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Roop-Rogers Family Papers

1834 - 1894
(bulk dates 1860 - 1869)

Manuscript Collection Number: 277
Accessioned: Gift of Milman R. Prettyman, Sr., 1973.
Extent: .33 linear feet (124 items)
Content: Letters, documents, ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: June 1993 by Rhonda R. Newton.

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Table of Contents

Introductory Note

The Roop-Rogers Family Papers consist of letters from the period 1834 to 1894, with bulk dates in the 1860s, as well as miscellaneous documents and ephemera. The correspondence was exchanged between family members who were centered in the Seaford-Laurel area of Delaware and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The main recipients are the Bradley sisters, Jane Bradley Rogers and Susannah Bradley Roop. Their correspondents included their children, siblings, cousins, and aunts; and Susannah's husband, Dr. F.A. Roop and her mother-in-law, Marie J. Roop. Relationships are tentative but other significant correspondents include Ada Rogers, Jane's daughter; Lizzie Hardcastle Turner; Joseph Roop, Susannah and F.A. Roop's son; and Margaret James, an aunt. Most letters in the collection contain family news but there are also some political and religious discussions. The Civil War letters include letters from Dr. F.[Frank?]A. Roop, a surgeon with the Union forces, to Susannah and their children.

Miscellaneous materials include essays on thankfulness and fear by Samuel I. Roop; a rental agreement between Samuel I. Roop and Mrs. J.W. Phillips; several poems; a course of disease, perhaps cholera; and a sample letter of recommendation to the Governor of Delaware. The collection also includes notes from an apparent previous owner of the collection about the letters. Printed materials include a bible lesson, bible verses, and a leaf from a bible history book as well as several postal cards. Also included are an embroidery pattern, recipe, beaded piece, business card for a lending library, and two calling cards for Jennie Mitchell.

The collection, which was received in no particular order, has been arranged chronologically. Envelopes that were separated from the contents are together in Folder 14.


Hazzard, Robert B. The History of Seaford From Its First Survey and Plotting in 1799 to the Completion of the Delaware Railroad in 1856.

Contents List

Folder -- Contents

F1   Correspondence, 1834, 1837          2 items
F2   Correspondence, 1840-1849          13 items
F3   Correspondence, 1850-1859           4 items
F4   Correspondence, 1860-1861           5 items
F5   Correspondence, 1862                7 items
F6   Correspondence, 1863                5 items
F7   Correspondence, 1864               15 items
F8   Correspondence, 1865               20 items
F9   Correspondence, 1866               14 items
F10  Correspondence, 1867-1869           9 items
F11  Correspondence, 1870-1879          13 items
F12  Correspondence, 1880-1894           4 items
F13  Correspondence, [n.d.]             13 items
F14  Envelopes
F15  Miscellaneous

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