Essential Records of Key Pennsylvania Orphans Court 1716-1741, Part 1

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 1741.

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 relations. You can have the fun of doing that!

Some of these people descend from royalty. Click here:

Gateway Ancestors of Middle Colonies

You are now in Part 1.

For Part 2, click on this link:

Essential Records of a Key Pennsylvania Orphans Court, 1732-1743, Part 2

29 Nov 1716

Pages 1-4

Justices of the Peace: Richard Webb, Henry Nayle (Neal?), Henry Pierce, Richard Hayes

Elizabeth Booth is the administratrix of Charles Booth of Upper Providence. On 29 May 1716, in a court presided over by John Blunston, Richard Webb, Henry Nayle, Nicholas Fairlamb, Richard Hayes, she was ordered to bring an account and the results of the intestate’s property and permitted to put things up for sale. Elizabeth was married to Charles Booth, mason, decd., and she was granted letters of administration on 12 Jan 1714. They had two young unnamed children. The inventory, both mobile and land, appraised at 70.8.2, and not contained in any dowry. Her husband owed 100.13.3. Elizabeth is permitted to sell the land to make up the debt. (Ouch!). John Cain was the highest bidder and bought it for 70.0.0. Randle Malyin, Philip Taylor, Joseph Jervis, Daniel Cookson, John Yeardsley, Daniel Williamson, Hans Hamilton were witnesses to the public vendue (auction). Justices confirm the sale.

17 June 1717

Justices of the Peace: Richard Webb, Henry Pierce, Henry Nayle, Richard Hayes

Ann Blunston is administratrix of the goods and chattels and credits of John Blunston, Jr., of Darby, decd., her late husband, who died intestate. She is granted permission to expose for sale by public vendue (auction) a certain part of a Bolting House…

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… on the south-westerly side of Darby Cr. over against the Corn Mill, which belong to John Bethel, and a tract or piece of land of 180 acres. She is to bring an account of the proceedings.

Mordecai Cloud is the guardian to John Chads, son of Francis Chads, late of Chester Co., decd. It is ordered that Grace Stevenson, formerly Grace Chads, executrix of the will of Francis Chads, return an account of her administration.

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She should pay unto Mordecai Cloud such part or share that belongs to the said Chads. Mordecai is to return to the court an inventory of the estate.

28 Aug 1717

Justices of the Peace: Richard Webb, Henry Pierce, Henry Nayle, John Wright, David Harry, Joseph Cowburn

Ann Blunston said no sale was made nor could be made without a great disadvantage to the decd.’s estate, and the estate was too little to satisfy his debtors, and she therefore asks permission to sale all the lands and tenements, and messuage share of the Bolting house. The court ordered that she give a true account of the proceedings.

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2 Oct 1717

Justices of the peace: Richard Webb, Henry Pierce, Henry Nayle, John Wright, David Harry, and Joseph Cawburn

Ann Blunston, wife of John Blunston, Jr., decd. had been granted letters of administration on 30 Nov 1716. John left three young children, lawfully begotten. An inventory says his estate was valued 366.11.9. She paid and discharged 480.13.0. But there are still 300.13.6 of debts still due. The messuage and land and Bolting house are not contained in any marriage settlement.

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She is to maintain her children or put them out as apprentices and to teach them to read and write until they reach 21 years. The court had permitted her on 17 June 1717 to sell land and Bolting house and to give a true account on 28 Aug 1717, before Justices Jasper Yeats, Richard Webb, Henry Pierce, Henry Nagle, John Wright, Joseph Cawburn (sic).  A long review of the case is offered, but not repeated here because we know it from the above information. The clerk did write out 8 copies of the public vendue (auction).

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Mordecai is called to give security, but he did not appear.

28 Nov 1717

Justices of the Peace: Jasper Yeats, Esq., Richard Webb, John Wright, Henry Hayes, and Joseph Cawburn

Ann Blunston appears and did not bring in the bounds of the lands exposed to sale; therefore she is ordered to make her return at the next orphans court.

Mordecai Cloud and did not bring any security as the court allows, so he is ordered to appear at the next orphans court.

Mordecai Cloud did not appear, so he is held in contempt of court.

Ann Blunston still did not give the bounds of the land to make public vendue (auction), so she is given more time.

Mordecai Cloud appeared but he did not bring in security that the court allows of, so he is ordered to appear at the next orphans court. Letters of administration were granted to Hannah Cloud, relict of Richard Cloud, decd. The widow is ordered to appear at the next orphans court …

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… To bring in better security.

27 Feb 1717/8 (1718 by our dating)

Justices of the Peace: Richard Hayes, Henry Pierce, John Wright, John Wood, David Harry, Joseph Cowburn, Henry Hayes

Ann Blunston says she caused public notice to be given of the sale, and now she brings in the bounds of the land, beginning at a pear tree standing by Darby St., fronting the dwelling of John Blunston, father of the decd.

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The property bounds are given. John Fearn of Chester Co. bought the land for 182.0.0 lawful money. Daniel Hibberd, Stephen Jackson, James Hunt, and Owen Owen (sic) were witnesses and set their hands to the sale on 28 Oct 1717. The justices allow the sale. Ann Blunston said John Wood, Samuel Blunston, and Stephen Jackson were witnesses to the sale of the Bolting house to Josiah Hibberd and Owen Owen (sic).

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Mordecai Cloud, being called, appeared and gave the court security. Hannah Cloud did not appear, and the court summoned her to the next orphans court to give security for the estate of her late husband, Richard Cloud, decd.

Gyan (sic) Miller of the Township of Kennet, is admitted guardian and next friend of Willaam Lowdin and Richard Lowdin and Mary Lowdin of the township of New Garden; they are of age to prosecute and defend all suits in behalf of the said William Lowdin and John Lowdin.

William Smith and Stephen Jackson petition court regarding estate of Wm. Bartram, decd. The court appoints Joseph Holy and Samuel Blunston and John Jones of Radnor to audit the accounts of the petitioners and to report their audit at the next orphans court.

Jacob Roman is to exhibit a true inventory of the estate of Robert Roman, decd.

27 May 1718

Justices of the Peace: John Wright, Joseph Cowburn, David Harry, and Henry Hayes

Hannah Cloud did not appear, but the clerk could not inform the court …

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… Whether the summons was sent to her hands, so the court orders her to appear next court.

Jacob Roman, cordwainer, exhibited a list of the debts owed by Robert Roman, decd., of township of Chichester, cordwainer. A long rehearsal of the case is repeated.

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Robert had died intestate, and the court granted letters of administration. Inventory: 20.3.0, which he has discharged. Debts: 73.16.4. The personal estate will not satisfy the amount, so the court orders to sale the real estate with the messuage, etc.

Robert left an unnamed child.

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Long rehearsal of facts continues. And a sale must be offered, and the results of the proceedings must be brought in by Jacob at the next orphans court 26 Aug next.

Guian (sic) Miller put forth William Lowdin, and Mary Lowdin, children of John Lowdin, decd. as apprentices to William Smith of Marlborough; and the court approves, that is, William is to serve Smith until 21, and Mary until 18. At the expiration, Smith is to give her one cow, valued at 3 pounds and two suits of apparel; At the end of William’s term he is to get ten pounds and two suits of apparel, and one has to be new. Smith is to instruct them to read and write.

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John Taylor and Mary Taylor are son and daughter of Thomas Taylor of Springfield. They must choose guardians, and Thomas Taylor of Springfield and Henry Lewis of Haverford are admitted guardians and next friends to John and Mary, who are within age to prosecute and defend all suits.

Hannah Cloud was called but appeared not, and again it is stated the clerk could not certainly inform the court whether the summons sent came to her hands.

Page 17-18

A repeat of the above cases ….

Thomas Taylor and Henry Lewis petition the court, but no details offered in records, but John Simcock (below the name is Jacob) and Charles Whitaker are summoned to appear at the next orphans court to answer the complaint of the petitioners.

John Baldwin complains that a bond given by Mary Rowland, now Mary Powell, to John Baldwin and George Harland, decd. The bond can’t be found. Mary Powell knows where it is hidden or mislaid. Court summons Mary Powell and John Dutton and Evan Powell to the next court.

27 May 1724 (sic)

John Smith and William Lowdin have a difference between them about his servitude. The court appoints Robert Pyle, Henry Osburn, and Moses Key to determine the age of William Lowdin. John Smith says

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Mary Lowdin has shown “great uneasiness” to continue in her servitude, so Smith needs the consent of her guardian to dispose of her servitude.

24 Feb 1718

Justices of the Peace: John Wright, Richard Webb, Henry Pierce, Henry Nayle, Nathaniel Newlin, John Wood, and James Gibbons

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Hannah Cloud did not appear—see above. But by reason of sickness she could not come. So she is summoned one more time. She did not appear; therefore she has to answer for her contempt.

William Smith and Stephen Jackson bring in an account of the estate of William Bartram, decd. They find the balance due to Stephen Jackson to be 38.13.1.

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Stephen Jackson and his wife are administrators of Benjamin Chambers.

Jacob Roman, administrator of Robert Roman, decd. exhibited an inventory, 21.3.0, which he has discharged. The decd. owes 73.16.4. Richard Bezer of the township of Chichester was the highest bidder and bought the real estate for 45.0.0. Thomas Bright, John Riley, Philip Pedrick, and Tobias Bright were witnesses and set the hands on a memorandum dated 27 May 1718. Court approves of the transaction.

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Jacob Simcock appeared and satisfied the complaint and is therefore quit. Charles Whitaker is ordered to pay Thomas Taylor and Henry Lewis, guardians to John and Mary Lewis, the sum of 20.10.0, new currency in lieu of 30. old currency.

Mary Rowland, now Mary Powell cannot find the bond, which was lodged in the hands of George Harland, decd. Evan Powell appeared and offered to give security by himself and another for the payment of the (unnamed) children of Thomas Rowland, left them by the will of their father. John Baldwin must give security, and so must John Dutton.

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Evan Powell and John Dutton have not complied with the order.

Samuel Bethel, son of John Bethel, Sr., of Darby, decd., names Michael Blunston and Richard Parker, Jr. as guardians.

25 Mar 1719

Justices of the Peace: John Wright, Richard Webb, Henry Pierce, Henry Neal, Nathaniel Newlin and Joseph Coeburn

Alice Pyle petitions the court for an order to dispose of some of the real estate because the personal estate is mostly expended. The first inventory added up to 200.21.8 real and personal; real: 140.0.0; personal: 812.19.8. Alice exhibits an account of debts and funeral expenses of 42.18.9, so remainder is 39.0.9.

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The administratrix brings in a charge of 23.10.0 for 23 months and 15 days of bringing up two (unnamed) minor children for the accommodation, and the remainder is 2.10.6, which is left of the personal estate of the children’s share. The children shall “pay” to Alice 40.0.0, etc.  If the children shall die before they reach the age of ten and then 21, (etc.)

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26 May 1719

Jacob Roman caused public notice of the sale of lands and tenant plantation and parcels of land and premises lying in the township of Chichester, one of the tract’s border begins at the line of Henry Reynolds, by now John Sandeland’s … the dimensions and landmarks are given.

Page 25A (labeled 24)

The borders continue.

Richard Bezor is the highest bidder. Witnesses: Thomas Bright, John Reily, Philip Patrick, Tobias Bright, and they signed the memorandum 27 June 1718. The justices allow the transaction.

Page 25B (sic)

William Smith is to bring in 38.13.1 allowed by the auditors, which seems to be a charge out of Bartram’s estate which remain in Smith’s hand.

Elizabeth Pyle brings in a petition, and the court summons William Pyle.

John Baldwin is the trustee to the children of Thomas Rowland, and the court summons John Dutton to give security to John Baldwin.

25 Aug 1719

Justice of the Peace: John Wright

William Pyle appeared and he is to pay what money remains in the hands of the estate of Robert Pyle, Jr., decd. as co-administrator with Elizabeth Pyle for her and her children’s benefit, adding up to 74.10. which is the full sum of what remains in the said Wm Pyle of the decd’s estate/ William delivered to Elizabeth the sum of 34.10 by bills and bonds. William is forever quit.

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23 July 1720

Ralph Withers and Elizabeth Withers …. Children of Thomas Withers, decd., of Chichester, choose guardians. William Hughes, Jr., and Joseph Bond, both of Chichester, are admitted as guardians and next friends to Ralph Withers, Robert Withers, and Elizabeth Withers.

27 Nov 1723

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, Henry Nayle, Isaac Taylor, and James Whitcell (sic)

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Ruth Rowland and Rachel Rowland are daughters of Thomas Rowland, decd., of Aston. They choose their guardians: Nathaniel Richards of the township of New Garden, yeoman, is admitted as guardians and next friends.

John Baldwin is ordered to render an account of what remains in his hands of the estate of Thomas Rowland by 7:00 tomorrow morning. He brought it in, but the court did not approve of it, so he is ordered to bring it in on 9 Dec next, at the home of David Roberts, in Chester. Afterwards Baldwin appeared and produced his account, and the court is satisfied, and orders John Baldwin 5.0.0 for his expenses.

Daniel Williamson, guardian of Stephen Martin, son of Walter Martin, decd. of Chichester. Stephen is non sane memoria. Williamson presents Adam Buckley and Edward Whitaker as guardians in his stead.

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Adam Buckley lives in New Castle, so he gives security for his performance.

28 Nov 1723

Edward Whitaker and Adam Buckley of Chester Co. yeoman are appointed guardians to Stephen Martin, son of Walter Martin, decd. They are to support Stephen with meat, drink, washing, lodging, apparel and so on. Whitaker and Buckley are to exhibit an account of the real and personal estate of Stephen Martin.

John Baldwin is to pay the balance to Nathaniel Richards of what remains in his hands of the estate of Thomas Rowland.

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26 Aug 1724

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Esq. etc. and his associate justices present

George Strode and Abraham Darlington for the children of John Nield of Aston, decd. William Jeffries and his wife, administratrix of John Nield are to render a true account of the personal estate of the intestate and produce security of the orphans of John Neal (sic).

28 Sep 1724

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, and Henry Nayle. Esqs., next to the house of John Hannums in Concord, and then at the house of John Hannum.

William Jeffreys produced an account of John Nield’s estate adding up to 8.9.3, which the court approves of to be added to the inventory. Jeffreys is to give security to the children of John Nields, as follows: John Nields, Elias Nields, Eliza. and Jane Nields.

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26 Nov 1724

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Esq., and his associates

William Jeffreys and his wife Eliza produced George Strode and Swithin Chandler for his security, which the court approves.

11 Sep 1724 (sic)

In Philadelphia for the city and county of Philadelphia

Justices of the Peace: Robert Ashton, Anthony Palmer, Edward Roberts

George Fitzwater, Job Goodson and John Thomas returned an account of the estate of John Parker, of Philadelphia, decd.

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Mary Parker is the widow and administratrix of John Parker and has duly administered the estate and has expended of her own money in payment of the debts of her decd. husband and the maintenance of her children. But she must sell as much of the land and tenements as will satisfy the debts, which are 50.15.7, provided the mansion house be not sold until the last.

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25 Feb 1724/5 (1725 by our dating)

James David sets forth some hardship for persons claiming guardianship of children that are not admitted and some money due the children of Llewellyn David, decd. of the township of Tredyffrin; Elizabeth David, one of the children of the decd. by consent of her mother Bridget David to be allowed to choose John David, James David, and John Parry to be guardians during her minority. David Jones, John David, and Thomas Martin to give an account of the estate of Llewellyn David, decd.

