Rebecca Sinclair Turner Family Papers, 1776-1954

(5 boxes; 2.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/152


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Abstract
This collection centers around the family and descendants of Joseph Turner, Jr., (1790-1850) and his wife Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner (1787-1877), members of Baltimore Monthly Meeting-Western District. They raised eight children and had fifty-four grandchildren. As a young man, Joseph left the family plantation near Still Pond, Kent County, Maryland, and became a lumber merchant in Baltimore. He served as Clerk of the Lombard Street Meeting. Rebecca was a recorded minister and traveled widely. She served on the Standing Committee on Indian Concern of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, the Friends Association in Aid of Freedmen and on the first Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, 1862-1868. The Turner Family Papers are significant for the source material they provide on Quaker family life in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 19th century. The manuscripts include extensive correspondence concerning the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and records of goods sent to the Pawnee Agency in Nebraska. There is also a series of letters written during the Civil War by Joseph Turner (1831-1865), Rebecca Turner's diaries and her journal travelling in the ministry with Priscilla Cadwallader in 1850-1851, journals and correspondence of her son Richard Townsend Turner (1819-1892), and miscellaneous family papers.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL The Turner Family Papers are significant for the source material they provide on Quaker family life in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 19th century. The manuscripts include extensive correspondence concerning the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and records of goods sent to the Pawnee Agency in Nebraska; also included is a series of letters written during the Civil War.

17th century The Turner ancestors claimed land in Calvert County in 1653 and were associated with the Colonial Government of Maryland. From 1690 they were members of the Third Haven Meeting. Later they owned land in Kent County and were ministers and elders in Cecil Monthly Meeting until it was laid down in 1952. Through marriage they were related to Townsend, Bartlett, Corse (DeCourcy), Betterton, Rigbie, St. Clair and Yardley families.
19th century This collection centers around the family and descendants of Joseph Turner, Jr. (1790-1850) and his wife Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner (1787-1877), members of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Western District. They raised eight children and had fifty-four grandchildren. Joseph left the family plantation near Still Pond, Kent County, Maryland, and became a lumber merchant in Baltimore. He served as Clerk of the Lombard Street Meeting. Rebecca was a recorded minister and traveled widely. She served on the Standing Committee on Indian Concern of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, the Friends Association in Aid of Freedmen and on the first Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, 1862-1868.

Among the correspondents are: Rachel and Caleb Barker; Deborah Bringhurst; Levi K. Brown; John Comly; Jane M. Edgar; Jacob M. Ellis; Benjamin Ferris; Benjamin Hallowell; Rachel Hicks; Phoebe H. Howell; Cornelia Janney; Samuel M. Janney; George M. Justice; Mary S. Lippincott; Harriet I. Moore; William D. Parrish; Rachel Price; Mary L. and Rush Roberts; William Stabler; P.E. Thomas; Lydia M. Thorne; Anne W. and Jacob M. Troth; Martha E. Tyson; E.H. Walker; Deborah J. Wharton; Amos and Caroline Willets; and James Wood and the families of Sinclairs, Townsends, Underhills and Yardleys.

