The collection contains extensive correspondence of Isaac Eyre to Isaac Hicks and other prominent Quakers about Quaker interests, farming, and railroad projects; also eighteen diaries of William Eyre (1840-1880 with gaps, microfilmed) and some miscellaneous family material. The letters are useful as a social commentary of Quaker life of the era and mention many prominent Friends. The diaries include information on topical events as well as work related notes.
Organization: Organized in four series: 1. Biographical; 2. Correspondence; 3. Diaries; 4. Miscellaneous.
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Biographical / Historical
Isaac Eyre (1778-1843) was a prominent Philadelphia shipbuilder. In 1801 he married Eleanor Cooper (1778-1851) of Camden, N.J. In 1828, he removed to a farm in Bucks County, Pa. Isaac and Eleanor had ten children, six of whom survived to maturity. William Eyre (1804-1885) was their oldest son, a Philadelphia master builder. At the time of his death, he was president of the Carpenters Company in Philadelphia which owns and maintains Carpenters Hall. He married Elizabeth Ann Davies of New York in 1827, and they had three children. Late in life he married a second time, to Keziah R. Bunting.
His brother, Isaac (1819-1904) remained on the family farm and eventually removed to a farm near Newtown. He was a promoter and builder of the railroad between Philadelphia and Newtown and other rail projects. He was also one of the founders of the George School, Newtown, Pa., and active in Quaker concerns. He corresponded regularly with Isaac Hicks (1815-1900) of Westbury Monthly Meeting. Isaac Hicks established the Hicks Nursery on Long Island, NY, and was a Quaker minister.
The collection contains papers concerning the Eyre family, Pennsylvania Quakers. descendents of Isaac and Eleanor (Cooper) Eyre, of Philadelphia and Bucks County. Isaac Eyre (1778-1843) was a prominent Philadelphia shipbuilder. In 1828, he removed to a farm in Bucks County, Pa. William Eyre (1804-1885) was their oldest son, a Philadelphia master builder. His brother, Isaac (1819-1904) was a farmer and promoter of the railroad from Bucks County, Pa. He was also one of the founders of the George School, Newtown, Pa., and active in Quaker concerns. The collection contains correspondence of Isaac Eyre largely to Isaac Hicks (1815-1900) Quaker interests, prominent Friends, farming, and railroad projects; also eighteen diaries of William Eyre (1840-1880, gaps 1841-1849 and 1855-1857, microfilmed), and some miscellaneous family material.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Mary Sullivan Patterson and Elizabeth Thomson Taylor, Date: 1956; Donor: Mrs. William S. Preston, Date: 1969. Elizabeth Thomson Taylor was a descendent of Isaac Eyre.
Isaac Hicks Family Papers, RG5/197
Picture of William Eyre transferred to General Picture Collection, Individual Portraits
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