Father: Hadley, SimonFamily:
Mother: Miller, Ruth
Marriage 1st: 22 Sep. 1725Children:
m. Thompson, Mary
m. Marshall, John
m. Fredd, Joseph
Marriage 2nd: 1735 inChildren:
Parents:Father: Brown, Jeremiah
Mother: Royal, Mary
Hadley, SimonNotes for: Joshua Hadley (1703-1760)
b. 5 May 1737 m. Foote, Bridgett
b. 29 May 1739 m. Pickett, Benjamin
b. 5 Dec. 1745 m. Miss Harvey
b. 29 Dec. 1747 m. Littler, Mincher
b. 26 Feb. 1749 m. Johnson, Jesse
b. 24 Nov. 1756 m. Haladay [ Halliday ], Samuel
Joshua was born in Ireland and was about 10 years old when his family came to America. Joshua Hadley and Patience Brown were married by a "priest". This being contrary to Friends' principles, they were disowned by New Garden, Pennsylvania monthly meeting on 24 February 1736. Upon acknowledgement of their "guilt", they were re-installed on 30 May 1737.
It is not known when Joshua went to Virginia. He bought land there in 1748 in Augusta which is now Betetourt County. He may have located there prior to that time or at some later date. His son Thomas was married at London Grove Meeting, Pennsylvania in 1750. Thomas was 20 years old in 1748. Joshua's oldest child, Ruth married in 1742 at New Garden Meeting in Pennsylvania which would indicate that her father still lived there at that time.
Joshua located in that part of Augusta county, Virginia now included in Botetourt county (organized in 1770), at the junction of Craig Creek and James River, just across the river from the present-day village of Eagle Rock and about 30 miles northeast of the city of Roanoke. He purchased other lands in the vicinity as will be seen from the following items taken from Chalkey's "Records of Augusta County, Virginia."
Also listed in "History of Rockbridge County Virginia" by Oren F. Morton page 358
"Hadley, Jeremiah, of Orange County North Carolina - to John Reed. 215, patented by James Patton - 42P 10S - 1762 - North side of James."
Joshua Hadley's sojourn in Virginia probably did not exceed ten years. In 1756, at the age of 53 and within a few months after his father's death, he re-located with the other Pennsylvania Quakers at Cane Creek, NC. In the records of New Garden Monthly Meeting, PA, "7-31-1756 it was represented that Patience Hadley, having been removed for some time, writes for a certificate to Friends at Cane Creek, NC which was granted her and children 8-28-1756," and in Cane Creek minutes "10-2-1756 Patience Hadley with husband and children received on certificate from New Garden Monthly Meeting, PA.
Joshua lived only 12 years after coming to North Carolina. He established a reputation in the community that led to the erection of a memorial monument to him and his wife Patience at Spring Meeting near Snow Camp, NC in 1931. The monument is constructed from parts of Joshua's home and grist mill. The stone bearing the bronze plaque is from the hearth of the huge fireplace, the stone supporting it is from the chimney and the two rest on a grinding stone from the mill. The locality called Hadley in Chatham county is presumed to be the former location of Joshua's mill.
Father: Hadley, SimonFamily:
Mother: Talbot, Catherine
Marriage 1st.: 1697 in IrelandChildren:
Parents:Father: Miller, Robert
Mother: Berthwart [ Broithwaite ], Margaret
Hadley, Catherine [ Katherine ]
Marriage 2nd: 22 July 1752
Simon Hadley came to America about 1712 from County West Meath, Ireland. He was accompanied to Pennsylvania by his wife and six children. Two children were later born in Pennsylvania. It is unknown which ship he came over on. Many of the Friends sailed from Ireland to Pennsylvania on the ship Sizargh of Whitehaven. Jermiah Cowman was the master. However, Simon and his family do not appear on the records.
