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Historic Sugartown local manuscripts collection

1790s-1980s, 2 linear feet

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Historic Sugartown local manuscripts collection

1830-1939, 4 linear feet

02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historic Sugartown, 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 Sugartown, Inc.
Creator:
Historic Sugartown, Inc.
Title:
Historic Sugartown local manuscripts collection
Date:
1790s-1980s
Call Number:
02
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Sugartown, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, was established in the early 1800s and became a vibrant crossroads that provided goods and services to the surrounding farming community. The Historic Sugartown local manuscripts collection, 1790s-1980s, consists of various materials such as letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and deeds that document some of Sugartown's early families and businesses. In particular, the Williams and Garrett families are well represented. Some items relating to the Hoopes family are also included.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Sugartown, Inc.
Creator:
Worrall family
Title:
Worrall and John family papers and business records
Date [inclusive]:
1830-1939
Call Number:
01
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
During the 1840s, Sharpless Worrall moved with his family to Sugartown in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he took over ownership of a general store and served as postmaster for 20 years. Upon his retirement, Worrall's son-in-law Hillery John took over the store, which he ran until his death. At that point it was taken over by Hillery's son, Clyde B. John, who eventually turned the business into an antiques shop. Worrall and John family papers and business records, 1830-1939, primarily consist of the business records of the general store under all three owners as well personal and family papers relating to the Worrall and John families.
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Biography/History

Sugartown, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, was founded in the early 1800s. Along Sugartown Road, "early residents established a school, general store, businesses and meeting places, creating a vibrant crossroads that provided goods and services to its surrounding farming community. The village was soon known as Shugart's Town, after tavern keeper Eli Shugart, and served as a vital stop for weary travelers hauling wagonloads of goods to the markets of Philadelphia and other parts of the county. Sugartown remained a social, educational, commercial and municipal center throughout the 1800s."

Bibliography:

Historic Sugartown. "A 19th Century Crossroads." Accessed September 23, 2013. http://www.historicsugartown.org/index.html

Biography/History

Sharpless Worrall (1811-1887), the son of Peter Worrall (1768-1831) and Hannah Sharpless (1777-1858) was born in Middletown, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. In 1833, he married Abigail Thatcher (b. 1814), daughter of Thomas Thatcher and Hannah Palmer of Aston, Pa.. The couple had several children including Hannah Worrall (1851-1932), who in 1874 married Hillery John (1845-1904), the son of Jacob E. John (1815-1873) and Minerva White (1818-1890).

By the late 1840s, Sharpless Worrall had moved his family to Sugartown in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pa., where he took over ownership of a general store. He served as postmaster for twenty years, president and secretary of the Willistown School Board for fifteen years, secretary of three beneficial associations, and treasurer of two others.

In 1879, Sharpless Worrall's son-in-law Hillery John took over the store and served as postmaster. Hillery ran the business very successfully until his death in 1904 when his son, Clyde Bernard John (b. 1875), took over, renaming it C.B. John & Bro. Clyde eventually turned the business into an antique shop and renamed it John's Antique Shop.

Bibliography:

Cope, Gilbert, Henry Fishwick, and Joseph Lemuel Chester. Genealogy of the Sharpless Family. Philadelphia: Privately published, 1887. Accessed September 20, 2013. http://archive.org/stream/genealogyofsharp00cope/genealogyofsharp00cope_djvu.txt

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various manuscript materials, such as letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and deeds, that document some of Sugartown's early families and businesses. In particular, the Williams and Garrett families are well represented.

The Williams family papers, 1851-circa 1900, include letters, deeds, a marriage certificate, autograph albums, and a commonplace book. Also included are Williams family photographs, circa 1865-1930s. Some items in the Williams family papers relate to the Hoopes family. The Garrett family papers consist of letters and deeds, circa 1790s-1860. There are also photographs, including cartes de visite; an autograph album relating to Warren and Thomas Garrett, 1870s-1940; and Maris Garrett's diary, 1864-1868, which contains mostly weather reports.

Other items included in the collection are as follows:

  • Ancient Order Knights of the Mystic Chain, Wayne Castle No. 73, framed charter, 1874
  • Arithmetic workbook and scrapbook, early 19th century
  • Beale, Dr. Clifford D., Dentist day book 1922-1926
  • Broomall, John, receipts, 1901-1902
  • Hall hair collection, 1840s
  • Hoopes, Lilly M., West Chester, scrapbook, circa 1890s
  • Rest Harrow house residents' diary entries and restoration information, 1927- 1980s
  • St. James Memorial Church meeting minutes, 1889
  • Unidentified photograph album, Fayetteville, NC, circa 1890s-1920s
  • Unidentified account book, 1834
  • Unidentified photograph album, circa 1910s

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of the business records of the general store owned and operated by three generations of the Worrall and John families. Records from Sharpless Worrall include a few day books, 1847-1852 and 1852-1861 (contains medicine recipes). Records from Hillery John (Dealer in General Merchandise) and C.B. John & Bro. (Dealers in Hay, Straw, Grain and General Merchandise) include day books, 1880-1882, 1885-1886, 1893-1894, and 1901-1902; two account books, circa 1900-1925; about one-half dozen order books, 1907; a post office money order cash book, 1899-1902; animal feed order books, 1920s; C.B. John & Bro. check stubs, 1923-1924; and miscellaneous receipts. There is also a blank order book for John's Antiques, 1960s.

Also included in the collection are personal and family papers relating to the Worrall and John families that include receipts, letters, bank records, court records regarding an estate dispute, and financial journals, 1836-1900. There are also family deeds and legal papers, circa 1875-1939; and a treasurer's book, 1851-1887, of the Ivanhoe Lodge No. 432, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (Sharpless Worrall was involved with the organization). Of special interest are the diaries of Marguerite John, 1912-1919.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historic Sugartown, Inc.

Publication Information

Historic Sugartown, 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

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 Sugartown, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials collected by Historic Sugartown, Inc. from various sources over time.

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 Sugartown, 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 Sugartown, Inc. directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Garrett family
  • Hoopes family
  • Williams family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Chester County (Pa.)
  • Fayetteville (N.C.)
  • Malvern (Pa.)
  • Sugartown (Pa.)
  • Willistown (Pa. : Township)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history
  • Quakers

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • John family
  • Worrall family
  • Worrell family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Chester County (Pa.)
  • Malvern (Pa.)
  • Sugartown (Pa.)
  • Willistown (Pa. : Township)
Personal Name(s)
  • John, Clyde Bernard, b. 1875
  • John, Hillery, 1845-1904
  • Worrall, Sharpless, 1811-1887
Subject(s)
  • General stores
  • Local history
  • Postmasters

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Historic Sugartown local manuscripts collection

1790s-1980s, 2 linear feet

02

Historic Sugartown local manuscripts collection

1830-1939, 4 linear feet

02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historic Sugartown, 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 Sugartown, Inc.
Creator:
Historic Sugartown, Inc.
Title:
Historic Sugartown local manuscripts collection
Date:
1790s-1980s
Call Number:
02
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Sugartown, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, was established in the early 1800s and became a vibrant crossroads that provided goods and services to the surrounding farming community. The Historic Sugartown local manuscripts collection, 1790s-1980s, consists of various materials such as letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and deeds that document some of Sugartown's early families and businesses. In particular, the Williams and Garrett families are well represented. Some items relating to the Hoopes family are also included.
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
Historic Sugartown, Inc.
Creator:
Worrall family
Title:
Worrall and John family papers and business records
Date [inclusive]:
1830-1939
Call Number:
01
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
During the 1840s, Sharpless Worrall moved with his family to Sugartown in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he took over ownership of a general store and served as postmaster for 20 years. Upon his retirement, Worrall's son-in-law Hillery John took over the store, which he ran until his death. At that point it was taken over by Hillery's son, Clyde B. John, who eventually turned the business into an antiques shop. Worrall and John family papers and business records, 1830-1939, primarily consist of the business records of the general store under all three owners as well personal and family papers relating to the Worrall and John families.
PDF Version:

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Biography/History

Sugartown, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, was founded in the early 1800s. Along Sugartown Road, "early residents established a school, general store, businesses and meeting places, creating a vibrant crossroads that provided goods and services to its surrounding farming community. The village was soon known as Shugart's Town, after tavern keeper Eli Shugart, and served as a vital stop for weary travelers hauling wagonloads of goods to the markets of Philadelphia and other parts of the county. Sugartown remained a social, educational, commercial and municipal center throughout the 1800s."

Bibliography:

Historic Sugartown. "A 19th Century Crossroads." Accessed September 23, 2013. http://www.historicsugartown.org/index.html

Biography/History

Sharpless Worrall (1811-1887), the son of Peter Worrall (1768-1831) and Hannah Sharpless (1777-1858) was born in Middletown, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. In 1833, he married Abigail Thatcher (b. 1814), daughter of Thomas Thatcher and Hannah Palmer of Aston, Pa.. The couple had several children including Hannah Worrall (1851-1932), who in 1874 married Hillery John (1845-1904), the son of Jacob E. John (1815-1873) and Minerva White (1818-1890).

