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Shubrick and Crofton family papers

1824-1941
 Collection
Accession: 1325

Abstract

The Crofton and Shubrick families were descendants of a prominent French American diplomat and businessman, Victor Marie du Pont (1767-1827), and represent middle-class American women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This collection primarily consists of the papers of Gabrielle Josephine Crofton (1873-1952) and Mary Ethel Crofton Hunt (1875-1962), daughters of Gabrielle Shubrick Crofton (1835-1894) and Robert E.A. Crofton (1834-1898). It includes diaries, autograph book, notebook, and letters.

Dates

  • 1824-1941

Creator

Extent

.5 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

The Crofton and Shubrick families were descendants of a prominent French American diplomat and businessman, Victor Marie du Pont (1767-1827), and represent middle-class American women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Gabrielle Josephine Crofton (1873-1952) was the daughter of Gabrielle Josephine Shubrick (1835-1894) and Robert Erskine Anderson Crofton (1834-1898), and the great-granddaughter of Victor Marie du Pont (1767-1827), a prominent French American diplomat and businessman. Her father was an army officer and the family traveled frequently to various posts. Gabrielle Josephine Crofton never married.

Mary Ethel Crofton (1875-1962) was born August 24, 1875 in New York City to Robert E.A. Crofton and Gabrielle Josephine Shubrick. She married Lieutenant Henry Jackson Hunt (1869-1935) in 1898, while he was stationed at Fort Thomas, Kentucky. The couple had three children: Henry Jackson Jr., Ethel Crofton, and Lewis Cass.

Julia du Pont Crofton (1866-1948) was born September 12, 1866 in Philadelphia to Robert E.A. Crofton and Gabrielle Josephine Shubrick. Because her father was in the military, her early life was spent moving around to different forts, including time in the Dakota Territory and Washington, DC. In 1891, Crofton married Lieutenant Charles Carroll Walcutt Jr. (1861-1946), then stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Like in her childhood, with Walcutt's military service, the couple lived in a variety of locations including Columbus, Ohio; Manila, Philippines; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Washington, DC. The couple is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of the papers of Gabrielle Josephine Crofton (1873-1952) and Mary Ethel Crofton Hunt (1875-1962), daughters of Gabrielle Shubrick Crofton (1835-1894) and Robert E.A. Crofton (1834-1898).

The diaries of Gabrielle Josephine Crofton detail the life of a young woman living with her parents and siblings at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and are very descriptive regarding her activities and her emotions. After her mother's death in 1894, she kept house for her father, but did not write about housework or servants. She primarily wrote about social activities such as courting, shopping, going to church, visitng friends, and attending dances and card club. Crofton also wrote about writing and reading, and purchasing clothing. She was especially concerned about marriage, believing that she would never marry, and worried about eventually having to support herself financially.

The Mary Ethel Crofton Hunt papers include her autograph book; a notebook containing lists of her wedding presents, silver, property in storage, remedies, and addresses; and a list of expenses.

The collection also includes several copybooks of Julia du Pont Shubrick and Gabrielle Shubrick Crofton; patterns and recipes; and copies of letters from attorneys involved in defending Captain Robert E.A. Crofton in a murder case with a copy of a bill for legal services.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Crofton and Shubrick family correspondence (Accession 1205), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Gabrielle Josephine Shubrick Crofton papers (Accession 1313), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Shubrick and Crofton family material (Accession 1385), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Gabrielle Josephine Crofton diaries (Accession 1767), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Shubrick and Crofton family papers
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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