Simon did not present his certificate of removal until four years later. At Newark Monthly Meeting (now Kennett) held at Center Meeting House, Centerville, Delaware - "4th. of 6th. mo. 1716, Simon Hadley produced a certificate from Moate Monthly Meeting in County of West Meath and Nation of Ireland which was read and accepted".
|A. Toughkenamon Hill line.||l6. Thos. Edmunds and Thos John.|
|B. Middle division line.||17. Reece Meredith.|
|C. Pennsylvania and Delaware State line.||18. Anthony Houston.|
|1. Mary Rowland.||19. Vacant.|
|*2. John Miller.||20. William Rutledge.|
|*3. Robert Johnson.||*2I. Simon Hadly.|
|4. Evan Evans.||*22. Benjamin Fred.|
|*5. Joseph Sharp.||*23. John Lowden.|
|*6. James Lindley.||*24. Thomas Milhous.|
|*7. Thomas Garnett.||*25. James Starr.|
|*8. Joseph Sharp.||*26. Francis Hobson.|
|*9. John Sharp.||*27. Gayen Miller.|
|*10. Michael Lightfoot.||*28. Joseph Hutton.|
|*11. John Wily.||29. William Huse.|
|*12. Thomas Jackson.||30. John Thomas.|
|*13. William Halliday.||31. John Evans.|
|14. Abram Marshall.||32. Vacant.|
|*15. John Miller.|
Simon purchased 1000 acres of land about 30 miles south of Philadelphia in the Manor of Steyning. When the Pennsylvania-Delaware line was drawn it passed through Simon's property, leaving part of his plantation in Chester County, Pennsylvania, but placing his home and official residence, and most of his plantation in New Castle County, Delaware. This became part of New Garden Township. The house is located on Lime Stone Road, Hackessin, DE about 10 miles northwest of Wilmington (or Wellington), DE, off Route 41. Go to Kaolin (about 3 miles before you get to Avondale) and turn left. Go down Route 7 for about 2 or 3 miles, turn right and go up a hill and there you are. The cornerstone is hidden under a tree. Among the neighbors of Simon Hadley are some familiar names: Lindle , Starr, Hutton, Rutledge, Miller, Rowland, and Johnson. All of these families were of English origin, as were all of the Friends who went to Pennsylvania from Ireland with the exception of two it is said. Many of them had been friends in Ireland and others were related by blood or marriage.
The description that Chalmers Hadley gives to the house which was called Messuage Plantation of Steyning Manor, is as follows: The old house is on a slight eminence nearly a quarter of a mile back from the road, and the nearest railroad station, Southwood, is on what probably was once part of the place. The old house is a two and one-half story, stucco covered stone structure, and the gabled roof permits the use of rooms on the third floor. The pointed windows under the gables give a quaint appearance to the old building, and along the front extends a long porch. Underneath the pointed gable window in the front a white stone slab is sunk in the wall and on it is carved "S. and R. H. 1717," the initials of Simon and his wife, Ruth Hadley, and the date of the building's erection.
Some distance from the house is an old stone barn which appears to be as ancient as the house itself. Tradition claims that when Simon Hadley was a very old man he was killed in the stable by a servant who planned to rob him of the considerable money he is said to have carried about with him.
This house is still in use and in 1977 the owner's wife was a Dupont-Pierre's favorite niece. In 1716, Newark Monthly Meeting was divided and New Garden Monthly Meeting created. It was composed of the meetings of New Garden, Nottingham and London Grove. By deed dated 26th. of 10th. Mo. 1717 James Miller conveyed six acres of land to Simon Hadley as trustee for New Garden Meeting. Simon apparently was quite active in this meeting. His name frequently appears on committees and he was made an overseer 28 May 1733. He and his wife, Ruth, are buried there. On at least one occasion, we find Simon taking active part in his Quarterly Meeting also. His name appears on a petition from Concord Quarterly Meeting dated 3rd. Mo. 13th. 1734 and addressed to King George II of England, regarding the boundary disputes between the Penns and Lord Baltimore.
Although such activities were usually frowned upon by Friends, Simon was not completely inactive in public affairs. He was appointed Justice of the Peace by Governor Fletcher 25 July 1726, re-appointed 20 April 1727, and again 1 Dec 1733. He also served at various times as Judge of the New Castle Court.
