MG 411 - Haldeman Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains primarily papers pertaining to the settlement of the estate of Eliza E. Haldeman (1789-1884), wife of Jacob M. Haldeman. They include receipts and invoices, 1882-85; a copy of the will, the agreement of heirs, inventory and appraisement, list of legacies, list of names of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren; correspondence; lists of articles from which choices were made by heirs; list of articles taken at appraisement; releases; account of R. F. Kelker, Hamilton Alricks and Robert Snodgrass, executors of the estate; cash account, and statement of distribution of the balance of estate; and a letter from Samuel Jacobs, nephew of Eliza Haldeman.

Additional items include a letter sent to Eliza Haldeman in Philadelphia by J. M. Haldeman dated June 13, 1843; early school books of Donald C. and Richard C. Haldeman; a memorial by O. S. Leavitt sent to Congress of the United States in 1870; a copy of a letter written by R. J. Haldeman in St. Petersburg, 1854; a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, invitations, & program, 1895-1901; the Yale University yearbook for 1893, and a certificate of membership in the Pennsylvania Colonization Society granted to Jacob Haldeman in 1838.

A folder of photocopies about Margaretta Cameron Haldeman has been added to the collection.

Six letters written by John Haldeman, 1832-1844, and a written certification of his completion of study at Jefferson College, 1840, were donated to the Society in 2009 and added to the collection.


Jacob M. Haldeman, second son of John and Mary (Breneman) Haldeman, established himself at an early age in the iron business at the mouth of the Yellow Breeches Creek, adding a rolling and slitting mill, a saw mill, and a grist mill at the same site, and soon ranked among the foremost iron makers in the commonwealth. He supplied the government with iron, especially during the war of 1812-14. At that time he founded Haldemanstown, now known as New Cumberland, at the junction of the creek and river. In 1830 he moved to Harrisburg and purchased a residence on Front Street. He was associated with the Harrisburg Bank, the Harrisburg Bridge, the Harrisburg Car Company, and the Dauphin Deposit Bank.

Eliza Ewing Jacobs, wife of Jacob M. Haldeman, was born in Lancaster County in 1789 and died 1884.

Richard Jacobs Haldeman, son of Jacob M. and Eliza Haldeman, born in 1831, was educated at Yale, Heidelburg and Berlin Universities. He was editor and proprietor of the Harrisburg Patriot and founder of the Daily Patriot. He served in Congress for two terms from 1871 to 1875, and was an attache of the U. S. Legation at Paris and later at St. Petersburg and Vienna. He died in 1886 at the age of fifty-five years. He married Margaretta Cameron, daughter of Simon and Margaretta Brua Cameron. Their children were Donald C., Eliza E. and Richard C.

Donald Cameron Haldeman, son of Richard and Margaretta Haldeman, grandson of Simon Cameron, was an attorney-at-law in Harrisburg. He was graduated from Yale University in 1893, read law with John Weiss and was admitted to the Dauphin County bar in 1895.

Date(s): 1843-1939

Extent: 1 box, 15 folders, 138 items, 1 large bound volume