Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lucretia Coffin Mott

by John M. Switlik of  Thomas Gardner Society
Melissa Berry added pictures and credit to sources 

Thomas' descendants list contains many social reformers. Lucretia (Coffin) Mott (January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880) stands out for her activism activities, such as co-founding the Pennsylvania Anti-slavery Society and the American Equal Rights Association. Picture from  Yesterday Island

She spoke at the International Anti-Slavery Convention that was held in London, England in 1840. She, along with other women attendees such as Baroness Byron, was included in the commemorative painting of the convention.

                                                             Lucretia and James Mott

 Lucretia was a descendant of Thomas and Margaret through son Richard. Both of her parents Thomas Coffin and Anna Folger were from families who arrived early to New England.
Anna Folger b. 25 March 1771, d. 26 March 1844 daughter of William Folger b. 24 Jul 1728, d. 4 Jun 1815 and Ruth Coffin b. 9 Apr 1733, d. 11 Mar 1814
Thomas Coffin, son of Benjamin Coffin and Deborah Macy, in 1789; (m. in 12-1789). Anna Folger died on 26 March 1844 at Philadelphia at age 73.  Nantucket Historical Full Genealogy
She grew up on Nantucket Island and then attended a Quaker School in New York (Nine Partners Meeting House and Cemetery). After graduating, she also taught at the school which is where she met her husband James Mott (20 June 1788 – 26 January 1868). Lucretia, in 1864, helped found Swarthmore College.
Credit: Courtesy of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.
"Roadside" – residence of Lucretia Mott,1319 Chestnut St., Philadelphia Old York Road (now Fairmont Park) Lucretia Mott is in the chair in the foreground.


1 comment:

  1. Melissa, thank you for the article. There is some information on Lucretia's ancestry and family from the Early settlers of Nantucket available on-line (via