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Bacon Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1156

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries and photographs relating to the 20th-century Quakers Edith Farquhar Bacon and Francis Rogers Bacon, their families, forebears, friends and colleagues.


  • 1807-1987

Access Restriction

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restriction

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Edith Farquhar Bacon (1892-1988), daughter of Henry B. Farquhar of Ohio and M. Ada Greene Farquhar. She graduated from Westtown in 1910 and Wilmington College in 1913. She m. Francis Rogers Bacon in 1915 with whom she had 4 children. In 1921, she and the children went to Germany for a year where her husband was heading the AFSC Child Feeding Program. After many years spent in Ohio, n the 1950s, Edith & Francis moved to Lansdowne, Pa. where they joined Lansdowne Friends Meeting. Edith became a member of the PYM Race Relations Committee and a member of the board of Friends Shelter for Girls at Cheyney, PA. She volunteered at a rehab center and served as secretary of the Tricounty Women‟s Auxiliary. .. She was a member for over 50 years of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a group working for "peace, justice and freedom for all humanity." She was also a member of Women‟s International League for Peace and Freedom. Edith Bacon loved to sing, and worked with many groups, including, on occasion, a chorus with the Cleveland Orchestra. In 1971, Edith Bacon moved to The Harned, a Quaker retirement home. (Information from Friends Journal, 34 (Aug. 1988): 31 and collection biography)

Francis Rogers Bacon (1888-1965), a birthright Quaker and son of Samuel Allen Bacon and Elizabeth Balderston Bacon, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Architecture in 1911 & 1913. He m. Edith Melrose Farquhar in 1915. From 1920-1922, he was a member of the American Friends Service Committee Children's Relief Mission in Germany. From 1923-1929, he served as the first Director of the Cleveland School of Architecture, and from 1929-1953, he was professor of architecture and Dean of the Cleveland School of Architecture at Western Reserve University. Bacon was also a recorded minister in the Society of Friends. He was a member of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board, 1942-45. (Information from: collection biography and Who Was Who in America, v. IV, 1961-68.

Samuel Allen Bacon (1848 -1908), son of Francis and Hannah Allen Bacon graduated from Westtown School in 1863. He m. Elizabeth Balderston in 1875 and they lived in Pottstown, PA where he worked in the Pine Iron Works. He was clerk of Haddonfield (NJ) Meeting. Bacon was on the board of the Library Co., serving as secretary and treasurer for a time.

George Bacon ( 1879-1959?), son of Elizabeth Balderston Bacon and Samuel Bacon, worked for a mill, later the American Water Softener Company.

Henry B. Farquhar (1864-1939) was an Ohio businessman who, along with his brother & father, invented the Farquhar Furnace, a hot air heater, self-regulating according to the outside temperature. They exhibited it at the Chicago World‟s Fair.. He attended Wilmington College, married M. Ada Greene, and was a member of Wilmington, Ohio Meeting to which he “gave his time and talent of music unreservedly.” (Information from American Friend:24 (1939):295)

Esther Farquhar Kamp (1895-1994), daughter of Henry B. Farquhar and M. Ada Greene Farquhar, attended Westtown School and Wilmington College. She taught in public schools in Ohio, then became a Quaker educator in Cuba (1921-22). She received an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, and during the Spanish Civil War served in the child feeding program in Spain under the auspices of the A.F.S.C. She had supervision of the distribution of food, clothing and soap to the 3 English Children's Hospitals established by Sir George Young in Murcia, Spain, and neighboring cities. She supervised the establishment of two other baby clinics. Following, she spent 24 years in Indiana as a social service consultant for the state. In 1977, she married Wilbur Kamp, a Friends minister. They were active members in the Society of Friends. (Information from "extracts from E.F.'s letters, 1936" and Friends Journal 40 (Nov. 1994): 44)

Alfred Lowry Jr. (1888-1935), son of William C. Lowry and Elizabeth Webster and husband of Grace Bacon Lowry, received his B.A. and M.A. from Haverford College in 1909 and 1910 respectively. He was a teacher of German and later French, was Secretary General of Alliance Universelle des Union Chretiennes de Jeunes Gens, a section of the YMCA, 1916-1920, then performed religious work in Central Europe, 1920. He was a recorded minister in the Society of Friends (Information from: Haverford College Matriculate Catalog and stationery letterhead)

Grace Scattergood (Bacon) Lowry (1891-1964), daughter of Elizabeth Balderston Bacon and Samuel Bacon attended Westtown School and Wellesley College. She m. Alfred Lowry ca. 1914, worked for a time as a physiotherapist. She did relief work for French prisoners in German camps, then with German prisoners in France. In 1935 she started the Friends International Student House in Washington and was its Director, then the Davis House, to house people from Africa, S. America, India and Asia. She worked for the AFSC in France with refugees, then in India in 1952-53 representing the Society of Friends at a meeting of the World Council of Churches. In 1947-1948, Lowry served as a member of the orientation staff on special sailings of the S.S. Marine Tiger and S.S. Marine Jumper taking students to and from Europe to help them understand each others‟ culture (Information from letter of Edith Bacon, Jan. 8, 1965)


14.5 Linear Feet (28 boxes and 1 volume)




Correspondence, diaries and photographs relating to the 20th- century Quakers Edith Farquhar Bacon and Francis Rogers Bacon, their families, forbears, friends and colleagues.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edith Farquhar Bacon, 1988, Marjorie Cope, 1989, Roger Bacon, 2004, S. Allen Bacon, 2011.

Related Materials

Original diaries by Sarah Foulke Farquhar Emlen (1751-1849) of her 1825 visit to Friends of N.Y. & R.I. and her 1844-45 trip to Europe are at Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College.

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