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SFHL/FHL/RG5. Family and Personal Papers

 Record Group Term
Identifier: SFHL/FHL/RG5
The largest category of collections in Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College is that of Personal and Family Papers. These materials include correspondence, journals and diaries, and property records of Quaker individuals and family groups they date from the mid 17th century to the present.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

John Alston Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-002
Overview John Alston (1794-1874) was a Quaker farmer who lived in Middletown, Delaware. This collection contains his journals (1837 (?)-1847 and n.d.), account books and business papers (1821-1874), and essays by Nathan Lord on slavery and salvation (1797).
Dates: 1797-1874

Biddle family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-177
Overview This collection contains the papers of Philadelphia Quaker Owen Biddle (1737-1799), his son, Clement Biddle (1778-1856), and numerous descendants. Owen Biddle, a scientist and merchant, was a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and helped in the establishment of Westtown School (1799). Owen Biddle's papers, 1772-1793, (Series 1) include correspondence, and journals, some of which relate to his Revolutionary War activities. Three of his letterbooks, 1778-1779, have been microfilmed. The...
Dates: 1793-1951

Bye Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-022
Overview Contains papers of Quakers of Delaware and southern Chester County (Pa.), particularly members of the Bye, Jenkinson, Passmore, Speakman, and Smith families. The collection includes correspondence, business records, photographs, and memorabilia of E. Mortimer and Pusey Passmore Bye, Thomas Jenkinson, Thomas H. Speakman, and Nathaniel Smith. Also includes accounts of Phebe Thomas who died at the age of 104 in Chester County (Pa.) and had witnessed the Battle of Brandywine as a child.
Dates: 1685-1931

Ferris Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-040
Overview The collection contains correspondence, journals and other writings, business and legal papers, and miscellaneous items of the Ferris family of Wilmington, Delaware, a prominent Quaker family. Of particular note are the correspondence and writings of Benjamin Ferris concerning the Separation in the Society of Friends, as well as the journals and diaries of Anna M. Ferris, David Ferris, Matilda Ferris, Benjamin Ferris, and Henry Ferris. Correspondents include William Lloyd Garrison, William...
Dates: 1737-1940

Ferris-Wetherald Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-041
Overview Contains correspondence, legal papers, deeds, and memorabilia of the Ferris and Wetherald families, who were Quakers of Wilmington, Delaware, and Lancashire, England. Persons represented include Benjamin Ferris (1780-1867), of Wilmington, Del., and his daughters, Deborah (1813-1897) and Anna M. Ferris (1815-1890), and Joseph Wetherald (1787-1842), of Wilmington, and his brother, James Wetherald, of Wakefield, England.
Dates: 1773-1888

Lavinia Lloyd Knight Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-082
Overview Lavinia Lloyd Knight (1816-1863) was a Quaker, of Wilmington, Delaware. The collection contains corresondence with Knight's sister, Elizabeth Knorr Knight (1814-1841), lesson book and journal kept as student (1830-1832) of Eli Hilles (1783-1863), essays, poems, biographical material, and other papers.
Dates: 1825-1857

Emma Worrell Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-193
Overview Emma Worrell (1834-1930) was a Quaker teacher from Wilmington, Delaware, active in Wilmington women's club activities. The collection contains some genealogical correspondence about the Worrell, Lamborn and Bringhurst families of Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware, and family memorabilia and scrapbooks. Also included is an imaginary diary of a trip to California, 1869, by Emma Worrell for the Friends Lyceum and a testimonial book presented to her by the New Century Club,...
Dates: 1869-1929