An Inventory of the Elizabeth Pearsall Frazier Family Papers, 1769-1914 (bulk 1807-1848)

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/120


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Abstract
This small collection of Quaker family papers appears to have been collected and preserved by Elizabeth Pearsall Frazier (1869-1957) and her daughter, Elizabeth P. Frazier (b. 1902). They include family genealogy, some correspondence, manuscript writings, financial papers, two wills, and reference material. The Pearsall side and its allied families, especially Parrish, were Quakers of long standing. Prior to 1800 the Pearsalls were a New York family, but after that they intermarried with Philadelphia Friends and made their homes in the Philadelphia area. There were strong ties with Burlington, NJ, and some of its Quaker families, including the Dillwyns and their relations. The bulk of this collection dates between 1807 and 1848. Included in the miscellaneous papers collected by the family are printed materials from the American Convention for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery. the Friends Boarding School Association, and the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL This small collection of Quaker family papers appears to have been collected and preserved by Elizabeth (Pearsall) Frazier (1869-1957) and then passed to her daughter, Elizabeth P. Frazier (1902-198). The Frazier side of the family was not Quaker, but the Pearsall side and its allied families were members of the Society of Friends of long standing. Prior to 1800 the Pearsalls were a New York family, but after that they intermarried with Philadelphia Friends and made their homes in the area. There were strong ties with Burlington, NJ, and some of its Quaker families, including the brothers George and William Dillwyn and their relations. The bulk of this collection dates between 1807 and 1848.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT This small collection of Quaker family papers appears to have been collected and preserved by Elizabeth (Pearsall) Frazier (1869-1957). They include family genealogy, some family correspondence, manuscript writings, financial papers, two wills, and printed material collected by the family. It includes material on the Parrish and Dillwyn families as well as Pearsall and Frazier. Included in the miscellaneous papers collected by the family are printed materials from the American Convention for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery. The Friends Boarding School Association, and the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • American Convention for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery - Minutes - 1818
  • Antislavery movements -- United States
  • Dillwyn family
  • Frazier family
  • Friends Boarding School Association - 1839
  • Mott, James, 1788-1868 - Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Parrish family
  • Pearsall family
  • Pusey family
  • Quakers
  • Quakers --Social life and customs
  • Slavery -- United States -- Societies, etc.
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1984
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. Genealogy

Charts and lists

Dillwyn family Box 1

Frazier family Box 1

Parrish family Box 1

Pearsall family Box 1

Pusey family Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1769-1846

George, Sarah, William Dillwyn, and Ann (Dillwyn) Alexander, 1769-1821 (5 letters) Box 1

Parrish family 1823-1841, and n.d (6 letters) Box 1

Ann (Shoemaker) Pearsall (1797-1840) 1815-1831 (12 letter.) Box 1

Elizabeth, Sarah, Susan, Mary Shoemaker (daughters of Jacob and Mercy Shoemaker and sisters of Ann) 1816-1846 (10 letter.) Box 1

Ser. 3. Writings, 1828, n.d.

Essay on the study of man, by William Dillwyn Parrish (1815-1863) Box 1

Prophecy of Elizabeth Webb, copied for Susan Parrish (1817-1900) 1828 2mo. 27 Box 1

Joseph and Sarah Poole's Testimony on the death of their son Box 1

Material on the writings of Thomas Branagan, by George Dillwyn (1738-1820) Box 1

Elegy on the death of his wife, by John Scott Box 1

Copy of a letter from the Persian Envoy at the British Court, by Mirza Abul Hassan Box 1

Ser. 4. Legal papers, 1807, 1851, n.d.

Will of John Parrish (1729-1807) proved 12/16/1807 (copy) Box 1

Will (copy) of Dr. Joseph Parrish (1779-1840)
Includes also the will of Susanna (Cox) Parrish, widow of Dr. Joseph Parrish, signed 1851 2mo. 27.
(copy) Box 1

Ser. 5. Financial papers, 1820-1914

Receipts 1820-1845 (7 receipts) Box 1

Estate of William West
On Coates St. in the Spring Garden District of Philadelphia. Miscellaneous papers, including receipts, land surveys, etc.
1832-1848 Box 1

Balance sheet for William West Frazier. 12/31/1914 Box 1

Ser. 6. Printed reference material, 1818-1846

Minutes of the 15th American Convention for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, Philadelphia
Originally established in 1794 as the Convention of Delegates from the Abolition Societies established in different parts of the United States.
1818 Box 1

Proposed plan of Friends Boarding School Association
Copy addressed to Susannah Parrish, a member of the committee.
1839 12mo. 14

A Letter from a young woman to a member of the Religious Society of Friends, with his reply, by Dr. Joseph Parrish
4th edition. First published in 1828, concerning the Separation of 1827-1828.
1843 Box 1

Circular of the Eastern Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, issued by James Mott, Chairman requesting subscriptions to the National Anti-Slavery Standard 6/30/1846 Box 1