Fell Family Papers, 1753-1923

(1 box ; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG5/039


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Abstract
Joseph Fell (1804-1887), the son of Dr. David and Phebe Schofield Fell, was a Pennsylvania Quaker teacher and farmer. In 1835 he married Harriet Williams, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Watson Williams of Buckingham, Pa. Joseph and Harriet Fell had five children: William W. (1836-1874), Emily Catherine who married William Seal in 1863; David Newlin (1840-1919) who married Martha Trego; Edward Watson (1843-1901) who married Elizabeth Matlack Kenderdine in 1867; and Lucy W. Fell, born 1847. Edward Watson and Elizabeth Kenderdine Fell had four children. The eldest was Edward Lawrence Fell (1867-1943) who married Esther May Willets. Both were Swarthmore College graduates, Class of 1888, and members of Green Street Monthly Meeting. This collection contains papers of the Williams and Fell family members, Pennsylvania Hicksite Quakers. These papers include student papers of E. Lawrence Fell, family correspondence (1819-1885), pictures, and miscellaneous deeds and memorabilia.

Background note:
Joseph Fell (1804-1887), the son of Dr. David and Phebe Schofield Fell, was a Pennsylvania Quaker teacher and farmer. In 1835 he married Harriet William, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Watson Williams of Buckingham, Pa. He served in the State legislature in 1837-38 and as superintendent of the county schools.

Joseph and Harriet Fell had five children: William W. (1836-1874), Emily Catherine who married William Seal in 1863; David Newlin (1840-1919) who married Martha Trego; Edward Watson (1843-1901) who married Elizabeth Matlack Kenderdine in 1867; and Lucy W. Fell, born 1847.

Edward Watson and Elizabeth Kenderdine Fell had four children. The eldest was Edward Lawrence Fell (1867-1943) who married Esther May Willets. Both were Swarthmore College graduates, Class of 1888, and members of Green Street Monthly Meeting.

Scope and content
This collection contains papers of the Williams and Fell family members, Pennsylvania Hicksite Quakers. These papers include student papers of E. Lawrence Fell, family correspondence (1819-1885), pictures, and miscellaneous deeds and 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
Deposited by Nancy Gideon Clark, 2000.

Processing information
This collection contains papers from two sources. A group of papers with no accession history were described previous to 1967. These included the Fell and Williams family letters, 1819-1885, primarily to Harriet Williams before and after her marriage in 1835 to Joseph Fell, and a small amount of family memorabilia and pictures. In 2000, a second group of papers were given to Friends Historical Library concerning the same family. These papers were found in the lap desk of Edward Lawrence Fell (1867-1943), a Swarthmore College graduate, class of 1888 and grandson of Joseph and Harriet Fell. These papers include student papers of E. Lawrence Fell, family correspondence (1840-1877) primarily between the children of Joseph and Harriet Fell, and miscellaneous deeds and memorabilia. In 2002, the two collections were united as Fell Family Papers, RG 5/039.

From the 2000 accession, three books by Thaddeus Kenderdine were transferred to FHL books, the two portrait dolls transferred to FHL Relics, and the pictures were removed to PA 114. A list of the pictures is included under “Related Material.”

Separated material
Photographs removed to FHL Picture Collection, PA 114: Fell Family Pictures:

Buckingham Friend School with Joseph Fell on steps, stereographic photo; Fell homestead in Buckingham, stereographic photo; Willets, John ( 2 photos); Willets, “Grandmother” ( 2 photos); Seaman, “Aunt Mary and Lizzie”; Fell, Elizabeth M. (Kenderdine); Fell, Elizabeth M. and Emily (daughter?); Fell, Emily {?}; Jackson-Fell wedding, June 28, 1900; Fell, “Father Fell with mother and sisters”; Four women, identified only as Aunt Cordelia, SusanAnn, Nancy, [Grandmother?]; 4 X 6 medium photos, family and friends, 9 identified, five may be classmates of Esther May Willets and E. Lawrence Fell; Seaman, William H.; Laurie, Margaret J. (Mrs. Wm. Seaman, both S.C. 1888); Haydock, Clara Noyes (S.C. 1888); Ainley, Gertrude; Ainley, May Agnes (Kenderdine); Fell, Mr. and Mrs. E. Lawrence in Egypt, posed in front of pyramids; Suffragists, with sashes, identified as Jeanette Fell [Gillam], Marjorie Fell [Siebert], Grandmother Fell [Mrs. E. Lawrence], Kathryn Fell [Gideon], and Alex Rogers; Two 4 x 6 of girls pictured above, Jeanette and Marjorie Fell?; Snapshots of May Day, Swarthmore, 1900.

Three volumes of books by Thaddeus Kenderdine removed to book collection: A California Tramp (1888), California Revisited (1898), The Kenderdines of America (1901).

Portrait dolls, circa 1900, of Benjamin Franklin and E. Lawrence Fell removed to Relics.

Related material
See RG5/203: Taylor-Thomson Family Papers, Series 3, Miscellaneous for photo of Clothier Family posed in front of the Great Pyramids, same era.


Added entries

Subjects
  • Fell family
  • Fell, E. Lawrence, 1867-1943
  • Fell, Joseph, 1804-1887
  • Kenderdine family
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Swarthmore College
  • Williams family

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Fell, E. Lawrence, 1867-1943

    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 Material, n.d.

    Sketch of Joseph Fell
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Written by his daughter, Emily Fell Seal.

    Genealogical information
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Photocopy of genealogical information recorded in Kenderdine family Bible

    Clipping with account of E. Lawrence Fell's career
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1



    Ser 2: Correspondence, 1819-1885

    Sarah Ann Fell to her parents, David & Phebe Fell
    12 mo. 24, 1840
    (1 ALS)
    Box 1

    Autograph letter, signed.

    Family correspondence
    (16 ALSs)
    Box 1

    16 autograph letters, signed. Family correspondence, most between Edward Watson Fell (son of Joseph Fell) and his siblings.

    Correspondence of Harriet Williams
    (28 ALSs)
    Box 1

    28 autograph letters, signed. Most to Harriet Williams from her family, before and after her marriage.

    Correspondence of Joseph Fell
    (5 ALSs)
    Box 1

    Five autograph letters, signed, most to Joseph Fell. Letter of 12-7-1885, Sarah M. Fell to Joseph Fell, includes genealogical information. Also letter of recommendation for Edith Fell (sister of Joseph) as teacher of chemistry, 1844.

    Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1753-1867 & n.d.

    Diary of Edward Watson Fell
    1867
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Diary of Edward Watson Fell, 1867, Bucks County, Pa.

    Deeds, land documents
    1753, 1814
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Memorabilia
    mid 19th century
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Needle case, quilt squares

    Pamphlet, A Discourse upon Agriculture
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    By William Darlington, M.D.. Inscribed to "Sarah Ann Fell."

    Series 4: E. Lawrence Fell Papers, 1909-1923 & n.d.

    School essays
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Receipts for purchases in Japan by Mr. and Mrs. E. Lawrence Fell
    1909 and 1923
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Family memorabilia
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Family memorabilia from E. L. Lawrence desk: marriage invitations, etc.