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Knight Family Papers

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

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The Knight family was a Quaker family from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

The collection contains chiefly legal and business papers of Jacob P. Tyson, his wife, Mary B. Michener Tyson, and others. Also contains family correspondence, wills, deeds, estate papers, biographical and genealogical materials, marriage certificates, memorabilia, printed material, and pictures. Includes material relating to the Michener and Warner families.

The collection is divided into six series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Correspondence, 1829-1895
  3. Business, financial, and legal papers
  4. Memorabilia
  5. Pictures
  6. Printed reference material.

Donor: Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Souder, 1965

A gift from Dorothy Cloud Reed, FHL 2012.038, of Gilbert, Knight, James family deeds and marriage certificates were added to FHL Deeds, Marriages to replace photocopies of same donated in 1993. Gift included an 1834 plot plan of lots of Joshua Gilbert, added to RG 5/081.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
1965
Sponsor
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/.

Collection Inventory

Notebook of biographical and genealogical data.
Box 1
Printed obituary of Isaac Warner, aged 3 years, 1862.
Box 1
Clippings: re. marriage of Mary Knight, daughter of Mrs. P.E. Souder, to John Dale Schellenger, 1943.
Box 1
Diary of a trip to Montreal, 1872.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Author unknown. (Possibly Mary Knight Warner- traveling with cousins Alfred and Ellen Moore?)

Correspondence, 1829-1895, n.d.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Among the authors are Joshua P. Kirk, Ellen Moore, John J. Moore, Jacob P. Tyson, Joshua Tyson, M. B. Tyson, Isaac Warner, Jr. Among the recipients are Mary T. Knight (later Warner), Mary Mitchner (Michener), Jacob P. Tyson, Watson Wood.

Funeral expenses, 1883.
Box 1
Accounts of executors, 1883.
Box 1
Inventory and appraisement of real and personal estate for Collateral Inheritance Tax, 1884.
Box 1
Receipts for payments from the estate, 1884.
Box 1
Receipts for goods, services, taxes, 1838-1857 (with gaps).
Box 1
Tax notices, 1850, 1854, 1855.
Box 1
Appraisement of goods, n.d.
Box 1
Approved as guardian of Mary Malone, 1827.
Box 1
Bills and receipts for goods and services, 1843, 1844, 1847.
Box 1
Inventory and appraisement, 1847.
Box 1
Physical Description

2 copies

Certificate of marriage of William Michener to Juliana Taylor at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia County, Pa., Aug. 6, 1765.
Box 1
Certificate of marriage of William Michener to Mary Beans,Philadelphia., Mar. 27, 1813.
Box 1
Notebook, record of public sale of land, 1847.
Box 1
Settlement of estate, 1834.
Box 1
Physical Description

copy

Will, 6-19-1846.
Box 1
Physical Description

2 ms. copies

Papers of James D. Ritter, Search for mortgages, 1850.
Box 1
Certificate of marriage to Mary B. Michener at Horsham Meeting House, 2-13-1840.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Removed to Marriages

Bank book, 1866-1874.
Box 1
Bank checks, cancelled, 1867-1869, 1873.
Box 1
Indenture, Jacob P. Tyson and Bethlehem Iron Co., 1872.
Box 1
Accounts of ore mined on his property, 1873, 1874.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Bethlehem Iron Co. referring to checks in payment for ore; also, correspondence 1874 re: removal of pipe line laid by the Co.

