Scope and Contents
Primarily correspondence of the Quaker Roberts and Allen families of the Philadelphia area in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Central figures include: Samuel L. Allen (1841-1918), Sarah (Sallie) H. Roberts Allen (1843-1928), Susan Janney Allen, Anna B. (Annie) Roberts and Lillie Allen. Their topics provide insight into social networking and close family ties as well as health issues, attendance at Meeting and some travel, occasionally noting external events such as the Civil War.
Leeds and Roberts family members
Quaker farmer, inventor and manufacturer, Samuel Allen (1841-1918) was the son of John and Rebecca Leeds Allen. He attended Westtown School near Philadelphia and married Sarah Hootene Roberts in 1866. As early as 1866, Allen had experimented with two tin wash basins attached by a metal clasp. The basins rotated and spread fertilizer or garden seed evenly. He and Elisha Roberts formed the S.L. Allen & Co, which made Planet Junior Gardening Equipment and later invented the sled known as "The Flexible Flyer." They were later bought out by a NY firm.
(from Dictionary of Quaker Biography)
Sarah H. Roberts Allen (1843-1928), married to Samuel Allen in 1866, was the daughter of Elisha Roberts and Elizabeth Hooten Roberts (1819-1889). She died in Orlando FL, "in her 86th year". She was a member of Chester Monthly Meeting, NJ
(from The Friend, v. 101, p. 494)
Susan Janney Allen, daughter of Sarah and Samuel Allen, was possibly a missionary among the Native Americans, and also corresponding secretary and treasurer of "The Friendly Haven Association"
Elisha and Elizabeth Roberts' children were: William Hunt Roberts, Samuel S., Anna B., David, Sarah H. and Joseph Roberts.