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Kent-Barnard Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-079
The collection includes material used by Ella Kent Barnard in preparation for the writing of three books, viz. Daniel Kent Emigrant, The Maulsby Genealogy, and Dorothy Payne Quakeress. Among these materials are genealogical charts and data, research correspondence, and original letters and documents. Notable among the latter is the correspondence between Daniel Kent and his parents, William and Ann Kent. Collection also includes the diaries and journals of Henry S. Kent (1905), Patience W. Kent 1905-12, 23-24), Joseph Kent (1847), and Ella Kent Barnard (1928). Correspondents include Mary Anna Barnard, Israel Graham, Cyrus Griest, Henry S. Kent, and Patience W. Kent. Other materials include the business papers of Daniel Kent (1814-18), Joseph Kent (1829-1835), Pennsgrove Meeting (1854-63), and Joseph Barnard (1855), as well as miscellaneous manuscripts by M. A. Barnard, Patience W. Kent, and others. Of particular interest are the “Childish Recollections” of Ella K. Barnard concerning schools in Chester County, a description of the woolen factory of Joseph Kent, the anti-slavery schism in Pennsgrove Meeting, and Christmas customs. A manuscript entitled “The Rise of Swarthmore,” by Isabella Tyson, describes the meeting of Friends in the home of her parents to discuss plans for the establishment of the College, and another, “Reminiscences of Elisha Tyson,” was penned by Henry M. Fitzhugh. Also included are (13) copy books of John Barnard from Marlborough Friends School (1834-39) and two notebooks from the Upper Oxford or Pennsgrove Soldiers Aid Society (1862-63).

Dates

  • 1785/1928

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

3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Overview

Daniel Kent, emigrated to Chester County, Pa. from Ireland, in 1785. He joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1790, and married Esther Hawley in 1791. Their great-grandson Henry Simmons Kent (1833-1906) was active in the establishment of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting and the Borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. The collection includes material used by Daniels' great-granddaughter Ella Kent Barnard in preparation for the writing of three books. Among these materials are genealogical charts and data, research correspondence, and original letters and documents. Notable among the latter is the correspondence between Daniel Kent and his parents, William and Ann Kent. Collection also includes diaries and journals. A manuscript entitled “The Rise of Swarthmore,” by Isabella Tyson, describes the meeting of Friends in the home of her parents to discuss plans for the establishment of the College.

Biographical / Historical

Daniel Kent, son of William and Ann Kent of Limerick, Ireland, emigrated to Chester County, Pa., in 1785. He joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1790, and married Esther Hawley in 1791. They had 8 children, including Joseph, who married Maria Jane Cook, and Benjamin, who married Hannah Simmons. Daniel's granddaughter, Mary Anna Kent, daughter of Joseph and Maria Jane Kent, married John Barnard in 1849; their only daughter, Ella Kent Barnard, was born in 1853. Benjamin and Hannah Simmons Kent had eight children. Their oldest son, Henry Simmons Kent (1833-1906), married Patience Webster in 1859 and was active in the establishment of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting and the Borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into eight series:
  1. Biographical and genealogical material
  2. Diaries and journals
  3. Correspondence, 1799-1924
  4. Business papers
  5. Writings by various family members
  6. Memorabilia
  7. Miscellaneous reference material
  8. Pictures

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Gift of Ella Kent Barnard, 1925, 1927

Gift of Annie Broomell Harlan, 1925-32.
Immediate Source of Acquisition Ella Kent Barnard was the great granddaughter of Daniel Kent. Annie Broomell Harlan, who in 1932 gave the papers relating to Ella K. Barnard's book, Daniel Kent, Emigrant, was the great-great-granddaughter of Daniel Kent.

Separated Materials

The following books by Ella Kent Barnard have been removed fro the collection and recatalogued:
  1. Daniel Kent, Emigrant, FHL BX7795,.K37A32.
  2. The Malsby Genealogy, F.H.L. BX7791,.M45B3
  3. Dorothy Payne, Quakeress, FHL BX7795,.M2B2.

Processing Information

Received unprocessed. Sorted and placed in document boxes prior to 1967 and stored in RG 5.

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Kent-Barnard Family Papers, 1785-1928
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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