Foulke Family Papers
Scope and Contents
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)
- Foulke, Edward, 1651-1741. (Contributor, Person)
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Biographical / Historical
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)
- Biographical and genealogical
- Business papers
- Reference Material
- Foulke Family Reunion Papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Rebecca (Mrs. N. C.) Cregar, 1936-1941
Donor: Charles F. Jenkins, 1936-1941.
Donor: Eliza Ambler Foulke, 1975
Donor: Mary Rebecca Cregar, 1984
Donor: Foulke Family Reunion Committee, 1998; 98-056
Donor: Suzanne Foulke Judge, 1998; 98:056
Donor: Estate of Mary Rebecca Cregar, 2001; 2001-007
The collection was given by various descendents of the Foulke family. Rebecca (Foulke) Cregar was the granddaughter of Benjamin G. and Jane (Mather) Foulke, and she and her daughter, Mary Rebecca Cregar, gave most of the papers in the collection. Benjamin Foulke was the son of Caleb Foulke of Richland, Pa., and served as Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. According to the donors, Benjamin and Jane's daughter, Eleanor, collected much of the material. Charles F. Jenkins deposited the Joseph Foulke correspondence. Eliza Ambler Foulke and her husband, Thomas A. Foulke, were both descendents of Joseph Foulke of Gwynedd Boarding School and donated the marriage certificates. Suzanne Foulke Judge gave the materials concerning Lydia Austin Wilson, an Elder of clear Creek Monthly Meeting in Illinois.
Marriage certificates removed from the collection and individually cataloged and filed in oversize chart case, alphabetically under the surname of the groom:
- Benjamin Fell and Sarah Rawlings, 11mo 3, 1757, at Richland MM.
- Cadwallader Foulke and Ann Shoemaker, 11mo 27, 1810, Gwynedd MM.
- Solomon Cleaver and Lydia Shoemaker, 1Omo 6, 1819, Horsham MM.
- Benjamin G. Foulke and Jane Mather, 3mo 6, 1838, Gwynedd MM.
- Caleb Foulke and Ann Sharpless, 6mo 13, 1838, Sadsbury MM.
- Biddle Haines and Sarah Ballinger, 12mo 20, 1838, Evesham MM.
- Samuel Bullock and Jemima R. Wills, 4mo 27, 1841, Mt. Holly MM.
- Ellis Cleaver and Hannah Pugh, 4 mo 9, 1846, Gwynedd MM.
- Samuel Foulke and Ann Jones, 5mo 8, 1849, Gwynedd MM.
- Samuel R. Lippincott and Hannah B. Haines, 3mo 23, 1864, Evesham MM.
- Abington Monthly Meeting and Quarterly Meeting papers.
- Monthly Meeting Minutes, 1703-1710- removed, 1985, and placed with Abington MM records.
- Richland Monthly Meeting.
- Act of the Legislature to authorize the Trustees to sell certain real estate, 19 Feb. 1861 Brief history of the Monthly Meeting, including lists of Elders, Ministers, Clerks, and members disowned in 1779 for taking the Test of Allegiance.
- Anonymous letter complaining of "back-sliding" among the membership, n.d.
- Brief of title to Meeting House property and Foulke and Roberts lots surrounding it, n.d.
- Lists of subscribers, 1749, towards addition to the Meeting House, 1791-92 towards a wall for the graveyard, 1825 towards erecting carriage and horse sheds, 1861-62 towards building a Meeting House.
- Membership lists, 1809 and undated, members living at Williamsport.
- Richland Preparative Meeting membership lists, 1845, 1847, and about 1850.
- School committee papers, 1790-1823 (loose sheets).
- Petition to Bucks Co. Court of Quarter Sessions, Sept. 1840, asking that a road running through Meeting property be relocated to the property line.
- Epistles from London Yearly Meeting to Quarterly and Monthly Meetings of Friends in Great Britain, Ireland, and elsewhere...: (PG 1)
- 1784 - 2nd copy
- 1785 - new material
- 1786 - 2nd copy
- 1790 - 2nd copy
- 1792 - 2nd copy
- 1794 - new material
- 1821 - new material
- 1824 - 2nd copy
- 1791 - 2nd copy
- 1827 - new material
- Epistle from Genessee Yearly Meeting of Women Friends..., 1842, in PG 1
- 6th Annual Report of the Friends' Association of Philadelphia for the Aid and Elevation of the Freedman, SG 3,
- James Parnell, pub. by Tract Association of Friends, PG7, 2nd copy
- "An appeal to that Society of Friends which holds its Yearly Meeting at Cherry St.", 1857, PG 1.
- "Outline charts of Old Testament History and Religion" 1915, by Elizabeth W. Collings, A.M.
- Foulke Family Herald (family newsletter), 1991-1998, transferred to FHL Periodicals
- Cameo belonging to Lydia Austin Wilson transferred to Relics.
- Early Friends Families of Upper Bucks, by Clarence V. Roberts.
- Foulke, Edward, 1651-1741. (Contributor, Person)
- Foulke, Joseph, 1786-1863 (Contributor, Person)
- Richland Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Contributor, Organization)
- Richland Lyceum (Contributor, Organization)
- Gwynedd Boarding School (Gwynedd, Pa.) (Contributor, Organization)
- Foulke Family Papers, ca. 1654-1999 [bulk ca. 1750-1860]
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