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Allinson Family Papers

Identifier: HC.MC-968

Scope and Contents note

Papers include correspondence, poetry, commonplace books, journals and diaries, deeds, marriage certificates, diplomas, legal and financial papers, genealogical material, memorials, pictures, silhouettes, maps, scrapbooks and clippings.

Letters include those of thirty-one members of the Allinson family, plus those of related members of the Carey, Chattin, Cooper, Hinohman, Parker, and Taylor families, and others. Among those represented are Caroline Allinson , Francis Greenleaf Allinson, Samuel Allinson, 1739-1791, Samuel Allinson, 1784-1859, Samuel Allinson, 1808-1883, Sybil Allinson, William Allinson, William James Allinson; James Carey, 1821-1894, John E. Carey, Martha (Evans) Carey, Samuel Carey; Elisabeth Chattin, Rachel Chattin; David Cooper; Eliza (Webb) Hinchman; Margaret (Allinson) Parker; Joseph Wright Taylor. Correspondents include Joseph Gurney Bevan, Joseph Bonaparte, Elias Boudinot, Moses Brown, 1738-1836, Hannah Cathrall, and George Dillwyn; John Elliott, Sarah Moore Grimké, and James H. Sterling, concerning temperance work; Anthony Benezet, Patrick Henry, Joseph Parrish, and Theodore Dwight Weld, about slavery; Samuel Rhoads, about the Free Produce Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen), George Brinton McClellan, Joel Parker, and Marous Lawrence Ward, about the New Jersey State Reform School for Boys at Jamesburg; Julia Ward Howe, about the women's peace movement; Joseph Scattergood, d.1824 and Thomas Scattergood, 1748-1814, about the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793; George Washington, about unlawful billeting of Army officers in Samuel Allinson's house.

Poetry consists of 85 items, 1768-1924, on miscellaneous subjects, including 21 by William James Allinson.

Commonplace books include vol. 3 of Anne (Tatum) Allinson's, containing extracts from Samuel Allinson's journals, 1879-1883.

Journals and diaries include diary of Martha (Cooper) Allinson, 1786-1799; journal of Rebecca Allinson, 1827; Samuel Allinson, 1784-1859, Journal of a journey to Gibraltar, 1820; Samuel Allinson, 1808-1883, Journal of a journey to New York, 1828; copy of Martha Routh's journal kept on her passage from London to America, 1794; William Allinson's Notes of a tour into Sussex, 10th mo. 1804, in company with Josiah Reeve and Gershom Craft and Notes of a tour to Flemington, 10th mo., 1805, to attend the Circuit Court on the trial for the freedom of Flora, granddaughter of Jane Carr; also his journal describing visit to Indigenous Americans in New York State in 1809; William James Allinson's Familiar notes of a journey to Niagara Falls, Sept., 1843; Rebecca Jones' journal, 1788-89, and her Diary aboard the Pigou, 1788.

Deeds include one from William Biddle to John Biddle. Aug. 5, 1724; fourteen deeds and assignments, 1834-1861, of Martha (Evans) Carey; draft of deed for burial ground of Cropvell Meeting, 1793; drafts of deeds for burial ground, 1816, lot for Meeting House, 1816, and lot for Meeting House and stables, 1826, of Mansfield Meeting; copy of deed for land of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends for the Southern District, 1819; copy of deed, 1699, from Christopher Wetherill to Thomas Scattergood, conveying land as dowry of Phebe (Wetherill) Scattergood. Deeds of the Burlington Company, covering purchase of land in the Province of New York, signed by Friends from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are stored in MC OVS 950.309.

Marriage certificates include those of Francis Greenleaf Allinson and Mary Irwin Carey, 1885 (stored in OVS 950.307); Joseph Allinson and Elisabeth Scattergood, 1721; Samuel Allinson, 1739-1791, and Elisabeth Smith, 1765; Samuel Allinson, 1739-1791, and Martha Cooper, 1773; Charles Shoemaker Taylor and Rebecca Hughes, 1873 (stored in OVS 950.307); Charles Shoemaker and Gertrude Allinson, 1894 (stored in OVS 950.307).

Diplomas are those of Francis Greenleaf Allinson for B.A. degree, 1876, and L.L.D., 1931, from Haverford College (stored in 910-I).

