Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Shinckle Family Collection, 1789-1790, 1810-1819

Finding aid created by
Kay Miller and Meg Hixon, June 2011

Summary Information
Title: Shinckle family collection
Creator: Shinckle family
Inclusive dates: 1789-1790, 1810-1819
Extent: 3 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 2 letters and 1 account book related to the family of Frederick Shinckle, a leather worker who lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the turn of the 19th century. The letters concern his son Frederick's travels and his daughter-in-law Margaret's financial difficulties. The account book records the finances of his estate following the elder Frederick's death in 1810.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1980, 1999. M-1898, M-4076.1, M-4076.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

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.

Preferred Citation:

Shinckle family collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Shinckle Family Letters
  • Series II: Frederick Shinckle Estate Account Book

Biography

Frederick Shinckle was born around 1726, and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a "skin dresser." He and his wife, Salome Hall, married on December 3, 1795, and had at least one son, Frederick Shinckle, Jr. (1761-1806). The elder Frederick Shinckle died on April 22, 1810. His son Frederick worked as a grocer in Philadelphia and married Margaret Hyde (ca. 1769-1797), the daughter of John and Catherine Hyde. They had at least two daughters, Catherine (ca. 1784-1798) and Mary Hyde (b. 1796). Frederick was temporarily absent from his wife and children around May 1790, and they lived with his father.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 2 letters (3 pages) and 1 account book (15 pages) related to the family of Frederick Shinckle, a leather worker who lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the turn of the 19th century. The letters concern his son Frederick's travels and his daughter-in-law Margaret's financial difficulties. The account book records the finances of the elder Frederick's estate following his death in 1810.

Frederick Shinckle, Jr., wrote a letter to his parents, Frederick and Salome Shinckle, from New York on December 4, 1789, in which he briefly discussed a 5-day voyage to New York and alluded to some financial difficulties. He reported North Carolina's adoption of the United States Constitution by a margin of 18 votes. His wife Margaret wrote to her father-in-law on May 12, 1790, from Philadelphia. She reacted negatively to his request that she move her belongings to a different room in his home and described her destitution and other difficulties she and her children suffered when her husband was separated from them.

An unknown executor compiled an account book respecting the financial affairs of Frederick Shinckle's estate after his death in April 1810. The volume has two overlapping sections: the first contains accounts dated May 4, 1810-January 27, 1819; the second, titled "Account of Vents appertaining to Estate of F. Shinckle," contains accounts dated April 10, 1812-March 11, 1817. Shinckle's estate paid a regular remittance to his widow, to taxes, and to repair-related fees, among other expenses. The estate received payments from banks, bonds, "Louisiana stock," and individual debtors. A 2-page item containing 4 columns of similar financial records is laid into the volume.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Decedents' estates.
    • Low-income mothers.
    • New York (New York)
    • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Poverty.
    • Poor women--United States.
    • Widow's allowance.
    Contributors:
    • Shinckle, Frederick, Jr., 1761-1806.
    • Shinckle, Margaret, ca. 1769-1797.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    • Estate administration records.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Shinckle family letters,   December 4, 1789 and   May 2, 1790 [series]:
     
    Frederick Shinckle Estate account book,   May 4, 1810-March 11, 1817 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Additional sources of genealogical information about the Shinckle family are available in the Manuscripts Division.

    Bibliography

    Clark, Edward L. Record of the Inscriptions on the Tablets and Grave-Stones in the Burial-Grounds of Christ Church, Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Collins, Printer, 1864.