Thursday, April 29, 2010


Claiborne was from Kent County, England, where his father and grandfather had been King’s Lynn mayor. He arrived with Sir Francis Wyatt, newly appointed Virginia governor. Claiborne was provided 20 pounds to fund purchase of his instruments and books (which he was to pass on to his successor), was to have a house provided for him by the Virginia Company and was to be paid 30 pounds per annum “in two hundred waight of Tobacco or any other valuable Comoditie growinge in that Country…”

Claiborne Becomes Influential Virginian
This young man was to have a long, important and productive life in Virginia. In 1625, Claiborne was named to the Governor’s Council and in 1626 was elevated to Secretary of State. He held the position until 1637, then again between 1652 and 1660. He was named the colony’s treasurer in 1642.

Claiborne’s success in fighting hostile Indians earned him the rank of colonel. In 1625, he was granted 150 acres in Elizabeth City (later Hampton), where he established the post used as a base for fur trading with the Indians. He also purchased Kent Island from the Indians to establish another trading post, but England’s king included it in the Calvert land grant for Maryland.

Read more at Suite101: Descent from Col. William Claiborne (1587-1677): Colonist Became Virginia Secretary of State and Treasurer

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William Claiborne- Wilkes

1536. William Claiborne, born Aug 10, 1600 in Craford-Kent Co. England356; died 1683 in New Kent Virginia356. He was the son of 3072. Thomas Claiborne, Jr. and 3073. Sarah Smyth-James. He married 1537. Jane Elizabeth Butler 1638 in London, Middlesex, England357.

1537. Jane Elizabeth Butler357, born 1610 in Roxwell, Essex, England357; died 1676 in King William Co., VA357. She was the daughter of 3074. John Butler II and 3075. Jane Elliott.

Notes for William Claiborne:

I would appreciate any errors that you encounter, that you contact me immediately. Thanks for sharing freely!This is the only ancestor not proven to be ours.
Harold Claiborne
A Memorial to William Claiborne in Jamestown, VA reads as follows:

To the glory of God and to the honored memory of WILLIAM CLAIBORNE son of Thomas Cleyborne of Crayford, Kent, Gentleman, and Sara Smith-James. Born 1587 settled in Virginia 1621 member of Council 1625-60, Treasurer 1642-50, Deputy Governor 1653. Commanded expeditions against the Indians 1629-1644. At Kent Island he made the first settlement with the present boundary of Maryland.

Also another excellent book about William Claiborne is "Chesapeake Conflict", The Troublesome Early Days of Maryland, by Gene Williamson, published by Heritage Books, Inc, 1995. In it he states "Maryland's troubles began before there was a Maryland- in 21, the year William Claiborne of England arrived in VA. Soon he discovered, purchased, named, and settled Kent Island in upper Chesapeake Bay. It led to the first serious boundary controversy in America when later Lord Baltimore's province was carved out of the territory originally granted to VA. This historic dispute, primarily between the parliamentarian Claiborne and the royalist Baltimore, was a colonial episode in the English Civil War and involved the first naval conflict in American waters. Houg parliament's overthrow of Charles I and the English monarchy in 1649 was a victory for Claiborne, resolution of the war in England and recognition of Charles II in 1660 restored Maryland to the Baltimore family.
From Bolling Batte Papers Card 89 of 127 (See Source)

Claiborne, William (C-3)
B: Ca 1600 England
Settled Romancoke
Mar: London Jane? Elizabeth Butler
Arrived in Va. 162l on the "George" settled Kent Island, later in
Maryland; Secretary of State of Va. 1625-1638; 1652-1658;
Treasurer of Virginia; Colonel; member of Council;
D: Ca 1678 Romancoke New Kent, County
From Genealogy of Wilkinson and Kindred Families Pg18:

Col. William Claiborn, born in Westmoreland, England, 1587, came as surveyor for the Virginia Company of
London with Gov. Wyatt in 1621; member of the Governor's Council from 1625 to 1669; secretary 1625
and treasurer of the Virginia Colony; had one grant of 24000 acres of land in King William County;
established a trading post at Kent Island in 1631 which was later claimed by Gov. Leonard Calvert as
belonging to Maryland Claiborne was appointed one of the three commissioners to rule Virginia under
Cromwell. they arrived at the head of an English expedition in March 1652, overthrew the Cavalier
Government and established a Roundhead Government over Maryland and Virginia with Richard Bennett as Governor and Claiborne as Secretary of State. In 1658 the Province of Maryland was restored to Lord
Baltimore. William Claiborne was colonel of a command against the Indians and in 1653 deputy governor.
Seated at "Romancoke", King William County, he died 1676, having married in London about 1638 Jane

By S. H. Lee Washington, M.A., F.I.A.G., of Trinity College, Cambridge
Sent by Gretchen Eggum, Mesa, AZ.
Reported reading the following in N.C. Library in May 2000:

It has long been taken for granted, both in America and England, that William Claiborne who died in 1676, the celebrated "Rebel" and Secretary of the Virginia Colony, was identical with William, the second son of Edmund Cleburne, of Cleburne, now spelt Cliburn, near Appleby, county Westmorland, who had married Grace, daughter of Alan Bellingham, Esq., of Levens.(1) However, the College records of Cambridge University not only entirely disprove this assumption, but demonstrate that William, the second son of Edmund Cleburne and Grace Bellingham, was a priest in Holy Orders. The facts are as follows:-William "Cleborne" was admitted as a scholar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in January 1600-1, being described in the College Books as Filius Edmund Cleborne nuper de Cleborne in comitatu Westmonasteriensis. He received his B. A. degree in 1604-5, became M. A. in 1608, and in 1611 was incorporated at Oxford. That he had entered Holy Orders by 1615 is evident from the circumstance that in that year St. John's College, Cambridge, conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Divinity; and I am indebted to my old friend, the Rev. H. Isham Longden, for two entries in the Peterborough diocesan records which show that he was ordained deacon 18 December, 1614, and priest on the day following. In 1617 he was presented to the vicarage of Nidd, in Yorkshire; and he died in 1660 as Vicar of Nidd and Prebendary of Ripon, - some sixteen years prior to the death of his namesake, William Claiborne, in Virginia.
It is thus clear that the Virginian William Claiborne was not identical with the second son of Edmund Cleburne of Westmorland; and the only remaining clue to his origin, of a direct nature, would seem to be Governor Harvey's statement, made to Lord Dorchester in a letter of 29 May, 1630, that his brother was a stocking-seller in London on Ludgate Hill. (2)
Nevertheless, the tomb of one of William Claiborne's own sons, Col. Thomas Claiborne, who died in 1683, which still exists at "Romancoke," King William county, bears the arms of the Cleburnes of Westmorland; and there can be little question that William himself belonged to a cadet branch of the same ancient house. (3) It may therefore be worth calling attention to the fact that the alleged derivation of the English Cleburnes from the feudal lords of Ravensworth, and through them, from Alan, Count of Penthievre in Brittany, is quite illusory; and in reality, they would appear to have been descendants of the Westmorland Family of Le Fraunceys. (4) The earlier portion of the Cleburne pedigree ought, in fact, they run as follows:- Robert (1) Le Fraunceys of Cleburne, Clibburn, county Westmorland, living 1259, had issue: John (2) Le Fraunceys of Cleburne, living 1292, who had: Robert (3) Le Fraunceys of Cleburne, living in 1317 Beatrice, daughter of Robert Le Boteler of Newby, and had: Robert (5) Le Fraunceys of Cleburne, living 1359, who had: John (6) Le Fraunceys, died vita patris, married Margaret, who married secondly Thomas de Warcop, daughter and heiress of Walter de Bolton, and had: Robert (7) de Cleburne of Cleburne, living 1366, de Bolton, and had: Robert (7) de Cleburne of Cleburne, living 1366, married Margaret de Cundale. The later descents from this Robert (7) de Cleburne, alias Le Fraunceys- who was never knighted, but served as Knight of the Shire, Member of Parliament, for Westmorland in 1383 and 1386- will be found in J. H. Claiborne's Willaim Claiborne of Virginia, ;;. 6et seg.; also in Va. Mag. of History and Biog., vol. 1, pp. 313-4. The surname 'Le francais: and there was a contemporary Westmorland family bearing the name of 'Le Engleys,' ' the Englishman,' which flourished for several generations in a neighboring parish. Robert (1) Le Fraunceys, the founder of the English Cleburnes, was probably grandson of an earlier Adam Le Fraunceys who occurs in the Westmorland Pipe Roll of 1200. Another of this Adam's immediate descendants, Gilbert Le Fraunceys, other of this Adam's immediate descendants, Gilbert Le Fraunceys, married Hawise de Vernon, and became an ancestor in the male line of the Vernons of Haddon Hall.
Meanwhile now that it has been demonstrated that William Claiborne of Virginia was not a son of Edmund Cleburn and Grace Bellingham, his real parentage still remains to be determined by future research.

(1)The latter, although often called "sir" Alan by modern writers, was actually never knighted. Bruce, Social Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century, pp. 87-8; J. H. Claiborne, William Claiborne of Virginia; and Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmoreland Antiquarian Society, new series, vol. 28, p. 192.
(2)Bruck, Social Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century, p. 87.
(3)A William Cleburne was admitted to the Middle Temple, London, 11 June, 1605.
(4)See the admirable article be the late Canon Ragg, " Cliburn Hervy and Cliburn Tailbois, " in Trans. Cumb and Westd. Soc., new series, vol.28. Compare this with the usual version, 3.g., that in J. H. Claiborne's William Claiborne, pp. 1-6.

