Thomas Wickersham

M, b. 27 April 1668, d. 4 June 1730
Father*John E. Wickersham b. 1632
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationThomas Wickersham was also known as Wichersham.
  • Thomas Wickersham was born on 27 April 1668 at Bolney, Sussex, England, also reported as 1660 in Fletching, Sussex, England.
  • He was the son of John E. Wickersham.
  • Thomas Wickersham married Ann Grover, daughter of John Grover and Ann Killingbeck, on 19 September 1685 at Monthly Meeting of Lewes and Brighton: Hurst, Hurstperpoint, Sussex, England, Marriage record of Thomas Wickersham and Ann Grover.
    Marriage record of Thomas Wickersham and Ann Grover 19 Aug 1685 Monthly Meeting of Lewes and Brighton - Hurst, Sussex, England - page 1
    Marriage record of Thomas Wickersham and Ann Grover 19 Aug 1685 Monthly Meeting of Lewes and Brighton - Hurst, Sussex, England - page 2
  • Thomas Wickersham married Alice Hogge on 20 October 1700 at Horsham, Sussex, England, married just prior to setting sail in England.
    Thomas Wickersham - Alice Hogge - Quaker marriage record - 20 Oct 1700 Horsham, Sussex, England
  • Thomas Wickersham died on 4 June 1730 at Kennett Square, Chester, Pennsylvania, at age 62.
    Thomas Wickersham burial announcement at Newark Quaker Monthly Meeting - Chester PA - circa 1730
  • He was buried after 4 June 1730 at Kennett Friends Burial Ground, Kennett Square, Chester, Pennsylvania, In Cemetery behind Kennett Meeting House.
     Thomas Wickersham was The Wickerskams were Quakers. They brought with them certificates of membership from Horsham, England, and were probably the founders of Old Kennett Meeting. At Chester, Pennsylvania, Thomas Wickersham biography.
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania - Thomas Wickersham biography
A devout Quaker, Thomas and his wife, Alice Hogge came to Pennsylvania in 1700 from Bolney, Sussex, England. When they arrived in the New World, the Wickersham family made their way 30 miles inland into the hills of Chester County wilderness. They settled on land that had been deeded to an uncle, Humphrey Killenbeck by William Penn in 1682, and transferred to Thomas in 1700.

Davis, Sheldon, Escalante, "The Wickersham Family in America," Heritage Books, Inc. 2001. Thomas Wickersham became a farmer near Bolney, village near Horsham, Sussex Co., England. The European Wickershams had migrated to England from a little town of Wickersheim, in Alsace, France, near Strasbourg. The Wickershams were Quakers. Thomas came to America, with a deed for 1000 acres of land purchased from Wm Penn. The Wickershams settled in East Marborough, Chester Co., Pa..
1712: appointed overseer for Kennett Meeting.
1714: named 1st elder of Kennett Meeting.
1718: friends made him a minister.
1718: first constable of East Marlborough.
Wickersham History: Early account of Wickersham family in America. In 1700 at Chester, Pennsylvania, In 1701, Thomas Wickersham settled in what is now East Marlborough. In 1700, he came to Southern Chester County from Sussex, England, with his second wife and four children from his first marriage. He claimed 500 acres that he had purchased from Humphrey Killingbeck, a relative from his first marriage. William Penn had granted 1,000 acres to Killingbeck in 1682.
PA Land Records- warrant of Thomas Wickersham land from Humphrey Killingbeck 1700
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania - land warrant for Thomas Wickersham 1700
On 14 August 1700 Thomas Wickersham attended the monthly meeting at Horsham dated 14 August 1700 (Quaker date of 11, 7m, 1700). He asked for a certificate of membership and removeal for his family to the Quaker Colony across the sea. The following month the minutes read, Thomas Wickersham received a certificate to carry with him to Pennsylvania. "OLD ENGLAND Monthly Meeting held att Horsham in ye County of Sussex ye 11th of ye 7th mo. 1700. To All our faithful Friends & Brethern in Pensilvania vnto whom this may come, In the Covenant of Life & in the fellowship of the Gospell of our Lord Jesus Christ and in vnity of the one Eternall Spirit of our God wee Dearly salute you. And Deare Freinds whereas Thomas Wickersham of Bolney in the County of Sussex Farmer with his wife and three Children members of our Monthly Meeting hath an Intention to Cross the Seas and goe into Pensilvania and in order thereunto hath Laid his Intention before this Monthly Meeting Doe Certifie that the said Thomas (and upon Enquirey and Consideration / thereof wee the said Meeting) Wickersham is an honest man and is in unity with faithful Friends and free of all Ingagements or Incumbrances soe far as wee Doe understand that may impend or hinder his intended voyg Soe wee grant this Short Certificat And Doe most hartily Desire the Lords power and presence may attend thim in thir undertaking and to the End of their days Amen." He immigrated in 1700. In 1700 Thomas and Ann Grover Wickersham settled on land that had been deeded to an uncle, Humphrey Killenbeck (Ann's maternal uncle) by William Penn in 1682, and transferred to Thomas in 1700.
PA Land Records- survey of Thomas Wickersham land from Humphrey Killingbeck 1700
In 1704 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Thomas Wickersham first constable of Marlborough.
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania - Thomas Wickersham first constable of Marlborough 1704
In 1707 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Thomas Wickersham starting Quaker Kennet Meeting 1707.
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania - Thomas Wickersham starting Quaker Kennet Meeting 1707
After 1706 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Thomas Wickersham children birth dates Kennett Quaker Monthly Meeting.
Thomas Wickersham children birth dates Kennett Quaker Monthly Meeting - Chester PA - Alice, William, Richard
Thomas Wickersham children birth dates Kennett Quaker Monthly Meeting - Chester PA - Thomas, John, Ann
In 1730 at Newark Meeting, Chester, Pennsylvania, Quaker meeting record - biography from 1700 to his death in 1730.
Quaker meeting record - Newark, Chester, PA - Thomas Wickersham - biography from 1700 to his death in 1730
He left a will on 16 June 1730 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Wickersham, Thomas. Marlborough. Husbandman. June 16, 1730. August 20, 1730. A.321. To wife Alice the plantation I now possess during widowhood afterward to son James paying to son Richard £10. To son Isaac £10. To son Thomas 1 shilling. To son John 5 shillings. To son William 5 shillings. To daughter Ann and Alice 5 shillings each. To daughters Elizabeth and Jane 20 shillings each. To son in law Wm. Wilton the 2 city lotts. Executors: wife Alice and son Richard.

