An Inventory of the Rodman-Rotch Families Family Papers, 1763-1865

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/132


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Abstract
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.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL 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, Mass., 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 and were related to the Fisher, Waln, Morgan, Hussey and other families.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT 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.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into three series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Barrow, Robert, d. 1697 - The testimony of Robert Barrow, 11 month 16, 1691, at George Fox's burial, where were supposed to be four thousand Friends, besides other people.
  • Cadwallader, Priscilla, 1786-1859 - A Sketch of Priscilla Hunt's discourse delivered at New Bedford April 25th 1824.
  • Nantucket (Mass.) -- History
  • Quakers - New England - Nantucket, Mass.
  • Quakers - New England - New Bedford, Mass.
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
  • Rodman family
  • Rotch family
  • Society of Friends -- Massachusetts -- Nantucket
  • Spavold, Samuel - Sam'l Spavold's Prophesy or Testimony, which he gave forth at Sauterforth the 3rd of the 10 mo. 1749.
  • Whaling
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Rodman, Elizabeth Rotch, 1757-1856
  • Rodman, Samuel, 1753-1835
  • Rotch, William, 1734-1828
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1960
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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, 1803-1809, n.d.

Journals

[Rodman, Eliza?] Phila. 1803 Box 1

[Rodman, Eliza?]
Includes visit to Stafford Springs, Conn. and visit to Shakers.
1805 Box 1

[Rodman, Eliza?]
Includes visit to Boston, Plymoth, and Sandwich.
1807 Box 1

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
Box 1

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.
1781-1819 Box 1

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.
1811-1857 Box 1

Rodman, Mary Borden (1729-1798) correspondence 1781-1794 Box 1

Rodman, Samuel (1753-1835) correspondence
Mostly to his wife, Elizabeth Rotch Rodman.
1782-1819 Box 1

Rodman, Samuel, Jr. (1792-1876) correspondence
Also typed extracts of letters written to S.R., Jr. while at school.
1809-1865 Box 1

Rodman, Sarah (1764-1793) correspondence 1787-1793 Box 1

Rodman, William Rotch (1786-1855) correspondence
Mostly concerning business.
1811-1836 Box 1

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.
[1790]-1855 Box 1

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.
1790-1813 Box 1

Rotch, William (1734-1828) 1785-1813 Box 1

Rotch, William, Jr. (1759-1850) 1779-1842 Box 1

Miscellaneous correspondence
Filed chronologically.
1763-1830

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(?)]
Box 1

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 records
Includes Rodman, T.P. to Harriet Amanda Holt, 1830 1mo. 24
1915 Box 1

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 Bedford
Cadwallader Priscilla 1786 1859)
5/15/1824. Box 1

The testimony of Robert Barrow at George Fox's burial 1691 11mo. 16 Box 1