An Inventory of the Samuel J. Bunting Family Papers, 1789-1941

(4 boxes; 2 linear ft.)

RG 5/021

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Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., (1889-1966) was a birthright Hicksite Friend descended from a family that was associated for many generations with the Society of Friends in Pennsylvania and, in particular, with the Darby Monthly Meeting. A graduate of Swarthmore College and banker by profession, he was interested in genealogy and worked over a long period of time to compile family records. Included is material on the Bunting, Ridgways, Andrews, and Lloyd families as well as original documents, such as the correspondence of Josiah Bunting, Quaker minister, and others, and the genealogical manuscript written by Martha Bunting in 1934. The collection illustrates the correspondence and related materials which sometimes descended in Quaker families with deep roots in America.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE Samuel J. Bunting, was the son of Samuel Bunting (1828-1878) and Susanna Lloyd Andrews (1832-1896). Through his paternal line, he was descended from Josiah Bunting (1734-1813), a minister and elder of the Darby Monthly Meeting, some of whose correspondence survives in this collection.

His aunt, Martha Bunting (1861-1944), Swarthmore College Class of 1881 and Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, compiled family genealogies and sketches in 1934. She requested that the manuscript be given to the care of Samuel J. Bunting, who shared her interest in genealogy. In addition to the genealogies of many prominent Quakers living predominantly in Delaware County, PA, she included anecdotes and sketches of the life and concerns of her parents, Samuel and Susanna Lloyd Bunting.

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., was the son of Samuel J. (1851-1946) and Helen McIlvain Bunting. He was a graduate of Swarthmore College, Class of 1910, and a member of Radnor Monthly Meeting. A banker by profession, he was active in the American Friends Service committee during WW1, and in 1920, he was involved in the founding of Young Friends. He was involved in genealogical research and seems to have become the caretaker for the accumulated research and records of the earlier generation of family genealogists.

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., (1889-1966) who was chiefly responsible for this colleciton, was a birthright Hicksite Friend descended from a family that was associated for many generations with the Society of Friends in Pennsylvania and, in particular, with the Darby Monthly Meeting. A banker by profession, he was interested in genealogy and worked over a long period of time to compile family records. The history of how these genealogical papers came together from different sources is not known, but apparently Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., was given the care of the genealogical sketches written in 1934 by his aunt, Martha Bunting (1861-1944) and also the correspondence and genealogical research compiled by Samuel Marshall, who was Martha's cousin and also descended from James and Hannah Lloyd Andrews. After his death, one box of his papers which included the research done of the Ridgway line and personal letter of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., were given to FHL. In 1988, additional papers which apparently remained with his brother, sister-in-law, and nephew where donated to FHL after the death of J. Gibson McIlvain Bunting, his brother.

The collection also includes the genealogical correspondence and extensive notes compiled by Samuel Marshall (1863-1927). He was Martha Bunting's first cousin; his mother was Frances Lloyd Andrews, the sister of Susanna Lloyd Andrews Bunting. Fanny Andrews married William Pusey Marshall at Darby Monthly Meeting in 1851. Samuel Marshall, a birthright member of Birmingham Monthly Meeting, worked for the trust department of a Philadelphia insurance company, lived in West Chester, and was active in the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. His papers include extensive correspondence with Harold Lloyd, for whom he did genealogical research.

As an example of how the family lines are intertwined, Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., prepared a chart for Samuel H(ager) Marshall of Wisconsin, who was the cousin of Samuel Marshall of West Chester. He also corresponded with a distant cousin, Morgan Bunting (1863-1929), the architect, who also was active in the Pa. Genealogical Society and interested in the history of local Quaker meetings.

The collection illustrates the correspondence and related materials which sometimes descended in Quaker families with deep roots in America. In addition to the genealogical materials, there are original documents such as the correspondence of Josiah Bunting, Quaker minister.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS The first donation, which came from the Estate of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., included genealogical material on the Ridgway family, some of his personal correspondence (now in Series 1), and family photographs which were added to the picture collection. The second donation, in 1988, included the remainder of the papers, which except for the genealogical manuscript by Martha Bunting (Series 2) and file folders with notes on individual family, were not in any particular order. In fact, correspondence and notes by Samuel Marshall are mixed together with later notes and correspondence of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr. Therefore, original historical materials were placed into Series 1, and series were established for the genealogical manuscript, and the genealogical notes.


