John Family Papers
Scope and Contents
Organization: Organized in seven series: 1. Genealogical; 2. Correspondence; 3. Diaries; 4. Mary J. Heritage miscellaneous papers; 5. Donald D. John genealogical and related papers; 6. Donald D. John collected papers; 7. Donald D. John Memorabilia. Photographs have been removed to PA
- John family (Family)
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Biographical / Historical
Abia John (1761-1838) was the son of Griffith John, the older brother of Reuben John. Abia and Martha (John) John moved from Chester County, Pa., to Shamokin Township in Northumberland County. Abia and Martha were both birthright Quakers but were disowned when they married because they were first cousins. They had thirteen children: Asa; Hiram; Emily; Griffith (1795-1856); Reuben; Lydia; Sarah; Jesse J. who married Eliza Hicks; Elida (1805-1883); Samuel; Jehu; Eliza; and Perry.
The third son of Abia and Martha (John) John was Griffith John (1795-1856), who moved to Allen County, Ohio, in 1816 and became a Methodist, founding the town of Elida which was named for his brother. Don D. John, the family genealogist, was descended from Martha and Abia John through their third son, Griffith and his wife who had eighteen children, including Jesse J. John who was the grandfather of Don D. John. Jesse J. John had fourteen children, including Jesse Clinton John who was Don D. John’s father.
Elida John (1805-1883) married Sarah Hughes and took over the family farm, and they lived in Shamokin until 1868 when they moved to Illinois to join their children who had moved there. He and Sarah raised ten children and joined the Society of Friends at Roaring Creek MM in 1831. He and his brother, Perry, established a meeting at Shamokin, Pa., later known as Bear Gap Meeting. When he moved to Illinois, he was active in establishing Illinois Yearly Meeting.
Mary John Heritage (the donor, died 1954, member Mullica Hill MM) was descended from Martha and Abia John through Perry John (1815-1895) who was a Quaker minister.
Dr. Abia C. John (1831-1899) was a son of Elida John and Sarah Hughes. He served in the Civil War and later was a physician, one of the first to practice in Whiteside County, Illinois.
Kimber L. John (1838-1870) was the son of Jehu (1809-1863) and Patience (Houseweart) John, the second to the youngest child of Abia and Martha (John) John. Jehu’s family moved to Illinois, and Kimber John served in the Civil War, Company 8th Reg. Illinois Cavalry. He moved to California after he mustered out and never married.
4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
“Quaker Sketches Historical and Biographical” by Donald H. Yoder removed to Miscellaneous Manuscripts.
In 2002, a new finding aid was created. The series were renumbered to be integrated and consecutive, with the diaries and the diary transcripts combined in a single series. Meeting house photos removed to FHL General Meeting House collection and the other photographs removed to PA 116. A typed manuscript entitled “Quaker Sketches Historical and Biographical” by Donald H. Yoder, also a John descendent, was removed from Donald D. John Memorabilia and catalogued as a Miscellaneous Manuscript.
- John family (Family)
- Griffith, Joanna, 1773-1815 (Contributor, Person)
- John, Don D., d. 1957 (Contributor, Person)
- John, Martha, 1769-1840 (Contributor, Person)
- John, Phebe, 1780-1855 (Contributor, Person)
- Brenholts, Pamela, 1775-1844 (Contributor, Person)
- Janney, Sarah H, 1778-1837 (Contributor, Person)
- Haines, Ann, 1776-1834 (Contributor, Person)
- John, Reuben, 1744-1822 (Contributor, Person)
- John, Abia, 1761-1838 (Contributor, Person)
- John, Kimber L. (Kimber LeRoy), 1838-1870 (Contributor, Person)
- John, Eliza, 1812-1863 (Contributor, Person)
- John Family Papers, 1775-1951
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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