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Anna C. Stabler Family 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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Amna C. (Amna Cope) Stabler was the wife of Edward Russell Stabler. His father, Edward L. (Edward Lincoln) Stabler of Greenwich, Connecticut, lent at least part of the collection to New York Yearly Meeting (?) in 1957, according to a note found with the materials. Edward L. Stabler was the son of Louisa M. Field Stabler and the grandson of Mary Hartshorne Stabler.

The Amna C. Stabler Papers are a collection of miscellaneous manuscripts relating to Quakers and the Society of Friends in southeastern New York State. Of particular interest are several letters addressed to John Bowne (1627-1695) from England, and a commonplace book, probably of Edward S. Willets, with an obituary for Matthew Franklin (1815), The Speech of Sagoua Fla (1811), Address of the Seneca Indians to Dewitt Clinton (1818), An Indian Oration on the Death of Commodore Decater (sic.) (1820), and Circumstance related by Samuel Parsons (1826). Also included are a commonplace-book, belonging to Deborah M. Field, with an opening passage from Scripture inscribed to her and signed by Elias Hicks (silhouette of Elias Hicks inserted in front of book) as well as an inspirational passage from Jesse Kersey, a School Fund Account Book (kept by Isaac T. Hopper), and a collection of financial papers related to the building of the Pearl Street Meeting House in New York City, 1774-75.

The collection is divided into five series:

  1. 1. Bowne family
  2. 2. Hunt family
  3. 3. Other family papers
  4. 4.1 Society of Friends records: Pearl Street Meeting House
  5. 4.2 Society of Friends records: Financial Records, Epistles, & Extracts

  1. Bowne House Historical Society. John Bowne, his story: from the time he left England for America in 1649 until he returned from exile in Holland in 1664. New York: The Society, 1963
  2. Quaker crosscurrents: three hundred years of Friends in the New York Yearly Meetings / edited by Hugh Barbour... [et al.]; with a foreword by Martin E. Marty [Syracuse, N.Y.]: Syracuse University Press, 1995

Accession information

Donor: New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1997

The collection was given to the New York Yearly Meeting by Amna C. Stabler on 11/22/1983. It was transferred to the Friends Historical Library in 1997.

Collection was housed in a large manuscripts box when received from NYYM. All manuscripts were housed in either mylar or plastic sleeves. Plastic sleeves were removed, and the collection was sorted, placed in series, foldered, and returned to the original manuscripts box. Two unrelated manuscripts, given to NYYM by Frona Vicksell in 1997, were removed from the box and catalogued separately as Miscellaneous Manuscripts

The following materials were removed from the collection and added to RG2:

  1. RG2/NYy New York Yearly Meeting, Meeting for Sufferings, Minutes, 5th Mo. 1758 through 5th Mo. 26, 1775. (Clerk's Draft). (5N 12/2488)
  2. RG2/NY/N452 v.1.15 New York Monthly Meeting, Minutes, Men's, 9th Mo. 6, 1769-8th Mo. 1, 1771 (Clerk's Draft). (2F 13/2489)
  3. NYYM Mss. List of the Members of the New York Manumission Society, 1787-1827. MSS2-2495
  4. RG2/NY/N453 v.2.3 New York Monthly Meeting (H), Minutes, Women's, 6th Mo., 1850—4th Mo. 1, 1857, and 7th Mo., 1858-11th Mo. 2, 1859 (Clerk's Draft) (N 11/2490)
  5. RG2/NY/N453 v.2.4 New York Monthly Meeting (H), Minutes, Women's, 5th Mo. 6, 1857—4th Mo. 7, 1858 and 5th Mo. 5, 1858 (Clerk's Draft). (N 11/2491)

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
POD
Finding Aid Date
1999
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/.

