Norman Walton Swayne Family Papers, 1733-1987

(7 boxes, plus oversize material; 3 linear feet)

RG 5/144


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Abstract
The Swayne family were Quakers of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Caleb Swayne was a farmer and tanner, and his son, Benjamin, also operated a tan yard and conducted a school for boys, the London Grove Boarding School. Evan Thomas Swayne also taught at London Grove, but moved to the Eaton Institute, a boarding school for girls in Kennett, after 1865. His son, Edward Swayne, had a greenhouse business and wrote poetry. Edward's sister, Anna Belle, was a photographer before her marriage to Albert Taylor Jackson. Edward's son, Norman Walton Swayne, attended Swarthmore College and then taught at the George School; he was also the family genealogist. The collection includes genealogical research, correspondence, poetry and other writings, commonplace books, deeds and financial records, and miscellaneous materials. Of particular interest is the journal of Benjamin Swayne of London Grove, the school master's records of Evan Thomas Swayne, the poetical exchange between Edward Swayne and William B. Preston, and the correspondence of Norman Walton Swayne while he was a student at Swarthmore College from 1904-1908.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL The Swayne family were Quakers of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Caleb Swayne was a farmer and tanner, and his son, Benjamin, also operated a tanyard and conducted a school for boys, the London Grove Boarding School. Evan Thomas Swayne also taught at London Grove, but moved to the Eaton Institute, a boarding school for girls in Kennett, after 1865. His son, Edward Swayne, had a greenhouse business and wrote poetry. Edward's sister, Anna Belle, was a photographer before her marriage to Albert Taylor Jackson. Edward's son, Norman Walton Swayne, attended Swarthmore College and then taught at the George School; he was also the family genealogist.

1774, 1817, 1823 Caleb Swayne (1749-1825), the first of the family represented in these papers, was the son of William Swayne and Ann Pusey. He married Mary Wood in 1774 and worked as a farmer and tanner in East Marlborough Township. Caleb's son, Benjamin (1791-1873), was the seventh of nine children, and married first, Jane Thomas, in 1817 at Marlborough Meeting House, and second, 1823, Sarah Phillips, at Hockessin. Benjamin operated a tanyard at London Grove, and later conducted a boy's boarding school at the same place. He was forced to move to Octoraro, to make good an endorsement on a note, but later returned to Kennett Square where they died.
1824, 1851, 1865 The oldest of his five children, Evan Thomas Swayne (1824-1929), was born in 1824 at London Grove. He married on 11mo 7 1851 Sarah Wayne Pusey, daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Mendenhall) Pusey of Wilmington, Delaware. They had four children, viz. Edward; Laura Pusey (1857-1928), who never married; Anna Belle (1864-1931), a photographer who married Albert Taylor Jackson; and Charles Sumner (1870-), a landscape gardener who married first Florence H. Lamborn and second Daisy Elizabeth Bird. Evan Thomas Swayne was a school teacher in Octoraro, Birmingham, and London Grove. The family moved to Kennett in 1865, where he took charge of a girl's boarding school, the Eaton Institute. After the school had been discontinued, the family continued to live in Kennett, and he was Clerk of Western Quarterly Meeting, Assistant Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and President of the Board of Managers of Martin Academy.
1853, 1884, 1923 Edward Swayne (1853-1929), the oldest son of Evan and Sarah, was born in 1853. He married first, in 1884, Mary Dent Walton, daughter of William Walton and Elizabeth (Palmer), and second, in 1923, Pauline Christine Wilber. Edward Swayne conducted a greenhouse business and was particularly interested in the culture of peonies. For a time he was Deputy Prothonotary at West Chester. He was also an authority on ornithology and an amateur poet. His first wife, Mary Dent Walton, graduated from West Chester Normal School and attended Swarthmore College for a time, later teaching school at Parkerville. They had three children, Norman Walton, Donald McFarlan (1897-1985) and Edith Neal (1887-1919), a Swarthmore College Alumna and children's librarian who died of pneumonia in 1919.
1904-1908, 1917 Norman W. Swayne was born in Kennett Square in 1885 and attended West Chester High School. He entered Swarthmore College in 1904, and graduated with a degree in Engineering in 1908. He taught at the George School and was a member of Newtown Meeting. In 1917, he married Mabel Amelia Werner, daughter of Jeremiah Martin Werner and Mary Elizabeth (Whiteside) of Wilmington, Delaware. They had five children, Carolyn Hope (1918-1980), Kingdon Werner (1920-), Kenneth Gilbert (1922-1967), Malcolm Wallace (1926-1944), and Phillip Evan (1928-1975).
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection includes genealogical papers, correspondence, poetry and other writings, commonplace books, deeds and financial records, and miscellaneous materials. Of particular interest is the journal of Benjamin Swayne of London Grove, the school master's records of Evan Thomas Swayne, the poetical exchange between Edward Swayne and William B. Preston, and the correspondence of Norman Walton Swayne while he was a student at Swarthmore College from 1904-08.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Albums
  • Chester County (Pa.)--Quakers
  • Diaries
  • Education--Pennsylvania
  • Education--Schools--Quakers
  • Horticulture.
  • Quakers--Diaries--18th and 19th century
  • Quakers--Pennsylvania.
  • Quakers--Social life and customs
  • Schools--Quakers
  • Swayne family.
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Eaton Institute.
  • George School (Bucks County, Pa.).
  • London Grove Boarding School.
  • Preston, W. B. (William Barnard), 1858-1888.
  • Swarthmore College
  • Swayne, A. B. (Anna Belle), 1864-1931.
  • Swayne, Benjamin, 1791-1873.
  • Swayne, Caleb, 1749-1825.
  • Swayne, Edward, 1853-1929.
  • Swayne, Evan T. (Evan Thomas), 1824-1894.
  • Swayne, Norman Walton, b.1885.
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: ca. 1990
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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: Biography and Genealogy

