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Walton-Kite Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1178

Scope and Contents

The collection consists predominantly of the papers of the Walton family, but also contains Kite family and Fawcett family papers.

Correspondents include: Rebecca Walton Kite (1765-1840), Joseph Walton (1785-1853), Rebecca Walton (1814-1859), Lydia Lippincott, Sarah Edgerton Walton, Asa Garretson, and Benjamin Hoyle (ca. 1798-1875).

Topics include: divisions in Ohio Yearly Meeting, discussions of the Wilbur-Gurney controversy, attending Meeting in Philadelphia and other places, family, religious and health issues, and some few references to events of the day. The collection also contains the diaries of Joseph Walton (1817-1898), covering the years 1847-1855; Rebecca Walton (1814-1859), for the years 1844-1847; and Samuel Walton (1827-1899), for the years 1847-1853. There is also a 1789 manuscript survey map for the property of Henry Drinker in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, genealogical information on the Walton and Kite families, and a small number of pictures.


  • Creation: 1789-1937


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Joseph Walton (1785-1853) was a Quaker bookseller in Philadelphia. He married Abi Kite Walton (1787-1865), daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Walton Kite (1765-1840), in 1813. They had nine children: Rebecca (1814-1859), Charles (1815-1892), Joseph (1817-1898), Mary Harper (1819-1857), Henry (1821-1821), Anna (1822-1882), Abby (1825-1861), Samuel (1827-1899), and Jane (1830-1872).

Rebecca Walton (1814-1859), eldest child of Joseph and Abi Kite Walton, was a teacher at Friends Select School in Philadelphia. She never married.

Joseph Walton (1817-1898), son of Joseph and Abi Kite Walton, was a graduate of Westtown School and Haverford College (class of 1836). He taught at Westtown School for about ten years, edited the Orthodox Quaker periodical The Friend, and served as Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In 1858, he married Lydia Lippincott at Chester Monthly Meeting in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Samuel Walton (1827-1899), son of Joseph and Abi Kite Walton, moved to Ohio in 1847, and in 1854, married Sarah James Edgerton, daughter of James and Anna (Hall) Edgerton, at Stillwater Monthly Meeting, Belmont County, Ohio. The family moved to Philadelphia in 1854, but returned to Ohio in 1857, where Samuel had a dental practice. Samuel and Sarah are both buried at Stillwater Monthly Meeting, which was the center of Wilburite Quakerism in Ohio. They had five children: Joseph J., James (1857-1951), Anna, Samuel Francis, and Abby.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)




The collection consists predominantly of the papers of the Walton family, but also contains Kite family and Fawcett family papers.


The Walton-Kite Family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1989 by Edward C. Fawcett. The papers of Jehu Fawcett, of Salem, Ohio, the donor's great-grandfather, came through William Taber.

Related Materials

Two other related collections are available: Sharpless family papers (HC.MC.1111) and Kite family papers (HC.MC.1111.5).

Processing Information

Original processing information unknown. Revised by Allison Hall; completed June, 2020. Reboxed and finding aid revised October 2022 by Andrea Brokate Castillo.


Walton-Kite Family papers, 1789-1937
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Revision Statements

  • June, 2020: Revised by Allison Hall
  • October 2022: Reboxed and finding aid revised by Andrea Brokate Castillo

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