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Batchelder Family



  • Existence: 1822-


Joseph Mayo Batchelder, born 1822, was raised by his father, Joseph, and stepmother, Rachel Stone. He was a Presbyterian minister, having graduated from Princeton's Theological Seminary in 1855. Batchelder first served as pastor in Albia, Iowa (1856-1878). During part of this time, he was also state clerk of the Des Moines Presbytery for seventeen years. The majority of his ministry was spent in Osborne, Kansas, where he moved in 1878 to later form the First Presbyterian Church there.   In 1855, Batchelder married Harriet Frances Gearhart. They had one son (d. 1864) and four daughters: Mary, Lilian ("Harriet's Daughter," "Harriet's Second") Mina, and Annie. Lilian married Joseph Donahue Bonar in 1859. They had one daughter, Jean Bonar, this collection's donor.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Batchelder Family Papers

Identifier: MsC0064

Papers of Reverend Joseph Mayo Batchelder and his wife. Included are about 50 letters, written in the 1840s and 1850s, mostly from Peoria, Illinois and Owego, New York; an account book dated from 1848-1884; and a diary dated from 1847-1848. Manuscript sermons, and other items.

Dates: 1847-1976; Majority of material found within 1860-1889