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Richardson-Yarnall family pictures


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Hannah Haines Thornton (1765-1822) was the widow of Joseph Thornton, a Quaker minister of Byberry Monthly Meeting. Joseph was the son of James Thornton (1751-1794), also a minister, and Mary Knight. The family resided on a large property in Byberry, purchased in 1752. Hannah Haines and Joseph Thornton were married in 1783 at Evesham Monthly Meeting, New Jersey, and they had three sons. Joseph Thornton and two sons died by 1790. Hannah was an Elder and then acknowledged as a minister by Byberry Monthly Meeting. In 1797, she married fellow widower Peter Yarnall and assumed responsibility for the children of his first marriage. Peter Yarnall and Hannah Thornton Yarnall had one child, Hannah (1797-1876), and the family lived on the homestead of James Thornton in Byberry. Peter Yarnall died 1798, 2 month, 20. Hannah Haines Yarnall travelled widely in the ministry and died month 2, 1822.

Hannah and Joseph Thornton's surviving son, James (1785-1858) married first Grace Thornton in 1811. She died in 1813, and he married secondly Rebecca Stokes in 1818 under the care of Moorestown Monthly Meeting. Hannah and Peter Yarnall's only child, daughter Hannah, married Nathaniel Richardson at Byberry Monthly Meeting in 1816, thus linking the Yarnall and Richardson families.

In 1816, Peter Yarnall's youngest child, Hannah, married Nathaniel Richardson (1794-1872), son of Joseph and Ruth Hoskins Richardson, uniting the Yarnalls with the Richardson family, renowned Philadelphia silversmiths. Nathaniel's grandfather was Joseph Richardson (1711-1784) known as the greatest gold and silversmith of his day. He married Hannah Worrell in 1741, and they had two children, Elizabeth and Grace. He married second Mary Allen (1716-1782) in 1748 under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. They had five children: Hannah (1748-1817) who married Samuel Clark; Mary (1750-1835) married Samuel Taylor; Nathaniel (1754-1827) who remained unmarried; Joseph (1752-1831) married Ruth Hoskins in 1780; and Rebecca (1758-1826), unmarried. The brothers Nathaniel and Joseph started as business partners in Philadelphia. Nathanial subsequently went into business as a merchant, and Joseph continued as a silversmith and assayer. Joseph (1752-1831) and Ruth Hoskins Richardson had six surviving children including Mary (1791-1837) who married John Elliott, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Hannah who did not marry; John (1790-1866) married Martha Gibbons and worked as an assayer and bookseller; and Nathaniel (1793-1872) who married Hannah Yarnall and moved his family to the Thornton homestead in Byberry which had been inherited by his mother-in-law, Hannah Haines Yarnall.

Nathaniel and Hannah Yarnall had twelve children including Mary (1817-1874) who married Thomas J. Husband, manufacturer of Husband's Magnesia. A son, Nathaniel (1839-1920) was a Quaker minister and pharmacist. He married Mary K. Cooper in 1862. Elizabeth a91830-1947) married Simon Gillam. The youngest child, Elliott Richardson (1842-1883), a prominent Philadelphia physician, married Achsah Nevins in 1876. Elliott died after a short illness in 1887, and his widow died two years later of tuberculosis. The couple's five young children were largely raised by their unmarried aunts at the family home, Chestnut Glen, in Byberry. Hannah (1877), the eldest, married Edwin A. Gaskill. Katharine (1878-1966) was a prominent illustrator and married Henry F. Wireman. The three younger children were all graduates of Swarthmore College. Elliott (1881-1964) married Dorothy Strode and served as long-time manager of Swarthmore Borough, Pennsylvania. James Nevins Richardson (1883-1971) married Estelle Bowman, and Frances Richardson (1886-1973) compiled additional family papers, with transcriptions.

The collection contains photographs and other images of members of the Richardson and Yarnall families, Pennsylvania Quakers who lived in Philadelpia and Byberry, Pennsylvania. The families were united by the marriage in 1816 of Nathaniel Richardson and Hannah Yarnall of Byberry. Of special interest are the silhouettes of members of the Richardson and Yarnall families created in the Peale Museum, Philadelphia

Arranged topically by the donor.

Gift of Frances Richardson, 1964, 1966

Stored in mylar sleeves.

Silhouettes stored in PA 33, SAFE, FHL Silhouettes.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Susanna K. Morikawa
Finding Aid Date
August 2018
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Collection Inventory

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Elliott and Achshah Richardson and their children: Hannah, Katharine, Elliott, James Nevins, Frances

Elliott and Achsah Richardson, circa 1850-1885.
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Includes a tintype of Achsah, Elliott at age 6 (circa 1848), cartes-de-visit and cabinet portraits

Children of Elliott and Achsah Richardson and their friends , 1877-1958.
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Hannah Y., Katharine, Elliott, James N., and Frances. Hannah Includes their four younger children at Chestnut Glen, Byberry, in 1889, individual portraits of James, Katharine, Frances, and Elliott. Also a tintype of Elliott as student at George School; Anna Hicks, a classmate of Katharine at the George School (1897), cousin Mary Seaman, and Susanna Yardley Willet, Swarthmore, 1909. Also Seaman and Husband girls at Byberry, circa 1889.

Siblings of Elliott and Achsah Richardson and relations.
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Includes Mary (1817-1874) married Thomas Husband; Elizabth C. (1830-1947), Sarah (1832-1919)John Thornton Richardson, Maria B., and Nathaniel (married Mary Kaign Cooper). Margaret Husband Comly, Seaman relations, Anna Richardson Husband (daughter of Nathaniel and Mary K. Richardson), James Thornton, Jr.

Parents and relations of Elliott Richardson.
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Includes Nathanial Richardson (1793-1872), Hannah Yarnall Richardson (1797-1876), John Richardson (1790-1886), Martha Gibbons Richardson (1799-1879), James and Rebecca Thornton.

Collected cartes-de-visite and Friends' portraits, circa 1855-1880.
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Includes Seaman, Husband, Walton, etc. Also Deborah Wharton Fisher.

Cartes-de-visite, unknown .
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Sitters unknown to donor, not labeled

Family residences, 1897-1904.
Box 1
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Snapshots of residence of Joseph Growden 1897, Christmas postcard of Louise Wright Horner at her home in Concordville, 1904; Thornton Abby, home of James Thornton with copy; 4 copy photographs of Chestnut Glen,Byberry, the home of Frances Richardson, 1925; small images, printed, miscellaneous homes.

Richardson family and friends groups, Swarthmore College and Byberry Friends.
Box 1
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Contains pages from album of informal photographs of Swarthmore College and mounted group pictures, all labeled by Frances Richardson

    Swarthmore College photo album
  1. Students and campus sites
  2. Tennis club
  3. Folk dancing, 1907
  4. Anatomy class, 1908
    Group of friends at Knights home in Somerton, Pennsylvania, 1913, with key of individuals by Frances Richardson.
    Student body at Byberry Friends School, 1895, James and Frances Richardson among students
    150th Anniversary of Byberry Friends meeting house, 1958, former members of Byberry Friends School
Richardson - Yarnall silhouettes, circa 1806-1816. 31 items.
Othertype SAFE Folder PA 33
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Silhouettes cut at the Peale Museum, Philadelphia. Most are stamped MUSEUM. Mounted on black paper or fabric, and the identified sitters are members of the Yarnall, Richardson or extended family. Some are dated, between 1806-1816. Includes James Thornton (1816), Rebecca Thornton, John and Abigail Griscom (1814, Hannah Yarnall Richardson (HYR)- married 1816, Mary Roch, Nathaniel Richardson (2 identical, cira 1812), Elizabeth Yarnall (1809), Mordecai Yarnall, Peter Yarnall, Benjamin Yarnall. Four unidenified are not as finely cut.

Physical Description

31 items

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Includes drawings by Hannah Yarnall (1797-1889), Sarah Richardson (1832-1919), sketch book, watercolors and pencil portrait sketch

Hannah Yarnall (1797-1876), circa 1812.
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Painting of a ship, presented to her sister Rebecca, ca. 1812. Hannah studied at Westtown School 1811-1812. Also Map of the United States by H. Yarnall.

Sarah Richardson (1832-1919).
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Pencil drawings and sketch book. Sarah studied at the Unionville Boarding School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She focused on the creation of wax flowers and She was instrumental in encouraging the talent of her niece, Katharine, and helped arrange her to study with Howard Pyle.

Miscellaneous drawings.
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Artists not identified. Includes pen and watercolor butterflies and unidentified pencil portrait of a Quaker woman.

Print, Suggest