Children of Thomas Wickersham and Ann Grover

Children of Thomas Wickersham and Alice Hogge

Ann Grover

F, b. 27 June 1668, d. 24 October 1697
Father*John Grover b. 1652, d. 6 Apr 1689
Mother*Ann Killingbeck b. 27 Dec 1638, d. 11 Apr 1672
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Wichersham.
Married Name19 September 1685As of 19 September 1685,her married name was Wickersham.
  • Ann Grover was born on 27 June 1668 at Hurstpeirpoint, Twineham, Sussex, England, also reported as 27 4th month 1668.
  • She was baptized on 27 June 1668 at Hursterpoint, Sussex, England.
  • She was the daughter of John Grover and Ann Killingbeck.
  • Ann Grover married Thomas Wickersham, son of John E. Wickersham, on 19 September 1685 at Monthly Meeting of Lewes and Brighton: Hurst, Hurstperpoint, Sussex, England, Marriage record of Thomas Wickersham and Ann Grover.
    Marriage record of Thomas Wickersham and Ann Grover 19 Aug 1685 Monthly Meeting of Lewes and Brighton - Hurst, Sussex, England - page 1
    Marriage record of Thomas Wickersham and Ann Grover 19 Aug 1685 Monthly Meeting of Lewes and Brighton - Hurst, Sussex, England - page 2
  • Ann Grover died on 24 October 1697 at Twinham, Sussex, England, at age 29 also reported as 24 August (6th month) 1697.
    Ann Grover Wickersham death announcement - Horsham Quaker Monthly Meeting Sussex, England - died 24 Aug 1697
  • She was buried after 24 October 1697 at St Peters Churchyard, Twineham, Sussex, England, Quaker section marked by 4 stone corner posts.
     Ann Grover was the first wife of Thomas Wickersham. According to the Wickersham Family in America, Ann's parents were John Grover, Jr., a cooper, b Hurstpierpoint, Sussex Co., England d Apr 06, 1689, and Ann Killingbeck b abt 1640 d Apr 11, 1672. John Grover and Ann Killingbeck Grover married 1665 at John Grover Sr.'s house, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, England. In 1700 Thomas and Ann Grover Wickersham settled on land that had been deeded to an uncle, Humphrey Killenbeck (Ann's maternal uncle) by William Penn in 1682, and transferred to Thomas in 1700.

Children of Ann Grover and Thomas Wickersham

Daniel Coyle

M, b. circa 1691
Daniel Coil (Coyle) mark 1735
  • Daniel Coyle was born circa 1691.
  • He married Ann Wickersham, daughter of Thomas Wickersham and Ann Grover, in 1733 at Pennsylvania.
  • His estate was probated in 1735 Probate by Daniel Coil (Coyle) of accounts from Joseph Mercer estate.
    1735 probate by Daniel Coil (Coyle) of accounts from Joseph Mercer estate

Mary Mercer

F, b. 7 April 1720
Father*Joseph Mercer Sr b. 1697, d. 5 May 1732
Mother*Ann Wickersham b. 27 Apr 1696, d. c 1764
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name11 November 1745As of 11 November 1745,her married name was Gartrill.
  • Mary Mercer was born on 7 April 1720 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania, also reported as 07 Feb 1721.
    Quaker records - Chester, PA - birth announcements of Joseph and Ann Mercer children
  • She was the daughter of Joseph Mercer Sr and Ann Wickersham.
  • Mary Mercer married John Gartrill on 11 November 1745 at Chester, Pennsylvania.
     On 11 February 1733 at Orphan's Court, Chester, Pennsylvania, Request for guardianship for children of Joseph Mercer by uncles Thomas Mercer and John Wickersham; also listed as 1734.

Ann Mercer

F, b. 8 February 1722, d. before 1764
Father*Joseph Mercer Sr b. 1697, d. 5 May 1732
Mother*Ann Wickersham b. 27 Apr 1696, d. c 1764
  • Ann Mercer was born on 8 February 1722 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania, also reported as 08 Dec 1722.
    Quaker records - Chester, PA - birth announcements of Joseph and Ann Mercer children
  • She was the daughter of Joseph Mercer Sr and Ann Wickersham.
  • Ann Mercer died before 1764.
     On 11 February 1733 at Orphan's Court, Chester, Pennsylvania, Request for guardianship for children of Joseph Mercer by uncles Thomas Mercer and John Wickersham; also listed as 1734.

Richard Mercer

M, b. 5 December 1724, d. before March 1752
Father*Joseph Mercer Sr b. 1697, d. 5 May 1732
Mother*Ann Wickersham b. 27 Apr 1696, d. c 1764
  • Richard Mercer was born on 5 December 1724 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania, Birth Date on Image: 05 Tenth 1724; also reported as 05 Oct 1723.
    Quaker records - Chester, PA - birth announcements of Joseph and Ann Mercer children
  • He was the son of Joseph Mercer Sr and Ann Wickersham.
  • Richard Mercer married Rebeckah (?) in 1743 he married a girl outside of the Quaker faith, and was admonished at the Kennett Monthly Meeting on 05 Sixth 1743 (5 Aug 1743).
  • Richard Mercer died before March 1752.
     On 11 February 1733 at Orphan's Court, Chester, Pennsylvania, Request for guardianship for children of Joseph Mercer by uncles Thomas Mercer and John Wickersham; also listed as 1734.

