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Jennings-Clark-Eldridge Family Papers


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

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Overview and metadata sections

Hannah A. Jennings (1803-1853), a New Jersey Quaker, was the daughter of Phebe (Glover) and John Clark of Gloucester, N.J. After her father's death, her mother married a widower, Isaac Eldridge, of Pilesgrove Monthly Meeting of Friends, in 1807. Hannah Clark married Levi Jennings, a bricklayer, in 1832.

The collection contains correspondence (1805-1861), household accounts, and miscellaneous papers of Hannah A. Jennings, her husband, Levi Jennings, and her mother, Phebe (Glover) Clark Eldridge. Includes a manuscript account of a sermon by Priscilla Hunt at Merion in 1823, the renunciation of Maria Emily (Imlay) by Ann Jones in 1826, and letters discussing the Hicksite controversy.

The collection is divided into six series

  1. Correspondence
  2. Journal (fragments), 1820, 1826
  3. Financial papers
  4. Legal papers
  5. Genealogical and related papers
  6. Miscellaneous

Donor: Jennings Family, 1946

Formerly known as Jennings Family Papers.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
1946, 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

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Organized by recipient and arranged chronologically.

Phebe Clark, recipient, 1805-1807.
Box 1
Isaac Eldridge, recipient, 1807-1810.
Box 1
Phebe Eldridge, recipient, 1808-1817.
Box 1
Phebe Eldridge, recipient, 1821-1844.
Box 1
Hannah A. (Clark) Jennings, recipient, 1807-1852.
Box 1
Levi Jennings, recipient, 1830-1848.
Box 1
Other family correspondence, 1820-1861.
Box 1

Fragments, 1820, 1826.
Box 1

Accounts, bills, receipts, 1809-1871.
Box 1

Bonds, guardianship papers, wills, and papers relating to estates, mortgage papers.
Box 1
John Hampton Ann (his wife), to James Atkinson, 1768.
Isaac Elizabeth Somers to Samuel Lippincott, 1777.
Thomas Rachel Jennings to Levi Jennings, 1803.

Births deaths, Jennings family and Logue family.
Box 1
Thomas Jennings to Rachel Glover, 1797.
Box 1
John Clark to Phebe Glover, 1798.
Box 1
Levi Jennings to Hannah A. Clark, 1832.
Box 1
Phebe Clark, Removal cert. from Evesham to Pilesgrove MM.
Box 1
Phebe Clark, Disownment from Evesham MM, 1799.
Phebe Eldridge, Removal cert. from Phila. MM to Pilesgrove MM, 1827.
Box 1

Plot plans.
Box 1
Essays and extracts.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Including a manuscript account of a sermon by Priscilla Hunt at Merion in 1823, and the account of a sermon by Ann Jones in 1826 in which she renounced Maria Emily (Imlay).

Exercise books.
Box 1
Female Association of Philadelphia for promoting the manufacture and use of free cotton, Opening Minute and Rules, 1829.
Box 1
Physical Description


Recipes and cures.
Box 1
Verses, mostly copies; some verses inspired by Elias Hicks.
Box 1

Print, Suggest