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Turner Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-152

Scope and Contents

The Turner Family Papers are significant for the source material they provide on Quaker family life in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 19th century. In addition to family correspondence, the papers include extensive correspondence concerning the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and records of goods sent to the Pawnee Agency in Nebraska. There is also a series of letters written during the Civil War by Joseph Turner (1831-1865), Rebecca Turner's journals (1865, 1866, 1871-1876) and her journal of travelling in the ministry with Priscilla Cadwallader in 1850-1851, journals and correspondence of her son Richard Townsend Turner (1819-1892), and miscellaneous family papers, including a detailed farmbook detailing wages, livestock, etc., kept by Richard Townsend Turner, Jr., 1865-1907.

Dates

  • 1776-1954

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

The Turner Family Papers are significant for the source material they provide on Quaker family life in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 19th century. The manuscripts include extensive correspondence concerning the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and records of goods sent to the Pawnee Agency in Nebraska; also included is a series of letters written during the Civil War.

  • 17th centuryThe Turner ancestors claimed land in Calvert County in 1653 and were associated with the Colonial Government of Maryland. From 1690 they were members of the Third Haven Meeting. Later they owned land in Kent County and were ministers and elders in Cecil Monthly Meeting until it was laid down in 1952. Through marriage they were related to Townsend, Bartlett, Corse (DeCourcy), Betterton, Rigbie, St. Clair and Yardley families.
  • 19th centuryThis collection centers around the family and descendants of Joseph Turner, Jr. (1790-1850) and his wife Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner (1787-1877), members of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Western District. They raised eight children and had fifty-four grandchildren. Joseph left the family plantation near Still Pond, Kent County, Maryland, and became a lumber merchant in Baltimore. He served as Clerk of the Lombard Street Meeting. Rebecca was a recorded minister and traveled widely. She served on the Standing Committee on Indian Concern of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, the Friends Association in Aid of Freedmen and on the first Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, 1862-1868.
Among the correspondents are: Rachel and Caleb Barker; Deborah Bringhurst; Levi K. Brown; John Comly; Jane M. Edgar; Jacob M. Ellis; Benjamin Ferris; Benjamin Hallowell; Rachel Hicks; Phoebe H. Howell; Cornelia Janney; Samuel M. Janney; George M. Justice; Mary S. Lippincott; Harriet I. Moore; William D. Parrish; Rachel Price; Mary L. and Rush Roberts; William Stabler; P.E. Thomas; Lydia M. Thorne; Anne W. and Jacob M. Troth; Martha E. Tyson; E.H. Walker; Deborah J. Wharton; Amos and Caroline Willets; and James Wood and the families of Sinclairs, Townsends, Underhills and Yardleys.

The family had a keen interest in education and were associated with a variety of schools including: Alexandria Boarding School; Eaton Academy, Kennett Square; Fair Hill Boarding School, Sandy Spring; Friends Free School, Darby, Pa.; Friends Boarding School, Providence, RI; McKim's School, Baltimore; New England Yearly Meeting Boarding School; Sharon Boarding School, Darby, Pa.; Samuel Smiths Boarding School, Wilmington; Southern Boarding School, Smyrna, Del.; Springdale Boarding School, Loudon County, Va.; as well as Swarthmore College.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

This collection centers around the family and descendants of Joseph Turner, Jr., (1790-1850) and his wife Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner (1787-1877), members of Baltimore Monthly Meeting-Western District. They raised eight children and had fifty-four grandchildren. As a young man, Joseph left the family plantation near Still Pond, Kent County, Maryland, and became a lumber merchant in Baltimore. He served as Clerk of the Lombard Street Meeting. Rebecca was a recorded minister and traveled widely. She served on the Standing Committee on Indian Concern of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, the Friends Association in Aid of Freedmen and on the first Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, 1862-1868. The Turner Family Papers are significant for the source material they provide on Quaker family life in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 19th century. The manuscripts include extensive correspondence concerning the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and records of goods sent to the Pawnee Agency in Nebraska. There is also a series of letters written during the Civil War by Joseph Turner (1831-1865), Rebecca Turner's diaries and her journal travelling in the ministry with Priscilla Cadwallader in 1850-1851, journals and correspondence of her son Richard Townsend Turner (1819-1892), and miscellaneous family papers.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into six series:
  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Journals and writings
  3. Correspondence
  4. Business papers
  5. Family memorabilia
  6. Reference material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information

Donor: Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark Taylor, 1966

Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Jesse H. Holmes, 1972, /1978, 7/1983, 10/1983

Donor: Donald C. Turner, 1983

The collection was given by Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark Taylor, the daughter of Oliver Edward Janney and Anne B. Webb Janney and granddaughter of Joseph and Rebecca Turner. Additions were deposited by Jesse and Rebecca (Webb) Holmes. She was the daughter of Rebecca Sinclair Webb and also a granddaughter of Joseph and Rebecca Turner. Donald C. Turner, grandson of Richard Townsend Turner and great-great grandson of Joseph and Rebecca Turner, gave the genealogical papers and additional family letters in 1983.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. RG 5/072, O. Edward Janney Papers
  2. RG 5/210, Donald C. Turner Papers
  3. RG 5/026, Rebecca Timbres Clark Papers

General

  1. The Turner Family of "Hebron" and Betterton, Maryland, by Henry Chandlee Forman, Waverly Press Baltimore, 1933. BX7791.T88F7

Processing Information

Received unprocessed. Originally the bulk of the collection was related to the work of Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner. Material was added later by Donald C. Turner which includes journals and correspondence of her son Richard Townsend Turner (1819-1892) and his son Richard Townsend Turner, Jr. (1845-1908). Also, Betterton family correspondence (1829-1842) and a letter from Joseph Turner, Jr. to his father from Southern Boarding School. Sorted and placed in RG 5.
Title
Rebecca Sinclair Turner Family Papers, 1776-1954
Author
FHL staff
Date
1966
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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