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Russell Smith Genealogy


Ahnentafel charts (organized in numerical order from a multi-

generation pedigree chart) are hard to make sense out of.  I

have broken mine down by family grouping.  At the level of my

father's grandparents and great grandparents, his ancestry

breaks into distinct groupings that contributed in identifiable

ways to who my family are: early German religious refugees to

Philadelphia and Montgomery County, prosperous yeoman farmer

Quaker meeting and community leaders, and Pennsylvania-Dutch

immigrants to central Pennsylvania from Rhineland and (mostly)

the Palatinate.  And of course the Scotch-Irish Smiths, about

whom I as yet know nothing before they came to Pennsylvania.


Following is the key to places repeatedly mentioned:

WC  White Clay Creek (part in LB, part in DE, part changed hands)

MC  Mill Creek, New Castle Co, DE

LB  London Britain, Chester Co, PA

NG  New Garden, Chester Co, PA

NL  New London, Chester Co, PA

LG  London Grove, Chester Co, PA

(THese four towns belonged to Penn's London Tract and share a

common historical identity)

FR  Franklin, created from LB in 1850's

EM  East Marlboro, Chester Co, PA (imm north of listed towns)

WM  West Marlboro, Chester Co, PA

PH  Philadelphia, PA

My father's main ahnentafel chart

1  Russell D Smith b 1919 Philadelphia m 1955, Glens Falls NY, 

      Kathleen Allen Lowe b 1932 Glens Falls, NY

Second generation

2  William Henry Smith Jr b 9/23/1879 WC m 4/5/1911 PH 

      d 8/18/1942 Carlisle Pa.  A bank executive. Worked his way

      up from clerk.  Died of a heart attack while at work,

      had had heart trouble for several years.


3  Bessie Mae Moore b 5/14/1884 Dauphin Co d 12/5/1946

       Carlisle died 12/5/1946, Carlisle PA "after long illness"

       which was cerebral vascular disease and strokes.  

 Go to my notes on my grandparents 

Third generation

4.  William Henry Smith Sr. b 10/14/1830 LB m 2/15/1871 PH 

      d 8/19/1911 PH (where 

      they moved in 1901 with 3 youngest children after selling

      his share of his father's farm in WC).

      They both lived in White Clay Creek when they eloped to

      Philadelphia to marry, and continued to live on the Smith

      farm in White Clay Creek for the next thirty years.  

      William Henry Smith Sr was a schoolteacher, then, in 

      Wilmington? a justice of the peace, moved in with his

      mother on farm in White Clay Creek when his father died,

      in 1863, served at some times as postmaster, census

      enumerator.  Farmed.  LIved in James P's house by 1883.

      He wrote  a biographical and

      genealogical sketch of the Smiths for a Delaware 

      Biographical and Genealogical Encyclopedia, around 1900. 

5.  Mary Emma Thompson b 9/12/1844 or 1845 LB. Quaker. 

      d 4/19/1923 PH


6.  Charles Moore. b Aug 3 1859. Pennsylvania.  His father,

      Thomas, b Pennsylvania and his mother b PA or MD (known

      only from census).    

      Died Jan 22, 1920 Philadelphia

      married in Dauphin Co before June 1880, as per 1880 census

      record of the Dehart family that shows Carrie B Moore 

      visiting her parents and Charles nowhere to be found 

      unless not in the area or in Harrisburg.  

      1890, no census. 1900, found in Wilmington, where city

      directories show that the family lived from 1900 to 1904.


      Cousin Dorothy said the Moores had

      relatives in Wilmington or Wilmington area and in Northern 

      Delaware.  Sister Libby (Elizabeth) among those found in his

      parents' family on census.   They show up in Philadelphia

      in the city directory in 1908.  

      1910 census at 5222 Webster St where they lived in 1908,

      and in 1911 (Bessie Mae's marriage application) and in

      1920.  1910 census says they owned the house and there

      was no mortgage on it.  

      Charles Moore is consistently

      listed as a roller trimmer and seemed to consistently be

      employed, unlike the impression hs death certificate gives

      that he was a "self employed roller trimmer".  He must

      have worked in one of the large plants that reworked 

      steel into parts for ships, trains, etc., in Philadelphia.

      Buried on 1/26/1920 at Arlington Cemetery, Upper Darby  

      Nothing else known.

      Death certificate shows him b Aug 3 1859 in Pennsylvania.

      Says his father was Thomas, also b in PA.  1910

      census says same, adds mother b Maryland.  Gravestone

      says he was b 1858, and has a flag engraved on it, which

      may mean he was a veteran.  He was a "roller trimmer" on

      death cert, "Self-employed" and a "Roll turner" at "Steel

      Works" in 1910 census, at which time he had been employed

      all of the previous year.  1910 census says they owned the

      house at 5222 Webster St whre they lvied by 1908 and where

      Nellie continued to live long enough after 1920 for my

      father to remember visiting her there.  He was apparently

      a steelworker.  PHiladelphia had heavy industry that used

      steel workers.  Steelton had steel mills. 

      1860 census finds him in Lancaster County, age 11 months,

      son of Thomas Moore and Emaline, who could not read or

      write.  Thomas Moore was a laborer.  In 1870 the family 

      lived in Harrisburg, spelling their name "More".  

7.  Carrie Dehart b 1862 Dauphin Co, according to all family records, 

      b May 10, 1863, according to her death certificate, b May

      1863 1900 census.  d July 29 1941, Carlisle Pa, 

      Carlisle in 1942.  She married by 1880 when she was 17 or 18 and 

      Charles was 20.   

      Her sister Eva also married extremely young, she may

      have been only 16 - and she had in the 1880 census been

      working for another family as a servant, at housework or

      in the "truck garden".  She was enumerated twice at both


      She died of cerebral arteriosclerosis, causing myocardial

      degeneration, and she had developed shock as a result 

      dislocating her shoulder when she fell getting out of bed.

      But the death certificate says under occupation that she'd

      been an invalid for 18 years.  She was only 78 when she

      died.  My father remembered her as being in poor health

      for a long period of time, and as living with her two

      daughters by turns for awhile.  A picture of her, taken

      by her visiting sister and niece at my grandparents' house

      in Carlisle in 1935, shows her in a very nice housecoat,

      outside, where the pictures were taken, and looking

      like she didn't know what was going on or who was there,

      or at the very least did not appreciate what was going on

      and who was there.   

