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Allen Family Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-001
Overview Contains the papers of the Allen Family, a Quaker family of Philadelphia and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, which traced its ancestry back to one of William Penn's commissioners. Includes papers relating to the Allen and related Breidenhart, Casdorp, Gibbons, Hubley, Jacobs, Matlack, and Samuel families. The Allen family papers contain extensive genealogical material, family correspondence, journals and memorials which provide excellent source material on Quaker family life in the 19th century...
Dates: 1700-1954

Bettle Family Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-013
Overview The Bettle family were prominent 19th century Quaker merchants in Philadelphia. Samuel Bettle, Sr., was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at the time of the Separation in 1827. His son, Samuel Bettle, Jr., was also a Quaker minister. They had at least five children, among whom was Samuel, Jr.; the latter married Mary Ann Jones in 1831. The collection includes correspondence, biographical clippings, business records, and other papers of Samuel Bettle and his family. Correspondents include...
Dates: 1800-1955

Byberry Hall Association Records

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Identifier: SFHL-RG4-012
Overview Byberry Hall Association was organized in 1854 when the citizens of Byberry township and vicinity decided to form a company for the purpose of erecting a building where residents could meet to hear lectures, hold elections, etc. This collection contains the records of the Byberry Hall Association, 1847-1981. It includes the secretary's book containing minutes (1854-1905); account books, deeds and miscellaneous papers.
Dates: 1847-1981

Byberry School Association Records

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Identifier: SFHL-RG4-014
Overview The Byberry School Association was formed in 1837 by several members of the Society of Friends, mostly members of Byberry Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) for the purpose of raising stock to buy land and erect a secondary school in Byberry, Pennsylvania. It includes minutes, financial records, and some miscellaneous papers.
Dates: 1837-1844

Richard Tapper Cadbury Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-025
Overview Richard Tapper Cadbury (1853-1929) was a Quaker businessman, teacher, writer, and art connoisseur. His mother's brother, Earl Shinn, Jr., (1838-1886) was a well-known art critic. The collection contains correspondence and memorabilia of the Cadbury, Comfort, Haines, and Shinn families. The letters give a detailed picture of life in Philadelphia Quaker families of the mid 19th century, and of the hardships of those who participated in the California gold rush.
Dates: 1799-1924

Central Soup Society

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Identifier: SFHL-RG4-100
Overview The Central Soup Society of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was incorporated on March 6, 1861, with the charitable purpose of distributing soup and other food to the poor and needy during the inclement seasons. The organization was founded by Hicksite Quakers and continued to serve the people of Philadelphia throughout the 20th century. It survives at the turn of the 21st century as a foundation. Records of the Central Soup Society; includes financial records, minutes, and miscellaneous historical...
Dates: 1860-1968

Collection of Bringhurst Family Correspondence

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Identifier: SFHL-MSS-046
Overview Contains the collected correspondence of the Bringhurst family, largely compiled by C. Marshall Taylor. It includes correspondence, 1780-1806, of Philadelphia Quaker businessman James Bringhurst and his letters received from John Murray of New York City. Bringhurst corresponded with family and prominent friends including John Dickinson, Job Scott, Nathan Hunt, James Pemberton, Jesse Kersey, Lindley Murray and Moses Brown. Of particular interest are descriptions of life in Philadelphia and the...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1780 - 1811; 1780 - 1941

Comly-White Family Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-030
Overview John Comly, a Quaker minister and school master, was born in 1773. He married Rebecca Budd, a fellow teacher at the Westtown School, in 1803. They operated the Pleasant Hill Boarding School on their Byberry farm from 1804-1815. The collection includes family correspondence, the journal of John Comly's brother, Isaac, other manuscript writings, financial and legal papers, and miscellaneous papers. Also includes the ledger and memorabilia of Pleasant Hill Boarding School and papers of Helen Comly...
Dates: 1771-1961

Eyre Family Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-179
Overview The collection contains papers concerning the Eyre family, Pennsylvania Quakers. descendents of Isaac and Eleanor (Cooper) Eyre, of Philadelphia and Bucks County. Isaac Eyre (1778-1843) was a prominent Philadelphia shipbuilder. In 1828, he removed to a farm in Bucks County, Pa. William Eyre (1804-1885) was their oldest son, a Philadelphia master builder. His brother, Isaac (1819-1904) was a farmer and promoter of the railroad from Bucks County, Pa. He was also one of the founders of the George...
Dates: 1840-1912

