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Taylor-Thomson Family Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-203
This collection includes Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania correspondence, deeds, household account books, copybooks and commonplace books, and miscellaneous newspaper clippings. There is also a photograph of the Clothier family visiting Egypt.

Organization: Organized into five series. Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Journals, Albums, and Commonplace Books; Series 3. Other Writings; Series 4. Property and Financial Records; Series 5. Miscellaneous.


  • 1817-1955


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repositories. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Repositories as the holder(s) of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.


2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


The Taylors and Thomsons were Quakers from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, who married into the Knight, Clothier, and Shoemaker families. This collection includes correspondence, copybooks and albums, account books, family photographs, and miscellaneous clippings. Of particular interest is a large collection of deeds and some late 19th and early 20th century travel diaries.

Biographical / Historical

The Taylors and Thomsons who married into the Knight, Clothier, and Shoemaker families of Montgomery County, Pa., and its environs.

Herbert Knight Taylor (1879-1957) married Elizabeth E. Thomson (1875-1966) in 1897. Their youngest son, Herbert Knight Taylor (b. 1907) married Edith Clothier Maxwell who was the daughter of John Rogers Maxwell, Jr., and Lydia B. Clothier. Lydia was the daughter of Isaac H. and Mary Clapp Jackson Clothier; Isaac was a long supporter of Swarthmore College, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Managers and President of the Corporation.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit. The collection was given by Robert M. Taylor, a descendent of the Clothier and Taylor families, in 2001 and 2003.

Related Materials

See PA 114, Fell Family Pictures for photograph of the Fell family in front of the Great Pyramids.


Taylor-Thomson Family Papers, 1768-1955
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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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