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Mystery Mayburys

The Mayburys of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Shortly after 1700 the iron industry in England and Ireland was in decline for several reasons. Thus, skilled iron workers, including many members of the Maybury family, were glad to come to the American colonies where resources for producing iron were abundant. All that was needed were the skilled hammerman, forgemen, colliers, etc. to build and operate new iron works in America.

Thus it was that Thomas Maybury, blacksmith, came to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1716, where he founded a dynasty of ironmasters that was soon active, not only in Pennsylvania, but also in New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. About ten years later, his son, Thomas Maybury, hammerman. also came from England and began working in Trenton, New Jersey, just across the Delaware River in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Soon the father and son were working together in Pennsylvania.

About the same time six other Mayburys appeared in Bucks County and most of them were also iron workers. These six Mayburys: Sylvanus, Justinian, Francis, Richard, Charles and William Maybury are all mentioned in Bucks County court records, alongside the two Thomas Mayburys. But in spite of the large number of records we have found, none tells us anything about the relationships of these Mayburys, with the exception of one series of records that prove the connection between Thomas Maybury, Sr. and Thomas Maybury, Jr.. While some of the other six could also be sons of Thomas Maybury, blacksmith, they could also be his nephews, his cousins or even his brothers. Sylvanus Maybury also worked for a time in New Jersey and left many descendants in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland County. Francis Maybury and his son, Francis Jr., worked for many years as hammermen at the Principio Company in Cecil County, Maryland. Justinian, Richard, Charles and William Maybury seem to have worked mostly in Pennsylvania. Because of the large number of descendants left by these early iron workers, we would very much like to establish their relationships, not only to each other but to the English families from which they descend. We suspect that they were closely related to a family in Shropshire. It may be that some of the answers we seek will be found in the records of Berks County, Pennsylvania. Some answers may also be found in the western tier of counties in New Jersey. We believe these eight early Mayburys were the ancestors of many in later generations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and elsewhere.

If you have information that might help us to further identify the Mayburys of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, please contact Don Collins



August 2014