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-- Manuscript Group 427, Howe Familiy Papers, 1844-1934

MG 427.   Howe Family Papers, 1844-1934. 4.5 linear ft.

         Papers, 1844-1934, of the Howe family of Passaic, N.J. (Passaic County), including Rev. John Moffat Howe (1806-1885) and his two sons. Rev. Howe was a dentist, physician, hospital chaplain, and a founder of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Passaic. George Rowland Howe (1847-1917), a jewelry manufacturing executive with Carter, Sloan & Co. (later, Carter, Howe & Co.) in New York and Newark, was active in Newark’s Y.M.C.A., the Board of Education, and the Methodist church in East Orange, N.J. (Essex County). Dr. Charles Moffat Howe (1851-1920), a dentist who established the first dental office in Passaic, was  also active as mayor of Passaic for four terms, president of the Passaic National Bank, president of the Y.M.C.A, and other civic organizations. 

            Collection includes: diaries, photographs, land deeds, indentures, estate and tax papers, correspondence and business brochures. Of interest: the New York College of Dentistry valedictorian speech delivered by Dr. Charles M. Howe (1873); a religious journal (1844) kept by Dr. John M. Howe, including outlines of sermons heard while he studied medicine at Castleton Medical College (Vermont); and ledgers of the Howe Paper Tube Company (1895-1919).

Bulk of papers include genealogical materials collected by George R. Howe for John M. Reid’s Filial Tribute to the Memory of Rev. John Moffat Howe (n.p., 1889). Included are letters of instruction and other military papers of Major Bezaleel Howe (1750-1825), who served during the Revolution as George Washington’s bodyguard. Other family genealogies include: Jenkins, Bernard, Moffat, Barber, Rowland, Houghton, and Kip.   

            George R. Howe’s papers include diaries, appointment books, and a long correspondence with his son, Herbert Barber Howe (1882-1957), and his wife, Louisa Barber Howe (1854-1934). Also, business brochures including a catalog of silverware, jewelry and watches, and a photograph album based on the life of  Louisa B. Howe. 

Gift of Mrs. Nelson McGeary from the estate of Herbert Barber Howe.

 

CONTAINER LIST

 

Box     Folder             Title                                                                            Dates

 

                        Charles M. Howe:

1          1               Land indentures                                                                   1876-1886

            2                      “                                                                                   1887-1896

            3                      “                                                                                   1897-1906

            4                      “                                                                                   1879-1922

            5              Title abstracts                                                                       1883-1891

            6                      “                                                                                   1894-1914

            7              Estate papers                                                                        1909-1917

            8              Estate papers, Emeline B. Howe                                           1907   

            9              Tax notices                                                                           1886-1894

            10            Legal documents                                                                   1853-1930

            11            Stocks, mortgages, bonds                                                     1897-1914

 

                        Charles M. Howe:       

2          1            Income tax papers                                                                1913-1915

            2                          “                                                                            1917-1919 

            3              Howe Paper Tube Company, ledger                                   1895-1917

4                    “                                                                                              1908-1913

5               Speech (Graduation, New York College of Dentistry,         

                 1873) and miscellaneous                                                               1873-1906

 

6          Newark Board of Trade, clippings and documents                           1900-1910

 

7          Howard Savings Bank, National Newark Banking Co. 1903-1913

8          Y.M.C.A.                                                                                1893-1903

9          Newark Technical School, clipping                                           1902

10        Essex County Grand Jury                                                          1893, 1900

11        Herbert B. Howe: notes re: “Geo. R. Howe,

           “A Son’s Tribute” and misc.                                                     1894-1906

12        Account book                                                                          1866-1906

13                    “                                                                                          “

 

3          1          Diaries/Appointment books                                                       1860-1863

            2                      “                                                                                   1864-1869

            3                      “                                                                                   1870-1875

            4                      “                                                                                   1885-1887

            5                      “                                                                                   1895-1904

