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Colonial Families of Philadelphia
Author: John W. Jordan
Call Number: R929.2 qC719

These records are presented in a series of independent genealogical and personal narratives relating to lineal family heads of families who have made Philadelphia what it is. 

Bibliographic Information: Jordan, John W. Colonial Families of Philadelphia. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1911. 

BENJAMIN SHOEMAKER, third son of Abraham and Amelia (Levering) Shoemaker, born in Bristol township, Philadelphia county, 1727, inherited from his father one hundred acres of land in Cheltenham, part of the tract purchased by his great-grandmother, Sarah Shoemaker, 1686, lying on the York road at the intersection of Grave Yard lane, and lived there until his death, March 16, 1811, aged eighty-four years. He married at Christ Church, December 29, 1753, Mary, daughter of Robert and Jane (Cadwalader) Comly, granddaughter of Henry and Agnes (Heaton) Comly, and great-granddaughter of Henry and Joane Comly, who emigrated from Bedminster, near Bristol, England, 1692, and settled in Warminster, Bucks county. Also great-granddaughter of Robert and Alice Heaton, who settled in Middletown, Bucks county, at about the same date. Henry Comly was born at Bedminster, England, and died in Moreland, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, March 16, 1727, aged fifty-three years. His wife, Agnes Heaton, whom he married at Middletown Meeting, Bucks county, October 17, 1695, was born February 9, 1677, died December 30, 1743. Their son Robert was born June 12, 1704, in Byberry, Philadelphia county, died in Horsham township, March, 1770; he married at Horsham Meeting, November 27, 1727, Jane Cadwalader, who was for many years an accepted preacher of the Society of Friends. She was a descendant of John Cadwalader, an early Welsh settler in Warminster, who was a very eminent minister among Friends. Robert and Jane (Cadwalader) Comly had six children; Robert, married Sarah Jones; Agnes, married Samuel Shoemaker; Jane, married Nathan Lukens; Grace, married Isaac Parry; Martha, married David Parry; Mary, married Benjamin Shoemaker. Mary died March 17, 1793. 

Issue of Benjamin and Mary (Comly) Shoemaker: 

  1. Levi, b. Jan. 6, 1754; d. y.; 

  2. ROBERT, b. Dec. 29, 1754; m. Martha Leech; of whom presently; 

  3. Nathan, b. July 6, 1756; a tanner; m. Sarah Miller, and had seven children; 

  4. Abraham, b. Nov. 10, 1757; d. y.; 

  5. Benjamin, b. Sept. 10, 1759; m. Jane Allen, of Falls, Bucks co.; 

  6. Amy, b. May 6, 1761; m. Benjamin Harper, and had one child; 

  7. Mary, b. Jan. 1, 1763; m. Thomas Shoemaker, a grandson of Isaac and Dorothy;

  8. Samuel, b. Dec., 1765; d. in Phila., 1793; unm.; 

  9. Eli, b. July 25, 1766; a merchant in Phila.; d. March 9, 1798; m. Rachel, dau. of Henry and Rachel (Strickland) Comly, of Byberry; 

  10. Jane, b. Oct. 30, 1768; m. June 30, 1798, Anthony Hallowell;

  11. Jacob, b. Aug. 4, 1770; d. y.; 

  12. Rebecca, b. Dec. 16, 1771; m. Atkinson Rose; 

  13. James, b. July 19, 1773; d. y.; 

  14. Comly, b. May 28, 1776; d. June 23, 1843; m. Sept. 17, 1807, Sarah (Bird) Shoemaker, widow of George Shoemaker, son of George and Martha, and dau. of Albrick and Abigail (Tyson) Bird, of Abington; lived at "Pleasant Valley," on the York road, below Shoemakertown; no issue; Mrs. Shoemaker d. 1845. 


ROBERT SHOEMAKER, eldest surviving son of Benjamin and Mary (Comly) Shoemaker, born in Cheltenham township, December 29, 1754, died in Philadelphia, October 8, 1796, and is buried in the Friends' burying-ground at Fourth and Arch streets. He took a certificate from Abington Meeting to the Southern District Meeting of Philadelphia, March 22, 1773; engaged in business in Philadelphia, and died there aged forty-two years. He married at Trinity Church, Oxford, Philadelphia county, 1781, Martha, born October 8, 1760, daughter of Isaac Leech Jr. by his wife, Martha Thomas. After her husband's estate was settled, Martha, the widow, moved back to her native township of Cheltenham, with her children and lived there until her death, December 23, 1849. Though reared in the faith of the Episcopal church, she, after her marriage, joined the Friends and was many years a member of Abington Monthly Meeting. 


Colonial Families of Philadelphia
Author: John W. Jordan
Call Number: R929.2 qC719

These records are presented in a series of independent genealogical and personal narratives relating to lineal family heads of families who have made Philadelphia what it is. 

Bibliographic Information: Jordan, John W. Colonial Families of Philadelphia. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1911. 

TOBY or TOBIAS LEECH, great-grandfather of Martha Shoemaker, and the first of the name to settle in Pennsylvania, was a son of Toby Leech, of Cheltenham, Gloucester county, England, and was baptized at the Parish Church there, January 1, 1652-3. The family of Leech was an ancient and honorable one and many of its members bore for arms, "Ermine, on Chief indented gules, three crowns or." and Crest, "Out of ducal coronet on an arm erect ppr. grasping a snake environed around the arm." Burke notes that it is recorded in an old pedigree that "One of this ancient family, living in Berkshire, near Windsor, in ye time of King Edward the Third, entertained and feasted three Kings in his house, one ye King of England, ye King of France and ye King of Scots; which two kings were at that time prisoners to King Edward; which King Edward to requite his good entertainment and other favoures, gave him three crowns on his chief indented gules, ye field Ermine, which coat is borne by the name and family, dispersed into many countays." 
Toby Leech, baptized and reared in the faith of the Church of England, retained membership in that church throughout his life, was married December 26, 1679, at Gloucester Friends' Meeting, to Esther Ashmead, a member of that Meeting. He came to Pennsylvania early in 1682, with his wife Esther and at least one child and accompanied by his mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Ashmead. In conjunction with John Ashmead, Richard Wall and Everard Bolton, he purchased 1,000 acres of land in Cheltenham township, Philadelphia county, which township was named for his native town in England. His share of the 1,000 acres was three hundred acres, the surveys to the several purchasers with him being made under warrants dated November 10, 1682. He erected a corn and fulling mill and became one of the substantial business men of that section, and also became a large landed proprietor, owning at the time of his death 2,700 acres of land, his home plantation of 600 acres, two other plantations of 500 acres each in Philadelphia, 500 acres in Chester county, and 600 acres in New Castle county. He maintained large hunting grounds, kept up by his sons and grandsons, which was said to have given the name to Fox Chase, located on one of his plantations in Philadelphia county. He does not seem to have taken any active interest in public affairs until 1713, when he was elected to the Provincial Assembly and became one of its prominent members, being regularly re-elected until 1720. He died at his seat in Cheltenham township, November 13, 1726, and is buried at Trinity Church, Oxford, of which church he was a member. His wife Esther died August 11, 1726, and is buried at his side. 

Issue of Toby and Esther (Ashmead) Leech: 

  1. Toby, Jr., b. in England, about 1680; d. in Cheltenham, Nov. 23, 1726-7; m. Hannah (???), and had ten children, most of whom married into prominent families of Philadelphia co., and have left numerous descendants; 

  2. Esther, b. about 1682; d. 1713; m. (first) Capt. Bartholomew Penrose, (second) Nathaniel Poole; by Penrose, she had one son, Bartholomew, and two daughters, Dorothy, m. Isaac Shoemaker, and Sarah, m. Richard Mather; 

  3. John, b. about 1683; d. 1745; was a "vendue master" in Phila.; m. Mary Harrison, and left descendants;

  4. Hon. Thomas Leech, b. 1685; d. March 31, 1762; Clerk of Provincial Assembly, 1723-27; member of Assembly, 1730 to 1749, and from 1756 to his death, in 1762; speaker of Assembly, 1758-59; one of commissioners, appointed by Provincial Assembly, to consider project of bridging the Schuylkill at Phila., 1751, and report probable cost; treasurer of Philadelphia co., 1759; one of committee who procured the "Liberty Bell;" member of board of trustees of College of Philadelphia; thirty-two years member of vestry of Christ Church, and just prior to his death active in founding St. Paul's Church, where he is buried; m. (first) Ann (Stacy) Moore, dau. of John Stacy, and 
    granddaughter of Robert Stacy, one of the first English settlers at Burlington, N. J.; m. (second) Mary Rivers, and has several prominent descendants; 

  5. ISAAC, b. 1692; d. Dec. 10, 1744; m. Rebecca Hall; of whom presently; 

  6. Jacob, b. 1693; d. Jan. 28, 1750; Captain in Col. Edward Jones, Phila. Reg., 1748; m. (first) Isabella, dau. of Joseph Fisher, Esq., (second) Eleanor, dau. of Andrew Robeson, Esq.; 

  7. Two other children of Toby and Esther Leech d. y. 


ISAAC LEECH, fourth son of Toby and Esther (Ashmead) Leech, born in Cheltenham township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, 1692, died there December 10, 1744. He inherited from his father 366 acres of land in Cheltenham and later acquired several other large tracts, and was a wealthy farmer and tanner. He was one of the prominent and solid business men of his time, and was one of the two men suggested by the electors of Philadelphia to the governor for sheriff, with Owen Owen, 1727, the latter receiving the commission. He was commissioned a Justice of the Peace and of the Courts of Philadelphia county, 1741, and served until his death. He married Rebecca, born 1709, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca (Rutter) Hall, who after his death married Rev. Richard Treat, minister of Abington Presbyterian Church, 1731-77. Joseph Hall, father of Rebecca (Hall) Leech, was second son of Jacob Hall, who emigrated from Macclesfield, county Chester, England, arriving in Maryland, in the ship, "Friendship," of Liverpool, "the 3d. Day of 12th. Month, 1684," with his wife Mary, and sister-in-law, Sarah Charlesworth, children, Jacob and Sarah, and servants, Ephraim Jackson, John Reynolds, Joseph Hollingshead, John Evans, William Fowler, Isaac Hill, John Jackson and Isaac Gibbons, "and afterwards transported to the Delaware River, where the family arrived the 28th. of 3d. Month 1685." A great number of other servants arrived later in the "Amity," "Richard and Michael" and "Francis and Dorothy." The "Register of Arrivals in Bucks County," from which the above information is quoted, gives also the birth of three of the children of Jacob and Mary (Charlesworth) Hall, as follows: "Jacob Hall, born 8th of 12th Mo., 1679; Sarah, born 23d. of 5th Mo., 1683 and Joseph born 11th. of 12th. Mo. 1686." Jacob Hall settled first in Bucks county but removed later to Tacony, Philadelphia; was a Justice of Philadelphia Courts from 1693 to his death, 1700. 
Joseph Hall, second son of Jacob and Mary Hall, born February 11, 1686-7, married Rebecca, daughter of Thomas Rutter, Esq., and settled in Oxford township.


Colonial Families of Philadelphia
Author: John W. Jordan
Call Number: R929.2 qC719

These records are presented in a series of independent genealogical and personal narratives relating to lineal family heads of families who have made Philadelphia what it is. 

Bibliographic Information: Jordan, John W. Colonial Families of Philadelphia. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1911. 

WILLIAM JENKS, only son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Pearson) Jenks, born in Middletown, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, August 12, 1766, was a farmer and miller on the old plantation in Middletown, dying there at the early age of forty-two years, leaving a widow and ten children, six of whom were still in their minority at the time of his decease. He married, 10mo. 28, 1790, Mary, daughter of Michael Hutchinson, of Makefield, Bucks county, many years a merchant of Makefield, and one of the prominent men of the county in his day, holding many positions of trust and honor. 

Her mother, Margery Palmer, was a great-granddaughter of John Palmer, of Cleveland, Yorkshire, who, with Christian, his wife, arrived in the Delaware River in the ship "Providence," of Scarborough, 9mo. 19, 1683, and settled in Falls township, Bucks county, where a number of his descendants of the name still reside. 

Her paternal grandfather, John Hutchinson, for many years an Overseer of Falls Monthly Meeting and prominent in the affairs of that section of the county, married Phebe Kirkbride, daughter of Joseph Kirkbride, by his first wife, Phebe Blackshaw, daughter of Randal Blackshaw, of Hollingee, in the county of Chester, England, who, with Alice, his wife, and children, Phebe, Sarah, Jacob, Mary, Nehemiah and Martha, came over in the "Submission," arriving in Maryland, 9mo. 2, 1682, and made their way overland to Bucks county.

Dr. James Hutchinson, born in Bucks county in 1752, the distinguished physician of Philadelphia, Surgeon-General of the Continental Army during the Revolution, who died of yellow fever in Philadelphia, September, 1793, was a first cousin of Mary (Hutchinson) Jenks, being a son of Randal Hutchinson, brother of Michael, by his first wife, Elizabeth Harvey.

Joseph Kirkbride, the paternal great-grandfather of Mary Hutchinson Jenks, was a son of Mahlon and Magdalen Kirkbride, of Kirkbride, Cumberland. He came to Pennsylvania with Penn, in the "Welcome," and became one of the most prominent men of the province, serving many years as a Justice of Bucks county courts and in the Colonial Assembly, and was the largest landowner in Bucks county in his time, as well as owning large tracts of land in New Jersey and elsewhere. After the death of his first wife, Phebe Blackshaw, he married Sarah, daughter of Mahlon Stacy, the founder of Trenton, New Jersey, by his wife, Rebecca Ely, and left many descendants, who have been prominent in the affairs of Bucks county and of Philadelphia. 

Issue of William and Mary (Hutchinson) Jenks: 

  1. Joseph, b. 9mo. 12,1792, d.11mo. 19,1869; m. 5mo. 29,1827, his cousin, Eliza, dau. of Joseph R. Jenks, of Phila., by his first wife, Sarah Watson;
  2. Rebecca H., b. 1mo. 30,1794, d. 4mo. 21,1797;
  3. Michael H., b.5mo. 21,1795, d.10mo. 16,1867; prominent citizen of Bucks co., representing his district in 28th U.S. Congress, filling position of County Commissioner, 1830-4, County Treasurer, 1834; many years associate Justice of Bucks co., and filling many positions of honor and trust; he was prominent surveyor and conveyancer, and fine penman and draughtsman. He m. (first) 1821, Mary Ridgway Earl, who was mother
    of his nine children; (second) Mary Canby; (third) Ann Higgins, and (fourth) Sarah Leedom. His third daughter, Anna Earl Hutchinson, m. Alexander Ramsey, first Gov. of Minn., and U.S. Senator from that State;
  4. Eliza Pearson, b. 2mo. 14, 1797, d. 12mo. 13, 1884; m. 10mo. 13, 1825, George Yardley;
  5. Charles, b.1 2mo. 31, 1798, d. 8mo. 5, 1823; m. 4mo. 16,1823, MaryAnn Newbold;
  6. Margery, b. 8mo. 5, 1800, d. 1mo. 31, 1802;
  7. Hannah, b. 6mo. 17, 1802, d. 9mo. 17, 1822, unm.;


Colonial Families of Philadelphia
Author: John W. Jordan
Call Number: R929.2 qC719

These records are presented in a series of independent genealogical and personal narratives relating to lineal family heads of families who have made Philadelphia what it is. 

Bibliographic Information: Jordan, John W. Colonial Families of Philadelphia. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1911. 


The former township and borough of Germantown, in the county of Philadelphia, now part of the city of Philadelphia, was founded and first settled by a number of persons, all or nearly all from Crefeld (or vicinity), a city situate in the lower Rhine provinces within a few miles of the Holland border. On March 10, 1682, William Penn, Proprietary of Pennsylvania, conveyed to Jacob Telner, a resident of Crefeld, also a merchant in Amsterdam; Jan Streypers, merchant, of Kaldkirchen, a village in the vicinity of Crefeld, even nearer Holland; and Dirck Sipman, of Crefeld, each five thousand acres of land to be laid out in Pennsylvania. On June 11, 1683, Penn conveyed to Govert Remke, Lenert Arets, and Jacob Isaacs Van Bebber, all of Crefeld, one thousand acres of land each; and they, with Telner, Streypers, and Sipman, constituted the six original Crefeld purchasers of the site of Germantown, who were pledged to Penn to send a certain number of colonists to that locality. 

