An Inventory of the Lewis-Fussell Family Papers, 1698-1978

(12 boxes; 6 linear ft.)

RG 5/087


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Abstract
Bartholomew Fussell was a Quaker minister who married Rebecca Bond at Abington Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania in 1781. He was a member of Uwchlan Monthly Meeting of Friends at his death in 1838. The couple had eight children, viz. Esther, William, Sarah, Joseph, Jacob, Bartholomew, Rebecca, and Solomon. Esther married John Lewis in 1818, and they had four children, among whom was Graceanna Lewis, Quaker scientist and humanitarian. Joseph Fussell married Elizabeth Moore in 1814, and their eldest son, Henry Bartholomew, married Maria Lewis. Rebecca Fussell married Joseph Trimble in 1837, and their only daughter, Esther Jane, married Isaac Lippincott. The collection contains correspondence, journals, other writings, account books, albums, photographs, and miscellaneous notes of members of the Lewis and Fussell families of Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania. Includes the papers and drawings of Graceanna Lewis, prominent Quaker natural scientist and social reformer. Educated at the Kimberton Boarding School, she also taught at a number of female seminaries, including a boarding school managed by her uncle, Bartholomew Fussell, and the Foster School for Girls at Clifton Springs, N.Y. Of particular interest is her correspondence with a cousin concerning phrenology and a school for black children in which he was teaching, and her manuscript memoirs of the Underground Railroad. The collection also includes the correspondence (1836-90) of Henry B. Fussell, with his observations on politics and the Civil War, and that of Linnaeus Fussell, with descriptions of his travels in China and in other parts of Asia from 1867-69 while aboard the U.S.S. Unadilla. The early life of the artist, Charles Lewis Fussell is mentioned in the correspondence of his mother, Rebecca Lewis Fussell; the letters of the former are also part of this collection. Other correspondents include Rebecca F. Trimble, Esther Jane Trimble, Esther Lewis, Henry M. Fussell, Rebecca L. Fussell, and many other family members.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Bartholomew Fussell was a Quaker minister who married Rebecca Bond at Abington Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania in 1781. He was a member of Uwchlan Monthly Meeting of Friends at his death in 1838. The couple had eight children, viz. Esther, William, Sarah, Joseph, Jacob, Bartholomew, Rebecca, and Solomon. Esther married John Lewis in 1818, and they had four children, among whom was Graceanna Lewis, Quaker scientist and humanitarian. Joseph Fussell married Elizabeth Moore in 1814, and their eldest son, Henry Bartholomew, married Maria Lewis. Rebecca Fussell married Joseph Trimble in 1837, and their only daughter, Esther Jane, married Isaac Lippincott.

