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Bean, Cox, Brinton, and Cary family papers

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Joel Bean (1825-1914) was born in New Hampshire to John and Elizabeth Bean. Following his education at Friends Boarding School in Rhode Island, he moved to West Branch, Iowa to teach from 1850-1861. There he met Hannah Elliot Shipley Bean (1830-1909), daughter of prominent Philadelphia Quakers Lydia and Tom Shipley, who had attended Westtown Boarding School and taught at Friends Select School and at Mary Anna Longstreth's School for the Higher Education of Girls. Hannah Shipley Bean had two siblings, Catharine Morris Shipley and Samuel Richards Shipley. The two married in 1859 and then did Quaker missionary work in Hawaii (then called the Sandwich Islands) from 1861-1862 and in Europe from 1872 to 1873. Joel became clerk for the Iowa Yearly Meeting in 1967, but when the couple returned from Europe they moved to San Jose, California because of their disagreements over the revivalist movement within the Iowa Meeting. In California they helped to create the College Park Association of Friends. To the shock of the surrounding Quaker community, the two were disowned by the Iowa Yearly Meeting in 1898, but then were taken in by the New England Yearly Meeting as ministers. They had two children: Lydia Shipley Bean, born in 1860, and Catharine Elizabeth Bean, born in 1865.

Lydia Shipley Bean (1860-1922) married Charles Ellwood Cox in 1884. Charles Cox (1854-1930) graduated from Haverford in 1880 and moved to California, where he met Lydia Bean, to become a mathematics professor at Stanford University and a prominent Quaker and public figure in the San Jose area. The couple had three children, two of which survived to adulthood: Anna Shipley Cox, born in 1887, and Catharine Morris Cox, born in 1890.

Catharine Elizabeth Bean (1865-1964) graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1889. She married Isaac Milton Cox in 1891 and had two children, Joel Bean Cox and Mary Morris Cox. The family moved to Hawaii due to Isaac's poor health. She taught at the Punahou School and helped Anne Rice Cooke to establish the Honolulu Academy of Arts for which she served as director from 1927 to 1928.

Anna Cox (1887-1969) attended Westtown Boarding School and then received a PhD from Stanford in 1917. She joined the Philadelphia Meeting in 1918 and two years later was appointed to the AFSC child feeding program concentrated in northern Poland. She became a minister in the Society of Friends in 1928. In 1921 Cox married Howard Haines Brinton. Born in 1884 to two Quakers, Edward and Ruthanna Brown Brinton, Howard H. Brinton (1884-1973) earned a B.A. and M.A from Haverford College in 1904 and 1905 respectively. He then received another M.A. from Harvard University and a PhD from University of California in 1924. He taught at multiple institutions such as Friends Boarding School in Ohio and Pickering College. He also worked as a mathematics professor, dean, and acting president of Guilford College from 1915 to 1919. At the American Friends Service Committee Brinton worked as secretary and publicity director and as director of the child feeding program in the Plebiscite area of Upper Silesia in northern Poland, presumably where he met Anna Cox. He became a minister for the Society of Friends in 1927. Both Anna Cox Brinton and Howard H. Brinton were prominent Quakers who involved themselves in various programs and educational institutions. Both taught at Mills College, where Anna also served as dean of the faculty, and then at Earlham College. They became permanent directors of Pendle Hill in 1936 and both taught lectures and produced pamphlets there. They also worked with the AFSC in Asia, with Anna serving as the AFSC Commissioner for Asia beginning in 1948 and both representing the AFSC in Japan from 1952 to 1954 providing post-war relief. Anna also served as a member of the AFSC Board of Directors from 1938 to 1952 and served as president of the Friends Historical Association in the 1960s. Howard served as a lecturer at many institutions including Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and Harvard University, and authored several books including Creative Worship (1930), Divine Human Society (1938), Friends for 300 Years (1952), and more. Howard and Anna had four children: Edward, Catharine, Lydia, and Joan.

Catharine Cox (1890-1984) graduated with a PhD from Stanford University and became a professor of clinical psychology at the Yale Medical School. She also worked with Yale's Institute of Human Relations. After World War I she volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee to help provide war relief to German citizens. She married Walter Miles, another psychologist, in 1927 and had one daughter, Anna Miles Jones.

Catharine Morris Brinton (1924-2016), daughter of Howard and Anna Brinton, married John Richard Cary in 1951. She attended Westtown Boarding School and graduated from Antioch College. In 1945 she worked in the AFSC unit in the Pennsylvania Hospital and following the war she volunteered with the AFSC for their war relief efforts in Germany. After she and Cary married they moved to Haverford, Pennsylvania where Catharine taught at Haverford Friends School and Richard taught at Haverford College. The couple had four children: Margaret, Ruth, Joan, and Callie.

Sourced from: https://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/resources/5012bean https://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/resources/hcmc-1189 https://ancestors.familysearch.org/en/KZV7-GSS/lydia-richards-1789-1885 https://ysnews.com/news/2016/06/catharine-cary

This collection contains papers and documents from the Bean, Cox, Brinton, and Cary families. There are subseries of Joel Bean's, Howard H. Brinton's, and Anna Cox Brinton's materials. Significant Joel Bean documents include autobiographical writing such as Reflections of Childhood and a 1906 letter from Joel Bean to Rufus Jones. Anna Cox Brinton Materials include lecture recordings and writings from her time with the AFSC. Howard H. Brinton material include lecture recordings, published and personal works, correspondence, and sections from his autobiography. Other materials in the collection include various kinds of family documents, such as personal correspondence, marriage certificates, poetry books, a photo albums.

This collection is arranged by series by family generation and then chronologically.

Gift of Ruth Cary, Margaret Cary, Callie Cary-Devine July 2022.

Processed by Campbell Adams, October 2023.

Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Campbell Adams
Finding Aid Date
October, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Joel and Hannah Bean letter from Titus Coan, 1873.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Titus Coan was a missionary to the Sandwich islands.

Joel Bean reflections of childhood, 1880.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Document could be a typed copy from more recently; includes a postcard from Lydia Shipley Bean Cox from 1916.

Joel Bean letter to Lydia Shipley, 1885.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

To Lydia Shipley on her 96th birthday from son-in-law Joel Bean

Letter from Joel Bean to Rufus Jones, 1906.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes 1966 letter from Herbert C. Jones to Anna Brinton asking if she has a copy of the 1906 letter between Joel Bean and Rufus Jones they have within the Meeting archives. The 1906 letter was likely enclosed.

Joel Bean Notebook recollections, 1906.
Box 1
Bean diary list and cds, 2000.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

A list compiled by Tom King summarizing entries in Joel Bean's diaries; contains one cd

Bean family genealogy book photocopy, undated.
Box 1
T. Sinclair Friends Almhouse illustration, undated.
Box 1
Thomas Shipley manuscripts, undated.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Manuscripts from Catharine Morris Shipley's father, Thomas Shipley, who died September 17th, 1836.

Hannah Shipley framed daguerreotype of friends, 1848.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Framed photo (with cover): "Two Young Friends of Mrs. Elliot Shipley Bean, Daguerreotype Made in Philadelphia, about 1848, Lent by Mrs. Isaac M. Cox"

Hannah Shipley Second Volume of transcribed poetry, folder 1, 1851.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

There are two books which make up the second volume. They are separated into two folders.

Hannah Shipley Second Volume of transcribed poetry, folder 2, 1851.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

There are two books which make up the second volume. They are separated into two folders.

Catharine M. Shipley Commonplace Book, 1852.
Box 1
Pamphlet "Rules and Advices for the Observation of Pupils at West-Town Boarding School", 1858.
Box 1
Hannah Bean letter from Catharine Shipley, 1885.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Letter is addressed to Joel Bean, San Jose, CA. However, the letter is addressed "Dear Sister", indicating the letter is intended for Joel Bean's wife, Hannah E. Bean, from her sister in which she dicusses things owned by their mother and encloses a lock of their mother's hair.

Hannah Bean correspondence, 1906.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Joel and Hannah E. Bean to Catharine Morris Shipley on the1906 earthquake, letter from Joel Bean Cox to Lydia Bean Cox and Charles Cox, Samuel R. Shipley letter of retirement and thanks from The Provident Life and Trust Company of Philadelphia.

Anna Brinton CDs, undated.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

There are 3 CDs. I'm unsure of the subject.

Anna Cox journal and papers, 1920.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Journal pages are loose and have miscellaneous other papers within them. Cox details her experiences on her way to Germany while in England at All Friends Conference June 22, 1920.

Anna Brinton tape reels, 1955-1966.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

There are 2 reels.

Howard Brinton photo album from his work with the AFSC in Europe, undated.
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

Unsure what time period this album covers. Too large to fit in folder

Howard Brinton Cassettes, undated.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

41 cassettes labeled as "HHB's tapes". They are categorized into three different boxes. There are also 5 other miscellaneous cassettes outside of these boxes.

Howard Brinton Poetry Book, circa 1902-1908.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Poetry book titled "Juvenilla" transcribed by Howard Brinton, labeled on the front with "recovered from scraps of paper, some 'poems' partly lost, some partly forgotten".

Howard Brinton essay on Kant, 1905.
Box 2
Howard Brinton photo negatives from Germany, 1920-1921.
Box 2
Howard Brinton letter photocopy with timeline, 1921.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Unsure if these photocopies make up a complete letter. There are two different kinds of paper used, it seems to be both addressed to and from "Howard", and the letter does not seem to flow from one page to the next.

Howard Brinton diary section and book excerpt photocopy, 1930, 1936.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Unsure of the significance of the photocopy of the Japanese book excerpt. Author is unknown. According to google translate the book is discussing national parks in Japan.

Howard Brinton letter to Howard Thurman, 1939.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Photocopy, includes letter from Pendle Hill to Catharine Cary from July 16, 2009.

Howard Brinton poetry, circa 1944-1954.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

There also exists photocopies of his poetry nestled between various miscellaneous papers that are not poetry related. Some papers are, for example, plays written or translated by Howard H. Brinton.

Howard Brinton address to Birmingham meeting, 1959.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Contains two photocopies

Howard H. Brinton book "Quaker Three Hundred Year History" Japanese translation, 1961.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Gifted to Brinton from Mrs. Nunokawa

Howard H. Brinton Shrewsbury Lecture booklet, "The Religion of the Quaker Journalist", 1962.
Box 3
Writings of Howard Brinton and William Bacon, 1966.
Box 3
Howard Brinton Friends Journal articles copy, 1970.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Alfred Stefferud, editor of Friends Journal; articles include "Christ and Arthur" and "King Charles's Hat and Penn's Hat".

Howard Brinton Autobiography parts 1 and 2, 1972.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Contains section "My Childhood"

Howard Brinton letters photocopy, circa 1973.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

There are plenty of Letters and sections from Howard Brinton's autobiography; there is another copy of Howard Brinton's "My Childhood" enclosed on one of the letters

Mary Ada Brown's songbook, undated.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

(*Cathy Cary's notes: Song book from family of Ruth Anna Haines Brown Brinton, mother of Howard Haines Brinton*)

Howard Brinton and Anna Brinton assorted CDs, undated.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

There are 35 CDs on a variety of different lectures/topics, not all are labeled with the subject or date; [mac note: these may be digitized from the reels]

Will of Edward Brinton, 1782.
Volume 4
Emmor Brinton and Deborah Garrett marriage certificate, 1853.
Box 3
Autographs album, 1878-1880.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Could be friendship album? Many from West-town Borading School.

Howard Brinton and Anna Cox Brinton record book of visit to England, 1931-1932.
Volume 5
Scope and Contents

Papers, tickets, and photos from Howard Brinton and Anna Cox Brinton's trip to England from May 1931 to August 1932

Catharine Morris Brinton and John Richard Cary sonnet for their wedding, 1951.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Three photocopies of the same sonnet, unsure of the writer

Catharine Brinton Cary photo album, 1954.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Photo album with text was gifted to her for her work with AFSC in Munich post WWII that she did with her husband John Cary.

Lydia S. Bean Cook book, undated.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Also contains loose recipes and miscellaneous items sprinkled in; (* note in Cathy Cary's handwriting that this is Lydia S. Bean's cookbook *) [signatures from Providence Friends School beginning on back of this notebook]

Lydia S. Bean notebook of transcribed poetry, circa 1877.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

called Lily S. Bean in notebook

Cox and Brinton family marriage certificates, 1853-1884.
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

Does not fit in a box; includes marriage certificates of Benjamin Cox and Mary Morris in 1853, Charles Elwood Cox and Lydia Shipley Bean in 1884, and Edward Brinton and Ruthanna H. Brown in 1882.

Lydia Shipley photo album for her 90th birthday, 1879.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

Does not fit in a folder

Cox family silhouettes, 1915.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Silhouettes of Charles, Lydia, Catharine, and Anna Cox drawn at a fair.

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