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,
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.