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Robert William to Hannah W. (Williams) Haines

compiled and copyright by MJP Grundy, 2009
Common Vetch, by Anne E. G. Nydam, copyright 1996, used with permission

         This web page does not intend to be the definitive Williams family site. It is mainly interested in Robert William, his children, especially Ann and Lewis, and then Lewis's line to his son Lewis, Jr., grandson Abraham, and great grand daughter Hannah. I also include siblings and children of these individuals. If you have additional information or corrections about any of them I would be glad to hear from you. Contact me at . If you know anything more about Robert ap William and his ancestors in Wales, or about any of the other individuals on this page, I would also be delighted to hear from you. This Williams page is a short version of a larger, expanded, hard-copy book that includes many collateral lines embedded in a great deal of historical context.

Immigrant Generation

         Robert William1 (presumably shortened from Robert ap William) was born in 1647 in Pembrokeshire. He died in 1734 in Pennsylvania, where as a widower he married late in life Gwen CADWALADER on April 19, 1691 under the care of Merion Meeting.[1] [See an explanation of the National Genealogical Society's Numbering System used on this web page.]

         Robert emigrated from Wales and settled first in Merion, where he was living when he and Gwen married at the home of Hugh Roberts in Merion. Witnesses who signed the certificate included John and Gainor ROBERTS, Cadwalader MORGAN, and Robert and Joshua OWEN.[2]

         The Williams moved to Goshen about 1700. It is thought that the first meetings for worship in Goshen were held at their house, on the property belonging to Griffith Owen. Owen lived in Philadelphia. In 1702, Friends of Haverford contributed £19.8.9 to Robert to build a new house, in recognition of his having received Friends "kindly and openhearted", and kept the meeting in his house.[3] This house still stands on East Boot Road and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first Goshen Friends Meeting house was built at the crossroads of Paoli Pike and North Chester Road in 1702.[4]

         Robert was named Road viewer for Goshen in 1706.[5]

         In 1710 Edward ROBERTS complained about a debt owed to him by Robert William, and the meeting advised Robert to sell some of his land to pay it. As was the practice then, Friends appointed a committee to assist him in doing so.[6]

         At least by 1712 Robert and Gwen had moved to Uwchlan, which was surveyed and recognized as a Township that year. The first road surveyed in the township, recorded in the County records that year, precisely followed the Allegheny Indian Trail. The road docket states it was bounded by land owned by Robert William, among others.[6a] In 1715 Robert and Gwen conveyed the Goshen homestead to their son Ellis Williams. Robert was on the 1715 Uwchlan tax list for 3d [pence]. On the 1729 and 1830 lists he was mentioned as one of the freemen. I infer that by this time he had turned over his Uwchlan real estate to his sons. Robert and Gwen worshipped at Uwchlan Meeting.

         Robert died in 1734 at the age of 87 years.

         Children of Robert and Gwen (Cadwalader) William:[7]

  1. Elizabeth Williams2, b. 1708; m. Aug. 10, 1708 William PHILIPS.

  2. Richard Williams, b. Sept. 14, 1692; d. 1797 [sic?] in Loudon Co, Va; m. Margaret EATON July 10, 1717 at Gwynedd Meeting. She was b. 1697; d. 1795 in Loudoun Co, Va.

  3. Ellis Williams b. 1694; d. 1756; m. Apr. 20, 1712, Mary MEREDITH in Goshen MM; she d. Mar. 7, 1753 in Goshen MM; 5 children:[8]
  4. a) Robert, b. June 29, 1715;
    b) Esther, b. Nov. 11, 1718;
    c) Mary, b. Jan. 3, 1719/20; m. Aug. 13, 1744 Thomas GARRETT, b. Jan. 31, 1718/9, son of George and Anne (__) Garrett;
    d) Ellis, Jr., b. ca, 1727; d. 1756; m. Second Mo.? [Feb.?] 1, 1747/8 at Goshen MM Lydia HAINES, daughter of Isaac and Catherine (DAVIES) Haines;
    e) Isaac, b. July 16, 1722; d. before June 19, 1788; m. Apr. 15, 1762 Esther DAVIS;
  5. Lewis Williams, b. 1696; d. Feb. 7, 1753; m. Aug. 29, 1720, Ann THOMAS, daughter of James Thomas (she was b. 1699); 5 children.

