An Inventory of the Howland-Kirby Family Papers, circa 1790-circa 1973

(3 boxes; 1.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/067


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Abstract
Howland and Kirby families were Quakers of Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and New Bedford, Mass. The collection contains primarily transcripts and photocopies of their papers. Of particular interest are dairies of Weston Howland, Jr., with notes on the arrival of whaling ships in New Bedford and details of a controversy over the New Bedford-Fairhaven bridge; those of Abby S., and Rachel, which describe a trip taken by Abby to New York, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. (1888) and women preaching at Friends meetings; and papers of George Kirby including town records (1827-1849) of Dartmouth, Mass., particularly relating to his duties as town treasurer; and genealogical materials.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE Weston Howland (1815-ca. 1901) was a birthright Quaker and a prominent businessman involved in the whale oil industry. The Howland Family lived in and around New Bedford, Dartmouth, and Fairhaven, MA. The collection includes his will, correspondence, as well as papers related to his business. Weston married Rebecca Kirby (1825-1895), the daughter of George and Abigail Kirby. George Kirby (1794-1882) was both treasurer and tax collector for the town of Dartmouth. His financial and personal papers are included in the collection. Weston Howland, Jr. (1852-1878), son of Weston and Rebecca Howland, joined the family whale oil business. His correspondence with his parents as well as his journals are included in the papers. The journals of his sister, Rachel (1853-1934), are also included in the collection. One of his other sisters, Alice (b. 1867) was the mother of the donor of the collection, Elizabeth Howland Jordan.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS The collection contains primarily transcripts and photocopies of the papers of George Kirby (1794-1882), farmer and local official, of Dartmouth, Mass.; his wife, Abigail H. (Smith) Kirby (1825-1895); their daughter, Rebecca (Kibry) Howland (1825-1895); her husband, Weston Howland (1815-ca. 1901), businessman and merchant, of Fairhaven and New Bedford, Mass.; and their children, Weston, Jr. (1852-1878), Rachel (1853-1934), and Abby S. (1861-1950) Howland, and Alice H. (Howland) Garrett (b. 1867). Chiefly includes personal diaries (1820-1891) of Howland family members and Abigail H. (Smith) Kirby, containing observations on the weather, trips taken, social activities, and daily and family affairs. Diaries of Weston Howland, Jr., include notes on the arrival of whaling ships in New Bedford and details of a controversy over the New Bedford-Fairhaven bridge; those of Abby S., and Rachel describe a trip taken by Abby to New York, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. (1888) and women preaching at Friends meetings; and diaries of Abigail H. (Smith) Kirby reflect her philosophical and religious life as well as involvement in the Dartmouth Friends meeting. Also contains correspondence, diaries, poems, property records, and other papers of Weston Howland, his wife, daughter, Alice H. (Howland) Garrett, and his mother, Abigail (Hathaway) Howland (1774-1867); papers of George Kirby including town records (1827-1849) of Dartmouth, Mass., particularly relating to his duties as town treasurer; and genealogical materials.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Bridges -- Massachusetts
  • Howland family
  • Kirby family
  • Lay ministry -- Society of Friends
  • Local finance -- Massachusetts
  • Local government -- Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts -- Climate
  • Massachusetts -- Politics and government
  • Massachusetts -- Quakers
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel
  • Quakers -- Massachusetts
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Real property -- Massachusetts
  • Voyages and travels
  • Washington (D.C.) -- Description and travel
  • Weather
  • Whaling -- Massachusetts
  • Whaling ships -- Massachusetts
  • Women, Quaker -- Massachusetts
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Garrett, Alice H. Howland, b. 1867
  • Howland, Abigail Hathaway, 1774-1867
  • Howland, Rachel, 1853-1934
  • Howland, Rebecca Kirby, 1825-1895
  • Howland, Weston, 1815-ca. 1901
  • Howland, Weston, 1852-1878
  • Kirby, Abigail H. Smith, 1798-1861
  • Kirby, George, 1794-1882
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1993
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 of 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


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical and Genealogical

Genealogy of John Sedgewick Howland and his wife, Alice Hart Ellis ([427 p.] in four folders) Box 1

Howland Family Genealogy Box 1

Howland Family Heraldry and English Genealogies Box 1

Hathaway Family Genealogy Box 1

Smith Family Genealogy Box 1

Kirby Family Genealogy Box 1

Ser. 2. Weston Howland, 1770-1905

Whaling Industry and Related Papers 1770-1900 Box 1

Personal Finances and Correspondence 1837-1895 Box 1

Petroleum and Coal Oil Co. 1860-1882

Real Estate 1848-1905 Box 1

Business Papers 1865-1899 Box 1

Wills and Related Papers 1884-1899, n.d. Box 1

Accounts 1829-1840 Box 1

Ser. 3. Howland Family, 1695-1934

Weston Howland Jr., Correspondence 1873-1878 Box 2

Weston Howland Jr., Diaries 1868, 1870 Box 2

Abigail Howland, Diaries 1877-1890 Box 2

Abigail Howland, Correspondence and Finances 1838, 1845-1863 Box 2

Abraham Howland, Will 1866 Box 2

Mary Howland, Will 1825 Box 2

Benjamin Howland, Deed 1695 Box 2

Rachel Howland, Diaries 1844-1890 Box 2

Rebecca (Kirby) Howland, Misc. Papers, Correspondence, Will 1861-1894 Box 2

Rebecca (Kirby) Howland, Letters to Son Weston Jr. Box 2

Thomas Howland, Correspondence 1809-1822, n.d. Box 2

William P.[enn] Howland, Papers 1762-1892 Box 2

Family Documents and Papers 1821-1934, 1726-1833 Box 2

Receipted Bills, Tax Bills 1860-1870, 1865 Box 2

Miscellaneous Papers: Map of Dartmouth, MA Box 2

Ser. 4. Hathaway Family, 1706-1935

Records, Wills, and Marriage Certificates. 1706-1835 Box 2

Ser. 5. Kirby Family, 1809-1882

George Kirby, Miscellaneous Papers 1881-1882 Box 3

George Kirby, Papers from Treasurership and Collector of Taxes for Dartmouth 1829-1849 Box 3

George Kirby, Deeds and Letters 1837-1861 Box 2

Kirby Family Documents and Papers 1809-1852 Box 2

Abigail (Smith) Kirby, Diaries 1820-1849 Box 2

Abigail (Smith) Kirby, Diaries 1850 Box 2

Abigail (Smith) Kirby, Diaries 1855-1860 Box 2

Ser. 6. Miscellaneous

Pictures, including silhouette of Thos. H. Howland and silhouettes of Delono family (copies) Box 2

Postcards of Howland family homes and objects of Quaker interest. Box 2

Special subject photographs; women's rights organizations Box 2