Very soon thereafter, thirteen men, some with families, in all thirty-three persons, nearly all relatives, from Crefeld and vicinity, went from Rotterdam to London, whence, through James Claypoole, the Quaker merchant of the latter city, they obtained passage in the ship "Concord," which left England, July 24, 1683, and arrived in Philadelphia, October 6, 1683. These thirteen, heads of families or single men of full age, were: Lenert Arets, Abraham op den Graeff, Dirck op den Graeff, Herman op den Graeff, Willem Streypers (brother of Jan, the purchaser), Thones Kunders, Reynier Teisen, Jan Seimens, Peter Kuerlis, Johannes Bleikers, Jan Lucken and Abraham Tunes. These were practically all, as their names show, of the Holland-Dutch stock, and though living within the borders of the Palatinate, not Palatines such as constituted the bulk of the later German emigration to Pennsylvania. They were not of a peasant race, like those later Palatine immigrants, but a free burgher stock, akin to that which first settled New Netherland, and before this had held sway on the Delaware river. Neither were these men mere citizens, as some too hasty writers have averred, but, in the proportion of their times, manufacturers and employers of labor. 

Certain record searchers, finding the style "Weaver" affixed to some of their names in deeds, wills, etc., and forgetting that such documents in those times drew no distinction between master and man, have represented them in the humblest capacity, but deeper study shows them to have been the true prototypes of the great textile manufacturers of to-day. Many of them have been proven descended from families high in church or state, or in that scholastic class held in high honor in Teutonic medieval Europe.


REYNIER TEISEN, as he wrote his own name, or Reynier Tyson, as it became to his English compatriots, was a young man, believed to have been unmarried, when he settled with the others in Germantown. His family connection with the other colonists was through his sister, the wife of Jan Streypers, one of the six original purchasers above mentioned. William Streypers, one of the thirteen colonists, was brother to Jan, and the wives of Thones Kunders, and Lenert Arets were sisters to Jan and William Streypers; the three Op den Graeffs were cousins to the Streypers, and Herman op den Graeff's wife was a daughter of Jacob Isaacs Van Bebber, one of the purchasers. Thus the connection ran through nearly the whole company of Dutch pioneers. 

Reynier Tyson was named in Penn's charter of August 12, 1689, as one of the original incorporators of the borough of Germantown. He served as a Burgess in 1692-93-94-96. He was a member of a coroner's jury summoned by Coroner James de la Plaine, 4mo. 24, 1701. On March 1, 1700-1, then a resident of Germantown, he bought of John Colley, of Philadelphia, two hundred and fifty acres of land in Abington township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, soon after that date went there to live, continuing there the rest of his life.

Reynier Tyson is said to have been first a Mennonite, but seems to have become a member of the Society of Friends before leaving Germany, as a memorial of him in The Friend (Philadelphia 1857, vol. xxx, p. 229), says, "Reinier Tyson was born in Germany, in or about the year 1659. He was convinced of the Truth whilst living there, and for his faithfulness thereto suffered persecution. He removed to Pennsylvania a few years after William Penn first obtained the Province and he settled himself within the limits of Abington Monthly Meeting, then called Dublin. He continued faithful to the manifestations of Truth received, and grew in the esteem of his friends to a father in the church. In the year 1725, he was appointed an elder, and continued faithful in fulfilling the duties of the station until prevented by age, and indisposition. His friends say 'He was innocent and inoffensive in life and conversation, and diligent in attending his religious meetings.' He lived, beloved and honored, to good old age, dying on the 27th of the Seventh month, 1745; aged about 86 Years." 

He was one of the signers of the address issued by the Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia to London Yearly Meeting, which Samuel Jennings bore with him to London in 1693, concerning the Keith controversy. Germantown, where he first settled, as well as his later residence, Abington township, was within the compass of Abington Monthly Meeting, so that all his efforts in religious affairs were accomplished within the latter body; an account of some of these, extracted from the Monthly Meeting minutes, follows: 

At the Monthly Meeting held 2mo. 29, 1695. "It is agreed upon at this Meeting that four Friends belonging to the Monthly Meeting, be appointed to take Care of ye Youth belonging to Each Meeting, as Concerneing their Orderly walking, as becomes ye Truth they make profession of; according to ye good advice of Friends in an Epistle from ye yearly Meeting at Burlington 1694; whereupon Richard Wall is appointed for Cheltenham, Richard Whitefield for Oxford, John Carver for ye uper township, and Ryner Tyson for Ger-Town." 

12mo. 24, 1695. "Whereas this Meeting having taken into Consideration ye good advice of ffriends from ye last Yearly Meeting, to put in practice their Counsel to admonish those yt profess Gods Truth, and do not walk answerable thereunto: This Meeting have chosen Richard Whitefield, & Edward Orphood, to inspect into Oxford Meeting, Ryner Tyson and Arnold Clinkin to Inspect into Germantown Meeting: &c." 

12mo. 24, 1717: (he having long before this left Germantown for Abington) It was reported that Friends of Abington Meeting had chosen Reynier Tyson to visit families. 3mo. 27, 1723, he was appointed to assist Germantown Friends in visiting families; (probably because of his familiar knowledge of them). 

5mo. 25, 1725: "Whereas It hath been Desired & thought Expedient that one more Elder belonging to Each Particular Meeting should Attend those Meetings when Friends of ye Ministry Do Meet: In order thereunto ye Meeting have made Choice of Rynier Tyson for Abington, Tho: Roberts for Germantown, John Duncan for Byberry." This is the appointment mentioned in The Friend's account of Reynier Tyson above quoted. 8mo. 30, and subsequent meetings in the year 1732; Mention is made of a difference between Rynier Tyson and John Streeper, about some land. This John Streeper was a son of William Streypers, and the land was a tract in Bucks county, belonging to the latter's brother Jan Streypers, then deceased. Reynier Tyson had no personal interest in the quarrel except as a relative of both parties, and represented Jan Streypers' children who lived in Holland, from whom he held a letter of attorney. The whole matter is threshed out at great length in numerous letters from both parties, preserved in a MS. volume in the Library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, called "Streeper Papers." It came before the Meeting in later years. 

8mo. 27, 1735, Reynier Tyson was again chosen by Germantown Particular Meeting to visit families; (perhaps he had returned to Germantown to live for a while, though he certainly went back to Abington again later). 

In Reynier Tyson's day, Abington Monthly Meeting belonged to Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. He was appointed by the former as a representative to the latter, on 6mo. 26, 1695; 3mo. 25, 1696; 12mo. 26, 1698; 12mo. 27, 1709; 6mo. 29; 8mo. 31, 1715; 11mo. 30, 1720; and 8mo. 28, 1728. He was appointed an overseer of Abington Particular Meeting, 1mo. 25, 1706, for "this next year;" and again 8mo. 30, 1709. On 11mo. 25, 1719, the minutes say, "Abington Friends have chosen Reice Peters Overseer in ye Room of Ryner Tyson." As overseers seem them to have been appointed annually he could hardly have been serving since the last mentioned appointment in 1709, so he was most likely appointed in 1718, though the minutes do not record it. He was again appointed an Overseer 11mo. 27, 1723-4 for the ensuing year. 

By the will of Reynier Tyson, dated December 21, 1741, proved October 26, 1745, registered in Philadelphia county Wills (Will Book H, p. 63), he being then of Abington, he left to his grandson Matthew Tyson (son of his son Matthias) 6; this to bar all heirs of Matthias Tyson from further claim; said Matthias having received his full share in his life time; to his sons, John, Abraham, Derrick, and Peter, six pounds each; to son, Henry, eight pounds; to daughters, Elizabeth Lucken and Sarah Kirk, six pounds each; to daughter, Elizabeth Lucken, "all my Dutch Books;" certain goods to be equally divided between sons, John, Abraham, Derrick, Peter and Henry, and daughters, Elizabeth Lucken and Sarah Kirk; to granddaughter, Abigail Tyson, "My riding horse;" residue of estate to his executor for his personal use, said executor to be his son, Isaac Tyson; in receipt of their respective legacies all the other children to deliver to the executor any writings in their possession belonging to the testator or relating to his affairs. Reynier Tyson's wife's Christian name was Mary, but her surname and when and where they were married is unknown. 

