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Perry and Rebecca John Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-236

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is correspondence, primarily from the 1840s through the 1850s. Some of the letters are between Rebecca and Perry John but the collection also includes letters received by the couple from relatives and friends. Primary correspondents include Jane W. Downing, Hannah Heacock, Phebe John, James, Priscilla, and Jane Moore, Rachel Brenholts, and members of the Underwood, Yarnall, and John families.

Many of the letters relate to Rebecca’s life as a traveling Quaker minister, including the period of time when her children were young. Much of the correspondence describes local events and family news. Of particular interest are letters from Sharon Boarding School from her nieces.

Organization: Organized in two series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Miscellaneous. Correspondence arranged in folders according to sender and recipient

Dates

  • 1805-1873

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

Perry (1815-1895) and Rebecca Underwood (1808-1887) John were ministers in the Society of Friends, members of Roaring Creek Monthly Meeting, and worshipped in the Quaker meeting house at Bear Gap (Shamokin), Pennsylvania.

Perry and Rebecca were married in 1842 at Bald Eagle, Centre Co., Pennsylvania. Rebecca was the daughter of farmer Zephaniah Underwood and Hannah Baily of York and Centre Counties in Pennsylvania. Perry, a wheelwright by trade, was the youngest of thirteen children of Abia and Martha (John) John. Perry’s first wife, Annie Eves, had died in 1839, leaving an infant son, Ezra (1838-44). Perry and Rebecca had three children of their own: Griffith (1843-1928), Zephaniah (1845-46), and William (1847-1926).

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

Rebecca (Underwood) John and her husband, Perry John, were ministers in the Society of Friends, members of Roaring Creek Monthly Meeting, and worshipped in the Quaker meeting house at Bear Gap (Shamokin), Pennsylvania. The bulk of this collection is correspondence, primarily from the 1840s through the 1850s. It includes some letters between Rebecca and Perry John, but the collection also includes letters received by the couple from relatives and friends. Many of the letters relate to Rebecca’s life as a traveling Quaker minister, including the period of time when her children were young. Much of the correspondence describes local events and family news. Of particular interest are letters from her nieces who were students at Sharon Female Academy, Darby, Pa.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harold Heritage (a descendant of Perry and Rebecca John), 2002

Related Materials

RG5/077 John Family Papers. Includes correspondence, diaries, pictures and other family papers which descended in the John-Heritage family.

Creator

Title
Perry and Rebecca John Papers, 1805-1873
Description rules
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Language of description note
English

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