Perry and Rebecca John Papers, 1805-1873

(.25 linear ft.)

RG5/236


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Abstract
Rebecca (Underwood) John and her husband, Perry John, were ministers in the Society of Friends, members of Roaring Creek Monthly Meeting, and worshipped in the Quaker meeting house at Bear Gap (Shamokin), Pennsylvania. The bulk of this collection is correspondence, primarily from the 1840s through the 1850s. It includes some letters between Rebecca and Perry John, but the collection also includes letters received by the couple from relatives and friends. Many of the letters relate to Rebecca’s life as a traveling Quaker minister, including the period of time when her children were young. Much of the correspondence describes local events and family news. Of particular interest are letters from her nieces who were students at Sharon Female Academy, Darby, Pa.

Background note:
Perry (1815-1895) and Rebecca Underwood (1808-1887) John were ministers in the Society of Friends, members of Roaring Creek Monthly Meeting, and worshipped in the Quaker meeting house at Bear Gap (Shamokin), Pennsylvania.

Perry and Rebecca were married in 1842 at Bald Eagle, Centre Co., Pennsylvania. Rebecca was the daughter of farmer Zephaniah Underwood and Hannah Baily of York and Centre Counties in Pennsylvania. Perry, a wheelwright by trade, was the youngest of thirteen children of Abia and Martha (John) John. Perry’s first wife, Annie Eves, had died in 1839, leaving an infant son, Ezra (1838-44). Perry and Rebecca had three children of their own: Griffith (1843-1928), Zephaniah (1845-46), and William (1847-1926).

Scope and content
The bulk of this collection is correspondence, primarily from the 1840s through the 1850s. Some of the letters are between Rebecca and Perry John but the collection also includes letters received by the couple from relatives and friends. Primary correspondents include Jane W. Downing, Hannah Heacock, Phebe John, James, Priscilla, and Jane Moore, Rachel Brenholts, and members of the Underwood, Yarnall, and John families.

Many of the letters relate to Rebecca’s life as a traveling Quaker minister, including the period of time when her children were young. Much of the correspondence describes local events and family news. Of particular interest are letters from Sharon Boarding School from her nieces.

Organization: Organized in two series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Miscellaneous. Correspondence arranged in folders according to sender and recipient


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
Gift of Harold Heritage (a descendant of Perry and Rebecca John), 2002

Processing information

Separated material

Related material
RG5/077 John Family Papers. Includes correspondence, diaries, pictures and other family papers which descended in the John-Heritage family.


Added entries

Subjects
  • John family
  • John, Perry, 1815-1895
  • John, Rebecca, 1808-1887
  • Lay ministry – Society of Friends
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
  • Quakers – Pennsylvania – Northumberland County
  • Sharon Female Academy
  • Society of Friends – Pennsylvania – Northumberland County
  • Underwood family

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Bailey, Hannah Jane
  • Brenholts, Rachel, 1775-1844
  • Downing, Hannah M.
  • Downing, Jane W.
  • Downing, Rebecca S.
  • Janney, Mary Ann
  • John, Griffith
  • John, Palemon
  • John, Phebe, 1780-1855
  • John, Reuben, 1744-1822
  • Moore, Priscilla
  • Moore, James
  • Underwood, Alvina
  • Underwood, Amanda
  • Underwood, Eliza
  • Underwood, Jane
  • Underwood, Jesse
  • Underwood, John
  • Underwood, Susannah
  • Underwood, William
  • Yarnall, Amos
  • Yarnall, Lydia
  • Yarnall, Evan J.

    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, 1805-1873

    Perry John to Rebecca John
    1844-56 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Rebecca John to Perry John
    1844-61 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Perry & Rebecca John to friends and family
    1847-72 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Received by Perry & Rebecca John from friends
    1841-62
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondents include J.G. Rich, Sarah K. Eves, Kezia Cleaver, Susannah Spencer, Matilda C. Ellis, Kezia Foulke, R. Hicks, Hannah H. Heacock

    Received by Perry & Rebecca John from son(?)
    1873
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Received by Perry & Rebecca John from siblings
    1805-1872
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondents include Rachel Brenholts, Wm. Underwood, John Underwood, Jane W. Underwood/Downing, A[mos] & L[ydia] Yarnall, Jane Underwood, Susannah Underwood, Jesse Underwood, Alvina Underwood, Reuben John

    Received by Perry & Rebecca John from other relatives
    1844-1867 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondents include Phebe John, R.U., L.T. Jefferis, Eliza Underwood, Amanda Underwood, Rebecca S. Downing, Palemon John, Hannah M. Downing, Mary Ann Janney, Evan J. Yarnall, James & Priscilla Moore, Hannah Jane Bailey

    Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1809-1840, n.d.

    Genealogical manuscript: Griffith John
    ca. 1840
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Poetry and other miscellaneous documents
    1809 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    School essays & notes
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1