This collection is made up of correspondence, financial records, and documents related to members of the Quail family of Washington County, Pennsylvania.
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Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, November 2013
Scope and Content:
This collection is made up of correspondence, financial records, and documents related to various members of the Quail family of Washington County, Pennsylvania.
The Correspondence series (135 items) consists of personal letters written and received by members of the Quail family, particularly David Quail, Robert Quail, and two men named William Quail. Several of the earliest items, written in the late-18th and early 19th centuries, are addressed to John Hoge of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Quail family correspondence regards family news and health, travel, finances, business affairs, and other subjects.
Robert and John H. Quail often wrote to Willliam Quail about life in Hillsborough and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of William's letters concerns his meeting with United States Secretary of War William Learned Marcy about his offer to serve in Mexico (April 19, 1848). Mary Quail wrote to family members about her life in "Missouri City" in the late 1850s and early 1860s, occasionally mentioning the war. The bulk of the correspondence ends in 1891; later items include 5 letters from "Blaine" to "Anna" about Blaine's life in Philadelphia in 1890 and 1891, and a letter from a man to his uncle about life in Rangoon (March 18, 1899). Death notices for Catherine G. Quail (June 23, 1833), James Quail (August 7, 1834), and William Quail (June 5, 1837) are located at the end of the series.
The Writings series is comprised of 3 items: a poem by Robert Quail, a poem entitled "Ode to a Woman," and a partial essay about the ecliptic and astronomy.
Most items in the Receipts and Accounts series (156 items) pertain to the personal finances of Robert Quail. They regard his accounts with individuals and firms in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Items concerning William Quail and David Quail are also present. Three receipts for tuition payments for the education of Ann Moreland (paid by David Quail, 1826-1828), and 2 promissory notes (1722, 1819) are located at the end of the series. The series includes a daybook containing an unknown author's finances from January 29, 1849, to June 1856. The author lived in Washington, Pennsylvania, during this period.
The Documents series (62 items) contains legal records and agreements pertaining to land ownership, rent, and similar subjects. Also included are a will, a printed copy of the Pension Act of 1832, and Anna Grizella Quail's application to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. A group of 34 court summonses and subpoenas signed by David Quail, 1822-1846, is located at the end of the series. A second subseries of 10 items, including letters patent, legal documents, and diagrams, concerns John Ferrel's patent for vehicle brakes, 1900-1906.
The 4 Miscellaneous items are fragments with brief calculations.
Biographical / Historical:
David Quail of Washington, Pennsylvania, had six children with his wife, Margaret Reed Walker, including: William MacAlpin, Isabella, John Walker, Huston, and Sarah Ann.
Robert Quail, also of Washington, Pennsylvania, had at least four children with his wife, Catherine: Robert, William, John H., and James.
1994. M-3087.3 .
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
The collection is arranged in the following series:
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Writings
Series III: Receipts and Accounts
Series IV: Documents
Series V: Miscellaneous
The Correspondence series and the bulk of the Receipts and Accounts series are arranged chronologically, with undated items and groups of thematically linked items placed at the end. An account book is housed separately.
Rules or Conventions:
Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Additional Descriptive Data:
Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies; Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg, [Pa.]: Lane S. Hart, 1886.
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