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Lamb-Booth-Miller Family Papers

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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William Booth married Elizabeth M. Broomall in 1841. Their son, George M. Booth, was born in 1851 and married Ellen Miller, daughter of Lewis and Ann McIlvaine Miller in 1876. Their daughter, Elizabeth Martin Booth, married Robert Emerson Lamb of Baltimore in 1908 at Chester, Pennsylvania.

This large family had many close ties to Swarthmore College. At least seven members of the families served on the Board of Managers of the College, from three generations, starting in the 1860's. At least 24 members of these families were attenders or graduates of the College, starting with the first graduating class. They have been educators, bankers, lawyers, businessmen, farmers, and members of many civic and reform organizations. They were descendants of many of the earliest settlers of Delaware and Chester Counties, and of New Castle Co., Delaware, as well as the early Roberts family of Evasham and Moorestown, New Jersey, and the Lamb family who settled in Kent Co., Maryland, in the middle 1600's.

The collection contains correspondence (1821-1963), diaries and journals (1833-1905), albums, legal and financial papers, photographs, genealogical and biographical materials, and miscellaneous memorabilia of the Lamb, Booth, Miller, and related families primarily of Delaware County, Pa. Includes correspondence of Sarah B. Miller while she was travelling in Europe in 1846, William and Elizabeth M. Booth, 1833-1882, Sarah B. Flitcraft, 1856-1917, Isaac L. and Clara B. Miller, 1862-1916, George M. and Ellen M. Booth, 1864-1914, Robert E. and Elizabeth B. Lamb, James G. Lamb, 1917 - 1963, and others. Also of interest are the European travel journals of Sarah L. Miller (1846) and Isaac L. and Clara B. Miller (1901,1904,1905), and the diaries of William Booth (1833-39, 1843-44), Sarah B. Flitcraft (1863, 1864, 1866, 1868), and George M. and Ellen M. Booth (1869, 1873, 1876). There is also a good deal of genealogical and biographical material on the Lamb, Booth, and Miller families, including marriage and death certificates, as well as legal documents, photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous materials.

The collection is divided into eight series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical (arranged alphabetically by family name)
  2. Correspondence (arranged by the correspondent)
  3. Diaries (arranged chronologically
  4. Writings
  5. Albums
  6. Legal and financial papers
  7. Pictures
  8. Clippings, including our obituaries
  9. Miscellaneous

Donor: Walter Lamb, Ellen Lamb Snodgrass, and Anna

Lamb Felton, children of Elizabeth Booth Lamb, 1983.

Collection probably assembled by Clare B. Miller and her niece, Elizabeth B. Lamb. The genealogical papers in Series 1 on the Lamb Family material removed from a former Small Collection on the Lamb family, collected by James G. Lamb in preparation for a book on the family called What is Known about the Direct Line of the Lamb Family from Pearce Lamb to John Emerson Lamb, and His Descendants to the Present Year..., 1962.

Received unsorted. Processed by FHL staff, 1983. Oversized items and cased pictures removed from collection and stored separately.

The following material, originally part of the collection, has been removed and recatalogued:

Marriage certificates of John Broomall and his four wives (removed to chart case):

  1. Married 1st at Concord MM, 4 Jan. 1798, Susanna Wilson, daughter of Thomas and Ruth Wilson
  2. Married 2nd at Middletown Meeting House, under the care of Chester MM, 7 Jun. 1804, Sarah Sharpless, daughter of Joseph and Mary Sharpless
  3. Married 3rd at Concord MM, 14 Mar. 1811, Sarah Martin, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Reynolds) Martin
  4. Married 4th at Concord MM, 4 Jul. 1822, Ann Townsend, widow, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Webster of Gloucester Co., NJ

Other items:

  1. Marriage certificate of Jeremiah McIlvain and Elizabeth Spencer, Horsham MM, 1 Nov. 1792 - Removed to oversize chart case
  2. Land survey done for Joseph Talbot, 1763. Filed in oversize chart case
  3. Family coats-of-arms –†Booth
  4. Filed in oversize chart case

Box of cased photos, stored with FHL Cased Pictures, including:

