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Warner-Winder-Calvert Papers

Identifier: FMS-78

Scope and Contents

The Warner-Winder-Calvert Papers consist of account books, diaries, letters, photographs, and other manuscripts of six generations of Quaker families in Ross and Clark counties, Ohio. The most significant materials reflect farm life in the Midwest in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The earliest document in the collection is the account book of John Winder (1736-1819), a Friend born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who married Margaret Briggs (1740-1812). In 1795 he led a party of Quakers west to form one of the first Quaker communities in Ohio near Chillicothe in Ross County. Among the group was Levi Warner (1779-1853), a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, who in 1805 married Massey Winder (1783-1821), daughter of John and Margaret. Levi Warner lived in Ross County until a few years before his death, when he moved to the Green Plain Quaker community near Selma in Clark County, Ohio. When the Hiscksite Separation took place in 1828, the Warners sided with the Hicksite Friends, but little in the collection deals directly with the separation. The largest single group of documents in the collection pertains to Simeon Warner (1817-1895), a prominent farmer near Selma. His youngest child was Elta F. Warner (1864-1964), and one series in the collection reflects her attendance from 1880 to 1882 at Eli M Lamb's highly regarded Friends School in Baltimore. She married in 1888 Thomas L Calvert (1858-1941), a Quaker from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The collection includes his account and day books, as well as diaries of Elta Calvert's oldest sister, Martha J. Warner (1843-1933). The last materials are 1951 European travel letters of Martha J. Calvert, a granddaughter of Thomas and Elta.


  • 1794-1951
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1994

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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.


3 Boxes

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Method of Acquisition

by Martha (Calvert) Slotten of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Earlham Class of 1943.  She provided genealogical information and identificaiton of individuals. Letters that she wrote while an Earlham student, 1939-1943 were received separately and were placed in the Earlham Archives.

Accruals and Additions

No additions are expected.

Related Materials

Some letters by Martha Calvert Slotten may be in the Earlham College Archives. An oversize marriage certificate for Thomas L. Calvert  and Elta F. Warner is in the Map Case.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository