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King Family Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-226

Scope and Contents

The collection contains genealogical material, collected by Helen Campbell, on the King, Bowne and Buffum families of Rhode Island and New York and miscellaneous family papers including copybooks and manuscript memorials.

Organization: Arranged in approximate chronological order.


  • Creation: 1773-1878


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Biographical / Historical

Helen Campbell (born 1879) was the daughter of Horatio Nelson and Mary King (Buffum) Campbell of Providence, Rhode Island. On her maternal side, she was descended from John Bowne (1627-1695), early Quaker of Flushing, New York, and from Joseph and Ann King, Quakers from Newcastle, England. Her grandparents were Benjamin and Eleanor (King) Buffum. Eleanor (King) Buffum was the daughter of John and Mary R. (Bowne) King. Mary R. Bowne was a Quaker minister of New York Monthly Meeting. John King was the son of Joseph and Ann King of Newcastle, England, and his sister, Eleanor King, married William Thurston.


0.25 linear ft. (1 box)

Language of Materials



The King family was a Quaker family of Rhode Island and New York. The collection contains genealogical and miscellaneous family papers of the Kings and the related Buffum and Bowne families.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Tolles Fund, 1996.

The collection was purchased with funding from the Tolles Fund. From internal evidence, it is likely that the collection of genealogical material and family papers was assembled by descendent Helen Campbell as part of her application to the Society of Colonial Dames.

Related Materials

Published memorial of Mary R. King included in Memorials concerning several ministers and others, deceased; of the religious Society of Friends : within the limits of the yearly meeting of New-York, with some of their last expressions. New York : M. Day, 1836.

Separated Materials

Briggs family pictures catalogued in FHL General Portrait Collection. Includes: Charles Briggs “Father”; Emily Robertson Briggs “Mother”; Briggs family group; Amy Tift, married Benjamin Gardner and mother of Desire J. Briggs; Lois Dean, married Jeremiah Briggs; Adam Winthrop (from painting) related to John Bowne’s wife; 2 identified pictures.

Processing Information

Sorted and stored in Record Group 5. Photographs of the Briggs family removed to FHL General Picture Collection. Unidentified pictures retained with the King Family Papers.


King Family Papers, 1773-1878
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