Simon Hadley helped his sons secure land of their own. In 1726, we find that Joseph Hadley already had a tract of land near his father's plantation. In that year, Simon Hadley made over another tract of land to his son, Joshua Hadley.
Early Pensylvania Land Records - Egle,1976 pg 759
Minute Book I
28th 12mo. 1728
Joshua Hadley requests (by his Father, Simon Hadley) the grant of a quantity of land on Fishing Creek, he desires 1,000 acres.
Attached to Simon's first will, written in 1751, following the death of his wife Ruth, was this note. "It is my will that my executors dispose of my servant lad Joseph Fitzpatrick's time for the benefit of my said children as above, written before the said will was perfected by me."
Tradition says that Simon was killed in his stable by a servant who wanted to rob him of the considerable amount of money he carried with him. No record has ever been found to substantiate this. However, in a letter written by Simon's daugher, Hannah, (Hadley)Stanfield, from North Carolina to her step-mother, we can see that her father died suddenly in 1756:
"Respected Mother -
This comes to let thee know that I and my family is in good
health at present, hoping that these few lines will find thee and thine
in the same, and I have great cause to be thankful to the Divine Being
I received thy letter dated the 31st of 5th month 1756, and was glad to hear of thy welfare and a true account of my respected father's sudden death.
Thy brother Richard Beson was here at my house a few days ago. He told me that his wife and family was well and all of our friends here is reasonably well as far as I know, so not having much to add, I shall conclude with my love to thee and thine and remain thy loving daughter, ye 24th of ye 7th month, 1756.
Simon Hadley's last will, written in 1755, was recorded in 1756. There were several changes made in this last will from the former one. These included some 600 acres of land not mentioned in the last will. It may have been that at his second marriage this land constituted the settlement bestowed on Phoebe Buffington by Simon Hadley, or this land may have been given in the meantime to his two sons, Joseph and Joshua, who were scantily remembered in the last will as compared to Simon Hadley's various grandchildren. No inventory of Simon's estate was found with the will. In addition to his home and lands, Simon Hadley divided about $15,000 in money among his family, a large estate for those days. This old will, yellowed with age and held together with what appeared to be a hand-made pin, was found by Chalmers Hadley in the court house in Wilmington, Delaware, in August 1908.
Simon and Ruth were buried in the New Garden burying ground. Chalmers Hadley visited the old cemetery but found no identification of the graves. He noted that it seems in early times, Friends did not mark the resting place of their members with a stone of any kind. Chalmers described the old meeting house as follows: "New Garden meeting house is a venerable old structure built of red and black brick, brought from England, it is said. In front of the meeting house stood a mounting stone and a low stone wall surrounded both the meeting house and the burying ground adjoining it. There was an air of antiquity about the interior of the old building. The long room where Hadleys, Lindleys, Rowlands, and Greggs worshipped in past years, was divided by sliding shutters for the men's and women's meetings. A huge fireplace was in each end, but these had been closed and stoves were substituted, the pipes of which went through limestone slabs in the ceiling. Time-worn oak panelling, put together with wooden pegs, extended around the room, and the heavy wooden benches, black from age, were covered with initials of generations of youngsters until the carvings appeared as relief work. Back of the gallery where John Salkeld, Jacob Lindley and other zealous Friends had preached in long gone days, was a case of well-thumbed, leather-bound books on the doctrines of Friends. Outside in the shelter of a splendid Magnolia tree in a score of unmarked graves, sleep the ancestors of many families in North Carolina and Indiana."
Information from The Hadley Family by Lyle H. Hadley and an article in the Pennsylvania Traveler Post, v. 16, #3, pg.3 and "Hadleys of Hendricks Co. Indiana", Library of Congress No 62-10576, edited and published by Harlan V. Hadley, and from a book written 1n 1916 by Chalmers Hadley..
Know all men by these presents that I, Simon Hadly of Mill Creek Hundred in the County of New Castle on Delaware, yeoman, calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, and as touching such worldly estate where-with it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I do give, devise and dispose of the same in the manner and form following:
First, it is my will that my funeral charge and just debts be first paid.