1840s-1860s Graceanna Lewis (1821-1912) is the most prominent of the members of the Lewis and Fussell families included in this collection. Her mother, Esther Fussell Lewis (1782-1848), and later for a time Graceanna herself managed the family farm near Kimberton, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Educated at Kimberton Boarding School, Graceanna at various times supported herself as a schoolteacher, beginning in York, Pa., from 1842-1844 where she taught at a boarding school for girls managed by her uncle, Bartholomew Fussell.
1869-1970 While she was devoted to social reform, working for abolition of slavery, temperance, and women's rights, by the 1860s her efforts were directed mostly to the sciences, especially ornithology and botany. After intensive studies in the sciences in the 1860s in Philadelphia, Graceanna Lewis was elected to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia in 1870.
1868, 1877, 1883-1885 She applied unsuccessfully for teaching posts in 1868 and 1877 at Vassar College after which she resumed teaching at preparatory schools, including the Foster School for Girls at Clifton Springs, N.Y. from 1883-85.
1885 on In 1885 Graceanna Lewis retired to Media, Pa., where she spent her remaining years. She applied her artistic talents to her study of science, and the Lewis Papers contain many of her drawings of plants and birds.
Not all members of the Fussell and Lewis families were so devoted to science and social reform. Henry Bartholomew Fussell (1815-1890) was keenly interested in politics, and his letters contain observations on the Civil War and later on support for Republican leaders. Linnaeus Fussell (1842-1907) joined the Union army but soon became a Navy doctor. Many of his letters describe his travels while in the Navy, especially in China and other parts of Asia, 1867-69, while aboard the U.S.S. Unadilla. A few letters mention the Darien expedition (near Panama) in 1871. The early pioneer life of the artist Charles Lewis Fussell (1840-1909) is mentioned in the correspondence of his mother, Rebecca Lewis Fussell (1820-1893). Charles Lewis Fussell joined the Union Colony in Greeley, Colorado in 1870.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains correspondence, journals, other writings, account books, albums, photographs, and miscellaneous notes of members of the Lewis and Fussell families of Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania. Includes the papers and drawings of Graceanna Lewis, prominent Quaker natural scientist and social reformer. Educated at the Kimberton Boarding School, she also taught at a number of female seminaries, including a boarding school managed by her uncle, Bartholomew Fussell, and the Foster School for Girls at Clifton Springs, N.Y. Of particular interest is her correspondence with a cousin concerning phrenology and a school for black children in which he was teaching, and her manuscript memoirs of the Underground Railroad. The collection also includes the correspondence (1836-90) of Henry B. Fussell, with his observations on politics and the Civil War, and that of Linnaeus Fussell, with descriptions of his travels in China and in other parts of Asia from 1867-69 while aboard the U.S.S. Unadilla. The early life of the artist, Charles Lewis Fussell is mentioned in the correspondence of his mother, Rebecca Lewis Fussell; the letters of the former are also part of this collection. Other correspondents include Rebecca F. Trimble, Esther Jane Trimble, Esther Lewis, Henry M. Fussell, Rebecca L. Fussell, and many other family members.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into nine series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Afro-Americans -- Education
  • Albums
  • Antislavery movements
  • China -- Description and travel
  • Diaries
  • Foulke family
  • Fussell family
  • Lewis family
  • Naturalists -- United States
  • Pennsylvania -- Quakers
  • Phrenology
  • Quaker -- Diaries
  • Quaker Scientists
  • Quakers - Civil leaders
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Quakers- Social reformers
  • Social reformers
  • Underground Railroad -- Pennsylvania
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Women, Artists
  • Women, Quaker
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Foster School for Girls (Clifton Springs, N.Y.)
  • Fussell, Charles Lewis, 1840-1909
  • Fussell, Henry B. (Henry Bartholomew), 1815-1890
  • Fussell, Henry M. (Henry Moore), d.1917
  • Fussell, Linnaeus, 1842-1907
  • Fussell, Rebecca L. (Rebecca Lewis), 1820-1893
  • Kimberton Boarding School
  • Lewis, Esther, 1782-1848
  • Lewis, Graceanna, 1821-1912
  • Trimble, Esther Jane, 1838-1888
  • Trimble, Rebecca F. (Rebecca Fussell), 1796-1882
Credits
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Date: 1980
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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. Biographical and genealogical, 1698-1978

Genealogical material, 1863-1905, n.d. Box 1

Fan chart of the Lewis and Fussell families 1863 Box 1

Genealogy of the Fussell Family by Edwin Neal Fussell 1891 Box 1

Genealogical notes by Graceanna Lewis [1905] (ms. book) Box 1

Genealogical notes by Esther Fussell Lewis n.d. Box 1

Genealogical notes by Graceanna Lewis n.d. Box 1

Genealogical notes concerning Welsh and Irish descent of the Fussell family by Graceanna Lewis n.d. Box 1

Genealogical notes by Henry Moore Fussell Jr. n.d. Box 1

Genealogical material on the Foulke family 1898 and n.d. Box 1

Genealogical notes, author unknown n.d. Box 1

Biographical material, 1698-1978 and n.d.

Bartholomew Longstreth: Certificate of character 1698/99 Box 1

Jacob Fussell: Memorial 1791 Box 1

Edward Longstreth: Memorial 1831 Box 1

Graceanna Lewis, 1875-1952, n.d.

Biographical material 1875-1976 and n.d.

Underground Railroad memoirs 1912? Box 1

the Lewis and Vincent Township farms 1952 and n.d. Box 1

Bartholomew Fussell: Memorial 1871 and 1924 Box 1

Linnaeus Fussell: Memorial [1907] Box 1

Obituaries of various members of the Fussell family 1862-1978 Box 1

Pikeland Graveyard material 1878-1923 and n.d. Box 1

Miscellaneous 1936 and n.d. Box 1

Indentures and Wills, 1741-1947

Solomon Fussell: Indenture 1741 Box 1

William Jeanes: Will and Appraisal of Goods 1747-1782 Box 1

John Lewis: Will 1775 Box 1

John Lewis Sr.: Will 1823 Box 1

Mary Lewis: Will 1823 Box 1

Elizabeth R. Lewis: Will 1856 Box 1

Graceanna Lewis: Will 1903 Box 1

Emily Roberts Fussell: Will 1946-1947 Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1817-1952 and n.d.

Lewis family, 1817-1915

Esther Fussell Lewis 1817-1848 and n.d. Box 2

Graceanna Lewis 1836-1915 and n.d. Box 2

Fussell family, 1833-1952, n.d.

