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Stanton Family Papers

Identifier: FMS-155

Scope and Contents

The Stanton Papers reflect the lives of a Quaker family in Indiana and Ohio in the second half of the nineteenth century.  Most of the collection consists of correspondence, the majority addressed to Emily (Hadley) Stanton from family members and Earlham classmates.  Of particular interest are letters from Emily's non-Quaker suitor, Jesse B. Connolly.  He and a cousin of Emily's, John H. Lindley, served in the Union army during the Civil War and their letters include observations on the war and the South.  Several letters also include vignettes of life at Earlham College.  Ephemera include 1865 Earlham commencement and Ionian-Phoenixian Society programs. Also included with the donations were several items of clothing, including Catherine Ann Stanton's Quaker cap.


  • 1848-1960
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2010

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

John Fleming Stanton was born in Springboro, Ohio, February 11, 1841, the son of Joseph and Catherine Ann (Stanton) Stanton, Orthodox Friends who were natives of Virginia.  Catherine Ann Stanton was a well-know Quaker minister.  He was a student at Earlham College from 1861 to 1863. At Earlham, John F. Stanton met Emily Hadley, who was born near Monrovia in Morgan County, Indiana, September 18, 1843, the daughter of Hiram and Louisa Jane (Carter) Hadley, Orthodox Friends from North Carolina. She was a student at Earlham from 1860 to 1863, and at the Friends School in Providence, Rhode Island, now Moses Brown School, in 1865.  They were married under the care of West Union Monthly Meeting in Morgan County, October 18, 1866. After their marriage, the Stantons lived first near Monrovia, then for many years in Indianapolis.  They then moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, then to Richmond, Indiana, then to Wilmington, Ohio, and then back to Richmond.  The census shows varied occupations for John, including, farming, working in a woolen factory, operating a flax seed oil mill, and keeping a boarding house.  Emily was for a time a housekeeper at Earlham. Emily Stanton died in Richmond, January 4, 1910.  Her obituary in the American Friend speaks of how beloved she was by Earlham students.  John F. Stanton died in Warren County, Ohio, April 30, 1925. John F. and Emily (Hadley) Stanton were the parents of six children.  Albert J. (1870-1870) and Harvey Butler (1870-1873) died at Monrovia.  The others were Charles Hadley Stanton (born 1868); Louise (1874-1964), who married Royal J. Davis; Mariella (1881-1975); and William (1883-1967).  They all attended Earlham.  Mariella and Louise graduated in 1904.

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Language of Materials



Correspondence, essays, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, publications, and ephemera of the family of John F. Stanton (1841-1925) and his wife Emily (Hadley) Stanton (1843-1910) of Indiana and Ohio.

Method of Acquisition

Donation, Marion Narr of Exmoor VA, a granddaughter of Louise (Stanton) Davis.

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Related Materials

FMS 153: Royal J. Davis Papers

Separated Materials

Also included with the donation were several items of clothing, including Catherine Ann Stanton’s Quaker cap. They have been housed separately.
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository