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Headley family papers

circa 1788-1981, 3.5 linear feet

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Headley family papers

1729-1984, 15.5 linear feet

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Headley family papers

1956-circa 1995, 3 linear feet

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historic Fallsington, Inc.. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Headley family
Title:
Headley family papers
Date:
circa 1788-1981
Call Number:
01
Extent:
3.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
6 document boxes and 3 oversize flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Headley family was a prominent and socially-active family from Fallsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Headley family papers, circa 1788- 1981, document several generations of the Headley family and related family members, particularly the family of Charles Moon Headley (b. 1865) and Elizabeth Schurz Headley (b. 1871), including their daughters Alice Headley Woodruff (1894-1989) and Eleanor Christina Headley (b. 1897). The collection is largely made up of photographs that document the family and the village of Fallsington, circa 1850-1950, and bound volumes including account books, minute books, and diaries. The collection also contains legal papers, personal papers, correspondence, genealogy research, and papers relating to Historic Fallsington, Inc.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Title:
Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection
Date [inclusive]:
1729-1984
Call Number:
02
Extent:
15.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
28 document boxes and 10 oversize flat boxes.
Language:
English
Abstract:
Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. It served as a popular stopover point for travelers due to its location along several major transportation systems. Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County (1955) and was subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places (1971). The Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection includes the papers of numerous Fallsington families and individuals, as well as other materials that document the history of the village. Items include personal papers, account books and other financial papers, diaries, photographs, deeds, maps, and genealogy research.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Title:
Historic Fallsington, Inc. records
Date:
1956-circa 1995
Call Number:
03
Extent:
3 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
4 document boxes and 1 record carton
Language:
English
Abstract:
Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the Village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc. The historic preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings. The Historic Fallsington, Inc. records, 1956-circa 1995, consist of files on Historic Fallsington, Inc. that were maintained by former board members and donated back to the organization. The files include Historic Fallsington, Inc. minutes, financial records, correspondence, ephemera, photocopies of research materials, and photocopies of newspaper clippings on Historic Fallsington. Also included in the collection are materials from an oral history project the organization conducted in 1989.
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Biography/History

The Headley family was a prominent and socially active family from Fallsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Eseck Howell Headley (b. 1839), a prominent landowner and lawyer, was the son of Isaac King Headley (b. 1815) and Eliza Howell Hough (1819-1839). (After the death of his first wife, Isaac King Headley married Elizabeth Cheston (1822-1899) with whom he had several children.) Eseck Howell Headley married Catherine Montgomery (b. 1840). They had two children: Alice Mary Headley (b. 1862) and Charles Moon Headley (b. 1865).

Charles Moon Headley married Elizabeth Louise Schurz (b. 1871) in 1893, and they had two children: Alice Elizabeth Headley Woodruff (1894-1989), and Eleanor Christina Headley (b. 1897). Charles and Elizabeth Headley appear to have been particularly socially active in the community. Charles served as Master of the Records of the local chapter of the fraternal organization Knights of the Golden Eagle. For a time, Elizabeth served as chairwoman of the Fallsington Red Star, an organization formed to aid and protect animals.

Alice Headley Woodruff, a graduate of Fallsington Friends School and the George School, married Warren Hare Woodruff (b. 1893) in 1941. Alice was an active member of Historic Fallsington, Inc., a historical preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings in the 300 year-old village.

Biography/History

The village of Fallsington, located in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was one of the earliest settlements in Pennsylvania. The names of the village and township are derived from a falls nearby on the Delaware River. The "falls" of the Delaware River is not a dramatic waterfall but, rather, the rapids that mark the highest navigable point on the river.

Fallsington was settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century; they established the Falls Meeting in 1683. William Penn attended services there while in residence at nearby Pennsbury Manor. The Bucks County courthouse was located in Fallsington before it was moved in 1705 to Bristol. Fallsington became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community, as well as a stopover point for stagecoach travelers. Until the construction of Fairless Hills and Levittown, it was the largest village in the township, and functioned for many years as a commercial center.

Transportation played a major role in the growth of Fallsington and Falls Township. In addition to being conveniently located next to the Delaware River, Fallsington benefitted from the 1686 construction of the King's Highway, which ran from Philadelphia to Trenton along an existing Indian trail. Additional roads, turnpikes, and transportation were built through the township during the following centuries. The Delaware Canal was opened in 1832, and a railroad line from Philadelphia to Trenton was built between 1833 and 1835. The rail line became part of Pennsylvania Railroad's main New York-Philadelphia line. The "West Trenton" cut-off of the Pennsylvania Railroad was built through the northern part of the Township at the end of 19th century.

Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Bibliography:

Falls Township. "History of Falls Township." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.fallstwp.com/?page_id=175

Historic Fallsington, Inc. "Fallsington's History." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.historicfallsington.org/html/about_us/history.htm

Biography/History

Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. It served as a popular stopover point for travelers due to its location along several major transportation systems.

Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc. This historic preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings in the 300 year-old village. Historic Fallsington's mission is to preserve and maintain the historic structures under its stewardship for future generations and to educate the public about the culture and history of the Village of Fallsington. Since its founding, the organization has continued to work to protect the heritage of the Village, and while doing so, has amassed a considerable archives that documents the history of the Falls Township and its residents.

Bibliography:

Falls Township. "History of Falls Township." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.fallstwp.com/?page_id=175

Historic Fallsington, Inc. "Fallsington's History." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.historicfallsington.org/html/about_us/history.htm

Scope and Contents

This collection documents several generations of the Headley family, particularly the family of Charles Moon and Elizabeth Schurz Headley, including their daughters Alice Headley Woodruff and Eleanor Christina Headley. About half of the collection is photographs that document the family and scenes in Fallsington, circa 1850-1950; another large percentage is bound volumes including account books, minute books, and diaries. The collection also contains legal and personal papers such as deeds, marriage certificates, diplomas, and copies of wills and some correspondence. Photocopies of genealogy research and papers relating to Historic Fallsington, Inc. are also part of the collection, due to Alice Headley Woodruff's involvement with the organization.

Materials relating to Charles and Elizabeth Headley and their daughters include: Charles Headley's account book with the Moon Store in Fallsington, 1890-1891; Elizabeth Schurz Headley's egg account book, 1912-1919; a minute book of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Fallsington Castle No. 506, 1899-1902; a minute book of the Fallsington Red Star, 1918-1921; an account book for Fallsington dances, 1912-1915, kept by Charles Headley; and Eleanor Headley's diary, 1918. Besides writing about her personal life, Eleanor frequently documents and references events of World War I.

The collection also includes items relating to other family members, including Charles Headley's father Eseck Howell Headley (farm receipt book, 1833-1890) and members of the Hough family (account book of Jesse Hough, a tanner, 1802-1825).

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the papers of numerous Fallsington families and individuals, as well as other materials that document the history of the village. Items include personal papers, account books and other financial papers, diaries, photographs, deeds, maps, and genealogy research. The following is an inventory of the families and individuals represented in, as well as materials included in, the collection:

The Hutchinson Family papers, 1739-1934 (11 items).

Emma Moon and Allied Families papers, 1794-1934 (120 items).

Force Family papers, 1880-early 1900's (8 items).

Moon Family account books 1867-85 (2 vols.).

Falls Township deeds and legal documents 1794-1927 (107 items).

Parsons Family: Ella Parsons genealogy papers 1900-28 (10 in.).

Parson and Allied Families papers 1793-1868 (8 items).

Barnes and Loud Families papers, 1790-1868 (22 items).

Fallsington Area Families' papers, 1729-1872 (17 items).

Davis, Marion papers, 1918-25.

Albertson, Elizabeth, math exercise book, ca. 1839. (1 vol.).

Albertson, Elizabeth autograph/floral album, 1844-46 (1 vol.).

McClossey Family papers, 1890-1901 (6 items). Oxford School account book, 1801-1852 (1 vol.).

Moon, Libbie exercise book, 1875 (1 vol.).

Hutchinson, James letter 1776 (1 item).

Satterthwaite, Ann math exercise book, 1836 (1 vol.).

Satterthwaite, David papers 1875-80 (3 items).

Bucks County Troop muster book and papers, 1863-95 (1 vol. &. 6 items).

Moon and Kelly Store receipt book 1846-49 (1 vol.).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends (Orthodox) and Families deed, 1846 (4 items).

Fallsington Postcards, 1906-20 (6 items).

Buckman Family: Edwin H. Buckman papers, 1899 (3 vols.).

Lucas &. Lovett Families, research, 1789-1984 (43 photocopied items).

Penn Valley Stud Farm catalogs, 1888-1891 (2 vols.).

Parsons, Charles A. papers, 1875-1932 (3 items).

Breece &. Croasdale Families photographs, 1900s (61 items).

Watson &. Kirkbride Families photographs, 1850-1911(10 items).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends Meeting and Schools collection, 1746-1910 (typed transcript) (3 items).

Simpson Family photographs, 1850-70 (8 items).

Fallsington Friends Meeting School contract, 1816 (1 item).

Fallsington Upper or Lower Store account book, 1859-60 (1 vol.).

Fallsington &. Bristol deeds and legal documents, 1705-1883 (12 items).

Evaul, John account book, 1790-18? (1 vol.).

Fallsington and Bucks County Area Maps, 1849-1974 (16 items).

Fallsington Rural Telephone Company papers, 1908-29 (14 items).

Fallsington Miscellaneous collection, 1860-1979 (19 items).

Photographs of Falls Area Families and Buildings, 1860-1950 (23 items).

Photographs of Fallsington People and Places, late l9th century-1950 (7 items).

Fallsington High School and Larue Family collection, 1903-20 (3 items).

Moon, Charles notebook, 1882 (1 vol.).

Morris, Anthony and James Pemberton deed of gift 1794 (1 item).

Philadelphia and Bucks County Area Newspapers, 1866-1910 (6 items).

Fallsington Ephemera collection, 1862-1983 (15 items).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends Minutes, 1683-1857 (photocopies) (1 vol.).

Fallsington Genealogy collection, 1923-69 (16 items).

Hough, Jesse, papers, 1822-32 ( 4 items).

Cook, George Rea papers, 1823-1908(3 items).

Watson, Louise White papers1825-1944 (1 ft.).

Story, Hannah papers,1881-1900 (2 items).

Of special interest are the Comfort family papers, which include early 19th-century land surveys, photographs, diaries, and a letter informing Cyrus Cadwallader of his election to the Pennsylvania Senate (1816).

Historic Fallsington, Inc. also maintains a small collection of research files on family genealogies and other local history topics. These files are stored in the Director's office.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of files on Historic Fallsington, Inc. that were maintained by former board members and donated back to the organization. The files include Historic Fallsington, Inc. minutes, financial records, correspondence, ephemera, photocopies of research materials, and photocopies of newspaper clippings on Historic Fallsington. The following members are represented: Sam Snipes (1970s-1990s), Mrs. Kenneth W. Gemmill (1970s), Ruth Burton (1956-1990), George Pickering (1970s-1980s), Charlotte Gode (1956-1970s), Sally Biddle (1979-1981), and Ruth Paine (1956-1980).

Also included in the collection is a box of materials from an oral history project conducted in 1989 by Historic Fallsington, Inc. (with funding from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission). These materials consist of planning documents, correspondence with interviewees, audio recordings (reel-to-reel) of the interviews, and related color slides.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Alice Headley Woodruff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials donated to or collected by Historic Fallsington, Inc. at various times.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Historic Fallsington, Inc.: Jesse Hough papers, 1822-1832, are part of the Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection.

Separated Archival Materials Note

Fallsington Tannery account books, 1815-1845 were donated to the Bucks County Historical Society.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fallsington Red Star
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 506 (Fallsington, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
Family Name(s)
  • Hadley family
  • Headley family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Woodruff, Alice Elizabeth Headley, 1894-1989
Subject(s)
  • Family life
  • Genealogy
  • Local history
  • Photographs

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Falls Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends)
Family Name(s)
  • Comfort family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Family history
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Historic preservation
  • History--Societies, etc.
  • Local history
  • Oral histories

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Headley family papers

circa 1788-1981, 3.5 linear feet

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Headley family papers

1729-1984, 15.5 linear feet

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Headley family papers

1956-circa 1995, 3 linear feet

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historic Fallsington, Inc.. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Headley family
Title:
Headley family papers
Date:
circa 1788-1981
Call Number:
01
Extent:
3.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
6 document boxes and 3 oversize flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Headley family was a prominent and socially-active family from Fallsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Headley family papers, circa 1788- 1981, document several generations of the Headley family and related family members, particularly the family of Charles Moon Headley (b. 1865) and Elizabeth Schurz Headley (b. 1871), including their daughters Alice Headley Woodruff (1894-1989) and Eleanor Christina Headley (b. 1897). The collection is largely made up of photographs that document the family and the village of Fallsington, circa 1850-1950, and bound volumes including account books, minute books, and diaries. The collection also contains legal papers, personal papers, correspondence, genealogy research, and papers relating to Historic Fallsington, Inc.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Title:
Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection
Date [inclusive]:
1729-1984
Call Number:
02
Extent:
15.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
28 document boxes and 10 oversize flat boxes.
Language:
English
Abstract:
Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. It served as a popular stopover point for travelers due to its location along several major transportation systems. Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County (1955) and was subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places (1971). The Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection includes the papers of numerous Fallsington families and individuals, as well as other materials that document the history of the village. Items include personal papers, account books and other financial papers, diaries, photographs, deeds, maps, and genealogy research.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Title:
Historic Fallsington, Inc. records
Date:
1956-circa 1995
Call Number:
03
Extent:
3 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
4 document boxes and 1 record carton
Language:
English
Abstract:
Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the Village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc. The historic preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings. The Historic Fallsington, Inc. records, 1956-circa 1995, consist of files on Historic Fallsington, Inc. that were maintained by former board members and donated back to the organization. The files include Historic Fallsington, Inc. minutes, financial records, correspondence, ephemera, photocopies of research materials, and photocopies of newspaper clippings on Historic Fallsington. Also included in the collection are materials from an oral history project the organization conducted in 1989.
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Biography/History

