George Family Papers
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The following is a brief history of noteworthy members of the George family, as well as other early Welsh Quakers that settled in America.
Richard George, d. 1708
Richard George, his wife Jane, and their family left Wales on board the ship "Salisbury" and arrived in Upland, Pennsylvania, in 1708. They came from [Llangyrig?] in Montgomeryshire Wales. Richard died a few days after landing; the family was dispersed among relatives and friends situated in the area surrounding Blockley Township.
Jesse George, 1785-1873
Jesse George, son of Edward George and first cousin of Joseph George, was born in 1785 and also lived in Blockley Township. He received an education in the local school and continued in the farming tradition. He was very active in the Society of Friends in the Blockley area. In his will, he and his sister, Rebecca George, donated to the city of Philadelphia a tract of approximately 80 acres, which became known as George's Hill. He died in 1873.
Joseph George, 1773-1845
Joseph George was born in 1773, the eldest son of Amos George and Rebecca Williams, and the first cousin of Jesse George. He studied Mathematics, Reading and Writing in the local school. The death of Amos in 1790 left Joseph to manage the farm and tanyard with his mother. He married Alice Malin, daughter of John Malin and Sophia Dilworth, on September 21, 1801. He died in 1845.
John Malin George, 1802-1887
John Malin George was born on October 16, 1802, the son of Joseph George and Alice Malin. He was the eldest of six brothers and sisters; their well-to-do Hicksite family lived on a farm in Overbrook, Blockley Township, Pennsylvania. John M. George received his education in the "common country schools of the neighborhood and beyond Reading, Writing and Arithmetic was limited perhaps to grammar, Geography and Surveying." The George family was particularly devoted to the life of the Quaker meeting. John was an Elder of Radnor Monthly and Merion Preparative Meetings. None of the George children ever married, and John M. George, the sole survivor, died without an heir on February 11, 1887. He was buried at Merion Meeting.
Randall Malin, 1728, and family
Randall Malin was one of the first settlers in the Upper Providence area of Pennsylvania, emigrating from Great Barrum, Cheshire, England, with his wife Elizabeth. Both had suffered in England for their Quaker beliefs, at one point being charged 20.5 pounds for having prayed aloud with Friends. They settled on 250 acres near Ridley Creek in March 1681. They had two children. Isaac Malin, born in 1681, and another son, Jacob. Elizabeth Malin died in 1687, and Randall then married Mary Hollingsworth, daughter of Valentine Hollingsworth of New Castle, Delaware. With Mary, Randall had two daughters, Hannah and Rachel. He died in 1728.
Thomas Ellis, d. 1688
Thomas Ellis was among the First Purchasers in Pennsylvania, owning land in the Mill Creek valley. He was a Quaker minister from Dolserre, Merionethshire, Wales. Arriving in Philadelphia in 1683, he did not establish permanent roots in the valley, but rather engaged in land speculation and participated in the affairs of the colony." He died in 1688, in great debt to the Proprietary. Thomas Ellis married twice, having children Ellis Ellis and Eleanor Ellis with his first wife, and daughter Rachel with his second wife, Ellin. Eleanor Ellis married David Lawrence. (Lewis) David and Eleanor Lawrence were married in Wales. Once in Pennsylvania, they settled in Haverford Township and were said to be "devout and exemplary members of the Society of Friends."
Thomas Wynne, 1627-1692
Doctor Thomas Wynne emigrated from Flintshire in North Wales, arriving in Pennsylvania with William Penn in 1682 on the ship Welcome. In Wales he had been trained as a cooper and a surgeon, presumably continuing as a physician in Pennsylvania. He suffered for almost six years in prison for his religious testimony and wrote a book in 1677 called The Antiquity of the Quakers, Proved Out of the Scriptures of Truth. Once in Pennsylvania, he served as a Justice of the Peace and later as Speaker for the first Provincial Assembly in Pennsylvania. Wynne eventually sold off most of the land or rights that he had originally purchased. He resided in Philadelphia and was an early member of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends. Involved in many debates about the sale of alcohol, he was considered by some to be an "Ale-Man." Wynne left for England after two years in Pennsylvania, returning to Delaware in 1686. Mary, his daughter, married Dr. Edward Jones in Wales, and settled on a large tract of land in Merion Township, Pennsylvania, with their family. Their son, Jonathon Jones, married Gainor Owens (daughter of Robert Owen) in 1706. Dr. Thomas Wynne died in 1692. They were all among the Welsh immigrants known as the Cymric Friends.
Dr. Edward Jones, of Bala, Merionethshire, acted as a trustee with John Thomas for about seventeen families that intended to emigrate from Wales to Pennsylvania. Jones was one of the first to leave, arriving with a small group called the "Merioneth Adventurers" in August 1682 on the Lyon, two months before Penn. He and the group he led settled in present-day Bala Cynwyd, which was to be part of "The Great Welsh Tract."
Robert Owen and his wife left Merionethshire, Wales, in 1690 for Pennsylvania and settled in Lower Merion upon arrival. He was chosen as the local representative for the Assembly of the Province of Pennsylvania and also served as a Justice of the Peace. He was very active as a Quaker, travelling often while in Wales, and he and his wife were lauded in many memorials as "very serviceable in their places, and very much beloved in their native land,..an ancient couple of distinction."
William Edward, son of Edward ap John of Cynlas in North Wales, arrived in Philadelphia in 1682, prior to William Penn's arrival. In Wales, he had been married to Katherine, daughter of Robert ap Hugh and a Quaker. After her death, he married Jane, daughter of John ap Edward, also a Quaker. He and wife Jane and children from previous marriages came on the ship "Lyon, John Compton Master" and settled in a cave near the Schuylkill River, opposite the present area of Mannyunk). They suffered many hardships in their first season, but received help from Native Americans and neighbors. He later purchased a tract of land in Blockley Township.
The George Family Papers include correspondence (1705-1864), other personal papers (1681-1887), business and financial accounts (1734-1887), and estate papers (1714-1883). Of particular note are the estate accounts of many family members and other individuals for whom John M. and Joseph W. George acted as conveyancers and administrators, including Joseph George (1773- 1846?), Jesse George (b. 1785), James Malin (d. ca 1859), John Malin Jr. (ca. 1778-1868?), and other members of the Malin family, Miller family, Price family and many others who lived in the Blockley area. The personal papers include journals and day books of Edward George and John M. George as well as marriage certificates, removals, and genealogical notes. Business and financial records include farm and dairy accounts, business accounts, property transactions, receipts, etc. of the George, Malin, and other related families. The collection also includes the plan of East Whiteland Friends Burial Ground, miscellaneous records of Radnor Monthly and Merion Preparative Meetings, and Blockley Township records. The family history is significant, as it traces the first two centuries of the history of Welsh Quakers that settled in the "Welsh Tract" of the Lower Merion area.
This collection is divided into four series:
- Estate Account
- Personal papers
- Business and Financial Papers
This collection is organized alphabetically within each series by family name, and in a roughly chronological order within each family name. A subject and name index is provided.
- Becker, Gloria. Mill Creek Valley.
- Carter, Jane Levis. The Rose Tree Families. 1970.
- Lewis, Walter. Genealogy of the Family of Henry Lewis, Humphrey Scarlet and Edward George.
Donor: George School, 1992, 1993, 1998; Accession number: 1992.26, 1993.047, 1998.025
Donor: Barbara Vaka (photocopy of John M. George's Will). Acc. 96.024
The John M. George Papers were donated to the Friends Historical Library by the George School in 1992. John M. George's will specified that upon his death, the majority of his estate was to be turned over to the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends for the establishment of a new Quaker boarding high school, the George School. The family papers were transferred to the George School archives as part of his estate when he died in 1887. As George School prepared for its Centennial Celebration in 1993, it was decided to transfer the collection to Friends Historical Library for safekeeping. These papers were processed as a Record Group 5.
A substantial amount of the genealogy work in this collection was gathered and transcribed from meeting records, passenger ship records, and family Bibles by Joseph W. George. Some of the information in the collection is not directly related to family members, but is included because a number of the family members acted as administrators to the estates of their neighbors.
Regarding the file numbering system: Subsequent additions have been interfiled on the finding aid, but have not necessarily been given file numbers or stored consecutively. Location box number is indicated on the inventory. In some cases, what is described as a file number is actually an item number. Oversize (++) items are stored in RG 5 Chart Case.
Photographs, originally part of the collection, were removed to FHL pictures into appropriate categories.
The 1992 deposit included crayon or charcoal-enhanced photographs, some framed. These were removed from the frames and are stored in chart case for oversized RG 5/170. Portraits include: Samuel Levick, John Bright; George Truman. Also an an engraving of an unidentified landscape, probably English, by Anderson (?)
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Blockley Township
- Quakers -- Social life and customs
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Montgomery County
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
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Largely containing news of friends and family.
re: marriage between kin.
Mailed to "Richard George and others."
re: M. Gunkle's estate.
re: the settlement of Michael Gunkle's estate.
re: the mortgage due Burd from Michael Gunkle's estate
re: James Malin's petition to the Board of Directors for transportation for his lime and coal business.
re: a subscription to North American magazine (pulled from 249).
re: the car given by Joseph Lear to JMG's uncle.Physical Description
copy and original
re: genealogy research on the Lewis family.
re: a loan for Jane George.
re: Meeting records.
re: investment on a mortgage.
Addressed "My Dear young friends" and signed "Your real Friend," urging education.
John M. George and his brother, Joseph W. George, acted as conveyancers and administered estates of family members and other individuals from 1842 to 1881. Other wills and estate papers in this series relate primarily to family members in earlier generations.
original and copy
copy and extract of will
original and copy of will
Includes: Will (2 copies), 1808; Memorandum of bonds, notes, etc, 1807-1808; administrator's accounts for his estate, 1808-1826; bond certificate from Esther George, 1775-77; sale accounts, n.d., letter of administration for his estate, 1808; account of sales at Vendue, 1811; account of real and personal estate notes, mortgages, etc, for Thomas and Edward George, n.d.; and list of the division of bonds and notes of Thomas George, 1809.
Also includes recipes for medical treatments for animals, 1861 and n.d.; the deed transfer from Joseph George to Richard George (with map), 1843; and a receipt for medical treatment of his horse, 1867.
original and copy
Includes a stock certificate in his name.
Includes a memorial of Jesse George and copies of his wills.Physical Description
photocopies and originals
Includes will (copy), 1861; letter of administration, 1873; and administrator's accounts (copy) for her estate, 1874.
copy and extract of will
Includes administrator's accounts, 1816-17; Correspondence regarding accounts, signed by James Malin (see 63), 1816 and 1818; Correspondence and accounts relating to the settlement of his estate, addressed to James Malin from William Darlington and W. H. Dillingham, 1837 and 1821 (see 64); Correspondence to James Malin relating to the mortgage due E. S. Burd from Michael Gunkle's estate, 1824 (see 65).
copy of will
Includes inventory and letter of administration, 1800; Accounts of his estate, 1803 (see 244); Power of attorney for his estate (see 133)
Also includes an anonymous poem on the back page, undated.
Includes the inventories of the estates of Sarah Malin, 1860, and Elizabeth Malin, 1867.
Includes accounts of the estate of Sarah Malin, 1860, and the distribution of their wills.
Includes inventory, 1859; will (copy, 1857, and originals, 1843 and 1859); administrator's accounts (copy), 1860; and real estate appraisement of his estate, 1859.Physical Description
copies and originals
Includes deliverance of will to Rachel McClain, 1873-83, (see 223)
Deliverance of will to Mary E. Glasco, 1868-79 (see 223).
Also including an inventory (copy), 1867, and receipts from distribution, 1868.
Account book, 1867-68; John M. George's hay account, 1859; the deliverance of his will to Rachel McClain, 1869-83; the estate of Susanna Malin, 1868-72; the deliverance of the will of Elizabeth Malin to Rachel McClain, 1868-83; the deliverance of the will of Elizabeth Malin to Mary E. Glasco, 1868-79; the deliverance of the will of Sarah Malin to Rachel McClain, 1873-1883; the account of John Williams as an employee of John M. George, 1867-1874.
Also includes a copy of the 1861 will.
Includes accounts, 1868-72, including copy of will
Also includes her accounts regarding David Owen's estate, 1769; David Owen's will, 1769; a memorandum by Jesse George regarding the accounts of William and Jane Owen, 1773; and accounts of the distribution of her estate, 1785.
Includes accounts of the sale of his property, 1799-1801; inventories of his estate, 1792 and 1802; his accounts with [Jehu?] Jones, n.d. and 1788; receipts of distribution, 1794, 1797 and 1800; minutes of the settlement, 1797; bond certificate, 1798; and court order regarding his estate, 1800.
Includes various legal and personal documents, genealogical information, textbooks, memo books, medical receipts, etc., concerning the George and related families.
Also including Daily Accounts, 1776-1809.
Summary of his disownment from Radnor Monthly Meeting, 1828 1mo. 10, (see 216); Medical receipts, see 249; Memo books (mostly brief jottings in his almanacs that relate to family events and the running of his farm).
With memos and notes on the 1817 Elections in Pennsylvania.
Presented to Jesse and Rebecca George by the Commissioners of Fairmount Park in 1869 for their dedication of George's Hill to Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.
Including newspaper clippings and original poetry, n.d and his poetry, n.d. (see 215).
3 books, used at Burlington School. Penmanship, surveying, geometry.
Journal covers four months in spring of 1828, including a mention of Elias Hicks at Yearly Meeting
1832, 1855 and 1862. The latter are Friends' Pocket Almanacs, Philadelphia
Also includes an undated poem.
Autograph book with verse, signers' names annotated. Note enclosed signed A. D. Sharples, 1907, provides information about Sophia, youngest sister of John M. George, and Price's Boarding School in West Chester, Pa.
Collected primarily by Joseph and Joseph W. George?, also including an inventory of the property of John and James Malin.
2 ms copies in bound volumes, genealogical information on the George, Malin, and related families. Copies in two different handwritings.
2 ms copies in bound volumes, genealogical information on the George, Malin, and related families. Copies in two different handwritings.
Recorded by Joseph W. George. Also, an extract from the Minutes of Radnor Monthly Meeting, 1828 2mo. 12, regarding the disownment of Samuel Garrigues.
Bound, formal version in the hand of Alfred D. Sharples of West Chester, Pa., an early member of the George School Committee and a distant relation of John M. George. Volume is stored with other oversized (++) items in FHL chart case.
Ms copy by Katherine B. Harris. Also two typed copies (carbons) made for William P. Bancroft, 1902, from manuscript book loaned to him by Sharples. Includes brief history of the family and related lines, copy of the Will of John M. George, inventory of the estate, and early history of the establishment of the George School. Also, a letter to A.D. Sharples, 1907, concerning a peg listed in the George estate which tradition said was the same on which William Penn hung his hat when he visited the Merion meeting house.
History of how the School came to be established with a compilation of family histories
Correspondence concerning remaining items from estate, genealogical work by Joseph George. Alfred D. Sharples was an early member of the George School Committee.
Family trees for Malin and George descendants living at time of John M. George's death. Sharples notes that John M. George was the last survivor of his grandparents John Malin and Sophia Dilworth and had no first cousins on his Malin side at the time of his death.
TD by Katherine B. Harris, based on information provided by Miss Weakley who lived in the house 1888 to 1893.
As told by a man, Mr. Cretty (?), who lived at the farm in 1868-1869. Also brief biography of John M. George, photostat of his Will, plan of John M. George birthplace.
Notes, correspondence, and research on the homestead by George M. Hart. Short article published in Friends Journal, Jan. 17, 1959. Also photographs of the house (2) taken 1932 by Robert Brown and a negative of the house taken 1951 by Tyler Fogg at the rquest of Mary Patterson.
Printed proposal to George School Committee concerning a suitable location for the school. Penciled notes and calculation by Clement M. Biddle. Removed from bound "Our Ancestors and their Descendants."
Also includes a memo concerning the death of two workers, n.d.
In book of memos abstracted from family Almanacs, 1800-59.
A book of genealogical information collected by Joseph W. George pertaining to the Malin and related families.
The graves of Dilworth and Malin families noted.
From Haverford Meeting and other local meetings, as compiled by John M. George for genealogical purposes.
Copied by John M. George.
Includes membership card of John M. George (1802-1887), 1873. The George Institute was a neighborhood library, charted 1872 and located at 51st and Lancaster Aves.
Rebound copy owned by John M. George. Engraving of Helvetius opposite Preface, title page missing. Published Philadelphia, Kite. 2 copies catalogued in FHL books.
3rd Edition. Inside cover: "Joseph George's Book 1808"
5th Edition, Bennett and Walton, Philadelphia. Inside cover: "John M. George Blockley." Typed note that this book was used by John M. George at the Burlington Academy and by his sister, Sophia, probably at Price's Boarding School.
2 copies. One is noted "Thomas Hitchner to Joseph George" and includes some accounting on inside back cover.
A note indicates that given to Alice T. Pyle by Alfred D. Sharples of West Chester. She gave it to George School in 1957.
Includes farm and daily accounts, business accounts, property transactions, bonds, receipts and checks, etc. of the George and related families. Thomas George acted as Librarian for Merion Preparative Meeting [from 1777-1792?].
Includes deed of property purchased, 1731, (see 268).
Includes deed of property purchased 1726 (see 272)
Includes account of deed transfer from Joseph George to Richard George (with map), 1843 (see 249); Mortgage of Anthony Jones' property due to debt (see 294).
original and copy
Also includes the accounts of the estate of Griffith Griffith, 1743-1761;accounts of the estate of William and Mordecai Reece, 1792; and the marriage certificate of Joseph Sorrill and Sarah Griffith, 1766.
Includes the records of the Merion Preparative Meeting Library, 1777-92; a list of marriage certificates prepared by Thomas George, n.d.; an account of sundries purchased for the construction of his house, 1779-80; an account of cattle bought, 1774-77; and general accounts, 1779-87.
Includes accounts, 1776-1809 (see 210) and accounts with Thomas Wynne, 1762-73 (see 136).
As agreed upon by Joseph, Richard, Amos, and William E. George and George R. and Ann Smith.
Accounts of a general store, Burlington. Journal covers four months in spring of 1828, including a mention of Elias Hicks at Yearly Meeting
Also includes his undated poetry.
Also including the blank form for proxies and security holding statements.
Also includes day labour accounts, 1861-64
Inside back cover has recipes for medical treatments
Also includes receipt of gold watch purchase, 1877; "The First Prayer in Congress," n.d.; and various obituary memos.
Also includes obituary memos and news clippings concerning various Supreme Court cases, 1882.
Also includes a recipe for tomato catsup, doctor bills/receipts, 1856-60, medical recipes, and a plan for a horse blanket.
Includes hay account, 1859 (see 223). Also includes account of John Williams as an employee, 1867-74, (see 223), and doctor bills/receipts, 1856-60 (see 254).
Also includes account book, 1845-59, (see 207). See also John M. George, Farm accounts and Day labour accounts.
Writter by John M. George and Joseph W. George, including newspaper clippings of poems and humor, n.d.
Also includes an undated account of the estate of Jesse George
Incldues deed of property purchased 1783 (see 266).
Includes deed of property purchased 1734 (see 295)
Also includes a bond, 1789; undated medical receipts; and news clipping of a medical receipt, 1787.
Also includes accounts of his estate, 1801, and an account of Reaping and Harvesting, 1799-1800.
Account Books, most of questionable authorship due to a lack of any signature, some for the joint farm of James and John Malin.
Also includes accounts of the estates of Christian Sook, 1833, and John Phillips.
Also including the accounts of the settlement of the estate of John Malin (his father), 1803.
Also includes memos concerning the death of two workers and a printed calendar for the year 1825 [no signature-questionable authorship-James and John Malin?].
Also includes memos of local deaths, the calendar for 1840 and 1841, as well as the calendar of elections for 1840 for 26 Eastern U.S. states.
Also includes work contracts for William and Sesar Agustos Vanlear, 1842 and 1859, respectively, rental agreements and labor memos.
Includes agreements to rent property, 1807-77 and n.d., see 151; Bills and receipts for medical and undertaking services, 1772-1886 (see 154).
Includes deed of property purchased 1743 (see 273).
Also includes a newsclipping information for stockholders in the Bank of the United States,[1834?].
Also includes bonds unto Robert Holland, 1785
Includes receipts, mostly for the farm and daily transactions of the George and related families, but also including receipts for taxes, estate distributions, bonds, doctor bills, etc. Receipt dated Feb. 19, 1778, for 8 lbs of salt pork from Amos George, "order of Col. Josepeh Vose Commander of The party at Radnor Meetinghouse."
Includes minutes, 1773-75 and 1826, and an indenture, 1769. Note - Photocopies: Originals removed and sent to Philadelphia City Archives. Also receipt dated 1845 to Jesse George for auditing of books.
Includes tax rolls and accounts for the township, 1763-98 (all photocopies, originals removed and sent to Philadelphia City Archives).