  1. Booth, Ellen (Miller) (1853-1929)
  2. Booth, George M. (1851-1918)
  3. Booth, William Bartram (-), son of William Booth by his first wife
  4. Hawley, Joseph Williamson (-), son of Joel and Catherine Hawley, husband of Anna Miller (1841-), President of First National Bank of Media
  5. Levis, Ann (1787-), unmarried daughter of Isaac and Phebe (Pancoast) Levis, and sister of Mary Levis married George Miller Jr.
  6. George Miller 3rd (1797-1869), son of George and Mary (Levis) Miller
  7. Miller, Levis (1806-1891), son of George and Mary (Levis) Miller
  8. Miller, Mary Lavinia (1837-1860, daughter of Levis and Ann (Mc Ilvain) Miller
  9. Miller, Samuel (1845-1908), son of Levis and Ann Miller
  10. Walker, Sarah M. (1799-1874), daughter of Enoch and Phebe (Miller) Walker, and niece of George and Mary Miller

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
1983
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

George M. Booth and Ellen Miller, 29 Nov. 1876.
Box 1
William Booth and Elizabeth M. Broomall, 4 Feb. 1841.
Box 1
Joseph Booth and Martha Hoskins, 2 Jun. 1811.
Box 1
Physical Description

manuscript

Typescript copy of the reminiscences.
Box 1
Booth Genealogy, by Clara B. Miller, 1896.
Box 1
Physical Description

bound typescript

Genealogical chart, tracing back from George Martin Booth and his wife, Ellen Miller.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Removed to oversize.

Physical Description

large, fan-type

Broomall family: Memorial of John M. Broomall, 6/15/1894.
Box 1
Letter from Howard Deacon, 1894, 1895.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Concerning Deacon family of NJ, and Pancoast family.

Typed brief records of the Pancoast family, by Gilbert Cope.
Box 1
Flitcraft family: Typed account of Allen Flitcraft's parents and children.
Box 1
Hawley family: Brief lineage of Joseph W. Hawley.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Joseph Hawley married Anna Miller, daughter of Levis and Ann (Mc Ilvain) Miller, in 1864.

Brief records of family.
Box 1
Account of William and Martha (Smith) Hoskins' family.
Box 1
Letter from Henry Graham Ashmead about the family, 1891.
Box 1
Lists of children born to several generations of the Lamb family.
Box 1
Birth certificates of Robert E. Lamb and Elizabeth M. Booth, his wife.
Box 1
Marriage license of Robert E. Lamb and Elizabeth M. Booth, 23 Mar. 1908.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Removed to oversize chart case.

Account of the family, as told by Michael Lamb and written down by Thomas Lamb in 1847.
Box 1
Physical Description

typed

Account of the family written by Francis Lamb of Chestertovn, MD, n.d.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes one account written by Frances M. Smith

Physical Description

typed

Guest list for 50th Anniversary party of Robert E. and Elizabeth (Booth) Lamb, 1958.
Box 1
Certificate of cremation for Elizabeth B. Lamb, 1966.
Box 1
Account of the life of Robert E. Lamb, 1881-1959.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes his 35 years as a member of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, and designer of the Lamb-Miller Field House built in 1935.

Family obituaries, group sheets, and loose genealogical material.
Box 1
Abstracts of Cecil MM records of the Lamb family.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

See also Series 2, Correspondence of James G. Lamb, 1917-1963.

Levis family: Coat-of-Arms of the De Levis family.
Box 1
Physical Description

reproduction

Lineage of Belle (Lippincott) Lamb, wife of Walter Lamb.
Box 1
Relatives of Lydia Lippincott of Burlington, NJ, who died 1901.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Lydia, who died in 1901, was the daughter of Caleb and Alice (Jarrett) Lippincott.

Mc Ilvain family: Lineage of Ann (Mc Ilvain) Miller, wife of Levis Miller.
Box 1
Martin family: Line of Sarah Martin, wife of John Broomall.
Box 1
Massey family: Copies of material on family, found in England.
Box 1
Henry Miller and Sarah Deeble, Somerset, England, 8/27/1702.
Box 1
Physical Description

facsimile

George Miller and Phebe Massey, Goshen MM, 3/6/1764.
Box 1
Physical Description

facsimile

George Miller and Mary Levis, Chester MM, 4/10/1794.
Box 1
Physical Description

facsimile

Levis Miller and Ann Mc Ilvain, Chester MM (H), 11/7/1832.
Box 1
50th Anniversary certificate for Levis and Ann Miller, Media, PA, 7 Nov. 1882.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Removed to oversize chart case.

