An Inventory of the Ash-Schofield Family Papers, 1888-1970

(3 boxes; 1.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/004


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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081-1399 U.S.A.  

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Abstract
Samuel Shinn Ash and his wife, Sarah J. Schofield, were prominent Quakers, active in a variety of philanthropic activities, including anti-slavery, peace, temperance, women's rights, and education. Samuel Shinn Ash was apprenticed as an engineer and machinist and worked in manufacturing. This collection consists of family papers, manuscript letters and memorabilia, largely of a domestic nature. Includes some descriptions of Meetings and religious journeys, of the early struggles of Samuel S. Ash in engineering and business, and references to the Schofield Normal and Industrial School in Aiken, S.C. of which Martha Schofield, one of the correspondents, was Manager. The exchange of letters between Mary S. Ash and her mother, Sarah Ash, describes student life at Swarthmore College in the 1890's.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE Samuel Shinn Ash, son of Dr. Caleb and Rebecca (Shinn) Ash, was born Feb. 2, 1829, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Caleb Ash was described as a “radical Quaker and Reformer.” His marriage to Rebecca Shinn was the first to be solemnized in the new Cherry Street Meeting House; the bride's family had taken the Orthodox side in the Separation of 1827 and did not attend the ceremony.

The family moved to Darby in 1834, and here Samuel Shinn Ash received his early education. At 15, he joined the Franklin Institute, of which he remained a life-long member. Apprenticed as an engineer and machinist, he joined the firm of Howard and Son (later Howard and Ash) and subsequently worked to perfect a stamp-perforating machine for the manufacture of U.S. postage and revenue stamps. At the termination of the Government contract, he joined the furniture and upholstery firm of Amos Hillborn, where he remained until his retirement in 1897.

In 1859 he married Sarah J. Schofield, daughter of Oliver W. and Mary Jackson Schofield of Darby. Three sons and one daughter were born of this marriage, the youngest son and the daughter surviving their parents. A number of the letters in the collection concern the loss of the two older sons, at ages of 14 and 21 respectively.

Throughout their lives, Samuel Shinn Ash and his wife were active members of their Meeting. He was not only a minister much in demand for a variety of spiritual services, but they were active in a wide range of philanthropic activities, antislavery, peace and temperance movements, women's rights, and education. As clerk of the First Meeting of Friends' Educational Association, he was one of the founders of Swarthmore College. Samuel Shinn Ash died in 1911, and Sarah Ash died in 1912.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS This collection consists of family papers, manuscript letters and memorabilia, largely of a domestic nature. Includes some descriptions of Meetings and religious journeys, of the early struggles of Samuel S. Ash in engineering and business, and references to the Schofield Normal and Industrial School in Aiken, S.C., of which Martha Schofield, one of the correspondents, was Manager. The exchange of letters between Mary S. Ash and her mother, Sarah Ash, describes student life at Swarthmore College in the 1890's.


Added entries

Subjects
  • Quakers - Pennsylvania
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Ash, Samuel S. (Samuel Shinn), 1829-1911
  • Ash, Sarah J. (Sarah Jane), 1835-1912
  • Child, Mary H. (Mary Hough), 1803-1874
  • Jenkins, Mary Ash, 1875-1948
  • Schofield Normal and Industrial School
  • Schofield, Lydia A. (Lydia Ann), 1835-1909
  • Schofield, Martha
  • Schofield, Oliver W. (Oliver Wilson), 1806-1852
  • Swarthmore College
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1980, 1986
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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, 1847, n.d.

General, includes family trees Box 1

Extended genealogical lists (handwritten) Box 1

Memoirs and obituaries Box 1

Disownment of Oliver W. Schofield from Newtown Meeting 1847 Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1796-1912

Mary H. Jackson (Schofield), 1818-1869

From her father
Letters her father wrote her while she was a student.
1818-19 Box 1

From Edward Stabler 1828-30 Box 1

To presidents and governors 1847-69 Box 1

Oliver W. and Mary H. Schofield, 1831-1859

Correspondence with each other 1833-52 Box 1

Correspondence sent 1831-1859 Box 1

Correspondence received 1835-1852, n.d. Box 1

Sarah Schofield Ash, 1852-1912

Correspondence sent 1852-1863 Box 1

Correspondence sent 1871-1877 Box 1

Correspondence sent 1880-1912, n.d. Box 1

Correspondence received 1851-1911 Box 1

Samuel Shinn Ash, 1853-1910

Correspondence sent 1853-1859 Box 2

Correspondence sent 1861-1876 Box 2

Correspondence sent 1884-1910 Box 2

Correspondence received 1854-1877 Box 2

Correspondence received 1884-1910 Box 2

Lydia Ann Schofield, 1865-1895

Correspondence sent 1865-1895 Box 2

Correspondence received 1871-1875. Box 2

Mary Schofield Ash, 1892-1911

Correspondence sent 1892-1911 Box 2

Correspondence received 1893-1911 Box 2

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1796-1840

T. Scattergood to Jane Hough Jackson 1796 Box 2

Halliday Jackson to his bride 1801 Box 2

Mary Jackson, short verse in a letter to her father 1816 Box 2

Edward Stabler to Halliday Jackson. 1831 Box 2

Edward Hicks to John Jackson 1840 Box 2

Ser. 3. Writings
Listed by author.


Mary H. Jackson, 1831-1874, n.d.

Notebooks Box 2

Journal 1845-1874 Box 2

Miscellaneous pieces, many original 1831-1864, n.d. Box 2

Sarah Jane Schofield, 1850s

Commonplace book with original pieces 1850s Box 2

Lydia Ann Schofield, 1870s

On her mother, Mary H. Jackson ca. 1870s Box 2

Mary Schofield Ash, 1894

Diary
Written while a student at Swarthmore College.
1894 Box 2

John Jackson, 1855

Dissertation, “On the Christian Ministry” 1855 Box 3

Miscellaneous, 1851-1902

Comments to London Yearly Meeting and others, notes from class “The New Covenant”, 1902 Box 3

Miscellaneous 1851-1901 Box 3

Ser. 4. Miscellaneous items, 1818-1939, n.d.

Miscellaneous 1818-1939 Box 3

Quaker invitations 1825-1909 Box 3

Friendship calendar 1909 Box 3

Silhouettes 1909, n.d. Box 3

Memorabilia of G. Herbert Jenkins
Includes “Welsh Society” book and invoice.
Box 3

Piece from William Penn Treaty Tree
Given to Halliday Jackson by Mary H.J. Schofield Child.
Box 3

Ser. 5. Photographs and pictures, 1834-1910, n.d.

Portraits and family pictures ca. 1834-1910. Box 3

Buildings Box 3

Swarthmore College student life, Mary Schofield Ash. ca. 1896 Box 3