Taylor Family papers
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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George Washington Taylor (1803-1891) was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Richards Taylor. He was appointed a delegate to the World's Peace Conference in 1850. He was an agent of Friend's Bible Association, a publishing agent of The Friend, and had a store that sold Free Labor goods. He supported the abolition of slavery and the temperance movement. Taylor was the publisher of the journal The Non-Slaveholder and a peace paper The Citizen of the World. He was married 3 times, first to Ruth Leeds, then Elizabeth Burton, and then Elizabeth Sykes. Information primarily from the Dictionary of Quaker Biography.
Thomas B. Taylor (1853-1911) became an attorney in 1909 and practiced law in Philadelphia. He was a member and overseer of West Chester Particular and Birmingham Monthly meetings.
Elizabeth Savery Taylor (1853-1936) was the wife of Thomas B. Taylor and mother of Francis R. Taylor. Information from The Friend 109 (1936), p. 361
Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947), was the son of Elizabeth Savery and Thomas B. Taylor. He graduated from Haverford College in 1906, then University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1909. He became a practicing attorney in Philadelphia. He also became a recorded minister of Abington Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in 1922, was a founding member of Cheltenham (PA) Meeting, and was clerk of his monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings. Francis R. Taylor founded the Cheltenham National Bank in 1915 with Elizabeth Richie Taylor, his wife, and was its president from 1924 until his death in 1947; he was also treasurer of Savery Realty Corporation. He married Elizabeth Richie in 1911 and they had a son, Hubert Richie Taylor, in 1916. Francis R. Taylor was a member of the State Forest Commission in 1936 and wrote "War, Sex, and Quakers in Fiction" in 1945. Information primarily from the Dictionary of Quaker Biography.
Elizabeth Richie Taylor (1883-1970), wife of Francis R. Taylor, was a member of Cheltenham Monthly Meeting, which she and her husband founded in their home in 1915, as well as starting the Joint Committee of Montgomery and Bucks Country Friends in the late 1930s to bring members of the two branches together. She was active in the Women's Christian Temperance union, the William Forster Home, and committees of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Information from Friends Journal 16 1970, p. 636
Hubert Richie Taylor (1916-1998) was the son of Francis Taylor and Elizabeth Richie Taylor. He attended Westtown School, graduated from Haverford College in 1938, and received a law degree from Temple University. He was a conscientious objector during WWII, spending 3 1/2 years in Civilian Public Service as a road builder, attendant in a mental hospital, and a smoke jumper in Montana. He served on several boards, including William Penn Charter School, and supported many organizations. He was a member of Cheltenham (PA) Meeting and later Southampton (PA) Meeting. He was married to Dorothy Plaisted. Information from Friends Journal 45 1999 (March), p. 35
This collection contains materials pertaining to the Taylor family. It contains correspondence, journals, legal documents, genealogical information, and research in the history of Quakerism. There are also many photographs in the collection, including carte de vistas and other nineteenth century photographic techniques.
Other related families within the collection include the Savery, Scattergood, Richie, Hooton, and Roberts families.
This collection is separated into six series. Whenever possible, the materials within each series and subseries are arranged chronologically. The correspondence is arranged according to the person who sent the message, except in the case of Subseries A, which contains all correspondence between brothers George W. Taylor and Thomas B. Taylor. If a typescript of a letter exists, it is located alongside the original letter, within the same folder.
The Taylor Family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in February 2014 by Celine Hubler and in August 2014, May 2013, and November 2012 by Esther Cornell.
Processed by Madison Arnold-Scerbo; completed April 2016.
- Taylor, Jacob R.
- Hooton, Elizabeth
- Savery, William, 1750-1804
- Richards, John
- Scattergood, Joseph
- Richie, Edward
- Scattergood, Thomas, 1748-1814
- Taylor, Francis Richards
- Taylor, George Washington
- Taylor, Thomas B.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Madison Arnold-Scerbo
- Finding Aid Date
- April, 2016
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Law apply (U.S. Title 17).
This subseries contains bookplates from Francis R. Taylor. It also contains pins for Francis R. Taylor from the National Lawyers Guild Convention in Philadelphia in 1940, and another that just says 'Committee'. The pins are housed in box 6.Physical Description
This subseries contains a disc with typed transciptions of some of the letters in this subseries.Physical Description
This series contains a Scattergood journal from 1799, William Savery's published journal from 1837, and two of Thomas B. Taylor's journals from 1873 (one is a day book and the other is a larger journal).Physical Description
This diary is a small day book.
This series contains a ledger from 1843, a Worlds Peace Conference certificate for George W. Taylor in 1850, two certificates for Thomas B. Taylor's law practice, a certificate for Francis R. Taylor joining the State Forest Commission, Francis R. Taylor's will, and William Savery's will. A certificate for the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association for Francis R. Taylor in 1912 is oversized and located in box 6.Physical Description
This collection contains an oversized certificate for Francis R. Taylor's membership to the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association in 1912. It is housed in box 6.
This subseries contains correspondence and notes relating to genealogical research conducted by family members. It includes Francis Richard Taylor's correspondence and notes concerning genealogy, "Copy of Elizabeth Savery, Taylor's memories" . It contains information about the Scattergood and hooton families in addition to the Taylor family.Physical Description
This subseries contains documents pertaining to historical research of Friends. Some of the works include, "The Philadelphia Counterpart of the Boston Tea Party" by Thomas B. Taylor (1908), "History of Providence Meeting" by William Taylor (1929), and "War, Sex, and Quakers in Fiction" by Francis R. Taylor (1946). It also contains letters and pamphlets from the eighteenth century about the Tea Party in Philadelphia.Physical Description
This series contains a variety of different photographs, including portraits, group family photos, scrapbooks, cartes de vistie, and daguerreotypes.Physical Description
This category contains photos that cannot be store in folders that are housed in box 6. These include a glass image of Niagara Falls and three photos that are not flat. One is of Sarah Savery Scattergood, the other of Mary Leeds Richie, and the last of Elizabeth Savery Taylor and her daughter Emma. There is also an oversized bridal portrait from the wedding of Esther Hunt Taylor and Dr. E. Wayne Marshall.
This series contains a document titled "Celebration of the 4th of July 1833", an advertisement for a Free Produce Store in Philadelphia, and a guest book from 1912.Physical Description