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Gest family papers

Identifier: SFHL-SC-047


This collection includes letters and legal documents of the Gest family over several generations. The collection also includes genealogical information on the Gests, their ancestors the Dickinsons, and their descendants, the Pownalls. Notable among the correspondence is a letter from Philadelphia Western District Women's Meeting to Deborah West, Jr., reprimanding her for disunity, presumably with the Hicksites. Also included are wills of Joseph and Deborah Gest, and letters from John B. Gest and Elizabeth Pownall.


  • Majority of material found within 1815-1980 [ 1815-1884]


Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Hopson Jones Gilbert was the daughter of David and Mary Jones. She married Eugene C. Gilbert. Deborah and Joseph Gest were her father's great-grandparents, and Deborah Pownall and John B. Gest were his aunt and uncle.


.1 Linear Feet (.1 linear feet (4 folders.))



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Mary Hobson Jones Gilbert. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1976.


Description rules
Archives, Personal Papers, And Manuscripts (Appm)
Language of description
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