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Robert Lindsey journal


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

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Robert Lindsey (1801-1863) was born May 18, 1801, near Leeds, England, the son of Richard and Mary Lindsey. He was educated at Ackworth School and after leaving he entered his father's business. He was later apprenticed in a Quaker family. At the age of 21, Lindsey started in business on his own as a draper. In 1828, he married Sarah Crosland. Lindsey first spoke as a minister in 1840, and three years later was recorded a minister by Brighouse Monthly. In 1850, Robert Lindsey travelled with Benjamin Seebohm from Michigan to Iowa as part of a five-year-long tour in the United States. After returning briefly to England, he then left again for Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He returned to England in 1856, but traveled again to the United States in 1857. During the winter of 1862-1863, Lindsey became ill, and he died on June 20, 1863.

This collection is composed of the handwritten journal pages of Robert Lindsey's trip to visit Friends in Iowa. Entries describe the journey, including descriptions of the weather, travel by horse and wagon over the prairies, the dangerous crossing of the frozen Mississippi River, the history of the Quakers in Iowa, Quaker Meetings attended, and Lindsey's various travels throughout Iowa to visit various Iowa Quaker families.


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

Journal, 1850.
Box 5

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