Legal and financial papers include 19 wills, notably that of Richard Allison [Allinson] 1731.

Genealogical material consists of 69 items on Allinson, Cooper, Hinchman, Matlack, Scattergood, and Tatum families.

Memorials include those to Bernice (Chattin) Allinson. James Allinson, 1778-1811, John Cooper Allinson, Samuel Allinson, 1739-1791, Samuel Allinson, 1808-1883, William Allinson, William James Allinson, David Cooper, and Margaret Wistar Haines.

Pictures are those of members of the family and friends, including an autographed photograph of David Bispham, 1897.

Maps include rough sketch of Burlington Company's tract of land at Otego, Albany County, New York; map showing general survey of Burlington Tract (land owned by Burlington Company), 1769, plus a copy entitled, “Col. Croghan's Patent” (both stored in 815 under name Burlington Tract); maps of real estate holdings of Martha (Evans) Carey, in papers of Samuel Carey; map of Friends Meetings in New York State, near the North River [ca. 1811].

Scrapbooks, one containing newspaper clippings and miscellaneous autographs, one containing silhouettes of the Allinson family, relatives, and friends, are stored in 975.

Other papers in this collection include those of the Burlington Company, concerning settlement of lands in New York; miscellaneous items concerning Burlington Monthly Meeting. Burlington Quarterly Meeting, Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Cropwell Meeting, London Yearly Meeting, Mansfield Meeting, Nantucket Monthly Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting - Meeting for Sufferings, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Women Friends, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends for the Southern District, Trenton Meeting, Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting, and various minutes of transfer, minutes for traveling in the ministry, letters of commendation, etc.; papers from Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia Meetings, concerning the Separation of 1827-28; 38 miscellaneous items concerning Indigenous Americans, 1758-1932; Proceedings of the New Jersey State Temperance Society, 1834; papers of the New Jersey Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, 1797-1803), also membership certificate and picture of Bassa Cove, Liberia (both stored in 988-E); Articles of the New Jersey Association for Helping the Indians, 1757 (manuscript book stored in 975.09.019); arithmetic book, copy book, almanac, memorandum books, and receipt book of Rebecca Jones (7 items, 1766-1809); pocket notebook of Debbie M. Kimber, “Record of dates and events,” 1860-1883.


  • Creation: 1710 - 1939


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical note

Francis Greenleaf Allinson (1856-1931) was a classicist and teacher who was born in Burlington, N. J., the son of Quakers William James Allinson and Rebecca Hinchman Allinson. Francis Greenleaf Allinson graduated from Haverford College in 1876 and received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1880. In 1885, he married Mary Irwin Carey. Allinson taught Greek and Latin at Haverford College. He also became Headmaster at the University School in Baltimore MD and taught at Williams College, Brown University, University of California and in Athens.

Samuel Allinson (1739-1791) was an attorney and Surveyor-General of N. J. A Quaker, he married Elizabeth Smith in 1765. After Elizabeth's death, he married Martha Cooper in 1773. He was the author of Acts of the General Assembly of the Province of New Jersey... from 1702 to...1776 in 1776.

Samuel Allinson (1808-1883) was a farmer born in New York City, the son of Quakers James Allinson and Bernice Chattin Allinson. He married, first, Elizabeth Alsop in 1839 and second, Anne Tatum in 1855. Allinson helped establish reform schools for boys and girls in 1875 and was the author of some works on Indigenous Americans in New Jersey.

William James Allinson (1810-1874) was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of Quakers James Allinson and Bernice Chattin Allinson. He married Rebecca Webb Hinchman. He apprenticed, then became a druggist, in Burlington, N. J. William Allinson was the author of several works and was editor of the journal Friends' Review in 1867.

Biographical information from the Dictionary of Quaker Biography, biographical sketches in typescript, Special Collections, Haverford College Library.


5.5 linear ft. (13 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection spans more than two centuries and includes most notably members of the Allinson and Taylor families. There are also letters from Joseph Bonaparte, Sarah Moore Grimke, Julia Ward Howe and George Washington. Prominent material types include correspondence, diaries, financial, legal and property papers, maps, photographs and poetry. The richest subject veins are anti-slavery, including the Free Produce Association of Friends, the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia and settlement of land in New York.


