Can you help us with our research? While many Connecticut residents know the story of Prudence Crandall and how she opened a school to educate young African-American girls in the early 1830s, few know the story of her marriage. Our project-based learning class will investigate her husband, Calvin Wheeler Philleo, because he was also a resident of Suffield. We want to know if more history about their relationship can provide more vital information about our state heroine’s historical record. What was significant about their marriage? We can search more information about him in our local archives. Along with checking Suffield Academy’s archives, we will reach out to members of the Suffield Historical Society and check records in the town hall. While conducting a preliminary research using the Hartford Courant Historical newspaper database, I found these records below. Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions regarding researching this figure.
Calvin Wheeler Philleo was a free-soiler and the husband of Prudence Crandall (School teacher & Activist)
Born: 14 June 1822 Vernon, Oneida County, New York, USA
Died: 30 June 1858 (aged 36), Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Buried in the Old Center Cemetery in Suffield, CT | Mem ID: 7976434 (discovered on www.findagrave.com)
Hartford Courant: Historical Newspaper References
This link contains some further biographical details of Calvin Philleo and also a transcript of a letter sent from Charles. B. Utley to Calvin in 1841.
Update – 12/12/18
Suffield. “Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Settlement of Suffield, Connecticut, October 12, 13 and 14, 1920, with Sketches from Its Past and Some Record of Its Last Half Century and of Its Present.” Library of Congress Information Bulletin, Victor, http://www.loc.gov/item/23002816/.In-text CitationCheck for GrammarCheck for Plagiarism
After delving deeper into the affiliations of Calvin Philleo, I am left with a question: What is the history of the free-soiler movement in Suffield, CT?
To uncover the truth of this question I will need to develop my networking skills and reach out to people that may be more knowledgeable about the topic. I will also need to refine my database searches and online research techniques.