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Sarah Cresson diary


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

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Sarah Cresson (1771-1829) was born January 27, 1771, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joshua and Mary (Hopkins) Cresson. Cresson was a Quaker minister beginning in 1791, and was "much esteemed." She traveled frequently, and moved to Haddonfield, New Jersey, in 1807, accompanied by Hannah Evans. Cresson never married. She died September 23, 1829, in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Source: Dictionary of Quaker Biography

This collection is comprised of the unbound photocopy of the single volume diary of Sarah Cresson. The majority of her diary entries detail visits from traveling Quaker ministers, funerals of community members, and descriptions of Quaker meetings, including testimonies given. Many entries are composed solely of prayers to God, or exclamations of Sarah's religious conviction and her devotion to her God and the Quaker faith, while later entries tend to detail more earthly concerns, particularly Sarah's struggles with depression.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed June, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
June, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Diary, 1789-1829.
Volume 1
Diary transcript.
Box 3

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