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Taylor family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-818
This collection contains materials pertaining to the Taylor family. It contains correspondence, journals, legal documents, genealogical information, and research in the history of Quakerism. There are also many photographs in the collection, including carte de vistas and other nineteenth century photographic techniques.

Other related families within the collection include the Savery, Scattergood, Richie, Hooton and Roberts families.


  • 1700 - 1944


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open to research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

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


3 Linear Feet (5 upright boxes, 1 flat box)

Biographical note

George Washington Taylor (1803-1891) was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Richards Taylor. He was appointed a delegate to the World’s Peace Conference in 1850. He was an agent of Friend’s Bible Association, a publishing agent of The Friend, and he had a store that sold Free Labor goods. He supported the abolition of slavery and the temperance movement. Taylor was the publisher of the journal The Non-Slaveholder and a peace paper The Citizen of the World. He was married 3 times, first to Ruth Leeds, then Elizabeth Burton and then Elizabeth Sykes. Information primarily from the Dictionary of Quaker Biography.

Thomas B. Taylor (1853-1911) became an attorney in 1909 and practiced law in Philadelphia. He was a member and overseer of West Chester Particular and Birmingham Monthly meetings.

Elizabeth Savery Taylor (1853-1936) was the wife of Thomas B. Taylor and mother of Francis R. Taylor. Information from The Friend 109 (1936), p. 361

Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947), was the son of Elizabeth Savery and Thomas B. Taylor. He graduated from Haverford College in 1906, then University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1909. He became a practicing attorney in Philadelphia. He also became a recorded minister of Abington Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in 1922, was a founding member of Cheltenham (PA) Meeting and was clerk of his monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings; he founded the Cheltenham National Bank and was its president from 1924 until his death; he was also treasurer of Savery Realty Corporation. He married Elizabeth Richie in 1911. He was member of the State Forest Commission in 1936 and wrote "War, Sex, and Quakers in Fiction" in 1945. Information primarily from the Dictionary of Quaker Biography.

Elizabeth Richie Taylor (1883-1970), wife of Francis R. Taylor, was a member of Cheltenham Monthly Meeting, which she and her husband founded in their home in 1915, as well as starting the Joint Committee of Montgomery and Bucks Country Friends in the late 1930s, to bring members of the two branches together. She was active in the Women's Christian Temperance union, the William Forster Home and committees of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Information from Friends Journal 16 1970, p. 636

Hubert Richie Taylor (1916-1998) was the son of Francis Taylor and Elizabeth Richie Taylor. He attended Westtown School and graduated from Haverford College in 1938; he received a law degree from Temple University. He was a conscientious objector during WWII, spending 3 1/2 years in Civilian Public Service as a road builder, attendant in a mental hospital and a smoke jumper in Montana. He served on several boards, including William Penn Charter School and supported many organizations. He was a member of Cheltenham (PA) Meeting and later Southampton (PA) Meeting. He was married to Dorothy Plaisted. Information from Friends Journal 45 1999 (March), p. 35


This collection is separated into six series. Whenever possible, the materials within each series and subseries are arranged chronologically. The correspondence is arranged according to the person who sent the message, except in the case of Subseries A, which contains all correspondence between brothers George W. Taylor and Thomas B. Taylor. If a typescript of a letter exists, it is located alongside the original letter, within the same folder.


The Taylor Family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in February 2014 by Celine Hubler and in August 2014, May 2013, and November 2012 by Esther Cornell.

Related Materials

  • (MC 975.09.011) Free Produce Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1845-1852
  • (MC 975.07.104) "Recollections of my Life Time," 1887
  • (MC 975.08.032) George Washington Taylor account books, 1831-1882
  • (MC 1233) Taylor family papers, 1737-1999
  • (MC 1179) Taylor family papers, 1846-1929
  • (MC 950) Taylor family papers, 1799-1881

Processing Information

Processed by Madison Arnold-Scerbo; completed April 2016.


Taylor family papers, 1700-1944
Madison Arnold-Scerbo
April, 2016
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