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Mallison family collection

Identifier: c-00675

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials from the Mallison family including the Civil War letters of Simeon Mallison and George Hewes, an article (1928) about Bertha Mallison and her chicken dinners, a Mallison Farm Chicken Dinners card, a photo postcard of the Hesperian House where Bertha Mallison cooked, a photograph of Mallison family exhibit, a photograph of farm house, a photograph of Todd Mallison (great great nephew of Simeon Mallison) with Post 294 GAR flag, a Homestead Certificate from 1872, and an envelope label.

The Civil War letters have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at


  • Creation: 1861-1873, 1928, 1958, 2013, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Simeon Mallison was born in New York in 1842. He enlisted August 11, 1862 in the Union army. He was mustered into Company H, Michigan 18th Infantry Regiment in Reading, Michigan on August 26, 1862. He was captured (date not known) near Athens, Alabama and released in April 1865. He died on April 27, 1865 in the explosion of the steamboat Sultana along with 128 fellow 18th Michigan soldiers.

Simeon was brother to Lafayette (Lafe) Mallison (1837-1902) who married Josephine Hughes (1844-1915). Their son Stanley Fay Mallison (1880-1955) married (1902) Bertha A. Norwalk (1882-1954). She served dinners to the public at their Mallison Farm and later worked as a cook at the Hesperian House near the Michigan State University campus.

George W. Hewes (spelled Hughes later) was sister of Josephine and enlisted in Company C, in the 14th Ohio Regiment. He mustered out later in August. He then enlisted in the Michigan 18th with Simeon Mallison. He died of disease on February 13, 1863 in Lexington, Kentucky.


0.2 Cubic Feet (,5 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Shirley MacKenzie.

Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Mallison Family Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
November 2013
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US