Chester County, Pennsylvania, is the key county. Lots of names here.
This post is an abstract of a verbatim transcription by Dorothy B. Lapp, Enterys of the Orphans Court, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1716-1730 and 1732-1734 (Richard T. and Mildred C. Williams for Chester County Historical Society, 1973). She was the archivist of Chester Co. Historical Society.
Miss Lapp even typed out the letters to look like the old script. So “Wilson” becomes “Wilfon,” “Causey” is “Cawfey,” or “descended” becomes “defended” (sic). Or she spelled “choose” as “chuse” (old way). Charming devotion, but it poses problems of legibility and consistency. This post modernizes matters (more or less).
Those dates are misleading, for sometimes the records can go as high as 1743, but that may be a mistake.
The page numbers are in the original court order book.
Sometimes the dates are out of sequence, probably to keep the cases close together.
If you’re in a hurry, use the ctrl-f search to find your ancestor’s name. But be careful because spelling was inconsistent.
I make no effort to sort out family relationships. You can have the fun of doing that!
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Vol 2 of Orphans Court Records, Chester County
10 Apr 1732
Justices of the Peace: John Crosby, Joseph Brinton, Sam. Hollingsworth and Thomas Cumming, Esqs.
Mary Sandelands petition that she can sell part of the ground, so she can bring up the children. She can, with the lot near William Trehorn, Grace Lloyds, and John Owens, Jacob Howell, and lot adjoining Ruth Hopkins, and Thomas Morgan.
22 May 1732
Justices of the Peace: John Corsby (sic), Samuel Hollingsworth, Thomas Cummins, Esqs.
Mary Sandelands, relict of Jonas Sandelands, married Arthur Shield; they have to give security before they sell anything.
2 Nov 1731 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: John Cosby, Caleb Cowpland, and Nicholas Pyle, in the house of Da. Cowpland
Mary Sandeland’s accounts were not full settled.
30 Nov 1731 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hay, John Crosby, and John Parry
Mary Sandeland’s accounts were not fully settled.
29 Feb 1731-32 (1732 by our calendar)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hays, John Cros(by), John Parry, Joseph Brinton, Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.
Mary Sandeland appeared without adjusting the accounts; next court to meet at the house of Mathias Lorls (sic) in Concord 10 Apr, next
31 Aug 1732 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hayes, John Parry, Samuel Hollingsworth and Joseph Brinton, Esqs.
Arthur Shool (sic, Shield) and Mary, the late widow, returned that the put up notice to sell the messuage lots of land, formerly belonging to Jonas Sandelands; Jacob Howell was the highest bidder. The court allows it.
Pages 4, 5, 6—all blank
Memorandum: 20 July 1732, two lots in Chester lying by Wm. Twahorn were put up to public auction by Arthur Sheall (sic, Shield) and Mary his wife; Wm. Twehorn (sic) bid 135.2 and bought them. Signed: Jacob Howell, John Owen, William Jeffries, Thomas Griffing (sic) Court confirms the sale.
Two lots of land 80 wide and 120 length, lying between Thomas and Evan Morgan and the Richard Biskam was sold to Jonathan Hunter for 26.0, the highest bidder.; Signed: Jacob Howell and John Wharton; ordered to be confirmed.
Land bounding Jacob Howell and John Warton were sold at public auction due to Jacob Howell for the sum of 65.0, who was the highest bidder; signed Thomas Morgan and Thomas Griffing (sic).
Page 9 Blank
Account of land by Arthur Shield
Arthur Shield and Mary his wife, relict and administratrix of Jonas Sandelands, her late husband, decd. They are to bring in a true account.
10 Apr 1732
Justices of the Peace: John Crosby, Joseph Brinton, Samuel Hollingsworth and Thomas Cummings, Esqs. are to hold the Court of General Quarter Sessions
Mary and Arthur Shields’s cases comes up again.
Jonas Sandelands died intestate, and the administrative duty was given over to his wife, Mary, and they had to young (unnamed) children. The lots of land are described.
The description of the land continues.
Arthur Shield and Mary exhibited a true and perfect inventory of the goods.
Arthur and Mary Shield’s case still goes on, without revealing her children’s names, but the newly weds are present true accounts.
Pages 16-17 Blank
Fragments of the Shield’s case.
10 Apr 1732
Justices of the Peace: None named.
