Thorne Family Papers, 1848-1909

(1 box; 0.25 linear ft.)

RG 5/ 191


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Abstract
This collection contains correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs of a New York City Quaker family. It includes some writings by Phebe Anna Thorne (1828-1909), a Quaker minister, and travel correspondence from various family members.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL
1820-1872 Jonathan Thorne (1801-1884) was descended from a distinguished Dutchess County Quaker family. His father was a successful merchant, and about 1820, Jonathan moved to New York City where he became a prominent businessman. In 1823 he married Lydia Ann Corse. The family maintained a summer residence in Dutchess County and raised prize-winning cattle and sheep. Jonathan and Lydia had eleven children, but five died in their youth. Jonathan married a second time in 1872 to Eliza T. Merritt.
1828-1909 Phebe Anna Thorne (1828-1909) was the third eldest, the oldest surviving daughter, and never married. A devout Quaker who wore plain dress, she was acknowledged as a minister of New York Monthly Meeting and traveled with Rachel Hicks, also a New York Quaker minister. The family was active in Quaker concerns and philanthropy, and Phebe Anna and her brothers established in 1894 a meeting hall and school in Millbrook, their birthplace in Dutchess County, in memory of their parents. Phebe Anna died at the home of her brother, Samuel (1835-1915) also a successful businessman who maintained a home in Millbrook. He married Phebe Van Schoonhoven, and their daughter Margaret married C. Richard Tjader.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT This collection contains correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs of a New York City Quaker family. It includes some writings by Phebe Anna Thorne (1828-1909), a Quaker minister, and travel correspondence from various family members

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into three series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • New York -- Quakers
  • Pamphlet: Rushmore, Stephen, The religious platform of the Quakers, 1930.
  • Quaker women
  • Quakers -- Ministers
  • Quakers -- New York
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs'
  • Society of Friends -- United States
  • Thorne family
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Thorne, Phebe Anna, 1828-1909
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: ca. 1960
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical material

Memorial: Phebe Anna Thorne (1828-1909) Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1848-1909

Thorne, Margaret (later Tjader) 1871-1909 (10 letters) Box 1

Thorne, Phebe Anna 1885-1904 (10 letters) Box 1

Thorne, Samuel to Thorne, Jonathan and Lydia Ann 1843, 1848 (12 letters) Box 1

Thorne, Samuel to his family
letters during European tour
1872-1874 (33 letters) Box 1

Thorne, Samuel to his family 1883-1898 (39 letters) Box 1

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1869, 1872

Brown, George H. to Thorne, Samuel 3/9/1869 Box 1

Sheldon, Jane M. to Thorne, Samuel 9/24/1872 Box 1

Family memorabilia, 1872 & n.d.

Picture, 1872 & n.d.s

Thorne family: Jonathan Lydia Ann, George, Will 1872 Box 1

Phebe Anna Thorne (2 pictures) Box 1

Hymn (words and music by Phebe V.S. Thorne) Box 1

Spiritual study notes Box 1

Bible quotations Box 1