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Isaac Plumb, Jr. family papers

Collection MS-2018-011: Isaac Plumb, Jr. family papers


  • Creation: 1830 - 1899

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters from Isaac Plumb, Jr. to his parents during his time as a Union soldier in the Civil War; legal documents from the Grant family and genealogical information regarding various relatives; and correspondence and a handwritten obituary for a member of the Cook family.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note: Cook family

Enoch Cook, Sr. was married to Jane Ryan. Their son, Captain Enoch Cook, Jr., died of yellow fever on September 30, 1856 in New Orleans and was buried in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard.


Captain Enoch Cook, Jr. obituary, 1856 September 30, Isaac Plumb family papers, MS.2018.011, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915. Provo, UT, USA: Accessed November 2018.

Biographical note: Isaac Plumb, Jr.

Isaac Plumb, Jr. was one of three children born to Isaac Plumb, Sr. and Catharine Eliza (Grant) Plumb. He was born on January 10, 1842. His brother was the painter Henry Grant Plumb (1847-1930).

Isaac Plumb, Jr. enlisted in 1861 in the 61st New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment as a Union soldier in the Civil War. He participated in numerous major battles, including battles at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He eventually died on July 4, 1864 in Washington, D. C. from wounds sustained at the Battle for Cold Harbor.


U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 containers)

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The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, and genealogical information pertaining to the Isaac Plumb family and their relatives, the Cooks and Grants. Of note are letters from Isaac Plumb, Jr. during his time as a Union soldier in the American Civil War.


The collection is arranged into four series: I. Cook family; II. Grant family; III. Plumb family; and IV. Unidentified family members. All materials are chronological within series.


Gift of Nicholas Pavlik, October 2016.

Related Materials

Bernard and Margaret Hayes letters, MS.2018. 026, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Florence and Ellen Burke letters, MS.2018.023, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

George Byron Lord letters, MS.1986.162, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Isaac Plumb, Jr. Family Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

Michael H. Leary letters, MS.1986.043, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Processing Information

This collection was received as materials relating to the Isaac Plumb, Jr. family; however, the relationship between the Cook and Plumb families is undetermined as of publication of this finding aid.

Isaac Plumb, Jr. Family Papers
Stephanie Hall
November 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States