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Ely-Eastburn family correspondence

 Collection — othertype: SC-267
Identifier: SFHL-SC-267


The collection contains correspondence received by members of the Ely and Eastburn family, Quakers of Bucks County, Pa. Much of the correspondence concerns estate matters which was received by Hugh B. Ely as an executor of the estate of Elias Ely. The second group is largely family correspondence received by Mary Anna Ely who married Moses Eastburn in 1845. Most of the letters were written by her sister Francenia (Fanny) before Mary Anna's marriage and are devoted to family matters. The third group contains correspondence received by Mary Anna after her marriage and seven letters to her son Hugh B. Eastburn, including tow which concern teaching positions. He served as superintendent of schools in Bucks County in the 1870s and later became an attorney.


  • Creation: 1825, 1837-1876


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh Blackfan Ely (1792-1850) was a birthright member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting, the son of Jesse and Rachel (Carver) Ely. He married Sarah M. Olden in 1814, and the couple had seven children: Achsah, Mary Anna, Francenia, Joseph, Alfred, Charles B., and William Penn Ely. Hugh B. Ely inherited the family homestead and served as a county commissioner. Mary Anna Ely (1816-1879) married Moses Eastburn in 1845. His family also had deep Quaker roots in Bucks County, Pa., and he served as clerk of Solebury Monthly Meeting as well as many prominent roles in the community. Their son, Hugh B. Eastburn (1846-1915), was a teacher and later a lawyer who served as Superintendent of Schools f Bucks County in the 1870s.


.1 linear ft. (.1 linear feet (3 folders.))


Organized into folders: Folder 1: Legal correspondence received by Hugh B. Ely, 1837-1849; Folder 2: Correspondence received by Mary Ann Ely, 1836-1844, n.d., and a letter dated 1825 addressed to her mother, Sarah M. Ely; Folder 3: Correspondence received by Mary Ann Ely Eastburn, 1851-1860, after her marriage to Moses Eastburn in 1845. Also two business-related letters to her husband, Moses Eastburn,1856-1857, and letters to their son, Hugh B. Eastman,

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition-- Gift of Thomas Hamm. Dates of acquisition: 2016, 2022.



Susanna Morikawa
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