Sarah Rawson is the widow of Andrew Rawson, decd. She married again to James Causey. A guardian must be chosen for an unnamed orphan; signed: John Rawson and John Riley
Page 20 Blank
10 Apr 1732
Justices of the Peace: John Crosby, Joseph Brinton, Samuel Hollingsworth, Thomas Cummings, Esqs.
James Causey must give reasonable security and choose a guardian for a young minor about a year and a half old. The court allows William Rawson and John Rawson to be the guardians to Gartree Rawson.
Page 22 Blank
13 Dec 1732
Justices of the Peace: John Crosby, Joseph Brinton, Thomas Cummings, Esqs.
The case of James Causey and Sarah Rawson Causey is repeated. The child was maintained eight months and three weeks and four days at 5/per week amounting 8.17.2 to clothe the child and paying the doctor.
Feb 1732 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: John Crosby, Caleb Cowplands, Thomas Cummings, George Aston. Sarah Causey appeared and the account was still unsettled.
Page 24 Blank
Elizabeth Kinde was the widow and administratrix of James Hindes (sic), decd. On 31 May 1733 (sic) an order was granted for part of the sale intestate’s estate.
31 May 1733
Justices of the Peace: John Crosby, Joseph Brinton, and Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.
The case of Elizabeth Kinde, the widow of James Kinde of Darby, decd., is repeated. They left young children. A tract of land is described.
Elizabeth provided a perfect inventory and appraisement.
Page 28 Blank
29 Feb 1732/3 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hays, Elisha Gatchell, and Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.
William Rawson and John Rawson are guardians to Gartree Rawson, the only child of Andrew Rawson, decd. The say Gartree is not well used by Sarah Causey, the mother of Gartree. The issue is referred to the next court.
John Parry Jr., administrator of Stephen Lewis, decd., is permitted to sell some or all of the real estate.
Elizabeth Davis, Isaac Davis, and Sarah Davis, children of Llewellen Davis (sic), decd., are not of age. Isaac Davis gets John Parry, Esq. and James David, and John Parry, Jr. to be his guardian. (The other children are not mentioned.)
Page 30 Blank
18 Aug 1733
Justices of the Peace: None named
Thomas Taylor and Mordecai Taylor petition the court to bind John Bunting, son of William Bunting, late of Willis Town, decd., to serve Samuel Bunting in his trade as weaver and woolcomber until he arrive to 21 years, to instruct him to read and write and arithmetic and to provide meat and drink and clothing, as usual. John Bunting is eight years old.
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31 May 1733
Justices of the Peace: John Crosby, Joseph Brinton, Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.
Robert Lewis, Mary Lewis, Nathaniel Lewis, Ellis Lewis—are children of Ellis Lewis and Elizabeth his wife, who was one of the daughters of Nathaniel Newlin, late of Concord, Gent, decd., is also decd. They petition the court to partition the estate of Nathan Newlin, decd. Ellis Lewis, the father of Robert, Mary, Nathaniel, and Ellis, is their guardian.
May 1733 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: None named
Elizabeth Hinds (sic), was the widow of James Hinds (sic) of Darby, decd. exhibited an inventory adding up to 64.9.6 and an account of debts that add up to 78.13.6. She prays to sell 41 acres.
6 Oct 1733, at the house of Mathis Korls in Concord
Justices of the Peace: Samuel Hollingsworth, Joseph Brinton, Caleb Cowplands, Esqs.
Catherine Wilson is the widow and administratrix of Edward Wilson of Concord, decd. She married Benjamin Cullioner. John Wilson is the eldest heir and son at law, and he releases all right to the estate to the use of his mother Catherine until his brother Thomas reaches 21 years; Benjamin and Catherine must maintain Thomas in his diet, schooling and other necessities.
Henry Pierce of Concord, Gent., and Thomas Marshall of Concord, yeomen, are admitted guardians of Thomas Wilson and Mary Wilson, children of Edward Wilson, decd. Mary gets 34.12.3.
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1 Mar 1732/3 (1733 by our dating)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hays, Elisha Getchell, and Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.
Joseph Bonsall is administrator of the goods of Obediah Bonsall, decd., of Darby, yeoman.
Page 40 Blank
Joseph is to bring in a true account. Joseph got his administrative duties on 18 Dec 1732. Obediah owned nine parcels.
Joseph exhibited a true inventory and appraisement. The lots near a marsh are not part of the dowry settlement. His debts exceeded his value at his death, so vendue (public auction) must be held.
The clerk of court shall publish the sale.
Exact words on that page: “Order of Orphans Court to Joseph Bonsall”
12 June 1733
Orphans Court held at the house of Thomas Test in the township of Whiteland
Justices of the Peace: Caleb Cowpland, Samuel Hollingsworth, and Joseph Brinton, Esqs.
