An Inventory of the William Sharp Prickett Family Papers, 1716-1932

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG 5/127


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Abstract
William Sharp Prickett (1862-1926) was youngest child of Josiah J. and Emaline B. (Engle) Prickett. The Prickett/Prickitt family were Quakers who lived in the area of Northampton and Southampton Townships, Burlington Co.,, New Jersey, from 1716, the date of the earliest document in the collection. They lived in or near villages such as Masonville, Easton, and Vicentown, near Rancocas Creek. In later generations most of the children attended or graduated from Westtown Boarding School, as did many of their spouses. The men in this family were farmers, educators, and lumbermen. The collection contains the family papers preserved by William Sharp Pickett (1862-1926), whose family were New Jersey Quakers. It includes biographical and genealogical, family correspondence, school papers relating to Josiah J. Pickett who served on the school committee of Northampton Township, N.J., family legal and financial papers and memorabilia.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL William Sharp Prickett (1862-1926) was youngest child of Josiah J. and Emaline B. (Engle) Prickett. The Prickett family were Quakers who lived in the area of Northampton and Southampton Townships, Burlington Co., New Jersey, from 1716, the date of the earliest document in the collection. William Prickett's parents were married out of unity, but his mother, Emaline B. Engle Prickett, retained her membership in Evesham Monthly Meeting and, later, Upper Evesham Monthly Meeting. They lived in or near villages such as Masonville, Easton, and Vincentown, near Rancocas Creek. In later generations most of the children attended or graduated from Westtown Boarding School, as did many of their spouses. The men in this family were farmers, educators, and lumbermen.

William S. Prickett graduated from Westtown in 1879 and served as an assistant teacher for a few months after graduation. He taught at Newark Academy, Delaware, under headmaster Joseph Polk, and in 1888 married Polk's daughter, Mary Wilson Polk. She was not a Quaker, and at that time, William Prickett resigned his membership at Upper Evesham Monthly Meeting. He became an attorney in Wilmington, Delaware, after his marriage and died there in 1926. His correspondence is mainly about family affairs.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains the family papers preserved by William Sharp Pickett (1862-1926), whose family were New Jersey Quakers. It includes biographical and genealogical, family correspondence, school papers relating to Josiah J. Pickett who served on the school committee of Northampton Township, NJ., a minute book (1867-1893) kept by Lewis L. Prickett as Secretary of the Trustees of the New Freedom School, Southampton Township, family legal and financial papers, and memorabilia.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Burlington County (N.J.) - Quakers
  • Burlington County (N.J.) -- Education --School
  • Engle family
  • New Freedom School (Burlington County, N.J.)
  • Northampton Township (N.J.) - Schools
  • Prickett family
  • Quakers - Burlington County (N.J.)
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
  • Quakers--Education--Burlington County (N.J.)
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Prickett, Josiah J., 1808-1862
  • Prickett, Lewis L, 1844-1929
  • Prickett, William Sharp, 1862-1926
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 Box 1

Death notices Box 1

Marriage certificate of Josiah P. and Emaline B. (Engle) Prickett
By William Irick, Justice of the Peace.
Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1877-1899, n.d.

Received and sent by William S. Prickett 1879-1899 Box 1

Received and sent by other family members Box 1

3. Writings, 1808-1893

Schoolbooks of Josiah J. Prickett, 1808-1862

School lesson books of Josiah J. Prickett 1808-1862

Mathematics workbook 1817 Box 1

“Ciphering” workbook 1825 Box 1

Mathematics workbook, part used later as a ledger 1823-1845 Box 1

Surveyor's lesson book 1830-1831 Box 1

Reports to Josiah J. Prickett by trustees of the various school districts
Reports concern children who were entitled to public school funds in the years 1840 and 1841. Josiah served on the School Committee of Northampton Township.
Box 2

Minute book, Trustees of New Freedom School, Southampton Township, Burlington Co.
Kept by Lewis L. Prickett (1844-1929) while serving as Secretary of the Trustees.
9/2/1867-3/21/1893 Box 2

School copy books of William S. Prickett while a student at Westtown School 1876 Box 2

Ser. 4. Legal and financial papers, 1716-1930

Deeds and indentures, 1716-1783

between John Engle of Evesham Township, Burlington Co., and Zacharias Prickitt (-1727)
For 300 acres of land in the township which had been purchased by John Engle from Hugh Sharp in 1715. Cataloged and filed in oversize chart case.
10/16/1716 (2 photocopies) Box 2

between Samuel and Rachel Kemble of Burlington, and Job Prickitt (1744-1825) of Northampton Township
For 50 acres of cedar swamp, meadows, and low land on a branch of Raucocas Creek, called the Bear Swamp. This land had been conveyed to Samuel Kemble by Abraham Hewlings in 1762. Cataloged and filed in oversize chart case.
4/11/1783 Box 2

between Benjamin Springer of Northampton Rancocas Creek
This land had been purchased by Springer in May 1777.
7/9/1782 Box 2

Survey Box 2

Resurvey of 94 acres of swamp and upland owned by Job Prickitt in Northampton Township
Recorded by the Surveyor General, Robert Smith.
10/3/1801 Box 2

Map of timberlands owned by the late Josiah Prickitt (1779-1860) dated 10/22/1860. Box 2

Auction poster
For public sale of the farm of the late Lewis L. Prickett (1844-1929) on 11/20/1930, by Myra W. Prickett, his daughter. Farm located about 1.5 miles from Vincentown, Burlington Co. Filed in RG 5, oversize chart case
1930 Box 2

Account books, 1781-1876

Estate of Thomas Smith, died 1780
Books kept by Job Prickitt, his executor and son-in-law. Prickitt's wife was Ann Smith,, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Smith.
1781-1782 Box 2

Ledger, creator unknown, for an unidentified business. 1859-1876 Box 2

School fund accounts
For Northampton and Southampton Townships, kept by Josiah J. Prickett as Superintendent.
1849 Box 2

Ser. 5. Memorabilia

Photographs Box 2

Clippings kept by Rachel (Barton) Hutchinson Box 2

Miscellaneous papers Box 2

Ser. 6. Reference material

Title pages (photocopies) of books donated to FHL, but not kept

Title pages (photocopies) of small collection of school books transferred to Swarthmore College, McCabe Library, Treasure Room
Transferred books chosen as representative of books used by mid- nineteenth century schools and academies, Quaker and non Quaker.
Box 2