The Headley family was a prominent and socially active family from Fallsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Eseck Howell Headley (b. 1839), a prominent landowner and lawyer, was the son of Isaac King Headley (b. 1815) and Eliza Howell Hough (1819-1839). (After the death of his first wife, Isaac King Headley married Elizabeth Cheston (1822-1899) with whom he had several children.) Eseck Howell Headley married Catherine Montgomery (b. 1840). They had two children: Alice Mary Headley (b. 1862) and Charles Moon Headley (b. 1865).

Charles Moon Headley married Elizabeth Louise Schurz (b. 1871) in 1893, and they had two children: Alice Elizabeth Headley Woodruff (1894-1989), and Eleanor Christina Headley (b. 1897). Charles and Elizabeth Headley appear to have been particularly socially active in the community. Charles served as Master of the Records of the local chapter of the fraternal organization Knights of the Golden Eagle. For a time, Elizabeth served as chairwoman of the Fallsington Red Star, an organization formed to aid and protect animals.

Alice Headley Woodruff, a graduate of Fallsington Friends School and the George School, married Warren Hare Woodruff (b. 1893) in 1941. Alice was an active member of Historic Fallsington, Inc., a historical preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings in the 300 year-old village.

Biography/History

The village of Fallsington, located in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was one of the earliest settlements in Pennsylvania. The names of the village and township are derived from a falls nearby on the Delaware River. The "falls" of the Delaware River is not a dramatic waterfall but, rather, the rapids that mark the highest navigable point on the river.

Fallsington was settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century; they established the Falls Meeting in 1683. William Penn attended services there while in residence at nearby Pennsbury Manor. The Bucks County courthouse was located in Fallsington before it was moved in 1705 to Bristol. Fallsington became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community, as well as a stopover point for stagecoach travelers. Until the construction of Fairless Hills and Levittown, it was the largest village in the township, and functioned for many years as a commercial center.

Transportation played a major role in the growth of Fallsington and Falls Township. In addition to being conveniently located next to the Delaware River, Fallsington benefitted from the 1686 construction of the King's Highway, which ran from Philadelphia to Trenton along an existing Indian trail. Additional roads, turnpikes, and transportation were built through the township during the following centuries. The Delaware Canal was opened in 1832, and a railroad line from Philadelphia to Trenton was built between 1833 and 1835. The rail line became part of Pennsylvania Railroad's main New York-Philadelphia line. The "West Trenton" cut-off of the Pennsylvania Railroad was built through the northern part of the Township at the end of 19th century.

Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Bibliography:

Falls Township. "History of Falls Township." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.fallstwp.com/?page_id=175

Historic Fallsington, Inc. "Fallsington's History." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.historicfallsington.org/html/about_us/history.htm

Biography/History

Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. It served as a popular stopover point for travelers due to its location along several major transportation systems.

Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc. This historic preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings in the 300 year-old village. Historic Fallsington's mission is to preserve and maintain the historic structures under its stewardship for future generations and to educate the public about the culture and history of the Village of Fallsington. Since its founding, the organization has continued to work to protect the heritage of the Village, and while doing so, has amassed a considerable archives that documents the history of the Falls Township and its residents.

Bibliography:

Falls Township. "History of Falls Township." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.fallstwp.com/?page_id=175

Historic Fallsington, Inc. "Fallsington's History." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.historicfallsington.org/html/about_us/history.htm

Scope and Contents

This collection documents several generations of the Headley family, particularly the family of Charles Moon and Elizabeth Schurz Headley, including their daughters Alice Headley Woodruff and Eleanor Christina Headley. About half of the collection is photographs that document the family and scenes in Fallsington, circa 1850-1950; another large percentage is bound volumes including account books, minute books, and diaries. The collection also contains legal and personal papers such as deeds, marriage certificates, diplomas, and copies of wills and some correspondence. Photocopies of genealogy research and papers relating to Historic Fallsington, Inc. are also part of the collection, due to Alice Headley Woodruff's involvement with the organization.

Materials relating to Charles and Elizabeth Headley and their daughters include: Charles Headley's account book with the Moon Store in Fallsington, 1890-1891; Elizabeth Schurz Headley's egg account book, 1912-1919; a minute book of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Fallsington Castle No. 506, 1899-1902; a minute book of the Fallsington Red Star, 1918-1921; an account book for Fallsington dances, 1912-1915, kept by Charles Headley; and Eleanor Headley's diary, 1918. Besides writing about her personal life, Eleanor frequently documents and references events of World War I.

The collection also includes items relating to other family members, including Charles Headley's father Eseck Howell Headley (farm receipt book, 1833-1890) and members of the Hough family (account book of Jesse Hough, a tanner, 1802-1825).

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the papers of numerous Fallsington families and individuals, as well as other materials that document the history of the village. Items include personal papers, account books and other financial papers, diaries, photographs, deeds, maps, and genealogy research. The following is an inventory of the families and individuals represented in, as well as materials included in, the collection:

The Hutchinson Family papers, 1739-1934 (11 items).

Emma Moon and Allied Families papers, 1794-1934 (120 items).

Force Family papers, 1880-early 1900's (8 items).

Moon Family account books 1867-85 (2 vols.).

Falls Township deeds and legal documents 1794-1927 (107 items).

Parsons Family: Ella Parsons genealogy papers 1900-28 (10 in.).

Parson and Allied Families papers 1793-1868 (8 items).

Barnes and Loud Families papers, 1790-1868 (22 items).

Fallsington Area Families' papers, 1729-1872 (17 items).

Davis, Marion papers, 1918-25.

Albertson, Elizabeth, math exercise book, ca. 1839. (1 vol.).

Albertson, Elizabeth autograph/floral album, 1844-46 (1 vol.).

McClossey Family papers, 1890-1901 (6 items). Oxford School account book, 1801-1852 (1 vol.).

Moon, Libbie exercise book, 1875 (1 vol.).

Hutchinson, James letter 1776 (1 item).

Satterthwaite, Ann math exercise book, 1836 (1 vol.).

Satterthwaite, David papers 1875-80 (3 items).

Bucks County Troop muster book and papers, 1863-95 (1 vol. &. 6 items).

Moon and Kelly Store receipt book 1846-49 (1 vol.).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends (Orthodox) and Families deed, 1846 (4 items).

Fallsington Postcards, 1906-20 (6 items).

Buckman Family: Edwin H. Buckman papers, 1899 (3 vols.).

Lucas &. Lovett Families, research, 1789-1984 (43 photocopied items).

Penn Valley Stud Farm catalogs, 1888-1891 (2 vols.).

Parsons, Charles A. papers, 1875-1932 (3 items).

Breece &. Croasdale Families photographs, 1900s (61 items).

Watson &. Kirkbride Families photographs, 1850-1911(10 items).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends Meeting and Schools collection, 1746-1910 (typed transcript) (3 items).

Simpson Family photographs, 1850-70 (8 items).

Fallsington Friends Meeting School contract, 1816 (1 item).

Fallsington Upper or Lower Store account book, 1859-60 (1 vol.).

Fallsington &. Bristol deeds and legal documents, 1705-1883 (12 items).

Evaul, John account book, 1790-18? (1 vol.).

Fallsington and Bucks County Area Maps, 1849-1974 (16 items).

Fallsington Rural Telephone Company papers, 1908-29 (14 items).

Fallsington Miscellaneous collection, 1860-1979 (19 items).

Photographs of Falls Area Families and Buildings, 1860-1950 (23 items).

Photographs of Fallsington People and Places, late l9th century-1950 (7 items).

Fallsington High School and Larue Family collection, 1903-20 (3 items).

Moon, Charles notebook, 1882 (1 vol.).

Morris, Anthony and James Pemberton deed of gift 1794 (1 item).

Philadelphia and Bucks County Area Newspapers, 1866-1910 (6 items).

Fallsington Ephemera collection, 1862-1983 (15 items).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends Minutes, 1683-1857 (photocopies) (1 vol.).

Fallsington Genealogy collection, 1923-69 (16 items).

Hough, Jesse, papers, 1822-32 ( 4 items).

Cook, George Rea papers, 1823-1908(3 items).

Watson, Louise White papers1825-1944 (1 ft.).

Story, Hannah papers,1881-1900 (2 items).

Of special interest are the Comfort family papers, which include early 19th-century land surveys, photographs, diaries, and a letter informing Cyrus Cadwallader of his election to the Pennsylvania Senate (1816).

Historic Fallsington, Inc. also maintains a small collection of research files on family genealogies and other local history topics. These files are stored in the Director's office.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of files on Historic Fallsington, Inc. that were maintained by former board members and donated back to the organization. The files include Historic Fallsington, Inc. minutes, financial records, correspondence, ephemera, photocopies of research materials, and photocopies of newspaper clippings on Historic Fallsington. The following members are represented: Sam Snipes (1970s-1990s), Mrs. Kenneth W. Gemmill (1970s), Ruth Burton (1956-1990), George Pickering (1970s-1980s), Charlotte Gode (1956-1970s), Sally Biddle (1979-1981), and Ruth Paine (1956-1980).

