Jenkins family papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Jabez Jenkins (1792-1858) was a Quaker merchant. He was born in Little Creek, Delaware, and was a birthright member of Duck Creek Monthly Meeting. Jabez was received on certificate in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting in 1810, and transferred his membership to Chester in 1813, the year of his marriage to Ann. P. Newlin, the daughter of Nathaniel and Martha (Parker) Newlin. They had four children, the youngest of whom died in 1824, three months after her mother passed away. Jabez was in business with his brother, Jonathan, and this endeavor failed; Chester Monthly Meeting disowned the young men in 1818 for extending business beyond their ability to manage and making only a partial assignment of debts. The former acknowledged this transgression in 1837, and was given a certificate of removal to Uwchlan Monthly Meeting. Uwchan also accepted the certificate of his second wife, Mary S. (Newlin) Jenkins (1795-1864), daughter of Cyrus and Ann (Shipley) Newlin, from Wilmington Monthly Meeting; Mary S. had previously acknowledged her marriage "out of unity.". The couple also requested membership for their only daughter from Uwchlan since she was not a birthright member. From that point on, until he moved back to Philadelphia in 1845, Jabez was involved in meeting affairs, and was appointed a representative to quarterly meeting. Jabez Jenkins died in 1858, in his 66th year, a member of Western District Monthly Meeting.
Family artifacts removed from collection and stored separately; itemized list in folder 1.
Descended through the family of Margaret Levick, daughter of Alice Trimble Pennell Allen.
Source of acquisition--Sara Sue Pennell. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--2002.
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania
- Quakers -- Social life and customs
- Merchants -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- Quaker businesspeople
- Tea -- China -- History
- Tea trade -- China
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
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