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Daniel Kent, emigrated to Chester County, Pa. from Ireland, in 1785. He joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1790, and married Esther Hawley in 1791. Their great-grandson Henry Simmons Kent (1833-1906) was active in the establishment of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting and the Borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. The collection includes material used by Daniels' great-granddaughter Ella Kent Barnard in preparation for the writing of three books. Among these materials are genealogical charts and data, research correspondence, and original letters and documents. Notable among the latter is the correspondence between Daniel Kent and his parents, William and Ann Kent. Collection also includes diaries and journals. A manuscript entitled “The Rise of Swarthmore,” by Isabella Tyson, describes the meeting of Friends in the home of her parents to discuss plans for the establishment of the College.
Additional Authors and Contributors
Ser. 1. Biographical and genealogical material, 1785-1912, n.d.
|This material was gathered, for the most part, by Ella Kent Barnard in preparation for the writing of three books, as follows:
|for Daniel Kent, Emigrant; 1785-1806, n.d.
Ella Kent Barnard was the great granddaughter of Daniel Kent. FHL call number is BX7795.K37A32.
|Genealogical charts and data, and biographical material on Kent, Barnard, Hawley, Spackman, and related families||Box 1|
|Correspondence in connection with research on Kent and related families (chronologically arranged)||Box 1|
|Originals of 23 letters used in the book
Mainly letters of Daniel Kent, and Wm. and Ann Kent, his parents. They appear on p.15-61.
|Indenture between John Johnston and Daniel Kent
See p. 12 & p. 14 in book.
|Recommendation for Daniel Kent
See p. 24 in book.
|Several proof sheets of the book||Box 1|
|for The Malsby Genealogy; 1884-1912, n.d.
Ella Kent Barnard was related to the Malsby family. FHL call number is BX7791.M45B3
|Genealogical charts and data, biographical material:||(3 folders)|
|primarily Laugharn (Langharne) family||Box 1|
|primarily Malsby family; also, Cook, Hicks, McConnell.||Box 1|
|primarily Wheeler family||Box 1|
|Correspondence in connection with research on Malsby and related families, 1884-1912, n.d.||(3 folders)||Box 2|
|Correspondence||1904-12 & n.d.||Box 1|
|for Dorothy Payne, Quakeress
The story of Dolly Madison. FHL call number is BX7795.M2B2.
|Biographical and genealogical material on Madison, Payne, and Winston families||Box 1|
|Correspondence in connection with research on Payne, Winston, and related families||Box 1|
|for "History of the Webster family"
As read at first reunion held 7-21-1923; and as read at second reunion, 8-7-1926; includes invitation and clippings.
|(1 ms., 2 typewritten copies)||Box 1|
|Miscellaneous biographical and genealogical material||Box 1|
Ser. 2. Diaries and Journals, 1847-1928
|Henry S. Kent||1905||Box 3|
|Patience Webster Kent, wife of Henry S. Kent||1905-10, 1912, 1923, 1924||Box 3|
|Journals, 1847-1928, n.d.:|
|Joseph Kent's “Memorandum of my Journey to the West”||1847||Box 3|
|Ella Kent Bernard's “Some Childish Recollections.” Includes:||1928||Box 3|
|Spring Dale Boarding School, p. 1||Box 3|
|Walnut Green Academy, of Henry S. Kent, near Weat Grove, Pa., p. 7||Box 3|
|Reference to Benjamin Lundy, p. 7|
|School conducted by Smedley Darlington, Ercildoun, p. 11|
|Description of woolen factory of Joseph Kent; his home “Maple Grove”, pp. 13-17.||Box 3|
|Anti-Slavery schism in Pennsgrove Meeting, p. 23||Box 3|
|Christmas customs, p. 27||Box 3|
|Account of visits of Friends' Meetings, author unknown||Box 3|
|Extract from Journal of J.K. (Jesse Kersey?)||Box 3|
Ser. 3. General correspondence, 1799-1924, n.d.