Children of Richard Mercer and Rebeckah (?)

Hannah Mercer

F, b. 13 August 1725, d. before 1764
Father*Joseph Mercer Sr b. 1697, d. 5 May 1732
Mother*Ann Wickersham b. 27 Apr 1696, d. c 1764
  • Hannah Mercer was born on 13 August 1725 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania.
    Quaker records - Chester, PA - birth announcements of Joseph and Ann Mercer children
  • She was the daughter of Joseph Mercer Sr and Ann Wickersham.
  • Hannah Mercer died before 1764.
     On 11 February 1733 at Orphan's Court, Chester, Pennsylvania, Request for guardianship for children of Joseph Mercer by uncles Thomas Mercer and John Wickersham; also listed as 1734.

Rachel Mercer

F, b. 20 November 1728
Father*Joseph Mercer Sr b. 1697, d. 5 May 1732
Mother*Ann Wickersham b. 27 Apr 1696, d. c 1764
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name7 March 1749As of 7 March 1749,her married name was Allen.
  • Rachel Mercer was born on 20 November 1728 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania.
    Quaker records - Chester, PA - birth announcements of Joseph and Ann Mercer children
  • She was the daughter of Joseph Mercer Sr and Ann Wickersham.
  • Rachel Mercer married William Allen, son of James Allen, on 7 March 1749 at Kennett Monthly Meeting, Chester, Pennslyvania.
    Marriage of Rachel Mercer and William Allen - Kennett Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA - 7 Mar 1749
     On 11 February 1733 at Orphan's Court, Chester, Pennsylvania, Request for guardianship for children of Joseph Mercer by uncles Thomas Mercer and John Wickersham; also listed as 1734.

William Allen

M
Signature of William Allen - husband of Rachel Mercer - Chester, PA
Father*James Allen
  • William Allen was the son of James Allen.
  • William Allen married Rachel Mercer, daughter of Joseph Mercer Sr and Ann Wickersham, on 7 March 1749 at Kennett Monthly Meeting, Chester, Pennslyvania.
    Marriage of Rachel Mercer and William Allen - Kennett Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA - 7 Mar 1749
  • William Allen witnessed the probate of the estate of Ann Wickersham on 19 June 1764 at Chester, Pennsylvania; Probate petition papers and order papers.

Susanna (?)

F, b. 1600, d. 1660
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationSusanna (?) was also known as Joanna (?).
Married Name1625As of 1625,her married name was Mercer.
  • Susanna (?) was born in 1600 at Ford, Kent, England.
  • She married Edward Mercer in 1625 at Aynho on the Hill, Northampton, England.
  • Susanna (?) died in 1660 at Aynho on the Hill, Northamptonshire, England.

Children of Susanna (?) and Edward Mercer

Josiah Taylor

M, b. 11 March 1668, d. 19 March 1765
Father*Robert Taylor b. 7 Dec 1633, d. 14 May 1695
Mother*Mary Hayes b. c 1642, d. 11 Feb 1727
     On 20 August 1689 at Records for the Courts, Chester, Pennsylvania, "Robert Taylor past over 2 deeds to his Sonns Isacke and Josiah Taylor both dated ye 20 day of ye 6th month (August) 1689, viz. one to Isacke for a Plantation and premisses and Conteining 300 acres of land lying in Springtowne another to Josiah for a Plantation and p'misses lying in Marple." Josiah Taylor left a will on 16 January 1765 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Josiah Taylor of Kennett. 1/16/1765. March 19, 1765. Provides for wife Jane. To daughter Sarah Hall furniture. To daughter Mary furniture. To son Caleb plantation where I now dwell at 21, paying following legacies. To son Abraham £20. To son John £20. To daughters Mary and Jane £7.10 each. Executors: Francis Swayne and son John. Letters to Swayne, the other renouncing. Witnesses: Daniel Mercer, Joseph Taylor, Stephen White.1

Child of Josiah Taylor and Elizabeth Pennell

Citations

  1. [S229] Pennsylvania Wills Chester County Wills, by Pennsylvania.

Robert Taylor

M, b. 7 December 1633, d. 14 May 1695
Father*Thomas Taylor b. 1594, d. Jan 1669
Mother*Mary Barrow b. 1598
  • Robert Taylor was born on 7 December 1633 at Little Leigh, Cheshire, England.
  • He was the son of Thomas Taylor and Mary Barrow.
  • Robert Taylor married Mary Hayes, daughter of Jonathan Hayes and Margaret Merrick, circa 1673 at second marriage for him.
  • Robert Taylor died on 14 May 1695 at Springfield, Chester, Pennsylvania, at age 61.
     Per Historic Homes And Institutions And Genealogical And Personal Memoirs Of Chester And Delaware Counties: Robert Taylor was a Quaker who suffered religious persecution on account of his adherence to the doctrines of George Fox and failure to observe the ordinances of the established church of England.

Robert Taylor, of Little Leigh, in the County Palatine of Chester, husbandman, purchased from William Penn 1,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania, 3 March 1681. Robert Taylor emigrated in 1682. His wife, Mary, of Clatterwitch in Cheshire, and children came the following year. Of the land purchased in England, a tract of four hundred acres was surveyed 11 November 1682, on Crum Creek, in Springfield Township. The remainder land was located on Darby Creek, Marple Township. Robert Taylor and his family settled on the Springfield tract and on this property he died in 1695.
Historic Homes And Institutions And Genealogical Of Chester, PA - page 474 - Robert Taylor 1633-1695
Historic Homes And Institutions And Genealogical Of Chester, PA - page 589 - Thomas Taylor and son Robert
History of Chester County, PA - Robert Taylor family page 590.
History of Chester County, PA - Robert Taylor family page 590
Robert Taylor immigrated in 1682 to England to, Pennsylvania, wife and children arrived the following year. On 20 August 1689 at Records for the Courts, Chester, Pennsylvania, "Robert Taylor past over 2 deeds to his Sonns Isacke and Josiah Taylor both dated ye 20 day of ye 6th month (August) 1689, viz. one to Isacke for a Plantation and premisses and Conteining 300 acres of land lying in Springtowne another to Josiah for a Plantation and p'misses lying in Marple." He left a will on 24 April 1695 at Chester, Pennsylvania, PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, 3RD SERIES VOL.III, P.173 .
Transcript of will of: ROBERT TAYLOR .
Proved: 16 May 1695 .
Registered in will book "A", page 311 .
Office of Register of Wills, Philadelphia County .

I, Robert Taylor of Springfield in the County of Chester and province of Pensilveanea being weake in body (but) of good and perfect Remembrance by the providence of god do make and ordeane this to be my Last will and testement Revoking all former wills and testements whatever in manner and forme as followeth the (four) and twenty day of the Second Month called April in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred ninty fiv(e) .

Imps I give unto my Loving wife the halfe of my Rayall Esteate in England which was setteled upon her at t(he) time of her marriage for her naturall Life with a good bedd and to have a Lawfull mentainnence at this place I now live on and Likewise to have a horse and a bovine beest for her naturall Life .

Secondly I leave unto my sonn Thomas Taylor the house and houseing and plantation I now Live on with the Land thereto belonging to him and his Heires for Ever and Likewise tow hundred Aikers of my Land in Marple .

(T)hirdly I give unto my sonn Jonathan Taylor tow hundred Aikers of Lande in Marple to him and his heires for Ever and twenty pounds of sillver moneyes .

(Four)thly I give unto my daughter Martha forty pounds of Silver moneyes when she is one and twenty yeares of age .

(Fi)fthly I give unto my sonn Jacob Taylor forty pounds of silver and to be set out upon the Countrey and to be paid him when hee Comes to bee one and twenty yeares of age

(Si)xthly I Leave the overplouse of all my personalle Esteata that I have here in pensilveanea to bee Equequly devided a(mong) my four Children that is to say Thomas Jonathan Jacob and Martha at the discression of my Exevutors (a)s the(y) beheave them selves and no further .

(Sev)enthly I Leave my Reall Esteate that I have in England as the(y) beheave themselves to bee devi(ded) at the desscrission of my Executors to bee devided amongst all my nine children And furthermore I Leave my deare and Loveng wife and brother Jonathan Heyes to bee my Lawfull Executors to see this my last will and testament performed .

ROBERT TAYLOR .
Walter Faucit .
John Maris .

Philadelphia 16th day of May 1695 personallie appeared before mee Patrick Robinson Secrie of ye province of Pennsylvania the above named Walter Faucit and John Maris who did solemnly attest according to Law that they saw the above named Robert Taylor sign, seal, publish and declare ye above to be his last will and testament and yat att the doing yeof he was of a sound & disposing mind & memory to the best of their Knowledge.

Pat Robinson, Secry.

Children of Robert Taylor and Mary Hayes

John Mercer

M, b. 1768, d. 1865
Father*Robert Mercer b. 19 Jul 1741, d. 13 May 1820
Mother*Elizabeth Brown b. 1747, d. 18 May 1833

Child of John Mercer and Ann Babb

John Calvert

M, b. 1742, d. 9 June 1817
John Calvert signature circa 1763
Father*Thomas Calvert
Mother*Sarah Williamson
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJohn Calvert was also known as Joseph.
     On 20 December 1763 According to Orphan's Court records, John Calvert married Jane Swayne Mercer and became guardian of the two living Mercer children, Amos and Hannah.
20 Dec 1763 Chester County, PA Orphans Court for Amos and Hannah Mercer - John Calvert as guardian
16 Mar 1768 Chester County, PA Orphans Court for Amos Mercer - John Calvert appointed guardian

