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Pike family papers


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Thomas Scattergood (1841-1907) was born on October 11, 1841, to Mary McCollin and Joseph Scattergood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thomas Scattergood was a prominent Orthodox Quaker businessman, who was head of the Sharpless Dyewood Extract Company. In addition, Scattergood held positions as director of the Provident Life and Trust Company of Philadelphia, director of the Delaware County National Bank, director of the Glen Iron Furnace Company, and president of the American Water Softener Company. Thomas Scattergood was also involved in Philadelphia philanthropic work. He served on the boards of Friends Asylum, the Institute for Colored Youth, the Friends Temperance Association, the Ward Charity Association, the Overseers of the Public Schools, and the Sheppard Trust. In addition, Scattergood was on the board of many schools, including Friends Select School, Westtown School, Adelphi School, Forsythe School, the William Penn Charter School, and Bryn Mawr College. Scattergood was also a founding member of the Quaker social and educational organization, the Friends Institute for Young Men.

In 1868, Scattergood married Sarah Garrett, who was born in 1840. They had three children who survived infancy, Ann (1873-1963), Joseph Henry (1877-1953), and Alfred (1878-1954). On November 26, 1889, Sarah Garrett Scattergood died. On March 2, 1892, Thomas Scattergood married Maria B. Chase, who was born in 1856. They had two children, Margaret (1894-1991) and Arnold Chase (1898-1917). Scattergood died on April 18, 1907, in Naples, Italy, while on a trip to Africa, Asia, and Europe. He was the great grandson of Thomas Scattergood (1748-1814).

Alfred Scattergood (1878-1954) was the youngest child of Thomas (1841-1907) and Sarah (Garrett) Scattergood (1840-1889). He married Mary Cope Emlen; they had six children.

Sarah Pike (1820-?) was the daughter of Stephen Pike (1786-1826) and Rebecca Scattergood (1790-1855) and the granddaughter of Thomas Scattergood (1748-1814).

(Information from internal evidence, US Census data, Michael Brown Rare Books, and

Collection contains letters, memorials, commonplace books, and miscellaneous items of the Pike family, especially Sarah Pike, and letters of Thomas Scattergood to his son, Alfred Scattergood.

The Pike family papers were purchased by Special Collections, Haverford College in February, 1983 from Harold Nestler.

Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff; completed March, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Mary A. Crauderueff
Finding Aid Date
March, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1900-1902, undated.
Box 32 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence, including letters and poems by Stephen Pike, and letters of Thomas Scattergood to his son, Alfred, in 1900-1902 while traveling in the west.

Memorials and other writings, 1780, 1836, undated.
Box 32 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Includes memorials of Thomas Pleasants, Mary Bonsall, Isaac Sharpless, Elizabeth Drinker (wife of Daniel Drinker), Sarah Shoemaker, Caleb Hoskins, among others. It also includes a description of the Hicksite yearly meeting events in 1836, written by W.J. Allinson.

Rebecca Scattergood commonplace book, undated.
Box 32 Folder 3
Sarah Pike commonplace books.
Box 32 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Includes three commonplace books, including from during Pike's time at Westtown boarding school. Also includes correspondence.

Commonplace items, undated.
Box 33 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Items to be placed in a commonplace book, but were never used.

Poems, addresses, and other writings, 1794-1845.
Box 33 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Includes poems, addresses, other writings. Also includes three woven paper designs, circa 1825-1830.

Rules of Discipline, 1806.
Box 33 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

1806 Dicipline from Philadlephia, containing extracts of minutes from the yearly meeting dated: 1806, 1812, 1813, 1815, 1816, 1818, 1824, 1829.

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