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Elfreth family commonplace books

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-03-010

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of five volumes of the commonplace books of various members of the Elfreth family, including: Rebecca P. Elfreth, Jacob R. Elfreth Sr., Jacob R. Elfreth Jr,. and Jane P. Elfreth. The volumes include poetry, extracts, pressed leaves and flowers, and clippings of illustrations.

Dates

  • 1820-1853

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

The Elfreth family was a notable Philadelphia Quaker family during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. (1789-1870), was initially apprenticed to enter into the hardware trade, Elfreth Sr. left the trade to become a teacher, first in New Jersey, and later at the Westtown school. He later became a bookkeeper for the Leigh Navigation Company, his occupation until he retired. Elfreth Sr. married Abigail Pierce in 1821, and the couple had ten children.

Jacob R. Elfreth Jr. (1827-1924), the son of Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. and Abigail Pierce Elfreth, was born on October 22, 1837 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Quaker merchant, elder, and minister. Initially apprenticed for five years to J.R. Sowers & Co., dry goods, Elfreth started a carpet business with his brother, James Elfreth. Elfreth Jr. never married and died November 14, 1924 in Landsdowne, PA.

Rebecca P. Elfreth (1835-1906) was born March 11, 1835 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Jacob R. Elfreth and Abigail P. Elfreth. Elfreth died August 19, 1906.

Extent

0.28 Linear Feet (5 volumes)

Language

English

Acquisition

Unknown.

Related Materials

  • MC 851 American Friends letters collection
  • MC 1221 Elfreth family papers
  • MC.975.01.020 Jacob R. Elfreth diaries
  • MC.975.01.019 Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. diaries

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August 2015.
Title
Elfreth family commonplace books, 1820-1853
Author
Kara Flynn
Date
August 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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