Perry and Rebecca John Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Perry (1815-1895) and Rebecca Underwood (1808-1887) John were ministers in the Society of Friends, members of Roaring Creek Monthly Meeting, and worshipped in the Quaker meeting house at Bear Gap (Shamokin), Pennsylvania.
Perry and Rebecca were married in 1842 at Bald Eagle, Centre Co., Pennsylvania. Rebecca was the daughter of farmer Zephaniah Underwood and Hannah Baily of York and Centre Counties in Pennsylvania. Perry, a wheelwright by trade, was the youngest of thirteen children of Abia and Martha (John) John. Perrys first wife, Annie Eves, had died in 1839, leaving an infant son, Ezra (1838-44). Perry and Rebecca had three children of their own: Griffith (1843-1928), Zephaniah (1845-46), and William (1847-1926).
The bulk of this collection is correspondence, primarily from the 1840s through the 1850s. Some of the letters are between Rebecca and Perry John but the collection also includes letters received by the couple from relatives and friends. Primary correspondents include Jane W. Downing, Hannah Heacock, Phebe John, James, Priscilla, and Jane Moore, Rachel Brenholts, and members of the Underwood, Yarnall, and John families.
Many of the letters relate to Rebeccas life as a traveling Quaker minister, including the period of time when her children were young. Much of the correspondence describes local events and family news. Of particular interest are letters from Sharon Boarding School from her nieces.
Organization: Organized in two series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Miscellaneous. Correspondence arranged in folders according to sender and recipient
Gift of Harold Heritage (a descendant of Perry and Rebecca John), 2002
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Collection is open for research.
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Correspondents include J.G. Rich, Sarah K. Eves, Kezia Cleaver, Susannah Spencer, Matilda C. Ellis, Kezia Foulke, R. Hicks, Hannah H. HeacockPhysical Description
Correspondents include Rachel Brenholts, Wm. Underwood, John Underwood, Jane W. Underwood/Downing, A[mos] & L[ydia] Yarnall, Jane Underwood, Susannah Underwood, Jesse Underwood, Alvina Underwood, Reuben JohnPhysical Description
Correspondents include Phebe John, R.U., L.T. Jefferis, Eliza Underwood, Amanda Underwood, Rebecca S. Downing, Palemon John, Hannah M. Downing, Mary Ann Janney, Evan J. Yarnall, James & Priscilla Moore, Hannah Jane BaileyPhysical Description