The court appoints John Wright to receive all money or other demands due to Hannah Blunston, as guardian

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8 Oct 1730

Justices of the Peace: James Gibbons, Joseph Brinton, Nicholas Pyle, Esqs.

Thomas West and Andrew Moore petition the court for the children of David Moore, decd. Letters of administration was granted to Mary Moore, the widow and relict of the decd. She married Thomas McCollum, and the estate of the Intestate is likely to have been embezzled. Therefore the petitioner asks Thomas McCollum to give security for the part of the belonging to the children. The court chooses Andrew Moore of the township of Sadbury, Thomas West of Concord, and Caleb Pusey, Esq. of Sadbury in the county of Lancaster, for James Moore, William Moore and Frances Moor, minor children of David More, decd. John Moore is added in.

8 Mar 1730/1 (1731 by our dating) In house of James Townsend in Birmingham

Justices of the Peace: James Gibbons, Joseph Brinton, Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.

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Thomas McCollum and his wife Mary, relict of David Moore, decd. bring in an account of 18.0.0 for the maintenance of the children for four years with diet and apparel. Caleb Pierce is the fellow guardian of Andrew Moore and Thomas West, and Caleb has purchased of Thomas McCollum and Mary all the right and title of dower which they may have claimed, challenge or demand of the tenements and hereditaments which had belonged to David Moore, decd. for 18.0.0 for the use of David Moore’s children. The court approves the transaction.

12 Feb 1739/40 (sic) (1740 by our dating)

Justices of the Peace: Henry Pierce, Joseph Brinton, Samuel Hollingsworth and William Pierce, Esqs. At the house of Mathias Kerlin in Concord

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Andrew Moore and Thomas West and Caleb Pierce inform the court that James Moore, the eldest son and heir-at-law of David Moore, decd. James and the three guardians agree to pay the sum of 160.0.0 of the real estate to each child.

21 Feb 1739/40 (1740 by our dating)

Justices of the Peace: John Croby (sic, Crosby), Caleb Cowpland (sic). Joseph Brinton, Joseph Bonsall, Esqs.

William Chamberlain and Mary Chamberlain, two children of John Chamberlain, decd. of Aston petition the court to choose their guardians and choose their father-in-law Thomas Vernon, Jr., and their mother Lettice Vernon.

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27 Jan 1738/9 (sic) 1739 by our dating, in the house of Mathias Kerlins in Concord

Justices of the Peace: Henry Pierce, Joseph Brinton, and Samuel Hollingsworth

Mary Pyle, one of the daughters of Daniel Pyle, decd. of township of Bethel chooses Joseph Chamberlain to be her guardian.

1 June 1732 (sic)

Justices of the Peace: Richard Hayes, John Crosby, Thomas Cummings, and Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.

Elizabeth Thomas, daughter of John Thomas of Haverford township, being a minor chooses Samuel Lewis of Haverford, Abraham Lewis of Darby township.

Nathaniel Worley was appointed the keeper of the house of correction, and he petitions the justices for some allowance or salary. They give 10.0.0 as compensation for being keeper for four years, beginning 25 Mar last.

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A tobacco mill and linseed oil be poured at the charge of the county for the use of the house to be employed by the keeper. John Crosby, Jacob Howell, and Thomas Cummings are appointed governors of the same.

27 Jan 1738/9 (sic, 1739 by our dating)

At the house of Mathias Kerlin in Concord

Justices of the Peace: Henry Pierce, Samuel Hollingsworth, Joseph Brinton, Esqs.

Thomas Vernon and Lettice his wife produce an account for educating and bringing up the John Chamberlain’s (decd.) children. One: Mary, from nine to fifteen years old, at 30.0.0. Two: William, from seven years to twelve years, at 32.0.0. Three: Eliza. from 6 years to 12 years at 32.0.0 which is reduced to 15.0.0. Four: John, from four to ten years at 48.0.0. Five: Isaac, from three to nine years at 48.0.0, reduced to 22.0.0; Six: Ann, from five months to 7 years old at 48.0.0, reduced to 25.0.0.

