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Samuel Sibbett Family Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Sibbett, Samuel, 1800-1851 or 2.

Samuel Sibbett (alternately spelled "Sibbet") was born in Cumberland County, Pa., of Scottish descent. He attended college in Chambersburg, Pa., and later set up a law office there. Sometime after his marriage to Nancy Ellen Greenfield, he moved his residence to a large farm near Mt. Alto, Pa., while maintaining his office in Chambersburg. He died in 1851 or 1852 and is buried in Mt. Alto.

The collection consists chiefly of letters written by members of the Sibbett family to one another. ("Sibbett" is alternately spelled "Sibbet" in the collection.) There are eleven letters (1846-1849) from Samuel Sibbett to his wife, Nancy, sent while he was traveling in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, trying to collect monies owed to him. There are thirteen letters (1835-1850) to Sibbett from his brother, Lowry Sibbett, who lived in Ohio; five letters (1849) from J. Ellis Bonham regarding accounts; and one letter (1843) of condolence from Elizabeth G. Hutchinson for the death of Samuel Sibbett's son, James. In addition, there are three letters written on behalf of Sibbett to the governor of Pennsylvania, Francis R. Shank, by William Coffelt, John Wunderlich, and C. G. French, recommending Sibbett for a position of associate judge of the Democratic Party. There is a copy of a letter, dated August 1, 1850, from Samuel Sibbet to a "Mr. Hill" on behalf of the "Democrats" regarding the Loyalists, and the betrayal of Benedict Arnold, and others. Also included is a printed verse titled "Lines on the death of James Lowrie Sibbet . . ." written by "The Mother."

Folders are arranged alphabetically by family member name.

Gift of Mrs. David Lilienthal on March 8, 1965.

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 21, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax in November 7, 2007.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Description and Biography of Sibbett Family, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence: Sibbett, Lowry (Brother), 1835-1850. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence: Sibbett, Nancy (Wife), 1842-1849. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence: Sibbett, Samuel Jr. (Esq.), 1843-1849. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1848-1850. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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