Issue of Reynier and Mary Tyson: 

  1. MATTHIAS, b. 6mo. 31, 1686; d. May, 1727; m., 1mo., 1708, Mary Potts; of whom presently;
  2. ISAAC, b. 9mo. 7, 1688; d. 9mo. 9, 1766; m., 3mo., 1727, Sarah Jenkins; of whom further;
  3. Elizabeth, b. 8mo. 7, 1690; m., 9mo., 1710, William Lucken (Lukens);
  4. JOHN, b. 10mo. 19, 1692; d. 6mo. 1, 1775; m. (first) Priscilla Naylor, (second) Sarah Lewis; of whom presently;
  5. ABRAHAM, b. 8mo. 10, 1694; d. 3mo. 12, 1781; m., 9mo., 1721, Mary Hallowell; of whom further;
  6. DERRICK, b. 9mo. 6, 1696; d. 1776; m. (first), 1727, Ann (???); (second), 3mo., 1738, Susanna Thomas; of whom further;
  7. Sarah, b. 12mo. 19, 1698; m., 7mo. 13,1722, John Kirk;
  8. PETER, b. 3mo. 6, 1700; d. 3mo. 7, 1791; m., 2mo., 1727, Mary Roberts; of whom further;
  9. HENRY, b. 3mo. 4, 1702; m., 5mo. 16, 1735, Ann Harker; of whom further.

MATTHIAS TYSON, eldest son of Reynier and Mary Tyson, was born in Germantown, 6mo. 31, 1686. His name was, properly in Dutch, Mattis, but usually translated into English as Matthias, and in the next generation further anglicized to Matthew. He removed with his parents from Germantown to Abington township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, where he continued to live, dying there in April or May, 1727. He married, in 1st month, 1708 (at Abington Monthly Meeting, held 1mo. 29, 1708, the marriage was reported as having taken place since last meeting, but no exact date is given) to Mary Potts, of Germantown, daughter of John Potts, of Llanidloes, Wales. By his will dated April 8, and proved May 12, 1727 (registered, Philadelphia County Will Book E, p. 46), he devised to his wife, Mary, for life or during widowhood, the use of all his estate, real and personal; if she married again (which she did) she was to have one-third of the estate, plus ten pounds; the remaining two-thirds, less the ten pounds, to be then equally divided between his eight children--Margaret, Mary, Reynear, John, Sarah, Isaac, Elizabeth, and Matthew; his wife was made executrix, and it was directed that the children be brought up under her care. 

Mary (Potts) Tyson, widow of Matthias, married (second) 11mo., 1732, Thomas Fitzwater, permission granted by Abington Meeting, 10mo. 25, 1732, and the marriage reported at the next meeting, 11mo. 29, as having been accomplished meanwhile. The Fitzwater family was one of great prominence politically and socially in Abington township and vicinity, and also in the city of Philadelphia, where a principal street is named for it. The Fitzwaters intermarried a number of times with the Tyson family. 

Issue of Matthias and Mary (Potts) Tyson: 

  1. Margaret, b. 12mo. 7, 1708-9; m., 8mo. 23, 1729, William Hallowell;
  2. Mary, b. 3mo. 25, 1710; m., 10mo. 18, 1729, Ellis Lewis;
  3. Reynear, b. 6mo. 24, 1711; m., 3mo. 29, 1739, Grace Fletcher;
  4. John, b. 12mo. 20, 1712; d., unm., 1742, as evidenced by his will, dated Feb. 28, proved April 10, 1742, by which he devised his whole estate, including real estate to be sold by his executors, to his mother, Mary Fitzwater, and brothers and sisters, viz.; Rynear (executor), Isaac, Matthew, Margaret Hallowell, Mary Lewis and Elizabeth Tyson. He lived in Upper Dublin twp., Philadelphia co.;
  5. Sarah, b. 10mo. 10, 1714; d. before 1742; probably unm.;
  6. Elizabeth, b. 9mo. 14, 1716; d. in childhood;
  7. Isaac, b. 8mo. 20, 1718; m., 3mo. 26, 1748, Esther Shoemaker; was ancestor of the Baltimore Tysons;
  8. Matthew, b. 7mo. 1720; d. in childhood;
  9. Martha, b. 3mo. 12, 1722; d. before 1727; as she is not mentioned in her father's will;
  10. Elizabeth, b. 10mo. 15, 1723; m., 4mo., 1742, John Fitzwater;
  11. Matthew, b. 1725; d. inf.;
  12. Matthew, b. 1mo. 14, 1727; m., 5mo. 1, 1755, Mary Fitzwater.

ISAAC TYSON, son of Reynier and Mary, was born in Germantown, November 7, 1688, and died in Abington, September 8, 1766. (Abington Monthly Meeting register of deaths, has under year 1766, "Isaac Tyson, Senr., of Abington interred 9mo. 11, aged 77 years, 1 month 22 days," which would make the day of his death the 9th). He removed with his parents from Germantown to Abington township, where he lived the remainder of his life. He married Sarah Jenkins; permission was granted by Abington Meeting, 2mo. 24, 1727, and at next meeting, 3mo. 29, the marriage was reported orderly accomplished. She was daughter of Stephen and Abigail (Pemberton) Jenkins, of Abington township, and granddaughter of Phineas Pemberton, of Bucks county, Provincial Councillor, etc. The children of Isaac Tyson as compiled from Abington Monthly Meeting marriage register are possibly incomplete, there being no list of his children on the birth registry: 

  1. Abigail, m., 4mo. 7, 1763, Albrick Bird, his second wife, his first being her mother's first cousin, Rachel, daughter of Isaac and Priscilla (Pemberton) Waterman;
  2. Lydia, m., 5mo. 9, 1765, Jacob Coffin;
  3. Isaac, b. about 1733; d. 1811; m. (first), 12mo. 22, 1772, Sarah Cleaver; (second), 6mo. 20, 1782, Lydia Tompkins;
  4. Israel, d. 3mo. 16, 1769; probably unm.; he signed marriage certificates of his two sisters, and his death is recorded at Abington;
  5. Thomas, mentioned in will of his cousin, Thomas, son of Peter; m. Elizabeth (???), and moved to Cheltenham twp.

Isaac Tyson seems to have married a second time as, on his dying intestate, letters of administration on his estate were granted October 22, 1766, to "Lydia Tyson, widow of said Isaac Tyson, deceased" (Philadelphia County Administration Book H, p. 32), and perhaps his children with the exception of Abigail, were by the second wife. 


JOHN TYSON, son of Reynier and Mary, was born in Germantown, 10mo. (December) 9, 1692, and removed with his parents to Abington township in his childhood, where he lived until his death 6mo. (June) 1, 1775. Abington Monthly Meeting Register has under the year 1775, "John Tyson, of Abington, died 6mo. 1, inter'd 3, Aged 82 yrs. 5mo. 2da." "A member of this Meeting." 

Like his father, he was active in the affairs of Abington Monthly Meeting, and was appointed a representative from it to Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, 11mo. 27, 1734; 8mo. 31, 1737; 8mo. 30, 1738, and 11mo. 30, 1743. From 1740 to 1750 he served on about a dozen more or less important committees of the Monthly Meeting, but none sufficiently so as to need especial mention. When the Monthly Meeting's membership became so large that the particular Meetings sent regular representatives to it for transacting the business, though all members were privileged to attend, John Tyson was frequently, from 1747 to 1750, and almost continuously thereafter, chosen one of the two representatives from Abington Meeting, until 11mo. 25, 1754, the last date of his service. He was appointed an overseer of Abington Particular Meeting, 1mo. 30, 1735, and served until a successor was appointed, 3mo. 28, 1739; and again 10mo. 28, 1747, serving until 12mo. 30, 1754. 

