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Guide to the Howell Family Papers, 1783-1960

Collection number: MC 28

Size: 9 boxes (3 cu.ft.)

About the Howell Family

John Beatty Howell (1847-1924)

John Beatty Howell spent nineteen years (1877-1896) in Sao Paolo, Brazil under the auspices of the Presbyterian Board of Missions. He planned and built a farm school for the education of country boys and, at the request of the Board of Missions of the Protestant Episcopal Church, he translated the Prayer Book into Portuguese. Upon returning to the United States, Howell organized and became the pastor of the Tennent Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. In retirement, he devoted himself to writing commentaries on books of the New Testament in Portuguese.

Elizabeth Hibler Day Howell (b.1850)

Was the wife of John Beatty Howell and an author of childrens’ stories about Brazilian life and culture.

Archibald Alexander Howell, II (d.1918)

Archibald was the son of John and Elizabeth Howell and a 1903 graduate of Princeton University. He became a doctor and published several works on the measurement of blood pressure.

Lawrence Day Howell

Lawrence Day Howell was the son of John and Elizabeth Howell and a 1913 graduate of Princeton University. From September 1913 until 1915, Lawrence Howell worked for Princeton’s branch of the Y.M.C.A. in Peking, China. In 1916, he enlisted into the Third Pennsylvania Infantry and was stationed in France during World War I. He was wounded twice during the war and became a First Lieutenant.

Isabell Howell Thatcher

Poet and author, was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Howell and wife of Edward Thatcher, III.

About the Beatty Family

Charles Clinton Beatty (1715-1772)

A Presbyterian minister in Neshaminy, Pennsylvania; did some missionary work among the Indians. Beatty was trained by William Tennent, and he was one of the most popular preachers of his day. His son, John Beatty (1749-1820), was a graduate of Princeton College, a commissioned captain in the Revolutionary War, a member of the New Jersey state legislature, and a delegate to the Continental Congress.

Dr. James Lawrence Day (1814-1854)

A doctor from Morristown, New Jersey, became Physician for the American Colonization Society to Liberia in 1840. The American Colonization Society was established in 1816 to aid in the emigration of free blacks in the United States back to Africa. The Society bought land in what is now Liberia, on the western coast of Africa. Dr. Day spent three years in Liberia, 1840-1843, aiding in the welfare and partial success of the colony. In 1843 he served as the United States Agent to the West Coast of Africa.

About the Grier Family

Isaac Grier (1763-1814)

A graduate of Dickinson College and a Presbyterian minister. He served as a missionary on the western frontier of Pennsylvania and New York in 1791-1792, and he married Elizabeth Cooper in 1793. John Grier Hibben (1861-1933), a great-grandson of Isaac and Elizabeth Grier, was President of Princeton University.

About the Howell Family Papers

The Howell Family Collection contains correspondence regarding James Lawrence Day’s work in Africa, S. Harrie Hibler’s (the uncle of Elizabeth Day Howell) activities in the Civil War, John Beatty Howell’s mission in Brazil, and Lawrence Day Howell’s experiences teaching in Peking, China and fighting in France during World War I. Manuscripts found in the collection include sermons by Charles Beatty, Isaac Grier, and John Beatty Howell; journals pertaining to the secondary education of an unidentified son of Charles Beatty, Isaac Grier’s work as an itinerant minister on the western “frontier” of Pennsylvania and New York, and James Lawrence Day’s experiences in Africa; Bible translations by John Beatty Howell written in Portuguese; as well as music, poetry, and prose composed by Isabel Howell Thatcher. Also included in the Howell Family Collection are extensive genealogical notes, photographs, and printed materials by or about individuals related to these families including Archibald Alexander Howell.

