Kite Family papers
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Rebecca Walton (1814-1859) was the daughter of Joseph and Abi Kite Walton. A teacher and long-time member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, she transferred her membership and was buried in Friends Western Burial Ground. (Information from Byberry Waltons and obituary notice)
Primarily consisting of the letters of Kite, Sharpless, and Walton family members who discuss 19th-century Quaker issues such as the Wilburite Separation, attending meeting, slavery, and business. Of particular interest may be the diary of Rebecca Walton, 1842-1844. Also included is a cookbook that belonged to Lydia Kite.
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- Walton, Rebecca, 1814-1859
- Kite, Lydia B. (Lydia Bassett), 1813-1872
- Kite family
- Walton family
- Sharpless family
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
Letter to J. Smedley. Lynn [Mass.] 10mo. 30, 1879. [Tells of visit of Western Friend, Wm. Thornbury, to Quarterly Meeting at Weare (Ware?)]
Letters to Brother-in-law James Kite, of Phil. Newport, Lynn, Baltimore, and Providence, 1837-1850. 27 items. [Gives accounts of New England Yearly Meeting each year; discusses Wilburite Separation, repeal of Mass. law exempting C.O.s [conscientious objectors?] from Militia (letters of 3mo. 11, 1839, and 2mo. 28, 1841) etc. See Henry Cadbury's notes filed with letters.]
Letters to James Kite in Philadelphia. Providence, 10mo. 27. 1836- 8mo. 4, 1837. 3 items. [Discusses subscriptions to the Friends Library, slavery, etc.]
Letter to Lydia B. Rodman, Lynn, Mass. Berwick [Me.] 6mo. 5, 1836. [Discusses competition in the bonnet-making business]
Letter to "Cousin Jacob." Cincinnati, 3mo. 1 [n.d.]
Letter to Micajah Collins, Lynn, Mass. Phil., 11mo. 16, 1820. [Refers to "spiritual wickedness in high places." in New England]
Letters to Lydia (Bassett) Kite. Cincinnati, 1852-1856. 6 items. [Back page of one letter, by Lydia's son, Thomas Kite]
Letter to her sister. Philadelphia, 8mo. 11, 1867. [Describes the new Canada Yearly Meeting, as pictured to her by Kate Shipley, representative from Philadelphia.]
Letters to brother James in Philadelphia. Strawberry Hill, 1828-1832. 6 items.
Cook book, once the property of Lydia Kite.
Letter from Thomas Kite, 1785-1845, to Lydia B. Kite. [Philadelphia?] 2mo. 9, 1843. (cf. Memoir of Thomas Kite, 1883, p. 362)
Letter to Aunt Lydia. Birmingham, 10mo. 31, 1861. [Tells of visit to Meetings in New Jersey and of weak state of Quakerism in them]
Letter to cousin, Ruth Kite in Philadelphia. East Bradford, 4mo. 16 [n.d.] [Tells of Isaac Sharpless, playing library, as a child]
Diary of Rebecca Walton, 1842-1844. 139 p.