Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Summary Information

Repository:
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Source - dnr:
Richardson, Elliott, 1881-1964
Source - dnr:
Richardson, Frances, 1886-1973 (FHL donor)
Creator:
Richardson, Nathaniel, 1839-1920
Creator:
Richardson, Elizabeth C., 1863-1947
Creator:
Richardson, Elliott, 1842-1887
Creator:
Richardson, Nathaniel, 1793-1872
Creator:
Richardson, Hannah Yarnall, 1797-1876
Creator:
Yarnall, Hannah, 1765-1822
Creator:
Yarnall, Peter, 1754-1798
Creator:
Yarnall, Mordecai, 1705-1772
Creator:
Richardson, Mordecai, 1784-1808
Creator:
Yarnall, Rebecca, 1786-1859
Title:
Richardson-Yarnall family papers
ID:
SFHL.RG5.187
Date [inclusive]:
1722-1962
Physical Description:
6 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The collection contains personal papers, primarily correspondence, of members of the Richardson and Yarnall families, Pennsylvania Quakers who emigrated to America in the 1680s. The families were united by the marriage in 1816 of Nathaniel Richardson and Hannah Yarnall of Byberry. Of special significance are the diaries and correspondence of Quaker ministers Peter Yarnall (1754-1798) and his second wife, Hannah Haines Thornton Yarnall (1765-1822) with family and fellow ministers. The papers reflect the daily life and concerns of members of two prominent families in southeastern Pennsylvania from the 18th through much of the 20th centuries.

Preferred Citation

[Indicate the cited item or series here], Richardson-Yarnall family papers, RG5/187, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

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Biographical / Historical

Francis Yarnall emigrated from England to Pennsylvania in 1683, and he and his wife, Hannah Baker Yarnall, had eight children including Mordecai Yarnall (1705-1772), a merchant. Mordecai had four children with his first wife, Catherine: Sarah who married Samuel Wetherill; Ellen, married Timothy Matlack; Hannah, married James Yarnall; and Catherine, married Joseph Day. Wetherill and Matlack were members of the Free Quakers.

Mordecai Yarnall married a second time in 1745, to Mary Roberts, under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and they had nine children, including Mordecai (b. 1747) and Peter. Peter, a birthright member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, was born 1754, 2mo, 17. Initially apprenticed to learn tanning, he was dismissed by his master and enlisted in the military. John Pembertons secured his release. Eventually Yarnall took up medicine under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Bond. In 1776 he joined the army as a surgeon's mate, working in various hospitals until he resigned for health issues. In 1779 he received a degree from the College of Physicians in Philadelphia and served at Pennsylvania Hospital. In 1780, he adopted the plain style of Friends and attended meeting, making acknowledgement to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of the South District for his military service. Returned to membership in the Society of Friends, he moved to Concord, Pennsylvania, and was acknowledged as a minister by Uwchlan Monthly Meeting in 1780. He transferred his membership to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and then Concord Monthly Meeting. Enthusiastic in his manner, he was advised by prominent Quaker minister George Churchman to moderate his speech. In 1782, he was acknowledged as a minister by Concord Monthly Meeting

In 1782 he married Hannah Sharpless (1765-1795), daughter of Benjamin and Martha Mendenhall Sharpless. In 1785, the family moved to York, Pennsylvania., where Peter took a position as a physician. In 1791, the family transferred to Horsham Monthly Meeting. Hannah died in 1795, leaving six young children: Mordecai (1784-1808), Rebecca (1786-1859), Isaac (1787-1791); Peter (1790-1878); Israel (1792-1799) and Benjamin (1794-1822). Two years later, Peter Yarnall was married under the care of Byberry Monthly Meeting to Hannah Thornton, daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth Haines.

Hannah Haines Thornton (1765-1822) was the widow of Joseph Thornton, a Quaker minister of Byberry Monthly Meeting. Joseph was the son of James Thornton (1751-1794), also a minister, and Mary Knight. The family resided on a large property in Byberry, purchased in 1752.. Hannah Haines and Joseph Thornton were married in 1783 at Evesham Monthly Meeting, New Jersey, and they had three sons. Joseph Thornton and two sons died by 1790. Hannah was an Elder and then acknowledged as a minister by Byberry Monthly Meeting. In 1797, she married fellow widower Peter Yarnall and assumed responsibility for the children of his first marriage. Peter Yarnall and Hannah Thornton Yarnall had one child, Hannah (1797-1876), and the family lived on the homestead of James Thornton in Byberry. Peter Yarnall died 1798, 2 month, 20. Hannah Haines Yarnall travelled widely in the ministry and died month 2, 1822.

Hannah and Joseph Thornton's surviving son, James (1785-1858) married first Grace Thornton in 1811. She died in 1813, and he married secondly Rebecca Stokes in 1818 under the care of Moorestown Monthly Meeting. Hannah and Peter Yarnall's only child, daughter Hannah, married Nathaniel Richardson at Byberry Monthly Meeting in 1816, thus linking the Yarnall and Richardson families.

Many of the letters were received by Rebecca Yarnall, the second child of Peter Yarnall and his first wife. Rebecca did not marry, and after her education at Westtown, in 1801 she went to live with fellow Quakers William and Deborah Parrish Wright of Sadsbury Monthly Meeting. Beginning in 1804, the Wrights' home became an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Rebecca was the heir to her brother Mordecai's estate, receiving his books and papers, Family friend and distant relation, Benjamin Ferris handled the estate.

In 1816, Peter Yarnall's youngest child, Hannah, married Nathaniel Richardson (1794-1872), son of Joseph and Ruth Hoskins Richardson, uniting the Yarnalls with the Richardson family, renowned Philadelphia silversmiths. Nathaniel's grandfather was Joseph Richardson (1711-1784) known as the greatest gold and silversmith of his day. He married Hannah Worrell in 1741, and they had two children, Elizabeth and Grace. He married second Mary Allen (1716-1782) in 1748 under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. They had five children: Hannah (1748-1817) who married Samuel Clark; Mary (1750-1835) married Samuel Taylor; Nathaniel (1754-1827) who remained unmarried; Joseph (1752-1831) married Ruth Hoskins in 1780; and Rebecca (1758-1826), unmarried. The brothers Nathaniel and Joseph started as business partners in Philadelphia. Nathanial subsequently went into business as a merchant, and Joseph continued as a silversmith and assayer. Joseph (1752-1831) and Ruth Hoskins Richardson had six surviving children including Mary (1791-1837) who married John Elliott, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Hannah who did not marry; John (1790-1866) married Martha Gibbons and worked as an assayer and bookseller; and Nathaniel (1793-1872) who married Hannah Yarnall and moved his family to the Thornton homestead in Byberry which had been inherited by his mother-in-law, Hannah Haines Yarnall.

Nathaniel and Hannah Yarnall had twelve children including Mary (1817-1874) who married Thomas J. Husband, manufacturer of Husband's Magnesia. A son, Nathaniel (1839-1920) was a Quaker minister and pharmacist. He married Mary K. Cooper in 1862. The youngest child, Elliott Richardson (1842-1883), a prominent Philadelphia physician, married Achsah Nevins in 1876. Elliott died after a short illness in 1887, and his widow died two years later of tuberculosis. The couple's five young children were raised by their unmarried aunts at the family home in Byberry. Hannah, the eldest, married Edwin A. Gaskill. Katharine (1878-1966) was a prominent illustrator and married Henry F. Wireman. The three younger children were all graduates of Swarthmore College. Elliott (1881-1964) married Dorothy Strode and served as long-time manager of Swarthmore Borough, Pennsylvania. James Nevins Richardson (1883-1971) married Estelle Bowman, and Frances Richardson (1886-1973) annotated and transcribed some of the family papers.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal papers, primarily correspondence, of members of the Richardson and Yarnall families, Pennsylvania Quakers who emigrated to America in the 1680s. The families were united by the marriage in 1816 of Nathaniel Richardson and Hannah Yarnall of Byberry. Of special significance are the diaries and correspondence of Quaker ministers Peter Yarnall (1754-1798) and his second wife, Hannah Haines Thornton Yarnall (1765-1822) with family and fellow ministers. The papers reflect the daily life and concerns of members of two prominent families in southeastern Pennsylvania from the 18th through much of the 20th centuries.

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Arrangement

Arranged in 9 series: 1: Mordecai Yarnall (1705-1772) family correspondence. 2: Peter Yarnall family correspondence: 3: Mordecai and Rebecca Yarnall family correspondence 4: Nathaniel Richardson family correspondence 5: Elliott Richardson correspondence 6: Financial and legal papers 7: Journals and writings 8: Collected Quaker papers 9. Miscellaneous

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Administrative Information

Publication Statement

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

500 College Avenue Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 friends@swarthmore.edu URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/friends

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited on loan in 1930 by Elliott Richardson of Swarthmore, Pa., and his sisters, Frances Richardson and Katherine Richardson Wireman. In 1961, the family donated the Bibles, and in 1962, Elliott Richardson donated family letters and photographs. In 1964 the family formally gifted the papers deposited in 1930. In 1966, Frances Richardson gave additional family papers and memorabilia to the Library.

Processing Information

The bulk of the early papers were deposited in 1930 on loan and then subsequently donated at intervals. Typed inventories were created in 1961. In the mid 1960s the papers were divided into eight series, not consistently chronological or topical. Correspondence was grouped into special categories by author, chronlogically, or in special categories without description. The collection was not fully processed and described until 2018. The papers are reorganized into five series of correspondence, arranged by family units. Financial papers, writings, collected Quaker papers, and miscellaneous were created as separate series. The collection was re-titled Richardson-Yarnall Family Papers to better describe the content.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Curator. 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.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

RG5/032, Cooper Richardson Family Papers. SC 132, James Thornton Correspondence.

Richardson family papers, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library.

Separated Materials

When sorted circa 1966, genealogical charts were filed in FHL Genealogies. Marriage certificates in FHL Marriage Certificates Diplomas in FHL Diploma collection Publications cataloged and transferred to proper location for access. Photographs removed to Richardson Family Pictures Detailed collection inventory as received in 1966 available in the respository as well as detailed list of separated material.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Bucks County -- History -- Sources
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Lay ministry -- Society of Friends
  • Quaker Physicians
  • Reminiscences -- Quaker
  • Byberry (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Byberry (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Society of Friends -- Education
  • Women -- Religious life -- Diaries
  • Society of Friends -- Clergy -- Diaries
  • Quakers -- United States -- Diaries
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Society of Friends -- Hicksite Separation
  • Richardson, Elliott, 1881-1964
  • Richardson, Frances, 1886-1973 (FHL donor)
  • Yarnell family
  • Richardson family

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Mordecai Yarnall (1705-1772) family correspondence, 1757-1758

Scope and Contents: This series contains the correspondence of Mordecai Yarnall (1705-1772) and his second wife, Mary Roberts Yarnall (d. 1763). Mordecai had four daughters by his first wife, Catherine: Sarah (married Samuel Wetherill); Ellen (married Timothy Matlack); Hannah (married James Yarnall; and Catherine (married Joseph Day.) Mordecai had nine additonal children with Mary Roberts, including Peter (1754-1798), physician and prominent Quaker minister. Mordecai Yarnall's Will was probated Sept. 21, 1772.

Title/Description Instances
Mordecai Yarnall to wife, Mary Yarnall, 1757-07-06-1758-06-08

Scope and Contents: Eight signed autograph letters. Written while at sea and from England. Describes how the ship begin taken by privateers, French and English.

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Mary Roberts Yarnall to Mordecai, 1757-07-11

Scope and Contents: Mary Roberts Yarnall, Philadelphia, to her husband, care of John Hunt, merchant, London. She had recently given birth to their youngest child, Jane (1757-1758), and reported that a treaty with the Indians has been completed.

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Mordecai Yarnall to his children, 1757-10-10

Scope and Contents: Affectionate letter

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Mary Yarnall to husband, Mordecai, 1758

Scope and Contents: Two signed letters. Family news including Timothy Matlack's proposal to Mordecai's daughter Ellen (by his first wife) in the letter dated 1758-5mo-16.

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Expressions of Mordecai Yarnall for his children, 1772

Scope and Contents: Manuscript by Peter Yarnall, taken short time before his father's death.