More About William Claiborne:
Name 2: William CLAIBOURN358,359
Name 3: William C. Claibourne360
Name 4: William Clayborne
Date born 2: 1587, England361
Date born 3: 1587, Of, London, England361
Date born 4: Aug 10, 1600, Crayford, co. Kent, England362
Died 2: Abt. 1677, Virginia or MD363
Died 3: Bet. 1677 - 1678, "Romancoke", New Kent Co., King William Co., VA364
Education: May 31, 1617, Pembroke College
Immigration 1: Jun 13, 1621, Virginia on the George365,366
Immigration 2: Oct 1621, Arrived in Jamestown aboard th "George"
Occupation 1: Bet. 1625 - 1638, Secretary of Virginia
Occupation 2: Treasurer of Virginia; Member of Council
Occupation 3: Jun 13, 1621, Chosen by Virginia Company to be Surveyor
Occupation 4: Apr 06, 1642, Appointed Treasurer of Virginia for life.367
Occupation 5: Bet. 1652 - 1658, Secretary of Virginia

Joan Overton Snawsell

Adria Osborne

Robert HARRIS was the FIRST child of Thomas HARRIS and hi s first wife,

One might question ho a motherless infant survived in the e xtremely hostile
environment of the Virginia of 1625. We would venture to s uggest an
obliging neighbor woman, who was nursing her own infant, sh ared time at her
breast with the little orphan. Or, perhaps, he had a "Blac k Mammy", a
practice widely used in the Old South. Slavery had been in troduced in
Virginia in 1619. Thomas HARRIS remarried around 1627, giv ing little
Robert a stepmother at tender age. He had a reputation i n later life of
being opinionated and head-strong and these traits must hav e developed
early. Anyway, he never got along well with his step-mothe r, nor with his
father, for that matter. He ran away from home at the earl iest opportunity
and became a seaman. This caused his father to disinherit
him (see Malcolm H. HARRIS, M.D., History of Louisa County . Richmond, VA.
the Dietz Press, 1936, p. 331-A.) About 1650 Robert HARRI S left his
seafaring life and settled in Virginia and establish his ow n plantation
which he called "The Forks". It was at the junction wher e the North Anna
and the South Anna Rivers meet to form the Pamunkey River i n that part of
New Kent County th

Capt. Thomas Harris

CAPTAIN THOMAS HARRIS; 1576-1658; came from Wales; was a me mber of
the VBA Company, 1609; came to the Colony in 1611; was a me mber of the
House of Burgesses, 1623, 1639 and 1646; (Brown, in this "G enesis",
states that he may have been a son of Sir William Harris o f Crixith,
and Woodham-Moretmar, Essex, England); m. Adria Osborne; m . (2) Joane

Thomas Harris, aged 38, May, 1611, came to Virginia in th e "Prosperous". His
wife, Adria Osborne, came to Virginia Nov, 1621, in the "Ma rmaduke."
Capt, Thomas was a member of the Virginis Company. He cam e to
Virginiain the Prosperous in May 1611, during the time of S ir Thomas
He was the patantee of lands in Henrico, "Neck of Land", a s Curles was
once called, or "Long Field". He was in the Indian War o f 1622 (The
massacre at Martin's Hundred is told quite well in the "Nat ional
Geographic", some time in the 1970's. There is alot of arc healogical
sites there today. I'll come back later withe exact issu e of the
article.), Burgess for Henrico, 1623, '39, '47. He took hi s first
patent 1635, later 1655-58. He married his second wife, Joa ne (Gurgarny)
supposedly from the fact that Edward Gurgany owned land nex t to Joane in
1635, and his wife bequeathed land to Capt. Thomas Harris.

Capt. Thomas Harris I was born in 1587 in Crixe, Essex, ENG LAND.13
He was subscribed and paid 25 pounds to the Second Virgini a Company in 1609.14
He was witnessed the will of Folk Lee, mariner, and was giv en a small
legacy in the will on 26 Feb 1611 in Stepney, London, Engla nd. He
emigrated in May 1611 from Henrico County, Virginia15 He i mmigrated during the
second Virginia Charter. He came on the ship "Prosperous, " during the government
of Sir Thomas Dale, and settled at the "Neck of Land," in H enrico County.
Sir Thomas Dale, with his charter as Governor of VA, sail d from Land's End
in England 27 March 1611, with three ships, The Star, Prosp erous, and
Elizabeth, carrying 300 people. His fleet anchored at For t Algerian, now
Old Point Comfort, 22 May 1611, making the crossing in les s than 60 days.
On 13 November 1611, the Prosperous arrived in England on i ts return trip
from Virginia He appeared on the census in 1624/25 in Virg inia16 He made a muster
roll of his own family and gave his age as 38, and the nam e of the vessel
he cam on as the Prosperous. He died in 1658 in Henrico Co unty, Virginia Records
show that in 1765 Elijah Harris was living in Pitt County a nd sold land in
Perquimans County, North Carolina that had descended to hi m from his father, John Harris,
in 1695. He was married to Diana Manners in Perquimans Cou nty, North Carolina.


Captain Thomas Harris b 1585 England Subscribed to the 2n d Virginia County, issued 23 May 1609 He came to the Virgin ia colony on the ship "Prosperous " in May 1611. On the fir st Virginia muster dated 16 February 1623 as Thomas Harri s 38 wife Adria Harris age 23 - PASSENGER LIST Thomas Harr ris and wife #3283 pp 170 also #1272 pp38. PASSENGER LIS T to Virginia #1524 Thomas Harris 38 Adria 23 list 3283 p p203 MUSTER OF 1624 Neck of Land ,Charles City County, Vir ginia Thomas Harris, wife Adria, kinswoman Anne Woodlase ag e 7 , (my note this Anne Woodlase was undoubtedly misrea d I believe she was Anne Woodliffe daughter of John Woodlif fe an early settler and also supposedly related to Thomas H arris above) 11 Nov 1635 of record land originally in Digg s Hundred which became Bermuda Hundred 750 acres lying sou thward upon Edward Gurganey extending Northward upon Joan e his second wife , 100 acres due him as ancient planter o n order of the late Treasurer and County, 18 Nov 1615 an d 650 acres due him for the transportation of 13 persons Ca pt Thomas Harris came into possession of the Gurganey lan d by 2 May 1636 and repatented the 700 acres . included i n this tract in Henrico 12 July 1637 , called "Longfield" w ith swamp and marshes SE toward Bremos dividend,400 acre s granted Edward Gurganey by order of the court 1 October 1 617 and bequethed by him to Anne Gurganey his widow , and g ranted to Thomas Harris by her last will dated 11 Novembe r 1619

Captain Thomas Harris was a Burgess from Henrico. 1623-4,1 639,1546,1652-3
and 1656-57 CAPTAIN THOMAS HARRIS DIED IN 1657 leavin g a will which has
since been destroyed or lost. However the will is referre d to in his
Mary Harris Ligons will

Captain Thomas was COMMANDER OF HENRICO in 1640. His firs t wife ADRIA was born c 1601 and came to the Virginia colon y on the ship "Marmaduke" in November of 1621 Their daughte r Mary Harris was born in 1625 in Virginia She Marylan d c 1648 becoming the second wife of Col Thomas Ligon wh o had migrated to Virginia in 1641/2. He had become the sur veyor for Henrico by the time of their marriage. The childr en of this marriage were: 1. William Ligon b c 1650 Maryl and 1679 Henrico County, Virginia Mary Tanner d of Joseph T anner of Henrico and his wife Mary Browne Tanner (note con nection to early Browne family of Virginia ) William Ligo n was a Major in the Virginia Militia Major Wm and His wif e had A Wm Ligon Jr 1682-by 176r md Elizabeth Batte d of h enry Batte. Captain Wm Ligon Jr died by 1764 and his wido w Maryland Alexander Marshall. B.Thomas Ligon b c 1680 Mary land 15 March 1697 Elizabeth Worsham d of John Worsham CMar y Phoebe Ligon b c 1685 not traced D.Joseph Ligon c1687 -1 7 Nov 1751 Chesterfield County, Virginia Maryland Judith--- ------
and E Lucretia Ligon known as Lucy who was born after he r fathers w.p. l August
1689b I'm struggling with this family. John A. BRAYTON, i n The Five Thomas
Harrises of Isle of Wight County, Virginia (Winston-Salem : 1995) has
attempted to debunk earlier published accounts. I was misl ed by From Essex
England to the Sunny Southern USA: A HARRIS FAMILY JOURNE Y (Atlanta: 1994),
by Robert E. HARRIS, who had relied on John Bennett BODDIE' s Virginia
Historical Genealogies & Historical Southern Families, v. 4 . The error was
first published in William D. LIGON's The Ligon Family an d Connections, I
(n.p., 1947), pp. 839-44.

One of the sources BRAYTON cites is from the Virginia Genea logist, v.38,
pp. 129-30, "The Will of Thomas Harris of Creeksea, Count y Essex",
contributed by Brice McAdoo CLAGETT, of Friendship, Marylan d.
"Unfortunately, a search at the Essex County Records Offic e in Chelmsford
quickly unearthed the will of Thomas Harris, made and prove d in 1617, which
shows that Sir William Harris' third son died unmarried an d was not the man
who came to Virginia. Thomas' legatees included six of th e seven other
children of Sir William and Alice (Smith) Harris, as well a s his sister
Mary's husband Giles Browne, so there is no doubt whateve r of the
identification. The original will is on file at Chelmsford , with the
signature of the testator and witnesses, and is classifie d as Essex
Archdeaconry Wills D/ABW20/299." An exact transcript follo ws CLAGETT's

Another citation from the Virginia Genealogist appears in v . 37, #1, which
library doesn't have- "Sergeant John Harris of Charles Cit y County, VA: A
Reappraisal", by Dr. Claiborn T. SMITH.


___________________________________________________________ __

Many Harris researchers have held the oft-printed view tha t Thomas Harris,
who arrived in 1611 on the Prosperous, was the third son o f Sir William and
Alice (Smith) Harris of Creeksea, Essex.

Brice McAdoo Clagett, "The Will of Thomas Harris, of Creeks ea, County
Essex", in a recent issue of the Virginia Genealogist [whos e precise
citation I have stupidly misplaced at the moment], prints t he will of
Thomas Harris, third son of Sir William and Alice (Smith) H arris of
Creeksea, who died unmarried and without issue in 1617. Ac cordingly,
Thomas Harris of Virginia cannot be the son of Sir Willia m and Alice
(Smith) Harris. Best wishes,Scott Swanson 9/19/97

William Claiborne

5850. William Claiborne, Secretary of Virginia Colony, born 1600 in Kent, England; died 1677 in Virginia. He married 5851. Elizabeth Butler.

5851. Elizabeth Butler

Notes for William Claiborne, Secretary of Virginia Colony:
Colonel William CLAIBORNE was born about 1600 in ,Kent,England. He was christened on 10 Aug 1600 in ,Kent,England. He died in 1677/78. William Claiborne was well educated for he entered Pembroke College, Cambridge, "Pensioner, age 16, on 31 May 1617. He matriculated 1617. (A,C, 1-350. in his 21st year he was appointed surveyor of the Virginia colony in June 1621 and arrived at Jamestown in October of that year. In March 1625-26 he was appointed Secretary of State for Virginia which office he held until 1637, and again from 1652 to 1660. This last period was during the time of the Commonwealth of the Cromwells.
Captain Claiborne returned to England about 1630 and became associated with Cloberry and Company, a firm of London merchants. While in England he obtained license to trade in furs from the Secretary of State for Scotland. This license, dated 16 May 1631 granted him the privilege to trade anywhere in America where there was not already a patent granted to others for sole trade. He then returned to Virginia and established a trading post at Kent Island in Chesapeake Bay, August 1631. He also purchased the Island from the indains and sent a representative to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Kent Island proved to be the limits of a grant given the following year by Charles 11 to George Calvert, Lord Baltimore. When the Maryland party arrived, Claiborne refused to recognize the overlordship of the Calverts to Kent Island of Kent Island and decided to cast his lot with Virginia. There was petty warfare and each petitioned the King for recognition of their rights. Claiborne went to England in 1637 to present his cause and during his absence the Calvert's attacked the Island and captured Captain John Butler, Claiborne's brother-in-law, who was in charge. In March 1637-38, the Maryland Assembley passed an act of attainder against Claiborne. In 1638 the Commissioners of Plantations, in England, decided the case wholley in favor of Lord Baltimore.
In October 1644, claiming authority from the Parliament of England, Claiborne invaded Maryland, drove out Governor Calvert and held province until December 1646. Claiborne had influence in Parliament for in September 1651 he and Richard Bennett were appointed members of a commission for the purpose of reducing Virginia and Maryland to obedience. These two colonies peacefully submitted. (17th Cent. pp 61-65.)
As "Colonel William Clayborne" he Patented "5000 acres, Sept. 1, 1653, lying on North side Pamunkey River in the Narrowes, running *** to a point of land where the said Colonel Clayborne landed the army under his command in 1644, for the transportation of 100 persons." (C.P. 244). Colonel Claiborne patented much land during his long career in the service of Virginia. A painting of him hangs in the State Capitol at Richmond. He was married to Elizabeth BUTLER in 1638.

