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The Smedley family in America is descended from George (died 1723) who arrived in Pennsylvania about 1682, purchasing property from William Penn in what is now Delaware County. He married Sarah Kitchen Goodwin, a widow, in 1687. He subsequently bought tracts in Dublin Township and Willistown where he removed about 1700. His son George (1692/93-1766), who married first Jane Sharpless, inherited the Penn grant farm. His son, William Smedley (1728-1766) built the first section of the family home in Middletown Township in 1757. Son William Smedley (1768-1839) married Deborah Lightfoot (1763-1824) under the care of Chester Monthly Meeting in 1793 and added an addition to the house in 1818. The eldest son, George (1796-1855) married first Mary Webster and second Philena Hibberd, the widow of Albin Yarnall. Mary Webster (1801-1837) was the daughter of William and Lydia Sharpless Webster. Mary Webster's younger sister, Rebecca Webster (1803-1844) married William Smedley in 1826, the younger brother of George Smedley. After Rebecca's death, William Smedley married second Harriett Jones (1797-1882) in 1849.

William Smedley (1799-1866) inherited the Middleton property. He and Rebecca had nine children: James (1827-1883) who married Hannah Hibberd Fox Haines, a widow; Mary (1829-1866) an Overseer at Chester Monthly Meeting and unmarried; Samuel (1831-1873) who married Mary Large in 1864; Thomas (1833-1875) who married Philena Yarnall, the daughter of Albin and Philena Hibberd Yarnall; Edward Garrett (1835-1908) married Elizabeth Sharpless; William B. (1837-1881) married Deborah Cope; Rebecca (1839-1918) a Quaker minister, acknowledged by Chester Monthly Meeting; Deborah L. (1841-1922) married George Allen; and Lydia (1843-1845). At William's death, his estate was divided between his children with the property conveyed to two sons, Thomas and Edward G. Smedley, living at the homestead at different intervals. Part of the property was sold to Minshall and Jacob Painter. In the 20th century, the Painter property became the Tyler Arboretum.

The Smedley family in America is descended from George (died 1723) who arrived in Pennsylvania about 1682, purchasing property from William Penn in what is now Delaware County. Thomas and his family lived in the Middletown farm from 1866 to 1876, and Edward moved to his wife's family farm in Birmingham where his father-in-law, Aaron Sharpless, was Superintendent the Westtown School, 1869-1874. Aaron was the son of Isaac and Sarah Garrett Sharpless. His grandfather, Joshua Sharples, was an Elder who traveled with ministers and was active in Native American concerns. His grandmother, Edith Yarnall Sharples, was a Quaker minister, Aaron Sharpless married first Susanna Kite (1809-1844), the daughter of prominent minister Thomas Kite and part of a family that included many educators and Quaker ministers. They had three children, and after Susanna's early death, he married second Susanna Forsythe (1815-1907) with whom he had five children. Thomas and Philena Yarnall Smedley had seven children, six of whom survived to maturity. Lydia H. Smedley (1858-1923) married Edward L. South; Harriett J. Smedley (1859-1893) married William Kirkbride. Both were teachers. Walter Smedley (1862-1939) married Ida Wilkins Roberts. Horace (1867-1957) married Anne R. Hoopes and was a businessman. His twin, Rebecca (1867-1950), was an active member of the Society of Friends and Elder of Chester Monthly Meeting; the youngest, Emma (1868-1944), was a teacher at Johns Hopkins.

Thomas died at the age of 43 in 1875, and his half interest went to brothers William B. Smedley and Edward G. Smedley. Thomas Smedley's widow, Philena Yarnall Smedley, and their children were close to their extended family and the network of students who studied at Westtown. Philena Smedley moved to a house in Media, also the home of unmarried daughters Rebecca and Emma Smedley until they moved to the Barclay Home in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Edward G. and Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley with their two daughters Edith and Susanna lived at the farm until about 1888. They were appointed Superintendent and Matron at Westtown in 1896.

Edward Garrett Smedley was a conscientious objector in the Civil War and a Clerk, Overseer and Elder at Chester Monthly Meeting. His wife, Elizabeth Sharpless, a Sharpless and Kite descendant, was friends with the Smedley siblings, especially Deborah, and all attended Westtown School. Edward G. and Elizabeth Smedley had three children, a son who died in infancy and two daughters, neither of whom married: Edith (1869-1915) and Susanna (1875-1970). Susanna was bookkeeper for the Westtown School, served as archivist, and took an interest in family history. The property subsequently was owned by the widows of William B. and Edward G. Smedley, Deborah Cope Smedley and Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley, until Walter Smedley, their nephew, purchased it in 1911.

Walter Smedley (1862-1939) was the middle child of Thomas and Philena Smedley's and a prominent Philadelphia architect. He attended the Franklin Institute Drawing School and was apprenticed with the firm Balderston and Hutton. After the partnership dissolved in 1882, he remained in practice with Addison Hutton. He began his independent career in 1890, continuing a professional relation with Hutton and rented an office in the Stephen Girard Building, Philadelphia, where Hutton also had an office. Smedley's practice included residential and institutional design contracts. In 1910, he purchased the farm in Middletown from his aunt and uncle and lived in Media with his widowed mother, two unmarried sisters, and a widowed sister. In 1919, he married Ida Wilkins Roberts, a teacher and member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting, and they had three children: Walter, Jr. (1920-2010), Henry R. (1922-1997), and Alice Roberts Smedley (1924-1995). The family moved into the remodeled 18th century Smedley farmhouse before Henry's birth, and Walter enjoyed raising Guernsey cows and philanthropic concerns, and he served as president of the Pocono Manor Association. The market crash in 1930 brought financial disaster, much of it collateral damage from Walter's loan to save Pocono Manor. He suffered a debilitating stroke in 1937 and died in 1939.

Ida Wilkins Roberts (1896-1993) was the daughter of Allen H. Roberts and Ida Wilkins and a birthright member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting, New Jersey. She was educated at the Westtown School, graduating in 1914, and taught in Friends schools. In 1917, she spent a year at the State Normal School in Los Angeles with the help of a funding grant from the T. Wister Brown Fund. After graduation, she taught briefly in California where she was courted by Philadelphia architect Walter Smedley who had been traveling with Quaker minister Joseph Elkinton. He was more than thirty years her senior and already a well-established architect. They married under the care of Moorestown Monthly Meeting on 10 month 4, 1919. After briefly living in an apartment in Philadelphia, they moved to "Oaklawn," the stone house on the Smedley farm in Middletown Township. Soon after, they move into the remodeled historic Smedley family home. They had three children: Walter, Jr. (1920-2010), Henry Roberts (1922-1997), and Alice Roberts Smedley (1924-1995). Walter married Mary Jane Felix (1921-2016) of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and Alice married Mary Jane's brother, Samuel Palmer Felix, and moved to California. With the Depression and Walter's declining health in the 1930s, the family struggled financially, and Ida returned to teaching. Walter Smedley died in 1939, and in 1942, she married C. Canby Balderston, a business executive and widower with two grown sons, Frederick E. Balderston and Robert W. Balderston. C. Canby Balderston was a conscientious objector in World War I, taught at the University of Pennsylvania and served on the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1954-1966. After his retirement, the couple travelled widely. He died in 1979, and Ida Roberts Smedley Balderston died December 31, 1993. Walter, Jr., (1920-2010) and his wife, Mary Jane Smedley lived in the family homestead until their deaths (1921-2016).

Sections of the Smedley farmstead were sold to build Granite Run Mall () and Penncrest High school. In 2006, the Smedley tract was sold to Middletown Township with the deed restriction that Walter Smedley, Jr., and his children could reside in the Penncrest farmhouse during their lifetimes.

The collection contains correspondence, journals and other writings, business and legal papers, and miscellaneous items of the Smedley family, a large and prominent Quaker family of Penncrest Farm, Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The family was related to the Kite and Sharples/Sharpless families of Chester and Delaware Counties. The papers include significant correspondence of the Kite family, especially Thomas Kite (1785-1845) and Mary Kite (1792-1861), both prominent Quaker ministers, and Thomas's daughter, Susanna Kite (1809-1844) who married Aaron Sharpless. Their daughter, Elizabeth S. Sharpless married Edward G. Smedley of Middletown, thus merging the Smedley-Sharples-Kite families. In the 20th century, the property became the home of Edward Smedley's nephew, Walter Smedley (1862-1939), a Philadelphia architect, and his wife, Ida Wilkins Roberts Smedley (1896-1993). She married second C. Canby Balderston. The papers cover a wide range of subjects including Quaker ministry and concerns, the Hicksite Separation, Civil War, conscientious objection, education, dairy farming, and family life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Members of the family were active in the Society of Friends for over 250 years.

Arranged in four series.

Smedley family, Acc. 2018.055

The papers were preserved at the Smedley family homestead where some of the material, particularly Walter Smedley's architectural journals and papers, were stored in outbuildings. FHL staff cleaned and sorted the papers. Records relating to the Ozone Club were removed and added to Ozone Records, RG4/055. Pictures were removed to create a Smedley Family Picture Collection. Walter Smedley's camera and glass plate negatives of his architectural projects were rehoused in archival envelopes by Adam Levine of the Media Historical Society before delivery to FHL in May 2019. His inventory is filed in the Smedley Papers accession folder.

The family papers were sorted into four series. Series 1 contains Sharpless-Kite papers. An effort had been made by a family member to sort and identify the early family correspondents. Series 2 contains branches of the Smedley family with overlap - the correspondents often were classmates and friends as well as related in many ways through marriage. Walter Smedley architectural and personal papers were processed as a separate series, Series 3. The papers of his widow, Ida Robert Smedley Balderston are organized in Series 4.

Marriage certificates removed to FHL Marriage Certificates (chart case):

William Webster and Lydia Sharpless, 12 month 4, 1800, under care of Chester Monthly Meeting: "W"

William Webster and Agnes Yarnall, 10 month 31, 1811, under the care of Chester Monthly Meeting: "W"

Four cartons and 2 archival boxes of photographs removed to be proccessed as a Picture Collection, Smedley Family Pictures. Also 3 boxes of glass negative plates of Walter Smedley's architectural career. Many buildings no longer standing. Scans available in FHL Picture Drive. Walter Smedley's camera, to be added to Relics.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
Finding Aid Date
2019
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Collection Inventory

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In 1813 Joshua Sharples (1746/7-1826) married Edith Yarnall (1743-1787) under the care of Concord Monthly Meeting. He was an Elder, traveled with ministers, and visited Native Americans. Edith was recorded as a minister in 1774 and traveled in the ministry in 1778 and 1786. They had eight children, including Edith (1777-1861) who married Thomas Kite (1785-1845), a prominent Quaker minister. After Edith's death, Joshua married second Ann Trimble (1752-1837). .Joshua and Ann Trimble Sharples served as superintendents of the Westtown School 1800-1811.