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Series 2: Peter Yarnall family correspondence, 1722-1814

Scope and Contents: This series contains the correspondence of Peter Yarnall and his generation, including his two wives and their families. Peter Yarnall was a a physician who served in the Revolutionary War and later became a prominent Quaker minister. He married twice, first to Hannah Sharpless (1765-1795) who bore his seven children before her early death. He married second Hannah Haines Thornton, widow of Quaker minister Joseph Thornton of Byberry Monthly Meeting and also a traveling minister. Hannah assumed responsibility for Peter's children by his first marriage, and they had a daughter, Hannah, before his death in 1798. Both Peter and Hannah corresponded with a wide number of prominent Quakers.

Title/Description Instances
John Pemberton to Peter Yarnall, 1772-09-15

Scope and Contents: Concerning Yarnall's release from the military

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Samuel Neale to Friends in Philadelphia, 1778-02-19

Scope and Contents: Original (?) and copy. Concerning release of Virginia Exiles

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Medical letters and papers to Dr. Peter Yarnall, 1778-1792

Scope and Contents: 2 cards documenting Yarnall's medical education, 1778. Letter describing medical treatments advised by Casper Wister, Jun.; Letter of recommendation from Thomas Bond, 1781; and letter suggestions for medical treatment of sick child from Samuel Powell Griffith, 1791.

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Peter Yarnall acknowledgement to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Southern District, 1780-12-06

Scope and Contents: Acknowledgement for enlisting in the British army and taking an oath of allegiance, etc. Also an undated, corrected draft.

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Medical letters to Dr. Peter Yarnall, 1780-1797

Scope and Contents: 8 letters concerning medical treatments. Correspondent: Joseph Hutch, James Tilton, John Pemberton, William Jessop, Joseph Register, Casper Wistar, Jr. (2). Also typed transcripts by the donor, Katherine R. Wireman.

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Mary Smith, Burlington, to Hannah Haines, 1780

Scope and Contents: She asked Hannah to visit. Includes a recipe for sore eyes on the reverse. Hannah Haines and Peter Yarnall were married in 1797 after the death of his first wife, Hannah Sharpless

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Peter Yarnall, Quaker correspondence received, 1780-03-1780-12

Scope and Contents: Robert Hatton, Daniel Offley. (JB), Burlington, wrote that of David Sands and George Dillwyn were making visitations in the area and Langston's death.

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Peter Yarnall deposition, 1780-05-11

Scope and Contents: Manuscript account of deposition made in case against Dr. William Shippen, Jr., during Revolution. Also a published transcript from the Germantowne Crier, 1956

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Mary McDonald to Timothy Matlack and the Yarnalls, 1780-1783

Scope and Contents: Mary. sister of Peter Yarnall, married John Donally under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. They moved to New York where he was disowned in 1778 for participating in the military. She was disowned in 1781 from New York Monthly Meeting for her marriage out of unity in 1780 to John McDonald who was serving in the military. The letters to her brother-in-law, Timothy Matlack, and Peter and Hannah Yarnall give an account of her falling into poverty and illness in New York City. A undated fragment signed by Timothy Matlack may refer to her difficult situation and his attempt to release her husband as the British.

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George Churchman to Peter Yarnall, 1781-02-20

Scope and Contents: He suggested that Yarnall make his sermons shorter and more quiet.

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Joseph Day to Peter Yarnall, 1781-01-01

Scope and Contents: Letter with family news from his brother-in-law, residing in Virginia. Joseph married Catherine Yarnall, Peter's older sister.

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Joseph Townsend, East Bradford, to Joseph Thornton, 1781-1782

Scope and Contents: Three letters addressed to the first husband of Hannah (Sharpless Thornton) Yarnall, including one that concerns requests of African Americans to become members of the Society of Friends. In letter dated 1782-09-20 he wrote that he intended to join his nephew William Jefferies in starting a school in Maryland.

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Peter Yarnall to Deborah Dawes , 1781-09-08

Scope and Contents: Draft and copy in which he warned his sister against being led astray; she married out of unity in 1781.

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Mordecai Yarnall to Peter Yarnall, 1781-1787

Scope and Contents: Letters from his older brother. Family news including his dismay at his sister's marriage. The 1782 letter was written from Hopewell, Virginia, and tells of the death of his daughter at about one year of age.

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Hannah Cathrall to Joseph Thornton, 1782-07-02

Scope and Contents: Hannah Cathrall (1736-1806), Quaker minister of Philadelphia. She send regards to his parents and mentions J. Pemberton.

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Joseph Thornton correspondence , 1782

Scope and Contents: Thornton of Byberry, Pennsylvania, first husband of Peter's second wife, recommended his cousin Betts Knight as a traveling companion to Isaac William. Also two letters received.

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Samuel Emlen to Peter Yarnall, 1782-11-09

Scope and Contents: Samuel Emlen (1730-1799), Quaker minister. He encourages Yarnall in his travel in the ministry and intends to see him in Concord.

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Isaac Massey to Peter Yarnall, 1782-11-20

Scope and Contents: Invitation from Yarnall to attend the funeral of his daughter.

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Peter Yarnall to wife Hannah Sharples Yarnall, 1782

Scope and Contents: Four letters. 1782-12-21 written near Winchester, VA, to Hannah Sharpless Yarnall, travelling with Samuel Emlen

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Peter Yarnall correspondence , 1783

Scope and Contents: Letters sent to his wife while traveling in the ministry and letters received from Joseph Delaplaine, Norris Jones, Silas Downing and Hugh Roberts.

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Quaker correspondence to Peter Yarnall , 1784-1787

Scope and Contents: Includes letter of appreciation from D. Howland, East Greenwich, for his recent visits in New England and from Mary Baker, Leesburg.

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James Pemberton to Peter Yarnall, 1785-02-07

Scope and Contents: Signed letter describing a letter from his brother traveling in ministry in Dublin, Ireland, seeking a medical treatment

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Friends, Pennsylvania, to Peter Yarnall, 1785-02-15

Scope and Contents: Extending an invitation for him to open a medical practice in York.

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James Bringhurst to [Peter Yarnall?], 1785-12-02

Scope and Contents: He noted increasing respect towards Quakers in Maryland and elsewhere

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Jacob Lindley, New Garden, to James Pemberton, Philadelphia, 1785-12-26

Scope and Contents: Lindley (1744-1814) was a Quaker minister of New Garden, Pennsylvania. His letter to Pemberton notes that he forwarded the request of James Thornton concerning placement of an African-American girl, but the request was rejected.

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Peter and Hannah Yarnall to Martha Sharples, Middletown, Chester County , 1785-1791

Scope and Contents: Nine letters to Hannah's mother, 2 not dated. Includes an account of their move to York, Pennsylvania, for Peter's medical practice.

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Peter and Hannah Yarnall letters, also Elisha Kirk, 1786

Scope and Contents: 3 letters to his wife while traveling in the ministry with Elisha Kirk to New England, New York, and the Mid-Atlantic. 5 from Hannah with addendum from Elisha Kirk and a follow-up note from Elisha that he returned to Nantucket on hearing his family was recovered. Elisha Kirk (1757-1790), was a Quaker minister from York, Pennsylvania.

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Peter and Hannah Yarnall to Martha Sharples, 1786

Scope and Contents: Nine letters with family news. Most from Hannah - Peter was on religious mission, and Hannah was adapting to a new home in York, Pennsylvania.

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Timothy Matlack to Peter Yarnall, 1787-08-06

Scope and Contents: Letter reported on the efficacy of using pokeberry medicinally. Matlack, a member of the Free Quakers, married Peter's older sister Ellen in 1758.

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Elizabeth Evans, Evesham, New Jersey, to Joseph Thornton, 1788-01-21

Scope and Contents: To "dear children" from Hannah's mother. Elizabeth Warrington married first Edmond Haines, second Enoch Evans, both under care of Evesham Monthly Meeting.

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James Thornton, Jr., Bybury, to his father, James Thornton, 1788-07-11

Scope and Contents: Draft of letter and partial typed transcript. Written to his father in Liverpool. Describes the rejoicing in the states concerning the near approval of the Constitution.

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Phebe Pemberton to Peter Yarnall, 1788-10-23

Scope and Contents: Phebe, wife of James Pemberton of Philadelphia, informed Peter that his sister Elizabeth had returned to her husband, Thomas Bryant.

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Peter Yarnall to Hannah Yarnall, 1789

Scope and Contents: 5 letters to his wife, written during travels in the ministry to Maryland, Western Pennsylvania

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Mordecai Yarnall to Hannah Yarnall, York town, 1789-07-01

Scope and Contents: Letter to his sister-in-law while Peter is traveling.

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John Pemberton to Peter Yarnall, 1789-10-24

Scope and Contents: Reported on the death of Peter's sister, Mary, in Philadelphia and that her husband was living at Samuel Wetherill's, the son sent to relations in Chester County. There was much illness in Philadelphia.

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Peter Yarnall, Fairfax, to Rebekkah and Ann McPherson, 1789-12-14

Scope and Contents: To Young Friends with advice

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John Brown to Peter Yarnall, 1789-1790

Scope and Contents: Two letters. Brown was a member of Gunpowder Monthly Meeting and accompanied ministers on visits in Maryland. Undated latter has a typed transcript.

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Hannah Yarnall and Peter Yarnall, York, to their son Mordecai, 1790

Scope and Contents: Affectionate letter to Mordecai who is living with his aunt and uncle

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Peter Yarnall, Baltimore, to "Beloved Friend", 1790-01-23

Scope and Contents: He reported that he had completed his western ministry. Visited with Job Scott, sends regards to Philadelphia Friends

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Peter Yarnall and Joshua Sharples, York, Pennsylvania, to Martha Sharples, 1790-02-13

Scope and Contents: Notifying her that daughter Hannah was delivered of a son [Peter]

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James Bringhurst to Peter Yarnall, 1790-02-22

Scope and Contents: Letter mentions that Job Scott and Elisha Kirk were on a committee from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to present an address to Congress and to a meeting of Indians in Washington

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John Townsend, William Compton, London, to James Thornton, 1790-03-12

Scope and Contents: Concerning shipment of pewter, with invoice

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James Bringhurst to Peter Yarnall, 1790-06-06

Scope and Contents: An interesting letter with an account of Maryland Quaker John Brown's attempt to send his freed slave to the West Indies and being thwarted by the courts and the efforts of the Abolition Society. He aAttended New England and New York Yearly Meetings, mentioned ministers including Job Scott and death of Elisha Kirk

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Peter to his wife and to her mother, Martha Sharples, 1790

Scope and Contents: Peter was traveling to meetings. The letters contain family news and account of his travels. Also a letter from Hannah to Peter and a letter from S. Horner with warm regards for Hannah.

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Hannah Yarnall, York, Pennsylvania, to Martha Sharples, 1790-1792

Scope and Contents: Letters to her mother in Middletown, Delaware County, Pa.

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Elizabeth Evans, Evesham, to daughter, Hannah Haines Thornton, Byberry, 1790-1793

Scope and Contents: Letters from her mother. Elizabeth Warrington married first Edmond Haines, second Enoch Evans, both under care of Evesham Monthly Meeting. Family news.

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Deborah Ferris, Wilmington, to Peter Yarnall, 1790, 1793, 1794

Scope and Contents: Deborah was the daughter of Hannah Yarnall's older sister Edith, child of the first marriage of Benjamin Sharples, and Ziba Ferris of Wilmington. Deborah married Joseph Bringhurst. The letter of 1793-07-21 in reply to one of his that mentioned his visits among the Indians. Her letter of 1794-03-16 mentions that her father is unwell and unable to accept an apprentice; he died the following month

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Correspondence received, Peter and Hannah Yarnall, 1791

Scope and Contents: On Quaker topics - from Joseph Lovell, Ruth Kirk, E. Foulke, Richard Hartshorne concerning a certificate from the Quarterly Meeting

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Thomas Redman, Haddonfield, to Peter Yarnall , 1791-02-04

Scope and Contents: Redman refers to Yarnall's ministry and comments on the burial of Betsey Mickle which included remarks by Samuel Wetherill, a member of the Free Quakers. Typed transcript by donor

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Josiah Bunting, Darby, to Peter Yarnall , 1791-03

Scope and Contents: The letter relates the death of his wife, Sarah, and also John Hunt and visits of prominent Friends

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Peter Yarnall to David Cumming, "near Horsham", 1791-03-08

Scope and Contents: Notifying him that he does not intend to move from York at that time.

