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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Johnson Family Papers
    Dates: 1840-1870
    Collection Number: MS.2014.001
    Creator/Collector: Johnson, Mary E., 1830-1904 Johnson, Abby A., 1828-1921 Johnson Family
    Extent: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
    Repository: Wardman Library-Whittier College
    Whittier, California 90602
    Abstract: Items related to the Johnson Family of East Weare, New Hampshire from 1840-1870. Items include correspondence, certificates, receipts, and legal documents.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Wardman Library, Whittier College.

    Preferred Citation

    Johnson Family Papers. Wardman Library-Whittier College

    Acquisition Information

    Acquisition information is unknown. This collection was processed by Alejandra Gaeta in March 2014.

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Johnson family of East Weare, New Hampshire included Col Edmund Johnson (1794-1814), his wife Phebe Austin Whittier (1798-1871) and their children: Anna (1822-1861), Maranda (1823-1869), Caroline (1826-1926), Abby (1828-1921) a school teacher, and Mary (1830-1904) also schoolteacher. Phebe A. was a cousin of the famous poet, John Greenleaf Whittier. Her brother was Moses Austin Cartland who was also an abolitionist and frequent contributor to The National Era, an abolitionist newspaper.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Johnson Family Papers consists mainly of correspondence between family members. Printed matter belonging to the family such as receipts, bills and notices is included as well. There are notes and contracts made out during Meeting House meetings as Edmund Johnson participated in the local government. Also included are what seem to be schoolwork assignments, two with indecipherable names signed at the end, and the rest unnamed. There is a commonplace book which includes poems by John Greenleaf Whittier and Edgar Allen Poe.

    Indexing Terms

    Families--New Hampshire
    New Hampshire--History
    New Hampshire
    Letters--19th Century
    Correspondence--New Hampshire