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Manuscript Group 352
MACLAY FAMILY PAPERS
1788-1933
2 cubic feet


Charles Maclay (b. 1703 - d. 1753) and his descendants played a prominent role in the development of Pennsylvania as a province and a state. Charles Maclay and his brother John (b.1707 - d. 1758) sailed from Belfast, Ireland on May 30, 1734, and settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Charles moved his family to Lurgan Township, Franklin County in 1742. Two of Maclay's sons, William (b. 1737 - d. 1804) and Samuel (b. 1741 - d. 1811), held numerous state offices and served in both the state and national legislatures. His son John (b. 1734 - d.1804) served as a member of the Provincial Conference held at Carpenter's Hall in June, 1776 and served three terms in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Almost all of the material in this collection deals with John's descendents. Another son, Charles (b. 1739 - d. 1834), eschewed the life of politics and concentrated on developing his farm near the family homestead. Although he married in 1762, he left no heirs.

The papers consist of family correspondence, 1788-1933; legal papers, 1794-1914; genealogical material, 1824 and undated; account books, 1812-1887; political memorabilia, ca. 1800-1930; and miscellaneous material, 1788-[ca. 1910]. The bulk of the correspondence pertains to David Maclay (b. 1762 - d. 1839) and his son Charles Templeton Maclay (b. 1812 - d. 1888). Likewise, all but two volumes of the account books belong to David and Charles Templeton Maclay. Charles Templeton Maclay's diaries,1831-73, and journals of visits to patients, 1840-58, are also included. There are materials in the collection relating to the Pomeroy family, who became affiliated to the Maclay family through the marriage of Charles Templeton Maclay's son, David Maclay, M.D. (b. 1852 - d. 1908) to Mary Pomeroy in 1878. In addition, there is a microfilm copy of The Maclays of Lurgan: Being a Biographical Sketch of the Descendants of Charles and John Maclay Who Came to America in the Year 1734 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) by Edgar S. Maclay, 1889. (2 reels)


CHARLES MACLAY
DAVID MACLAY
JANE MACLAY
CHARLES TEMPLETON MACLAY


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