Longstreth-Noble Family Papers, 1735-1980.

(5 boxes and photographs; 3 linear ft. )

RG5/231


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Abstract
The Longstreth family were Pennsylvania Quakers who married into the Cook and Noble families. Thomas B. Longstreth (1796-1867) was a Philadelphia building contractor who married Lydia Noble (1803-1879), and both were active members of Green Street Monthly Meeting. Lydia was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Tompkins) Noble, members of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Northern District. Samuel Noble was a successful tanner. The collection includes Longstreth family correspondence, extensive financial papers concerning the Noble and Longstreth properties and estates in Philadelphia, photographs, and scrapbooks concerning Walter C. and Emily Longstreth and Edith Longstreth Wood. Samuel Noble, a Philadelphia tanner, and subsequent generations owned property in the Spring Garden and Northern Liberties sections of Philadelphia, Pa., and in Camden, N.J., and the collection includes deeds, agreements, and other papers concerning these properties.

Background note:
The Longstreth family were Pennsylvania Quakers who married into the Cook and Noble families. Thomas B. Longstreth (1796-1867) was a Philadelphia building contractor who married Lydia Noble (1803-1879), both active members of Green Street Monthly Meeting. Lydia was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Tompkins) Noble, members of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Northern District. Samuel Noble was a successful tanner, and his daughter and son-in-law lived on his property until 1861 when they moved to Walnut Lane in Germantown. Thomas B. Longstreth accompanied fellow Quakers John Jackson and George Truman on their visit to the West Indies in 1840 and 1841.

Thomas B. Longstreth was the oldest son of Joseph and Margaret (McKee) Longstreth of Philadelphia. A younger son, Morris and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cooke Longstreth had five children including John Cooke Longstreth, a prominent Philadelphia attorney who advised his uncle Thomas B. Longstreth on property matters and was executor for his aunt and uncle’s estate, and also Charles Cooke Longstreth who in 1853 married his first cousin, Sarah Noble Longstreth, the daughter of Thomas and Lydia Longstreth.

Thomas and Lydia had nine children. A daughter, Mary B. (1804-1907) married Benjamin Starr, moved to Indiana and became an active member of Whitewater Monthly Meeting. A son, Samuel N. Longstreth (1843-1928) married Mary Cook at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) in 1880. He was a businessman and as the oldest son, took an active role in the family finances, especially property inherited from his parents and grandparents. He also served as guardian for the children of his sister Sarah and Charles Cooke Longstreth after Charles’ death in 1870 and was treasurer of Germantown Preparative Meeting.

Mary Cook’s brother, Walter Scott Cook, married Samuel N. Longstreth’s niece, Helen Longstreth Rowlett. They had two children, Florence Longstreth Cook (1897-1989) who compiled the collection, graduated from Swarthmore College and was a social worker in Philadelphia, and Walter Scott Cook, Jr., a Philadelphia lawyer. Samuel N. and Mary (Cook) Longstreth also had two children. Walter Cook Longstreth (1881-1975) married Emily Corson Poley, He was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer and a pacifist who defended conscious objectors in World War II. He and Emily were active Quakers, members of Green Street Monthly Meeting and Frankfort Preparative Meeting. His sister, Edith Longstreth married William S. Wood and was an artist.

Scope and content
Papers of the Longstreth family, including family correspondence, extensive financial papers on the Noble and Longstreth properties and estates in Philadelphia, photographs, and scrapbooks concerning Walter C. and Emily Longstreth and Edith Longstreth Wood. Samuel Noble, a Philadelphia tanner, and subsequent generations owned property in the Spring Garden and Northern Liberties sections of Philadelphia, Pa., and in Camden, N.J., and the collection includes various deeds, agreements, and other papers concerning these properties.

Organization:Organized in three series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Financial and legal papers; 3. Miscellaneous.


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

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.

Acquisition Information
Deposit, Barbara Tumarkin Dunham, 2002

The collection was given by a descendent of Florence Longstreth Cook Litvackoff. Florence was a Swarthmore College graduate (Class of 1918) and desired that the family papers be given to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College after her death. They included papers from her uncle, Samuel N. Longstreth, and scrapbooks compiled on his two children, neither of whom had children of their own. Samuel N. Longstreth served as treasurer for Germantown Preparative Meeting.