           She married Charles Moore by June, 1880, was living in

      Highspire at the time, visiting her parents in 1880 census,

      Charles nowhere in sight unless in Harrisburg.  She was

      17 or 18 years old at the time.  She seems

      to have had Nellie in Reading, where her parents also had

      a home in 1886 (FUneral home's records) and to have lived

      in Wilmington with Moore relatives some time before they

      lived in PHiladelphia by 1908 - with or without Charles

      with her.


Fourth generation

8.  William Smith b 2/4/1797 LB m 5/10/1821 LB d 9/23/1863 WC

      buried in cemetery of Flint Hill Church ("Wesley" in my

      great grandfather's family history; almost noone remembers

      that name)  Bought a huge farm that spanned the Delaware-

      Maryland-Pennsylvania border.  When the Delaware-Pennsyl-

      vania border moved for a time in the 19th century, his

      part of White Clay Creek was in London Britain for a time.

      Was and is now in Newark, Delaware.  William was a very

      ambitious man, a local political leader, and served several

      terms in the Delaware legislature.  His son, my great

      grandfather, wrote that as a youth he was a lively and

      active lad, who loved sport.  He was started as an apprentice

      stonemason, the son of a poor weaver, and ended up 

      building numerous large and public buildings, then in

      business with his brother selling farm threshers big

      time in Maryland, then bought the farm.    

9.    Mary Dehaven b 5/14/1803 LB d 2/18/1882 WC 

      buried Flint Hill Cem


10. Ezra Thompson Sr b ca 1804 LB (graveyard records, 1870 

      census) prob WC.  d 1873 WC

11. Mary Webster Miller b 11/17/1808 NG d 1887 WC

       Identified via her father's will.   

14. John Burkhart Dehart b 12/31/1836 Reading Pa

      m 1861/abt 1862 Dauphin Co. d 4/6/1928 Plainfield NJ  

      See Dehart Ahnentafel below.  

15. Mary Ann Weiss/Wise b 9/29/1843 Highspire Pa 10/1842 or abt

      1841 Middleton, Dauphin Co, Pa d 10/20/1930 Plainfield,

      Union Co, NJ.  They lived when old with their daughter,

      Evie Greene.

Fifth generation

16. John Smith b abt 1769 Ireland. d 1847, my family records

      1854, Jim McVey's and Richard Carey's records

      Immigrated to LB (landed at

      New Castle, but their records burned) roughly between 1787

      and 1797.  Supposed (biogr article, William Henry Smith

      Sr) to have worked for Davis Whitten, justice of the peace.

      Davis Whitten b 1788, didn't have own household until after

      1810 (1820 census).  John Smith bought 29 acres of land in

      London Britain from Robert Roney, adjoining land of Robert

      Roney, late Moses Crow, and Benjamin Whitten brother of John,

      in 1798.  Since he and Isabella went to live and work for

      Whittens because they came from Ireland penniless, they needed

      time to save up cash they paid for farm.  John

      Whitten had two free servants in 1790

      census, names not listed. Aquired "small" farm LB, "near

      Chesterville" (hamlet in northwest sector).

       See farmhouse that contains John Smith's house 

      The deed and London Britain tax records consistently 

      describe John Smith as a weaver, and he paid $100 annual

      tax as a weaver; it looks as though it was his primary

      livlihood. He owned only l horse and l or 2 cows, and 29

      acres of land is a very small amount of land.


      New London Presbyterian Church, then the series of little

      offshoot churches in southern New London that included

      Flint Hill and that both shared with other congregations

      and changed over to Methodist and Methodist-Episcopal;

      the Smiths changed with them.  Supposed to have attended

      these churches along with William their son, and to be

      buried with William and his wife under same marker at

      "Wesley Chapel" which was Flint Hill Church, but if they

      are there they aren't on any of the markers in the Smith


      In 1831, a judgement on a mortgage for $200 that John 

      Smith took out in what looks like l803 forced him to 

      sell his farm, and his loom, to his son George, for the

      mortgage, the judgement, and a sum of money, and the

      following year George sold the entire mess to someone

      else. I don't know what happened to John and Isabella

      then.   George is buried at

      Flint Hill Cemetery; he didn't go very far, and probably

      neither did John and Isabella.  I expect the l840 and

      1850 census of the area to yield light on it, especially

      if John was living in l850. 

      Yvan Kellar currently owns what was the Smith farm; the

      current house was built around the log cabin the Smiths

      built, and another half of the house added on. A fireplace

      in the cellar of the original log cabin suggests that

      John and Isabella, who had a one year old child and a small

      baby, lived in the cellar of their uncompleted cabin the

      first winter.  They must have really have struggled, and

      one wonders at their failure to have made friends in eight

      years they could have stayed with. It seems like if they had    

      had people they could have gotten indoors with with those two

      little babies, they would have. 

      A history of weaving, in addition to showing the large 

      manual loom he would have used, says that just between

      1830 and 1832, the first industrial textile mills started

      operation in the PHiladelphia/ southeastern Pennsylvania

      area, and the price of textiles plummeted severely.  

      Village/ cottage weavers like John Smith were unable to

      make a living, and many, like John Smith, were ruined.  

17.  Isabella Smyth b abt 1769 Ireland.   d 1843 LB or WC.  

      Described as slight and intellectual of feature.  Her

      parents were William Smyth and Elizabeth King, according

      to Jim McVey's family records.

18.  Jesse Dehaven b 9/10/1773 Montgomery County m __________

      d 1835/8 LB Buried New London Presbyterian Church, as is

      his wife.  He and his father Samuel of Horsham bought 79

      acres in London  Britain from John or Jacob Wright, a

      relative by marriage. In l814, Jesse officiated at the

      wedding of his daughter Phoebe, must have been elder or

      deacon.  In l8l8 he petitioned and in l8l9 opened a tavern,

      the Dehaven Tavern or Dehaven Inn, at corner of Elkton Road

      and a new (in l8l8) road that began in New London, ran past

      a paper mill, ran past limestone quarries in New Garden

      (probably the quarries near Landenburg, in London Britain,

      the town boundary was different then) and ended at a public

      road at the Delaware state line - I'm working on that 


      19. Mary Madeleine Pluck b 6/10/1774, Rhineland Germany. Parents

      not known, two or three Pluck immigrants in the area.  

      (Pennsylvania Archives indexes one of them, George, as

      Gluck Pluck.)  Most women of Jesse Dehaven's line were

      fresh from Germany, if not all of them.  

20. Eli Thompson b 2/4/1770 MC settled WC m (1) LG m (2) 

      1806 NG d 9/19/1840

Inconsistency of dates and a registration omission leave it

unknown which of the two wives was Ezra's mother. It strongly

appears that Ezra's mother was Elizabeth Wilson, who died giving

birth to him or soon after, in early 1804.   

21 (1) Elizabeth Wilson b 7/16/1777 d "11, 3rd mo, 1803"

      (New Garden meeting records) 

      Translate:  January 11, 1803.  I think it possible she

      really died January 11, 1804, but so far cannot confirm.

21 (2) Sarah Scarlett b________ d 3/1/1859

22 John Miller b 8/16/1771 m 8/25/1797 NG (I couldn't find a

    marriage certificate for that date in NG meeting records,

    though the date of the marriage is recorded there) 

    d 12/22/1834.

23  Mary Webster d 11/9/1862 

    She came from the middle of Delaware County;

    the marriage record had been impossible to find because the

    only record that exists is the one at her meeting of her

    being kicked out of the meeting for marrying John Miller of

    New Garden, before a Justice of the Peace. She was descended

    via her mother's people from the founders of Germantown,

    who were Mennonite Quakers from Krefeld, and 

    Kaldenkirchen,Germany, near the Dutch border, and not far

    from Muelheim, where the Dehavens and Leverings lived.

    Penn, who may have been a distant cousin of the Opden graffs

    via an ancestor named Jasper, who was back and forth like many Protestants

    across teh English channel, had gone to Germany and visited

    both Krefeld, and Muelheim. The Dehavens and Leverings were

    also early settlers of Germantown.  

    See Webster ahnentafel below.

Thompson Ahnentafel

The New Garden Quakers

 See the family history that one of the emigrant Thompson 

brothers wrote into the Quaker record where the family settled

in West New Jersey.  

 See my sketch of the New Garden Quakers 

1.  Mary Emma Thompson b 9/12/1844 or 1845 LB, d 4/19/1923 PH 

       m 2/15/1871 PH (lived WC) William Henry Smith Sr

       A family photo I have shows her as a possibly formal or

       stiff and retiring sort, who went for nice but simple

       plain dark clothing - as I do.

    Ezra Thompson Sr b 1804 Graveyard records (65 at 1870 census Julia Farver, a grandaughter of Willard Smith, has b 12/28/1804 d 11/21/1873. prob WC, poss MC or NG d 1873, buried LB Quaker meetinghouse graveyard, with wife, some children. Either or both Ezra or his brother Daniel were leaders of and also lead services at the (Orthodox) LB meeting. All anyone so far remembers of them is they lived in WC, and "my mother said they sat in the front pew", the latter statement reminiscent of my own family. My father was Episcopal minister of a small village church, from the time I was two until I was twenty-one, and the people didn't know us at all, and thought us stand-offish. We kept to ourselves, and my brother and I weren't allowed to have friends or to participate in many activities - because my parents were scared of the world and ever thought one or another terrible sort of thing was going to happen. Sometimes the terrible thing that was going to happen was well defined, and sometimes it was vague. 3. Mary W Miller b 11/17/1808 d 1887 4. Eli Thompson b 12/4/1700 Mill Creek m (1) 6/11/1798, Elizabeth Wilson m (2) 8/19/1806 Sarah Scarlett Settled in WC, I don't know when, d 9/19/1840, family records at New Garden mm. Eli seems to have been a very quiet person. I don't know what role he may have played in his meeting. But he signed the wedding certificate only of one of his brothers. This means the only wedding he ever went to of his small, close-knit community was that of one of his brothers. All present signed a Quaker wedding certificate, and that was almost always alot of people; usually from half to most of the members of the meeting. 5a. Elizabeth Wilson "of" London Grove. d "11, 3rd mo, 1803" = January 11, 1803. Much confusion about dates results from different Quaker dating system. THEY didn't always know what year it was, or what to do with November and December. lst month, or l3th? Also, many dates I have have been simply copied from Quaker records as though they were English dates. But because the date died is important, I checked it in the actual original New Garden records. 5b. Sarah Scarlett d 3/1/1859. I proceed on assumption Elizabeth Wilson is Ezra's mother. Could prove untrue. 6. John Miller b 8/16/1771 NG m 8/25/1797 NG d 12/22/1834 He had a set of traits I have never until now seen listed in genealogies for every 3rd or 4th member or recent descendant of a family. For that matter, I have elsewhr seen peoples' personalities described in genealogies only in the half-dozen published by Dehavens. He was a very quiet person, "a zealous Quaker, and a whig of uncompromising principle." 7. Mary Webster b 6 3m 1773 Kingwood/ Quakertown, NJ d 11/9/1862. She was hard to track down, owing to the fact that her family from New Jersey lived in the middle of Delaware County; I have no idea how she and John Miller even met! Her family were staunch Quakers, but they had an interesting history of running off to marry without following proper procedure and then atleast trying to make up with the local meeting (which provides interesting history to the time when her granddaughter, Mary Emma Thompson, and William Henry Smith did the same thing), and she and John Miller married before a justice of the peace, and the record of her disownment for this by her meeting doesn't say in what town this justice of the peace was. It also isn't clear if the date I have is the date they married or the date she was disowned. Both John and Mary were apparently in good standing at the New Garden Quaker meeting, where his clan were prominent among the leadership of both meeting and township, and they are both buried at that meeting. There is no record that Mary's home meeting ever accepted her back after she acknowleded her error, and I didn't know enough when I went through the New GArden records where I understood they had married to check to see if anything had been made of them maybe having done something of this nature. 8. Daniel Thompson b 11/16/1737 MC m 10/25/1764 NG d 3/2/1809 9. Elizabeth Chambers b 5/14/1743 NG (or WC) d 3/15/1808 10. Ephraim Wilson of LG m 10/16/1776 NG, LG 11. Elizabeth Johnson b 4/5/1755 LG 12. James Miller b 5/28/1745 NG m 1768 d 1809 NG 13. Jane Elliott d 1813 NG 16. James Thompson b 9/25/1712 Elsinboro, Salem Co, NJ m 1735 settled on large plantation in Mill Creek, Delaware 17. Sarah Worsely b 4/13/1717 d 1748 MC 18. William Chambers b 3/1/1692 Yorkshire, England m 8/22/1729 d3/30/1761 WC Six of his and Elizabeth Miller's ten children died young. That was common but hardly random. Just one of my mother's lines, and two of my father's, had alot of children die. The Thompsons and their kin particularly died in bunches during epidemics of one sort or another. By contrast, my Smith and Dehaven families lost very few children in childhood. Few of my mother's ancestors died before old age. I believe I am looking at one of the lines that carried my allergies and asthma; this makes people extremely vulnurable to respiratory infections and causes colds to always turn into bronchitis and pneumonia. Both my mother and I owe surviving childhood to modern antibiotics. 19. Elizabeth Miller b 1704, lst mo, Ireland d 2/18/1783 20. John Wilson of LG m 10/24/1745 NG 21. Elizabeth Jackson b 2/25/1720 NG 22. Joshua Johnson b 10/27/1735 23. Eliza 24. James Miller b 1693 Charlemont, Armagh, Ireland m 3/24/1722 The quietist and most a-social of John Miller's sons. Kept strictly to himself and took no part in town affairs, which Miller Clan usually did no matter how quiet they were. Attended meeting regularly, and never once called up for discipline! (My father has never gotten a traffic ticket and never bounced a check.) 25. Ann Cane/Cain 26. William Elliott 27. Mary ____. 32. James Thompson b 10/12/1668 Salem, Salem Co, NJ m 1700 Elsinboro, NJ 33. Ann Hollingsworth b 10/28/1680 Belliniscrannell, Segoe, Armagh, Ireland 34. Daniel Worsley of New Castle Co. De 35. Sarah _____ 36. John Chambers Yeoman of Acaster Selby, Yorkshire. Bought large farm in WC m (1)10/17/1730 37. Elizabeth Austwick b 5/24/1650/8 38. John Miller b poss 1663 from Grange near Charlemont,Ireland d 11/11/1714 Acquired large plantation in NG. Founded NG Meeting, it met at first in his house, then he donated land, then he served as elder. His children and children-in-law continued to be principal leaders of the NG meeting. Also, he borrowed from his meeting for some time the book, New England Judged. He was apparently right up on the central emotional issues of the Quaker movement. 39. Mary Ignew b 1704, lst mo, Ireland d 2/18/1783 Brother of Andrew Ignew. Left money to bring three of his sons from Ireland. I don't know if they came. A story was handed down about her that in her early 50's, she went out to get the cows and got lost in the woods. At length, she came to a house. She knocked on the door and asked if she could please spend the night. She had gotten so scared that it took her family some time to get her to realize she had come to her own house!. 42. John Jackson m 1/26/1697 Edgmont De, Pa Chester MM 43. Jane Swayne b 4/3/1719 E Marlborough 44. Joshua Johnson b 1699 45. Sarah Miller b 9 mo/1/1704 48. John Miller b 1669 (same as 38.) 49. Mary Ignew (see 39.) 50. JOhn Cane came from Bellyhagen mtg, Armagh, to London Grove, 1713 51. Ann 64. John Thompson b 5/1635 Kirkfenton, Yorkshire (son of Thomas Thompson m Elizabeth of Kirkfenton) 65. Jane Humbles b Cty Wickloe, Parish Donard, Ireland, d 1676/7 at sea. dau of Thomas from County Durham, England John and Andrew purchased a very large tract of land in Penn's colony of West New Jersey. They organized and founded the Quaker meeting there; had it meet in their home, donated the land and much of the money, and were leaders of the meeting, as were some of their children. They also served as colonial members of the legislature and justices of the peace. One of them died with old books appraised at his death in his possession. Andrew wrote a long and beautifully written family history in the meeting records at Elsinboro. 66. VAlentine Hollingsworth b 6/1632 Belleniskrannell d 1710 Delaware. He was one of Penn's surveyors, and had a nearly 1000 acre plantation at Shelpot on the Brandywine. He founded both Newark and its Quaker meeting. HIs roots go back several generations in Ireland; he was originally of English Puritan stock, settled there either with a land grant for fighting in the civil war, or in an effort to supplant the Catholic Irish. Named "New Work". He was recorded as having tithes seized in Ireland - large quantities of grain. Prominent in affairs of Friends. Early Newark meetings held at his house, he donated land for a meeting house. Also owned land in New Garden. 67. Ann Calvert b 9/1650 Killwain, near Hillbrough, Cty Down, Ireland. Her grandfather William came from Moore Some, near Gisbrough, Yorkshire. Her father, Thomas, born at Lygasory, near Lurgan, Armagh, 1617, was charged by his meeting with seeing to the welfare of Quakers in prison. Her father and some brothers collectively bought a very large quantity of land; some of these individuals came over here, and some didn't. 72. William Chambers 74. Philip Austwick 76. John Miller (supposed father) Breckenbrough, Parish Kerbywilk Yorkshire 77. Ann Clibborn, dau William Clibborn, Anglo-Irish gentry. b 1630 Cowley, Cty Durham, England 82. Ephraim Jackson 83. Rachel Newlin dau Nicholas and Elizabeth 86. Robert Johnson native Radnor, Wales d NG 1732 87 Margaret Braithwaite b Braithwaite, Cumberlandshire, England of the family of one of the most prominent early Quaker ministers. 88. Gayen Miller, probably the brother of John Miller of NG He purchased 200 acres at Kennett Square and in 1712 700 acres in New Garden, also several other tracts, served in Proninvial Assembly in 1714. 89. Margaret 94. John Miller (76) 95. Ann Clibborn (77)

Webster Ahnentafel

The Mennonite Quakers of Krefeld and Germantown

 See my complete pages on Mary Webster's Germantown and New Jersey 


    1.  Mary Webster b 6 3m 1773 Kingwood/ Quakertown, NJ d

         11/9/1862.  Piecing her identity and her lineage

    together was not easy, and it took the collaborative work

    of a half dozen people on the Chester and Delaware County

    lists at Rootsweb and possibly people on a New Jersey list

    as well.  Her people were back and forth between Pennsylvania

    and New Jersey like yo-yo's, and she grew up and somehow

    met and married John Webster from the middle of Delaware

    County.  She did have cousins living in Chester County,

    including a family of them near John Miller.  The only

    record of her marriage to John Webster is a record in her

    meeting minutes in the middle of Delaware County, of her

    being kicked out because they married in front of a justice

    of the peace, and the date traditionally given for their

    supposed marriage at the New Garden meeting, was the date

    that Mary Webster was kicked out of her meeting for the

    elopement.  Clearly that was not the date when the marriage

    happened but probably was not long afterwards.  


2.  Joseph Webster b 4/3/1743 prob Plainfield or Woodbridge,

    NJ, as his family were back and forth between those two

    places at the time.  m about 8 12 m 1768, 

    Kingwood/Quakertown MM, Hunterdon Co, NJ.  

3.  Rebecca Kester b 12 Dec 1738 Philadelphia or Germantown, PA

    In 1788 they moved from New Jersey to Delaware County, PA,

    and then they moved several more times.  

This was one of about ten marriages between the children of

two Kester brothers, and the children of two Webster brothers.

It appears that mood disorders massively run in the descendants

of these marriages. 


4.  Benjamin Webster b 2 mo 4 1709 Woodbridge, NJ (town records)

5.  Rachel ____ poss. Skinner.  

6.  Paul Kester b abt 1706 Germantown m 9th mo 17th, 1730 at

    Philadelphia First Presbyterian Church, which was the

    elopement center of the known world at the time.  

7.  Ruth Kitchen b 1714/ 1716, Solebury, Bucks Co, PA.  Paul

    Kester and a brother had been up there for some reason, 

    possibly doing survey work.  The family lived in Solebury,

    and Paul d there betw 1745 and 1750.  


8.  William Webster an early settler of Woodbridge, NJ, and

    a Quaker.  Origins unknown, from Scotland, possibly

    Perth Amboy.  He lived in Perth Amboy in New Jersey for

    maybe ten years before coming to Woodbridge area.  His

    children's births were recorded in an assortment of places.

    Some of them can't be found.  Some of his children, including

    apparently Benjamin, were founders of Plainfield, NJ.  

9.  Mary  ______.

11. Johannes Kuester/ Kester bp 12/12/1670 Kaldenkirchen

    Reformed, Kaldenkirchen, Germany.  m Elizabeth Cassell

    10/31/1692 Abington MM, Abington TWP, PA.  A brother of

    Johannes' was ancestor to General Custer, of Custer's Last

    Stand. Johannes d aft 1709, PA.  or, from probate records,

    before 10/23/1708, when Elizabeth Custers, widow of 

    Germantown, with Arnold Cassell of Phildelphia as one of the

    bondsmen, appointed to administer his estate.  

12. Elizabeth Cassell b Kresheim, Germany, to a prominent 

    Mennonite family of weavers there.  Kresheim was not far from

    Krefeld.  I have a bunch of information on this family but]   

     have not yet been through it.

13. William Kitchen origins unclear, may have been from 

    Philadelphia or Sussex County.

14. Rebecca Norton.  or Rebecca Wells.  Uncertain. He may have

    married a niece of John Wells, who lived in Solebury,

    on the river, and I think ran a mill, and who took in

    William Kitchen, who he may have known from where they 

    appear to have both come from, when he was in dire straits,

    not clear if due to financial or mental health reasons! 


22.  Paulus Kuester b betw 1640 and 1646.  Kaldenkirchen,

     Germany.  Raised Roman Catholic.  d Feb 1707 Germantown

     prob buried in Germantown Mennonite Cemetery. They

     went to Germantown sometime between the baptism of a child

     in 1687, and the naturalization of two of his sons in 1691.

     They seem to have been quite close to the Gottschalks, who

     were a family of Mennonite bishops and leaders in      

     Germantown.  He married in Kaldenkirchen Reformed Church,

     10/16/1668.  Only the Reformed and Lutheran cnurches were


23.  Gertrude Doors b abt 1645, Kaldenkirchen, Germany.

     d 2/23/1707.  The baptismal record of one of her children,

     contains this concerned note by the minister;

     that the child's mother "for a time was unable to use her

     mental faculties" and "Theiss and Agnes Doors promised to 

     assume responsibility for the child in her behalf."  She 

     had a very serious bout of psychotic mental illness; probably

     severe postpartum depression.  The entry also said that

     the child's father was Roman Catholic and th emother Reformed.

     In reality they were both Mennonites, who had sheltered by

     enrolling in the legal churches.  

24.  Johannes Cassell, weaver, came to Germantown in 1686,

     three years after the place was founded. From Kriegsheim

    or Kresheim, near Crefeld.   


44.  Arnold (Aret or Arets) Kuester b abt 1606 Kaldenkirchen

d 11/24/1679 Kaldenkirchen m 10/13/1629 Kaldenkirchen

45.  Catharine von Haren, dau of Christopher Von Harem,

     a surgeon, according to a family researcher.  

46.  Theis Doors bp 9/18/1614 Kaldenkirchen, Germany

     d after 1663.  Theis Doors was a parent or parent in law

     to most of the founders of Germantown.  Three of his sons,

     who went by the Dutch form Theisson, came to Germantown,

     and their descendants are known as Tyson.  He m around

     1635-40, prob in Kaldenkirchen, Neesgen/ Nees/ Neesen/


47.  Neesgen/ Nees/ Neesen/ Agnes   Her identity is unknown,

     and extremely controversial.  Three known copies exist of

     a 17th century Krefeld family genealogy called the

     Scheuten manuscript.  One of these copies, which were all

     handmade, was altered in an attempt to both make the

     Op den Graeff's ancestral to ALL of the founding families

     of Germantown, and give the Op den Graeff's royal ancestry.

     The Op den Graeff's have always been intense, mystical,

     and over the edge, and  in this country, prone to various mental health 

     problems, and they remain so to this day.  No other 

     evidence exists for any of it, and indeed, the other two

     editions of the Scheuten manuscript give Hermann Op den

     Graeff, the mystic and Mennonite leader of Crefeld, quite

     commonplace albeit possibly prominent among Mennonites,

     Mennonite ancestry.  The altered edition of the Scheuten

     manuscripts states that this Agnes/ Neesgen, which is a

     Dutch diminutive form of Agnes, was Hillekren, a daughter

     of Herman Op den Graeff.  The names don't even match up. 

     There is better evidence for another claim made by the

     altered version of the Scheuten manuscript, which is that

     the wife of Isaac Herman Op den Graeff, who was the father

     of all three Op dengraeff brothers who came to this country,

     and thus ancestral to all Op den Graff's in this country,

     was a sister of Theiss Doors.  Her name was Margaret

     Greitjen Peters.  Krefeld had a larger thriving Mennonite

     community than often comes across from descriptions of

     the history of the group who left for Germantown, and they

     had close relations with the Mennonite community in

     Cresheim or Kriegsheim.  A small group of families who

     founded Germantown, had become Quakers.  This Margaret was the daughter of

     someone named Peter.  It could have been any Peter, and it

     could well have been a different Peter.  Theiss' father was

     Peter Doors, and he is the only Peter in the area I've seen

     any mention of, anywhere.  Of course, that would make

     all of the Op den graff's in this country, with their

     crotchety, intense temperament and tendency to alcoholism

     similar to that of the Dehavens, descendants of the aunt of

     Gertrude Doors, who had that bout of psychotic depression. 

The records show the following about this family; Sometime

before 1655, Theiss Doors left the CAtholic Church and became

a Mennonite.  An effort was made to expel him from Kaldenkirchen.

He was fined 100 gold guilders for some violation.  He was 

unable to pay the fine, and the authorities confiscasted the 

goods in his shop to meet it.  The bailfiff at Kaldenkirchen

entered the Doors home, and got into an argument with Agnes

Doors, who was soon to give birth to a baby, abused her, and

struck her hardin the face.  Charges were filed, and the case

was eventually taken before Elector Philipp Wilhelm, Duke of

Julich, who decreed that theiss could stay on in Kaldenkirchen

and was nt to be further molested.  

Agnes had entered their children in the Reformed Church school

but to ease the stress and pressure from the officials, they changed

their children to the Catholic schoo, and had their infant

Margarita baptized Catholic in 1655.  

But by 1/20/1656 the family had chnged to the Reformed Chruch and 

attended there for three months.  The trial record said that 

"Theiss Gohrs or Peterschen (Doors) b at Kaldenkirchen of 

Catholic parents, later adhering to the Anabaptist sect (joined

the Reformed Church three mos ago but did this only to escape

persecution. (from Charles Custer)


88. Johannes Kuester b 1576 Kaldenkirchen, Germany d 7/3/1616

    Kaldenkirchen, Germany m 1598. He was a bailiff.

89.  ___ Walburgis

90. Peter Doors (Cuypers) b 1580, d bef 12/28/1638

91. Elizabeth Grietes


176. Reiner Kuester b abt 1542 d 7/3/1616 Kaldenkirchen.

180.  Tisken An Gen Dohrs an gen Door b abt 1550 Kaldenkirchen

     d 3/19/1614 Kaldenkirchen.  



Dehaven Ahnentafel

 Out of date genealogy of the Dehaven 

family  (taken from some standard but old Dehaven genealogical

sources, such as Helen Martha Wright's book and the Baron Von 

Alten's chart).

 Genealogy of descendants of Samuel Dehaven  

(father of Jesse of London Britain township). 

 My notes on the history of the Dehaven family; 

they have an intense mentality and tend to suffer from mental 

health problems.  The family were intensely religious.  

1.  Mary Dehaven b 5/14/1803 LB d 1882 WC m William Smith

2.  Jesse DeHaven b 9/10/1773 Montgomery Co m       d 1835/8

        He and his wife had farm in LB, which he bought w his

        father, Samuel, and attended New London Presbyterian

        Church, and are buried there.  Jesse Dehaven also 

        owned a Dehaven TAvern and Dehaven Inn, at corner of

        Elkton Road and the new (in l8l8) road taht began in

        New London and ran past George Smith (the not related

        to John Smith George Smith with 20 children in l820

        census) saw and paper mill in London Britain, past

        lime stone quarries in New Garden ending at public

        road at Delaware State Line!  (Did they NAME roads in

        those days?)  A road that met that description is

        on l830 map of the area, but I have Elkton Road as

        in Franklin, ie in New London in 1830, and intersecting

        this other road at Kemblesville main intersection.

        This is based on what someone in London Britain told 

        me when he tried to name the roads on my l883 map

        over the phone.  I'm still working on this location. 

3.  Mary Madeleine Pluck b 6/10/1774 Rhineland Germany,

        d 9/14/1838

4. Samuel DeHaven b 1752 Whitpain Montgomery Co m abt 1771 d 1771

      Horsham Montgomery Co PA

5. Catherine Ramey Noone knows who that was.  Some list it Ramsey

       Could be Remy. People do genealogically pop up in various

       places throughout the areas my ancestral families spread

       to named Ramey.   

8. William (I) Dehaven b 1714 d 9/10/1784

9. Hannah Cramber  Some list that Cramer.  Appears to be a German

       name, may have been Crambert.  

       Either Hannah Cramber or Catherine Ramey possibly had a

       Mennonite father.

16. Peter I Dehaven (with a dozen aliases) b 3/12/1688 Muelheim,

       Germany or Germantown, Philadelphia m 12/24/1711 

       d 5/23/1768  He is listed in Philadelphia as a merchant.

       His activities are quite mysterious.  He probably was

       involved in international shipping. The only story that

       survives about it is that a Dehaven ship was sunk by

       the British off the coast of France - with its owner on

       board! There is no reason to suspect disreputable activity,

       but the Dehavens, paranoid to the max, used ten versions

       of their name, most of them Dutch; kept bags of money

       under their beds ready to flee at a minute's notice -

       partly because they did not trust banks.  He owned enough

       land to prosper as a farmer, and a number of his immediate

       descendants owned mills and taverns.  My own theory is

       he may have benefitted indirectly from Van der Walle

       connections of his wife's grandmother.  The Van der Walles

       were wealthy aristocrats or such in Holland, and members

       of the circle of wealthy investors who purchased the land

       on which Germantown was founded.  They are much of the

       source of the wealth that some Leverings in this country

       still have.  Even though Wigard Levering himself was a

       weaver/ laborer in Muelheim, and has been called illiterate

       though he wrote the family vital information in the

       family bible, in his own German language.  

17. Sidonia (Elizabeth) Levering b 4/23/1691 d abt 1736

32. Evert Inderhoefen/Indenhoeven/Inderhoffen b 1660 Muelheim on

       the Ruhr, Germany, near Dutch border.  Emigrated around

       1690-1698 to Germantown, Pa

        See my notes on Dehaven history

       in Germany (such as it is) with the IGI abstracts of

       the records of the Reformed Church in Muelheim, of the

       Dehaven family.  

33. Elizabeth Schipbower b abt 1666 Germany  Her name means 

       shipbuilder.   Muelheim was a deep water port where ocean-

       going ships were built.  It is likely that Elizabeth had

       ancestors who were from that region and had built ships.

34. John Wigard Levering emigrated to Germantown from Muelheim,

       Germany. b1648/9 Gemen, Westphialia. m 4/1674 Westfullen,

       Gemen Borken d 2/2/1745 Roxborough, Philadelphia

35.  Magdalena Boekrs or Bakers b 1650 Leiden, s, Netherlands

       d 1717.  She was Dutch.

64.  Rosier Levering b abt 1600 Leiden, S, Netherlands m Gemen,

        Westphalia, Prussia d GEmen  Illiterate, probably a

        craftsman.  The Leverings were orginally English.  

        Town named Levering in Suffolk near major port of

        Protestant migration to Holland.  ONe

        of them were among the tens of thousands of Protestants

        who fled Charles I by going to Holland; probably Rosier

        Levering's father.  For several centuries Protestants 

        were fleeing all over Europe by the tens of thousands in

        every which direction, leading to the "my ancestors ran

        from one country to another like the tax collector was

        after them" syndrome.  Most in Holland eventually spread

        out and assimilated.  After atleast twice marrying Dutch

        women, the Leverings moved not far across the German

        border, and then to GErmantown, Pa.

65.  Elizabeth VanDeWalle b 1626.  Her brother, Jacob

        VanDderWalle, was a wealthy Dutch Pietist, and a 

        prominent shareholder in Frankfort Company which owned

        and organized Germantown.  His wealth was the foundation

        of the Levering wealth; some of them are still wealthy

        industrialists.  The Dehavens may also have benefitted

        from it.

Dehart Ahnentafel

 See my complete page on the Dehart family , 

with the entire history of the family, and family groups. 

l.  Carrie Dehart

    b 1862 Dauphin co d a7/29/1941 (see above)

    m Charles Moore in Dauphin Co

Second generation

2.  JOhn Burkhart Dehart b 12/24 or 12/31 1836, Reading,

    christened l/l/1837 at First Reformed, Reading.  

    m 1861 or 1862 Dauphin Co d 4/6/1926 Plainfield NJ, Union Co,

3.  Mary Ann Weiss/ Wise b 9/29/1843 Highspire PA d 10/20/1930

    Plainfield, Union Co, NJ

     See my page of what I know about

    the Weiss family. 

Third Generation

4.  Gilbert Dehart b abt 1809 d 1881 age 72 m 11/9/1834

       Reading death records says he died DEc 4, 1880, Reading.

       Buried Alsace Cem, Muhlenburg twp.  

5.  Lydia Ann Borgert (Burckhart) b 5/22/1814 d 1898 or 

       2/9/1893? age 85  Reading death records index says she

       d Reading, Feb 9, 1899. Buried Alsace Cemetery, Muhlenburg


6,  Jacob Weiss/ Wise b 3 Mar 1802 Switzerland (gravestone, 1850

        1860, 1870 and 1880 census) parents born there too. d 30 May 1887

        Steelton or Highspire, was staying w daughter Sarah

        Conklin in 1880 census.  Was a weaver and rug weaver, wove 

        rugs on loom while working at Highspire railway station. 

        Owned a large plot of land on the railroad tracks near

        the station in Highspire.  1840 census index says he

        did not live in Dauphin Co at the time though 1850

        and 1880 census say Sarah b betw 1835 and 1840 in PA.

7.  Johanna Susanna _____ / Joanna S.  b 30 Apr 1809 Germany

        d 3 Oct 1875. Both buried in Highspire cemetery.

        For details and the children/ non-Dehart descendants known of

  this couple,  See my Weiss page  

Fourth GEneration

8.  John Dehart b 1764 Amity TWP Farm in Alsace went to son Amos

    m 9/23/1795 St Paul's Union, Amity,

    d Exeter age 104, 1868 or 1869 age 101

9.  Mary/ Polly Horner/ Harner

    b 17774 under 18 in 1788

    d 12/2/1860

10. Philip Burkhard/ Burckhart of Alsace 

    d 1823 Alsace, as per will.

    Owned large farm w mill and forge in Alsace township from

    1795, when he acquired it from Samuel Burkhart, who may

    have been his father.  

    m 7/23/1804 Reading at Trinity Luteran or Schwarzwald Church

     See my page on the

       Burkhart family and what little I know of their roots. 

       I have far more on several large Burkhart families in the


11. Barbara Wagner of Alsace 

    b 3/14/1775 d 12/27/1855 age 79, Reading, accd to Death 

    Register of Reading

Fifth Generation

16. John Dehart b abt 1750 d 6/23/1805 Faulkner Swamp, Amity

     m abt 1722 

17. Elizabeth Weidner b abat 1750

18. Frederich Horner b 2/16/1772/3 Germany immigrated to

    Philadelphia  9/29/1750 d 1788 Exeter 

    See F. Horner's family below. 

19. Anna Maria/ Mary _______ also from Germany

21. Henry Wagner b 1841-1843, Exeter, Berks, PA. Deduced from

    his father's probate records as well as dob of his wife.

    He was a blacksmith, according to documents filed in

    conjunction with his father's estate in 1762 and 1764.

    He married 14 Dec 1769,, Sophia Seiwertin (Seifert) of

    Maxatawny; he was listed as of Exeter.  

    He married again, listed as a "widower", Maria Elisabeth

    Gottschall, the widow of Nicholas Gottschall and daughter

    of the late John Jacob Nuss, records of Rev. Krugg, probably

    in Reading, on 2 Apr 1771. 

22. Elizabeth (Maria Elisabetha) Nuss, widow of Nicholas

    Gottschall of Reading. She was b 27 Nov 1741, Hanover

    Townships (Upper and Lower), Philadelphia (Montgomery) County.

    She m Nicholas Gottschall of Reading and Alsace, son of Christopher

    Gottschall from Baumholder, Germany,  12 Sept 1758.  Records of 

    both Schwarzwald, and Old Goshenhoppen Church in New

    Hanover.  She was appointed sole administrator of his

    estate on 23 May, 1770.  

Sixth Generation

32. Cornelius Dehart b 1707/8 Brooklyn d bef l/13/1779 Berks Co

33.  Maria Catherine ____.  

34. George Adam Weidner.  b abt 1710 Germany m 8/7/1780 E. Distr

    TWP Berks Co.  Came from Wuremburg on Hope, 1733. large 

    tilemaking plant. He had indentured servants, who he abused.

35. Dorothea Greiner b 1712 Pfalz, or 1720/25.  (In Palatinate)

    d 3/17/1806, will 8/15/1807, Amity TWP

42. Elias Wagner died 1754/5, Exeter. He lived in Exeter township

    where he owned I think 180 acres, an average sized plot,

    by 1740, according to tax records.  Others around shared his

    family's names and he probably was not from very far away. 

43. Margaret.  She remarried, to Jacob Rahn.  

44. John Jacob Nuss d 20 Sept 1757 at 5 AM, buried 21 Sept

    in Old Goshenhoppen Churchyard (from Old Goshenhoppen church

    records, which are unusually thorough). b 25 June 1716,

    Heuckelheim, Pfalz, Germany, near Worm.  From Heuckelheim

    records, from FHS, as researched by Anne Thompson.  Came on

    ship Marle from Rotterdam, in 1736, without his parents.

    Anne Thompson is my main source on

    the Nuss, Reiher and Gottschall families, she has researched

    them exhaustively. He was christened at Evang. church. 

    Buried at Old Goshenhoppen Church.   m abt 1738 in

    Philadelphia (Montgomery) County. Died of dropsy (fluid


45. Anna Maria Reiher b 5 Dec 1712 bapt Dec 8 1712 Rohrbach,

    near Sinsheim, Wuerttemberg d 10 Nov 1797 Reading, Berks

    Buried Lutheran Cem  Died of consumption.

Seventh GEneration

64. Elias Simon Dehart c 3/21/1677 Brooklyn moved to Six Mile 

    Run, Monmouth Co NJ

65. Catherine/ Catalinka Lane

68. Hans Adam Jr. Weidner b 6.10.1688 Geisselhardt Germany



    m 5/151/1774 (?) Germany d 1745 Weidner Homestead, Oley TWP

    Berks Co He was a member of the Ephrata Cloister and may

    have been New Born.  That rumor persists without apparently

    any hard evidence.  He and another young man did circumcize

    themselves, which was a New Born practice, from Ephrata 

    records.  He made most of teh roof tiles for the Cloister.

    He had a kiln and is often described as a tile maker.  He

    also apparently made other pottery, etc, with great skill.

    But supposed to be not listed anyplace as a tilemaker. 

    He is both supposed to have come between 1721 and 1727, and

    located as having come over in 1733 or 1734, ship to be 

    found on Dehart page. Incident with the circumcision was in

    1735.  New Borns most active in 1720's.  He bought or else

    made official claim to his land in Oley in 1734.  Land office

    was out of commission until 1733 and many people squatted.

    He also put date 1734 on a roof tile of his cabin.  It is 

    not clear if he lived in ornear the Cloister when a member.

69. Anna Marie Haass/ Catherine.  I don't know where the first

    came from.  

70. John Theodore Greiner

    from Bonfeld, Germany - a village in the Palatinate.

    on ship Dragon in 1732.  d 1765 He and a friend from Bonfeld,

    Johann Jacob Rodt, bought a  300 acre parcel together, and

    split it.  

71. Dorothy Avensheen or Emmert b 1716 or 1722 Amity

88. Peter Nuss

89. Anna Margaretha

90. Johann Michael Reiher (Royer) His family also is well 

    documented in the Old Goshenhoppen church records.  

91. Anna Maria Seeland

Eighth Generation

128. Simon Aertszen Dehart b 10/11/1643 Nieuwkoop S Holland 

     Immr to New Amsterdam (Brooklyn) 1664 age 21. d after 1704

129. Geertji Cornelissen

130. Gysbert Thyssen Lane m 1672 Long Island

131. Jannetje  

     They moved to Monmouth Co NJ bef 1709

136. Hans Adam Sr, Weidner m 8/23/1675, children b Geisselhardt

137. Catharina Herrlinger

Ninth Generation

256. Aert Symonsz de Hart b 1607 Nieukoop S Holland m 12/18/1639

257. Gerritiizen Stoffles of Tiel

260. Mattys Janszen Lanen Van Pelt

     Came to New Netherlands 1663 with wives and children.

     His brother Teunis was ancestor of prominent Van Pelts.  

262. Adriaen Lamberts (Smith)

(MOre on Lanes in Mark Dehart's file)

272.  Caspar Weidner

Tenth Generation

512. William Dehart.  Deborah Clare has him b abt 1550 Brest of

      Hart, France, but I don't know on what that is based.