An Inventory of the Lydia Jones Sharpless Hunn Papers, 1881-1908

(3 boxes; 1.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/070

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Lydia Jones Sharpless Hunn (1818-1911) was a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Orthodox Quaker. The collection contains diaries (1881-1908), reminiscences (1893), and other family papers.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Lydia Jones Sharples was born 12/15/1818, the daughter of Townsend Sharpless and Mary Brinton Jones Sharpless. Her family had roots in Chester County, and she briefly attended the Westtown School. Her parents were active in Quaker social causes. Lydia Jones Sharples married Ezekiel Hunn, son of Ezekiel and Tabitha (Newel) Hunn, on 6/30/1836, under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Orthodox). Ezekiel Hunn was born in Delaware and had been apprenticed to her father, a successful Quaker merchant. Ezekial Hunn (1810-1902) also was a successful merchant. The couple lived in Philadelphia, Pa., and had three children: Townsend Sharpless, Ezekiel, and Mary Sharpless.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT Contains diaries (1881-1908) of Lydia Jones Sharpless Hunn, a Philadelphia Orthodox Quakers. Also includes reminiscences, written 1893, of childhood visits to her grandparents' home in Chester County, Pa., and brief accounts of her study at Westtown School and her parents' activity in various Philadelphia social causes.

The diaries are in bound volumes and arranged chronologically.

Added entries

  • Chester County (Pa.) - Family and personal papers
  • Description and travel -- Europe -- 19th century
  • Diaries -- Quaker
  • Hunn family
  • Pennsylvania - Family and personal papers - 19th-20th centuries
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) - Family and personal papers
  • Quaker -- Diaries -- 19th century
  • Quaker --- Social life and customs
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Reminiscences -- Quaker
  • Sharpless family
  • Women, Quaker -- Pennsylvania
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Westtown Boarding School
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1973
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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:

“Recollections of the Old Home and of her Childhood by our Grandmother, Lydia Jones Sharpless, wife of Ezekiel Hunn.” Arranged by Lydia Wood Baily, copied 1940 by Katherine Hunn Karsner.
(photocopy only)
Box 1

Daily journals of Lydia J. Hunn. Some contain enclosures of various kinds.
1881-1909 with gaps
Box 2

Diary of a vacation trip to Europe with her husband. Includes descriptions of visits to Quaker meetings and comments on European social customs.
Box 3