Corban Society. Records, 1811-1850

Collection Information
Title:

Corban Society (Boston, Mass.) records

Creator(s):

Corban Society (Boston, Mass.)

Dates:

1811-1850

Extent:

1.5 linear feet, 2 boxes

Collection ID #:

RG 0721

Conditions Governing Access:

None

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Corban Society (Boston, Mass.) records, RG 0721. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by archive staff, October 1995

Historical Note

Founded in 1811, the Corban Society was an all-female benevolent society that provided clothing and funds to local theological school students, most notably Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts. The birth of this society reflects the growth of charitable institutions in New England between the latter part of the 18th-century and the first part of the 19th-century: during this period, the number of Bible societies, missionary societies, Masonic lodges, orphanages and other charitable organizations in New England grew from approximately 50 to approximately 2000(1). These organizations were significant in women's history, since they allowed women to serve in management and leadership roles that were otherwise not permitted to them (2). It was argued during this period that women were "too frail, inexperience, and frivolous to manage the affairs of a charitable corporation"(3); other New Englanders believed that the very nature of women made them better suited to serve those in need (4). In any case, the Corban Society was one of many women's charitable organizations.

The 1811 founding officers were: Mary Bowers, president; Dorcas Homes, vice president; Elizabeth Haskins, secretary; Martha Colhoun, Mary Ingraham, Mary Perry, Susan Huntington, Sarah Parker, Elizabeth Devens, Lucy M. Ingalls and Mary Webb, assistants. The annual meeting was held the last Monday in September of each year. Please see Appendix A for a list of the members and officers for other years; please note that many of the women were active in the organization for a very long period of time. Also note that many of the members of the Graham Society were also members of the Corban Society.

The Corban Society was committed to the idea of supporting missionaries or missionaries in training. The organization believed that it was the member's duty to promote this work and to do so "by casting their money into...[the] treasury..." (1-IA-2). The Society accumulated funds from member's annual subscription fees of $2 per year, as well as donations from auxiliary groups and sewing circles (see scope and content note below). The subscription money, as well as donations from members and those outside of the organization, was invested in "permanent funds" (2-III-2).

In 1831 the Corban Society absorbed the Graham Society, another Boston, Massachusetts women's benevolent group. Despite this growth, however, the Corban Society's membership decreased by 1848 and the financial resources dwindled. "In depressed and...[straitened] circumstances our wants yearly increasing, while our means are constantly decreasing" (1-IA-2). In 1848 "...only after repeated efforts that a sufficient membership could be gathered together to transact the necessary business...the founders and early patrons have gone to their rest and reward and none have arisen to fill their places" (1-IA-2). Although the records indicate that the organization was disbanded in 1848, there is some correspondence dating to 1850.

Many of the women in the Corban Society were married to or related to founding members of the Boston Society for the Moral and Religious Instruction of the Poor. See Boston, Massachusetts. City Missionary Society (Boston Society for the Moral and Religious Instruction of the Poor. Records, 1820-1991) for biographical information on these men.

 

Scope and Content Note

Series I consists of materials generated by the Board of Directors. Subseries A includes material that documents the history of the Society and includes the Board of Directors minutes from 1811-1848 and the Corban Society raison d'être, constitution, original membership list, minutes of meetings and reports of the Board of Directors from 1811-1848. The September 26, 1836 minutes (Series A, folder 2) contain a reading of a letter from Mr. Grout, a missionary in Eastern Africa, which the Society apparently assisted; the minutes were not carefully read, so it is unclear is there was other similar support. Minimize handling the material in folder 3, as it is extremely delicate.

Series 1 subseries B contains material from the Office of the Secretary. This includes the order of accounts, which provides: 1) an index to the Corban Society Secretary's Book Volume 1, and 2) an alphabetical index to members, as they are listed in the Corban Society Secretary's Book Volume 1. Subseries B also includes the aforementioned Corban Society Secretary's Book Volume 1, which provides the following information:

p. 1 permanent fund 1811-1842
p. 19-28 treasurer's record of money received and paid 1811-1820
p. 32-34 list of Society members and sums paid 1811-1821
p. 39-52 list of Society members and sums paid 1822-1845
p. 106 list of annual subscribers and sums paid 1811-1812
p. 117 list of subscribers who have given money to be funded 1811-1837
p. 118 list of donors
(includes money from sale of sermons, Auxiliary in Andover, Auxiliary Society in Ashby, Park Street Sewing Circle, Old South Sewing Circle, East Parish Newton, West Parish Newton and donations of fabric)
1811-1842
p. 130 list of subscribers who have died, withdrawn or changed their subscriptions 1812-1821
p. 160 articles donated to society 1811-1813
p. 181-240 accounts opened by members
(lists members and amounts paid by year)
1812-1825
p. 241-304 accounts opened by subscribers
(list subscribers and amounts paid by year)
1812-1825
p. 343 life members 1819-1842
p. 346-354 names of beneficiaries 1811-1837

