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Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., Family Papers


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

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Samuel J. Bunting, was the son of Samuel Bunting (1828-1878) and Susanna Lloyd Andrews (1832-1896). Through his paternal line, he was descended from Josiah Bunting (1734-1813), a minister and elder of the Darby Monthly Meeting, some of whose correspondence survives in this collection.

His aunt, Martha Bunting (1861-1944), Swarthmore College Class of 1881 and Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, compiled family genealogies and sketches in 1934. She requested that the manuscript be given to the care of Samuel J. Bunting, who shared her interest in genealogy. In addition to the genealogies of many prominent Quakers living predominantly in Delaware County, PA, she included anecdotes and sketches of the life and concerns of her parents, Samuel and Susanna Lloyd Bunting.

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., was the son of Samuel J. (1851-1946) and Helen McIlvain Bunting. He was a graduate of Swarthmore College, Class of 1910, and a member of Radnor Monthly Meeting. A banker by profession, he was active in the American Friends Service committee during WW1, and in 1920, he was involved in the founding of Young Friends. He was involved in genealogical research and seems to have become the caretaker for the accumulated research and records of the earlier generation of family genealogists.

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., (1889-1966) who was chiefly responsible for this colleciton, was a birthright Hicksite Friend descended from a family that was associated for many generations with the Society of Friends in Pennsylvania and, in particular, with the Darby Monthly Meeting. A banker by profession, he was interested in genealogy and worked over a long period of time to compile family records. The history of how these genealogical papers came together from different sources is not known, but apparently Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., was given the care of the genealogical sketches written in 1934 by his aunt, Martha Bunting (1861-1944) and also the correspondence and genealogical research compiled by Samuel Marshall, who was Martha's cousin and also descended from James and Hannah Lloyd Andrews. After his death, one box of his papers which included the research done of the Ridgway line and personal letter of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., were given to FHL. In 1988, additional papers which apparently remained with his brother, sister-in-law, and nephew where donated to FHL after the death of J. Gibson McIlvain Bunting, his brother.

The collection also includes the genealogical correspondence and extensive notes compiled by Samuel Marshall (1863-1927). He was Martha Bunting's first cousin; his mother was Frances Lloyd Andrews, the sister of Susanna Lloyd Andrews Bunting. Fanny Andrews married William Pusey Marshall at Darby Monthly Meeting in 1851. Samuel Marshall, a birthright member of Birmingham Monthly Meeting, worked for the trust department of a Philadelphia insurance company, lived in West Chester, and was active in the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. His papers include extensive correspondence with Harold Lloyd, for whom he did genealogical research.

As an example of how the family lines are intertwined, Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., prepared a chart for Samuel H(ager) Marshall of Wisconsin, who was the cousin of Samuel Marshall of West Chester. He also corresponded with a distant cousin, Morgan Bunting (1863-1929), the architect, who also was active in the Pa. Genealogical Society and interested in the history of local Quaker meetings.

The collection illustrates the correspondence and related materials which sometimes descended in Quaker families with deep roots in America. In addition to the genealogical materials, there are original documents such as the correspondence of Josiah Bunting, Quaker minister.

The first donation, which came from the Estate of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., included genealogical material on the Ridgway family, some of his personal correspondence (now in Series 1), and family photographs which were added to the picture collection. The second donation, in 1988, included the remainder of the papers, which except for the genealogical manuscript by Martha Bunting (Series 2) and file folders with notes on individual family, were not in any particular order. In fact, correspondence and notes by Samuel Marshall are mixed together with later notes and correspondence of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr. Therefore, original historical materials were placed into Series 1, and series were established for the genealogical manuscript, and the genealogical notes.

  1. Historical sources
  2. Genealogical manuscript compiled by Martha Bunting
  3. Genealogical correspondence, notes, and abstracts from records

Donors: Estate of Samuel J. Bunting, 1967

David L. Lewis, Jr., and Mrs. H. Gibson McIvain Bunting and her late husband, 1988

This collection combines two groups of papers from the same source, Samuel J. Bunting, Jr. In 1967, FHL received from the Estate of Samuel Bunting, Jr., his research notes on the Ridgway family genealogy, family photographs, and miscellaneous letters which were partially processed into an RG 5. In 1988, the sister-in-law and nephew of Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., gave additional family papers and genealogical notes. This second group included a genealogical manuscript by Martha Bunting which she entrusted to her nephew, Samuel J. Bunting.

Donor: Kathleen S. Mook, 2009. She was the daughter-in-law of Maurice A. Mook. Inscription inside front cover in Bunting's handwriting requests that "if any thing should happe to me," notebook be given to FHL or HSC.

In 1967, FHL received from the Estate of Samuel Bunting, Jr., his research notes on the Ridgway family genealogy, family photographs, and miscellaneous letters which were partially processed into an RG 5. With the addition of the second acquisition in 1988, the two groups of papers were integrated into single collection in 1997. Because there was no inherent order, the papers were divided into primary and secondary sources, placed in series and stored in four boxes in RG 5.

Pictures have been transferred to FHL Picture Collection for storage. See complete listing included under Materials catalogued separately.

The following material was removed from the collection and recatalogued:

  1. A 1772 copy of the Discipline was added to duplicates, and a picture of a house on S. 7th Street, Phila, the birthplace of Frances L. Andrews, was added to the oversize picture file.

The following pictures were transferred to FHL Picture Collection:

  1. 1 small picture of Martha Bunting
  2. 1 small picture of Caroline L. Bunting
  3. 1 standard picture of Susanna Lloyd (Andrew) Bunting
  4. 1 standard picture of Samuel Bunting
  5. 1 standard picture of Samuel J. Bunting Jr.
  6. 1 standard picture of Cousin Martha Dodson of Darby, Pa.
  7. 1 standard picture of Charles Lloyd and Frances (Paschall) Lloyd
  8. 1 standard picture of Martha McIlvain Eastwick
  9. 1 standard picture of Kezia Reeves Ridgway
  10. 1 medium picture of Martha Gibson McIlvain
  11. 1 standard picture of Hannah McIlvain Biddle
  12. 1 medium picture of John Gibson
  13. 3 medium pictures of unidentified people
  14. 2 medium pictures of Swarthmore Hall, England
  15. 3 group pictures of the Friends World Conference, Swarthmore, Pa., 1937
  16. 1 of the entire delegation at the Conference
  17. 1 of the English delegation
  18. 1 of the Phila. delegation
  19. 2 small formal portraits, unidentified, one of child and the other of two adult women
  20. 1 medium picture, "---S. 7th St., Philadelphia, where Frances L. Andrews was born, 1826."

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Collection Inventory

to: Andrews, Fanny Lloyd, 1848-57.
Box 1 Folder 1
Physical Description

5 letters

Andrews, James, letters received, 1823-1831.
Box 1 Folder 2
Physical Description


Andrews, John and James, and other family members from John Mott, 1836.
Box 1 Folder 3
Physical Description


Andrews, Hannah from James Andrews.
Box 1 Folder 4
Physical Description


Andrews, Hannah from her mother, 1808.
Box 1
Physical Description


Andrews, Sarah from brother (James?), n.d.
Box 1
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Shipley, Rebecca Robinson Andrews from family members, 1789-1793.
Box 1 Folder 5
Physical Description

6 ALsS

Letters of disownment received: Hannah L. Andrews, James Andrews, Frances Lloyd Andrews, 1827, 1927, 1848.
Box 1 Folder 6
From Zachariah Jess, 1792 6mo 25.
Box 1 Folder 7
Scope and Contents

Sent from Darby, PA., to Hopewell, VA

Physical Description


From his son, James Andrews, 1792.
Box 1 Folder 8
Physical Description


From Elizabeth Bartram, 1793.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

