Digital Commonwealth

Fifield Family Collection

Weymouth Public Libraries, Tufts Library

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The Fifield Family Collection contains correspondence, personal papers, ephemera, photographs, and artifacts created or collected by three generations of Fifield family members. Dr. Noah Fifield (1783-1867) moved to Weymouth in 1806. For more than sixty years, he maintained a large and successful practice in Weymouth and surrounding towns. He was an original subscriber to, and a clerk of, the Society for the Reformation of Morals, founded in 1811.
 
Dr. Noah Fifield and Hannah Cranch Bond Fifield (1787-1870) were married in 1820 or 1821 and had three children: George Fordyce Fifield (1822-1846), Mary Sanborn Fifield (1822-1845), and William Cranch Bond Fifield (1828-1896). Along with her mother, Mary Sanborn Fifield was a member of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society and friends with Maria Weston Chapman's younger sisters Emma, Anne, and Lucia Weston. The Weymouth Public Libraries have additional materials in the Bates-Weston-Chapman Collection concerning Maria Weston Chapman, a noted abolitionist born in Weymouth in 1806. The more significant correspondence as it relates to social and human rights movements, especially anti-slavery efforts, can be found in Hannah Cranch Bond Fifield's and son William Cranch Bond Fifield's letters. Many letters addressed to Hannah Fifield in her role as secretary for the Weymouth and Braintree Female Anti-Slavery Society have been conserved by Northeast Document Conservation Center. William Cranch Bond Fifield followed in his father’s footsteps and became a physician. In 1856, he and Emily Anna Porter (1838 or 1840-1913) married, with Rev. Jonas Perkins of the Union Religious Society of Weymouth and Braintree. Among the items digitized from the collection are photographs of members of the Fifield family, in addition to an ambrotype of either Mary Sanborn Fifield or Emily Anna Porter, a daguerreotype of Emily Anna Porter and her sister Susannah as children, and a tintype of Rev. Jonas Perkins.
 
The digitized items here represent a portion of the whole collection. Additional digitized items will be made available in the future. The finding aid describes the collection in detail. It is available at the Tufts Library and online at the Weymouth Public Libraries website, www.weymouth.ma.us/weymouth-public-libraries.

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