Stokes-Evans-Cope Family papers
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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Primarily the family of Thomas Evans and Catharine Wistar (m. 1834) and their descendants. Thomas and Catharine's daughter Katharine Wistar Evans m. 1865 Francis Stokes. For relationships between these families, see "Stokes, Cope, Emlen, Evans : Genealogical charts of four closely associated Germantown families" compiled by Francis Joseph Stokes, Jr. (Philadelphia, 1982) [Quaker BX 7721 S88 S79]. Also see Wistar genealogy in "The Wistar family : A genealogy of the descendants of Caspar Wistar, emigrant in 1717" compiled by Richard Wistar Davids (Philadelphia, 1896) [Quaker BX 7721 W81 D25].
Correspondence, diaries, legal and business papers, artifacts, printed volumes, scrapbook, account books, marriage certificates, deeds, photographs and photo album, typed transcripts and various misc. papers. Papers are chiefly of the related Quaker families of Stokes, Evans, Cope, and Wistar of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Includes three letters (1862-1866) of Thomas Pim Cope (1823-1900) re money lent to Stokes family; letters of Catharine Evans (1802-1871) to sisters and family; letters (1864-1891) and diaries (1858-1868, originals and typed transcripts) of Hannah Bacon Evans (1839-1939).
Letters (1830-1840) of Thomas Evans (1798-1868) to his brother-in-law Bartholomew Wistar relate religious reflections and health concerns, family and Society of Friends matters (including Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's work with N.Y. Indigenous people, specifically Buffalo Treaty fraud of 1838), letters (1834-1868) to his wife Catharine Evans and children on family and personal matters, also letters and papers (1863-1864) related to his involvement with the efforts of several Friends pressed into military service during the Civil War.
Letter of Charlotte N. Freedland (1797-1850) to her sisters reporting on what she witnessed at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of 1827; diary of William B. Hockett (handwritten copy 1862-1863, of his detention in the Confederate Army); diary of Richard Jordan (ca. 1807, travel as minister in Europe); letters of Esther Newlin Stokes (1870-1913); letters (1864-1904) of Francis Stokes (1833-1917) to his wife Katharine W. Stokes on family and personal matters, also his passport and cash book; letters (1889-1895) of Francis Joseph Stokes (1873-1955) to his mother while traveling in Europe and Florida; letters and other papers (1825-1870) of John Stokes (1800-1868) include those related to Mexican financial difficulties and estate of his brother-in-law Joseph Smith (1801-1848); letters of Joseph Waln Stokes (1835-1863); letters (1865-1896) of Katharine W. Stokes (1841-1904) to her husband Francis; and a letter of Bartholomew Wistar (1790-1841) to his wife giving an eyewitness account of the separation of New York Yearly Meeting in 1828. Also includes photograph album of Stokes family, family Bible of John Stokes, scrapbook and artifacts (change purses, eyeglasses, coin collection, etc.)
Papers are arranged alphabetically by author or person responsible and chronologically within each author and folder
Original processing information unknown. Updated in November 2021 by Abel Kelbessa.
- Stokes family
- Evans family
- Cope family
- Wistar family
- Evans, Thomas, 1798-1868
- Evans, Hannah
- Stokes, Francis Joseph
- Stokes, John
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
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The collection is open for research use
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
to Francis Stokes re: death of father
to Francis Stokes re: friendship
paper from 6th grade
to Francis and Thomas Stokes with receipts
Release of liens against house No. 74 Marshall St., built Wm. H. [sic] Ellis 1830"
notes on family genealogy
Letters discuss news of family and Friends, health of herself and Thomas Evans, travel; mostly addressed to sisters, children, and husband.
Family news, including consent to daughter's marriage.
Incomplete copy of her deathbed reflections, as written by her husband
Letters discuss their friendship, family and Society of Friends affairs, including Philadelphia Yearly Meetings's work with Indigenous people in N.Y. State (Evans writes from Washington, D.C., concerning the 1838 Buffalo Treaty fraud), religious reflections and sympathy during illness of Wistar near end of his life.
letters discuss news of family and Friends, his health, religious reflections
Thomas Evans letters to his daughters, Katharine W. Stokes, Hannah Bacon Evans, and to his son-in-law Francis Stokes
Copy of letter from William Evans to brother from Antigua
items removed from Hannah Bacon Evans diary of 1863
Evan-Rhodes genealoggy: list of place names, and list of friends, and relatives
list of place-names in diaries
list of place names mentioned in diaries
including trip to Hamburg, Pyrmont, Holland, France, attending meeting with Lewis Seebohm
letter to Francis Stokes
Letters discuss personal and family matters, news of Friends, business matters, etc.
Contents include: Williams & Stokes lumberyard partnership agreement (1858) between Wm. J. Williams, Francis Stokes and Joseph W. Stokes; Hotel bills, etc. from June July, 1858 trip to Europe with his brotherinlaw, Thomas P. Cope; Francis Stokes's exemption from service in Civil War [DS, Sept. 15, 1862]; Deed, "Philip C. Garrett and wife to Francis Stokes" 1875; Deed, "Francis Stokes and wife to George W. Emlen" 1875
Includes travel diary entries and some sketches
Contains a letter sent to Mass Alander, Hocust Ave,and his mother
Includes marriage ceritifacte, deeds, agreements, receipts, 1858 memorandum book
re: Joseph Smith and Mexico correspondence, bills, receipts, drafts and other financial papers, some related to widow Loreto Smith
re: Joseph Smith and Mexico, items found in labeled envelope including bank drafts and protests of drafts
Typed inventories of papers re: Joseph Smith, typed transcripts of some of the papers, typed history of "John Stokes and Joseph Smith - a long tale of woe, 1825-1849" by Allen W. Stokes, 1981
real estate related materials
mostly addressed to brother Francis Stokes
Includes letters to children, sisters, and husband, discussing family matters
Diary of Mary Stokes. Diary relates family events, attending Meeting, lack of sense of mental well-being, health problems of surrounding population, including TB, New England religious controversy. Many Cope, Evans, Stokes names mentioned.
Account of the separation of NY Yearly Meeting
"A prayer of T. Scattergood's", "Remarkable occurrence related by Stephen Grellet" [in hand of HBE?], Blank printed bond form, Printed broadside "Notice ... Unredeemed real property sold to satisfy the General Government Tax of 1816 by Gen. Nathan Price, Collector for the District of New Jersey." Printed for John Bray and dated "New Brunswick, November 27, 1822" inscribed on reverse "John Bray's Notice Respecting Direct Tax"; Handwritten copy of letter of Caleb Cope & Co., Phila. Feb. 7, 1838, addressed to Crumby & Draper, New York re recommendation for "Mr. Stokes"
Original letters dated 1791-1904
Tintype of Edith W. Stokes, Eleanor T. Evans, and unknown. Copy photo of dog of Francis Stokes, Henry W. Stokes, Joseph W. Stokes.
Association with Francis Stokes
Family Bible of John Stokes
Inscribed from Francis Stokes to sister E.W. Cope
Contains engravings of English scenary
Eye glasses, Travel Chess board game, change purses, smoking pipe, coin collection