Generation No. 10
514. Thomas PEARSON (Source: (1) "Joseph West and Jane Owen", by Celeste Terrell
Barnhill. Printed by William Mitchell Printing Co., Greenfield IN. ppg. 52-55.., (2) A GENEALOGY OF SOME OF THE DESCENDANTS
OF THOMAS AND EDWARD PEARSON OF COUNTY CHESTER, ENGLAND, AND PENNSYLAVANIA", By Eugene L. Pearson December 29, 1961 .),
born 05 Sep 1653 in Pownall Fee, Cheshire, England; died 17 Oct 1734 in Marple Twp., Chester Co., PA. He was the son of 1028. LAWRENCE PEIRSON and 1029. ELIZABETH JANNEY. He married 515. Margery Ellen Smith 18 Apr 1683 in Cheshire England They were married at the home
of Thomas Janney..
515. Margery Ellen Smith, born 06 Jun 1658 in Pownall Fee England; died Aft. 1734
in Chester County PA. She was the daughter of 1030. ROBERT SMITH and 1031.
Notes for Thomas PEARSON:
Will Of Thomas Pearson Proved
25 march 1734
I, Thomas Pearson of marple in the County of Chester and Province of Pennsylvania being weak
in body but of sound disposing mind and memory praises be given to Almighty God, do make and ordain this my Last Willand Testament
in manner and form following, first and principally I command my Soul into the hands of ALmighty God that gave it, and my
BodyI commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named. And as touching all such
Temporall Estate and worldly Effects as it hath pleased the Lord to bless me with, I give and dispose thereof as
Imprims. I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully discharged and paid.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son John Pearson the sum of fifteen Pounds Current money of
America due upon Bond to be assigned over to him by my executors hereinafter named within six months after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son in Law John West and my Daughter Sarah his wife ten pounds
current money of America to be paid unto them by my Executors within two years after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son in Law Nicholas Rogers and my daughter Mary his wife the
sum of fifteen pounds current money of America Due upon Bond to be assigned over by my Executors within six months after my
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son in Law Peter Thompson and my Daughter Margery his wife
the sum of fifteen pounds current money of America due upon Bond to be assigned over to them by my Executors within six months
after my death.
AND WHEREAS my son Robert Pearson by divers Obligations and conditions to them is and Standeth
bound unto me by virtue of them all, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money of America as aforesaid due and
payable at the days and times in every of their limited and appointed relation thereunto had more fully appears, which said
pounds I give and dispose of in a manner following (viz) ten pounds part of thereof I give and
bequeath unto my son John Pearson. Ten Pounds more thereof to my Son in Law John West and Sarah , his wife. Ten pounds more
thereof to my Son in Law Nicholas Rogers and MAry his wife. Ten pounds more thereof to my Son in Law Peter Thompson and Margery
his wife. And Ten pounds residue or remainder thereof to my son Robert Pearson aforesaid to be paid to each and every of them
by my Executors in some convenient time after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my four sones Namely, Robert Pearson, Lawrence Pearson, Enoch
Pearson, and Abel Pearson, to each of them five shillings to be paid to them by my Executirs.
AND ALL the REST and residue of my Estate Real and personal of what nature or kind soever, proved
by any ways or means whatsoever to be my right property, claim or demand whether written or verbal agreement, I give and devise
unto my dear and loveing wife Margery Pearson to her proper use, behoof, benefit and disposal forever.
And LASTLY I do nominate, constitute and ordain my trusty and well beloved friends, Bartholomew
Coppock of Marple and Samuel Levis, Junr. of Springfield in the County of Chester aforesaid to be my lawful Executors of this
my last will and Testament reposeing. Reposeing in them Special Trust and Confidence in the fulfilling, accomplishing and
Executing thereof in every part, according to the true Intent and
meaning of the same, which I doe pronounce and declare to be my last will and Testament and
none other revoking hereby all former will andwills by me made either verbale or written. In witness thereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal dated the sixteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty. 1730 Thomas Pearson
Signed , sealed and pronounced and declared by the above Thomas Pearson, the testator for and
as his last will and Testament in the presence of us ye subscribers.
Rebecca Coppock, Sarah Coppock , Morda Massey.
Thomas PEARSON and his wife Margery came to PA in the ship "Endeavor of London" in 1683, George
Sharpe, Master. They came from Pownall Fee, Cheshire, England and settled in the Township of Marple. Thomas PEARSON was on
the Grand Jury in Chester Co., 1684. He was appointed to receive subscriptions from Marple M.M. to build a meeting house in
Chester, 1690. He signed a marriage certificate 7-7-1685 at Chester M.M. Margery PEARSON signed a marriage certificate of
Thomas SMEDLEY 8-3-1710. Thomas PEARSON ws a member of the Assembly 1708. At our M.M. held at Providence M.H. the thirth-first
of the Eleventh Month one thousand seven hundred and thirty one, 2, 'Thomas PEARSON appeared here and requested a few lines
by way of Certificate to Darby M.M. Thomas MORGAN and Joseph HOSKINS are appointed to make the needful inquiry and draw one
and bring to next meeting.' "At our M.M. held at Providence M.H. ye twenty ninth of ye twelfth month
From the book: "Joseph West and Jane Owen", by Celeste Terrell Barnhill. Printed by William
Mitchell Printing Co., Greenfield IN. ppg. 52-55. one thousand seven hundred and thirty one two
'The friends apointed to make enquiry and draw a Certificate for Thomas PEARSON have done accordingly
and produced here which is aproved of and signed.'
Sarah PEARSON m John WEST 1718.
Mary PEARSON m Nicholas ROGERS.
M.M. held at Providence Meeting House 25th day of 2 month 1726
' Margery THOMPSON the Daughter of Thomas PEARSON hath produced a paper of acknowledgement for
being married by a Priest which this meeting Receives as her conversation. Shall agree therewith for the future and appoint.
Joseph SELBY to read at Springfield on a first Day she to be present at the reading of it and return it here the next meeting.'"
1689, "An Alphabetical List of Lands taken by Several Purchasers, Renters, and
Old Renters within the County of Chester, and the Quantityes Certified"
compiled by Robert Longshore :
Thomas Pearson, 350 acres.
Benjamin Mendenhall, 250 acres.
John Mendenhall, 300 acres.
1690, Chester Co., Thomas Pearson appointed to committee to receive contributions for building
a new Chester Meeting House.
1693, Marple Twp. taxable : Thomas Pearson, L.3.
John Pearson, L.2.6.
Concord Twp., Benjamin Mendenhall, L.3.
John Mendenhall, L.2.6.
1708, Provincial Assembly : Thomas Pearson represented Chester Co.
1711, May 24, Chester MM, wedding of Lawrence Pearson and Esther Massey; witnesses, Thomas Pearson,
Robert Pearson, Enock Pearson, John Pearson, Abel Pearson, Benjamin Pearson, Sarah Pearson, Mary Pearson, and 55 others .
1716, Caln MM appointed Thomas Pearson as an overseer; Meeting House was
built on land given by John Mendenhall, now in Delaware Co. (Probably another Thomas.)
1720, Sep., Chester MM, wedding of Mary Pearson & Nicholas Rogers, at Springfield MH; Witnesses,
Thomas Pearson, Margery Pearson, Robert Pearson, Lawrence Pearson, Esther Pearson, Enock Pearson, Mary Pearson, John Pearson,
Thomas Pearson Jr., Abel Pearson, Sarah Pearson, Daniel
Williamson, Mary Williamson . . . and 33 others . . .
1722, Darby Twp. taxes : Abel Pearson, L.19.
Marple Twp. taxes : Robert Pearson, L.49.
Enoch Pearson, L.15.
John Pearson, freeman.
1730, Oct. 16, Chester Co., date of will of Thomas Pearson, of Marple;
to son John L.15; to son-in-law John West and my dau. Sarah L.10;
son-in-law Nicholas Rogers and my dau. Mary L.15;
son-in-law Peter Thomson and my dau Margery L.15;
to son Robert L.10 of the money I owe him; to four sons, Robert,
Lawrence, Enoch, and Abel, 5 shillings each; remainder of estate to wife
Margery; Executors, Bartholomew Coppock of Marple, Samuel Levis Jr. of
Witnesses, Rebecca Coppock, Sarah Coppock, Mordecai Massey.
proved 25 March 1734/5.
