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Shoemaker commonplace books

Identifier: HC.MC-975-03-035

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of four volumes of the common place books of various members of the Shoemaker family, including Margaret Wood Shoemaker and Elizabeth Shoemaker. The volumes include advice, reflections, excerpts of letters, prose, and poetry, and excerpts organized by topic, including matrimony, happiness, pleasure, and character.


  • 1794-1839


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Margaret Shoemaker (1775-1842) was born on September 5, 1775 in New Jersey, the daughter of William Wood. She married Charles Shoemaker in 1803 and the couple had eight children: Elizabeth Shoemaker (1804-1807), Mary Shoemaker (1805-1806), Isaac Shoemaker (1807-1873), Elizabeth R. Shoemaker (1809-1855), John W. Shoemaker (1810-1878), Charles H. Shoemaker (1812-1897), Anna S. Shoemaker (1814-1885), and Margaretta Shoemaker (1817-1900). Margaret Shoemaker died 1842, aged 67.

Elizabeth R. Shoemaker (1809-1855) was born March 5, 1809, in Shoemakertown, Pa., the daughter of Charles and Margaret Shoemaker. She married Abraham Taylor on August 20, 1848, and the couple had three children: Margaret Wood Taylor (1849-1857), Charles S. Taylor (1850-1940), and Sarah Merritt Taylor (1853-1947). Elizabeth Shoemaker Taylor died on October 20, 1855.


0.06 Linear Feet (4 volumes)




The Margaret Wood Shoemaker & Elizabeth Shoemaker commonplace book donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1940 by Charles S. Taylor.

Related Materials

  • MC 962 Taylor family papers
  • MC.975.11.031 Elizabeth Shoemaker recipe book

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September 2015.
Shoemaker commonplace books, 1794-1839
Kara Flynn
September 2015
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