About this time his differences with various members of the Meeting became so pronounced, that he either lost interest in its affairs, or it became inconsistent for him to longer hold official positions in it. His first difference, that with Benjamin Hallowell, will be more appropriately taken up later; the next was on 5mo. 27, 1754, when John Tyson complained to the Monthly Meeting against Anthony Williams, and at the Meeting held 6mo. 24, 1754. "The Frds. apptd. on the affair of Jno Tyson & Anty. Williams, Report they met thereon & heard the parties & are of opinion that the parties had best drop the same & carry it no further, to which this Mtg. agrees, & the parties being present are desired to take notice thereof." 

But the next was more serious; at the Monthly Meeting held 3mo. 26, 1756, William Hallowell complained of John Tyson for not paying a debt and for endeavoring to hurt his (Hallowell's) reputation; the meeting as usual appointed a committee to investigate, who at the next meeting, 5mo. 31, reported that John refused to meet them. From the minutes of the next meeting, 5mo. 28, "It appears that John Tyson hath complied with the minuit of Last Mo. Mtg. in choosing men in order to Settle a Difference between him and Willm Hallowell and yt it is accordingly Settled as with respect to Property But no further: it is therefore the judgment of this m:g, that the said John Tyson ought to make Satisfaction in writing," etc. But on 7mo. 26, "John Tyson being present and appearing in a Contentious Letegious Disposition instead of giving the Satisfaction required, it is therefore the Sence and judgment of this mtg that any further postponing of the affair will be to no good purpose, and therefore a Testification is ordered to be Prepared to disown him and produc'd to next mo mtg." 

But the case was postponed, and finally at the meeting of 10mo. 25, 1756, "John Tyson produced a written acknowledgment for Committing Something to writing tending to Extenuate the Character of Willm Hallowell, which was read and Recd as satisfactory." (The word "extenuate" is here used in a sense unusual nowadays, but perfectly correctly, as Webster's Dictionary gives as some of its meanings, "to lessen; to diminish; to lower or degrade, as reputation or honor"). Of course, after the threatened disownment, any activity in the Meeting's affairs, on the part of John Tyson, could not be expected; and, in fact, he ceased any active part in them after 1754. 

By deed dated 4mo. (June) 1, 1717, John Tyson bought of Benjamin Hallowell one hundred and fifty acres of land in Abington township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county; part of two hundred and five acres, which was Benjamin Hallowell's moiety or half part of four hundred and ten acres, which his father John Hallowell had put in trust for his two sons, Samuel and Benjamin, to be divided when they were both of the age of twenty-one years, and which in turn was part of six hundred and thirty acres which John Hallowell had purchased. Here John Tyson dwelt the remainder of his life. Many years after his purchase, John Tyson had a dispute with Benjamin Hallowell as to their boundary line, and at Abington Meeting, 11mo. 26, 1753, Benjamin Hallowell complained of John Tyson "in a case of property," but as John was not present it was not taken up until the next Monthly Meeting, held 12mo. 31, 1753, when the parties themselves chose referees to meet at John Tyson's the 14th of the next month, at 10 o'clock. A satisfactory conclusion was reached, as shown by a minute of the meeting of 2mo. 25, 1754: "The ffrds appointed to fix the Corner Stones between Benjamin Hallowell's and Jno Tyson's lands, report the same done." 

John Tyson married (first), 9mo. (November), 1720, Priscilla Naylor; (Abington Monthly Meeting granting permission 8mo. 31, 1720). She was no doubt a daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Naylor, who in 1683 came from Monyash, county Derby, England, and took up a tract of land on the stream now called Naylor's Run, in that part of Darby township, Chester county, which afterwards became Upper Darby township, Delaware county. She was born 9mo. (November) 31, 1697, according to the Darby register, and died 5mo. (May) 18, 1760, according to the Abington Meeting register, which under date of 1760 has the following: "Priscilla, wife of John Tuson, Senr., of Abington, died 5mo. 18th Inter'd 19th." She was buried in the graveyard of Abington Meeting, of which she was an elder. 

The minutes of Abington Monthly Meeting, for 4mo. 24, 1758, have "Abington women ffrds with the approbation of this mtg Chooseth Sarah Paul an Elder of their Particular Meeting in the Room of Priscilla Tyson, who Through indisposition of body is become incapable of Performing the duty of that Station." And on 7mo. 28, 1760, in answer to the first annual query, is entered, "one Elder deceased since last account, to wit Priscilla Naylor." 

John Tyson married (second) 3mo. 1, 1764, at Abington Meeting, Sarah Lewis, of Germantown township. The record of the marriage on the register of Abington Monthly Meeting mentions her as a widow and he as a widower, and in the minutes of their declaration of intentions it is stated that she had children by her former husband; it being the custom for the Meeting to see that the rights of minor children were secured before consenting to the marriage of their mother the second time. On the death register of Abington Monthly Meeting for 1768 appears the following: "Sarah, wife of John Tyson, Senr., died 7mo. 9, inter'd 11th." She was buried in the Abington meeting graveyard. She was a minister of the Society of Friends. John Tyson had no issue by her.

The will of John Tyson of Abington township, "well stricken in years," was dated 3mo. (March) 31, 1766, and proved June 13, 1775, and is registered at Philadelphia in Will Book Q, p. 117. 

To his wife, Sarah, "if she survive me," he bequeathed the use of certain rooms in the house, all household goods, his horse and riding chair and one cow; (said horse and cow to be stabled and pastured on the plantation by his son, Joseph); privilege of keeping poultry, etc., on the premises; supply of firewood and other things, and an annuity of twelve pounds, but if she should remarry she was to have four pounds per annum in lieu of all; "and I will that my wife be at full liberty to dispose of the Goods she brought with her at our Marriage." 

Of course none of these provisions took effect, as she died before him. To his eldest son, Rynear Tyson, he devised five acres more or less of meadow, part of the plantation "on which I now dwell," bought of Benjamin Hallowell, on the corner nearest to said Rynear's dwelling-house in Abington, and now enclosed within fence, to his youngest son, Joseph Tyson, the residue of said plantation, with the dwelling-house thereon, amounting to about one hundred and forty-five acres, in Abington township, reserving to sons, Rynear and John, the privileges for themselves and their workman to quarry limestone and burn the same on the premises; to Joseph, also ten out of fifty acres in Abington, bought of Nicholas Austin, "to be laid out on that part of the sd ffifty Acres which lies next to the plantation." 

Also to Joseph, "after my wife's decease or remarriage," all bequests to her, except the annuity; the executors were empowered to sell all other real estate, the proceeds to be added to the residuary estate, and the whole of which, after deducting sixteen pounds bequeathed in equal shares to his two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, to be divided into nine equal parts, of which two were bequeathed to Rynear; two to son John; and one each to the five daughters--Elizabeth, Margaret, Sarah, Mary and Susanna; the executors named were his sons Rynear, John and Joseph; and sons-in-law Thomas Hallowell and Jacob Lippincott, were named as trustees to see to the execution of the will. 

A codicil, dated 6mo. (June) 9, 1774, bequeathed one-half of the son John's two ninths of the residuary estate, he being deceased, to the testator's son Joseph, and the other half to John's children, John, Rebecca, and Isaac Tyson.

John and Priscilla (Naylor) Tyson, had issue (births from register of Abington Monthly. Meeting, under heading, "Children of John Tyson, Sr. and Priscilla his wife"), as follows:

  1. Rynear, b. 7mo. 24, 1721; m., 3mo., 1745, Sarah Michener;
  2. Elizabeth, b. 3mo. 22, 1723; m. (first), 10mo., 1745, Thomas Roberts, of Abington twp.; (second), 4mo. 4, 1754, Jacob Lippincott, son of Jacob, of Northampton twp., Burlington co., N.J.;
  3. Margaret, b. 9mo. 30, 1724; m., 10mo. 30, 1746, Thomas Hallowell, of Moreland twp., Phila. (now Montgomery) co.;
  4. Sarah, b. 3mo. 5, 1727; m., 12mo. 18, 1753, Joshua Knight, son of Isaac, of Abington twp.;
  5. John, b. 6mo. 28, 1730; d. 11mo. 21, 1768; buried at Abington, the 23d; m., 5mo. 8, 1759, Hannah Cleaver, dau. of Isaac, of Cheltenham; she married (second), 3mo. 31, 1774, Thomas Leech, of Abington twp.; Mary, b. 2mo. 28, 1733;
  6. Susanna, b. 6mo. 13, 1734; m., 11mo. 18, 1760, Joseph Austin, son of Nicholas, of Abington twp.;
  7. JOSEPH, b. 3mo. 13, 1737; d. 2mo. 2, 1787; m. (first), 5mo. 13, 1766, Agnes Cleaver; m. (second) Agnes, dau. of Joseph and Sarah (Powell) Lukens; of whom presently.