It is my will and I do leave my beloved wife, Phebe Hadly ________ pounds current money to be paid her six months after my death, to be paid by my executors, hereinafter mentioned, her chaise and chaise-horse, my riding mare and the two best cows I have, besides what I have left her in my marriage settlement with her, and as much of the furniture of the house as she will think fit to take, to the value of _______ pounds and no more, which shall be in full of my real and personal estate.
Imprimus,--I give, devise and bequeath unto my grandson Simon Hadley, son of my son Joshua Hadley, the Messuage plantation and tract of land I now live on, bounded and described as follows Viz. Beginning at a corner post, being a corner of Jacob John's lands thence by his line east 300 perches to a corner white oak in the Manor line, thereon south by the said line 217 perches to a corner hickory, thence west by the land now seated by my grandson John Hadley, 73 perches to a post, thence north 31 degrees, west 38 perches to a black oak, thence north 50 degrees, west 48 perches and a half to a gum tree, thence north 20 degrees, west 19 perches to a post, thence north 69 degrees, 59 perches to a post in William Rows line, thence north by the same 46 perches to the place of beginning, containing 260 acres be the same more or less, making the bounds aforesaid, with the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging, to hold to him, my said grandson Simon Hadley and the male heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever, but if my said grandson should depart this life without lawful issue, then it is my will and I do give and the devise the same Messuage plantation and tract of land unto my grandson Jeremiah Hadley, son of my said son Joshua Hadley, to hold to him and the male heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever, but if he should depart this live without male heirs as above, then and in such case I give and devise and bequeath the said Messuage plantation and tract of land and premises unto the next male heirs as consanguinity to him and the male heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever. I also give and bequeath unto my said grandson Simon Hadley, my clock and walnut clothes press which stands in one of the upper rooms and the sum of ten pounds lawful money, all of which several bequests to be possessed by him when he shall arrive at the respective age of twenty-one years.
And it is my will that my executors here-in-after named, rent the above plantations to good tenants until my said grandsons arrive at the age of twenty-one years, that all of my said grandsons shall pay the _______ due on each of their plantations when lawfully ___________.
I do leave my son Joseph Hadley, half of my wearing apparel and ten pounds current money, which shall be his full portion and share of my real and personal estate.
I do leave my daughter, Deborah Howel, wife of Jacob Howel, ten pounds current money and I do leave to the said Jacob Howel, ten pounds current money, which shall be in full their portion and share of my real and personal estate.
I do leave my daughter, Hannah Stanfield, widow of John Stanfield, fifty pounds current money which shall be paid in full of her portion and share of my real and personal estate.
I do leave my daughter, Ruth Lindley, wife of Thomas Lindley, ten pounds current money and I do leave to the said Thomas Lindley, ten pounds current money, which shall be in full their portion and share of my real and personal estate.
I do leave my daughter, Katherine Johnson, wife to Robert Johnson, ten pounds current money and I do leave to the said Robert Johnson, the sum of ten pounds current money, which shall be in full their portion and share of my real and personal estate.
I do leave my daughter, Anne Gregg, widow of Richard Gregg departed, the sum of forty pounds current money which shall be paid in full of her portion and share of my real and personal estate.
I do leave my son Joshua Hadley, ten pounds current money and half of my wearing apparel which shall be in full of his portion and share of my real and personal estate.
I do leave to my grand-daughter Elizabeth Thompson, wife to James Thompson, forty pounds current money and I do leave to my grand-daughter Deborah Curle, wife of John Curle the sum of five pounds of current money, and to my grand-daughter Hannah Curle, wife to Samuel Curle the sum of forty pounds current money, all of them children of my son Joseph Hadley.
