An Inventory of the John J. Merritt Family Papers, 1818-1871

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/102


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Abstract
John J. Merritt (1804-1871) was a New York City Hicksite Quaker businessman. He was the son of John and Phebe J. Brown and in 1827, married Hannah Brown of Amawalk Monthly Meeting. This collection primarily contains John J. Merritt's correspondence with Hannah Brown during their courtship and after their marriage. The letters describe life in New York City and travel in New York State, Canada, and Michigan.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL John J. Merritt (1804-1871) was a New York City Hicksite Quaker businessman. He was the son of John and Phebe.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT This collection primarily contains John J. Merritt's correspondence with Hannah Brown during their courtship and after their marriage. In addition to expressing his feelings, he described life in New York City and travel up the Hudson to her home in Peekskill. After marriage in 1827, his affectionate letters continue, expressing loneliness when she was away on family visits. Later in the 1840s and 1850s when away on business trips, he described what it was like to travel through New York State, Canada and Michigan.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into four series:


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Subjects
  • Canada - Description and travel - 19th century
  • Merritt family
  • Michigan - Description and travel - 19th century
  • New York - Description and travel - 19th century
  • New York - Quakers
  • Quakers - New York
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • John J. Merritt, (1804-1871)
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1983
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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
Ser. 1. Biographical and genealogical material, 1818, 1827, n.d.

Marriage Certificates, 1818, 1827:

Zopher Jones to Dorothy Weeks 1818 12mo 16

John J. Merritt to Hannah W. Brown 1827 9mo 19

Genealogical Chart for John Merritt, born 1845

Daguerreotype, Joshua Weeks and family
Stored in Cased Photographs: PA 107/167

Copy of records of births and deaths from Merritt family Bible Box Box 1

Ser. 2. Letters written by John J. Merritt, 1825-1871

Correspondence 1825 7mo 4-1871 1mo 1. (6 folders) Box Box 1

Ser. 3 Miscellaneous Family Correspondence, 1828-1833, n.d.

Correspondence 1828-1833 and n.d. (1 folder) Box Box 1

Ser. 4 Miscellaneous, 1826-1832, n.d.

Excerpts from letters 1826-1827 (typed, photocopies) Box Box 1

Haydock, Patience"Social Calendar of trip to Philadelphia for friend Merritt and wife.” 1832 4mo 6-4mo 15. Box Box 1

[Merritt, John J.] Draft of a committee report concerning the use of a piano in the home Box Box 1