George Van Buskirk letters  1917-1919
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Rebecca C. Sheppard (1844-1892), a Quaker, was related to the Garrett family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Martha H. Garrett, Rebecca's cousin, was born on June 25, 1811, the daughter of Philip and Rebecca Garrett. She belonged to a society promoting the education of African American women and participated in other charitable activities. She died on October 31, 1837, after a prolonged illness.

John R. Carpenter of Salem, New Jersey, was born on May 16, 1804. He attended schools in Burlington and Westtown, New Jersey, and worked at a Philadelphia mercantile firm before moving to Buffalo, New York, in 1831. He became a cashier for a local branch of the Bank of the United States. Carpenter became ill while in Buffalo, and traveled to the West Indies in 1832 in an attempt to recover. In the spring of 1833 he returned to Philadelphia, where he died on December 21, 1833.