Edward Swayne

M, b. 20 November 1702, d. 24 April 1776
Edward Swayne signature 1742
Edward Swayne signature 1775
Father*Francis Swayne b. 19 Feb 1665, d. 30 Sep 1721
Mother*Elizabeth Milton b. 19 Feb 1668, d. c Feb 1742
  • Edward Swayne was born on 20 November 1702 at East Hampstead, Berkshire, England, also reported as 20 Nov 1703.
    Children of Francis and Elizabeth (Milton) Swayne (Swain) - Society of Friends (Quaker) Monthly Meeting of Reading and Warborough 1703
  • He was the son of Francis Swayne and Elizabeth Milton.
  • Edward Swayne married Sarah Fincher, daughter of John Fincher and Martha Taylor, on 25 February 1728 at Quaker London Grove meeting, Londongrove Twp, New Garden, Chester, Pennsylvania.
    Marriage of Edward Swaine (Swayne) and Sarah Fincher - 25 Feb 1728 Quaker New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA
    Intention of marriage of Edward Swaine (Swayne) and Sarah Fincher - 1728 Quaker New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA (first notice, second notice, and confirmation of marriage)
  • Edward Swayne was the executor of Elizabeth Milton's estate on 3 March 1743 at Chester, Pennsylvania; Probate of Elizabeth Swayne - executors William and Edward Swayne.
  • Edward Swayne witnessed the marriage of Catharine Haydon and Edward Swayne on 26 April 1753 at New Garden Monthly Meeting (Quaker), Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Edward Swayne was the executor of Joseph Mercer's estate on 13 December 1758 at Chester, Pennsylvania; Probate of Joseph Mercer estate - Jane Mercer rights to father.
  • Edward Swayne died on 24 April 1776 at E. Marlborough, Chester, Pennslyvania, at age 73.
  • His estate was probated on 11 May 1776 at Chester, Pennsylvania.
    Probate of Edward Swayne - Chester, PA - 11 May 1776
     EDWARD SWAYNE, born in England 11.20.1702, died 4.24.1776, son of Francis Swayne & Elizabeth Milton, married at New Garden Mtg 2.25.1728 Sarah Fincher, born 1708, died 11th mo 1804, daughter of John Fincher & Martha Taylor of London Grove. Edward is on the lists of East Marlborough taxable from 1766 to 1774 as owner of acres, horses, cattle and sheep. Although he lived to be 74, Sarah survived him 28 years, dying at the age of about 96, having outlived nearly all the third generation of Swaynes. She was probably the last one laid to rest in the family burying ground. Edward Swayne, third son of Francis and Elizabeth, was born in East Hampstead, Berkshire, England, in the year 1703, came to America with the family in 1710, married, 2d mo. 25, 1728, Sarah Fincher, daughter of John, of Londongrove. They lived on part of the original purchase made by his father, which they inherited from him. Edward died 4, 24, 1776, aged about seventy-three years; Sarah died 11th mo., 1804, in her ninety-sixth year. She was the last one buried in the family burying-ground. The children of Edward and Sarah were Edward, Jonathan, Isaac, Jesse, Robert, Jane, Hannah, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Martha. History of the Harlan Family - The Swayne Family.
History of the Harlan Family - The Swayne Family
Edward Swayne and Francis Swayne immigrated in 1710 to England to America included all children except William who had immigrated in 1708. In Francis Swayne's will dated 15 February 1721 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Edward Swayne was named as an heir. He left a will on 16 June 1775 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania, SWAYNE, EDWARD. East Marlborough. June 16, 1775. May 11, 1776. To wife Sarah plantation whereon I now dwell during life and at her decease to be sold, also all household goods. To son Edward 5 shillings. To son Jonathan £20. To daughters Jane Calvert and Hannah Yarnall 5 shillings each. To son Jesse £45. To daughter Sarah England £5. To son Robert £45. To daughter Elizabeth Ailes £25. To daughter Martha Swayne £30. Remainder to 3 daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Martha. Executor: Friend William Swayne.
Wit: Jesse Miller, Frs. Swayne.
Will of Edward Swayne 16 Jun 1775 - page 1
Will of Edward Swayne 16 Jun 1775 - page 2

Children of Edward Swayne and Sarah Fincher

Sarah Fincher

F, b. 1708, d. 1 November 1804
Father*John Fincher b. 1679, d. 1747
Mother*Martha Taylor b. 3 Jan 1680, d. 1713
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name25 February 1728As of 25 February 1728,her married name was Swayne.
  • Sarah Fincher was born in 1708 at London Grove, New Garden Township, Chester, Pennslyvania.
  • She was the daughter of John Fincher and Martha Taylor.
  • Sarah Fincher married Edward Swayne, son of Francis Swayne and Elizabeth Milton, on 25 February 1728 at Quaker London Grove meeting, Londongrove Twp, New Garden, Chester, Pennsylvania.
    Marriage of Edward Swaine (Swayne) and Sarah Fincher - 25 Feb 1728 Quaker New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA
    Intention of marriage of Edward Swaine (Swayne) and Sarah Fincher - 1728 Quaker New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA (first notice, second notice, and confirmation of marriage)
  • Sarah Fincher witnessed the marriage of Catharine Haydon and Edward Swayne on 26 April 1753 at New Garden Monthly Meeting (Quaker), Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Sarah Fincher died on 1 November 1804 at New Garden Township, Chester, Pennslyvania.
     In Mary Fincher's will dated 9 May 1730 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Sarah Fincher was named as an heir; Newlin, Mary. A.319. To grandson in law Nathan son of Nathaniel Newlin £5. To Sarah daughter of John Newlin £5. To Mary daughter of Ellis Lewis £5. To Mary Everson £5. To granddaughter in law Mary Baily £5. To kinswoman Hannah Shewin £3 and the remainder of her time to my father. To sisters Rebecca Bennet and Sarah Swain all wearing apparel. Remainder to father and brothers Jonathan and John Fincher and sisters Rebecca Bennet and Sarah Swain and to my sister Elizabeth Cox's 3 children. Executors: father John Fincher and brother Francis Fincher. In John Fincher's will dated 5 April 1746 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Sarah Fincher was named as an heir; John Fincher of Londongrove. 4/5/1746. November 24, 1747. B. 240. To son Jonathan 5 shilling. To son Francis £20. To daughter Rebecca Bennett £30. To daughter Sarah Swain £30. To Thomas Cox living over the Susquehanna £5 for the use of his daughter Rebecca wife of James Fraiser. To Mary eldest daughter of son Jonathan when of age. Remainder to sons Francis and John. Executors: friends Joshua Pusey and Nath. Pennock and Joshua Johnson, overseers. Witnesses: Moses Pyle, Joseph Pennock Jr. In Edward Swayne's will dated 16 June 1775 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania, Sarah Fincher was named as an heir; SWAYNE, EDWARD. East Marlborough. June 16, 1775. May 11, 1776. To wife Sarah plantation whereon I now dwell during life and at her decease to be sold, also all household goods. To son Edward 5 shillings. To son Jonathan £20. To daughters Jane Calvert and Hannah Yarnall 5 shillings each. To son Jesse £45. To daughter Sarah England £5. To son Robert £45. To daughter Elizabeth Ailes £25. To daughter Martha Swayne £30. Remainder to 3 daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Martha. Executor: Friend William Swayne.
Wit: Jesse Miller, Frs. Swayne.

