The papers of Mary Easton Sibley.

Papers in this section are transcripts. Scans of the originals will be uploaded (whenever possible) at a future date. Transcripts were created by Lindenwood University undergraduate students.

While the folks that transcribed these papers had every intention of being accurate, oftentimes there ARE errors. If you intend on citing a particular letter, it is recommended that you look at the original first before quoting from them!

History

While Mary Easton moved to St. Louis in 1804, little factual information is known about her early years. Mary married George Champlin Sibley in 1815. Soon after, she moved with her husband to the frontier of the United States, at Fort Osage (near modern day Kansas City, Missouri).

While it can't be proven, it is believed that Mary developed her interest in teaching, while stationed at Fort Osage. This interest blossomed once the Sibleys moved to St. Charles, Missouri in the 1820s. It was here that Mary Easton Sibley became the driving force behind the creation of Lindenwood Female College (now Lindenwood University). In 1856, the Sibleys deeded the school over to the St. Louis Presbytery.

After the United States Civil War, Mary participated (1866-1869) in a Christian charitable organization called the Sisters/House of Bethany that tried to help war widows and the destitute, in the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Submissions from 1873

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Isaac Yokoyama, November 5, 1873, Isaac K. Yokoyama

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Letter to Mary Sibley from W. Sparrow, May 5, 1873, W. Sparrow

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Isaac Yokoyama, May 3, 1873, Isaac K. Yokoyama

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Isaac Yokoyama, 1873, Isaac K. Yokoyama

Submissions from 1867

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Letter to the Lindenwood Board of Directors from Mary Sibley, September 16, 1867, Mary Easton Sibley

Submissions from 1866

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Journal for the House of Bethany (1866-1869), House of Bethany

Submissions from 1853

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Letter to Rev. S.J.P. Anderson from Mary Sibley, May 10, 1853, Mary Easton Sibley

Submissions from 1848

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Letter to Adie from Mary Sibley, December 15, 1848, Mary Easton Sibley

Submissions from 1847

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Letter to Alton Easton from Mary Sibley, December 27, 1847, Mary Easton Sibley

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Sarah Tuttle, June 25, 1847, Sarah Tuttle

Submissions from 1842

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Miranda Smith, August 28, 1842, Miranda Smith

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Miranda A. Smith, July 11, 1842, Miranda A. Smith

Submissions from 1841

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Origen Sibley, February 24, 1841, Origen Sibley

Submissions from 1840

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Letter to Mary Sibley from William Potts, May 26, 1840, William S. Potts

Submissions from 1839

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Julia Strong, March 20, 1839, Julia Strong

Submissions from 1838

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Letter to Thomas Lindsay from Mary Sibley, April 23, 1838, Mary Easton Sibley

Submissions from 1837

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Letter to Mary Sibley from Joseph Easton, October 6, 1837, Joseph George Easton

Submissions from 1836

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Letter to Mary Sibley from William Russell, May 22, 1836, William Russell

Submissions from 1832

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The Diary of Mary Easton Sibley (1832-1858), Mary Easton Sibley

Submissions from 1831

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Letter to Mary Sibley from William Russell, July 10, 1831, William Russell

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Letter to Rusella Easton from Mary Sibley, February 26, 1831, Mary Easton Sibley

Submissions from 1827

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Letter to Mary Sibley from John Sibley, July 14, 1827, John Sibley

Submissions from 1826

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Letter to Mary Sibley from William Clark, August 4, 1826, William Clark

Submissions from 1825

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Letter to Alton Easton from Mary Sibley, October 1825, Mary Easton Sibley

Submissions from 1823

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Letter to Alton Easton from Mary Sibley, January 25, 1823, Mary Easton Sibley

Submissions from 1816

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Letter from Mary Sibley to Rufus Easton, February 11, 1816, Mary Easton Sibley