Thomas Kite (1771-1845), son of Benjamin and Rebecca Walton Kite, married first Elizabeth Barnard (1786-1810) with whom he had two children, Susanna (1809-1844) and William (1810-1900). Thomas Kite was acknowledged as a minister in 1818. In 1813, he married secondly Edith Sharples. Thomas's sister, Abi Kite (1787-1865), married Joseph Walton (1784-1853), Philadelphia bookseller, in 1813. Another sister, Mary Kite (1792-1861) was a prominent Quaker minister.

Copy of 1737 letter written by William Hammond [?] , original dated 1737, 19th century manuscript copy.
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Concerning validity of Quaker preaching

Edith Sharples to S.[P?], 1782-12-15.
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Edith Yarnall Sharples (1743-1787), Quaker minister, first wife of Joshua Sharples. Religious advice and addendum with mention of Quaker meetings

Joshua Sharples testimony of life and death of wife Edith Yarnall Sharples, 1797.
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Laminated.

Joshua Sharples to wife Ann , 1798-09-23.
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To his second wife, Ann Trimble Sharples, with a detailed description of the Yearly Meeting and Friends attending. [has been conserved]

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Item as received has been conserved.

Israel Thompson, Loudon County, to Edith Sharples, Westtown, 1807-05-07.
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He wrote that he was intending children to study at Westtown

Account of the sermon of Christopher Anthony, 1802-05-09.
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Not signed, return address is East Bradford

Sarah Tuke to Richard Shackleton [copy], 1804-05-04.
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Concerning her family

William Poole to niece Edith Sharpless 1806, 1806.
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William Poole, Quaker minister. Letter is damaged, poor condition.

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Letter is damaged, poor condition.

Elizabeth Kite to grandson Thomas [copy], [1808] .
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Addendum note added to letter of Benjamin Kite to his son

[Joseph Kite?] Account of family in 1820, with copy of Mary Kite letter , [1820].
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Unidentified hand. Concerning Joseph Kite (1795-1854). An undated note with Mary's letter gives an account of the family: Joseph had worked at a school in Delaware until 1820 when brother Nathan went to live with brother John Letchworth Kite (1798-) in Fallowfield and Joseph joined them. Their mother Rebecca Walton Kite, soon followed to care for her dying mother with young son James. Daughter Mary Kite was living in Philadelphia with her father and was lonely, separated from family. Noted that she wrote many letters, now lost, and writer follows with a copy of Mary's letter to Joseph dated 1820 5month 18. Also a copy of letter from his mother, Rebecca Walton Kite, dated 1820 5 mo 30 with an account of her mother's death.

Nathan and Rachel Sharpless to Abraham Pennell, Middletown, 1824-11-25.
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"Dear brother," the letter mentions wife Rachel and son Aaron. Concerns property in Middletown.

Poem written about the events of the Separation , Undated, circa 1830.
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Written in remembrance of events of 1827 8month 27 when the Orthodox were locked out of the meeting house.

John Hall, Willistown, to ? , 1828-01-03.
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Letter with an account of his religious beliefs

James Graeves to Thomas Kite , 1838.
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James Graeves married Susanna's cousin Abigail Sharples in 1834.

Joshua Sharples and Phebe Sharples Middleton to Ann Sharples, 1839.
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Joint letter to their grandmother [Ann Trimble Sharples]

Joseph Walton (1784-1853), Philadelphia, to daughter Rebecca Walton (1814-1859), care of Thomas Kite, Cincinnati , 1844-08-05.
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Joseph's brother [uncle) Nathan [Walton] added a long account of meetings, visiting Friends, the celebration of emancipation in the West Indies and racial tensions there. Rebecca Walton was a teacher and did not marry.

Joseph Walton, Westtown, to cousin Rebecca Kite, Philadelphia , 1846.
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His letter relates conversations with Samuel Bettle and Richard Jordan

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The family began to spell the surname with double "ss," perhaps to reflect pronunciation. Thomas Kite (1771-1845), son of Benjamin and Rebecca Walton Kite, married first Elizabeth Barnard (1786-1810) with whom he had two children, Susanna (1809-1844) and William (1810-1900). Thomas Kite was acknowledged as a minister in 1818. In 1813, he married secondly Edith Sharples. Thomas's older sister, Abi Kite (1787-1865), married Joseph Walton (1784-1853), Philadelphia bookseller, in 1813. His younger sister, Mary Kite (1792-1861) was an acknowledged minister. Brother Joseph Kite (1795-1854) who married was an active Friend; their correspondence is particularly rich in detail about Quaker meetings, ministers. Joseph wrote about the monthly meetings in Philadelphia and described internal problems.

Thomas Kite (1785-1845) to Anne Maylin, Salem, New Jersey , 1825-06-04.
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Religious advice

Thomas Kite to granddaughter Edith Sharpless , 1840.
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Edith Sharpless Kite (1777-1861) to her granddaughter Edith Sharpless , 1842-1849.
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Richly detailed and affectionate letters to her namesake. The letter of 1 month 1842 addressed to Edith and her little brother Thomas.

Edith Sharpless Kite (1777-1861) to her granddaughter Edith Sharpless , 1850-1860.
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Richly detailed and affectionate letters to her namesake. Also letters to their grandmother from the three children of Aaron and Susanna Kite Sharpless. Edith Kite visited son Thomas Kite in Cincinnati with details of her visits.

Edith Sharpless Kite to granddaughter Elizabeth Sharpless , 1849-1859, undated.
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1849-1859, undated 1 Letters to younger daughter of Aaron and Susanna Kite Sharpless, born 1842. The letter dated 1859 12 month 22 is addressed to Susanna Forsythe Sharpless (Aaron's second wife) and the grandchildren. Edith Kite mentions a visit from the daughter of Ellen McCarty, a minister with whom she had traveled. Ellen Roberts McCarty (ca. 1782-1844) from Elklands, Pennsylvania, traveled to Canada and Upstate New York.

Mary Kite to Joseph Elkinton , 1827-12-27.
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In response to his letter which offered encouragement in trying times. She was very discouraged about tensions in the Society of Friends.

Mary Kite to niece Susanna Kite Sharpless, 1836-1838.
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Fond letters, describing family concerns, helping members of family in illness. Susanna was the eldest child of her older brother Thomas Kite (1785-1845), a Quaker minister.

Mary Kite to niece Susanna Kite Sharpless , 1839-1843.
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Local ministry, family concerns, Quaker and family news

Mary Kite to her mother, Rebecca Walton Kite , 1840.
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Rebecca Walton (1765-1840) married Benjamin Kite in 1784.

Mary Kite, Philadelphia, to Aaron Sharpless, 1844-04.
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Expressed sympathy and offered to help with care of his ill wife. Susanna, and their children. Mentioned that English Friends had visited and also minister Rachel Thornton

Mary Kite to sister Abi Kite Walton , 1844-05-17.
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Mary was at Aaron and Susanna's home, helping care for Susanna who was becoming weaker. Susanna Kite Sharpless died in November of tuberculosis, leaving three small children including a toddler.

Mary Kite to brother James and wife Lydia Kite, 1844-1856.
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James (1808-1856), youngest brother of Thomas Kite. He married Lydia Rodman at Lynn (Mass) Monthly Meeting in 1837. They were members of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of the Southern District.

James Kite to sister [Mary?], 1849, 1854.
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In 1849 James Kite reported on the cholera epidemic in Philadelphia. 1854 letter urged his sister not to despair about the state of the Society. But he expressed criticism of sermons by ministers, especially Richard Mott who spoke at Burlington Monthlyy Meeting about slavery and war in Europe.

Joseph Kite to Mary Kite, 1844-1847.
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To "Dear Sister," the letters describe Quaker ministers and meeting news. Notes violence in the City of Philadelphia in 5 month 1844. Sermons of Christopher Healy, concerned with Quaker issues, meeting of ministers and elders, controversies in other yearly meetings - New England, Ohio.

Mary Kite to Aaron Sharpless , 1848.
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Mary was helping with her brother Joseph's first wife, Debra Cresson, who was dying. Note from "JJ" at end.

Joseph Kite to Mary Kite , 1848.
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Joseph Kite (1795-1854) married first Debra Cresson, 2nd Rebecca Walton. The letters cover the final illness of his wife Debra, Quaker meeting news, visiting ministers and travels. He mMentioned in his letter of 12 month 22 the separation at Farmington, Genesee Yearly Meeting. English Friends visiting Philadelphia.

Joseph Kite to Mary Kite, 1849.
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Quaker ministers including Elizabeth Pitfield, Rebecca Collins to North Carolina Yearly Meeting. William Smedley and Harriett Jones gave their marriage intentions before meeting 5 month 1849. News and anecdotes.

Joseph Kite to Mary Kite , 1851.
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He attended Joseph Edgerton's meeting for seafarers in Bethel meeting, Walnut Street, in 6 month 1851, 300-400 persons in attendance. Cordelia Bayes, minister from England, news from New England, Indiana, Ohio Yearly Meetings, in-house controversies, description of the wedding of their brother Nathan and family news. Remarks on the autobiography of Jesse Kersey and Life of Edward Hicks.

Joseph Kite to Mary Kite, 1852.
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The letters describe the monthly meetings and preparative and include other news of Friends. Elizabeth Evans, Samuel Leeds, William Evans, Hinchman Haines, etc. Difficulties in Western Meeting to come to agreement in appointing Elders. London Yearly Meeting evolving away from traditional Quakerism. Death of Abraham Keyser who was drawn to Friends because of his disdain for singing in worship. Case of Meed Atwater. Robert Scotton who devoted many years to Native Americans.