Children of William Claiborne and Elizabeth Butler are:
2925 i. Mary Rice Claiborne, born Abt. 1630; died Abt. 1669 in New Kent County, Virginia; married Major Robert Harris Abt. 1650.
ii. Thomas Claiborne, born August 17, 1647; died October 07, 1683.

Elizabeth Hudson Harris Line

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wychingham Family Info

John Tripp

Hello Pearl! I have traced my Tripp roots to John Tripp and his father Nathaniel Tripp in Skirbeck and Lincolnshire, England. John Tripp was married to Isabell Moses (born 1579) They had 12 children but only Ann and John are listed. The real family name was not really Tripp, but was Howard. The name of Tripp began with Lord Howard at the seige of Boulogne. King Henry the Fifth asked how they took the town and castle, and Howard answered, "I tripped the walls". Then his majesty the King said, "Tripp shall be thy name and no longer Howard, and he honored him with a scaling ladder for a coat of arms. This information is found in Doomsday Book in Title Lands of England. I hope this information is helpful to you. Please feel free to email me. Kristine Cheney (

Isabell Moses

John TRIPP [Parents] was born in 1575 in Of, Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England. He was christened in Skirbeck, , Lincolnshire, England. He died in Skirbeck, Lincoln, Eng.. He was buried on 28 Oct 1678 in Portsmouth, , Newport, Rhode Island. He married Isabell MOSES in 1608 in England.

John's wife was listed as Mary Paine in the Crandall gedcom found online.
With Anthony Paine and Rose or Susanna Potter as her parents
Notes for John Tripp:
I. Lineage beginning with John Tripp:
The name of Tripp supposedly began with Lord Howard at the siege of
Boulogne. Henry the Fifth asked how they took the town and castle,
and Howard answered, "I tripped the walls". Then his Majesty said,
"Tripp" shall be thy name and no longer Howard, and he honored him
with a scaling ladder for a coat of arms. This information found in
This family record begins with John Tripp, who was born in Skirbeck,
England, and married Isabel Moses, who was born in 1575 in
Northumberland, England. It has been mentioned that his father was
Nathaniel Tripp, who was born in 1549 in Skirbeck, Lincolnshire,
England. Mr and Mrs John Tripp lived in Lincolnshire, Northumberland
County, England. Although John Jr. Tripp - b. 1610 Mentions About
twelve children in his family, we only have a record of Two children -
John & Ann

Isabell MOSES [Parents] was born in 1580 in Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England. She died in 1678 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. She was buried in Portsmouth, , Newport, Rhode Island. She married John TRIPP in 1608 in England.

They had the following children:

F i Ann (Anne) TRIPP
F ii Ann TRIPP was born in 1600/1605 in Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England. She died about 1678 in Portsmith, Newport, Rhode Island.
M iii John TRIPP

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thomas Durfee

"Thomas Durfee when about 21 had an affair with Ann Hill (about 33), who was married to Peter Tallman, (about 42.) After Tallman divorced Ann in 1665, she and Tom continued their relationship. While she was very likely the mother of his eldest son Robert Durfee, born around the time of the divorce trial, she may or may not have been the mother of his subsequent five children. They very likely never married."

-- c/o Rick Durfey Balmer

"In 1664, Peter Tallman brought suit against Thomas Durfee, complaining that Durfee's attitude toward Tallman's wife, Ann, was disrespectful. Tallman said that Durfee's insolent carriage placed him in danger. The court sent for Durfee and advised him to behave. They were too discreet to reveal whether Durfee was gossiping about Ann Tallman, saying rude things to her or courting her attention. The last is doubtful as Peter's son Benjamin married Patience Durfee, Tom Durfee's daughter, in 1708. Tallman would never have permitted the marriage of his son to the daughter of a man who seduced his wife. Of course, that was the year that Peter Tallman dies so the possibility cannot be ruled out completely. The reason the situation with Durfee seems significant is that about seven months later, in May 1665, Peter filed for divorce from his wife , accusing her of adultery. In the Puritan colonies, adultery was a capital offense, though seldom punished to the full degree of the law. In Rhode Island, as well, adultery was a serious offense, but it was not punishable by death. According to the testimony in court, Ann Tallman wrote a letter to Peter Tallman informing his that her youngest daughter was not his. After hearing the letter read to her, Ann confessed to adultery. The court sentenced her to a fine of ten pounds and ordered that she be whipped. She was to receive fifteen lashes in Portsmouth, and the following week, fifteen lashes in Newport. She requested mercy of the court. In considering her petition, the Assembly asked if she was willing to reconcile with her husband, 'to which her answer was, that she would rather cast herselfe on the mercy of God if he take away her life, than to returne' That certainly makes Tallman sound as though he were hard to live with. With Tallman's frequent travel to New Amsterdam for business and the other host cities of colonial government, Newport, Warwick and Providence; it is clear that Ann Tallman was home alone a good portion of the year. This may have loosened her marriage bonds enough to risk the significant dangers of adultery. Ann Tallman was sent to jail to await the carrying out of her sentence, but she escaped and fled to her brother in Virginia. In 1667, she returned to the colony and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Rather than being punished for her escape, she was rewarded. Her fine was forgiven and her sentence was cut in half. Instead of fifteen lashes in Portsmouth and Newport, she would only be whipped in Newport..."


Herbert Hockenberry

2. Peter Hockenberry (Reinhard) was born in 1718 at Palitinate, Germany. He married Anna Catharina (--?--) circa 1740. He married Alice (--?--). He died in Feb 1811 at Fennet Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Peter Hockenberry immigrated in 1750 to Chambers, NJ. "After Peter's death in 1811 in his 90's, his widow Alice, who was the same age as some of his oldest children lived with Samuel a number of years in Franklin and Huntingdon Counties. Then she lived alone in Perry County next door to some of James' children until her death between 1840 and 1850." "Peter was born in or near Hachenburg, Germany which is a few miles southeast of Bonn Germany. In Germany the name was spelled Hachenberg, but if they lived in a village they went by Hachenberger or Hachenburger.

We believe that Peter, his first wife and five children landed in New Jersey about 1750 (Probably Chambers New Jersey) and went into PA to the western edge of the settlement which was the Susquehanna River. They settled just beyond the river in what is now Fennet Township, Franklin County, PA in the extreme northern tip of the county north of Chambersburg, PA. After a period of time, Peter and his oldest boys owned large tracts of land, 3 mills, and a number of homes. During the Revolutionary War, Peter and 4 of his sons: Henry, John, James, and Jeremiah, fought several tours of duty - as did 2 of Henry's sons, Henry Jr. and Casper, During the Revolution, several hundred early settlers living along the Susquehanna River were killed by Tories and Indians on the side of the Tories. Records show that some of the Hockenberrys signed petitions requesting arms to defend themselves against such killings, Peter's "Will" recorded in February 1811 is to be found in the Chambersburg, PA courthouse. All of Peter's children and his second wife Alice were named in Peters will and all of his boys and Alice can be found in early censuses."
Per Arthur Renick's 1975 records on the Hockenberry family.

A private note from Renick: "I looked over 30,000 immigrants who landed in PA who landed in PA in the 1700 period up to the Revolutionary War and our Peter was not in that list so he just about had to come from New Jersey. "Renick conjectured, Herbert, who died in 1769 might have been the father. He was married to Anna Catharina (unknown) in 1739 in Germany.

(James E. Hockenberry 1995). He will was probated on 20 Feb 1811 at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
Anna Catharina (--?--) was born circa 1717 at Germany. She died in 1751 at Fennet Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania.
Children of Peter Hockenberry (Our Herbert’s brother) and Anna Catharina (--?--) were as follows:

3. i. Henry, born 1740 at Germany; married Agnes (--?--).

4. ii. John Sr., born 1741 at Germany; married Hannah Kelly.

iii. Mary was born circa 1744 at Germany.

iv. Margaret was born circa 1746 at Germany.

v. James was born circa 1748 at Germany. He died circa 1825 at Fannett Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania.

vi. Jeremiah was born in 1763 at Fannett Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania. He married ? (--?--). He died in 1850 at Franklin, Pennsylvania. He was buried at Concord Union Cemetery, Fannett Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Alice (--?--) was born circa 1754. She died circa 1845.
Children of Peter Hockenberry and Alice (--?--) were as follows:

5. i. James, born 8 Jul 1772 at Fannett Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania; married Rebecca Briggs.

ii. Peter was born circa 1790 at Franklin, Pennsylvania.

iii. Catherine was born circa 1792 at Franklin, Pennsylvania.

iv. Nancy was born in 1793.

6. v. Samuel, born 1795 at Fannett Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania; married Nancy Roberts.

7. vi. Robert, married Mary Tipper; born 1797 at Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Harmon Hockenberry was born on March 10, 1744, the fifth son of Herbert Hockenberry and Margaret UNKNOWN. In his service pension application, he claimed to have been born in Albany, NY. He served in the Revolutionary War as a private in the New Jersey Line, Sussex County Militia under Captains Kirkendall, Nyce, Tecter, Swisher. He served several he resided for many years in Sussex county before moving to Franklin Co in 1800. He remained there until his death in 1833. He was married to Anna Margaret UNKNOWN. He is buried in a now decrepit cemetary in New Jersey. I'd love to share information on others.

I found records of a Lawrence Hockenbery who was born in 1802 in Fannett Twp, Franklin Co., Pa and dies in the same place date unknown. He left Fannett Twp and moved to New Jersey where he married, then returned to Fannett Twp around the time his father died in 1833. He was married twice. I was unable to find the names of either wife. The first wife died in 1839(shortlyafter giving birth). They had 5 children together:

John(b 1828),
William(b 1830),
Annabella(b 1833),
Harmon(b 1833),
Cornelius(b 1839).

His second wife was born in 1817 and they had 4 children together:
Jeremiah (b 1842),
Martha (b 1846),
Mary (b 1848),
Ellen (b 1852).
His 3 daughters with his second wife retained the original German spelling of the name, Hachenburger.

Lawrence's parents were Harmon Hockenberry(b Mar 10, 1744; d 1833) Anna Margaret ?. He was one of several children, though his only known siblings were James Jacob. Lawrence's father, Harmon, was a private during the Revolutionary War and claimed to have been born in Albany, NY. He is buried in the Lafayette Cemetery in Sussex County, New Jersey. The cemetary is indisrepair.

