Manuscripts and Archives of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Maud Richards collection on the Ashhurst, Eyre, and Leiper family papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 2/073

Dates

  • 1813 – 1964 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1.5 boxes (Whole)

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Notes

  • Biographical / Historical

    Emma Matilda (Maud) Ashhurst Richards was born in Philadelphia on 17 October 1882. She was the seventh and youngest child of physician John Ashhurst, Jr., and his wife, Sarah (Wayne) Ashhurst, and a sister of physician Astley P. C. Ashhurst. In 1912, Maud Ashhurst married Howard Richards, Jr. They had three sons, Howard Ashhurst (b.1914), John Ashhurst (b.1915), and Owen (b.1918). Maud Richards died in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, on 29 July 1964.

    Maud Richards lived in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where she was active in local politics and community affairs. She also operated a dairy and was treasurer of the executive group of the Schuylkill County Extension Service. She had a keen interest in the history and genealogy of her family and compiled material on not only the Ashhursts but also the Eyre family (related to the Ashhursts through the marriage of Harriet Kingston Eyre with John Ashhurst in 1835) and the Leiper family (Maud Richards' sister, Mary Jane Ashhurst, married Edward F. Leiper in 1891.)

  • Scope and Contents

    This small collection of genealogical research, photographs, printed material, and manuscript material, 1813-1964, assembled by Maud Richards, documents the history of members of the Ashhurst, Eyre, and Leiper families of Philadelphia.

    Series 1 contains a manuscript genealogy, compiled circa 1933, with information on the Eyre, Connolly, Little, and Ashhurst families. Many original manuscript items, chiefly receipts, payment orders, and signature cuttings, have been inserted into the volume for their autograph value. There are also occasional items of correspondence.

    Material on the Ashhurst family is contained in Series 2. The series includes a receipt book, 1853-1872, of John Ashhurst (1809-1892) for laborers' wages, tax, and rent on his property in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Series 2.2 is a scrapbook [disbound] concerning the children of John Ashhurst, Jr. The scrapbook, compiled by Maud Richards circa 1960-1964, contains photographs, genealogical information, newsclippings, and correspondence, 1874-1964. The series also includes seven photographs, 1878-1890, andjbiographical memoirs, one of Roger Ashhurst (1875-1903), circa 1903, and two of Astley P. C. Ashhurst (1876-1932). The latter were written by physician Edward T. Crossan in 1932 and 1933.

    Genealogical material on the Eyre family, compiled by Maud Richards, circa 1933-1961, and Donald C. Geist, undated, is preserved in Series 3. The material, 1896-1961, includes correspondence, newsclippings and printed materials, and one photograph. The series also contains manuscripts receipts and payment orders of Eyre and Massey, a shipbuilding firm, concerning repairs to the brig "Lightning" in 1813 and three shipping guarantees, 1838.

    Series 4 contains correspondence and newsclippings about members of the Leiper family, 1901-1937, compiled by Maud Richards. Seven photographs, 1893-1948, are also preserved in this series.

  • Custodial History

    The Ashhurst Eyre Leiper family papers were donated to the Historical Collections of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia by Donald C. Geist on 18 March 1981. Dr. Geist received the collection from Donna R. Hotaling of Vienna, Virginia. It is not known how the collection came into the possession of Mrs. Hotaling; until 1964, the papers were with Maud Richards, who assembled the collection.

    The collection was processed and catalogued in 1990.

  • Inventory

    Box Ser.

    1 1 GENEALOGY, 1827-1933:

    Genealogy of Eyre (pp.1-47), Connolly, (pp.60-65), Little (pp.66-67), and Ashhurst (pp.80-106) families, compiled ca. 1933. Includes manuscript material, 1827-1879. (1 volume) 1827-1933

    2 ASHHURST FAMILY, 1853-1964: 2.1 John Ashhurst (1809-1892) Receipt book, 16 July 1853-15 August 1872. (1 volume) 1853-1872

    2.2 Ashhurst family scrapbook [disbound], compiled ca.1960-1964 by Maud Richards. Includes photographs, newsclippings, and some manuscript material, 1874-1964. (10 folders) 1874-1964 2.3 Photographs, 1878-1890. (7 items) 1878-1890

    2 2.4 Biographical memoirs of Roger Ashhurst (1875-1903), [ca.1903?] and Astley P. C. Ashhurst (1876-1932), 1932 and 1933. (2 folders) 1903-1933

    3 EYRE FAMILY, 1813-1961:

    Genealogical material, compiled by Maud Richards, ca.1933-1961, and Donald C. Geist, undated. Includes correspondence, newsclippings and other printed material, and one photograph, 1896-1961, and Eyre and Massey manuscript material, 1813 and 1838. (7 folders) 1813-1961

    Box Ser.

