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      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. ELLEN WILLIAMSON.

                 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

follows:

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 decease.

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 fifty

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.

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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.'

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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

Springfield;

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.

 

NGSQ 26:14-20.

Morley Monthly Meeting records, births, marriages. (microfilm)

Chester Monthly Meeting records, births, etc. (microfilm)

"Benjamin and Esther (Furnas) Pearson", (1941) by George M. Pearson.

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 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 or himself.

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

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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 [4] 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." [5]

      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 [6]. Another account [7] 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. [8]

      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 [9] 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 [10] state that the first name of this man is supposed to have been Robert. Smith [11] 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,  Pierson.

           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." [12] The court on the 1st, 5th month, 1684, appointed Thomas Pearson constable and supervisor for highways for Marple Township. [13] 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. [14]

      That the records are very much at variance is shown by the following account of the early Pearsons in Pennsylvania: [15]

      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 of Pennsylvania.

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: [16]  

      Benjamin Pearson 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. [17]

      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 Winchester.

      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. [18]

      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. [19] 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 Weeks: [20]

      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, [21] 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. [22]

      O'Neall gives a further account of the bush river settlement: [23]

            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. [24] 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." [25] 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 Sr.

                              'Beyond the mountains and far away,

                               With 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!: [26] "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." [27]

      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." [28]

      The records of the Friends' meetings [29] 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:

       257         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, England.

            More About Isacs Grigsby and Joane Finch:

Marriage: Jan 1597, Ashford, England

     

Children of Isacs Grigsby and Joane Finch are:

       288         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, Kent., England.

      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:

       289         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, Maidstone, England.

                     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”.

         Because 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.

         Despite 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.”

        Little 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:

       416         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., VA.

 

      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:

Occupation: Cooper

             More About John ALDEN and Priscilla MULLENS:

Marriage: Abt. 1623, Plymouth, Essex, Massachusetts, American Colonies

     

Children of John ALDEN and Priscilla MULLENS are:

       422         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 County, VA.

      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:

       423         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. Catherine 1620.

      897.  Catherine, born Abt. 1596 in Truro, Cornwall, England; died Unknown.

         More About Daniel Burgess and Catherine:

Marriage: 1620

     

Children of Daniel Burgess and Catherine are:

       448         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 Unknown.

                    iv.      Samuel Burgess, born Abt. 1624 in Wiltshire, England; died Unknown.

                     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 Unknown.

                  viii.      Isaac Burgess, born Abt. 1632 in Wilshire, England; died Unknown.

                    ix.      Daniel Burgess, born Abt. 1634 in Wiltshire, England; died Unknown.

                     x.      Elizabeth Burgess, born Abt. 1638 in Truro, Cornwall, England.

 

      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 1630.

      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.

       Notes for Col. Edward Robbins:

Edward Robins, age 33, was transported to VA from England, Aug. 21, 1635, on the ship Thomas by Mr. Henry Taverner. 

        He was in Accomack Co VA by May 1, 1637, when he was ordered to pay a debt to Thomas Nuton. 

         On 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

         Speaks 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 p 116)

        Richard 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

        Elizabeth 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

       More About Jane Cornish:

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:

       449         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, Eng.

 

      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.

        Notes 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

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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.

I. SAMUEL.

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.

IV. William.

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:

       450         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.

      903.  Sarah

          More About William Ayres and Sarah:

Marriage: 1634, Nanesmondm, VA

     

Child of William Ayres and Sarah is:

       451         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.

        A search 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:

       501         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 Leighs, England.

                    vi.      Martin Kellogg, born Bef. 23 Nov 1595.

                   vii.      Nathaniel Kellogg, born Aft. 1595.

                  viii.      Jane Kellogg, born Aft. 1595.

                        ix.            John Kellogg

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