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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)
John McIlvain (1815), son of John
and Lydia (Barnard) McIlvain, was born in Ridley township, in 1765, in the
house still standing in Leiperville, owned by his father, where after
midnight of September 11, 1777, Washington repaired to sleep, when his
defeated army at Brandywine had gathered back of Chester and eastward of
Ridley creek. In 1807, he was Director of the Poor. John McIlvain, the
younger, and his brother, Jeremiah McIlvain, father of Spencer
McIlvain, were in partnership in operating a saw mill and tan yard at
the present Leiperville. In 1826, the tan yard was reported as having
forty vats and four leaches.
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