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Reeves, Caroline Buck, compiler. Nevius, Hall, MacMillan and Buck family papers, 1856-1978: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 84-M230
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Caroline Buck Reeves
Title: Nevius, Hall, MacMillan and Buck family papers, 1856-1978
Date(s): 1856-1978
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes) plus 8 photograph folders, 3 folio photograph folders, 3 folio+ folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, clippings, etc., of the Nevius, Hall, MacMillan, and Buck families from Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 84-M230
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Caroline (Buck) Reeves in December 1984.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: January 1985
By: Jane Knowles
Updated: May 2016
By: Lillianne Keaney

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Nevius, Hall, MacMillan and Buck families is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Nevius, Hall, MacMillan and Buck family Papers, 1856-1978; item description, dates. 84-M230, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The compiler of this collection of family papers, Caroline (Buck) Reeves, is the granddaughter of two well-educated, Methodist women: Laura Beaver (Nevius) Hall and Caroline (Macmillan) Buck. Laura Beaver (Nevius) Hall was born in Frederickstown, Ohio, the daughter of Aaron Nevius and Sarah (Beaver) Nevius (1808-1892). After the death of her father in 1857 she moved with her widowed mother and six surviving siblings to Delaware, Ohio, in 1860. She was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1867, and in 1874 married Dr. Edward Martin Hall, who had served and been wounded in the Civil War. One of their three surviving children, Altheia, was the mother of Caroline (Buck) Reeves.
Caroline (Macmillan) Buck, Caroline (Buck) Reeves's other grandmother, was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, daughter of David MacMillan and of Louise Hetzer, who died at Caroline (Macmillan) Buck's birth. Caroline (Macmillan) Buck was educated at the Gettysburg Female Institute, was graduated in 1863, and received her teaching certificate in 1868. Her home was situated on the battlefield of Gettysburg and in later life recorded her memories of Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address. In 1871 she went as a missionary to India, where she met and married Philo Melvin Buck. They spent their lives in India as missionaries and raised their family of four children there: Philo Melvin, who married Aletheia Hall; Lois Mathild; Caroline (Buck) Wilkie, who saved and transcribed many of the family papers; and Oscar MacMillan.


Photographs in this collection were re-processed in May 2016 (folders #1-4af, 18-21). All other files remain in the same order.
This collection consists of family photographs; clippings; genealogical and biographical notes compiled by Caroline (Buck) Reeves about the Nevius, Hall, MacMillan and Buck families; a college diary and correspondence of Laura Beaver (Nevius) Hall (especially with a college friend who lived in San Francisco, China and Stuttgart, Germany); correspondence and articles of her husband Dr. Edward M. Hall and other family members relating to their life in Ohio; a travel diary and correspondence of Caroline (MacMillan) Buck and reminiscences of life in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and India; and correspondence and articles by and about her husband and children pertaining to the Methodist missions in India.


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Additional Index Terms

Family records
Gettysburg (Pa.)--Social life and customs. Link
India--Social life and customs.
Methodists--United States
Ohio--Social life and customs
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Buck, Caroline MacMillan, 1851-
Buck family
Buck, Philo Melvin, 1846-1924
Hall, Edward Martin
Hall family
Hall, Laura Beaver Nevius
McMillan family
Nevius family
Ohio Wesleyan University