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Wollaston-Bassett-White Family Papers

Identifier: FMS-163

Scope and Contents

Of special interest are two letters, 1819 and 1831, written by family members traveling in Ohio. The bulk of the collection consists of legal papers going back to 1775. They include wills of Daniel Shourds (1775), Evi Smith (1861), and Samuel (1859) and Jerusha White (1862). Also included are files of estates for which William White (1751-1836) was the administrator or executor. Also included are a genealogy of the Bellangee family and four Quaker marriage certificates from 1786 to 1864. Photographs date from about 1860 to the 1940s, many unidentified. The oldest is of Jerusha (Smith) White (1791-1872).


  • 1697-1950
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1790-1860
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/23/2010

Conditions Governing Access

Open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be covered by copyright.

Biographical or Historical Information

Much of the collection originated with William White (1751-1836), a farmer and surveyor who lived in Salem County, New Jersey. By his second wife, Ann Paul (?-1801), he was the father of Samuel White, a farmer in Piles Grove, Salem County. Samuel Paul married Jerusha Smith (1791-1872), daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Shourds) Smith and granddaughter of Daniel Shourds, whose will is the oldest document in the collection. Elizabeth White (1815-1902), daughter of Samuel and Jerusha, married Clement Hinchman (1819-1843) of Sharptown, Salem County. They had one child, a daughter Clemence Hinchman (1843-1934). Elizabeth married William M. Cawley (1819-1875) as her second husband. Clemence Hinchman married in 1867 in Woodstown, Salem County, Howard Bassett (1840-1894), a physician of Pilesgrove. He was the son of David and Mary (Smith) Bassett and grandson of Evi Smith (1786-1864), whose estate papers are included in the collection. Howard and Clemence Bassett had six children: Eugene W., Edward Hicks, Mary Elizabeth, Gertrude W., Clement, and Clara, all of whose lives are reflected in the collection. Clara (born 1884) married Warren T.Wollaston (born 1878). They had one child, Ruth, the apparent heir to this material.

Note written by Thomas D. Hamm


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Correspondence, legal papers, genealogy, and photographs of six generations of the Wollaston, Bassett, White, and related families, Hicksite Friends of Salem County, New Jersey, and Harrisburg and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Custodial History

Abbott purchased the materials at an estate auction and sold at least one marriage certificate separately.

Source of Acquisition

Kathy Abbott, PO Box 37, Evington, VA 24550

Method of Acquisition

Ebay purchase

Accruals and Additions

None expected

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Thomas D. Hamm
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository