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Andrews Family Papers

Identifier: FMS-145

Scope and Contents

The Andrews family Collection documents the life of a Quaker farm family in Hancock County, Indiana, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It includes not only posed studio photographs of family members but also scenes of work and travel. Also included are photographs of family members and friends who were prominent Quakers, such as Ralph Coppock, Daisy (Douglas) Barr, and Jehu Newlin.


  • 1850-1950

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

The collection concerns the family of Benjamin F. Andrews (1841-1916) and his wife Ruth (Newlin) Andrews (1947-1923). Benjamin was born in Hancock County, Indiana, the son of Joseph and Anna Maria (Binford) Andrews, Quakers who had moved to Indiana from Prince George County, Virginia, in 1832. Benjamin was a student at Earlham College in 1860-1861. In 1866, he was married under the care of Bridgeport Monthly Meeting in Marion County to Ruth Newlin, the daughter of Jehu Newlin (1818-1897) and his first wife Hannah Hadley. In 1862, Jehu Newlin was married to his second wife Permelia Jane Andrews (1824-1882), Benjamin's older sister. Jehu was a well known Quaker minister who traveled widely in North America and visited the British Isles. Benjamin and Ruth Andrews lived in Hancock County after their marriage. In 1971, they moved to Bridgeport. They returned to Hancock County in 1893, purchasing a farm on the National Road east of Greenfield, where they operated a dairy. They lived there until their deaths. Of their six children, three--Cyrus, Wilfred, and Mary--never married. The other three--Edgar, Anna Jane, and Hervey Newlin--are well represented, with their spouses and children, in the collection. Most lived in Greenfield and Indianapolis.

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5 Boxes

Language of Materials



Photographs of the Andrews Family, a Quaker farm family from Hancock County Indiana in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Method of Acquisition

Transfer, from Indiana State Archives, 1992

Accruals and Additions

No additions or accruals are expected.

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Anne Thomason
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository