Mallison Family Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Mallison family
Mallison family collection
1861-1873, 1928, 1958, 2013, undated
0.2 Cubic feet ,5 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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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.

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Scope and Contents note

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

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 2013

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

Gift of Shirley MacKenzie.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Letters
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Mallison, Simeon


  • Farm life -- Michigan
  • Restaurants -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Correspondence 1861-1865 


Historical Notes and Transcriptions undated 


Homestead Certificate 1862   Oversize

OS 44

Miscellaneous 1928, undated 


News clippings 1928, 2013 


Photographs 1958, undated 


G.A.R. Flag with Todd Mallison 

Hesperian House 

Mallison Post 298 G.A.R. flag (2) 

Mallison Farm House