William Baxter Family Papers
Scope and Contents
Contains the papers of William Baxter (1824-1886), Quaker businessman who lived in Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement. Includes correspondence of William and his wife, Mary Baxter (1830-1918), business papers, essays and speeches on temperance and other social reforms, family memorabilia, and miscellaneous materials including a manuscript account of the early life of William Baxter in Yorkshire, England, in the 1830s and 1840s.
- Baxter, William, 1824-1886 (Person)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
William Baxter (1824-1886)was a Quaker Philadelphia-area wool merchant who later settled in Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement.
He was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1824, the son of John and Mary Baxter. He married first Mary Wickett in 1847. She and her infant son died shortly after the family emigrated to Philadelphia. William Baxter married second Mary Ellen Barker in 1856 at Whitewater Monthly Meeting in Wayne County, Indiana. She had attended Westtown Boarding School in Pennsylvania. Their daughter, Lucy V. Baxter, married Percival Brooks Coffin.
5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
William Baxter (1824-1886) was a Quaker businessman who lived in Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement. The collection includes correspondence of William and his wife, Mary Baxter (1830-1918), business papers, essays and speeches on temperance and other social reforms, family memorabilia, and miscellaneous materials.
The collection is divided into seven series:
- Biographical and genealogical
- Business papers
- Essays and speeches
- Reference material
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Mrs. Bennett Cooper, 1961-1969
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lucy Vincent Baxter (born 1868) was a daughter of William Baxter and his second wife, Mary Ellen. She married Percival Brooks Coffin. The donor, Mrs. Bennett Cooper (Emily Fletcher Cooper), was their niece.
The following material has been removed from the collection and recatalogued:
See Chart Case for marriage certificates:
- Baxter, Wm. to Mary Wickett, 6/23/1847
- Baxter, Wm. to Barker, Mary, 12/3/1856
- Evans, Charles to Morgan, Mary, 3/12/1833
- Price, Charles Coale to Albertson, Alice Maulsby, 12/8/1896
- Price, Charles Coale to Evans, Mary, 10/2/1894
- See Chart Case for Whaley-Goffe (Gough) genealogical chart. Includes Underhill-Sutton. Attached: Sutton-Underhill pedigree.
- See Misc. MSS ++ for pass for Edward B. Fletcher and wife, 7/30/1888
- Christianity As Friends See It, by Edward B. Rawson, n.d., BX 7733.R3C5
William Baxter Family Photographs (4 boxes) removed to PA 144. Inventory in repository.
Previously cited as: Coffin-Baxter Papers
- An Inventory of the William Baxter Family Papers, 1840-1942
- FHL staff
- 1969, revised 2000
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Accession information, inventories
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