Materials are arranged in three series, and within each series by type of material and alphabetically.


The Allinson family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1958 by Margaret Taylor McIntosh with additions donated in 1997 by Carl Flintermann, Edward Flintermann, and Peter Flintermann.

Related Materials

HC.MC.975.09.001, Ackworth School, England records, 1785-1786 HC.MC.975.03.001,Elizabeth Allinson commonplace book, 1820 HC.MC..975.03.003, Samuel Allinson commonplace book HC.MC.975.06.005, Francis Allinson photograph album HC.MC.975.03.002, Martha Allinson commonplace book HC.MC.975.04.001, Allinson family scrapbook

Materials Cataloged Separately

Diplomas of Francis Greenleaf Allinson (1856-1931) from Haverford College, B.A.,1876; (L.L.D.), 1931. STORED IN 910 I

Marriage certificate Francis Greenleaf Allinson (1856-1931)with Mary Irwin Carey, of Baltimore, Married, Baltimore, 9mo. 10. 1885. STORED IN MC OVS 950.307

Photograph album of Francis Greenleaf Allinson, [ca.1876] STORED IN MC 975.06.005

Photograph of Burlington, N.J., Monthly Meeting (Ortho.), belonging to Francis Greenleaf Allinson, dated 1898. STORED in 912.

Taylor, Charles Shoemaker: Marriage certificate with Rebecca Hughes, of London Grove, Pa. Married at West Grove, Pa., Monthly Meeting, 6mo. 12, 1873; Wedding certificate with Gertrude Allinson, of Beverly, N.J. Married at Burlington, N.J., Monthly Meeting, 11mo. 14, 1894. STORED IN MC OVS 950.307

Burlington Tract: Deeds covering purchase of land in the province of New York, signed by Friends from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 3 parchment deeds.STORED IN MC 815-R

Burlington Tract.Map - ageneral survey of Burlington Tract, 1769, made by Wm. Ridgway and Joseph Biddle, Jr. Copy by W.D., entitled “Col. Croghan's Patent.” Stored in MC 815-R

New Jersey Association for Helping the Indians. Articles, 1757. Ms. book, 10 p. (p. 9 and 10 give subscribers' signatures, including that of John Woolman.)STORED IN MC 975.09.019

New Jersey Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.Membership certificate (not filled out);Picture of Bassa Cove, in Liberia. STORED IN 988 E-R

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings and miscellaneous autographs. STORED IN MC 975.04.001

Silhouette book of the Allinson family, including many silhouettes of relatives and friends. 20 p. Note: List of European ministers who visited U.S., 1777-1832, mentioned in original Bleyden survey, not found in 1966. STORED IN 975 C

Manumissions: Photo of Gordon (“The Scourged Back”) rehoused in Fine Art Photo Collection

Books and pamphlets removed from collection to Quaker Collection, Main Library or Pamphlet Group:

The Book of Psalms, translated out of the original Hebrew: and with the former translations diligently compared and revised. N.Y.: American Bible Society, 1859. Inscribed.

Burlington: A Provincial Capital .... Phila.: Harris and Partridge, 1945. Inscribed: Carroll Allinson Flintermann from Page?. March 3, 1946, and note to give to Swarthmore if dup.

Medley, being a personal bound collection of pamphlets, fragments for Wm. J. Allinson. Ms. table of contents. 1830s.

Medley, another collection pamphlets, fragments for Wm. J. Allinson. Ms. table of contents, 18th - 19th centuries.

In Memoriam: Edward P. Allinson, Esq. Inscribed.

The Principles of Peace exemplified in the conduct of the Soc. of Friends in Ireland ... / Thomas Hancock, M.D. Boston: Whipple and, Damrell, 1838. Inscribed: "Wm. J. Allinson from his friend, Susan R. Smith, 1838"

An Exposition of the Faith of the Religious Society of Friends ... / Thomas Evans. Phila., Kimber and Sharpless, 1828.

The Hinchman Conspiracy Case, in Letters to the New York Home Journal ... Phila.: Stokes and Bro., 1849.

Memorial of Samuel Allinson ... / John E. Hageman. Read ... 1884.

Allinson Family papers, 1710-1939
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  • April 2017: Reboxed April 2017
  • June 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project

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