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Thorne Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-191

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs of a New York City Quaker family. It includes some writings by Phebe Anna Thorne (1828-1909), a Quaker minister, and travel correspondence from various family members

Dates

  • 1848-1909

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

  • 1820-1872Jonathan Thorne (1801-1884) was descended from a distinguished Dutchess County Quaker family. His father was a successful merchant, and about 1820, Jonathan moved to New York City where he became a prominent businessman. In 1823 he married Lydia Ann Corse. The family maintained a summer residence in Dutchess County and raised prize-winning cattle and sheep. Jonathan and Lydia had eleven children, but five died in their youth. Jonathan married a second time in 1872 to Eliza T. Merritt.
  • 1828-1909 Phebe Anna Thorne (1828-1909) was the third eldest, the oldest surviving daughter, and never married. A devout Quaker who wore plain dress, she was acknowledged as a minister of New York Monthly Meeting and traveled with Rachel Hicks, also a New York Quaker minister. The family was active in Quaker concerns and philanthropy, and Phebe Anna and her brothers established in 1894 a meeting hall and school in Millbrook, their birthplace in Dutchess County, in memory of their parents. Phebe Anna died at the home of her brother, Samuel (1835-1915) also a successful businessman who maintained a home in Millbrook. He married Phebe Van Schoonhoven, and their daughter Margaret married C. Richard Tjader.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs of a New York City Quaker family. It includes some writings by Phebe Anna Thorne (1828-1909), a Quaker minister, and travel correspondence from various family members.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series:
  1. Biographical material
  2. Correspondence
  3. Family memorabilia

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information:

Donor: Marguerite Thorne Tjader Harris, 1960

The collection was given by great-granddaughter of Jonathan and Lydia Ann Thorne. She was the granddaughter of their son, Samuel.

Processing Information

Received unprocessed. Organized and described by FHL staff circa 1960.

Creator

Title
Thorne Family Papers, 1848-1909
Author
FHL staff
Date
ca. 1960
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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