  6. John Williams, b. ca. 1698; d. ca. 1755; m. Jan. 13, 1707 Jane, daughter of Rees JONES); 3 sons:
    a) Edward Williams, m. Apr. 13, 1746 Sibilla DAVIS, b. Jan. 1, 1725/5, daughter of John and Elizabeth (HARRY) David; she m(2) William KIRK;
    b) Jacob Williams?, b. Nov. 24 1732; m. Oct. 7, 1752 Ruth DAVIS, b. Mar. 27, 1723, daughter of John and Elizabeth (HARRY) David;
    c) [Can a reader help me with the name of the third son?]
  7. Ann Williams, b. 1700: d. June 17, 1782 at Uwchlan MM, East Caln PM; m. Fifth Month [July] 20, 1714 Griffith JOHN; 12 children: [See an explanation of Friends' Dates.]
    a) Ann John, b. Tenth Mo. [Dec.] 3, 1715; d. 1719 [sic!]; m. John BENSON, b. 1714, son of Robert and his first wife Jane (__) Benson;
    b) Rachel John, b. Twelfth Mo. [Feb.] 28, 1717/8; d. 9m/11/1760; m. James BENSON, b. 1717 son of Robert and his first wife Jane (__) Benson; 4 children;
    c) Joshua John, b. First Mo. 31, 1720/1 in Uwchlan Twp.; d. Apr. 5, 1798 at Newberry, York Co., Pa.; mar. Mar. 10, 1744 Rachel DAVIS at Uwchlan MM; she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Harry) Davies/Davis; had 8 surviving children;
    d) Hannah John, b. First Mo. 19, 1723 in Uwchlan Twp; mar. John DAVIS, son of John and Elizabeth (HARRY) Davies/Davis;
    e) Jane John, b. Second Mo. 5, 1725 in Uwchlan Twp; d. 1795; m. Dec. 18, 1752 Enoch MEREDITH, the son of John and Grace (WILLIAMS) Meredith; they had 9 children;
    f) Abel John, b. Seventh Mo. 27, 1727 in Uwchlan Twp; m. Oct. 8, 1755 Mary FISHER, b. July 22, 1727 in Kennett Twp. , or 1729, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (HUNTLEY) Fisher; had 5 children;
    g) Griffith John, b. Aug. 26, [or 20, garys] 1729 in Uwchlan Twp; d. Aug. 21, 1811 Roaring Creek Twp., Columbia Co.; m. Fifth Mo. 13, 1752 in Uwchlan MM Sarah LLOYD (b. Sept. 25, 1728, d. June 24, 1795, daughter of Humphrey & Hannah Lloyd; had 9 children;
    h) Esther John, b. Jan. 3, 1731 in Uwchlan Twp; d. 1811; m. __ McCLEAN;
    i) Robert John, b. Seventh Mo. 22, 1734 in Uwchlan Twp; d. Ninth Mo. 7, 1760; m. __ PHIPPS, daughter of Nathan and Sarah (DAVIS) Phipps;
    j) Sarah John, b. Ninth Mo. 1 [Aug. 31 Rash], 1736; m. Apr. 7, 1750 at Uwchlan MM Thomas MARTIN;
    k) Reuben John, b. First Mo. 2, 1743; d. Twelfth Mo. 11, 1823; m(1) ca. 1768 Lydia TOWNSEND; m(2) 1798 Jane YOCUM, a widow with 2 children;

