The Southern cluster of Deaf families in Maine starts with the Badger-Boardwin-Brown-Glidden clan with twenty-three Deaf people, including Deaf spouses. A second large Deaf clan, the Campbells, linked up in marriage with several other Deaf families, such as the Chandlers, Riggs, Tripps, Gibsons, Wakefields and Littlefields, and Curtises and Rowes. Twenty-five letters among members of the Deaf Campbells reveal much the same issues as those hearing families faced—health, work, marriage and childbirth, and religion. The Curtis-Rowe clan had members linked by marriage from fifty-two families with Deaf members. These linkages among Deaf families—both marital and parental—shaped the everyday lives of the family members, who travelled to be together, socialized their children together, tended to the ill, sought work for the unemployed, and so on.
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