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Huston-Lukens family papers

Creation: 1718-1971
Accession: 1441


Stewart Huston (1898-1971) began his career as a metallurgist and worked in varying capacities in the family business, Lukens Steel Company, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, from 1923 until his death. Assembled by Huston, the collection relates to genealogy and family history.


  • Creation: 1718-1971



3.75 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Stewart Huston (1898-1971) began his career as a metallurgist and worked in varying capacities in the family business, Lukens Steel Company, from 1923 until his death. He was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles Lukens (1856-1951) and Annie Stewart Huston (1863-1952). Huston attended Haverford College and Lehigh University, where he studied metallurgical engineering. Between 1917 and 1919 he served with the American Expeditionary Force in France. From 1923 to 1932, he worked as a metallurgist in the family business, Lukens Steel Company. Huston was corporate secretary from 1928 to 1963 and vice president from 1951 until his death on August 27, 1971. Huston was also active in steel industry professional organizations and civic affairs in Coatesville.


Series I. Stewart Huston genealogical files and personal papers; Series II. Charles Lukens Huston (1856-1951) papers; Series III. Charles Huston (1822-1897) papers; Series IV. Robert M. Huston (1795-1864) papers; Series V. Miscellany.

Scope and Content

Assembled by Stewart Huston, the collection reflects his interest in genealogy and family history. It consists primarily of genealogical data collected by him on the Armour, Beheathland, Bernard, Buchanan, Coates, Dade, Fleming, Huston, Irick, Leaken, Lomax, Lukens, MacGregor, Massey, Mendenhall, Pennock, Reid, Stewart, Washington, Webb, and Welman families. Members of Huston's paternal line were primarily Quaker settlers of the Delaware Valley, while his maternal ancestors came from Georgia. The records include genealogical notes, copies of wills, deeds and inventories, correspondence, biographical data, news clippings and estate papers. Documents also include Revolution War era, the War of 1812 enlistement and widow's pension, and Civil War era letters and communications.

Among the more interesting items are a typescript of the autobiography of Rebecca Webb (Pennock) Lukens, Stewart Huston's great-grandmother who owned and managed the iron and steel mill known as Lukens Steel Company from 1825 to 1849. There are also her agreements for the production of boiler plate, work contracts and cancelled checks (1826-1828); copies and extracts of papers of Isabella Pennock Lukens Huston, including reminiscences of political rallies during the campaigns of 1840 and 1844; a typescript of the journal of Elizabeth Webb (1697-1699); five Civil War letters of William A. Reid of Savannah, Georgia; family papers and five patents of Charles Lukens Huston; business agreements of Charles Lukens; estate papers of Dr. Robert Mendenhall Huston; and about 135 items pertaining to the Lukens Steel Company.

Location of Originals

Elizabeth Webb travel journal (Accession 0906), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum & Library

Rebecca Lukens autobiography in the Lukens Steel Company records (Accession 0050), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Literary rights retained by depositor.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020: updated by Marsha Mills

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA