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William McIlvain

Birthplace: Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: November 09, 1890 (83)
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
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Son of James McIlvain and Mary McIlvaine
Husband of Sarah Crosby McIlvain
Father of C Morton McIlvain; Lt. Howard McIlvain; William Robertson McIlvain and Annie E McIlvain
Brother of John McIlvaine; Abraham Robinson McIlvaine; Sarah Mcilvaine; Anthony Wayne McIlvaine and Susan Humphrey Mcilvaine

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About William McIlvain


William McIlvain, Ironmaster, was born 1 July 1807 in Ridley, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

He was the son of James McIlvain (son of John McIlvain and Lydia Barnard) and Mary Robinson (daughter of Abraham Robinson Esq. and Sarah Penrose)

William McIlvain married Sarah Crosby Morton of Ridley, April 17, 1834. Sarah was the daughter Aaron Taylor Morton and Ann Pierce Crosby. Her father died tragically on June 5, 1840. This event is described in the History of Delaware County. Her mother remarried Edward Horne and died May 27, 1872.

Issue: Charles, born 20 and died 21 Sep 1835 Crosby Morton, born 27 Sep 1837; died 3 Jul 1895; married Sydney Harvey Loeser Howard, born 26 Oct 1839; died 15 Nov 1862; killed in action, died at Warrington, VA William Robinson, born 28 January 1841 Albert, born and died 7 Dec 1843 Annie Eliza, born 4 Apr 1845; died 19 Feb 1919 Sallie Robinson, born 30 Jan 1848 Spencer Lightner, born 11 Apr 1852 Sarah Crosby, born 22 May 1853; died 24 May 1853

William came to Berks County in 1834. He was employed as a managing operator in the Jones' mines. He remained in this position until 1845. At that time, he secured an interest in the Gibraltar Iron Works, operated by Simon and Henry Seyfert. In 1856 he established the McIlvain Iron Works, later known as William McIlvain & Sons. The firm conducted a large charcoal forge at Duncannon, Pa. His sons, C. Morton and William R. McIlvain became full partners in 1862. The works became of the most successful boiler plate mill in the state.

In addition to many charitable endeavors, he was for many years president of the 2nd National Bank.

William was the younger brother of Abraham Robinson McIlvain, who was elected to General Assembly of Pennsylvania, 1936. He was a member of the Electoral College in 1840. He was elected to the Twenty-eighth United States Congress, from the Seventh Pennsylvania District, as a Whig, and re-elected to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses. He was personally acquainted with General Winfield S. Scott, John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln. Responsible for the appointment of Honorable Simon Cameron as a member of Lincoln's cabinet. He was selected by Congress to escort Mr. Adams' remains to Springfield, Massachusetts, for burial.

Courtesy of Berks-Dauphin Roots

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William McIlvain's Timeline

July 1, 1807
Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 29
Age 31
January 28, 1841
Age 33
Age 37
November 9, 1890
Age 83
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States