Guide to the Cushman Family Papers, 1880-1945

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The Cushman family lived in Nantucket, Mass., in the latter half of the nineteenth century. This collection consists of correspondence relating to the death of Harriette Cushman, eulogies for her written by her sister Mary Esther Cushman, and correspondence on Cushman genealogy and family history from Clara Parker and Edouard Stackpole.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Cushman Family Papers
Cushman family
.25 linear feet
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Cushman Family Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Mark and Rebecca Williams (Acc. RL2019.44).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Names
    • Cushman family
    • Cushman, Harriette Eliza
    • Cushman, Mary Esther
    • Underwood, Patricia Jean
    • Parker, Clara
    • Stackpole, Edouard

Biographical Information

Harriette Eliza “Hattie” Cushman was born in Nantucket, Mass., on 24 March 1856, to parents George W. Cushman (1828-1897) and Eliza Fearing Coffin Cushman (1830-1897). Harriette spent most of her childhood on Nantucket, although she spent some seasons at the family home in Chautauqua, N.Y. After graduating with full honors from Nantucket High School in 1876, she moved to Chicago, Ill., to enroll in the Chicago Medical College. Harriette fell ill with diphtheria and died 31 August 1880 in Chicago.

Mary Esther Cushman, born in Chautauqua on 3 May 1870, was sister to Harriette and the youngest child of George and Eliza Cushman. She attended school in Jamestown, N.Y., and taught briefly in the Chautauqua County Schools after graduation. In 1897, Mary married Waite Ruben Underwood (1870-1948), of Colorado Spring, Colo., and at some point before 1930, they moved to Portland, Or. Mary and Waite had four children: Robert (1901-1994), Margaret (1906-), Malcom (1908-1956), and Gordon (1910-1978). Mary died in Portland on 2 March 1962.

Patricia Jean Underwood, son of Robert Cushman Underwood, was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on 30 July 1926. In 1947, she married Charles Slocum Williams (1923-1995). Patricia died 12 November 1999 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Scope and Content

Collection includes incoming correspondence to the Cushman family and biographical eulogies on Harriette Cushman. Letters to Mary Esther Cushman and Patricia Jean Underwood on the Cushman family were researched and written by Clara Parker, librarian at the Nantucket Athenaeum, and Edouard Stackpole, director of the Nantucket Historical Association.


Folder 1: Harriette Cushman postcards, 1880

Folder 2: Telegraphs on the death of Harriette Cushman, 1880
Folder 3: Eulogies for Harriette Cushman, circa 1880
Folder 4: Clara Parker correspondence on Cushman genealogy, 1933-1934
Folder 5: Edouard Stackpole correspondence on Cushman family history, 1945

Folder 6: Letter to Patricia Jean Underwood from Mary Cushman Underwood, June 1936


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