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Joseph Mifflin
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Birth: Jul. 9, 1812
Death: Feb. 18, 1885
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA

Captain Joseph Mifflin died suddenly at his residence, Burlington Farm, a short distance east of this borough on Wednesday morning (Feb. 18, 1885) in the 73rd year of his age. He had not been in good health for several weeks, heart disease being his trouble.

Dr. Robert Stewart, his attending physician, noticed a change in his condition about six weeks ago, although the Captain had been able to be about and had made his daily drive to town up to within several days of his death.

The deceased was a direct descendant of Ex-Governor Mifflin, widely know and not man was more highly esteemed by all who knew him than was Capt. Mifflin. He was octal and genial in his disposition and was an intensely interesting conversationalist.

His calls at this office were highly appreciated and ofter has the editor of this paper been delighted and edified by his intelligent and charming conversations. He was a man of extraordinary intelligence and was always ahead in matters of reform and progress. In this respect he has been compared to Horace Greely.

He was at one time superintendent of the county schools and taught in this borough for a number of years. He was a civil engineer by profession and made the survey of the Harrisburg and Potomac Railroad. He was also connected with the Pennsylvania Railroad in the same capacity.

The deceased was a native of Columbia, Lancaster County, but has resided in this locality for about 40 years where he also followed farming. Capt. Mifflin was of an exceedingly liberal and charitable disposition and gave largely of his substance to the poor. We learn that the Poor Committee received more from him for the relief of the poor than from any other individual.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a true and zealous Christian, always at the means of Grace when possible to be there.

He leaves a wife, four daughters, and three sons to mourn his loss. His remains will be interred in Spring Hill Cemetery on Friday at 2 o'clock. Peace to his ashes. ...... Shippensburg Chronicle Friday morning Feb. 20, 1885

Note: from info obtained from Shippensburg Historical Society and written by W. Burkhart - Captain Joseph Mifflin was not a military man with rank of captain. When the Vigilant Fire Company of Shippensburg (the town's first) was founded about 1840, Joseph Mifflin was elected to the position o chief executive officer and given the title of captain. Captain Joseph Mifflin was a nephew of Ex-Governor Thomas Mifflin, sixth governor of Pennsylvania.
Family links: 
  Julia Duncan Stewart Mifflin (1817 - 1901)*
  Martha J. Mifflin (1844 - 1925)*
  Alexander Stewart Mifflin (1846 - 1895)*
  Joseph Mifflin (1852 - 1934)*
  William Stewart Mifflin (1856 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Spring Hill Cemetery
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 3.2
Created by: Sherry
Record added: Apr 04, 2012
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Joseph Mifflin
Added by: Sherry
Joseph Mifflin
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Joseph Mifflin
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