Lineage of Levis Miller and his brother, John Miller.
Box 1
Picture of Maple Grove, long time home of the Miller family, near Media.
Box 1
Obituary of George Miller, aged 77, 12/22/1849.
Box 1
Short History of the Miller Family, by Edgar T. Miller, son of Levis and Ann Miller.
Box 1
Supplemental claims to join the Colonial Dames on lines of John Hoskins and William Clayton, for Clara B. Miller.
Box 1
"Ancestral records collected and compiled by my Aunt, Clara Booth Miller..." by Elizabeth Booth Lamb, 1955.
Box 1
Physical Description

typescript

Roberts family, of New Jersey: Line of Annie Lippincott Roberts, born 1850, married George M. Lamb.
Box 1
Trainer family, Line of John Newlin Trainer (1844-1923).
Box 1
Scope and Contents

John Trainer married Hannah Bartram Booth in 1870

Scope and Contents

Arranged under the name of the family member whose correspondence it was, with folders filed according to the year of birth of the correspondent. Filed chronologically within each folder.

Martin, George (1754-1825), letters as one of the executors of the estate of John Talbot, 1821.
Box 2 Folder 1
Miller, John (1799-1855) and Hannah (Moore) (1802-1890), 1836 and 1855.
Box 2 Folder 2
Physical Description

2 letters

Miller, Sarah L. (1803-1890), letters.
Box 2 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Sarah Miller was taughter of George and Mary (Levis) Miller. The letters written while she was traveling in Europe in 1846.

Physical Description

copies

Booth, William (1812-1877) and Elizabeth (Broomall) (1816-1882), letters, 1833-1882.
Box 2 Folder 4
Flitcraft, Allen (1825-1904) and Sarah (Booth) (1841-1917), letters, 1856-1917.
Box 2 Folder 5
Roberts, Susan (1833-1888), letters to her sister, Elizabeth R. Haines, 1872-1885.
Box 2 Folder 6
Scope and Contents

Susan removed to Philadelphia from Moorestown, NJ, in 1868.

Miller, Isaac L. (1845-1913) and Clara (Booth) (1843-1919), letters, 1862-1916.
Box 2 Folder 7
Trainer, Hannah (Booth) (1845-1916), letter, 1916.
Box 2 Folder 8
Miller, Levis and Ann, letters,, 1864.
Box 2 Folder 9
Physical Description

2 letters

Booth, George M. (1851-1918) and Ellen (Miller) (1853-1929), letters, 186?-1914.
Box 2 Folder 10
Miller, John B. (1871-1918), letter, 1896.
Box 2 Folder 11
Lamb, Robert Emerson (1881-1959), letters, 1895-1933.
Box 2 Folder 12
Lamb, Elizabeth M. (Booth) (1882-1966), letters, 1882-1939.
Box 2 Folder 13
Lamb, James G. (1889-), letters, 1917-1963.
Box 2 Folder 14
Scope and Contents

Letters in connection with his book about the Lamb family, published in 1962.

Scope and Contents

Arranged chronologically.

Booth, William (1812-1887), personal diaries, 1833-1839, 1843-1844.
Box 3
Miller, Sarah L. (1803-1890), travel diaries, 1846.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Diaries about travel to Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, and England. These diaries were marked for FHL by Mary M.(Hawley) Thompson, Class of 1889 at the College, who died 11 Sept. 1940, in Media.

Physical Description

small leather notebooks, later ms. transcriptions

Flitcraft, Sarah (Booth) (1841-1917), Journals, 1863, 1864, 1866, 1868,.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Concerning aspects of her daily life, and mentioning the assassination of Lincoln in 1864

Booth, George M. (1851-1918) and Ellen (Miller) (1853-1929), pocket diaries, G: 1869, 1876; E: 1873.
Box 3
Miller, Isaac L. (1845-1913) and Clara (Booth) (1843-1919), travel diary of European trip, 1899.
Box 3
Miller, Isaac L. and Clara B., travel diary, Jul. 20 to late Sept., 1901.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Journal of trip to Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium, and Germany, accompanied by their daughter, Elizabeth B. Miller and her friend, Caroline F. Comly, both graduates of Swarthmore College, who planned to continue their studies at the University in Berlin.