Children of Sarah Fincher and Edward Swayne

John Fincher

M, b. 1679, d. 1747
John Fincher signature 1746
Father*Francis Fincher b. 1626, d. 1 Aug 1684
Mother*Mary Achelly b. 1650, d. 28 Sep 1699
  • John Fincher was born in 1679 at London Grove, Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • He was the son of Francis Fincher and Mary Achelly.
  • John Fincher married Martha Taylor, daughter of Robert Taylor and Mary Hayes, in 1699.
  • John Fincher married Elinor Norman in 1714 at second marriage for both.
  • John Fincher witnessed the marriage of Sarah Fincher and Edward Swayne on 25 February 1728 at Quaker London Grove meeting, Londongrove Twp, New Garden, Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • John Fincher died in 1747 at London Grove, Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • His estate was probated on 24 November 1747 at Chester, Pennsylvania, John Fincher of Londongrove. B. 240. To son Jonathan 5 shilling. To son Francis £20. To daughter Rebecca Bennett £30. To daughter Sarah Swain £30. To Thomas Cox living over the Susquehanna £5 for the use of his daughter Rebecca wife of James Fraiser. To Mary eldest daughter of son Jonathan · when of age. Remainder to sons Francis and John. Executors: friends Joshua Pusey and Nath. Pennock and Joshua Johnson, overseers. Witnesses: Moses Pyle, Joseph Pennock Jr.
    Probate inventory of John Fincher - Chester, PA - 1747
     John, married Martha, daughter of Robert TAYLOR, of Springfield, and in 1699 was living in Newtown. After this he resided in Uchland, but his final settlement was in London Grove, where he died about 1747. In 1714 he married the widow Elinor COOK, but his children were probably by his 1st wife. John Fincher immigrated with Francis Fincher in 1683 at from Worcester, England to, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; first Quaker meeting in Philadelphia was 14 Mar 1683. In 1700 at Quaker Chester Monthly Meeting, Chester, Pennsylvania, admitted to fornication before marriage (though married at the time of this acknowledgement).
Acknowledgement of fornication before marriage - John and Martha Fincher - 1700 - Quaker Chester Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA
In Mary Fincher's will dated 9 May 1730 at Chester, Pennsylvania, John Fincher was named as executor; Newlin, Mary. A.319. To grandson in law Nathan son of Nathaniel Newlin £5. To Sarah daughter of John Newlin £5. To Mary daughter of Ellis Lewis £5. To Mary Everson £5. To granddaughter in law Mary Baily £5. To kinswoman Hannah Shewin £3 and the remainder of her time to my father. To sisters Rebecca Bennet and Sarah Swain all wearing apparel. Remainder to father and brothers Jonathan and John Fincher and sisters Rebecca Bennet and Sarah Swain and to my sister Elizabeth Cox's 3 children. Executors: father John Fincher and brother Francis Fincher. He left a will on 5 April 1746 at Chester, Pennsylvania, John Fincher of Londongrove. 4/5/1746. November 24, 1747. B. 240. To son Jonathan 5 shilling. To son Francis £20. To daughter Rebecca Bennett £30. To daughter Sarah Swain £30. To Thomas Cox living over the Susquehanna £5 for the use of his daughter Rebecca wife of James Fraiser. To Mary eldest daughter of son Jonathan when of age. Remainder to sons Francis and John. Executors: friends Joshua Pusey and Nath. Pennock and Joshua Johnson, overseers. Witnesses: Moses Pyle, Joseph Pennock Jr.
Will of John Fincher - Chester county, PA - 05 Apr 1746

