Title: Hazelton Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1830-1945
Collection number: Mss32
Mrs. John Sticht
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
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[Identification of item], Hazelton Family Papers, Mss32, Holt-Atherton Department of
Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Various members of the Hazelton family of Chester, New Hampshire are represented in this
collection of nineteenth century letters and documents. Samuel Hazelton (1786-1869),
farmer, and his wife, Abigail Tabor (1794-1879) had ten children. Of these, John Adams
Hazelton (1820-1912), farmer, and Sarah Jane Hazelton Stage (1828-1887) penned letters in
this collection. Their correspondence, together with that of their children, forms the
bulk of the Hazelton Family Papers.
In 1849, John A. Hazelton journeyed to California, where he spent two years. During that
time he sent the six descriptive letters in this collection to his father and sisters in
New Hampshire. Following his return to New Hampshire, John Hazelton married (1854) Louisa
Jane Chase (1828-1882), who is represented here by some girlhood correspondence dating
from the 1840s, as well as by letters written to her eldest daughter during the 1870s.
John Adams Hazelton and Louisa Chase Hazelton had six daughters and one son.
The eldest, Jennie Porter (1855-1951), taught school in New Hampshire and Massachusetts
until her mother's death. She then returned to Chester and cared for her father until his
death. Frances Rebecca, generally known as "Frankie" or "Frank" (1857-1881) died of
tuberculosis. Little is known of Anna Louise (1860-1911). Josephine (b. 1862) died in
infancy. Abigail Parkhurst (1864-1945) taught school in Massachusetts and in Colorado.
She became principal of Durell School in Sommerville, Massachusetts. Alice Byrne
(1868-1933) taught school in Brookline, Massachusetts. Frederick Stanton Hazelton
(1870-1895) died in Colorado of tuberculosis.
The Hazelton girls are represented here by school essays and by a considerable body of
correspondence with friends, relatives and one another. Most of this material dates from
between 1870 and 1900 and deals with family matters. Some of the correspondence
originates from Colorado, where various family members spent time seeking to regain their
John A. Hazelton's sister, Sarah Jane Hazelton Stage (1828-1887), also became tubercular.
She, together with her several daughters, lived in Colorado for many years. One daughter,
Marion Oaks Stage Sticht, attended Vassar College during the 1880s and became a teacher.
Mrs. Stage and her daughter corres-ponded regularly with their Hazelton relatives and
with one another. Their letters offer a glimpse of Colorado sanatorium life in the late