An Inventory of the Hallowell-Stabler Family Papers, 1811-1946

(7 boxes; 3.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/057

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The Hallowell and Stabler families were Quakers mainly of Sandy Spring, Maryland. James S. Hallowell was a noted educator, and Edward Stabler was the postmaster of Sandy Spring. The collection illustrates the life of a 19th century Quaker family in Alexandria, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Sandy Spring, Maryland, and Philadelphia, where several relatives resided. While emphasizing family affairs and domestic life, these papers contain material of interest on education, farm life, observations of the Civil War and the Federal bureaucracy, travel and hunting.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE The Hallowell-Stabler papers are mainly the correspondence of James S. Hallowell (1821-1886), his wife Margaret Stabler Hallowell (1824-1900), their six children, and various Hallowell and Stabler relatives. An educator much of his life, James taught during the 1840's at the Alexandria Boarding School, directed by his uncle, Benjamin Hallowell (1799-1877). When Benjamin went to Philadelphia in 1845 to help establish Friends' Central School, James and his brother Caleb were left in charge of Alexandria Boarding School. After Benjamin's return in 1846, James founded Alexandria Female Seminary, remaining as principal until the turmoil of the Civil War forced it to close. He then moved to Washington, where during most of the Civil War years he served as Clerk of the Post Office Department and Superintendent of the Post Office Building. After his resignation in 1865, James S. Hallowell spent the remaining years of his life near the Quaker community of Sandy Spring, Maryland, first as Principal of Fulford Female Seminary and after 1874 at Oak Grove Farm, near Brookeville, Maryland.

Some of the Stabler correspondence involves Edward Stabler 1794-1883, a noted engraver and postmaster of Sandy Spring, Maryland, for more than forty years. Founder of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Sandy Spring, Stabler was also an avid hunter, and much of his correspondence concerns hunting expeditions and the design of rifles.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS This important collection describes the life of a Quaker family active in the 19th century in Alexandria, Virginia; Sandy Spring, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, Pa., where several relatives resided. The collection contains correspondence of James S. Hallowell, his wife, Margaret Stabler Hallowell, their children, and other family members. Also includes letters of Edward Stabler and his children, poems by Alice Hallowell, lesson books, financial papers, and pictures of Hallowell and Stabler family members. While emphasizing family affairs and domestic life, these papers contain material of interest on education, farm life, observations of the Civil War and the Federal bureaucracy, travel and hunting.

Arrangement The collection is divided into ten series:

Added entries

  • Alexandria (Va.) - Quakers
  • Alexandria Boarding School (Alexandria, Va.)
  • Civil service
  • Education -- Quakers
  • Farm life
  • Hallowell family
  • Hunting
  • Quakers -- Education
  • Quakers -- Maryland -- Sandy Spring
  • Quakers -- Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Quakers -- Virginia -- Alexandria
  • Quakers -- Washington (D.C.)
  • Rifles
  • Sandy Spring (Md.) - Quakers
  • Stabler family
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-65
  • United States Post Office
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Bush, Annie Hallowell, 1849-1930
  • Hallowell, Alice
  • Hallowell, Benjamin, 1799-1877
  • Hallowell, Caleb S. (Caleb Shreve), 1818-1870
  • Hallowell, Edward S., 1847-1866
  • Hallowell, James B. (James Bird), 1854-1906
  • Hallowell, Margaret S. (Margaret Stabler), 1824-1900
  • Stabler, E. (Edward), 1794-1883
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1979
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Genealogical material
Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence of James S. Hallowell, 1841-1888, n.d
Letters sent and received arranged in a single chronological sequence with undated letters at end. Correspondents, in addition to his wife Margaret include Benjamin Hallowell, Benjamin Shoemaker, Comly B. Shoemaker, and Henry C. Hallowell.

Correspondence 1841-1864 Box 1

Correspondence 1865-1888, n.d. Box 2

Ser. 3. Correspondence of Margaret Stabler Hallowell, 1838-1900, n.d.

Arranged chronologically, undated at end. Mostly correspondence with her husband James Hallowell and with Stabler relatives.
1838-1900, n.d. Box 3

Ser. 4. Hallowell family correspondence, 1839-1945, n.d.
All correspondents were children of James and Margaret Hallowell, except Caleb, who was James's brother.

Annie Hallowell Riggs Bush (b. 1849), correspondence 1862-1923 Box 4

Alice Hallowell (1851-1921), correspondence 1860-1912 Box 4

Caleb S. Hallowell (b. 1818), correspondence 1839-1875 Box 4

Edward S. Hallowell (1847-1866), correspondence 1858-1865 Box 4

Florence (1861-1927) and Julie (b. 1863) Hallowell, correspondence 1868-1945 Box 5

James B. Hallowell (b. 1854), correspondence 1866-1906, n.d. Box 5

Miscellaneous Hallowell family correspondence 1811-1946, n.d. Box 5

Ser. 5. Correspondence of Stabler family, 1837-1927, n.d.
Includes letters of Edward Stabler (1794-1883) and his children.

Arthur Stabler (1842-1918), correspondence 1850-1919, n.d. Box 6

Catherine Stabler (1828-1912), correspondence 1845-1897, n.d. Box 6

Edward Stabler (1794-1883), correspondence 1837-1882, n.d. Box 6

Edward Stabler (b. 1836), correspondence 1846-1927, n.d. Box 6

Jordan Stabler (b. 1840), correspondence 1851-1917, n.d. Box 6

Louis Stabler, correspondence 1854-1870 Box 6

Ser. 6. Poetry, 1859-1918, n.d.

Poems by Alice Hallowell
Alice Hallowell, afflicted from a childhood illness, became recognized for her literary talents, especially in Washington where she lived much of her life.
1859-1918, n.d. Box 7

Poems by other Hallowell and Stabler family members and other unnamed persons Box 7

Ser. 7. Lesson books and school essays, 1832-1882, n.d.

James B. Hallowell, at Fulford Female Seminary 1867-1870 Box 7

Essays by other family members 1832-1882, n.d. Box 7

Ser. 8. Financial papers, 1842-1897

Edward Stabler, Sr.
Mostly regarding publication of Forty-Four Years in the Life of a Hunter..., reminiscences by Meshach Browning (1781-1859), a Maryland hunter. Book was revised and illustrated by Edward Stabler, and these papers concern the financing of its publication by Lippincott in Philadelphia.
1862-1878, n.d. Box 7

Miscellaneous, Hallowell and Stabler family members 1866-1897, n.d. Box 7

Birdsall-Brooke finances
In 1877 James S. Hallowell was granted power of attorney to act for Hannah G. Birdsall; In 1878 Edward Stabler became executor of the estate of Sarah T. Brooke.
1843-1878, n.d. Box 7

Ser. 9. Printed material, 1863-1888

Various printed material 1863-1888 Box 7

Ser. 10. Pictures

Hallowell and Stabler family members
Including Edward S. Hallowell and Edward Stabler, Jr.
Box 7