Anna Pettit Broomell Family Papers, 1797-1919

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG5/019


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Abstract
This collection contains papers and relics collected by Anna Pettit Broomell concerning Quaker families of Columbiana County, Ohio, and Salem County, New Jersey. It includes family correspondence, accounts, albums, school copybooks, notebooks, piece book, almanacs, clippings, printed material, and memorabilia of the Pettit, Hussey, Griffith, and related families. Includes letters from Hannah G. Pettit of Columbiana County, Ohio, to her sister, Hester G. Hussey, from David Pettit to his family in 1873 while on a tour of Indian reservations in Nebraska, as well as a letter from James Baldwin to Anna Pettit Broomell concerning the book, In My Youth.

Background note:
Anna Pettit Broomell was a Philadelphia Quaker poet and writer of children’s books. She was born Anna Frances Thompson Pettit on December 3, 1887, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1907. She earned a M.A. from Columbia University and married George Lupton Broomell, Swarthmore Class of 1906. The Broomells had two children, G. Lupton, Jr., and Hannah, both of whom also graduated from Swarthmore College.

Anna Pettit Broomell was a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting and active in the Society of Friends. She was chairman of the Publications Committee at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting First Day School Committee (Race Street). She died October 4, 1972.

Anna Pettit Broomell was the daughter of Franklin (1841-1912) and Hannah Thompson Pettit. The family transferred from Salem Monthly Meeting to Green Street Monthly Meeting. The Pettit family had been members of the Society of Friends beginning with Jonathan Pettit who became a Quaker in 1750 and married Mary Shrouds. Their son, Joseph Pettit (1752-801), married Sarah Bassett. Their grandson, David Pettit (1808-1876), married Martha Engle. He was a progressive farmer and corresponded with Charles Downing. He was also an Elder at Salem Monthly Meeting and visited the Great Nemaha Indian Agency in 1873. David and Martha Pettit had six children: Mary, Woodnutt, William H., Franklin (1841-1912), Hannah (b. 1843 and married Harrison Streeter), and David (born 1849). David Pettit married out of unity to Clara Kern. They lived in Philadelphia and, later, Beverly, N.J.. He was in the iron business and a writer and poet.

The collection also contains correspondence from a branch of the Pettits descended from William Pettit and Mary Phipps who moved to Columbiana County, Ohio, about 1804. Their fourth child, Dr. William Pettit (1806-1853), married Jane R. Hussey, and another son, Joseph Pettit (1809- ) married Jane’s sister. Hannah G. Hussey (1810-1869) in 1832. Another sister, Hester G. Hussey (1814-1893) married Mathew Terrell. Mary Elma Pettit (b. 1843) was the fourth child of Joseph and Hannah Pettits, and she married Oscar Griffith in 1865.

Scope and content
This collection contains papers and relics collected by Anna Pettit Broomell concerning two branches of the Quaker Pettit families of Columbiana County, Ohio, and of Salem County, N.J., and Philadelphia, Pa. It includes family correspondence, accounts, albums, school copybooks, notebooks, piece book, almanacs, clippings, printed material, and memorabilia of the Pettit, Hussey, Griffith, and related families. Includes letters from Hannah G. Pettit of Columbiana County, Ohio, to her sister, Hester G. Hussey; from David Pettit to his family in 1873 while on a tour of Indian reservations in Nebraska; as well as a letter from James Baldwin to Anna Pettit Broomell concerning his book, In My Youth.

Organization: Organized in five series: 1. Biographical and genealogical; 2. Correspondence; 3 School books; 4. Albums, commplace books; 5. Memorabilia.


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repositories. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Repositories as the holder(s) of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Acquisition Information
Deposit

Separated material
Relics placed in FHL Relics: Candlestick (sconce) from Green Street Meeting House; Dowel pin from joist - 1812 Meeting House - 4th & Green Streets; Nail from platform of Green Street Meeting House; Nails from facing benches of Green Street Meeting House; Slate used in Friends' School.

Two letters from Charles Downing to Franklin Pettit were places in Miscellaneous Manuscripts: Downing, 10 1874, and 5-30-1876.

Marriage certificates were placed in FHL Marriage Certificates, stored in Chart Cases: Pettit, Frank to Thompson, Hannah B., Phila. 5-10-1833; Acton, Wyatt to Thompson, Lucy M., Salem, N. J., 3-30-1887; Smith, Luke F. to Thompson, Elizabeth H., Salem, N. J., 1-9-1919; Thompson, Andrew to Elkinton, Ann D. C., Port Elizabeth, N. J., 11-8-1827.

