Gove-Meader Family Papers
Scope and Contents
- Meader, Valentine, 1777-1837 (Contributor, Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Valentine Meader was Joseph Meader's brother, born on August 6, 1777, in New Hampshire. His mother, Abigail Field (1759-1784), was the first wife of Joseph Meader (1753-1820). He was a carpenter and a Quaker minister. He traveled widely in the ministry and died of an illness during one of his religious visits in 1837.
In 1830, Joseph Meader's daughter, Mary Meader (1817-1901) married Levi Gove, a descendant of John Gove (1604-1647/8) who had settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony shortly before his death. Later generations settled in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and many were members of the Society of Friends. Levi Gove (1802-1885) was the son of Moses Grove (1774-1851) and his first wife, Hannah Chase (1776-1831). He was a farmer who lived in Lincoln, NH, South Berwick, ME, and Lynn, MA, and had been married twice before. With his marriage to Mary Meader, he affiliated with the Wilburite Friends. His children from earlier marriages included Hiram (b. 1828) who lived in Nebraska for a time; Mary (1829-1864) who married Johnson Stout and lived in Hesper, Iowa; Eliza (1833-1855) who married Nicholas Guindon; Ruth (18334-1878) who married Job Batty. Levi and Mary (Meader) Gove had two children: William Henry Gove and Eliza Hetta Gove.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
- Ser.1 Correspondence which includes letters from three generations of the Gove-Meader family
- Ser.2 Miscellaneous
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The donor wrote that she had purchased the papers at auction about 20 years previous in Florida. William Henry Grove, who published the Gove Family genealogy, had vacationed there shortly before his death in 1920, and his sister Maria Sawyer resided in Florida.
- Gove-Meader Family Papers, 1803-1927
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