Lawrence's grandparents were Herbert Hockenberry(b 1715 in Germany,d 1768 New Jersey) and Margaret ?. They had 12 known children. The exact date of Herbert's immigration is unknown, however he is believed to be the son of Reinhardt Hachenburger. Records seem to indicate that Herbert arrived in 1744, however he may have arrived earlier. As for Lawrence, I only have information on his one son, Cornelius,

Francis Marbury

Ann Hutchinson

Anne Hutchinson (baptized July 20, 1591[1][2] – August 20, 1643) was a pioneer settler in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Netherlands and the unauthorized minister of a dissident church discussion group. Hutchinson held Bible meetings for women that soon appealed to men as well. Eventually, she went beyond Bible study to proclaim her own theological interpretations of sermons, some, such as antinomianism offended the colony leadership. A major controversy ensued, and after a trial before a jury of officials and clergy, she was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.[3]

She is a key figure in the study of the development of religious freedom in England's American colonies and the history of women in ministry. The State of Massachusetts honors her with a State House monument calling her a "courageous exponent of civil liberty and religious toleration."[4]

Early years
Anne Hutchinson was born Anne Marbury in Alford, Lincolnshire, England, and baptized there on July 20, 1591, the daughter of Francis Marbury, a dissident Puritan clergyman, and Bridget (Dryden) Marbury.[2] Anne was educated at home and read from her father's library. At the age of 21, on August 9, 1612, Anne married William (Will) Hutchinson (d. Boston, Massachusetts, 1642) at St. Mary Woolnoth, London.[2] She and her family followed the sermons of John Cotton, a Protestant minister whose teachings echoed those of her father. Cotton left England because of his persecution by the bishops. Anne and her family likewise emigrated from England to Massachusetts in 1634, together with other colonists.[5]

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The majority of colonial European settlers who came to America for religious reasons came for the freedom to practice their own interpretation of Christianity and, in some cases, to impose it on others. In their early years, most colonies enforced a uniformity at least as strict as had occurred in the country they had left. There was considerable Puritan intolerance in Massachusetts and Connecticut.[6] Her particular "heresy" was to maintain that it was a blessing and not a curse to be a woman.[7]

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William Hutchinson

William Hutchinson (August 14, 1586 – 1642) was a prominent merchant and judge in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and one of the founders of Rhode Island.

Hutchinson was born in Alford, Lincolnshire, England. His parents were Edward Hutchinson (1564-1631) and Susanna Wheelright (1564-1645). On August 9, 1612 he married Anne Marbury (1591-1643), the daughter of Rev. Francis Marbury (1555-1611) and Bridget Dryden (1563-1645). They were married in London, where William had become a merchant.

On September 18, 1634 the Hutchinsons, along with eight other family members, arrived in Boston aboard the ship Griffin. They were devout Puritans and wanted to join Rev. John Cotton who had migrated there earlier.

In 1635 Hutchinson was elected a judge and in 1636 he was elected a deputy.

Hutchinson supported his wife Anne during her conflicts with some of the Puritan authorities, including Governor John Winthrop. Anne was imprisoned and she and her followers were banished. Hutchinson went on a fact-finding tour led by John Clarke to Providence Plantations. After consulting with Roger Williams, they decided to settle on Aquidneck Island, which later became Rhode Island and was a part, first, of the Colony of Rhode Island, and eventually, of the state of Rhode Island.

Back in Boston, Hutchinson and the other supporters of his wife signed the Portsmouth Compact on March 7, 1638. Then they moved to Aquidneck and founded the town of Portsmouth on land that they purchased from the local Native Americans.

After the first leader of Portsmouth, William Coddington moved away to found Newport, Hutchinson became the leader of the Portsmouth settlement. In 1640 He was elected assistant to Coddington, who was now the governor of the Colony of Rhode Island. Two years later he died, and his widow moved with some of her surviving children to New York, where she and all but one of the children with her were killed by Native Americans in 1643.

Hutchinson's son Edward was a military captain who died from wounds suffered at the battle known as Wheeler's Surprise during King Philip's War.

Other children included: Susanna, Richard, Faith, Bridget, Francis, Elizabeth, William, Samuel, Anne, Mary, Katherine, Susanna, and Zuriel.

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Thomas Savage

Born in Taunton, Somerset, he was son of William Savage, a blacksmith. Thomas was apprenticed to the Merchant Taylors of London on 9 January 1621.

He went to Massachusetts with Sir Harry Vane aboard the Planter in 1635. He was admitted a freeman of Boston in 1636, and became a member of the artillery company in 1637. In the same year he took the side of his mother-in-law, Anne Hutchinson, in the controversy that her teaching excited. He was compelled in consequence to leave the colony, and with William Coddington he founded the settlement of Rhode Island in 1638. Savage was a signer of the Portsmouth Compact. After living there for some time he was permitted to return to Boston, and in 1651 became captain of the artillery company.[1]

On 12 March 1654 he and Captain Thomas Clarke were chosen to represent Boston at the general court, of which he continued a member. He was elected speaker of the assembly in 1637, 1660, 1671, 1677, and 1678. After representing Boston for eight years, he became deputy for Hingham in 1663. In 1664 he, with many other leading citizens, dissented from the policy of the colony in refusing to recognise four commissioners sent by Charles II of England to regulate its affairs, and in 1666 he and his friends embodied their views in a petition. In 1671 he was chosen deputy for Andover, and in 1675 commanded the forces of the state in the first expedition against Metacomet. In 1680 he was commissioned, with others, by the Crown to administer an oath to Sir John Leverett the governor, pledging him to execute the oath required by the act of trade. In 1680 he was elected ‘assistant’ or magistrate, and retained the office until his death on 14 February 1682.[1]

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Savage was twice married; first, in 1637, to Faith, daughter of William Hutchinson. By her he had three sons and two daughters. She died on 20 February 1652. On 15 September he married Mary, daughter of the Rev. Zechariah Symonds of Charlestown, by whom he had eight sons and three daughters. She survived him, and afterwards married Antony Stoddard.

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^ a b Park, Lawrence (1914). Major Thomas Savage of Boston and his descendents. David Clapp & Sons.
This article incorporates text from the entry Savage, Thomas (1608-1682) in the Dictionary of National Biography (1885–1900), a publication now in the public domain.

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More on Thomas Wilcox

THOMAS1 WILLCOX was born May 12, 1689 in Devonshire, England, and died November 11, 1779 in Ivy Mills, Pennsylvania. He married ELIZABETH COLE (KOHL) June 3, 1727 in Old Swede Church of the Holy Trinity Wilmington, Delaware. She was born May 10, 1691 in Ireland, and died May 17, 1780 in Ivy Mills, Pennsylvania.


Notes for Thomas Willcox:

The Willcox family was one of the first catholic families to settle in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania had been established as a colony that allowed all religions. The public presentation of a Catholic mass was still forbidden by law throughout the British Empire at this time. It was only allowed in private homes. The chapel in the Willcox home was used for Catholic mass for over a century.

{A Willcox Family History 1689-1981, Including Willcox, Wilcox, and Allied families of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri.} copyright Martha S. Albertson, June 1981

Thomas came to America probably about 1718, though possibly as early as 1712. He located eventually at Concord, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, in what was then Chester county, now Delaware County, and was paying taxes in that county in 1725. He evidently brought from England the knowledge of paper making; he built and operated one of the first paper mills in America . "Ivy Mills" was established in 1729 and rebuilt in 1829. Upper Glen Mills was added in 1836; Lower Glen Mills was added in 1845; and the mill was in continuous paper production by Thomas and his descendants until 1866. The mill made papers for such famous people as Benjamin Franklin, a close friend and frequent visitor to the Willcox home. The Willcox mansion, as it was known, became one of the first catholic stations in that section of Pennsylvania, near concord, where Mass was conducted by priests from Philadelphia, and it continued in this capacity until 1837 when the "new mansion" was erected.

According to Lucy Russell (, Thomas arrived on board the ship York out of Bristol, England. I have not seen Lucy's source for this information.

Thomas Willcox, born in Ivybridge, a village some eight miles from

Plymouth, Devonshire, immigrated to the USA in the early 1700s. In 1727 he

built a house and paper mill on Pole Cat Road, Wawa, Pennsylvania. He

planted ivy from his native Devonshire against the mill which became

known as Ivy Mill and the road as Ivy Mills Road. The mill was the second

paper mill established in the USA and the first to use vellum or weave

moulds; papers for Dr Franklin's newspaper came from the Willcox mill.

From the book, "Ivy Mills" by Joseph Willcox, 1919

"So many incidents of future historical interest are associated with the old paper mill, Ivy Mills, that the writer has lately been induced to collect and to put on record, now, whatever data may be available at this late date, realizing the fact that, with each succeeding generation, the more difficult and also more incomplete will be the undertaking of writing its history.

The few old books, letters, and other papers, which could afford any information concerning the operations of the mill, have lately been examined. A few samples only of the many lots of watermarked bank-note and bond papers made at the mill, have survived the ordeal of destruction. Some of the letters and other papers, referred to, have lately been presented to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and have been bound in four volumes labeled "Willcox Papers". In the following incomplete history, references are made to some of these letters and other papers, by the designation of the "Willcox Papers".

In a picturesque and fertile valley, the most widely spread among the hills of Concord ; there flows a stream known as the West Branch of Chester Creek. Three miles or more above its junction with the main stream there stands a paper mill of former times, now idle and silent, awaiting the relentless destiny of ruin, that, in the progress of time, overhangs all the creations of human hands which have served their purpose and outlived their usefulness.

In late years inclement frosts and tempestuous winds have already completed their destructive work among the old ivy vines, and stripped them from the stone walls over which they formerly spread their retentive branches, and appropriately supplied the motive for the name of Ivy Mills. Among the first paper mills erected in America , it was the last of its kind, and had preserved longest in the race of competition when it was abandoned as a hand-made paper mill.

Early in the eighteenth century, Thomas Willcox was attracted to this part of the valley, in Concord Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, which was then covered almost wholly with primeval forests.

His former home, in England, is believed to have been near Exeter, in Devonshire. In the church records, at Poltimore, two miles from Exeter, the name is frequently mentioned, as early as 1712, sometimes spelled Willcox and other times Wilcocks.

It is not known when Thomas Willcox first settled in Concord, but his name appeared among the list of taxable there in 1725.

In 1726 he and Thomas Brown built a mill-dam on the west branch of Chester Creek in Concord, and afterwards leased the land on which the dam was located. The following has been copied from the original paper, which is still preserved:

"This indenture made the tenth day of January Anno Domino 1727 Between Joseph Nicklin of Concord in ye County of Chester & Province of Pennsylvania Yeoman of ye one part, and Thomas Willcox, lawyer & Thomas Brown yeoman both of ye same Town and Country of ye other part, Witnessed that ye said Joseph Nicklin hath and by these presents doth lease, farm, and lett, unto ye said Thomas Willcox and Thomas Brown and to their heirs, Exrs, admrs, or assigns shall have occasion for ye same, for ye use aforesaid". . .

On August 4, 1729 , Thomas Willcox, having erected a paper mill on his property, took Thomas Brown into partnership in the business of making and selling paper. In this agreement, which is still preserved, it was provided that Thomas Willcox, in consideration of his teaching the said Thomas Brown the art of papermaking, was to receive three-fifths of the profits and Thomas Brown two fifths. It is thus apparent that Thomas Willcox had learned the art of making paper before he came to America.

