Mini Exhibit
On display February 12 – late May 2023

The Morristown Sewing School is a little known and little recorded facet of Morris County history. It was run on a volunteer basis by some of the most prominent women in Morristown throughout the 1880s to teach local young girls, most the daughters of tradesman, practical sewing skills. Despite over 500 students attending between November 1879 and May 1889, there is very little documentation of its existence. What is known comes predominantly from two years of research based on the 45 teacher’s books donated to MCHS in 2018. Fortuitously, the books are a gold mine of information as they list not only the teacher of each class, but also the students with their home streets, some of the subjects taught, and dates classes were held. With the books’ assistance, students and their teachers were traced via the census and other records, providing fascinating insight into 2 very distinct strata of Morristown society.

Many of the 487 identified students lived their entire lives in the Morristown area. If one of the women below is a member of your family tree, we would love to hear from you! MCHS is also eagerly seeking any photographs you may have of your ancestor, particularly in her younger years. Email us at [email protected] or call us at 973-267-3465.

Married names italicized

  • Ida Elizabeth Absalon Thompson
  • Mabel B. Absalon Clark
  • Nettie Absalon Benson
  • Sarah E. Adams
  • Sarah Elizabeth Adams Waddell
  • Anna Howard Alexander
  • Ella F. Allen
  • Minnie Dickerson Allen Smith
  • Elizabeth Ambrose Weaver
  • Marion Ambrose
  • Louisa Ammerman
  • Mary Ancrum Dumbreck
  • Mary Ankerman
  • Agnes L. Armstrong
  • Henrietta Guerin Armstrong
  • Louella Armstrong Woodruff
  • Lulu Grace Armstrong Burroughs
  • Mabel I. Armstrong
  • Edith Mae Arnold King
  • Sarah Barton Axtell
  • Ida T. Ayers Patrey
  • Katherine May “Katie” Ayers Gallagher Camisa
  • Ella Aymar Van Wagenen Bowen
  • Ella A. Babbitt Troxell
  • Grace Amelia Babbitt Sowers
  • Eloise Kirby Bache Davis DeWinter
  • Maude Emeline Bache Oxberry
  • Marion Beatrice Bache Flomerfelt Brady
  • Ellen or Helen C. Bailey Underhill
  • Josie Bailey
  • Clara Estella Baird Lausser
  • Louise Baird
  • May Kathryn Baird Wiehe
  • Helen Amelia Baird McKee
  • Etta Josephine Baldwin Salmon
  • Anna L. Ballentine
  • Jane Cline “Jennie” Bayles Lyon Strang
  • Ida May Beach Toms
  • Josephine Eleanor “Josie” Beach
  • Agnes M. Bean
  • Elizabeth Bean Meslar
  • Sarah Louise Beam Quick
  • Ella May “Ellie” Benham Riley
  • Edith F. Benjamin Daub
  • Eva Lee Benjamin Clift
  • Jessie Maud Benjamin Guerin Anderson
  • Anna Elizabeth Berry Miller
  • Sadie Randolph Berry McCormick
  • Catherine “Kate” Beston
  • Helen D. Bingham Mott
  • Anna H. “Annie” Bird Sutton De Ferrari
  • Anna B. Blanchard
  • Alice Jane Boniface Smith
  • Emma Susan Boniface
  • Anna Grace Bonnell Applin Hixon
  • Edna A. Bowden Mildrum
  • Anna Carberry “Annie” Bowen Crane
  • Emma Bowen
  • Mary Jane Bowen Collins
  • Martha Elizabeth Bowen Atz
  • Sarah Bowen Collins
  • Agnes I. Brady
  • Hannah May Brant Reeve
  • Emma J. Browne
  • Helen L. Brown
  • Jennie Brown
  • Minnie Frances Brown Voorhis
  • Sarah B. “Sadie” Brown Wright
  • Allie Brownclass
  • Mary Bucher
  • Lillie Bullard
  • Jeanette A. “Nettie” Burns
  • Elizabeth “Lizzie” Byrne Sharrette
  • Mary Bell “Mamie” Burnside Cline
  • Alice G. Callahan
  • Mary A. Cullen Farrell
  • Nina Carlisle
  • Ada Louisa Carr
  • Caroline “Carrie” Carr
  • Eva Anna Carr Cooke
  • Elizabeth J. “Lizzie” Carr Gordon
  • Mary Ella Carr Goodfellow
  • Martha B. “Mattie” Carrell Blodgett Courtney
  • Elsie E. Catto
  • Ada H. Chalquest
  • Eleanor J. “Ella” Chapman
  • Barbara R. Cihlar
  • Emma Katherine Cihlar
  • Blanche Clark
  • Eva A. Clark
  • Mary Cleary (or possibly Clary)
  • Minnie Louise “M. Louise” Clift Green
  • Lillian Augusta Cobbett Donaldson
  • Minnie A. Cobbett Van Duren
  • Sadie Cobbett Shelley
  • Susie Cobbett
  • Mabel P. Colley Green Hundley
  • Catherine Collins
  • Lockie L. Collins Dobbins
  • Mabel L. Collins Dickinson
  • Mary Louisa Collins Dickinson
  • Hannah Combs
  • Mary Hayes Combs
  • Mabel Conkling
  • Mary Lenita Gertrude “May” Cooney
  • Emma K. Cooney
  • Ann(a) Cooper
  • Caroline E. “Carrie” Correll Van Duzer Smith
  • Georgianna Corriell
  • Mabel F. Corwin
  • Emma A. Damitz
  • Frances E. Damitz Sutton
  • Amelia C. Davis
  • Dora Adeline Davis Davis Coghlan
  • Caroline M. “Carrie” Day
  • Frances Seymour Decamp Westervelt
  • Lillian May DeCamp Dunshee Antonides
  • George Anna DeGroot
  • Bessie Benita DeGroot Decker
  • Grace M. “Gracie” DeGroot Wydner
  • Helena A. “Lena” Dempsey Lenehan
  • Catharine “Kittie” Denman Smith
  • Olivia Deyo
  • Mary Dickerson
  • “Wannetta” or “Wannita” Diggs
  • Mary E. “Mollie” Dilley Post
  • Olivia G. “Ollie” Dilley Meeker Powell
  • Susan Ella “Nellie” Dobbins Wiltberger
  • Beatrice Iona Dobbins
  • Johanna Louisa “Annie” Denges
  • Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dolan Brown
  • Catherine M. “Kate” Dooney
  • Elizabeth D. “Bessie” Doty Fleury
  • Stella Amelia Downing Page
  • Gertrude R. Doyle Reardon
  • Lillian S. “Lily” Doyle Guerin
  • Louise C. Dufford
  • Ida Lyon Dunham Osmun
  • Bertha Sarah Dutton Pierson
  • Lucy M. Eakley Hoehn
  • Mary A. Eakley Sharp
  • Emma Louise “Lou” Eisenschmidt Durling
  • Elizabeth Luella Emery Class
  • Margaret Damanas Everet Watts
  • Lena G. Ewell Thompson
  • Mary B. “Minnie” Fairchild Adams Swackhamer
  • Cora B. Farley Eggers Pollock
  • Sadie E. Farrell
  • Elizabeth Eveland Faulks Lemmerz
  • Minerva L. “Minnie” Ferguson
  • Eva C. Furman Green
  • Mabel C. Furman Mandeville
  • Catherine A. “Katie” Flynn Dolan
  • Mary A. Flynn
  • Mary Flynn
  • Henriette E. Frapwell
  • Mary Eva Fredericks Corbin
  • Agnes Helen Freegard White
  • Edith Evelyn Fry Morris Roberts
  • Evangeline Fry Birchall
  • Elizabeth Gaffney Couch
  • Margaret B. “Maggie” Garabrant
  • Anna Gleason Johnson
  • Christianna A. Goldman Courter
  • Ella or Eleanor Amelia Goldman Keastead Brady
  • Mabel Gordinier
  • Mary Alice Greenleaf Hughey Anderson
  • Martha Agnes Grove Grove
  • Lillian M. “Lillie” Grove Adreon Goldston
  • Anna G. Hall
  • Mary Caroline Hall
  • Nellie Arnold Hall
  • Hannah L. Hand Hodges
  • Adelaide F. “Addie” Hannas
  • Kate Augusta Hannas
  • Grace A. Harry
  • Sarah M. “Sadie” Hathaway Driscoll
  • Hattie Hawes Steinfatt
  • Mabel R. Hawes Smith Barrett
  • Mabel Hayes Mack
  • Mabel A. Hedden Merrell
  • Grace L. Hendershot
  • Madeline Hendershot
  • Margaret Jane “Maggie” Hendershot Hanson
  • Lillie Wilhelmine Herger Kessler
  • Lillian Elizabeth Heslin Meeker
  • Mary Jane Hickey Davis
  • Ella Francis Hill Banks
  • Josephine J. Hill Johnson
  • Lillian L. Hill Fleming
  • Mary Louise Hillock Brown
  • Martha Carolyn Hirschman
  • Elizabeth Holloway Horsefield
  • Genevieve Holloway Cleveland
  • Emma Hoos Sutter
  • Anna Caroline W. “Minnie” Hoos Kane
  • Alice Horsefield Wilson
  • Anna Phoebe Howard Wesp
  • Isabella Howard
  • Jennie Howard
  • Edna Howe Maseker
  • Mary J. “Minnie” Huff Peterson
  • Elizabeth R. K. “Lillian” Hunt Steen
  • Alethea Jackson Everett
  • Carrie Jackson
  • Eliza Jackson
  • Susan B. “Susie” Jackson
  • Eleanor Jean Jamieson Bockoven
  • Gertrude C. Jamieson
  • Marion Elizabeth Jensen Butler
  • Minnie Christina Jensen Combs
  • Johanna Jenkins
  • Clarissa or Clarice Johnson
  • Abigail Frances “Abbie” Johnson Ammerman
  • Ida Belle Johnson Mitchell
  • Lizzie Johnson
  • Maggie Johnson
  • Mary H. Jolley Place
  • Jane A. “Jennie” Jones Cornell
  • Lillian I. Jones
  • Hannah Cecilia “Annie” Keefe
  • Viola R. Kelly Consolvo
  • Katie Keneiser
  • Myra Kennard
  • Florence Kersting Talmadge
  • Lillian M. “Lillie” Kersting
  • Mary Ellen Kilkenny Radabaugh
  • Annie Kingsland
  • Mary Kinney
  • Sarah Augusta Kinsey Titchworth
  • Elizabeth M. “Lizzie” Kinsey
  • Caroline Elizabeth Kronenberg Blazure
  • Minnie Henrietta Leddel Thomas
  • Sarah “Sadie” Lane
  • Ella Lane
  • Ellen A. Lonergan
  • Louisa Lawrence
  • Flora Bell Leek Pierson
  • Ida May Leek Gordinier
  • Lillie F. Leigh
  • Mary Theresa “Minnie” Leonard McManus
  • Louise Mary Lines
  • Louise Adelaide Lindabury Walker Salton
  • Mary Little
  • Caroline Lloyd Bauman
  • Hattie Augusta Lloyd Stilwell
  • Anna May Loderick Fredericks
  • Maude Long
  • Charlotte Elva Loree
  • Mabel Treadwell Loree
  • Anna C. “Annie” Lyon Wiltberger
  • Maggie B. Lyon
  • Mary “Mamie” Lyon
  • Bridget Lyons
  • Margaret M. Lyons Reide
  • Katherine M. “Kate” Markey Long
  • Mary Elizabeth “May” Martin Flemming
  • Anna Adelaide “Annie” Mason Pierson
  • Ellen or Helen E. “Nellie” Mason Scherzer
  • Edith McCabe
  • Anna Adelaide “Annie” McDermott
  • Catherine McDermott
  • Anna Christina McGowan Wright
  • Lydia C. McGowan Axtell
  • Josephine A. McKee Stults
  • Jean Wilkinson “Jennie” McNally Hever
  • Mary C. McNally Lonergan
  • Sarah “Sadie” McNally
  • Anna M. “Annie” McVay Youngs
  • Edith McVay Bowman
  • Laura McVay Guerin
  • Lydia McVay Stewart
  • Bertha Meeker Reihman
  • Grace O. Meeker Foster
  • Lizzie Miller
  • Anna L. “Annie” Ming Collins
  • Amanda C. Mingus Meeker
  • Clara E. Mitchell
  • Mary Montgomery
  • Flora E. Moore May
  • Ida Josephine Moore Aber