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Martha Routh to James Thornton, 1791

Scope and Contents: English Quaker minister (1743-1817), she lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1804

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Lindley Murray to sister, Mary Willets (copy?), 1792-07-20

Scope and Contents: Religious sentiments, sent from York, England

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Rebekah Warrington to Hannah Thornton, 1792-11-25

Scope and Contents: A letter from her aunt, her mother's sister

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Peter and Hannah Yarnall to son Mordecai, 1792-1793

Scope and Contents: Mordecai was living with his uncle and attending school

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Peter Yarnall to Hannah Thornton, 1793-01

Scope and Contents: Short note of sympathy

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Joshua Sharples to Peter Yarnall, 1793-04-10

Scope and Contents: From his brother-in-law concerning attending meetings and possibly traveling with him

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Peter Yarnall to Hannah Yarnall, 1793-07-09

Scope and Contents: The letter describes his travels in Rhode Island, visiting families and meetings in the company of Rebecca Jones, Lydia Hoskins, and Job Chalener (?). Held well attended meetings for African Americans and young people of both sexes.

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Elizabeth M. Haydock to Hannah Yarnall, Undated [1793]

Scope and Contents: A letter to inform Hannah that her husband had visited Long Island where he had a meeting with Blacks and was proceeding to Rhode Island

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Letters from New England and New York State Quakers to Peter Yarnall, 1793-1794

Scope and Contents: Letters of appreciation for his recent visit, from Samuel R. Fisher, Thomas Rotch, Mary Rodman. Also, Thomas Willis of Jericho, New York.

Box 2
Job Scott to G. Churchman, (copy), 1793-07-31

Scope and Contents: Extract of a letter from Dublin. Notes that most of his service is among non-Quakers

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Mordecai Yarnall, Winchester, VA, and Hannah Yarnall correspondence, 1793 10 month

Scope and Contents: On 1793-10-16, he wrote an update to his sister-in-law from Winchester, Virginia. Hannah wrote to Mordecai and wife with report of the epidemic in Pennsylvania.

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Hannah Yarnall, Hatborough, to Peter Yarnall, 1793-11-19

Scope and Contents: She wrote that the last letter received from Peter was dated weeks previous, and she hopes he will return soon.

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Extract of a letter reporting the death of Job Scott, 1794

Scope and Contents: Account of Scott's death sent from Sheffield to S. Smithson, Philadelphia

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Extract of a letter reporting Sarah Harrison's interview with the King of England, 1794

Scope and Contents: Manuscript account

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R[ebekah] Jones, Philadelphia, to Peter Yarnall and Hannah Yarnall, 1793-1794

Scope and Contents: Rebekah's letter of 1793 reported to Hannah that her travels with Peter in Newport were completed satisfactorily and that Peter was continuing to pursue his duty to Nantucket and Boston. A letter written in 1794 to Peter requests that he visit woman in need, Hannah Brook.

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George Churchman to Hannah Thornton, 1793-12mo-03, 1794-06-01

Scope and Contents: The note written in 1793 had enclosed a copy of a letter from Hannah Trip of Connecticut (not included). In the letter sent 1794, East Nottingham, Churchman expressed religious sentiments and inquired after her father.

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Hannah Yarnall, Marlborough, to Samuel Sharples, Middletown, 1794-08-17

Scope and Contents: To her "Dear brother"

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James Bringhurst to Peter Yarnall, 1795-01-21

Scope and Contents: In reference to Peter Yarnall's possible to move to Philadelphia (?) and start an apothecary/physician business, Bringhurst proposes his son Joseph as a partner and offers available locations.

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Hannah Yarnall, Hatburg [sic], to Martha Sharples, 1795-03-03

Scope and Contents: To her mother with family news including the information that her husband is planning to move the household again.

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Ruth Ann Rutter to Peter Yarnall, 1795-03-31

Scope and Contents: Ruth Rutter (1768-1810), Quaker minister. She asked that Peter visit her ailing father, both as a physician and a Friend

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Hannah Thornton letters concerning Rebecca Yarnall, 1795

Scope and Contents: Hannah Sharples Yarnall died on 1795-04-09, and Hannah Thornton became a temporary caretaker of Peter Yarnall's young children at the Thornton farm in Byberry. The children were taken under the care of the extended family, with Martha Sharples and Ruth Cadwallader helping in the household. The letter to Martha Sharples, grandmother, 4mo 20, expresses her concern for Rebekah and her difficult move to Byberry; a sympathetic note to "Becky" 8mo 21 from Philadelphia encourages her to be a good big sister and that her son by her first marriage, James Thornton, must be kind as well. Rebecca was born in 1786 and James in 1785.

Box 2
James Thornton to his mother, Hannah Thornton, 1796 3mo and 7 mo

Scope and Contents: Notes to his mother with mention of the blended household and farm.

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Peter Yarnall and Hannah Thornton correspondence, 1796

Scope and Contents: 2nd month, Hannah wrote that she was leaving for Quarterly Meeting and had heard that all his children were well, Rebecca was recovering from the measles. A letter from Peter Yarnall, Deep River, North Carolina, to Hannah Thornton, 1796-03-11: Peter was traveling in the ministry in the South and appreciates her care, especially for Rebecca, the eldest of the children at home.

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Hannah Thornton and Peter Yarnall correspondence, 1796-11

Scope and Contents: Original letter and copy of the same with his reply in apparent answer to his proposal of marriage; also, affectionate letter from Peter

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Robert Pleasants, Curles, Virginai, to Peter Yarnall, 1796-07-25

Scope and Contents: A letter sent after Peter Yarnall's recent visit. He enclosed Richmond papers which defended Friends regarding claims made against them in North Carolina.

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Samuel R. Fisher, Philadelphia, to Hannah Thornton, Byberr, 1796-09-16

Scope and Contents: Concerning visit of Martha Routh to southeastern Pennsylvania as well as Lydia Rotch, his cousin

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John Talbot, Guilford Co., North Carolina, to Peter Yarnall and James Emlen, 1796-09-18

Scope and Contents: Cover letter forwarding their traveling certificates which had been delayed. Also typed transcript.

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Ruth Walmsley correspondence, 1796-1797; undated

Scope and Contents: Ruth Walmsley (1752-1798), Quaker minister. She first married Elisha Kirk and married second Thomas Walmsley; they established a school at Byberry. Her letter to Hannah Thornton, 1796-10-28, reports that Martha Sharples is keeping house and will keep Peter's son, Peter born 1790, with her. Uncle (Samuel?) left money for Peter Yarnall's children. A letter from Lydia Hendricks, a Native American, expresses appreciation for the work of the Quakers.

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Thomas Willis, New York, to Peter Yarnall, 1797-06-01

Scope and Contents: New York Quaker minister who traveled with Peter Yarnall to New England in 1792. His letter expressed optimism concerning the recent yearly meeting

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Peter Yarnall, Byberry, and son, Mordecai Yarnall correspondence, 1797, 01, 8, 1797-07-04

Scope and Contents: Letter from Mordecai to his father assures him that he is laying aside his painting and will study bookkeeping and surveying. Mordecai is living in Birmingham, Chester County, Pa. Note on outside by Mordecai, "From my dear Father..."

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Richard Jordan, New York, to Peter Yarnall, 1797-08-26

Scope and Contents: A Quaker minister from North Carolina, he visited the northern states in 1797, attended meetings.

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Peter Yarnall, Byberry, to Abraham Vickers (copy), 1797-11-25

Scope and Contents: In reference to a proposed business partnership since his business in Byberry as a doctor has not been profitable..

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James Walton, Byberry, to Hannah T. Yarnall, 1797

Scope and Contents: Hannah's nephew, the son of William Walton and Lydia Thornton, in reference to his plan to marry.

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James Bringhurst, Tiverton, Rhode Island, to Peter Yarnall, 1798-01-25

Scope and Contents: A long letter in which Bringhurst expressed concern for Peter Yarnall's health and pleasure that Yarnall presently resides in the home of his dear friend James Thornton. He notes that in England, there are fewer meeting houses as people move to the cities but in the U.S., new meetings are being established, especially in New York State

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Sarah Cresson, Philadelphia, to Hannah Yarnall, 1799-02-06

Scope and Contents: Cresson (1771-1829) was a Quaker minister and wrote in reply to Hannah's suggestion that they travel together.

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Hannah Yarnall correspondence received, 1799-1801, undated

Scope and Contents: From Deborah Dawes (Peter's sister), Ezra Townsend, Mary Garrigues, Sarah Zane, Edward Bonsall, Sarah Comfort and others. Undated letter gives advice on traveling to Muncy and the wilderness.

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Hannah T. Yarnall to Martha Sharples , 1799-05-08

Scope and Contents: Letter to the mother of Hannah Sharpless Yarnall, notifying her of death of grandson Israel Yarnall, born 1792.

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Mordecai and Rebecca to Hannah T. Yarnall, 1799

Scope and Contents: Hannah was staying with the Pembertons in Philadelphia and then the Ferris family in Wilmington

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Martha Sharples, East Bradford, to "Dear Aunt", 1799-1800
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Hannah T. Yarnall to Mordecai Yarnall , 1799-12-26

Scope and Contents: Sympathetic letter to step-son with advice

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James Thornton, Byberry, correspondence to family, 1799-1802; undated

Scope and Contents: 1799 letter to his mother. The letter dated 1800-01-09 to his grandmother, Elizabeth Evans, from Byberry. He returned home from Westtown due to ill health and reported his mother and baby sister, Hannah, are well.

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Mary Bonsall to sisters Lydia and Rachel Hoskins , Undated, circa 1800

Scope and Contents: Mary Hoskins (1765-814) was the sister of Ruth Hoskins who married Joseph Richardson in 1780 and became the mother-in-law of Hannah Yarnall Richardson. Family and Quaker news including visiting at H. Yarnall's home.

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David Cumming to Hannah T. Yarnall, 1800-02-09

Scope and Contents: He advised that due to ill health, her son James Thornton should not return to Westtown.

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Mary Harper, Frankford, to Hannah Yarnall, 1801-01-05

Scope and Contents: Her husband was visiting meetings in Maryland

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Mordecai Yarnall, Westtown, and Hannah (Thornton) Yarnall correspondence, 1800-1801

Scope and Contents: Student was a student at Westtown and subsequently lived with the Warder family in Philadelphia. Mordecai was worried about his clothing. Also a letter from his friend Lloyd Mifflin, using pseudonym Aleanzor.

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Hannah Yarnall, Byberry, to Rebecca, Westtown, 1800

Scope and Contents: Words of encouragement

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John Comly, Westtown, correspondence, 1801-1802

Scope and Contents: Two letters to Temperance Hudson, Bensalem, in 1801, and a letter from Hannah Yarnall to Comly, 1 mo 3, 1802

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Joshua Sharples, Westtown, to Hannah Yarnall , 1801-1802

Scope and Contents: Letter which expressed concern about Rebecca's future and Mordecai's lack of frugality. Sharpless was the superintendent at Westtown 1800-1811 and the uncle of Rebecca and Mordecai. brother of Peter Yarnall's first wife.

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Family correspondence , 1801

Scope and Contents: The bulk of the letters are between Hannah Thornton Yarnall and her mother, Elizabeth Evans, and her sister Lydia of Evesham with family news. Hannah had been visiting meetings, found measles at home.

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Ruth Cadwallader, Byberry, to Hannah Yarnall, Trenton, 1801-11-20

Scope and Contents: Letter from home, mentions James and little Hannah

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Family correspondence, 1802-01-1802-04

Scope and Contents: Largely betweenm Mordecai, Philadelphia, and his mother. Also Hannah's relatives in Evesham.

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Family correspondence, 1802-05-1802-10

Scope and Contents: Largely correspondence of Mordecai Yarnall. He visited Laurentin, Columbia County, and became acquainted with Martha Houston. She was the daughter of Dr. John Houston and Susanna Wright Houston of Columbia, Lancaster County. She married Joseph Mifflin under the care of Sadsbury Monthly Meeting in 1806. Another close friend was Lloyd Mifflin.

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Family correspondence, 1802-11-1802-12

Scope and Contents: Largely correspondence of Mordecai Yarnall. He transferred his membership to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Northern District, as a minor, to apprentice, and had an active correspondence with Martha Houston of Columbia, Pennsylvania. Their correspondence is continued in Series 3 and ended with her marriage in 1806.

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Hannah Yarnall correspondence, 1803

Scope and Contents: Letters to Hannah from her mother Elizabeth Evans and sister Deborah Dawes, and John Witchell. Religious sentiments from Joyce Buckman and letters from Hannah to Mordecai and Rebecca Yarnall.

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James Thornton to sister Hannah at Byberry, 1803-10-04

Scope and Contents: James Thornton, Pelham, to sister Hannah and Ruth Cadwallader, Byberry, written to his sister while in company of his mother, Hannah T. Yarnall, visiting Niagara, Yonge Street Meeting

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Family correspondence, 1804-1805

Scope and Contents: Two letters from James Thornton, Byberry, and letters between Rebecca and Hannah Yarnall. Hannah mentions mentions that her young daughter Hannah was vaccinated when they were attending Philadelphia Yearly Meeting but she would need to do it again.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Birmingham, to Hannah (Thornton) Yarnall, 1804-06-19

Scope and Contents: To his step-mother, Hannah Thornton Yarnall, reporting death of William Savery. Savery had served as one of the guardians of Peter's children.

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Hannah Yarnall correspondence with mother, Elizabeth Evans, 1804-1805

Scope and Contents: Includes updates of Quaker ministers John Simpson, Stephen Grellet, David Sands, etc., as well as family news

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Hannah Yarnall, correspondence received, 1806-1810

Scope and Contents: Letters from Friends who describe their travels and mention visiting ministers. Correspondents include Samuel R. Fisher, Sarah Newlin, John Stapley, John Shoemaker, Ruth Grave, John Witchell, Lydia Stokes.

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John Witchell, Leeds, to Hannah Yarnall, 1807-06-12

Scope and Contents: An account of his journey to Europe

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Nathan Sharples, Downingtown, to Hannah T. Yarnall, 1808-06-19

Scope and Contents: The letter contains his narrative of a journey to the Southern Quarter

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Hannah T. Yarnall, correspondence received, 1808, n.d.

Scope and Contents: From fellow Quakers including Sarah Newlin, a Wilmington Quaker minister

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Mary Allinson, Burlington, to Hannah Yarnall, 1814-10-31

Scope and Contents: Alllinson reported that Rebecca Grellet had received a letter from her husband, Stephen Grellet, who was visiting London and holding meetings for the downtrodden as well as having met with the Czar of Russia.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1810-03-1810-08

Scope and Contents: Hannah (born 1797) was accepted to study with John Comly, Peter was unhappy and wanted to become a farmer, Hannah T. Yarnall was traveling to Redstone and Bucks County, Pa.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1810-10-1810-12

Scope and Contents: Includes letters to Hannah Yarnall (Sr.) and Rebecca. Daughter Hannah and son James to Hannah Yarnall who is visiting Ohio. Young Hannah studying with John Comly but will attend Westtown when there was an opening. Benjamin Ferris wrote to Rebecca on 12 month 31st, Philadelphhia, that he was settling affairs of Peter who had fallen into debt and was in a new situation living with a Friend in the Northern District.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1811-01-1811-02

Scope and Contents: Most are letters from Hannah Yarnall, a student at Westtown, and brother James Thornton to their mother. Hannah, Sr., wrote that James and Grace intended to state their marriage intentions at next monthly meetings.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1811-03-1811-06

Scope and Contents: Largely between Hannah T. Yarnall and Hannah Yarnall at Westtown

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1811-03-1811-12

Scope and Contents: Largely between Hannah T. Yarnall and Hannah Yarnall at Westtown. Letter from Ezra Townsend, Bensalem Bucks County, Pa, reports that James and Grace were well settled and wishes her well in her travels.

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Hannah Yarnall family correspondence, 1812-01-1812-03

Scope and Contents: Most are between Hannah, Jr., at Westtown and Hannah, Sr., with remarks on her activities with Friends. Also, letter from Sarah Cresson, Haddonfield.

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Hannah Yarnall family correspondence, 1812-04-1812-12

Scope and Contents: Includes letters received by Hannah, Jr., from her mother and brother Benjamin. They report that brother Peter had gone to Canada. Peter followed up with a letter to his mother 8th month that described his journey to Canada and ending in Peekskill, New York, where he attended a meeting visited by Richard Mott. Lydia and Mary Miller wrote to Hannah, Sr., from Redstone with news of visiting Friends. Undated letter to Rebecca refers to their mother's travels in the ministry.

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Extract from minutes of Exeter Monthly Meeting , 1812-08-26

Scope and Contents: Concerning the religious visit of Hannah Yarnall. Signed by the clerks

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Hannah Yarnall correspondence, 1813-1814

Scope and Contents: Philadelphia, mentions that EY and five representatives of the Meeting for Sufferings has gone to present a memorial to the Assembly of Pennsylvania and John Kersey intended to visit the President. Letters to Hannah Yarnall, Sr: John Witchell. Thomas Wickersham, with extracts of Ohio Yearly Meeting. A letter from Mary Hilles, Westland, with news about visiting ministers.

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Series 3: Mordecai Yarnall and Rebecca Yarnall family correspondence

Scope and Contents: This series largely contains the correspondence of Mordecai Yarnall and his sister Rebecca Yarnall who inherited her brother papers and books upon his early death in 1808. Rebecca did not marry and tried to keep close relationships with her surviving siblings. Her youngest brother, Benjamin, abandoned his apprenticeship, left the Society of Friends, and married at a very young age. His daughter Anna Eliza Yarnall, was raised by the extended family and particularly by Rebecca.

Title/Description Instances
Mordecai Yarnall (1784-1808) to sister Rebecca Yarnall, 1796

Scope and Contents: After the death of their mother, Rebecca was sent to live in Byberry with Hannah Thornton and Ruth Cadwallader, and Mordecai was in East Bradford with his uncle. The letter includes family information about brother Israel (born 1792), notes that infant Benjamin (born 1794) is cutting a molar. The children were living in different family households.

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Mordecai Yarnall to siblings, 1797-1803

Scope and Contents: The earliest letter was written from Westtown to his step-brother, James Thornton. Other letters were to sisters Rebecca and Hannah. His letters to his little sister, Hannah Yarnall (1797-1876), gave advice on books. In the letter written 3 month 10, 1798, to Rebecca soon after the death of their father, Mordecai asked for details about the final days.

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Rebecca Yarnall Westtown correspondence, 1799-1801

Scope and Contents: Letters to her step-mother and brother, written from Westtown

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, to Rebecca, Westtown, 1801

Scope and Contents: Mordecai informed his sister that arrangements have been accomplished for her to live with the Wrights. William and Deborah Wright, residents of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who were active in the Underground Railroad.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1803-01-1803-02

Scope and Contents: Correspondence largely with his sister, Rebecca, and Martha Houston. Mordecai Yarnall visited Lancaster County and became acquainted with Martha Houston with whom he engaged in an active correspondence until her marriage in 1806, much on literary topics. She was the daughter of Dr. John Houston and Susanna Wright Houston of Columbia, Lancaster County. She married Joseph Mifflin under the care of Sadsbury Monthly Meeting in 1806. Another close friend was Lloyd Mifflin.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1803-03-1803-04

Scope and Contents: Correspondence sent and received, most from Martha Houston.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1803-05-1803-06

Scope and Contents: Correspondence sent and received, most with Martha Houston.

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Mordecai and Rebecca Yarnall correspondence, 1803-07-1803-08

Scope and Contents: Correspondence sent and received, most from Mordecai with Martha Houston and sister Rebecca. Also Rebecca writing from Laurentum to her mother in Philadelphia.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1803-09-1803-10

Scope and Contents: Correspondence sent and received, most with Martha Houston. Also his friend Lloyd Mifflin.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1803-11-1803-12

Scope and Contents: Correspondence sent and received, most with Martha Houston

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1804-01-1804-03

Scope and Contents: Correspondence sent and received, Martha Houston and others

Scope and Contents: Correspondence, Martha Houston and others.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1804-03-1804-06

Scope and Contents: Correspondence, most with Martha Houston. In a letter to his sister he noted that family at Byberry, brother James and sister Hannah, are well and that John Comly and wife had started a school for girls.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1804-07-1804-09

Scope and Contents: Correspondence, most Martha Houston.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1804-10-1804-12

Scope and Contents: Correspondence, most with Martha Houston and sister Rebecca.

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Mordecai Yarnall, Philadelphia, correspondence, 1805-02-1805-05

Scope and Contents: Correspondence, most with Martha Houston.

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Mordecai and Rebecca Yarnall correspondence, 1805-07-1805-08

Scope and Contents: Correspondence, Martha Houston and sister, Rebecca. Letter of 7 month to Rebecca mentioned that John Parrish was in New England.

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Mordecai Yarnall, correspondence, 1805-09-1805-12

Scope and Contents: Correspondence, many letters with Martha Houston.

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Family correspondence , 1806-01-1806-06

Scope and Contents: Correspondence including James Thornton from New York.

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Family correspondence , 1806-07-1806-10

Scope and Contents: Martha Houston married Joseph Mifflin under the care of Sadsbury Monthly Meeting on 1806, 5mo, 6. Mordecai Yarnall and brother James Thornton traveled to Virginia, both described it in letters to their mother. In a letter of 10 month 26, Mordecai was back in Philadelphia, his mother remained in Maryland, and brother Peter was contemplating leaving the Society of Friends. Undated letter from James Thornton to his mother while traveling with Mordecai, and they are heading to Baltimore. Jesse Kersey spoke at an appointed meeting in Columbia.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1807-01-1807-02

Scope and Contents: Includes Mordecai's letters to his sister, Rebecca. Mordecai moved to Baltimore and become a member of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Western District. Letter dated 2 month 13 from A. Warder, Philadelphia, remarked that Mordecai was like a son to him in the four years he lived with them. He describes a subscription drive in Philadelphia to provide wood and rugs for the poor to alleviate the cold. R. Richards to Rebecca.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1807-03-1807-05

Scope and Contents: Mordecai was working as a merchant in Baltimore. Joseph Bringhurst, Wilmington, to Mordecai. Letter from the Warders where Mordecai lived in Philadelphia. A letter from T. Zane, Winchester, Va., describes Mordecai's journey for his health. William Poole to Mordecai Yarnall, Merchant, Baltimore, and uncle Mordecai Yarnall, Wheeling, to his niece Hannah Yarnall.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1807-06-1807-11

Scope and Contents: Many of the letters concern Mordecai's failing health and travels. He was joined by brother James Thornton. Also letters to Hannah and Rebecca, including correspondence from R. Richards, Philadelphia.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1808-01-1808-04

Scope and Contents: The correspondence, including letter from Joseph Bringhurst in Wilmington, reflected concern about Mordecai Yarnall's health. Mordecai left Baltimore the end of March to visit Sweet Springs in Virginia, traveling with a servant. Also aletter from Hinchman Haines, Evesham, to Hannah T. Yarnall and Hannah to Rebecca with concern about Mordecai's weakness, news of the younger children

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1808-05-1808-07

Scope and Contents: 5 month, Mordecai wrote to his sister that the Springs were not helping, so he was traveling on to Kentucky via Wheeling, Ohio County, Virginia. His death on 7month 16 and burial was reported to his siblings by his uncle Mordecai Yarnall, and he was buried in Wheeling next to a cousin. His mother, visiting at Frankford, was notified by John Witchell in a detailed letter that also mentioned that Witchell was involved with founding a school in Wheeling and that Job Scott was ill with smallpox in Ireland.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1808-08-1808-10

Scope and Contents: Mostly letters to Rebecca Yarnall, particularly from Benjamin Ferris who wrote that Mordecai asked that his books and papers be given to her. Ferris also invites Rebecca to live with them in Baltimore. A letter from Rebecca to her mother (step-mother) expresses her deep sorrow on her brother's death. Plans are made for younger brothers - Peter to live with Wrights and Benjamin to attend Westtown.

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Rebecca Yarnall correspondence, 1809

Scope and Contents: Family news, including Benjamin Ferris's letters from Philadelphia; brother Peter Yarnall had been staying with them.

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Rebecca Yarnall correspondence, 1810-01-1810-06

Scope and Contents: Letter from her mother, Hannah Yarnall, from Brownsville, 2nd month. Benjamin Ferris wrote that Benjamin Yarnall was eager to leave Westtown, and Peter was settling down. Letter of 6 month 27, Hopewell, Virginia, from her mother with an account of her travels in the ministry.