  8. William Williams, b. 1704; d. Sept. 17, 1744; m. Eighth Mo. [Oct.] 3, 1723, Joan PUGH at Uwchlan MM; 6 children;

  9. Grace Williams, b. May 12, 1707; d. Oct. 25, 1785; m. Nov. 26, 1727 John MEREDITH at Goshen MM; he was b. Feb. 9, 1698/9 in Wales, d. Mar. 4, 1769 in Uwchlan Twp., son of Simon; 5 children:
    a) Enoch Meredith, b. June 18, 1728; m. Dec. 18, 1752 Jane JOHN;
    b) Simon Meredith, b. Oct. 12, 1729; d. May 29, 1828; m. Apr. 30, 1755 Dinah PUGH;
    c) James Meredith, b. Oct. 11, 1731; d. June 11, 1741.
    d) Jane Meredith, b. Nov. 30, 1735; d. June 6, 1741.
    e) Elizabeth Meredith, b. Sept. 18, 1736; m. 1757 Amos DAVIS;
    f) Ann Meredith, b. Aug. 6, 1738; d. Aug. 31, 1804; m(1) June 12, 1780 Robert MILHOUS; m(2) Sept. 14, 1785 Joshua BALDWIN;
    g) Hannah Meredith, b. May 1, 1741; m. 1763 John HUGH;
    h) Jane Meredith, b. Mar. 12, 1742/3; d. June 5, 1814; m(1) Dec. 20, 1774 Abel ROBERTS; m(2) Evan LEWIS;
    i) Grace Meredith, b. Nov. 13, 1745; d. 1823; m. Nov. 28, 1775 John LEWIS, Jr., the nephew of Margaret Lewis who married Isaac PRICE;
    j) John Meredith, Jr., b. Apr. 29, 1747; d. Sept. 3, 1828; m(1) June 13, 1776 Mary JONES; m(2) Oct. 28, 1780 Elizabeth KIRK, daughter of William and Sibilla (DAVIS) Kirk;
    k) Ruth Meredith, b. Mar. 17, 1749/50; d. Aug. 16, 1759.
  10. Hannah Williams, b. 1710; m. Nov. 29, 1723, John MORGAN;

  11. Sarah Williams, b. 1712; d. Mar. 21, 1796; m. Mar. 2, 1734 Timothy KIRK (b. May 1, 1711 son of Alphonsus and Abigail (SHARPLEY) Kirk; d. May 2, 1786 in Warrington Meeting; 10 children;

Second Generation

         Lewis Williams2 was born in ca. 1696 and died in 1775 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. On August 29, 1720, he and Ann THOMAS, daughter of James Thomas, were married at Goshen Meeting. She was born in 1699.

         There were too many men named Lewis Williams for me to be sure which events pertain to "our" man. On Eleventh month 15, 1712 a Lewis Williams signed the marriage certificate of "Richard Thomas of the Township of Whiteland In the County of Chester and Province of Pensilvania, Carpenter, and Grace Atherton, late of Leverpoole In Lancashire In ye kingdome of England, but now Resident in ye Township of Whiteland aforesd Spinster", at the home of "Richard Thomas In ye great valey, and Township of Whiteland". But if our man was born in ca. 1696 he was only sixteen.[9] A Lewis Williams was one of the thirty-two men from Whiteland Township who signed a petition presented to the Court of Quarter Sessions at Chester in February 1731.[10] There were several men named Lewis Williams in the 1734 Gwynedd Township tax list. One of the Lewis Williamses there was associated with Goshen Meeting in Chester County.[11] A Lewis William had 150 acres surveyed for him Jan. 16, 1734.[12]

         However, there was also a Lewis Williams who went west with his family and this man is apparently ours. Lewis Williams and Thomas DAVID applied for 800 acres of land on Muddy Creek and the Licking Run on September 7, 1737 in what became Montgomery Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The land was later surveyed and determined to be 1000 acres.[13]

         We are also descended from Lewis's sister Ann Williams who married Griffith JOHN.

         Children of Lewis Williams and wife Ann Thomas:

  1. Mary Williams3, b. 16 Feb. 1721; d. Eighth Mo. 1722;

  2. Nathan Williams, b. Aug. 19 or 22, 1722;

  3. Abraham Williams, b. 1726;

  4. Enoch Williams, b. 20 Sept. 1730;

  5. Lewis Williams, b. 1733; d. 1816; m. Jan. 13 or 18, 1763 Miriam LEWIS in Goshen Twp.; 7 children;

Third Generation

         Lewis Williams3 was born in 1733 and died in 1816. On January 13 or 18, 1763, he and Miriam LEWIS were married in Goshen Township. She was the daughter of Thomas and Hannah (MORGAN) Lewis.

