The Dusenbury Family Collection provides a glimpse into the everyday life of members of the Dusenbury family in the 19th century.
The bulk of the collection consists of personal letters written to Celestia Deuel (nee Bishop), and other members of the Bishop,
Conde, and Warriner Families. Included is a genealogy detailing the Dusenbury family line from the 1600’s through 1990 and
miscellaneous ephemera. Mrs. Deuel’s connection to the Dusenbury family is through the marriage of her daughter, Samantha
Estelle Deuel to Frank Elmer Dusenbury in 1894.
The bulk of the Dusenbury Family Collection consists of personal letters sent to Celestia Bishop Deuel. Mrs. Deuel, born
Celestia Bishop in Indiana in 1830, spent much of her childhood and young adult life in Whitewater, Wisconsin. She married
Theodore C. Deuel in 1852 in Bradford County, Wisconsin. The Deuels lived in Kansas from 1859-1860, when they moved back
to Wisconsin for a short time before returning to Kansas in 1866. In 1883, Theodore and Celestia Deuel were living in Fairmount,
Kansas and had ten children (Cutler, 1883). Newspaper clippings found in the collection indicate that the Deuels relocated
to Fullerton, California, around 1901. Mrs. Deuel died in 1912. Mrs. Deuel is connected to the Dusenbury family through
the marriage of her daughter, Samantha Estelle Deuel to Frank Elmer Dusenbury in 1894 (Carver, 1991).
Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission
to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the SJSU Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include
or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply
to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
The collection is open for research.