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Florence E. Taylor Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-145

Scope and Contents

Frederick W. Taylor was the second child, and he was successful in the export trade, serving as president of Charles M. Taylor Sons, Inc., and succeeding his father as president of the Philadelphia Grain Elevator Company.

The collection includes correspondence of Israel Taylor (1782-1850) and Charles M. Taylor (1817-1893), diary (1932-1939) and other writings of Emily H. Taylor, and biographical data concerning the Taylor and Sterling families, including memorabilia and pictures.

Dates

  • 1806-1995

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

Florence E. Taylor was the descendant of a Quaker family whose roots went back to the settlement of Pennsylvania. Her parents were Frederick W. Taylor (1848-1919) and Emily Hunt Taylor (d. 1942). Fred Taylor, a wealthy Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist to the Society of Friends, was the son of Charles Maus Taylor and Anna E. W. Sterling Taylor. Emily was active in Green Street Monthly Meeting First Day School. Florence Emily was their own child and an amateur musician. The Taylors were active in the Germantown Shakespeare Club.

Frederick W. Taylor’s grandfather was Israel Taylor (1782-1850). He was born in Chester County, Pa., and apprenticed as a hatter. He traveled to Ohio and the South seeking employment, settled in Trenton where he married Susan Maus in 1808, and was elected to the State Assembly in 1819. In his adulthood, he became active in the Society of Friends. He moved back to Ohio, but in 1846, he received a certificate of transfer from Cincinnati Monthly Meeting to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Florence E. Taylor was the descendant of a Quaker family whose roots went back to the settlement of Pennsylvania. Her parents were Frederick W. Taylor (1848-1919) and Emily Hunt Taylor (d. 1942). Fred Taylor, a wealthy Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist to the Society of Friends, was the son of Charles Maus Taylor and Anna E. W. Sterling Taylor. His grandfather was Israel Taylor (1782-1850). The collection includes correspondence of Israel Taylor (1782-1850) and Charles M. Taylor (1817-1893), diary (1932-1939) and other writings of Emily H. Taylor, and biographical data concerning the Taylor and Sterling families, including memorabilia and pictures.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:
  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscript writings
  4. Pictures

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Florence Taylor, 1971

Donor: Joseph Shane, 1985

Donor: R. Bruce Jones, 1997

Accession number: 97-028, 97-008

The collection was given by the estate of Florence Taylor and other donors. Florence did not marry, and, after her death, an auction was held to liquidate the estate.

Related Materials

  1. Sterling genealogy and abstract of contents of Sterling Genealogical History. (filed in PG7)
  2. Taylor genealogy (filed in PG7)
  3. "Descendants of Joseph Taylor, of Kennett, Chester Co., Pennsylvania" (filed in Genealogical Charts)

Processing Information

First group of papers received in one carton, unsorted. These were processed in 1971. In 2004, two related items were added to the collection and a revised finding aid produced.

Creator

Title
Florence E. Taylor Family Papers, 1806-1995
Author
FHL staff
Date
1971, revised 10/2004
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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