In compliance with this agreement, Thomas Willcox conveyed to Thomas Brown a half-interest in the mill and the two following pieces of land: One tract or parcel lying in the Township of Concord, containing 200 acres, was "laid out on the 5th day of April, AD, 1683, by Charles Ashcorn the then surveyor of the County of the County of Chester, unto Jeremiah Collet, renter, at the yearly quitrent of one penny sterling per acre."


The Willcoxes were slave owners, and slaves probably worked in their paper mill (see "The Paper Maker" p.7). Thomas' will made provision for them, mandating that they never be sold outside the family.

William England

Elizabeth Cole Wilcox

The villages of the township are Ivy Mills, Concordville, Ward and Elam, the largest being Concordville, with a population of about 300. A noted family of the township is the Wilicox, founded in 1718 by Thomas Willcox and his wife Elizabeth Cole, who settled on the west branch of Chester creek, in Concord. Both he and his wife were members of the Roman Catholic faith, this being, it is asserted, the second Catholic famiJy to settle in Philadelphia. The old Ivy paper mill, with which the family was so intimately connected, was founded by Thomas Willcox, and was the second paper mill built in this state, the first having been the Rittenhouse mill on the Wissahickon. This is the oldest business house now standing in the United States. It has had intimate relations not only with Franklin Carey and all the principal printing houses of the last century, but with the colonial authorities for forty years preceding the Revolution, issuing all their money, did business with the authorities of the Revolutionary period and with the United States government ever since, all in the line of its regular business as manufacturers of printing, currency and security papers. The Old Ivy mill, after standing one hundred years, was torn down in greater part and rebuilt by a grandson of the founder, James M. Willcox. Two men, the founder and his son, (Judge) Mark Willcox, conducted the mill ninety-eight years. It was then continued by James M. Willcox, who doubled its capacity, and with improved machinery, continuing with bank-note paper a specialty. For a long period not only were the banks of the United States supplied with their paper from the Ivy Mill, but its lofts were at times piled with peculiar looking paper of various tints, bearing ingrained watermarks of most of the governments and banks of South America. James M. Wilicox built Glen Mills No. 1 and 2, and also maintained his commercial house in Philadelphia. He took his sons Mark and William into partnership, and March 3, 1852, he retired, leaving his business to his sons, and died unexpectedly before the following morning. He is buried with his father, grandfather and many descendants, in the old family burying ground at Ivy Mills. The Sons continued the business, meeting the great demand made upon them during the civil war for bank-note paper. Later they manufactured in a costly mill the peculiar paper used by time Treasury department in their bank note iSSues, but patented by the Willcox house. This “localized fibre” paper, made at the Glen Mills, attained not only a national but world-wide reputation, it making counterfeiting impossible. For ten years the mills were jealously guarded by United States secret service men and forty employees of the Treasury department, to see that no scrap of the paper should reach any but its intended use. During that period, not a sheet out of the millions made was lost or missed; not a counterfeit on any treasury note or bond of the issue or series that began on that paper; and when in 1878 Secretary John Sherman removed the place of manufacture of government paper, tile paper account at Glen Mills balanced and a clear quittance was given. The old Ivy Mill is now a picturesque ruin, but it played an important part in Concord township history and will ever be an interesting relic.

Elizabeth Cole Wilcox

Stephen Cole

Mrs. Stephen COLE, probably nee Elizabeth TEMPLE, is thought to have
arrived in the colonies in 1725, possibly already a widow. Could have been
b. in Ireland, Scotland, Wales 1662. Some researchers connect this family
to the Stephen Cole family of Twickenham, England, but Paul Cole has
personally searched the records there and adamantly denies this possibility.
"The Twickenham COLEs (include) several Stephens who all died in
Stephen/Elizabeth had the following children:
Elizabeth COLE b. 1691 Ireland m. Thomas Wilcox.
Mark COLE b. 1693 Ireland.
James COLE b. 1695 Wales m. Mary ? (These are yours).
John COLE b. 1697 Wales.
Stephen COLE Jr. b. 1700 Wales.
Stephen COLE Jr. and wife Martha Hunter lived in Chester Co., PA, with
Stephen's mother Elizabeth, in the same house. Elizabeth is buried in Old
St. Paul's Episcopal Cemetery, Chester, PA. Gravestone states that she was
born 1662 and died 24 Sept. 1732. (Paul Cole told me he visited the grave
there one Christmas). Stephen Cole Jr. b. 1700 d. January 4, 1744, Chester,
PA, is buried in Old St. Paul's Episcopal Cemetery, Chester, PA. According
to Paul, Stephen's will "is thus far the earliest and most important
document concerning the first COLEs."
Stephen COLE Jr.'s son John COLE b. 1728 seems to be the most
thoroughly researched individual from this family (Rockingham Post Dispatch,
Aug. 11. 1927...and even this account confuses immigrant bro. John with
Stephen's son John). I have notes from many different researchers, and they
all seem to descend from John Cole m. Jane Bounds.
Originally the other three immigrant brothers seem to have migrated
together with the Rentfroes and VanBibbers from PA>VA. I find James, John
and Mark in Robinson's Company 1742 according to "Kegley's VA Frontier" p.
91. On page 93 "The Cole land was the land on Buffalo Creek which later
became Capt. Robinson's and finally the Glebe land on which stood the old
Glebe mill." The main river of Roanoke was called Goose Creek. North
Branch, now Tinker Creek, was Buffalo Creek. (Kegley).
John COLE is granted 300 acres on Roanoke by (Col.?) William Lewis.
In the attack on Vause's Fort in Augusta, VA, 1756, ? Cole is taken
prisoner. Other names mentioned are Robinson and Calloway. (The Calloway
name pops up quite often, even into NC. Daniel Boone's dau m. Flanders
If I remember correctly, a good source of information for your
immigrant ancestor James COLE is "The Cole Family" compiled by R. Voyt Hill.
I'm sorry I don't have a copy, and I'm not sure if it's still in print.

Thomas WIlcox

James Lea Willcox and Thomas Lea Willcox were sons of John Willcox II and Mary Lea Willcox who settled in Telfair County around 1807. John II was born in Gulf, N.C., a son of John Willcox I, who was born at Ivy Mills, Penn., a son of Thomas Willcox and wife Elizabeth Cole Willcox. Thomas came to the United States from

England in 1718 and established a paper mill near Philadelphia, Penn. At this mill the nations first paper used for paper money was produced, Thomas and Elizabeth had ten children,

1689-May 12- Thomas Wilcox was born in Devonshire, England . This 4th generation son of paul makers.
He is said to have first settled in Del.
1725-his family lived in Welsh Tract, a 30,000 grant from William Penn, which covered New Castle Co.
then in Pa.
1726-Thoma & Thomas Brown build a mill-dam on the west branch of Chester creek, in Concord, and afterwards leased the oand on which the dam was located. The following has been copied from the original paper which has been preserved.
This Indenture made the tenth day of January anno Domini 1727 Between Joseph Nicklin of Concord in ye County
of Chester & Province of Pennsylvania yeoman of ye one part, and Thomas WIllcox, Lawyer, & Thomas Brown
yeoman both of ye same Town and County of ye other part, Witnesseth that ye said Joseph Nicklin hath and by
these presents doth lease, farm and lett, unto ye said Thomas Willcox and Thomas Brown yeoman both of ye
same Town and County of ye other part, Witnesseth that ye said Joseph Nicklin hath and by tjese presents doth
lease, farm and lett, unto ye said Thomas Willcox and Thomas Brown and to their heirs, Exrs. Adminrs. and
assigns a certain piece of land situate lying and being in Concord and Joining to ye said Thomas Willcox and
Thomas Browns Mill-dam containing by estimation Eight perches in length along ye said Sam site, and four
perch broad from ye said Mill-Dam for the use of ye sd oMill-Dam, Yielding therefore yearly and for every year
ye sum of one shilling of current lawful money of this province, for and during ye term and time that ye said
Thomas Willcox & Thomas Brown their heirs, Exrs. admrs. or assigns shall have occasion for ye same for ye
use aforesaid.
1727- Jun 3- Thomas married in Old Sweder Church Wilmington, New Castle De. Elizabeth Cole (Kohl)
They lived in Walsh Tract, a 30,000 settlement. (Parts later Cecil Co. Md)
1728-Jun 21-son John born Concord Co., Pa.
1729-Aug. 4-Thomas Willcox, having erected a paper mill onhis proerty, took Thomas Brown into partnership in
the business of making and selling paper. This agreement is still preserved. It provided that Thomas Willcox, in
consideration of his teaching the said Thomas Brown the art of paper-making was to receive 3/5ths of the
profits and Thomas Brown 2/5ths. (Thomas apparently learned this art before coming to America) Thomas
Conveyed to Thomas Brown 1/2 interest in the ill and the two following pieces of adj. land- One tract or parcel,
lying in the Township of Concord, containing 200 acres-was layd out on the 4th day of April A.D. 1783, by
Charles Ashcorn and then surveyed of the County of Chester, unto Jeremiah Collet, renter, at a yearly quitrent
of one penny sterling per acre--- (as follows)
Jeremiah Collett to John Hannum 200 acres Mar 1 1686
John Jannum to John wickham 100 " Jun 1 1688
John Wickham to Thomas King " " Dec 1 1690
Thomas King to Godwin walter " " "
Godwin Walter to Thomas Wilcox 74 acres Mar 27 1729
Thomas Willcox to Thomas Brown 1/2 interest in one acre-Aug 4 1729

