MG 407 - Greenawalt Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers from several generations of the Greenawalt family from Philip Greenawalt who arrived in America in 1749 to his great-grandsons, Theodore, Jacob and Jeremiah.

The papers of Philip and his grandson Jacob include:

Philip Greenawalt's commission as colonel in the Revolutionary War, 1777; a receipt book, 1779; an account book of the estate of Jacob Shaffner, 1791.

A ledger of Jacob Greenawalt, 1808-1820; his account book, 1815; receipts; indentures, 1814-1826; receipt books and bank books, 1822-1843; a journal kept from 1836 to 1837.

The papers of Theodore, Jacob, Jeremiah and some records of their business, Greenawalt Bros., include:

A writing book by Theodore, 1840

A Master Mason's Diploma to Jacob Greenawalt, Jr., 1852

Correspondence 1857-94, 1904

A muster roll of Lochiel Grays under the command of Capt. Henry McCormick, 1861

Wedding invitations addressed to J. Greenawalt from the Calder family, undated

Papers concerning the International Exhibition held in Philadelphia, 1876

Booklet, Industries of Pennsylvania, Cities of Harrisburg and Lebanon, 1880, which includes a description of Greenawalt Bros., Tanners and Curriers, 118 & 120 Market St., Harrisburg

A Greenawalt Bros. business statement, 1895

Miscellaneous items such as a Harrisburg Directory, 1842; a small notebook; a framed stock certificate to J. D. Greenawalt from the Tuckahoe and Mount Pleasant Plank Road Company, 1852; a text, "Ancient and Historic Landmarks in the Lebanon Valley"

News clippings reporting the sale of the Greenawalt property, undated

A diary of Jerry K. Greenawalt, Jr. kept from 1884-1895

Photos transferred to the Photo Archives, copies in collection.

Large certificate awarded to the Greenawalts at the Philadelphia International Exhibition in 1876.


Philip Greenawalt, born in Germany in 1725, came to America in 1749 and settled in Ephrata. He was a farmer and hotel keeper and was commissioned a colonel in the Revolutionary War and served with Washington in many engagements. After the war he settled in Lancaster and kept a hotel. He had eleven children with his second wife, Margaret Foesser of Lebanon.

John Philip Greenawalt, son of Philip, b. 1756, d.1834, was also a soldier in the Revolution and was commissioned first lieutenant. After the war he was a hotel keeper in Lebanon.

Jacob Greenawalt, son of John Philip, was born in Lebanon in 1784 and came to Harrisburg in 1811, where he established a tannery which he conducted until his death in 1854.

Theodore D., born in 1820, Jacob Jr., born in 1826, and Jeremiah K., born in 1830, sons of Jacob Greenawalt, established the firm of Greenawalt Bros. a tannery business. Theodore served in the Civil War first as a private under Capt. Henry McCormick and later he was appointed paymaster. A position he held until the end of his service in 1865. After the war, he returned to Harrisburg and was very active in many businesses and organizations, real estate and farming.

Date(s): 1777-1895

Extent: 2 boxes, 17 folders, 48 enclosures