Douglass-Hale papers A, 1788-1911
12 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
The Douglass-Hale Papers A collection contains mostly correspondence to and from members of the Little, Douglass, and Hale families.
A brief history of the Little Family:
George Little was the first English settler on Turkey Hill, in 1640. He died 1693-4 and the farm was divided between his two sons Joseph and Moses (Moses received the upper farm). Moses passed the upper farm to his son Moses the 2nd. Moses Little 2nd left the farm to his son Moses Little 3rd (May 8, 1724- May 27, 1798), who was an officer in the Revolutionary Army. He commanded the Newbury regiment at the battle of Bunker Hill. When Colonel Moses Little 3rd died his farm was given to his son Josiah Little born 1747. Most of his land in Apthorp, N.H. and one-eighth of the Pejepscot patent. At his death in 1830 his son Josiah Little 2nd received the farm. Josiah Little 2nd died in 1860 leaving a large estate to Christian literacy and other benevolent uses and the farm to his nephew Josiah Little 3rd, who, dying soon after, left the farm to his son Josiah Little 4th. Josiah Little 4th sold the farm in 1870 to his cousin Josiah Little Hale, a maternal grandchild of the first Josiah Little.
A brief history of the Hale Family:
Thomas Hale (1773-1836) was married to Alice Little until her death in 1819, then he married her sister Mary Little in 1822. Alice and Mary were the daughters of Josiah Little 1st, and sisters of Josiah Little 2nd. Thomas Hale and Mary Little Hale's son Benjamin Hale (1797-1863) married Mary Caroline King and was the President of Hobart College from 1836-1858.
Benjamin Hale and Mary Caroline King Hale's daughter Sarah Elizabeth Hale (1832-1913) married Malcolm Douglass (1825-1887), son of David Bates Douglass of Geneva, NY.
For a much more detailed history of these families, as well as family trees, please see the full finding aid available here: http://library.hws.edu/archives/findingaids/pdf/douglass-hale-a.pdf
Boxes 5, 6, 8, 10: Archives Storage, Range 22B, Section 1
Scrapbooks: Shelf in Archives Storage, Range 22A, Section 1. They are not in a box.
With the exception of a few of the letters, the provenance of these papers is unclear. The first set of letters was presented to the Warren Hunting Smith Library Archives in October of 1988 by Mr. Toby Jackson, Professor of History, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada.
The remainder of the collection may have been part of President Hale's papers given to Demarest Library in 1942. This is reported in the Hobart Herald, 9 April 1942 with no donor mentioned. President Hale was the father-in-law of Malcolm Douglass, who was the son of David Bates Douglass. A large collection of books was given to the library, date unknown, by Miss Edith Douglass and Mrs. Mary Rackliff, granddaughters of David Bates Douglass; the papers may have belonged to that gift.
- Account books
- Business records
- Court records
- Douglass Family
- Douglass, David Bates, 1790-1849
- Douglass, Malcolm, 1825-1887 -- Sermons
- Douglass, Sarah Hale, 1832-1913
- Geneva College (N.Y.)
- Hale Family
- Hale, Benjamin, 1797-1863
- Hale, Ebenezer
- Hale, Mary Caroline King
- Heywood Family
- Hobart College
- Inheritance and succession
- Lewiston Falls Manufacturing Company. (Lewiston, ME). -- Records and correspondence
- Little Family
- Little, Edward
- Little, Josiah -- Estate
- Newbury (Mass.)
- Newburyport (Mass.)
- Douglass-Hale Papers A, 1788-1911: A Finding Aid
- Heather K. Lavender and Kate Benson, with the Archivist Charlotte Hegyi. Updated by Laura Duquette with the Archivist Katie Lamontagne, February 2012.
- Spring 2000
- Description rules
- February 2012: Updated by Laura Duquette with the Archivist Katie Lamontagne, February 2012.