I do leave to my grand-children Ruth Marshall, wife to John Marshall, the sum of twenty pounds current money, and I do leave to Thomas Hadley, the sum of forty pounds current money, and I do leave to Sarah Fred, wife of Joseph Fred, the sum of fifty pounds current money, and I do leave to Mary Hadley the sum of sixty pounds current money, and I do leave to Joshua Hadley, Jr. the sum of sixty pounds current money, and I do leave to Jeremiah Hadley the sum of sixty pounds current money, and I do leave to Joseph Hadley Jr. the sum of sixty pounds current money, and I do leave Deborah Hadley sixty pounds current money and I do leave Hannah Hadley the sum of sixty pounds current money, and I do leave Catherine Hadley, the sum of sixty pounds current money, all of them children of my son Joshua Hadley. I do leave to my grand-children to wit, I do leave to Simon Dixon fifty-five pounds current money, and I do leave Rebecca Marshall wife to William Marshall, thirty pounds current money and I do leave Ruth Dixon sixty pounds current money and I do leave to John Stanfield, Jr. the sum of fifty pounds current money, and I do leave Thomas Stanfield fifty pounds current money, and I do leave Samuel Stanfield fifty pounds current money, all of them children of my said daughter Hannah Stanfield, widow and relict of John Stanfield.
I do leave to my grandchildren, to Catherine Lindley, sixty pounds current money, and I do leave James Lindley sixty pounds current money and I do leave Simon Lindley sixty pounds current money and I do leave Ruth Lindley, Jr. sixty pounds current money, and I do leave Mary Lindley, Jr. sixty pounds current money, and I do leave Ellenor Lindley sixty pounds current money and I do leave William Lindley sixty pounds current money and I do leave Thomas Lindley, Jr. sixty pounds current money, all children of my daughter Ruth Lindley, wife to Thomas Lindley and I do leave Deborah Lindley sixty pounds current money.
I do leave to my grand children, Hannah Taylor, Wife to Joseph Taylor, sixty pounds current money, and I do leave Caleb Johnson sixty pounds current money and I do leave John Johnson sixty pounds current money, and I do leave to Freeman Johnson sixty pounds current money, and I do leave to Jonathan Johnson sixty pounds current money, and I do leave to Isaac Johnson sixty pounds current money, all children of my daughter Katherine Johnson, wife to Robert Johnson.
I do leave to my grand-children to wit; Sarah Smith Gregg, fifty-five pounds current money, and I do leave Jacob Gregg sixty pounds current money, and I do leave Ruth Gregg five pounds current money, and I do leave William Gregg sixty pounds current money, and I do leave Mirriam Gregg sixty pounds current money, and I do leave Deborah Gregg sixty pounds current money and I do leave Phebe Gregg sixty pounds current money, all of them children of my daughter Ann Gregg, widow and relict of Richard Gregg departed.
And it is my will that as many of my said grand-children which are at age at my decease, that my executors shall pay them their legacies left them by me one year after my decease, and all my said grand-children which are not of age, I do order that my said executors to give it into the hands of the parents of the said grand-children, they giving bend and security with interest for the same for the benefit of their children, and my said grand-children, to be paid one year after my decease to said parents, but if they refuse to comply as above, then I do order my said executors to put out the said legacy left by me to my said grand-children into good hands at interest, and pay them as above when they come of age with the interest of said legacy at twenty-one years or day of marriage which shall first happen.
It is my will that if any of my grand-children depart this life before they come to age or before, unmarried, that their legacy left them by me shall be equally divided among their survivors, and it is my will that if any of my grand-daughters or grand-sons wives should have any more children before my decease or be pregnant, that then my said executors shall put to interest for them the sum of fifty pounds current money, and pay them as above said. I do leave to my nephew Thomas Kiernan, the sum of ten pounds current money.