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Rebecca Yarnall and Benjamin Ferris correspondence, 1810-1811

Scope and Contents: Benjamin Ferris wrote to Rebecca on 12 month 31st, 1810, Philadelphhia, that he was settling affairs of Peter who had fallen into debt and was in a new situation living with a Friend in the Northern District. Letter 7 mo. 3, 1811, Ferris, Philadelphia, to Rebecca gives an account of travels to New Jersey and New York with Abraham Lower. Her brother Benjamin attended camp meeting, wore fine clothes. Letter of 8th month reports that he left his master without notice.

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Rebecca Yarnall correspondence, 1811-10-1811-12

Scope and Contents: Includes letters received by Rebecca from Benjamin Ferris concerning settlement of her brother Mordecai's estate and the trouble he had dealing with her brother Benjamin who he tracked down in a boarding house in African American section of Philadelphia. Benjamin had worked as a sailor on a ship bound for Cadiz and Gibraltar and was ready to give up his life at sea - but Abraham Lower refused to take him back into apprenticeship. He described his adventure in letter to Rebecca. Hannah, Jr., wrote from Westtown, and Hannah, Sr., left on a journey in the ministry.

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Benjamin Ferris to Rebecca Yarnall, 1811-10-12

Scope and Contents: Includes letters received by Rebecca from Benjamin Ferris concerning settlement of her brother Mordecai's estate and the trouble he had dealing with her brother Benjamin who he tracked down in a boarding house in African American section of Philadelphia. Benjamin had worked as a sailor on a ship bound for Cadiz and Gibraltar and was ready to give up his life at sea - but Abraham Lower refused to take him back into apprenticeship. Benjamin described his adventure in letter to Rebecca. Hannah, Jr., wrote from Westtown, and Hannah, Sr., left on a journey in the ministry.

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Hannah Yarnall, Jr., to Rebecca Yarnall, Undated, circa 1813

Scope and Contents: The letter, sent from Byberry, describes visiting ministers and Friends including Isaac Hicks and wife, R. and A. Mott, N. Hunt, etc.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1813

Scope and Contents: Most are letters received by Rebecca, including one from Mary Rotch. A letter from Hannah, Jr., Byberry, notifies her of the sudden death of Grace Thornton, wife of James, from typhus. A letter from her mother in 12 month reported that Peter was settling down, and they hoped for the same for Benjamin. He wrote in July that he will not return to the master he despised in Chester County, but is living and working in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1814

Scope and Contents: A letter to Hannah from Ruth Grave, Pike Run, mentions typhus epidemic. Letters received by Rebecca and both Hannahs. Letter to beloved sister, Columbia, 9 month 14, notes that Philadelphia and Baltimore both are in fear of being invaded, horror of the War.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1815

Scope and Contents: Includes an emotional letter from Rebecca despairing about her brother Benjamin's impetuous marriage to a girl he met while at military camp.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1816-01-1816-06

Scope and Contents: Primarily correspondence between sisters Hannah and Rebecca. Rebecca wrote 2month 3 that she had a visit from their brother Benjamin, but has not heard from Peter who determined never to return to Columbia. Peter wrote to Rebecca on 4 month 20 that he, Piercy, and their baby Eliza were living at Second and Christian in Philadelphia, but he was leaving his trade to return to the sea, sail on a frigate. Hannah and Nathaniel Richardson were planning to marry, and in letter of 6 month, Rebecca looked forward to meeting him.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1816-07-1816-12

Scope and Contents: Primarily between the sisters. 8 month 20, from Rebecca to Hannah, who was planning her wedding. Rebecca is dismissive of bridesmaids and advised simple dinner, gave a recipe for a dessert, a floating Island. She had a letter from brother Peter who was teaching at a school in Ohio. 11 month 29, Rebecca informed Hannah that she had a chance to see Benjamin's young wife and child in Wilmington where he was making a living scalloping [?] Rebecca was very close to Benjamin and despaired of his life choices. Hannah Yarnall wrote a note 12 month 31 to daughter Hannah Richardson

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1817

Scope and Contents: Family letters, Hannah and Rebecca. Letter from Rebecca 3rd month reported that she had heard that Benjamin enlisted in the military and was stationed at Carlisle.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1818

Scope and Contents: Includes a letter from Rebecca, Byberry, to her dear friend Massey Gibbons, Mill Creek, Lancaster County, in which she praises her new brother-in-law, Nathaniel Richardson. She enjoys the extended family, including Elizabeth Thornton who spends much time with both Yarnall and Townsend grandparents. Letter from Hannah Yarnall to Rebecca reported that James intended to marry Rebecca Stokes.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1819

Scope and Contents: Rebecca had a letter from brother Peter and still hopes to hear from Benjamin. Family news.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1820

Scope and Contents: On 1 month, 1st, Hannah wrote to her sister Rebecca of the sudden death of her infant son, Joseph, born in 1819. Faded letter from Rebecca Thornton, James's second wife.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1822

Scope and Contents: Letter to Rebecca from Hannah Y. Yarnall to notify her of the death of their brother (Benjamin). The letter related that his daughter Anna Eliza would remain with Phebe Sharpless. Henry Warrington, Westfield, to Hannah Yarnall. R.R. Simmon to Rebecca from Puerto Rico.

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John Comly to Rebecca Yarnall, 1822-07

Scope and Contents: The letter notified her of the death of her step-mother, Hannah Thornton Yarnall

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William Lu (?) to James Buchanan, 1822-03-2

Scope and Contents: Regarding a claim for veteran's benefit of Benjamin Yarnall. Confirmation forwarded with note by James Buchanan to William Wright, Columbia, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.

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Yarnall family correspondence, 1823-1826

Scope and Contents: Rebecca wrote 3 month, 31, 1824, that John Comly had visited and that Jesse Kersey was superintending the laying of water line. In her letter of 02-14,1825, she is disgusted by the tensions in the Society, which she calls "unchristian." In 1826 she wrote that she had planned a trip on which Anna Eliza could join her but had to cancel it. Two receipts concern John Comly

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Rebecca Yarnall, Columbia, to Hannah Y. Richardson, , 1828

Scope and Contents: 2 letters. Rebecca's letters to her sister notes that her cousin William Wright is busy politically in Harrisburg concerning the establishment of a railroad (became the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad). She also reported on an Orthodox contingent who tried to attend the monthly meeting as members.

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Rebecca Yarnall correspondence , 1831-1832

Scope and Contents: Two letters to her sister Hannah Richardson, mention cholera epidemic and other concerns including her warm regard for cousin Benjamin Ferris. Also a letter dictated by Piercy Johnson, widow of Benjamin Yarnall, and written on her behalf by Sarah Noble. Piercy asks for money to help her get started in a business. Rebecca sent a small amount but explains the sad circumstances of her brother's impetuous marriage to a "camp girl" of 16 and that she is providing for the child of that marriage and her schooling. Piercy married a second time when she thought that Benjamin was dead. She released daughter Anna Eliza to the Yarnall family with the understanding that she would visit once a year.

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Rebecca Yarnall correspondence , 1833, 1836

Scope and Contents: Letters received and letters to her sister Hannah Y. Richardson. Letter from of Anna Eliza Yarnall, Newtown Square, to her aunt Rebecca.

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Ann Eliza Yarnall, West Chester, to Rebecca Yarnall , 1835

Scope and Contents: Letter to "Dear Aunt" from school. Benjamin's daughter, she was raised and educated by Rebecca.

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Rebecca Yarnall correspondence , 1837-1842

Scope and Contents: Letters between Rebecca and her sister. Also a note from John Comly to enclose some documents (not included). Family news.

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Rebecca Yarnall correspondence , 1843-1847

Scope and Contents: Family correspondence, illnesses including William Wright who was reated by Dr. Dillwyn Parrish.

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Rebecca Yarnall correspondence , 1848-1851

Scope and Contents: Family correspondence, with mention of Christmas celebrations in Columbia, Lancaster County, lack of simplicity at weddings,. 1849, Valentine Hicks in declining health, and Rebecca recalled when he visited Lancaster County with Elias Hicks. In 1850, Rebecca described a spate of fires in the County. Hannah Y. Richardson mentioned activities of many of the Quakers in Philadelphia.

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Series 4: Nathaniel Richardson family correspondence, 1756-1913

Biographical / Historical: Hannah Yarnall (1797-1876) was the youngest of Peter Yarnall's eight children and the only child by his second marriage to Hannah Thornton Yarnall, the widow of Joseph Thornton of Byberry. In 1816, Hannah married Nathaniel Richardson (1794-1872), son of Joseph and Ruth Richardson, uniting the Yarnalls with the Richardson family, renowned Philadelphia silversmiths. Nathaniel's grandfather was Joseph Richardson (1711-1784). known as the greatest gold and silversmith of his day. He married Hannah Worrell in 1741, and they had two children, Elizabeth and Grace. He married second Mary Allen (1716-1782) in 1748 under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. They had five children: Hannah (1748-1817) who married Samuel Clark; Mary (1750-1835) married Samuel Taylor; Nathaniel (1754-1827) who remained unmarried; Joseph (1752-1831) married Ruth Hoskins in 1780; and Rebecca (1758-1826), unmarried. The brothers Nathaniel and Joseph started as business partners in Philadelphia. Nathanial subsequently went into business as a merchant and Joseph continued as a silversmith and assayer. Joseph (1752-1831) and Ruth Richardson had six surviving children including Mary (1781-1837) who married John Elliott, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Hannah who did not marry; John (1790-1866) married Martha Gibbons and worked as an assayer and bookseller; and Nathaniel (1793-1872) who married Hannah Yarnall at Byberry in 1816 and moved his family to the Thornton homestead in Byberry.

Scope and Contents: Most letters are to Nathaniel Richardson from his father and other family members.

Title/Description Instances
Ann Gra: Lloyd, Chester, to Joseph Richardson, 1756-03-27

Scope and Contents: Concerning a silver order

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Elizabeth Richardson correspondence, Undated, circa 1805-1870

Scope and Contents: Undated letters from Elizabeth (called "Betsy" as a child) Richardson (1788-1870) to her brother Nathaniel and his wife Hannah Yarnall Richardson.

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Hannah Richardson correspondence, Undated, circa 1805-1866

Scope and Contents: Undated letters from Hannah Richardson (1791-1866) to her brother Nathaniel and his wife Hannah Richardson.

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Joseph Richardson to Nathaniel Richardson, Undated, circa 1810

Scope and Contents: Fragment in which Richardson commented that the Mint is very busy with silver that is being converted to coin

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Nathaniel Richardson correspondence, 1810

Scope and Contents: Joseph (1752-1831) and Ruth Richardson, Philadelphia, to their son Nathaniel. In 3 month, Joseph mentioned that there were rumors of war between the U.S. and France. In May, he wrote that wife Ruth and daughter Elizabeth were visiting Burlington which has become a popular summer resort for Philadelphia Quakers. Nathaniel was a friend of Ellis and T. Yarnall. Also letter from his eldest sister Mary who married John Elliott

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John Richardson to Nathaniel, 1810-1811

Scope and Contents: Letters from his brother which often expressed opinions on national and international politics. 6 month 1811, he wrote that he planned to visit the exhibition at the Academy of the Fine Arts where the paintings given to General Armstrong by Bonaparte were on display.

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Joseph and Ruth Richardson, Philadelphia, to Nathaniel, 1811-1812

Scope and Contents: 5 month 25, 1811, Joseph, written while at the Mint, described a devastating fire in New York City. In 7 month, he wrote about the great heat and many people dying from drinking cold water. Many were ill with dysentery in Burlington, New Jersey, in 8 month 1811. Family news.

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Nathaniel Richardson correspondence , 1813-1814, undated

Scope and Contents: Most letters are from his father and also siblings. Nathaniel was farming at Joseph Smedley's property, Willistown, Chester County. Joseph Richardson purchased the Lukens farm about a mile from the Horsham meeting house and gave Nathaniel advice about setting up a household and farm. He was impressed with reports about the Asylum in York, England, and wrote that a property has been purchased near Frankford to establish a similar institution - the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason; the institution was later renamed the Frankford Asylum for the Insane and then Friends Hospital. Undated note from Joseph with a reply from Nathaniel goes into detail about financial concerns on the farm.

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Nathaniel Richardson family correspondence received, 1816

Scope and Contents: Most are from his father and one from his mother expressing approval for his marriage. Nathaniel and Hannah Yarnall were married 10 month 16, 1816, and settled in Horsham. A letter sent to Charles Farmer, Horsham, asked him to notify Nathaniel of funeral of a close relation Martha Thomas.

