This collection includes the papers of Anne Taylor Bronner, A.J. Edmunds (1857-1941), Edward Jacob, Emma Jacob, Edward Richie, Sarah A. Richie, Thomas Savery, Elizabeth Richie Taylor (1883-1970), Elizabeth Hooton Richie, Mary Ann Taylor, Thomas B. Taylor (1853-1911), Esther Hunt Taylor, Elizabeth Savery Taylor (1853-1936), Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947), George Washington Taylor (1803-1891) and Hubert Taylor (1917-1999).
The papers detail their lives, especially within the Quaker communities in which they lived, as well as their business dealings, attendance and observation of the proceedings of Quaker Meetings, genealogy, family life, health issues and friendships. The greatest representation in the collection is in the papers of Francis R. Taylor and those of George Washington Taylor.
George Washington Taylor's correspondence reports on the Quaker schism of 1827-1828, resulting in the Orthodox and Hicksite branches of Quakers, and discusses his religious views, Elias Hicks, Joseph John Gurney, the school at which he worked in Flushing, NY, attending Meeting, Free Produce and free labor. There are many letters from Nathan Thomas, a free labor agent traveling in the South. Taylor corresponded with Levi Coffin and Elihu Burritt, and in a draft of a letter he wrote to Abraham Lincoln, he explains his support of the president and the Emancipation Proclamation. Hamilton Fish wrote to George Washington Taylor in 1875 on the Cuban question.
Of note in Elizabeth H. Richie's papers is her account of her family, beginning in 1848.
Within Francis R. Taylor's papers are letters to his family written in 1920 as a member of the Friends Mexico Mission, and a manuscript entitled
Peace Progressive, which does not appear to have been published. Taylor's diaries of 1903-1905 were written while he was a student at Haverford College. There is a section of his papers entitled
Topics which includes genealogical information on some 20 families who were likely related to the Taylors, as well as about local geographic areas and Quaker Meetings (Abington Monthly Meeting, Burlington Monthly Meeting, Cheltenham Monthly Meeting) and Haverford College, Quaker novels and prohibition. His correspondence reveals his interests, such as Quaker values, and friendships -- as with Horace Tatnall. He corresponded with Henry Cadbury, Norman Penney, Elliston Morris, Levi Coffin, Roderick Scott, Isaac Sharpless and Elizabeth and Thomas Taylor, his parents and others.
Within Hubert Taylor's papers are diaries for 1934-1937 while he was a student at Haverford College.
The photographs are of Taylor family members (including George Washington Taylor and Francis R. Taylor) and their homes and other buildings.
The deed written in 1737 to Anthony Morris is for 500 acres in Lancaster County, PA.
A genealogical chart of the Taylor family is available.