No cases, and then we find this date, without justices:
27 Feb 1733/4 (sic, 1734 by our dating)
Thomas John is one of the executors of Richard Owen, decd. John petitions the court that John Evans, another executor, may embezzle the estate (standard language used of a man who married the widow). Evans must give security.
20 Mar 1734
Evans did not appear, but he is to give money to the orphans or give security. If he does not appear, then he will be held in contempt.
Margaret Evans is the widow of Evan Evans, decd. (must be a clerical error or another case entirely, without a clear transition from one case to the next in the manuscript). The children Martha Evans and Mary, two of the decd.’s children, choose Samuel Nutt and Richard Jones. These children choose the same guardians: Margaret Evans (sic), Evan Evans, Susannah Evans, Thomas Evans, Anne Evans, Edward Evans, Richard Evans, all minors.
Richard Thomas petitions the court to choose a guardian for William Stringfellow, son of John Stringfellow, sometimes of the Whiteland Township, but absconded himself.
27 Nov 1733 (sic)
Amendment to send an order for John Evans, one of the executors of Ruth (sic, but it should be Richard) Owen, decd. to appear at next Orphans Court.
11 Feb 1733/4 (1734 by our dating)
Orphans Court held at Richard Clayton’s house in Kennet.
Justices of the Peace: Henry Pierce, Henry Hays, Elisha Gatchell, Abram Emitt, Joseph Brinton, Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.
John Wickersham and Thomas Mourer petitioned the court for the children of Joseph Mourer, decd., that his children, if they are of age, to choose guardians. The court chooses Thomas Mercer and Joshua Pierce to be guardians.
Thomas Mercer and Joshua Pierce for Mary Mercer (sic), Anne Mercer, Richard Mercer, Hannah Mercer, Rachel Mercer, and Joseph Mercer, children of the said Joseph Mercer, decd.
Those two guardians are empowered and authorized to prosecute all suits (etc.) for Ann Mercer, Richard Mercer, Hannah Mercer, and Rachel Mercer, and Joseph Mercer (sic).
Page 48 Blank
28 Feb 1733/4 (1734 by our dating)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hays, Henry Pierce, John Crosby, Henry Hays, Elisha Gatchell, Joseph Brinton, Samuell Hollingsworth, and Anra’m Emmitt, Esqs.
Robert Lewis, Mary Lewis, Nathaniel Lewis, Ellis Lewis, children of Ellis Lewis by his wife Elizabeth, one of the daughters of Nathaniel Newlin, decd., and who is also decd., having made application to the court for partitioning the lands (etc.), which descended to them by the decease of their grandfather. Nathaniel Newlin, Jr., one of the sons of Nathaniel Newlin, decd. is also deceased and left children. Guardians must be chosen. Some of Nathaniel Newlin Jr.’s children are of proper age to choose guardians, but others, it seems are not. Able to choose: Rachel Newlin, Elizabeth Newlin, Nathaniel Newlin, Jane Newlin, Joseph Newlin, Mary Newlin, children of Nathaniel Jr., decd., choose their mother Jane Newlin. Martha Newlin, Nicholas Newlin and ___ Newlin are under age, so the court appoints Jane Newlin, the mother of the said children. Henry Pierce, John Taylor, Joseph Brinton, Edward Brinton are appointed to partition lands of Nathaniel, the grandfather.
David Sandelands is one of the sons of Jonas Sandelands, decd. of Chester, and he is under 21. He petitions the court to choose guardians. Arthur Shield and Mary his wife, ho was administratrix of the estate and mother of the petitioner. Those two are to appear next court and present their accounts. It is not clear who the guardian should be so adjourned until next court.
Thomas Green and Moses Wait, Jr. petitions that James Wall son years ago died intestate, leaving a wife and one son who is now near 17 years old. Administrative duties were granted to Martha Wall, widow, but she remarried to Peter Grubb. The petitioners are fearful embezzlement might happen (standard language), and the administratrix has yet to present an account. Peter and Martha must appear and give security, and a guardian must be appointed for the minor.
Sarah Coeburn, one of the children of Joseph Coeburn, decd., petitions the court, saying her father in his will left her 50.0.0, when she reaches 21, and his wife Sarah is sole executor. She married (soon after) John Weldon, and the legacy may be lost, so Weldon must appear to give security,
25 Mar 1734 (happy new year!)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hays, Henry Pierce, and John Crosby, Esqs.