Joseph Kite to Mary Kite, 1852.
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Details of the evening meetings, Select and monthly meetings. Personalities, conflicts, description of wedding and the reception. His letter of 5month 30 noted that the Hicksite held a conference at Kennett Meeting calling themselves Pennsylvania Meeting of Progressive Friends and Lucretia Mott spoke. He wrote that they "eshew Christianity" and have no religious belief but do valuable testimony against slavery, alcohol, tobacco. Reported that a committee from London Yearly Meeting intended to present President with epistle against slavery and then to take it the Southern states - he was fearful of what might be aroused. He describes the ravages of old age on some esteemed Friends and the death of Hannah Folwell, age 26, at the Asylum; she had refused to wear clothes made with the labor of enslaved people, then food that she thought was unclean, and then refused to speak. Disagreement among Friends on which meetings were Select, controversy with Gurneyite faction.

Joseph Kite to Mary Kite, 1854.
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Details of meetings, visiting Friends including Eliza P. Gurney, Richard Mott, Thomas B. Gould accompanied by Robert Scotten. The letter of 7 month 15 includes mention of Lucretia Mott's sermon at Cherry Street Meeting, with a clipping he found in the Daily Register recording the substance of the talk. Joseph Kite died 10 month 29, 1854.

Mary Kite and Edith Sharpless (1836-1902) correspondence, 1841, 1851, 1853, undated.
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amily updates, especially concerning the children in the Aaron Sharpless family. Also an undated note to Elizabeth Sharpless. Edith's letter to her great-aunt 1853, shortly after the birth of brother James, reported that her step-mother was treated for pleurisy. She was bled and given medicines.

Mary Kite to sister Abi Kite Walton , 1856-10-19.
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The letter mentions family including William and daughter Hetty (Esther). Attended meetings. Brother James and wife Lydia visited, and he looked very ill. [James died that year.] They heard Mary Nicholson's report on ancient English Friend Mary Witchell - Hetty (Esther) recorded the story. Includes a typed transcription and copy Mary's letter (carbon copy). Also a unsigned or dated scrap which mentions Aunt Mary Kite.

Asenath Clark to Mary Kite .
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Asenath Hunt Clark, North Carolina Quaker minister.

Correspondence received by Mary Kite , 1840-1853.
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Includes an extract of a letter dated 1843 from niece Edith Jefferis with comments by Caleb Pennock at Kennett Meeting regarding the Separation and a poem by Henry Hicks White copied for Edith. Also a letter of sympathy from Benjamin Hoyle on death of her brother Thomas in 1845. .

William P. Bedell, Coxsackie, NY, to Mary Kite , 1844-03-18.
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Society of Friends concerns.

David Jarrett to Mary Kite , 1854-01-12.
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An account of his journey in the ministry to western Pennsylvania.

Joseph Edgerton to Mary Kite , 1856-1859.
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4 letters, signed. Joseph Edgerton (1797-1865), Quaker minister

Joseph Elkinton to Mary Kite , 1857, 1858.
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2 letters, signed. Elkinton (1794-1868) was a Philadelphia Quaker minister

Rachel E. Patterson to Mary Kite , 1857 [?] 4mo 10.
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Quaker minister, died 1893.

Nathan Kite to sister Mary Kite, 1844-1851.
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Includes a letter 1851 signed simply "thy sister." Also undated poem and story signed by Nathan.

Nathan Kite and great-nieces Edith Sharpless and Elizabeth Sharpless , 1842-1856.
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Nathan Kite (1804-1867) to Edith (1836-1902), eldest daughter of Aaron and Susanna Kite Sharpless. Nathan was almost 20 years younger than his brother, Susanna's father, Thomas Kite. He maintained a close relationship to Susanna's three children. The family was double related - Edith's grandmother, Edith Sharpless (1777-1861) was a second marriage of Thomas Kite. Affectionate letters, Affectionate letter mentions messages from his sister (Aunt Mary) who was busy with Quaker meetings. He described tells a visit to a zoo, and in 1856, informed her of the death of his brother, James. Also, undated reply from Edith and 1851[?] note to Elizabeth. Undated poems sent to Elizabeth, one with hair design enclosed. Hair stored in acid-free envelope.

Thomas Sharpless to great-uncle Nathan Kite, 1850.
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Childhood letter with an account of his school work and the company of cousins (including Hetty)

Nathan Kite to Aaron Sharpless, 1863.
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To his nephew-in-law, with advice concerning young Friends facing with the draft.

Rebecca Kite and Mary Kite correspondence, 1844-1845, 1858 .
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Correspondence with her niece. 12 month 1844 was written after her return to Philadelphia after death of Susanna Kite Sharpless.

Rebecca Walton Kite correspondence, 1839-1840.
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Rebecca Walton Kite to granddaughter Edith Sharpless, West Chester, and Rebecca Kite to grandmother Rebecca Walton Kite.

Rebecca Walton to aunt Edith Kite , 1855-1856.
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Updating Quaker news: Reports on Quarterly Meeting where Powell Stackhouse spoke and other news of the meeting and monthly meeting. Described difficulties in Ohio Yearly Meeting, especially concerning the boarding school. Mentions visiting ministers, a separation in Hartland Monthly Meeting attributed to Amos Battey. The 1856 letter is Rebecca to cousin Edith.

Benjamin H. Lightfoot to Edith Sharpless, 1856-12-02.
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Note from her cousin notifying Edith of the sudden death of their uncle, James Kite

Edith Kite to granddaughter Elizabeth Sharpless , 1854.
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Elizabeth Sharpless married Edward G. Smedley in 1865.

Will of Mary Kite, 1861.
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Her brother Nathan appointed executor

Miscellaneous copy verse and prose, 1831, undated .
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Appears to be Susanna Kite penmanship, written to her mother Edith and her grandparents. Also poems written to an invalid (Edith Sharpless?), not dated

Miscellaneous writings, 1829, undated .
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Fragments of essays, a poem "Truth of Age," 1829, written to B.K. [Benjamin Kite} by granddaughter S.K. Poem about girls names

Family Record, 1808-1900, Thomas Kite's Bible (copy), ca. 1900.
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Manuscript copy of family record, last entry is death of William Kite, 1900.

Susanna entered Westtown School in 1822 and became a teacher in 1828., 1822-1824.
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Susanna entered Westtown School in 1822 and became a teacher in 1828.

Susanna to siblings , from Westtown, 1823-1824.
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Susanna to family, 1832, 1835.
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To William, Rebecca, and Nathan Kite and cousin Edith Jefferis

Susanna and Aaron to her uncle Nathan Kite , 1832-1843.
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Nathan (1804-1857) wasthe much younger brother of her father. Susanna wrote of family news. In 1843 she asked to borrow his magic lantern. Short note from Aaron concerning book order.

Susanna correspondence with her mother , 1834-1843.
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Susanna to grandmother Rebecca Walton Kite , 1834-1839.
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Letter of 10 month 6, 1836, gave an account of her aunt Phebe Sharpless's marriage to Nathan Middleton at Birmingham meeting house with details of the wedding feast that followed.

Susanna to parents , 1834-1837.
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Susanna and Aaron Sharpless correspondence 1831 (?), 1837 2, 1831 (?), 1837 .
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Susanna to parents and family 1839-1840, 1839-1840.
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Susanna to parents and family , 1841-1842.
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Susanna to parents and family , 1843.
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Aaron and Susanna to Thomas Kite, 1841.
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Susanna to brother William Kite, 1827-1835.
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Susanna correspondence with brother William Kite and wife Mary, 1839-1841.
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One letter is from William, the remainder of letters were written by Susanna Sharpless with family news

William Kite to sister Susanna and Aaron Sharpless, 1836-1837.
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William Kite to sister Susanna and Aaron Sharpless, 1840-1841.
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William Kite and Susanna and Aaron Sharpless correspondence, 1842-1844.
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Susanna and sister- in- law Mary Clement Kite correspondence, 1838-1844.
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Welcome to family and family news

Susanna and Aaron Sharpless correspondence with brother William Kite and wife Mary, 1842-1844, undated.
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Family news, condolences in 1842 to William and Mary on the death of their baby. December 1843, Susanna wrote of scarlet fever in Chester County. January 1844 Aaron wrote of Susanna's illness, treated the sore throat with red pepper tea and paste of silver nitrate. Susanna died 9 month 1844 following complications of the disease.

Susanna to sister Rebecca Kite, 1832-1835.
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She entered Westtown School in 1828. Rebecca Kite (1814-1852) married Nathaniel Brown in 1848 under the care of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Orthodox).

Susanna to sister Rebecca Kite, 1836.
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Susanna to sister Rebecca Kite, 1837-1838.
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Susanna to sister Rebecca Kite, 1839-1840.
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Susanna to sister Rebecca Kite, 1841-1843, and undated.
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12 month 1843, Susanna wrote that the family was ill with scarlet fever and she asked if Rebecca could come to help.

Aaron Sharpless to sister-in-law Rebecca Kite , 1844-1846.
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Rebecca Kite married Nathaniel Brown in 1848. Aaron's letter of 4 month 1844 described Susanna's illness and the various relations who were helping him at home with three small children and ill wife. In 10 month 1844, Aunt Mary Kite was returning home to the city, and Aaron was working on his memorial for Susanna. In 1846, he was planning marriage to Susanna Forsythe.

Susanna to her cousin Rebecca Walton 1834-1842, n.d. 2, 1834-1842, and undated.
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Susanna to Mary Kite correspondence, 1836-1840.
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Susanna Kite Sharpless to Mary Kite , 1841-1844 and undated .
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Letters to her aunt Mary of which include notes about her children, Friends, and Quaker meetings. In 1 mo 1844, she wrote about caring for her children and that she had since fallen ill. "Morning Hymn," written for her aunt.

Edith Sharples Kite to Susanna Sharpless, 1844.
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Letters to her step-daughter which acknowledge that Susanna's health was failing

Susanna to brother Thomas Kite, 1831-1834.
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Thomas Kite (1818-1884)was the youngest child of Thomas Kite (1785-1845 )and his second wife Edith Sharpless Kite.

Susanna to brother Joshua, 1831.
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Joshua (1816-1835) was Susanna's half brother, son of Thomas and Edith Sharpless Kite.

Aunts Phebe and Abigail Sharpless to Susanna and Edith Sharpless Kite., 1834, 1846.
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Susanna Sharpless to her children, Edith and Thomas, 1844.
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2 letters to her older children. Susanna mentions their baby sister, Elizabeth, born 1842.

Memorial on death of Susanna Kite Sharpless, 1844.
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Life and details of death of Susanna Kite Sharpless, written by her husband, Aaron.