Also included in the collection is a box of materials from an oral history project conducted in 1989 by Historic Fallsington, Inc. (with funding from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission). These materials consist of planning documents, correspondence with interviewees, audio recordings (reel-to-reel) of the interviews, and related color slides.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Alice Headley Woodruff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials donated to or collected by Historic Fallsington, Inc. at various times.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Historic Fallsington, Inc.: Jesse Hough papers, 1822-1832, are part of the Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection.

Separated Archival Materials Note

Fallsington Tannery account books, 1815-1845 were donated to the Bucks County Historical Society.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fallsington Red Star
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 506 (Fallsington, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
Family Name(s)
  • Hadley family
  • Headley family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Woodruff, Alice Elizabeth Headley, 1894-1989
Subject(s)
  • Family life
  • Genealogy
  • Local history
  • Photographs

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Falls Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends)
Family Name(s)
  • Comfort family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Family history
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Historic preservation
  • History--Societies, etc.
  • Local history
  • Oral histories

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Headley family papers

circa 1788-1981, 3.5 linear feet

01

Headley family papers

1729-1984, 15.5 linear feet

01

Headley family papers

1956-circa 1995, 3 linear feet

01

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historic Fallsington, Inc.. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Headley family
Title:
Headley family papers
Date:
circa 1788-1981
Call Number:
01
Extent:
3.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
6 document boxes and 3 oversize flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Headley family was a prominent and socially-active family from Fallsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Headley family papers, circa 1788- 1981, document several generations of the Headley family and related family members, particularly the family of Charles Moon Headley (b. 1865) and Elizabeth Schurz Headley (b. 1871), including their daughters Alice Headley Woodruff (1894-1989) and Eleanor Christina Headley (b. 1897). The collection is largely made up of photographs that document the family and the village of Fallsington, circa 1850-1950, and bound volumes including account books, minute books, and diaries. The collection also contains legal papers, personal papers, correspondence, genealogy research, and papers relating to Historic Fallsington, Inc.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Title:
Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection
Date [inclusive]:
1729-1984
Call Number:
02
Extent:
15.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
28 document boxes and 10 oversize flat boxes.
Language:
English
Abstract:
Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. It served as a popular stopover point for travelers due to its location along several major transportation systems. Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County (1955) and was subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places (1971). The Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection includes the papers of numerous Fallsington families and individuals, as well as other materials that document the history of the village. Items include personal papers, account books and other financial papers, diaries, photographs, deeds, maps, and genealogy research.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Creator:
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Title:
Historic Fallsington, Inc. records
Date:
1956-circa 1995
Call Number:
03
Extent:
3 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
4 document boxes and 1 record carton
Language:
English
Abstract:
Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the Village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc. The historic preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings. The Historic Fallsington, Inc. records, 1956-circa 1995, consist of files on Historic Fallsington, Inc. that were maintained by former board members and donated back to the organization. The files include Historic Fallsington, Inc. minutes, financial records, correspondence, ephemera, photocopies of research materials, and photocopies of newspaper clippings on Historic Fallsington. Also included in the collection are materials from an oral history project the organization conducted in 1989.
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Biography/History

The Headley family was a prominent and socially active family from Fallsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Eseck Howell Headley (b. 1839), a prominent landowner and lawyer, was the son of Isaac King Headley (b. 1815) and Eliza Howell Hough (1819-1839). (After the death of his first wife, Isaac King Headley married Elizabeth Cheston (1822-1899) with whom he had several children.) Eseck Howell Headley married Catherine Montgomery (b. 1840). They had two children: Alice Mary Headley (b. 1862) and Charles Moon Headley (b. 1865).

Charles Moon Headley married Elizabeth Louise Schurz (b. 1871) in 1893, and they had two children: Alice Elizabeth Headley Woodruff (1894-1989), and Eleanor Christina Headley (b. 1897). Charles and Elizabeth Headley appear to have been particularly socially active in the community. Charles served as Master of the Records of the local chapter of the fraternal organization Knights of the Golden Eagle. For a time, Elizabeth served as chairwoman of the Fallsington Red Star, an organization formed to aid and protect animals.

Alice Headley Woodruff, a graduate of Fallsington Friends School and the George School, married Warren Hare Woodruff (b. 1893) in 1941. Alice was an active member of Historic Fallsington, Inc., a historical preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings in the 300 year-old village.