 

Series I subseries B also contains a single sheet with the minutes for the September 26, 1842 meeting, which was originally folded and tucked inside the previously mentioned volume.

Series I subseries C contains material from the Office of the Treasurer. The Corban Society Treasurer's Accounts Volume 1 contains the treasurer's records from 1811-1848 and the Treasurer's Receipts contains the 1812-1848 record of the amount received from subscribers of the Corban Society. This series also contains the Corban Society financial records, which also lists those assisted from 1838-1848. The President's Orders on the Treasury was a receipt book kept by the treasurer, in which she noted the president's orders on the treasury. It also contains the treasurer's reimbursements to the president from 1811-1819.

Folders 4-15 contain the actual treasurer's receipts. These were found stored loose in an acid free folder; originally some of these receipts were bundled together with paper "ties," fastened with a metal push pin. The pin was discarded and the tie and the bundle were attached with a plastic clip. Bundles were typically grouped by year, although if the bundle contained receipts from multiple years, they were left as they were found and filed in the earliest year noted in the bundled. All other loose receipts were arranged chronologically by year.

Series II contains printed matter related to the Corban Society. Subseries A contains ten copies of the constitution printed in 1824 as 3-3/4 x 5-3/4 inch pamphlets for the Society members; there are several examples of different types of marbled covers included. Subseries B contains eight copies of a form for members to fill in; the form is titled "You are requested to attend a meeting. Subseries C contains printed material that was included in Series I, Subseries A, folder 2. The three items are "order of exercises" for Phillips Academy in 1860. These items are described in further detail in the series description.

Series III contains correspondence to the Corban Society. The letters were originally folded up into rectangles and bundled together with string or ribbon. Several of the bundles were fairly loose and some of the correspondence appeared to be intermingled. There was not an obvious order to the bundles, so the string or ribbon was cut and the letters were placed in chronological order and separated by year. The original order of the bundles is documented in the collection file.

The majority of the correspondence is addressed to "Dear Ladies" or "Dear Members"; in some cases the officer's name is on the outside of the letter, although the contents is directed toward the entire membership. The majority of the correspondence is from students at Andover Theological Society thanking the Society for gifts or from Andover contacts recommending those in need. A small section of the letters are from members of other auxiliary groups or other "branches" of the Corban Society. Appendix B provides a list of the correspondents and the dates of their letters; if the letter was addressed to a particular person, this is also noted. There is also a fair amount of correspondence from Ralph Emerson, a professor of ecclesiastical history at Andover Theological School from 1829-1854 and second cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson (5), who often wrote the Society with lists of appropriate recipients.

If the correspondent was not positively identified, the name was placed in small brackets. A small section of the letters did not have dates and could not be dated; this correspondence was placed at the end of the series.

 

Series Description / Container List

Box 1

Series I. Board of Directors

  Subseries A: History of the Corban Society
  Folder 1 Corban Society Directors Records Volume I [Board of Directors minutes, 1811-1848]
  Folder 2 Corban Society Records Volume I
  Folder 3 Corban Society Constitutions and Members Volume I
  Subseries B: Office of the Secretary
  Folder 1 Order of Accounts kept in Corban Society Secretary's Book [provides index to Series IB, folder 2]
  Folder 2 Corban Society Secretary's Book Vol. I
  Folder 3 Notes from September 26, 1842 meeting (folded Corban Secretary's Book Volume 1)
  Subseries C: Office of the Treasurer
  Folder 1 Corban Society Treasurers Accounts Volume 1
  Folder 2 Treasurer's Receipts
  Folder 3 [Corban Society Financial Records]
  Folder 4 Presidents Orders on the Treasury
  Folder 5 Receipts 1824
  Folder 6 Receipts 1825
  Folder 7 Receipts 1826
  Folder 8 Receipts 1828
  Folder 9 Receipts 1830-1831
  Folder 10 Receipts 1832
  Folder 11 Receipts and copy of the treasurer's report, 1834
  Folder 12 Receipts 1835-1838
  Folder 13 Receipts 1841-1844
  Folder 14 Receipts 1846-1847, 1849-1850
  Folder 15 Receipts 1842-1848, undated list of recipients
     

Series II. Printed material.

