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Shoemaker commonplace books


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

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Margaret Shoemaker (1775-1842) was born on September 5, 1775, in New Jersey, the daughter of William Wood. She married Charles Shoemaker in 1803, and the couple had eight children: Elizabeth Shoemaker (1804-1807), Mary Shoemaker (1805-1806), Isaac Shoemaker (1807-1873), Elizabeth R. Shoemaker (1809-1855), John W. Shoemaker (1810-1878), Charles H. Shoemaker (1812-1897), Anna S. Shoemaker (1814-1885), and Margaretta Shoemaker (1817-1900). Margaret Shoemaker died 1842, aged 67.

Elizabeth R. Shoemaker (1809-1855) was born March 5, 1809, in Shoemakertown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles and Margaret Shoemaker. She married Abraham Taylor on August 20, 1848, and the couple had three children: Margaret Wood Taylor (1849-1857), Charles S. Taylor (1850-1940), and Sarah Merritt Taylor (1853-1947). Elizabeth Shoemaker Taylor died on October 20, 1855.

This collection is comprised of four volumes of the commonplace books of various members of the Shoemaker family, including Margaret Wood Shoemaker and Elizabeth Shoemaker. The volumes include advice, reflections, excerpts of letters, prose, poetry, and excerpts organized by topic, including matrimony, happiness, pleasure, and character.

The Shoemaker commonplace books were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1940 by Charles S. Taylor.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September, 2015.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, 1794-1818.
Volume 1
Vol. 2, 1827.
Volume 2
Vol. 3, 1830.
Volume 3
Scope and Content note

Elizabeth Shoemaker's commonplace book of poems.

Vol. 4, 1839.
Volume 4
Scope and Content note

Elizabeth Shoemaker's commonplace book of poems.

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