Administrative Information

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This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Howell Family Papers, 1783-1960, MC 28, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift, Mrs. John Hennessy of Ashland, NH, 1969 (Accession number: 023)

Collection Contents

Series I: Howell Family

Subseries A: John Beatty Howell, 1847-1924

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Correspondence: Family Members to John Beatty Howell, 1875-1889
Box 1, Folder 2 Correspondence: Miscellaneous to John Beatty Howell, 1875-1917
Box 1, Folder 3 Correspondence: John Beatty Howell to his wife, Elizabeth Day Howell, 1885-1895
Box 1, Folder 4 Correspondence: John Beatty Howell to his parents, 1868-1874
Box 1, Folder 5 Correspondence: John Beatty Howell to his sister, Susan Howell, 1874-1878
Box 1, Folder 6 Correspondence: John Beatty Howell to his children, 1895-1918
Box 1, Folder 7 Correspondence: John Beatty Howell, miscellaneous, 1892-1920
Box 1, Folder 8 Manuscripts: Essays, 1857-1858, 1857-1858
Box 1, Folder 9 Manuscripts: Sermons, 1896-1917
Box 1, Folder 10 Manuscripts: Sermons, undated
Box 1, Folder 11 Manuscripts: Religious Notes, undated
Box 1, Folder 12 Manuscripts: “Exposicao da Epistola aos Romanos,” 1918
Box 1, Folder 13 Manuscripts: Diary Transcriptions, 1888-1912
Box 1, Folder 14 Manuscripts: Notes on John Beatty Howell, undated
Box 1, Folder 15 Published articles and sermons by John Beatty Howell, 1896-1897
Box 1, Folder 16 Miscellaneous: Princeton University Materials, 1836-1872
Box 1, Folder 17 Miscellaneous, 1852-1910
Box 1, Folder 18 Miscellaneous: Brazilian materials, 1876-1913
Box 1, Folder 19 Miscellaneous: Newspaper clippings regarding Brazil, 1877-1924

“Commentario sobre Evangelho Segundo S. Matheus (40 pages)” [in Portuguese], an article written by Rev. John Beatty Howell in O Estandarte, Apr 3, 1924 (2pp)

An entry in O Estandarte about Rev. Dr. J. Beatty Howell, undated (1p)

Three-part article about Rev. John Howell in O Estandarte written by Vicente Themudo in Mogy-Mirim, April-July 1924 (5pp)

An entry in O Expositor Christão, Apr 16, 1924 about Rev. J.B. Howell (1p)

Article about Rev. J.B. Howell in Voz de Verdade, July 1912 (2pp)

An article in Puritano (Rio de Janeiro), Jan. 25, 1912 about the “Supremo Concilio Nacional” that includes a photograph of Rev. J. Beatty Howell, although he is not specifically mentioned by name in the article (1p)

An article in Puritano (Rio de Janeiro), Feb. 1, 1912 about the “Assembléa Gera da Egreja Presbyteriana no Brasil” (2pp)

A photocopied page with two articles “União da Mocidade Cristão” that mentions Howell and “Missão em Portugal” that again mentions Howell (1p)

(In English) Two articles: “A Brazilian Patriarch” and “Insult to the Holy Ghost” by Rev. J. Beatty Howell, in São Paolo in Foreign Missions, Nov 1887 (4pp)

“Romanism in Brazil in {sic} Its Influence Upon National Development” by Rev. J. Beatty Howell in Foreign Missions, Nov 1888 (5pp)

“The Negro in Brazil” by Rev. J. Beatty Howell in The Presbyterian Journal, May 30, 1901 (2pp)

Entry in Record of the Times, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1877, reporting that Rev Howell and his wife, accompanied by Mrs. J. Lawrence Day, left for New York on their way to Brazil (1p)

Multiple entries by Howell under “Foreign Missions” (possibly in The Evening Report, Burlington, N.J.) about the mission in Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo (9pp)

Box 1, Folder 20 Obituaries and Resolutions of Esteem for John Beatty Howell, 1924

Subseries B: Elizabeth Day Howell, b. 1850

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Correspondence: S. Harrie Hibler to Elizabeth Hilber Day, 1861-1864
Box 2, Folder 2 Correspondence: Miscellaneous to Elizabeth Day Howell, 1872-1901
Box 2, Folder 3 Correspondence: Elizabeth Day Howell and her mother, 1878
Box 2, Folder 4 Correspondence: Elizabeth Day Howell to her daughter, 1911-1912
Box 2, Folder 5 Correspondence: miscellaneous, 1881-1887
Box 2, Folder 6 Published works, 1886-1890
Box 2, Folder 7 Miscellaneous, 1877-1882

