Certificates of Removal
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.
Overview and metadata sections
A Certificate of Removal is a letter of transit for a person or family that is leaving one meeting and seeking to join another (removal is an English term meaning "to relocate"). The document assured the new meeting that the newcomers' former meeting knew the family well enough to vouch for them. With this certificate, a new arrival would be welcomed to the new meeting and given any assistance needed to get settled. Certificates typically include the current and destination meetings, a date, and the name of the individual or family moving. They may also include a statement about the bearer's general financial welfare.
Source: Ancestry.com, Research Guide to Finding Your Quaker Ancestors
This collection is comprised of original and photocopied Quaker certificates of removal.
See item acquisition note.
Processed by Kara Flynn; completed January, 2016.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Kara Flynn
- Finding Aid Date
- January, 2016
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
Handwritten and photocopy of certificate of removal for Rick Hill from the Devonshire Monthly Meeting.
Certificate of removal for John Hunt, dated 1757. Photocopy included as well.
Typed copy of certificate of removal for Mary Hyet. Original dated 1745, typed copy undated.
Typed copy of certificate of removal for Abel Janney.
Handwritten copy of a certificate of removal for Elijah Hester.
Handwritten copy of the ceritifcate of removal of Elizabeth Owen, addressed to the Springfield Meeting.
Handwritten certificate of removal to visit prisons.
Handwritten certificate of removal from Frankford Monthly Meeting.