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Stokes-Evans-Cope Family papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-1169

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, legal and business papers, artifacts, printed volumes, scrapbook, account books, marriage certificates, deeds, photographs and photo album, computer disks, typed transcripts and various misc. papers. Papers are chiefly of the related Quaker families of Stokes, Evans, Cope and Wistar of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Includes three letters (1862-¬1866) of Thomas Pim Cope (1823¬1900) re money lent to Stokes family; letters of Catharine Evans (1802-¬1871) to sisters and family; letters (1864--1891) and diaries (1858-¬1868, originals and typed transcripts) of Hannah Bacon Evans (1839¬-1939). Letters (1830-¬1840) of Thomas Evans (1798-¬1868) to his brother-in-law Bartholomew Wistar relate religious reflections and health concerns, family and Society of Friends matters (including Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's work with N.Y. Native Americans, specifically Buffalo Treaty fraud of 1838), letters (1834¬-1868) to his wife Catharine Evans and children on family and personal matters, also letters and papers (1863-¬1864) related to his involvement with the efforts of several Friends pressed into military service during the Civil War. Letter of Charlotte N. Freedland (1797-¬1850) to her sisters reporting on what she witnessed at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of 1827; diary of William B. Hockett (handwritten copy 1862-¬1863, of his detention in the Confederate Army); diary of Richard Jordan (ca. 1807, travel as minister in Europe); letters of Esther Newlin Stokes (1870¬-1913); letters (1864¬-1904) of Francis Stokes (1833-¬1917) to his wife Katharine W. Stokes on family and personal matters, also his passport and cash book; letters (1889-¬1895) of Francis Joseph Stokes (1873¬1955) to his mother while traveling in Europe and Florida; letters and other papers (1825-¬1870) of John Stokes (1800-¬1868) include those related to Mexican financial difficulties and estate of his brother-in-law Joseph Smith (1801-¬1848); letters of Joseph Waln Stokes (1835-¬1863); letters (1865-¬1896) of Katharine W. Stokes (1841-¬1904) to her husband Francis; and a letter of Bartholomew Wistar (1790-¬1841) to his wife giving an eyewitness account of the separation of New York Yearly Meeting in 1828. Also includes photograph album of Stokes family, family Bible of John Stokes, scrapbook and artifacts (Opera hat, change purses, eyeglasses, coin collection, etc.)

Dates

  • 1713-1981

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Primarily the family of Thomas Evans and Catharine Wistar (m. 1834) and their descendants. Thomas and Catharine's daughter Katharine Wistar Evans m. 1865 Francis Stokes. For relationships between these families, see "Stokes, Cope, Emlen, Evans : Genealogical charts of four closely associated Germantown families" compiled by Francis Joseph Stokes, Jr. (Philadelphia, 1982) [Quaker BX 7721 S88 S79]. Also see Wistar genealogy in "The Wistar family : A genealogy of the descendants of Caspar Wistar, emigrant in 1717" compiled by Richard Wistar Davids (Philadelphia, 1896) [Quaker BX 7721 W81 D25].

Extent

8 boxes (8 boxes and 2 packages)

Language

English

Overview

Correspondence, diaries, legal and business papers, artifacts, printed volumes, scrapbook, account books, marriage certificates, deeds, photographs and photo-album, computer disks, typed transcripts and various misc. papers. Papers are chiefly of the related Quaker families of Stokes, Evans, Cope and Wistar of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Arrangement

Papers are arranged alphabetically by author or person responsible and chronologically within each author and folder

Related Materials

See Morris Wistar Wood collection, Ms. Coll. 1140 for additional related letters, etc. [of John Wistar family]. Also Cope ­ Evans family papers, 1732­-1911, Ms. Coll. 1170; Thomas P. Cope family papers, 1795-­1891, Ms. Coll. 1013.

Processing Information

Processing history is unknown.
Title
Stokes-Evans-Cope Family papers, 1713-1981
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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