Hettie G. Fenimore family correspondence

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Identifier: SFHL-SC-038
Abstract This collection consists primarily of letters written to Hettie Fenimore by her family, including her brother Jason, his wife Mary, their children, and Eliza Fell. The correspondence relates personal and local news. Also included are letters written by Hettie's mother, Amy, and a copy of a commencement speech given at Central High School, Philadelphia, in 1858 by her nephew, Frank. Frank's letters contain several of his poems and amusing anecdotes about Philadelphia in the 1850's.
Dates: 1832-1869

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Library 3
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Hunn family 2
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Kersey, Jesse, 1768-1845 2
Pemberton, James, 1723-1809 2
Richardson family 2
Richardson, Frances, 1886-1973 (FHL donor) 2
Sharpless family 2
Shinn family 2
Westtown Boarding School 2
Allen family 1
Allen, Charles, 1776-1843 1
Allen, George Briedenhart, 1804-1869 1
American Unitarian Association 1
Atkinson, Caroline J., 1881-1953 1
Bettle family 1
Bettle, Jane, 1773-1840 1
Bettle, Samuel, 1774-1861 1
Bettle, Samuel, 1809-1880 1
Biddle, Clement M. (Clement Miller), 1876-1959 1
Biddle, Robert 1
Biddle, William C. 1
Boyd, Lizette, 1838-1867 1
Breidenhart family 1
Bringhurst, James, 1730-1810 1
Bringhurst, Joseph, 1733-1811 1
Brown, Moses, 1738-1836 1
Byberry Hall Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1
Byberry Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 1
Byberry Preparative Meeting (Society of Friends) 1
Byberry School Association 1
Cadbury family 1
Cadbury, Henry J. (Henry Joel), 1883-1974 1
Cadbury, Richard Tapper, 1853-1929 1
Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia 1
Carter, Arabella, 1867- 1
Casdorp family 1
Central High School (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1
Central Soup Society 1
Champney, Benjamin, 1817-1907. 1
Chase, William Merritt, 1848-1916 1
Comfort family 1
Comly family 1
Comly, Charles B. (Charles Budd), 1808-1894 1
Comly, Debby Ann, 1812-1882 1
Comly, Isaac, 1779-1847 1
Comly, John, 1773-1850 1
Comly, Rebecca, 1773-1832 1
Cooper, Stanley B. 1
Dickinson, John, 1732-1808 1
Dillwyn, George, 1738-1820 1
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916. 1
Evans, Charles 1
Eyre family 1
Eyre, Isaac, 1819-1904 1
Eyre, William, 1804-1885 1
Fell, Eliza, 1810-1891 1
Fenimore, Amy 1
Fenimore, Edward, 1845-1888 1
Fenimore, Frank, b.1840 1
Fenimore, Hettie G., 1810-1891 1
Fenimore, Jason L., 1796-1869 1
Fenimore, Mary, 1808-1866? 1
Fenimore, Rebecca F. (Rebecca Fell), 1841-1891 1
Fisher family 1
Fisher, Jabez M., 1801-1876 1
Fisher, Jabez Maud, 1750-1779 1
Fisher, Jabez Maud, 1842-1879 1
Fisher, Joshua, 1707-1783 1
Fisher, Miers, 1748-1819 1
Fisher, Miers, 1786-1813 1
Fisher, Miers, 1834- 1
Fisher, Morton C. (Morton Coates), fld 1835-1889 1
Fisher, Nancy Andrews, 1845-1883 1
Fisher, Redwood, 1782-1856 1
Fisher, Redwood, 1839-1870 1
Fisher, Robert Andrews, 1832-1893 1
Fisher, Samuel Rowland, 1745-1834 1
Fisher, Sarah Redwood, 1755-1847 1
Fisher, Thomas, 1741-1810 1
Fisher, Thomas, 1776-1798 1
Florence E. Taylor 1
Foulke, Elizabeth, 1758-1820 1
Frankfort Land Company 1
Friends Association of Byberry 1
Friends Housing, Inc. 1
Friends Social Union (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1
George School (Bucks County, Pa.) 1
Gibbons family 1
Green Street Monthly Meeting of Friends (Philadelphia, Pa.). Fair Hill Friends' Meeting 1
Grellet, Stephen, 1773-1855 1
Haines, Elizabeth Shinn, 1823-1883 1
Haverford College 1
Hayes, John Russell, 1866-1945 1
Helen Comly White (1854-1938) 1
Henderson, Archibald, 1877-1963 1
Hicks, Isaac, 1815-1900 1
House of Refuge (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1
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