I do leave to my said wife's children to wit; John Buffington, one pistole, Richard Buffington one pistole, Phebe Wall one pistole, Peter Buffington one pistole, Isaac Buffington one pistole, Joseph Buffington ten pounds current money to be paid them one year after my decease and what bonds, notes or accounts be payable to me from any of my grand children or their husbands, must be discounted out of the legacy left them by me, and I here-by-constitute make and ordain my trusty and well-beloved Grand-son-in-law, James Thompson and my trusted and well beloved grand-son John Hadley and my worthy and well loved friend, Daniel Nicholds, all of them in Hill Creek Hundred in the County of New Castle on Delaware, yeomen, my executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills made by me at any time here-to-fore, and I do leave my executors thirty pounds current money to each of them, for their care and trouble they will have about the nagging and settling of my said estate, which said sum shall be in full for their care and trouble and shall not have more for their commission, nor any other charge against my said estate on that account, but I do allow my said executors shall have commissions for what just money shall be received by them arising out of the legacies left by me to my said grand-children until they respectively arrive at the age above-said, and I do desire and request my trusty friends Benjamin Swett of the town of New Castle, Esq. and Samuel Gregg of Christiana Hundred and county above said, yeomen, to be overseers, to see that my last and testament be well and truly performed, and for their care and trouble I do leave each of them the sum of five pounds current money, to be paid by the executors, and it is my will that what is left to my said son, Joseph Hadley, should be kept in my said executors hands and give it to him at several times as they see it is necessary for it.
I give devise and bequeath unto my grandson, Simon Johnson, son of Robert Johnson, certain plantation and tract of land lying contiguous to the above land devised to my grandson Simon Hadley, bounded and described as followeth:Viz. Beginning at a corner mulberry tree being a corner of the land late of Joshua Hadley but now of Robert Johnson, thence west by the same land one hundred and eighty perches to a post thence north by the said Rows land 134 perches to a corner post of the above land devised to my said grandson Simon Hadley, thence south 69 degrees, east by the said tract 59 perches to a post and south 20 degrees, east 19 perches to a gum tree and south 60 degrees, east 137 perches and a half to another gum and south 50 degrees, east 48 perches and a half to a corner black oak and south 31 degrees, east 38 perches to a corner post in the line of the land seated by my said grandson John Hadley, thence west by the same 57 perches to a corner black oak in a line of the aforesaid Robert Johnson land, thence north by the same 37 perches to the place of beginning, containing by estimation 112 acres be the same more or less with in the bounds aforesaid, with the hereitaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining to the hold to him, my said grandson Simon Johnson, and the male heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever, but if he my said grandson, Simon Johnson should happen to depart this life without male heirs as above, then and in such case I give devise and bequeath the said tract of land and premises unto the next male heirs by consanguinity to him, my said grandson, and the male heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever, to be possessed by my said grandson when he shall arrive at the respective age of twenty-one years.
I do give and bequeath to my grandson, John Hadley, son of my son Joseph Hadley, and the male heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever, a plantation or tract of land here-in-after mentioned, but if he should depart this life without male heirs, then in such case, it is my will and I do give and bequeath the said plantation and tract of land to the next male heir by blood to him and his heirs forever, said plantation and tract of land to be bounded as followeth; Beginning at a corner black oak in the line of the said Robert Johnsons land, thence east 130 perches to a corner hickory tree in the said Manor line, thence by the said line south 185 perches to a corner oak sapling _______________ containing within the said bounds 150 acres of land, be the same more or less, and I do bequeath to my said grandson John Hadley, ten pounds current money.
I do give and bequeath a plantation or tract of land to ______ Johnson in the Letitia Aubrey Manor containing 93 acres and 66 perches of land. I have a deed for the same and recorded in the name of my grandson Simon Gregg, son of Richard Gregg, departed, and Anne his wife, my daughter, to him and the male heirs of his body lawfully begotten as above, but should he depart this life, it is my will and I do give the said plantation and tract of land to the next male heirs by blood to him and the male heirs of his body legally begotten forever.
In witness whereof I have here-unto set my hand and my seal this 3rd day of November, one thousand seven hundred and fifty five (1755).
Note before signing and sealing-- It is my will that if any of my grand-children should fall heir to any of the above said tracts of land by the death of him or them which I have willed it to, then it is my will that he or they which shall fall heir to said estate or estates, shall not have the said fifty pounds willed to them by me as above, but shall be equally divided as above to the surviving grand-children.
Signed, Sealed, pronounced and declared by the said Simon Hadley to be his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers. This will was found by Chalmers Hadley in the Wilmington, Delaware court house in 1908. No inventory of Simon's estate was found with the will but a check of its provisions reveals that he disposed of 615 acres of land and about $15,000 in money - not a small amount for those days.