  • Minnie E. Moore Trowbridge
  • Catherine Agnes Moreland Mulford Wahl
  • Caroline B. Moreland
  • Kate T. “Kitty” Moreland Fredericks
  • Etta Sophia Moreland
  • Mary Moreland
  • Mary Elizabeth “Mae” Muchmore Phelan
  • Genevieve Murray
  • Margaret A. Murray McCarthy
  • Mary “Mollie” Murray
  • Mary Murray
  • Julia Vreeland Myers
  • Sarah Myers
  • Ella C. Newton
  • Blanche Estelle Nixon Filiatreault
  • Della J. Norton
  • Mertie M. Norton
  • Ellen C. Nugent
  • Anna “Annie” O’Brien McDonnell
  • Margaret Francis O’Brien Liddy
  • Margaret C. O’Neil(l) Smith
  • Helena “Lena” Osborne
  • Emma S. Osborne Brennan
  • Ella Paynter Miller Smith
  • Clara Marie Percy Kain Kerwin
  • Annie Phelan
  • Ellie Phelan
  • Etta Phelan
  • Kittie Phelan
  • Mary Phelan
  • Iva “Ivy” Louisa Phelps Culbertson
  • Eva Tuttle Pierson
  • Grace Mary Pierson Pierson
  • Nettie R. Pierson Berry
  • Rena Pierson Yawger
  • Caroline “Carrie” Pitney Johnson
  • Isabella Pitney Ferguson Jennings
  • Alice Edith Polk Wells
  • Isabella A. “Bella” Polk
  • Libby Polk
  • Sarah Elizabeth Polk Quick
  • Mary L. Polk
  • Eva Sarah Pool(e) Wilkie
  • Elnora Prall Davenport
  • Susan Creighton “Sue” Prall Faulkner
  • Louise Dearman “Lulu” Price Van Buren Van Buren
  • Rosetta W. Price Walker
  • Geneva M. Pruden Groendyke
  • Georgiana M. “Georgie” Pruden
  • Gertrude Ryndall Pruden
  • Esther Jane Purdy Follis
  • Elinor Purdy
  • Charlotte Augusta “Lottie” Quayle Everett
  • Emma A. Radabaugh Woodruff
  • Josephine A. Ray Wood
  • Laura Estella Ray Bishop
  • Charlotte A. Ray Ritter Younger
  • Anna C. “Annie” Reichert
  • Emma Reichert Planck
  • Mary E. Reilly
  • Mary L. Reynolds Cullen
  • Frances M. Ruckert
  • Katherine L. “Kate” Ruckert
  • Emma Edna Richters Frech
  • Alice Elizabeth Richters Conrad
  • Amelia Rickenback Strine
  • Anna “Annie” Rickley
  • Mary Ellen Rickley Consolvo
  • Anna M. “Annie” Riker Posarowsky Carr
  • Beulah Cooper Riker Lutz
  • Nellie Josephine Roache Secrest
  • Henrietta Elizabeth “Hattie” Rodermond Knapp
  • Nellie Rodermond Jennings
  • Elizabeth Hortense “Lizzie” Rodler Merchant
  • Mary Esther “M. Esther” Rodney
  • Mary E. Roe Current
  • Minnie M. Roe Eichlin
  • Agnes Douglas Romaine Pierson
  • Jennie L. Robshaw Buncher
  • Minnie May Sanderson Brown
  • Emma C. Schleth
  • Gertrude Lillian or Lily Schleth Meeker
  • Nellie K. Schureman Durlach
  • Mary Elizabeth “Mamie” Schwartz Weikamp Schwander
  • Amanda E. Scott Cooper
  • Gertrude Scott
  • Clara Scudder
  • Etta Adelia Searing Moodey
  • Lillian F. “Lillie” Searing Monez
  • Grace Isabel Secor Ergenzinger
  • Mary R. Secor Lonergan Lyons
  • Lillian M. “Lillie” Seiferth
  • Jennie F. Sharrette
  • Lydia Sharrette Riley Burdett
  • Mary Emma Shawger Vreeland
  • Lauretta Hunt Shawger Altemus
  • Clara L. Sherman Owens
  • Emma Schurr
  • Bertye “Birdie” Sire Schindel
  • Anna Margaret Smith
  • Josey Smith
  • Lillian “Lillie” M. Smith Carpenter
  • Charlotte Elva Smith Baker
  • Mary Janetta “Nettie” Smith Penniman
  • Viola Elizabeth Smith Danielson
  • Agnes J. Snudden Clark
  • Mabel Jane Snudden Mott