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings given to Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

Photo of Harrison Street (signed by Gutekunst) transferred to FHL Individual Portraits, (Photo of David Pettit (b. 1849) glued in book of his poetry in RG 5/019)

Cartes de visite transferred to FHL Individual Portraits: Atkinson, Elizabeth; Atkinson, Elizabeth, wife of Robert Comly; Atkinson, George B., husband of Elizabeth Bond; Bassett, Ann, wife of John Bassett; Beasley, Rachel (Pettit); Bond, Elizabeth, wife of George Atkinson; Bowman, Mary; Comly, Cynthia; Cooper, David; Cooper, Mrs. David; Cooper, Sarah, wife of Edward Cooper; Darlington, Edie (West Chester, Pa.); Davis, Mary (Engle); Engle, John, husband of Mary; Engle, Martha, wife of David Pettit (1808-1876); Engle, Mary, wife of John Engle; Graham, Israel; Graham, Jane, wife of Israel (ran a school near Langhorne, Pa.); Hicks, Elias; McCormack, Jane or Hannah; Mott, James; Mott, Lucretia; Pettit, David (b. 1847), husband of Clara Kern; Pettit, David (1808-1876), husband of Martha Engle; Pettit, Franklin (1841-1912), husband of Margaret Robbins (1) and Hannah Thompson (2); Pettit, Hannah (b. 1843), circa 1864 (later married Harrison Streeter); Pettit, William (son of David and Martha); Pettit, Woodnut and Sarah Ware Pettit; Pettit, Sarah Jess (1782-1852), wife of Woodnut Pettit; Roberts, Hannah, married A. Hopkins (daughter of Elijah and Anne Pettit Roberts); Warden, William G.; Two unidentified young women.

Almanacs, transferred to PG 1: September to December, 1803 - no date or title page; 1804 - The New Jersey and Pennsylvania Almanac, by Abraham Shoemaker ; 1805 - (title page wanting); 1806 - The Washington Almanac, by Andrew Beers, Philom.; 1807 - Carey's Franklin Almanac, by Abraham Shoemaker; 1808 - (title page wanting); 1809 - The New Jersey & Pennsylvania Almanac, by Joshua Sharp; 1810 - The New Jersey & Pennsylvania Almanac (title page mutilated), by Joshua Sharp ; 1811 - The New Jersey & Pennsylvania Almanac, by Joshua Sharp; 1812 - (title page wanting); 1813 - (title page wanting); 1814 - Stewart's Columbian Almanac, by Andrew Biers; 1815 - The New Jersey & Pennsylvania Almanac, by Joshua Sharp; 1816 - The Colombian Almanac, by Andrew Biers; 1817 - (title page wanting); 1818 - (title page wanting); 1819 - The Agricultural Almanac, pub. by Solomon W. Conrad; 1820 - Bennett & Walton's Almanac, calculated by Joshua Sharp; 1821 - (title page wanting); 1822 - (title page wanting); 1823 - Poor Will's Almanac, by William Cohen; 1824 - (title page wanting); 1825 - (title page wanting); 1826 - The LaFayette Almanac, pub. by G.W.Mentz; 1827 - The Farmer's Almanac, by John Ward; 1828 - (title page wanting); 1829 - (title page wanting); 1830 - The New Jersey Almanack, by David Young, Philom.; 1831 - Th--s--- Anti-Masonic Almanac, calculations by Wm. Collom, printed and published by J. Clarke; 1832 - Uncle Sam's Almanack, pub. by Denny and Walker; 1833 - The Farmer's Almanac, by John Ward; 1834 - Poor Will's Almanac, by William Collom; 1835 - Poor Will's Almanac, by William Collom; 1836 - The Philadelphia Almanac, by William Collom; 1837 - The Franklin Almanac, by William Collom; 1838 - Friends' Almanac, by Joseph Foulke; 1839 - Friends' Almanac, by Joseph Foulke; 1840 - Agricultural Almanac, pub. by Prouty, Libby, & Prouty; 1841 - Poor Will's Almanac, pub. by Joseph M'Dowell; 1842 - (title page wanting); 1843 - The Pennsylvania and New Jersey Almanac, by Joseph Foulke; 1844 - Friends' Almanac, by Joseph Foulke; 1845 - The Girad Almanac, by Joseph Foulke; 1846 - Friends' Almanac, by Joseph Foulke; 1847 - Friends' Almanac, by Joseph Foulke, Jr.; 1848 - Friends' Almanac, by Joseph Foulke, Jr.; 1849 - Friends' Almanac, by Joseph Foulke, Jr.; 1850 - Friends' Family Almanac, pub. by T.E.Chapman.

Related material
Broomell, Anna Pettit, Collected poetry, 1896-1937. 1 folder. SC/099

The children's story garden / collected by a committee of the Philadelphia Yearly meeting of Friends, Anna Pettit Broomell, chairman. 1928


Added entries

Subjects
  • Anna Pettit Broomell, 1887-1972
  • Bassett family
  • Engle family
  • French family
  • Indians -- Nebraska.
  • Pettit family
  • Quakers -- New Jersey.
  • Quakers -- Ohio.
  • Quakers -- Philadelphia.
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs.