1734/5, March 25, Chester Co., proved will of Thomas Pearson.
1738, tenth child of Sarah (Pearson) and John West, Benjamin West was born in Springfield Twp.,
Chester Co., Penna.; he was the famous American painter, the first American painter to achieve international fame.
1789, Marple Twp., Chester Co., became Delaware Co., Penna.
Morley Monthly Meeting records, births, marriages. (microfilm)
Chester Monthly Meeting records, births, etc. (microfilm)
"Benjamin and Esther (Furnas) Pearson", (1941) by George M. Pearson.
A GENEALOGY OF SOME OF THE DESCENDANTS OF
THOMAS AND EDWARD PEARSON OF COUNTY CHESTER, ENGLAND, AND PENNSYLAVANIA"
By Eugene L. Pearson December 29, 1961
"The name Pearson is of Norman of Danish origin and means son of Pier or Per. The first group
of these sea-roving Vikings bearing our name, resided in Northumberland before the year 1000A.D. Our particular clan settled
in Winslow and Mobberly in County Chester after the Norman Conquest. These rugged, sea-faring men, who defied the waves of
the North Sea in order to find a better home for their families, brought some rich traditions from the mythic-laden North
Country. One story was to the effect that one of their grandmothers was a woman of giant strength and that she slew a sea-dragon
with her hands. As a reward for this very unlady like gesture, an oracle promised to provide each succeeding generation of
Pearsons with at least one superior woman.
Chester County and City are located in the West-Central section of England. Our Quaker ancestry,
good as it is, deprived us of any lineal descent as to a coat of arms. According to Burke's Armory of English families, we
could lay the best claim to the Pearsons of Winslow. Their coat of arms is described thus: Per fesse embattled gules and azure,
three suns in splendor, or. In good old American this means on a banner, shaped like a shield, three suns are painted in gold
on azure blue background. Across the mid-shield is the outline of turret walls in blood red. This coat of arms would indicate
that it didn't require too long for the Pearson sea-fighters to adapt themselves to land-fighting. Another Pearson tradition:
Adapt yourself to any location.
The Norsemen were regarded as the robber barons of England. The Pearsons even showed mildness
here from the fact that they never acquired any very large estates. They were too proud to marry for money and too self-reliant
to ever accumulate any large estates. The estates acquired, however small, enabled them to marry among the so-called upper
class and attend Oxford. One scholar, who aided the Protestant cause, was Bishop Pearson of Chester, probably an ancestor.
Reverend Abraham Pierson, a descendant of the Yorkshire branch of the family, was one of the founders and the first president
of Yale University, in the year 1701. A glance at a
map of England and a rereading of the Roman occupation, which terminated at Chester, may suggest
that the old Roman roads led the Norman Pearsons to this section. It also enabled them to travel by land when they could no
longer travel by sea. This travel urge likely led to the first marital union between a Pearson and a Janney. Janney is another
way of spelling Gyney, who were Lords of Haverland and Norfolk and descendants of the Counts of Guynes, who date from Charlemagne.
Randall Janney II married Ellen Allrod on July 14, 1602. Their oldest daughter, Elizabeth, married Lawrence Pearson. The name
appears in the court records as Pierson.
Lawrence, the founder of our clan, lived at Pownall Fee, County Chester, England, near Winslow
and Mobberly where the manors of the early Pearsons were located. He and Elizabeth were the parents of five children: John,
Sarah, Thomas, companion of William Penn, Mary and Edward, our ancestor. Lawrence Pearson was an associate of George Fox.
Because of deep religious convictions, Lawrence relinquished the violent fighting instincts of his ancestors, and became one
of the founders of the Society of Friends, known as Quakers. According toJoseph Besse, as related in his "sufferings of the
Early Quakers", they endured almost every conceivable torture but held to their convictions of meeting violence with non-violence.
Lawrence's will is recorded in the Probate Registry, Chester, England, and bears the date of
February 21, 1673. The sum total of his assets were estimated at 6 lbs. 0.6. His chief asset was listed as "a bargain of ground
from Peter Higinbottum". This item is recorded with great pride to convince my offspring that twice in recorded history a
Pearson obtained a bargain from a higginbotham., One, mentioned above, and two, when Ora Higginbotham became and, with the
aid of her humor and unlimited persistence, has remained my wife for over four decades.
Elizabeth Pearson, the first, almost attained the age of 60 in an era when most women died much
younger than that. Lawrence lived to be 72. They deserve much credit for transmitting to later generations their genes loaded
with longevity. Elizabeth died in 1662 and Lawrence in 1673. They are buried in the Mobberly burying ground of Friends.
George Fox and some of his followers believed in a literal interpretation of every statement
in the Bible. When they read Isaiah 20 and 2, which stated that the prophet was to walk in Jerusalem, "naked and barefoot",
they endeavored to approach the cities of England in the same
manner. The civil authorities were more concerned over their personal "revealations" than they
were over their understanding of the scriptures, so they threw them in jail for "preaching against sin in the streets". Lawrence
is listed as having served one such sentence. The court record does not state whether it was for the exposition of his text
Thomas Pearson, the second son of Lawrence, joined William Penn in a protest against the conduct
of these Quaker extremists. They advocated a more practical interpretation of the scriptures and endeavored to train each
man and boy in some trade, or hand skill, as practiced by the Jews from Old Testament days to the present time... Later we
read" William Penn and his fellow Quakers showed that they could practice peace making as well as preach it.
Benjamin West, son of Sarah (Pearson) and John West and grandson of Thomas Pearson, immortalized
these first contacts with the Indians with his painting: "Penn's Treaty with the Indians", which hangs in Independence Hall.
The Quaker who stands fourth from Penn is supposed to be Thomas Pearson. West was the first great American artist and became
president of the Royal Academy of Art in London, succeeding Sir Joshua Reynolds."
Corinne's note input here: Lawrence's date of birth in the history above is unlikely. Elizabeth's
is also in question. Also in question of course is the legend of Thomas having come over on the ship "Welcome".
Thomas Pearson's will
I Thomas Pearson of Marple in the County of Chester and Province of Pennsylvania being weak
in body but of sound disposing mind and memory praises be given to Almighty God. Do make and ordain this my last will and
testament in manner and form following, first & principally I commend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave
it, and my body I commit to earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors herein after named, and as touching
all such temporate estate and worldly effects as is hath pleased the Lord to bless me with, I give and dispose thereof as
followeth. ? Imprim? I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully discharged and paid. Item, I give and bequeath
unto my son John Pearson, the sum of fifteen pounds current money of America due upon bond to be assigned over to him by my
executors hereafter named within six months after my decease. Item, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law John West and my
daughter Sarah, his wife 10 pounds current money of America to be paid unto them by my executors within two years of my decease.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law Nicholas Rogers and my daughter Mary his wife the sum of fifteen pounds current
money of America due upon bond to be assigned over to them by my executors within six months after my decease. Item, I give
and bequeath unto my son-in-law Peter Thompson and my daughter Margery his wife the sum of fifteeen pounds current money of
America due upon bond to be assigned over to them by my executors within six months after my decease. And whereas my son Robert
Pearson by divers obligations and conditions to them, is and standeth bound unto me by virtue of them all, in the ? and full
sum of fifty pounds current money of America as aforesaid due and payable at the days and time in every of thier limited and
appointed relation thereunto had more fully appears, which said fifty pounds I give and dispose of in manner following. (uiz)
Ten pounds part thereof I give and bequeath unto my son John Pearson. Ten pounds more thereof to my son-in-law John West and
Sarah his wife. Ten pounds more thereof to my son-in-law Nicholas Rogers and Mary his wife. Ten pounds more thereof to my
son-in-law Peter Thompson and Margery his wife. And ten pounds resource or remainder thereof to my son Robert Pearson afores
to be paid to each and every of them by my executors in some convenient time after my decease. Item, I give and bequeath unto
my four sons namely Robert Pearson, Lawrence Pearson, Enoch Pearson, and Abel Pearson to each of them five shillings to be
paid to them by my executors, and all the rest & residue of my estate real or personal of what nature or kind so ever,
proved by any ways or means whatsoever to be my right property claim or demand, whether by written or verbal agreement I give
devise and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Margery Pearson to her proper use ? benefit and disposal forever. And lastly
I do nominate constitute and ordain my trusty and well beloved friends Bartholomew Coppock of Marple and Samuel Levis? of
Springfield in the county of Chester aforesaid to be my lawful executors of this my last will and testament reposing reposing
in them special trust and confidence in the fulfilling, accomplishing and executing thereof in every part, according to the
true intent and meaning of the same, which I do pronounce and declare to my last will and testament and none other revoking
hereby all former will and wills by me made either verbal or written. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal
dated the sixteenth day of October In the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and thirty 1730.