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Nathaniel Richardson family correspondence received, 1817-1818

Scope and Contents: Sister Mary Elliott offered sympathy for the loss of his animals, his mother supplied a treatment for boils. Joseph Richardson in letter 7 mo, 21, 1818, noted that [?] Griscom was in London to attend yearly meeting and the Emlens were returning to the U.S. Letter from Jane Johnson, Philadelphia, requested that Nathaniel and Hannah find a position for Hannah Walter in their household or vicinity.

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Nathaniel Richardson family correspondence received, 1819

Scope and Contents: The family moved to the Hannah Thornton Yarnall's farm in 1819. An undated letter from Joseph Richardson presented the arguments for and against moving from the improved farm at Horsham to the farm that had been rented in Byberry and wss to be bequeathed to Nathaniel by Hannah T. Yarnall, his mother-in-law, in her Will. Another letter mentioned William and Debby Wright who were visiting together with sister Rebecca Yarnall.

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Nathaniel and Hannah Y. Richardson correspondence, 1820

Scope and Contents: Includes a tender letter of sympathy from Ruth Richardson to Hannah on sudden death of her infant son. A letter from Elizabeth Richardson dated 1820, 3 month 21, mentions that Quaker minister Charles Osborne attended the previous First Day afternoon meeting to which "gay members" were invited, but he did not speak nor did other ministers.

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Joseph and Ruth Richardson to Nathaniel Richardson, 1821-1822

Scope and Contents: Letter of 3 month 19 in response to his father's apparent involvement in his business affairs, offering more advice. Joseph mentioned Lucretia Mott and that Benjamin Kite has opened employment office for unemployed men and women, old and young, domestic and immigrant. Ruth wrote family and Quaker meeting updates.

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Nathaniel Richardson family correspondence received, 1823-1825

Scope and Contents: From his father and sister (Mary Elliott?). M[ary Elliott] to sister, 1825, with advice on child raising.

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Richardson family correspondence, 1826-1827

Scope and Contents: Includes a letter dated 6 month, 18,1826,from Nathaniel to his father concerning Joseph Richardson's planned retirement from the Mint. Nathaniel offered his services to keep the position in the family unless his brother John was a better choice. Typed transcript of letter from Joseph to son dated 11month 2, 1826, no original. [Joseph Richardson died in 1831, and son John Richardson was appointed Assayer of the Mint in 1831 to succeed.]

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Nathaniel Richardson correspondence concerning the Separation, 1827

Scope and Contents: In his letter of 7 month 11 to John Comly, Nathaniel Richardson strongly supported Comly's views. A letter of 11 month from his brother John expressed dismay on Nathaniel's position, appealed to him to think of his mother.

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Richardson family correspondence, 1828

Scope and Contents: Primarily family concerns and advice from Joseph Richardson to his son concerning finances. He also disagreed with the position that Nathaniel had taken in the theological debate in the Society of Friends. Byberry Monthly Meeting affiliated with the Hicksites. His parents sided with the Orthodoz.

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Richardson family correspondence, 1829-1830

Scope and Contents: Correspondence between Nathaniel and his father reflects the tension when Hannah Y. Richardson intended to attend the yearly meeting at Cherry Street and not to stay at the Richardson home in Philadelphia. A letter from Rebecca Yarnall, Columbia, to Hannah remarks that the Byberry family seems to be getting quite "gay," per description of a wedding, and she wonders what Grandfather Thornton would think of his descendants. Nathaniel described his visit to Mauch Chunk in a letter to his father.

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Richardson family correspondence, 1831

Scope and Contents: Includes reference to the final illness of Joseph Richardson

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Richardson family correspondence, 1832

Scope and Contents: References to the cholera epidemic in Philadelphia

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Hannah Y. and Nathaniel Richardson letters received, 1833-1836

Scope and Contents: Includes letters from their daughter Rebecca who is in school in Philadelphia

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Richardson family correspondence, Undated

Scope and Contents: Letters between Nathanial and Hannah Richardson as well as from their children

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Hannah Y. and Nathaniel Richardson letters received, 1837-1839

Scope and Contents: Family news from daughters Rebecca and Mary (married Thomas Husband in 1836). Letter from Josiah Roberts concerning a tract of pine swamp which had been in the Will of Hannah Haines Thornton Yarnall and her father.

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Richardson family correspondence, 1840-1842

Scope and Contents: Letter from Nathaniel to William Wright and copy of letter to William Wright concerning a tract of land for sale; acceptance for daughter Hannah to attend Kimberton School written on School announcement; Thomas Husband's letter comments on Jesse Kersey's sermon to a large meeting.

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Hannah Y. and Nathaniel Richardson letters received, 1843-1846

Scope and Contents: Includes letters from Thomas Husband, Philadelphia, to his father-in-law, which describe the controversy in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) concerning active support of abolitionists N. and M. [Nicholas and Margaret?] Brown who were warning of the "awful cloud" hanging over the nation and speaking in appointed meetings with Friends as well as others. Husband aAgreed to take nephew Joseph Richardson as a junior apprentice in his apothecary business and described what his duties will be. Business arrangements with Richardson. Israel Cope to Nathanial concerning land purchase.

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Hannah Y. and Nathaniel Richardson letters received , 1847

Scope and Contents: Family including updates from son Joseph Richardson, Philadelphia.

John Y (G?) Lewis to Nathaniel Richardson, 1848-1849

Scope and Contents: 3 letters. John Y/G. Lewis, Middleburg, Loudon County, Virginia, extolling the fine farmland along the Blue Ridge and planning to open a school in Alexandria. He mentions the Friends from New Jersey who have settled at Woodlawn and Mount Vernon, and the Friends at Goose Creek including S. M. Janney and Yardley Tailor

Richardson family correspondence, 1848-1849

Scope and Contents: Includes a letter from Elisabeth Richardson to her brother Joseph in which she tells the story of D. and Wilman Ferris attending an event for President Polk in Washington, DC, and refusing to remove their hats, using plain speech. Sarah Richardson, Unionville Seminary, letters to sister Hannah and mother.

Joseph Richardson, Baltimore, to his father , 1848-11-02

Scope and Contents: He reported on the Yearly Meeting in Baltimore in which Discipline on marriage was amended. Visitors included Nicholas and Margaret Brown, Richard Cromwell, John Hunt, Elihu Bernard, etc.

Thaddeus Stevens, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Nathaniel Richardson, 1849

Scope and Contents: 3 short notes.

John T. Richardson correspondence, 1850-1852

Scope and Contents: John(1834-1909)was a student at Attleborough Academy, Langhorne, PA. [The name of the school was changed to Bellevue Institute in 1862, under the ownership of Israel J. Graham as a successor to the Sharon Female Academy of Darby, PA. John Richardson became a farmer in Byberry and married Hannah Comly Parry in 1880.]

Family letters, 1850-1854, undated

Scope and Contents: Includes letters from Nathaniel to wife Hannah Y. Richardson and to Nathaniel from son-in-law Thomas Husband, Anna Eliza Bacon (daughter of Benjamin Yarnall) to cousin John Richardson.

Family letters, 1855-1859

Scope and Contents: Includes Margaret Husband, Philadelphia, to her uncle John T. Richardson with family and Quaker news. Peter Yarnall from Adel, Iowa, where he is farming, selling crops to migrants headed to California and trying to develop at Chinese sugarcane. Israel Walton to Nathaniel concerning his disownment from Byberry Monthly Meeting in 1852 which he regarded as a misjudgment and appealed to the Quarterly Meeting.

Family letters, 1860-1861

Scope and Contents: Most to Nathaniel Richardson concerning distribution of his sister-in-law's estate (Rebecca Yarnall died in 1859) to her brother Peter Yarnall and his children. Interesting letters from Peter Yarnall (1790-1878) from Adel, Dallas County, Iowa. He and son have opened a store to accommodate settlers on their way to California and Pike's Peak for the gold rush, and he is eager for his share of the distribution.

Nathaniel Richardson Quaker correspondence , 1860-1861

Scope and Contents: Includes letter from Samuel M. Janney. Also Benjamin Hallowell, Sandy Spring, to Nathaniel Richardson on review of the book Thomas Story's Conversion, including his views on the sacraments

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Nathaniel Richardson correspondence , 1862-1863

Scope and Contents: Largely concerning patent application, Story publication. Letter from George Connell, Harrisburg, concerning proposed railway crossing bill, no quick end to War

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Family correspondence, 1862-1865

Scope and Contents: Includes letters from Peter Yarnall, Adel, Iowa, to his sister Hannah and brother-in-law concerning military service of Henry and family news. A letter describes a terrible winter storm, January 1864. Also correspondence concerning son Nathaniel's marriage to Mary K. Cooper in 1862 and a letter from a friend touring Eygpt to Elizabeth Richardson.

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Nathaniel Richardson correspondence , 1864-1866

Scope and Contents: Largely concerning publication of Friends Intelligencer, etc. Correspondents include Dillwyn Parrish, S. M. Janney, Jane Johnson.

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Nathaniel Richardson correspondence , 1867-1869

Scope and Contents: Notice of Elliott Richardson's examination for medical degree, University of Pennsylvania. Continuing correspondence with George Connell, Philadelphia member of Pennsylvania Senate, 1860-1871

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Richardson family, 1870-1877

Scope and Contents: Correspondence largely with John T. Richardson, Byberry, and Nathaniel and Hannah Y. Richardson, Philadelphia

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Richardson family correspondence, 1878-1889

Scope and Contents: Includes John T. Richardson correspondence. From Thomas J. Husband to sister, he expresses concern that news of Achsah's health is discouraging and the family will need to help.

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Isaac Clothier to Nathaniel Richardson, 1913

Scope and Contents: Letters concerning Clothier's visit to Byberry Meeting and articles in Friends Intelligencer

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Series 5: Elliott and Achsah Richardson family correspondence

Biographical / Historical: Elliott Richardson (1842-1887) married Achsah Nevins (1849-1889) in 1876. He was a prominent physician.

Title/Description Instances
Caleb J. Moore letters to Elliott Richardson, 1863-1864

Scope and Contents: Two letters from a former classmate who first attempted farming and then moved to business. Comments about the War and description of his visit to the Baltimore to the Sanitary Fair.

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Elliott Richardson, Philadelphia, to Nathaniel Richardson, 1870-04-25

Scope and Contents: Letter to his father to inform him that he had been appointed as one of the assistants to Dr. Agnew, newly elected professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Pennsylvania. He commented that after meeting at Spruce Street, he visited Fairmount Park which was much improved and busy with carriages, enjoyed the scenery and fine homes.

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Elliott Richardson to Achsah Willis Nevins, 1873-1874

Scope and Contents: Letters to "My dear friend" and by 12 mo 1874, to "My dear girl"

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Elliott Richardson to Achsah Willis Nevins, 1876

Scope and Contents: Elliott was in Byberry where his mother died on 1st month 15. His affectionate notes later in the year are addressed to "Willie" and they married

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Elliott Richardson medical correspondence, 1877-1886

Scope and Contents: Medical certifications and some miscellaneous correspondence

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Elliott Richardson correspondence concerning Porro-Muller Caesarean section , 1880

Scope and Contents: Elliott Richardson performed a successful caesarean section on Mrs. Lena Burnell, a dwarf, in September 1880 using the Porro-Muller method with removal of uterus.

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Elliott Richardson correspondence concerning Porro-Muller Caesarean section , 1881-1885

Scope and Contents: Lena Burnell contacted Elliott Richardson in 1881, and he was notified of her death in 1883. Dr. B. J. Andrews of Burlington Vermont took an interest in her son. File includes History of the life and Operation of the Wonderful Dwarf and her Child, published by the New York Popular Publishing Company, Brooklyn, NY.

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Elliott Richardson to his wife, Achsah Willis Richardson, 1878-1879

Scope and Contents: Affectionate notes to his wife who he call "Will." In most, he was writing from Philadelphia and Achsah was in Byberry

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Elliott Richardson to his wife, Achsah Willis Richardson, 1880
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Elliott Richardson to his wife, Achsah Willis Richardson, 1881
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Elliott Richardson to his wife, Achsah Willis Richardson, 1882
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Elliott Richardson to his wife, Achsah Willis Richardson, 1883
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Elliott Richardson to his wife, Achsah Willis Richardson, 1884-1886
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Hannah Y. Richardson correspondence (typed transcripts), 1886-1889

Scope and Contents: Letters between Hannah Y. Richardson and her mother Achsah Richardson. Typed transcripts with some annotations by donor, Katherine Richardson Wireman, and some fading photocopies of the original correspondence. Hannah was a student. Achsah in 1889 was in Colorado Springs for her health.

