Howard Haines Brinton was born a birthright Friend in West Chester PA on July 24, 1884, son of Edward and Ruthanna Brown Brinton. He married Anna Shipley Cox in 1921 with whom he had 4 children, and Yukiko Takahashi in 1972. He received a B.A. from Haverford College in 1904 and a M.A. in 1905 also from Haverford. He also received a M.A. in 1909 from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California in 1924.
Brinton taught at Friends Boarding School in Barnesville, Ohio (1906-1908), then Pickering College (1909-1915). He was a professor of mathematics at Guilford College (1915-1919) where he also served as acting president and dean. Howard Haines Brinton was faculty advisor to the Guilfordian (student newspaper at Guilford College) at least for the period 1917-1918.
He was secretary and publicity director of the American Friends Service Committee (1919-1920), director of the child feeding program in the Plebiscite area of Upper Silesia (1920-1921). In 1927, Howard Haines Brinton was recorded a minister in the Society of Friends. He returned to teach physics at Earlham College (1922-1928), religion at Mills College (1928-1936). Brinton served as acting director and lecturer at Pendle Hill Graduate School of Religion & Social Study (1934-1935) and director (1936-1952). He continued to be active as the Swarthmore lecturer in London (1931), resident fellow and lecturer at Selly Oak in England (1931), lecturer at Haverford College (1932, 1945 & 1949), William Penn lecturer in Philadelphia (1932 & 1938), lecturer at Bryn Mawr College, (1934 & 1936), Dudleian lecturer at Harvard (1949). He was representative of the American Friends Service Committee in Japan (1952-1954). Howard Haines Brinton was author of several books, including Friends for 300 Years (1952), The Mystic Will (1930), Creative Worship (1931), Divine Human Society (1938), editor & contributor to Children of Light (1938), Quaker Education (1940), editor and contributor to Byways in Quaker History (1944, Creative Worship and other Essays (1963). He was also author of pamphlets published by Pendle Hill. Howard Brinton died in 1973.
Anna Shipley Cox Brinton, scholar, teacher, activist and organizer was born a birthright Friend in 1887, the daughter of Lydia Bean Cox and Charles Cox and granddaughter of Joel and Hannah Bean of College Park. Anna attended Westtown School and graduated from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, and Ph.D. in 1917. She also studied at the American School of Archaeology and Classical Studies in Rome. In 1918, she became a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District. In circa 1920, she was appointed to the child feeding program of the AFSC in Upper Silesia (northern Poland). In 1928, Anna Shipley Cox Brinton was recorded a minister in the Society of Friends. Later, at Mills College, she became professor of Archaeology and Convener of the School of Fine Arts, as well as Dean of the Faculty. From there, Anna and Howard Brinton went to Earlham College where both of them taught. In 1936, she and Howard Brinton were appointed as permanent directors of Pendle Hill. In 1948, Anna was appointed the AFSC Commissioner for Asia. Under that title she addressed the Women’s Problems Group in Philadelphia and authored a Pendle Hill pamphlet. Both Anna and Howard worked toward the reunification of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In 1951, Anna Brinton wrote the pamphlet “Toward Undiscovered Ends” on Friends’ religious concern for Russia. After the Friends World Conference of 1952, the Brintons gave two years’ service in Japan, and Anna was in charge of post-war relief at one of the two Friends Centers in Tokyo. Anna served as a member of the AFSC Board of Directors (1938-1952) and then as vice chairman (1958-60; 1962-65). Anna Brinton’s head was the model for Sylvia Judson Shaw’s sculpture of Mary Dyer, the Quaker martyr. She herself was artistically inclined. Anna Shipley Cox Brinton was president of Friends Historical Association in the 1960s. In the 1960s, Anna edited the book to honor Henry J. Cadbury, Then and Now and the Pendle Hill pamphlet on “The Wit and Wisdom of William Bacon Evans” in 1966. Anna Shipley Cox Brinton died in 1969. 12
Alvin J. Cox was Director in the Bureau of Science in the Department of Agriculture. He traveled to the Philippines in 1917 with other Bureau chiefs of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Secretary Apacible. While there, he collected a series of photographs of Philippines natives, apparently taken by a professional photographer. Some of the photographs portray an ethnic group living in the mountains of northern Luzon. Their languages belong to the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) family. Of two large groupings among them, by far the larger, comprises the peoples of the higher country who cultivate wet rice, mostly in step like terraces on the mountainsides; the other comprises peoples of the lower rainforest areas, who grow dry rice in seasonally shifting gardens. Kinship is traced on both the paternal and the maternal sides, extending as far as third cousins. Among the peoples of the Southern Philippines are the Moro, a Muslim people. Their name originated from the Spanish word Moor, and they mostly live in a region dubbed as Bangsamoro in the southern Philippines. The Moros have traditionally been led by either a sultan or by datu, whose function was similar to a duke’s. In return for tribute and labor, the datu provides aid in emergencies and mediates disputes with other communities. The concept of the sultan was brought to the Philippines through Islamization. The 1903 census for the entire Philippines revealed that the largest ethnic or racial group (98.7%) was Malay, followed by Chinese, Mestizo, Negrito, Caucasian and Negro.
Joel Bean was one of many children born to John and Elis(z)abeth Hill. Hannah E. Bean married Joel Bean; both were missionaries and ministers in the Society of Friends. They had two daughters, both of whom married Coxes.
The Shipley family was a Philadelphia Quaker family with deep roots. The patriarch was Thomas Shipley, a well-known abolitionist. He was the second husband of Lydia Richards. Lydia Richards was first married to Daniel Elliott and they had 4 children: Margaretta Elliott, Annabella Elliott, John Elliott, and Daniel M. Elliott. Margaretta appears not to have married. Annabella married Thomas Winn, and was a Philadelphia Quaker minister.
Lydia Richards Elliott Shipley bore three children to Thomas Shipley. These were Samuel R. Shipley, Hannah Elliott Bean, and Catharine Morris Shipley. Samuel R. Shipley married Anna Shinn Shipley. They had three children: Susan who never married, Anna who married Samuel Henry Troth, and Annabelle who died in infancy. Anna Troth had one son, John Theodore Troth, who was a great favorite with his grandfather Samuel R. Shipley. Anna Shipley the younger died a year after the birth of her son.
Catharine Morris Shipley married a distant cousin Murray Shipley. They lived in Cincinnati. He was a businessman and she gave lectures on art history. They both did philanthropic and charitable work. He had many children by a previous wife.
Information from: Internal evidence, Directory of American Scholars, 3rd ed. and a number of published works (see footnotes); also Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Brittanica for information on the Philippines people.
1“Howard & Anna Brinton” by Dan Wilson. Chapter in Living in the Light: Some Quaker Pioneers of the 20th Century ed. by Leonard S. Kenworthy. 1984
2“Living the Peace Testimony: the Legacy of Howard and Anna Brinton” / by Anthony Manousos. Pendle Hill pamphlet 372, 2004.