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Elfreth family commonplace books

Identifier: HC.MC-975-03-010

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of five volumes of the commonplace books of various members of the Elfreth family, including: Rebecca P. Elfreth, Jacob R. Elfreth Sr., Jacob R. Elfreth Jr,. and Jane P. Elfreth. The volumes include poetry, extracts, pressed leaves and flowers, and clippings of illustrations.


  • 1820-1853


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

The Elfreth family was a notable Philadelphia Quaker family during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. (1789-1870), was initially apprenticed to enter into the hardware trade, Elfreth Sr. left the trade to become a teacher, first in New Jersey, and later at the Westtown school. He later became a bookkeeper for the Leigh Navigation Company, his occupation until he retired. Elfreth Sr. married Abigail Pierce in 1821, and the couple had ten children.

Jacob R. Elfreth Jr. (1827-1924), the son of Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. and Abigail Pierce Elfreth, was born on October 22, 1837 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Quaker merchant, elder, and minister. Initially apprenticed for five years to J.R. Sowers & Co., dry goods, Elfreth started a carpet business with his brother, James Elfreth. Elfreth Jr. never married and died November 14, 1924 in Landsdowne, PA.

Rebecca P. Elfreth (1835-1906) was born March 11, 1835 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Jacob R. Elfreth and Abigail P. Elfreth. Elfreth died August 19, 1906.


0.28 Linear Feet (5 volumes)





Related Materials

  • MC 851 American Friends letters collection
  • MC 1221 Elfreth family papers
  • MC.975.01.020 Jacob R. Elfreth diaries
  • MC.975.01.019 Jacob R. Elfreth Sr. diaries

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August 2015.
Elfreth family commonplace books, 1820-1853
Kara Flynn
August 2015
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