Signed Sealed Pronounced\ and declared by the above
\ named Thomas Pearson \
The testator for and as Thomas Pearson\ his last will & testament seal\
In the presence of us \ Subscribers \
Rebekah Coppock Sarah Coppock Mordi Massey
Notes for Margery Ellen Smith:
She survived him. Members of the Pearson family, Thomas, Margery Smith Pearson, Mary Smith
and the Thomas Janney family, they all arrived in America aboard the "Endeavor" 29 Sep 1683. The ship was the Endeavor of
Liverpool,not London, as some have stated. Thomas Pearson and Margery Ellen Smith were wed at the home of Thomas Janney. Margery
must have had an uncomfortable ocean crossing, being about four months pregnant when they landed. She was probably glad to
have her sister May along. Thomas Pearson was known as--Thomas Pearson of Marple township, Chester Co PA, Supervisor of Highways
in 1684, Member of Council in 1687, and membe of Assembly in 1708. It is said that Thomas was a prominent Friend. ===============================================================
THE PEARSONS IN PENNSYLVANIA.
Men and women named
Pearson were among the first colonists to settle in Penn's Woods and to join in his "Holy Experiment." Whether any of these
are ancestors of the Pearsons who later appear in Carolina and are related to those who went to Ohio early in the 18th Century,
has, so far as the writer knows, not yet been determined.
THE QUAKERS. The
rise of the society of Friends has been called "one of the memorable events in the history of man  The sect takes its rise
from the abuses prevalent under the Church of England during the 17th Century. The founder, George Fox, was born in Leicestershire
in 1624, and early devoted himself to the study of the Bible, prayer and meditation. He arrived at the main tenets of Quakerism
about 1645 and soon thereafter made his first convert. He suffered imprisonment many times, chiefly because he preached against
the maintenance of the clergy at the expense of the laity, and because he was opposed to war. In 1651 Magistrate Bennet called
Fox "Quaker" because Fox bade the court tremble at the word of the Lord. The members of the sect called themselves "Children
of Light". After 1652 they became generally known as "Friends", the name being taken from the words of Jesus: "Ye are my friends
if Ye do whatsoever I command you." While he was in America, Fox traveled in the border colonies from New England to Carolina,
mostly by canoe and on horseback. He was deeply concerned about the conversion of the Indians. He spent two years here, and
after his return to England continued to manifest much interest in the welfare of his people in the American colonies.
Early in youth William
Penn became a convert to Quakerism, and when he inherited Pennsylvania from the estate of his father, he invited these who
were seeking true religious and political liberty to emigrate to his vast domain in America, and there attempt to enthrone
justice and secure happiness. Among the larger groups who joined with him in this "holy experiment" were the English and Irish
Quakers, the Scotch-Irish of Northern Ireland, and the German Protestants (Mennonites, Amish, Dunkers and Lutherans) of the
Rhine country and Switzerland. Penn was in his colony for two periods, 1682-1684 and 1699-1701. One of his first acts was
to conclude the Shackamazon Treaty (1682) with the Indians, whereby Penn promised peace and justice and the Indians declared
that they would "live in love with Penn and his children while grass grows and water runs." The pledge was never broken, and
during Penn's lifetime not a single Quaker was killed by an Indian.
Unlike the Puritans
of New England, the Quakers sought to establish justice and happiness not only for themselves
but for all mankind. Three hundred years ago the Quakers sought reforms that have not yet been accepted although they
are recognized as steps in the path of progressive civilization. They were peaceful, quiet, and orderly. They opposed the
death penalty at a time when capitol punishment was imposed for two hundred different offenses, some of them trivial. The
Quakers objected to imprisonment for debt as an unjust limitation of human rights. They preached against vanity, luxury, idleness,
waste, and falsehoods. They supported individual liberty of conscience and intellectual tolerance. They advocated equality
between and in the sexes, and opposed the priesthood. They practiced plainness of speech, behavior, and apparel, and were
temperate and honest. Later they were opposed to slavery and stood out firmly against it during the first part of the 19th
Century. But one of the most valuable of their tenets was their obstinate opposition to was, manifested in their refusal to
kill, to bear arms, and to give aid and comfort to belligerents. Members of the Society who took up arms in war were disowned.
Dean Inge has said that "the Quakers, of all Christian bodies, have remained nearest to the teaching and example of Christ."
FIRST ARRIVALS. One
of the first men to bear the name of Pearson to come to America was Rev. Abraham Pearson, who arrived in Boston in 1649. In
the same year, "as a student", he was given leave "to join in Ye gathering of a church at Ye Long Isleland", and was a minister
at Southampton, L.I., until 1644 when he removed to Branford, CT, and thence to Newark, NJ . Another account  gives
his birthplace as Yorkshire, England, in 1613: he was a minister at Lynn, Massachusetts, his first year in this country, and
removed from Southampton in 1647 and from Branford in 1667. His son, Thomas, removed from Branford to Newark in 1668. These
men were not Quakers, for the elder left England before Fox had founded the Society. Had they been Quakers, they would not
have been permitted to remain in Massachusetts. In 1659-60 three men and one woman were hanged on Boston Common because they
were Quakers. 
Many members of the
family appeared early in Pennsylvania. There will always be some confusion about the early settlers in this colony because
of the destruction of the immigration records at New Castle by the British during the Revolution.
Mobert  gives
the following story: "Penn went to Upland (Chester) on the 29th of October, 1682. Turning around to Pearson, one of his society, who had accompanied him in the ship Welcome, he said, 'Providence has brought us here safe.
Thou hast been the companion of my peril. What wilt thou that I shall call this place?' Pearson said, "Chester," in remembrance
of the city from whence we came." This story appears in nearly every history of Chester County, but evidently it is not true
for the name of Upland had been changed to Chester before Penn's arrival in the colony, and probably before the coming of
a Pearson. Futhey and Cope  state that the first name of this man is supposed to have been Robert. Smith  says that
his name was Thomas, and gibes the following account:
Thomas Pearson, frequently called Thomas Person, with his wife Margery, came from
England with Wm. Penn when on his first visit to Pennsylvania. If any reliance can be placed on tradition, it was upon his
suggestion that the name of Upland was changed to Chester. He settled in Marple Township on the tract marked "Thomas Perce
'on the Holme' map. His children were Robert, Thomas, Lawrence, Enoch John, Alice, Sarah, and Benjamin, all born in this country.
His daughter, Sarah, intermarried with John West and was the mother of the great painter, Sir Benjamin West. His son, Robert,
married Catharine, daughter of James Thomas of Marion. Thomas Pearson the elder was alive in 1706. Besides Pearson, some of
his descendants took the names Parsons, Persons,
In December, 1684, there appeared before the court "Margrett Person who complained against her master, John Colbert,
for his ill usage and beating her contrary to law: - the court ordered that she be disposed of for seven pounds."  The
court on the 1st, 5th month, 1684, appointed Thomas Pearson constable and supervisor for highways for Marple Township. 
On the 26th of November, 1687, the Margaret, John Bowman commander, arrived from London; among the Passengers were Thomas
Pierson, mason and his wife Margaret, late of Poonell (Pownell), Cheshire. 