The court appoints Mary Pyle, widow of Daniel Pyle, and Wm. Peters, to be guardian to Robert Pyle, a minor.

The case of Thomas Vernon, Jr. and Lettice is repeated.

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The amount of the child William is reduced to 15.0.0 because that he was serviceable for a great part of his time and worth his maintenance. Elizabeth also goes through the same thing. Joseph Chamberlain is a guardian of the children and a brother of the decd., and he took Elizabeth soon after the decease of her father and brought her up free of charge, which was refused by the administratrix without any reason given—and also the charge of 48.0.0 for bringing up John, a son of the deceased.

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And the same is true of Isaac and Ann.

A table of debts and credits and inventory of John Chamberlain is given (not included here).

30 Aug 1734

Justices of the Peace: R. Hayes, Joseph Brinton, Abraham Emmett, Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.

Complaint was made that William Hamilton has not complied with the last court order; so he is subjected to contempt.

Thomas Green is guardian to the son of James Wall, decd., complains against Peter Grubb for refusing to give security;

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He is ordered to do so in one month’s time.

22 June 1734

At the house of Mathias Kerlin

Justices of the Peace: Henry Piercer, Henry Hayes, Samuel Hollingsworth, Esqs.

Ann Bawler (Baller, Bowler) petitions that says Thomas Nixon bequeathed legacies to Ann and her two children, Thomas and Lydia and made Wm. Hamilton, Jr., executor, but he is departed from the province. Wm. Hamilton, the father of Wm. Hamilton, Jr., appeared and said he would do it. Joseph Bennett and Wm. Harlan to be guardians.

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8 Oct 1737 (sic)

Wm. And John Rawson are guardians of Gartroo (sic) Rawson, decd. Benjamin Ford wanted a copy of the accounts and time to read them.

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15 June 1741 (sic)

At the house of Lacarus Finney in the township of New London

Justices of the Peace: Joseph Brinton, Abram Emmet, Wm. Webb, Job Ruchton, Esqs.

Shadrack Scarlett and Ann Scarlett are two minor children of Shadrack Scarlett, decd. of London Grove. Shadrack Sr. died intestate and left various assets, like a grist mill and 325 acres in Chester and Lancaster Cos. He also left behind two sons, Samuel, eldest but under 21, and Shadrack; and three daughters: Alice, wife of Merrill (Morrill) Allen and Phoebe, wife of John Allen, Jr. and Ann Scarlett.

Page 45

Their guardians are John Allen and Nathaniel Scarlett. Legacy dispute. Court orders that Benjamin ___, Nathaniel Jenkins, Joseph Sharpe, John Strode, Henry Reynolds, and Jeremiah Brown, all of Chester Co., to make a proper partition of the estate.

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Long flowery (and beautiful) language on how to partition the assets, but the family relations have been sorted out for this post.

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28 Feb 1733/4 (1734 by our dating)

Justices of the Peace: Richard Hayes, Henry Pierce, John Crosby, Henry Hayes, Elisha Catchell, Jos. Brinton, Samuel Hollingsworth, Abram Emmitt, Esqs.

Robert Lewis, Mary Lewis, Nathaniel Lewis, Ellis Lewis are the children of Ellis Lewis and his wife Elizabeth, and Elizabeth is one of the daughters of Nathaniel Newlin, decd. Some assets descend to the grandchildren of Newlin. The court appoints Henry Pierce, John Taylor, Joseph Brinton, and Edward Brinton to partition the assets.

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Thomas Green and Moses Watt, Jr., petition the court saying that James Wall died intestate, leaving a wife and one son who is near 17 years. Martha Wall is named as the widow and relict. She married Peter Grubb. Grubb and Marta are ordered to give true accounts.

David Sandelands is one of the sons of Jonas Sandelands, decd. of Chester Co., and he is under 21. He has to choose a guardian. Arthur Thwall and his wife Mary—she was administratrix of the estate and mother of David. No suitable persons have been selected to be his guardian.

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Nathaniel Newlin, Jr., is a son of Nathaniel Newlin. Both are deceased. The surviving children must choose guardians. Children: Rachel Newlin, Elizabeth Newlin, Nathaniel (sic) Newlin, Jane Newlin, Joseph Newlin, and Mary Newlin. Jane Newlin, their mother, is to be their guardian. Martha Newlin, Nicholas Newlin, and ____ Newlin are under age.

Sarah Coeburn is one of the children of Joseph Coeburn, decd. The will says she is to get 50.0.0 when she reaches 21. Her mother, also named Sarah, married John Weldon.

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Weldon is summoned to give security or pay the sum.

Thomas Hill has not produced his accounts.

John David, David Jones, Thomas Morton appeared and gave an account of the estate of Llewellyn David, decd. James David, David, Jones, John David, Thomas Morton, James Parry, and John Parry, all of Chester Co., yeoman, are guardians of Eliza. David, Isaac David, Sarah David, and Llewellyn David, children of Llewellyn David, of the township of Tredyffrin.

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John Hambleton (Hamilton) is made an apprentice to John Parry, of the township of Haverford, until he reaches 21, and Parry is to teach him the trade of Tanner. John Hambleton is 8 years old.

Memorandum: on 28 Sep 1724 Mary Anderson reports that at the dwelling house of William Anderson in Youchland (sic) township, Eliza. Jones, Eliza. Edwards, George Phipps with some other persons, unknown to Mary Anderson, and spoke in a language which she discovered to be Indians, by a certain expression used by them which was Mooce (Moose); they entered into the yard and kicked and pushed at the door and the window stopper into the house with a hideous squalling and told Mary not to speak one word on pain of death. And further the deponent saith not. The justices were Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, and Henry Nayle. Examined: Hugh Howard, James Sullivan, and Ann Howell.

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28 Sep 1724

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, and Henry Nayle, Esqs.

William Jeffreys produced a further account of John Nield’s estate, adding up to 8.9.3. Jeffreys is to givce security to John Nield, Elias Nield, Eliza. and Jane Nield, children of John Nield.

25 Feb 1724/5 (1725 by our dating)

Elizabeth David, one of the daughters of Llewellyn David, chooses—or the court chooses—guardians  James David, John David, and John Parry, yeomen.

John Wright, merchant, of Chester Co. is admitted to be the guardian of Hannah Blunton, one of the daughters of John Blunton, Jr., decd.

25 Mar 1725

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, Henry Nayle, Esqs.

Arthur Parks of the township of Sadbury, yeoman, is the guardian and next friend to John Young, being the nearest relative residing in this province of Daniel Magill, decd. who died intestate.

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Thomas Hill is granted administration duties of the estate of Daniel Magill, decd.

30 Nov 1725

Mary Parker is the administratrix of John Parker, decd. of Philadelphia, to sell a tract in the county to make up for the debts that the personal estate can’t cover.

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29 May 1725

The case of David Llewellyn, decd. is repeated. Thomas Martin, James Parry and John Parry, yeomen, of Chester Co. to Eliza. David, Isaac, Sarah David, and Llewellyn, children of Llewellyn David of Treduffin.

Thomas Hill has not turned in an account for the estate of Daniel Magill, decd.

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The Deputy Registrar Joseph Parker sues Hill to ensure Hill faithfully does his duty.

20 Aug 1725

At the house John Hannums in Concord

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin and Henry Nayle, Esqs.

Court adjourned without saying why, but his entry was for this date:

29 May 1725 (sic)

The trustees of John Hambleton (Hamilton), orphan, petitions to make John an apprentice to John Parry of the township of Haverford, until Hambleton reaches 21 to learn the trade of tanner. When his service is over he is to get five pounds, two suits of apparel (one new), and to give him resources to read and write. Court approves. Hambleton was eight years old the first day of June, next.

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1 Sep 1726

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, George Aston, and Elisha Gatchell, Esqs.

