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Accession number 2013.7
Title Dorothy Copeland Chase Farm papers, 1826-1981
Date 1826-1981
Creator Chase, Dorothy Copeland
Extent of Description about 25 items
Scope & Content Papers donated by family after an estate auction in October 2012. Items are relating to the Chase and Coggeshall families, including school books, photographs, tin types, deeds, and a farm ledger.

Inventory:
- Deed, Frances Gibbs, 1840
- Deed, Peleg Coggeshall, 1845
- Deed, John Bours, 1787
- Deed, Ann Brewer, 1771
- Lease, John Bours, 1787
- Lease, John Bours, 1788
- Probate Account, Enos Gibbs, guardian 1835
- Warrant, Division of Phebe Thurston estate, 1832
- 2 Black Photo Albums
- 1 Leather bound diary of farming accounts, 1873
- Engraved portrait, George C. Coggeshall, undated
- Photograph, 5 children at table, undated
- Photograph, George and Sarah G. Coggeshall family gathering on porch, 1981
- Photograph, Chase family gathering, 1914
- Folder of small photographs, obituatries and gravestones, circa 1981
- Book, "Easy lessons for Infants and Short Stories", inscribed Benjamin Lake, 1826
- 4 penmanship workbooks, belonging to Nellie Coggeshall and Lizze C. Weaver, 1866-1885
- Membership card, Order of Kings, Daughters and Sons, Emma Chase, 1890

In library:
- Various files of modern genealogical and biographical notes on Coggeshall and Chase families of Rhode Island
- Framed map, "Road Map of the Island of Rhode Island" by William H. Lawton, 1885
Admin/Biographical History From published obituary:

Dorothy “Dot” Weaver Copeland Chase, 94, of Portsmouth, died at home peacefully on Wednesday, July 25th 2012 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Herbert Manton Chase and the daughter of Norma Stanton Coggeshall and Clinton Babbit Copeland. Born at the Newport Hospital in 1918, she spent most of her life on Aquidneck Island, the majority of that time at Chase Farms. She was the sister of William Harvey Copeland and the late George Melvin Copeland. She is survived by her children, Penelope, Deana, Samuel, Sarah, and Harry; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Her son, Peter and grandson Hayden predeceased her.

Dorothy was a farm wife and mother. She the first female vestry member and president of the Episcopal Church Women at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, past-president of the Portsmouth PTA, a member of the Republican Town Committee, the Historical Society, the Portsmouth Garden Club and an inaugural member of Portsmouth’s Conservation Committee. She had a lifetime love of birds, and was active in the Audubon Society, an accomplished catch and release fly fisher, and a button and shell collector. Dorothy wrote two books, My Life and More of My Life.
System of arrangement This collection has been minimally processed. It is organized alphabetically by type in one series.
I. Family papers and photographs
People Bours, John
Chase, Emma
Chase, Herbert Manton
Coggeshall, George C.
Coggeshall, Nellie
Coggeshall, Peleg
Coggeshall, Sarah G.
Gibbs, Enos
Gibbs, Frances
Lake, Benjamin
Thurston, Phebe
Weaver, Lizzie
Subjects Family
Farm life
Farming
Land use
Membership cards
Photograph albums
Photographs
Tintypes
Search Terms Coggeshall Family
Chase Family
Containers Farm accounting book
Photo Albums
Photographs
Schoolbooks
Tintypes
Legal Documents