Scope and Contents
This collection contains materials collected and donated by Frank Evans, spanning the years of 1776 to 1978. Included within the collection are the letters, inventories, business documents, stories, geneological records, photographs and daguerreotypes of prominant Quaker families like the Smith, Evans, Carter, Cope, Waring, and Whitall families.
Biographical / Historical
Charles Evans (1802-1879), the son of Jonathon and Hannah (Bacon) Evans, was born on December 25th, 1802, in Philadelphia, PA. Evans was a Quaker Physician and was active in the Quaker community. Evans attended the 1827 meeting that planned the Orthodox/Hicksite seperation, and he was an attendant physician at Friends Asylum for years. Evans was one of the editorial committee of The Friend, and wrote conservative editiorials for the publication. In 1861, Evans visitied England and Ireland, a journey in part taken due to an affection of the throat. Evans married Mary Lownes Smith, the daughter of Robert Mith III, the first editor of The Friend, in 1836. The couple had no children. He died April 21, 1879.
Henry Carter (1804-) was born April 18, 1804 in Rock Run, Maryland, the son of John and Rebecca (Harlan) Carter. He married Mary Ann Jackson and the couple had ten children: Kate, John Isaiah (b. 1826), Evan Morris (b. 1828), Alice Anna (b. 1830), Anna Maria (b. 1833), Henry Harlan (b. 1835), Edith Rebecca (b. 1838), Sarah Ann (b. 1840), Joel Jackson (b. 1843), and Amelia Katherine (b. 1846). Henry Carter died April 1, 1896 in Fulton, Pa. at the age of 91.
John M. Whitall (1800-1877) was was a prominent US sea captain, businessman and philanthropist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania involved in the spice and silk trade, glass-making, and missionary work.Whitall purchased a beach house at Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1856, where the family gathered in the summer. From his days as a sailor and even more as a married man with a family, Whitall was quite a reverent man. The family held Friends Meetings at their house and enjoyed inviting other summer residents to join them. In 1872, a Friends meeting house was built in Atlantic City which served well for many generations of Quakers. Whitall began speaking in Meeting from 1858 and continued this activity until near his death in 1877.