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Collection Overview

Title: Ella Hume Taylor Collection (Geneseo), 1881-1940

ID: RHC/RC/034

Extent: 1.75 Linear Feet

Subjects: Alpha (Ill.), Andover (Ill.), Bishop Hill (Ill.), Colona (Ill.), Congregationalists, Cornwall (Ill.), Diaries-- 1840-1869, Diaries-- 1870-1909, Diaries-- 1910-1960, Farm life, First Congregational Church (Geneseo, Ill.), Geneseo (Ill.), Henry County (Ill.), Loraine (Ill.), Morristown (Ill.), Old Settlers Association of Henry County, Sunday schools, Taylor, Ella Hume, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ella Hume Taylor Collection is made up of materials collected by Mrs. Taylor from the Henry County area.

The major portion of the collection is made up of letters, reminiscences, town and township histories obtained by Ella Hume Taylor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among these are autobiographical and biographical sketches of the ‘Old Settlers of Henry County’ Theodore Davenport, George Brandenburg, and others. Also included are programs and by-laws of the Old Settlers Association of Henry County and the Henry County Historical Society dating from the same period.

Another large portion of this collection is the history and records of the First Congregational Church of Geneseo, Illinois. These include centennial books from 1884, programs from church services (1918-1933), and several treasurer’s reports, as well as women’s club membership books, (1927-1937).

In addition there are two record books for the Henry County Sunday School Association which date from 1912 to 1939. These books contain the executive meeting minutes, convention programs, attendance records, and treasurer’s reports.

Collection Historical Note

Ella Hume Taylor (1851-1928?) was born in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Hume. She was raised in Geneseo, Illinois, where her parents enjoyed considerable prominence. In 1873 Miss Hume married Peter H. Taylor, a Geneseo farmer and grain dealer. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were active in the First Congregational Church of Geneseo and Mrs. Taylor was an early secretary of the Henry County Historical Association in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Mrs. Taylor’s daughter, Louise Martha Taylor, married a banker from Geneseo, Illinois, Mr. James H. White, in 1902. Mrs. White was active in the First Congregational Church of Geneseo and it is through her generosity that her mother’s materials came to the Regional History Center.

Subject/Index Terms

Alpha (Ill.)
Andover (Ill.)
Bishop Hill (Ill.)
Colona (Ill.)
Cornwall (Ill.)
Diaries-- 1840-1869
Diaries-- 1870-1909
Diaries-- 1910-1960
Farm life
First Congregational Church (Geneseo, Ill.)
Geneseo (Ill.)
Henry County (Ill.)
Loraine (Ill.)
Morristown (Ill.)
Old Settlers Association of Henry County
Sunday schools
Taylor, Ella Hume
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: behalf of Mrs. James H. White

Acquisition Method: The Ella Hume Taylor Collection was donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on behalf of Mrs. James H. White of Geneseo, Illinois. Mr. Gilbert Swanson of Cambridge, Illinois, transferred the collection to the Center on October 16, 1978.

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Box 1
Folder 1: Ella Hume Taylor letters, 1899-1928
Folder 2-3: Henry G. Little letters, 1888-1890
Folder 4: Assorted settler letters, 1881-1892
Folder 5-17: Biographies and autobiographies: Allen, James M.; Baker, Dr. Thomas; Brodine, Carl Johan; Burns, John M.; Dumond Family; Furgeson, George; Johnson, Henry; Lloyd, Mahion B.; Mitchel, Rosa; Murphy, John; Purse, Robert John; Stewart, Issac N.; Widney, J.A.; Wirtz, Philip J.; Yaple Family
Folder 18: Reminiscences of an Illinois settler
Folder 19: Recollections of an old settler, by Doctor C.D. Knapp, 1897
Box 2
Folder 1: Recollections of a pioneer woman
Folder 2: The women of the colony, by Mrs. H.T. Miller, September 13, 1886
Folder 3: Village/town histories: Alpha, Illinois
Folder 4: Village/town histories: Andover, Illinois
Folder 5: Village/town histories: Colona, Illinois
Folder 6: Village/town histories: Cornwall, Illinois
Folder 7: Village/town histories: Geneseo, Illinois-first settlement
Folder 8: Village/town histories: Geneseo Seminary
Folder 9: Village/town histories: Loraine, Illinois
Folder 10: Village/town histories: Morristown Colony
Folder 11: Henry County: Genealogies
Folder 12: Henry County: Henry County Historical Association
Box 3
Folder 1: Henry County: Henry County history by "Settler"
Folder 2: Henry County: Ministers
Folder 3-4: Henry County: Old Settlers Association
Folder 5: Henry County: Schools
Folder 6: Henry County: Souvenir Items
Folder 7: Reunion Programs, 112th Regimental, 1885, 1887
Folder 8: Columbian Club, 1939-1940
Box 4
Folder 1-3: First Congregational Church of Geneseo
Folder 4: Address by John P. Hand
Folder 5: Bishop Hill Reprints
Folder 6: "Historic Henry County" photostat
Folder 7: "Mid-West Advocate", November 1905
Folder 8-9: Historic newspaper clippings
Folder 10-12: Photostats of letters, articles, printed material (Some of the photostats are duplicates of the original in the collection)
Box 5
Volume 1-2: Henry County Sunday School Association, June 20, 1912-June 9, 1939
Volume 3: Duane Rulison’s Catalogue of Books & Jewelry, 1859
Volume 4: Roy, Joseph Edwin. Memorial of the One Hundredth Birthday of John Roy, July 31, 1898
Volume 5: Counties of Illinois. Their Origin and Evolution, January 1, 1906
Volume 6: Greene, Evarts B. Pioneers of Civilization of Illinois, December 3, 1907
Volume 7: Meese, William A. Abraham Lincoln Incidents in his Life Relating to Waterways, 1908
Volume 8: Abraham Lincoln. Proceedings commemorative of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Abraham Lincoln, February 11, 1909
Volume 9: Nelson, Ronald E. The Bishop Hill Colony and Its Pioneer Economy, 1967
Volume 10: Risser, Hubert E. and Robert L. Major. History of Illinois Mineral Industries, 1968
Volume 11: Kipp-Bassett Genealogy, no date

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