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George B. Jackson (George Bement) Family Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-292

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of diaries, notebooks, transcription of William Morris Jackson's diaries, and correspondence by George B. Jackson with family members in order to compile genealogical data. Most of the personal correspondence of George B. Jackson is to Barbara J. Hazard, his daughter. The collection also includes Alice Gardiner and George B. Jackson correspondence during their courtship, 1921-1928,


  • Creation: 1694-1986


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

George Bement Jackson was the son of William Walter Jackson and Fanny Hasting (Bacon) Jackson of Brooklyn, New York, members of New York Monthly Meeting. He studied Chemical Engineering at Swarthmore College, Class of 1921, and served as president of Edwin Jackson Fireplaces, Inc., a family business. He encouraged Eugene M. Lang to attend Swarthmore College, and in 1986, Eugene M. Lang endowed a scholarship in his honor. He was a long-time supporter of Swarthmore College and interested in family history.

William Morris Jackson was the son of James M. and Mary Ann (King) Jackson of Philadelphia and later of Richland, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Quakertown, Pa., and spent his early career teaching at Friends Seminary in NYC and Friends Academy in Richmond, IN. In 1869 he married Anna Margaret Davis, and in 1876, he joined the family manufacturing business. He served on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College from 1887 until his death in 1906 and on the Board of Schofield Normal and Industrial School from 1887 or 1888 until after 1892. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends Seminary in New York and an active member of the Society of Friends.

William Walter Jackson was the son of William Morris Jackson and Anna Margaret (Davis) Jackson and resided in Brooklyn, New York. In 1896, he married Fannie Hastings Bacon, daughter of George Bement Bacon and Mary Louise Chapin. He served as president of Edwin Jackson, Inc., and like his father, he served on the Board of Brooklyn Friends School for over fifty years and also on the Board of the New York Friends Seminary.

George B. Bacon was the son of William and Virginia Bacon and the father-in-law of William Walter Jackson. As a cadet at the Naval Academy, he voyaged to the Mediterranean, China, Japan, and the west coast of Africa before the start of the Civil War. He served as a lieutenant during the Civil War and was the executive officer on the gunboat Itasca on the Mississippi River. Among the George Bacon papers, there are transcripts of his U.S. Navy records and Civil War letters he wrote home; the originals were given to the Princeton University Library in the 1970s.

Josephine C. Brown was the daughter of Silas Edgar Brown and Mary Chapin Bacon. She was a cousin of George Bement Jackson and granddaughter of George Bement Bacon.. She attended Bryn Mawr College from 1906 to 1908, and 1911 to 1913. After years of farming and working with social welfare, Brown was appointed Associate Field Director at the Family Welfare Association of America, and then worked for a year with the Social Science Research Council before returning to FWAA. In 1934, she was appointed as the Administrative Assistant at the Federal Emergency Relief Administration during the Roosevelt era.


2.5 linear ft. (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



George B. Jackson, Swarthmore College Class of 1921, was a New York Quaker businessman. A member of New York Monthly Meeting, he was interested in family history and compiled the collection which contains farm daybooks of his great grandfather James M. Jackson of Quakertown and the memoirs of his grandfather, William Morris Jackson, Quaker businessman, reformer, and Trustee of Swarthmore College. The collection also contains genealogical information on the Jackson, Bacon, Chapin and Morris families, as well as personal correspondence and other papers.


Arranged in four series: Series 1: Journals and writings; Ser. 2: Correspondence; Ser. 3: Biographical/Genealogical; Ser. 4: Miscellaneous

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robin Hazard Ray, Acc. FHL. 2007.011, 2020.029, 2021.003.

Related Materials

See Branson-Jackson Family Papers RG 5/016 in Friends Historical Library for more information on Anna Margaret Davis, wife of William M. Jackson, her daughter Anna Morris Jackson Branson Theiss and granddaughter Anna Florence Branson Boardman. The three women were Quaker activists in the late 19th and early 20th century.

See also PA 177 for George B. Jackson family photos.

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to PA 177.

Bonnet and dress belonging to Anna M. Davis Jackson transferred to Relics.

Brooklyn Friends School track awards, 1916 and 1917. Awarded to George B. Jackson, transfered to Relics.

George B. Jackson Family Papers, 1694-1986
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