         Lewis Williams shows up in the 1765 tax list for Willistown with 132 acres, two horses, four cattle, and no sheep or servants.[14] On the eve of the Revolution, in 1774 they only marked him down for 130 acres, two horses, two cattle, and three sheep.[15] In the middle of the war, in 1780, he was listed with 100 acres, two horses, three cattle, and six sheep.[16]

         During the Revolution, the so-called Battle of the Clouds took place in Goshenville on September 16, 1777 between Generals Cornwallis and Knyphausen with 10,000 British and Hessian soldiers and General George Washington with 11,000 Continentals encamped near White Horse Tavern in the Great Valley. Cornwallis' British forces marched up North Chester Road to the Goshen Meeting house located at the corner of Paoli Pike and North Chester Road arriving at about 9:00 a.m. Knyphausen with Howe marched to Turk's Head (West Chester) where Howe split the forces, sending General Matthews' British soldiers to Indian King Tavern and Knyphausen's Hessians to meet up with Cornwallis's force encamped at George Hoopes's farm located just north of the Goshenville School. The Generals met at the Goshen Friends Meeting to discuss strategy; Howe ordered the Hessians to the Boot Tavern at the intersection of Phoenixville Pike and Boot Road.

         Washington, learning of the British advance, positioned his army along the ridge south of King Road. There were two skirmishes fought that day. After the initial exchange of musket fire, the Pennsylvanians retired from the field. The weather was cold and wet with visibility ranging from a mist in the early morning to thick fog and frequent storms throughout the day. In the afternoon, a terrific downpour halted further fighting by wetting the gunpowder. Washington safely withdrew. If it had not rained in East Goshen on that afternoon, the war could have taken a different turn and the British might very well have won.[17]

         True to his Quaker principles, in 1779 Lewis did not show up to muster with Capt. Brooks's 2nd Company, 5th Battalion, Chester County. He was fined £0.6.6.[18] In 1781 his muster fines were £6.13.6 for being absent from Capt. Harris's 6th class, 4th battalion of Chester County.[19]

         There is no will on file for Lewis Williams. On March 2, 1816 administrative papers were given to his sons Issachar and George WILLIAMS.[20]

         Children of Lewis and his wife Miriam (Lewis) Williams:[21]

  1. Thomas Williams4, b. 24 July 1763; d. May 26, 1847 Stillwater MM, Belmont Co., Ohio; m. ca. 1786 Prudence REYNOLDS (she b. 1762 in Chester Co.; d. 23 Aug. 1849 Morgan Co., Oh); 7 children;

  2. Issaachar Williams3, b. ca. 1764;

  3. Anastasia Williams, 1765;

  4. George Williams, b. ca. 1767;

  5. Enoch Williams, b. Aug. 13, 1775 in Willistown; d. July 20, 1854;

  6. Abraham Williams, b. Dec. 26, 1783; d. Sept. 3, 1861 in Westtown Twp.; m. Mar. 14, 1804 Rachel WHITE (she was b. Aug. 12, 1781; d. Sept. 13, 1850); 4 children

Fourth Generation

         Abraham Williams4 was born on December 26, 1783 in Chester County, and died on September 3, 1862. He and Rachel WHITE were married March 14, 1804 in Chester County. She was born August 12, 1781 and died September 13, 1850. Her parents were Richard and Hannah (__) White.

