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Collection Number: 04644-z

Collection Title: William Henry Gurney Papers, 1861-1903

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Abstract William Henry Gurney, son of carpenter Ephraim and Eliza Drew Raymond Gurney, lived in South Abington, Mass. He married Jane Woods Bourne (d. 1912) in 1848. Their children were Catherine Jane (b. 1849); Darleina Frances, who died in infancy; Ada Frances (b. 1853); and Frank William (b. 1870). Gurney worked as a stamper and guilder at the time of his enrollment in the 7th Massachusetts Volunteers. Letters and other documents relating to William Henry Gurney's service as captain with the 7th Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861-1864. Gurney wrote to his wife Jane from camps in various locations in Virginia telling her about camp life, offering his opinions of commanding officers, and expressing his love for her and their children. He also wrote of his anticipated discharge in 1864. Also included are a few notes on Gurney family history and a 1903 letter from a professional genealogist requesting information on the family.
Creator Gurney, William Henry, 1827-1890.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Henry Gurney papers #4644-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum of Valley Stream, N.Y., in December 1992 (Acc. 93009).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William Henry Gurney, son of carpenter Ephraim and Eliza Drew Raymond Gurney, lived in South Abington, Mass. He married Jane Woods Bourne (d. 1912) in 1848. Their children were Catherine Jane (b. 1849); Darleina Frances, who died in infancy; Ada Frances (b. 1853); and Frank William (b. 1870). Gurney worked as a stamper and guilder at the time of his enrollment in the 7th Massachusetts Volunteers.

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Letters and other documents relating to William Henry Gurney's service as captain with the 7th Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861-1864. Gurney wrote to his wife Jane from camps in various locations in Virginia telling her about camp life, offering his opinions of commanding officers, and expressing his love for her and their children. He also wrote of his anticipated discharge in 1864. Also included are a few notes on Gurney family history and a 1903 letter from a professional genealogist requesting information on the family.

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