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Haun, Milton Mars

 Collection — Container: Photo
Identifier: KUMA-02-2001

Scope and Contents

This series contains documents, photographs (photocopies and book reproduction), newspaper clippings, handwritten sermons and study journals, certificates, and personal correspondence of or relating to Milton Mars Haun (1820-1902). Included are several letters between archivists and a descendant of Haun who was in search of genealogical information. Three notebooks of handwritten notes (Sept. 15, 1850 - ?) are also included; these contain a few pages of autobiographical information but the remainder is comprised of MMH's study notes and sermon notes. (The first page of the first volume contains a note signed by Haun reading "A Book designed to contain a short analysis of each of the studies for the third year in the North Indiana Conference.") See Biographical Note for more information on MMH. Box list: Deacon ordination certificate dated Aug. 25, 1850, signed by Bishop Edmund S. Janes Handwritten order from Rev. Joseph Marser, P.E., dated Aug. 5, 1848, granting MMH license to preach Handwritten letters of reference from J. W. Kirkpatrick, Pastor M.E. Church, Sedgwick, Kan., and E. C. Beach, Presiding Elder, Southwest Kansas Conference; both dated October 1901, given to MMH just before his move to California Handwritten sermons by MMH (undated) 1.      “Evidences of Depravity as Shown in daily life” 2.      “The Bible as a promoter of Science” 3.      “The Christian Ministry compared with the Levitical Priesthood” One-page handwritten copy of Wm. Cowper (1731-1800)’s poem “The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk” Unattributed newspaper clipping “The Value of Religion” One-page biography; service records written 1988 and 1991 Photocopy of “In Memoriam” MMH biography from Minutes of the Southwest Kansas Conference, 1902 Newspaper clippings telling of MMH sermon in saloon in Newton, Kansas Newspaper clipping of obituary of MMH third wife Sabra Josephine Palmer (1844-1931) Correspondence ·        1974 from Mrs. E. R. Turner, granddaughter of MMH and second wife L. A. Green ·        1991-1994 between church archivists/historians and MMH great-granddaughter Evelyn Clough ·        1994 thanking Rev. Wayne Montgomery for gift of MMH manuscript volumes


  • Created: 1820 - 1902


Biographical or Historical Information

Milton Mars Haun was born in Carter County, Tennessee, Nov. 4, 1820,1 and spent most of his youth in Indiana. After his conversion at age 18, he was licensed by the Thorntown (Ind.) Quarterly Conference to exhort; he received his license to preach in 1848. In 1850 he was received into full connection and ordained deacon by Bishop Edmond S. Janes; two years later he was ordained elder by Bishop Osmon C. Baker. After eight years serving in several charges in the North Indiana Conference, he transferred to the Kansas and Nebraska Conference, where he "preached in log cabins, school houses, saloons, on the streets, or under trees, just as Providence seemed to open the way."2  Having served 15 churches in Kansas, Haun superannuated in 1879 but maintained a strong interest in the welfare of the church.  He moved with his wife to California in October 1901 and died there three months later, on Jan. 16, 1902. Haun was married three times, first in 1852 to Evaline Evans (Fort Wayne, Ind.); after her death, to L. A. Green (Indianapolis) in 1857; lastly, in 1864 to Sabra Josephine Palmer (Lawrence, Kansas). He was survived by Sabra and eight of his nine children. He was laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery, Los Angeles, California; his wife passed away in 1931 and was buried in the same plot. 1Haun's gravestone in Los Angeles gives his birth year as 1819, but his listing in the Memoirs states it as 1820. 2Memoirs, Minutes SW Kansas Conf., 1902, p, 95.

Note written by Sarah St. John


1.00 boxes

Language of Materials



This series contains the handwritten correspondence and journals of Milton Mars Haun, a circuit preacher who came to Kansas in 1857. He served in the Kansas, South Kansas, and Southwest Kansas conferences and preached the first sermon in Newton, Kansas in a saloon. In total, Haun served 15 churches in Kansas and died in 1902.

Arrangement Note

Box contains three handwritten volumes, one folder, and one bible. Folder contents arrived in random order and have been arranged with most likely research needs in front of file -- original certificates, handwritten documents, photographs and clippings. Correspondence from researchers is filed after the original MMH documents.

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Sydney Johnston, Sarah St. John
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US