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Mary King Swayne letters

Identifier: HC.MC-1346

Scope and Contents

Letters include correspondence with members of the Swayne and King families, mainly covering family updates from various branches of the family, including the English Quaker Mary Thresher.


  • Creation: 1807 - 1864


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The collection is open for research use (if there are restrictions indicated it here)

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Mary King Swayne (1787-1855) was the wife of Joel Swayne (1774/75-1850), a Quaker missionary in upstate New York from 1798-1800. The Kings were early settlers of Ceres PA, near the New York state border. They also resided in Delaware for a time before settling in Ceres. Joel Swayne was a member of London Grove Monthly Meeting, and was later a member of Woodstown Monthly Meeting in New Jersey


0.8 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains handwritten letters from and to Mary King Swayne, the wife of Joel Swayne, a Quaker missionary to the Onondaga Tribe of Upstate New York. The letters cover family life and discussions on religion, including the Hicksite Schism.


Letters are arranged in chronological order by sender.


Gift of James Boone, March 2023

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Processing Information

Processed by Maxwell Champlin, May 2023

Mary Swayne Letters
Maxwell Champlin
May, 2023
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