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Frost family correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-292

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence between members of the Gideon and Mary W. (Willets) Frost family, Hicksite Quakers of Westbury, Long Island, New York. Gideon Frost was a merchant, philanthropist, and founder of Friends Academy at Locust Valley. Members of the extended family were active in Quaker concerns, especially education and abolition. The letters mention prominent Friends, family and anti-slavery concerns.

Dates

  • 1831, 1838, 1843 and 1871

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 to the Curator. 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

Gideon Frost (1798-1880) was a prominent Long Island Quaker and founder of Friends Academy in Locust Valley. He was born January 11, 1798, in Glen Cove, Nassau County, New York, the son of Caleb and Sarah (Halstead) Frost. He married Mary U. Willets in 1823 under the care of Westbury Monthly Meeting. Mary was the daughter of William and Letitia Willets. Her brother, Jacob Willets settled in Indianapolis and was an active abolitionist. After the death of Letitia, William married second to Amy Bedell, and they had four children including Hannah Willets (1808-1877) who married Milton Arnold. They were members of Scipio Monthly Meeting, and subsequently moved to Sacramento, California. Gideon and Mary had one child, Leonard Frost (1824-1870). He married Lizzie J. Malone and died of tuberculosis at the home of his uncle, Milton Arnold. Mary W. Frost died December 15, 1847, and Gideon Frost died in Matinecock, New York, on February 25, 1880.

Extent

5 items (1 folder) : 5 autograph letters signed

Language

English

Overview

The collection contains correspondence between members of the Gideon and Mary W. (Willets) Frost family, Hicksite Quakers of Westbury, Long Island, New York. Gideon Frost was a successful merchant, philanthropist, and founder of Friends Academy at Locust Valley. Family members were active in Quaker concerns, especially education and abolition. The letters mention prominent Friends, family, and anti-slavery concerns.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Christopher Densmore, 2015.
Status
Completed
Author
Susanna Morikawa
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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