An Inventory of the Kite-Bassett Family Papers, 1937-1930

(3 boxes; 1.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/080


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Abstract
The Kite and Bassett families were Orthodox Quakers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Lynn, Massachusetts, respectively. James Kite was born in 1808, the son of Benjamin and Rebecca Kite of Philadelphia. In 1837 he was granted a certificate to Salem Monthly Meeting in Massachusetts to marry Lydia B. Rodman, widow of Caleb Rodman and daughter of Isaac and Ruth Bassett of Lynn. James and Lydia had eight children, viz. Ruth, James Rodman, Eliza B., Rebecca, Isaac C. Bassett, Hannah B., Lydia and Abby; Eliza and Isaac died young. James died in 1856 at the age of 48. Lydia B., a minister in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Northern District, died in 1872 at the age of 60 years. Ruth Kite married Jacob Smedley Jr. in 1865. The collection contains correspondence and other papers of the Kite and Bassett families, mainly describing family life but also relating to Quaker activities, especially events at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Orthodox) and the New England Yearly Meeting and including discussions of the Wilbur-Gurney controversy. Several of the Kite children attended the Westtown School, and some of the letters are between them and their parents. Correspondents include Ruth Bassett, William Bassett, Elizabeth B. Boyce, Eunice B. Boyce, Hannah Bassett, Anna B. Newhall, Lydia B. Kite, James Kite, Ruth K. Smedley, Jacob Smedley, James R. Kite, Rebecca Kite, Abbie Kite, and Ruth MacCollin Hoffman, granddaughter of Lydia B. Kite. Of particular note is the correspondence of the latter, 1918-19, describing Quaker reconstruction work in France while she was a participant in the American Friends Service Committee relief efforts.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL The Kite and Bassett families were Orthodox Quakers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Lynn, Massachusetts, respectively. James Kite was born in 1808, the son of Benjamin and Rebecca Kite of Philadelphia. In 1837 he was granted a certificate to Salem Monthly Meeting in Massachusetts to marry Lydia B. Rodman, widow of Caleb Rodman and daughter of Isaac and Ruth Bassett of Lynn. James and Lydia had eight children, viz. Ruth, James Rodman, Eliza B., Rebecca, Isaac C. Bassett, Hannah B., Lydia and Abby; Eliza and Isaac died young. James died in 1856 at the age of 48. Lydia B., a minister in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Northern District, died in 1872 at the age of 60 years. Ruth Kite married Jacob Smedley Jr. in 1865. Ruth MacCollin, a granddaughter of Lydia B. Kite, was active in Quaker reconstruction work in France. She married Wray Hoffman in France in 1919 while they were participants in the American Friends Service Committee relief efforts.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains correspondence and other papers of the Kite and Bassett families, mainly describing family life but also relating to Quaker activities, especially events at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Orthodox) and the New England Yearly Meeting and including discussions of the Wilbur-Gurney controversy. Several of the Kite children attended the Westtown School, and some of the letters are between them and their parents. Correspondents include Ruth Bassett, William Bassett, Elizabeth B. Boyce, Eunice B. Boyce, Hannah Bassett, Anna B. Newhall, Lydia B. Kite, James Kite, Ruth K. Smedley, Jacob Smedley, James R. Kite, Rebecca Kite, Abbie Kite, and Ruth MacCollin Hoffman, granddaughter of Lydia B. Kite. Of particular note is the correspondence of the latter, 1918-19, describing Quaker reconstruction work in France while she was a participant in the American Friends Service Committee relief efforts.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into four series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Americans Friends Service Committee- Relief work
  • Quakers -- Massachusetts
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers --Social life and customs
  • Reconstruction (1914-1939) -- France
  • Society of Friends -- Controversy
  • Society of Friends -- Relief Work -- World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918-- Civilian relief
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Bassett, Hannah, 1815-1855
  • Bassett, Ruth, d. 1860
  • Bassett, William, 1803-1871
  • Boyce, Eliza B. (Eliza Bassett), 1807-1882
  • Boyce, Eunice B. (Eunice Bassett), 1811-1864
  • Hoffman, Ruth McCollin, b. 1890
  • Kite, Abbie, 1851-1919
  • Kite, James R. (James Rodman), 1840-1908
  • Kite, James, 1808-1856
  • Kite, Lydia B. (Lydia Bassett), 1813-1872
  • Masters, Rebecca K. (Rebecca Kite), 1843-1895
  • Newhall, Anna G. (Anna Greene), fld 1824-1863
  • Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Orthodox: 1827-1955)
  • Smedley, Jacob, 1835-1893
  • Smedley, Ruth K. (Ruth Kite), 1838-1914
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1974
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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


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. Correspondence of the Bassett family, 1837-1878, n.d.

Ruth Bassett 1837-1857, n.d. Box 1

Children of Isaac and Ruth Bassett:

William Bassett 1864-1867 Box 1

Elizabeth Bassett Boyce 1837-1872, n.d. Box 1

Mary Boyce Breed (daughter of E.B.B.) 1841-1878, n.d. Box 1

Eunice Bassett Boyce 1835-1860, n.d. (2 folders) Box 1

Hannah Basset 1837-1867, n.d. (3 folders) Box 1

Lydia Bassett Rodman Kite 1836-1869, n.d. (3 folders) Box 2

Anna Bassett Newhall 1837-1857, n.d. Box 2

Miscellaneous correspondence 1865-1873, n.d. Box 2

Ser. 2. Correspondence of the Kite family, 1837-1885, n.d.

James Kite 1837-1858 Box 2

Children of James and Lydia Bassett Rodman Kite: Box 2

Ruth Kite Smedley 1846-1878, n.d. Box 2

Jacob Smedley 1863-1878, n.d. Box 2

James Rodman Kite 1847-1877, n.d. Box 2

Rebecca Kite 1860-1873, n.d. Box 2

Abbie Kite 1864-1885, n.d. Box 2

Ser. 3. Correspondence of other family members, 1918-1967

Ruth MacCollin Hoffman
Ruth Hoffman was the granddaughter of James and Lydia Kite.
1918-1919, n.d. Box 3

American Friends Service Committee 50th Anniversary material 1967 Box 3

Ser. 4. Other material, 1836-1930, n.d.

Family documents: mortgages, deeds, and marriage certificates 1836-1930 Box 3

Miscellaneous written material 1846-1860, n.d. Box 3

Poetry by various family authors n.d. Box 3

Memorabilia of Ruth Kite Smedley n.d. Box 3