Morris Family papers
Scope and Contents
John Sansom, Samuel Sansom, James Sansom, etc., letters and papers, 1737-1801, relating to commerce, finance and family matters; narratives of travel in England, Holland, France, and Switzerland; Joseph Sansom's passports, 1799, 1815, signed by Timothy Pickering and James Monroe, and accounts of his travels in Europe and his letters to Beulah Sansom; a biographical sketch of Beulah Sansom, etc.
Other papers include: manuscript record of names and houses insured, 1759-61; discourse on physiology, medicine, by William Shippen, 1762; Sarah Biddle, correspondence, accounts of Monthly Meetings, 1758-1818; Quakeriana, sermons, abolition of slavery, 1787, 1790; accounts of yellow fever epidemics, 1801; journals of travel to "New York Indians," New England, 1790-1796, including Joseph Sansom's journal of a tour to the treaty of Newtown Point on the Tioga, 1791; papers relating to Elias Hicks, 1822-1823; poetry and literary compositions, school books, essays, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers; papers relating to Schuykill Permanent Bridge Company, 1801; Frankford & Germantown Turnpike Road Company accounts, 1853; Frankford Monthly Meeting, 1860-1869; Germantown & Frankford Friends, 1871; Abington Quarterly Meeting, 1889-90; names of Friends figuring in these manuscripts are, Anna Braithwaite, M. Buckley, Caspar Wistar, Joshua Humphrey, Elizabeth Foulke, S. Hollingsworth, David Barclay, William Callander, 1766-1812, and numerous others.
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Morris (1827-1905) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Quakers Samuel Buckley Morris and Hannah Perot Morris. Samuel Morris matriculated at Haverford College in 1845, then went on to learn farming. He married Lydia Spencer in 1853. Morris was recorded a minister in the Society of Friends in 1864. In 1876, he made a religious mission to visit "North American Indians," later embarking on a similar mission to Europe and Australia. He was president of the managers of Friends Asylum from 1888-1902. Samuel Morris had three children with his wife, Lydia Spencer Morris: Hannah Perot Morris (1854-1931), Luke Wistar Morris (1858-1874), and George Spencer Morris (1867- 1922).
Hannah Perot Morris (1854-1931) was the daughter of Samuel Morris and Lydia Spencer Morris. She attended Westtown School and became a minister in the Society of Friends in 1908. She was the first woman appointed by a Quarterly Meeting in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to serve on Representative Meeting. Morris was the author of Glimpses of the Life of Samuel Morris (1907).
5.8 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
- Morris Family papers, 1715-1925
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