The John Ellsworth Peters Collection on the Class of 1873

Collection Summary

Creator: Peters, John Ellsworth, 1849-1926
Dates: circa 1873-1923
Extent: 2 boxes (2.16 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1849 February 8 Born, Newark, New Jersey
1870 Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1870-1873 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1873 June 19 Ordained, Presbytery of West Virginia
1873-1874 Pastor, Huntington, West Virginia
1874-1879 Stated supply, Corfu, New York
1877-1879 Stated supply, Second Church, Cedarville, New Jersey
1879-1882 Stated supply, Asbury Park
1882-1886 Student, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1886-1889 Stated supply, Mays Landing, New Jersey
1889-1890 Stated supply, Pleasantville
1891-1892 Stated supply, Elwood
1893-1895 Stated supply, Grace Church, Camden, New Jersey
1895-1926 Resided in Camden, New Jersey
1926 August 14 Died, Camden, New Jersey

Biographical Information

John E. Peters was born on February 8, 1849 in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1870, and Princeton Seminary in 1873. Mr. Peters engaged in additional studies at Princeton Seminary from 1876 to 1877 and from 1882 to 1883, and at the College of New Jersey from 1882 to 1886. Mr. Peters served the Seminary for many years as alumni secretary for the class of 1873. He corresponded with his classmates frequently and maintained extensive files on each. Mr. Peters collected news clippings, obituaries, necrology reports, and biographical materials on his classmates, as well as copies of their published writings in newspapers, magazines, and journals. He also compiled and collected reports and histories of the class. He pastored churches in New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia, and died in Camden, New Jersey on August 14, 1926.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of news clippings, obituaries, necrology reports, and biographical materials, and published materials by members of Princeton Theological Seminary's class of 1873, of which Peters was a member and for which he served as alumni secretary.



Peters, John Ellsworth, 1849-1926--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

These materials were donated to the Seminary Libraries sometime after the 50th reunion of the class of 1873 in 1923. They were stored in the library's "Alumni Alcove" for many years. The gift was noted on an index card found with the collection, dated March 19, 1925. The collection was organized and the original finding aid was written in February of 1996, by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in June of 2009.


There are no special restrictions to the access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The John Ellsworth Peters Class of 1873 Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid
1:2 Anderson, Charles T.
1:3 Asay, Charles H.
1:4 Backus, Clarence W.
1:5 Cary, Norman
1:6 Cassatt, David W.
1:7 Cross, John M.
1:8 Davenport, David M.
1:9 Denton, James M.
1:10 Dixon, John
1:11 Findley, William Luther
1:12 Frackelton, William Scott
1:13 Fullerton, John Q. Adams
1:14 Gemmill, William
1:15 Glendenning, Andrew
1:16 Hawes, Edward P.
1:17 Henderson, W.R.
1:18 Jackson, Samuel M.
1:19 Kerfoot, Franklin H.
1:20 Macneill, L.G.
1:21 March, F.W.
1:22 McClure, James G. K.
1:23 McColl, John
1:24 McIlvaine, J.H.
1:25 McKee, Edward
1:26 Morse, Oliver Cromwell
1:27 Parry, Thomas
1:28 Patterson, John Fulton
1:29 Plank, David A.
1:30 Pryor, T.B.
Box 2
2:1 Roberts, William Henry
2:2 Rosborough, James
2:3 Smick, William Adam
2:4 Stanton, Horace
2:5 Stewart, James William
2:6 Stites, W.S.
2:7 Suplee, Thomas D.
2:8 Temple, Asher B.
2:9 Ustick, Harlan
2:10 Waller, W.B.
2:11 Ward, George K.
2:12 Webster, Richard B.
2:13 Whiting, Albert
2:14 Wood, Charles
2:15 Alumni Association, Princeton Seminary
2:16 Children of members of Class of 1873
2:17 Missionaries
2:18 Necrology Reports, Class of 1873
2:19 20th Reunion 1893
2:20 40th Reunion 1913
2:21 50th Reunion 1923
2:22 Reunion materials, Class of 1873
2:23 Princeton Seminary Centennial Celebration 1912
2:24 Endowment
2:25 McLeod, Thomas Boyd
2:26 Princeton University
2:27 "Presbyterian Encyclopedia and Books"


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