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Rohrman, Joseph Hall, 1820-1874.

J. Hall Rohrman travel journal

1872 February 8-July 17


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 097, Item 106


Creator: Rohrman, Joseph Hall, 1820-1874.


Title: J. Hall Rohrman travel journal


Inclusive Dates: 1872 February 8-July 17


Extent: 1 v. (360 p.) ; 26 cm.


Abstract: The travel journal of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tinsmith J. Hall Rohrman describes in very detailed language an 1860 trip to Missouri and travels within eastern Pennsylvania from 1871 to 1872. Three religious writings, presumably by Rohrman, have been inserted into the journal.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 097, Item 106, J. Hall Rohrman travel journal, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Unknown.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Kate Hand, September 2007. Updated by E. Evan Echols, May 2014.


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Biographical Note

Joseph Hall Rohrman was a tinsmith who lived in Philadelphia during the nineteenth century. He married Harriet Barnhurst and they had several children. His business, J. Hall Rohrman & Son, was located at 606 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, where it produced tin canisters. During the Civil War, the company, which became well-known, produced canteens under a government contract. Rohrman held at least one patent for improvements to tin lanterns.

Sources:

"Harriet Barnhurst – I248 – Individual Information," Adair Family, http://history.teampeterson.org/individual.php?pid=I3099&ged=adair.ged (accessed September 24, 2007).

Kise Straw and Kolodner, "Toward a Redefinition of Philadelphia’s Historical Perspective: Identification and Analysis of Civil War Sites and Related Programs," The Octavius V. Catto memorial Fund, http://www.cattomemorial.org/ksk_report/AppendixC1.pdf (accessed September 24, 2007).

Additional information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

The travel journal of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tinsmith J. Hall Rohrman describes in very detailed language an 1860 trip to Missouri and travels within eastern Pennsylvania from 1871 to 1872. Three religious writings, presumably authored by Rohrman, have been inserted into the journal.

This autograph travel journal consists of five titled sections in which Joseph Hall Rohrman described in detail what he had seen and individuals he had met on several trips taken within the United States. The titled sections fill less than a seventh of the journal, leaving the remaining pages blank. The pages at the beginning of the volume have been labeled with the alphabet as if for an address book, but they also have been left blank.

In "Journey to Iberia. Miller Co Missouri" (p. 1-17), Rohrman described a two-week trip taken in May 1860. He traveled to Iberia, Missouri, by way of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Jefferson City. Rohrman was accompanied by two brothers-in-law and a nephew. In "Belmont. (Fairmount Park)" (p. 18-21), Rohrman described a visit his family paid to Belmont Mansion in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on June 19, 1871. In "The Old Rock House" (p. 22-30), Rohrman reflected on an October 1870 visit to his mother’s childhood home in Lower Providence, Pennsylvania. He also described a stop at the Springfield Friends Meeting House in Springfield, Pennsylvania. In "The Old Rock House revisited" (p. 30-38), Rohrman described another trip to his mother’s home taken with his family on June 29, 1871. The final section, "Sombo Falls" (p. 39-45), dated July 13 and July 17, 1872, contains a description of the natural beauty Rohrman saw on a vacation near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

The journal also features three inserted autograph writings related to religion. They include a three-page letter or speech from a congregation to a pastor thanking him and presenting gifts, a six-page history of the Moravians, and a nine-page essay entitled "Notes on the Propagation of Christianity in the East Indies by the Baptists" with minor revisions marked on it.


Selected Search Terms

Topical Terms
Christianity--History--19th century.
Voyages and Travels--History--19th century.
Travelers--Diaries.
Geographic Names
Missouri--Description and travel.
Pennsylvania--Description and travel.
Form/Genre Terms
Diaries.
Occupation
Tinsmiths.
Travelers.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.


Detailed Contents List

J. Hall Rohrman travel journal, 1872 February 8-July 17   [Item 106]

1 volume