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Sharpless Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1111

Scope and Contents

Letters, diaries, journals, narratives and notes, by, concerning, or attributed to members of the Sharpless and Kite families, including those of Joshua Sharpless, with letters to his children and wife, Ann Trimble Sharpless, notes on his physical condition, narratives of his first wife, Edith Yarnall Sharpless; correspondence among the children of Joshua Sharpless, including letters of Rachel Sharpless Cope, Edith Sharpless Kite, Isaac Sharpless, other family members; letters of Benjamin Kite to his children, Thomas, John, Mary, others; journals, diaries, and accounts of Mary Kite, daughter of Benjamin and letters to family and friends describing religious travels, spiritual affairs, conditions in the Society; correspondence among other members of the Kite family, including James, Joseph, Nathan, Abi, nieces, nephews, others; accounts by Thomas Kite of his wife, Edith Sharpless, Kite; letters from Susanna Kite Sharpless, daughter of Thomas, and an account of a trip through New York; letters and accounts from Aaron Sharpless, husband of Susanna. Included also are testimonies from Concord Monthly Meeting concerning Edith Sharpless Kite, a minute from Concord Quarterly Meeting, holograph and printed petitions from the young people to Philadelphia meeting, 1748; a diary and two letters from Mary Passmore concerning a religious trip made in Virginia and North Carolina with Mary Kite and Pennock Passmore; letters to Edith Sharpless, later Kite, from school friends. Letters comprise the bulk of materials, with those of Mary Kite making up more than half of the total. Dates of letters are from about 1800 to 1875, with the bulk between 1800-1861.

The papers of Edward G. Smedley, ca. 1836-1908, dealing with his experiences as a conscientious objector during the Civil War, 1863-1866 are in box 3.


  • 1748-1875

Biographical / Historical

Joshua Sharples[s] (1747-1826), son of Benjamin Sharples[s], was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania and died in East Bradford. A member of Chester Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends) and later New Garden Monthly Meeting, he and his wife, Edith Yarnall, a minister, were active Friends. With his second wife, Ann Trimble, also a minister, Joshua Sharpless engaged in religious travels and visits in Pennsylvania, New York, New England and Canada, maintaining an active concern for Indian affairs and abolition.

Mary Kite (1792-1861) was a minister in the Society and traveled extensively. Edward Smedley (ca. 1836-1908) was a conscientious objector during the Civil War.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)




Letters, accounts, diaries, journals of members of the inter-related Sharpless and Kite families, including the papers of Joshua Sharpless (1746/7-1826) and letters of Mary Kite (1792-1861) as well as the papers of Edward G. Smedley, ca. 1836-1908, dealing with his experiences as a conscientious objector during the Civil War, 1863-1866.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Susanna Smedley, 1959 & 1972

Related Materials

See also: Kite family papers, ms. coll. 1111.5
Sharpless Family papers, 1748-1875
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