Robbins Family Papers
Scope and Contents
In addition to the history of the property, the collection, particularly the diary, offers insight into the life of rural South Jersey Quakers in the late nineteenth century.
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Biographical / Historical
Well-known during the 18th century, the tavern was no longer operated after its purchase by Nathaniel Robbins, Sr., who farmed the property. He was succeeded by his son, Nathaniel, Jr., who married twice. His second wife was Hannah Lawrie Allen. They had three children, Nathaniel (1826-1914), Annie Lawrie (1828-1916), and Joseph A. (born 1830). The two older children never married and remained on the homestead, farming and keeping house. They were members of Pilesgrove Monthly Meeting which later became Woodstown Monthly Meeting. Nathaniel Robbins died in 1914, and Annie Lawrie died in 1916. The house was vacant for some years before its purchase by John H. Bourne.
The collection contains historical and genealogical information about the Robbins family and the Seven Stars Tavern in Salem County, as well as a diary kept by Annie Lawrie Robbins in 1875, family correspondence, manuscript writings, printed material concerning the Tavern, memorabilia and pictures.
0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
- Biographical and genealogical material
- Material on the Robbins family and the Seven Stars Tavern
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was given by John H. Bourne, a Quaker from Salem County, N.J., who purchased the historic Seven Stars Tavern situated near Woodstown, Salem County, in 1927. In researching the house, he compiled this material on the property and the Robbins family. Materials on previous owners, the Lauderbach/Lauderback and Woods families mentioned in Bourne's correspondence apparently went to a different depository.
- An Inventory of the Robbins Family Papers, 1849-1934
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