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Janney family papers


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.

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The Janney family originally came from Cheshire, England. Abel Janney, born 1671, married Elizabeth Stacy, the daughter of Mahlon and Elizabeth (Ely) Stacy, in Trenton, Burlington County, New Jersey.

Beginning in about 1740, a group of families, primarily Quakers, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, began to settle in what was originally Prince William County, Virginia. One of the first to migrate was Amos Janney, a Quaker surveyor from Bucks County, who emigrated to Virginia in 1732, to survey land for Lord Fairfax. Amos acquired 400 acres of land (in lieu of a surveying fee) that was part of a 703 acre survey. Francis Hague, his brother-in-law, bought the remaining 303 acres. The south fork of the Catoctin runs through Janney's original property that sat about 10 miles south of the Potomac across from Old Monocacy in Maryland. The Quaker community grew and the village was located between the original Janney and Hague tracts. The Friends met in the settlers' homes before the first meetinghouse of Fairfax Meeting was constructed in 1743. Jacob Janney settled about eight miles from Janney's Mill and another community was established that included a second Friends Meeting, Goose Creek.

This collection is comprised of six folders of the Janney family papers, and includes family correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial records, legal papers, maps, and photographs.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed February, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
February, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1864-1875.
Box 22 Folder 1
Box 22 Folder 2
Scope and Content note

Newspaper clippings related to John Janney.

Financial records, 1824-1864.
Box 22 Folder 3
Scope and Content note

Bills of confedorate money, receipts, and a loan for one thousand dollars in confederate bonds.

Legal papers, 1833-1864.
Box 22 Folder 4
Scope and Content note

Printed passes to allow Nathaniel Janney to pass through Virginia and Maryland, as well as an indenture between David Smyth and Eli Hilles.

Maps, 1890.
Box 22 Folder 5
Scope and Content note

Map of the Gap Mill property, and "The Latest War Map of Europe."

Photographs, Undated.
Box 22 Folder 6
Scope and Content note

Photographs of family homes.

Print, Suggest