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Mary G. Cary and John R. Cary papers

Identifier: HC.MC-950-038

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters, documents and photographs of 18th & 19th and early 20th -century family members mostly of the Quaker Cary, Cope, Elkinton, Gilpin, Newlin, Stokes and Waln families. Issues of domestic life and family relations, as well as attendance at Meeting are the focus of this collection of letters and documents relating to the Quaker families: Evans, Gilpin, Newlin, Stokes and Waln. The greatest number of letters was written by John Stokes (1800-1868) to Hannah Smith who would later become his wife. In addition, there are typed transcriptions of letters of Evans, Stokes and Waln family members, including an account of an encounter between English and French fleets during the American Revolutionary War. Also typed and transcribed are letters regarding treatment of Quakers as conscientious objectors during the Revolutionary War. In addition, there are photographs of members of the Cary, Cope, Elkinton, Evans, Garrett and Stokes families.


  • 1780-1920


Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Mary Goodhue Cary, mother of John Cary, was head of the Peace Collection at Swarthmore College; she was not a Quaker, though the rest of John Cary's family were Quakers. Cary's grandmother was an Evans from Germantown. Roderick Scott, Haverford College class of 1906, received his M.A. from Haverford in 1907 and another from Harvard in 1908. He was also Phi Beta Kappa. In 1909-13, he taught English at Earlham College, then served the Y.M.C.A in Russia, 1913-14 and in Indiana, 1914-15. He returned to teach English at Oberlin College, 1915-16, but then went to Foochow (Fuzhou), China as a member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions as a Professor of English and Philosophy and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; in 1919-20, he was Acting President of Fukien Christian University. John Stokes (1800-1868) married Hannah Smith (1799-1859) in 1823. Their children were: Elizabeth Waln Stokes (1823-1902), Mary Stokes (1825-1847), Joseph Waln Stokes (1829-1831), Henry Waln Stokes (183001855), Francis Stokes (1833-1917; m. Katharine Wistar Evans); Joseph Waln Stokes (1835-1863), Hetty Newlin Stokes (1838-1899), Eleanor Tyson Stokes (1840-1919), Thomas Pym Cope Stokes (1843-1918) and Joseph Stokes Jr. (1845-1853). John Stokes was a member of Germantown Particular and Frankford Monthly Meeting. (Information from donor; Haverford College Matriculate Catalog; internal evidence; Stokes, Cope, Emlen, Evans Genealogy; The Friend)


0.22 Linear Feet




Accession # 7013, 7032

Materials Seperated

To PG: "Some notes concerning Caspar Wistar (Immigrant) and the Origin of the Wistar and Wistar Families" / by Caspar Wistar Haines. 1926 5/25 To PG: Obituary for Thomas Evans: "Thomas Evans, from North American and U.S. Gazette" / by Edward Hopper. 1868 6/22.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff; completed February 2016.


Mary G. Cary and John R. Cary papers
Mary A. Crauderueff
February 2016
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