That the records
are very much at variance is shown by the following account of the early Pearsons in Pennsylvania: 
It was three-quarters
of a century prior to the artists' (Benjamin West) birth that his maternal grandparents, the youthful Thomas Pearson and Margery,
his bride of a bare six months, came voyaging over the sea to set up their abode in what was then the newly-established Providence
Their old home in England was in the Township of Pownall Fee, Parish of Wilmslow, in the
Northeast of the County of Chester of Cheshire. There both were born of Quaker parents in that seething fervid era of the
rise of the Society, There also, 2nd Mo. (April) 18, 1683, they were married, in a friends' meeting at the house of Thomas
Janney the Quaker minister, later in the year their shipmate to Pennsylvania. The parents of the groom at this time were not
living, the father, Lawrence Pearson, having died 12th Mo. (February) 24, 1673, and the mother, Elizabeth Pearson, 6 Mo. (August)
13, 1662; the place of their interment was in Friends' burial ground in the adjoining Parish of Mobberley. The bride, Margery
Pearson, who was born 12Mo. (February) 1, 1658, was the daughter of Robert and Ellen Smith. Her sister, Mary Smith, born 12
Mo. (February) 24, 1660, came with her to Pennsylvania, and in 1685 was married under the care of Chester Monthly Meeting
to Daniel Williamson.
Thomas Pearson, and
likewise his brother Edward Pearson, followed in the footsteps of their father Lawrence and of their uncle Robert Pearson,
also of Pownall fee, by learning the mason trade. It was Thomas' bachelor brother, John Pearson, born at Pownall Fee, 7 Mo.
(September) 5, 1654, who had made the initial move of the family towards Pennsylvania colonization. He became one of William
Penn's First Purchasers in England by receiving the grant of 259 acres of land to be laid out in the Province, the deeds of
lease for the end release for the tract being signed by Penn, march 2 and 3, 1681-2, in his London land office, in historic
old George Yard in Lombard Street. John accompanied his brother Thomas to Pennsylvania.
The other brother, Edward Pearson, who was married 1 Mon. (March 6, 1671), at Pownall Fee, to Sarah Burgis, did not
come over until 1687. Then he made his first settlement at Darby, but later removed to Bucks County where he left a worthy
line of descendants.
The Pearsons arrived on the ketch Endeavor of London, George Thorpe Master, 7 Mo. (September) 29, 1683.
As a matter of fact, there were three Quaker Thomas Pearsons, wholly unrelated, who emigrated to Pennsylvania in the
days of William Penn:
Thomas, from Bristol, in 1683, afterwards Deputy Surveyor of New Castle County, Delaware.
1.Thomas, from Cheshire, in 1683, grandfather of Benjimin West.
Thomas, with his wife Grace, from Lancashire, in 1698. He died on the voyage. The children
figure in the records of Middletown Monthly Meetings, Bucks County.
John Pearson's grant
of land was surveyed for him in Marple Township, October 25, 1683, and there he and Thomas proceeded at once to make their
settlement… Later John, the brother, formally deeded the tract to Thomas and went to live a little further to the North
over the line in Newtown Township.
In 1684, at the Chester
County Court, Thomas Pearson was made road supervisor , as well as constable of Marple Township. On several occasions he served
in the grand Inquest of the court. In 1686 he was brought to the bar for drunkenness and swearing. This backsliding of his
young manhood, however, was of short duration for soon he was participating in other public as well as Quaker meeting service.
In 1689, he became
tax collector for Marple, and in 1690, fence viewer. In 1708, he was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly from Chester County.
In 1703, and again in 1716, he was made overseer of Springfield meeting. He died in 1734 on the Marple homestead of his first
settlement, and doubtless lies buried in the Springfield graveyard with his wife and others of his family in unmarked graves.
Margery, his wife
of Thomas Pearson, was the mother of ten children, all duly recorded in the meeting registers, her oldest child, Robert, having
been born 12 Mo. (February) 3, 1683, but a few months after settlement in the new home. From the disappearance of her name
from the Chester records in 1721, it is to be supposed that she died not long after.
Sarah, their seventh
child, was born at their Marple home 2 Mo. (April) 8, 1697. She, too, like her mother, with ten children to care for and her
other heavy house wifely duties as the wife of John West, the innkeeper, must have had a burdensome life. At any rate, she
died at the age of 59, in 1756, while her husband kept the inn near Present Newtown Square on the West Chester Pike. She,
and her father and mother, were signers of the marriage certificate of her brother Lawrence, of Marple, Tailor, to Esther
Massey, daughter of Thomas Massey, of Marple, yeoman,, on 3 Mo (May) 24, 1711, at Springfield meeting. Although no records
so indicate, it is possible that she was buried with her Pearson kin-folks at Springfield Meeting in an unmarked grave. Thus
unhonored and unsung lies this pioneer mother of a most distinguished son, the court painter Sir Benjimin West, who lies buried
in St. Paul's London.
About 1689, Robert
Longshore drew up "An Alphabetical List of Lands taken up by Several Purchasers, Renters and Old Renters within the County
of Chester, and the Quantityes Certified." Among the holders listed were Thomas Pearson with 350 acres; Benjimin Mendenhall,
with 250 acres, and John Mendenhall, with 300 acres. On the 1693 list of taxables for "Marpoole" Township were Thomas Pearson
(3 pounds) and John Pearson (2 pounds, 6 shillings): for Concord Township Benjamin Mendenhall (3 pounds) and John Mendenhall
(2 pounds, 6 shillings). In 1690, Thomas Pearson was appointed a member of a committee to receive contributions for building
a new meeting house for Chester meetings.
A Thomas Peirson
was appointed one of the overseers of Cain meeting, at the establishment of that meeting in 1716. The meeting house was built
on land given to the meeting by John Mendenhall, in what is now Delaware County. Both John Jr., and Aaron, sons of John Mendenhall,
were overseers of Cain meeting. John Jr. later moved to Virginia.
The following three
accounts of members of the Pearson family are taken from Smith's , History of
Delaware County: 
with his wife Susanna and family, emigrated from the town of Rotherham in the West Riding of Workshire, England, about the
year 1712, and settled in Darby Township. His wife's maiden name was Burbeck. They were in membership with Friends at the
time of their arrival. Benjamin was a very sedate man, strongly British in his notions, and never became fully reconciled
to this country. He never would admit that its products were equal to those of England - turnips only excepted. He died in
1763, aged 81 years, the death of his wife having occurred eighteen years earlier. They had been better educated than usual
for emigrants in that day, but Benjamin, feeling so little interested in the country, never made any exertions to acquire
property in it. Their children were Benjamin, Thomas, and Isaac, born in England, and John, Joseph, Samuel, and Joshua, born
in this Country. Thomas, the second son, married Hannah, the daughter of Samuel and granddaughter of John Blunston, and settled
in Darby. From their oldest son, John, who married Anne Bevan, all of the Darby Pearsons have descended.
John Person, or Pearson,
was an early settler in Newtown Township, and was a brother to Thomas Pearson, or Person, of Marple, and he also had a brother
Edward, probably Edward Pierson of Darby. As Thomas and Edward both came from Cheshire, England, it may be inferred that he
also migrated from that place. He bequeathed 10 pounds towards building a meeting house at Newtown, and 6 pounds towards "paling-in"
a graveyard at Springfield. He died in 1709, without children, and probably unmarried.
Edward Pierson, from
Ponnallfee in Cheshire, England settled in Darby Township in 1687. By trade he was a mason and probably followed that business.
He was a member of the Society of Friends, but was not as strict a member as was usual in his day. There are reasons for believing
that he was a brother of Thomas Pearson, who accompanied William Penn, though his name is spelled differently. He had a son
Lawrence, and probably one named Thomas, and another Abel. It is said he removed to Bucks County.
The 1722 list of
taxables, with assessed value of their real estate, include the following: Marple - Robert Pearson, 40 pounds; Enoch Pearson,
15 pounds; John Pearson, freeman; Darby - Abel Pearson, 19 pounds; The 1715 list had included Thomas Pearson and Robert Pearson,
and Enoch Pearson, freeman. 
Which of the men
were ancestral to the Pearson families who immigrated to Virginia and the Carolinas during the second quarter of the 18th
century, the writer has not yet determined. It is likely, however, that the information is available in the records of the
Friends, Historical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and in Quaker records of removal and settlement.
The Pearsons in the South
During the quarter
of the Century between 1725 and 1750, many Pennsylvania families moved Southward and Southwestward, along the edge of the
Appalachians and into the fertile valleys of the Eastern hills. These were chiefly Quakers, Pennsylvania Dutch, and Scotch-Irish.
Members of all three groups settled in the Shenandoah Valley, and in other Western parts of Virginia, in Western North and
South Carolina, and a few in Georgia, along the upper part of the Savannah River. The movement progressed Southward, striking
Georgia about 1780. These people left Pennsylvania because that colony had begun to fill up, and land became more expensive.
In the country to which they moved lay fertile, unclaimed land, which was easily turned into productive farms. Although Quakers
were opposed in principle to the institution of slavery, many of the Southern members bought and owned slaves, although they
seldom sold them.
Among the early meetings
set up in Virginia were Hopewell, in Frederick County, six miles North of Winchester; Fairfax, in Loudoun County, seven miles
West of North of Leesburg: Cedar Creek, in Hanover County and Mount Pleasant, in Frederick County, nine miles Southwest of
Many families went
direct from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas. Among the early meetings erected there were Cane Creek, in Alamance County, fourteen
miles South of Graham; Contentnea, in Wayne County, fifteen miles North of Goldsborough;
Deep River in Guilford County, twelve miles South West of Greensboro: New Garded in Guilford County, New Guilford College:
Springfield, in Guilford County, near High Point; (all of the foregoing are in North Carolina; the following are in South
Carolina): Bush River, in Newberry County, eight miles Northwest of Newberry; Cane Creek, near Bush River; and Wrightsboro,
in McDuffie County, Georgia, thirty miles Northwest of Augusta. 
The name of Pearson
appears early in the records of Contentnea meeting. The large settlement of Friends in Alamance, Chatham, Guilford, Randolph,
and Surrey Counties, North Carolina was formed by immigrants, not by the expansion of the native element. This stream of immigrants
was strong and healthy. It adds a stable element, fortified still further by the presents thrift, frugality, and energy, to
the making of the State.  The Pearsons seem to have moved on into South Carolina, for the name is not mentioned by Weeks
as occurring again in North Carolina Quaker records.
Up to 1762, South Carolina Quakers seem to have come to that colony by the water route. Some have settled in Charleston
and along the Edisto River. In 1770, Bush River Monthly Meeting was set up, and received from Camden, where they had previously
resided, several families in membership, among the Kellys, O'Nealls and Piersons. However, most of the people of Bush River
had come overland from the North, some from North Carolina, and some direct form Pennsylvania. The following extract is from
The group of meetings
clustering about Bush River was the most important in South Carolina. The origin of this meeting and the time it began cannot
be discovered. William Coate was living near Bush River before 1762, and Samuel Kelly, a native of King's County, Ireland,
removed to Newberry County, from Camden, in 1762. Other early Quaker settlers were John Furnas, David Jenkins, Benjamin and
William Pearson. Robert Evans came from Camden, Probably between 1762 and 1769. Judge O'Neall,  author of Annals of Newberry,
had a birthright membership in this meeting. His parents were both from Antrim, Ireland, and this would indicate a mixture
of races in the settlement. We may conclude that it had the Irish as a base, with a super stratum of immigrants from the States
to the North.
In 1779, a
body of Friends from a "Distant Land", probably Ireland, settled within the limits of Bush River monthly Meeting, but as they
had not regular certificates, Western Quarterly Meeting advised that they be not received as full members. 
O'Neall gives a further
account of the bush river settlement: 
The Quaker settlement was on Bush River and on the Beaverdam. It extended from three or four miles on each side of
the river. No finer body of land can be found in South Carolina than that embraced within the limits of the settlement.
When the settlement
began, or whence came the great body of settlers, it is out of my power to say with certainty. Certain it is that William
Coate, before 1762, lived between Springfield and Bush River, and that Samuel Kelly, a native of Kings' County, Ireland, but
who came to Newberry from Camden, settled at Springfield in 1762, John Furnas at the same time, and adjoining made his settlement.
David Jenkins, about the same time, or possible a few years before, settled here. Benjamin Pearson and William Pearson lived
on the plantation, once the property of John Frost, now that of Judge O'Neall, as early as 1769,…Thomas Pearson, Samuel
Pearson, and the two Enoch Pearsons were, among others, residents of this section before or during the Revolution, and were
Friends, or were ranked as such by descent…. The following family names appear in the settlement: Wright Brooks, Thomas,
Patty, McCoole, Coate, O'Neall, Hollinsworth, Harbert, Parkins, Smith, Miles, Brown, Gaunt, Pugh, Gilbert, Galbreath, Coppock,
Reagin, Insco, Spray, Teague, Pemberton, Inman, Babb, Steddam, Crumpton, Cook, Jay, Reagan, Hasket, Longshore, Duncan, etc.
The Quaker community
on Bush River was a most interesting one. Small farms, enough and to spare, among all, was its general state. Hard working,
healthy, yet an honest, innocent and mirthful, though a staid people, make up altogether an interesting picture… Within
the graveyard, South of the old meeting house, sleeps hundreds of the early settlers of Bush River (In unmarked graves, for
the Quakers were opposed to the use of gravestones).
Other families of
Pearson lived in other sections of South Carolina, and were probably unrelated to the Quaker families. Abstracts from an old
account book of the Georgetown District, Cheraws, appear the names of Aaron and Moses Pearson, 1788-1792.  Again, "The
Pearsons lived East of the Pedee in the Marlborough District, called the Big Plantation. Moses Pearson was a noted captain
in the Revolution."  These men lived in the Northeastern part of the State, and were certainly of different extraction.
It is likely that
the Pearsons of Miami County have descended from the Pearsons of Newberry County, South Carolina. The Custodian of Records
of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends is now compiling data on marriages, births, and certificates of removal.
One of the chief
tenets of Quakerism at this time was opposition to slavery, although many members continued to own slaves, holding that the
slaves were better off under their benign management than they would be if free and thus subject to capture and resale. The
laws of the Carolinas were devised to make emancipation difficult if not impossible, but Quakers early followed the plan of
giving the slave to their Yearly meeting, and the officials of the Yearly Meeting arranged for the transportation of the slaves
to the Northwest Territory or to Canada. At the close of the 18th Century, opinion on the slavery issue differed among Friends,
but it became the usual thing for a member to be disowned for selling a slave. Samuel Kelly, perhaps the earliest settler
in Bush River, was thus disowned.
Between 1800 and
1804, Zachary Dicks, of New Garden, North Carolina, a celebrated Quaker preacher, passed through Bush River, and spoke to
the meeting there. He was thought to have the gift of prophecy, for he predicted a quarter of a century before that within
a few years the meeting house at Guilford Court House, North Carolina, would be washed with blood; his prophesy was fulfilled
when the Quakers, who refused to bear arms in battle, took over the nursing of the wounded, British and American, and placed
them in their meeting house, and buried the dead in their graveyard. At the time of Dick's visit to Bush River, there had
lately come the news of the slave uprising in Santo Domingo and the slaughter of many of the white masters. He warned Friends
to come out from a slave country. He predicted that in the lifetime of people then living there would be a war about slavery,
and that the country would be drenched in blood and hatred. He declared that the institution of slavery was incompatible with
the Quaker faith, and urged Friends to take their children out of the south. He told them that if they did not, their fate
would be that of the murdered Santo Domingo whites. He urged them to go to the Northwest Territory, which, by the Ordinance
of 1787, was forever to be free from slavery. A vivid, dramatic presentation of this prediction is found in Doan's "Bush River."
"Between 1797 and
1799, Abijah O'Neall and Samuel Kelly Jr. bought the military lands of Jacob Robert Brown in Ohio; the great body of it was
in Warren County, East of Cincinnati." Abijah O'Neall visited, located the land, and in 1799, in the language of Samuel Kelly
'Beyond the mountains and far away,
bears and wolves to play.'
he commenced his toilsome removal to his Western home. When about starting, he applied
to Friends for his regular certificate of membership, etc. This they refused him, on the grounds that his removal was itself
such a thing as did not meet their approbation. Little did they then dream that in less than ten years they would all be around
him in the then far West!:  "During the first fifteen years of the 19th Century, more than 18,000 followers of Fox and
Penn left the land of slavery, and made for the North to find a home in the Northwest Territory, where the blight of human
slavery could never exist." 
The warning of Dicke
"produced in a short time a panic, and removals to Ohio commenced, and by 1807 the Quaker settlement had in a great degree,
changed its population. (After 1807, no meetings were regularly held in Bush River, and by 1822 it was abandoned.) Land which
could often since, and even now after near forty years cultivation in cotton, can be sold for $10, $15 and $20 per acre (1859),
was sold then for from $3 to $6. Newberry thus lost, from a foolish panic and superstitious fear of an institution, which
never harmed them or any other body of people, a very valuable portion of its white population." 
The records of the
Friends' meetings  shows that some people of the name of Pearson came direct to Bush River from Pennsylvania, and others
of the name came there from the Hopewell, Virginia, meeting. The minutes of the Baltimore and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings
may give sufficient information to trace these families in Bush River to the First Pennsylvania settlers.
The Bush River records show
that the Pearsons were given certificates of removal to the Miami meeting in Ohio (Warren Cou
More About Thomas PEARSON and Margery Smith:
Marriage: 18 Apr 1683, Cheshire England They were married at the home of Thomas Janney.
Children of Thomas PEARSON and Margery Smith are:
i. Susannah/Sarah PIERSON, born 1632; died 1664
in Virginia; married John WEST.
ii. Robert Pearson
iii. Lawrence Pearson
iv. ENOCH PEARSON
v. John Pearson
vi. Abel Pearson
vii. Benjamin Pearson
viii. Mary Pearson
ix. Margery Pearson
576. Isacs Grigsby, born 1572 in Lincolnshire, England; died 1604. He was the son of 1152. Alexander Grigsby and 1153. Anna.
He married 577. Joane Finch Jan 1597 in Ashford, England.
577. Joane Finch, born 1553 in Ashford, England; died 19 Apr 1615 in Hinxhill, Kent,
More About Isacs Grigsby and Joane Finch:
Marriage: Jan 1597, Ashford, England
Children of Isacs Grigsby and Joane Finch are:
i. Thomas Grigsby, born 1600 in Marsham, England;
died 1650 in England; married Ellizabeth Bancks 04 Jun 1622 in All Saints Church, Maidstone, England.
ii. Alexander Grigsby
iii. Robert Grigsby, born 1598.
578. John Bankes, born Abt. 1572 in Ashford, Kent., England/Ashford, England; died
22 Aug 1642 in London, England. He was the son of 1156. John Bankes and
1157. Margery Masterson. He married 579. Mary Fisher 1597 in Maidstone,
579. Mary Fisher, born Abt. 1577 in Maidstone, Kent., England; died Unknown. She was the daughter of 1158. Alexander Fisher and 1159. Katherine Maplesden.
More About Mary Fisher:
Burial: Maidstone, Kent., England
More About John Bankes and Mary Fisher:
Marriage: 1597, Maidstone, Kent., England
Children of John Bankes and Mary Fisher are:
i. Ellizabeth Bancks, born 1607 in Maidstone, Kent.,
England/Maidstone, England; died 1655 in Maidstone, Kent., England; married Thomas Grigsby 04 Jun 1622 in All Saints Church,
ii. Caleb Bankes, born 1599 in Maidstone, Kent.,
England/Maidstone, England; died Bef. 09 Nov 1669.
iii. Katherine Bankes, born Abt. 1603 in Maidstone, Kent., England/Maidstone,
England; died Bef. 1648.
iv. Lydia Bankes, born Abt. 1605 in Maidstone, Kent., England/Maidstone,
England; died Unknown.
v. John Bankes, born Abt. 1608 in Maidstone, Kent.,
England/Maidstone, England; died Unknown.
vi. Margaret Bankes, born Abt. 1610 in Maidstone, Kent., England/Maidstone,
England; died Bef. 1669.
vii. Priscilla Bankes, born 1613 in Maidstone, Kent., England/Maidstone,
England; died in England.
viii. Mary Bankes, born Abt. 1618 in Maidstone, Kent., England/Maidstone,
England; died Unknown.
832. George Dillard, born 1634 in Willshire, Eng.; died 1694 in VA.. He was the son of 1664. John Carbonne D'llard and 1665. Unknown. He married 833. Martha Williams.
833. Martha Williams
Notes for George Dillard:
George Dillard (ca 1630 - ca 1704): George landed at Jamestown in the Virginia Colony after
a voyage from England in 1650, or shortly before, likely as a young, illiterate indentured servant (as were most immigrants
of that period). 1650 was, indeed, very early in the colonization of the North American continent, and as such, George would
be considered one of the original settlers.
After his indentured servitude obligation was fulfilled, George prospered. In 1665 he received a headright land grant
of 250 acres in New Kent County, Virginia (later King and Queen County), adjacent to land he already owned, located “upon
branches of Tassitiomp Swamp”. Later land records refer to a “Geo.
Dillard Plantation on the N. side of Mattapony River”.
of his servitude obligation and the necessity to establish himself in the Colonies, it is probable George married and began
raising a family late in life. It is speculated he married about 1666 although no data exist on his marriage or his wife.
the hardships, George succeeded and prospered. One genealogist sums up his life as follows: “In [Colonial] Virginia,
a land where many more than half the new people died, George Dillard was a survivor. Where there were four men to every woman,
George had a wife. During a severe depression from 1660 until near the end of the century, George Dillard became a land owner,
something achieved by a small percentage of those who came as indentured servants and had to work four, five, or seven years
… to pay their transportation expense. We do not know the hardships George endured during those years when he had no
personal freedom, when he had to do as his master directed, when he could not marry.”
is known of George because in colonial America few records were kept and many of those that were kept were destroyed or burned.
Nor is anything known about his wife or female children. He had five known sons, all of whom married and established families
in the Virginia
Children of George Dillard and Martha Williams are:
i. James Stephen Dillard Sr., born 1658 in Wilshire,
Eng.; died Unknown in VA; married Louise "Laura" Gervanas Page.
ii. EDWARD DILLARD, born Abt. 1668 in Kent Co.,
844. John ALDEN (Source: (1) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's book, "The Courtship of
Miles Standish."., (2) Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, v. I p. 21., (3) "Collection of American Epitaphs and Inscriptions"
in 1814, by Timothy Alden.), born 1599 in Essex, England; died 12 Sep 1687 in S.Duxbury, , MA. He married 845. Priscilla MULLENS Abt. 1623 in Plymouth, Essex, Massachusetts, American Colonies.
845. Priscilla MULLENS (Source: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's book, "The Courtship
of Miles Standish.".), born 1602 in Surrey, England; died 1685 in South Duxbury, MA.
She was the daughter of 1690. William MULLINS and 1691. Alice.
Notes for John ALDEN:
John Alden and Priscilla Mullens, the two
lovers of Plimoth made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's book, "The Courtship of Miles Standish." The story goes that
Captain Miles Standish, an old man, was smitten with a young lady from the Mayflower named Priscilla Mullens. John Alden c.1599–1687,
Puritan settler in Plymouth Colony. He came to America on the Mayflower and was prominent as assistant to the governor of
the colony. He moved (c.1627) to Duxbury and there was neighbor and friend of Miles Standish. He dispatched the young John
Alden to her to speak of the Captain's great love for her. John visited Priscilla frequently to talk about what a great catch
the Captain would be for a husband. Of course, Priscilla preferred the young John Alden to a salty old sea captain and said
the famous line, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John." John and Priscilla were married and moved to Duxbury Massachusetts.
One of the charter members of the Plymouth Colony, arriving on the first voyage of the Mayflower. His marriage to Priscilla
Mullens is the first recorded marriage in Plymouth. At the time of the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620 for America, he was
about twenty-one years old. William Bradford, second governor of the colony, wrote that John Alden was "hired for a cooper,
at South Hampton (England), where the ship victualed (brought on food for the voyage); and being a hopeful young man, was
much desired, but left to his own liking to go or stay when he came here; but he stayed and married here." A cooper is a barrel
maker, one of the vital trades needed by the colonists. John married Priscilla Mullins, also of the Mayflower, about 1623,
but the exact date has been lost to history. Priscilla is not listed separately in the 1623 Division of Land, and by the 1627
Division of Cattle, they were listed as married with two children (They had ten recorded children). John Alden became one
of the Purchasers and Undertakers for the colony, and also served as Assistant in the Colony government, Deputy Governor,
Colony Treasurer, and a member of the committee in charge of revising laws. He was one of the founders of Duxbury, Massachusetts,
and owned several pieces of property. Although he died without a will, an inventory of his property at the time of his death
was taken in November 1687. The legend of the rivalry between Miles Standish and John Alden for Priscilla Mullins was first
published in the book, "Collection of American Epitaphs and Inscriptions" in 1814, by Timothy Alden. The story was popularized
by the poem, "The Courtship of Miles Standish" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1858, however, there is no documentation of
the story in any of the records of the Plymouth Colony. The story could, at best, be considered a folk tale handed down the
Alden Family line, or at worst, complete fiction.
More About John ALDEN:
More About John ALDEN and Priscilla MULLENS:
Marriage: Abt. 1623, Plymouth, Essex, Massachusetts, American Colonies
Children of John ALDEN and Priscilla MULLENS are:
i. Robert Adlin, born Abt. 1640 in Mass.; died
in Dragon Swamp, Halifax, Nc, USA; married Eleanor Willis Abt. 1665.
ii. Ruth Adlin
iii. Elizabeth ALDEN
iv. John ALDEN
v. Joseph ALDEN
vi. Sarah ALDEN
vii. Jonathan ALDEN
846. Thomas WILLIS, born 1616 in Middlesex County, VA; died Bef. 06 Feb 1670 in
Lancaster County, VA. He was the son of 1692. Richard Willis and 1693.
Jane Henmarsh. He married 847. Mary Bentley Abt. 1654 in Middlesex
847. Mary Bentley (Source: Woolfolk Family Records, Author: John W. Woolfolk, III
Publication: 1998 Note: @NS108421.), born in Virginia; died 27 Sep 1684 in Middlesex County, VA.
Notes for Thomas WILLIS:
"Mr. Willis" Thomas Wyllys, a "sidsman" of
Lancaster Parish in Virginia in 1657. There is recorded in Lancaster 1 Oct 1667 from Thomas Wyllys, of Lancaster, and Mary,
his "now wife" to Abraham Weekes.
Notes for Mary Bentley:
There is in Middlesex County (formerly a part of Lancaster) a marriage contract dated
6 Feb 1670 between Mary Willis, widow and Mathew Bentley, shoemaker, making provision in favor of her children, Richard, John
and Eleanor Willis. This Mary Willis was doubtless the widow of Thomas Willis. Her second husband, Mathew Bentlye, was one
of the letters of the adherents of Nathaniel Bacon in Middlesex and vicinity. At Middlesex Court February, 1677, Matthew Bentley
was summoned to answer the charge that during the late rebellion, when in command of forty or fifty men-in-arms at Major Lewis'
plantation, in New Kent, he killed three hogs and four sheep, use a great deal of corn and took meal for the whole rebel army
at Major Pate's. in this case Bentley took an appeal to the General Court. On July 23rd, Col. Wormeley, of Middlesex, sued
Matthew Bentley and others for trespass and for taking from him in October, 1676, twelve beeves, forty sheep, twelve bushels
of salt, etc &c. He obtained judgment for 435 lbs. ... " [Ref: Virginia Tax Records, Tithables of Lancaster Co., Virginia
1654, p. 248]
Mathew Bentley died 6 Jan 1685 and Mrs. Mary Bentley 27 sept 1684. In his will he mentions Mary and Robert Allden,
John Willis and Richard Willis, the later executor. The Register of Christ Church Parish, Middlesex, records: Mary Willis
christened 23 Feb 1660; Thomas willis born 8 Sept 1660; Elleanor Willis born 18 apr 1655; Richard willis born 29 Aug 1656;
John Willis born 24 Nov 1658. [Ref: VA., Magazine of History Vol 5-249 & Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County,
Va & Va Colonial Abstracts - Middlesex Co., by Fleet, p 56.]
More About Thomas WILLIS and Mary Bentley:
Marriage: Abt. 1654, Middlesex County, VA
Children of Thomas WILLIS and Mary Bentley are:
i. Eleanor Willis, born 18 Apr 1655 in Christ Church,
Middlesex, Va.; died 1734 in Middlesex, Va; married Robert Adlin Abt. 1665.
ii. Mary Willis, born 23 Feb 1660.
iii. Thomas Willis, born 08 Sep 1660.
iv. John Willis, born 24 Nov 1658.
896. Daniel Burgess (Source: (1) The Burgess Family of South River, Maryland., (2)
Lord Major's Court of London Despositions Relating to Americans, 1980 by Peter
Wilson Coldham., (3) Maryland Cal. of Wills Book 1, 81., (4) Anne Arundel Gentry 2nd Edition, Vol. 1, by Harry Wright Newman.,
(5) Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, (1641) 129 Evelyn, FHL microfilm 092151., (6) Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills,
(1639) 178 Harvey , FHL microfilm 92145., (7) Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, (1646) 183 Twisse, FHL microfilm 92162., (8) Colonial Famillies of the United States of American: Volume 7 Issue.),
born 1595 in Stains, Sutton Magna, Wilts, England; died 1674. He married 897.
897. Catherine, born Abt. 1596 in Truro, Cornwall, England; died Unknown.
About Daniel Burgess and Catherine:
Children of Daniel Burgess and Catherine are:
i. Col. Willam Burgess, born 1622 in Truro, Cornwall,
England; died 24 Jun 1686 in Anne Arundel Co., MD; married Elizabeth Robbins 1650 in Near Annapolis, MD.
ii. Elizabeth Burgess, born Aft. 1620 in Wiltshire,
England; died Unknown.
iii. Joseph Burgess, born Aft. 1620 in Wiltshire, England; died
iv. Samuel Burgess, born Abt. 1624 in Wiltshire, England; died
v. Jeremiah Burgess, born Abt. 1626 in Wilshire,
England; died Unknown.
vi. Mary Burgess, born Abt. 1630 in Wilshire, England; died Unknown.
vii. Ann Burgess, born Abt. 1630 in Truro, Cornwall, England; died
viii. Isaac Burgess, born Abt. 1632 in Wilshire, England; died Unknown.
ix. Daniel Burgess, born Abt. 1634 in Wiltshire, England; died
x. Elizabeth Burgess, born Abt. 1638 in Truro,
898. Col. Edward Robbins, born 26 Aug 1604 in Long Buckby, Eng.; died Bet. 01 Feb
- 17 May 1641 in Accomac Co., VA. He was the son of 1796. Richard Robins
and 1797. Dorothy Goodman. He married 899. Jane Cornish 16 Apr
899. Jane Cornish (Source: (1) St. Peter's Parish Register, Church of England, Tiverton,
England, Record Office, Exeter, England., (2) Diocese of Exeter Marriage Bonds and Allegations, Devonshire, England. Abstract
of only names and dates. Originals destroyed by bombing in 1942. FHL microfilm
0,916,997., (3) Northampton Co., VA orders, deeds, and wills 3:107, FHL microfilm 0,032,736..), born Abt. 15 Aug 1612
in Tiverton, Eng.; died Bet. 01 Feb - 17 May 1641 in Accomac Co., VA. She was
the daughter of 1798. Richard CORNISH and 1799. Grace GOODING.
Col. Edward Robbins:
Edward Robins, age 33, was transported to VA from England, Aug. 21, 1635, on the ship
Thomas by Mr. Henry Taverner.
in Accomack Co VA by May 1, 1637, when he was ordered to pay a debt to Thomas Nuton.
June 4, 1646, Elizabeth & Rachel Robins, orphans of Edward Robins, were granted 350 A. in Northampton Co for the transportation
of seven persons, including Edward Robins and others.
Edward Robins died by 1646 in Northampton Co, Va. He had no known sons.
Administration of Will
Admtr: Obedience Robins
of orphans of Mr. Edward Robins for transportation of Edward Robbins, Thomas
Joyner, Olliver, Lawrence Glanfeild, Nicholas Raynehard, Abraham Boothes, and Anthony James ( do not know relatiionship) (Marshall
Robins, gent of Longbuckbbye in the Co on Northampton claimed to be the brother of Edward Robins, dec'd of VA and of Obedience
Robins. He and gave power of Attorney to his sister in law Jane Puddington (wife of George in VA) 1645-1651
is the daughter of Edward Robins, dec'd 1645-1651 (Marshall p 224)
Rachel Robins wife of Richard Beard and Elizabeth Robins wife of William Burgess 1655-1657 are
daughters. (Marshall p 67)
Capt. John Howe dec'd mentioned in will as well as Nathaniel Littleton
Lining in: 1674, lAnne Arundel, Co., MD
More About Col.
Robbins and Jane Cornish:
Marriage: 16 Apr 1630
Children of Col. Robbins and Jane Cornish are:
i. Elizabeth Robbins, born 1602 in Long Buckby,
Northamptonshire, Eng; died 1658 in Anne Arundel Co., MD; married Col. Willam Burgess 1650 in Near Annapolis, MD.
ii. Rachel Robbins, born 20 Nov 1631; died Unknown;
married Richard Beard 1649.
iii. William Robbins, born 04 Jun 1633 in London, Eng.; died 10
Jun 1633 in London, Eng.
iv. Christian Robbins, born 04 May 1634 in London, Eng.; died Unknown.
v. Sarah Robbins, born 25 Jul 1636 in St Dunstan
East, Londan, Eng.; died Unknown.
vi. Richard Robbins, born 1637 in London, Eng.; died 1637 in London,
900. John Chew, born 16 Jul 1587 in Chewton, Somerset, England; died 1668 in Anne
Arundel Co., MD. He was the son of 1800. Joseph Crew and 1801. Elizabeth
Gott. He married 901. Sarah Bond 1628 in Va..
901. Sarah Bond, born 1600; died 1650 in MD.
for John Chew:
Notes...from the Maryland Historical Magazine 975.2 M369 v.1
John Chew came to Virginia in the Ship "Charity" or "Chartie" in 1621 or 1622 and his wife Sarah
came about a year later in the "Sea Flower". Both were living at Hog Island, opposite Jamestown, in 1624 (Hotten's "Emigrants",
Pate 237). He was a merchant and was evidently a man of substance since he owned a house at Jamestown shortly after his arrival,
as is shown by a grant in 1624 to "John Chew, merchant", of one rood, nine poles, near his dwelling house in James City (Va.
Mag., I. 87). In 1636, he had grants for some 1200 acres "in the County of Charles River," later called York County and had
probably been living in that locality for some years previously. (Va. Mag., V.341-342).
He represented Hog Island in the Virginia House of Burgesses 1623-1624 and 1627 and was a member
for York County 1642-1644 (Colonial Va. Register, pgs. 53, 54, 63). He was also one of the justices of York County in 1624
and 1652 (Va. Mag., I.197). His first wife Sarah died before 1651 and in that year he executed a deed (recorded in York County)
in view of his intended marriage with Mrs. Rachel Constable (Va. Mag., I. 197). His sons Samuel and Joseph CHEW are mentioned
in the York County Records 1657 and 1659 respectively, and it appears from the same records that in 1668 John Chew was dead
and his son Samuel was living in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland
Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 2
John CHEW, Colonel, with three servants, came to Virginia in the “Charitie” in 1622,
and landed at Hogg's Island opposite to Jamestown; his wife, Sarah, came in the “Seaflower” the following year.
He was Burgess from Hogg's Island in 1623, 1624-39; was commissioned a Colonel and was a Burgess from York Co., 1642-43-44;
Justice for the same county, 1634-52. He removed to Maryland probably about 1653; d. probably about 1668.
II. Joseph, living in York Co., Va., 1659, and probably was the Joseph CHEW appointed a Justice
of Newcastle on the Delaware in Nov. 1674; d. 12th Feb. 1715-16. Was residing in Maryland as early as 1648, though in Virginia
in 1657. m. at the home of Ann CHEW, in Herring Creek, 17th Nov. 1685, Mary SMITH. He is said to have m. ———
LARKIN of Annapolis, by whom he had a son. Larkin CHEW.
[p.182] SAMUEL CHEW, Colonel, b. 1634; d. 15th Mar. 1676-7. Member of Maryland House of Burgesses
1659, and of the Council 1669-77; Chancellor and Secretary of the Province; Colonel Provincial Forces of Maryland, 1675; m.
Anne AYERS, d. 13th Apr. 1695, dau. and heiress of William AYERS of Nansemond Co., Va.
I. SAMUEL, b. 1660.
II. Joseph, d. 1st Feb. 1704-5; m. Mrs. Elizabeth (GASSAWAY) BATTEE, d. May, 1716.
III. Nathaniel of Poppingjay, Calvert Co., Md., d. after 20th Feb. 1695-6.
V. Benjamin, b. 12th Apr. 1670-1; d. 3d Mar. 1699-1700; m. Elizabeth BENSON.
VI. John, b. 19th Feb. 1696-97.
More About John Chew and Sarah Bond:
Marriage: 1628, Va.
Children of John Chew and Sarah Bond are:
i. Col. Samuel Chew, born 26 Jul 1625 in Jamestown,
VA; died 15 Mar 1677 in Anne Arundel Co., MD; married Anne Ayres 1658 in Anne Arundel Co., MD.
ii. John Chew, born 1624; died Unknown.
iii. Nathaniel Chew, born 1626.
iv. Johnathon Chew, born 1628; died Unknown.
v. Joesph Chew, born 1632; died Unknown.
vi. John Chew, born 1636; died Unknown.
vii. Joesph Chew, born 1637.
902. William Ayres, born 1609 in Nanesmondm, VA; died 1654 in Nanesmondm, VA. He married 903. Sarah 1634 in Nanesmondm, VA.
More About William Ayres and Sarah:
Marriage: 1634, Nanesmondm, VA
Child of William Ayres and Sarah is:
i. Anne Ayres, born 1635 in Nansemond, VA; died
13 Apr 1695; married Col. Samuel Chew 1658 in Anne Arundel Co., MD.
1002. Phillippe Kellogg (Source: (1) The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New, by
Timothy Hopkins, 1903., (2) Genealogies of Hadley Families, by Lucius M. Boltwood, 1862., (3) The Family History of Judge
Ellsworth B. Belden and Collateral Families, by Stanley R. Belden, et al., 1980..), born 15 Sep 1560 in Debden, England.;
died Aft. 1600. He was the son of 2004. Thomas Kellogg and 2005. Florence
Byrd. He married 1003. Annis HARES Abt. 1582.
1003. Annis HARES, born Abt. 1561 in Of Bocking, Essex, England.
Notes for Phillippe Kellogg:
First appears in
Bocking, Essex in 1583, a parish adjoining Braintree, on 15 September 1583, when his son, Thomas, was baptised. Two years
later he was in Great Leighs, where his son, Robert, was baptised in 1585, the first time that the name Kellogg appears in
the registers of that parish. Baptismal records for all his children have not been found, as is shown by the burial of his
unrecorded daughter, Annis, in Great Leighs, on 25 May 1611. The registers of Great Leighs exist back to 1558.
of the Court rolls of Great Leighs fails to reveal the name of Kellogg. No record of his death has been found, and since the
records of Great Leighs are quite full, it is probable that he did not die there. He may have removed to Braintree and had
other children, but the records of Braintree extend no farther back than 1660 and the earliest known date of a Kellogg in
Braintree was in 1623, when Moses Woll mentioned Phillippe’s son, Robert, in his will.
More About Phillippe Kellogg and Annis HARES:
Marriage: Abt. 1582
Children of Phillippe Kellogg and Annis HARES are:
i. Rachel Kellogg, born Aft. 1595 in Great Leighs,
Essex, England; died Bef. 20 Oct 1666 in Braintree, Mass; married Samuel Cave Abt. 1630.
ii. Thonas Kellogg, born 15 Sep 1583 in Bocking,
Essex England; died 01 Dec 1663.
iii. Robert Kellogg, born Bef. 14 Nov 1585 in Great Leighs, England.
iv. Mary Kellogg, born 16 Feb 1588 in Great Leighs, England.
v. Prudence Kellogg, born 20 Mar 1592 in Great
vi. Martin Kellogg, born Bef. 23 Nov 1595.
vii. Nathaniel Kellogg, born Aft. 1595.
viii. Jane Kellogg, born Aft. 1595.
ix. John Kellogg