The other tract---
Nathaniel Park sold to William Clayton Jr 150 acred 12th mo 10th 1684
William Clayton Jr sold to Wm Rowe " same day
William Rowe sold to Thomas Moore & Wm Vestal Mar 2 1684
Thomas Moore & Wm. Vestal sold to Morgan Jones 150 "
Morgan Jones sold to Joseph Nicklin "
Joseph Nicklin sold to Daniel Evans 74 acres Jul 26 1715
Daniel Evans sold to Nathaniel Newlin " Oct. 18, 1720
Nathaniel Newlin sold to Joshua Pennell " " " Jan 26 1724
Joshua Pennell sold to Thomas Willcox 1 acre and 20 perches May 20 1729
Thomas Willcox to Thomas Brown, 1/2 interest in 1 acre and 20 perches Aug 4 1729
Thomas Brown paid 150 lbs for his 1/2 interest.
1730-May 9-dtr Ann born Concord Co., Pa.
1732-Mar 23- son James born Ivy Mills, Concord, Pa.
1732-May 6-Thomas BVrown leased to Thomas Willcox his 1/2 interest in mill and land...including personal
property in the mill for 7 years-yearly rental of 13 lbs. (Personal property is listed)
1732-The Mill was erected to manufacture paper..called fuller's pressboards-used later by clothiers to press cloth
Benjamin Franklin was a friend-and at one time letters were around going back and forth. He mfg. paper
for Franklin's publishing business, and later for money-at which time he ceased making writing paper.
(Thomas Willcox, founded and operated Ivy Mills, south of Philadelphia, PA. Ivy Mills manufactured the paper
used by Ben Franklin in publishing his Poor Richard's Almanac and other publications. )
(The mill also said to be established by him a 1705-oldest continuing business in America.
1734-Sep. 7- dtr Elizabeth born Concord Co., Pa.
1736-Oct. 8- dtr Mary born shows Concord, Middlesex, Pa?
1738-Jan. 7- dtr Deborah born Concord Co., Pa.
1739-Jan. 23 Thomas Brown reconveyed to Thomas Willcox his 1/2 interest in all above.
1739-Oct. 18- Receipt Received of Thomas Wilcox-seven pounds sovern ____ sterling by Pittsylvania money
being for twenty three young____ (receipt for quickrent) (Abolished Nov. 27, 1779)
1740-Nov. 7-son Thomas born Concord Co., Pa.died same year.
1741-Dec. 16-son Thomas born Concord Co., Pa. died same year.
1744-Aug. 9-son Mark born Concord Co., Pa.
1746-Oct. 23-dtr Margaret born Concord Co Pa.
1747-Jun-dtr Ann married James White.
1753-son James married Prudence Doyle.
1755-about dtr Mary married John Montgomery
1767-son Mark was running the mill. He probably was running it earlier.
1771-Dec 6-Son John married Philadelphia, Pa.wife Rebecca Butler born 1773 Chester Pa died 1808 Chatham,
Orange, NC
1772 Jan Will dated. Registered West Chester Pa. died 1779. He said he was weak in body.
1775-May 10-the first issue of paper was made for the Continental bills- by the mill.
(HISTORY OF DELAWARE COUNTY by H G Ashmead-1884- "Up to the time of the Rev the paper for the money
of all the Colonies, from Massachusetts to the Carolinas, was mfg. by Thomas Willcox at his Ivy Mill; after which
followed, out of the same mill, the paper for the Continental Currency; and after that, the paper for the Gov.
issues made necessary by the war of 1812")(From letter of grandson James M-as requested by Mr. Ewbank-to
him.) He stated that" 1725 about his Grandfather was brought up to the paper business in England and came
over and settled where I now reside."
1776 move to Gulf Chat. Co NC
1779-Apr. 18-son Mark married Mary Flahaven
1779-Nov 11-Thomas died. Ivy Mills, Pa. He was a wealthy man.
1780-May 17-Elizabeth wife of Thomas died-Ivy Mills, Pa.

You may or may not know that Martha S. Albertson has published a book on the descendants of Thomas Willcox (1689-1779). Unfortunately she does not have much on your line... the book shows Prudence Willcox married to John "Curtner" but goes no further. Martha plans to update the book, since her last update was in June 1981
England to Henrico Concord Pa 1718..
1725 Chester Pa to Cross Creek
Fayetteville Cumberland

Mrs. Martha Albertson 2699 W. Regency Dr. Tucker Ga 30084 770-938-3719 had this line-1996 (her friend on another line wrote me to contact her) She had written A Willcox Family History 1689-1981 and was preparing another volumn in 1993 when Gloria Holback wrote a note on Prodigy. Gloria had Thomas lived Fl. Gloria has a picture of son John, and a drawing of the paper Mill in Ivy Mills Pa.

The England Line- TB COMPLETED look for the wilcox/england line


This is his gma Glattli's side... finish it.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

John Hand

1342. John Hand. Born ca 1611 in Stanstede Parish, Kent. John died on 24 Jan 1660 in East Hampton, LI.

Will: John's Will:
the data down to the signature line is not the correct legalese for a will and reads as it the inventory preparers were stating the previously given monies and the elimination of Alice's 1/3 widow dower.
Source: Records of the Town of East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk Co., NY with Other
Ancient Documents of Historic Value Volume One Book 2, Page 73

The last will and testament of John Hand Senior lately deceased while he had pfect vnderstandinge attested by Thomas James and James Mulford whome he desired to be overseers of his last will and testament. Impris hee declared yt his eldest sonn John he havinge formerly done for him more than ye rest that he give him 2 pounds and his sonne Stephen and daughter Mary two pounds these to be payd within a yeare after his decease, and that his sonne Joseph shall have the second house lott with the addition to ti if and were laid out and the meadow wch was his at the harbor. That the house and home lott wth the addition and Mill lottand the westerne peece of the Northwest meadow he gave to his wife duringe her life and the rest of his estate hee left with his wife to dispose of it and the younder childrene this hee left with her for bringlnge vp the children duringe the tyme she live a widdow but if she married to have of this accordinge to the order of the Cuntry and the remainder to be equaly divided and disposed of for his five younger children.
Tho: James John Mulford

A true Inventory of ye estate of John Hand Senior Deceased taken January 24 1600 Impris one dwellinge house & barne with 58 ackers & three quarters of vpland and meadowe
Item 4 oxen 3 cowes one steer, come 3 yeare old and 2 calves and 6 swine
Item one fetherbed one boulster and two pillows and two ruggs 4 blanketts and two payer of sheets & 3 pillow burs one tablecloath as also 3 napkins and one yard and quarter of broadcloth
Item one greatt iron pot and one littel pott one brass copper 12 wooden vessells 2 pewter platters and one littel basin one candlesticke and 6 spoones & one dark lanthorne 2 small erthen potts & one fring pan one paier of tongs and one paier of hakes to hang over the fier & two payer of sisers
Item one chest & 1 box and 3 barrells one knedinge trough & one wooden bottell Item 30 pound of woll & 29 po of cotton yarne 2 payer of cards & one payer of stock cards one wooden wheale & one lininge wheale & one payle one pecke and one tunnell. one fouling peece & one carbine one pistol and two swords one broade axe and two narrow axes & 2 brode howes one spade and two iron wedges as also two augers and one wirebit and one gauge one handsaw one hamer one payer of pinsers & 2 sithes one drawinge knife and 3 stubin howes
Item one carte and wheels & boxes 2 chaynes one neb yoke ringe and staple on draught yooke 2 hookes and staples as also one plow wth irons belonging to the same
Item wheate and Indian corne and hay and also one coate
This estate prised See page 66

Book 2, page 66--The Estate of John Hand Prised as followeth:
The dwellinge house & barne wth vpland and meadow belonging to the same we value at 80 pounds
The bedinge Tablecloth and napkins 13 pounds 15 shillings
The pewter spoones and candlesticke 10 shillings
The wooden vessell paile pecke & bottell 14 shillings 4 pense
The barrells Chest box & kneadinge trough 1 pound 3 shillings
The spade houghes wedges & stubinge houghes 1 pound 8 shillings
The augers Chisell gouge hamer pincers & hand saw 13 shilling 6 pence
The axes and sithes 1 poun 1 shilling
The woll yarne wheles and cards 6 pounds 7 shillings
The potts Copper and hakes 3 pounds
The darke Lanthorne & tunell 2 shillings 6 pence
The gunes and swords 2 pounds 18 shillings
The fring pan tongs sisers & drawinge knife 7 shillings 6 pence
The erthen potts and salt seller 1 shilling 8 pence
The bookes and broadclothe 2 pounds 5 shillings
The Cattell and swine 49 pounds
The carte and wheeles boxes chaines yokes ringe and hookes and staples
& plow wth irons to the same 5 pounds eight shillings

The corne hay & coate 13 pounds

Suma 181 pounds 14 shillings 6 pence

On 24 Apr 1634 John married Alice Gransden, daughter of Henry Gransden (ca 1562-26 Oct 1623) & Alice Harris (ca 1580-Sep 1645), in Tunbridge, Kent. Born ca 1613 in Tunbridge, Kent. Alice was baptized in Tunbridge, Kent, on 28 Nov 1613. Alice died ca 1662 in East Hampton, LI.

REV. William Swift

Documentation for the Rev. William Swift can be found in the Fulham Papers in
the Lambeth Palace Library, London, American Colonial Section, Calendar of
Indexes Oxford, 1965, p.p. 180 and 167, 215-6 and 227-8, constitute a history
of the English Clergy in the early days of English colonies in America. A
micro-film copy of these papers are on file in the Southern Collection,
Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. According to
these papers, compiled by William Wilson Menross Ph. D. Oxford at the
Clarendon Press, includes an account of the Rev. William Swift.

According to the papers, the Reverend William Swift, four years after
graduating from Cambridge in 1717-18, was sent to Bermuda in 1722 by his
Majesty, King George II, and while there, he was granted the "Kings Bounty"
or "Ransome". After spending very trying years in Bermuda, he petitioned
Governor Gooch of Virginia to assign him to the Virginia Colony where he
arrived in 1728. The Rev. William Swift was granted two tracts of land by
King George II, in Goochland County, VA., for a total of 400 acres. He was
the first rector of the parish which included Old Fort Church in Hanover
County, VA, and Hollowing Creek Church in the part which eventually became
Louisa County, Va. Hollowing Creek Church was donated the land for the
church by Chisholm Duke, ancestor of the George Washington Duke who
established the famous tobacco industry in Durham, NC. The Rev. William
Swift's son, Thomas married one of the daughters of Chilsolm Duke, Amedia
"Amy" Duke, and eventually settled in the part of Orange County, NC which is
now Randolph County, on land referred to as "Swift's Choice". Rev. William's
other son, William Swift, my ancestor, settled in Orange County, NC in the
part that became Caswell County.

John Mills III

* John Mills III *

Son of John Mills II & Sarah (Harrold) Mills

John Mills III was born January 29, 1687 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA.


*Rachel (Bates) Mills*

Rachel Bates was born on July 14, 1696, in Monocacy, Carrol Co., MD.

She died 11/20/1780 in Monocacy, Carrol Co., MD.

Rachels's parents are Joshua Bates Sr & Rachel Tower.

John Mills III married Rachel Bates about 1708 in Chester Co., PA

To John & Rachel, 5 children were born:

Thomas Mills (born 1710 in Frederick Co., VA),
John Mills IV (born October 27, 1712 in Frederick Co., VA,)
Hurry (Hur) Mills (born 1717 in Chester Co., PA), * (See notation below)
Henry Mills (born September 23, 1720 in Prince George, MD)
Mary Mills (born March 29, 1724 in Frederick Co., VA),

** In the course of my search on the Mills Family History, I came into contact with relatives of Hur Mills. They graciously sent me the following information. This was written by Jeremiah Mills, born 1784, son of Amos, Grandson of Hur and Great-Grandson of John Mills 1st (1663). It begins as follows:

"I shall begin a tradition received from my father which will date back to the seventeenth century, in the memorable days of William Penn. My great grandfather came from England and arrived at Philadelphia in the early days of that now populous city. There was another young man by the name of Harrold with him. How long these men stayed in Philadelphia I can't tell, but the next certain account I have of them is in Virginia, near Winchester on Opekan Creek. There my father was born on the 27th day of October, 1752. About that time the Indian troubles came on, what was called 'Braddocks War.' Our people being Quakers became alarmed and left for North Carolina. My Great Grandfather and all of his sons and daughters settled in Guilford County on the waters of the Deed River. The Harrolds, the Beesons, the Bailses, the Venights all came out about the same time and I think from about the same place in Virginia, the most of which settled on the waters of the Deed River, although some settled on branches of the Haw River and others on a creek called Polecat."


Upon the death of Rachel (in 1740), John Mills III married Rebecca Harrold in 1741, in Frederick County, Virginia.


