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Paisley Family Diaries Collection

Identifier: MsC0450

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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.


  • Creation: 1864-1918


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

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.


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Diaries of John and Chloe Paisley. John served in the 10th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War, and later lived in Burlington, Iowa. Also includes diaries kept by Mabel Paisley and Susan Swan Lippitt. Contains Civil War diaries.

Method of Acquisition

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

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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