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Underwood 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

The Underwood family was a Quaker family, of Millville, Pennsylvania, and Woodbury, New Jersey. Warner Underwood (5/9/1851-2/4/1941) was a Quaker businessman and philanthropist. He married Tamar Eliza John (12/19/1848-8/2/1932) at the home of her mother, Hannah Kester John, in Millville, Columbia County, Pa, under the care of Fishing Creek Monthly Meeting on the 21st day of 10th month, 1875. They had two sons, James Harris Underwood (b. 9/27/1876) and Amos Parker Underwood (b. 12/24/1883). The family transferred from Centre Monthly Meeting, Pa., to Woodbury Monthly Meeting, N.J., certificate in 1880.

The collection contains chiefly papers of Warner Underwood (1851-1941), Quaker businessman and philanthropist, and his wife, Tamar Eliza John Underwood (1848-1932), including personal correspondence, financial and legal records (1876) relating to a sawmill in Centre County, Pa., student copy work, memorabilia, and historical material relating to Millville.

The collection is divided into six series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Legal and financial papers
  4. Writings
  5. Memorabilia
  6. Reference material, Quaker

Accession information

Donor: Joseph Mather Livezey, 1967

Unprocessed when received. Sorted and placed in RG 5.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

"Memories of Millville and Greenwood Seminary", and other memoirs, 8/26/1897.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes memorial booklet on Henry W. Wilbur.

Golden Wedding Anniversary Booklet, 10/21/1925.
Box 1
Enclosures, manuscript copy of minute of Woolwich Preparative Meeting (53rd Anniversary), and poem "Golden Wedding", by Roselda Kester Cloud, 10/21/1928.
Box 1

Various correspondence, 10/5/1889-1/18/1915.

Assignment of lease of saw mill property from Jesse Underwood to his son Warner Underwood, 4/1/1876.
Box 1
Will of R. Orlando Way, 3/13/1902.
Box 1
Physical Description

typed copy

Student compositions and verse, n.d.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Names of William I. and Warner Underwood (brothers) on a few of the papers.

Acct. of John Randolph's last illness, manumission of the people he enslaved (typed), and pamphlet "From the deposition of Dr. Joseph Parrish in John Randolph's Case", 1833.
Box 1
Memorials and obituaries, 1895, 1910, 1920.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Memorials of John Kester and Hannah M. K. Towns (brother and sister), and others.

Minutes (extracts) of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1852.
Box 1
"An Epistle of Tender Caution", Job Scott, 1886.
Box 1
Account of Woodbury P.M.'s philanthropic work, 1902-1915.
Box 1
"Views and Testimonies of Friends", Isaac Hilborn, 1904.
Box 1
Physical Description

2 copies

Account of uniting of two branches of Friends at Woodbury, NJ.
Box 1
Physical Description

rough notes

Meeting for Worship, an outline, n.d.
Box 1
Postcards of Friends Meeting House, Wilmington, DE.
Box 1

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