Subseries C: Archibald Alexander Howell

Box 2, Folder 8 Published Works, 1910-1914
Box 2, Folder 9 Miscellaneous: Princeton materials, 1903
Box 2, Folder 10 Miscellaneous, 1877-1918

Subseries D: Lawrence Day Howell

Box 2, Folder 11 Correspondence, 1913
Box 2, Folder 12 Correspondence, 1914
Box 2, Folder 13 Correspondence, 1915
Box 2, Folder 14 Correspondence, 1916
Box 2, Folder 15 Correspondence, 1917
Box 2, Folder 16 Correspondence, Jan – July 1918
Box 2, Folder 17 Correspondence, Aug – Dec 1918
Box 2, Folder 18 Correspondence, 1919-1920
Box 2, Folder 19 Micellaneous, 1917 and undated

Subseries E: Isabel Howell Thatcher

Box 2, Folder 20 Correspondence: Letters to Isabel Howell Thatcher, 1925-1961
Box 2, Folder 21 Correspondence: Letters from Isabel Howell Thatcher, 1932-1953
Box 2, Folder 22 Correspondence: Edward J. Thatcher, III, 1946-1958
Box 2, Folder 23 Manuscripts: Poetry and prose
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Manuscripts: “The Clock”
Box 3, Folder 2 Manuscripts: Transcribed diaries of John and reading Beatty
Box 3, Folder 3 Miscellaneous: Articles and news clippings, 1930-1958
Box 3, Folder 4 Miscellaneous: Engravings of Philadelphia and the surrounding area
Box 3, Folder 5 Miscellaneous: Engravings of paintings at the Vernon Gallery, London
Box 3, Folder 6 Miscellaneous: Engravings of paintings at the Vernon Gallery, London
Box 3, Folder 7 Miscellaneous: Engravings of paintings at the Vernon Gallery, London
Box 3, Folder 8 Miscellaneous

Subseries F: Genealogical Records of the Howell Family

Box 3, Folder 9 Howell family genealogical notes
Box 3, Folder 10 Howell family miscellaneous materials, 1832-1881

Series II: Beatty Family

Box 3, Folder 11 Charles Beatty: Sermon, “Concerning Man’s Natural Estate,” undated
Box 3, Folder 12 John Beatty: Papers, 1794-1814
Box 3, Folder 13 Journal of unidentified Beatty
Box 3, Folder 14 Beatty family genealogical notes
Box 3, Folder 15 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings on the Revolutionary War, 1900-1956

Series III: Day Family

Subseries A: James Lawrence Day

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Correspondence: James Lawrence Day from his father, David Day, 1840-1853
Box 4, Folder 2 Correspondence: Miscellaneous letters to James Lawrence Day from members of the Day family, 1839-1845
Box 4, Folder 3 Correspondence: James Lawrence Day from Franklin Knight, 1840
Box 4, Folder 4 Correspondence: James Lawrence Day from J.N. Lewis, 1845-1848
Box 4, Folder 5 Correspondence: James Lawrence Day from W. McSwain, 1841
Box 4, Folder 6 Correspondence: James Lawrence Day from W.W. Seaton, 1840
Box 4, Folder 7 Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1839-1845
Box 4, Folder 8 Correspondence: Letters from James Lawrence Day, 1846 and 1862
Box 4, Folder 9 Manuscripts: Journals of James Lawrence Day, 1841-1843
Box 4, Folder 10 Documents and letters relating to Liberia, 1826-1845
Box 4, Folder 11 Miscellaneous printed materials relating to Liberia, 1824-1843
Box 4, Folder 12 Inventory of James Lawrence Day’s correspondence
Box 4, Folder 13 Elizabeth Day Howell: Correspondence relating to James Lawrence Day, 1914-1939
Box 4, Folder 14 Notes, articles, and news clippings relating to Liberia
Box 4, Folder 15 Notes, articles, and news clippings relating to Liberia
Box 4, Folder 16 Articles and news clippings relating to Liberia
Box 4, Folder 17 Notes on Liberia

Subseries B: Day Family Genealogical Records

Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Day family: Genealogical notes
Box 5, Folder 2 Day and Howell families: Genealogical notes
Box 5, Folder 3 Day family: Miscellaneous, 1893-1914

Series IV: Grier Family

Box 5, Folder 4 Issac Grier (1761-1814): Correspondence, 1783 and 1808
Box 5, Folder 5 Issac Grier: Journal, 1791-1792, and manuscript,undated
Box 5, Folder 6 Issac Grier: Sermons, 1800-1814
Box 5, Folder 7 Elizabeth (Cooper) Grier: Correspondence, 1800-1843
Box 5, Folder 8 John Grier Hibben: Correspondence
Box 5, Folder 9 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1863-1900
Box 5, Folder 10 Genealogical notes
Box 5, Folder 11 Miscellaneous, 1891-1953

Series V: Photographs

Box 6
Envelope 1 John Beatty Howell, Christmas, 1900
Envelope 2 Elizabeth Day Howell and her children, Isabel, Alex, Emma, and Lawrence
Envelope 3 John Beatty Howell
Envelope 4 John Beatty Howell
Envelope 5 John Beatty Howell, taken in São Paolo
Envelope 6 John Beatty Howell, taken in São Paolo
Envelope 7 Elizabeth Day Howell
Envelope 8 Elizabeth Day Howell and her daughter Emma, 3 months, 23 days taken in Sao Paolo
Envelope 9 Elizabeth Day Howell, Lisbon, Oct 1912
Envelope 10 Elizabeth Hibler Day (Howell), Lizzie Miner, Mary E. Yost
Envelope 11 Massey Burroughs, Elizabeth H. Day, Phebe R. Thomas
Envelope 12 Elizabeth Day (Howell)
Envelope 13 Elizabeth Day (Howell)
Envelope 14 Elizabeth Day (Howell), Centennial Tea Party at Wilkes-Barre, PA, Feb 3, 4, 5 (no year)
Envelope 15 Elizabeth Hibler Day (Howell), Lizzie Miner, Mame Yost
Envelope 16 Elizabeth Hibler Day (Howell), Lizzie Miner, Mame Yost
Envelope 17 Elizabeth Hibler Day (Howell)
Envelope 18 Elizabeth Day Howell [?]
Envelope 19 Emma Howell, daughter of E. L and J. Beatty Howell
Envelope 20 Emma Howell
Envelope 21 Lawrence Day Howell with Mrs. Anna Hibler Yost, Jeanne and Richard Hibbel
Envelope 22 Lawrence Day Howell, World War I
Envelope 23 Lawrence Day Howell, 1st Sergeant’s Tent, Co.H, 3rd Reg. N.G.P Mt. Gretna, PA, July 1913
Envelope 24 Lawrence Day Howell in uniform
Envelope 25 Lawrence Day Howell, 2nd Lt. 110th Inf. Augusta, Georgia, Nov 1917
Envelope 26 Lawrence Day Howell as a young boy
Envelope 27 Lawrence Day Howell with Bruce (dog)
Envelope 28 Lawrence Day Howell
Envelope 29 Lawrence Day Howell and W. H. Baker, Capt. Co.E, 104th Eng. APO 765
Envelope 30 Lawrence Day Howell (oval shaped photo)
Envelope 31 Lawrence Day Howell at Gettysburg, 1912
Envelope 32 Lawrence Day Howell as a young boy
Envelope 33 Kate Howell Reynolds, sister of J. B. Howell
Envelope 34 Horatio Howell, Chaplain in the Civil War, killed at Gettysburg, PA, Uncle of J. B. Howell
Envelope 35 Isabella Beatty Howell, mother of J. B. Howell
Envelope 36 Dr. Archibald Alexander Howell, I, father of J.B.Howell
Envelope 37 Howell Home (tin-type) Allentown, N.J. shows Isabella Beatty Howell and Dr. A. A. Howell, I
Envelope 38 Howell Homestead in Allentown, NJ
Envelope 39 View of São Paolo from MacKenzie College
Envelope 40 Main Building, MacKenzie College
Envelope 41 Statue of Dr. Horace Lane, 1st President of MacKenzie College
Envelope 42 Dormitory of Mackenzie College
Envelope 43 View of Building, in Brazil (J.B.Howell’s Agricultural School)
Envelope 44 Farm School founded by J. B. Howell
Envelope 45 View of Church in São Paolo
Envelope 46 Home of J. Beatty Howell; Rua Da Consolacao, São Paolo, Brazil
Envelope 47 View from back corner of porch of Howell home in São Paolo, with rear view of boy’s dormitory school on the hill beyond
Envelope 48

The Chamberlain family-associates in Mission work in São Paolo

Envelope 49 G. W. Chamberlain/Phebis property; View taken from the college hill back of Howell’s house showing relative position of properties
Envelope 50 Family reunion and 40th anniversary of John Beatty Howell’s wedding; Taken at the bungalow in Newtown, Conn., ca. 1917
Envelope 51 Bungalow at Newtown, Conn
Envelope 52 Bungalow at Newtown, Conn
Envelope 53 A. Alexander Howell II
Envelope 54 Archibald Alexander Howell (Alex)
Envelope 55 Dr. A. Alexander Howell II and his wife, Hattie Chapman Howell
Envelope 56 Dr. A. Alexander Howell II and his wife, Hattie Chapman Howell
Envelope 57 Hattie Chapman, married Jan 1910
Envelope 58 Photograph album. Dr. A. A. Howell and his family
Envelope 59 Snapshot album. Dr. A. A. Howell and his family
Envelope 60 Children of Dr. A. A. Howell…Jack, Nevin, and Bobbie
Envelope 61 Mrs. Hattie Chapman Howell and some children
Envelope 62 A. A. Howell and son Archibald, June 1912
Envelope 63 A. A. Howell and son Nevin, about l 1/2 years old
Envelope 64 Nevin Howell
Envelope 65 Nevin Howell, 3 photographs
Envelope 66 Jack Howell
Envelope 67 Jack Howell
Envelope 68 Jack and Nevin Howell
Envelope 69 Edwin Nevin Howell, Stony Brook Prep School, StonyBrook, N.Y. Graduation Class of 1931
Envelope 70 Robert Grier Howell, Stony Brook Prep School, Long Island, N.Y., 1934
Envelope 71 Photo Album. Emma Howell Reynolds and her family
Envelope 72 Emma Howell Reynolds and son
Envelope 73 Emma Day Howell Reynolds and Lawrence Beatty Reynolds
Envelope 74 Lawrence Beatty Reynolds (standing)
Envelope 75 Lawrence Beatty Reynolds
Envelope 76 Lawrence, taken Christmas Day, 1912
Envelope 77 Lawrence (standing), and Wilson Reynolds (sitting)
Envelope 78 Lawrence Beatty Reynolds
Envelope 79 Group photograph. A. Alexander Howell, Wilson Reynolds, and Lawrence Beatty Reynolds
Envelope 80 Arthur Wilson Reynolds and his three children
Envelope 81 Wilson M. Reynolds, age 4 years, 3 months
Envelope 82 Wilson Reynolds
Envelope 83 Phebe R. Thomas, “Aunt Phebe,” sister of Elizabeth Hibler Howell
Envelope 84 Unidentified person, possibly Isabel Howell Thatcher
Envelope 85 Postcard showing unidentified woman in car with dogs; Addressed to Mr. Mike Thatcher, of Woodstock, New York
Envelope 86 Edward John Thatcher III and his son Mike (Edward John Thatcher IV)
Box 7
Envelope 1 Dr. James Lawrence Day
Envelope 2 Dr. James Lawrence Day
Envelope 3 Dr. James Lawrence Day
Envelope 4 Dr. James Lawrence Day
Envelope 5 Sarah Hibler Day, wife of James Lawrence Day
Envelope 6 Sarah Hibler Day, “Grandma Day”
Envelope 7 Sarah Hibler Day, wife of James Lawrence Day
Envelope 8 David Day, father of James Lawrence Day
Envelope 9 Samuel Henrie Hibler, brother of Sarah Hibler Day
Envelope 10 William Hibler, porcelain-type photograph
Envelope 11 William Hibler [?] , porcelain-type photograph
Envelope 12 William Hibler: son-in-law of Rev. Isaac Grier, husband of Jane Grier
Envelope 13 William Grier Hibler and Samuel Henrie Hibler, brothers of Sarah Hibler Day
Envelope 14 William Hibler
Envelope 15 Jane Grier Hibler, wife of William Hibler
Envelope 16 Jane Grier Hibler
Envelope 17 Jane Grier Hibler (Grandma Day’s Mother)
Envelope 18 Mary (Mame) E. Yost, b.1853, daughter of Anne J. Hibler and John S. Yost
Envelope 19 Henrietta Hibler Kutz (1831-1909), sister-in-law of J. Lawrence Day
Envelope 20 Isabella Rose Kutz, niece of James Lawrence Day
Envelope 21 Isabella Rose Kutz
Envelope 22 Isabella Rose Kutz
Envelope 23 Isabella Rose Kutz
Envelope 24 Isabella Rose Kutz
Envelope 25 Isabella Grier, mother of Mrs. LeConte, wife of Judge Robert Grier
Envelope 26 Sarah Grier Beck, daughter of Hon. Robert Grier
Envelope 27 Elizabeth Grier Hancock
Envelope 28 John Grier
Envelope 29 Unidentified male (Grier family)
Envelope 30 Unidentified girls (Grier family)
Envelope 31 Congregational Church in Newtown, Conn., postcard
Envelope 32 Man on a tractor, 2 photographs
Envelope 33 Unidentified young men, appearing in various skits, and poses; Numbered 2 – 5
Envelope 34 Christmas card with photograph, from Eve and Josh
Envelope 25 Unidentified women
Envelope 36 Unidentified women
Envelope 37 Unidentified women
Envelope 38 Unidentified women
Envelope 39 Unidentified women
Envelope 40 Elizabeth Day Chesbro, July 4, 1941
Envelope 41 Chesbro family (on left), Sept 1941
Envelope 42 Elizabeth Day Chesbro, July 4, 1941

Series VI: Miscellanous

Box 8
Item 1 Metal ring and pin
Item 2 Child’s shoe
Item 3 Infant’s shirt worn by Elizabeth Day Howell
Item 4 Journal of poetry by Isabel Howell Thatcher
Oversize Box 1
Folder 1 Broadside: Regulations for the Port of St. Thomas, 1819
Folder 2 Deed [Pennsylvania]: William Hilber, 1848
Folder 3 Diploma [Medical Society of Pennsylvania]: A. Alexander Howell, 1851
Folder 6 Paul Pry, Vol.1 No.5 [Dec 1862], Princeton, New Jersey,
Folder 7 Whang-Doodle, Vol.1 No.2 [May 1863], Princeton, New Jersey
Folder 8 The Nassau Herald, No.1 [June 1864] and No.2 [June 1865], Princeton College, Princeton, New Jersey
Folder 9 Princeton Standard—Extra, [Apr 7, 1865], Princeton, New Jersey
Folder 10 St. Valentine Journal, Vol.1 No.1 [Feb 14, 1867], Monticello, New York
Folder 11 Pass [U.S. Department of State]: John Beatty and Elizabeth Day Howell, 1877
Folder 12 Musical composition for piano by Isabel Howell Thatcher and Carl Johner, undated
Map Drawer 4

Deed: John Scott and Trustees of the General Loan Office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1789

Indenture: David N. Inman and William Hibler, 1843

Indenture: Nathaniel and Susan Horton and Elijah Richards, 1849

Indenture: Thomas P. Darrach, William Bradford, Jr., and Dr. James H. Bradford and William Hibler, 1857

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