Trustee of Benjamin and Rachel S. Hallowell. Notebook of receipts, 1860.
Trustee of estate of Hannah Hamel. Notebook of accounts, 1857-1876.
Box 1
Guardian of Jane Bradshaw's children. Notebook of receipts, 1855-1858.
Box 1
Guardian of Jacob Kirk's estate. Notebook of accounts 4 receipts,, 1856-1858.
Box 1
Guardian of William Henry Auble, 1863.
Box 1
Guardian of Emma F. and Anna P. Kirk. Account, 1860.
Box 1
Administrator of goods and chattel of Ann Stevens,, 1864.
Box 1
Administrator of estate of Jonathan Michener. Receipt, 1870.
Box 1
Guardian of Jacob L. Tyson.
Box 1
Memoranda of Jacob P. Tyson's estate, 1865, 1866.
Box 1
Jacob P. Tyson, treas., Willow-Grove and Germantown Plank Road Co.
Box 1
Payments made by Co., 1870, 1871.
Box 1
Transfer of 34 shares of stock from Robert Picken and Co. to Harman Yukes, 1857.
Box 1
License to build gate, 1868.
Box 1
Receipt for payment of tuition for Joseph C. Tyson, 1838.
Box 1
Tax assessment, 1859.
Box 1
Receipt for payment of assessment for Independent Mutual Fire Insurance Co., 1866.
Box 1
Receipt for safe for Jacob P. Tyson, shipped on North Pennsylvania Rail Road,, 1866.
Box 1
Promissory notes, Ezekiel Tyson to Jacob P. Tyson, 1864, 1869.
Box 1
Physical Description

2 notes

Order on National Bank of Germantown to pay to Hutchinson Smith $200. Signed by Jacob P. Tyson,, 1873.
Box 1
Check on Jenkintown National Bank, to pay $8,846.28 to same.
Box 1
Signed Mary B. Tyson, executrix for estate of Jacob P. Tyson, 1877.
Box 1
Tax notices, 1853-1868.
Box 1
Tax receipts, 1851-1869.
Box 1
Will, 7-31-1875.
Box 1
Physical Description

ms. copy

Articles of agreement between Mary B. Tyson and George Emerson, 1885.
Box 1
Bill for carpentry, 1885.
Box 1
Papers re: estate, 1889.
Box 1
Lease to Kirkbride Rickey, 1836.
Box 1
2 receipts for goods and services., 1836, 1837.
Box 1
Inventory and appraisement, 1854.
Box 1
Physical Description

notebook and ms. copy

Notebook containing record of payments of Jacob P. Tyson, executor of estate of Sarah P. Tyson, 1854, 1855.
Box 1
Records of public sale of goods and chattel, 1854.
Box 1
Settlement of estate, 1855.
Box 1
Physical Description

copy

Will, 9-23-1854.
Box 1
Physical Description

ms. copy

Sarah T. Michener and Henry Messer, 1840.
Box 1
Sarah T. Michener and George W. Duffield, 1858.
Box 1
David Lukens and John Shaffer, 1866.
Box 1
Abel Hinckstone to Andrew Hamilton, Jeremiah Langhorne, Richard Hayes, John Wright, 1737.
Box 1
John and Sarah Tolan to Benjamin Tyson, 1826.
Box 1
Thomas Tyson to David Thomas, administrator of estate of Peter Tyson, 1831.
Box 1
Garrett Wynkoop to William Michener, 1842.
Box 1
Benjamin Gilbert and wife Elizabeth to John Gilbert, Byberry, June 25, 1774.
Box 2
John Gilbert and wife Ann to John Hawkes and John McMullen, Byberry, Mar. 25, 1796.
Box 2
Stevenson Croasdale and wife Martha to James Field, land partly in Bensalem, Bucks Co., and partly in Byberry, Phila. Co., Nov. 27, 1843.
Box 2
Josiah Hart's land, 1783.
Box 2
John McMullin's land, 1799.
Box 2
Joshua Gilbert's land, 1834.
Box 2
Indenture: Thomas Earp, Thomas Rogers, Edward Needles, William C. Hancock, William McGlenry, George L. Eyre, Benjamin Kline, managers of Almshouse, Philadelphia, put John Sheerer to work for Thomas Tyson (cancelled), 1826.
Box 2
Inventories and appraisements.
Box 2
Thomas Tyson to Sarah Hobensack, 1832.
Box 2
Jacob Kirk to John S. Terry, 1855.
Box 2
Emeline M. Tyson, Tacie T. Tyson, Anna M. Tyson, Lizzie H. Tyson, and Jacob P. Tyson, to John H. Tyson, 1875.
Box 2
Marriage certificate: Isaac Beans to Christiana Johnston, Dec. 19, 1771.
Box 2
Receipts for goods and services, 1829-1895 and n.d.
Box 2
Receipt for tuition for Elizabeth, Hannah and Ann Knight, paid to Mary W. Shourds, 1829.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes tuition for Clayton Tyson, paid to William Johnson, 1835.

