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Rodman-Rotch Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-132
The collection contains chiefly personal correspondence (1763-1865) of the extended Rodman and Rotch families, along with travel journals (1805, 1807, 1809) and a manuscript copy of the autobiographical memoir of William Rotch (1734-1828), the father of Elizabeth Rotch Rodman, and some related material. The families had links to Philadelphia and English mercantile families. Some of the letters have been transcribed into typed copies. There are also a small number of Quaker manuscripts, including accounts of Priscilla Cadwallader's sermon delivered at Newport, R.I., in 1824; Samuel Spavold's Prophesy or Testimony in 1749; and Robert Barrow's testimony at the funeral of George Fox.

Dates

  • 1763-1865

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

0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Overview

The Rodman and Rotch families were New England Quakers. Samuel Rodman (1753-1835) married Elizabeth Rotch (1757-1856) in 1780. He was a successful Nantucket and New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaling merchant and clerk of New England Yearly Meeting. Elizabeth (Rotch) Rodman was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, also from a family involved in the whaling business, and active in philanthropic and reform causes. They had nine children. The Rodmans and Rotches were closely intertwined by marriage; three of the Rodman siblings married three of the Rotch siblings. The families also had links to Philadelphia and English mercantile families. The collection contains chiefly personal correspondence (1763-1865) of the extended Rodman and Rotch families, along with travel journals (1805, 1807, 1809) and a manuscript copy of an autobiographical memoir of William Rotch (1734-1828), the father of Elizabeth Rotch Rodman, and some related material. The families had links to Philadelphia and English mercantile families. Some of the letters have been transcribed into typed copies. There are also miscellaneous Quaker manuscripts, including accounts of Priscilla Cadwallader's sermon delivered at Newport, R.I., in 1824; Samuel Spavold's Prophesy or Testimony in 1749; and Robert Barrow's testimony at the funeral of George Fox.

Biographical / Historical

The Rodman and Rotch families were New England Quakers. Samuel Rodman (1753-1835) married Elizabeth Rotch (1757-1856) in 1780. He was a successful Nantucket and New Bedford, Mass., whaling merchant and clerk of New England Yearly Meeting. Elizabeth (Rotch) Rodman was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, also from a family involved in the whaling business, and active in philanthropic and reform causes. They had nine children. The Rodmans and Rotches were closely intertwined by marriage; three of the Rodman siblings married three of the Rotch siblings. The families also had links to Philadelphia and English mercantile families and were related to the Fisher, Waln, Morgan, Hussey and other families.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series:
  1. Journals, biographical and genealogical
  2. Family correspondence
  3. Quaker manuscripts

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Mrs. Alfred Rodman Hussey, 1959, 1960

The collection was given by Mary Lincoln Warren Husssey, the widow of Alfred Rodman Hussey who was a descendent of Samuel and Elizabeth (Rotch) Rodman. His grandparents, Charles W. and Sarah R. Morgan became Unitarians after the "New Light" controversy in New Bedford Monthly Meeting. Alfred R. Hussey was a Unitarian minister.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. Account of the “New Light” Movement, 1823-1825. MSS 003/186, formerly part Alfred Hussey Manuscripts, MSS 030.
  2. Memorandum / written by William Rotch in 1814 in the eightieth year of his age. Falls Church, Va: Kimo Press, [1981?]

General

  1. Genealogy of the Rodman Family by Charles Henry Jones, Philadelphia, 1886.

Processing Information

Processed by FHL staff prior to 1967. Other related papers from the same donor were cataloged as Alfred Rodman Hussey Manuscripts, MSS 030. In 4/2014, the miscellaneous Quaker writings in the manuscript collection were united with the larger collection, added to Series. 3. The journals by Sarah R. Morgan and Jane Hoskins were added to MSS 003, FHL Journals. See Acc. file for list of items previously cataloged as MSS 030.

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Rodman-Rotch Families Family Papers, 1738-1915
Author
FHL staff
Date
1960
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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