Changing Landscapes People and Places in the Mill Creek Valley Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920


Joseph K. Eyre



Main Line Atlas, Gladwyne Library

Joseph K. Eyre was born in 1810 in New Jersey.[1] It is unclear when he moved to Lower Merion, but he was on the property by 1850 according to the census log for that year.[2] He used the land for farming, and though he did not have servants, he did hire farmhands to help with the tasks necessary for running a farm. These farmhands were predominantly from Pennsylvania and Ireland, and often if the farmhands were married, their wives would work in the house as domestic servants.[3] He and his wife Anna had five children: Charles (1843), Emily (1846), Edward (1848), Elizabeth (1852), and Ella (1857).[4] In 1886, Eyre sold the property to Effingham B. Morris.[5]

[1] Year: 1870; Census Place: Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1377; Page: 533B; Image:590; Family History Library Film: 552876

[2] Year: 1850; Census Place: Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_800; Page: 167B; Image:517

[3] Ibid

[4] 1850 United States Federal Census, Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

[5] Moon, Robert Charles. The Morris Family of Philadelphia. Vol. 3. Philadelphia: RC Moon. 1898.