By various authors, including Mary Anna Kent Barnard (mother of Ella Kent Barnard), Israel Graham, Cyrus Griest, Henry S. Kent, Joseph Kent, Patience Webster Kent.
|Correspondence regarding silhouettes and pictures
Includes a “List of available Silhouettes”, and clipping “Old Silhouettes Reappear”, from N.Y. Sun, 6-20-1907.
Ser. 4. Business Papers, 1814-1955, n.d.
|Daniel Kent||1814-16180||Box 4|
|Joseph Kent, bound notebook containing receipts of payments||1829-1835||Box 4|
|Pennsgrove Meeting||1854-1863, n.d.||(8 papers)||Box 4|
|John Barnard||1955 & n.d.||(2 papers)||Box 4|
Ser. 5. Manuscripts, 1799-1905
|“Aschenputtel, A Tale” incomplete.||Box 4|
|“Criticism,” by A. Barnard||Box 4|
Devoted to the improvement of The Worthington Literary Society. Editor, Gertrude W. Kent, daughter of Henry S. and Patience Webster Kent.
|“Educational plan toward World peace,” by Patience W. Kent||Box 4|
|Examination of Friends' position and course of action with reference to national military requisition of 300 dollars payment in lieu of personal service.||Box 4|
|“Fashionable Dress!” by Patience W. Kent||Box 5|
|“Godlike Humanity vs. Machine Humanity,” author unknown||Box 5|
|Codicil of will of Henry S. Kent
re: bequest of “The Proceedings of the Penna. Y.M. of Progressive Friends” to Swarthmore College.
|Manumission by Levi Cully||4/14/1799||Box 5|
|“Moore Literary Gazette.” Editor, Gertrude W. Kent.||11/27/1880 and 4/2/1881||Box 5|
|“Reminiscences of Elisha Tyson” by Henry M. Fitzhugh||Box 5|
Rise of Pennsgrove Meeting; notes on Wm. Penn; biographical and genealogical notes; misc.
|“Rise of Swarthmore,” by Isabella Tyson
Describing the meeting of Friends in home of her parents, Nathan and Martha E. Tyson, for the first conference for making definite plans for the school.
|Springdale School papers||Box 5|
Among authors are Daniel Kent, Alice Eliza Hambleton, E.H. (Esther Hawley?) Kent, Phebe Hadley.
|“The First Book according to John”||Box 5|
|“The Proselytes,” by I.G.W.||Box 5|
|“The Sunbeam”||Box 5|
|“The Thoughts while sitting in the observatory.”||Box 5|
Ser. 6. Memorabilia
|Autograph books||(3 books)||Box 5-6|
|Folder of letters received
Loose between pages of larger autograph book. Chronologically arranged.
|4 copybooks, one belonging to Phebe Williams, mother of John Barnard||Box 5-6|
|Book of Psalms
Purchased by Mary M. Johnson in 1876 and given to Jos. C. Turnpenny, 7/11/1886, by Sarah Marshall.
Includes: Report forms, Chestnut Hill & ErciIdoun Boarding Schools, 13 copy books of verse, arithmetic. work, etc., of John Barnard at Marlborough Friends' School, 1834-1839.
Ser. 7. Reference material, 1862-1908, n.d.
|Upper Oxford or Pennsgrove Soldiers' Aid Society||1862, 1863||(2 notebooks)||Box 6|
|Papers on books lost from Baltimore Meeting Library||1904||Box 6|
|Article regarding Friends' Meeting House and School, Baltimore; from Baltimore Sun||10/30/1904.||Box 6|
|Book lists: Blackburn, Tyson||1908||Box 6|
|Names and addresses of genealogists||Box 6|
|“Sermon on the Mount”||Box 6|
|Statement of purpose of The Loyal League of the Women of Chester County||Box 6|
Ser. 8. Pictures
|Friends' Meeting House, Little Falls of Gunpowder
Print after drawing by Benj. Ferris, 7/5/1843.
|Silhouettes, Jesse W. Cook, and wife, Elizabeth||Box 6|
|Drawings, effigies in Slebeck Church, and Cromlech at Pintre Ev-an||Box 6|