Rebecca (Harrold) Mills

To John & Rebecca, 7 children were born: (2 were twins).

William Mills (born 8-27-1742 - died 1774)
Rebeckah Mills (born 12-15-1744/45)
George Mills (born December 8, 1747 in Guilford Co., NC, (twin)
Benjamin Mills (born December 8, 1747 in Guilford Co., NC, (twin)
Alice Mills (born January 22, 1748/49 in Guilford Co., NC,
Tabitha Mills (born April 8, 1753 in Guilford Co., NC
Jonathon Mills (born 5-14-1757)


Records are unclear as to exactly where John Mills was born; some say in England while other documents say Philadelphia. He engaged in the lumber business with Richard Harrold before settling in Maryland. In 1730 he witnessed a marriage at the home of Josiah Ballinger at "Monoguisie Province of Maryland." He owned 1315 acres in what is now Berkeley County, West Virginia described as being "on a branch of the Opeckon, near but not adjoining Lewis DeMoss' land." In 1743 he deeded land to sons Thomas, Hur (Hurry), and John Jr, recorded in Frederick County, Virginia. In 1757, he was visited by William Reckitt during the French and Indian War. John was then living within two or three miles of a place where not many weeks before, Indians had killed and taken away people. He made his Last Will & Testament on September 28, 1759, which was probated in July, 1761 in Rowan County, North Carolina. The Will left one shilling bequests to each of his five oldest children: Thomas, John, Hur, and Mary. The rest of his estate was left to his wife. John died November 24, 1760 and his death is noted in the monthly meeting records of New Garden MM, Guilford County, North Carolina.

William "Swago Bill" Ewing

BARBARA LOUISE EWING POWELL graciously shared the following historical sketch.

Frontier nicknames such as "Indian John" and "Swago Bill" were useful in distinguishing people with identical names, which wasn't uncommon then.

The year 1774, William obtained by "tomahawk" rights to 745 acres on Swago Creek not far from his brother. The pioneers claimed land by walking the perimeter of the acreage they wanted and marking--presumably with a tomahawk--appropriate trees on the boundary. After living on the land 10 years and never being asked to leave, the settlers could consider the land their own. A later survey and grant of the land dated January 1st, 1795 and signed by Robert Brooke, governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, gave official title to William. He became known as "Swago Bill" for the creek which flowed over the land. William built a small cabin near the foot of the Swago. He married, and as his family increased, he built a second home, this one larger, two story structure about a mile away. The land was considered good for farming, with some rough, hilly topography, including limestone cliffs and scattered rocks.

On October 10, 1774, William participated in the Battle of Point Pleasant. Sometimes regarded as the first fight of the Revolutionary War, the successful outcome of the battle subdued the Indians along the outlying settlements for at least two years. It was part of a larger undertaking called Lord Dunmore's War. Lord Dunmore at this time was governor of the Colony of Virginia. Concerned about the increasingly defiant spirit of the colonists, Lord Dunmore looked for a distraction by declaring war on the Indians. Two militia units were formed. One, under the command of Colonel Andrew Lewis, marched along the Kanawha River in present day West Virginia to it's juncture with the Ohio River, not far from Point Pleasant, there to wait for Lord Dunmore and his unit. Together, the two units would cross the Ohio and march into Indian territory. Swago Bill, only 16 years old, enlisted in Captain Stewart's company, part of the regiment commanded by Colonel Lewis. The company formed at Camp Union, not far from the site of the Clendennin Massacre, near Lewisburg. Except for a few of the officers, the men wore no uniforms. Instead, the wore hunting shirts, leather leggins, and fur caps typical of the pioneers. They carried either flintlocks or muskets, bullet pouches, hunting knives, and tomahawks.

As Lewis' unit waited for Lord Dunmore's arrival, approximately 1,000 Indians, under the leadership of Chief Cornstalk, began to mass unseen on the other side of the Ohio, and were able to cross the river without being detected. They were discovered only by accident when two militiamen who were out foraging and happened upon the Indians encampment. One of the two militiamen was killed in the shots that ensued, but the other was able to return to his post near sunrise. About 150 of Lewis' troops went out in search of their enemy, but before they had gone a half mile from camp they were attacked by a much larger force of Indians.

The American forces fought in Indian fashion, keeping as much as possible behind trees,logs, or anything that provided protection. William was behind a tree when another soldier,rushing for cover, pushed him from his position and took it for himself. Instantaneously the soldier fell dead, shot through the head by an Indian bullet. William would have received the shot if he had not so unceremoniously been shoved aside.

Under the impression that Lord Dunmore's troops had arrived on the battle scene, the Indians retreated to the other side of the Ohio River. By the end of the baffle, eighty-one Americans were killed, and, according to one estimate, 233 Indians. Because of the battle, Lewis had to delay his excursion into Indian country for a week. During that delay the Indians approached Lord Dunmore seeking peace. Among the terms of the treaty was a stipulation that no white people should be allowed to hunt on the north side of the Ohio River. Most of the militiamen, including Swago Bill, returned to their homes immediately following the treaty.

Three years later he (Swago Bill) was back at Point Pleasant, a member of Captain Matthew Arbuckle's company of militiamen. Arbuckle and his troops had been ordered to Point Pleasant, to police the frontier in that area and to construct a fort, replacing Fort Blair, which had burned down for unknown reasons. The Revolutionary War was well underway, and the Indians, including Chief Cornstalk, were recruited easily by the British. On November 10, subsequent to an attack on a small contingent of militia men, the chief, his son, and two other Indians, who earlier had been taken prisoner, were being held at the fort. William was guarding the prisoners when a mob of angry soldiers rushed the fort with the intent of avenging the death of one of their comrades, and they threatened to kill William, too, if he interfered. Swago Bill protested the impending massacre, but was unsuccessful. Three of the captives were shot to death and, according to the report, one was "mangled." The soldiers who had a hand in the murders were brought to trial, but all were acquitted.

It appears that William's two years at Point Pleasant comprised the extent of his Revolutionary War experiences. Neither family folklore nor written records place him anywhere else. However, in 1783 he had another experience with the Indians, who were trying one last time to stem the flow of whites into the Greenbrier Valley, home to the Ewings and many other settlers in West Virginia. Still a bachelor, William got word that Indians were in the vicinity. He left the work he was doing and took himself and his team to the fort, six or eight miles away. A day or two went by with no incidents, and Swago Bill decided to return to his home to see if everything was in order. He retrieved the plow he had left in the field, and headed to his cabin when he heard some menacing noises. Looking up, he saw three gun barrels pointed at him and heard three clicks in rapid succession. Each gun had misfired. William dropped the plow and ran as fast as he could, with the Indians in close pursuit. After going over a crest of a hill, he veered off the path, dodged into the woods a short distance, and hid behind a benevolent tree. The Indians ran by his hiding place, and never were the wiser. Swago Bill continued through the woods on his journey to the fort, where he stayed for a few more days. The Indian threat seemed to evaporate, and the settlers returned to their homes.

By now the Greenbrier River area was becoming well populated. Among the Ewings' neighbors was the McNeill family, including little Mary. Born on Christmas Day, 1771, Mary was not quite 14 years old and William was five weeks short of 29 when they were wed in nearby Lewisburg, West Virginia on November 16, 1785. They set up housekeeping at William's cabin on the Swago Creek, and 15 months later their first born arrived, a daughter they named Elizabeth. By 1807 William and Mary had ten sons and two daughters, two more children than Indian John and his wife, Ann Smith, could claim.

The Ordinance of 1787, establishing the Northwest Territory and encompassing six
eventual states, had been implemented and the westward expansion of the United States was well underway. In the spring of 1810 Swago Bill and Mary decided to join Indian John and his family and many of their neighbors who had moved nine years earlier to the western part of Gallia County, across the Ohio River from Point Pleasant, where government land could be bought for $2.00 an acre. William's aim was to get out of the mountains and procure more arable land for his ever-growing family.

The Ewing train covering the difficult 160 miles consisted of three covered wagons fitted out with living quarters, 12 horses, and several head of sheep, swine, and cows. They carried the provisions necessary for the trail, as well as the equipment and tools they would need to build a new home. They built rafts at Point Pleasant and made several trips to ferry their train across the Ohio. - The journey was not over when they regrouped on the northern shore, since their final destination was a bend on the Raccoon River in Section 11 of Huntington Township, about 20 miles farther north.

William and Mary had left their home on the Swago without selling it, but on December 1, 1812 it passed into the hands of Sampson Matthews for "$1,200 current money of the State of Virginia" Two pieces of red sandstone from the chimney of the house on Swago Creek remain in the Ewing family today. Swago Bill and his family were settled in by early July, 1810, the date of the first election of the newly formed Huntington Township, which William and his son Thomas attended..

William had bought the entire northeast quarter of Section 11, 160 acres in all, at $2.00 an acre, payable at a rate of $80 down and $80 a year until paid. On July 22, 1817 he received a grant, signed by President James Monroe, which acknowledged payment in full. Son Thomas bought an adjoining 80 acres. The task that faced William and Thomas was awesome, but typical for the frontier settlers: to convert to farmland 240 acres of dense woods. Trees were cut, stumps pulled, brush burned, and the job was done. They fashioned the trees into usable lumber for home, outbuildings, and fences. The land became meadow, crops were planted, and the house was ready for occupancy by the spring of 1812, allowing the family to vacate the temporary structure they had lived in for two years. The permanent structure was a two-story building, made of hewn logs and with a stone chimney.

Sunday Times -sentinel 19 July '81

They.. gave Ewington,OH its name to Honor Bill Ewing

By James Sands GALLIPOLIS William Ewing after whom the town of Ewington was named, was born December 24 1756 in Bath County, Va., the son of James and Margaret * Ewing. James Ewing was a Scotchman who had lived for some time in Londonderry, Ireland before coming to America in 1740. William Ewing's first acquaintance with Ohio came in 1763 when his brother John was captured by Indians and taken to the Scioto River. In 1774 William joined Arbuckle’s militia which became a part of Dunmore’s army assigned to attack Ohio Indians. At Point pleasant on Oct. 10, 1774, Ewing found himself in the thick of the fight when the Indians attacked the Virginians before Dunmore could go on the offensive. Ewing was later to write that he found himself in this battle firing at "redskins" from behind a sapling. One of his comrades rushed up to him and pushed Ewing from his shelter out into the open. From this cover Ewing’s comrade began to fire. Ewing was scarcely out of the way before Ewing’s comrade was struck in the middle of the forehead by an Indian bullet.
Ewing always claimed that be had trouble in this battle with his rifle. Each time that he took deliberate aim, his gun flashed in the pan. However, when he fired at random his gun never failed to go off. "If I ever killed anyone," said Ewing, "I never knew it." William was also present at Ft. Randolph (Point Pleasant) when Chief Cornstalk was killed in 1777. Presumably he was also present at the fort the following year when the fort was laid seige by Wyandot Indians led by Chief Half King. In 1785 Ewing, then 28, married the 14-year-Old girl Mary McNeill and the couple settled on the Swago Creek near Buckeye, W. Va. In time Ewing was nicknamed "Swago" Bill after the creek. "Swago" Bill blazed a line of trees around his property some years before he had clear title as was the custom in those days. The settlers were few and far between and Indians still posed a problem.
While plowing. Ewing received word that Indians were prepared to attack and so he sought shelter at the nearest fort. When he returned some weeks later his plow was covered with weeds and a brood of quails, was nesting under the plowshare. Ewing shouldered his plow with the intent to return to the fort and thus give Up claim on his Buckeye land for the time being. He had gone only a short distance through some woods when he heard thump-thump-thump ... click-click- click. "Swago" Bill turned and saw three Indians behind a log with their guns stretched out. It seems that the Indians’ powder was too damp and all three had misfired. William Dropped his plow and ran for the fort with three indians in close pursuit. Over a hill and into a gully they went. Here Ewing changed course and went UP a ravine. The Indians continued on the gully trail and thus "Swago" Bill had avoided capture. It was in 1810 that Ewing came to
Gallia County,OH. He bought 160 acres of government land at $2 an acre and here lived (where Ewington now sits) until his death in 1822 It was in 1812 that Ewing built the first two- story cabin of hewn logs in the north- western part of the county. Among Ewing’s other credits was that he served as a Justice of the Peace most of the time he lived in Gallia County. "Swago" Bill’s descendants became numerous in Gallia County as well as in Hancock County. Ill.. and Hilisdale County, Mich. Mary McNeill Ewing moved in 1839 to Wilkesville with her son Andrew. In 1853 the 82-year-Old mother Mary Ewing headed out west in a wagon train along with this son Andrew. They first settled in Iowa and then five years later moved to Mercer County, Mo. It was here in 1858 that Mary died and was buried - some 800 miles from her beloved husband, "Swago" Bill Ewing.

