William Sharp Prickett Family Papers
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William Sharp Prickett (1862-1926) was youngest child of Josiah J. and Emaline B. (Engle) Prickett. The Prickett family were Quakers who lived in the area of Northampton and Southampton Townships, Burlington Co., New Jersey, from 1716, the date of the earliest document in the collection. William Prickett's parents were married out of unity, but his mother, Emaline B. Engle Prickett, retained her membership in Evesham Monthly Meeting and, later, Upper Evesham Monthly Meeting. They lived in or near villages such as Masonville, Easton, and Vincentown, near Rancocas Creek. In later generations most of the children attended or graduated from Westtown Boarding School, as did many of their spouses. The men in this family were farmers, educators, and lumbermen.
William S. Prickett graduated from Westtown in 1879 and served as an assistant teacher for a few months after graduation. He taught at Newark Academy, Delaware, under headmaster Joseph Polk, and in 1888 married Polk's daughter, Mary Wilson Polk. She was not a Quaker, and at that time, William Prickett resigned his membership at Upper Evesham Monthly Meeting. He became an attorney in Wilmington, Delaware, after his marriage and died there in 1926. His correspondence is mainly about family affairs.
The collection contains the family papers preserved by William Sharp Pickett (1862-1926), whose family were New Jersey Quakers. It includes biographical and genealogical, family correspondence, school papers relating to Josiah J. Pickett who served on the school committee of Northampton Township, NJ., a minute book (1867-1893) kept by Lewis L. Prickett as Secretary of the Trustees of the New Freedom School, Southampton Township, family legal and financial papers, and memorabilia.
The collection is divided into six series:
- Legal and financial papers
- Reference material
Donor: Florence Prickett Hershey, 1984
The collection was given by Florence Prickett Hershey, the daughter of William Sharp Prickett.
- Quakers -- New Jersey -- Burlington County
- Quakers -- Education -- New Jersey -- Burlington County
- Quakers -- Social life and customs
- Schools -- New Jersey -- Northampton Township
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Collection is open for research.
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By William Irick, Justice of the Peace.
Reports concern children who were entitled to public school funds in the years 1840 and 1841. Josiah served on the School Committee of Northampton Township.
Kept by Lewis L. Prickett (1844-1929) while serving as Secretary of the Trustees.
For 300 acres of land in the township which had been purchased by John Engle from Hugh Sharp in 1715. Cataloged and filed in oversize chart case.Physical Description
For 50 acres of cedar swamp, meadows, and low land on a branch of Raucocas Creek, called the Bear Swamp. This land had been conveyed to Samuel Kemble by Abraham Hewlings in 1762. Cataloged and filed in oversize chart case.
This land had been purchased by Springer in May 1777.
Recorded by the Surveyor General, Robert Smith.
For public sale of the farm of the late Lewis L. Prickett (1844-1929) on 11/20/1930, by Myra W. Prickett, his daughter. Farm located about 1.5 miles from Vincentown, Burlington Co. Filed in RG 5, oversize chart case
Books kept by Job Prickitt, his executor and son-in-law. Prickitt's wife was Ann Smith,, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Smith.
For Northampton and Southampton Townships, kept by Josiah J. Prickett as Superintendent.
Transferred books chosen as representative of books used by mid- nineteenth century schools and academies, Quaker and non Quaker.