Florence E. Taylor Family Papers, 1806-1995

(4 boxes; 2 linear ft.)

RG 5/145


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500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399  

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Abstract
Florence E. Taylor was the descendant of a Quaker family whose roots went back to the settlement of Pennsylvania. Her parents were Frederick W. Taylor (1848-1919) and Emily Hunt Taylor (d. 1942). Fred Taylor, a wealthy Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist to the Society of Friends, was the son of Charles Maus Taylor and Anna E. W. Sterling Taylor. His grandfather was Israel Taylor (1782-1850). The collection includes correspondence of Israel Taylor (1782-1850) and Charles M. Taylor (1817-1893), diary (1932-1939) and other writings of Emily H. Taylor, and biographical data concerning the Taylor and Sterling families, including memorabilia and pictures.

Background note:
Florence E. Taylor was the descendant of a Quaker family whose roots went back to the settlement of Pennsylvania. Her parents were Frederick W. Taylor (1848-1919) and Emily Hunt Taylor (d. 1942). Fred Taylor, a wealthy Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist to the Society of Friends, was the son of Charles Maus Taylor and Anna E. W. Sterling Taylor. Emily was active in Green Street Monthly Meeting First Day School. Florence Emily was their own child and an amateur musician. The Taylors were active in the Germantown Shakespeare Club.

Frederick W. Taylor’s grandfather was Israel Taylor (1782-1850). He was born in Chester County, Pa., and apprenticed as a hatter. He traveled to Ohio and the South seeking employment, settled in Trenton where he married Susan Maus in 1808, and was elected to the State Assembly in 1819. In his adulthood, he became active in the Society of Friends. He moved back to Ohio, but in 1846, he received a certificate of transfer from Cincinnati Monthly Meeting to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.

Scope and content
Frederick W. Taylor was the second child, and he was successful in the export trade, serving as president of Charles M. Taylor Sons, Inc., and succeeding his father as president of the Philadelphia Grain Elevator Company.

The collection includes correspondence of Israel Taylor (1782-1850) and Charles M. Taylor (1817-1893), diary (1932-1939) and other writings of Emily H. Taylor, and biographical data concerning the Taylor and Sterling families, including memorabilia and pictures.

Arrangement
The collection is divided into four series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscript writings
  4. Pictures

Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

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.

Preferred citation
[Indicate the cited item or series here], RG5/145, Taylor Family Papers, 1806-1958, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Acquisition Information
Donor: Florence Taylor, 1971

Donor: Joseph Shane, 1985

Donor: R. Bruce Jones, 1997

Accession number: 97-028, 97-008

The collection was given by the estate of Florence Taylor and other donors. Florence did not marry, and, after her death, an auction was held to liquidate the estate.

Processing information
First group of papers received in one carton, unsorted. These were processed in 1971. In 2004, two related items were added to the collection and a revised finding aid produced.

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Subjects
  • Pennsylvania -- Family and personal papers - 19th-20th centuries
  • Philadelphia - Family and personal papers
  • Quakers - diaries--20th century
  • Quakers - Pennsylvania
  • Sterling family
  • Taylor family
  • Women, Quaker - Pennsylvania

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Taylor, Charles M. (Charles Maus), 1817-1893
  • Taylor, Emily H. (Emily Hunt)
  • Taylor, Israel, 1782-1850

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
    [http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/friends]
    500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399

    ©1971, revised 10/2004

     


    Collection inventory

    Notes
    Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:


    Ser. 1. Biographical and Genealogical Material

    Bible belonging to Fred W. Taylor
    Box Bibles

    Marriage Certificate, Fred W. Taylor to Emily Hunt
    Box Marr. Certs.

    At the home of his father, Charles M. Taylor, Philadelphia.

    "A Sketch of the Life of Israel Taylor (1782-1850) Written for the Younger Generation" by Florence E. Taylor
    8-9/1958
    Box 1

    Letter from R. Bruce Jones to Mary Ellen Chijioke, with reminiscences of Emily and Florence Taylor
    1995
    Box 1

    Ser. 2. Correspondence

    Israel Taylor (1782-1850)

    Sent to: Chas. Hinsey Esqr. (1819), Susan Garry (1823) and James W. Taylor (1823)
    1819-1823
    Box 1

    Received from: members of his family
    - 1806-1847
    Box 1

    Correspondents include Joseph Taylor (brother), James W. Taylor (brother), Ann Taylor(sister), Maria Taylor Bennett (daug.), Susan Taylor (wife), James Taylor Jr. (nephew).

    Charles M. Taylor (1817-1893)

    Correspondence
    1841-1847
    Box 1

    Correspondence
    1886-1888
    Box 1

    Florence E. Taylor, letter received
    1952
    Box 1

    From Emily E. Moore mentioning copy of her book posted to Florence; photocopy of the inscription (1952) in the book.

    Ser. 3. Manuscript Writings

    Israel Taylor (1782-1850), poetry and biblical reference
    n.d.
    Box 1

    Anna E. Taylor
    Box 1-2-3

    Stored in three boxes.

    "Universal History" and Index,
    1866
    Box 1-2-3

    Hand written by A. E. Taylor in three volumes. To be used along with Mitchell's Ancient Atlas, included.

    "The White Book"
    1882
    (2 copies)
    Box 1-2-3

    Compiled by Anna E. Taylor--book of names arranged to make sentences.

    Emily H. Taylor

    "Records," Diary of Emily H. Taylor
    1932-1939
    Box 4

    "Family Records," a journal of Christmases
    1909-1942
    Box 4

    "The Percy Family"
    n.d.
    Box 4

    "The Status of Women Then and Now"
    1/10/1927
    Box 4

    "Calendar"
    1933-1934
    Box 4

    printed Christmas cards with a poem by Florence B. Taylor
    Box 4

    With Mayfair House Address.

    Ser. 4. Pictures

    Scrapbook
    2/15/1858
    Box 4

    Small pen and watercolor sketches by Fred W. Taylor, signed "FWT" and dated with two Valentine cards at back, one inscribed, "For Freddy...from his Dear Mother"

    Individual photos of Fred W., Emily H. and Florence T.
    1882-ca. 1920
    Box 4

    Scherrenschnitten
    19th century
    Box 4

    Scherrenschnitten (9) attributed to cousin Albert Eugene Taylor, 19th century