Added entries

  • Andrews family
  • Bunting family
  • Burlington County (N.J.)
  • Delaware County (Pa.)
  • Genealogies
  • Lloyd family
  • Quakers - New Jersey
  • Quakers - Pennsylvania - Delaware County
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
  • Ridgway family
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Bunting, Josiah, 1734-1863
  • Bunting, Martha, 1861-1944
  • Bunting, Samuel, 1889-1966
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Date: 1997
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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


Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Historical Sources, 1744-1941

Correspondence received, Andrews Family, 1789-1857

to: Andrews, Fanny Lloyd 1848-57 (5 letters) Box 1

Andrews, James, letters received 1823-1831 (4 ALS) Box 1

Andrews, John and James, and other family members from John Mott 1836 (ALS) Box 1

Andrews, Hannah from James Andrews (ALS) Box 1

Andrews, Hannah from her mother 1808 (ALS) Box 1

Andrews, Sarah from brother (James?) n.d. (ALS) Box 1

Shipley, Rebecca Robinson Andrews from family members 1789-1793 (6 ALsS) Box 1

Letters of disownment received: Hannah L. Andrews, James Andrews, Frances Lloyd Andrews 1827, 1927, 1848 Box 1

Correspondence received, Josiah Bunting (1734-1813); 1792-93 Box 1

From Zachariah Jess
Sent from Darby, PA., to Hopewell, VA
1792 6mo 25 (ALS) Box 1

From his son, James Andrews 1792 (ALS) Box 1

From Elizabeth Bartram
ALS and letter from Josiah bunting to his daughter Hannah on same
1793 Box 1

From his daughter, Elizabeth Bunting 1792 (2 ALsS) Box 1

From Rachel Hunt 1793 (ALS) Box 1

From his daughter, Martha Andrews 1792 (ALS) Box 1

Josiah Bunting (1734-1813) to his daughter, Hannah Bunting, sent from Virginia 1792 7mo 18 (ALS) Box 1

Josiah Bunting (1773-1863), correspondence sent concerning lumber business 1825 (copies of letters) Box 1

Susanna L. and Samuel Bunting Family Correspondence, 1866, 1874, 1876 Box 1

Samuel, Susanna and their children
Primarily correspondence from the summer of 1874 between Samuel and Susanna L. Bunting and their children, left in the care of recently married daughter, Hannah Bunting Davis, describing everyday activities and concerns at home in Darby, PA
1874 Box 1

Bunting, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel invitation to call, addressed to Grace A Bunting Sept. 25, 1866 Box 1

Rawlings, Ridgway to family Jan. 23, 1874 (ALS) Box 1

Davis, Hannah Bunting and her siblings to her parents, Samuel and Susanna Lloyd Bunting June-July 1874, n.d. (approx. 29 letters) Box 1

Bunting, Susanna Lloyd to her children, from Steamship Indiana June-July 1874 (6 ALS) Box 1

Eyre, William (married Kezia Ridgway Bunting 1873) to family June 1876 (ALS) Box 1

Centennial Exhibition invitations, etc. 1876 Box 1

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., Correspondence received
Includes family letters received while a student at Swarthmore College (1910-18) and while attending Conference of All Friends, London (1920). Also includes miscellaneous materials.
ca. 1910-1941 (26 letters) Box 1: 12

Miscellaneous, 1744-1878, n.d.

Anonymous to “Dear Brother”
Incomplete letter concerning perilous voyage from Great Britain to America to visit Friends, which includes several attacks by privateers.
ca. 1744 Box 1

Bunting, Josiah
An account of the testimony of James Dickinson and Jane Fearon
1798 Box 1

Bunting, Josiah (?), Commonplace book, with accounts of Thomas Browne and Elizabeth Lightfoot Box 1

Judge, Hugh to Wilmington Monthly Meeting 1790 12mo 7 Box 1

Parker, B. C. to his cousin 1864 (ALS) Box 1

Paschall, Henry to Susanna Fisher May 27, 1785 (ALS) Box 1

Paschall, T. J., drafts of letters 1818 Box 1

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, subscription list to aid the suffering of Friends in Ireland and Great Britain 1801 Box 1

Pusey, James to Walter Hibberd
re: heirs to a property
1878 (ALS) Box 1

Smith, W. T. to Charles Lloyd
Regarding recommending him to the Court of Common Pleas
Feb. 16, 1836 (ALS) Box 1

