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Thomas P. Cope estate settlement papers


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

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Attorney Edward Evans represented Walter Penn Shipley as the surviving executor of the estate of Thomas P. Cope. All parties were Quakers. Shipley had brought a suit against the United States government for the refunding of taxes he had paid for the estate. The case was won by Evans on behalf of Shipley.

Thomas Pim Cope (1823-1900) was born on February 7, 1823, in Pennsylvania, the son of Henry Cope (1793-1865) and Rachel Reeve (1794-1863). In 1835, Cope attended Haverford College (then called The Haverford School). He married Elizabeth Waln Stokes in 1849, and the couple had eight children. The marriage led to disownment for "marrying out." As an Elder, Cope accompanied Samuel Morris to Europe. In 1864, Thomas Pim Cope cultivated a collection of rare trees and shrubs, and commissioned the landscape architect William Saunders to assist in the design of "Awbury" in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died in Philadelphia in 1900.

This collection is comprised of a single folder of materials related to the settlement of Thomas P. Cope's estate. Included are letters and documents of Edward Evans, Walter Penn Shipley, and members of the United States Treasury and United States District Attorney's office.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed March, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
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

Papers, 1908-1914.
Box 41 Folder 1

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