Scope and Contents
The Foulke Family Papers contain correspondence, business and legal papers, surveys, genealogical notes, and memorabilia of the Foulke, Roberts, and Mather, and related families. Correspondents include Benjamin G. Foulke and his wife, Jane M. Foulke, his mother, Jane Mather, his brother, Caleb Foulke, the latter's brother, Thomas Foulke, Catharine P.ounty. Their gra Foulke, a Quaker minister, and Thomas Foulke of Gwynedd, Quaker educator. Of particular interest is a letter from Reubens Peale to Jane Roberts concerning silhouettes and correspondence between Joseph Foulke and George Hatton, a cousin in Indiana, between Joseph Foulke and George Hatton, a cousin in Indiana, about the Hicksite controversy. Also include genealogical information on the descendants of Edward Foulke of Gwynedd.
The memorabilia covering 1703-1999, includes albums and material concerning the Gwynedd Boarding School as well Foulke Family Reunion files. Also included are papers relating to the Meeting of Ministers and Elders of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) and its constituent quarterly meetings for the period 1820-1856 and papers from monthly meetings including Abington, Byberry, Gwynedd, Richland and Stroudsburg and papers concerning Richland Township, Pa., and its organizations.
ca. 1654-1999 (bulk ca. 1750-1860)
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
The Foulke family was a prominent Quaker family, descended from Edward Foulke (1651-1741) and Eleanor (Hugh) Foulke (d. 1733) who emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1698. Their descendents married into the Roberts, Mather, Morris, and other Quaker families and were active in Quaker and Bucks County affairs.
Their oldest son, Thomas Foulke, was born in Wales and married Gwen Evans. Their great-grandson, Joseph Foulke (1786-1863), son of Hugh and Ann (Robert) Foulke, was a prominent Quaker minister and established the Gwynedd School, a private school for boys, and published "Friends Almanac." The School later was conducted by his sons, Daniel and Joseph Foulke, and nephew, Hugh, Jr.
Edward and Eleanor's son Hugh Foulke married Ann Williams at Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Their son, Thomas Foulke (1724-1786) married Jane Roberts (1732-1822), and another son, John Foulke (1722/23-1787), who served on the Provincial Assembly, married Jane Roberts' sister, Mary Roberts.
Thomas and Jane's son was Everard Foulke (1755-1827) of Richland, a Justice of the Peace and commissioner of Bucks Cndson. Their grandson was Caleb Foulke (1783-1852), a farmer and surveyor in Richland Township and, later, Quakertown, Bucks County, Pa.
Caleb's distant cousin, Charles Foulke (descended from John and Mary (Roberts) Foulke was married to Catherine P. Edkins (1809-1890), a prominent minister in the Society of Friends.
Benjamin G. Foulke (1813-1888) was the son of Caleb and Jane (Green) Foulke of Richland, Pennsylvania. In 1838, he married Jane Mather (1817-1911) at Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Benjamin served as clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Hicksite), and Jane was a prominent Quaker minister.
The Crow family apparently owned property in Richland, Bucks County, in the vicinity of the Foulke family. Many of the business papers apparently concern Caleb Foulke's work as a surveyor, and the Quaker meeting papers concern Benjamin Foulke's work with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)