Jenkins Family Papers, 1741-1877

(17 folders in 1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG5/211


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Abstract
The Jenkins family papers include journals, a letterbook, other miscellaneous correspondence and a variety of other material. Of particular note are the journals and copybook kept by Jabez Jenkins, a Quaker merchant. The documents from Canton were apparently assembled for his children after the death of their mother and contain parental advice on a variety of subjects. Another letter, written in 1741 from Sophia Hume to Madam Shettele, provides information about her attitude towards rationalism and other topics.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE
1792 Jabez Jenkins (1792-1858) was a Quaker merchant. He was born in Little Creek, Delaware, and was a birthright member of Duck Creek Monthly Meeting.
1810-1824 Jabez was received on certificate in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting in 1810, and transferred his membership to Chester in 1813, the year of his marriage to Ann. P. Newlin, the daughter of Nathaniel and Martha (Parker) Newlin. They had four children, the youngest of whom died in 1824, three months after her mother passed away.
1818-1837 Jabez was in business with his brother, Jonathan, and this endeavor failed; Chester Monthly Meeting disowned the young men in 1818 for extending business beyond their ability to manage and making only a partial assignment of debts. The former acknowledged this transgression in 1837 and was given a certificate of removal to Uwchlan Monthly Meeting. Uwchlan also accepted the certificate of his second wife, Mary S. (Newlin) Jenkins (1895-1864), daughter of Cyrus and Ann (Shipley) Newlin, from Wilmington Monthly Meeting; Mary S. had previously acknowledged her marriage "out of unity.". The couple also requested membership for their only daughter from Uwchlan since she was not a birthright member.
1845-1858 From that point on, until he moved back to Philadelphia in 1845, Jabez was involved in meeting affairs, and was appointed a representative to quarterly meeting. Jabez Jenkins died in 1858, in his 66th year, a member of Western District Monthly Meeting.
1743-1826 John Guest his wife Elizabeth, son George, and daughters Elizabeth and Anna transferred their membership to Southern District Monthly Meeting from Philadelphia in 1788. John died in 1793 at the age of 80, and Elizabeth a year later, aged 69. George died in 1802 at the age of 56. In 1809, Elizabeth and Anna returned to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. John's sister, Anne, married Thomas Clifford in 1743. Anna Guest, along with relatives Ann and Amelia Guest, moved from Philadelphia to Western District in 1816, and removed to Green Street Monthly Meeting in 1826.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS

The Jenkins family papers include journals, a letterbook, other miscellaneous correspondence and a variety of other material.

Of particular note in Series 1 are the journals and copybook kept by Jabez Jenkins, a Quaker merchant. The documents from Canton were apparently assembled for his children after the death of their mother and contain parental advice on a variety of subjects. In another file is an abstract of the Jabez Jenkins journals, apparently made by Mary J. Warner, his granddaughter.

The Guest material includes family correspondence and other miscellanies. In Series 3, a letter, written in 1741 from Sophia Hume to Madam Shettele, provides information about her attitude towards rationalism and other topics. Alson included is a journal (anonymous) kept aboard the Schooner Jonathan Middleton Jr.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into three series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • China -- Commerce -- United States -- History
  • Guangzhou (China) -- Description and travel
  • Guest family
  • Jenkins family
  • Merchants -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
  • Quaker businesspeople
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Hume, Sophia, 1701-1774
  • Jenkins, Jabez, 1792-1858
  • Warner, Mary J., 1858-
Credits
Processed by: POD
Date: 2000
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has 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.


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 Jabez Jenkins Jr. (1792-1858); 1819-1840

Journal of a trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Illinois, Kentucky, & Nashville 1819-20 Box 1

Journal of a trip from Philadelphia to Canton 1826-27 Box 1

Letter copybook kept during a trip to China and a stay in Canton 1826-28 Box 1

Journal/Commonplace book 1834-46 Box 1

Commonplace book 1838 Box 1

Correspondence received 1839-40 Box 1

Draught of a Plantation...in the Township of West Whiteland 1839 (photocopy) Box 1

Certificate: Friends' Reading Room Association 1836 Box 1

Selections from the Journal and the Letters of My Great Grandfather Jabez Jenkins (typescript) n.d. Box 1

Ser. 2 Guest Family Papers, 1793-1815

Letter of Anna Clifford to Cousin Guest 1815 Box 1

Receipt: George Guest to Daniel Trotter
for coffins
1793 Box 1

Miscellaneous Guest family manuscripts 1798 & n.d. Box 1

Ser. 3 Miscellaneous, 1741-1877

Letter from Sophia Hume to Madam [Shettele] 1741 Box 1

Journal (anonymous) of Schr. "Jno. Middleton Jr." 1877 Box 1

Joseph Sturge to members of the Society of Friends in the United States concerning slavery
Printed circular lithograph concerning slavery
1841 Box 1

Miscellaneous Quaker manuscripts 1769-1826 & n.d. (copies) Box 1

For cure of a Dysentery or a Diarhea (recipe) n.d. Box 1