    2 4 LEIPER FAMILY, 1893-1948:

    4.1 Genealogical material, compiled by Maud Richards, 1901-1937. Includes correspondence and newsclippings. (1 folder) 1901-1937 4.2 Photographs, 1893-1948. (7 items) 1893-1948 Items:
    Series 1: Genealogy of Eyre, Connelly, Little, and Ashhurst families, compiled ca. 1933

    Calendar of manuscript material, 1827-1879:

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    6 Eyre, Manuel Order to pay Franklin Eyre, 17 November 1837 10 Ashhurst, John Order to pay T. A. Robinson, 25 November 1846 15 Eyre, Manuel Order to pay Ann Little, 29 March 1839 17 Griffith, R. Eglesfeld Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 18 Eyre, John C. Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 20 Ashhurst, John Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 21 Gibson, Charles Bell Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 22 Eyre, Manuel Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 23 Eyre, Mahlon D. Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 24 Eyre, Wilson Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 25 Eyre, Virginia Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 26 Eyre, Manuel Order to pay Charles Bell Gibson, 4 November 1844 27 Executors of will of Manuel Eyre Lease to William Durrer, 21 March 1845 32 Ashhurst, Richard L. Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 41 Executors of will of Manuel Eyre Receipt to Manuel Eyre, 20 October 1849 61 Eyre, Manuel Order to pay John M. Connelly, 6 March 1839 61 Eyre, Manuel Order to pay Mary Connelly, 26 October 1827 61 Eyre, Manuel Order to pay Ellen Connelly, 1 May 1828 65 Connelly, John M. ALS to John Ashhurst, Woodbury, N.J., 19 April 1850 1850 79 Stavely, William Receipt to Mrs. Croto, 5 January 1843 79 Stavely, William Receipt to Miss Hughes, 5 January 1843 89 McEwen, Ashhurst ALS to Richard Ashhurst and Sons, Geneva, [Switzerland?], 15 August 1863 90 McEwen, Mary A. ALS to John Ashhurst, Villa Luzzara, [Italy?], 9 April 1888 90 Ashhurst, John ALS [copy] to J. M. Lopes Guillen, Philadelphia, Pa., 24 April 1888 90 Ashhurst, John ALS [draft] to Mary A. McEwen, Philadelphia, Pa., 15 May 1888 91 Bowie, R. Ashhurst Signature cutting, undated [n.d.] 96 Ashhurst and Remington Receipt to Richard Ashhurst, 2 January 1847 96a Philadelphia and California Petroleum Company Receipt to William H. Ashhurst, 13 May 1865 101 Ashhurst, Richard Order to pay Wright S. Hunter, 22 July 1851 102 Ashhurst, Richard Receipt to Robert Douglas, 1 January 1839 103 Richard Ashhurst and Sons Business card [engraved] [n.d.] 104 B. Stratton Receipt to R. Ashhurst, 31 January 1848 105 University of Pennsylvania Invitation to meeting of trustees, [Philadelphia, Pa.], 9 March 1877 106 Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company Invitation to John Ashhurst to meeting of board of directors, Philadelphia, Pa., 12 May 1879 1879 Series 2.2: Ashhurst family scrapbook, compiled ca.1963

    List of photographs (1860-1961):

