Silas Dinsmore was born on September 26, 1766 in Windham, New Hampshire. He graduated from Darmouth College in 1791. Disnmore worked his way through Dartmouth College by teaching, a profession he continued to practice after his graduation. In 1793, he was appointed United States Agent to the Cherokee by President George Washington, a position he held until 1798. As the agent, Dinsmoor was a witness to the First Treaty of Tellico, signed in 1798 between the U. S. Government and tribal leaders, which signed away land in eastern Tennessee. In 1799 he accepted the job of purser on the naval frigate, USS ''George Washington''. In that capacity he sailed with the ship on a historic mission, it being the first U. S. warship to enter the Mediterranean Sea. Returning to the states, Dinsmoor was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson as Agent to the Choctaw. In later life, Dinsmore served for a time as Principal Surveyor for the Land Office in New Orleans. He died on June 17, 1847. Mary Gordon Dinsmore was born in 1777 in Hampstead, New Hampshire.She attended Atkinson Academy where she and some of her siblings were taught by her future husband, Silas Dinsmoor. She married him in 1808 and followed him to the Mississippi Territory with their first child, Silas Gordon. In 1829 the family moved to Cincinnati. Soon after settling in Cincinnati, Silas purchased a small farm along the river in Boone County that included an island, which he called Grape Island. She died in 1854.
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Overview Dinsmore Family. The collection contains correspondence, legal papers, and financial records of the family. Includes papers of Silas Dinsmoor as agent to the Cherokee Indians (his diary, surveys, and reports).