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Hunn-Karsner Photograph Collection.

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-PA-214

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs of the family of Quakers Ezekiel Hunn and Lydia Jones Sharpless Hunn and their granddaughter, Katherine Hunn Karsner who married Joseph Reed Karsner in 1930. Compiled Katherine Hunn Karsner, it includes 19th century family albums, early twentieth century photographs, also focuses on Katherine's daughter, Mary Ann Karsner Kegler (1932-1983), who moved to Alaska as a college student and was one of the founders of Chena Ridge Monthly Meeting.

Dates

  • 1870 - 1970

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

Ezekiel Hunn (1841-1926) married Anna Eliza Jenkins in 1876 under the care of Camden Monthly Meeting (Delaware), and the family became members of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) in 1890. Ezekiel's family was involved with the Underground Railroad in Delaware and owned a farm, "Wildcat," in Kent County. Ezekiel and Anna Eliza Hunn had nine children. Their youngest, Katherine Hunn (1899-1993) married Joseph Reed Karsner in 1930 under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite). He was a railroad executive until his retirement in 1950. Joseph and Katherine Karsner lived in Rose Valley, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and then moved to Westtown in 1952. They retired to the Harned in Media, Pennsylvania in 1969. Both were active in Philadelphia Central Monthly Meeting and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting committees. Joseph especially was involved in peace concerns, serving on the Peace Committee and as a traveling minister. Katherine worked for the American Friends Service Committee and wrote poetry and prose for Quaker and other publications. Their daughter Mary Ann Karsner was born in 1932 and was accepted into Quaker membership on the request of her mother.

Mary Ann Hunn Karsner attended the School in Rose Valley and graduated from Friends Central School in 1950. She attended college at the University of Alaska where she met Theodore Lewis ("Ted") Kegler. They were married in 1954 and had three children. In 1971, Mary Ann Karsner Kegler, with her husband Ted, requested membership in Philadelphia Central Monthly Meeting for her children; the clerk expressed reservations because of the distance. Beginning in the early 1950s Mary Ann and Ted with others established an unprogrammed meeting for worship in the Fairbanks area of Alaska. This evolved into Chena Ridge Friends Meeting, a member of Alaska Friends Conference. Ted and MaryAnn Kegler moved to Anchorage in 1966. Mary Ann died in 1983, and her husband later remarried.

Extent

3 Linear Feet : Photographic albums and loose images

Language

English

Overview

The collection contains photographs of the family of Quakers Ezekiel Hunn and Lydia Jones Sharpless Hunn and their granddaughter, Katherine Hunn Karsner, who married Joseph Reed Karsner in 1930. Compiled Katherine Hunn Karsner, it includes 19th century family albums, early twentieth century photographs, and also focuses on Katherine's daughter, Mary Ann Karsner Kegler (1932-1983) who moved to Alaska as a college student and was one of the founders of Chena Ridge Monthly Meeting.

Arrangement

Arranged in two series, albums and loose photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of Katherine Hunn Karsner, FHL 2019.009

Related Materials

Hunn-Karsner Family Papers, RG5/322

Processing Information

The Hunn-Karsner Papers were shipped from Alaska to Friends Historical Library in February 2019 and the photographs sorted separately by staff. Lydia Sharpless Hunn, a neice of Katherine Hunn Karsner, assisted in identifying 20th century family members.
Title
Hunn-Karsner Picture Collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Susanna K. Morikawa
Date
January 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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