By the late 1840s, Sharpless Worrall had moved his family to Sugartown in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pa., where he took over ownership of a general store. He served as postmaster for twenty years, president and secretary of the Willistown School Board for fifteen years, secretary of three beneficial associations, and treasurer of two others.

In 1879, Sharpless Worrall's son-in-law Hillery John took over the store and served as postmaster. Hillery ran the business very successfully until his death in 1904 when his son, Clyde Bernard John (b. 1875), took over, renaming it C.B. John & Bro. Clyde eventually turned the business into an antique shop and renamed it John's Antique Shop.

Bibliography:

Cope, Gilbert, Henry Fishwick, and Joseph Lemuel Chester. Genealogy of the Sharpless Family. Philadelphia: Privately published, 1887. Accessed September 20, 2013. http://archive.org/stream/genealogyofsharp00cope/genealogyofsharp00cope_djvu.txt

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various manuscript materials, such as letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and deeds, that document some of Sugartown's early families and businesses. In particular, the Williams and Garrett families are well represented.

The Williams family papers, 1851-circa 1900, include letters, deeds, a marriage certificate, autograph albums, and a commonplace book. Also included are Williams family photographs, circa 1865-1930s. Some items in the Williams family papers relate to the Hoopes family. The Garrett family papers consist of letters and deeds, circa 1790s-1860. There are also photographs, including cartes de visite; an autograph album relating to Warren and Thomas Garrett, 1870s-1940; and Maris Garrett's diary, 1864-1868, which contains mostly weather reports.

Other items included in the collection are as follows:

  • Ancient Order Knights of the Mystic Chain, Wayne Castle No. 73, framed charter, 1874
  • Arithmetic workbook and scrapbook, early 19th century
  • Beale, Dr. Clifford D., Dentist day book 1922-1926
  • Broomall, John, receipts, 1901-1902
  • Hall hair collection, 1840s
  • Hoopes, Lilly M., West Chester, scrapbook, circa 1890s
  • Rest Harrow house residents' diary entries and restoration information, 1927- 1980s
  • St. James Memorial Church meeting minutes, 1889
  • Unidentified photograph album, Fayetteville, NC, circa 1890s-1920s
  • Unidentified account book, 1834
  • Unidentified photograph album, circa 1910s

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of the business records of the general store owned and operated by three generations of the Worrall and John families. Records from Sharpless Worrall include a few day books, 1847-1852 and 1852-1861 (contains medicine recipes). Records from Hillery John (Dealer in General Merchandise) and C.B. John & Bro. (Dealers in Hay, Straw, Grain and General Merchandise) include day books, 1880-1882, 1885-1886, 1893-1894, and 1901-1902; two account books, circa 1900-1925; about one-half dozen order books, 1907; a post office money order cash book, 1899-1902; animal feed order books, 1920s; C.B. John & Bro. check stubs, 1923-1924; and miscellaneous receipts. There is also a blank order book for John's Antiques, 1960s.

Also included in the collection are personal and family papers relating to the Worrall and John families that include receipts, letters, bank records, court records regarding an estate dispute, and financial journals, 1836-1900. There are also family deeds and legal papers, circa 1875-1939; and a treasurer's book, 1851-1887, of the Ivanhoe Lodge No. 432, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (Sharpless Worrall was involved with the organization). Of special interest are the diaries of Marguerite John, 1912-1919.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historic Sugartown, Inc.

Publication Information

Historic Sugartown, 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

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 Sugartown, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials collected by Historic Sugartown, Inc. from various sources over time.

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 Sugartown, 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 Sugartown, Inc. directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Garrett family
  • Hoopes family
  • Williams family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Chester County (Pa.)
  • Fayetteville (N.C.)
  • Malvern (Pa.)
  • Sugartown (Pa.)
  • Willistown (Pa. : Township)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history
  • Quakers

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • John family
  • Worrall family
  • Worrell family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Chester County (Pa.)
  • Malvern (Pa.)
  • Sugartown (Pa.)
  • Willistown (Pa. : Township)
Personal Name(s)
  • John, Clyde Bernard, b. 1875
  • John, Hillery, 1845-1904
  • Worrall, Sharpless, 1811-1887
Subject(s)
  • General stores
  • Local history
  • Postmasters

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