Waller Family
Papers, 1740-1912 (bulk, 1819-1912)
Finding Aid to Record Group 262
1 cubic foot

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516

BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

David Jewett Waller was born in Wilkes Barre, PA., in 1815. After graduating from Williams College in 1834, Waller entered Princeton Theological Seminary. He graduated in 1837, and in that same year was granted licensure by the Presbytery of New Castle. He was ordained in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 1st 1839, where he served as pastor for the next thirty-three years. Waller married Julia Ellmaker of Philadelphia in 1839. The surviving children at the time of his death in 1893 were: Rev. Dr. David Jewett Jr., Levi E. Esq., Laura P., Mrs. Charles W. Hand, and Dr. George P.

Waller was active in all levels of the Church during his life. He served as counsel in ecclesiastical trials. He attended the General Assemblies of 1844, 1853, 1861, 1865, 1866, 1867, 1876, 1886, and 1890. In 1865 he was elected a member of the Board of Foreign Missions by the General Assembly. The Synod of Philadelphia appointed him a Trustee of Lafayette College in 1849 where he served until 1879.

In 1834 he began the successful campaign to open a classical school in Bloomsburg and also instrumental in the formation of the State Normal School in Bloomsburg. From 1880 to 1881 Waller played an active role in the construction of the North and West Branch Railway, part of the Pennsylvania Railroad System, connecting Bloomsburg to the Wyoming Coal Fields. Waller was President of the Railroad from its inception until his death. Waller was also the Vice-President of the State Agricultural Society.

David Jewett Waller, Jr., was born in Bloomsburg PA., in 1846. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1870 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1874. Waller was the pastor of the Logan Square Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and of the Orangeville, Rohasburg, and Raven Creek Churches in Columbia County until 1878 when he become principal of Bloomsburg State Normal School. In 1891 he became the State Superintendent of Public Education, and after serving an interval as head of the State Normal School in Indiana Pa. He returned to Bloomsburg State Normal School in 1906 and served as principal until 1920. He died in 1941.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Waller family collection consists of correspondence from family and clergy. Legal documents pertaining to ecclesiastical trials, establishment of the railroad in Bloomsburg, agreements of sale, and selected sermons are included in the collection.

The main body of the collection is the family correspondence of David Jewett Waller, Sr.

NOTES TO THE RESEARCHER

There are gaps in the correspondence. There are published biographical articles of David Jewett Waller, Sr. and of David Jewett Waller, Jr.

The collection is arranged accordingly:

SERIES I: FAMILY AND GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE 1819 - 1861, n.d.

Subseries I: Family Correspondence

Subseries II: General Correspondence

SERIES II: TRAVEL DIARY, 1844

SERIES III: SERMONS, 1838 - 1861, n.d.

SERIES IV: MISCELLANY, 1740's, 1824 - 1912, n.d.

Collection processed and finding aid prepared: 1990
Fran Carol Thomas-Buch, Archivist Intern
Finding aid revised: 2012

Box	Folder	Description
1     	1	Finding Aid to record Group 262

SERIES I: FAMILY AND GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE

	SUBSERIES I: FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE

     	2		1819, 1827 - 1829
     	3		1830 - 1831
      	4		1833 - 1834
     	5		1835
       	6		1836, 1837, 1839
       	7		1842, 1844, 1845
       	8		1846, 1849
       	9		n. d.
       	10	Letters from Julia Ellmaker Waller, 1838
       	11				1839
       	12				1843 - 1856
       	13				n.d.
       	14				n.d.
       	15	Letters to Julia Ellmaker Waller, 1845 - 1849
       	16				1851, 1852, n.d.
       	17	Letters to David Jewett Waller Jr., 1870-1871
       	18				1875

	SUBSERIES II: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE

       	19 		1831, 1833, 1835, 1838, 1843, 1844
       	20		1845, 1849
       	21		1850
       	22		1851 - 1854
       	23		1858 - 1861
       	24		1870 - 1871, 1874 - 1875, n.d.
       	25	Typewritten Copies 1845, 1848 - 1851, n.d.

SERIES II: TRAVEL DAIRY             
              
       	26	Travel Dairy, General Assembly 1844          

SERIES III: SERMONS

       	27	Sermons of David Jewett Waller, Sr., 1838-1861
       	28		1873 - 1874 
            
 
SERIES IV: MISCELLANY
  
       	29	Notes, Wilkes Barre Academy, 1828
                Notes, Princeton Seminary, Lectures of Drs.  Alexander and Miller, n.d.
       	30	Bloomsburg Sabbath School Minutes 1839 - 1840
       	31	Records Relating to Case of John Dieterick, 1850
       	32	Protest Against Action of Presbytery of Northumberland, 1852           
       	33	Appointment of David Jewett Waller Sr. Attorney by Board of Trustees, Board of Education, 1859 
       	34	Address to Classes, David Jewett Waller, Jr.,  1879, 1896, 1910, 1921                 		  
       	35	Account of Julia Ellmaker Waller, 1840, 1841, 1844, 1845 
       	36	Receipts, Bills of Sale, Diagrams, 1824 - 1870
       	37	An Account, 1740's (fragment)                 
       	38	Account Book, 1839 - 1867