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Hannah Wilson papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-344

Scope and Contents

Primarily manuscript letters addressed to Hannah Wilson of Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a member of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Most of the correspondents were family and friends of the Wilson, Schofield, and Williams families. The letters contain family news with reference to social and political concerns including slavery and abolition. The letters were transcribed and published with annotations. The collection also contains photographs of the Mills family (Hannah's sister-in-law's family}, a commonplace book of Jane Maris, and some related papers.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1836 - 1860
  • 1795 - 1920

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.

Biographical / Historical

Hannah Fell Wilson (1828-1905) was a birthright member of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Her parents were George Maris Wilson and Sarah Fell Schofield, both with deep roots in Pennsylvania Quaker families. Hannah married Guy Roberts in 1859, and they moved to Philadelphia. She had two surviving siblings, Martha Ann who married twice, and Oliver S. Wilson who married Elizabeth Mills, a non-member.

Hannah's mother was the daughter of Benjamin Schofield and Martha Fell Schofield and sister of Oliver W. Schofield. Oliver W. Schofield married Mary Hough Jackson of Darby, Pennsylvania. Their children were twins Lydia Ann and Sarah J., Benjamin, Martha F., and Eliza H. Schofield. The Jacksons and Schofields wre involved in abolition, education, and other reform concerns. Hannah's first cousin, Martha Fell Schofield, founded the Schofield Normal and Industrial School in Aiken, S. C., in 1868.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Primarily manuscript letters addressed to Hannah Wilson of Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a member of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Most of the correspondents were family and friends of the Wilson, Schofield, and Williams families. The letters contain family news with reference to social and political concerns including slavery and abolition. The letters were transcribed and published with annotations. The collection also contains photographs of the Mills family (Hannah's sister-in-law's family}, a commonplace book of Jane Maris, and some related papers.

Arrangement

Arranged in three series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Photographs; Series 3: Jane Maris commonplace book (dismantled)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carl Frederick, Acc. FHL 2016.022

Related Materials

The letters were published as Dear Hannah: A Collection of Letters Depicting Quaker Life in Rural Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1850-1860, by C. B. Frederick, available in FHL books

Separated Materials

Certificate from Williamson Free Trade School, 1920, for Charles Bower Frederick, completion of apprenticeship in Operating Engineering. Stored in accession folder.

Processing Information

Order of letters retained as received. Photographs were removed from deteriorated albums and stored in mylar.

Title
Hannah Wilson papers
Status
Completed
Author
Susanna Morikawa
Date
October 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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