Scope and Contents
Contains the papers of the Allen Family, a Quaker family of Philadelphia and Delaware County, Pa. Includes correspondence, journals, notebooks, genealogical charts, biographical sketches, memorials, marriage certificates, deeds, and other papers relating to the Allen and related Breidenhart, Casdorp, Gibbons, Hubley, Jacobs, Matlack, and Samuel families. Persons represented include Charles Allen (1776-1843), a Philadelphia druggist, and his son, George Breidenhart Allen (1804-1869), a Delaware County farmer.
The Allen family papers contain extensive genealogical material, family correspondence, journals and memorials which provide excellent source material on Quaker family life in the 19th century in the Philadelphia area. Of particular interest are letters from Charles and Rebecca Allen to their children, several of whom were educated at Westtown School.
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Biographical / Historical
The Allen family traces its ancestry to one of William Penn's commissioners, Nathaniel Allen, who landed at Chester Creek in 1681. The collection's main focus is on the 5th and 6th generations: Charles Allen (1776-1843) and his son George B. Allen (1804-1869).
Charles Allen, a druggist, first married Sarah Breidenhart (1778-1807) and later married Rebecca Jackson (1781-1860), a teacher. Their home was on Pine Street in Philadelphia, and Charles and Rebecca were overseers and elders of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Southern District. Charles frequently accompanied ministers on their visits to other meetings. Rebecca served on the committee in charge of Westtown Boarding School.
George B. Allen, a farmer at Marple Hill, was an active member of Springfield Meeting. He married Sidney Jacobs of Bradford Meeting, a teacher. One of their sons, Joshua B. Allen (1832-1902) became a physician and was one of the original members of the Philadelphia Obstetrical Society. He is responsible for the research on the Allen family ancestry. Later additions were made by Mary S. Allen (1871-?), his niece.