Children of John Fincher and Martha Taylor

Francis Swayne

M, b. 19 February 1665, d. 30 September 1721
Francis Swayne signature 1721
Father*William Swayne Sr. d. 1693
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationFrancis Swayne was also known as Swaine.
Name VariationFrancis Swayne was also known as Swain.
  • Francis Swayne was born on 19 February 1665 at Bienfield, Wilts, Berkshire, England, also reported as 1660.
  • He was the son of William Swayne Sr.
  • Francis Swayne married Elizabeth Milton, daughter of John Milton, on 17 June 1688 at Wokingham, Berkshire, England.
  • Francis Swayne died on 30 September 1721 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania, at age 56 also reported as 30 Nov 1721.
    Quaker New Garden Monthly Meeting - Chester, PA - death of Francis Swayne 30 Sep 1721
  • He was buried after 30 September 1721 at New Garden Friends Cemetery, New Garden, Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • His estate was probated on 10 February 1722 at Chester, Pennsylvania.
    Probate inventory of Francis Swayne - 10 Feb 1722 - Chester, PA
     From History of Chester County, Pennsylvania: Among the earliest Quaker families that settled Chester County was that of Francis Swayne (who by an old deed is styled practitioner of medicine). He was the son of William Swayne, of Ockingham, Liberty of Wilts, Berkshire, England, who died in 1693, leaving two sons and a daughter, -- Francis, the emigrant, Judith, and William. to the latter he left by will his house and lands in Ockingham; to his daughter, house and ground called the Harpe-bien, Bienfield, and to his son Francis, "all that house & Land , adn the Store in the common field of Bienfield, by the wayside going to Bienfield church," and making him whole executor of "All my goods, cattle, corn," etc. Francis Swayne married Elizabeth Milton, and had removed from Bienfield to East Hampstead park some years previous to coming to America, and his son William records that "about the year 1704 my father and mother and myself were convinced and received the truth". William Swayne, eldest son of Francis and Elizabeth, was born the 30th of 1st mo., 1689, in the parish of Bienfield, and when about eighteen sailed from Bristol "on board a ship called the 'Saulsbury,' and in about five weeks landed at Philadelphia on the 15th day of 9th mo., 1708, and in about a year and a half thereafter Francis and Elizabeth, with their remaining children, --Francis, Edward, Elizabeth Jane and Sarah, -- landed at New Castle, on the Delaware, where they were met and welcomed by their son William, who had preceded them. They went to what is now East Marlborough Township, Chester, Co., and puchased and settled on one of the lots of land joining the south side of Marlboro Street, containing 425 acres, it being then an uncultivated wilderness. The deed of conveyance to Francis Swayne bears date 12th day of September, A.D. 1711. Francis and his son William were both prominent and notive members of the Society of Friends. In the year 1713, Francis went on an extended religious visit to Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Starting from Philadelphia, holding meetings by the way, to Flushing, Newport, Dartmouth, thence to Nantucket, Rochester, Falmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich, Yarmouth, Plymouth, Scituate, Bsoton, Salem, Lynn, Marblehaed, Hampton, Amesbury, Newburyport, Portsmouth, etc. Several of these places were visited twice. During the journey, which occupied three months, from 7th mo. 24th to 10th mo. 21st, about seventy meetings were held. When we take into account the difficulties of traveling in those early days, we are led to conclude that the emigrant ancestor of the Swaynes was possessed of a fair share of the zeal which characterized the early Friends. While in Nantucket he met with a family of the same name as his own, who had settled there in 1662, from some town east of Boston. They proved to have been of the same family in England. There is a family tradition that Francis, while resting for lunch, in the harvest-time, under the shade of some particular tree, remarked that he would like to be buried there; his wish was remembered, and when, in 1721, 9th mo. 30th, he died, he was interred on the spot selected by himself, the place was enclosed with a wall, and for upwards of eighty years was used as the family burying-ground. Francis Swayne during his lifetime conveyed to his eldest son William, the pioneer, by deed dated 9th mo., 8, 1717, 195 acres of his original purchase, bordering on the Marlborough Street.
History of the Harlan Family - The Swayne Family
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania - Francis Swayne - page 731
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania - Francis Swayne - page 732
William Swayne biography from Two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of London Grove Meeting.
William Swayne biography from Two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of London Grove Meeting 1980
In 1703 became Friends (Quakers). In 1703 Record of children of Francis and Elizabeth (Milton) Swayne (Swain) - Society of Friends (Quaker) Monthly Meeting of Reading and Warborough 1703 "Here follows the names and ... births Francis and Elizabeth Swain ... before her confirmation of the faith and after who do first might be here ..."
Children of Francis and Elizabeth (Milton) Swayne (Swain) - Society of Friends (Quaker) Monthly Meeting of Reading and Warborough 1703
Francis Swayne and Edward Swayne immigrated in 1710 to England to America included all children except William who had immigrated in 1708. Francis Swayne purchased land on 12 September 1711 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania, 425 acres of uncultivated wilderness; purchased from Caleb Pusey for the price of 85 pounds. He left a will on 15 February 1721 at Chester, Pennsylvania.
Will of Francis Swayne - Chester, PA - 15 Feb 1721

Children of Francis Swayne and Elizabeth Milton

Elizabeth Milton

F, b. 19 February 1668, d. circa February 1742
Father*John Milton
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name17 June 1688As of 17 June 1688,her married name was Swain.
Married Name17 June 1688As of 17 June 1688,her married name was Swayne.
Married Name17 June 1688As of 17 June 1688,her married name was Swaine.
  • Elizabeth Milton was baptized on 19 February 1668 at Hurst, Berkshire, England.
  • She was the daughter of John Milton.
  • Elizabeth Milton married Francis Swayne, son of William Swayne Sr., on 17 June 1688 at Wokingham, Berkshire, England.
  • Elizabeth Milton witnessed the marriage of Sarah Fincher and Edward Swayne on 25 February 1728 at Quaker London Grove meeting, Londongrove Twp, New Garden, Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Elizabeth Milton died circa February 1742 at Pennsylvania.
  • Her estate was probated on 3 March 1743 at Chester, Pennsylvania, Probate of Elizabeth Swayne - executors William and Edward Swayne.
    Probate of Elizabeth Swayne - executors William and Edward Swayne 07 Feb 1742
     In 1703 became Friends (Quakers). In 1703 Record of children of Francis and Elizabeth (Milton) Swayne (Swain) - Society of Friends (Quaker) Monthly Meeting of Reading and Warborough 1703 "Here follows the names and ... births Francis and Elizabeth Swain ... before her confirmation of the faith and after who do first might be here ..."
Children of Francis and Elizabeth (Milton) Swayne (Swain) - Society of Friends (Quaker) Monthly Meeting of Reading and Warborough 1703

Children of Elizabeth Milton and Francis Swayne

Edward Swayne

M, b. 5 April 1729, d. August 1797
Edward Swayne Jr signature 1758
Father*Edward Swayne b. 20 Nov 1702, d. 24 Apr 1776
Mother*Sarah Fincher b. 1708, d. 1 Nov 1804
  • Edward Swayne was born on 5 April 1729 at E. Marlborough, Chester, Pennslyvania.
  • He was the son of Edward Swayne and Sarah Fincher.
  • Edward Swayne married Catharine Haydon on 26 April 1753 at New Garden Monthly Meeting (Quaker), Chester, Pennsylvania.
    Marriage of Edward Swayne and Catherine Haydon - 26 Apr 1753 Quaker New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA
  • Edward Swayne witnessed the probate of the estate of Joseph Mercer on 13 December 1758 at Chester, Pennsylvania; Probate of Joseph Mercer estate - Jane Mercer rights to father.
  • Edward Swayne died in August 1797 at age 68.
     Edward Swayne witnessed the will of Edward Swayne on 16 June 1775 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania; SWAYNE, EDWARD. East Marlborough. June 16, 1775. May 11, 1776. To wife Sarah plantation whereon I now dwell during life and at her decease to be sold, also all household goods. To son Edward 5 shillings. To son Jonathan £20. To daughters Jane Calvert and Hannah Yarnall 5 shillings each. To son Jesse £45. To daughter Sarah England £5. To son Robert £45. To daughter Elizabeth Ailes £25. To daughter Martha Swayne £30. Remainder to 3 daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Martha. Executor: Friend William Swayne.
Wit: Jesse Miller, Frs. Swayne.

