Eyre Family Papers, 1840-1912

(3 boxes; 1.5 linear ft.)

RG5/179


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Abstract
The collection contains papers concerning the Eyre family, Pennsylvania Quakers. descendents of Isaac and Eleanor (Cooper) Eyre, of Philadelphia and Bucks County. Isaac Eyre (1778-1843) was a prominent Philadelphia shipbuilder. In 1828, he removed to a farm in Bucks County, Pa. William Eyre (1804-1885) was their oldest son, a Philadelphia architect and builder. His brother, Isaac (1819-1904) was a farmer and promoter of the railroad from Bucks County, Pa. He was also one of the founders of the George School, Newtown, Pa., and active in Quaker concerns. The collection contains correspondence of Isaac Eyre largely to Isaac Hicks (1815-1900) Quaker interests, prominent Friends, farming, and railroad projects; also eighteen diaries of William Eyre (1840-1880, gaps 1841-1849 and 1855-1857, microfilmed), and some miscellaneous family material.

Background note:
Isaac Eyre (1778-1843) was a prominent Philadelphia shipbuilder. In 1801 he married Eleanor Cooper (1778-1851) of Camden, N.J. In 1828, he removed to a farm in Bucks County, Pa. Isaac and Eleanor had ten children, six of whom survived to maturity. William Eyre (1804-1885) was their oldest son, a Philadelphia architect and builder. At the time of his death, he was president of the Carpenters’ Company in Philadelphia which owns and maintains Carpenters’ Hall. He married Elizabeth Ann Davies of New York in 1827, and they had three children. Late in life he married a second time, to Keziah R. Bunting.

His brother, Isaac (1819-1904) remained on the family farm and eventually removed to a farm near Newtown. He was a promoter and builder of the railroad between Philadelphia and Newtown and other rail projects. He was also one of the founders of the George School, Newtown, Pa., and active in Quaker concerns. He corresponded regularly with Isaac Hicks (1815-1900) of Westbury Monthly Meeting. Isaac Hicks established the Hicks Nursery on Long Island, NY, and was a Quaker minister.

Scope and content
The collection contains extensive correspondence of Isaac Eyre to Isaac Hicks and other prominent Quakers about Quaker interests, farming, and railroad projects; also eighteen diaries of William Eyre (1840-1880 with gaps, microfilmed) and some miscellaneous family material. The letters are useful as a social commentary of Quaker life of the era and mention many prominent Friends. The diaries include information on topical events as well as work related notes.

Organization: Organized in four series: 1. Biographical; 2. Correspondence; 3. Diaries; 4. Miscellaneous.


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repositories. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Repositories as the holder(s) of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Acquisition Information
Deposit

Donor: Mary Sullivan Patterson and Elizabeth Thomson Taylor, Date: 1956; Donor: Mrs. William S. Preston, Date: 1969. Elizabeth Thomson Taylor was a descendent of Isaac Eyre.

Separated material
Picture of William Eyre transferred to General Picture Collection, Individual Portraits

Related material
Isaac Hicks Family Papers, RG5/197


Added entries

Subjects
  • Architecture -- Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Eyre Family
  • Eyre, Isaac, 1819-1904
  • Eyre, William, 1804-1885
  • Hicks, Isaac, 1815-1900
  • Lay ministry -- Society of Friends
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Quaker architects
  • Quaker farmers
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Farming
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Quakers in business
  • Railroads -- Pennsylvania
  • Society of Friends -- Pennsylvania

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Eyre, Isaac, 1819-1904
  • Eyre, William, 1804-1885
  • George School (Bucks County, Pa.)

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

     


    Collection inventory

    Note to Researchers: These records may only be consulted at Swarthmore, and are not available through inter-Library loan.


    Series 1: Biographical, 1912



    Sketch of life of William Eyre by granddaughter Elizabeth Davies Eyre Sisson
    1912
    Box 1

    Series 2: Isaac Eyre Correspondence Sent, 1871-1898

    Isaac Eyre to "Friend"
    1871-1873

    Correspondence
    1871
    (1 folder)

    1 ALS

    Correspondence
    1872
    (1 folder)

    6 ALSs including four ALSs to "Friend" and two to Isaac Hicks.

    Correspondence
    1873
    (1 folder)

    2 ALSs

    Isaac Eyre to Isaac Hicks
    1874-1898

    1874
    (1 folder)

    5 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1875
    (1 folder)

    3 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1876
    (1 folder)

    2 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1877
    (1 folder)

    7 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1878
    (1 folder)

    2 ALSs, Isaac Eyre to each of Isaac Hicks and Friend.

    Correspondence
    1879
    (1 folder)

    3 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1880
    (1 folder)

    8 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1881
    (1 folder)

    5 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1882
    (1 folder)

    7 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1884
    (1 folder)

    4 ALSs

    Correspondence
    1885
    (1 folder)

    1 ALS

    Correspondence
    1890
    (1 folder)

    1 ALS

    Correspondence
    1893
    (1 folder)

    1 ALS

    Correspondence
    1898
    (1 folder)

    1 ALS

    Series 3: William Eyre Diaries, 1840-1880

    Diary
    1/1/1840-2/20-1840
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Diary
    4/1/1840-6/23/1840
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Diary
    6/24/1840-5/15-1841
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Diary
    1849
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Diary
    1850
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Diary
    1851
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Diary
    1852
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Diary
    1853
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Diary
    1854
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Diary
    1855-56
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Diary
    1857-59
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Diary
    1860-63
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Diary
    1864-66
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Diary
    1867-2/20/1870
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Diary
    3/6/1870-1872
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Diary
    1873-1875
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Diary
    1876-1877
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Diary
    1878-1880
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Series 4: Miscellaneous family papers, 1840 & n.d.

    Letter, Joshua Eyre to his father
    8mo/16/1840
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Letter of Joshua Eyre to his father, Jonas P. Eyre, from Westtown School

    Photo of William Eyre
    n.d.