ALS and letter from Josiah bunting to his daughter Hannah on same

From his daughter, Elizabeth Bunting, 1792.
Box 1
Physical Description

2 ALsS

From Rachel Hunt, 1793.
Box 1
Physical Description


From his daughter, Martha Andrews, 1792.
Box 1
Physical Description


Josiah Bunting (1734-1813) to his daughter, Hannah Bunting, sent from Virginia, 1792 7mo 18.
Box 1 Folder 9
Physical Description


Josiah Bunting (1773-1863), correspondence sent concerning lumber business, 1825.
Box 1 Folder 10
Physical Description

copies of letters

Samuel, Susanna and their children, 1874.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Primarily correspondence from the summer of 1874 between Samuel and Susanna L. Bunting and their children, left in the care of recently married daughter, Hannah Bunting Davis, describing everyday activities and concerns at home in Darby, PA

Bunting, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel invitation to call, addressed to Grace A Bunting, Sept. 25, 1866.
Box 1 Folder 11
Rawlings, Ridgway to family, Jan. 23, 1874.
Box 1
Physical Description


Davis, Hannah Bunting and her siblings to her parents, Samuel and Susanna Lloyd Bunting, June-July 1874, n.d.
Box 1
Physical Description

approx. 29 letters

Bunting, Susanna Lloyd to her children, from Steamship Indiana, June-July 1874.
Box 1
Physical Description


Eyre, William (married Kezia Ridgway Bunting 1873) to family, June 1876.
Box 1
Physical Description


Centennial Exhibition invitations, etc., 1876.
Box 1
Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., Correspondence received, ca. 1910-1941.
Box 1 Folder 12
Scope and Contents

Includes family letters received while a student at Swarthmore College (1910-18) and while attending Conference of All Friends, London (1920). Also includes miscellaneous materials.

Physical Description

26 letters

Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., notebook of Quaker stories, 1920-1959.
Box 1
Anonymous to "Dear Brother", ca. 1744.
Box 1 Folder 13
Scope and Contents

Incomplete letter concerning perilous voyage from Great Britain to America to visit Friends, which includes several attacks by privateers.

Bunting, Josiah, 1798.
Box 1 Folder 14
Scope and Contents

An account of the testimony of James Dickinson and Jane Fearon

Bunting, Josiah (?), Commonplace book, with accounts of Thomas Browne and Elizabeth Lightfoot.
Box 1
Judge, Hugh to Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 1790 12mo 7.
Box 1 Folder 15
Parker, B. C. to his cousin, 1864.
Box 1 Folder 16
Physical Description


Paschall, Henry to Susanna Fisher, May 27, 1785.
Box 1 Folder 17
Physical Description


Paschall, T. J., drafts of letters, 1818.
Box 1 Folder 18
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, subscription list to aid the suffering of Friends in Ireland and Great Britain, 1801.
Box 1 Folder 19
Pusey, James to Walter Hibberd, 1878.
Box 1 Folder 20
Scope and Contents

re: heirs to a property

Physical Description


Smith, W. T. to Charles Lloyd, Feb. 16, 1836.
Box 1 Folder 21
Scope and Contents

Regarding recommending him to the Court of Common Pleas

Physical Description


Stabler, William to Halliday Jackson, 2 mo, 8, 1831 2mo 8.
Box 1 Folder 22
Scope and Contents

Copied by John J. Jackson, including the last letter of Edward Stabler

Piesly, Mary to F.P., copy of a letter, original ca. 1755.
Box 1 Folder 23
Scope and Contents

Includes notation that letter was found among the papers of Josiah Bunting after his death in 1813

Wilson, Sarah, to Jamima Wilkinson "who called herself the Universal Friend,", n.d.
Box 1 Folder 24
Physical Description


Scott, Job, extract from the journal on the subject of water baptism.
Box 1 Folder 25
Steel, John, his testimony against John Wilkinson and John Story, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 26
Scope and Contents

Typescript with handwritten additions and corrections. "This belongs to James Andrews," found among his papers

Westtown School order of examination and legal papers, 1840.
Box 1 Folder 27
Orphans Court, 1804.
Box 1 Folder 28
Scope and Contents

Includes directions from Judge Hugh Lloyd Wills of Benjamin Paschall and Samuel Bunting with other receipts, bills, indentures

Family documents and family records removed from older sources.
Box 1 Folder 29
Physical Description


Manuscript poetry, mostly elegiac.
Box 1 Folder 30
Scope and Contents

Includes verses written by Martha G. McIlvain at death of George F. White and a poem by Mary Walters on the death by drowning of Lydia Hollingsworth, 1788.

Scope and Contents

Typescript with handwritten additions and corrections. Described as "Bunting-Ridgway-Andrews-Lloyd Families, with biographical sketches of leading members of the most closely related affiliated families and brief descriptions of places and events of the period in which they lived. Compiled by Martha Bunting, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College [1934]."

Bunting, Immigrant.
Box 2
Darby Friends School.
Josiah Bunting.
Box 2
Andrews, Lloyd, Ridgway.
Box 2
Life of Samuel Bunting (1828-1878).
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Including boyhood, family life, Civil War service, career with excerpts from his letters and other sources

Life of Susanna Lloyd Andrews Bunting (1831-1896).
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Including childhood anecdotes, excerpts from her letters from Europe which she visited in the summer of 1874 with her husband and son James, description of her school days at the Sharon Female Seminary and its founder John Jackson, and homelife

Description of family silver and heirlooms.
Box 2
Vol. 4. Children, Grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Samuel and Susanna Lloyd Andrews Bunting, July 20, 1936.
Box 2 Folder 34
Scope and Contents

With note: "It is decided not to print this volume, I hope some member of the Family will become the custodian and will on the event of his or her death, devise it to another member of the family. I would suggest Samuel Bunting Jr.. as the first custodian-" signed Martha Bunting. Includes biographies and reminiscences of the author, Samuel J. Bunting, Jr., and other family members

Vol. 5. Affiliated families.
Box 2 Folder 35

Concord Monthly Meeting.
Box 3 Folder 36
Births and Deaths from New Garden Monthly Meeting, and notes from Darby Monthly Meeting.
Box 3
Abstract of family deed records.
Box 3 Folder 37
Walton, Jacob Yearsely, copy of his pocket account book.
Box 3 Folder 38
Lloyd Family.
Box 3 Folder 39
"Judge Hugh Lloyd and his family," by Elizabeth P. Marshall., May 1894.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Elizabeth was the daughter of Hannah Lloyd and James Andrews

Physical Description

35 pp. ms

Lloyd Family, Genealogical notes.
Box 3 Folder 40
Marshall Family, Genealogical notes.
Box 3 Folder 40
Death notices, found with Marshall correspondence.
Box 3 Folder 41
Marshall, Samuel, genealogical correspondence, (1863-1927).
Box 3 Folder 42
Scope and Contents

Includes bulk correspondence received from Howard Lloyd.

Marshall Family correspondence, 1893-1934.
Box 3 Folder 43
Scope and Contents

Includes letters to Samuel J. Bunting in reference to chart he was preparing

Extracts of letters from Hannah Browne and others, 1806-1835.
Box 3 Folder 44
Scope and Contents

Letters copied by Samuel Marshall, 1894.

Paschall Family coat of arms.
Box 3 Folder 45
Ridgway Family coat of arms.
Box 3 Folder 45
"Ridgway Notes for Martha Bunting," by Elizabeth B. Satterthwaite, 1941.
Box 3 Folder 46
Physical Description


Genealogical Notes, Ridgway Family.
Box 3 Folder 47
Folder A: Kezia R. Bunting, Martha B. Andrews, and others.
Box 3 Folder 48
Folder B: Marshall and allied lines.
Box 4 Folder 49
Folder C: Marshall, Blunston, early Delaware County history, Darby Monthly Meeting history.
Box 4 Folder 50
Newspaper clippings, obits, etc.
Box 4 Folder 51

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