An Inventory of the Ferris-Wetherald Family Papers, 1773-1888

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/041

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Table of contents
Contains correspondence, legal papers, deeds, disownments, memorabilia, and other papers of the Ferris and Wetherald families, Quakers, of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, England, and Ireland.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE The Ferris and Wetherald familie were Quakers of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania,England, and Ireland.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS Contains correspondence, legal papers, deeds, disownments, memorabilia, and other papers, of the Ferris and Wetherald families. Persons represented include Benjamin Ferris (1780-1867), of Wilmington, Del., and his daughters, Deborah (1813-1897) and Anna M. Ferris (1815-1890), and Joseph Wetherald (1787-1842), of Wilmington, and his brother, James Wetherald, of Lancaster County, Pa., both immigrants from England.

Arrangement The collection is divided into five series:

Added entries

  • British Americans -- Delaware
  • British Americans -- Pennsylvania
  • Delaware -- Family and personal papers -- 18th-19th centuries
  • Ferris family
  • Ireland -- Family and personal papers -- 18th-19th centuries
  • Lancaster County (Pa.) -- Family and personal papers
  • Maryland -- Family and personal papers -- 18th-19th centuries
  • Pennsylvania -- Family and personal papers -- 18th-19th centuries
  • Quakers -- Delaware
  • Quakers -- Ireland
  • Quakers -- Maryland
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Wetherald family
  • Wilmington (Del.) -- Family and personal papers
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Ferris, Anna M., 1815-1890
  • Ferris, Benjamin, 1780-1867
  • Ferris, Deborah, 1813-1897
  • Wetherald, James
  • Wetherald, Joseph, 1787-1842
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


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

Ser. 1. Biographical and genealogical material, 1740-1857

Birth certificate, Joseph Wetherald [sic] 8mo 10 1787 Box 1

Birth certificate, Mary Haworth 2mo 20 1790 Box 1

re: residence of Benjamin David Ferris, and death of Edward Ferris.
Box 1

Diaries: Anoymous, Elizabeth Fothergill 1806, 1815 (respectively) Box 1

Disownment of Mary Wetherald, Wilmington M. M. 1829 5mo 5 Box 1

Marriage certificate of Joseph Wetherald & Mary Haworth, Marsden Meeting, Lancaster Co., Eng.
See Chart Case, Marr. W.
1811 4mo 25 Box 1

Marriage consent by Sarah Ferris for son Zachariah 1740 3mo 25 (copy) Box 1

Visiting minute for Edith Ferris, Jr. 1802 7mo 3 Box 1

Will of Charles Broome, Sr. Jan. 3, 1725 (ms. copy) Box 1

Will of Benjamin Ferris 1857 10mo 19 (ms. copy) Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1804-1887

Various authors & recipients, including Anna Ferris, D. (Deborah?) Ferris, Benjamin Ferris, James Wetherald (11 letters to brother Joseph).
1804-1887 Box 1

Ser. 3. Business & legal papers, 1773-1888

Agreements (one a rough draft) 1835, 1847 (3 agreements) Box 1

Bond 1842 Box 1

Contract 1839 Box 1

Deeds, 1773-1888, as follows: (13 deeds)

Jacob Bennet to Jonathan Rumford, Sr. 1773 Box 1

Alice Bennett, Wm. Lane & wife Ann, Sarah Bennett, Susanna Bennett to Thos. Beeson 1783 Box 1

Thos. Beeson & wife Rebecca to John Hill 1785 Box 1

Caleb Seal to Wm. Seal 1813 Box 1

Benjamin Webb, administrator for Robert WiIkinson to Wm. Seal 1816 (2 deeds) Box 1

Elizabeth Y. Wright to Louis McLane 1824 Box 1

Benjamin Ferris & wife Fanny to Enoch Lewis 1825 Box 1

David C. Wilson & wife Letitia to Benjamin Ferris 1836 Box 1

Louis McLane & wife Catharine to Benjamin Ferris 1838 Box 1

Sarah Woolley, Bauduy(?) Simmons, Joshua Simmons, & Benjamin Ferris to Wm. Chandler, Jr. 1849 (ms. copy) Box 1

Aaron Conrad & wife Sarah to Benjamin Ferris 1857 Box 1

Mark M. Cleaver & wife Mary A. to Wm. Ferris 1888 Box 1

Includes plots of land formerly belonging to Peter Aldrich; plan of building Square; land on Pasture & Second St.; Lands west of Washington St., Wilmington.
Box 1

Memorandum of payment by Benjamin Ferris to N.G. Williamson for deed from Louis McLane 1838 5mo 14 Box 1

Mortgage: Samuel Smith & wife Sarah to Wm. Seal 1842 8mo 6 Box 1

Ser. 4. Memorabilia
Box 1

Ser. 5. Reference material
Box 1