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Achsah Willis Richardson final correspondence, 1889

Scope and Contents: Achsah was a patient in treatment for tuberculosis in Colorado Springs. Letters are to her sisters and from her nurse, Rose Wagner, when Achsah was too weak to write. She died 12 month 20, 1889.

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Richardson family correspondence, 1889-1921

Scope and Contents: After the death of Achsah Richardson, the care of her five minor children was assumed by her sisters-in-law. Thomas J. Husband, husband of their eldest sister, wrote in support and trust. His son, Thomas, Jr., inherited his father's business. Affectionate letters to and from the aunts - Sarah, Ruth Anna, Hannah, and Maria.

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School letters from the children of Elliott and Achsah Richardson, 1886-1893

Scope and Contents: Most written to "Aunties," who cared for the children. They attended variously Friends School, Abington Friends Boarding School, and the George School

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Hannah Y. Richardson correspondence (photocopies), 1890

Scope and Contents: Hannah's schoolgirl letters to her aunts.

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School letters from children of Elliott and Achsah Richardson, 1894-1900, 1966

Scope and Contents: Most written to "Aunties," who cared for the children. Typed note dated June 26, 1966, from Frances Richardson, the youngest of the five children and donor, describes schooling of the children. Also handwritten note

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Miscellaneous Richardson, fragments, Undated, and circa 1920

Scope and Contents: Fragments and drafts (Nathaniel?); Elliott and Achsah's children

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Invitations, 1808-1918

Scope and Contents: The early invitations primarily to Nathaniel Richardson. Includes wedding invitations, graduations, dinners, etc.

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Invitations, undated, mid-late 19th century

Scope and Contents: Printed invitations, mid-late 19th century

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Calling cards, undated
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Series 6: Financial and legal

Accounts and account books, 1800-1874, and Undated

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Title/Description Instances
Account statements, 1800-1874, and undated

Scope and Contents: Includes statement by Joshua Sharples on expenses of Rebecca Yarnall, 1800-1810; Nathaniel Richardson account statements, 1814-1874, personal and purchases made for Byberry Library

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Account books, 1847-1866

Scope and Contents: 1 account book of Nathaniel Richardson, 1820-1856, business; 2 account books of Nathaniel Richardson with T. Elverson, 1847-1858, farm accounts; Nathaniel Richardson general accounts, 1861-1871. Loose papers include accounting of estate of Nathaniel Richardson, 1872 and list of children born to Peter Yarnall(1790-1978). Also small account book of Sarah Richardson (1832-1819) concerning her wax flowers, 1865-1867.

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Advertisements for Richardson's Patents and Coupling., Undated

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Agreements Indentures., 1832-1896, & Undated

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Title/Description Instances
Agreements and Indentures: Haines, 1757-1775

Scope and Contents: Properties in Burlington County, New Jersey. Includes the Will and probate of Edmond Haines, Evesham, 1765, in which he grants freedom to his slave Philip at the age of 24 if he behaves well under care of brother Simon Haines. Also undated accounting of estate of William Sharp, Jr., of Evesham by Edmond Haines,

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Agreements and Indentures: Hannah Haines Thornton Yarnall, Undated

Scope and Contents: Undated indenture with Andrew Otto.

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Agreements and Indentures: Joseph Richardson, 1829-1831

Scope and Contents: Will and estate

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Agreements and Indentures: Nathaniel Richardson and siblings, 1837-1870

Scope and Contents: Primarily Wills, estate matters

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Agreements and Indentures: Patents, agreements, 1831-1866
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Deeds, 1732-1923

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Title/Description Instances
Deeds: Byberry, 1732-1806

Scope and Contents: Walton, Thornton, Hannah Yarnall of Byberry. Mortgage John Walton to Job Paul, 1761.

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Deeds: Richardson, Philadelphia, 1833-1923

Scope and Contents: Richardson deeds, Philadelphia, including property to Frances Richardson, 1923

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Estates and Wills, 1801-1872

Scope and Contents: Includes some Wills and estate matters. See also sub-series on individual etates.

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Title/Description Instances
Estate of Job Walton, 1761-1794

Scope and Contents: Includes Will dated 1779 and related papers. Executors were James Thornton and John Paul. Certication of sale to James Thornton 1790/92.

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Addendum to Will of James Thornton (1728-1794), 1794-05-26

Scope and Contents: Manuscript note signed by James Thornton certifying direction from his dying father to grant grandson James Thornton (1785-1858) payment from his estate.

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Hannah Haines Thornton Yarnall estate. , 1801-1825

Scope and Contents: Will which gave her property in New Jersey to her son, James Thornon, who had already received the Byberry property. Also property in New Jersey to her daughter, Hannah Yarnall Richardson. John Comly and Henry Warrington, executors. Inventories, accounts

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Will and estate of Elizabeth Richardson, died 1870, 1869-1871

Scope and Contents: Will and undated inventory. Manuscript letter from C. Richardson to Thomas J. Husband concerning legacies from Aunt Elizabeth, dated 1871-01-19.

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Will and estate of Hannah Yarnall Richardson, died 1876, 1876

Scope and Contents: Inventory, receipt for coffin. Widow of Nathaniel Richardson.

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Will of Deborah Wright , 1855

Scope and Contents: Copy of Will of Deborah Wright, Columbia, Pennsylvania, written for Rebecca Yarnall. Wright confirmed that Rebecca had a home in her house during her lifetime as well as other bequests. Nephew Dillwyne Parrish appointed executor.

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Husband's Magnesia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1857-1927

Scope and Contents: Thomas J. Husband, Philadelphia pharmacist, married Mary Richardson, daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah Y. Richardson, in 1836. A graduae of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, he had apprenticed with Thomas McClintock and became a trustee of the College. He successfully prepared and marketed Husband's Magnesia, a popular antacid and laxative, manufactured in a laboratory at Byberry. His father-in-law invested in the business, as well as other members of the family. The file contains mostly correspondence of Thomas J. Husband, Sr. and Jr., and Thomas Husband's wife Catherine Husband, with members of the Richardson family.

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Insurance, 1816-1917

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Title/Description Instances
Bills and receipts to Independent Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 1816-1917
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Fire and livestock insurance, Nathaniel Richardson, 1846-1915

Scope and Contents: Insurance policies, 1847,1865; receipts for fire insurance, 1872-1915.

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Property surveys, 1793-1957

Scope and Contents: Most are miscellaneous properties, not identified as family with exception of note by Nathaniel Richardson dated 1857-10-02 reporting that he replaced existing markers on Byberry property. 1956 is plan of Academy Road

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Title/Description Instances
Miscellaneous surveys, 1793-1957

Scope and Contents: Miscellaneous properties. Plan of Academy Road, 1956, and 1934 drawing of interior of Chestnut Glen, Richardson property on Academy Road, Byberry, Elliott Richardson.

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Byberry property papers, surveys, 1806-1861 and undated

Scope and Contents: Surveys of Thornton/Walton Byberry farm property with extract from the Will of James Thornton bequeathing them to his wife Hannah.

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Nathaniel Richardson, Byberry property markers dated 1857-10-02 reporting that he replaced existing markers on Byberry property., 1857-10-02

Scope and Contents: Nathaniel Richardson, cerrtifying that he replaced existing markers on Byberry property.

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Real estate records, Nathaniel Richardson, 1803-1867

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Title/Description Instances
Survey of Clearfield County, maps, 1803
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Clearfield property papers, 1839-1867

Scope and Contents: Advertisement for sale of Philipsburg Estate, reports on visits to Clearfield

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Papers concerning sale of land in Clearfield County, 1827-1863

Scope and Contents: Correspondence and statements

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Cedar Swamp property, New Jersey, 1845-1853
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Receipts, 1784-1888

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Title/Description Instances
Loose receipts, 1784-1845

Scope and Contents: James Thornton, Hannah Yarnall, Nathaniel Richardson, etc. Also undated transcribed notes (Elliott?) on estate and other receipts, 1704-1789.

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Loose receipts, 1846-1921

Scope and Contents: Bills and receipts, many Nathaniel Richardson. Of interest are papers dated 1847-1860, signed by Benjamin Ferris and William Wright, concerning funds given by Rebecca Yarnall to be invested. Also receipts concerning funeral and burial of Maria B. Richardson, 1896 from her estate.

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Receipts for work at Richardson house, Byberry, 1877
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Receipt books, Nathaniel Richardson, 1814-1871, 1877-1888

Scope and Contents: Two small volumes of receipts.

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Ruth Ann Richardson receipt book, 1877-1880

Scope and Contents: Small receipt book of payments made by Ruth Ann Richardson to her sisters for quarter rent of laboratory.

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Receipts for frame addition, house at Byberry, 1877

Scope and Contents: Signed by the Misses Richardson

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Taxes, 1799-1917

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Title/Description Instances
Othniel Alsop account of taxes, Huntingdon County, New Jersey, 1799-1800
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Richardson family taxes bills, 1816-1917

Scope and Contents: Tax bills for Hannah Y., Nathaniel, Ruth Ann, A.Nn., and E. Richardson, Philadelphia

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Internal Revenue taxes, 1864-1868
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Vendue, auctions, 1788-1889

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Title/Description Instances
Condition of vendue, signed by Nathaniel Richardson, 1819-03-20
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Accounts relating to vendue of Amos Knight property, 1827, 1828, undated

Scope and Contents: Nathaniel Richardson was appointed one of the attorneys to handle the sale. Agreement with Benjamin Woodrow to rent the farm, receipts and accounts

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Flyers, posters advertising property sales, Job Walton farm and Richardson properties, 1788-1889

Scope and Contents: Plantation of Job Walton, Byberry, 1788. James Thornton, executor. Property on Race Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, Philadelphis, known as Richardson's Court, 1833. Farm of Nathaniel Richardson, Academy Road, Byberry, 1873. John T. Richardson listed as one of the trustees. Farm of Nathaniel Richardson and Farm of Hannah Y. Richardson, 1876. Furniture at 3302 Haverford Street, 1889. Detailed listing, after death of Dr. Elliott Richardson, James A. Freeman, autioneers.

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Miscellaneous financial

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Title/Description Instances
Westtown Boarding school receipts and related papers, 1810-1812

Scope and Contents: Receipts,bills, applications concerning Hannah Yarnall's education at Westtown.

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Miscellaneous transactions concerning Nathaniel Richardson, 1817, 1868

Scope and Contents: 1817 receipt for items sold to pay militia fine and drafts of coniditions of sale of land in Moreland, 1868. Account of ground rents paid 1870-1871 to Richardson family members.

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Manifesto of the Snow Diana's cargo, London to New York, 1779

Scope and Contents: John Cobb, Master.

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Promissory notes, 1790

Scope and Contents: Three notes, two regarding estate of Joseph Thornton

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Summons regarding petition to subdivide Philadelphia property, 1806
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Series 7: Writings: Journals, albums, writings

Sub-series: Journals and memoirs

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Title/Description Instances
Anonymous account of a journey from Chester, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware, 1779-1780

Scope and Contents: A journey from Chester to Wilmington where a brawl broke out between Loyalists and rebels, then through New Jersey and home. Member of Richardson family, not identified, visited Hoskin and Growdon relations

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Peter Yarnall journal of a visit to Western Pennsylvania and Virginia, 1789

Scope and Contents: Religious visit to Western Pennsylvania and Virginia

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James Thornton's journey with Peter Yarnall, 1790-07-1790-08

Scope and Contents: Religious visit to Bucks County and New Jersey. Incomplete.

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Extracts from diary of S. Cresson (?) relating to Peter Yarnall, 1790-1798, 1830

Scope and Contents: Describing ministry and death of Peter Yarnall, 1790-1798, extracted for Hannah Y. Richardson with copy letter from S. Cresson written 1829.

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Peter Yarnall journal to New England and New York, 1793-05-1793-12

Scope and Contents: Religious visit to New England, reports a large attendance of African Americans at a special meeting after the Yearly Meeting in Newport, RI; met with the Indians at Gay Head on Martha's Vineyard; Moses Brown and others, stopping in Upstate New York on return. Original manuscripts in four small volumes and a typed partial transcript with family notes circa 1930. Published in Thomas Richardson of Durham England and his Descendants, 1929.

