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Stanton, Schilling, and Parsons family papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-SSP

Scope and Content of the Collection

A wide variety of materials across many generations of family and friends. Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs and negatives, prints of original artwork, genealogical information collected over many years, blueprints, travel diaries, address books, day journals, and scrapbooks.

Also included are a variety of oversize materials, namely related to different individual’s careers and including blueprints, sketches, photographs, and mathematical equations. Prominent figures in this collection include Barbara Schilling Stanton, William Parsons Stanton, Louise Parsons Stanton, Francis Rew Stanton, Dorothy Stanton Schilling, William Edward Parsons, and Myra Matthews Parsons.


  • Creation: 1733-2015
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900 - 1980



Materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

The Stanton, Schilling, and Parsons family papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Stanton, Schilling, and Parsons family papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Stanton Family

Over more than eight generations, the Stanton, Schilling, and Parsons families lived in a variety of places, including Chicago, Ohio, Connecticut, and Germany. The Stanton families are made up of two completely separate branches, with one starting in Ireland (Stauntons) and the other in England (Stanton).

In 1881, Ulick and Mary Staunton emigrated to St. Louis, Missouri from Ireland. After changing their last name to Stanton and becoming naturalized citizens, the family moved to Chicago, where Ulick worked as a trolley motorman and a dairy driver. They had eight children, one of whom was Michael J. Stanton.

Michael J. Stanton was born in Ireland and emigrated with his parents at age 3. He studied and practiced law in Chicago. In 1904, he became general counsel for Rand McNally and Company, eventually becoming director of the company. Michael Stanton married Barbara Uttley in 1908. They had two children (Dorothy Stanton Schilling and Harker Thomas). He died in 1936. Barbara died in 1941.

The English Stantons emigrated from England to Jamaica before moving to New York to live on John Street in 1698. In 1855, George Edgar Stanton I moved his family to Chicago and started a grocery business called Stanton and Company. George Edgar II took over the business after his brother in law’s death, having previously worked as a United States Consul in England, Germany, and Russia. In the early 1900s, George Edgar Stanton III brought in acquaintance Mrs. Snyder to sell candies inside the family grocery store. In 1922, Stanton and Company was sold, and George Edgar III became a co-founder of Mrs. Snyder’s Homemade Candies. George Edgar III married Harriet Rew in 1907. They had two children (Edgar and Francis Rew). Harriet had one daughter from a previous marriage (Harriet Rew Wood).

Edgar Stanton married Rosamund (Rose) Baker in 1933. They had one child (Rosamund Stanton). Edgar served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war, he worked for Belden Manufacturing and served as a trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Rose worked to improve hospital facilities in the Aspen Colorado area. Edgar died in 1991.

Francis Rew Stanton studied architecture at Yale. In 1941, he started his own architecture business in Chicago and sold the family interest in Mrs. Snyder’s Candies in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army Corps during WWII. Francis married artist Louise Parsons in 1936. Both were accomplished tennis players who played at Indian Hill Club. In 1953, Francis and his mother, Harriet, built a new club called Ridge and Valley Tennis Club in Glenview.

Louise Parsons Stanton was born in 1915 in Chicago. She attended the Girls Latin School in Chicago and the Holmquist School. From 1933 to 1935, Louise studied at the Yale School of Fine Arts in New Haven, Connecticut before marrying Francis in 1936. Louise Stanton's paintings and drawings are abstract and derive mainly from images of nature. Louise Stanton has had several one-man exhibitions and has been included in many group shows across the country. Francis and Louise had four children (Suzanne, William (Bim), Campbell, and Francis Jr). Francis died in 1995. Louise died in 2005.

The Schilling family is known for its historical bell foundries in Apolda, Germany and Heidelberg, Germany. The Apolda foundry was taken over by the Franz Friedrich August Schilling in the late 1800s, and passed down to family for approximately a century. After World War II ended and the division of Germany placed Apolda and the foundry in East Germany, Friedrich W. Schilling, grandson to Franz Friedrich August, opened a second foundry in Heidelberg (West Germany). Friedrich never married.

Friedrich’s brother, Otto F. G. Schilling, was a mathematics student of Emmy Noether in Germany. His area of interest was Abstract Algebra. After earning his PhD from Göttengen University in 1934, he did post-doctorate work at Trinity College, Cambridge, at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University and at Johns Hopkins University. In 1939 he began work as a professor at the University of Chicago. He and Dorothy Barbara Stanton married in 1940. They had three children (Michael, Marie and Barbara Schilling Stanton). In the 1960’s until his death in 1973, Otto was a professor at Purdue University. Dorothy was born in Chicago. In 1930 she graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College with a degree in Fine Arts. She worked at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Albany Institute of Art. Dorothy enjoyed her membership at the Fortnightly Club where she sometimes wrote and delivered papers. She was an active member of the Junior League and did volunteer work at several different charities. Otto died in 1973. Dorothy died in 1997.

The Parsons family mainly lived in Connecticut and Ohio. Prominent members of this branch include William E. Parsons, the architect known for his work in the Philippines and Chicago and later Yale professor, and Louise Parsons Stanton, a well-known local Chicago artist. Other branches further back include the Day and Seymour families, including Charles Seymour, who was president of Yale from 1937-1951.

William E. Parsons married Myra Matthews in 1911. They had two children (Louise Parsons Stanton and Seymour Parsons). William died in 1939.


38.6 Linear Feet (41 boxes, 13 cartons, 2 half boxes, and 3 oversize boxes)


Family history of the three main branches of a large Chicago based family. Includes over eight generations of correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and diaries, following family members across the United States, Europe, and the Philippines. Material relates to the biographical information of many family members, including their careers, family life, and hobbies.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Correspondence, 1830-2010
Boxes 1-19
Series 2: Photographs and Negatives, 1800-1999
Boxes 20-28
Series 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1872-2011
Boxes 29-30
Series 4: Genealogy Person Files, 1733-2015
Boxes 31-38
Series 5: Genealogy Research Files, 1812-2006
Boxes 39-46
Series 6: Travel Diaries, 1930-2009
Box 47
Series 7: Scrapbooks and Day Journals, 1866-1970
Boxes 48-56
Oversize Material, 1858-1986
Boxes 57-59

Collection Stack Location

1 42 1-3; 1 43 8


Gift, Barbara Uttley Schilling Stanton, widow of William Parsons Stanton.

Processed by

Emily Richardson, 2019.

Inventory of the Stanton, Schilling, and Parsons family papers, 1733-2015, bulk 1900-1980
Emily Richardson
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States