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Sharples-Paschall Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-324

Scope and Contents

Contains collected papers of the Sharples-Paschall family, Quakers of Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania. The family descended from Nathan H. and Martha (Price) Sharples and Thomas and Anne (Price Gibson) Paschall. The collection includes deeds, estate and other legal papers, and a small amount of family correspondence compiled by Alfred D. Sharples and his son, Alfred Roberts Sharples. The legal records include apprenticeship agreements, deeds relating to Rees, Price, and Sharples/Sharpless properties in Chester County, and the notarized 1837 freedom paper for Nancy Laws. The correspondence includes letters written by a Sharples relation serving on the gunboat U.S. Delaware in 1862.

Dates

  • 1684 - 1948

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

Nathan H. Sharples (1779-1828) married Martha Price (1785-1852) in 1804 under the care of Birmingham MM. They had six children born in West Chester, Pennsylvania: Hannah married Edward B. Darlington in 1831; William P. married Anne G. Pennell in 1848 and secondly Sarah J. Leedon in 1850; Philip Price married Mary A. Paschall; Henry P. married first Harriett Price and second Hannah Martin; Ann (1816-1883) married Stephen Paschall; Alfred married Elizabeth Cope Sharples; and Samuel Emlen Sharples married Martha Serrill Ash. Family members variously spelled the surname Sharples or Sharpless.

William P. Sharpless (1808-1879), the oldest son of Nathan and Martha Sharples, was a Quaker minister and successful Philadelphia businessman. He first operated general store in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in partnership with John W. Townsend. He subsequently moved to Philadelphia where he became a manager of the Philadelphia-West Chester Railroad.

His brother, Philip Price Sharples (1810-1902), was a superintendent of the West Chester Railroad and a major supporter of the Borough of West Chester and High Street Friends Meeting. He was involved with peace concerns and prohibition as well as the Price School in West Chester. He married Mary A. Paschall (1815-1885), daughter of Thomas and Anne Price Gibson Paschall of Darby Monthly Meeting. Anne P. Paschall was a Quaker minister, and she had married second Halliday Jackson, a prominent Quaker minister, in 1833. Philip P. and Mary A. Sharples' children included Stephen Paschall Sharples who married Abbie M. Hall, Alfred D. Sharples who married Rachel Roberts, and Ann Price Sharples (1846-1925). Alfred Roberts Sharpless (1888-1955) was an electrical engineer and physicist. He married Clara V. Broadbent and resided in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. His brother, Henry R. Sharples, married Esther B. Foulke and was active in Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

Henry P. Sharples (1813-1890), brother of William and Philip, was a successful West Chester merchant and builder, active in civic affairs and a member of Birmingham Monthly Meeting. His son, William Penn Sharpless married three times, Sallie A. Marshall, Frances Linton, and Elizabeth Black. He was a banker, a founder of Chester County Hospital, travelled widely and was an active member of West Chester Friends Meeting.

Ann Sharples (1816-1883) married Stephen Paschall, son of Thomas and Ann Price (Gibson) Paschall. She was the author of children's books and in late life returned to West Chester. Their son Alfred Paschall graduated from Swarthmore College, and his son, Irvin Francis Paschall, married Edith Lane Verlenden. Another son, S. Edward Paschall married Elizabeth Roberts and moved to Washington State.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes plus oversized folder and photographs)

Language

English

Overview

Contains collected papers of the Sharples-Paschall family, Quakers of Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania. The family descended from Nathan H. and Martha (Price) Sharples and Thomas and Anne (Price Gibson) Paschall. The collection includes deeds, estate and other legal papers, and a small amount of family correspondence compiled by Alfred D. Sharples and his son, Alfred Roberts Sharples. The legal records include apprenticeship agreements, deeds relating to Rees, Price, and Sharples/Sharpless properties in Chester County, and the notarized 1837 freedom paper for Nancy Laws. The correspondence includes letters written by a Sharples relation serving on the gunboat U.S. Delaware in 1862.

Arrangement

Arranged in three series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Legal and financial; 3. Miscellaneous.

Custodial History

The papers were compiled by Alfred D. Sharpless and his son, Alfred Roberts Sharples.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles L. Cherry, 2017.054

Related Materials

Edith Verlenden Paschall, RG5/117; Ann P. Jackson Family Papers, RG5/186; Sharples Family Papers, Ms. Coll. 215. Chester County Historical Society Library, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Separated Materials

Correspondence of General Isaac D. Barnard (1791-1834) transferred to West Chester Historical Society which holds his papers. A West Chester lawyer and politician, Barnard served in the War of 1812 and as a U.S. Senator.

Ambrotype of Henry Price Sharpless (son of Nathan Sharples and Martha Price Sharpless) removed to PA 107, Cased Photographs. Note enclosed in case: "Cousin Will's Father;" Cousin Will was William Penn Sharpless.

Processing Information

The papers were included in a gift of books to Friends Historical Library from the same donor who gave related papers to Chester County Historical Society. Photographs, largely not identified, are stored in Series 3, Miscellaneous.

Source

Creator

Title
Sharples-Paschall Family Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Susanna Morikawa
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Updated outdated, harmful terminology related to enslavement, except where it appears in a title, quotation, or subject heading.

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