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    2b Ashhurst, Elizabeth Croto (1796-1862) portrait, [n.d.] bw print, 1.5" x 2.25" [n.d.] 6b Richards, John Ashhurst (b.1915) [n.d.] sepia print, 2" x 3" [n.d.] 6b Richards, Owen (b.1919) [n.d.] bw print, 2.5" x 2.5" [n.d.] 7a McEwen, Mary A. (1811-1900), Bowie, Kate (1808-1838), and Arfwedson, Elizabeth (1812-1899) portrait [n.d.] bw print, 8" x 10" [n.d.] 7b Detail of McEwen, Bowie, Arfwedson portrait [n.d.] positive photostat, 7.5" x 9" [n.d.] 9a The Grange, Overbrook, Pa., exterior view [n.d.] albumen print mounted, 6" x 7" [n.d.] 10a Ashhurst family [top row: Ashhurst, William Wayne (1867-1913), Ashhurst, Mary Jane (1868-1952), Ashhurst, John (1865-1932), Ashhurst, Frazer (d.1892), Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (b.1874), Ashhurst, Anna Wayne (1870-1955), Ashhurst, Emma Matilda (1882-1964); second row: Ashhurst, Mabel (b.187-), Ashhurst, Roger (1875-1903), Ashhurst, Harriet (b.186-), and Ashhurst, Astley P. C. (1876-1932)] 1885 bw print mounted, 5" x 7" 1885 11a Ashhurst family [top row: Morris, Mary (?), unknown male; second row: Ashhurst, Anna Wayne (1870-1955), Montgomery, Anna, Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (b.1874); third row: Ashhurst, Maud (1882-1964), unknown female, and Montgomery, Emily] [ca.1892?] albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" [ca.1892?] 12a The Grange exterior view, Overbrook, Pa. [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 12a The Grange from gravel walk in garden, Overbrook, Pa. [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 12b Ashhurst, Mabel (b.187-), and Stimson, Lorna, on gravel walk in Grange garden, Overbrook, Pa. [ca.1900?] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [ca.1900?] 12b Grange Avenue looking towards entrance gate on City Line Road, Overbrook, Pa. [ca.1900?] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [ca.1900?] 13a Garden side of Grange, Overbrook, Pa. [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 13a [Ashhurst], Mabel (b.187-), on gravel walk, Overbrook, Pa. [ca.September 1902?] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [ca.1902?] 13a Ashhurst, Mabel (b.187-), and dog on walk in garden, Overbrook, Pa. September 1902 bw print 3.5" x 4.5" 1902 13a Ashhurst, Mabel (b.187-), and dog on third terrace in garden, Overbrook, Pa. [ca.September 1902?] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [ca.1902?] 13b Grange garden tool house, Overbrook, Pa. [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 13b Looking through doorway in wall between greenhouse and garden, Overbrook, Pa. [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 13b Garden, Overbrook, Pa. [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 14a Cows crossing Grange Avenue from the Pond Meadows to the Cobbs Creek field, Overbrook, Pa. (3) [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 14a Cows leaving on way to barn yard or more probably to milking lot near spring house, Overbrook, Pa. [n.d.] bw print 2.75" x 4.27" [n.d.] 14b Grange barn yard, Overbrook, Pa. [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 18a Ashhurst, John, Jr. (1839-1900) head and shoulders, F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, Pa. [n.d.] albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" [n.d.] 19a Wayne, Sarah Stokes (1840-1910) head and shoulders [ca.1860?] bw print 1.5" x 2" [ca.1860?] 20a Ashhurst family [Ashhurst, Anna Wayne (1870-1955), Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (1840-1910), Ashhurst, Emma Matilda (1882-1964), Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (b.1874), Ashhurst, John, Jr. (1839-1900)] [ca.1892?] albumen print mounted 4.25" x 5.25" [ca.1892?] 20b [Missing] 21a Ashhurst, John, Jr. (1839-1900) portrait by Adolph Borie [ca.1910?] bw print mounted 6.5" x 9.75" [ca.1910?] 22a Ashhurst, John, Jr. (1839-1900) head and shoulders [n.d.] bw print 2" x 2.5" [n.d.] 23a Ashhurst, John, Jr. (1839-1900) portrait by John Lambert [n.d.] bw print mounted 8" x 9.75" [n.d.] 24a Ashhurst, John (1865-1932) head and shoulders, Philadelphia, Pa. February 1901 bw print mounted 8" x 10.5" 1901 25a Ashhurst, John (1865-1932) head and shoulders, Philadelphia, Pa. February 1901 6.5" x 9.25" 1901 26a Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. exterior view [n.d.] bw print 7.5" x 9.5" [n.d.] 27a Ashhurst, William Wayne (1867-1913) head and shoulders, Gilbert Studios, Philadelphia, Pa. 22 May 1889 albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" 1889 27a Ashhurst, William Wayne (1867-1913) head and shoulders, Broadbent and Taylor, Philadelphia, Pa. [ca.1877?] albumen print mounted 2.5" x 4.25" [ca.1877?] 28a Colored drawing of cows by W.W.A. [William Wayne Ashhurst?] 9 January 1875 6.5" x 8" 1875 30a Ashhurst, Mary Jane (1868-1952) [ca.1889?] bw print 3.5" x 5" [ca.1889?] 31a Leiper, Mary Jane Ashhurst (1868-1952), and Leiper, Richard Lewis Ashhurst (b.1903), J. S. Myer, Milford July 1903 bw print mounted 5.75" x 7.75" 1903 32a Leiper family [Leiper, Edward F., Jr., Leiper, Edward Faysioux, Leiper, John Ashhurst, and Leiper, Mary F. (b.1892)] December 1897 bw print mounted 5.25" x 6.25" 1897 32a Leiper, Edward F., Jr., Leiper, Mary F. (b.1892), and female servant (?), 2000 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pa. [ca.1897?] albumen print mounted 4" x 5" [ca.1897?] 33a Leiper, Mary F.(b.1892) head and shoulders [ca.1910?] bw print mounted 5.5" x 7.5" [ca.1910?] 35a Ashhurst, Anna Wayne (1870-1955) head and shoulders, Storr, Philadelphia, Pa. [ca.1890?] albumen print mounted 1.5" x 3.25" [ca.1890?] 36a Ashhurst, Anna Wayne (1870-1955), in unidentified female group, Street, Philadelphia, Pa. [ca.1890?] 4.25" x 6.25" [ca.1890?] 36a Ashhurst, Anna Wayne (1870-1955), with dog [ca.1900?] bw print 3.5" x 3.5" [ca.1900?] 37a Perot, Anna Wayne Ashhurst (1870-1955) with Cubria, Mercides [n.d.] bw print 2.5" x 4.5" [n.d.] 37a Perot, Anna Wayne Ashhurst (1870-1955) [n.d.] bw print 2.5" x 3.5" [n.d.] 37a Perot, Elliston J., with unidentified male group, R. S. Morton, Salem, N.J. [n.d.] bw print 4.5" x 6.5" [n.d.] 38a Perot, Anna Wayne Ashhurst (1870-1955) with Perot, John Ashhurst (1899-1902?), Lapp Studio, Philadelphia, Pa. [ca.1899?] bw print mounted 3" x 4.25" [ca.1899?] 39a Perot family [Perot, Anna Wayne Ashhurst (1870-1955), Perot, Elliston J., and Perot, John Ashhurst (1899-1902?)] [ca.1902?] bw print 2.5" x 4" [ca.1902?] 40a Perot, Anna Wayne Ashhurst (1870-1955) and Perot, Elliston J., Paul Goerke and Son, Manitou, Colo. [n.d.] albumen print mounted 5.75" x 8" [n.d.] 41a Perot, Anna Wayne Ashhurst (1870-1955) head and shoulders [n.d.] bw print 7.25" x 9.25" [n.d.] 46a Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (b.1874), Menderoth and Company, Philadelphia, Pa. [ca.1874?] albumen print mounted 2.5" x 4" [ca.1874?] 47a Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (b.1874) head and shoulders, Gilbert and Bacon, Philadelphia, Pa. [ca.1875?] albumen print mounted 2.5" x 4.25" [ca.1875?] 47a Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (b.1874) head and shoulders, Kuebler, Philadelphia, Pa. 25 December 1893 albumen print mounted 2.5" x 4" 1893 47b Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (b.1874) full length, seated [n.d.] bw print 8" x 10" [n.d.] 50a Richards, Maud Ashhurst (1882-1964) head and shoulders,