  Subseries A: Constitutions
  Folders 1-3 Printed constitutions of the Corban Society
  Folder 4  
  Subseries B: Request to attend meeting...
  Folder 1  
  Subseries C: Printed ephemera
  Folder 1 Order of Exercises, July 20, 1860 and July 24, 1860 and 27th anniversary of the Society of Inquiry, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
     
Box 2

Series III. Correspondence to the Corban Society

  Folder 1 1830
  Folder 2 1833
  Folder 3 1834
  Folder 4 1836
  Folder 5 1836
  Folder 6 1837
  Folders 7-11 1839
  Folder 12 1840
  Folder 13 1841
  Folder 14 1841
  Folder 15 1842
  Folder 16 1842
  Folder 17 1842
  Folder 18 1843
  Folder 19 1843
  Folder 20 1844
  Folder 21 1845
  Folder 22 1846
  Folder 23 1847
  Folder 24 1848
  Folder 25 1850
  Folder 26 n.d. (includes month)
  Folder 27 n.d.
  Folder 28 ribbons that originally fastened correspondence

 

Bibliographic Note

Conrad Edick Wright. Transformation of Charity in Postrevolutionary New England . (Boston, Mass.: Northeastern University Press, 1992), p.5.

See p. 270-276 for a listing of other primary sources relating charitable organizations in New England.
See p. 228-269 for a Census of Charitable Organizations.

 

Appendix A -- Corban Society Officers and Members

Officers by year
Membership list

Please note that the records typically list "Mrs." and "Miss"; first names have been filled in from the membership list which follows. If there is more than one member with the same last name, the author did not attempt to fill in the first name. Officer lists are taken from the minutes of the annual September meeting (6), although the meeting does not specify these are newly elected officers. Please note that the minutes do not mention the election of assistants, although they are listed for each meeting. The assistants mentioned in the officer list are those assistants who attended the annual September meeting.

 

OFFICERS
Officers for 1812:
  Mary Bowers president
  Dorcas Homes vice president
  Elizabeth Haskins secretary
  Harriet Moore treasurer
  Martha Calhoun, Susan Huntington, Eudora Nickerson, Elizabeth Duren, Mary Perry, Mary Webb assistants
     
Officers for 1813:
  Mary Bowers president
  Martha Calhoun vice president
  Elizabeth Haskins secretary
  Harriet Moore treasurer
  Sarah Parker, Lucy M. Ingalls, Susan Huntington, Mary Ladd, Mary Perry, Eliza B. F. Winthrop assistants
     
Officers for 1814:
  Mary Bowers president
  Martha Calhoun vice president
  Elizabeth Haskins secretary
  Harriet Moore treasurer
  Elizabeth Duren, Susan Huntington, Sarah Parker, Eudora Nickerson, Hannah Breck Tyler, Mary Perry, Mary Webb assistants
     
Officers for 1815:
  Mary Bowers president
  Dorcas Homes vice president
  Elizabeth Haskins secretary
  Harriet Moore treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Lucy M. Ingalls, Mary Perry, Mary Webb, Miss Brown assistants
     
Officers for 1816:
  Mary Bowers president
  Dorcas Homes vice president
  Elizabeth Haskins secretary
  Harriet Moore treasurer
  Hannah Breck Tyler, Eudora Nickerson, Mary Ladd, Mary Webb assistants
     
Officers for 1817:
  Mary Bowers president
  Dorcas Homes vice president
  Elizabeth Haskins secretary
  Harriet Moore treasurer
  Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mrs. Cutler, Susan Huntington, Eudora Nickerson, Mary Perry assistants
     
Officers for 1818:
  Mary Bowers president
  Dorcas Homes vice president
  Elizabeth Haskins secretary
  Harriet Moore treasurer
  Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mary Ladd, Mrs. Cutler, Mary Perry assistants
   
