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Joseph P. Elkinton


Scope and Contents

The papers of Joseph Elkinton include journals, letterbooks and some miscellaneous papers.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Elkinton (1794-1868) was the son of Asa and Letitia (nee Lippincott) Elkinton. He married Mary Nutt (d. 1865) in 1829 and they had four children: Joseph Scotton, Sarah, Thomas and Asa. He went to Tunesassa in 1816 where he learned the Seneca language and taught school for many years. In 1831 the family moved to Philadelphia where he began the soap business which has evolved into the current PQ Corporation. In 1851 he travelled to Iowa with William Evans.

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