    Olan Mills, Springfield, Ohio [ca.1961?] bw print 5" x 7" [ca.1961?]

    Series 2.3: Ashhurst family photographs, 1878-1890

    1. Wayne, William H., Jr. head and shoulders Gilbert and Bacon, Philadelphia, Pa. 12 August 1878 albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" 1878 2. Wayne, William H. head and shoulders (2), Gilbert and Bacon, Philadelphia, Pa. 24 August 1878 albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" 1878 3. Ashhurst, Sarah Wayne (b.1874) full length, standing, W. Curtis Taylor and Company, Philadelphia, Pa. [ca.1890?] albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" [ca.1890?] 4. Ashhurst, John (1809-1892) head and shoulders, Broadbent and Taylor, Philadelphia, Pa. [n.d.] albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" [n.d.] 5. Lippincott, Joshua (1772-1856) portrait Dunshee, Philadelphia, Pa. [n.d.] albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" [n.d.] 6. Richards, Howard (d.1921) composite print, Elizabeth, N.J. [n.d.] bw print 3.5" x 5.5" [n.d.] 7. Ashhurst, Richard (1838-1911) [missing]

    Series 4.2: Leiper family photographs, 1893-1948

    1. Leiper, Mary Jane Ashhurst (1868-1952), with Leiper, Mary F. (b.1892), Kuebler, Philadelphia, Pa. 5 August 1893 albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" 1893 2. Leiper, Mary Jane Ashhurst (1868-1952) head and shoulders [ca.1893?] albumen print mounted 4.25" x 6.5" [ca.1893?] 3. Leiper, Mary Jane Ashhurst (1868-1952), Leiper, Mary F. (b.1892), and Leiper, Edward F., Jr., H. Parker Rolfe, Philadelphia, Pa. 15 March 1894 albumen print mounted 8" x 10" 1894 4. Leiper, Mary Jane Ashhurst (1868-1952) full length, standing [ca. June 1948?] bw print 3.25" x 4.5" [ca.1948?] 5. Unidentified child head and shoulders, W. Curtis Taylor and Company, Philadelphia, Pa. [n.d.] bw print mounted 3.25" x 5" [n.d.] 6. Unidentified male head and shoulders, Marceau, New York, N.Y. [n.d.] bw print 9.75" x 14" [n.d.] 7. "Holy night" [n.d.] bw print 4.75" x 6" [n.d.]

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