Rodman-Rotch Family Papers
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The Rodman and Rotch families were New England Quakers. Samuel Rodman (1753-1835) married Elizabeth Rotch (1757-1856) in 1780. He was a successful Nantucket and New Bedford, Mass., whaling merchant and clerk of New England Yearly Meeting. Elizabeth (Rotch) Rodman was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, also from a family involved in the whaling business, and active in philanthropic and reform causes. They had nine children. The Rodmans and Rotches were closely intertwined by marriage; three of the Rodman siblings married three of the Rotch siblings. The families also had links to Philadelphia and English mercantile families and were related to the Fisher, Waln, Morgan, Hussey and other families.
The collection contains chiefly personal correspondence (1763-1865) of the extended Rodman and Rotch families, along with travel journals (1805, 1807, 1809) and a manuscript copy of the autobiographical memoir of William Rotch (1734-1828), the father of Elizabeth Rotch Rodman, and some related material. The families had links to Philadelphia and English mercantile families. Some of the letters have been transcribed into typed copies. There are also a small number of Quaker manuscripts, including accounts of Priscilla Cadwallader's sermon delivered at Newport, R.I., in 1824; Samuel Spavold's Prophesy or Testimony in 1749; and Robert Barrow's testimony at the funeral of George Fox.
The collection is divided into three series:
- Journals, biographical and genealogical
- Family correspondence
- Quaker manuscripts
- Genealogy of the Rodman Family by Charles Henry Jones, Philadelphia, 1886.
Donor: Mrs. Alfred Rodman Hussey, 1959, 1960
The collection was given by Mary Lincoln Warren Husssey, the widow of Alfred Rodman Hussey who was a descendent of Samuel and Elizabeth (Rotch) Rodman. His grandparents, Charles W. and Sarah R. Morgan became Unitarians after the "New Light" controversy in New Bedford Monthly Meeting. Alfred R. Hussey was a Unitarian minister.
Processed by FHL staff prior to 1967. Other related papers from the same donor were cataloged as Alfred Rodman Hussey Manuscripts, MSS 030. In 4/2014, the miscellaneous Quaker writings in the manuscript collection were united with the larger collection, added to Series. 3. The journals by Sarah R. Morgan and Jane Hoskins were added to MSS 003, FHL Journals. See Acc. file for list of items previously cataloged as MSS 030.
- Quakers -- Social life and customs
- Quakers -- Massachusetts -- Nantucket Island
- Quakers -- Massachusetts -- New Bedford
- Society of Friends -- Massachusetts -- Nantucket
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
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- FHL staff
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- 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/.
AMs. Eliza Rodman? (1782-1864), attending Quaker meetings, accounts of travels.
AMs. Includes visits to Stafford Springs, CT, and visit to Shakers. In 1807 visits to Boston, Plymoth, and Sandwich. First part of the volume was used by Benjamin Rodman as student work book.
AMsS. From New Bedford to NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Virginia
Ms. copy. An account of events in Nantucket during the years 1775-1794, written ca. 1814.
An account of the life Eliza Rotch (1764-1858) daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Hussey) Barker. An address by Alfred Rodman Hussey presented to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society. Photocopy of a draft typescript and notes.
Includes a letter by Samuel Fisher on death of Hannah.
Includes "Salutatory oration pronounced before the trustees of the "Friends Academy", New Bedford "...being the second anniversary of the establishment of the Institution..." 5/21/1813.
Mostly to his wife, Elizabeth Rotch Rodman.
Also typed extracts of letters written to S.R., Jr. while at school.
Mostly concerning business.
2 typed copies
Written from Dunkirk, Islington, Milford, Lowlands.
Includes copy of Epistle from New England Y.M. (Women) to Philadelphia YM (Women) 1817, Mary Rotch, clerk.
[Attached to letter by Eleanor Moode(?)]
To Samuel & Elizabeth Rodman re religious controversy.
Includes Rodman, T.P. to Harriet Amanda Holt, 1830 1mo. 24
A theological discussion.
Text of a sermon delivered by Priscilla Hunt Cadwallader (1786-1859), Quaker minister.
Ms volume. Transferred from Hussey MSS, 4/2014.
Ms poem (copy) by Peleg Folger, born 1734, Nantucket. Transferred from Hussey MSS, 4/2014.
A.L.S. Transferred from Hussey MSS, 4/2014.
Small Ms volume containing Quaker writings. Includes "A Remarkable Dream on the 30th of ye 10 mo 1762, A Passage concerning Peter Gardner," and the dream of Elizabeth Wilkinson. Transferred from Hussey MSS, 4/2014.
Small Ms volume. Transferred from Hussey MSS, 4/2014.
Ms volume. Transferred from Hussey MSS, 4/2014.
New York. 1 page Ms, a satirical creed directed against the Orthodox. Transferred from Hussey MSS, 4/2014.