MG 300 - Eby Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains a pass given to J. R. Eby by command of Major General McClellan to cross Long Bridge in Washington to conduct private business, August, 1861; stamps for a special tax on the business of leaf tobacco paid by J. R. Eby and Sons, 1881-1882, and on the business of manufactured tobacco paid by Maurice C. Eby, 1883-1889; a scrapbook of samples of Valentines with verses adapted to many vocations, collected by Maurice C. Eby, 1890. Photo Archives contains photographs of Fanny, J. R., and Maurice.


Jacob Rupley Eby, b.1816, d.1883, was brought up to the business of his father, a miller, until the age of fifteen. He then learned the trade of a carpenter, but later entered the mercantile business. After working at several other positions, he purchased with his brother, E. C. Eby, a grocery business which was later conducted by himself and sons. He had a prosperous career and held several prominent positions, among them the presidency of the First National Bank. He was married to Elizabeth Gross; they had three children, Maurice, William Howard, and Fannie.

Maurice C. Eby, born in Middletown in 1846, was a son of Jacob Rupley and Elizabeth Gross Eby. He attended Lafayette College, but parted from the college to tour abroad for three years. He was in the mercantile business and was elected mayor of Harrisburg in 1893, a position he held for three years.

Date(s): 1861-1890

Extent: 3 folders, 4 enclosures