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Register of the Hazelton Family Papers, 1830-1945
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    Title: Hazelton Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1830-1945
    Collection number: Mss32
    Creator: Mrs. John Sticht
    Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

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    Collection is open for research.

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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 health.
    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 nineteenth century.