Existence and Location of Copies

Published in Thomas Richardson of Durham England and his Descendants, 1929. FHL books.

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Peter Yarnall journal to the South, 1795 11 mo - 1796 5 mo; 1796 6mo 29-8 mo

Scope and Contents: Religious visit to the South, notes mileage and places. Two small volumes

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Anonymous fragment, (1797-1801)

Scope and Contents: Small notebook, possibly different handwritings

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Hannah Yarnall, journey to Canada, 1803

Scope and Contents: Religious visit to Canada. Published in Thomas Richardson of Durham England and his Descendants, 1929.

Existence and Location of Copies

Published in Thomas Richardson of Durham England and his Descendants, 1929.

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Anonymous journal of a trip to Lancaster and Virginia, [1806]

Scope and Contents: Journal of a trip to Lancaster and then south to Virginia, Washington, D.C., Alexandria, and Harpers Ferry. Visits the Ellicotts and describes the City and Bay in Baltimore, navigable to Fells Point. Then return through Wilmington to Philadelphia

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Elizabeth Richardson family notes, 1829-1831

Scope and Contents: 3 small notebooks with manuscript copies of obituary notices (including Sarah Cresson) and accounts of the deaths of Elizabeth's parents, Joseph Richardson. Elizabeth Richardson (1788-1870), elder sister of Nathaniel.

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Anonymous journal of a trip to Clearfield from Philadelphia, 1838
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Nathaniel Richardson visit to Richard Mott, 1855-11-10

Scope and Contents: Visited Mott, aged 87, with his wife and John Parrish. Mott's fond reminiscences of deceased Friends.

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Joseph C. Rowland [?] journal, 1859-1870

Scope and Contents: Largely a spiritual journal, with gaps. Begins in Philadelphia, his home is Andalusia. Then to Cincinnati and St. Louise, expressed despair about Civil War.

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Nathaniel Richardson, account of a journey with his daughters, 1860-08-10
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Sarah Richardson journals, with transcripts, 1860-1861, 1861-1863, 1864-1866

Scope and Contents: 3 manuscript journals. Journal 1861-1863, with typed transcripts that includes some annotation, 3 copies. The diarist mentioned events in War, visited the Sampson, an elderly couple who were freed slaves. Also Camp William Penn. Attended Quaker meetings, Soldiers' Aid Society, read, sewing, housework, worked on creating wax flowers. She attended the Pennsylvnia Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Anonymous journal of a trip west and south, 1862

Scope and Contents: Journal of a trip west and to Maryland and Virginia, business related

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Nathaniel Richardson journal fragment, 1863

Scope and Contents: Fragment of a journal with business concerns

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Hannah Y. Richardson Gaskill reminiscences, undated

Scope and Contents: Born 1877, daughter of Elliott and Achsah Richardson. Typed reminiscences of her childhood.

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Elliott Richardson (1881-1964) reminiscences, 1963

Scope and Contents: Typed remininceness (carbon copies), from childhood through his years as long time Borough Manager of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, to his travels and retirement.

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Sub-series: Writings

Box 11
Title/Description Instances
Ruth Hoskins commonplace book with recipes, undated, circa 1770s

Scope and Contents: Ruth Hoskins married Joseph Richardson in 1780 under care of Burlington Monthly Meeting. The volume contains copy poems; sermon given by Samuel Fothergill in 1769; acrostics; recipes including bread and other puddings and fruit preserves.

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Susan Gorgas, Mountairy Seminary, verse, 1805-1809

Scope and Contents: Short verse.

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[Nathaniel Richardson?] notebook, Undated, 19th century

Scope and Contents: Rules on grammar followed by miscellaneous notes including committee visit to Walnut Hill School, Rachel and Ruth Beans and mills, etc.

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Jane Clark copy book of the writings of Hannah Griffith, 1817

Scope and Contents: Collected verse and essays written by Hannah Griffith who died in 1817, a friend of Jane Clark's mother, Hannah Clark. Mostly memorial verses

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Maria B. Richardson autograph book, 1849

Scope and Contents: Unionville School friends

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Rebecca Richardson handwriting workbook, Undated, circa 1835
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Richardson family recipes, cures, cleaning products, Circa 1790 - 1840

Scope and Contents: Recipes, cures for diseases including cancer, cleaning and other housekeeping recipes

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Verse , 1770-1838

Scope and Contents: Loose verse on variety of topics, most anonymous, difference authors. Some are noted as copies by Joseph Thornton as a young man. A short verse was composed by Thomas Pearsal concerning Peter Yarnall's visit to Bethpage. A poem addressed to Hannah Yarnall, Jr., dated 1807 is written by her brother M[ordecai]. Long poem titled A Criticism on the members of the Reading Circle makes reference to Hannah Yarnall, Jr. Approximately 30 items.

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Nathaniel Richardson miscellaneous writings, 1860
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Series 8: Collected Quaker papers

Title/Description Instances
Extract from William Edmundson's journal, 1672, Undated copy

Scope and Contents: Manuscript copy.

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Last expressions of Thomas Brown and William Pitt, undated, late 18th century

Scope and Contents: Manucript copies. Includes rReflections on death of Rachel Cadwallader of Horsham, 1784

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Some Minutes left by Thomas Brown , 1756-08-09

Scope and Contents: Manuscript notes on Brown's visit to Concord Quarterly Meeting and his final expressions at his death

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Samuel Fothergill material, 1757-1772

Scope and Contents: Manuscript copies. Samuel Fothergill's letter An account of his death.

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Simeon Haines release of Negro man, 1766-10-06

Scope and Contents: Addressed to the Executors of estate of Edmond Haines concerning Negro man Philip who was bequeathed to him by his brother.

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Benjamin Mason and Lydia Hollinshead's letter to Evesham Monthly Meeting , 1768-05-05

Scope and Contents: Withdrawing their intention to marry under the care of the Meeting.

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William Hunt letter to New Garden Friends, 1772-04-25

Scope and Contents: Manuscript copy, William Hunt to Quarterly Meeting of Ministers and Elders, New Garden, North Carolina.

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John Hunt addressing Hopewell Monthly Meeting, 1778

Scope and Contents: Manuscript copy account of his prophesy addressed to Hopewell Monthly Meeting,

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Memoirs of Susanna Lightfoot, [1781]

Scope and Contents: Some notes taken by her husband. Labeled as Peter Yarnall's Book.

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Certificates of removal, 1781-04-02; 1786-11-23

Scope and Contents: Elizabeth Haines from Burlington Monthly Meeting to Evesham Monthly Meeting. Certificate for Thomas Colley and Thomas Hazard from Killingsworth , Connecticut.

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Dying expressions of Sarah Taylor of Manchester, England, 1791, Undated

Scope and Contents: "Furnished by H. Y. R." [Hannah Yarnall Richardson]

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Verses of death of Mary Armitt, 1791
Extract of a letter from M.B. to G.C., Newport, 1793-01-01

Scope and Contents: Concerning a former slave who was gifted in vocal ministry

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Accounts of former slaves , 1796-09-29

Scope and Contents: Concerning Mary Perth who led worship and Pompey, slave of Joseph Patterson, Deep River Monthly Meeting

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Epistle from Women Friends of Concord Quarterly Meeting to Indian Women of Oneida Nation., 1796-10-04

Scope and Contents: Manuscript copy

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Memoranda and draft for report on Byberry Preparative Meeting fund , 1807-1812

Scope and Contents: Some of the notes are dated. Nathaniel Richardson served on committees for Byberry Monthly Meeting, including the School Committee.

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Epistle from Philadelphia Yearly Monthly of Women Friends to Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Women Friend , 1809
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Certificate of removal for Ann Ashbridge , 1811-06-27

Scope and Contents: Philadelphia Monthly Meeting to Byberry Monthly Meeting.

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Extract of sermon and account of funeral of James Simpson, undated [1811?]

Scope and Contents: Buried at Frankford

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Extract from the minutes of Ohio Yearly Meeting held at Short Creek , 1813

Scope and Contents: Extracted by Horton Howard.

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Account of John Steel, manuscript copy, undated

Scope and Contents: Account of John Steel

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Notice of militia fines levied on Nathaniel Richardson, 1815-1817

Scope and Contents: Notice of militia fine of horse and saddle, undated, and second levy of two pair of steer, 1817-09-23. Pennsylvania Militia.

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Rebecca Dean's Reasons for withdrawing from the Society of Friends, 1822-03-05

Scope and Contents: Salem, NJ

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Subscription list for Elizabeth and Sarah Knight's school, 1824-1827
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Account and response to attempted raid in Byberry , 1831-11-29-1831-11-30
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Minutes of a public meeting, Byberry, Pennsylvania , 1847

Scope and Contents: Concerning excluding African American children from public schools. Attached, a note written by John Comly opposing the proposal.

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An account of the family (and ministry) of Hulda Hoag – given by herself. (copy), Undated

Scope and Contents: Huldah Hoag, Quaker minister (1762-1850). See Miscellaneous Manuscripts, MSS 004 for additional copies.

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Byberry Library Company , 1860-1861

Scope and Contents: A proposal by Watson Comly that funds from sale of Walnut Hill School property be given to the Byberry Library Company and a receipt from Committee, Byberry P. M.

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Report of Building Committee, Byberry Preparative , 1863-1871

Scope and Contents: Also a subscription list for building a piazza on Byberry Meeting House

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Draft of an epistle "to our members from a Committee of Byberry", undated

Scope and Contents: Written by Nathaniel Richardson.

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Prophesy of Christoper Love (died 1651), copy with notes, undated

Scope and Contents: Prophesy and notes with a timeline of prophesy regarding France

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Memorials concerning Peter Yarnall, 1798

Scope and Contents: Manuscript poem To the Memory of Peter Yarnall by Joseph Bringhurst, Wilmington. Also notes on death of Yarnall.

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Memorials, Hannah Yarnall, 1822
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Memorials, Nathaniel Richardson, 1872
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Memorials, Elliott Richardson, 1887
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Memorials, Nathaniel Richardson, 1920
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Memorials, family and friends

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically

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Isaac Comly
Mary Elliott
Samuel Emlen
Lydia Hoskins
Joseph Richardson, 1852
Ruth Richardson
Priscilla Yarnall

Scope and Contents: Account of her death in 1795 by her husband.

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Series 9: Miscellaneous

Title/Description Instances
Genealogical manuscript: The Richardson Family, Undated

Scope and Contents: 4 manuscript copies, probably by Elizabeth Richardson. Early family history from 1680 to circa 1800.

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Elizabeth Richardson genealogical research, 1900-1920

Scope and Contents: Includes correspondence to brother Nathaniel concerning genealogical research and a scrap of family births and deaths of Peter Yarnall's family.

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Collected biographical notes, clippings, 1924-1966

Scope and Contents: Includes research on marriage intentions and parental consent for marriage of Hannah Dent and Joseph Cooper, 1735.

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Marriage intentions of Nathaniel Richardson and Mary Cooper, undated
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Katharine Richardson Wireman material

Scope and Contents: Katharine Richardson Wireman, daughter of Elliott and Achsah Richardson, was a noted illustrator.

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John and Elliott Richardson school papers
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Fair Hill Burial Ground articles, list of burials
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Medical charts, presumably of Elliott Richardson, 1887
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Miscellaneous memorabilia, Richardson family

Scope and Contents: Valentines, invitations, guest book of Nathaniel and Mary K. Richardson, 1903.

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Collected reference on Indians, 1810-1958

Scope and Contents: Includes Indian pageant by Mary Ellicott Arnold for PYM, 1958

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Reference papers concerning William Penn
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Typed and edited copy of section of John Watson's Annals of Philadelphia, 1900

Scope and Contents: Typed and edited draft, Nathaniel Richardson?

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Typed copy of Memories of a Victorian Childhood by Ella Wister Haines, Undated
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Manuscript essays, 1802, 1860, undated.
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Address by Isaac H. Hillborn, 1902

Scope and Contents: Mimeographed. Address given at meeting under the auspices of the Committee on Membership, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.

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Collected autographs, illegible date

Scope and Contents: Autographs collected by Watson Comly and sent to Nathaniel Richardson with note expressing thanks for sharing the Wood scrapbooks of Quaker papers.

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Miscellaneous Quaker related writings, 1870
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Miscellaneous, including clippings, (1900-1920)
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