Wister, Sarah Butler, 1835-1908

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Sarah Butler Wister (1835-1906), daughter of Pierce Butler and Fanny Kemble, married Dr. Owen Jones Wister of Grumblethorpe in 1859. According to her granddaughter, Fanny Kemble Wister Stokes, "Sarah was fine looking, nearly beautiful... She is remembered as regal when she received at the Philadelphia assemblies... She was the great lady of her neighborhood.

Sarah a writer, published travel writing, translations of French poetry, and a volume entitled Worthy Women of Our Century. She also journal, as her mother did, and her Civil War diary was published by her daughter in The Philadelphia Magazine of History, in 1978. Her original diaries are preserved at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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creatorOf Wister, Sarah Butler, 1835-1908. Letters to Horace Howard Furness, 1890-1895. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn John Jay Chapman additional papers, 1888-1959. Houghton Library
creatorOf Ward, Samuel Gray. Samuel Gray Ward and Anna Hazard Barker Ward papers, 1823-1934 (inclusive) 1837-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Parkman family papers, 1793-1896 Houghton Library
referencedIn Edward Sanford Martin correspondence and compositions, 1882-1939 (inclusive), 1900-1938 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822. Estate papers, 1810-1894 (inclusive), 1846-1891 (bulk). Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902. Correspondence, 1864-1906 Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company reader reports on manuscripts submitted for publication. 1882-1931. Houghton Library
creatorOf Morris, Anna Wharton, 1868-1957. Papers, 1729-1957. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn Wister, Owen, 1860-1938. Owen Wister papers, 1829-1966. Library of Congress
referencedIn Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. Additional papers, 1767-1898. Houghton Library
referencedIn Samuel Gray Ward and Anna Hazard Barker Ward papers, 1823-1934 (inclusive) 1837-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Wister, Owen, 1860-1938. Materials relating to Owen Wister's books [manuscript], ca.1896-1950. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Additional papers, 1859-1903. Houghton Library
referencedIn John Jay Chapman papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
referencedIn Sedgwick, Adam, 1785-1873,. Autograph letters signed from Adam Sedgwick, Cambridge, England, to various people [manuscript], 1870-1871. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Owen Wister Papers, 1829-1966, (bulk 1890-1930) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Smith family (Philadelphia, Pa.). Mary, Xanthus, and Russell Smith family papers, 1793-1977, bulk 1826-1977. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
referencedIn Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914. Correspondence, 1851-1928. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Butler family. Papers, 1771-1900. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
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correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
associatedWith Butler family. family
associatedWith Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822. person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
correspondedWith Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891 person
correspondedWith Martin, Edward Sanford, 1856-1939 person
associatedWith Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914. person
associatedWith Morris, Anna Wharton, 1868-1957. person
associatedWith Parkman family. family
associatedWith Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902 person
associatedWith Sedgwick, Adam, 1785-1873, person
associatedWith Smith family (Philadelphia, Pa.) family
associatedWith Smith family (Philadelphia, Pa.) family
associatedWith Smith, Mary, 1842-1878. person
associatedWith Ward, Samuel Gray person
parentOf Wister, Owen, 1860-1938) person
spouseOf Wister, Owen J. (Owen Jones), 1825-1896 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Philadelphia PA US
Civil war


Birth 1835

Death 1908





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