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Hannah Wilson papers


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

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Hannah Fell Wilson (1828-1905) was a birthright member of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Her parents were George Maris Wilson and Sarah Fell Schofield, both with deep roots in Pennsylvania Quaker families. Hannah married Guy Roberts in 1859, and they moved to Philadelphia. She had two surviving siblings, Martha Ann who married twice, and Oliver S. Wilson who married Elizabeth Mills, a non-member.

Hannah's mother was the daughter of Benjamin Schofield and Martha Fell Schofield and sister of Oliver W. Schofield. Oliver W. Schofield married Mary Hough Jackson of Darby, Pennsylvania. Their children were twins Lydia Ann and Sarah J., Benjamin, Martha F., and Eliza H. Schofield. The Jacksons and Schofields wre involved in abolition, education, and other reform concerns. Hannah's first cousin, Martha Fell Schofield, founded the Schofield Normal and Industrial School in Aiken, S. C., in 1868.

Primarily manuscript letters addressed to Hannah Wilson of Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a member of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Most of the correspondents were family and friends of the Wilson, Schofield, and Williams families. The letters contain family news with reference to social and political concerns including slavery and abolition. The letters were transcribed and published with annotations. The collection also contains photographs of the Mills family (Hannah's sister-in-law's family}, a commonplace book of Jane Maris, and some related papers.

Arranged in three series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Photographs; Series 3: Jane Maris commonplace book (dismantled)

Gift of Carl Frederick, Acc. FHL 2016.022

Order of letters retained as received. Photographs were removed from deteriorated albums and stored in mylar.

Certificate from Williamson Free Trade School, 1920, for Charles Bower Frederick, completion of apprenticeship in Operating Engineering. Stored in accession folder.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
Finding Aid Date
October 2021
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Early correspondence, 1836-1838.
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1850 and undated.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Estate sale of Ann Harner, George M. Wilson administrator. Scrap of poem signed H. F. Wilson, pencil sketches

Family and friends to Hannah Wilson, Sharon Boarding School, 1852.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

From Hannah's mother, brother, father, Aunt Fannie, Maggie. Addressed to Sharon Boarding School

Schofields, Aunt Fannie, Friends at Sharon Boarding School, 1853.
Box 1
Friends from Sharon Boarding School, Fell cousins, Maggie, Jos Williams, M. A. Schofield, 1854.
Box 1
Family and friends to Hannah, Plymouth, Pennsylvania, 1855-1856.
Box 1
Family and friends, 1857.
Box 1
Family, sent from Atlantic City, etc., 1858.
Box 1
Family and friends, 1859.
Box 1
Family and friends, 1860.
Box 1

Mills family album of cabinet cards (dismantled), ca. 1870-1890.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Cabinet cards of primarily Mills family members, George M. Wilson family. He was a brother of Mary Wilson Young, the grandmother of the donor.

Mills family album miscellaneous cartes-de-visite (includes card of Philadelphia Athletic Baseball Club), ca. 1870-1900.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

The carte-de-visite photographs are not labeled but includes an image circa 1870 of the ten members of the Philadelphia Athletic Baseball Club (B.B.C.). J. D. McBride, the Club's captain in center. Photographer: John L. Gihon, Philadelphia.

Loose photographs.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes snapshots of Plymouth Friends Meeting House, the studio in Plymouth Meeting where artist Thomas Hovenden worked, scenes from Plymouth Meeting, and a sepia photograph of unidentifed stone house by Keystone View Co. 629 Hamilton Street Allentown. Includes 3 men, 2 women, dog.

Series 3: Jane Maris, Junior, North Wales, commonplace book (dismantled), 1795.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Poetry. Presumably Jane Maris (1885-1807), daughter of George Maris and Jane Foulke Maris of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. She was Hannah's great-aunt and did not marry. Inside cover also signed by Oliver S. Wilson, Hannah's brother.

Physical Description

Dismantled and pages stored individually in mylar.

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