         Abraham was a miller, for many years he operated Taylor's mill, in East Bradford.[22]

         In 1799 the Borough of West Chester was chartered and split off from Goshen Township. In 1817, Goshen Township was further divided into East and west Goshen Townships. By 1883, the Township had three post offices: Goshenville, Rocky Hill and Milltown.[23] The Goshenville P.O. was established November 4, 1825, with A. S. Williams, postmaster.[24]

         Abraham and Rachel sold 165 acres in West Goshen, north of West Chester, by deed April 1, 1842 to John Smedley.[25]

         "Abram" Williams, age 77, was enumerated June 28, 1860 in the West Chester census. His occupation was listed as "gentleman", as if that were self-explanatory. He was living with his daughter, Hannah W. HAINES, age 53, who was running a boarding house. Also in the house were Abraham's granddaughter Alice B. Haines, age 14, in school, and his great granddaughter, Allawilda [sic] Haines, 4 years old.[26]

         Abraham died September 3, 1861. He had a comfortable estate, and dated his will May 4, 1860. It was proved September 11, 1861.[27]

         Children of Abraham and Rachel (White) Williams:

  1. Lewis White Williams5, b. Dec. 20, 1804 in East Bradford Twp.; d. Sept. 19, 1873; mar. Lydia Ann TYSON; she was b. Apr. 9, 1804 in Aston Twp., daughter of James and Lydia (GRUBB) Tyson. Lewis was a teacher in Chester and Delaware Counties. Was a founding member of the Chester County Cabinet of Natural Sciences, organized in 1826, focussing his interest on mineralogy. In 1857 he was appointed by the Buchanan administration assistant geologist and naturalist in "The Camel Expedition", under Lieut. BEALE, U.S. Army, to reconnoitre and lay out a wagon-road on the 32d parallel from Texas to California.[28]

  2. Hannah W[hite?] Williams, b. Aug. 11, 1807, East Bradford Twp; d. Apr. 5, 1896; m. May 14, 1829 John T. HAINES

  3. Richard White Williams, b. July 31, 1809 in East Bradford Twp.; d. Feb. 1, 1890 in Westtown Twp; mar. Feb. 17, 1842 Martha GOOD/E, she was b. Oct. 5, 1818 in Cochranville, daughter of Joseph and Martha (MICHENER) Goode; had 6 children, all but the last one born in Parkesburg Twp.:[29]
    a) Rachel White Williams, b. Nov. 11, 1842; m. T. Ellwood BRINTON, son of Joseph and Susan (HACKETT) Brinton.
    b) Joseph Good Williams, b. Oct. 9, 1844; m. his first cousin on Mar. 6, 1879 Sarah Ann WILLIAMS, b. Nov. 22, 1846, daughter of Enoch T. and Eliza (SEAL) Williams; had 3 children.
    c) Edwin Jeffries Williams, b. Nov. 11, 1846; d. 1852.
    d) Richard Townsend Williams, b. Sept. 9, 1851; d. Jan. 26, 1872.
    e) Abram Good Williams, b. July 7, 1855; m. Mar. 4, 1880 in West Chester, Irene A. HALL, b. July 9, 1856, daughter of Albert Paxson HALL and Hannah (Hall) Hall.
    f) Annie Good Williams, b. Jan. 28, 1858 at Westtown Twp.; m. Oct. 2, 1900 James Henry CLOUSER, son of Aaron L. and Ann (ACKER) Clouser;

  4. Enoch T. Williams, b. June 8, 1814 in East Bradford Twp.; d. Sept. 7, 1870 in Westtown Twp.; mar. Feb. 16, 1843 Eliza SEAL. She was b. May 25, 1815 in Birmingham Twp. and d. May 30, 1882, the daughter of Jesse and Sarah (SHARPLESS) Seal; had 3 children:
    a) Sarah Ann Williams, b. Nov. 22, 1846; m. Mar. 6, 1879 her first cousin Joseph Good Williams; 3 children.
    b) Abram Seal Williams, b. Apr. 27, 1849; d. 1919; m. Apr. 15, 1886 Anna Hall BENNETT; had 3 children.
    c) Emma Seal Williams, b. Oct. 24, 1851; m. Oct. 19, 1875 Mark Hollingsworth DARLINGTON; had 3 children.

