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Malin Family Papers

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Randall Malin of Cheshire, England, purchased 250 acres from William Penn in 1681. In 1682 he settled on the property which remained in the family for over 200 years. Malin [variously spelled MellinMelin] was active in the Society of Friends and acknowledged as a minister. In 1703 he deeded 150 acres to eldest son Isaac Malin and subsequently the remainder to son Jacob. Jacob Malin (1686-1727) was a birthright member of Chester Monthly Meeting. He married Susanna Jones in 1710 under the care of Chester Monthly Meeting and was disowned in 1717 for selling spirits. His son William Malin (1727-1803) married Elizabeth Crosley at Christ Church in 1747, but acknowledged and retained membership in Chester Monthly Meeting. He subsequently served in the militia 1783-1790.

Son Abner Malin (1752-1848) married Rachel Ogden in 1803. Rachel (1782-1869) was the daughter of Aaron Ogden and Esther Preston of Chester Monthly Meeting and a descendant of David Ogden who came to America in 1682 on The Welcome. Abner Malin was disowned by Chester Monthly Meeting in 1805. Their son, Stephen O. Malin (1806-1892), inherited the greater part of their estate. Their granddaughter Rachel Hipple Malin married Andrew Walker McClure.

The collection is largely composed of financial, legal and real estate documents relating to the Malin property in Upper Providence, Delaware County (previously part of Chester County), Pennsylvania. Randall Malin of Cheshire, England, purchased 250 acres from William Penn in 1681. The bulk of the papers are related to the tenure of William Malin (1727-1803). Son Abner Malin (1752-1848) married Rachel Ogden in 1803 and was disowned by Chester Monthly Meeting in 1805. Other papers concern their son Stephen Ogden Malin (1806-1892) who continued to farm the property, family estate papers, and a small number of letters received by Rachel Ogden Malin.

Arranged chronologically in finding aid. Stored in two boxes, oversized and standard archival

Gift of Media Historical Commission, delivered by Adam Levine. Much of collection concerns William Malin and family's property in Upper Providence, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The property descended from William's son Abner who married Rachel Ogden to Stephen Ogden Malin. Stephen O. Malin married Caroline Hipple, and their granddaughter Rachel Hipple Malin married Andrew Walker McClure in 1921. Rachel and Andrew McClure had two daughters, Carrie and Kate. Carrie maried J. Morgan Wood; an undated inventory indicates the papers were given to the Borough of Media by Helen Wood.

Gift of the Media Historical Commission, deposit by Adam Levine

The papers were received in no apparent order and were arranged chronologically by FHL staff. They are stored in two boxes, determined by size.

McClure family papers were included in the gift. Consisting of a family bible, genealogical research on the Edwards family, and photographs, they were returned to the donor in 2023.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
Finding Aid Date
June 2023
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Copy of William Penn Deed conveying to Randall Malin.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Malin purchased 250 acres of land in Upper Providence, Chester County, in 1681. He came to America in 1682 and son Jacob's birth was recorded in the records of Chester Monthly Meeting. Handwritten copy.

Indenture of property in Philadelphia, Anna Aliborn/Alliborn, widow of Joseph, to John Bowater, 1685.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Sale of property. Randall Malin is not mentioned in document but on reverse in fold split

Deed of attorney granted by John Bowater, 1687.
Box 1
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Deed of attorney to his son John Bowater

"Account of goods brought over", undated.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Household goods, bee hives, livestock, etc.

Receipt, sum received by Randal Melin and George Smedley , 1698.
Box 2
John Lite agreement: With Randal Melin, 1702.
Box 2
Grant of land by Randal Melin to son Isaac, [1703].
Box 2
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Grant of property to his eldest son. Lower right section missing.

Agreements between Henry Miller and Randall Malin, 1716-1717.
Box 2
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Malin sold a small parcel of land to Miller who was amassing a sizable tract from various owners.

Indenture William Malin and Dorothy Miller, 1752.
Box 1
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William Malin of Upper Providence, Chester County, eldest son of Jacob Malin, deceased, and Elizabeth his wife to Dorothy Miller, Regarding William Penn's 1681 property to Malin. 2 copies

Indentures William Malin and Dorothy Miller, 1752, 1764.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Signatures removed

Marriage certificate, Jacob Melin and Susanna Jones, , 1710.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Chester Monthly Meeting, at Springfield Meeting House

Thomas and Ann Williamson release document, 1719.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Ann was daughter and an heir of William Malin

Indenture of Richard Poobs, butcher, to Randall Malin [?], 1727.
Box 2
Will of Randolph Mellin , 1728.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Witnessed by John Cheyney and Lydia Booth, estate primarily to son Isaac Mellin and other children. Signed with his mark. Son Jcob had died the previous year.

