An Inventory of the Allen Family Papers, 1700-1954

(4 boxes; 2 linear ft.)

RG 5/001


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Abstract
Contains the papers of the Allen Family, a Quaker family of Philadelphia and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, which traced its ancestry back to one of William Penn's commissioners. Includes papers relating to the Allen and related Breidenhart, Casdorp, Gibbons, Hubley, Jacobs, Matlack, and Samuel families. The Allen family papers contain extensive genealogical material, family correspondence, journals and memorials which provide excellent source material on Quaker family life in the 19th century in the Philadelphia area. Of particular interest are letters from Charles and Rebecca Allen to their children, several of whom were educated at Westtown School.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE The Allen family traces its ancestry to one of William Penn's commissioners, Nathaniel Allen, who landed at Chester Creek in 1681. The collection's main focus is on the 5th and 6th generations: Charles Allen (1776-1843) and his son George B. Allen (1804-1869).

Charles Allen, a druggist, first married Sarah Breidenhart (1778-1807) and later married Rebecca Jackson (1781-1860), a teacher. Their home was on Pine Street in Philadelphia, and Charles and Rebecca were overseers and elders of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Southern District. Charles frequently accompanied ministers on their visits to other meetings. Rebecca served on the committee in charge of Westtown Boarding School.

George B. Allen, a farmer at Marple Hill, was an active member of Springfield Meeting. He married Sidney Jacobs of Bradford Meeting, a teacher. One of their sons, Joshua B. Allen (1832-1902) became a physician and was one of the original members of the Philadelphia Obstetrical Society. He is responsible for the research on the Allen family ancestry. Later additions were made by Mary S. Allen (1871-?), his niece.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS Contains the papers of the Allen Family, a Quaker family of Philadelphia and Delaware County, Pa. Includes correspondence, journals, notebooks, genealogical charts, biographical sketches, memorials, marriage certificates, deeds, and other papers relating to the Allen and related Breidenhart, Casdorp, Gibbons, Hubley, Jacobs, Matlack, and Samuel families. Persons represented include Charles Allen (1776-1843), a Philadelphia druggist, and his son, George Breidenhart Allen (1804-1869), a Delaware County farmer.

The Allen family papers contain extensive genealogical material, family correspondence, journals and memorials which provide excellent source material on Quaker family life in the 19th century in the Philadelphia area. Of particular interest are letters from Charles and Rebecca Allen to their children, several of whom were educated at Westtown School.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Allen family
  • Biographies
  • Breidenhart family
  • Casdorp family
  • Deeds
  • Delaware County (Pa.) -- Family and personal papers
  • Delaware County (Pa.) -- Genealogy
  • Diaries
  • Genealogies
  • Gibbons family
  • Hubley family
  • Jacobs family
  • Matlack family
  • Pennsylvania -- Family and personal papers
  • Pennsylvania -- Genealogy
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Family and personal papers
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Genealogy
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Samuel family
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Allen, Charles, 1776-1843
  • Allen, George Briedenhart, 1804-1869
  • Westtown Boarding School
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1976
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical and Genealogical Material, 1839-1935

Genealogy and Family History of Allen Family
Includes 3 partial copies, with sections on Breidenhart, Casdorp and Hubley families. Also includes two genealogical charts.
Box 1

Genealogy of Nathaniel Allen Family, 1881-1894, n.d.
Includes Breidenhart, Casdorp, Jacobs, and Samuel lines, Chart on p. 21

Casdorp family genealogy Box 2

John Gibbons and his descendents 1881 Box 2

Jacobs family with supplements 1894 (2 copies) Box 2

Matlack family record Box 2

Genealogical notes:

Allen family Box 2

Breidenhart and Hubley families Box 2

Gibbons family Box 2

Jacobs family Box 2

Biographical Sketch of George B. and Sidney (Jacobs) Allen, by Joshua G. Allen Box 2

Biographical Sketch of Joshua G. Allen Box 2

Memorial Book
1856 4mo Elizabeth Allen to Rebecca J. Allen, (contains memorials of Lydia Allen, Sarah B. Allen, Sidney Allen, and Lydia Jacobs)
Box 2

Memorials, 1839-1932

Allen, Lydia 1839 4mo 12 Box 2

Allen, Sarah B 1842 5mo 31 Box 2

Smedley, Mary 1866 2mo 16 Box 2

Gibbons, Jane 1898 Box 2

Allen, Elizabeth 1901 Box 2

Allen, Samuel L. 1918 Box 2

Allen, Sarah H. 1928 Box 2

Allen, George Breidenhart 1932 Box 2

Allen, Caroline R.
Also includes Resolution adopted by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Media
1935 Box 2

Will, Smedley, Rebecca J. 10mo 2 1854 (copy) Box 2

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1789-1954
Concerns the genealogical material gathered by Joshua G. Allen and additions by Mary S. Allen. Correspondents are: Charles, Charles J., George B., Deborah S. Jr., Elizabeth, Elizabeth C.B., Elizabeth R., John C., Joshua, Mary (Dutton), Rebecca, Rebecca S., Richard J., Samuel L., and William C. Allen. Also: Rebecca Allinson, George Bailey, Deborah Baldwin, Rebecca Beach, Lydia G. Bell, Mary P. Brown, Gilbert Cope, Richard W. Davids, J. Allen DeCou, R.J. Dutton, R. Elkinton, Charles L. Fry, Marianna Gibbons, Alfred A. Hubley, A.R. Jacobs, H.E. Jacobs, Phebe Jacobs, John B. Kieffer, Emmanuel Nidecker, Anna M. Nixon, Arthur R. Pennell, Francis Rawle, Eliz. A. Roberts, Joseph Snowden, Elizabeth Thatcher, Hannah A. Warner, Yardley Warner, Martha Warrington, and Seth Warrington. Arranged chronologically.


1789 5mo 26 Casdorp, Jacob and Elizabeth to Allen, Joseph (father of Charles) Box 3

Correspondence, 1814-1869
These are primarily the letters of Charles and Rebecca Allen to their children and grandchildren.

Correspondence, 1814-1815 Box 3

Correspondence, 1821-1825 Box 3

Correspondence, 1826-1832 Box 3

Correspondence, 1837 and undated Box 3

Correspondence, 1840-1843 and undated Box 3

Correspondence, 1839 Box 3

Correspondence, 1846-1849 Box 3

Correspondence, 1857-1869 Box 3

Correspondence, 1875-1954
These concern the genealogical material gathered by Joshua G. Allen and additions by Mary S. Allen.

Correspondence, 1875-1899 Box 3

Correspondence, 1901-1954 Box 3

Ser. 3. Journals and Diaries, 1831-1893

Allen, George B.
Diary of a journey to look at coal mines near Wyoming Valley, PA.
1831 10mo 7-15 Box 4

Allen, Sidney (Jacobs) 1836 9mo 12-1847 9mo 13 Box 4

Allen, Elizabeth C. (Bromley), 1892 1mo 25-1893 7mo 26 Box 4

Ser. 4. Financial Papers, 1813-1851

Allen, George B.: Account Books, 1813-1851

Account Books 1813-1816, 1817 Box 4

Account Books 1826-1831, 1831-1835 Box 4

Account Books 1841-1845, 1847-1851 Box 4

Miscellaneous Receipts Box 4

Ser. 5. Legal Papers, 1849-1950, n.d.

Allen, Clement E., papers Box 4

Sketch of proposed construction of intersection in Media, Pa Box 4

Appraisal of Sarah M. Caldwell property in Brookhaven held in trust by Chester MM 1949 Box 4

Blueprint of highway condemnation of above property 1950 Box 4

Ser. 6. Miscellaneous Papers, 1823-1924, n.d.

Album: Geometry exercise book, Allen, George B. Box 4

Art Work, Allen, Sidney (Jacobs) 1823 Box 4

Brochures, 1886, n.d.:

Allen, Hannah W. "Instruction in Elocution" 1886 Box 4

Allen, Elizabeth R. "On the trail of the Friendly Haven Ranch"
Friend Haven Ranch was a cattle ranch in New Mexico.
Box 4

Catalogue of trees planted 1847 11mo 22 Box 4

News Clippings (copies) Box 4

Passport: Allen, Joshua G. 1882 6mo 22 Box 4

Photographs

Allen, George B. Jr. and family Box 4

Gravestones, Breidenhart - Hubley Box 4

Sewel, William, The history of...the Quakers... showing signature of Joseph Allen on title page and the signature of Nathaniel Allen on first page Box 4

[Oakmann] Bible births and deaths Box 4

Marriage certificate of Richard and Lydia Jacobs showing signatures Box 4

Programs: Allen, George B., 1927-1930

1927 4mo 22 Alumni prize speaking contest Box 4

1928 3mo 10 Oral English Contest Box 4

1929 5mo 18 Twelfth Night Box 4

1930 6mo 11 Westtown Commencement Box 4

Pronunciation Lesson: "One exquisite evening..." Box 4

Report to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Allen, William C. and Allen, E.C.B. "Far Service." 1922-1924 Box 4

Sermons, fragments: Pennington, Isaac 1904 1mo 4 (copy) Box 4

Verse, 1837-1845, n.d.

Allen, Charles: "Lydia" 1837 6mo 2 Box 4

Anonymous Box 4

Anonymous "Fourth Month Thirteenth, Nineteen Hundred and Four." Box 4

Anonymous "Humanity and Ingratitude" 1845 10mo 18 Box 4

Anonymous "Mourn not..." Box 4

Anonymous "The Old Oaken Bucket" modernized version Box 4

Anonymous "Revised Version (by GP) of The Pageant (by Whittier)." Box 4

Branch, Mary Bolles: "The Petrified Fern." Box 4

Allen, Deborah Smedley: "A Budget of Rhyme." Box 4

[Allen, Deborah Smedley]: "The Quaker." Box 4

[Allen, Deborah Smedley]: "Reflections." Box 4

Allen, Deborah S. Jr.: "The hours I spent with thee..." Box 4

[Allen, Elizabeth]: "Remarks of E.A. at Kitchen Surprise." Box 4

Satterthwaite, Eliz. A.: "Garden Surprise for MES & JRP." Box 4

[Satterthwaite, E.A.]: "He Leadeth Me." Box 4

Satterthwaite, Eliz. A.: "Pennsylvania 1776-1926" (copy) Box 4