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"Some Account of Joshua Sharpless"

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-083

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the single volume biographical manuscript of Joshua Sharpless. The front cover includes the signature of Aaron Sharpless, who may have authored the biography. The volume describes Sharpless's early life, the influence of Quakerism in his life, his travels as a missionary to Indigenous nations in 1798, and a biographical description of his first wife, Edith Yarnall Sharpless.

Dates

  • Undated.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Joshua Sharpless (1746-1826) was born December 28, 1746, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Mendenhall) Sharpless. Sharpless married Edith Yarnall at Middletown Meeting, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1768. Sharpless had five sons and three daughters. Sharpless later removed to New Garden, Pennsylvania, where he worked towards the abolition of slave holding among Friends. In 1784, the family bought a farm in East Bradford and Westtown townships. Sharpless's first wife died in 1787, and he married Anne Trimble on May 20, 1789. The couple had a son and daughter. In 1798, Sharpless traveled to Cornplanter's village to visit younger Friends who were living there. In 1800, Sharpless and his wife became the first superintendents at Westtown School. Joshua Sharpless died on September 21, 1826.

Extent

0.08 Linear Feet (1 volume)

Language

English

Overview

The biographical manuscript of Joshua Sharpless describes Sharpless's early life, the influence of Quakerism in his life, his travels as a missionary to Indigenous nations in 1798, and a biographical description of his first wife, Edith Yarnall Sharpless.

Acquisition

"Some Account of Joshua Sharpless" was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1948 by the estate of Dr. William Sharpless.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.975.01.069 Joshua Sharpless diaries
  • HC.MC.975.07.130 "Account of Isaac Coates, Joshua Sharpless & John Pierce's Visits to the Indian Reservation in western New York"
  • HC.MC.975.07.132 "Account of a visit paid to the Indians in New York State"
  • HC.MC.1111 Sharpless-Kite family papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.
Title
"Some Account of Joshua Sharpless," undated
Author
Kara Flynn
Date
October, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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