Officers for 1819:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes (7) vice president
  Elizabeth Haskins secretary
  Harriet Moore treasurer
  Susan Huntington, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Eudora Nickerson, Mrs. Cutler, Mary Perry assistants
     
Officers for 1820:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Charlotte Lane secretary
  Eliza J. Rupsell treasurer
  Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mrs. Storrs, Mary Perry, Mrs. Welch, Eudora Nickerson assistants
     
Officers for 1821:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Eliza J. Rupsell treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Susan Huntington, Phebe Cutler, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mary Perry, Margaret Welsh, Susan E. Dwight , Martha Ropes, Elizabeth Haskins assistants
     
Officers for 1822:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Eliza J. Rupsell treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Susan Huntington, Phebe Cutler, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Susan E. Dwight, Lydia Wisner, Martha Ropes, Mary Perry, Elizabeth Haskins assistants
     
Officers for 1823:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Maria Odiorne treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Susan Huntington, Phebe Cutler, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Susan E. Dwight assistants
     
Officers for 1824:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Maria Odiorne treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Susan Huntington, Phebe Cutler, Susan E. Dwight, Lydia Wisner, Martha Ropes, Abigail Armstrong, Mary Perry, Elizabeth Haskins assistants
     
Officers for 1825:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Maria Odiorne treasurer
  Mary Perry, [Mrs. B. Dalton], Mrs. S. Door, Phebe Cutlner, Lydia Wisner, Abigail Armstrong, Susan E. Dwight, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Eudora Nickerson, Elizabeth Haskins assistants
     
Officers for 1826:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Maria Odiorne treasurer
  Mary Perry, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Phebe Cutler, Lydia Wisner, Abigail Armstrong, Eudora Nickerson, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. R. J. Brown assistants
     
Officers for 1827:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Maria Odiorne treasurer
  Mary Perry, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Phebe Cutler, Lydia Wisner, Abigail Armstrong, Eudora Nickerson, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. R. J. Brown assistants
     
Officers for 1828:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Sarah Snow treasurer
  Mary Perry, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. R. J. Brown, Miss E. Gorham assistants
     
Officers for 1829:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Sarah Snow treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Phebe Cutler, Elizabeth Wisner, Mrs. R. J. Brown, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Elizabeth Haskins, Miss E. Gorham assistants
     
Officers for 1830:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Eliza Clap secretary
  Sarah Snow treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Phebe Cutler, Elizabeth Wisner, Mrs. R. J. Brown, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Elizabeth Haskins, Miss E. Gorham assistants
     
Officers for 1831:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Mrs. David Green secretary
  Sarah Snow treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Mrs. S. Door, Phebe Cutler, Mrs. B. B. Wisner, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. R. J. Brown, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Elizabeth Haskins, Miss E. Gorham assistants
     
Officers for 1832:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Nancy Brown secretary
  Susan Gore treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Mrs. S. Door, Phebe Cutler, Mrs. B. B. Wisner, Abigail Armstrong, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Elizabeth Haskins assistants
     
Officers for 1833:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Nancy Brown secretary
  Susan Gore treasurer
  Eudora Nickerson, Mrs. S. Door, Phebe Cutler, Mrs. B. B. Wisner, Abigail Armstrong, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. Samuel Davis assistants
     
Officers for 1834:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Nancy Brown secretary
  Mrs. William A. Scott treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Lydia Wisner, Abigail Armstrong, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Lewis Stoddard assistants
     
Officers for 1835:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Nancy Brown secretary
  Mrs. William A. Scott treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Abigail Armstrong, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. Susan S. Dorr, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Daniel Safford, Mrs. Lewis Stoddard assistants
     
Officers for 1836:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Nancy Brown secretary
  Mrs. William A. Scott treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Abigail Armstrong, Mrs. Daniel Safford, Mrs. Lewis Stoddard assistants
     
Officers for 1837:
  Mary Bowers president
  Isabella Homes vice president
  Nancy Brown secretary
  Miss Mary Ann Scott treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Mrs. M. Armstrong, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mrs. Daniel Safford, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Lewis Stoddard assistants
     
Officers for 1838:
  Isabella Homes president
  Mrs. John C. Proctor vice president
  Eudora Nickerson secretary
  Mrs. Samuel Davis treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. S. J. Armstrong, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Daniel Safford, Mrs. Lewis Stoddard, Mrs. J. Merns assistants
     