Abigail Sharpless to cousin Susanna Kite, Philadelphia , 1824-1827.
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Sent from Westtown in 1824 and then from home in East Bradford. Interesting letters written in 1827 mention visiting Hicksites, including John Comly and the tensions in the local meetings. She remarked on Joshua traveling with Stephen Grellet.

Abigail Sharpless, East Bradford, to cousin Susanna Kite, Philadelphia , 1828-1829.
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News of family and friends. She mentioned the pressure by the Hicksites, including rival meetings with Elias Hicks and the Orthodox in 12 month 1828. She heard a rRumor that 37 ministers at Cherry Street and 19 speaking at meeting. Also a letter describing illness of cousin Edith Jefferies. Letter from Charleston to Susanna, initials indecipherable

Abigail Sharpless, East Bradford, to cousin Susanna Kite, Philadelphia, 1830-1831.
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Abigail Sharpless, East Bradford, to cousin Susanna Kite, Philadelphia, 1832-1833.
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Abigail Sharples, East Bradford, to cousin Susanna Kite, Philadelphia , 1834.
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The 1834 letter has pencilled note "just before her marriage." The 1834 letter signed P. Sharpless? Susanna married Aaron Sharples in 1835, Abigail married James R. Graeves in 1834 and died in 1837.

Abigail to cousin William Kite, 1833.
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Rebecca Kite to cousins Edith Sharpless, Radley Farm, West Chester , 1831-03-26.
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Wrote about attending temperance lectures in Philadelphia and family news

Edith Sharpless to William Kite, 1829-1830.
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Edith Sharpless to cousin Susanna Kite, 1831-1834.
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Edith Sharpless to Rebecca Kite, 1832-1834.
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Edith Sharpless Kite and Nathan Kite to Susanna Kite Sharpless, 1838-1840.
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Joint letter from Susanna's step-mother and her uncle with family and Quaker news. Edith very pleased that Aaron had been appointed to Yearly Meeting

Aaron Sharpless to sister Edith Sharpless, Westtown, 1823-10-05.
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Aaron's younger sister, born 1812, died 1835

Aaron and Susanna Sharpless to Mary Kite, 1842, 1843.
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Aunt Mary had been staying with them. Aaron was concerned that they left before he could give proper farewell - Susanna recently gave birth to Elizabeth in 1842. Mary was staying with William Kite in Philadelphia; Susanna gave an update about the children in 3 month 1843 and mentioned that her cold was worse.

Aaron Sharpless, East Bradford, to daughter Edith Sharpless, 1840-1847.
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Edith (1836-1902) Aaron and Susana's oldest child. After the death of her mother when she was about 9, she stayed with her grandparent Kites. Aunt Mary Kite helping Aaron at home with the two younger children. In 1847 Edith was homesick, and in 1850 she was a student at Westtown and her father remarried. She did not marry and died at home of brother Thomas in Birmingham.

Aaron Sharpless, East Bradford, to daughter Edith Sharpless, Westtown, 1850-1860.
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In 1850 Edith was a student at Westtown. Her fatherhad remarried in 1847. Brother Thomas joined her at Westtown. 8 month 1851, Aaron wrote that Aunt Mary [Kite] intended a ministry to North Carolina. Also, undated letter from her step-mother Susanna F. Sharpless mentioned explosion in Wilmington

Aaron Sharpless, East Bradford, to daughter Edith Sharpless, Jenkintown, 1857.
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In 3 month 1857, Aaron gave his consent and encouragement for her to attend Yearly Meeting later that spring. Edith was working at a school. Aaron reported the death of Mary Gibbons, wife of Joseph Gibbons, of erysipelas, and that Eliza Taylor, the "eccentric" daughter of recently deceased Elizabeth Taylor, was at (Friends) Asylum. He referred to difficult times in the Society of Friends. In subsequent letter, he warned her about accepting invitations including to a debate and reminded her that they are a "peculiar people."

Aaron Sharpless, to daughter Edith Sharpless, West Chester, 1863, 1866.
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Aaron and wife Susanna F. Sharpless attended Quarterly Meeting in Trenton in 1863. Aaron wrote an account of Friends they met and socialized with. In 1866, he traveled to meetings in Ohio, as a companion to a minister visiting Mount Pleasant.

Elizabeth Sharpless to her father, Aaron Sharpless, 1849, undated circa 1859.
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Elizabeth was the youngest of Aaron and Susanna Kite Sharpless's three children and only a toddler when her mother died. In 1849 she was living in Philadelphia with Kite relatives (7 years old). Her father remarried, mention baby Isaac. In the later letter, Elizabeth was homesick, at Westtown.

Susanna Forsythe Sharpless to step-children, 1857, 1869, 1879.
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Susanna sent family updates to the eldest, Edith, in 1857. To William, written from Westtown in 1869 where son Isaac had measles along withamong other students.

Aaron Sharpless, Birmingham and Westtown, to daughter Elizabeth Sharpless , 1868-1872.
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In 1868, he wrote that he was concerned with the search for a superintendent and matron of Westtown, a position which he did not want to assume. Attended Indian Committee meetings.

Aaron Sharpless to brother-in-law William Kite, 1869, 1872.
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Sent from Westtown, he mentioned financial problems at the School

Rebecca Smart, Mount Pleasant, to Aaron Sharpless, Undated, circa 1845.
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A teacher, graduate of Westtown.

Settlement of Edith Jefferis estate , 1843.
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Aaron Sharpless was administrator of the estate

Account on death of Aaron Sharpless, 1876.
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Accounts of the deaths of "mother" and Ann Truman Forsythe, Undated.
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Account of death of Ann Forsythe written by her daughter, Susanna Forsythe Sharpless. The subject of the longer description of 1905 illness and death of "mother" is unclear; Susanna died in 1907, not 1905.

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This sub-series includes the correspondence of the children of Aaron Sharpless by both his wives, Susanna Kite Sharpless (1809-1844) and Susanna Forsythe Sharpless (1815-1907). The elder, Edith Sharpless, did not marry. Elizabeth Sharpless married Edward G. Smedley in 1865, and after their marriage her correspondence is filed in Series 2: Smedley Family

Aunt Rebecca Kite to Edith Sharpless (1836-1902), 1847-1848, 1851.
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An extract transcribed by Susanna Smedley?) to Edith Sharpless, daughter of Susanna Kite Sharpless, from her mother's sister Rebecca

Uncle Thomas Kite, Cincinnati, to Edith 1847 , 2019-06-25.
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With an invitation for her to visit when aunt Rebecca visits, and warm encouragement to grow up to be like her mother, Susanna Kite Sharpless

Aunt Rebecca Kite to Elizabeth Sharpless, 1852, undated.
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Rebecca Kite (1814-1852), half sister of Susanna Kite Sharpless married Nathaniel Brown in 1848. She wrote that she dearly missed her nieces and nephews and visiting the family before she was married, but presently was tied down with her own family and children.

William and Mary Clement Kite to Elizabeth Sharpless , 1839-1887.
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William (1810-1900) was the brother of Susanna Kite Sharpless. His 1863 letter included advice on Elizabeth's proposed marriage to Edward Smedley. William married Mary Clements in 1838, and they had two children: Esther ("Hetty") who married Samuel Griscom in 1863 and Susanna Sharpless Kite, who did not marry.

Cousin Anna Walton to Edith Sharpless , 1849-1854.
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Correspondence to Edith Sharpless (1836-1902) from Kite cousins, 1846-1857.
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Susanna ("Sue" or "Suze") and Esther ("Hetty") were the children of William (1810-1900) and Mary Clement Kite. William was the younger brother of Susanna Kite Sharpless. The cousins were Westtown students, some copy poetry and notes

Cousin Ann Sheppard and Cousin Mary to Edith Sharples , 1850, 1862.
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Ann visited New York State in 1862, she worried about the Southern Army

Lydia Hazard Hoag to Edith Sharpless, 1855-1857.
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From Upstate New York, she wrote that the Irish and Germans were opposing prohibition and that there were women's rights supporters in the area. She was a teacher and commented on plain dress, Gurneyites and Wilburites,

Elizabeth Tucker to Edith Sharpless, 1859-1864.
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Elizabeth Tucker was an itinerant teacher in various schools. She resigned from the Society of Friends in 1863. Her letters are filled with comments on current events, Lincoln's Proclamation, etc.

Miscellaneous Edith Sharpless correspondence, 1875-1882.
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Includes her letter giving an account of a trip she made in 1882 to New England and Canada.

Miscellaneous Edith Sharpless correspondence, 1889-1893.
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Includes fragments of writings

Elizabeth Sharpless to Rebecca Walton .
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Childhood letter to friends, Edith wrote about herof baby brother and friends at school with her in East Bradford

Rebecca Walton, Philadelphia, to Elizabeth Sharpless , 1849.
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"My dear little friend," the letter mentions that she takes her young scholars to meeting

Elizabeth Sharpless to sister Edith, 1849-1855.
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Edith Sharpless was a student at Westtown in early letters. In 1849, their father, Aaron Sharpless, added a note, with love to Thomas, who also was studying at Westtown

Edith Sharpless to sister Elizabeth , 1854.
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Poem to her little sister, age five, in handmade envelope.

Elizabeth Sharpless sketch book , 1857.
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Elizabeth Sharpless to sister Edith, 1856-1860.
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Elizabeth also studied at Westtown

Memoir of starting at Westtown, 1854.
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Not signed - Elizabeth?

Elizabeth Sharpless to father and family , Undated, circa 1855.
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Letters written from Westtown

Elizabeth Sharpless and brother Thomas correspondence, 1852-1854.
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Thomas was at Westtown

Thomas to sister Edith Sharpless, Westtown , 1855.
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Isaac Sharpless to sister Edith, 1862-1877.
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From Westtown School, then Haverford College. In 1876 he mentioned expecting to pass meeting (to marry Lydia Trimble Cope). He was the son of Aaron and second wife, Susanna F. Sharpless. Isaac Sharpless (1848-1920) served as long-time president of Haverford College.

Ann Sharpless to sisters Edith and Elizabeth, 1866-1893.
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Ann (1853-1943) was the daughter of Aaron and second wife, Susanna F. Sharpless. Unmarried, she taught at Westtown.

Uncle Nathan Kite to Elizabeth Sharpless on her wedding, 1865.
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Poem with reference to her mother, Susanna Kite Sharpless, who died when Elizabeth was a baby. 2 copies

Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley to brother James and Susanna Sharpless to sister, 1865, 1868.
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Elizabeth to her half-brother, James F. (1853-1868), the son of Aaron and Susanna Forsythe Sharpless. Susanna was the youngest child of Aaron and Susanna F., born 1859.

