Gilpin, Thomas, 1776-1853

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John Pemberton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a member of the Society of Friends, was imprisoned with 19 other men in Winchester, Virginia, between 1777 and 1778, after refusing to swear allegiance to the United States. Fearing collusion with invading British forces, the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania arrested 17 Quakers and three additional men in September 1777, and transferred the prisoners to Winchester, Virginia, later that month. The men were released in April 1778, though two died while in confinement.

From the guide to the Thomas Gilpin, Exiles in Virginia... (extra-illustrated edition), Gilpin, Thomas, Exiles in Virginia... (extra-illustrated edition), 1778-1848, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

Thomas Gilpin was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 10, 1776, and died there on March 3, 1853. With his brother, Joshua (1765-1841), he established Delaware's first paper mill near Wilmington in 1787. Thomas Gilpin invented and patented the first continuous papermaking machine in the U.S. in 1817, based upon information secured by his brother in England. Although successful, the Gilpins suffered from a shortage of capital and losses in other investments, and they sold the mill in 1837.

From the description of Deposition in the case of John Ames v. Charles Howard, et al., 1833 [photoprints]. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122458529

Thomas Gilpin (1728-1778) was a Quaker merchant and manufacturer. Born and raised in Chester Co., Pa., he owned flour mills at Millington, Maryland, and near Wilmington, Delaware. In 1777, he was arrested with other members of the Society of Friends who were suspected of being loyalists and exiled to Winchester, Va., where he died on April 30, 1778.

Thomas Gilpin (1776-1853), the son of the elder Thomas Gilpin, was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 10, 1776. He and his brother, Joshua (1765-1841), established Delaware's first paper mill near Wilmington in 1787. Although Thomas maintained his residence in Philadelphia, he summered near the mill. Joshua resided in Delaware at Kentmere. In 1817, Thomas invented and patented the first continous papermaking machine in the U.S., based on information secured by his brother in England. While the brothers were successful in their business endeavors, they suffered from a shortage of capital and losses in other investments. As a result, they sold the mill in 1837.

From the description of Inventory, deeds, and letters, 1738-1852. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 84666197

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referencedIn Paper making machinery - 1816. Property of Richard Gilpin [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Sellers family. Business records, 1774-1834 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Morris, Anna Wharton, 1868-1957. Papers, 1729-1957. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn Peale-Sellers family collection, 1686-1963 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Gilpin family. Papers, 1727-1872. American Textile History Museum Library
referencedIn Gilpin family. Poetic and Prose Selections, 1793-1833. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn N. & D. Sellers (firm). Order books, 1815-1824, 1834-1836. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Victor, 1767-1827. Papers, 1753-1847. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn N. & D. Sellers (Firm) letterbook, 1821 Jan. 11-1830 Jan. 31., 1821 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware. Records, 1785-1900 (bulk 1807-1900) [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Maria and Elizabeth Gilpin Collection, 1739-1878. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Selected materials relating to America, 1754-1806, 1754-1806 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Thomas Gilpin, Exiles in Virginia... (extra-illustrated edition), Gilpin, Thomas, Exiles in Virginia... (extra-illustrated edition), 1778-1848 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Gilpin, Thomas, 1776-1853. Papers, 1840. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Gilpin, Thomas, 1776-1853. Deposition in the case of John Ames v. Charles Howard, et al., 1833 [photoprints]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Gilpin family. Papers, 1727-1872. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Gilpin, Thomas, 1776-1853. Inventory, deeds, and letters, 1738-1852. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain). Selected materials relating to America, 1754-1806. American Philosophical Society Library
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associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799 person
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Delaware
Valley Forge (Pa.)
Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Delaware
Pennsylvania--Chester County
Easton (Pa.)
Winchester (Va.)
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House furnishings
Quakers--Pennsylvania
Silverware
Clothing and dress
Papermaking machinery
Art--Collectors and collecting
Private libraries
Real property--Exchange of
Porcelain
Freedom of religion--United States--History--18th century
Inventories of decedent's estates
Furniture
Business intelligence
Glassware
Society of Friends--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Household supplies
Paper industry
Kitchen utensils
Political prisoners
Household linens
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Birth 1776-09-10

Death 1853-03-03

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