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Old Chester, PA: Biographical Sketches
(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)
Levis (1834-42, 45-47, 49-51 59-61), son of Samuel Levis, was born in
Upper Darby in 1786. A descendant of Samuel Levis, who settled in that
township in 1684, he inherited considerable estate from his father, the
fourth Samuel in the line of descent. Osborn Levis was a paper
manufacturer. He operated for twenty years the Lamb Paper Mills, on Darby
creek, now converted into a cotton factory and known as the Clifton Mills,
from which the Borough of Clifton takes its name. From 1825 to 1838, he
operated the paper mills on Darby creek, in Springfield, afterward
purchased by Moses Hay - from whom Hayville takes its name - and converted
it into a woolen factory, known as the Keystone Spinning Mills.
and his son, Samuel G. Levis, owned and operated the Glenwood Paper Mills,
on Darby creek, until the death of Osborn, and twenty years later Samuel
erected a cotton factory on the site of the old building, but retained the
name of the plant. Osborn Levis was a Director of the Poor in 1826; was
Treasurer of Delaware county, 1834-38; in 1835 was an organizer and
director of the Delaware County Mutual Insurance Company, and in 1837, he
was defeated for County Auditor on what Y. S.
Walter termed "The Van Buren Shinplaster Ticket."
1840, he was Justice of the Peace for Upper Darby. He died in that
township, March 12, 1862, aged 76 years.
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