ABRAHAM TYSON, son of Reynier and Mary, was born in Germantown, 8mo. (October) 10, 1694, and removed in childhood with his parents to Abington township, where he resided until his death, 3mo. 12, 1781; his death is recorded on the Abington Monthly Meeting death register of that date, as follows: "Abraham Tyson of Abington, Aged 86 yrs. 4mos. 18days." 

He married 9mo. (November), 1721, Mary Hallowell; they received permission of Abington Monthly Meeting to marry on 8mo. 30, 1721, and the marriage was reported accomplished at the meeting of 9mo. 27, 1721. She was born 9mo. 7, 1705, daughter of Thomas and Rosamond (Till) Hallowell, of Abington township, and granddaughter of John and Mary (Sharpe) Hallowell, the progenitors of the family, who in 1683 came from Hucknow, parish of Sutton, Nottinghamshire, England, to Darby township, Chester county, Pennsylvania, from whence they later removed to Abington township, Philadelphia county. She died 10mo. 17, 1791, aged 83 yrs. 10mos. 29 days; buried at Abington 10mo. 19th. 

The will of Abraham Tyson, of Abington township, dated 4mo. 8, 1776, proved June 9, 1781, registered at Philadelphia, in Will Book R, p. 425, devised his plantation in Abington to son Samuel, allowing out of the same "a sufficient Maintenance to my well Beloved wife Mary," and on her death, Samuel to pay one hundred pounds to the testator's son Abraham, and three pounds annually to the testator's daughter Rosamond; if Rosamond become a widow, she was to have a certain room in the house on said plantation; all personal estate to Samuel; executors, sons Abraham and Samuel. 

Abraham and Mary (Hallowell) Tyson had issue, as shown by above quoted will and the death and marriage records at Abington (no record of births appearing at Abington, and therefore there were possibly others who did not survive their parents), as follows: 

  1. Samuel, buried at Abington, 2mo. 21, 1789; m. (???) (???);
  2. Rosamond, m., 10mo. 24, 1752, Richard Roberts, son of Thomas, of Rockhill twp., Bucks co.;
  3. Abraham, Jr.


DERRICK TYSON, son of Reynier and Mary, born in Germantown, 9mo. (November) 6, 1696, moved with his parents to Abington when a child; later in life he moved to Upper Dublin township, but died at Hatboro, in Moreland township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, 1776. He was a resident of Moreland in 1771, at the time of the death of his second wife, and carried on the manufacture of whips there. He was an active member of Horsham Particular Meeting of Friends, was made an overseer of that meeting 5mo. 30, 1744, and was appointed by Abington Monthly Meeting as its representative to Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, 11mo. 27, 1745. 

His will, dated 12mo., December, 9, 1775, proved March 8, 1776, registered at Philadelphia in Will Book Q, p. 263, directed his executors to sell all his real and personal estate whatsoever and divide the proceeds as follows: to his three daughters, Deborah, Mary, and Margaret, forty pounds each; one-sixth of the residuary estate to be invested for his daughter Hannah, and at her death to be equally divided among her children, but if her husband predecease her, the principal to be paid to her; the executors, his sons Jonathan and Daniel, and his son-in-law John Cleaver, to have five pounds each; the residue equally to his children, Jonathan, Daniel, Deborah, Mary and Margaret. 

On 7mo. 25, 1727, Abington Meeting gave him a certificate to proceed to some other meeting, not named, to marry, but we know nothing of the residence or maiden name of his wife; the Abington birth register records the birth of the children of Derrick and Ann Tyson, and her death occurred 7mo. 1734.

Issue of Derrick and Ann Tyson: 

  1. Deborah, b. 7mo. 10, 1728; m., 9mo. 22, 1750, John Cleaver, of Upper Dublin twp., son of Peter, of same place;
  2. Mary, b. 12mo. 1, 1729-30; m., 12mo. 25, 1753, Thomas Lloyd, of Moreland twp.;
  3. Margaret, b. 2mo. 16, 1732-3; m., 9mo. 21, 1751, John Parry, of Moreland twp.;
  4. Benjamin, b. 1733; lived to age of eight or nine months.

Derrick Tyson m. (second) 3mo., 1738, Susanna Thomas; granted permission to marry by Abington Monthly Meeting, 2mo. 24, and the marriage was reported accomplished at next Monthly Meeting, 3mo. 28. She was born 4mo. 11, 1716, and died 9mo. 27, 1771, daughter of Daniel Thomas, by his second wife, Catharine (???). 

Issue of Derrick and Susanna (Thomas) Tyson: 

  1. Hannah, b. 7mo. 14, 1739; m. William Lukens;
  2. Jonathan, b. 11mo. 22, 1740-1; m., 10mo. 12, 1762, Sarah Knight;
  3. Daniel, b. 2mo. 14, 1750; d. 1mo.1 1,1795; unm.; letters of administration granted on his estate to his brother, Jonathan Tyson, Jan. 17, 1795 (Phila. Records, Admrn. Book H, p. 197).


PETER TYSON, son of Reynier and Mary Tyson, born in Germantown, 3mo. 6, 1700, went with his parents to Abington when an infant, and lived in that township all his life, dying there 3mo. 7, 1791, and was buried at Abington Meeting graveyard 3mo. 9, 1791. (Abington Register). He was an active member of Abington Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends, though not so prominent in the affairs of the meeting as his brothers John and Derrick; he was appointed representative to the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting from Abington, 2mo. 28, 1746, and probably later. 

Peter Tyson married, 2mo., 1727, Mary Roberts, granted permission at Monthly Meeting at Abington, 1mo. 27, 1727, and the marriage was reported at the next Monthly Meeting, 2mo. 24, 1727; she was daughter of Thomas Roberts of Germantown, whose will, dated 5mo. 5, 1753, was proven August 24, 1756. (Philadelphia Wills Book K, p. 450). 

There is no list of the births of the children of Peter and Mary (Roberts) Tyson on the Abington birth register, and the list given below is taken from their father's will; there may have been others who died before him, without issue: 

  1. Eleanor, m., 4mo. 21, 1752, Benjamin Hallowell;
  2. Rynear, m., 10, 14, 1760, Mary Cleaver, dau. of Isaac;
  3. Margaret, m., 11mo. 16, 1762, Thomas Hallowell, Jr.;
  4. THOMAS, m., 6mo. 9, 1767, Sarah Kirk, dau. of Rynier; of whom further; Peter, Jr., signed marriage certificates of Rynear, Margaret and Thomas.


HENRY TYSON, youngest son of Reynier and Mary Tyson, born 3mo. 4, 1702, probably after the removal of his parents to Abington township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, lived there until 1738, when Abington Monthly Meeting granted him a certificate of removal to Wrightstown, for himself and wife, she having previously lived there. They probably resided there but a short time, however, as in 1741, the birth of their daughter Margaret is recorded at Abington Monthly Meeting, and the death of his wife in 1747 is recorded at Abington. 

He married at Wrightstown, 5mo. 16, 1735, Ann Harker, taking a certificate for that purpose from Abington Meeting to Wrightstown Meeting, dated 4mo. 30, 1735. Their children as shown by the Abington register of births were:

  1. Elizabeth, b. 4mo., 1736;
  2. James, b. 4mo. 4, 1738; m. (first), 5mo. 19, 1761, Mary (Walton) Jeanes; (second), 4mo. 12, 1764, Sarah Harper;
  3. Margaret, b. 7mo., 1741; m., 4mo. 6, 1763, Jeremiah Walton.