Biography/History

The village of Fallsington, located in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was one of the earliest settlements in Pennsylvania. The names of the village and township are derived from a falls nearby on the Delaware River. The "falls" of the Delaware River is not a dramatic waterfall but, rather, the rapids that mark the highest navigable point on the river.

Fallsington was settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century; they established the Falls Meeting in 1683. William Penn attended services there while in residence at nearby Pennsbury Manor. The Bucks County courthouse was located in Fallsington before it was moved in 1705 to Bristol. Fallsington became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community, as well as a stopover point for stagecoach travelers. Until the construction of Fairless Hills and Levittown, it was the largest village in the township, and functioned for many years as a commercial center.

Transportation played a major role in the growth of Fallsington and Falls Township. In addition to being conveniently located next to the Delaware River, Fallsington benefitted from the 1686 construction of the King's Highway, which ran from Philadelphia to Trenton along an existing Indian trail. Additional roads, turnpikes, and transportation were built through the township during the following centuries. The Delaware Canal was opened in 1832, and a railroad line from Philadelphia to Trenton was built between 1833 and 1835. The rail line became part of Pennsylvania Railroad's main New York-Philadelphia line. The "West Trenton" cut-off of the Pennsylvania Railroad was built through the northern part of the Township at the end of 19th century.

Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Bibliography:

Falls Township. "History of Falls Township." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.fallstwp.com/?page_id=175

Historic Fallsington, Inc. "Fallsington's History." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.historicfallsington.org/html/about_us/history.htm

Biography/History

Settled by English Quakers in the late 17th century, the village of Fallsington in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania became significant as a religious, social and commercial center for the surrounding community. It served as a popular stopover point for travelers due to its location along several major transportation systems.

Fallsington became the first historic district in Bucks County in 1955 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, largely due to the efforts of Historic Fallsington, Inc. This historic preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings in the 300 year-old village. Historic Fallsington's mission is to preserve and maintain the historic structures under its stewardship for future generations and to educate the public about the culture and history of the Village of Fallsington. Since its founding, the organization has continued to work to protect the heritage of the Village, and while doing so, has amassed a considerable archives that documents the history of the Falls Township and its residents.

Bibliography:

Falls Township. "History of Falls Township." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.fallstwp.com/?page_id=175

Historic Fallsington, Inc. "Fallsington's History." Accessed January 25, 2013. http://www.historicfallsington.org/html/about_us/history.htm

Scope and Contents

This collection documents several generations of the Headley family, particularly the family of Charles Moon and Elizabeth Schurz Headley, including their daughters Alice Headley Woodruff and Eleanor Christina Headley. About half of the collection is photographs that document the family and scenes in Fallsington, circa 1850-1950; another large percentage is bound volumes including account books, minute books, and diaries. The collection also contains legal and personal papers such as deeds, marriage certificates, diplomas, and copies of wills and some correspondence. Photocopies of genealogy research and papers relating to Historic Fallsington, Inc. are also part of the collection, due to Alice Headley Woodruff's involvement with the organization.

Materials relating to Charles and Elizabeth Headley and their daughters include: Charles Headley's account book with the Moon Store in Fallsington, 1890-1891; Elizabeth Schurz Headley's egg account book, 1912-1919; a minute book of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Fallsington Castle No. 506, 1899-1902; a minute book of the Fallsington Red Star, 1918-1921; an account book for Fallsington dances, 1912-1915, kept by Charles Headley; and Eleanor Headley's diary, 1918. Besides writing about her personal life, Eleanor frequently documents and references events of World War I.

The collection also includes items relating to other family members, including Charles Headley's father Eseck Howell Headley (farm receipt book, 1833-1890) and members of the Hough family (account book of Jesse Hough, a tanner, 1802-1825).

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the papers of numerous Fallsington families and individuals, as well as other materials that document the history of the village. Items include personal papers, account books and other financial papers, diaries, photographs, deeds, maps, and genealogy research. The following is an inventory of the families and individuals represented in, as well as materials included in, the collection:

The Hutchinson Family papers, 1739-1934 (11 items).

Emma Moon and Allied Families papers, 1794-1934 (120 items).

Force Family papers, 1880-early 1900's (8 items).

Moon Family account books 1867-85 (2 vols.).

Falls Township deeds and legal documents 1794-1927 (107 items).

Parsons Family: Ella Parsons genealogy papers 1900-28 (10 in.).

Parson and Allied Families papers 1793-1868 (8 items).

Barnes and Loud Families papers, 1790-1868 (22 items).

Fallsington Area Families' papers, 1729-1872 (17 items).

Davis, Marion papers, 1918-25.

Albertson, Elizabeth, math exercise book, ca. 1839. (1 vol.).

