Scope and Contents
The collection contains journals, a letter book, and miscellaneous correspondence reflecting her life in the ministry and social concerns. Her brother, John Hunn (1818-1894) with whom she was very close, was a major participant in the Underground Railroad. Her journal mentions the hardships he suffered because of his commitment to the abolition of slavery and she references many Quakers active in the anti-slavery movement.
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Biographical / Historical
Patience Hunn was born 23, 8 month, 1805, the daughter of Ezekiel and Tabitha (Newell) Hunn, Quakers of Kent County, Delaware. Her younger half-brother, John, son of Ezekiel and his second wife Hannah Alston Hunn, was a "chief engineer" of the Underground Railroad. Along with Thomas Garrett, he was tried and convicted for aiding the escape of the family of Samuel Hawkins. He was severely fined by the State of Delaware and left impoverished. The siblings were very close, and Patience offered support to John and his family.
Patience Hunn first married George Washington Jenkins, son of Jabez and Patience Jenkins, of Camden, DE, and they had two daughters. He died in 1833, and in 1835, she married Jabez Jenkins under the care of Camden Monthly Meeting. The son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jenkins, he was a widower with four children. In 1844 she was acknowledged as a minister by Camden Monthly Meeting. She died 27, 4 month, 1884.