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Cadbury-Brown Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1177

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily contains letters of the Brown and Cadbury families about family, business, and Quaker issues. Includes news of personal matters, health, the sheep and merino wool business of John Brown, a visit of Elias Hicks to the meeting at Dover, New Hampshire, education, and attendance at Meeting. Correspondents include: Amos Brown, John Brown, Moses Brown, William Brown, Lydia Shinn Cadbury, Richard Cadbury, and Sarah Shinn Cadbury. There is also a mask of Caroline Cadbury Brown taken in her youth.


  • 1804-1900

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Richard Cadbury (1825-1897) was a partner in a dry goods business, which he then bought out. Later in life he worked as an accountant and as treasurer to public charities. He married Lydia Comfort Shinn in 1850, and they had four children, only two of whom survived, Caroline and Richard Tapper.

Caroline Cadbury (1851-1914) was the daughter of Lydia Comfort Shinn Cadbury (1828-1904) and Richard Cadbury (1825-1897), and the sister of Richard Tapper Cadbury. Caroline and Richard Tapper were the only two children of Lydia and Richard who survived infancy. Caroline married Thomas Kite Brown (1851-1929), son of Rebecca Brown and Nathaniel Howland Brown, in 1876. Thomas Kite Brown was a teacher at Westtown Boarding School. The couple had eight children, two of whom died in infancy. Surviving children were Richard Cadbury, Bertha, Shipley, Thomas Kite, Jr., Carroll Thornton, and Lydia Caroline. (Lydia married her first cousin Henry J. Cadbury.)

In 1896, the Browns opened Back Log Camp, for paying guests who came to fish and camp, and the whole family was often involved in the project. When Caroline was sixty she traveled to the Friends’ Mission in Tokyo.


1.0 Linear Feet (2 boxes)




19th-century papers of the interrelated Cadbury and Brown Quaker families.


The Cadbury-Brown Family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1992 by Christopher Joel Cadbury.

Related Materials

  • A History of the Cadbury Family by John F. Crosfield (BX7721.C12 C94 1985)
  • Marriage certificate of Caroline Cadbury and Thomas Kite Brown (990B-R)
  • Jones-Cadbury Papers, contains photos of Cadbury & Brown family members (HC.MC.1172)
  • Materials dating from Richard Tapper Cadbury’s time at Haverford College, including grade reports (910A, under “Cadbury”
  • Biographical Catalog of the Matriculates of Haverford College: 1833-1922. Prepared by a Committee of the Alumni Association in 1922.


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