An Inventory of the Stout-Alston Family Papers, ca. 1750-1905 (bulk, 1750-1830)

(9 boxes; 4.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/141


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Table of contents
Abstract
The Stout and Alston families were Quaker merchant families of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and Maryland. This collection of paper contains the personal and business correspondence, business and legal papers of Quaker merchants in Delaware, Philadelphia, and Maryland. The papers are chiefly of Jacob Stout (1774-1855), of Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, who served as Governor of Delaware and Judge of Court of Appeals, and Jonathan Alston of Leipsic, Delaware.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL The Stout and Alston families were Quaker merchants and civil servants, primarily of Delaware.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT This collection of paper contains the personal and business correspondence, business and legal papers of Quaker merchants and civil servants in Delaware, Philadelphia, and Maryland. The papers are chiefly of Jacob Stout (1774-1855), of Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, who served as Governor of Delaware and Judge of Court of Appeals, and Jonathan Alston of Leipsic, Delaware.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Account books
  • Civic leaders--Quaker
  • Deeds - Delaware
  • Delaware - Quakers
  • Quakers - Delaware
  • Quakers --Civil service
  • Quakers--Maryland
  • Quakers--Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Surveys - Delaware
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Alston, Jonathan,
  • Stout, Jacob, 1774-1855
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: Before 1967
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. Biographical material, 1773-1816

Biographic information mainly regarding Allston (Alston) family, from 1773 to 1787
List of birthdates.
covers 1773-1787 Box 1

Discharge from military duty for Osburn Alston and Jonathan Alston 4/17/1810, 5/22/1812 (respectively) Box 1

Will of Osburn Alston 8/16/1816 (copy) Box 1

Journal and account, author unknown. Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1775-1905, n.d.
Box 1-3

Correspondence 4/17/1775-9/25/1905 and n.d.

Ser. 3. Miscellaneous manuscripts
Box 3
Includes Biblical quotations, medicinal “receipt”, diagrams, verse, admonition to a student, notes on French grammar.


Ser. 4. Business papers

Accounts Box 4-7

Account books Box 4-7

Bills of merchandise, services, etc. Box 4-7

Miscellaneous and fragments
Includes allotment of real estate, records of days worked, record of crops, list of expenses of vessel, current price of certain products, weight of hides, statement of public and poor tax, etc.
Box 4-7

Pay to Bearer note Box 4-7

Receipts for payments Box 4-7

Surveyors' drafts Box 4-7

Surveyors' field notes Box 4-7

Ser 5. Legal papers

Administrative papers Box 7-9

Agreements Box 7-9

Awards Box 7-9

Bonds Box 7-9

Briefs & testimony Box 7-9

Certificates Box 7-9

Deeds Box 7-9

Depositions Box 7-9

Ms. on Grand Jury Box 7-9

Indentures Box 7-9

Inventories Box 7-9

Notices of dates of Causes for Trial & Argument Box 7-9

Patent of Baer & Gonilart (copy) Box 7-9

Petitions Box 7-9

Promissory notes Box 7-9

Summons Box 7-9

Vend Exponas Box 7-9

Vendues Box 7-9

Warrants Box 7-9

Wills Box 7-9

Miscellaneous
Includes levies on goods & chattel, conditions of sale, settlement, adjustment, eviction notice, attachment, appraisement, order to pay sum from school fund for education of poor children, compromise, approved accounts, transfer of claim, Judgments, referees' decisions, etc.
Box 7-9

Ser. 6. Political papers
Box 9