Records of Primitive Friends
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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The General Meeting of Men and Women Primitive Friends of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey was established in 1860 in Fallsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It exercised the functions of the monthly meeting until one was established in 1866 as well as its other functions. When Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Primitive Friends, which had been set up in 1854, was laid down in 1868, the Meeting then reported to the General Meeting. Nottingham Quarterly Meeting, established by Baltimore Yearly Meeting in 1861, was laid down in 1868 and then reported to the General Meeting. Nottingham Monthly Meeting was also set up by Baltimore Yearly Meeting in 1864 and placed under the care of the General Meeting when Baltimore Yearly Meeting was dissolved in 1868. Similar action was taken with Little Britain Monthly Meeting, established in 1864 by Nottingham Quarterly Meeting. Little Britain and Nottingham Monthly Meeting were merged in this arrangement. Baltimore's component monthly and preparative meetings at Deer Creek were discontinued in 1865 by a minute of Nottingham Quarterly Meeting, 11 mo 17 1865 (laid into Deer Creek Monthly Meeting minutes, 1854-1865) and its members attached to Nottingham and Little Britain Monthly Meeting.
Records of Primitive Friends in the 19th and 20th centuries, predominantly minutes, within Baltimore and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings, as well as Salem Monthly Meeting in Ohio. Other miscellaneous records include epistles from Primitive Friends at Fritchley, England to Primitive Friends in the U.S., deeds, accounts, legal papers of individual members and a list of removed pamphlets.
Records are group by type of document.
Original processing history is unknown. Reboxed and finding aid updated in March 2022 by Hannah Kolzer.
- General Meeting of Men and Women Primitive Friends of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey
- Fritchley Monthly Meeting of Friends (England)
- 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).
Notes of acknowledgement, including several from John Maule about financial misconduct.
Notes of consent and intention realting to marriage. Families inclued Ancker, Leigh, Maule, Sharpless.
Extracts from meeting minutes
Papers relating to meetings at Germantown, Little Britain, and Olive St. Philadelphia
Certificates of removal found in the papers of Primitive Friends; most certificates addressed to Falls Meeting.
Annual reports, various extracts, etc.
Financial reports, minutes, correspondence
Catalogue of libraries supplied by William Hodgson's Society of Friends in the 19th Century and related correspondence
Epistles from Fritchley, England General Meeting and from New England Yearly meeting.
Epistles of Primitive New England Yearly Meeting
Primitive Ohio General Meeting. Families inclued Maule, Koll, Holloway, Wood
Mostly epistles to Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Some personal correspondence.
To Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
Epistles addressed to various Meetings: New York Yearly, London, Salem, Ohio, Baltimore Yearly. Not signed; some undated
Epistles to Baltimore Yearly Meeting
Deeds and other related property papers and descriptions for Little Britain Meeting House in Lancaster County, PA.
Deeds: 1835 Thomas Sergeant and wife to William Davis (2 copies); 1864 E. Spencer Miller, executor of Sarah Sergeant to John Dovance; 1863 wife of John Dorrance to Albert L Packer; 1860 Justinian F Davis and others, devisees of William Davis Dee to John Dorrance and Albert L Packer
1869 Albert L. Packer and wife to Edward Swain; 1874 George Dorrance, John Dorrance and wife and Arthur Dorrance to Edward Swain; 1869 Anthony Swain and wife to Edward Swain; 1903 John Moore, et. al. to Benjamin Albertson; 1911 Benjamin Albertson to William Hazard et al; 1877 John Maule and Charles Albertson to Benjamin Albertson; 1877 Charles Albertson and John Maule to Henry Albertson
Title papers and deeds (ground rents) for the meetinghouse owned by the Montlhy Meeting of Friends in Philadelphia. Property was passed down regularly to new trustees--deeds, titles, searches by courts against various proprty holders.
Papers related to Falls Monthly Meeting of Men and Women Friends meetinghouse; releases of will, deeds, other legal papers.
Title for lot of ground west of Delaware 2nd St and south of Diamond St, Philadelphia. May or may not be related to other meetinghouse titles. Interested party: Benjamin Albertson.
Correspondence and other material related to the sale of a lot owned by Falls Montly Meeting south of Olive Street in Philadelphia. Interested party: Benjamin Albertson.
Miscellaneous minutes from Falls Monthly Meeting and other meetings; financial reports, correspondence, etc.
Two accounts books: Account of P. A. Kirkbride, legacy associated with Falls Monthly Meeting, with entries from 1893, 1907, 1914; other book financial records for Friends Meeting at Coates St. with consistent entries 1861-1873
Two treasurers' books: one "Treasurer's Account of Monthly Meeting of Friends held in Philadelphia" with Charles Albertson, Jr. as Treasurer; the other "Treasurer's Book of the General Meeting of Freinds for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, etc." with Thomas Leigh as treasurer.
"Minutes of the Committee on Publications of the General Meeting of Friends for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, etc." including some correspondence with J.B. Lippincott, publishers.
"Minutes of the Committee on Publications of the General Meeting of Friends for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, etc." including some correspoindence with J.B. Lippincott, publishers.
Financial receipts for business related to the Olive St. meeting house of Falls Monthly Meeting : buying coal, care of the meeting house, general repairs.
Papers related to the execution of the will of Sarah Ann Bogert by Edward H. Foster: Notarized distribution records, Agreement between Sarah Ann Bogart and the Old Ladies' Home of Philadelphia, Bill of sale for a piece of land, copy of will, death certificate, notices of attorney.
Legal papers found together in an envelope addressed to E. H. Foster: mortgage for E. H. Foster; Lease between Alan Best, innkeeper and John Moore; home insurance contract for Edward H. Foster (Same as E. H. Foster); fire insurance contract for E. H. Foster, E. H. Foster savings account book and receipts; other legal papers.
Legal papers of E. H. Foster continued, this time in rlation to the bond and mortgage of John Hopkins--disbursement records for funds delivered to Hanna E Hopkins and Emma Mekeel for the support of Emma Hopkins; common bond of John Hopkins to Andrew Moon and son; fire insurance for James and William Morton; correspondence of E. H. Foster concerning these matters.
Typed index of minutes, with names of people and page numbers for places they are mentioned in the minutes.