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Ann Warder diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-082

Scope and Content note

This collection includes three bound volumes of handwritten transcriptions and extracts of Ann Head Warder’s diaries, originally written 1786-1789. The transcriptions were written by later family members during the 19th century. The original diaries encompassed fourteen volumes, and were written “for the perusal” of Ann’s sister, Eliza Head, who remained in England while Ann visited the United States. Diary entries describe Ann’s voyage to America, and her travels within New York and Pennsylvania, including people she met, Quaker meetings she attended, and social calls made during her travels. Ann often refers to her husband and eldest son Jeremiah in her entries, as they accompanied her on the trip, and regularly comments upon differences between accommodations, styles of dress, and child-rearing practices between England and America.


  • 1786-1789


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

Ann Head Warder (1758-1829), the daughter of John Head and Ann Wheeler, was born in lpswich, England, in 1758. In 1779 she married John Warder, a wealthy Philadelphia-born merchant who moved to London in 1776 to secure his family’s business during the American Revolution. The Warders moved temporarily to Philadelphia in 1783 and decided to make Philadelphia their permanent home in 1788. They had a total of ten children, seven of whom lived until adulthood. Ann Head Warder never returned to England after 1788; she died in Philadelphia in 1829.


0.25 Linear Feet (5 folders)





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Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.
Ann Warder diaries, 1786-1789
Kara Flynn
July 2015
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