Funeral expenses for Hannah and Mary Knight, 1832.
Box 2
Payments on share of stock in Farmer's Hay and Straw Market Association, 1834.
Box 2
Subscription to Norristown Herald, by Thomas Tyson, 1834.
Box 2
Subscription to Germantown Telegraph, by Sarah T. Michener, 1850.
Box 2
Notices to relinquish possession of property, 1832, 1835, 1843, 1852, 1855.
Box 2
Tax notices, 1850, 1856.
Box 2
Public sale, land of Jacob Kirk, 1855.
Box 2
Physical Description

notebook

Public sale, land of Benjamin Tyson, 1857.
Box 2
Union Mutual Fire Insurance Co., policy of John K. Tyson, 1876.
Box 2
Receipts for payments of road, county, and dog taxes, 1824-1835.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes record of sale of cows, 1833, 1834, 1854.

Thomas Tyson.
Box 2
Physical Description

notebook

"Survey, Fire Co., and Memorandum." Notebook, so labeled, containing descriptions of houses and amounts of insurance., n.d.
Box 2
Mortgage: John Tolan and wife Sarah to Benjamin Tyson, 1827.
Box 2
Memorandum of title, 1850.
Box 2
Order to Sell: Land of Rynear Tyson, 1857.
Box 2
Release: Alfred Tyson to John Shaw and Jacob P. Tyson, 1869.
Box 2
Charles Lukens, 1824.
Box 2
Thomas Tyson, 1837.
Box 2
Mary Dull, settlement from estate of Thomas Tyson., 1837.
Box 2
Jacob Kirk, 1855-1858.
Box 2
Samuel Johnson Pickering, 1878.
Box 2
Isaac Mitchnor, n.d.
Box 2
Mary Beans Michener, n.d.
Box 2
Physical Description

ms. copies

Isaac Beans, 9-7-1814.
Box 2
Thomas Tyson, 3-17-1815.
Box 2
Joseph Lukens, 3-26-1838.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes extract relating to Abington M.M.

Anna P. Cooper, 3-16-1854.
Box 2
Sarah T. Michener, 1-21-1860.
Box 2
Isaac Beans, 4-13-1860.
Box 2
Jane E. McDowell, 7-12-1872.
Box 2
Rebecca Kirk, 10-16-1879.
Box 2

Jacob Tyson's Friendship Book, 1831.
Box 2
Verses by Grace Lloyd, in memory of Hannah Yarnall, wife of Dr. Peter Yarnall, 1795.
Box 2
Verses for silver wedding anniversary of Jonathan and Mary Ann Thomas, n.d.
Box 2
Invitations, 1812-1875 and n.d.
Box 2

Jacob P. Tyson.
Box 2
Physical Description

2 pictures

Charles Kirk.
Box 2

Physical Description

printed

The Indian Helper, Aug., 1800?.
Box 2
Epistle, Phila. YM to all members, 1812.
Box 2
Extracts, Phila. YM, 4mo 15-19, 1822.
Box 2
Extracts, Phila. YM, 4mo 21-25, 1823.
Box 2
Epistle, London YM, to the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings, in Great Britain, Ireland, and Elsewhere, 1824 5mo 19-27.
Box 2
Epistle, Phila. YM, to Friends on the Continent of America, 1833.
Box 2
Extracts, Phila. YM, 1841.
Box 2
Charter and By-Laws of the Independent Mutual Fire Insurance Co., 1853.
Box 2
Friends Social Lyceum, announcement of reunion, 1865.
Box 2
Train schedule, Phila., Germantown, and Norristown RR., 1870.
Box 2
Advertising card, C. Tolan, photographer, n.d.
Box 2
A History of the Townships of Byberry and Moreland, in Philadelphia, Pa., by Joseph C. Martindale. Pub. Phila., T. Ellwook Zell, 1867.
Box 2

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