Officers for 1839:
  Isabella Homes president
  Mrs. John C. Proctor vice president
  Eudora Nickerson secretary
  Mrs. Nancy Brown treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mrs. S. J. Armstrong, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Daniel Safford, Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Mrs. A. C. Haring assistants
     
Officers for 1840:
  Isabella Homes president
  Mrs. John C. Proctor vice president
  Eudora Nickerson secretary
  Elvira Nickerson treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Mrs. Samuel Dorr, Mrs. S. J. Armstrong, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. J. Jenkins, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Daniel Safford, Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Mrs. A. C. Haring assistants
     
Officers for 1841:
  Isabella Homes president
  Mrs. John C. Proctor vice president
  Eudora Nickerson secretary
  Mary Proctor treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. S. J. Armstrong. Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. A. C. Fearing, Mrs. Norman Seaver, Mrs. C. Stoddard assistants
     
Officers for 1842:
  Isabella Homes president
  Mrs. John C. Proctor vice president
  Miss M. Quincy secretary
  Mary Proctor treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. S. J. Armstrong. Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Elizabeth Haskins, Mrs. A. C. Fearing, Mrs. Daniel Safford, Mrs. Norman Seaver, Mrs. C. Hazen assistants
     
Officers for 1843:
  Mrs. John C. Proctor president
  Mrs. Daniel Safford vice president
  Sophia Crocker secretary
  Mary Proctor treasurer
  Phebe Cutler, Mrs. S. J. Armstrong. Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, Mrs. Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Haskins, Miss C. Scollay, Mrs. D. Jones assistants
     
Officers for 1844:
  Mrs. John C. Proctor president
  Mrs. Daniel Safford vice president
  Mary Proctor secretary/treasurer
  Mrs. S. J. Armstrong. Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, Mrs. Samuel Johnson, Mrs. William L. Eustis, Mrs. D. Jones assistants
     
Officers for 1845:
  Mrs. John C. Proctor president
  Mrs. Daniel Safford vice president
  Mary Proctor secretary/treasurer
  Mrs. S. J. Armstrong. Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, Mrs. Samuel Johnson, Mrs. William L. Eustis, Mrs. D. Jones assistants
     
Officers for 1846:
  Mrs. John C. Proctor president
  Mrs. Daniel Safford vice president
  Mary Proctor secretary/treasurer
  Mrs. S. J. Armstrong. Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, Mrs. Samuel Johnson, Mrs. William L. Eustis, Elizabeth Haskins, Miss C. Scollay, Mrs. D. Jones assistants
     
Officers for 1847:
  Mrs. John C. Proctor president
  Mrs. Daniel Safford vice president
  Mary Proctor secretary/treasurer
  Mrs. S. J. Armstrong. Mrs. J. H. Baldwin, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, Mrs. Samuel Johnson, Mrs. William L. Eustis, Elizabeth Haskins, Miss C. Scollay, Mrs. D. Jones assistants
     
Officers for 1848:
  Mrs. John C. Proctor president
  Mrs. Daniel Safford vice president
  Mary Proctor secretary/treasurer
  Mrs. Samuel Davis, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, Mrs. William Ropes, Mrs. James F. Baldwin, Mrs. Samuel Johnson, Mrs. William L. Eustis, Mrs. H. M. Holbrook, Elizabeth Haskins assistants

 

There are no minutes from 1849 onward.

