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Gidley and Carter family papers


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Job Scott Gidley, Quaker educator and minister, was born on March 21, 1844, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He joined the Society of Friends in 1866, and in 1874 he married Susanna Wilbur Tucker also of Dartmouth. In 1891 he was recorded as a minister by Dartmouth Monthly Meeting and he served as the Clerk of New England Yearly Meeting. Susanna Gidley (1846-1913) served as an Elder in the Meeting. Gidley travelled widely in the ministry and accompanied Joseph S. Elkinton in 1899 to welcome the Dukhobors to Canada. Gidley died December 22, 1928, in Dartmouth, Mass. Job and Susanna Gidley had five children: Mary Jessie (1876-1946) who married Charles Henry Carter; Henry T. (1878-1944); Annie B. (18-1970) who married Robert Lowry; Alice Wilbur (1884-1971); and Elizabeth E. Gidley (1888-) Both Jessie and her husband graduated from the Westtown School, and Charles Henry Carter was appointed Principal of the School in 1924.

Arranged in three series

Gift of Robin Dizard, Acc. 2017.015

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Job Gidley to wife, 1905.
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3 letters to his wife, Susanna, while attending Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. He describes the speakers and conversations with J.S. Elkinton who reported on the Dukhobors.

Job Gridley to wife, 1908-10-1908-11.
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8 letters, sent while visiting meetings in Kansas, Iowa, and Ohio. Includes details of his visits to Iowa Yearly Meeting, family and business meetings

Archibald Crosbie to Job Gidley, 1893-1899.
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4 letters, sent from Iowa. Crosbie (1830-1912) joined the Society of Friends in Scotland and was acknowledged as a minister before he emigrated to the U.S. in 1881, settling in Iowa. He traveled widely in the ministry and visited Great Britain, Ireland and Norway in 1895.

Correspondence received by Job Gidley, 1892-1899.
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2 signed letters from Quakers: R. Russel Marble of Boston and Joseph S. Elkinton, Philadelphia, and one incomplete directed to Job and Susanna Gidley

London Yearly Meeting notes, 1938.
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Notebook kept by Jessie Gidley Carter and her sister, Annie G. Lowry at London Yearly Meeting. Detailed notes regarding refugees, etc.

Friends Service Council notes, 1938.
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Jessie Gidley Carter notebook with reports of sufferings of Jews and other refugees.

Notes on Denmark Yearly Meeting , 1938.
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Rough notes

Letter concerning property in Syracuse, N.Y., 1924.
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Typed letter sent to Charles Henry Carter concerning sale of his property in Syracuse, NY.

Carter family photographs, 1931 and undated.
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Snapshots of Ruth Carter as a young woman. Also her mother, Jessie Gidley Carter, and a family photograph circa 1900 of the Carter extended family.

The Ivy, 1898.
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Manuscript family newsletter, four issues, written by Alice W. and Annie B. Gidley, daughters of Job and Susanna

Miscellaneous deeds and property records (Eddy, Tucker, Rotch), 1843-1863 and undated.
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Plot plan for Cedar Swamp lots, Apponagansett; deed for New Bedford burial ground; property records concerning Dartmouth meeting

Joseph Greene estate, Jamestown, Mass. , 1892.
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Trustees dispute. Published court findings

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