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Lamb-Booth-Miller Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-085

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1709-1959

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Overview

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, Pa. 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, Pennsylvania. 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.

Arrangement

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

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. 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. James G. Lamb. (FHL)BX7791, +.L2L2
  2. Small Collection, Josiah Roberts of Evesham Township, NJ

Separated Materials

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

Processing Information

Received unsorted. Processed by FHL staff, 1983. Oversized items and cased pictures removed from collection and stored separately.
Title
An Inventory of the Lamb-Booth-Miller Family Papers, 1709-1959
Author
FHL staff
Date
1983
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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