Indenture between Randal Malin and Henry Camon, 1728.
Box 2
Receipts and account ledger pages, 1718-1805.
Box 2
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William Malin and other Malin family, miscellaneous receipts

Aaron Thomson estate, 1745.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Payments to William Malin for estate work.

William Malin accounts , 1745-1849, etc.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Receipts, account of cash paid

Susanna Malin estate , 1747-1748.
Box 2
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Includes Will and Account of good and chattel of Susanna Malin

Inventory of estate of Jacob Malin, Upper Providence, 1747.
Box 2
Indentures Henry Miller, receipts, 1747-1751.
Box 2
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Lease for three years. Multiple documents

Phillip Dunn and William Malin bond, 1748.
Box 2
John Crosley and William Malin, bond, 1748.
Box 2
Will of William Malin, 1749.
Box 2
Receipt from William Malin to Henry Miller, 1750/51.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

one year's rent of sawmill

Joseph Edwards quit claim to William Malin, 1750/51.
Box 2
Road tax, Upper Providence. Account, undated.
Box 2
Survey of lands belonging to heirs of Samuel Malin, Upper Providence, 1752-11-18.
Box 2
Joseph Allibone property claim; Benjamin Chew opinion, 1765.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Benjamin Chew's opinion regarding Malin property which was conveyed by Ann Alibbone, Widow of Joseph Allibone, to John Bowater in 1685. He conveyed 100 acres to Randall Malin in 1688/89. Alibbon heirs made a claim for property, but Chew opined that Malin had settled land in good faith and Allibone heirs had no claim to property. Undated manuscript testimony by witness to purchase. Decision by Providence Preparative Meeting against Allibone heirs

Account of funds for the poor, Upper Providence, 1772.
Box 2
Jacob Malin claim against other members of Malin family, 1804.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Property dispute

Abner Malin bond to William Malin, 1808.
Box 2
Joseph Martin mortgage to Abraham Pennell and estate sale conditions, 1815, 1820.
Box 2
Abner Malin conditions of sale, 1820.
Box 2
Isaac Malin estate, 1829.
Box 2
Abner Malin agreement with George Miller, 1829.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Abner's signature removed. Receipts on reverse

Bound receipt book, Stephen O. Malin, 1835-1893.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Small bound volume. First section, primarily estate receipts, including estate of Stephen O. Malin. Reverse side more general receipts received by Stephen O. Malin

Abner Malin estate, 1849.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Abner Malin (1752-1848), father of Stephen Ogden Malin. A birthright Quaker, Abner married Rachel Ogden in 1803 and was disowned in 1805.

Petition against against using dam on Ridley Creek, 1855-1860.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

The dam was planned to provide water for Borough of Media. Petition and related documents

Judgment bond, Stephen O. Malin, regarding estate of George Miller, 1851.
Box 2
Samuel Malin estate, 1852-1855.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes share paid to Martin heirs, Stephen O. Malin executor. Conditions of sale, etc.

Rachel Malin estate, 1867.
Box 2
Stephen O. Malin and Samuel Smedley agreement, 1866.
Box 2
Aaron Malin estate, 1872.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Hand copy of estate bequests, property in Media, indenture of release, notarized

Stephen Malin estate, will and distribution, circa 1868.
Box 2
Stephen O. Malin financial papers: receipts, mortgages, etc., 1852-1873.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Including indenture with Samuel Smedley, Deed of land from Stephen Horne and wife

Martha Hall estate, 1878-1880.
Box 2
Stephen O Malin property agreement, 1881.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Determining line between properties

Poems and prayer, undated.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Ode of solitude, and On going to Church

Stephen Ogden, Pittsburg [sic] to family, Benjamin Barton, Darby, 1803-1806.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

The signed autograph letter refers to his 1803 trip from Darby to Pittsburgh, and he mentioned staying within area of Middletown Monthly Meeting. 1805-1806 letters from Columbiana County, Ohio. Stephen Ogden (1777-1846) and wife Hannah removed to Ohio in 1805 with a certificate of transfer from Darby Monthly Meeting.

Martha Archer, Stanton, to sister [Rachel Malin], 1823-08-11.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Signed autograph letter to her sister Rachel Malin. Martha Ogden married John Archer in 1807. She wrote about a sore on her nose; she had been assured it was not cancer, and other family news. On reverse is an accounting of workers' hours

Stephen Ogden, New Lisbon, to Rachel Malin, 1826-06-06.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Autograph letter signed, to sister Rachel Malin.

Stephen Ogden, East Liverpool, Columbiana, Ohio, to Rachel Malin, 1843-07-31.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Signed autograph letter to his sister Rachel Malin. Regarding property in Virginia

Ogden family birth and death records records, 1775-1787.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Children of Aaron and Esther Ogden, parents of Rachel Ogden.

Miscellaneous .
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of Horace and Grace Malin marriage, research paper on history of Upper Providence.

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