Processing information
The collection was received unsorted. Books were removed and transferred to book stacks when appropriate. Genealogical material in family Bibles photocopied and added to Series 3. Longstreth family Bible removed to FHL Bibles, other Bibles returned to donor. Pictures stored in FHL PA (Picture Collection) and cased photographs (PA 107). Papers concerning the Fair Hill Burial Ground and funds raised for Friends affected by the Great Fire of July 9, 1850, were transferred to Green Street Monthly Meeting. Papers concerning Germantown Preparative Meeting, including the subscription list for a school house (now Greene Street Friends School) and financial papers and list of members and attenders 1894-1898 transferred to Germantown Preparative Meeting, RG 2.

Separated material
Photographs removed to FHL PA collection, PA 114: 3 Cased photographs removed to Cased Picture Collection, PA 107; 3 family albums, most photographs/cartes de visite identified between the three albums;2- 7-1/2” oval photos, Thomas B. and Lydia N. Longstreth (removed from frames); 2 -6’ frames oval photo, Julia Ella (Cook) Casselberry and Walter Cook (?) removed from frames; Cook, Helen Longstreth Rowlett. 2 framed photos, with snapshots and letters to Florence from her mother and her brother, Walter, behind the photograph. Letters in Series 1 Correspondence; 10-1/2 x 13” posed photograph of school girls, not identified; 5 large studio portraits, unidentified (Florence and family?); Studio photo, Walter and Florence, various ages; Emily T. Longstreth; ? Longstreth, 3 photos, gentleman with lamb chop sideburns; Loose studio portraits, unidentified; Miscellaneous snapshots of Cook family trips to Europe, New Mexico, mostly 1920s; Walter Longstreth, 1965 peace march; Florence’s 50th reunion? Swarthmore College.

Germantown Preparative Meeting and Green Street Monthly Meeting records removed to RG 2: Fair Hill burial ground accounts, 1853-1857; Subscription list for Sufferings, Fire of July 9, 1850; Subscription list for school house for Germantown Preparative Meeting, n.d., ca. 1850s; Financial papers, list of members and attenders, Germantown Preparative Meeting, 1891-ca. 1907.

Longstreth Family Bible transferred to FHL Bibles

Narrative of a Visit to the West Indies in 1840 and 1841 by George Truman, John Jackson and Thomas B. Longstreth. Philadelphia: 1844. Inscribed by Thomas B. Longstreth to his wife, Lydia.

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Added entries

Subjects
  • Cook family
  • Longstreth family
  • Longstreth, Samuel N. (Samuel Noble), 1843-1928
  • Longstreth, Thomas B., 1796-1867
  • Longstreth, Walter Cook, 1881-1975
  • Longstreth, Emily Corson Poley, 1887-1865
  • Noble family
  • Noble, Samuel, 1766-1843
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Land records
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Wood, Edith Longstreth

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Longstreth family
  • Longstreth, Samuel N. (Samuel Noble), 1843-1928
  • Longstreth, Thomas B., 1796-1867
  • Longstreth, Walter Cook, 1881-1975
  • Noble, Samuel, 1766-1843

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

     


    Collection inventory

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


    Series 1: Correspondence, 1805-1953

    Bartholomew Fussell to Cousin
    1805
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Joseph Longstreth to his wife Margaret
    1806
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Thomas Bedford Longstreth (b. 1797) to his mother
    1807
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Miscellaneous Noble family correspondence, from Ireland
    1809, 1815
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Samuel Noble correspondence
    1816, 1823, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Includes his draft of a letter to David Seaman concerning visit of Elias Hicks

    Thomas Longstreth to his daughter Elizabeth
    1834-1840
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Elizabeth was a student at Sharon Boarding School. Correspondence includes words of wisdom and discussion of daughter Sarah’s marriage to a first cousin

    Thomas B. Longstreth to Mary Bradway
    1853
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Mentions proposed school (now Greene Street Friends School) and education for teachers

    Invitation from Thomas and Lydia to Ann Whitelock, social for widows
    1860
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Taylor family correspondence
    c. 1842-1860
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Elizabeth Longstreth's marriage to Wm. Curtis Taylor, 5 ALSs and invitation

    Thomas B. Longstreth concerning scriptural debate, etc.
    1848-1860
    (2 ALSs)
    Box 1



    Received by Morris Longstreth from his mother, Lydia
    1865-66, 1870
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Includes a letter concerning his illness in 1870

    Samuel N. Longstreth correspondence
    1867, 1871-1909
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Most concerns sale of parents’ estate, 1879-83

    Letters received by Lydia Longstreth, mostly family
    1864-73
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Carrie Taylor to her grandmother, Lydia Longstreth
    1869-70
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Lydia Longstreth Rowlett to her mother, Lydia
    1870-72
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondence from Mary Longstreth Starr
    1871-1899
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Drafts of political petitions, letters to Lincoln and Johnson, copy of meeting correspondence
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    1858, 1862, 1865

