An Inventory of the Heacock Family Papers, 1773-1928

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG 5/060


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Abstract
The Heacocks were a Quaker family of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania. The collection includes correspondence, diary, and letter book (1871-1872), of Joseph Heacock (1846-1918), farmer, of Wyncote, Pa., including material relating to his work on a farm in Albion, N.Y., and in iron works in Pittsburgh, Pa., to earn money to pay debts; account book (1836-1877) of his father, Joseph Heacock (1800-1883); papers relating to the teaching activity of his wife, Elizabeth Walker Heacock, and unmarried sisters, Eliza, Annie, Jane, and Martha Heacock, in various Philadelphia area Quaker schools; biographical and genealogical data on the Hallowell, Heacock, Longstreth, and Penrose families; and minute book (1857-1891) of Richland Turnpike or Plank Road Company.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE The Heacocks were a Quaker family of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania. The Heacock family arrived in America from Staffordshire, England, about 1711. They settled in Rockhill Township, Bucks Co., and Wyncote, Montgomery Co., and were primarily farmers. Joseph Heacock, Jr., fell into debt as a man in his early 20's as a result of an unsuccessfully farming venture and had to work from 1871 to 1875 for hire as a farmhand in New York state and in an iron works in Pittsburgh in order to pay off his debt. In 1875 he rented his father's farm in Wyncote and began truck farming, later putting up heated greenhouses where he specialized in roses, carnations and palms. To furnish fertilizer for his flowers he had 200 head of pedigreed cows, producing 1600 quarts of milk daily from his dairy.

Joseph Heacock, Jr., served in the State Senate from 1910 to 1914. His unmarried sisters, Eliza, Annie, Jane, and Martha (known as Patty), as well as his wife, Elizabeth Walker Heacock, were all involved in teaching in various Quaker schools. One served as principal at the Green Street School, and the others operated the Chelten Hills School for many years. Earlier, Eliza and Jane Heacock were in charge of the Colored Orphans Home in Washington, D.C. In the 1860's, Annie Heacock taught in a school for African-Americans near Beaufort, S.C.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS The collection includes correspondence, diary, and letter book (1871-1872), of Joseph Heacock (1846-1918), farmer, of Wyncote, Pa., including material relating to his work on a farm in Albion, N.Y., and in iron works in Pittsburgh, Pa., to earn money to pay debts; account book (1836-1877) of his father, Joseph Heacock (1800-1883);papers relating to the teaching activity of his wife, Elizabeth Walker Heacock, and unmarried sisters, Eliza, Annie, Jane, and Martha Heacock, in various Philadelphia area Quaker schools; biographical and genealogical data on the Hallowell, Heacock, Longstreth, and Penrose families; and minute book (1857-1891) of Richland Turnpike or Plank Road Company, of which J. S. Heacock was treasurer.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into five series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Albion (Orleans County, N.Y.)
  • Bucks County (Pa.) -- Family and personal papers
  • Debt -- Pennsylvania
  • Diaries -- Quakers
  • Education -- Pennsylvania
  • Farmers -- Pennsylvania
  • Genealogies
  • Hallowell family
  • Heacock family
  • Iron and steel workers -- Pennsylvania
  • Iron-works -- Pennsylvania
  • Longstreth family
  • Montgomery County (Pa.) -- Family and personal papers
  • Pennsylvania -- Education
  • Pennsylvania -- Genealogy
  • Pennsylvania -- Transportation -- Roads
  • Penrose family
  • Quakers -- Diaries -- 19th century
  • Quakers -- Education
  • Quakers -- Horticulture
  • Quakers -- New York (State)
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Richland Turnpike or Plank Road Company
  • Toll roads -- Pennsylvania
  • Women, Quaker -- Education
  • Women, Quaker -- Pennsylvania
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Heacock, Eliza
  • Heacock, Elizabeth Walker
  • Heacock, Jane
  • Heacock, Joseph, 1800-1883
  • Heacock, Joseph, 1846-1918
  • Heacock, Martha
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1976
Restrictions: Use Restrictions 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 material, 1773-1928, n.d.

Diary of Joseph Heacock, Jr. 5/9/1871-6/15/1872 Box 1

Hallowell genealogies (in notebook) Box 1

“Inventory No. 5,” containing genealogical lists for the Hallowell family and collateral branches Box 1

“Old Philadelphia Families- Tyson”
From The North American newspaper.
7/21/1912 Box 1

Obituary for Joseph Heacock, Jr. 3/18/1918 Box 1

Marriage certificate of Joshua Hallowell and Hannah Trump, Abington M.M. 11/19/1773 (photostat) Box 1

The Pennsylvania Bulletin of the League of Women Voters
Pictures Miss Annie Heacock (1/16/1838-1/16/1928), with short article on page 4.
January 1928 (3 copies) Box 1

The Walker Pedigree [Dr. Walker] n.d. Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence of Heacock family, 1871-1911.

Letterbook of Joseph Heacock, Jr. 5/8/1871-12/10/1871. Box 2

Letter from Lucretia Mott 7/23/1863 Box 2

Ser. 3. Memorabilia, 1857-1927, n.d.

List of “things bought for Abington Quarterly Meeting” (food) 2/8/1906 Box 2

“Ode to a Turkey”
Anonymous, probably by Eliza W. Heacock's father, Dr. James B. Walker.
n.d. Box 2

Invitation to 25th wedding anniversary of Joseph and Elizabeth W. Heacock 7/5/1902 (3 copies) Box 2

Piece Book 4/25/1857-6/21/1869 Box 2

Testimonial from Green St. School to Martha Heacock 5/23/1895 Box 2

“To E.W. and Annie Heacock” by Christine Chester Crowell
Ssketch of a school day in the Chelten Hills School.
August 1927 (2 copies) Box 2

Souvenir of Chelten Hills School 1894 Box 2

“Vision of Joseph Hoag” Box 2

Envelope containing “Ned's hair” Box 2

Ser. 4. Pictorial material
Box 2

Ser. 5. Business, legal, and financial papers, 1836-1910

Deeds, indentures, etc.
See Green St. Secondary School Receipt Books, 1866-1895. Filed with Green St. Meeting records, School.
1876-1910 Box 2

Account book, Joseph Heacock, Sr. 1836-1877 Box 2

Minute book, Richland Turnpike or Plank Road Co. [J.S. Heacock, Treasurer] 1857-1891 Box 2