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Jones (Henry) Diaries
mssHM 83955-83964  
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Diaries of Henry Jones, a Quaker farmer and abolitionist, of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania from 1837-1871.
Background
Henry Jones (1816-1910) was a Quaker farmer and abolitionist from Upper Dublin, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Jones' parents, Henry Jones and Jane Lewis, were descendants of Welsh Quakers who settled in the area in the 1680s. Jones was the youngest of four boys, born five months after the death of his father in October 1815. His brothers were: Lewis (b. 1806), Clement (b. 1808), and John L. (b. 1811). In 1821, the family relocated to Mrs. Lewis' parents' three farms in Three Tuns in Montgomery County. After their mother's death in 1840, Lewis took over his father's homestead and the other brothers remained in Three Tuns, dividing the three farms between them. Henry in partnership with his brother, Clement, managed the Upper Dublin farms, operated a mill, and kept a general store in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. In the late 1850s, Henry gave up the store and devoted himself to farming; he later sold the farm. He married Margaret Yerkes Shoemaker (1828-1896) in 1850. The couple had no children. As a committed abolitionist, Jones regularly attended anti-slavery meetings. He was also a member of the Hicksite Society of Friends. In 1870, he obtained an appointment to run a trading post in Nemaha, Nebraska and returned to Pennsylvania in the mid-1870s, where he remained until his death.
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1 Linear Feet (1 box)
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