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

Identifier: MSS 2/073

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.


  • 1813 - 1964


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.)


1.5 boxes

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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.
Maud Richards collection on the Ashhurst, Eyre, and Leiper family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States