The family had a keen interest in education and were associated with a variety of schools including: Alexandria Boarding School; Eaton Academy, Kennett Square; Fair Hill Boarding School, Sandy Spring; Friends Free School, Darby, Pa.; Friends Boarding School, Providence, RI; McKim's School, Baltimore; New England Yearly Meeting Boarding School; Sharon Boarding School, Darby, Pa.; Samuel Smiths Boarding School, Wilmington; Southern Boarding School, Smyrna, Del.; Springdale Boarding School, Loudon County, Va.; as well as Swarthmore College.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The Turner Family Papers are significant for the source material they provide on Quaker family life in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 19th century. In addition to family correspondence, the papers include extensive correspondence concerning the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and records of goods sent to the Pawnee Agency in Nebraska. There is also a series of letters written during the Civil War by Joseph Turner (1831-1865), Rebecca Turner's journals (1865, 1866, 1871-1876) and her journal of travelling in the ministry with Priscilla Cadwallader in 1850-1851, journals and correspondence of her son Richard Townsend Turner (1819-1892), and miscellaneous family papers, including a detailed farmbook detailing wages, livestock, etc., kept by Richard Townsend Turner, Jr., 1865-1907.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Abolitionists - Quakers
  • Baltimore (Md.) - Quakers
  • Baltimore (Md.) -- Charities
  • Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends (Hicksite: 1828-1968) - Joint Committee on Indian Affairs (1869-1892)
  • Church work with Indians -- Society of Friends
  • Church work with the poor -- Society of Friends
  • Civil War, 1861-1865 --Quakers
  • Indians of North America -- Government relations- -1869-1934
  • Indians of North America -- Missions
  • Maryland - Farming
  • Maryland - Quakers
  • Ministers --Quaker
  • Quaker Women
  • Quakers - Diaries -- 19th century
  • Quakers -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Quakers -- Indians of North America
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Quakers -- Social Service--United States
  • Quakers --Maryland--Kent County
  • Social reformers - Quakers
  • Society of Friends -- Indians of North America
  • Society of Friends -- Missions -- United States
  • Society of Friends -- Nebraska
  • Society of Friends -- Theology
  • Turner family
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Cadwallader, Priscilla, 1786-1859
  • Friends' Indian Aid Association
  • Turner, Joseph, III, 1831-1865
  • Turner, Joseph, Jr., 1790-1850
  • Turner, Rebecca Sinclair, 1795-1877
  • Turner, Richard Townsend, 1819-1892
  • Turner, Richard Townsend, Jr., 1845-1908
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 1966
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.


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 and genealogical material, 1663-1875, n.d.

Charts and miscellaneous genealogical notes collected primarily by Rebecca (Turner) Webb.
Names include: St. Clair/Sinclair, Turner, Webb, Williams, Bartlett, Corse, and Rigbie.
Box 1

Documents relating to marriage, 1789-1804:

Letter of marriage approval for Joseph Turner from his mother Hanna Turner R. to Cecil MM 9/14/1789 Box 1

Copy of certificate of Joseph Turner and Sarah Corse
In notebook with copy of memorials of Joseph Turner (1765-1841) and Cassandra (Rigbie) Corse (1746-1800)
12/16/1789 Box 1

Marriage certificate of Joseph Turner and Sarah Mifflin
See Chart case: Marr, T.
11/15/1804 Box 1

Marriage certificate (non-Quaker) of John St. Clair and Elizabeth Williams. 5/26/1796 Box 1

Memorials, 1800-1908

Cassandra Corse (d. 1800) Box 1

Joseph Turner (d. 1841) (2 copies) Box 1

Richard Townsend Turner Jr. (d. 1908) Box 1

Wills, 1663-1875

William Turner 1663 (photocopy) Box 1

Hannah Turner 7/12/1772 Box 1

Joseph Turner 1/18/1834 Box 1

Sarah Turner 3/2/1843 Box 1

Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner and codicil (6/24/1877) 11/10/1875 Box 1

Rachel Turner (draft) n.d. Box 1

Traveling Minutes, 1760

From East Nottingham for James Rigbie 7/26/1760 Box 1

From West River for James Rigbie 8/29/1760 (copies) Box 1

Ser. 2. Journals and Writings, 1797-1876

Joseph Turner, manuscripts 1797-1812 Box 1

Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner (1797-1877), 1845-1876

Petition to the Mayor of Baltimore regarding Chimney Sweeps 1845-1846 Box 1

Journal traveling in the ministry with Priscilla Cadwallader 12/21/1850-2/1/1851 Box 1

Diaries 1865, 1866, 1871-1876 Box 1

Richard Townsend Turner (1819-1892), 1836-1849 Box 1

Journals and typescripts 1836-1839 (8 journals) Box 1

"The Turner Race" 1849 Box 1

Martha Ellen (Birch) Turner (1840-1911), Poem, essay and drawing from school days Box 1

William B. Webb (1824-1894), "Style in Writing and Conversation" Box 1

Ser. 3. Correspondence, 1828-1954

Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner, 1828-1877

Letters and correspondence to family and friends 1828-1877 Box 2

Letters to Levi K. Brown 1865-1873 Box 3

Miscellaneous correspondence 1849, 1858-1871 1872-1875 Box 3

Joseph Turner, III (1831-1865), letters written during the Civil War 1861-1866 Box 3

Richard Townsend Turner, Jr. (1845-1908) letters 1894-1907 Box 3

Turner family correspondence 1803-1910, 1935, 1940, 1954 Box 4

Ser. 4. Business papers, 1776-1907
Arranged chronologically.


Indentures

Samuel and Hannah Rowland to her son J. Turner 9/8/1776 Box 5

Samuel and Hannah Rowland to J. Turner (and copy) 7/29/1788 Box 5

Power of attorney, John Corse to son-in-law J. Turner 3/29/1790 Box 5

Agreement between Samuel Marshall and Benjamin S. Roberts, trustees of Half Breed Lands 4/6/1839 (copy) Box 5

Opinion relative to rents 10/7/1842 Box 5

Indenture between Thomas Dorsey and wife and Joseph Turner Jr.
For land in Baltimore.
6/24/1844 Box 5

Opinion on Section 6 of Joseph Turner's will 7/9/1845 Box 5

Financial statements 9/1/1845, 11/19/1845 Box 5

Release by Thomas Mifflin to Joseph Turner 12/19/1845 Box 5

Release by Isaac Turner to Joseph Turner 7/11/1846 Box 5

Bill of lading and freight for chimney sweeping machine 1/1847 Box 5

Receipt for payment of sweeping machine 1/22/1847 Box 5

Document: Rebecca Turner guardian of Jos. Turner and Mary G. Turner. 7/26/1850 Box 5

Indenture between John and Elizabeth Sinclair and Rebecca Turner
Concerning Indian lands in Iowa.
12/4/1850 Box 5

Release of mortgage, Leah and Sarah H. Gale to Rebecca Turner and Richard T. Turner 2/26/1851 Box 5

Agreement, R. Turner with William and Laurence, Attys 4/25/1854 Box 5

Narrative account by Rebecca Turner
re: finanial matters of her husband with Robert Sinclair
n.d. Box 5

Estate papers of Isaac Turner 1852-1888 Box 5

Deed of Richard and Eliz. Turner to Rachel B. Turner 10/28/1870 Box 5

Indenture of Alfred and Mary Underhill to R. Turner 5/1/1871 Box 5

Estate of Rebecca Turner 1874-1881 Box 5

Miscellaneous business papers of Rachel B. Turner 1890-1901 Box 5

Farmbook of Richard T. Turner Jr.
Includes precise account of wages, livestock, orchards planted, etc. Indexed.
1865-1907 Box 5

Ser. 5. Memorabilia, 1839-1774, n.d.

Invitations 1861-1874, n.d. Box 5

Pictures

Rebecca (Sinclair) Turner, Rebecca (Turner) Webb, Anne Webb Janney, Henry Chandlee, William B. Webb, Rebecca Webb Holmes.
Filed in standard file.
Box 5

Family of Charles Henry St. Clair of Morgan City, LA and Exeter, NH
This picture remains in Box 5. Picture of painting of Old Lombard St. Meeting House filed with Meeting House Pictures.
Box 5

School reports, and verse 1839-1860 Box 5

Skytop Highlander Banner
Placed in RG6, Box 11a5.
Box 5

Ser. 6. Reference Material, n.d.

Indexes to letters made by Donald C. Turner Box 5

Cecil Meeting, historical notes Box 5

Printed items Box 5