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Archives & Manuscripts

Livezey-Laughlin Family Papers, 1746-1948

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-271

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and legal and financial papers of the Livezey and Laughlin families. Of particular interest are business and property records of the Livezeys in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia. Series 6, Publications, contains a particularly rich collection of nineteenth century printed ephemera that was retained in this archival collection because of its unusual breadth.

Dates

  • about 1763-1995

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 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

Thomas Livezey (1723/4-1790) married Martha Knowles in 1748 at Abington Monthly Meeting. He was a miller and expanded the family property along the Wissahicken and Cresheim Creeks. He and Martha had at least ten children. Sons John (1753-1826) and Joseph (1764-1841) were in business together, including the mill and real estate investments. John married Abigail Ridgway (1763-1854), a Quaker minister, and they had two sons, John and Thomas. Abigail was a charter member of Frankford Monthly Meeting, but was disowned for joining the Hicksites in 1831. She became a member on request at Frankford Monthly Meeting in 1844. Thomas married Ann Louise Phillips out of unity, but acknowledged and remained a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting.

Extent

13 Linear Feet (26 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Papers of the Livezey and Laughlin families. Thomas Livezey (1723/4-1790) married Martha Knowles in 1748 at Abington Monthly Meeting. He was a miller and expanded the family property along the Wissahicken and Cresheim Creeks. Thomas Livezey's great granddaughter, Anna, married George Laughlin, and her son, Thomas, moved to Ohio. This collection includes correspondence and legal and financial papers of the Livezey and Laughlin families of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and and later of Ohio.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Herb Lapp, 2008-2019, and Jane Livezey Laughlin, 2010.

Related Materials

A business letterbook of Samuel Livezey [5-48], 1824-28, may be found in the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Samuel Livezey, brother of John [5-44], was also a Quaker minister.

Separated Materials

Photographs of the Livezey and Laughlin families have been stored separately in PA

Creator

Source

Title
An Inventory of the Livezey-Laughlin Family Papers, 1746-1948
Author
FHL staff
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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