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Lydia Cooke diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-014

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of two original, handwritten volumes of Lydia Cooke's diaries. Entries include prayers, poems, descriptions of domestic duties, social calls from family and friends, Quaker meetings, and discussions of the health of her husband and children's health. Cooke's diaries also feature religious reflections, potentially concerning the seperation between Orthodox and Hicksite.


  • 1815-1829


Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Lydia Barton Cooke (ca. 1774-1831) was a Philadelphia Quaker. Lydia Cooke married John Cooke, a Quaker. The couple had six children; Thomas Wistar, Mary, Elisha, John, Barton, and Lydia. She became a convinced Quaker in 1806. According to Quaker Meeting Minutes, in 1828, Lydia withdrew from the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting to join a separate Quaker meeting. Lydia Cooke was disowned for joining the Hicksites as of February 28th, 1828. Lydia Cooke died on May 31st, 1831 at the age of 57 and was buried in a Friends burial ground in Frankford, Pa.


0.125 Linear Feet (2 volumes)





Related Materials

  • MC 1184 Families of Philadelphia collection
  • MC 975.01.025 Amy Fenimore diary

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.
Lydia Cooke diaries, 1815-1829
Kara Flynn
July 2015
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