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Ely-Eastburn family correspondence


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

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Hugh Blackfan Ely (1792-1850) was a birthright member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting, the son of Jesse and Rachel (Carver) Ely. He married Sarah M. Olden in 1814, and the couple had seven children: Achsah, Mary Anna, Francenia, Joseph, Alfred, Charles B., and William Penn Ely. Hugh B. Ely inherited the family homestead and served as a county commissioner. Mary Anna Ely (1816-1879) married Moses Eastburn in 1845. His family also had deep Quaker roots in Bucks County, Pa., and he served as clerk of Solebury Monthly Meeting as well as many prominent roles in the community. Their son, Hugh B. Eastburn (1846-1915), was a teacher and later a lawyer who served as Superintendent of Schools f Bucks County in the 1870s.

Organized into folders: Folder 1: Legal correspondence received by Hugh B. Ely, 1837-1849; Folder 2: Correspondence received by Mary Ann Ely, 1836-1844, n.d., and a letter dated 1825 addressed to her mother, Sarah M. Ely; Folder 3: Correspondence received by Mary Ann Ely Eastburn, 1851-1860, after her marriage to Moses Eastburn in 1845. Also two business-related letters to her husband, Moses Eastburn,1856-1857, and letters to their son, Hugh B. Eastman,

Source of acquisition-- Gift of Thomas Hamm. Dates of acquisition: 2016, 2022.

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Susanna Morikawa
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