John Wheelock papers, 1772-1827 Rauner Manuscript MS-934

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Title:

John Wheelock papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-934

Collection Dates:

1772-1827

Size of Collection:

.5 linear ft., 1 box

Abstract:

John Wheelock (1754-1817), second president of Dartmouth College. Dartmouth College Class of 1771. The papers contain the personal correspondence of John Wheelock and of his wife, Maria Suhm Wheelock, documenting family life in New Jersey and Hanover, New Hampshire. Also includes correspondence between John Wheelock's daughter, Maria, and William Allen, and correspondence between Mills Olcott and the Presbyterian Church concerning John Wheelock's bequest to the church, and the resulting Wheelock endowment at the Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Unrestricted.

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Introduction to the Collection

The papers of John Wheelock consist of approximately 100 documents. They contain the correspondence of Dartmouth's second president and his wife's family, including the Suhm, von Beverhout, and Boudinot families of New Jersey and St. Thomas, VI. The papers document life at Beverwyck, Maria Suhm Wheelock's family home in New Jersey, her stay there during the birth of her daughter, and the difficulties of travel between New Jersey and Hanover, NH. Also included is some correspondence between John Wheelock's daughter Maria and William Allen, whom she later married, and correspondence between Hanover attorney Mills Olcott and the Presbyterian Church concerning John Wheelock's bequest to the church and the resulting Wheelock endowment at the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Biography

John Wheelock was born 28 January 1754, the son of Dartmouth College founder and first president Eleazar Wheelock and his second wife Mary Brinsmaid. Leavng Yale to attend his father's new college, John was one of the four members of Dartmouth first graduating class in 1771. He remained at Dartmouth as a tutor, 1772 - 1774, and as a member of the NH state legislature from Hanover in 1775. John Wheelock joined the Continental Army in 1777. Upon the death of Eleazar Wheelock in 1779, John Wheelock became Dartmouth's second president, a position he held until removed from office by the Board of Trustees in 1815. He then assumed the presidency of Dartmouth University during the State of New Hampshire's attempt to take control of Dartmouth College following years of conflict between Wheelock and the Trustees. On 29 November 1786, John Wheelock married Maria Suhm, the daughter of Gov. Christian Suhm of St. Thomas, V.I., and Maria Malleville, and stepdaughter of M. Lucus von Beverhout. John and Maria Wheelock's only child, Maria, married William Allen, president of Dartmouth University after the death of John Wheelock, and later president of Bowdoin College. John Wheelock died in Hanover, New Hampshire, 4 April 1817.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Correspondence,

Box: 1, 1772-1829

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box: 1

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1772-1788

    Azarel Deborah Pengelly to Miss Maria Suhm (March 20, 1772); Grace Kemy to Miss Maria Suhm (Sept. 24, 1772); Azarel Deborah Pengelly to Miss Maria Suhm (Feb. 20, 1773); S. Winne to Maria Suhm (March 29, 1773); Joseph DeWint to Maria von Beverhoudt and Maria Suhm (Dec. 27, 1773); Elizabeth Rogiers to Maria Suhm (May 14, 1774); Maria vonBeverhoudt to Maria Suhm (Oct. 21, 1776); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm (Feb. 16, 1784); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm (May 21, 1784); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm (April 28, 1785); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm (Jan. 4, 1786); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm (May 20, 1786); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm (June 6, 1786); John Wheelok to Maria Suhm (June 8, 1786); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm (June 19, 1786); Maria Suhm to John Wheelock (July 3, 1786); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm (July 14, 1786); Maria Suhm to John Wheelock (Aug. 10, 1786); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm (Sept. 25, 1786); Maria Suhm to John Wheelock (Oct. 31, 1786); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm (Nov. 15, 1786); John Wheelock to Thomas Melleville (Nov. 24, 1786); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (early 1787); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 13, 1787); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Feb. 4, 1787); Thomas Malleville to John Wheelock (Feb. 26, 1787); Thomas Malleville to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Feb. 26, 1787); C Brinkerhoff to Maria Suhm Wheelock (April 22, 1787); Johannes Rogiers to John Wheelock (May 26, 1787); Maria van Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (May or June 1887); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 2, 1787); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 4, 1787); Abraham Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 4, 1787); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 7, 1787); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 29, 1787); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Dec. 7, 1787); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 4 1788); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 10, 1788); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 23, 1788); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Feb. 7, 1788); Anna Maria von Beverhoudt to John Wheelock (Feb. 10, 1788); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Aprill 11, 1788); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (May 28, 1788); Extract of letter from Lucas von Beverhoudt to Johannes Rogiers (June 15, 1788); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Dec. 1, 1788)

  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1789-1797

    Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 6, 1789); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 15, 1789); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 15, 1789); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 25, 1789); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (April, 8, 1789); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (June 14, 1790); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (July 3, 1790); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 12, 1791); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Sept. 20, 1791); Thomas Malleville to Maria and Lucas von Beverhoudt (June 29, 1793); Lucas von Beverhoudt to John Wheelock (Aug. 16, 1793); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Sept. 12, 1793); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Sept. 12, 1793); Lucas von Beverhoudt to John Wheelock (Oct. 4, 1793); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Oct. 4, 1793); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Oct. 5, 1793); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 4, 1793); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 29, 1793); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Dec. 6, 1793); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Dec. 16, 1793); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (April 2, 1794); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (April 2, 1794); Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm Wheelock (June 4, 1794); John De Wint to John Wheelock (June 10, 1794); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Sept [10] 1794); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (May 19, 1795); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (May 19, 1795); Lucas von Beverhoudt to John Wheelock (May 20, 1795); Receipt from Lucas von Beverhoudt to John Wheelock (Oct. 1, 1795); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 16, 1795); Lucas von Beverhoudt to John Wheelock (Dec. 3, 1795); Adriana von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Feb. 7, 1796); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (March 28, 1796); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 20, 1796); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suh, Wheelock (Nov. 8, 1796); Thomas Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 27, 1796); Thomas Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 16, 1797); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (May 26, 1797); Maria von Beverhoudt to John Wheelock (June 12, 1797); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 30, 1797); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Dec. 6, 1797)

  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, 1798-1812

    Cornelia Lott Sands to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 27, 1798); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Feb. 2, 1798); Maria Von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Feb. 22, 1798); Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Feb. 24, 1798); Tobias Boudinot to John Wheelock (May 30, 1798); Cornelia Lott Sands to Maria Suhm Wheelock (July 21, 1798); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Sept. 15, 1798); Extract of letter Wood to Elizabeth Rogiers (Feb. 9, 1799); W. Rogiers to John Wheelock (Jan. 19, 1800); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (March 17, 1800); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (June 26, 1800); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Aug. 22, 1800); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Sept. 9, 1800); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Oct. 7, 1800); Maria Suhm Wheelock and John Wheelock to Maria Malleville Wheelock (Oct. 11, 1800); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Dec. 2, 1800); John Wheelock to Maria Malleville Wheelock (Dec. 16, 1800); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (March 12, 1801); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Aprill 11, 1801); John Wheelock to Elizabeth Rogiers (May 8, 1801); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (June 16, 1801); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Oct. 4, 1801); Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Jan. 5, 1802); Katherine Morse rec'd of William Allen $5.00 (Aug. 9, 1808); John Wheelock to Maria Malleville Wheelock (Dec. 16, 1808); Katherine Morse rec'd of William Allen $ 5.00 (Feb. 28, 1809); John Wheelock to Maria Malleville Wheelock (March 9, 1809); John Wheelock and Maria Suhm Wheelock to Maria Malleville Wheelock (May 25, 1811); William Allen to John Wheelock (June 13, 1812); William Allen to John Wheelock (Sept. 9, 1812); Maria Malleville Wheelock to William Allen (Sept. 26, 1812); Maria Malleville Wheelock to William Allen (Oct. 15, 1812); Maria Malleville Wheelock to William Allen (Nov. 19, 1812); Maria Malleville Wheelock to William Allen (Nov. 28, 1812); Maria Malleville Wheelock to William Allen (Dec. 8, 1812); William Allen to John Wheelock (Dec. 10, 1812); John Wheelock to William Allen (Dec. 17, 1812); Maria Malleville Wheelock to William Allen (Dec. 27, 1812)

  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, 1813-1829

    Maria Mallville Wheelock to William Allen (Jan. 14, 1813); Charlotte Mercer Frelinghuysen to Maria Wheelock Allen (March 5, 1813); Maria Wheelock Allen to John Wheelock (March 16, 1813); William Allen to Maria Allen (May 24, 1831); William Allen to John Wheelock (August 11, 1813); William Allen to John Wheelock (Oct.6, 1813); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Oct. 24, 1813); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Nov. 5, 1813); William Allen to John Wheelock (Nov. 17, 1813); John Wheelock to Maria Suhm Wheelock (Dec. 11, 1813); William Allen to John Wheelock (Dec. 14, 1813); William Allen to John Wheelock (Feb. 27, 1814); William Allen to John Wheelock (May 31, 1814); Maria Allen to John Allen (July 9, 1814); Maria Allen to John Allen (Aug. 7, 1814); Maria Allen to John Allen (May 20, 1815); Maria Allen to John Allen (June 6, 1816); Adriana Boudinot to William Allen (March 30, 1829)

  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, undated

    Cornelia Lott to Maria Suhm; Abraham Lott to Maria Suhm; Eliza TB to Maria Suhm; Anna Maria Beverhoudt to Maria Suhm Wheelock, Adriana Boudinot to Maria Suhm Wheelock; Maria von Beverhoudt to Maria Malleville Wheelock

  • Folder: 6, Correspondence and documents regarding Wheelock's legacy to the Presbyterian Church, 1819-1827

    Rob Ralston to/from Mills Olcott Esq.

  • Folder: 7, Will of John Wheelock, manuscript copy and typescript transcription, 1817-03-09

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