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Mifflin Family Papers

Identifier: MS 032


The collection consists of correspondence, notes, legal documents, poems, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The earliest items in the collection dates from 1714 with the bulk of the material covering the period from 1873 to 1921 and consisting of mostly Lloyd Mifflin, Jr. (b. 1846 - d. 1921) items. The collection also includes a few photos, clippings and memorial program of Thomas Mifflin (b. 1744 - d. 1800), Major, Colonel, Brigadier and Major-General in the Revolutionary War and Governor of Pennsylvania (1790-1799). Additional material includes items from the Houston family (paternal family) and the Bethel family (maternal family).


  • 1714-1936,
  • Majority of material found within 1873-1921


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

John Mifflin, a Quaker, came to America in 1679 from England, three years prior to William Penn's arrival. He built his home"Fountain Green" in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia. He and his wife Eleanor had a son John. John and his wife, Elizabeth Hardy (married 1683 Jun 12), had six children, Edward, George, John, Jonathan, Sarah (Worrell) and Oram. John and Elizabeth Mifflin's son John married Hannah Taylor 1747 Jul 3 and they had five children: Joseph, Jonathan, John, Rebecca and Benjamin. Joseph Mifflin married Deborah Richardson 1773 Oct 6 and they had seven children: Mary, Hannah, Deborah, Joseph, Thomas, Rebecca and Lloyd. Joseph, Jr. married Martha Houston 1806 Oct 5, daughter of the Revolutionary War physician, Dr. John Houston (d. 1809) and Susanna Wright Houston (b. 1752 - d. 1829). Joseph and Martha had 4 children: John Houston, Deborah Ann, James and Joseph III. The oldest, John Houston, married Elizabeth Ann Bethel Heise. They had 7 children: Bethel, Lloyd Jr., Martha, Houston, James Deveaux, Mary Bethel and Charles West. Lloyd Jr. was named after his great uncle. Bethel and Martha died when children and Mary died very young. John and Elizabeth Mifflin's son George married Esther Cordry. They had three children: Sarah, John and George. John had three children: Thomas, George and John. Thomas became the Governor of Pennsylvania in 1790. Lloyd Mifflin's paternal grandmother was Martha Houston, daughter of the Revolutionary War physician, Dr. John Houston. John Houston's father John Houston (1690-1754) came to America from Ulster in 1735. Six of their seven children, including John came with them. John's oldest brother, James, remained in Ulster to study to become a minister. John married Susanna Wright in 1773. John and Susanna had 3 children: Samuel Nelson, John Wright and Martha (b. 1777 Sep 29). Martha married Joseph Mifflin 1806 Oct 5 (see above). In 1742 John's father moved to Virginia where he bought 228 acres near present-day Brownsburg. John's brother Robert (d. 1760) married Mary Davidson in Virginia and settled near Timber Ridge. Robert and Mary had 8 children: James, John, unknown daughter, Anne, Esther, Margaret, Mary and Samuel. Samuel (d. ca. 1807) married Elizabeth Paxton. Samuel and Elizabeth had 9 children: Paxton, Robert, James, John, Sam (1793-1863), William, Isabella, Mary and Eliza. Sam became governor of Texas and Houston, Texas was named for him. Sam Houston's cousin John H. Houston lived in Washington, working for the Government, beginning his career under Andrew Jackson, and named his first son after Sam Houston. Lloyd Mifflin's mother, Elizabeth Ann Bethel Heise Mifflin, was the daughter of Patience and Solomon Heise. Elizabeth's great great grandfather, John Blunston, sailed to America in 1682 with William Penn. John had two sons, John Jr. and Samuel. Samuel Blunston was a member of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania in the 1730s and 1740s. John Blunston, Jr. had two children, Hannah and Sarah. Sarah married Samuel Bethel, son of John Bethel of Darby, Chester County. Sarah and Samuel Bethel had two children, Samuel Jr., who married Susan Taylor, and Mary, who married Dr. Samuel Bonde. Samuel and Susan Bethel had 7 children, Samuel III, Susanna, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Patience and Sarah. Samuel III married Sarah Hand, daughter of Gen. Edward Hand. Patience married Solomon Heise and they had six children, Samuel B., Elizabeth Ann Bethel, Susan Bethel, Henry, George Washington and Frederick Kuhn. Elizabeth A.B. Heise married J. Houston Mifflin (see above).

For a Biographical Timeline and Abbreviated Family Genealogy, see the Mifflin Family Papers Research Guide.


18 Linear feet (38 boxes)

.83 Linear feet (4 flat drawers)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into two major series corresponding to the original 1928 donation and 1999 addition. The second series is inventoried and organized separately from the first Mifflin donation in order to maintain the donors original arrangement as closely as possible.


Series I: The original or first series is divided into sub-series correlating to each member of the Mifflin family who is represented in the collection. The sub-series are arranged chronologically by the birth date of the individual.


Series II: Second series materials are listed chronologically by the date of each individual document but are arranged in numerical order based upon an arbitrarily assigned identification number.

Ownership and Custodial History

The bulk of the Mifflin Family Papers were donated to the Archives and Special Collections Department by Houston Mifflin in 1928. Mifflin descendant Phillip Young made a second major donation in 1999. The papers are closely related, in terms of family members represented, and complement the original 1928 donation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Houston Mifflin. Address--Lancaster, PA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1928..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Phillip Young. Address--Victoria, British Columbia. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1999..

Related Archival Materials

Lloyd Mifflin Collection (MG 59): Custodian--Lancaster County Historical Society: Address--230 North President Ave., Lancaster, PA., Country--USA..

Related Archival Materials

J. Houston Mifflin Collection (MG 150): Custodian--Lancaster County Historical Society: Address--230 North President Ave., Lancaster, PA., Country--USA..

Processing Information

Processing completed 1999.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States