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Manuscript Group 81
McALLISTER FAMILY PAPERS
1775-1850
2.5 cu. ft.


The McAllister papers include many items from Colonel Richard McAllister (b. 1725, d. 1795), founder of Hanover, York County, and his descendants, persons who in one capacity or another were prominent from the time of the American Revolution through the antebellum period in York, Lancaster, and Dauphin counties.

Prior to 1750 Colonel Richard McAllister settled on the tract "Digges Choice," then considered in the jurisdiction of Maryland. There in 1763 he founded Hanover Town, which later--after the Mason and Dixon Survey of the boundaries--was found to be within the territory of Pennsylvania. Subsequently eminent in York County, he became lieutenant of the county during the War for Independence and later served as a member of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. His papers and the papers of his estate include indentures, warrants, receipts, etc., pertaining to John Nicholson, David Rittenhouse, William Maclay, and John Harris; rent rolls, 1782-1801; store book, 1783-88; account book, 1786; double entry ledger, 1786-87; and day books, 1789-94, two volumes. Among Colonel McAllister's children were the following:

In one way or another these additional children of Colonel McAllister are represented: Matthew McAllister (b. 1758, d. 1823), who settled in Savannah, Georgia, became eminent in that state, and was grandfather to the celebrated (Samuel) Ward McAllister (b. 1827, d. 1895), arbiter of New York "Society" and the "Four Hundred"; Jane (b. 1750, d. 1834), married to John White; Nancy (b. 1760), married to Patrick Hays, Jr. (b. 1734, d. 1813), of Derry, Dauphin County, and Pine Creek, Lycoming County; and Sarah (b. 1765), wife to John Orme (b. 1763, d. 1824), of Montgomery County.

Captain Archibald McAllister was father, among other children, to three sons:




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