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Stokes-Evans-Cope Family papers

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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.

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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

Jonathan ?, 1868.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

to Francis Stokes re: death of father

Cope, Edgar, 1851.
Box 1
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to Francis Stokes re: friendship

Cope, Sarah, 1921.
Box 1
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paper from 6th grade

Cope, Thomas Pim, 1862-1866.
Box 1
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to Francis and Thomas Stokes with receipts

Ellis, William A., 1831.
Box 1
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Release of liens against house No. 74 Marshall St., built Wm. H. [sic] Ellis 1830"

Evans family.
Box 1
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notes on family genealogy

Evans, Catharine (Wistar) 1802 - 1871, 1822-1863.
Box 1
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Letters discuss news of family and Friends, health of herself and Thomas Evans, travel; mostly addressed to sisters, children, and husband.

Evans, Eleanor Tyson (Stokes), 1873-1896.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Family news, including consent to daughter's marriage.

Evans, John Wistar, 1873.
Box 1
Evans, Jonathan, 1873.
Box 1
Evans, Letitia (Thomas).
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Incomplete copy of her deathbed reflections, as written by her husband

Thomas Evans letters to Bartholomew Wistar, 1830-1840.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

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.

Thomas Evans Letters to Catharine Evans, 1834-1863.
Box 1
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letters discuss news of family and Friends, his health, religious reflections

Evans, Thomas Letters to his family, 1858-1868.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Thomas Evans letters to his daughters, Katharine W. Stokes, Hannah Bacon Evans, and to his son-in-law Francis Stokes

Evans, Thomas Civil war related letters and papers, 1863-1864.
Box 1
Evans, William, 1780.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Copy of letter from William Evans to brother from Antigua

Evans, William Jr., 1862.
Box 1
Evans, Hannah Bacon, 1864-1896.
Box 1
Items removed from Hannah Bacon Evans diary of 1863.
Box 1
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items removed from Hannah Bacon Evans diary of 1863

Hannah Bacon Evans Diary (transcriptions), 1858-1861.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Evan-Rhodes genealoggy: list of place names, and list of friends, and relatives

Hannah Bacon Evans Diary (transcriptions), 1862.
Box 1
Hannah Bacon Evans Diary (transcriptions), 1863.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

list of place-names in diaries

Hannah Bacon Evans Diary (transcriptions), 1864-1868.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

list of place names mentioned in diaries

Hannah Bacon Evans Pocket Diaries, 1858-1861.
Box 2
Hannah Bacon Evans Pocket Diaries, 1862-1864.
Box 2
Hannah Bacon Evans Pocket Diaries, 1865-1867.
Box 2
Freedland, Charlotte Newbold (Wistar) , 1797-1850.
Box 2
Garrett, Alfred Cope, 1896.
Box 2
Hockett, William B, 1862-1863.
Box 2
Jordan, Richard, ca. 1807.
Box 2
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including trip to Hamburg, Pyrmont, Holland, France, attending meeting with Lewis Seebohm

Kite, S.A, 1864.
Box 2
Knox, H.M., 1862.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

letter to Francis Stokes

Mason, Katharine Evans Stokes (1866-1947), 1887.
Box 2
Silver, Edith Wistar Stokes (1872-1949), 1986.
Box 2
Smith, Esther, 1824.
Box 2
Stokes, Esther Newlin (1777-1867), 1855.
Box 2
Stokes, Esther Newlin (1870-1913), 1880-1899.
Box 2
Stokes, Francis (1833-1917) letters, 1864, 1889.
Box 2
Stokes, Francis (1833-1917) letters to Katherine W. Stokes, 1864-1904.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Letters discuss personal and family matters, news of Friends, business matters, etc.

Stokes, Francis (1833-1917) papers, 1858-1875.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

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

Francis Stokes Cashbook, 1855-1876.
Box 3
Francis Stokes passport, 1858.
Box 3
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Includes travel diary entries and some sketches

Stokes, Francis Joseph (1873-1955) letters, 1873-1955.
Box 3
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Contains a letter sent to Mass Alander, Hocust Ave,and his mother

Stokes, Henry Warrington (1867 - 1938), 1883.
Box 3
Stokes, Hetty Newlin (1838-1899), 1887.
Box 3
Stokes, John (1800-1868) Letters, 1840, 1868.
Box 3
Stokes, John (1800-1868) papers, 1826-1870.
Box 3
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Includes marriage ceritifacte, deeds, agreements, receipts, 1858 memorandum book

Stokes, John (1800-1868) papers re: Joseph Smith, 1825-1849.
Box 3
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re: Joseph Smith and Mexico correspondence, bills, receipts, drafts and other financial papers, some related to widow Loreto Smith

Stokes, John (1800-1868) papers re: Joseph Smith, -1849.
Box 3
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re: Joseph Smith and Mexico, items found in labeled envelope including bank drafts and protests of drafts

Stokes, John (1800-1868) papers re: Joseph Smith.
Box 3
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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

Stokes, Joseph (1778-1804), 1778-1804.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

real estate related materials

Stokes, Joseph Waln (1835-1863), 1858-1863.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

mostly addressed to brother Francis Stokes

Stokes, Katharine Wistar (Evans) (1841-1904), 1865-1896.
Box 3
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Includes letters to children, sisters, and husband, discussing family matters

Cope, Margaret Tatnall or Margaret Cope? 1856-1948, -1887.
Box 3
Stokes, Mary (1803-1884), 1847-1873.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

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.

Waln, Joseph, 1813-1822.
Box 3
Waln, Nicholas, 1791.
Box 3
Whittal Mary, 1865-1875.
Box 3
Wistar, Bartholomew (1790-1841), 1828.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Account of the separation of NY Yearly Meeting

Wistar, E. W., 1868.
Box 4
Wistar, Margaret Newbold, 1827.
Box 4
Wistar, Thomas, 1868.
Box 4
Wood, Lydia H., 1890.
Box 4
Miscellaneous mss., etc, 1839.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

"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"

Transcription of letters.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Original letters dated 1791-1904

Envelopes and addresses, 1854-1917.
Box 4
Inventory of photo album.
Box 4
Photos from album, numbers 1-24.
Box 4
Photos from album, numbers 25-53.
Box 4
Photos from album, numbers 54 - 83.
Box 4
Original album pages.
Box 4
Daguerreotype of John Stokes and John Stokes Jr., 1893.
Box 5
Daguerreotype of Francis Stokes, Henry W. Stokes, Joseph W. Stokes.
Box 5
Photographs, Edith W. Stokes, Eleanor T. Evans, 1894-1912.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Tintype of Edith W. Stokes, Eleanor T. Evans, and unknown. Copy photo of dog of Francis Stokes, Henry W. Stokes, Joseph W. Stokes.

Family Record.
Box 5
The Percy Anecdotes, original and select., 1823.
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

Association with Francis Stokes

The Holy Bible, 1947.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

Family Bible of John Stokes

Universalist Hymn Book by George Rogers, 1843.
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

Bullock family

The New Testament, 1804.
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

Inscribed from Francis Stokes to sister E.W. Cope

Scrapbook.
Volume 5
Scope and Contents

Contains engravings of English scenary

Artifacts.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Eye glasses, Travel Chess board game, change purses, smoking pipe, coin collection

Marriage certificate of Samuel Smith and Esther Stokes, 1811.
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