Rebecca Fussell Trimble 1837-1881 Box 2

Esther Jane Trimble Lippincott 1856-1881 Box 3

Esther Ann Fussell Jacobs 1833-1900 Box 3

Henry Bartholomew Fussell 1836-1890 and n.d. Box 3

Edwin Fussell 1833-1874 and n.d. Box 3-4

Rebecca Fussell Lewis 1837-1892 and n.d. Box 5

Emma Jane Fussell 1849-1862 and n.d. Box 5

Charles Lewis Fussell 1860-1885 Box 5

Linnaeus Fussell
See also: Ser. 5: E.F. Cope, “Bits of Background”
1858-1907 and n.d. Box 6

Edith Johnson Fussell 1868-1907 and n.d. Box 6

Ellen Fussell Cope 1884-1952 and n.d. Box 6

Anna Fussell 1856-1894 and n.d. Box 6

Henry Moore Fussell to 1917 Box 7

Mary Townsend Fussell 1860-1923 Box 7

Alice Fussell 1879-1938 Box 7

Robert Fussell 1883-1930 Box 7

Lewis Fussell 1880-1895 Box 7

Henry Moore Fussell Jr. 1893-1938 and n.d. Box 7

Miscellaneous correspondence of the Lewis and Fussell families 1811-1900 and n.d. Box 7

3. Drawings, mostly undated
Box 8

Watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings of birds, plants, flowers, and alphabet letters by Graceanna Lewis
NOTE: Oversize drawings are contained in Chart Case.
mostly undated

4. Diaries, 1817-1860

Esther Lewis Fussell (1792-1848), 1817-1851

Diaries
Includes original manuscripts and extracts by Alice Fussell, 1830-1847, and Graceanna Lewis, 1830-1832.
1-1-1830 to 12-31-1832; 1-1-1834 to 2-2-1848 Box 9

Book of specimens,
Written as tributes of affection by her pupils at Forest School.
7-5-1817 to 8-5-1818. (original ms.) Box 9

Expense book concerning the construction of the house at Sunnyside 1846-1847 (original ms.) Box 9

Receipt book 3-2-1834 to 1-1-1851 (original ms.) Box 9

Book of appraisement in the settlement of the estate of Esther Lewis 1845 (original ms.) Box 9

Rebecca Fussell Trimble (1796-1882), Diary 3-29-1854 to 2-10-1856 (ms. copy only) Box 9

Rebecca Lewis Fussell (1820-1893), Diary concerning her wedding trip with Edwin Fussell 4-15-1838 to 12-2-1838 (original ms. and copy) Box 9

Graceanna Lewis (1821-1912), Record book, 3-24-1854 to 2-12-1856 (original ms.) Box 10

Sarah Emily Roberts Fussell (1827-), Recollections of her life before her marriage in 1849 [1851] (original ms.) Box 10

Esther Jane Trimble Lippincott (1838-1884), Diary 1-1-1859 to 7-30-1859 (original ms.) Box 10

Emma Jane Fussell (1839-1862), Diaries (including fragments), 5-21-1855 to 7-4-1855; 1-1-1858 to 8-8-1859; 1-1-1860-12-24-1860 and n.d. (original ms.) Box 10

Henry Moore Fussell (1845-1917), Account of a trip to Harvey's Lake, Luzerne Co., PA, 7-1867 Box 10

5. Writings and Poetry, 1797-1941, n.d.

Graceanna Lewis (1821-1912), 1896, n.d.

Essays and poetry n.d. Box 10

Articles 1896 and n.d. Box 10

Miscellaneous material concerning Graceanna Lewis and her work in ornithology n.d. Box 10

Charles Lewis Fussell (1840-1909), Book of fairytales
Written for his niece and nephew, Alice and Robert Fussell.
n.d. Box 10

Robert Fussell (1875-1943), School essays n.d. Box 10

Ellen Fussell Cope (1878), Unpublished autobiographical manuscript, “Bits of Background”
Includes copies of correspondence and writings of earlier family members 1860s-1880s.
ca. 1860s-1880s (4 folders) Box 10

Miscellaneous family

Poetry and writings by or about various members of the Lewis and Fussell families
Note: A large amount of poetry, particularly by Graceanna Lewis may be found scattered throughout Series 2.
1797-1941.

