William Baxter Family Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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William Baxter (1824-1886)was a Quaker Philadelphia-area wool merchant who later settled in Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement.
He was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1824, the son of John and Mary Baxter. He married first Mary Wickett in 1847. She and her infant son died shortly after the family emigrated to Philadelphia. William Baxter married second Mary Ellen Barker in 1856 at Whitewater Monthly Meeting in Wayne County, Indiana. She had attended Westtown Boarding School in Pennsylvania. Their daughter, Lucy V. Baxter, married Percival Brooks Coffin.
Contains the papers of William Baxter (1824-1886), Quaker businessman who lived in Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement. Includes correspondence of William and his wife, Mary Baxter (1830-1918), business papers, essays and speeches on temperance and other social reforms, family memorabilia, and miscellaneous materials including a manuscript account of the early life of William Baxter in Yorkshire, England, in the 1830s and 1840s.
The collection is divided into seven series:
- Biographical and genealogical
- Business papers
- Essays and speeches
- Reference material
Donor: Mrs. Bennett Cooper, 1961-1969
Lucy Vincent Baxter (born 1868) was a daughter of William Baxter and his second wife, Mary Ellen. She married Percival Brooks Coffin. The donor, Mrs. Bennett Cooper (Emily Fletcher Cooper), was their niece.
Previously cited as: Coffin-Baxter Papers
The following material has been removed from the collection and recatalogued:
See Chart Case for marriage certificates:
- Baxter, Wm. to Mary Wickett, 6/23/1847
- Baxter, Wm. to Barker, Mary, 12/3/1856
- Evans, Charles to Morgan, Mary, 3/12/1833
- Price, Charles Coale to Albertson, Alice Maulsby, 12/8/1896
- Price, Charles Coale to Evans, Mary, 10/2/1894
- See Chart Case for Whaley-Goffe (Gough) genealogical chart. Includes Underhill-Sutton. Attached: Sutton-Underhill pedigree.
- See Misc. MSS ++ for pass for Edward B. Fletcher and wife, 7/30/1888
- Christianity As Friends See It, by Edward B. Rawson, n.d., BX 7733.R3C5
William Baxter Family Photographs (4 boxes) removed to PA 144. Inventory in repository.
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- 1969, revised 2000
- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.
Albert Baxter was the brother of Wm. Baxter.
Journal written under the pseudonym Hepatica Rushmoren.
"Composed and presented to E. Wickett, Mother of the Deceased, by a young woman Friend"Physical Description
Contains record of places where lecture were delivered.
Handwriting appears to be that of Wm. Baxter.Physical Description
Includes pictures of Mary Barker Baxter, Wm. Baxter and members of their family and related families such as Coffin, Cooper, Fletcher, etc.; Hugh and Sarah Moffitt; Friends; residences, etc. See lists following checklist.
Also see FHL pictures files for S. W. view of West town Boarding School, drawn by John Collins, 1858; and Yearly Meeting, Devonshire House.
By various authors, including Wm. and Mary Baxter, who are the main recipients.
Also includes facsimile of letter from John Bright to Henry Vincent, 1873-1879Physical Description
15 ALsS, 2 from Lucy
Contains notes on credit rating of businessman.
2 vols, bound
Also includes leaflet: Wm.B. Coopers estate, announcing executor sale
Ms. and printed. Arranged alphabetically by subject or first line.
Read before Camden Literary and Chess Club
The article is a negative argument.
Read before the Literary and Philosophical Club of Phila.
Part of copy of an address in connection with Indiana YM, Richmond
The paper is a negative argument. Read before the Camden Literary and Chess Club.
Read before the Camden Literary and Chess Club.
Delivered in the Indiana Legislature.
ms. and typewritten
Published in The Wilson Bulletin, Vol.XL, No.2. Includes reprints.
Includes receipts for payments, 5mo 5 1855 and llmo 2 1855.
Includes Gough and Sutton genealogy.
Inscribed to Mary Ellen Baxter Sutton by Chas. F. Coffin, 2/7/1911