Scope and Contents
The Hiller Family Papers consist of business papers of Jonathan Hiller, and the family and personal papers of his second wife, Abigail Maxcy (Allen) Hiller.
The papers of Jonathan Hiller reflect his activities as a real estate manager and financial intermediary in New Haven between 1836 and 1847. This group contains business correspondence, as well as legal and financial papers. Among Hiller's major correspondents are James E.P. Dean, Gerard Hallock, Benjamin Noyes, Seth Perkins Staples, and N. Chandos Whiting.
The papers of Abigail Maxcy (Allen Hiller) include family correspondence dating from 1824-1842 and other personal papers. The correspondence totals 190 letters; of that, 161 are addressed to Abigail M. Allen [i.e. Abigail Maxcy (Allen) Hiller] and are from various members of the Aldis and Allen families, and from friends. A substantial number of letters are from the James Brewster family of New Haven. Additionally, there are letters addressed to her sister, Sarah Ann (Allen) Buffum (4 of which are from Abigail; the others are from school friends and relatives); and letters to and from members of the Allen family (5 by unidentified writers).
Abigail Hiller's other papers consist of poems, notes on various religious and historical subjects, a draft of a talk to be given before the Temperance Society, a newspaper clipping, and parts of a diary or journal.
For a chart outlining the genealogical relations of the Allen-Hiller family, please consult theGenealogical Chart.
The Hiller Family Papers were purchased from Whitlock's in 1945.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Whitlock's, 1945-1951.
0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
The papers are made up of the business records and correspondence of Jonathan Hiller and the family papers of his second wife, Abigail Allen Hiller. The records of Jonathan Hiller reflect his activities as a real estate manager and financial intermediary in New Haven between 1836 and 1847. Among his major correspondents are James E.P. Dean, Gerard Hallock, Benjamin Noyes, Seth Perkins Staples and N. Chandos Whiting. In the family correspondence (1824-1842), 161 of the 190 letters are addressed to Abigail Allen Hiller before her marriage in 1843. Another substantial group are the letters of the James Brewster family of New Haven.
Biographical / Historical
Jonathan Hiller (1795-1862) worked as a real estate manager and financial intermediary in New Haven, Conn.
Abigail Maxcy (Allen) Hiller (1809-1905), was the daughter of Capt. Samuel and Sarah W. (Aldis) Allen of Medway, Mass. She was educated at Rev. Claudius Herrick's Female Seminary in New Haven, and first employed as a teacher in John E. Lovell's Lancastrian School, New Haven (1828). Following that year, she worked as a tutoress in the families of Jonathan Hiller of New Haven (1831-1835), James Brewster of New Haven (1835-1839), and Welcome Farnum of Waterford (Mendon Parish), Mass. (1841-1842). In 1843 she became the wife of Jonathan Hiller, after the death of Hiller's first wife, Eliza Louise (Browner) Hiller (1798-1842).
For a chart outlining the genealogical relations of the Allen-Hiller family, please consult the Genealogical Chart.
- Allen, Aldis Samuel, 1803-1833
- Allen, Charles Coffin, 1807-1857
- Allen, Eliab Metcalf, b. 1818
- Allen, Eliza Martha Wickes, d. 1835
- Ames, Martha Jones Hubbard
- Barnes, Martha Kimberly
- Brewster family
- Brewster, Joseph, 1822-1895
- Buffum, Sarah Ann Allen, 1811-1880
- Cone, Rebecca Daggett Brewster, 1814-1890
- Dean, James Edmond Prior, b. 1800
- Gadcomb, Mary Ann
- Hallock, Gerard, 1800-1866
- Hiller, Abigail Maxcy Allen, 1809-1905
- Hiller, Jonathan, 1795-1862
- Metcalf, Ann Benton
- Metcalf, Electa
- New Haven (Conn.)
- Noyes, Benjamin
- Real estate agents
- Real property -- Connecticut -- New Haven
- Scovill, Samuel, 1834-1902
- Smalley, Julia Catherine Marvin, b. 1811
- Staples, Seth Perkins, 1776-1861
- Whiting, Nathaniel Chandos, 1808-1884
- Guide to the Hiller Family Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Susan Grigg
- August 1980
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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