Ser. 6. Albums and Account Books, 1750-1899
Box 11

John Lewis (1781-1824) and Esther Fussell Lewis (1782-1848), Album
Album contains recipes, clippings, poetry, and accounts.
1814-1859 Box 11

Esther Fussell Lewis (1782-1848), Album
Album contains poetry, original and copied
[1828]. Box 11

William Fussell (1783-1856), Account book
Copy by Henry Moore Fussell Jr., and an extract by Graceanna Lewis.
1750-1758 (original ms. and copy) Box 11

Mary Ann Lewis (1819-1866), Book of poetry from her pupils at Pikeland School 10-14-1833. Box 11

Graceanna Lewis (1821-1912), Album
Album contains recipes, clippings, and poetry. Also included is an address book, 1875.
n.d. Box 11

Henry Moore Fussell (1845-1917), Household expenses 1879-1899 Box 11

7. Photographs:
(10 folders)

Folder 1

Richard Moore Box 12

Henry Moore Box 12

Folder 2

Esther Fussell Lewis (1742-1848) Box 12

Mary Ann Lewis (1819-1866) Box 12

Elizabeth Lewis (1824-1863) Box 12

Graceanna Lewis (1821-1912) Box 12

Ann Lewis Thomas (1776-) Box 12

Folder 3

Charles Lewis Fussell (1849-1909) Box 12

Emma Jane Fussell (1839-1862) Box 12

Mary Townsend Fussell (1849-1935) Box 12

Edwin Fussell (1813-1882) Box 12

Anna E. Fussell (1847-1937) Box 12

Folder 4

Susan Fussell (1832-1889) Box 12

Ada Fussell (1837-1900) Box 12

Benjamin Lundy Fussell Box 12

Edward Churchman Fussell (1845-1865) Box 12

Esther Jane Trimble Lippincott (1838-1884) Box 12

Folder 5-T

Morris Hardy (1840-1915) Box 12

Maude M. Lewis (1859-1944) Box 12

Jay Lewis (1857-1916) Box 12

Evangeline E. Lewis (1865-1950) Box 12

Emily Hardy Lewis (1845-1891) Box 12

Emily Grace Lewis (1881-1907) Box 12

Albert G. Lewis (1848-1910) Box 12

Joseph B. Lewis (1830-1907) Box 12

Elizabeth M. Lewis (1827-1903) Box 12

John J. Lewis Box 12

Sarah D. Rogers Lewis (1851-1917) Box 12

Neal Hardy Box 12

Folder 6

Henry Bartholomew Fussell (1815-1890) Box 12

Maria Douglas Fussell (1822-1897) Box 12

Folder 7

Maria Douglas Fussell (1822-1897) Box 12

Dora Fussell (1860-1915) Box 12

Henry B. Fussell Box 12

Henry Moore Fussell (1845-1917) Box 12

Henry Moore Fussell and Mary Townsend Fussell Box 12

Folder 8

Fussell family photograph Box 12

Henry Moore Fussell Jr., (1886-1951) Box 12

Alice Fussell (1871-1955) Box 12

Robert Fussell (1875-1943) Box 12

Lewis and Henry M. Fussell Jr. Box 12

Fussell children Box 12

Folder 9

Lewis Fussell (1882-1935) Box 12

Robert Fussell (1875-1943) Box 12

Harriet Jane Fussell (1865-1943) Box 12

Emily Roberts Fussell (1859-1949) Box 12

unknown photograph Box 12

Folder 10, houses and graveyards:

402 Oakley Street, Media, PA Box 12

Mine Hole Farm Box 12

Hickory Grove Farm Box 12

2 unidentified houses Box 12

Pikeland and Fall Creek graveyards Box 12

Ser. 8. Miscellaneous, 1847-1961, n.d.

Perkins Almanac 1847 Box 12

Friends Anti-slavery statement 1-28-1847 Box 12

Receipts for subscriptions to the “Pennsylvania Freeman” 1848 Box 12

Notice of the sale of Sunnyside [1878] Box 12

Letters from John Greenleaf Whittier to: (copies only)

Rebecca Davis 3-24-1883 Box 12

Graceanna Lewis 1-12-1888 Box 12

History of Ice Cream [1911] Box 12

“A Letter Written by Early Settlers in 1832” by Milcah Martha Fussell [1923] Box 12

List of articles published in the Delaware County Institute of Science Proceedings [1947] Box 12

Article concerning James Fussell 1961 Box 12

“History of Grandfather's Spoon” by Graceanna Lewis n.d. Box 12

Notice of an Abolitionist meeting n.d. Box 12

Ser. 9. Relics, 1838-1902

Wafer used by Edwin and Rebecca L. Fussell on their wedding invitations [1838] Box 12

Card of Cyrus M. Burleigh [1851] Box 12

Family place cards by Charles Lewis Fussell 12/25/1902 Box 12

Pen Box 12

Magnifying glass Box 12

Pincushion Box 12