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James Hadley Diary

Identifier: FMS-95

Scope and Contents

This diary is apparently the only survivor of a long series that James Hadley kept, since the last entry notes that it continues in “vol. H.” Hadley made regular entries on a variety of topics: politics; the births, marriages, illnesses, and deaths of neighbors and family; and especially changes in Quakerism. He often comments on who was present in meeting for worship and what was said. He clearly was hostile to the introduction of revival techniques into his meeting, yet showed little inclination to oppose them publicly. Hadley traveled often, and notes his observations on the country he sees and the people he meets. Included with the Hadley diary is a partial transcription and index prepared by William Fuson in 2000.


  • 1879-1883

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Biographical or Historical Information

Hadley was a native of Chatham County, North Carolina, born August 20, 1803, the son of James Hadley, a prominent Quaker minister, and Ann Underwood. In 1808 the family moved to Highland County, Ohio. There the younger James was married in 1829 to Sarah Huff (1807-1865), the daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Burnside) Huff, a fellow Quaker and native of Highland County. In 1870 he married Emily (Johnson) Saint (1823-1900), a Quaker of Greensboro, Indiana. They moved to Dublin, Indiana, where James died June 1, 1892.

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Collection acquired before 1975.

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Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository