MsC 450


Manuscript Register



Collection Dates: 1864 -- 1918

.5 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to Internet: February 2003



Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1985 by Clara Swan Dunlavy.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


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Biographical Note

John Paisley (1831 -- 1909) was born in Londonderry, Guernsey County, Ohio. He graduated from Muskingum College of New Concord, Ohio, in 1858 and was elected professor of mathematics the following year. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the 85th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. After serving three months he helped raise a company of cavalry. Paisley was appointed captain of the 10th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and was with General Sherman on his march to the sea. At Burlington, Iowa, on October 4, 1865, John Paisley married Chloe Ann Lippitt. They were to live in Burlington for many years. He taught school and they owned a small fruit farm. When nearing his sixties, Paisley became a clerk in the Government Pension Office at Washington, D.C. In 1907, they moved to Syracuse, Kansas where they homesteaded. John Paisley died on April 29, 1909.

Chloe Lippitt Paisley (1839 -- 1925) was born in Zanesville, Ohio. She was a graduate of the Seminary in Spring Mountain, Ohio. The Paisley's had seven children, four of whom were living at the time of their parents' passing. Mrs. Paisley died at the home of her son Charles in Farmington, Iowa, on February 2, 1925.

Scope and Contents

The majority of the diaries in this collection were kept by John and Chloe Paisley during their years in Iowa. There are also diaries written by Mabel Paisley and Susan Lippitt Swan.


Box List



John Paisley, 1864 -- 1907. (31 diaries)

Chloe Lippitt Paisley, 1866/1867, 1911 -- 1918. (5 diaries)

Mabel Paisley, 1892. (1 diary)

Susan G. Lippitt Swan, 1891, 1901. (2 diaries)

Ephemera. Includes undated diary fragments, recipes, and newspaper clippings, 1930.

Genealogical charts.

Paisley Family History, written genealogical history from 1765 through the 1940's.

Index of Diaries by Date

1864. John Paisley

1866/1867. Chloe Lippitt Paisley

1866. John Paisley

1867. John Paisley

1868. John Paisley

1869. John Paisley

1870. John Paisley

1871. John Paisley

1873. John Paisley

1874. John Paisley

1875. John Paisley

1880. John Paisley

1882. John Paisley

1883. John Paisley

1884. John Paisley

1885. John Paisley

1887. John Paisley

1888. John Paisley

1889. John Paisley

1890. John Paisley

1891. S.G. Lippitt (Susan Swan)

1891. John Paisley

1892. John Paisley

1892. Mabel Paisley

1893. John Paisley

1894. John Paisley

1895. John Paisley

1896. John Paisley

1897. John Paisley

1898. John Paisley

1899. John Paisley

1900. John Paisley

1901. Susan Swan

1906. John Paisley

1907. John Paisley

1911. Chloe Paisley

1915. Chloe Paisley

1916. Chloe Paisley

1917. Chloe Paisley

1918. Chloe Paisley




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