James Sands’ address is Box 92 Clarksburg, Ohio 43115.

* NOTE Although this Margaret Sargent was once thought to be the wife of James Ewing it was never proven to be fact by anyone in the family. Further it was later withdrawn by the person who had it so published. To date we do NOT know who James married. We also have no bases in fact that James was ever a Capt. in the Revolutionary war. This was also an error made by early Ewing historians. There was a James Ewing married to a Margaret Sargent but it appears that he is NOT "our" James.

The above news article was graciously shared with us by Wally Ewing of Grand Haven, MI.

Capt. James Ewing

Captain James Ewing, p. 611, Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County by William T. Price (1901)

The Ewing family of Pocahontas County and vicinity was founded by James Ewing, born near Londonderry, Ireland, of Scotch parents, about 1720. He came to Virginia as a young man, and there married Margaret Sargent, of Irish birth, who bore him live children: Jennie, who married Clendennnin, Susan who married Moses Moore, Elizabeth who married George Dougherty, John, and William. John was born in 1747. At the time of the Clendennin massacre in Greenbrier County, John, a mere lad, was taken prisoner by the Indians, and carried into the Ohio country. There he was adopted into an Indian tribe, baptized according to Indian custom, and given an Indian name. But John's Scotch-Irish blood was not easily converted to Indian, and when a returning party of warriors brought back as a curiosity an English Bible, he explained to them that it was the word of God. The Indians asked whether his God was an Indian or a white man, and when John answered that he was a white man, they would no longer listen to his reading the book.

John learned the Indian tongue, but he never loved the Indian. In his old age, at the mention of the word "Indian" in his presence he would always say, "Curse and confound the Indian." He was released from captivity under a treaty with the Indians, probably in 1764, and delivered to the whites at Fort Pitt, from which point he made his way back to his old Virginia home. In 1774 he married Ann Smith, Irish. They had eleven children, namely: William, 1775— 1858; Susannah Holcomb, 1766-; Hon. John Smith Ewing, 1778-1837; Janet Howell, 1781-1855; Sarah Holcomb, 1782-1850; Ann Ewing, 1785-; Andrew, 1787-1868; Elizabeth; Nancy Mills, 1781-; Lydia Burris 1792-1872; Samuel, 1797-1855. The children of these gave John a list of grand children numbering sixty-five. In 1801, John emigrated from Pocahontas and located in Gallia County, Ohio, where he died in 1825. Of his family, his son William alone remained in Virginia, occupying lands on Stony Creek until the time of his death. John Smith Ewing represented his district in the Virginia Assembly in about 1812. Anselm T. Holcomb, son of Sarah, was a member of the Ohio Legislature. John Ewing, son of Andrew, and George Burris, son of Lydia, were members of the Missouri Legislature. Andrew, son of John S., was a member of the California Legislature.

John's living descendants are legion. They may be found in nearly every western state, and counted among the successful farmers, business men; and professional men of the country. Among them are John Ewing, lawyer, Grant City, Mo., Clay Ewing, Yorktown, Kan., Jennie Sprouse, M. D. Green view, 111., M. Howell Finnegan- New London, Mo., P . H . Holcomb, lawyer, Butler, Mo., S. C. Holcomb, lawyer, Yates Centre, Kan., A. T. Holcomb, Portsmouth, O., William Whitman, county clerk, Van West, O., S. G. Burnside, merchant, Kansas City, Mo., Sumner Ewing, teacher and author, Springfield, O., Mrs Homer McCray, Kendallville, Ind., Laura Dunning, Ingomar California.

The descendants of John Ewing reverently refer to him as "Indian John."

William Ewing, brother of "Indian John," was born in 1756. In 1774 he joined Arbuckle's company of militia, and pursued Chief Cornstalk and his braves to the Ohio River, where he participated in the famous battle of Point Pleasant. Here he was in the thickest of the fight, but came out without a scratch, narrowly escaping instant death. He had availed himself of the shelter of a sapling while firing at tho redskins, when an excited comrade rushed up to the place pushing him from his shelter and occupying it himself. William was scarcely out of the way before his comrade was struck in the head by an Indian bullet and killed instantly. In after years he related that every time he took deliberate aim at an Indian in that battle his rifle flashed in the pan, and his Indian got away, but when he fired at random his gun never missed fire. If he killed an Indian he never knew it, but he tried his level best to avenge the capture of his sister Mrs Clendennin and his brother John.

In 1785 he married Mary McNeil, sister of Gabriel McNeil, and daughter of Thomas McNeil. He settled on Swago Creek, near Buckeye," and was popularly known as "Swago Bill." It is said that he blazed a line of trees around the lands he selected, and afterwards had the tract patented. Once he was plowing when the alarm came that the Indians were preparing to attack the settlement. The shelter of the nearest fort was sought, but the Indians did not appear. After a few days of quiet, William ventured out to the farm, where he found everything about as he had left them, except that a brood of quails which had been hatched and mothered by a chicken had disappeared. On his return to the fort he shouldered his plow, thinking to hide it from the Indians in the woods. While proceeding through the woods he suddenly heard "thump, thump, thump," followed by "click, click, click," and turning to one side be saw three Indians behind a large log with their guns pointed at him. They had tried to shoot, but their powder was damp, and the guns had missed fire. William dropped his plow and started for the fort as fast as he could run, with the Indians after him. Going over a hill and into a gully, he suddenly changed his course, ran up the ravine a short distance and stopped, and shortly had the pleasure of seeing his pursuers trot by in the regular course. Ewing made his way to the fort in safety.

William and Mary Ewing were the parents of twelve children, all born on the Swago, near Buckeye, namely: Elizabeth Doddrill, 1787-1852; Thomas, 17881874; Jonathan, 1790-1850; William, 1792-; James, 1793-1824; John, 1795-; Sarah Wallace, 1797-1827; Enoch, 1799-1885; Jacob, 1802-1878; Abram McNeel, 1804-1891; George, 1807-1883; Andrew, 18091885. The children, of these gave William and Mary a list of grand children numbering eighty-one, twentytwo of whom are still living. In 1810. William and his family moved to Gallia County, Ohio, and the town of Ewington was named in their honor. Thomas served as Justice of the Peace for many years. Elizabeth, Thomas, William, James, John, Sarah, Abram, George, and Andrew lived and died in or near Gallia County. Jonathan and Jacob died in Hancock County, 111., Enoch died in Hillsdale County, Mich;, and Andrew died in Iowa. Mary McNeal Ewing, the mother, died in Mercer County, Mo., in 1858. Enoch Ewing and his family went to Michigan in 1853, and seven of his children are still living in that State, besides a host of grand children. William's descendants, like John's, are counted among the successful men of the country. Among them are Dr G. A. Ewing, Jackson, O.; Dr G. K. Ewing, Ewington, O.; Dr U. B. G. Ewing, Richmond, Ind.; Dr William Leonard, Fostoria, O.; Rev Thomas E. Peden, President Theological Seminary, Ayden, N. C.; Rev M. L. Peden, Temperance, Mich.; W. J. Aleshire, editor, Gibsonburg, O.; E. E. Aleshire, lawyer, Stanberry, Mo,; Levi Howell, civil engineer, Luray, Mo.; Frank P. McCarley, civil engineer, Pittsburg, Pa.; Hon. W. S. Matthews, President Insurance Company, Toledo, O., ex-member of the Ohio Legislature; E. B. Matthews, manufacturer, Jackson, O.; G. W. Ewing, Plymouth, 111.; W. L. Ewing, Rutlege, Mo., J. K. Ewing, Port Blakely, Wash.; John W., H. McK., James L., and Andrew A., of Camden, Mich.; E. C. White, White, Mich.: J. C. Jenkins, Cunningham, Kansas; Isaac Jenkins, White, Mich.; William H. Ewing, merchant, Camden, Mich.; I. E. Ewing, manufacturer, Reading, Mich.; W. J. Ewing, merchant, Kunkle, O.; Rev I. H. Ewing, Bristol, Ind.; J. C. Ewing, merchant, Pioneer. O.; L. P. Cravens, teacher, Lake City, Minn.; Ida M. Ewing, Pontoosuc, 111.; A. L. Ewing, teacher, Wellston, O.; Smith H. Ewing, merchant, Frankfort, O.; John H. Ewing, county clerk, Gallipolis, O.; Rev Sadie P. Cooper, Detroit, Mich.; Prof. R. B. Ewing, Ewington, O.; Theresa Gilbert, Sioux Falls, South Dakotah.

The compiler is indebted to Hon. A. E. Ewing, of Grand Rapids, Mich., for most of the material contained in this sketch. He is a great-grandson of "Swago Bill," a grandson of Enoch, and a son of Henry McK. Ewing. His mother was a Miss Hank, of Monroe County. He is a lawyer, and a member of the House of Representatives of Michigan in 1893.

Captain James Ewing, the founder of these families, died probably about the year 1800. He was captain of a company of militia in Augusta County during the Revolutionary war, and tradition asserts that he received a large tract of land in consideration of his services. Tradition makes him the hero of more than one occasion. One of especial interest is told of how he captured an outlaw by the name of Shockley, who was a terror to the country, and who had stolen James' rifle from ever his cabin door. His descendants have reached to the eighth generation, and numerically have reached into the thousands. His Highland Scotch instinct made him to prefer the mountains to the plains, and it is probable that in his mountain home, surrounded by the perils of pioneer life, beset on the one hand by wild animals, and on the other by savage Indians, he found life quite to his liking.

His wife, it is said, lived to be one hundred years old.