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Bonsall family papers, 1683-1916, bulk 1825-1875

Series II: Documents and Photographs, 1683-1916

This series, which comprises most of the remainder of the collection, contains a broad range of documents relating to several generations of the Bonsall family. The largest portion consists of ancestral wills, land deeds, and other property records, dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Also well represented are genealogical tables and coats of arms. Personal documents, such as poems, calling cards, tickets, and invitations, are interspersed with professional membership certificates, speeches, writings, and general memoranda. Dozens of photographs, tintypes, and silhouettes depict members of the Bonsall and Martin families, some of which have been annotated by William Martin Bonsall, the son of Spencer Bonsall and Ellen Crosby Martin. A small number of documents pertain to individuals with an uncertain relationship to the Bonsall family, while a few others are anonymous. A map of the Denver, Colorado area by Joseph H. Bonsall, dated August 22, 1871, has been moved to the Historical Map Collection.

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Box 3 Folder 1 General, 1805-1909

(includes envelopes, poems, tickets, newspaper clippings, a political cartoon, and other miscellaneous documents)

Box 3 Folder 2 Aston, Peter and Hannah--Land Deed to Thomas Guest, 1751

(includes release of claims on Thomas Guest for above indenture by Isaac Greenleaf and Mordecai Yarnall)

Box 3 Folder 3 Bonsall, Benjamin--Copies of Will and Land Deed to Josiah Fearne, 1729-1768

Box 3 Folder 4 Bonsall, Benjamin Say--Printed Jury List, 1833

Box 3 Folder 5 Bonsall, Edward H. (1739-1826)--Land Deed, Will, and Estate Settlement, 1798-1830

Box 3 Folder 6 Bonsall, Edward H. (1794-1879), 1826-1879

((includes business reports, travel accounts, orations, passport, an account of the death of Edward H. Bonsall Jr.(1821-1841), and other personal and professional documents)

Box 3 Folder 7 Bonsall, Eleanor Crosby Martin, 1894-1898

(includes drawings, hair, and religious cards)

Box 3 Folder 8 Bonsall, Ellen C. (Martin)--Receipt, 1877

Box 3 Folder 9 Bonsall, Enoch--Copy of Marriage Certificate, 1717

Box 3 Folder 10 Bonsall, Isaac--Marriage Certificate and Estate Documents, 1786-circa, 1830

Box 3 Folder 11 Bonsall, Jacob, Benjamin and Enoch--Copy of Land Grant from William Penn,, 1703

(includes envelope addressed to Spencer Bonsall, Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Box 3 Folder 12 Bonsall, James--Will, 1754

Box 3 Folder 13 Bonsall, John Ousley--Poem on the Death of his Wife, 1869

Box 3 Folder 14 Bonsall, Mary (Mrs. John Ousely)--Poem to her Husband, 1860

Box 3 Folder 15 Bonsall, Mary H.--Land Title Brief, 1864

Box 3 Folder 16 Bonsall, Mercy--Poems, 1788-1789

Box 3 Folder 17 Bonsall, Richard--Copy of Will, 1699

Box 3 Folder 18 Bonsall, Spencer, 1827-1889

(includes receipts, copper plates for calling cards, marriage certificate, professional membership certificates, poem transcriptions, and four undated, unsigned letters)

Box 3 Folder 19 Bonsall, Vincent--Property Documents and Will, 1751-1796

Box 3 Folder 20 Bonsall, William Martin, 1867-1911

(includes will, tickets, class rosters, invitations, a court summons, and professional membership certificates)

Box 3 Folder 21 Butler, John--Land Deed to Abraham Scott, 1768

Box 4 Folder 1 Bonsall Family--Photographs, Silhouettes, Tintypes, 1776-1916, undated, 1776-1916, undated

Box 4 Folder 2 Bonsall Family--Genealogical Research and Coats of Arms, 1761-circa, 1870s undated

(includes photocopies gifted by Joseph Colton Bonsall, October 2005)

Box 4 Folder 3 Clarke, John Jr.--Copy of Will, 1731

Box 4 Folder 4 Flower, Samuel--Land Deed to John Butler, 1765

Box 4 Folder 5 Fraelich, Leonard--Mortgage to Christopher Witt, 1759

Box 4 Folder 6 Froth, Henry--Copy of Will, 1836

Box 4 Folder 7 Grand Central Variety Theatre--Playbills, 1874-1875

Box 4 Folder 8 Guest, Thomas--Indenture to Samuel Flower, Land Deed, 1755

Box 4 Folder 9 Hunt, Joseph--Marriage Certificate, 1724

Box 4 Folder 10 Jones, Robert--Land Deed to John Butler, 1763

Box 4 Folder 11 Martin, E--Invitation from Union League Club, 1886

Box 4 Folder 12 Martin, Ellen C.--Certificates of Approbation, 1843

Box 4 Folder 13 Martin Family--Coats of Arms, Genealogical Table, circa, 1860s undated

Box 4 Folder 14 Martin, John Hill--Engagement Cards, Newspaper Subscription, 1859-1876

Box 4 Folder 15 Martin, William (1765-1798)--Receipts, Appraisal of Goods, 1788-1798

Box 4 Folder 16 Martin, William M. (1797-1862)--Justice's Commission, Testimonials on Death of,, 1836-1862

Box 4 Folder 17 Mercantile Library Company, Philadelphia--Library Rules, circa, [1855?]

Box 4 Folder 18 Milhous, Jane--Poem, 1823

Box 4 Folder 19 Pearson, Isaac--Land Deed to Samuel Flower, 1752

Box 4 Folder 20 Penn, William--Coat of Arms, undated

(includes four miscellaneous coats of arms, undated)

Box 4 Folder 21 Pennsylvania Laws and Statues--Extracts from laws passed between 1698 and 1774, undated, 1698, 1774, undated

(includes envelope addressed to Spencer Bonsall)

Box 4 Folder 22 Penrose, Thomas--Deed to Jane Hales, 1777

Box 4 Folder 23 Philadelphia--Wax Seals, 1683-1701

(includes two seals of William Penn and one of the city of Philadelphia)

Box 4 Folder 24 Sandilands, James--Copy of Petition to William Penn, 1700

Box 4 Folder 25 Scott, Abraham--Land Deed to Robert McMin, 1769

Box 4 Folder 26 Wroth, William--Receipt, 1807

Box 4 Folder 27 Yarnall, [Mordecai?]--Transcription from the Third Book of Chronicles, undated

Mapcase 14-P-2 Bonsall, Spencer--Life Membership to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania,, 1870

Mapcase 14-P-2 Bonsall, William M.--Membership to the Veteran Corps of the 1st Infantry National Guard of Pennsylvania,, 1894

Mapcase 14-P-2 Crosby, John--Appointment as Judge to the Court of Common Pleas, Delaware County, Pennsylvania,, 1799

Mapcase 14-P-2 Martin, William--Commission as Captain of the Pennsylvania Artillerists of Delaware County,, 1828