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Edith Verlenden Paschall Papers

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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Edith Verlenden Paschall (1881-1961) was a Quaker genealogist and historian from Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

The collection contains correspondence, legal papers and marriage certificates (chiefly photocopies), wills, genealogical notes, miscellaneous memorabilia, and pictures collected by Paschall and relating to the Paschall family and other Quaker families. Includes material relating to the history and settlement of Darby, Pa., the development of Darby Monthly Meeting, and historic houses and brickmaking in the Delaware Valley, Pa.

The collection is divided into six series:

  1. Biographical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Writings
  4. Memorabilia
  5. Pictures
  6. Reference material

Gift of William Verlenden Paschall, 1962

Processed by FHL staff prior to 1967.

The following materials, originally part of the collection, have been removed and recatalogued:

  1. 6 bills for merchandise and services, 1736-1765. Those billed were Jonathan Adams, Commissioners for Indian Affairs, Wm. Davis, John Franks, Glover Hunt, Obadiah Johnson, Edward Waldron. (negative photostats) MISC. MSS.
  2. Marshall House brief of title, 1682-1865. (typewritten) MISC. MSS.

Marriage certificates (negative photostats) removed to Chart Case A:

  1. Jos. Drinker to Hannah Hart, 1760, Phila.
  2. Geo. Painter to Elinor Musgrave, 1680, Haverford.
  3. John Smith to Elizabeth Bartram, 1715, Darby.
  4. Wm. West to Sarah Ennis, 1753, Phila.
  5. Wm. Nest to Hannah Shaw, 1767, Phila.

Other materials:

  1. Agreement between Wm. Priest of Darby and John Blunston, re. fence, 11mo 9 1713-14. (negative & positive photostats) MISC. MSS.
  2. Agreement between Geo. Wood and John Blunston, 9mo 27 1636. (negative photostat) MISC. MSS
  3. Drawings and descriptions of plots of land. (some negative and some positive photostats) Owners: 1703, John Biunston; 1704, John Bethel; 1709, Martha Bizalion, Moses Coombs, James Letort, Robt. Wilkins, Thos. Wilkins, 1721, John West; n.d, Peter Dicks, Wm. Worrall; 2 unidentified. MISC. MSS.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
Before 1967
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

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Collection Inventory

Verses on Edith Paschall's 80th birthday and biographical essay.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Typed biographical manuscript by May B. Schwalm submitted in 1962 for publication in Philadelphia Inquirer.

Science Course at Friends Central School, 6/19/1986.
Box 1
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Swarthmore College, 6/13/1899.
Box 1

Scope and Contents

By various authors, and having to do largely with genealogical research. Also includes:

John W. Nason, president of Swarthmore College, to Edith Verlenden Paschall, 6/12/1953.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Advising Edith that she had been named as one of the Honorary Curators of the Friends Historical Library.

Members of the Board of Directors of Gibbons Home to Edith Verlenden Paschall, expressing appreciation for her work as president of the Board, 6/7/1954.
Box 1
Extracts from letters of Anna B. Bartram "to my esteemed fried E.P. Marshall", 1837-1845.
Box 1
Physical Description

handwritten copy

Extract from letter of Susan Serrill to "J".
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Regarding Christianity and war; written during the Civil War.

Physical Description

handwritten copy

Notes for talk on The Friendly Society for Diffusing Useful Knowledge.
Box 1
Notes for introducing speakers at program "By-Ways in Darby History".
Box 1

Address book.
Box 1
"Greetings on the 253rd Christmas at Applebrook", 1948.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes list of silversmiths.

2 games, "Information please", and "Questions on Trees".
Box 1

Darby Friends Meeting House.
Box 1
Directors, Springhaven Club, 1921.
Box 1
15 Rogers Ave., etc.
Box 1
Friends Old Meeting House, Easton, Md.
Box 1
Home of Jacob S. Serrill, Darby, Pa. (John Bethell in 1703).
Box 1

Scope and Contents

Listing checklist available with collection

Notebook on Bake House in Darby, Pa. and information regarding English bricks used in building it; and other information regarding bricks and brickmakers.
Box 1
Ms. regarding bricks, in handwriting and style of Edith Paschall.
Box 1
Correspondence regarding bricks, including letters from Colonial Williamsburg and the Smithsonian Institution.
Box 1
Snapshots and negatives of bricks.
Box 1
Draft of Edward Kennison's brick-yard in Chester, 1704.
Box 1
Physical Description

negative photostat

Four old bricks.
Box 4
Buck Hill Falls Land.
Box 1
Darby Meeting Papers.
Box 1
Darby settlement papers.
Box 2
Delaware County ps.
Box 2
Delaware County Historical Society papers.
Box 2
Friends' Central School.
Box 2
Physical Description

mainly photographs

Friends' testimonies.
Box 2
Genealogical notes.
Box 3
Miscellaneous notes.
Box 3
Miscellaneous.
Box 3
Physical Description

printed

Morton Mortonson house.
Box 3
"Pre-Civil War Medicine in Chester County, Pa." Essay by Nancy A. Bremiller (12th grade).
Box 3
Physical Description

typed carbon

Roads.
Box 3
Papers on Strath Haven Inn relics.
Box 3
Swedish Cabin (homestead).
Box 3
Joseph Wood, 12/12/1721.
Box 3
Philip Mourer, 2/10/1778.
Box 3
Joseph Wood, 4/13/1782.
Box 3
John Wood, 2/11/1791.
Box 3
James Wood, 2/19/1865.
Box 3
Wm. W. Wharton, 6/14/1939.
Box 3
Deeds, titles and related papers.
Box 3
Clippings.
Box 3

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