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Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-021

Scope and Contents

The first donation, which came from the Estate of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., included genealogical material on the Ridgway family, some of his personal correspondence (now in Series 1), and family photographs which were added to the picture collection. The second donation, in 1988, included the remainder of the papers, which except for the genealogical manuscript by Martha Bunting (Series 2) and file folders with notes on individual family, were not in any particular order. In fact, correspondence and notes by Samuel Marshall are mixed together with later notes and correspondence of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr. Therefore, original historical materials were placed into Series 1, and series were established for the genealogical manuscript, and the genealogical notes.

Dates

  • 1789-1959

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.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel J. Bunting, was the son of Samuel Bunting (1828-1878) and Susanna Lloyd Andrews (1832-1896). Through his paternal line, he was descended from Josiah Bunting (1734-1813), a minister and elder of the Darby Monthly Meeting, some of whose correspondence survives in this collection.

His aunt, Martha Bunting (1861-1944), Swarthmore College Class of 1881 and Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, compiled family genealogies and sketches in 1934. She requested that the manuscript be given to the care of Samuel J. Bunting, who shared her interest in genealogy. In addition to the genealogies of many prominent Quakers living predominantly in Delaware County, PA, she included anecdotes and sketches of the life and concerns of her parents, Samuel and Susanna Lloyd Bunting.

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., was the son of Samuel J. (1851-1946) and Helen McIlvain Bunting. He was a graduate of Swarthmore College, Class of 1910, and a member of Radnor Monthly Meeting. A banker by profession, he was active in the American Friends Service committee during WW1, and in 1920, he was involved in the founding of Young Friends. He was involved in genealogical research and seems to have become the caretaker for the accumulated research and records of the earlier generation of family genealogists.

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., (1889-1966) who was chiefly responsible for this colleciton, was a birthright Hicksite Friend descended from a family that was associated for many generations with the Society of Friends in Pennsylvania and, in particular, with the Darby Monthly Meeting. A banker by profession, he was interested in genealogy and worked over a long period of time to compile family records. The history of how these genealogical papers came together from different sources is not known, but apparently Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., was given the care of the genealogical sketches written in 1934 by his aunt, Martha Bunting (1861-1944) and also the correspondence and genealogical research compiled by Samuel Marshall, who was Martha's cousin and also descended from James and Hannah Lloyd Andrews. After his death, one box of his papers which included the research done of the Ridgway line and personal letter of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., were given to FHL. In 1988, additional papers which apparently remained with his brother, sister-in-law, and nephew where donated to FHL after the death of J. Gibson McIlvain Bunting, his brother.

The collection also includes the genealogical correspondence and extensive notes compiled by Samuel Marshall (1863-1927). He was Martha Bunting's first cousin; his mother was Frances Lloyd Andrews, the sister of Susanna Lloyd Andrews Bunting. Fanny Andrews married William Pusey Marshall at Darby Monthly Meeting in 1851. Samuel Marshall, a birthright member of Birmingham Monthly Meeting, worked for the trust department of a Philadelphia insurance company, lived in West Chester, and was active in the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. His papers include extensive correspondence with Harold Lloyd, for whom he did genealogical research.

As an example of how the family lines are intertwined, Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., prepared a chart for Samuel H(ager) Marshall of Wisconsin, who was the cousin of Samuel Marshall of West Chester. He also corresponded with a distant cousin, Morgan Bunting (1863-1929), the architect, who also was active in the Pa. Genealogical Society and interested in the history of local Quaker meetings.

The collection illustrates the correspondence and related materials which sometimes descended in Quaker families with deep roots in America. In addition to the genealogical materials, there are original documents such as the correspondence of Josiah Bunting, Quaker minister.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., (1889-1966) was a birthright Hicksite Friend descended from a family that was associated for many generations with the Society of Friends in Pennsylvania and, in particular, with the Darby Monthly Meeting. A graduate of Swarthmore College and banker by profession, he was interested in genealogy and worked over a long period of time to compile family records. Included is material on the Bunting, Ridgways, Andrews, and Lloyd families as well as original documents, such as the correspondence of Josiah Bunting, Quaker minister, and others, and the genealogical manuscript written by Martha Bunting in 1934. The collection illustrates the correspondence and related materials which sometimes descended in Quaker families with deep roots in America.

Arrangement

  1. Historical sources
  2. Genealogical manuscript compiled by Martha Bunting
  3. Genealogical correspondence, notes, and abstracts from records

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donors: Estate of Samuel J. Bunting, 1967

David L. Lewis, Jr., and Mrs. H. Gibson McIvain Bunting and her late husband, 1988

This collection combines two groups of papers from the same source, Samuel J. Bunting, Jr. In 1967, FHL received from the Estate of Samuel Bunting, Jr., his research notes on the Ridgway family genealogy, family photographs, and miscellaneous letters which were partially processed into an RG 5. In 1988, the sister-in-law and nephew of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., gave additional family papers and genealogical notes. This second group included a genealogical manuscript by Martha Bunting which she entrusted to her nephew, Samuel J. Bunting.
Donor: Kathleen S. Mook, 2009. She was the daughter-in-law of Maurice A. Mook. Inscription inside front cover in Bunting's handwriting requests that "if any thing should happe to me," notebook be given to FHL or HSC.

Separated Materials

The following material was removed from the collection and recatalogued:
  1. A 1772 copy of the Discipline was added to duplicates, and a picture of a house on S. 7th Street, Phila, the birthplace of Frances L. Andrews, was added to the oversize picture file.
The following pictures were transferred to FHL Picture Collection:
  1. 1 small picture of Martha Bunting
  2. 1 small picture of Caroline L. Bunting
  3. 1 standard picture of Susanna Lloyd (Andrew) Bunting
  4. 1 standard picture of Samuel Bunting
  5. 1 standard picture of Samuel J. Bunting Jr.
  6. 1 standard picture of Cousin Martha Dodson of Darby, Pa.
  7. 1 standard picture of Charles Lloyd and Frances (Paschall) Lloyd
  8. 1 standard picture of Martha McIlvain Eastwick
  9. 1 standard picture of Kezia Reeves Ridgway
  10. 1 medium picture of Martha Gibson McIlvain
  11. 1 standard picture of Hannah McIlvain Biddle
  12. 1 medium picture of John Gibson
  13. 3 medium pictures of unidentified people
  14. 2 medium pictures of Swarthmore Hall, England
  15. 3 group pictures of the Friends World Conference, Swarthmore, Pa., 1937
  16. 1 of the entire delegation at the Conference
  17. 1 of the English delegation
  18. 1 of the Phila. delegation
  19. 2 small formal portraits, unidentified, one of child and the other of two adult women
  20. 1 medium picture, "---S. 7th St., Philadelphia, where Frances L. Andrews was born, 1826."

Processing Information

In 1967, FHL received from the Estate of Samuel Bunting, Jr., his research notes on the Ridgway family genealogy, family photographs, and miscellaneous letters which were partially processed into an RG 5. With the addition of the second acquisition in 1988, the two groups of papers were integrated into single collection in 1997. Because there was no inherent order, the papers were divided into primary and secondary sources, placed in series and stored in four boxes in RG 5.

Pictures have been transferred to FHL Picture Collection for storage. See complete listing included under Materials catalogued separately.
Title
An Inventory of the Samuel J. Bunting Family Papers, 1789-1941
Author
Susanna Morikawa
Date
1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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