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King family correspondence


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

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Francis and Catherine (Marshall) King were English Quakers who emigrated in 1795 to Pennsylvania where they became members of Muncy Monthly Meeting. They had thirteen children, four of whom died in England. The Kings were early settlers of Ceres, McKean County, Pennsylvania, near the New York State border. Francis King (d. 1814) was employed to make surveys for a land development company, and a number of his children became residents of Ceres. Surviving children included John (1784-1865) who married Hannah Clendenon; Ann (1785-1867), who worked as a teacher in Pennsylvania; Mary (1787-1855) who married Joel Swayne, a Quaker missionary to the Indians; Martha (1790-1885) who married William Bell; James (1791-1835) m. Diannah Van Winkle; Jane (1796-1879) who married John Bell, a brother of William Bell; Anna Bella (1797-1849), a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Orthodox); and Robert (1801-1867).

Gift of Thomas Hamm. 2016.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
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Open for research without restrictions.

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J? Watson, Jersey Town, to John King and William Bell, Ceres Town, 1817-01-21.
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Mentioned nusiness transactions and westward fever, but he was not planning to move.

James King, East Marlborough, to William Bell, Cerestown, McKean County, 1817-10-24.
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To dear brother. He was expecting a visit from Joel and Mary [King] Swayne. Farming was not going well, he offered the advice to the family to pursue trades.

M[ary] Swayne, Aston, Delaware Co., to William and Martha Bell, Ceres, 1820-09-19.
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She wrote that sister Ann, a teacher, was forced to close her school, had been injured by so much reading. Her husband Joel was thinking of returning to work with Indians, but she was not in favor. She wrote that they were living 5 miles from Westtown and attending Concord Meeting.

M. K. Swayne, Center, to Martha Bell, Ceres, 1828-02-17.
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Family news and advice

Ann King, Purchase, to William and Martha Bell, Ceres, 1828-09-07.
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Busy at school

Ann King, Yorktown, to John King, Ceres, 1835-06-08.
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"Dear brother," mentions death of brother James

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