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Kirk Family collection


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

John Kirk (1660-1705), a Quaker, was born in Derbyshire, England, to Godfrey Kirk and Jeanne Jacques. In the 1680s, Kirk moved across the Atlantic and settled in Darby Township, Pennsylvania (now Delaware County). He married Joan Ellet in 1688; they had 11 children: Anne, Godfrey, John, Samuel, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Sarah, William, Isaac, and Thomas. Joan remarried after John's death in 1705.

A collection of legal documents and other papers, including land deeds, wills, and surveys from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, primarily relating to the Kirk family. All the deeded property was in Darby Township, Pennsylvania.

Original finding aid author unknown. Processed July, 2009. Revised by Allison Hall; completed June, 2020. Reboxed and finding aid revised April 2022 by Hannah Kolzer.

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).

Collection Inventory

Papers, Deeds, 1688-1696.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Various land deeds for properties in Darby Township, Pennsylvania. Participants include John Kirk, Joseph Wood, Robert Smyth, John Roades, Adam Roades.

Papers, 1705-1763.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Land deeds, wills, surveys for properties in Darby Township, Pennsylvania, and various other papers of Kirk family members. People involved include John Kirk, Adam Roades, John Blunston, William Kirk, Jesse Kirk, Isaac Kirk, Thomas Kirk, William Garrett, Caleb Davis, Samuel Kinsey.

Papers, John Kirk, 1827-1865.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Papers of John Kirk, including land deeds, releases of land, and other agreemements.

Papers, 1800-1832.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Papers of Kirk family members (Thomas and Elizabeth Kirk; Samuel Kirk) including wills, deeds, letters. Papers of Evans family (Johnathan, Thomas, Joel) including letter, genealogy. Other land deeds for lands in Darby Township, Pennsylvania.

Papers, 1834-1897.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Papers of Kirk family members and others: land deeds, promissory notes, wills (Owen Rhoads, Nathaniel Smith, Esther Naylor). Also copies of letters including by Lucretia Mott.

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