Christopher Spray is the grandfather of James Spray, an infant, and he petitions for binding him an apprentice to Samuel Levis, Jr., till he arrives to 21 years. He is to be taught to read and write and be provided with all necessities, and when his term expires, he is to have two suits of apparel, and 6.3, lawful money of America.
John Weldon appeared and “refused absolutely” either to pay the legacy or give security. The court orders him to do it in two weeks or stand in contempt.
John Owen and Richard Barry are guardians to David Sandelands.
Arthur Shield does not have his accounts ready.
Peter Grubb and Martha his wife appeared but did not have their accounts ready of the estate of James Wall, decd. Peter Grubb presents John Wall who chooses Thomas Green to be his guardian.
Sarah Causey petitions the court that William Rawson and John Rawson were guardians to Gartree Rawson, and infant under 21, but they are not suitable and craves that others be appointed. Court orders and the two Rawsons appear next court.
Robert, Mary, Nathaniel and Ellis Lewis, being children Elizabeth Lewis, late Elizabeth Newling (sic), one of the daughters of Nathaniel Newlin, late of Chester Co., decd. Robert, Mary, Nathaniel and Ellis are under 21, and their guardian is their father Ellis. They petition, saying Nathaniel Newlin died intestate and left 7,643 and half acres of land in Chester Co. When Nathaniel died he left three sons: Nicholas, Nathaniel and John, and three daughters: Jemima (now wife of Richard Evenson), Keria (sic, Kezia) (now wife of William Baily), and Mary (late the wife of Richard Clayton). Robert, Mary, Nathaniel, Ellis Lewis, Jr., are children of the said Elizabeth and grandchildren of the said Nathaniel Newlin (who died intestate). The real estate is portioned on one eighth part; Mary, the widow of Nathaniel the intestate, had died since the death of her husband. Nathaniel, one of the sons of the intestate is also dead since the death of his father and left issue: Rachel, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Jane, Joseph, Martha, Nicholas, Mary and Nathaniel Newlin. It is prayed by the petitioners that Nicholas Newlin, John Newlin, Richard Evanson and Jemima his wife, William Bailey and Kezia his wife; and that they said children of Nathaniel Newlin, the son of the decd., to wit: Rachel, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Jane, Joseph, Martha, Nicholas, Mary, Nathan must appear by their guardian and show cause why the said messuage and 7,643 ½ acres should not be equally divided amongst all the children of Nathaniel Newlin, the father, allowing the eldest son a double share.
All those above named living person appeared and said they could not gainsay the demand of the aforesaid complainants, but that the partition should be done of the messuages and 7643 ½ acres, and it is so ordered. Henry Pierce, John Taylor, Joseph Brinton, and Edward Brinton, all of Chester Co., yeomen, are agreed on to make fair partition.
Nicholas Newlin, son of the said intestate gets a double share or two-eighths part of the land and tenements, and also to get another equal eighth part of the said lands in right of his “sister” Mary Clayton, decd. as eldest brother and heir to the said Mary and to Rachel, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Jane, Joseph, Martha, Mary, and Nathan Newlin, one other equal eighth part; and to John Newlin, son of the intestate, one other equal eighth part; to Richard Evanson and his wife Jemima one other equal eighth part; and to Wm Baily and his wife Kezia one eighth; to Robert, Mary, Nathaniel, and Ellis Lewis, children and heirs of Elizabeth Lewis, one other equally eighth part. Richard Hays witnessed the division 25 Mar 1743 (sic, maybe the original clerk or transcriber switched the numbers and it should read 1734)).
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25 Apr 1743 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hays, Henry Pierce, John Crosby, Caleb Cowpland, Esqs.
Thomas John one of the executors of Richard Owen, decd., informs the court that John Evans, the executors of the said Richard Owen has not complied with the order last Orphans Court in giving security, so contempt of court is issued.
Peter Grubb exhibited his account of his administration of James Wall, decd. One article says Samuel Moore is to be paid 2.0.0, referred to further consideration; and the long account of improvements of about 70.0.0 ordered to be set aside.
Petition of several inhabitants of Whiteland on account of the children of Evan Philipps, decd., for choosing their guardians, and the court appoints Morgan David, James David, and John Parry, Jr., to be guardians.
John Wheldon appeared and produced George Simpson, Robert Squibb, and Humphrey Johnson for security for the money due to Sarah Coeburn, legatees of Joseph Coeburn, decd., which is allowed.
