Finding aid for the Prickett and Moore Family Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Prickett and Moore
Title: Prickett and Moore Family Papers
Dates: 1752-1912
Extent: 0.30 linear feet (1 container and 1 oversize folder)
Abstract: Samuel Prickett was a resident of Richfield, Summit County, Ohio. He went to California in 1854 to mine for gold, but returned to Richfield in 1864 where he purchased a farm and served as a township trustee and school board member. Prickett was married first to Ann Amelia Garthwaite, and later, to Edith Welton. He had a daughter, Edith. The James Moore family came from Massachusetts to Medina County, Ohio in 1816. He served as county surveyor, township treasurer and Ohio state senator. Fanny Moore was the mother of Elizabeth Stockwell and possibly the grandmother of Sophronia Stockwell Bellows. The relationship between the Prickett and the Moore families is not known. The collection consists of correspondence, particularly of the Moore family of Ohio and Massachusetts. Also legal materials, a cash book of Samuel H. Prickett, and receipts. The correspondence details news of relatives, health concerns, deaths of children, homesickness, religious views, and financial concerns.
MS Number MS 4491
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English

Biography of the Prickett and Moore Family

Samuel Prickett (1829-? ) was born near Marion, in Wayne County, New York. He came to Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio, in 1834 when his parents moved there from New York. One of seven children, Samuel was educated in the township schools and remained on the home farm until 1854, at this time traveling to California. After working a mining claim there until 1864, he returned to Richfield, purchased a farm, and became active on several occasions as a township trustee. Prickett was a member of the Republican Party, and served on the school board. Samuel Prickett was married twice, the first time to Ann Amelia Garthwaite, with whom he had a daughter, Edith. His second wife was Edith Welton.

Scope and Content

The Prickett and Moore Family Papers, 1752-1912, consist primarily of correspondence, legal materials, a cash book and receipts.

This collection largely pertains to a family's attempt to keep their familial ties strong despite separations as members moved throughout Massachusetts and into the Connecticut Western Reserve, Summit County, Richfield, Ohio, and Indiana. The correspondence, in particular, details news of relatives, health concerns, death of children, and homesickness for family and friends, as well as views of religion and financial problems.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically, and is maintained in five folders.

Restrictions on Access


Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Deeds -- Massachusetts.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Ohio -- Medina County.
Medina County (Ohio) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Moore family.
Ohio -- Emigration and immigration.
Prickett family.

Preferred Citation

[Container ___, Folder ___ ] MS 4491 Prickett and Moore Family Papers, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio

Acquisition Information

Arthur F. Shaffer, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Bari Oyler Stith in 1990.