Stabler, William to Halliday Jackson
Copied by John J. Jackson, including the last letter of Edward Stabler
2 mo, 8, 1831 2mo 8 Box 1

Piesly, Mary to F.P., copy of a letter
Includes notation that letter was found among the papers of Josiah Bunting after his death in 1813
original ca. 1755 Box 1

Wilson, Sarah, to Jamima Wilkinson “who called herself the Universal Friend,” n.d (copy) Box 1

Scott, Job, extract from the journal on the subject of water baptism Box 1

Steel, John, his testimony against John Wilkinson and John Story
Typescript with handwritten additions and corrections. “This belongs to James Andrews,” found among his papers
n.d. Box 1

Westtown School order of examination and legal papers 1840 Box 1

Orphans Court
Includes directions from Judge Hugh Lloyd Wills of Benjamin Paschall and Samuel Bunting with other receipts, bills, indentures
1804 Box 1

Family documents and family records removed from older sources (photocopies) Box 1

Poetry, mostly elegiac
Includes verses written by Martha G. McIlvain at death of George F. White
Box 1

Ser. 2. Genealogical Manuscript by Martha Bunting, 1934
Box 1
Typescript with handwritten additions and corrections. Described as “Bunting-Ridgway-Andrews-Lloyd Families, with biographical sketches of leading members of the most closely related affiliated families and brief descriptions of places and events of the period in which they lived. Compiled by Martha Bunting, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College [1934].”

Vol. 1. English ancestors and generation of Samuel Box 2

Bunting, Immigrant Box 2

Darby Friends School


Vol. 2. Second and third generations Box 2

Josiah Bunting Box 2

Andrews, Lloyd, Ridgway Box 2

Vol. 3. Tentative sketch of Contents [vols. and 4] Folder 33

Life of Samuel Bunting (1828-1878)
Including boyhood, family life, Civil War service, career with excerpts from his letters and other sources
Box 2

Life of Susanna Lloyd Andrews Bunting (1831-1896)
Including childhood anecdotes, excerpts from her letters from Europe which she visited in the summer of 1874 with her husband and son James, description of her school days at the Sharon Female Seminary and its founder John Jackson, and homelife
Box 2

Description of family silver and heirlooms Box 2

Vol. 4. Children, Grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Samuel and Susanna Lloyd Andrews Bunting
With note: “It is decided not to print this volume, I hope some member of the Family will become the custodian and will on the event of his or her death, devise it to another member of the family. I would suggest Samuel Bunting Jr.. as the first custodian-" signed Martha Bunting. Includes biographies and reminiscences of the author, Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., and other family members
July 20, 1936 Folder 34

Vol. 5. Affiliated families Box 2

Ser. 3. Genealogical Correspondence, Notes and Abstracts, 1806-1941, n.d.
Box 3

Abstracts from Quaker records

Concord Monthly Meeting Folder 36

Births and Deaths from New Garden Monthly Meeting, and notes from Darby Monthly Meeting Box 3

Abstract of family deed records Box 3

Walton, Jacob Yearsely, copy of his pocket account book Box 3

Lloyd Family Folder 39

“Judge Hugh Lloyd and his family,” by Elizabeth P. Marshall.
Elizabeth was the daughter of Hannah Lloyd and James Andrews
May 1894 (35 pp. ms) Box 3

Lloyd Family, Genealogical notes Box 3

Marshall Family, Genealogical notes Box 3

Death notices, found with Marshall correspondence Box 3

Marshall, Samuel, genealogical correspondence
Includes bulk correspondence received from Howard Lloyd.
(1863-1927) Box 3

Marshall Family correspondence
Includes letters to Samuel J. Bunting in reference to chart he was preparing
1893-1934 Box 3

Extracts of letters from Hannah Browne and others
Letters copied by Samuel Marshall, 1894.
1806-1835 Box 3

Paschall Family coat of arms Box 3: 45

Ridgway Family coat of arms Box 3: 45

“Ridgway Notes for Martha Bunting,” by Elizabeth B. Satterthwaite 1941 (typescript) Box 3

Genealogical Notes, Ridgway Family Folder 47

Miscellaneous rough notes Box 3

Folder A: Kezia R. Bunting, Martha B. Andrews, and others Box 3

Folder B: Marshall and allied lines Box 4

Folder C: Marshall, Blunston, early Delaware County history, Darby Monthly Meeting history Box 4

Newspaper clippings, obits, etc Box 4