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The Rodman and Rotch families were New England Quakers. Samuel Rodman (1753-1835) married Elizabeth Rotch (1757-1856) in 1780. He was a successful Nantucket and New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaling merchant and clerk of New England Yearly Meeting. Elizabeth (Rotch) Rodman was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, also from a family involved in the whaling business, and active in philanthropic and reform causes. They had nine children. The Rodmans and Rotches were closely intertwined by marriage; three of the Rodman siblings married three of the Rotch siblings. The families also had links to Philadelphia and English mercantile families. The collection contains chiefly personal correspondence (1763-1865) of the extended Rodman and Rotch families, along with travel journals (1805, 1807, 1809) and a manuscript copy of the autobiographical memoir of William Rotch (1734-1828), the father of Elizabeth Rotch Rodman, and some related material. The families had links to Philadelphia and English mercantile families. Some of the letters have been transcribed into typed copies. There are also a small number of Quaker manuscripts, including accounts of Priscilla Cadwallader's sermon delivered at Newport, R.I., in 1824; Samuel Spavold's Prophesy or Testimony in 1749; and Robert Barrow's testimony at the funeral of George Fox.
Additional Authors and Contributors
Ser. 1. Biographical and genealogical, 1803-1809, n.d.
|[Rodman, Eliza?] Phila.||1803||Box 1|
Includes visit to Stafford Springs, Conn. and visit to Shakers.
Includes visit to Boston, Plymoth, and Sandwich.
|Rotch, Joseph: “Journal of a Southern Tour”||1809||Box 1|
|Rotch, William: "An autobiographical Memoir of William Rotch written in the eightieth year of his age"||(Ms. copy)||Box 1|
|Genealogical material, dealing with ancestors of Julia W. Rodman|
|Material on Rotch, Starbuck, Rodman, Prior, Haydock||Box 1|
|Chart of Robert & Susanna Heath's family||Box 1|
|Chart of Tristram Coffin descendants||Box 1|
|Memo of Mary Prior to her children||Box 1|
|Memorial for Mary Prior||Box 1|
|An exile from Home: Elizabeth Rotch.
An address by Alfred Rodman Hussey
|Newspaper clippings||Box 1|
Ser. 2. Family Correspondence, 1763-1915
|Dean and Lydia Rotch (1770-1822) on death of Mother Rodman||1798 2mo. 27|
|Dean and Lydia Rotch on death of Thomas Rodman||1809 5mo. 14||Box 1|
|Fisher, Hannah Rodman (1764-1819) correspondence
Includes 1 letter by Samuel Fisher on death of Hannah.
|Fisher, Mary Rodman (1781-1813) correspondence from Wakefield, [Mass.]||1807-1812||Box 1|
|Hazard, Anna Rodman (1761-1845) correspondence||1786-1837||Box 1|
|Robeson, Anna Rodman (1787-1848) correspondence||1809-1839||Box 1|
|Rodman, Benjamin (1794-1876) correspondence
Includes “Salutatory oration pronounced before the trustees of the “Friends Academy”, New Bedford “...being the second anniversary of the establishment of the Institution...” 5/21/1813.
|Rodman, Mary Borden (1729-1798) correspondence||1781-1794||Box 1|
|Rodman, Samuel (1753-1835) correspondence
Mostly to his wife, Elizabeth Rotch Rodman.
|Rodman, Samuel, Jr. (1792-1876) correspondence
Also typed extracts of letters written to S.R., Jr. while at school.
|Rodman, Sarah (1764-1793) correspondence||1787-1793||Box 1|
|Rodman, William Rotch (1786-1855) correspondence
Mostly concerning business.
|Rotch, Benjamin (1762-1839) correspondence||1768-1836||Box 1|
|Rotch, Charity Rodman (1766-1834) correspondence||1791-1823||(2 typed copies)||Box 1|
|Rotch, Elizabeth Barker (1764-858) correspondence
Written from Dunkirk, Islington, Milford, Lowlands.
|Rotch, Elizabeth Rodman (1759-1828)||1779-1781||Box 1|
|Rotch, Mary (1777-1848)
Also includes copy of Epistle from New England Y.M. (Women) to Philadelphia YM (Women) 1817, Mary Rotch, clerk.
|Rotch, William (1734-1828)||1785-1813||Box 1|
|Rotch, William, Jr. (1759-1850)||1779-1842||Box 1|
|Bowne, Hannah to Elizabeth Rodman||[1805?] 12mo. 10, 1806 3mo. 10||Box 1|
|Emlen, Susannah to Hannah Prior||11 7mo. 12, 1815 1mo. 1. 1819 2mo. 14||Box 1|
|Fillers, Felix||1809-1815||(3 ALsS)||Box 1|
|Fisher, William L. to Samuel Rodman, Jr.||1814 3mo. 1||Box 1|
|Haydock, Hannah and/or Henry
[Attached to letter by Eleanor Moode(?)]
|Haydock, Mary to Samuel Emlen||1791 7mo. 6||Box 1|
|Moode(?), Eleanor||1763 5mo. 31||Box 1|
|Newhall, Mary-Lynn, Troy
To Samuel & Elizabeth Rodman re religious controversy.
|1817 6mo. 26, 1827 3mo. 25||Box 1|
|Rodman, Eliza to Rodman, Samuel, Philadelphia,||1811 1mo. 11||Box 1|
|Rodman, H.H. to Elizabeth Rodman||1820 5mo. 20||Box 1|
|Rodman, Julia, Correspondence on meteorological
Includes Rodman, T.P. to Harriet Amanda Holt, 1830 1mo. 24
|Shober, Samuel L. to Charles --, Philadelphia,
A theological discussion.
|1820 12mo. 27||Box 1|
Ser. 3. Quaker Manuscripts, 1691-1824
|Fothergill, Samuel, testimony||Box 1|
|Hints for my Government externally & internally (Rules of Conduct)||Box 1|
|Lines on the Death of -- by M.W.C. to Miss Lydia Rodman||Box 1|
|Mary Newhall's testimony at Rochester||1818 1mo. 4||Box 1|
|Mrs. Mary Newell (?)||Box 1|
|[Pine Street Meeting] Account of a sermon by M.M.||n.d.||Box 1|
|Samuel Spavold's Prophesy or testimony at Sauterforth||"the 3d of ye 10th mo 1749"||Box 1|
|A Sketch of Priscilla Hunt's Discourse Delivered at New
Cadwallader Priscilla 1786 1859)
|The testimony of Robert Barrow at George Fox's burial||1691 11mo. 16||Box 1|