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Bettle Family Papers


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

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The Bettle family were prominent 19th century Quaker merchants in Philadelphia. Samuel Bettle, Sr., was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at the time of the Separation in 1827. His son, Samuel Bettle, Jr., was also a Quaker minister. Samuel Bettle, son of Samuel and Sarah of Philadelphia, married Jane Temple, daughter of Thomas and Jane Temple, in 1802 at Kennett Meeting House.

The Bettle family were active members of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District (Orthodox). Samuel Bettle, Sr., was in the mercantile business, d.4-12-1861, age 87. Jane Bettle d.1840, age 67. Both Samuel and Jane were ministering Friends.

Their son Samuel, Jr., (b.10-21-1809, d.1-11-1883) married 11-30-1831 Mary Ann Jones, d.1-11-1883. Children: Mary, b.11-30-1833, d.10-21-1912. (She and her parents were ministering Friends); Samuel, d.5-14-1859, age 23; Edward, b.12-17-1841; Henry, b.1-30-1843, d.1-30-1886. 2 children died in infancy.

The collection includes correspondence, biographical clippings, business records, and other papers of Samuel Bettle and his family. Correspondents include William Savery, Jesse Kersey, Stephen Grellet, and other prominent Friends.

The collection is divided into four series:

  1. Biographical material
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscripts
  4. Memorabilia
  5. Business and financial correspondence

Purchased by FHL, 1964

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
before 1967
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
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Collection Inventory

Obituary clippings re. Samuel Bettle, Jane Bettle, Samuel Bettle, Jr., and Jos., Phebe, and Wm. Jones.
Box 1
Caleb Carr, 1694 March 8.
Box 1
Hetty W. Tatnall, 1888 7mo 3.
Box 1
Sarah Williams, 1921 4mo 19.
Box 1
Anna C. Tatnall, 1944 11 mo 26.
Box 1
Martha Powell, undated.
Box 1

Correspondence, 1798-1955, n.d.
Scope and Contents

Authors include Samuel Bettle and other members of the Bettle family, and Joshua L. Baily, Wm. Ball, Wm. Baxter, Jos. Bevan Braithwaite, John Carter, Gertrude Cartland, Thos. Chase, Wm. Chase, Chas. F. Goffn, Hiram Corson, John Cox, Mahlon Day, Thos. Evans, Stephen Grellet, John Griffith, John Hodgkin, Jesse Kersey, Chas. Moon, Hannah Lloyd Neall, Jos. J. Neave, Mildred Ratcliff, Elizabeth Robson, Isaac Robson, Townsend Sharpless, Jos. Tallcot, Thos. Wistar.

Bible Society.
Box 2
Indian affairs.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes report of Friends' mission to the Oneidas (1860?)

Miscellaneous: includes articles, fragments, memorials, notes, etc.
Box 2
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes statement by Jesse Kenworthy entitled "Brief view of the original standing of the Society of Friends - of the separation in Ohio Y. M. in the year 1854 - and of the causes..." and Record of disbursements by the Committee of Women Friends of the Philadelphia M.M. for the Western District to the poor.

Memorials to James Moon and Sophia Jones, 1855, 1887.
Box 2
Box 2
Box 2
Ser. 4. Memorabilia, 1827-1920.
Box 2
Ser. 5. Business and financial papers and correspondence, 1827-1920.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Chronologically arranged.

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