Attached to the will was the deposition of David Finney, attorney at law, taken before William Till, Register of Wills for the probate, and granting letters of administration in and for the county of Newcastle. In this deposition Finney said, -he was at the mansion house of Simon Hadley, Esq. on 21 Jan 1756 and that Simon seemed unable to determine what sum should be left Phoebe, his wife, and Finney suggested 200 pounds, to which Simon agreed was fair in addition to the marriage settlement he had given her.
Simon was buried beside his wife, Ruth, in the New Garden burying grounds. Their graves, together with those of their friends and neighbors, can not be identified since early-day Friends did not mark their graves with a stone of any kind.
Information from The Hadley Family by Lyle H. Hadley and an
article in the Pennsylvania Traveler Post, v. 16, #3, pg.3
Father: James HadleyFamily:
Mother: Jane Roswell
Notes for Simon Hadley (1640-1711)
His parents are often incorrectly shown as James Hadley & Friedeswide Matthew
The first authentic record we have that Simon Hadley was in Ireland was recorded about 1680 when he petitioned Parliament for protection against the possible confiscation of his property should the area become forfeited to the Crown as was then threatened. It reads:
To the Honorable, the Trustees appointed by an Act of Parliament made in England, Instituted an Act for granting an Ayd to his Majestie by sale of Forfeited and other estates and Interests in Ireland, etc.
The Peticion and Claims of Symon Hadly of Ballynakill in the Kings County, Gentlemen, Sheweth
That there was a custom given by Edward Vernon, Esq. late Lord of the Manor of Clantarfe in the County of Dublin that any person or persons should have the liberty to build Shedds at Ballyscaddan, being part of the said Manor for Incouragemt of the fishery there and those who built the said Shedds were to hold the said Shedds dureing their upholding the same, paying dureing the Season and whilest fish was made there Sixpence for every Barrell of fish they should make; That the Claimant did build accourding to the said customs four Shedds and has enjoyed the same these seven or eight yeares past two of the Shedds being builte by the Claimant with Lime and stone and the other two Shedds with Clay and stone That the Claimant being apprehensive that the said Manor of Clantarfe may be forfeited and vested in your Honors by the said Act and soe the Claimant may be prejudices and deprived of the said four Shedds soe builte by him as aforesaid.
May it therefore please your Honors to receive and allow of this your Petitioners Claime and if itt shall here-after appear that the said Manor is or will be forfeited that then your Honors would grant the Claimant the saving of his said Improvements soe made by him as aforesaid and to grant him such reliefe as to your Honors shall seem most equitable.
And the Claimant will pray
Signed by the Claimant in the presence of us
Ste.Duffe (Public Record Office)
Paul Lovelace (Four Courts,Dublin)
It will be noted that this document indicates that he had been there for seven or eight years at that time. How much longer, we do not know.
Simon and his wife Catherine seem to have been the first of the family to join the Society of Friends. At least we find no earlier reference to Hadleys in the Quaker records of Ireland or England. They were members of Moate Meeting, County Westmeath. From the minutes of this meeting we learn that Simon apologized to his Meeting for allowing his son, Simon, too many liberties. He himself was disowned by the Society for "marrying out of Meeting" at his second marriage when 70 years of age. Their son Simon apparently had great difficulty in maintaining his membership because of his repeated participation in military activities.
In addition to his fishery properties in Dublin, Simon owned an iron foundry in Kings County.
Moate Meeting records reveal that Catherine Talbot, wife of Simon, died the 20th.of 4th.month 1771, and was buried four days later. Shortly afterwards, Simon married Elizabeth _______.
From a record in the Office of Arms, Dublin Castle, we learn that Simon died in 1711. Administration of his property was granted 6 June 1711 to his widow Elizabeth Hadley and to his children, John Hadley, Elizabeth Miller, and Jane Kiernan. No mention is made of his son Simon. No doubt he had already received his share of the estate in preparation for his departure to America.
Information from The Hadley Family by Lyle H. Hadley and an article in the Pennsylvania Traveler Post, v. 16, #3, pg.3