CORBAN SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
Due to the size of the membership, this list has not been broken down by year. The contents from series IB, folder two has simply been alphabetized; for membership by year, see series IB, folder 2. This list does not include donors (individuals and organizations); this information can be located on p. 118-121 of series IB, folder 2.
Alp, Ann Appleton, Maria Terissa Armstrong, Abigail
Babcock. Abby Baldwin, Mrs. James F. Baker, Sarah
Battelle, Louisa Bedlington, Mary Bird, Elizabeth
Bliss, Martha Bowers, Mary Breed, Rebecca
Breeze, Elizabeth Brener, Abigail Brewer, A.
Brown, Lucy Brown, Nancy Brown, Susan
Brown, Susannah Bull, Jane Bumstead, Mary G.
Bumstead, Susannah Burd, E. Calhoun, Martha
Carter, Catherine Clap, Eliza Clapp, Hannah W.
Cleevland, Mrs. Mehetable Codman, Catherine Codman, Mary
Copeland, Bathiah Coverly, Elizabeth Crocker, Sophia
Cutler, Phebe Cutler, Susan W. Davis, Lucy
Davis, Mrs. Samuel Demond, Mrs. William (life) Devens, Elizabeth
Doane, Eliza Dorr, Mrs. Samuel Duren, Elizabeth
Dwight, Susan E. (life) Eaton, Betsy Edwards, Sarah
Ellison, Mary Eustis, Mrs. William L. Evarts, Mrs. Mehetable
Fearing, Mrs. A. C. Fleet, Elizabeth Freeman, Susan
French, Catherine Furber, Elizabeth Goff, Anne
Gorham, Miss E. Gray, Elizabeth Gray, Olivia
Green, Mrs. David Greene, Mary Greenough, Lydia
Griffin, Frances Hall, Mary Haring, Mrs. A. C.
Hardy, Mary Haskins, Elizabeth Hazen, Mrs. C.
Hill, Nancy Hill, Mrs. William Henry (life) Hobbs, Mary Child
Holbrook, Mrs. H. M. Homes, Dorcas Homes, Isabella Henry
Homes, Mary Homes, Percis Homes, S. (life)
Homer, G. S. Homer, Mary Hopkins, M.
Howard, Joanna Huntington, Susan Ingalls, Lucy M.
Ingalls, Lydia Ingraham, Mary Jenkins, Mrs. J.
Johnson, Mrs. Samuel Kilton, Margaret Kinsman, Hannah
Ladd, Mary Lakeman, Elizabeth Lane, Charlotte
Maynard, E. Maynard, Joanna Mason, Mary
McClure, Mary Mellidge, Catherine Merns, Mrs. J.
Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mrs. E. Moffatt, Sarah
Moore, Harriet Munroe, Mary Caroline Odiorne, Maria C.
Nickerson, Elvira Nickerson, Eudora Noyes, Dorcas
Parker, Sarah Peabody, J. Perry, Mary
Phelps, Delia Mrs. William Phillips, Abigail B. Phillips, Margaret
Porter, F. Porter, Lucy Proctor, Mary
Proctor, Mrs. John C. Proctor, Nancy Rice, Mary
Rice, Mrs. Mehetable Ropes, Martha Rupsell, Eliza J.
Safford, Mrs. Daniel Scollay, Mrs. C. Scott, Mrs. William A.
Seabury, Hannah Seaver, Mrs. Norman Sewall, S.
Shepard, Deborah Shepherd, D. Sherburne, Harriot
Sprague, Rebecca Stoddard, Mrs. Lewis Storrs, Mrs.
Swetts, Lucia G. Tappan, Mrs. William E. B. T. Thurston, Elizabeth
Train, Hannah Putman Turner, Mary Tyler, Hannah Breck
Upham, Lucy Stuart, Abigail C. Vose, Mrs. William Thomas (life)
Webb, Mary Welsh, Margaret Willis, Hannah
Winn, Mary Winslow, Anna Winslow, Elizabeth (life)
Winthrop, Eliza B. F. Wisner, Lydia (life) Woods, Abigail
Young, Mary    

 

 

Appendix B -- Correspondence

The letters listed below were originally folded up into rectangles and bundled together with string or ribbon; they now comprise series III or correspondence to the Corban Society. Several of the bundles were fairly loose and some of the correspondence appeared to be intermingled. There was not an obvious order to the bundles, so the string or ribbon was cut and the letters were placed in chronological order and separated by year. The original order of the bundles is documented in the collection file.

The majority of the correspondence is addressed to "Dear Ladies" or "Dear Members"; in some cases the officer's name is on the outside of the letter, although the contents is directed toward the entire membership. The majority of the correspondence is from students at Andover Theological Society thanking the Society for gifts or from Andover contacts recommending those in need. A small section of the letters are from members of other auxiliary groups or other "branches" of the Corban Society. There is also a fair amount of correspondence from Ralph Emerson, a professor of ecclesiastical history at Andover Theological School from 1829-1854 and second cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson (8), who often wrote the Society with lists of appropriate recipients.

If the correspondent was not positively identified, the name was placed in small brackets. It is assumed that Mrs. Bowers that many of the letters are addressed to is Mary Bowers, due to her extensive involvement in the Corban Society. A small section of the letters did not have dates and could not be dated; this correspondence was placed at the end of the series.

 

Correspondent

Date

Addressee

(if not "Dear Ladies" or equivalent)

Adams, H. Dec. 21, 1841  
Adams, H. Jan 12, 1843 to [Nancy] Proctor
Alger, William J. [Dec. 20]  
[Beane, Samuel] Dec. 10, 1836  
Blanchard, William S. Jan. 8, 1841  
Blake, Nelson Nov. 20, 1841  
[Blifs, G.] Nov. 27, 1846  
Brown, N[ancy] / Hill, Henry (ABCFM) March 26, 1833  
Bryant, C. Dec. 16, 1839  
[Buchunk, J. G.] Jan. 3, 1850  
Canfield, J. A. Dec. 16, 1839  
Chapman, Calvin Jan. 14, 1842  
Chapman, Jacob Dec. 12, 1830  
Clark, Nelson Dec. 12, 1839  
Clark, Nelson Jan. 8, 1840  
Clark, Nelson Jan. 12, 1842  
Claveland, Geo. W. Dec. 11, 1839  
[Coury], Wm. H. Dec. 1839  
Cornelius, [M. N.] Nov. 6 to [Mary] Bowers
Creasy, [?] Dec. 13, 1836  
Crocker, Sophia March 25, 1844 to [Nancy] Proctor
Cutler, [Phebe] Sept. 25 to [Nancy] Proctor
[Dann, Charles] Dec. 7, 1836  
Dickinson, J. L. Dec. 13, 1837  
[Doore, S. Thomas] Dec. 6, 1836  
Drake, Cyril B. Dec. 7, 1836  
Dyer, Ebeanezar Porter Dec. 12, 1836  
Eaton, J. Jan. 13, 1842  
Eaton, J. M. R. June 7, 1844 to Mrs. Crocker
Edwards, J. Jan. 25, 1840  
Edward, J. R. Sept. 23, 1845 to [Nancy] Proctor
Edwards, L. B. / Emerson, Ralph 1843 to [Nancy] Proctor
Edwards, L. B. Aug. 22, 1843 to [Nancy] Proctor
Emerson, [?] Dec. 11, 1836  
Emerson, Ralph / Edwards, L. B. 1843 to [Nancy] Proctor
Emerson, Ralph Nov. 20, 1843  
Emerson, R[alph] Nov. 25, 1844 to [Nancy] Proctor
Emerson, Ralph Nov. 14, 1845  
Emerson, Ralph Nov. 23, 1846  
Emerson, Ralph Nov. 27, 1846  
Emerson, Ralph Dec. 13, 1847 to [Nancy] Proctor
[Ferrin], C. E. Dec. 20, 1848 to [Nancy] Proctor
Foot, Louisa B. Oct. 9, 1846 to [Nancy] Proctor
Ford, [P. J.] Dec. 23, 1842  
Fox, Nathaniel F. Nov. 22, 1827  
French, [?] Dec. 10, [1830?]  
[Frue], E.W. n.d.  
[Gay], Joshua J. Dec. 20, 1841  
[Geale, L. A.] Dec. 1826  
Gewksbring, Geo. G. Dec. 6, 1836  
Gilbert, W. H. Dec. 23, 1842  
Gooden, Daniel Dec. 5, 1836  
Gould, Mark Dec. 11, 1839  
[Gownsend], Luther Dec. 17, 1839  
Grant, Aldin July 28, 1834  
Hammond, William B. Jan. 1843  
[Harley, G. A.] Jan. 8, [1841]  
Harris, F. D. Dec. 16, 1839 to [Miss Crocker]
Hemenway, Asa Dec. 6, 1836  
Hill, Henry (ABCFM) / Brown, N[ancy] March 26, 1833  
Hosford, B. F. Dec. 12, 1839  
Hoyte, M. A. Nov. 5, 1841 to [Nancy] Proctor
Johnson, Gideon S. Dec. 16, 1839  
Kingsley, Henry Dec. 14, 1839  
Laurie, T[homas] Jan. 24, 1839 to Mrs. Stafford
Laurie, Thomas Nov. 21, 1839 to Mrs. Holmes
Laurie, T. Jan. 11, 1841  
Leighton, S. S. Dec. 13, 1839  
Menvile, Horatio Jan. 13, 1842  
Meyers, [?] Nov. 17, 1845 to [Nancy] Proctor
Miller, Simon Jan. 2, 1843  
Murray, Francis Nov. 29, 1846 to [Nancy] Proctor
Murray, Francis Dec. 29, 1846 to [Nancy] Proctor
Nichols, W.A. Dec. 5, 1836  
[Numile], Horatio Jan. 2, 1842  
[Parmeler, A. J. C.] Jan. 13  
Peabody, Josiah Dec. 10, 1836  