Albertson, Elizabeth autograph/floral album, 1844-46 (1 vol.).

McClossey Family papers, 1890-1901 (6 items). Oxford School account book, 1801-1852 (1 vol.).

Moon, Libbie exercise book, 1875 (1 vol.).

Hutchinson, James letter 1776 (1 item).

Satterthwaite, Ann math exercise book, 1836 (1 vol.).

Satterthwaite, David papers 1875-80 (3 items).

Bucks County Troop muster book and papers, 1863-95 (1 vol. &. 6 items).

Moon and Kelly Store receipt book 1846-49 (1 vol.).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends (Orthodox) and Families deed, 1846 (4 items).

Fallsington Postcards, 1906-20 (6 items).

Buckman Family: Edwin H. Buckman papers, 1899 (3 vols.).

Lucas &. Lovett Families, research, 1789-1984 (43 photocopied items).

Penn Valley Stud Farm catalogs, 1888-1891 (2 vols.).

Parsons, Charles A. papers, 1875-1932 (3 items).

Breece &. Croasdale Families photographs, 1900s (61 items).

Watson &. Kirkbride Families photographs, 1850-1911(10 items).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends Meeting and Schools collection, 1746-1910 (typed transcript) (3 items).

Simpson Family photographs, 1850-70 (8 items).

Fallsington Friends Meeting School contract, 1816 (1 item).

Fallsington Upper or Lower Store account book, 1859-60 (1 vol.).

Fallsington &. Bristol deeds and legal documents, 1705-1883 (12 items).

Evaul, John account book, 1790-18? (1 vol.).

Fallsington and Bucks County Area Maps, 1849-1974 (16 items).

Fallsington Rural Telephone Company papers, 1908-29 (14 items).

Fallsington Miscellaneous collection, 1860-1979 (19 items).

Photographs of Falls Area Families and Buildings, 1860-1950 (23 items).

Photographs of Fallsington People and Places, late l9th century-1950 (7 items).

Fallsington High School and Larue Family collection, 1903-20 (3 items).

Moon, Charles notebook, 1882 (1 vol.).

Morris, Anthony and James Pemberton deed of gift 1794 (1 item).

Philadelphia and Bucks County Area Newspapers, 1866-1910 (6 items).

Fallsington Ephemera collection, 1862-1983 (15 items).

Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends Minutes, 1683-1857 (photocopies) (1 vol.).

Fallsington Genealogy collection, 1923-69 (16 items).

Hough, Jesse, papers, 1822-32 ( 4 items).

Cook, George Rea papers, 1823-1908(3 items).

Watson, Louise White papers1825-1944 (1 ft.).

Story, Hannah papers,1881-1900 (2 items).

Of special interest are the Comfort family papers, which include early 19th-century land surveys, photographs, diaries, and a letter informing Cyrus Cadwallader of his election to the Pennsylvania Senate (1816).

Historic Fallsington, Inc. also maintains a small collection of research files on family genealogies and other local history topics. These files are stored in the Director's office.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of files on Historic Fallsington, Inc. that were maintained by former board members and donated back to the organization. The files include Historic Fallsington, Inc. minutes, financial records, correspondence, ephemera, photocopies of research materials, and photocopies of newspaper clippings on Historic Fallsington. The following members are represented: Sam Snipes (1970s-1990s), Mrs. Kenneth W. Gemmill (1970s), Ruth Burton (1956-1990), George Pickering (1970s-1980s), Charlotte Gode (1956-1970s), Sally Biddle (1979-1981), and Ruth Paine (1956-1980).

Also included in the collection is a box of materials from an oral history project conducted in 1989 by Historic Fallsington, Inc. (with funding from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission). These materials consist of planning documents, correspondence with interviewees, audio recordings (reel-to-reel) of the interviews, and related color slides.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Publication Information

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Alice Headley Woodruff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials donated to or collected by Historic Fallsington, Inc. at various times.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Historic Fallsington, Inc.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Historic Fallsington, Inc.: Jesse Hough papers, 1822-1832, are part of the Historic Fallsington, Inc. manuscript collection.

Separated Archival Materials Note

Fallsington Tannery account books, 1815-1845 were donated to the Bucks County Historical Society.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fallsington Red Star
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 506 (Fallsington, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
Family Name(s)
  • Hadley family
  • Headley family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Woodruff, Alice Elizabeth Headley, 1894-1989
Subject(s)
  • Family life
  • Genealogy
  • Local history
  • Photographs

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Falls Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends)
Family Name(s)
  • Comfort family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Family history
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Falls (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Fallsington (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Historic preservation
  • History--Societies, etc.
  • Local history
  • Oral histories

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