Edward Swayne 1845-1916 Box 1

Kingdon Swayne 1956 Box 1

Amelia W. Swayne 1959-1973 Box 1

Mary Dent Walton's Bible 1879-1987 Box 1

Werner Family 1895, n.d. Box 1

Walton Family 1911, n.d. Box 1

Miscellaneous genealogical mss. and correspondence 1865-1966 Box 1

Norman Walton Swayne, "Francis Swayne and Swaynes Descended from Him, 1660-1922" 1922 (bound typescript) Box 1

Norman Walton Swayne, "Swayne Genealogy: The Descendants of Francis Swayne and Some Others" 1921 Box 1

Norman Walton Swayne, "Ancestors of Norman Walton Swayne of George School, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania 1922 (2 bound vols.) Box 2

"Delineation of the Swayne family" (oversized ledger, not boxed)

See also: Oversize RG 5 Swayne Family. Marriage Certificates, Diplomas and Genealogical Charts, 1782-1922 Box ++

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1790-1948

Caleb (1749-1825) & Mary (Wood) (1753-1825) Swayne, 1790-1816 Box 3

Caleb Swayne to Mary Swayne (wife) 1790-1816

Mary Swayne to Caleb Swayne (husband) 1807

William Wood to Mary Swayne (sister) 1815

Benjamin (1791-1873) & Sarah (Phillips) (1803-90) Swayne, 1838-1888 Box 3

Benjamin Swayne to Sarah P. Swayne (wife) 1838

Benjamin Swayne to Jennie T. Barnard (daughter) 1868

Samuel Levick to Benjamin Swayne 1847

Joseph W. Barnard to Jane T. Barnard 1860-1868

Jane T. Barnard to Sarah P. Swayne (mother) 1871-1888

Mary P. Swayne to Sarah P. Swayne (mother) and Jane T. Barnard (sister) 1846-1849

Sarah P. Swayne to Anna B. Swayne (granddaughter) 1884-1885

C.S. Cope to Edward Swayne 1845

Evan T. (1824-1929) & Sarah (Pusey) (1829-1905) Swayne, 1852-1948 Box 3

Samuel N. Pusey to Sarah W. Swayne 1871

Joshua Pusey to Sarah W. Swayne (sister) and Jacob Pusey (father) 1854-1903

Edward Pusey to Sarah W. Swayne (sister) 1852-1866

Mary Mendenhall Phillips to Sarah W. Swayne 1852-1871

Jacob Pusey to Sarah W. Swayne (daughter) and Joshua (Pusey) 1854-1871

W.B. Preston to Anna Belle Swayne 1883-1887 Box 3

Laura Pusey Swayne to family 1885-1919

Anna Belle Swayne to family members 1884-1930

Evan T. Swayne to his wife and family members 1870-1888

Charles S. Swayne to Norman and Amelia Swayne 1932-1948

Charles S. Swayne to Norman and Laura P. Swayne 1924-1932

Received by Evan T. Swayne 1864-1893

Received by Sarah W. Swayne 1885-1905

William (1827-86) & Elizabeth (Palmer) (1838-1928) Walton, 1875-1952 Box 3

William and Elizabeth Walton to family members 1875-1916

with Emma Elizabeth Walton 1928-1952

Edward (1853-1929) & Mary (Walton) (1863-1913) Swayne Box 3

Edward Swayne to family members 1877-1929

Lucy Phillips Allen to Norman and Sarah Swayne 1893-1905

Mary D. Swayne to Norman and Sarah Swayne 1905-

Mary D. Swayne to Sarah W. Swayne (mother-in-law), 1877-1930 1905-

Heatherbelle to Edward Swayne 1922-1928

Received by Edward Swayne 1898-1929 Box 4

Received by Mary D. Swayne 1884-1907

Received by Laura P. Swayne 1901-1924

Donald McFarlan Swayne to Norman W. Swayne 1929-1930

Edith Neal Swayne to parents 1906-1918

Children's correspondence 1895-1909

Norman (1885-1964) & Mabel (Werner) (1893-1973) Swayne, 1902-1932 Box 4

Gertrude Anna Walton to Norman Swayne 1926-1932

Norman W. Swayne to family members 1904-1929

Norman Swayne to mother (Swarthmore College) 1902-1905

Norman Swayne to mother (Swarthmore C. & summer) 1906-1907

Norman Swayne to mother (Swarthmore College) 1908

Norman Swayne to mother (Friends Acad., Locust Va.) 1908

Norman Swayne to mother (George School) 1909-1911

Received by Norman W. Swayne 1929

Miscellaneous 1847-1871 Box 4

Ser. 3. Journals and Other Writings

Caleb Swayne, Journal
Also includes family births and deaths as well as prose and poetry.
1784, 1788 (2 entries) Box 5

Benjamin Swayne, Journal
Occasional entries on deaths, weather and local events. Includes visit of Rebecca Uptigraf, 1/29/1829; reading of Epistle to "People of Colour," 6/24/1832; and call for the general religious conference, 5/19/1853.
1828-1861 Box 5

Edward Swayne (1826-1846), Poetry 1846, n.d. Box 5

Edward Swayne (1853-1929), Poetry, 1877-1919 Box 5

Addressed to W.B. Preston, mostly on postal cards 1881-1882

Miscellaneous loose sheets 1877-1919

W.B. Preston (1858-1888), Poetry
Addressed to Edward Swayne. W.B. Preston died on 4/17 in Philadelphia while attending Jefferson Medical College. He was the son of Levi and Sarah (Barnard) of Kennett.
1878-1881 Box 5

Miscellaneous poetry 1809-1967 Box 5

Norman W. Swayne, Essays (classroom) 1901-1905 Box 5

J.B. Barnard, Published newspaper columns 1875, n.d. Box 5

Edith N. Swayne, "Our Busy World" 1918 Box 5

Miscellaneous Religious Writings, including "Beliefs of Early Quakers" and "Description of the Person of Jesus Christ" n.d. Box 5

C.S. Swayne, "Some Romantic Facts of the Vicinity," Concerning Henry Hamilton Cox n.d. Box 5

Ser. 4. Commonplace Books, Albums and Scrapbooks

"AWB" and Jane Swayne Barnard, Commonplace Book
Includes "Devotional Materials." Also includes some genealogical entries.
1867-1873, n.d. Box 5

Anna Belle Swayne, Autograph Book, Kennett, Pa. 1875-1879 Box 5

Mabel Amelia Werner, "The Girl Graduate: Her Own Book" (scrapbook), Wilmington High School 1910-1935 Box 7

Ser. 5. Business, Property and Financial Records, 1837-1972

Ledger and accounts (bound) Includes: 1837-1891 (bound)

Ledger (forge) 1837-1839 Box 6

Accounts (household), "Kennett Square" 1865-1879 Box 6

Executors & Trustees Accounts (Isabella and Rachel Smith Estates, E.T. Swayne, Executor) Box 6

E.T. Swayne, Bills and Receipts (loose) 1883-1890 Box 6

E. Passmore Martin, Accounts and Receipts (loose) 1878-1891 Box 6

E.T. Swayne, School Accounts
Includes lists of students.
1866-1875 Box 6

Inventories of Norman W. Swayne 1910-1972 Box 7

Deeds, Mortgages and other legal papers, 1844-1902

Application, Abbie A. Pray 7/7/1891 Box ++

Bonds and warrants, 1867-1882

Evan T. Swayne to A. Bolmar est. 3/31/1877 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to A. Bolmar est. 4/1/1879 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Esther Brown 4/1/1879 Box ++

E. T. Swayne to Joseph H. Taylor 4/1/1872 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Levi Garrett 3/17/1880 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to M. Chandler 4/1/1867 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Mary G. Pratt 4/20/1882 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Mary Worth 5/14/1875 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Sam Martin 4/1/1879 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Sarah Swayne 4/1/1868 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to W. Phillips 3/16/1876 Box ++

Lewis Mullan et ux to E. Swayne 8/1/1882 Box ++

Martin Pyle et ux to Sam Martin 4/6/1868 Box ++

William Chandler to Sam Martin 3/31/1859 Box ++

Deeds, 1844-1902

Alfred B. McFarlan et ux to Martin Pyle 4/6/1868 Box ++

Chas A. Frey et ux to Evan T. Swayne 8/16/1884 Box ++

Edward Swayne et ux to Sarah W. Swayne 5/22/1902 Box ++

Enoch P. Wickersham to William Chandler 4/2/1858 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne et ux to Abner E. Stiner 8/15/1879 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne et ux to Wilmer W. Haws 12/2/1879 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Isabella Smith 11/15/1878 Box ++

Hiram Hall et ux to Samuel Martin 1/10/1844 Box ++

Hiram Hall et ux to Samuel Martin 5/2/1845 Box ++

Holten C. Yarnall to Alfred B. McFarland 5/3/1866 Box ++

James L. Fling et ux to Evan T. Swayne 8/17/1896 Box ++

Martin Pyle et ux to William H. Phillips 7/7/1873 Box ++

Mary Ann Jackson to Sarah E. Fling 3/21/1891 Box ++

Samuel Martin et ux to Elisha Gatchel et al 4/14/1856 Box ++

William A. Phillips et ux to Evan T. Swayne 3/18/1876 Box ++

William Chandler to Evan T. Swayne 9/25/1865 Box ++

Wilmer W. Haws et ux to Evan T. Swayne 12/23/1882 Box ++

Grant Deed, Abbie A. Pray to Jane T. Barnard 8/16/1900 Box ++

Judgement Bond, Evan T. Swayne to A. Bolmar est. 4/5/1871 Box ++

Mortgages, 1849-1882

Evan T. Swayne to A. Bolmar est. 4/5/1877 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to A. Bolmar est. 4/19/1879 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Benjamin J. Pennock 4/3/1849 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Edward Sowers 6/11/1882 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Esther Brown 4/16/1879 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Esther Brown 4/19/1879 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Levi Garrett 3/17/1880 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Mary G. Pratt 4/20/1882 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Mary L. Worth 5/14/1875 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Mary R. Pusey 3/24/1880 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Nathan B. Hayes 4/8/1878 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Rachel A. Smith 11/23/1881 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to Samuel Martin 3/22/1879 Box ++

Evan T. Swayne to William H. Phillips 3/18/1876 Box ++

Release, John Brooks to Joseph Chandler 4/3/1852 Box ++

Thunder Creek Silver Lead Mines 1923-1957 Box 7

E.W. Swayne, Agreement for Planting Peonies (Moorestown Peony Company) 1914 Box 7

Financial Miscellaneous 1873-1951 Box 7

Brief of Title ca. 1866 Box 7

Estate Papers

William Walton 1886 Box 7

Annabelle Swayne Jackson ca. 1929 Box 7

John Farron 1890 Box 7

Jane S. Taylor 1887 Box 7

Emma E. Walton 1954-1961 Box 7

Pusey Family 1804-1887 Box 7

William Phillips 1823 Box 7

Isabella Smith 1883 Box 7

Swayne Family 1825-1950 Box 7

Israel Howell 1764 Box 7

Thomas Brace (Bracy) 1733 Box 7

Joseph W. Barnard 1888 Box 7

Ser. 6. Miscellaneous

Marriage Certificates 1782-1918 Box 7

Diplomas 1901-1908 Box ++

Receipt Book n.d. Box 7

Eaton Institute (Evan T. Swayne) 1866-1873 Box 7

London Grove Boarding School (Benjamin Swayne) 1849-1852 Box 7

West Chester Public Schools/Swarthmore College (Norman W. Swayne) 1900-1907 Box 7

Invitations and Miscellaneous Memorabilia 1871-1906 Box 7

"Colonel Swayne's Hibernia," by Wayne Morris 1965 Box 7