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Sarah Cresson diary

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-015

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the unbound photocopy of the single volume diary of Sarah Cresson. The majority of her diary entries detail visits from traveling Quaker ministers, funerals of community members, and descriptions of Quaker meetings, including testimonies given. Many entries are composed solely of prayers to God, or exclamations of Sarah’s religious conviction and her devotion to her God and the Quaker faith, while later entries tend to detail more earthly concerns, particularly Sarah’s struggles with depression.

Dates

  • 1789-1829

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Sarah Cresson (1771-1829) was born January 27, 1771, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joshua and Mary (Hopkins) Cresson. Cresson was a Quaker minister beginning in 1791, and was “much esteemed.” She traveled frequently, and moved to Haddonfield, New Jersey, in 1807, accompanied by Hannah Evans. Cresson never married. She died September 23, 1829, in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Source: Dictionary of Quaker Biography

Extent

0.06 Linear Feet (1 volume)

Language

English

Overview

Cresson was a Quaker minister who was born in Philadelphia and later moved to Haddonfield, New Jersey. The majority of her diary entries detail visits from traveling Quaker ministers, funerals of community members, and descriptions of Quaker meetings, including testimonies given. Many entries are composed solely of prayers to God, or exclamations of Sarah’s religious conviction and her devotion to her God and the Quaker faith, while later entries tend to detail more earthly concerns, particularly Sarah’s struggles with depression.

Acquisition

Unknown.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.975.01.098 Joshua Cresson diary
  • HC.MC.1184 Families of Philadelphia collection
  • HC.MC.1001 Haddon-Estaugh-Hopkins papers
  • HC.MC.1191 Morris-Shinn-Maier collection
  • HC.MC.1100 Scattergood Family papers
  • HC.MC.1140 Morris Wistar Wood Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed June, 2015.
Title
Sarah Cresson diary, 1789-1829
Author
Kara Flynn
Date
June, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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