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King family correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-265

Abstract

The collection contains correspondence received by members of the King family, Quaker residents of Ceres, McKean County, Pennsylvania. The letters primarily deal with family concerns. One from Mary (King) Swayne, written in 1817, mentions that her husband, Joel Swayne, had contemplated returning to Indian territory but her poor health prevented his leaving. Anna King mentions her students and is distressed by the tensions in the Society of Friends in 1828.

Dates

  • 1817-1835

Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Francis and Catherine (Marshall) King were English Quakers who emigrated in 1795 to Pennsylvania where they became members of Muncy Monthly Meeting. They had thirteen children, four of whom died in England. The Kings were early settlers of Ceres, McKean County, Pennsylvania, near the New York State border. Francis King (d. 1814) was employed to make surveys for a land development company, and a number of his children became residents of Ceres. Surviving children included John (1784-1865) who married Hannah Clendenon; Ann (1785-1867), who worked as a teacher in Pennsylvania; Mary (1787-1855) who married Joel Swayne, a Quaker missionary to the Indians; Martha (1790-1885) who married William Bell; James (1791-1835) m. Diannah Van Winkle; Jane (1796-1879) who married John Bell, a brother of William Bell; Anna Bella (1797-1849), a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Orthodox); and Robert (1801-1867).

Extent

.1 Linear Feet (.1 linear feet (1 folder, 6 items.))

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Thomas Hamm. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--2016.
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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