Catharine Haydon

F, b. 1731, d. 1819
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name1753As of 1753,her married name was Swayne.
  • Catharine Haydon was born in 1731.
  • She married Edward Swayne, son of Edward Swayne and Sarah Fincher, on 26 April 1753 at New Garden Monthly Meeting (Quaker), Chester, Pennsylvania.
    Marriage of Edward Swayne and Catherine Haydon - 26 Apr 1753 Quaker New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester, PA
  • Catharine Haydon died in 1819.

Jonathan Swayne

M, b. 3 February 1731, d. after 1780
Father*Edward Swayne b. 20 Nov 1702, d. 24 Apr 1776
Mother*Sarah Fincher b. 1708, d. 1 Nov 1804
  • Jonathan Swayne was born on 3 February 1731 at E. Marlborough, Chester, Pennslyvania.
  • He was the son of Edward Swayne and Sarah Fincher.
  • Jonathan Swayne married Mary White in 1755.
  • Jonathan Swayne died after 1780.
     Jonathan Swayne witnessed the will of Edward Swayne on 16 June 1775 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania; SWAYNE, EDWARD. East Marlborough. June 16, 1775. May 11, 1776. To wife Sarah plantation whereon I now dwell during life and at her decease to be sold, also all household goods. To son Edward 5 shillings. To son Jonathan £20. To daughters Jane Calvert and Hannah Yarnall 5 shillings each. To son Jesse £45. To daughter Sarah England £5. To son Robert £45. To daughter Elizabeth Ailes £25. To daughter Martha Swayne £30. Remainder to 3 daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Martha. Executor: Friend William Swayne.
Wit: Jesse Miller, Frs. Swayne.

Mary White

F, b. 1737, d. 1827
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Swayne.

Isaac Swayne

M, b. 1742, d. 22 July 1772
Father*Edward Swayne b. 20 Nov 1702, d. 24 Apr 1776
Mother*Sarah Fincher b. 1708, d. 1 Nov 1804

Susannah Maris

F, b. 1746
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name1768As of 1768,her married name was Swayne.

Jesse Swayne

M, b. 1744, d. after 1781
Father*Edward Swayne b. 20 Nov 1702, d. 24 Apr 1776
Mother*Sarah Fincher b. 1708, d. 1 Nov 1804
  • Jesse Swayne was born in 1744 at E. Marlborough, Chester, Pennslyvania.
  • He was the son of Edward Swayne and Sarah Fincher.
  • Jesse Swayne married Jane (?) circa 1776.
  • Jesse Swayne died after 1781.
     Jesse Swayne witnessed the will of Edward Swayne on 16 June 1775 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania; SWAYNE, EDWARD. East Marlborough. June 16, 1775. May 11, 1776. To wife Sarah plantation whereon I now dwell during life and at her decease to be sold, also all household goods. To son Edward 5 shillings. To son Jonathan £20. To daughters Jane Calvert and Hannah Yarnall 5 shillings each. To son Jesse £45. To daughter Sarah England £5. To son Robert £45. To daughter Elizabeth Ailes £25. To daughter Martha Swayne £30. Remainder to 3 daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Martha. Executor: Friend William Swayne.
Wit: Jesse Miller, Frs. Swayne.

Jane (?)

F, d. circa 1818
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namecirca 1776As of circa 1776,her married name was Swayne.

Robert Swayne

M, b. 1740
Father*Edward Swayne b. 20 Nov 1702, d. 24 Apr 1776
Mother*Sarah Fincher b. 1708, d. 1 Nov 1804
     Robert Swayne witnessed the will of Edward Swayne on 16 June 1775 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania; SWAYNE, EDWARD. East Marlborough. June 16, 1775. May 11, 1776. To wife Sarah plantation whereon I now dwell during life and at her decease to be sold, also all household goods. To son Edward 5 shillings. To son Jonathan £20. To daughters Jane Calvert and Hannah Yarnall 5 shillings each. To son Jesse £45. To daughter Sarah England £5. To son Robert £45. To daughter Elizabeth Ailes £25. To daughter Martha Swayne £30. Remainder to 3 daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Martha. Executor: Friend William Swayne.
Wit: Jesse Miller, Frs. Swayne.

Elizabeth Hamilton

F
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name1791As of 1791,her married name was Swayne.

Hannah Swayne

F, b. circa 1742
Father*Edward Swayne b. 20 Nov 1702, d. 24 Apr 1776
Mother*Sarah Fincher b. 1708, d. 1 Nov 1804
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name12 January 1758As of 12 January 1758,her married name was Yarnall.
     Hannah Swayne witnessed the will of Edward Swayne on 16 June 1775 at East Marlborough, Chester, Pennsylvania; SWAYNE, EDWARD. East Marlborough. June 16, 1775. May 11, 1776. To wife Sarah plantation whereon I now dwell during life and at her decease to be sold, also all household goods. To son Edward 5 shillings. To son Jonathan £20. To daughters Jane Calvert and Hannah Yarnall 5 shillings each. To son Jesse £45. To daughter Sarah England £5. To son Robert £45. To daughter Elizabeth Ailes £25. To daughter Martha Swayne £30. Remainder to 3 daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Martha. Executor: Friend William Swayne.
Wit: Jesse Miller, Frs. Swayne.