Benjamin H. Lightfoot to Edith Sharpless , 1856-12-02.
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Note from her cousin that notifiednotifying her of sudden death of their uncle James Kite

Anna Walton [?] to Elizabeth Sharpless , 1857, 1875, undated.
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She wrote that since did not have grandchildren, she was sending to Elizabeth a doll and a letter from Aunt Mary to Kite to Susanna Kite Sharpless, Elizabeth's mother.

Susanna Sharpless Kite to cousin Elizabeth Sharpless , 1858-1865.
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From Westtown. Susanna (1844-1932) was the daughter of William Kite and Mary Clement Kite. Her letter of 1865-5mo-5 contains her apology why not she was not in attendance for Elizabeth's passing meeting - because she had other Meeting obligations.

Elizabeth Sharples to cousin Susanna Sharples Kite, 1859-1864.
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lizabeth married Edward G. Smedley in 1865

Ann Sharpless journal of a trip to California, 1886.
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Ann (1850-1943) was the daughter of Aaron and Susanna F. Sharpless. A long-time teacher at Westtown, she was active in peace and other concerns and an acknowledged Quaker minister, Birmingham Monthly Meeting.

William Truman Sharpless, MD, obituary, 1947.
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Younger half-brother of Edith Sharpless and Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley, son of Aaron and Susanna F. Sharpless. William (1856-1947) was a prominent Chester County physician,

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This series includes some early Smedley papers but largely relates to Edward G. Smedley and Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley and Thomas and Philena Smedley. See following sub-series for bulk of material relating to the correspondence of children of William Smedley (1799-1866) and his grandchildren.

Account book of estate of William Smedley (1728-1766), 1766.
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William Smedley (1728-1766) built the first section of the family house on the farmstead in Middletown Township, Delaware County.

Will of James Albin (copy) , 1750-09-01.
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James Albin of West Marlborough, manuscript copy 1751 by George Smedley. This was removed from Emma Smedley's leather folder containing items of family history.

Edward Churchman to William Smedley (1799-1866) , 1821-08-18.
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Edward Churchman, a Quaker minister, wrote to encourage Smedley's increased responsibility in Meeting.

Isaac Griffith to cousin Rebecca Webster, 1826.
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Concerning her upcoming marriage. She married Walter Smedley in 1826, under the care of Chester Monthly Meeting

Concerning deaths of Rebecca Webster Smedley and William Smedley (1799-1866) , 1844, 1866.
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Concerning death of Rebecca Webster Smedley, 1844. Memorial notes and poem by her husband, William Smedley (1799-1866) by whom she had nine children. After her death, William married second Harriett Jones (1797-1882) in 1849. An added note recorded the death of "father" William Smedley, together with a memorial of thanks from Pennsylvania Training School [later Elwyn Institute]

Estate of Mary Wilkinson, 1846-1847.
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Auditor's report, a sister of William Smedley (1765-1839)

George Smedley estate, 1855.
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George (1796-1855) was the older brother of William Smedley who was the father of Edward G. Smedley. George Smedley first married Mary Webster, the older sister of Rebecca Webster (married William Smedley.) George married second Philena (Hibberd) Yarnall, the widow of Albin Yarnall. Albin and Philena's daughter, Philena Yarnall (1833-1921), married Thomas Smedley, Edward's brother. George died intestate in 1875.

Philena Hibberd copybook , Undated.
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Copy book of rules, beginning with #11

Mary Smedley correspondence 1845-1863, undated 4 William Smedley (1799-1866). Mary Smedley (1829-1866) was the older sister of Edward G. Smedley and did not marry. Mary was an Overseer at Middletown Meeting. , 1845-1863, undated .
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Mary Smedley (1829-1866) was the older sister of Edward G. Smedley and did not marry. She was an Overseer at Middletown Meeting.

Death of Mary Smedley, 1866.
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Includes an account of Mary's death and a letter from Elizabeth S. Smedley to her father-in-law, William Smedley, notifying him of the death.

Thomas Smedley (1833-1875) and Philena Hibberd Smedley correspondence , 1853-1871.
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Thomas was an older brother of Edward G. Smedley and married Philena Yarnall, daughter of Albin and Philena Hibberd Yarnall, in 1855 under the care of Middletown Monthly Meeting. His letters to Philena before their marriage include Quaker and household news. Thomas attended Yearly Meeting 1853 and Nottingham Monthly Meeting. Guardian account for Philena, 1828-1854. Letter from his father, William, 1863. Letters to his siblings and daughter.

Thomas Smedley ledger book, 1863-1875.
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Thomas Smedley taught school in Philadelphia and then removed to the family farm after the death of his father, William, in 1866. The first part of the ledger contains the records of student tuitions with their addresses. It is followed by farm accounts, 1869-1875. He served as an Overseer, Elder, and Assistant Clerk of Chester Monthly Meeting.

Thomas Smedley family records Bible pages , 1850-1875.
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Thomas and Philena Smedley. Also miscellaneous memorabilia.

Edward G. Smedley and William P. Smedley, concerning draft , 1863, 1864, undated.
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Penciled notes from Edward to his brother written from Philadelphia barracks, and his official discharge notice [Edward and his cousin William P. Smedley were drafted in the summer of 1863 and kept in a Philadelphia barracks until their conscientious objection appeal was approved with the aid of concerned Friends.]

Ephraim Smith, Barnesville, to Edward G. Smedley, 1865.
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Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley to cousin Susanna Sharples Kite, 1865-1871.
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Elizabeth Sharpless married Edward Garrett Smedley under the care of Birmingham Monthly Meeting on 1865, 6 month, 14. At the time of the marriage, he was farming in Middletown Township, Delaware County, and a member of Chester Monthly Meeting.

Edward G. Smedley account book , 1872-1894; 1906 -1907 .
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Later entries are household. Includes a letter dated 11 month, 1875, from Jesse Garrett, Burlington, NJ, which releases him as tenant of his farm because he (Garrett) understands the need for Edward to assume responsibility at the Middletown farm upon the death of his brother Thomas. Edward and Elizabeth Smedley served as Superintendent and Matron of Westtown 1896-1906. He was appointed Overseer, Elder at Middletown Meeting and also Clerk at the Monthly and Quarterly Meetings.

Edward G. Smedley school essays, English exercise book , 1849, undated.
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William Hall to Edward G. Smedley, William Hall to Edward 1873-1874 4 Letters from Wigton, England.
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Letters from Wigton, England

Edward and Elizabeth Smedley to sister, 1871.
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Edward G. Smedley to Elizabeth Smedley, 1873, 1881.
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He was traveling and mentioned the illness of his older brother, Samuel (1831-1873). Samuel married Mary Large in 1864 and resided for a time in New York.

Elizabeth Sharpless correspondence with Deborah L. Smedley , 1862-1864.
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Letters to her friend and future sister-in-law. 8 month Elizabeth wrote that she heard that the rebels were approaching Harrisburg again, and the young men were worried about the draft. 3 month 1863 Deborah wrote about the return of the body of Charles H. Fox who died at Nashville.

Elizabeth S. Smedley to siblings, 1867-1875.
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Includes a long letter to sister Ann Sharpless describing trip to New York State. Ann was Elizabeth's half sister, the daughter of Aaron and Susanna Forsythe Sharpless.

Samuel and Mary Large Smedley correspondence , 1856-1883.
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Mary Large married Samuel Smedley (1831-1873), older brother of Edward G. Smedley, in 1864. Letter from sister Mary Smedley from Middletown contains family news and visitors at the Quarterly Meeting. Mary was an Overseer at Middletown Monthly Meeting.

Elizabeth S. Smedley to daughter Edith, 1877-1880.
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Elizabeth regularly corresponded with her daughters, especially Edith, the eldest. Neither daughter married. Edith worked as a bookkeeper and Susanna worked at Westtown School.

Elizabeth S. Smedley to daughter Edith, 1883.
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Elizabeth S. Smedley to daughter Edith Smedley, 1886-1888.
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Elizabeth S. Smedley to daughter Edith Smedley, 1884-1885.
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Updates from home, encouragement in studies. Edith was at Westtown. Elizabeth mentioned in the letter of 2mo 1, 1885, that the Methodists were having a series of revival meetings, attracting new members.

Elizabeth S. Smedley to daughter Edith, 1889-1892.
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Elizabeth S. Smedley to daughter Edith, 1893.
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Elizabeth S. Smedley to daughter Edith, 1894-1895.
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Elizabeth S. Smedley to daughters Edith and Susanna 1896-1899, 1896-1899.
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Edward and Elizabeth Smedley to daughters Edith and Susanna "Susie" , 1900-1903.
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From Westtown and a resort in Wernersville

Edith's letter of 1900 informed her mother of the death of Uncle William Kite (1810-1900). 1906 letter from Elizabeth to Rebecca Smedley and Deborah Allen related her appendectomy, 1900-1913.
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Edith's letter of 1900 informed her mother of the death of Uncle William Kite (1810-1900). 1906 letter from Elizabeth to Rebecca Smedley and Deborah Allen related her appendectomy

Selby Howard, Farmington County, New York , 1871-1883.
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According to the records of Farmington Monthly Meeting, Selby Howard was born in slavery in 1800 and was received into membership in 1874. The 1871 letter was sent to "our old esteemed friend" in response to Edward G. Smedley's correspondence. The letter was written for him by Charles W. Wood who became a member on request at the same business meeting. Howard described Quaker revival meetings in Farmington County that went on for eight days with multiple sessions each day. Later letters from Wood describe Selby's old age and financial difficulties. He died in 1885.

Cyrus W. Harvey to Edward G. Smedley , 1882.
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Harvey was the editor of the Western Friend, Quakervale, Kansas. Also copy of Edward's response

Edward G. and Elizabeth Smedley correspondence received , 1881-1903.
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Includes a letter to Edward regarding the question of a member resisting full apology for marrying out of the Discipline. Edward Smedley served as clerk and overseer under Chester Monthly Meeting. In 1886-03-23, Jonathan Rhoads requested help in arranging his visits to meetings. In 1890, John Dillingham asked his help in finding a location for meeting of the Friends interested in the "Fox Club"

From Clarkson Sheppard, Media, Pennsylvania , 1895.
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E. R. Evans to Elizabeth Smedley, 1904.
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Edward G. and Elizabeth Smedley served as Supervisors at Westtown. Edward suffered from a heart condition at the time of the letter.

Joseph S. Elkinton to Elizabeth S. Smedley, 1904.
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Typed letter of 1 mo enclosed a letter from Joseph Walton. Includes Quaker news and concern about the Hicksite "flippincy"

Death of Edward G. Smedley , 1908.
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Notice, draft of memorial, funeral expenses. Condolences

Elizabeth Smedley miscellaneous .
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Poems and notes on family.

Elizabeth S. Smedley correspondence , 1914.
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General

Contains correspondence and miscellaneous papers concerning the children and grandchildren of William Smedley (1799-1866) who inherited the Middletown farm and particularly the children of Edward G. Smedley, Edith and Susanna Smedley. Edith (1869-1915) was a bookkeeper and Susanna Smedley (1875-1970) was a librarian and archivist at Westtown School. Reflecting her interest in history, Susanna compiled family records in researching family and farmstead history. Daughters of Thomas Smedley are represented in the next sub-series and son Walter Smedley in Series 3.

Smedley family correspondence , 1857-1893.
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Correspondence between children of William and Rebecca Webster Smedley: James, Samuel, Thomas, Rebecca, Deborah. 1857 (?) from Thomas Smedley, Rockland, to his father. Miscellaneous including receipt to Westtown School for tuition for Samuel and Thomas, 1847. William Smedley had inherited the Middletown farmstead, and the children were raised at the homestead he named "Social Retreat."

Harriett Jones Smedley to children of William Smedley (1799-1866), 1867-1875.
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Letters from second wife of William Smedley, Harriett Jones Smedley (1797-1882). They married in 1849, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of the Northern District.

Philena Yarnall Smedley estate, 1921-1944.
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Thomas Smedley's widow. She was the mother of Lydia, Harriett, Walter, Horace, Rebecca and Emma Smedley and outlived her husband by almost fifty years.

Rebecca Smedley, Westtown, to sister Hattie J. Smedley, Rebecca Smedley, Westtown, to sister Hattie J. Smedley.
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Her note of 12mo 30 1877 from home mentions that they did not hang their stockings at Christmas so will do it on New Year's Eve instead..

Deborah L. Smedley to dear sister, 1858.
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Deborah L. Smedley (1841-1922), from Westtown where she is part of a group to create Westtown Female Literary Society. Deborah Lightfoot Smedley in 1869 married George B. Allen under the care of Chester Monthly Meeting. He was an Elder at the Meeting and died in 1922. Deborah's unmarried sister Rebecca (1839-19180, an Elder at Chester Monthly Meeting died at their home, "Social Retreat," in Media.

Deborah L. Smedley to [Hannah M. Smedley Taylor], 1861.
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Written from her residence,"Social Retreat," Middletown, with description of a visit to Westtown. Typed copy.

Deborah Smedley to Elizabeth Sharpless, 1863.
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To her friend Lizzie (Elizabeth Sharpless who married her brother Edward G. Smedley in 1865. At home in Lima (Media) at "Social Retreat." Her letters expressed her anxiety as brother Edward and their cousin George were drafted and not granted exemption as conscientious objectors.

Deborah Smedley to Elizabeth Sharpless , 1864-1865 and undated.
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Deborah wrote about the Rebel invasion of Pennsylvania, return of the body of Charles Fox who died a prisoner of war in Nashville. Quaker and family news. She expressed hHorror at the death of Lincoln and attempted assassination of Seward. "Lizzie" married her brother 1865. Deborah married George Allen in 1869.

Deborah Smedley Allen to Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley, 1870-1875.
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Also includes an undated poem by Deborah on joys and sorrow of life

Deborah Smedley Allen and Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley correspondence 1890-1915 6 Quaker meeting and family news. Temperance meetings, mentions Indian maidens school in 1893. Deborah served as an Overseer at Middletown Meeting., 1890-1915.
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Quaker meeting and family news. Temperance meetings, mention of Indian maidens school in 1893. Deborah served as an Overseer at Middletown Meeting.

Deborah Smedley Allen (b. 1886) to Ida Roberts Smedley Balderston , 1971.
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Deborah Smedley Allen was the daughter of George and Deborah Smedley Allen. She wrote to Ida enclosing Smedley photos circa 1890 since Ida was collecting family history. Also a copy of a letter from her mother to good friend Hannah W. Roberts concerning recent death of her brother Thomas (1875).

Pocket diary, 1885.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Small diary with daily entries, possibly Harriett J. Smedley (1859-1893), a teacher? She mentions teaching, Quaker meetings, visiting the Souths (her sister Lydia married Edward South). Harriett married William Kirkbride in 1888.

Susanna Smedley (1875-1970) correspondence from cousin Lizzie, Westtown (copies) , 1859-1862.
Scope and Contents

Old acidic photocopies

Edith Smedley correspondence, 1881-1885, 1893.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Correspondencewith her aunts and uncle William Sharpless. In 1883, William's letter described his visit to brother Thomas Sharpless ((1838-1914) who spent a time in Colorado as superintendent of a mining company. In 1893 Edith visited Boston in the company of Rebecca Kite.

Edith Smedley (1869-1915) and Mary Allen correspondence, 1894, 1901-1903.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

In 1901 and 1903, Edith was on vacation in the Poconos. Mary Allen (1871-1938) was her cousin, daughter of George and Deborah Allen.

Susanna Smedley to sister Edith Smedley, circa 1885-1898, 1907-1908 .
Box 6
Scope and Contents

An 1893 letter is typed by Susanna, sent from Westtown. Neither sister married, Edith worked as a bookkeeper and Susanna as a bookkeeper and archivist at Westtown.

Susanna Smedley, Westtown reports and correspondence, Susanna Smedley Westtown reports and correspondence 1882-1902 6 Westtown report cards, 1903 class letter, correspondence concerning sister Edith's death in 1902. Also 1880 report card Middletown Friends School for Edith.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Westtown report cards, 1903 class letter, correspondence concerning sister Edith's death in 1902. Also 1880 report card from Middletown Friends School for Edith.

Edith Smedley to sister Susanna Smedley, 1902.
Box 6
Susanna Smedley essay on Middletown meetinghouse, 1935.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

"Historical sketch prepared for the 100th anniversary of the building of the Middletown Meeting House." Susanna Smedley worked as a bookkeeper and archivist at Westtown School. She wrote this informal essay about the history of the meeting and the Smedley family which reflects her interest in family and local history.

Susanna Smedley Genealogical research and collected papers , 1935 and undated.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Susanna was an approved Elder in Chester Monthly Meeting. Her parents, Edward G. and Elizabeth S. Smedley, had resided in the house on the Middletown farm when she was young, and she included a floorplan of the house when she lived there, Smedley reminiscences, etc. Includes a copy of Jacob Lightfoot's Will, Maiden Creek, 1789.

Susanna Smedley's history of Penn Crest, 1957.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Remarks given at the Smedley Gathering at Penn Crest, with a history of the family members who resided on the farmstead. She and cousins Elizabeth Satterthwaite and Deborah S. Allen, daughters of Deborah L. Smedley Allen, and Walter's children were the surviving Smedley descendants who had lived on the farm.

Susanna Smedley financial, 1886-1963.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Includes her mother's estate information. Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley died in 1924. Also an i Inventory of contents of properties in West Chester, Westtown, Wawa in 1948.

Miscellaneous essays, Susanna Smedley?, Undated, circa 1893-1935 .
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Written by Susanna? "Hidden Helpers" labeled "My grad. essay." Historian report for Class of 1893, Westtown. Report of Camp Neff, partly typed carbon and mimeographed, with report by Sue Smedley (circa 1935), librarian at Westtown. Typed essay "Was This the First Peace Corps?" concerning Quaker work with Native Americans, 1798.

Inventories of contents of Smedley properties , undated.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Selected contents of Smedley properties in West Chester, Media, Westtown School. Susanna's handwriting? Also a poem to a chair made by John Letchworth (written by a Kite?)

Travel notes, 1950-1961.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Small notebooks with notes on travel. Susanna Smedley?

Deeds and indentures concerning Middletown property, 1817-1874.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

As an archivist, Susanna compiled family records in researching the family and farm history. Includes estate of George Smedley (1796-1855), eldest son of William Smedley. Also rental of Birmingham property leased to Edward G. Smedley in 1874.

Edward G. Smedley and William P. Smedley. conscientious objectors in the Civil War (transcript), 1863 (partial transcript).
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Typed partial copy of the original manuscript of Edward G. Smedley, 1863. See Haverford MS 1111 for original.

"An affectionate address to the females confined in Arch Street Prison" , 1850.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Unsigned 4 page manuscript

Edward G. Smedley history of Middletown Meeting, 1881.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Handwritten manuscript preserved by Susanna Smedley which was read by her father before the Middletown Library Society. Also printed catalogue of Middletown Library, 1865.

Rental of farm to George W. Yarnall , 1902.
Box 7
Constitution of Friends Literary Society of Middletown, Undated.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

George B. Allen, president

Smedley guest book , 1897.
Box 7
Account ledger of Rebecca J. Smedley trust fund 1899-1936 , 1899-1936.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Rebecca Jones Smedley (1786-1859) was the widow of Jacob Smedley (1789-1937) who had inherited a tract of Smedley land in Willistown Township, Pennsylvania. In her Will executed in 1854, she created a fund to grant funds to young Quakers starting in life. Her brother-in-law William Smedley was one of the trustees, succeeded by Edward G. Smedley, then Walter Smedley

Smedley miscellaneous\, Undated, circa 1867-1900.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Incomplete writings, letters, wedding invitations. Account of Thomas Evans's sermon, 1867, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Lydia H. Smedley to sister, 1877, undated.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Lydia Smedley (1858-1923), the eldest of Thomas's children, was a teacher and married Edward L South. The file includes a childhood letter.

Lydia H. South estate papers 1926-1945 Her brother Walter Smedley served as trustee. Emma and Rebecca inherited as survivors, 1926-1945.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Her brother Walter Smedley served as trustee. Sisters Emma and Rebecca inherited as survivors.

Harriett J. Smedley journal (typed transcript) , 1883-1893.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

A spiritual diary of Harriett Smedley (1859-1893) who married William Kirkbride in 1888. She was a member of Chesterfield Monthly Meeting and began her journal in 9 month 1883. The final entry was made three days before her sudden death. Condensed, typed, multiple carbons.

