Rachel C. Thomas and Family 1864 - 1928 ARCHIVE OF 24 HANDWRITTEN DIARIES, JOURNALS AND EPHEMERA OF THE THOMAS FAMILY OF TOUGHKENAMON AND PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA
Toughkenamon, Pa, Kenneth Square, Chester County 1864 Good+ Autograph
On offer is an interesting and very comprehensive family archive of handwritten manuscript diaries, journals and ephemera relating to the Thomas family of Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania, Kenneth Square, Chester County Pa. In total there are 24 diaries and other documents from 1864 to 1928. Written by the lady folk mostly including Rachel C. Thomas, Rachelle Thomas there are also writings by Harry Thomas, Ray Henry Thomas. Very detailed look at the life and times of pioneer family through the incredible journey of the Civil War through the Flapper Era detailing the hard scrap life of working off the land, cold winters, farming, everyday life; gardening, playing Crokinole, skating and also having a store in that time period there are many references to economy and genealogy of the area. Many trips to Philadelphia, Pa. The years represented are 1864, 1865, 1887, 1896, 1899, (2)1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, (2) 1910, (2) 1911, (2) 1912, 1913, 1921, 1922 and 1928. Many, many local residents are identified; Clem Tingley, Daniel Mendenhall, George Paschall, C. F. Pratt, John Pratt, Dr. G. L. Barken, Helen McGregor, A.E. Churchman, Mrs. Thomas Gilbert, Isaac and Amy Larkin, Dr. Tait, T.L. Hogue, James, Chambers, Forsythe's, Paschall Bros., Elizabeth Haines, G.E. Smedley, Fred and Emily Schwarz, Ellie and Florence Yerkes, Willie Cooper, Howard Pratt, Lizzie Wollaston, Timothy Sheehan whose house and barn burned, Laura Thompson and many dozens and dozens more. Truly an historical treasure trove for Chester County Pennsylvania history.