Collection Inventory

Letter, Jone Brocksopp to John Bowne, London, 1679.
Box 1
Letter, John Burnyeat to John Bowne, Little Nonmanton (sic.), 1680.
Box 1
Certificate of removal, Harmanus King from Flushing to Chesterfield, N.J, 1699.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

signed by Samuel Bowne

Marriage certificate, Richard Lawrence and Hannah Bowne, Flushing, 1717.
Box 1
Physical Description

copy from copper plate

Deed, Benjamin Ferris to Joshua Hunt, 1774.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

164 acres in Harrison's Purchase, Westchester County, N.Y.

Apprenticeship agreement, 1790.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

William Thorn of Flushing to Joshua Hunt, "tayler"

Financial agreement, Jordan Seaman of Jericho and widow Mary Hunt of Jerusalem, Hempstead, 1799.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

"whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be had and solemnised between the said Jordan Seaman and the said Mary Hunt"

Condemnation, Christopher Holder, c. 1680.
Box 1
Release of debt, Barbary Briggs, 1691.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

release of debt owed to her husband, Nathaniel Briggs, by George Langly of New Shorum (sic)

Condemnation Martha Smith, Herricks, 1707.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

for marrying out

Indenture, John and Catharine Marsh to Thomas Brown, Woodbridge, N.J., 1781.
Box 1
Manumission certificate, Philener Hunt, 1799.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

signed by Mary Seaman, Jericho, confirmed by her husband, Jordan Seaman

Receipt book, John Merritt, 1804-23.
Box 1
Federal Republican and Commercial Gazette, 1812.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Georgetown, Vol.VI, No.852

Commonplace book, probably of Edward S. Willets, 1820-1821.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

with obituary for Matthew Franklin (1815), The Speech of Sagoua Fla (1811), Address of the Seneca Indians to Dewitt Clinton (1818), An Indian Oration on the Death of Commodore Decater (sic.) (1820), and Circumstance related by Samuel Parsons (1826)

Directions "To draw a Tooth without pain", 1825.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

[n.d., notes on verso dated 1824 and 1825].

"Circumstances related by Samuel Parsons as he had it from Stephen Greelett [sic]...", c.1825.
Box 1
Commonplace-book, Deborah M. Field, 1829-1841.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

opening passage from Scripture inscribed to her and signed by Elias Hicks (Silhouette of Elias Hicks inserted in front of book), passage from Jesse Kersey, etc.

The Friend, , 1832.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Vol. 1, no. 4

Household Account Book, [Long Island?], 1841-1853.
Box 1
Poetic "Address" by Cynthia Bullock, 1847.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

in embossed print for the use of blind persons

Letter with "A Poem on the death of Abraham Hicks," by Mary Thorne, 1856.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

to Rachel Hooks, Sen., Westbury

"Counsel to Friends' Children" et.al., n.d.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

pp. 51-56 (book unidentified)

Financial papers, 1774-1775.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

8 documents relating to the building of the "New Meeting House" (Pearl Street), New York City

Scope and Contents

Financial Records, Epistles, & Extracts

"A Testimony given Forth by Friends against a People who stilled themselves New or Young Friends," Flushing, 1675.
Box 1
Subscription list, Gough's History of the People Called Quakers, 1788.
Box 1
School Fund Account Book, 1832-1836.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

kept by Isaac T. Hopper

Epistle, Meeting for Sufferings, New York Yearly Meeting (Clerk's Draft) to Meeting for Sufferings, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1774.
Box 1
Epistle, Meeting for Sufferings, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to Meeting for Sufferings, New York Yearly Meeting, 1774.
Box 1
Physical Description

2 pages, 3rd apparently missing

Extracts, New-York Yearly Meeting, 1808.
Box 1
Epistle, London Yearly Meeting to subordinate meetings, 1811.
Box 1
Extracts, New York Yearly Meeting, 1812.
Box 1
Epistle, London Yearly Meeting to subordinate meetings, 1816.
Box 1
Epistle, Yearly Meeting of Women Friends, New York Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) to subordinate meetings, 1833.
Box 1
Epistle, New York Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) to subordinate meetings, 1834.
Box 1
Epistle, London Yearly Meeting to subordinate meetings, 1864.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

printed by Providence, Knowles, Anthony, & Co., Printers, 1865

Print, Suggest