Richard Townsend prays to be admitted to choose his guardian, and he chooses Thomas Cummings and John Owens, and the court approves.
Sarah Causey appeared and made several objections against Wm Rawson and John Rawson, guardians of Gartree Rawson, under 21, from being his guardians. Who should be guardians? Wm. Howes, and John Grubb, who are allowed.
Arthur Shield and Mary his wife exhibited their accounts of the estate of Jonas Sandelands, decd. Some of the children of the decd. appeared with the guardians of David Sandelands, an infant, who desired a copy of the account. John Owen and Richard Barry are admitted as guardians of Sarah Sandleands, Rebecca Sandelands, Eleanor Sandelands, and Margaret Sandelands.
30 May 1743 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: Richard Hays, Henry Pierce, Joseph Brinton, John Crosby, Caleb Cowpland, Esqs.
Arthur Shield and May his wife, widow of Jonas Sandelands, later of Chester, Gent. decd. James Sandelands, son and heir at law of the said Jonas, Richard Magees and Ann his wife, one of the daughters of the said decd., James Claxson and Mary his wife, one of the daughters of the said decd., together with Richard Barry and John Owens of David Sandlands, Sarah Sandelands, Rebecca Sandelands, Eleanor Sandelands, and Margaret Sandelands, being minors. John Crosby and Samuel Lightfoot, Thomas Cummings, John Mather, and John Carter are appointed to make partition.
William Gregory and John Wilson petition the court, saying Mary Nicholas, widow and administratrix of John Gregory, her late husband, decd., to make an account of her administration.
Elizabeth Pusey, widow and administratrix of Wm Pusey, decd., her late husband, petitions the court saying that two of her children have come of age, and five minors prays the court that those of age may choose their guardians, and those who are not of age must have the court appoint their guardians. John Pusey to choose Caleb Pusey; John Earl to be his guardian; Elizabeth and Jane Pusey are admitted to choose Caleb Pusey and Joseph Pennock to be guardians; and the court chooses Caleb Pusey and Joseph Pennock to be guardians to Mary Pusey and Hannah Pusey, who are minor and under age.
Arthur Shield and Mary his wife, who was late widow of Jonas Sandelands, Gent. decd., petition the court. James Sandlands, eldest son of the said decd.; Ricard Magee and Ann his wife, one of the decd.’s daughters; James Claxon and Mary his wife, one of the daughters of the said decd. Minor children: David Sandelands, Sarah Sandelands, Rebecca Sandelands, Elanor Sandelands, Margaret Sandelands, under 21. The property must be divided, and James, the eldest, must get a double share. John Crosby, Samuel Lightfoot, Thomas Cummings, John Mather, John Carter, all of Chester Co., yeomen, are appointed to do the partitioning.
Witness Richard Hays, Esq., at Chester, 30 May 1734 (sic)
22 June 1734
Justices of the Peace: Henry Pierce, Henry Hays, Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs. In the house of Mathias Kerlin (sic) in Concord
Ann Baller (Bawler, Bowler) petitions the court: Thomas Nixon bequeathed several legacies to the said Ann and her two children, Thomas and Lydia, and made Wm. Hamilton, Jr., executor, departed out of this province. The court must choose proper guardians, and the executor/s must give proper account. The effects and estate are disposed of and Wm. Hamilton, the father of William Hamilton, Jr., appeared and acknowledge that he was empowered on behalf of his son William Hamilton, Jr., as executor of the said Nixon. Hamilton must give an account.
Joseph Bennett and Wm Harlan are admitted guardians to Thomas Baller and Lydia Baller and James Hanson, minors and under age (too young to choose their guardians).
30 Aug 1734
Justices of the Peace: Abraham Emmett, Samuel Hollingsworth, and James James (sic).
William Hamilton has not complied with previous court order.
Thomas Green is guardian to the son of James Wall, decd. He complains that Peter Grubb reuses to give security. Court orders him to do so.
Henry Pierce and John Taylor and Joseph Brinton and Edward Brinton made division of the land of Nathaniel Newlin of Chester Co., Gentleman, decd. Then there’s a long description of the boundaries (in perches and acreage) with family members’ names (see above p. 52 for the family first names). Those four men signed their names.
John Crosby, Samuel Lightfoot, Thomas Cummings, John Carter, and John Mather returned their division of the lands of Jonas Sandelands. On those pages, a long description of the lands is offered in perches and acreage. Family names appear too, and see pp. 49, 56, and 59 for them. The court orders the partition confirmed. Those men signed their names.
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