Peabody, S. Dec. 13, 1839  
Peet, L. B. Dec. 7,1836  
[Petti...], P. C. Dec. 16, 1839  
Phostiz, John Dec. 10  
Powers, Dennis Dec. 13, 1836  
Porter, William Feb. 2, 1844  
Porter, William Nov. 26, 1844 to [Nancy] Proctor
Prescott, Kinne Dec. 14, 1834  
Ramney, J. E. Dec. 10, 1839  
Ranney, Tim E. Dec. 9, 1841  
[Richards, ?] Jan. 14, 1842 to Mrs. Coleman
[Ridden], John S. Dec. 13, 1839  
Ripley, E. Dec. 2, 1843  
Rowell, G. B. Dec. 13, 1839  
Rowell, G. B. Jan. 8, 1840  
Rup, Marcus Dec. 24, 1842  
Schory, [?] Jan. 23, 1842  
[Sgria, Ebeanezar H.] Dec. 1841  
Sheldon, L. H. Dec. 13, 1839  
Sheldon, L. H. Jan. 11, 1841  
Sheldon, L. H. Jan. 14, 1842  
Spaulding, Benjamin Dec. 27, 1842  
Smith, [Ezra] C. Dec. 16, [1839]  
Smith, J. C. Dec. 13, 1839  
[Sove, Wm. Dr. Sop] April 25, 1845 to [Nancy] Proctor
[Squire, Ebw H.] Dec. 26, 1842  
Stearns, J. H. Jan. 5, 1843  
Stevens, Alfred Dec. 16, 1839  
Stone, S. M. Dec. 14, 1839  
Stone, S. M. Dec. 9, 1841  
Stone, W. B. Dec. 14, 1839  
Stratton, John H. Nov. 19, [1842]  
Stratton, J. M. January 12, 1843  
Swift, [E. G.] Dec. 12, 1839  
Taylor, James A. Jan. 11, 1842 to Mrs. Holmes
Taylor, Lathrop Dec. [1839?]  
Taylor, Lathrop Jan. 15, 1842 to Mrs. Stafford
[Taylor], L. Jan. 1841  
Taylor, Timothy Dec. 13, 1836  
Townsend, Luther Jan. 8, 1842  
Trowbridge, Anna Nov. 24 to Mrs. Holmes
[Tucker], Elizah January 9, 1841  
Turner, E. B. Jan. 12, 1842 to Mrs. Holmes
Turner, Edwin Dec. 26, 1842  
Turner, [T. E.] Dec. 16, 1839  
Trowbridge, Anna Dec. 11, 1839  
Wheeler, Leonard H. Dec. 17, 1839  
Whipple, W. M. Dec. 1842 to Mr. Strattton Forcs
Whiting, C. n. d.  
Wilder, R. G. Jan. 9, 1841  
Willey, Worcester Jan. 16, 1839  
Wing, A. Dec. 26, 1842  
Woods, Leonard Aug. 22, 1845  
[Wulken], Wm. Dec. 16, 1839  
no name listed Dec. 10, 1836  

Endnotes

(1) Wright, Conrad Edick. Transformation of Charity in Postrevolutionary New England. (Boston, Mass.: Northeastern University Press, 1992), p.5.

(2) Ibid., p. 206.

(3) Ibid., p. 156.

(4) Ibid.

(5) Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College. Volume 4, September 1805-September 1815. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1912.

(6) It appears as if the Society did not have formal annual meetings after a certain point; if no September meeting is provided, officer lists are compiled from the meeting closest to September meeting.

(7) Dorcas Homes is specified as the first vice president of the Corban Society; up until 1819, "Mrs. Homes" is listed as the vice president. The processor is assuming this is Dorcas Homes until 1820, when Isabella Homes is listed as vice presdent.

(8) Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College. Volume 4, September 1805-September 1815. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1912.

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