and his family lived in the jail house in Portland, Maine, during that time. He possibly owned several properties in Portland. He was married to Frances G. True who was born in Massachusetts around 1818, and they had eight children: Sarah, Jabez, Bernice, DeCarteret, Neal, Ernest, Norman, and Alfred. His wife died on Nov. 22, 1885. In December 1887 he returned to the family farm in Pownal. From 1889 to 1896 he was a justice in Pownal and worked on his farm.

Extent

1 folder (11 items ; 19 cm)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Eleven diaries of a county sheriff and farmer in Portland and Pownal, Maine covering the years 1884 to 1894.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from DeWolfe & Wood, Alfred, Maine in 2004.

General

No finding aid - see Special Collections librarian for assistance.
Title
Guide to the Benjamin True Diaries
Status
No Additional Box Or Folder List For This Small Collection
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
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207-581-1686