Smedley and Mehl Company, audits, 1929, 1936.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Horace Webster Smedley (1867-1957), twin of Rebecca. Audits of Smedley and Mehl, Co., Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Horace was president of a coal and lumber business and served on Board of Commissioners, Lower Merion Township. He lived in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Emma and Rebecca Smedley: Collection of clippings, notes, 1920-1950.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

The papers were loose in a leather folder imprinted with Emma Smedley on the cover. Likely collected by the sisters. Includes carbon copy of 1944 letter concerning deposit of the records of Chester Monthly Meeting in Friends Historical Library; Rebecca served on the Meeting's record cCommittee.

Rebecca Smedley typed genealogical research notes and obituary clippings , 1949 and undated.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Loose pages removed from the "Emma" folder. Includes an account of locations where family members lived. The papers probably were compiled by Rebecca Smedley; letter to her dated 1949 indicates her interest in family history.

Rebecca Smedley genealogical notes, correspondence, 1949 and undated.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

The twin of Horace Smedley, Rebecca worked as a stenographer and bookkeeper. An active Friend, sShe served as an Elder in Chester Monthly Meeting.

Rebecca Smedley research on Smedley property , 1940-1949.
Box 8
Emma Smedley recipe book, 1900.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Emma Smedley graduated from Drexel University and taught domestic science and dietetics at Drexel and Johns Hopkins Hospital before working as Superintendent of High School Luncheons, Philadelphia. She published a booklet Institution Recipes in 1902, followed by multiple subsequent editions. A clipping from a Philadelphia newspaper, 1912, features her work.

Emma and Rebecca Smedley passports , 1929.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Passports issued for trip to France

Emma Smedley investment account ledger, with Rebecca , 1928-1944.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

The sisters lived Front Street in Media, Pennsylvania, and shared an annuity account. Account book reflects active investment as well as real estate purchases and sales.

Emma Smedley estate, 1944.
Box 8
Correspondence concerning recipe book orders, 1946-1949.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

After Emma's death in 1944, the sale of the books were handled by a New York company, Book Promotions, with sister Rebecca answering correspondence mailed to their previous address, 6 East Front Street, Media, PA.

Rebecca Smedley financial records, 1937-1950.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

In late life, the sisters resided in the Barclay Home in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Tax returns, real estate regarding cottage at Pocono Manor, 1945-1950. Account book of Idylease cottage, #2, 1937-1950

Pocono Manor, 1901-1904.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Proposals, correspondence, estimates, orders, etc.

Pocono Manor, 1912, 1927-1931.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Lot plan, garage, etc.

Philadelphia projects, 1905, 1910.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Correspondence concerning 1436 Penn Square, specifications for 1322 Chestnut Street

David Yarnall house and stable, 1906, 1917.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Specifications for David Yarnall house and stable, Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Fairmount Park projects , 1912-1929.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Tennis lockhouses, farm house and barn overlooking Cobbs Creek conversion to Golf House, etc.

Sea View Golf Club, Absecon, New Jersey, 1914.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, proposals, etc.

Hotel Dennis, Atlantic City, New Jersey , 1922-1925.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

Additions. orders, most concerning Turner Construction

Abbott Dairies , 1920-1930.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, invoices, etc.

Media School, Media, Pennsylvania , 1913-191.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, contracts, etc.

Alterations to Media meeting house, 1922-1927.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Walter Smedley, Chairman of the Committee. Proposed to provide sufficient space to host Concord Quarterly Meeting, allotment assigned to seven monthly meetings to cover expenses

Merion Township School, 1924-1926.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, estimates, bills, contracts, etc.

Walter Smedley architectural project ledger , 1905-1911.
Box 11
Walter Smedley architectural project ledger, 1916-1931.
Box 11
Penncrest Farm? , 1890-11-03.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of handwritten letter to his uncle (Edward G. Smedley) concerning power of attorney given to him regarding the property.

Penncrest Farms receipts, 1910-1935.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Tax receipts indicate that Walter purchased Middletown acreage in 1910 from his aunt Deborah Cope Smedley and in 1911 from his aunt, Elizabeth Sharpless Smedley. Taxes billed in 1909 to Deborah Smedley. Agreement of sales 1911, final mortgage payment 1935.

Walter Smedley farm and household account ledger, 1910-1918.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Begins with entry recording purchase of farm from Deborah S. Smedley, Feb. 14, 1910

Grocery purchases account book, 1917-1918, undated.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Small ledger, incomplete, ends Oct. 31. Followed by listing of plantings in Ida's handwriting

Walter Smedley farm and household account ledger, 1929-1931.
Box 24
Penncrest Farms letterheads, miscellaneous, Undated, circa 1918-1928.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Penncrest Farms/Breeders of Registered Guernsey/Growers of Fancy Fruit. Walter Smedley (with his Philadelphia business address) is listed as owner; William P. Smedley, Media, listed as manager. Includes brochure with photographs, record of milk production, etc.

Establishment of herd and cattle sales , 1923-1925.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Smedley was coordinating with Riverview Farms, Swarthmore, owned by Louis Cole Emmons.

Job applications, 1923.
Box 12
Guernsey cattle registrations, 1926-1928.
Box 12
Milk receipts, 1924-1925.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Sales including to Swarthmore College

Wawa Dairy Farms , 1926-1927.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Receipts selling milk to Wawa and billed for their milk testing service.

Merger of Penncrest and Riverview Farms dairy operations, circa 1937.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Letterhead: Penncrest-Riverview, Inc. An advertisement in the Swarthmorean 1936, April 17, announced the American Guernsey Cattle Club awarded its license to a Guernsey Trade Mark in Penncrest-Riverview, Inc. endorsing projects in Swarthmore, Media, and vicinity.

Rental and sales of Penncrest farm assets, 1935-1937.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Ownership of herd transferred from Walter to Ida Smedley. Rental agreement of Penncrest Farms to William P. Smedley and M. Katherine Smedley. Walter was in declining health and financial difficulties, and he transferred ownership of the farm to his wife.

Loose farm and household receipts, 1923-1937.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Sample of invoices and receipts culled from years of financial records that were saved for household and farm expenses - including telephone and plumbing bills, etc., Sorted from moldy and vermin eaten paperwork that had been stored in the barn.

Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association, 1929-1931.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

In 1930, Walter Smedley proposed to fellow breeders the creation of an Association to support marketing of local Guernsey milk. Correspondence with other state associations, associations, etc., and solicitations for guarantors subscriptions.

Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association , 1930-1931.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

At June 1930 meeting of Eastern Guernsey Breeders Association, proposal to have a Pennsylvania Association. Walter Smedley, president.

Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association correspondence, 1931.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

With Guernsey Breeders, representing the organization as president

Pure bred Guernsey pedigrees, 1913-1924.
Map Case oversize
Controversy over singing, 1904.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Controversy concerning singing at the Inn which was forwarded to Walter Smedley as Association President. Some Quakers resisted music as contrary to Discipline.

Dissolution of partnership with Walter J. Buzby, 1921.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Invoice from law firm for paperwork, dissolution of partnerships with Walter J. Buzby, in Atlantic City and Pocono Manor properties. Buzby (1865-1950) and Walter Smedley purchased the Dennis Hotel in 1900, and he absorbed Smedley's interest in 1921. Buzby was a member and Elder of Evesham Monthly Meeting and staunch supporter of the Indulged Meeting in Atlantic City.

Minutes of the Board of Directors , 1929-1932.
Box 14
Pocono Manor Association correspondence, 1927-1932.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Walter Smedley as President was in the center of operations. In a effort to support finances, Grace Atkinson temporarily operated a school for girls in the Inn building during the winter. Cottage owners advertised their homes for seasonal rental. Financial pressures created tension between the Association and Lot Owners' League.

Pocono Manor Association correspondence, Walter Smedley President, 1930-1932.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

The correspondence reflects financial pressure on the Pocono Manor Colony and attempts to get better roads to the area. A full-time director of the Association was hired in 1932.

Loan to Pocono Manor, 1932.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

In 1930 the Association reorganized, and in 1932, it was incorporated. As banks closed and loans were tightened, three of the founders - Walter Smedley, Walter J. Buzby, and Henry W. Leeds guaranteed a line of credit.

Pocono Manor financial, 1930-1935.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Efforts to keep Manor from foreclosure led to a financial crisis for lenders: Walter Smedley, Henry Leeds and Walter Buzby

Pocono Manor financial, 1930-1937.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Smedley's efforts to secure payments of the debts from Leeds and Buzby. All three were facing creditors and the debt ultimately was left to Smedley.

Scope and Contents

In addition to his architectural practice and work with the Pocono Manor Association, Smedley was an active investor and also an active Friend who served on Boards and financially supported a variety of social causes.

McCarthy's Third Holding Company.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Stock registration book #1. Smedley was an investor and served as chairman. It involved copper mining operations in Alaska. It was listed as based in Philadelphia.

Walter Smedley stock certificates with cover letter , 1921-1931.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

These stock certificates had been stored in safe of law offices and were sent to Ida Balderston in 1943. Also correspondence relating to S. C. Barnes investment

S. C. Barnes, investment securities, 1916-1934.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Monies paid to S. C. Barnes and Smedley's unsuccessful attempts to recoup the investments concerning Philbrin Ignition Company.

Cantey and Company investment , 1927-1931.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Walter Taylor, broker for investments in company, supposedly incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia, exporting Polish textiles. Smedley was not able to verify company with the State of Georgia.

4929 N. Front Street, Philadelphia , 1934-1938.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Attempt to recoup loss

Provident Trust 1936 Correspondence with Ida Smedley concerning sale of Tacony-Palmyra Bridge stock, 1936.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Ida Smedley concerning sale of Tacony-Palmyra Bridge stock

Miscellaneous personal receipts , 1925-1930.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Rental, stock, hospitalizations, taxes paid

Emlen Institute, 1904-1935.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Walter Smedley served on the Executive Board, Emlen Trust. The Trust supported multiple institutions for Native and African-Americans. According to the organization: "The Emlen Institution for the Benefit of Children of African and Indian Descent resulted from a bequest of Samuel Emlen, a Burlington, N.J. member of the Society of Friends (Quaker) who died in 1837."

