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Bettle Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-013
The collection includes correspondence, biographical clippings, business records, and other papers of Samuel Bettle and his family. Correspondents include William Savery, Jesse Kersey, Stephen Grellet, and other prominent Friends.

Dates

  • 1800-1955

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Overview

The Bettle family were prominent 19th century Quaker merchants in Philadelphia. Samuel Bettle, Sr., was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at the time of the Separation in 1827. His son, Samuel Bettle, Jr., was also a Quaker minister. They had at least five children, among whom was Samuel, Jr.; the latter married Mary Ann Jones in 1831. The collection includes correspondence, biographical clippings, business records, and other papers of Samuel Bettle and his family. Correspondents include William Savery, Jesse Kersey, Stephen Grellet, and other prominent Friends.

Biographical / Historical

The Bettle family were prominent 19th century Quaker merchants in Philadelphia. Samuel Bettle, Sr., was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at the time of the Separation in 1827. His son, Samuel Bettle, Jr., was also a Quaker minister. Samuel Bettle, son of Samuel and Sarah of Philadelphia, married Jane Temple, daughter of Thomas and Jane Temple, in 1802 at Kennett Meeting House.

The Bettle family were active members of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District (Orthodox). Samuel Bettle, Sr., was in the mercantile business, d.4-12-1861, age 87. Jane Bettle d.1840, age 67. Both Samuel and Jane were ministering Friends.

Their son Samuel, Jr., (b.10-21-1809, d.1-11-1883) married 11-30-1831 Mary Ann Jones, d.1-11-1883. Children: Mary, b.11-30-1833, d.10-21-1912. (She and her parents were ministering Friends); Samuel, d.5-14-1859, age 23; Edward, b.12-17-1841; Henry, b.1-30-1843, d.1-30-1886. 2 children died in infancy.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:
  1. Biographical material
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscripts
  4. Memorabilia
  5. Business and financial correspondence

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by FHL, 1964

Related Materials

See correspondence in MSS 004/Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Bettle Family Papers, 1800-1955
Author
FHL staff
Date
before 1967
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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