  • Harriet Chamberlain “Hattie” Snudden Weeks
  • Julia M. Snudden Dalglish
  • Sarah May Snudden Evans
  • Jennie Snyder
  • Mary A. “Mamie” Spain
  • Mary L. Springstead
  • Margaret E. Spurrell Erb
  • Fannie Rubena Stansbury Williams Stevenson
  • Florence Augusta “Flora” Stilwell Ritter
  • Harriet Augusta “Hattie” Stilwell Clough
  • Charlotte “Lottie” Stilwell Rewick
  • Mary “Mamie” Stilwell Scoble
  • Sarah Eliza Stilwell Hetzel
  • Anna May “May” Stone
  • Anna Reese Stratton
  • Anna A. Struble Blowers
  • Lizzie May Struble
  • Mildred L. Struble Vreeland
  • Eva V. Sturges Cattanach
  • Mary Ann Sutton Benjamin Shirey
  • Lillian “Lillie” Swick Peckham
  • Susan B. Swick McCoy
  • Edna M. Taylor
  • Mary Taylor
  • Josephine “Josie” Teabout Brown
  • Emma C. Thiele
  • Theresa F. Thiele Bowen
  • Sarah Thomas
  • Anna P. Thompson Vreeland
  • Delia Anna Thompson Hamilton
  • Gertie Thompson
  • Harriet A. “Hattie” Thompson
  • Helen E. Thompson
  • Sarah C. Thompson Bagnall
  • Frances H. Tiers
  • Catherine A. Tobin Hennessey
  • Mattie Totten
  • Louisa A. Tripp Hegeman
  • Mary E. Tripp Poyer
  • Mary Elizabeth Trowbridge Anderson
  • Emma M. Trowbridge Muldowney
  • Florence L. Trowbridge Everman DeGroat
  • Isabella Sims Trowbridge Ellicks Alward
  • Sarah E. Trowbridge
  • Lillie Mae Udall Riddlestorffer
  • Ida M. Van Houten Crater
  • Eliza Pierson “Lizzie” Van Houten
  • Minnie Frost Van Houten Sohnlein
  • Laura Van Sickle
  • Mary R. Vismara
  • Adele Regina Vismara Vasta
  • Edith Edna Vreeland Wolverton
  • Alberta Erdman Waddington Lateer
  • Estelle Walker Hinkins
  • Lena R. Walker Drew
  • Elizabeth F. “Lizzie” Walker
  • Electa May “May” Walker
  • Jane T. Warne Craigie
  • Mary Augusta Miller (aka Warnemunde) Maryotte
  • Julia Gertrude Miller (aka Warnemunde) Devonald
  • Caroline S. “Carrie” Warmington Blanchard
  • Amy E. Weir
  • Josephine P. Weismann
  • Adele or Adela Weismann
  • Anna E. “Annie” Welsh
  • Catherine “Kate” Welsh Armstrong
  • Mary Welsh
  • Gertrude West
  • Laura Mary West
  • Cora White Odell
  • Kittie White
  • Bertha K. Whitehead
  • Carrie Louise Whitehead Tiger
  • Sara P. Whitehead Saunders
  • Catherine E. “Kate” Wibbelt Pfeiffer
  • Mary T. Wibbelt Gibian Mendel
  • Wilhelmina “Mena” Wibbelt Wyngard
  • Lucy M. Wilde Westhoff
  • Margaret A. Wilday Brennan
  • Mary C. S. Wilday
  • Anna M. “Annie” Wilhelm Ledine
  • Anna E. “Annie” Williams James
  • Goldie M. Williams Bell
  • Lena A. Williams (aka Seldon)
  • Mary J. Williams Haven
  • Mary V. Wilson
  • Mary Evelyn Werts Nobles
  • Alberta Wolfe Heath
  • Bertha May Woodruff Holdridge Osborne
  • Sarah Bertha Wortman Brent
  • Ella B. Wright Foster
  • Flora Daisy Wright
  • Mary M. Wright Sullivan
  • Sadie Louise Wright Bodine
  • Anna Lauer “Annie” Wulfers Foster
  • Henrietta “Etta” Wulfers Boyle Pursell
  • Alice Caroline M. Wulff Haas
  • Florence Mary. M. Wulff Vanaken
  • Beatrice Lilian N. “Nellie” Wulff
  • Martha F. “Celia” Yates Hill
  • Esther A. Yates
  • Clara Yawger Vance
  • Carrie Sybilla Young Nixon
  • Cora W. Young Day
  • Edith G. Young McNair