  5. Ann T. Williams, b. Apr. 11, 1818 in East Bradford Twp.; d. before May 1860.

Fifth Generation

         Hannah W. Williams4 daughter of Abraham and Rachel (White) Williams, was born August 11, 1807 at East Bradford Township. She died April 5, 1896. On May 14, 1829 Hannah married John Townsend HAINES

         Children of John T. and his wife Hannah (Williams) Haines:

  1. Abram W. Haines6, b. 1830; d. after May 1860, before April 1896.

  2. Anna Maria Haines, b. Apr. 20, 1832; d. Mar. 13, 1865; married Lucius Duncan Price;

  3. Thornton G. Haines, d. Sat. May 1, 1909 in Los Angeles;[30] m(1) Elizabeth JOHNSON, sister of Bennett Johnson of Green Valley;[31] m(2) Mar. 25, 1874 Esther KNICKERBOCKER, in New Lennox, Ill.;[32] while in West Chester he was employed as a clerk in the grocery store, then employed as a clerk in the city water dept because he was "an unusually good penman". In the 1880 census Thornton was a 45 year-old farmer in New Lennox, Ill. with his wife Esther, age 40, b. in NY of NY parents, and 5 children.[33] Eventually moved to California. Children of Thornton and Elizabeth:
    a) Aliwilda Haines, b. 12m 28, 1856; d. 2m 19, 1937; unmarried; was raised by her grandparents John and Hannah (W.) Haines.
    b) John T. Haines, b. Feb. 1860; in 1880 census living with parents, age 20, a carpenter; in 1900, now a 40 yr old widower, was a carpenter and contractor living with his aunt Alice B. Knickerbocker and Alice’s husband Ward and daughter Bell in New Lennox.[34]
    c) Mary J. Haines, b. Jan. 1865 in Penna.; in 1880 census living with parents, age 15
    d) Ward K. Haines, b. ca. 1867; in 1880 census living with parents, age 13
    e) Charles Haines, b. ca. 1871; in 1880 census living with parents, age 9
    Children of Thornton and Esther:
    f) Frank R. Haines, b. ca. 1877; in 1880 census living with parents, age 3
    g) Lulu A., b. after 1880 census? m. __ SISBEE
  4. Alice B. Haines, b. 2 Apr. 1846, Birmingham MM rec, Chester Co. ; m. by Friends ceremony in West Chester 7m/1/1869 Ward KNICKERBOCKER;[35] he was b. ca. 1845 in NY of NY parents; d. after a long illness in Dec. 1900 in New Lennox, Ill.; he was a Capt. of a company of sharpshooters in the union army and marched with Sherman through Georgia;[36] in 1880 census living in New Lennox Twp., Will Co., Ill. Ward was a grocer; 22 year-old Hiram O. PELKEY who clerked in the store, lived with them.[37] In June 1900 he was a general merchant and druggist in New Lennox. Two daughters:
    a) Bell H. Knickerbocker, b. Nov. 1870 in Ill.; 9 years old in 1880 census; 1900 living with her parents in New Lennox, Ill., she was a 29 year old nurse.
    b) Amy W. Knickerbocker, b. Oct. 1880 in Ill.; a student at West Chester high School and Swarthmore College; living with her cousin Aliwilda on W. Barnard St., West Chester, in the 1990 census.

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To continue the story of this family, go to Haines. The larger Price line, with many collateral lines, including this Williams branch, has been expanded as a hard copy book with considerable historical background. To learn more about the times in which these family members lived, you might want to read The Price Family in History. It gives a lot of social, religious, economic, and political context for the lives of these ancestors. The book is available on The price is the cost of printing and binding, plus shipping. I earn nothing on it. If you would like to be notified when has a sale, drop me an e mail.

This larger Price story connects with condensed web versions of Ashbridge, Bonsall, Borton, Cadwallader, Cox, John David/Davies, Ellis Davies, England, Fisher, Haines, Harry, Harry/Harris, Hayes, Holliday, John, Jones, Kirk, Henry Lewis, Thomas Lewis, Malin, Morgan, Paxton, Philip Price, and Richard Price, David Price, Sharpley, Shoemaker/Schumacher, Taylor, Thomas, Townsend, Warner, White, Williams, and Wood. In time others may be posted, too. Some of these lines are very short, as I do not follow them after "my" ancestor married into another surname family.