Thomas Hill, administrator of the account of Daniel Magill, is to render an account. Arthur Parks is to give security, which was done by Arthur Parks, James Mitchell, and Job Alexander.

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1 Dec 1725

Thomas Hill appeared and said he forgot some of his account for Daniel Magill’s estate. He is given time.

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25 Mar 1727

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, Elisha Gatchell, John Wood, George Aston, Abraham Emmett, Esqs.

Joseph Coeburn petitions the court for choosing suitable persons for guardians for the children of his late father by his wife Sarah, but the said Sarah has since deceased.

Joseph Coeburn, Caleb Cowplands (sic), and John Salkeld (sic), yeomen, of Chester Co. are admitted guardians and next friends to Caleb Coeburn, Joshua Coeburn, Sarah Coeburn, Agnes Coeburn, children of Joseph Coeburn and Sarah his wife, late of the township of Aston, decd.

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1 Mar 1727/28 (1728 by our dating)

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, and Henry Hayes, Esqs.

John Maxwell, a minor, son of John Maxwell, decd. of Chester Co. petitions to choose his guardian. Thomas Smedley of Willistown in Chester Co. yeoman, is admitted to be guardian of John Maxwell.

25 Mar 1728

Justices of the Peace: John Crosby, John Wood, Elisha Gatchell, Esqs.

Ambrose Clayton, a minor, son of William Clayton, decd. of Chichester, petitions the court to choose a guardian. Thomas Clayton, mariner, is admitted to be the guardian.

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10 Mar 1728/29 (1729 by our dating)

Justices of the Peace: Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, and John Crosby, Esqs.

Hannah Pyle, Ann Pyle, Sarah Pyle, children of Robert Pyle, Jr., yeoman, of Birmingham in Chester Co., decd. petition court to choose their guardians. William Pyle and John Pyle, both of Thornbury, in the same county, yeomen are admitted to be their guardians.

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The daughters further petition the court, saying their father and (unnamed) mother are deceased. The daughters sign the petition.

25 Feb 1729/30

Justices of the Peace: Richard Hayes, John Crosby, James Gibbons, Esqs.

Richard Weaver in behalf of the children of William Weaver, decd. petition the court to choose guardians. Richard Weaver of Chester and Thomas Moore of Whiteland in Chester Co., yeomen are admitted to be the guardians of Nathan Weaver, William Weaver, Hannah Weaver, Jonathan Weaver.

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Hannah Robert, relict of Robert Roberts, petitions the court on behalf of Mary Roberts, Deborah Roberts, Lydia Roberts, Hannah Roberts, Abigail Roberts and Martha Roberts, all minors, children of Robert Roberts, decd. to choose guardians. Ellis Lewis of Kennett and Benjamin Mendenhall, Jr. of Concord, yeomen, are admitted guardians of the above-named children.

Lydia Morton, a minor, one of the children of Andrew Morton, decd. prays to be admitted to choose her guardian, which the court allows. George Vanculin is admitted to be her guardian.

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4 Sep 1730

Justices of the Peace: James Gibbons, Joseph Brinton, Nicholas Pyle, Esqs.

Mary Marshall, relict of William Marshall of Bradford township, of Chester Co., petitions the court, saying her husband died intestate, and letters of Administration were given her for their four children. She wishes to choose their guardians. William Marshall, son of William Marshall, decd. chooses Abraham Marshall of Bradford and John Marshall of Darby.

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The court allows it. Mary Marshall, Martha Marshall, and Sarah Marshall, children of the said William, late of Bradford township, petition the court by their mother Mary, that Abraham Marshall of Bradford, John Marshall of Darby, and Thomas Marshall of Concord are admitted to be their guardians.

END OF VOLUME 1

You are now at the bottom of Part 1.

For Part 2, click on this link:

Essential Records of a Key Pennsylvania Orphans Court, 1732-1743, Part 2

Some of those people descend from European royalty. Click here:

Gateway Ancestors of Middle Colonies

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