            6                      “                                                                                   1905-1908

Box     Folder             Title                                                                            Dates

 

3          7          Diaries/Appointment books                                                       1909-1911

            8          Address book                                                                          c. 1893

            9          John Moffat Howe, religious journal                                          Apr.-Sept. 1844

                        25th anniv. wedding poem                                                       1871

                        Howe family history, correspondence and notes

  compiled by H.B. Howe:    

4          1              “The Descendants of Bezaleel Howe”           Part 1

            2              Belcher-Guron?                                            Part 2

            3              Halsted-Merritt                                             Part 3

            4                      “                                                           Part 4

            5              Isherwood-North                                         Part 5

            6              Ray-Young                                                   Part 6

            7              Bernard-Jenkins                                           Vol. 1, Part A

            8                      “                                                           Vol. 1, Part B

            9                      “                                                           Vol. 2, Part A

            10                    “                                                           Vol. 2, Part B  

           

                        Scrapbook, compiled by H.B. and G.R. Howe:

5          1              Bezaleel Howe, from scrapbook                   Part 1

            2                                  “                                              Part 2

            3                                  “                                               Part 3

            4                                  “                                               Part 4

            5              Correspondence from his mother, Louisa B. Howe    c.1919-1930s

            6                Greeting cards from Louisa B. Howe

            7    Correspondence re: death of Louisa B. Howe                       1934

            8                                     “                                                              “

           9      George Rowland Howe, from scrapbook     

       10     George R. Howe, gravestone blueprint                                  c. 1917

 

6          1              George R. Howe, from scrapbook

            2                                  “

            3                                  “                                                                       1863-1896

            4                                  “                                                                       1897-1917

            5                                  “ (clubs, orgs, politics)  (1 of 2)                      1847-1917

            6                                  “                                   (2 of 2)                     1847-1917

            7                                  “ (vacations, with photos)          (1 of 3)             1874-1907

            8                                  “                                               (2 of 3)         “                      

            9                                  “                                               (3 of 3)         “              

            10                                “ re: New Jersey Historical Society                   1907-1921

 

7          1              Misc. documents, from scrapbook                (Part 1)           

            2                                  “                                               (Part 2)                       “

Box     Folder             Title                                                                            Dates

 

7          3              Misc. documents, from scrapbook                (Part 3)            c.1889-1920    

            4                                  “                                               (Part 4)                        “

            5              George R. Howe, letters and writings                                    1856-1863

            6                                  “                                                                       1864-1884

 

           

                        Geo. R. Howe and Herbert B. Howe, correspondence:

            7              Correspondence                                                                   1866-1895

            8                      “                                                                                   1896-1899

            9                                                                                                          1900

            10                                        (Folder 1 of 2)                                          1901

            11                                        (Folder 2 of 2)                                             “

            12                    “                                                                                   1902

 

8          1                      “                   (Folder 1 of 2)                                          1903

            2                      “                   (Folder 1 of 2)                                              “                    

            3                      “                   (Folder 1 of 2)                                          1904

            4                      “                   (Folder 2 of 2)                                              “

            5                      “                                                                                   1905

            6                      “                                                                                   1906

            7                      “                   (Folder 1 of 2)                                          1907          

            8                      “                   (Folder 2 of 2)                                              “

            9                      “                                                                                   Jan.-May, 1908

            10                    “                                                                                   June, 1908

            11                    “                                                                                   July, 1908       

            12                    “                                                                                   Aug., 1908

           

 

9          1              Correspondence                                                                   Aug.-Sept., 1908

            2                      “                                                                                   Oct.-Dec., 1908

            3                      “                                                                                   1909

            4                      “                                                                                   1910  

            5                      “                                                                                   1911-1912

 

            6              “A Book of Remembrance,” photo album based on

                              the life of Louisa Anna Barber, by her son, Herbert

                              B. Howe                                                                           1854-1934                  

           

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