Delaware County Park Board, 1935.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Walter Smedley served as president Board of a committee mandated to make recommendations regarding preservation of open land in Delaware County

Walter Smedley organizational memberships and charitable contributions .
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Sample of organizations and social concerns that Walter Smedley supported which included Union League, National Council for Prevention of War, Indian Rights Association, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Peace Committee.

Remarks at Westtown, mimeographed, 1908.
Box 15
Social Retreat guest book, 1912-1919.
Box 15

Westtown diary, 1912.
Westtown diary, 1913.
Westtown yearbook, speech, 1914 and reunions.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Ida was elected valedictorian and was an active alum. C. Canby Balderston was in the same class.

Diary, Western trip and settling into California, 1917-08-1917-11.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Travel to study in California

Diary, 903 Edgemont Street, Los Angles, 1917-11-1918-04.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Journal kept as a student at State Normal School in Los Angeles. Mentions Quaker meetings, the war, etc.

Journal, California , 1918-04-1918-08.
Box 17
Journal, California , 1918-08-1918-12.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Began teaching at Lockwood School in September and final exams

California teaching and Walter Smedley, 1918-12-1919-06.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Ida was dating Walter Smedley and teaching in Pasadena. Walter visited her mother in New Jersey in late January, and a ring arrived in February.

Ida student teaching, course notes , 1918-1919.
Box 17
Teaching plan for elementary school students circa 1919 Plan for teaching about Native Americans, 1919.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Ida's course planlan for teaching about Native Americans

Daybook, 1921.
Box 17
Ida's log book of Mediterranean Cruise, 1926.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

Family trip

Ida Roberts Smedley class notes , 1939.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

Columbia University. Ida returned to school to finish her degree.

Ida's account of life with Walter Smedley , Undated, before 1942.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

Manuscript written in a spiral notebook before her second marriage in 1942. Describes her honeymoon in Europe and apartment in Philadelphia. Farm house in Middletown ("Oak Lawn" had been rented, and when it became available, they moved to Media. Oldest part of house had been used for Middletown Meeting, so it needed to be completely remodeled before they could move in. Grant Malin had managed the farm but he not interested in Walter's plan to raise cows and was unhappy to be pensioned off. Walter hired William Smedley to take charge of the herd and shared a bull with Louis Cole Emmons of Swarthmore. Dairy never made money. Her mother came to live with them in 1926. Market crash in 1930 brought financial disaster mostly collateral on Pocono Manor and Walter's stroke. Ida was able to save the farm which was deeded in her name. She sold the cows and went back to teaching - free tuition at the Haverford School for her children. Walter died in 1939.

da's household account books (2), 1934-1941.
Box 18
Ida and C. Canby Balderston miscellaneous financial , 1942-1973.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

Includes charitable donations

Ida's teaching at Haverford School 1949, 1952 Withholding statement, day book with only scattered entries, 1949, 1952.
Scope and Contents

Withholding statement, day book with only scattered entries

Ida and C. Canby Balderston cattle breeding, 1948-1954.
Box 18
Ida's daybook , 1956-01-1956-03.
Box 19 Box 19
Ida and C. Canby Balderston awards, etc. , 1965-1968, undated.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Balderston dinner, 1965. Ida was a member of Washington Club in 1968 when C. Canby served in D.C.

Manuscript drafts of Ida's autobiography and other notes, 1980.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Sections were written in 1967 student exam book. Includes some memoirs of travels with Canby Balderston

The Story of Ida Roberts Smedley , 1983.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Typed manuscript with photographs. Includes a signed copy of daughter Alice Smedley Felix's introduction.

How Important is a Life.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Typed copy, the memoir ends with Ida's marriage to Walter Smedley in 1919

Roberts: How Important is a Life, 1983.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Spiral bound version, with introduction by her daughter Alice Smedley Felix.

Smedley: The Story of Ida Roberts Smedley 1984 Ida's autobiography from her marriage to Walter Smedley's death. Spiral bound version with foreword by Walter Smedley, Jr., includes photocopies of photographs of the farm, 1984.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Ida's autobiography from her marriage to Walter Smedley's death. Spiral bound version with foreword by Walter Smedley, Jr., includes photocopies of photographs of the farm

Essay on "American philosophy", 1962.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Spiral bound, includes context of being a Quaker and her grandmother's era. Also typed copy prepared and circulated by her granddaughter, Missy, in 1979. Ida wrote it as an assignment for Evermay Club, Washington, DC, when Ida and Canby lived in DC.

Two Great Women of the Past , 1988.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Typed manuscript with a note from Natalie Densmore who typed it for Ida Balderston.

Essay on life values, Undated.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Ida? Original manuscript typed on Pocono Manor stationary. Also a photocopy

History of the Ozone Club by C. Canby Balderston , Undated.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Handwritten manuscript

The Garden House dedication , Undated.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Typed manuscript poem and photocopy

C. Canby Balderston reports from Pakistan, Japan, 1961.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Mimeographed group letters to family, describing his and Ida's trip

Ida and Canby's trip to Ireland, 1965.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Typed group letters home

C. Canby and Ida Balderston cruise trips in Europe, 1970-1971, 1975-1976.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Typed original with photographs taped into pages

Bound copies of cruise travel journals 1970-1971, 1975-1976.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

C. Canby and Ida Balderston cruise trips in Europe, spiral bound

Ida Roberts to Ida Roberts Smedley, 1920, 1926.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

In 1926, Ida's mother, widowed in 1912, was caring for Ida's sons in Atlantic City. The same year she moved in to live with Ida and Walter at Penncrest Farm.

Ida and Walter to sister Rebecca Smedley, 1926.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Sent during their cruise

Ida Smedley and her mother, Ida Roberts, to Walter Smedley, 1937.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

From Penncrest; Walter was at Pocono Manor with his sisters Rebecca and Emma Smedley

Benjamin Roberts, Marlton, N.J., to Ida R. Smedley, 1938-1939.
Box 20
Condolence notes to Ida on death of Walter Smedley, 1939.
Box 20
C. Canby Balderston miscellaneous , 1927-1937.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Letter mentions ill-health of his wife (Gertrude Emery Balderston died in 1922), includes receipts for his sons'boys' education, etc.

Ida and C. Canby Balderston, 1927-1937.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

Congratulations on their marriage and miscellaneous memorabilia

C. Canby Balderston to Ida Balderston, 1949.
Box 20
Ida and C. Canby Balderston, letters sent.
Box 20
Scope and Contents

During their travels

Ida and C. Canby social correspondence.
Box 21
Ida Smedley Balderston miscellaneous , 1960-1983.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

Birthday greetings, etc.

Ida Balderston genealogical correspondence, 1969.
Box 21
Guest book, 1948-1956.
Box 21
Walter Smedley letters to sons Walter and Henry, 1924.
Box 21
Ida and Walter's children's school reports, 1931-1937.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

Primariy Walter's, Haverford School.

Walter Smedley, Jr., cruise journal , 1929.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

Family cruise to West Indies

Walter Smedley, Jr. correspondence to his parents, 1927-1942.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

From childhood to Princeton

Walter Smedley, Jr., miscellaneous, 1934-1935.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

Childhood activities, education

Walter Smedley, Jr., letters to Ida Smedley, 1939, 1941.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

Student at Princeton

Walter Smedley, Jr., letters home, 1942.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

To his mother and sister, Alice ("Way") from CPS

Walter Smedley, Jr., enlistment, 1942-1943.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Walter worked as an instructor in Chemical Engineering at Princeton and then enlisted in the Navy in 1942

Walter Smedley, Jr., Navy, 1944-1946.
Box 22
Walter Smedley, Jr. , 1953-1989.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Walter married Mary Jane Felix in 1943 and worked as an independent manufacturer's representative to the shipbuilding industry.

Ida Balderston and Walter Smedley, III, 1978, undated.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Family updates, and Ida's reminiscences about her mother's help in caring for her children when Walter Smedley was ill and she had to run the household and teach.

Samuel Spencer Smedley, correspondence received, 1969-1970.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Letters from his parents, C. Canby Balderson, and others. Samuel was serving in the U.S . Air Force

Henry Smedley World's Fair scrapbook, 1934.
Box 22
Henry R. Smedley to his mother, Ida Smedley Balderston, 1940-1945.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Henry was serving in the Navy on the USS Wallace L. Lind.

Henry R. Smedley to his mother, Ida Smedley Balderston, 1945-1946.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Serving in Navy

Henry R. Smedley to Ida and Canby Balderston , 1953-1985.
Box 23
Anne Jane Smedley to Ida and C. Canby Balderston, 1979.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Henry Smedley and Anne Jane Cleaver were married in 1954

Alice Roberts Smedley to Ida Smedley Balderston, 1940s.
Box 23
Alice Smedley Felix family letters, 1953-1954.
Box 23
Physical Description

Carbon copies

Alice Smedley Felix to Ida and C. Canby Balderston, 1973-1984.
Box 23
Alice Smedley Felix, 1995-1996.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Letters to Walter III and wife MJ on death and memorial services for Alice Smedley Felix, his sister. In late fall 1995, Walter and Mary Jane Smedley moved from their home in Narberth to the family farm at Penncrest.

Daniel Balderston student paper based on Kite correspondence , 1970.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Daniel Balderston, son of Frederick and Judith Braude Balderston, wrote a paper based on the correspondence between Thomas Kite and daughter Susanna 1822-1823 while she was a student. His grandmother, Ida Roberts Smedley Balderston, loaned to him the family papers which had belonged to Walter Smedley, her first husband. Typed draft with notes and transcriptions of a selection of the letters.

Letters from "Missy" to Ida Roberts Balderston, 1973, 1979-01-02.
Box 23
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Letter to "Mama" (grandmother) from California, tells that she found the manuscript of Ida's Evermay Club essay on "American Philosophy" with family photographs and records stored in Carmel. She typed and copied it for family members as a Christmas gift.

Penncrest Farm and family miscellaneous photographs.
Box 23
Penncrest High School, 1955.
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Concerning naming of high school of the Rosetree-Media School District which was constructed on former Smedley Penncrest farm

Memorial for Joseph Samson, 1983.
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Worked for both the Smedley and Felix families

Miscellaneous: Wedding and other invitations.
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C. Canby Balderston marriage certificate to Ida Roberts Smedley, 1942.
Map Case oversize
Photographs.
Map Case oversize
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Westtown Boarding School class photo, 1914; Camp O-At-Ita (East Sabago, Maine), 1930; unidentified building

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