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Malin family papers


Held at: Media Historic Archives Commission [Contact Us]Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 East Front Street, Media, Pennsylvania, 19063

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The Borough of Media, the county seat of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was settled by Europeans beginning in the 1680s. The area remained largely rural until the end of the 19th century. The Malin family was one of the first English Quaker families to settle in Pennsylvania, specifically Delaware County (which at the time was still part of Chester County). The family lived in and around Media Borough and the townships of Upper Providence and Middletown.

Randal Malin (1652-1729) was a Quaker minister married to Elizabeth Decheshire (1656-1687) and Mary Hollingsworth (1656-1746). He emigrated from Cheshire, England after purchasing 250 acres along Ridley Creek from William Penn in 1681. Randal and Elizabeth Malin had several children, including Jacob Malin (1686-1727) who married Susanna Jones (1688-1748). Jacob and Susanna were the parents of William Malin (1727-1803) who married Elizabeth Crosley (1725-1810). William and Elizabeth had several children including Isaac Malin (1761-1827) and Abner Malin (1752-1848) who married Rachel Ogden (1782-1870). Abner and Rachel were the parents of Stephen Ogden Malin (1807-1892) who married Caroline Hipple (1828-1910). Stephen and Caroline had several children including George H. Malin (b. 1848) and Abner Malin (b. 1855).


Media Historic Archives Commission. "Media History." Accessed October 11, 2013.

The collection includes mostly estate records such as deeds, indentures, wills, bond and mortgages, and estate inventories. Also included are some financial papers such as a receipt book, miscellaneous receipts, and shilling notes. There is also a photocopy of a manuscript genealogy of the Malin and Edwards families by Phyillis Centman. Several of the documents relate to Stephen O. Malin (1807-1892) and his son George H. Malin (b. 1848).

Gift of Helen Wood.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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