An Inventory of the Kent-Barnard Family Papers, 1785-1928

(6 boxes; 3 linear ft.)

RG 5/079


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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081-1399 U.S.A.  

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Abstract
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.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Daniel Kent, son of William and Ann Kent of Limerick, Ireland, emigrated to Chester County, Pa., in 1785. He joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1790, and married Esther Hawley in 1791. They had 8 children, including Joseph, who married Maria Jane Cook, and Benjamin, who married Hannah Simmons. Daniel's granddaughter, Mary Anna Kent, daughter of Joseph and Maria Jane Kent, married John Barnard in 1849; their only daughter, Ella Kent Barnard, was born in 1853. Benjamin and Hannah Simmons Kent had eight children. Their oldest son, Henry Simmons Kent (1833-1906), married Patience Webster in 1859 and was active in the establishment of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting and the Borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection includes material used by Ella Kent Barnard in preparation for the writing of three books, viz. Daniel Kent Emigrant, The Maulsby Genealogy, and Dorothy Payne Quakeress. 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 the diaries and journals of Henry S. Kent (1905), Patience W. Kent 1905-12, 23-24), Joseph Kent (1847), and Ella Kent Barnard (1928). Correspondents include Mary Anna Barnard, Israel Graham, Cyrus Griest, Henry S. Kent, and Patience W. Kent. Other materials include the business papers of Daniel Kent (1814-18), Joseph Kent (1829-1835), Pennsgrove Meeting (1854-63), and Joseph Barnard (1855), as well as miscellaneous manuscripts by M. A. Barnard, Patience W. Kent, and others. Of particular interest are the “Childish Recollections” of Ella K. Barnard concerning schools in Chester County, a description of the woolen factory of Joseph Kent, the anti-slavery schism in Pennsgrove Meeting, and Christmas customs. 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, and another, “Reminiscences of Elisha Tyson,” was penned by Henry M. Fitzhugh. Also included are (13) copy books of John Barnard from Marlborough Friends School (1834-39) and two notebooks from the Upper Oxford or Pennsgrove Soldiers Aid Society (1862-63).

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into eight series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Diaries
  • Kent family
  • Maulsby family
  • Quakers -- Diaries --19th and 20th century
  • Quakers -- Education
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Chester County
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Swarthmore (Pa.) -- Quakers
  • Voyages and travel--United States
  • Webster family
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Barnard, Ella K. (Ella Kent), b. 1853
  • Barnard, Mary A. (Mary Anna), 1828-1865
  • Kent, Daniel, 1765-1844
  • Kent, Daniel, 1765-1844
  • Kent, Henry S. (Henry Simmons), 1833-1906
  • Kent, Joseph, 1794-1863
  • Kent, Patience W. (Patience Webster), d. 1924
  • Kent, William, fl. 1786-1806
  • Madison, Dolley 1768-1849
  • Marlborough Friends School
  • Pennsgrove Soldiers Aid Society
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tyson, Elisha, 1750-1824
  • Tyson, Isabella, 1823-1903
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: Before 1967
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, 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.
1785-1806 Box 1

Indenture between John Johnston and Daniel Kent
See p. 12 & p. 14 in book.
5-21-1785 Box 1

Recommendation for Daniel Kent
See p. 24 in book.
1-24-1786 Box 1

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 1884-1899 Box 1

Correspondence 1902-03 Box 1

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

Diaries, 1905-1924:

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.

General correspondence
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.
1799-1924 Box 3-4

Correspondence regarding silhouettes and pictures
Includes a “List of available Silhouettes”, and clipping “Old Silhouettes Reappear”, from N.Y. Sun, 6-20-1907.
Box 3-4

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
Arranged alphabetically.


“Aschenputtel, A Tale” incomplete. Box 4

“Criticism,” by A. Barnard Box 4

“The Echo”
Devoted to the improvement of The Worthington Literary Society. Editor, Gertrude W. Kent, daughter of Henry S. and Patience Webster Kent.
12-1-1876 Box 4

“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.
1853-1905 Box 5

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

Notebook
Rise of Pennsgrove Meeting; notes on Wm. Penn; biographical and genealogical notes; misc.
Box 5

“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.
Box 5

Springdale School papers Box 5

Verse
Among authors are Daniel Kent, Alice Eliza Hambleton, E.H. (Esther Hawley?) Kent, Phebe Hadley.
Box 5

“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.
Box 5-6

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.
Box 5-6

Valentines Box 5-6

School papers
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.
Box 5-6

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

Clippings 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.
Box 6

Silhouettes, Jesse W. Cook, and wife, Elizabeth Box 6

Drawings, effigies in Slebeck Church, and Cromlech at Pintre Ev-an Box 6