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Notes and Sources

  1. "Rash's Surname Index" on seen 2m/4/2009; Cope, Smedley, 242. For an interesting discussion of the distribution of the surname Cadwallader in England and the bewildering number of spelling permutations that it has undergone, see George Redmonds, Turi King, and David Hey, Surnames, DNA, and Family History (Oxford University Press, 2011), 119-20.

  2. "Rea Williams's page" on seen 3/29/2009.

  3. J. Smith Futhey & Gilbert Cope, History of Chester County (1881); Cope, Smedley, 242.

  4., seen 9/23/2009 (new URL seen 2/28/2011).

  5. court records cited by Sandra Ferguson on [PaOldC] Robert William, 9 Apr 2007 ferg@ntelos .net.

  6. Futhey and Cope, History of Chester Co.

        6a. My thanks to Bruce McCrea, e mail 2m/7/2014 for this information, from A History Of Uwchlan Township 1682-1782 by Susannah Wilson Brody of the Uwchlan Township Historical Commission 1983, Chester County, Pa., p. 5. See

  7. Futhey and Cope, History of Chester Co., with additional data from VonnieH50@ on PA-OLD-CHESTER-L Archives, Mon, 9 Apr 2007.

  8. Cope, Smedley, 242.

  9. Futhey and Cope, History of Chester County.

  10. Futhey and Cope, History of Chester County, 218.

  11. Robert Quinn, Gwynedd Meeting historian, finds this individual (there were several of the same name) is associated with Goshen Meeting in Chester County. What our man was doing in Gwynedd, I do not know, especially since the tax lists tended to mark the occupant of a piece of land, not the legal owner.

  12. William Henry Engle, ed., Provincial Papers: Warranties of Land...1733-1898 (State Printer of Penna., 1898), 1:103.

  13. "Ancestors of Donald Robert Dickenson Through 24 Generations", 201, on the web at

  14. Penna. Archives, ser. 3, 11:102.

  15. Penna. Archives, ser. 3, 12:39.

  16. Penna. Archives, ser. 3, 12:322.

  17., seen 9/23/2009.

  18. Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File at, seen 12m/8/2009.

  19. Fine Book of Chester Co., p. 180, as cited by Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File.

  20. "Chester County Will Abstracts" as transcribed on

  21. "Rea Williams's page" on seen 3/29/2009; there are differences between this list and the ones given in Rash and VonnieH50@ on PA-OLD-CHESTER-L Archives, Mon, 9 Apr 2007.

  22. Futhey & Cope, History of Chester Co., Pa.

  23., seen 9/23/2009.

  24. Futhey & Cope, History of Chester Co., Pa.

  25. Cope, Smedley, 245.

  26. US federal census

  27. Chester County Will File 14037. The will was witnessed by Walter Hibbard and Alexander H. Kirk.

  28. Futhey & Cope, History of Chester Co., Pa.

  29. "Rash's Surname Index",, seen 11/29/2009.

  30. Daily Local News, 5m/3/1909, Chester County Historical Society newspaper clipping file.

  31. Daily Local News, 5m/3/1909, Chester County Historical Society newspaper clipping file.

  32. Daily Local News, 3m/30/1874, Chester County Historical Society newspaper clipping file.

  33. 1880 Federal census for New Lennox Twp., Will Co., Ill., NA Film #T9-0260, page 367D, as transcribed on FamilySearch, seen 11/28/2009.

  34. 1900 federal census for New Lennox Twp., Bell Co., Ill., E.D.140, Roll T623_354, p. 11B, lines 7-11.

  35. Jeffersonian, 7m/17/1869, CCHS newspaper clip file.

  36. Daily Local News, 12m/21/1900, CCHS newspaper clip file.

  37. 1880 Federal census for New Lennox Twp., Will Co., Ill., NA Film #T9-0260, p. 362A, as transcribed on FamilySearch, seen 11/28/2009.

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