An Inventory of the Bettle Family Papers, 1800-1955

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG 5/013


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Abstract
The Bettle family were prominent 19th century Quaker merchants in Philadelphia. Samuel Bettle, Sr., was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at the time of the Separation in 1827. His son, Samuel Bettle, Jr., was also a Quaker minister. They had at least five children, among whom was Samuel, Jr.; the latter married Mary Ann Jones in 1831. The collection includes correspondence, biographical clippings, business records, and other papers of Samuel Bettle and his family. Correspondents include William Savery, Jesse Kersey, Stephen Grellet, and other prominent Friends.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE The Bettle family were prominent 19th century Quaker merchants in Philadelphia. Samuel Bettle, Sr., was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at the time of the Separation in 1827. His son, Samuel Bettle, Jr., was also a Quaker minister. Samuel Bettle, son of Samuel and Sarah of Philadelphia, married Jane Temple, daughter of Thomas and Jane Temple, in 1802 at Kennett Meeting House.

The Bettle family were active members of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District (Orthodox). Samuel Bettle, Sr., was in the mercantile business, d.4-12-1861, age 87. Jane Bettle d.1840, age 67. Both Samuel and Jane were ministering Friends.

Their son Samuel, Jr., (b.10-21-1809, d.1-11-1883) married 11-30-1831 Mary Ann Jones, d.1-11-1883. Children: Mary, b.11-30-1833, d.10-21-1912. (She and her parents were ministering Friends); Samuel, d.5-14-1859, age 23; Edward, b.12-17-1841; Henry, b.1-30-1843, d.1-30-1886. 2 children died in infancy.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS The collection includes correspondence, biographical clippings, business records, and other papers of Samuel Bettle and his family. Correspondents include William Savery, Jesse Kersey, Stephen Grellet, and other prominent Friends.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into four series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Bettle Family
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Bettle, Jane, 1773-1840
  • Bettle, Samuel, 1774-1861
  • Bettle, Samuel, 1809-1880
  • Grellet, Stephen, 1773-1855
  • Kersey, Jesse, 1768-1845
  • Robson, Elizabeth, 1771-1843
  • Savery, William, 1750-1804
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: before 1967
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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 Material, 1694-1944

Obituary clippings re. Samuel Bettle, Jane Bettle, Samuel Bettle, Jr., and Jos., Phebe, and Wm. Jones. Box 1

Copies of, and extracts from, wills:

Caleb Carr 1694 March 8 Box 1

Hetty W. Tatnall 1888 7mo 3 Box 1

Sarah Williams 1921 4mo 19 Box 1

Anna C. Tatnall 1944 11 mo 26 Box 1

Martha Powell undated Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1798-1955, n.d.
Box 1

Correspondence
Authors include Samuel Bettle and other members of the Bettle family, and Joshua L. Baily, Wm. Ball, Wm. Baxter, Jos. Bevan Braithwaite, John Carter, Gertrude Cartland, Thos. Chase, Wm. Chase, Chas. F. Goffn, Hiram Corson, John Cox, Mahlon Day, Thos. Evans, Stephen Grellet, John Griffith, John Hodgkin, Jesse Kersey, Chas. Moon, Hannah Lloyd Neall, Jos. J. Neave, Mildred Ratcliff, Elizabeth Robson, Isaac Robson, Townsend Sharpless, Jos. Tallcot, Thos. Wistar.
1798-1955, n.d.

Ser. 3. Manuscripts, 1855, 1887, n.d.

Bible Society Box 2

Indian affairs
Includes report of Friends' mission to the Oneidas (1860?)
Box 2

Miscellaneous: includes articles, fragments, memorials, notes, etc. Box 2

Quaker
Includes statement by Jesse Kenworthy entitled “Brief view of the original standing of the Society of Friends - of the separation in Ohio Y. M. in the year 1854 - and of the causes...” and Record of disbursements by the Committee of Women Friends of the Philadelphia M.M. for the Western District to the poor.
Box 2

Memorials to James Moon and Sophia Jones 1855, 1887 Box 2

Slavery Box 2

Verse Box 2

Ser. 4. Memorabilia, 1827-1920
Box 2

Ser. 5. Business and financial papers and correspondence, 1827-1920
Box 2
Chronologically arranged.