An Inventory of the Griffith Family Papers, 1754-1890

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/052


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Abstract
The Griffith family were Quakers involved in the textile industry in the area of Winchester, Virginia before the Civil War. Aaron H. Griffith was active in the Orthodox branch of Hopewell Monthly Meeting and was an Elder and Clerk of that Meeting. The collection includes family correspondence and miscellaneous manuscripts of the Griffith family, as assembled by Sylvia Dannett who was writing a novel about Aaron H. Griffith's daughter, Harriet Griffith Ellis. Of particular interest are the letters and journal of the latter while she was attending Westtown School in the mid-1850's. Also includes some typescript copies of the same.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE The Griffith family were Quakers involved in the textile industry in the area of Winchester, Virginia before the Civil War. Aaron H. Griffith was the son of John Griffith of Frederick County; he married Mary P. Hollingsworth in 1830, and they had seven children who survived to adulthood. Aaron H. Griffith was active in the Orthodox branch of Hopewell Monthly Meeting and was an Elder and Clerk of that Meeting.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS The collection includes family correspondence and miscellaneous manuscripts of the Griffith family, as assembled by Sylvia Dannett who was writing a novel about Aaron H. Griffith's daughter, Harriet Griffith Ellis. Of particular interest are the letters and journal of the latter while she was attending Westtown School in the mid-1850's. Also includes some typescript copies of the same.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Griffith family
  • Hopewell (Va.) -- Quakers
  • Hopewell Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends)
  • Quakers -- Diaries
  • Quakers -- Virginia -- Frederick County
  • Westtown Boarding School
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Dannett, Sylvia G. L, 1909-
  • Griffith, Aaron H. 1802-1877
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1973
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Manuscript novel by Sylvia Dannett, based on the life of Harriet Griffith Ellis, may be consulted for research purposes only. Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
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 and genealogical

Griffith pedigree n.d. Box 1

Miscellaneous genealogical information n.d. Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1831-1890, n.d.

Aaron H. Griffith (1802-1877) 1831-1877 Box 1

Children of Aaron H. Griffith: Box 1

Elizabeth Griffith Baily (1831-1913) 1838-1890, n.d. Box 1

Joseph Clarkson (1835-?) and Mary Dilks Griffith 1857-1875, n.d. Box 1

Harriet Griffith Ellis (1837-) 1850-1866 Box 1

Aaron Henry Griffith (1841-) 1860-1862, n.d. Box 1

Isaac H. Griffith 1838-1865 Box 1

Correspondence with Monthly Meetings, especially Hopewell Monthly Meeting 1836-1866, n.d. Box 1

Miscellaneous correspondence 1834-1870, n.d. Box 1

Ser. 3. Financial and Legal, 1754-1862, n.d.

Miscellaneous papers 1754-1862, n.d. Box 1

Ser. 4. Poetry and Writings, 1854-1861

Harriet H. Griffith, Commonplace book 1854 Box 1

Richard E. Griffith, Book of school dictations 1861 Box 1

Ser. 5. Diaries, 1854-1855

Harriet Griffith, diaries
Written while at Westtown School.
1854-1855 (original ms. & typed copies) Box 1

Ser. 6. Manuscript, 1959

Manuscript novel based on the life and diaries of Harriet Griffith, by Sylvia Dannett. RESTRICTED
Includes chapters 1-6. All restricted: May be consulted for research purposes only.
[1959] (2 folders) Box 1

Correspondence of Sylvia Dannett concerning the Griffith family and her novel 1957-1976, n.d. Box 1