JOSEPH TYSON, son of John and Priscilla (Naylor) Tyson, born 3mo. (May) 13, 1737, in Abington township, died there 2mo. (February) 2, 1787, and was buried in the Abington Friends Graveyard. (Abington death register). He married (first) 5mo. (May) 13, 1766, at Abington Meeting, Agnes, daughter of Isaac Cleaver, of Cheltenham township, and granddaughter of Peter and Catharine Cleaver, early settlers at Germantown, and the progenitors of the Cleaver family in Pennsylvania. 

Isaac Cleaver married Rebecca, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Iredell, and they had six daughters, four of whom married Tysons. These daughters, the record of whose births appear on the Abington Monthly Meeting register of births, were: 

  1. Hannah Cleaver, b. 1mo. 10, 1737-8; m. (first), 5mo. 8, 1759, John Tyson, son of John and Priscilla (Naylor) Tyson; (second), 3mo. 31, 1774, Thomas Leech;
  2. Mary Cleaver, b.1mo. 1, 1739-40; m., 10mo. 14, 1760, Rynear Tyson, son of Peter;
  3. Rebecca Cleaver, b. 3mo. 14, 1742; probably d. unm.;
  4. Rachel Cleaver, b. 1mo. 18, 1744-5; d. 2mo. 26 or 27, 1765; unm.; buried, Abington ,2mo. 28, 1765;
  5. AGNES CLEAVER, b. 12mo. 24, 1746-7; d. 1mo. 18, 1779; buried on the 21st, at Abington (Abington Register -- "Aged 31 yrs. 10mos. 11days"); m., as above, 5mo. 13, 1766, Joseph Tyson, son of John and Priscilla;
  6. Sarah Cleaver, b. 2mo. 18, 1751; m., 12mo. 22, 1772, Jesse Tyson, son of Isaac.

After the death of his first wife, Agnes Cleaver, in 1779, Joseph Tyson married another Agnes, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Powell) Lukens, of Upper Dublin township. She was born 12mo. 7, 1756, and was, as well as her husband, a descendant of Reynier and Mary Tyson, her father, Joseph Lukens, being a son of William Lukens, by his wife Elizabeth Tyson, a daughter of Reynier and Mary, the original American ancestor of the Tysons of Pennsylvania.

By his will, dated November 17, 1785, proved February 28, 1787, and registered at Norristown, Montgomery county (Will Book I, p. 105), 

"Joseph Tyson, Senior, of Abington Township," devised to his wife, Agnes, all household goods and furniture that her father, Joseph Lukens, bought for her, "before, at and after our Marriage, to the amount of about one hundred pounds, hard money;" also two hundred pounds in cash and five pounds per annum during her widowhood; to daughter Rebecca Tyson, a house and ten acres of land in Abington township, "devised to me by my father, John Tyson" and fifty pounds hard money, also "all her mother's household goods I now have;" to daughter Sarah Tyson, twelve acres in Abington township, "heretofore conveyed to me by Joseph Tyson, Junior," in default of issue of said Sarah to go to her brother John Tyson; also to Sarah, fifty pounds, when she arrives at the age of eighteen years; to son John Tyson, the mansion house and plantation of one hundred and forty-five acres, more or less, "devised to me by my father John Tyson," also wearing apparel, silver watch "that was my father's," and a riding horse; residuary estate to be equally divided between wife and children, Rebecca, Sarah and John; executors, brother Rynear Tyson, brother-in-law, Thomas Hallowell, and Thomas Leech; in case none of his children left issue, the real estate to go to his brother Rynear Tyson's sons, Joseph, William, Rynear, Abraham and Thomas, and brother John Tyson's son Isaac.

The issue of Joseph and Agnes (Cleaver) Tyson, who survived their parents, were (no list of births appearing on Abington register):

  1. Rebecca, m. (first), 6mo. 10, 1790, George, son of Barnet Craft, of Abington; (second), 10 mo. 12, 1808, Edward Edwards, of Bustleton, son of Robert and Alice, of Horsham;
  2. JOHN, b. 8mo. 27, 1772; d. 8mo. 9, 1848; m., 11mo. 15, 1810, Sarah Paxson; of whom presently.

Joseph and Agnes (Lukens) Tyson had issue, one child, viz.: 

  1. Sarah, b. 1782.

Agnes (Lukens) Tyson married (second) 11mo. 22, 1804, at Abington Meeting, Thomas Fletcher, of Abington township, son of Thomas and Susannah, both then deceased. 


JOHN TYSON, son of Joseph and Agnes (Cleaver) Tyson, born in Abington township, 8mo. 27, 1772, as shown by the age given in the record of his death from Abington Monthly Meeting death register, which occurred 8mo. 9, 1848, "Aged 75 yrs. 11mos. 13 days." 

He married 11mo. 15, 1810, at Abington Meeting, Sarah, born 11mo. 30, 1782, died 9mo. 30, 1854, daughter of Jacob Paxson, of Abington, by his second wife, Mary Shaw, and great-great-granddaughter of James Paxson and Jane, his wife, who came from Marsh Gibbon, county of Bucks, England, crossing the Atlantic, with his brothers Henry and William, in the ship "Samuel," which "arrived in the river Delaware in the middle of the Eleventh Month 1682," as shown by the "Record of Arrivals," kept by Phineas Pemberton, the original of which is still in the possession of the Bucks County Historical Society. 

The Paxson brothers were members of the Society of Friends and brought certificates from Bucks Monthly Meeting, which were deposited at Middletown Monthly Meeting in Bucks county, near where they first settled. William Paxson, eldest son of James and Jane Paxson, born in Bucks county, England, 10mo. 23, 1675, died 1719, married 11mo. 20, 1695-6, Abigail Pownall, born in Laycock, Chester county, England in 1678, died in Solebury township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, 4mo. 17, 1749; daughter of George and Elinor Pownall, who with their five children came to Pennsylvania in the "Friends Adventure," arriving in the Delaware River, 8mo. (October) 11, 1682, and settled in Falls township, Bucks county. Abigail (Pownall) Paxson was for several years a recommended minister of the Society of Friends. 

Thomas Paxson, the fourth of the seven children of William and Abigail (Pownall), born 9mo. 20, 1712, was a large land owner and prominent citizen of Solebury township, Bucks county, where he died in 1782; he married in 1732, Jane, daughter of Thomas Canby, of Abington, Philadelphia county, and Buckingham and Solebury, Bucks county, the progenitor of the Canby family, an account of which is given in these volumes. 

They were the parents of nine children, of whom the fifth was Jacob Paxson, first above mentioned. He was born in Solebury township, Bucks county, 11mo. 6, 1745-6, and married (first) 6mo. 19, 1769, Lydia Blakey, and purchasing a mill property on Tacony creek, in Abington township, removed there, and resided in that neighborhood until the time of his decease, in Buckingham, Bucks county, while on a visit to the son-in-law William H. Johnson, in 1832. His first wife dying, he married (second) in 1777, Mary Shaw, born in Plumstead township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, 5mo. 28, 1759, daughter of Jonathan Shaw, born in Plumstead, June 15, 1730, died there May 24, 1790, by his wife Sarah Good; granddaughter of James Shaw, born near Abington, Philadelphia county, January 9, 1694, who married at Abington Meeting, 7mo. (September) 24, 1718, Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mary Brown, from Barking, county Essex, England, who, after residing for some years in Philadelphia county, located in Plumstead township in 1720, with his sons and son-in-law, James Shaw, and owned several large tracts of land in that township and Buckingham. John and Susanna Shaw, the parents of James Shaw, were early English settlers in Northampton township, Bucks county. 

Jacob and Mary (Shaw) Paxson were the parents of nine children, the sixth of whom. Thomas Paxson, was the father of the late Hon. Edward M. Paxson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Sarah (Paxson) Tyson was the second child of Jacob Paxson by his second wife, Mary Shaw. 

John Tyson, as shown by the abstract of the will of his father heretofore quoted, inherited the old homestead in Abington township, purchased by his grandfather, John Tyson in 1717, and it descended from father to son successively for five generations. 

