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Robbins Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-130

Scope and Contents

The collection contains some genealogical information on the Robbins family and correspondence and articles concerning the Seven Stars property, as well as some Robbins family papers, especially the poetry, prose, and a diary (1875) of Annie Lawrie Robbins (1828-1916), the unmarried daughter who kept house in the Seven Stars homestead.

In addition to the history of the property, the collection, particularly the diary, offers insight into the life of rural South Jersey Quakers in the late nineteenth century.

Dates

  • 1849-1934

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

This small collection concerning the Robbins family, Quakers who owned the historic Seven Stars property in Salem County, N.J., was compiled by John H. Bourne. The Robbins family purchased the tavern about 1805, and the property remained in the family until it was purchased by John H. Bourne in 1927. John H. Bourne (1870-1944) became a member on request of Woodstown Monthly Meeting, N.J., in 1928.

Well-known during the 18th century, the tavern was no longer operated after its purchase by Nathaniel Robbins, Sr., who farmed the property. He was succeeded by his son, Nathaniel, Jr., who married twice. His second wife was Hannah Lawrie Allen. They had three children, Nathaniel (1826-1914), Annie Lawrie (1828-1916), and Joseph A. (born 1830). The two older children never married and remained on the homestead, farming and keeping house. They were members of Pilesgrove Monthly Meeting which later became Woodstown Monthly Meeting. Nathaniel Robbins died in 1914, and Annie Lawrie died in 1916. The house was vacant for some years before its purchase by John H. Bourne.

The collection contains historical and genealogical information about the Robbins family and the Seven Stars Tavern in Salem County, as well as a diary kept by Annie Lawrie Robbins in 1875, family correspondence, manuscript writings, printed material concerning the Tavern, memorabilia and pictures.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

This small collection concerning the Robbins family, Quakers who owned the historic Seven Stars Tavern property in Salem County, New Jersey, was compiled by John H. Bourne. The Robbins family purchased the tavern about 1805, and the property remained in the family until it was purchased by John H. Bourne in 1927. The Robbins family belonged to Pilesgrove Monthly Meeting (Hicksite), which in 1928 became Woodstown Monthly Meeting. John Bourne also was a member of Woodstown Monthly Meeting. The collection contains some genealogical information on the Robbins family and correspondence and articles concerning the Seven Stars property, as well as poetry, prose, and a diary (1875) of Annie Lawrie Robbins (1828-1916), the unmarried Robbins daughter who kept house in the Seven Stars homestead, and other family material. In addition to the history of the property, the collection, particularly the diary, offers insight into the life of rural South Jersey Quakers in the late nineteenth century.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into six series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical material
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscripts
  4. Material on the Robbins family and the Seven Stars Tavern
  5. Memorabilia
  6. Pictures

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: John H. Bourne, 1934

The collection was given by John H. Bourne, a Quaker from Salem County, N.J., who purchased the historic Seven Stars Tavern situated near Woodstown, Salem County, in 1927. In researching the house, he compiled this material on the property and the Robbins family. Materials on previous owners, the Lauderbach/Lauderback and Woods families mentioned in Bourne's correspondence apparently went to a different depository.

Processing Information

Processed by FHL staff prior to 1967. Also previously known as the Annie Lawrie Robbins Papers.

Title
An Inventory of the Robbins Family Papers, 1849-1934
Author
FHL staff
Date
2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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