Miller, Isaac L. and Clara B., travel diary, Jul. 21 to late Sept. 1904.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Journal of trip to Italy, Switzerland, France, and England, accompanied by Clara's newly widowed sister, Sarah B. Flitcraft.

Miller, Isaac L. and Clara B., travel diary, Aug. 5 to late Sept. 1905.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Jouranl of trip spent visiting the areas of England and Wales where their ancestors had lived

Poems and speeches by George M. Booth, 1861-1914.
Box 4
Poems and speeches by other family members.
Box 4
Thesis by Elizabeth Martin Booth, presented for the B.A. degree at Swarthmore College, on Mary Stuart, 1903.
Box 4
Family Reminiscences, by Clara B. Miller, 1918.
Box 4
Hicksite Friends, by Robert E. Lamb, ca. 1920.
Box 4

Commonplace book of John Miller, father of Henry Miller, dated 1688.
Box 5
Sarah L. Miller, 1819.
Box 5
Ann Mc Ilvain, 1825.
Box 5
Susan Roberts, 1848.
Box 5
Scrapbook of Clara B. Miller, n.d.
Box 5
Scrapbook of Clara B. Miller, n.d.
Box 6
Commonplace book of Sarah Miller Walker (1799-1874) (, 1820-1864.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Sarah Miller Walker was the unmarried daughter of Enoch and Phebe (Miller) Walker, and niece of George and Mary (Levis) Miller. She lived at Woodburne, near Montrose, in Susquehanna Co., with her unmarried brother, George Walker, and belonged to Stroudsburg MM.

Scrapbook of Elizabeth Martin (Broomall) Booth (1816-1882).
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Of newspaper clippings pasted over the account book of the sloop Jonas Preston, which had been owned and operated by her husband, William Booth, in partnership with John Larkin in a coal, lumber, and packet business carrying goods between Chester and Philadelphia, 1847-1850.

Scrapbook of Sarah B. Flitcraft.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

With clippings saved by her and pasted in after her death in 1917 by her sister, Clara B. Miller.

Scrapbook of Sarah Levis Miller (1847-1894).
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Sarah was the daughter of Levis and Ann Miller. The scrapbook is filed in oversize chart case.

Will of Pearce Lamb, 1709.
Box 7
Physical Description

certified copy

Will of Thomas Hulbert of Philadelphia, leaving two tracts of land in Bethel and Chichester Townships, 8 Oct. 1710.
Box 7
Abstract of will of Griffith Owen, 15 Mar. 1717.
Box 7
Will of Francis Lamb, 1765.
Box 7
Physical Description

certified copy

Estate of Caleb Eyre, 16 Dec. 1806.
Box 7
Probate of will of John Talbot,, 29 Jun. 1821.
Box 7
Will of Mary Moore, mother of Hannah (Moore) Miller, 21 Jun. 1848.
Box 7
Estate inventory of John Miller, 9 Apr. 1856.
Box 7
Will of Hannah (Moore) Miller, mother of Isaac L. Miller, 1883.
Box 7
Physical Description

copy

Will of William Booth, dated 27 Sept. 1873.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

William Booth died Nov 1st, 1877

Physical Description

copy

Copy of verbal will of Elizabeth M. (Broomall) Booth.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

As told to her children before her death on 14 Jan. 1882.

Description of the laying out of the course of the road from Grubb's Mill in Willistown to Chester (later called Providence Road and Route 252), May 1732.
Box 7
Physical Description

ms. copy

Land grants to Pearce Lamb of Cecil Co., MD, 1683 and 1694.
Box 7
Physical Description

negative photostats

Indenture of William Clayton, Jr., of Chichester, as apprentice to William Hawley of Chester, carpenter, 19 Oct. 1763.
Box 7
Mortgage of Joseph Talbot to Jonas Preston, on property in Upper Chichester Township,, 24 Oct. 1763.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Land to be conveyed to John Talbot, son of Joseph Talbot

Indenture, Benjamin and Jemima (Booth) Townsend of Upper Chichester to Sarah (Davis) Reynolds, widow of Henry Reynolds, and her children, 19 Mar. 1785.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Ffor two tracts of land along Naaman's Creek. Filed in oversize chart case.

