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Howell family correspondence

Identifier: HC.MC-950-099

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the correspondence of the Howell family. Letters are between family members, Elizabeth and Israel Howell and their children, and relate family matters.


  • 1818-1847


Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

The Howell family were members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who resided in Howellville, Edgmont Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Whey were a financially comfortable, well-educated family.

Israel Howell (1786-1864) was the son of Arthur Howell and Mary Mott Howell. His wife, Elizabeth Rowland Howell (1789-1866), was the daughter of Sarah Parker Rowland. Israel and Elizabeth R. Howell had several children together. Their daughter Elizabeth Howell was born in 1834 and died unmarried in 1876. Their daughter Sally R. Howell was born in 1829 and died in 1850. Their son Joshua R. Howell was born in 1825; he married a woman named Elizabeth in 1888. Israel and Elizabeth's son, Jacob Howell, was born in Philadelphia in 1827. He married Eliza Buckley Edwards (1840-1880) in 1866 and died in 1891.

Jacob and Eliza Howell had three daughters. The youngest, Mary Mott Howell, was born in 1878. Sarah Rowland Howell was born in 1876. Elizabeth Rowland Howell, born in 1867 (1873?), married William Warder Bacon (1867-1925) in 1893. Their daughter, Margaret Howell Bacon, was born in 1895.

Source: Howell family papers Finding Aid, Delaware County Historical Society


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The Howell family correspondence was purchased by Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1976 from Timothy Bakken.

Related materials

  • MC 1184 Families of Philadelphia collection
  • MC.1001.B Mary Howell Swett papers
  • MC.975.01.079 Mary Howell Swett diary
  • MC.975.08.002 Israel Howell Birdsall account book

Additional materials can be found at the Delaware County Historical Society, in the Howell family papers.

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed February 2016.
Howell family correspondence, 1818-1847
Kara Flynn
February 2016
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