MG 056 - Simonton Family Papers

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Scope and Content

Consists of a family journal kept by Sallie H. Simonton (Mrs. John Simonton) from January-April, 1865 with a typewritten transcription; a legal brief written by J. W. Simonton in 1902, "On the Origin and Nature of Law"; a diary by William Simonton, 1904, at the request of his brother Judge John Simonton entitled, "An Account of Life in Hanover Township, Dauphin County During the Fourth Decade of the Nineteenth Century," with a typed transcription; and copies of the family obituaries from local newspapers.


The Simonton family was prominent in Harrisburg in the 1800's. John W. Simonton was a judge of the courts of Dauphin County for twenty-one years, a charter member of the Historical Society of Dauphin County, and was one of the organizers of the Public Library. His brother, the Reverend Dr. William Simonton wrote "The Account of Life in Hanover Township..." and the third brother, Professor James S. Simonton, was a member of the faculty at Washington and Jefferson College from 1869 to 1900.

Sallie Simonton, b. 1832, d. 1918 was a daughter of George Kunkel and Catharine Zeigler Kunkel. She married John W. Simonton in July, 1856. They lived for many years at 318 North Front Street. She died of pneumonia at her daughter's home in New York.

Date(s): 1865-1921

Extent: 5 folders, 6 records with 10 enclosures