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Sibbett, Samuel, 1800-1851 or 2.
Samuel Sibbett Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists chiefly of correspondence by members of the Sibbett family to one another. The majority of the letters relate to Samuel Sibbett, a nineteenth-century lawyer living in Mt. Alto, Pennsylvania.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists chiefly of letters written by members of the Sibbett family to one another. ("Sibbett" is alternately spelled "Sibbet" in the collection.) There are eleven letters (1846-1849) from Samuel Sibbett to his wife, Nancy, sent while he was traveling in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, trying to collect monies owed to him. There are thirteen letters (1835-1850) to Sibbett from his brother, Lowry Sibbett, who lived in Ohio; five letters (1849) from J. Ellis Bonham regarding accounts; and one letter (1843) of condolence from Elizabeth G. Hutchinson for the death of Samuel Sibbett's son, James. In addition, there are three letters written on behalf of Sibbett to the governor of Pennsylvania, Francis R. Shank, by William Coffelt, John Wunderlich, and C. G. French, recommending Sibbett for a position of associate judge of the Democratic Party. There is a copy of a letter, dated August 1, 1850, from Samuel Sibbet to a "Mr. Hill" on behalf of the "Democrats" regarding the Loyalists, and the betrayal of Benedict Arnold, and others. Also included is a printed verse titled "Lines on the death of James Lowrie Sibbet . . ." written by "The Mother."


Folders are arranged alphabetically by family member name.

Collection Creator Biography:

Sibbett, Samuel, 1800-1851 or 2.

Samuel Sibbett (alternately spelled "Sibbet") was born in Cumberland County, Pa., of Scottish descent. He attended college in Chambersburg, Pa., and later set up a law office there. Sometime after his marriage to Nancy Ellen Greenfield, he moved his residence to a large farm near Mt. Alto, Pa., while maintaining his office in Chambersburg. He died in 1851 or 1852 and is buried in Mt. Alto.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. David Lilienthal on March 8, 1965 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 21, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax in November 7, 2007.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Samuel Sibbett Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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