Johnson Family Papers

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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

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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