    Genealogical and miscellaneous correspondence to Edith Wood and Florence Longstreth Litvackoff
    1930-1953, n.d. (ca. 1900)
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Florence’s (?) notes attached to letters identifying persons
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Series 2: Financial and legal papers, 1742-1910

    Samuel Noble, tanner, financial deeds, indentures, etc.
    1742-1815
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Samuel Noble “Sundry Paper”
    1795-1844
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Includes indentures, ground rents

    Financial papers mostly concerning properties of Samuel Noble
    ca. 1814-1843
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Wills
    1756- 1846
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Copies and drafts of wills for: Nathaniel Allen, Martha Noble, William Noble, Hannah Norton, Thomas B. Longstreth

    Samuel Noble wills, related papers.
    1841, 1843
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    “List of Houses, and of Ground Rents, and also of Vacant Land”
    1862
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Deeds
    1743-1880
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    John Hyatt, Sheriff, to Jos. Philip, Hickory Lane and Green St.
    1743
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Levy Budd to John Philips, Hickory Lane
    1751
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Pa. Land Company to Joseph Noble
    1762
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    John J. Smith to Wm. Alburgers
    1833
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    John J. Smith to Wm. Alburgers, endorsed to Samuel Noble (Wallace Street)
    1833
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Philip Rickett to Samuel Noble (Wallace)
    1834
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Dr. Charles Noble to Job Ridgway, then to Thomas B. Longstreth
    1880
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Concerning estate of Samuel Noble
    1840-1866
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Property papers, mostly concerning Thomas B. Longstreth
    ca. 1846-1861
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Charles Noble financial papers
    1847-1853
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Thomas B. Longstreth’s house on Walnut Lane, specifications, etc.
    1859, 1865
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    J. Cooke Longstreth legal opinions on ground rent, property issues
    1854-1863
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Cook family financial miscellaneous
    1869-1884
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Papers concerning guardianship of Morris, Helen, and Joseph Longstreth
    1873-1909
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Morris, Helen, and Joseph were the children of Charles C. and Sarah N. Longstreth

    Thomas B. and Lydia Longstreth estate papers
    1878-1885
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    J. Cooke Longstreth executor. Includes ledgers and correspondence.

    Correspondence regarding the Longstreth estate, copies of accounting
    1879-1883
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Miscellaneous loose finance-related papers
    ca. 1852-1904
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Mostly concerning Samuel N. Longstreth

    Bills
    ca. 1853-ca. 1910
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Bills (taxes, household) paid by various family members including Walter C. Longstreth, Sarah L. Longstreth, Helen Longstreth

    Account book, Samuel N. Longstreth
    1869-1894
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Provident savings book, Lydia Longstreth
    1867-1869
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Expense book, Lydia Longstreth
    1876-
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Walter C. Longstreth account book
    1888-1897
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Small account book, no author provided
    ca. 1832-1842
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1856-1975 & n.d.

    “Longstreth Family Records Clippings.”
    1856-1975
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Obituaries and biographical notices; date of compilation unknown

    Loose Longstreth clippings removed from 1972 Swarthmore College Bulletin
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Edith Wood scrapbook of clippings and published illustrations, removed from tattered binder
    ca. 1931-33
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Scrapbook of clippings regarding Emily C. P. Longstreth, Walter C. Longstreth, and Edith L. Wood
    1914-1953
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Details Walter’s work with conscientious objectors in WWII

    Christmas cards designed by Edith Wood removed from scrapbook
    1914-1944
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    “Scrapbook of Emily C. P. Longstreth/ Walter C. Longstreth/ Edith L. Wood"
    1950-1971
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    acid-free photocopy

    Original correspondence, photos, etc. removed from scrapbook
    1950-1971
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    2 page plan for W. C. Longstreth house
    1895
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Samuel N. Longstreth leather wallet with his wedding vows inside
    1880
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Walter C. Longstreth button, Philadelphia Business Science Club
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Miscellaneous family memorabilia
    n.d.-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Family memorabilia, calling cards, Florence Litvackoff’s 50th Swarthmore College reunion certificate

    Genealogical papers
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Photocopies made of genealogical information in Hance and Longstreth family Bibles.
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Includes papers removed from Longstreth Bible with Thomas B. Longstreth’s disownment (PMM, N.D.)

    Miscellaneous writings, authors not identified
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Who’s Who in the Class of 1901, Amherst College
    1916
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Twenty-five Years After,” Amherst Class of 1901, Walter C. Longstreth
    1926
    (1 folder)
    Box 5