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Amy Fenimore diary


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

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Amy Fenimore was a Quaker from Philadelphia. She married John Fenimore (d. 1816) in 1793, and was disowned by the Society of Friends, Mount Holly Monthly Meeting on June 6, 1793 for marrying a non-member. The couple had two children: Jason Fenimore (m. Mary Fell 1839), and Esther G. Fenimore. In March of 1803, Fenimore condemned her marriage outside of the Society of Friends and requested to have her membership in the society renewed, along with that of her two children. After having her membership in the Society of Friends renewed, Fenimore and her daughter Esther transferred to Spruce St. Meeting in 1840.

This collection consists of the single original, handwritten copy of Amy Fenimore's diary for the years 1803 to 1840. Diary entries largely focus on prayers and religious reflection, and many describe Quaker meetings, and births, deaths, and marriages within the Quaker community. Entries during the years 1832-1833 discuss the Hicksite-Orthodox Quaker separation, or as Fenimore refers to it, the separation between "Friends and orthodox." Illnesses and medical treatments are also described.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July, 2015.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Archival Resource Key. Diary, 1803-1840.
Volume 1

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