John Tyson of Abington township, Montgomery county, by his will, dated 7mo. 27, 1847, proved August 23, 1848, and registered at Norristown (Will Book 8, p. 621), made the following bequests; 

after making provision for his wife Sarah, he left legacies to his five daughters, Mary Ann, wife of John M. Comly; Agnes, wife of Charles Paxson; Rebecca, wife of Jervis J. Pickering; Sarah and Ruthanna Tyson; and his grandson John T. Comly. His three sons Joseph, Jacob and Ellwood were named as executors. The old homestead, found by a recent survey to contain one hundred and fifty-six acres, instead of one hundred and forty-five acres as formerly referred to in the several wills of his ancestors, he directed to be divided by a certain line, making seventy-two and a quarter acres in a tract where his son Jacob P. Tyson then resided, and ordered that the two tracts be valued as therein directed, and devised the tract occupied by Jacob to him, together with other property, at the said valuation, which Jacob accepted. To his son Joseph C. Tyson he devised the homestead end of the plantation containing eighty-four and one-quarter acres with the original buildings, at a valuation which he accepted. To his son Ellwood Tyson, he devised a tract of land located about one mile distant from the homestead, on the east side of Edge Hill. A codicil dated 7mo. 28, 1848, was attached to the will. 

When the Society of Friends split in 1827, the majority of the members of Abington Monthly Meeting, followed the faction of Elias Hicks, and so that branch of the Society, called Hicksites, retained the old Abington Meeting House and the record books. The other branch, called Orthodox, though only a small minority at Abington, on the assumption that they were still the original and only legitimate body of the Society of Friends, proceeded to issue testimonies of disunion against all the other and former members of the Meeting who did not unite with them. John and Sarah Tyson and their children went with the majority, so that the parents were disowned by the Orthodox Friends in 1828, and the children at various dates thereafter, from 1833 to 1850, as they came of age or married members of the Hicksite branch. 

John and Sarah (Paxson) Tyson had issue:

  1. MaryAnn, b. 8mo. 7, 1811; m. John M. Comly, and was disowned by the Orthodox Friends, 1mo., 1833;
  2. Joseph C., b. 2mo. 14, 1813; d. 10mo. 12, 1866; was disowned by the Orthodox Friends, 11mo. 1843;
  3. Jacob P., b. 7mo. 8, 1814; d. 12mo. 19, 1876; disowned by Orthodox Friends, 11mo., 1843;
  4. ELLWOOD TYSON, b. 4mo. 13, 1817; d. 10mo. 19, 1884; m., 5mo. 20, 1847, Hannah Ann Steel; disowned by Orthodox Friends, 12mo. 29, 1845; of him presently;
  5. Agnes, b. 11mo. 28, 1818; disowned by Orthodox Friends, 1848; m., 1mo. 4, 1844, Charles Paxson, of Upper Dublin twp., son of Joshua and Mary, late of Cheltenham;
  6. Sarah, b. 11mo. 28, 1818; disowned by Orthodox Friends, 11mo., 1848; then unm.;
  7. Rebecca, b. 3mo. 14, 1820; disowned by Orthodox Friends, 11mo., 1848; m., 11mo. 12, 1840, Jervas J. Pickering, of Bristol twp., Philadelphia co., son of Jonathan and Elizabeth, of the same place;
  8. Ruthanna, b. 12mo. 5, 1822; disowned by Orthodox Friends, 3mo. 25, 1850; m. Edward H. Coggins, a soldier in the Civil War, who was wounded at Antietam, from the effect of which he died:
  9. John S., b. 3mo. 3, 1824; d. 5mo. 7, 1828.


ELLWOOD TYSON, son of John and Sarah (Paxson) Tyson, born in Abington township, Montgomery county, April 13, 1817, spent all his life there and died October 19, 1884, and was buried at Abington Friends graveyard. He married, May 20, 1847, Hannah Ann, born May 18, 1825, died October 6, 1885, daughter of Canby and Amelia (Pierson) Steel, who like her mother-in-law, Sarah Paxson, was a descendant of Thomas Canby, of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, as shown by an account of the Steel family in these volumes. 

Ellwood and Hannah Ann (Steel) Tyson had issue, one child. viz.: 

  1. CANBY STEELE TYSON, b. Feb. 25, 1848; m. Emma Claypoole Newport; of them presently.


CANBY STEEL TYSON, only son of Ellwood and Hannah Ann (Steel) Tyson, was born in Abington township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, February 25, 1848. In 1868 he entered the Farmers and Mechanics Bank of Philadelphia, where he was employed for seventeen years, until 1885, when he was elected cashier of the National Bank of Germantown, with which institution he has since been prominently associated, having been elected its president in 1901, which position he still holds. On accepting the position of Cashier of the Germantown Bank, he removed to Germantown, and has since resided in the town his pioneer ancestor, Reynier Tyson, helped to found two centuries earlier. Mr. Tyson is a member of the Union League, the Germantown Cricket Club, the Bachelor's Barge Club, and a number of other social, local and patriotic organizations. 

Canby S. Tyson married, April 15, 1873, Emma Claypoole, daughter of David and Susan (Satterthwaite) Newport, of Willow Grove, Abington township, Montgomery county, the former a minister of the Society of Friends is a descendant of Thomas Newport, of London, England, who settled in New Jersey about 1698, and on maternal lines from the Rodmans, Barkers, Ellisons and other prominent families of the Colonial period, an account of a number of which is given in these volumes, and the former a descendant of William Satterthwaite, an early settler in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and on maternal lines from Giles Knight of the "Welcome," the Claypooles, and others of like prominence. 

Canby S. and Emma Claypoole (Newport) Tyson, had one child, viz.: 

  1. Ellwood Tyson, b. Dec. 18, 1874; d. Aug. 14, 1881; buried Abington Friends' Burying-Ground.

THOMAS TYSON, son of Peter Tyson, by his wife, Mary Roberts, and grandson of Reynier Tyson, the early Germantown settler, was born in Abington township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, Pennsylvania, about 1740; the exact date is not now known. He lived in Abington township all his life, died there January 8, 1821, and was buried in the graveyard of Abington Meeting. By deed of gift, dated December 3, 1766, his father Peter Tyson conveyed to Thomas forty acres and one hundred and twenty perches of land in Abington township, part of four hundred acres conveyed by Samuel Carpenter and wife to Peter Tyson, 11mo. 22, 1726.

The will of Thomas Tyson, of Abington, "being advanced in years," was dated 3mo. 7, 1815, and probated 2mo. 13, 1821, at Norristown, Montgomery county. By it he left to his wife, Sarah Tyson, a home and certain privileges, four hundred dollars, a horse, cow, etc., with all the household goods she brought him at their marriage, and the interest of one thousand pounds during her life, after which the principal was to go to his six daughters, Mary, Sarah, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Hannah and Susanna. 

To son Thomas, his clock after the wife's death, also the messuage and plantation, "whereon I now dwell, part whereof was given me by my father, Peter Tyson, and part I purchased from him," in all one hundred and twenty-three acres and one hundred and forty perches, subject to privileges to his wife; also a lot in Abington, purchased of Thomas Tyson (son of Isaac), containing thirteen acres and twenty perches; also another lot in Moreland township, purchased of the executors of David Cummings, twenty-six acres and twenty-six perches. The open stoves in the house were to be considered part of the house and not movable. 

To daughters, Mary Tyson and Sarah Pryor, a messuage and tract of land in Moreland township, purchased of the executors of Samuel Swift, one hundred and twenty-eight acres, they paying forty dollars per year to their mother, and in a year after their father's death $1200, to their sisters, Hannah Tyson and Susanna Butcher. 

To daughters, Eleanor Tyson and Elizabeth Mather, a messuage and tract of land in Moreland township, they to pay $40 per annum to their mother. 

To daughters, Hannah Tyson and Susanna Butcher, a messuage and tract of land in Abington township, ninety-four acres, they also to pay $40 per annum to their mother. To son Thomas his wearing apparel, best desk, etc., and many other bequests to his children of different pieces of property. 

Thomas Tyson married, 6mo. 9, 1767, at Horsham Friends Meeting, Sarah Kirk, born 2mo. (April) 2, 1749, died 9mo. 8, 1818, buried at Abington Friend's graveyard; daughter of Rynier and Mary (Michener) Kirk, of Upper Dublin township, Philadelphia county. She as well as her husband was a descendant of Reynier Tyson, the emigrant. 


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