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Baldwin, James, 1841-1925
  • Pettit, David, 1808-1876
  • Pettit, David, 1847-
  • Pettit, Hannah G., 1810-1869
  • Terrell, Hester G., 1814-1893

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

     


    Collection inventory

    Note to Researchers: These records may only be consulted at Swarthmore and are not available through inter-Library loan.


    Series 1: Biographical and genealogical material, n.d.

    Ledger containing data on Engle, French, and Pettit families.
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Wm. Bassett family tree
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    On oversized acidic paper

    Series 2: Correspondence, 1834-1920

    Family letters from the Ohio branch of the Pettits
    1834-1889
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    33 family letters from the Ohio branch of the Pettits. Authors include: Edward Binns, (Mary) Elma Griffith, Edith Griffith Grubb, Hannah G. and Mary Pettit; Recipients: (Mary) Elma Griffith, Oscar Griffith, Christopher and Hester G. Hussey, Hannah G. and Joseph Pettit.

    Letters from David Pettit to wife and family
    mid 19th century
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    12 letters from David Pettit (1808-1876) to wife and family.

    Anna Pettit Broomell correspondence
    1917-1920
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    7 items of Anna Pettit Broomell's correspondence concerning James Baldwin's book In the Days of My Youth. Includes a note and poem from James Baldwin.

    Series 3: School books and reports, 1848-ca.1931 & n.d.

    Astronomy - Franklin Pettit
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Composition - Anna L. Test.
    1848-1849
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    English Literature, etc. - L.H. Thompson
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1



    Mathematics
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Reading - Anna F. T. Pettit
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Writing - Anna L. Test
    1848-1849
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Friends' School of Salem, N.J. - Monthly report of Lucy Thompson
    1877
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Book of Psalms
    1931?
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Book of Psalms made by children of School Lane First Day School, Germantown, Phila., Pa.

    Series 4: Albums, commonplace books, 1898-1902 & n.d.

    Autograph album
    1898
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Loose leaf. Page 1 contains the name Rebecca J. Broomell, and is signed Thomas N. Taylor.

    Autograph album belonging to Hannah Pettit.
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Autograph album (Rosebud) containing poems and color flower prints, belonging to Hannah Pettit.

    Copy book of Maggie Pettit (poems)
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Ms. notebook on mushrooms
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Ms. notebook on mushrooms kept by Hannah (Pettit) Streeter, wife of Harrison Streeter.

    Scrapbook of clippings of printed poems
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Scrapbook of clippings of printed poems pasted over pages of a printed book

    "Random Selections from the Writings of David Pettit."
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    "Random Selections from the Writings of David Pettit,"(1849-) (bound). Contains typed copies of poems, articles, and clippings

    By David Pettit: "Hay-Bound, a Summer Idyll."
    12-25-1902
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Notebook, also containing letters, in verse, to sister, Hannah Streeter, Dec. 1915 to Jan. 1916, and other verse.

    "MS Modern Criticism"
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Bound manuscript, by David Pettit.

    Series 5: Memorabilia, Almanacs, Pictures, 1797-1913

    Memorabilia
    1822-1913
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Includes: Reward of merit for Thomasin H. Walker. 3mo 29, 1822; Wedding invitation Anne Dallas Clark Elkinton to Andrew Thompson; Invitation to dine at John Elkinton's, to Sarah Jones, 1827; Invitation to funeral of John Pettit, 1845; Card in memory of George Hall who died Dec. 29th, 1851; Calling card - Anna L. Test, "At Home" 1-1-1857; Wedding to Clark H. Thompson; 3 pictures: Aunt Rachel Beasley, Anna Lane Test Thompson, Hannah B. (Hall) Test; Financial statement of tuition paid by George Hall, 1827, signed by Wm. Shourds, receiver; Card announcing 100th anniversary of Green Street Meeting (1813-1913). Anna F. T. Pettit; 3 unidentified cartes de visite; Handwritten card beginning: "Blessing on the little heart" from Fannie Singleton, Potomac, Illinois, 6-6-1877; Joseph Hoag, "Remarkable Vision of..." MS copy.

    Cartes de visite
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Three unidentified cartes de visite.

    Sequel to English Reader
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Printed book, with Josiah Kirk's name on back of cover; no title page.

    Account book
    1797-1876
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Contains names of R. Wood, Wood & Bacon, Hunt & Ewing, James B. Hunt, and others.

    Almanac
    1805
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Title page wanting

    The New Jersey & Pennsylvania Almanac
    1811
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    By Joshua Sharp.

    Bennett & Walton's Almanac
    1820
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Calculated by Joshua Sharp

    The New Jersey Almanack
    1830
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    By David Young, Philom.

    Agricultural Almanac
    1840
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Published by Prouty, Libby, & Prouty.