Weld-Appleton family papers

Collection Type

  • Manuscripts


1856-1976, undated



Browse Collection


Materials in this collection illustrate and document the life the Appleton family and Weld family, pivoting around Dorothy Everard (Appleton) Weld and her husband George Francis Weld, Sr. The collection documents these two individuals as well as their ancestors, siblings, and children.

This collection includes photograph albums and loose photographs of many family members. The albums and photographs document Holbrook Hall (the Appletons' estate in West Newton, Massachusetts); members of the Appleton and Weld families; vacations at the Putnam-Bowditch Camp in Keene, New York; Dorothy Appleton and George Francis Weld's honeymoon; members of the Standen, Winterbottom, and Huntingdon families (associated by marriage); Dorothy Everard Appleton's 1903 European trip; the Appleton House in New Ipswich, New Hampshire; and family portraits. The collection also includes correspondence among the Appletons, Curtises, Welds, and others; birth and marriage certificates; written works by family members; and other personal papers. The collection also includes sketchbooks, most of which were compiled by Dorothy Everard Appleton Weld.

Processing/updating the collection and making the finding aid accessible online were made possible through grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13), the Bedford Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.


Descriptive Terms

birth certificates
children (people by age group)
family papers
marriage certificates
family papers

Physical Description

11.26 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 flat boxes)

Finding Aid Info

An electronic finding aid is available through Historic New England’s Collections Access Portal. A paper finding aid is available in the Library & Archives.

Custodial History

The materials were in the possession of the family until they were donated to Historic New England.

Collection Code


Collection Name

Weld-Appleton family papers

Reference Code



This collection documents the Weld and Appleton families, and it includes photographs and photograph albums, correspondence, sketchbooks, and personal papers.

Acquisition Type


Credit Line

Gift, Weld Coxe, May 12, 1995.


Beacon Hill (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Keene (Essex county, New York state)
New Ipswich (Hillsborough county, New Hampshire)
Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara county, California)
Newton (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

Record Details


Appleton family
Weld family

Material Type

family papers

Other People

Appleton , Caroline Frances, 1853-1857
Appleton, Edith Stuart, 1849-1892
Appleton, Georgiana Louisa Frances Gillis (Armistead)
Appleton, Harriot Coffin (Sumner), 1802-1867
Appleton, Marjorie Crane, 1875-1913
Appleton, Nathan, 1779-1861
Appleton, Nathan, 1843-1906
Appleton, Samuel, 1766-1853
Appleton, Thomas Gold, 1812-1884
Appleton , William Stuart, d. 1891
Appleton, William S. (William Sumner), 1840-1903
Appleton, William Sumner, 1874-1947
Barton, Alma Letitia (Taylor)
Barton , Theodore Darwin , 1808-1863
Coxe, Dorothea (Weld), 1906-
Curtis, Greely "Steen" Stevenson, 1830-1897
Curtis, Harriot Sumner (Appleton), 1841-1923
de Mier, Alma (Barton)
Huntington, Violet (Weld)
Niemeyer, Helmine (Stüven)
Standen, Eleanor Armistead (Appleton), 1872-1940
Weld, Dorothy Everard (Appleton), 1878-1965
Weld, Franklin, 1841-
Weld , George Francis, 1866-1933
Weld , George Francis, 1911-1969
Weld, Loretta Maria (Barton)
Weld, Lydia (Gould), 1805-1881
Weld , Rose
Weld, Samuel M., 1848-
Weld, Stanley Barton
Winterbottom, Gladys H. (Appleton)

Other Organizations

American School Institute
Appleton family
Armistead family
Barton family
Curtis family
Historic New England (Organization)
Huntington family
Putnam-Bowditch Camp (Keene, N.Y.)
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities
Standen family
Weld family
Winterbottom family

Accruals Note

Processing/updating the collection and making the finding aid accessible online were made possible through grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13), the Bedford Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.


This collection is available for research.


There are no physical restrictions on this collection. There are no technical restrictions on this collection.

Description Level


Accruals Note

Accruals are not expected.

Language Note

Materials are entirely in English.

Preferred Citation

Item identification. Box #, folder #. Weld-Appleton family papers (MS005). Historic New England, Library & Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed and the finding aid written by Susan H. Johnson, volunteer, in May, 2005. The finding aid was updated by Susan H. Johnson and Sarah R. Hinkle, library and archives assistant, in May, 2006. In 2014, the collection was updated and the finding aid was made available online by Susan H. Johnson and Abigail Cramer, librarian/archivist, with grant funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13), the Bedford family foundation, and an anonymous foundation.

Rules and Conventions

This finding aid is DACS-compliant.

Related Items

Portrait of Eleanor Armistead Appleton, William Sumner Appleton, and Marjorie Crane Appleton

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

This collection illustrates and documents the lives of Appleton family members living in West Newton and Beacon Hill (Boston), Massachusetts, and Santa Barbara, California. Around 1630, Samuel Appleton moved from England to New Ipswich, New Hampshire, where he started a farm. The family farm was continued through at least 1750 by Deacon Isaac Appleton. In the early 1800s, Nathan Appleton moved from New Ipswich to Boston, Massachusetts. Nathan was a successful merchant, and he became wealthy as a result of his business in cotton manufacturing. In 1806, he married Maria Theresa Gold. The details of this marriage are not known, but they had at least one child together: Thomas Gold Appleton. With his second wife, Harriott Coffin Sumner (d. 1867), Nathan Appleton had three children: William Sumner (1840-1903), Harriott (1841-1923), and Nathan (1843-1906). William Sumner Appleton married a cousin, Edith Stuart Appleton, with whom he had five children: William Sumner, Jr. (1874-1947), Dorothy, Eleanor, Gladys, and Marjorie. William Sumner Appleton, Jr., became the founder of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England). Of his sisters, Dorothy married George Francis Weld in 1904, Eleanor married Robert Standen, and Gladys married first Dunlap Penhallow and second Archibald Dickson Winterbottom around 1900. There is less information about Marjorie; she seems to have been unmarried. The bulk of this collection is from Dorothy Everard Appleton Weld and her husband, George Francis Weld, Sr.


Material in the collection.



The collection is arranged in two series as follows: Series I. Family papers, 1825-1964, undated; Series II. Photograph albums, 1856-1912, undated; Series III. Photographs, 1851-1939, undated; and Series IV. Additional material, 1976, undated.

The original extent before reprocessing in 2014 was 9.34 linear feet (eight records cartons and two oversized boxes), and the collection was arranged as follows: Subgroup I: Photographs; Series A: Photograph Albums; Series B: Photographs not in albums; Subgroup II: Written Material; Series A: Letters; Series B: Written Material; and Series C: Sketchbooks.