Mortgage obligation of George Pearson of Ridley Township, miller, to John Talbot of Upper Chichester, 25 Jan. 1794.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

For a grist mill and saw mill belonging to Talbot in Chichester Township. Also receipt bearing date of 22 Mar. 1798, from John Talbot to George Pearson.

Mortgage obligation of John Broomall to John Talbot, for two tracts of land in Upper Chichester Township, 14 Apr. 1808.
Box 7
Indenture between William and Elizabeth M. Booth of Chester and Henry N. Garrett of Philadelphia for land on Allegheny Ave., Philadelphia, 24 Dec. 1870.
Box 7
Land survey done for Joseph Talbot and John Talbot, n.d., 1802 (respectively).
Box 7
Two manumissions of enslaved people, 1787, 1798.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

One by Thomas Dick of Chichester, 13 Mar, 1787, and the other by Ralph Robinson on behalf of his mother-in- law, Mary Cannon, of Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex Co., Delaware, 2 Aug. 1798. John Talbot appears to have been involved in these transactions, perhaps on behalf of Chichester Meeting.

Agreement of sale and other papers in connection with the purchase of a lot on Nippon Street, Germantown, Philadelphia, by Robert E. Lamb, 1915-16.
Box 7
Papers concerning the disposition of the land and building of the Henry Co., Iowa, Institute of Science, 1812, 1816, 1849.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

The Institute was founded and built by George Miller (1797-1869), who died unmarried in Trenton, Henry Co. He was a son of George and Mary (Levis) Miller, and brother of John and Levis Miller. After his death his relatives in Delaware Co., PA, deeded over the building and land to the Iowa managers of the Institute for use as a library. Later, in 1956, the Delaware Co. heirs sold the building to an American Legion post. Includes accounts and receipts, 1812, 1816, and 1849.

Booth.
Box 8
Lamb.
Box 8
Miller.
Box 8
Roberts.
Box 8
Trainer.
Box 8
Family coats-of-arms, Massey and Miller.
Box 8

Memorabilia of Sarah B. Flitcraft.
Box 9
Memorabilia of George Miller (1772-1849).
Box 9
Memorabilia of Elizabeth M. Booth.
Box 9
Memorabilia of Clara B. Miller and Isaac L. Miller.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Includes a small New Testament he carried during the Civil War.

Memorabilia of Ellen (Miller) Booth.
Box 9
Memorabilia of Elizabeth (Booth) Lamb.
Box 9
Wallet of Levis Miller, Sr., and its contents.
Box 9
Papers concerning Levis Miller Jr.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Levis Miller, Jr., was captured and died in a Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, 1864.

Petition to Thomas Mifflin, Governor of Pennsylvania, signed by Isaac Levis, Oct. 1792.
Box 9
Physical Description

ms. copy

Memorial service of Sarah Miller Walker (1799-1874), [1894].
Box 9
List of books kept by FHL and cataloged separately, Mar. 1984.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

With photocopies of all title pages. Books mostly belonged to George and Phebe (Massey) Miller.

Title pages (photocopies) of books returned to the donors, or put on FHL duplicate shelves.
Box 10
List of books in the library of Elizabeth (Booth) Lamb.
Box 10
Large newspaper sheet with patriotic songs (words) printed on both sides, 1868.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

Filed in oversize chart case.

"The Bank of the United States," by Deborah Logan, 1827.
Box 10
Physical Description

typed copy

Miller, John (1799-1855).
Box 10
Miller, Levis (1806-1891).
Box 10
Booth, William (1812-1877).
Box 10
Booth Caleb H. (1815-1898), and family.
Box 10
Miller, Clara B. (1843-1919).
Box 10
Booth, George M. (1851-1918).
Box 10
Harvey, George B. (1875-1951).
Box 10
Lamb, Robert E. (1881-1959).
Box 10
Booth, Newlin T. (1886-1951) and family.
Box 10
Sharpless family reunion, n.d.
Box 10
150th anniversary of the Battle of Germantown.
Box 10
General clippings.
Box 10

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