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Mather-Nicholson family papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-297

Scope and Contents

The collection includes student note books of Thomas Tyson Mather (1814-1877) and his sister, Mary Ann Mather (1811-1889), two marriage certificates and four school certificates relating to the Thomas T. and Rachel (Nicholson) Mather family, Philadelphia Quakers. Of special interest is the diary kept by Quaker minister Rachel Mather, 1866-1875, in which she remarks on spiritual matters and speakers at the meetings she attended. Also includes a store ledger/day book kept by William Nicholson, 1834-1838, which subsequently was used in part as a scrapbook for clippings.


  • 1822-1903


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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

Thomas T. Mather (1814-1877) was the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Mather, members of Abington Monthly Meeting. He married Rachel G. Nicholson (1834-1900), daughter of William and Susan G. Nicholson, in 1856 at Green Street Monthly Meeting. Rachel Nicholson Mather was awarded a teaching certification from the Pennsylvania Normal School in 1853 and was an acknowledged Quaker minister. Their daughters, Sarah, Eleanor, and Rachel Mather, attended Friends Central School, Froebels School and the School District of Philadelpia. Their son Thomas T. Mather (1873-1957) married Bertha Marie Ohnmeiss in 1903.


1 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder (7 items) and 1 legal sized box)




Collection contains student work books, two marriage certificates and four school certificates relating to the Thomas T. and Rachel (Nicholson) Mather family.

Physical Location

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Custodial History

The donor, Thomas Tyson Mather, IV, is the great-grandson of Thomas Tyson Mather and Rachel Nicholson. Mather.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Mather, IV. Acc. 2013.017

Susanna Morikawa
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