Montag, 19. November 2007

Quaker families of Richlandtown, Richland Twsp Bucks Co PA

Richland MM at Bucks Co PA 

William Heacock, son of Jonathan Heacock,  did not marry until several years after his arrival in Richland Twsp Bucks Co PA, as his first child, Jeremiah, was not born until 1747. William's wife was Ann Roberts, a member of one of the earliest Quaker families settling in the Richlandtown neighborhood.

William Heacock died on a part of his plantation 4 mo. 12, 1800. By his will made 12 mo. 2, 1797, and probated 5 mo. 8, 1800, he directed that the plantation on which his son William lived, containing 93 acres and 146 perches, should be sold. The saw mill with a tract of land was devised to his son Jesse, and remained in the family for several generations. In addition to legacies to his several children, he left to his sister, Ann Heacock Morgan (wife of James), ten pounds if she should survive him, otherwise to her daughter Mary Morgan.

Ann Heacock, the youngest daughter of Jonathan Heacock, married James Morgan, son of another of the earliest Richland settlers, and the brother of Susanna Morgan, who married Ann Heacock's brother, Jonathan Heacock (Jr). James Morgan was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, in 1721, but was taken by his parents to Richland while an infant. His marriage to Ann Heacock occured on 5 mo. 23, 1745. After their marriage James Morgan and wife Ann moved to Darby, near Ann's father, where James Morgan operated a mill. In 1753 they returned to Richland, and lived there and in Rockhill for several years. Ann's brother, William Heacock, owned the mill in Rockhill, and James Morgan may have worked for his brother-in-law. James Morgan inherited 200 acres of land in Richland under his father's will, and on the death without issue of his younger brother Isaac, he inherited the share of the land Isaac had received from their father, but the title was disputed by reason of a double conveyance. James Morgan and Ann later returned to Chester County, and James died there 7 mo. 2, 1790. Their daughter Sarah married her cousin. Jeremiah Heacock, son of William Heacock. Thus the descendants of Jeremiah, of whom there are many, trace their ancestry to Jonathan Heacock through two of his children.

Jonathan Heacock, the second son of Jonathan the emigrant, married Susanna Morgan, daughter of John Morgan, on 3 mo. 9, 1745. Jonathan had presented a certificate from the Chester Monthly Meeting the previous month, 2 mo. 18, 1745, and was married before the Richland meeting. He was by trade a weaver, and we may suppose that this is a continuance of the family tradition from his father, who was a wool merchant. Jonathan was the executor of the will of his mother-in-law, Deborah Morgan,(*) Roberts, "Early Friends Families" upon her death in 1750. Under the will he received a part of the Morgan tract, and seems to have lived there for several years.

Jonathan and Susanna may have returned to Chester county with their family before the children reached maturity. Their son, John, married into the Pyle family of Chester county in 1783, and another son, Jonathan, is shown by the minutes of the Richland meeting to have left Chester with wife and children, 4 mo. 18, 1782, to have remained two months in Richland and then gone to Haverford. This is the family which later settled in Canada. The date and place of death of Jonathan Heacock / Haycock and Susanna Morgan are not known.

More of the same which I listed in the first entry, from the

John Morgan, the father of Susanna Morgan Heacock was the same generation as Jonathan Heacock the emigrant, was probably a native of Wales, and a brother of Joseph, William and Morgan Heacock all of whom settled around Gwynedd. Pennsylvania. John Morgan was a member of Abington Monthly Meeting in 1716, and his name appears on the records of that meeting several times prior to 7 mo. 26, 1720, when he is reported as having married out of unity and his apology therefor was rejected "whereby he remains out of unity". This marriage was with Deborah Woodruff; subsequent records, including his will, show that he had been previously married. He was a tailor by trade, but seems to have been more of a farmer. He purchased a tract of land in Abington township, now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in 1699, and other lands in the same locality in 1706.

John Morgan removed to Richland, Bucks Co. PA soon after his second marriage, purchasing 400 acres of the Peter Lester tract in 1724 from Thomas Greasley. He continued to reside on a plantation of 200 acres, part of this purchase, until his death in 1743. His widow, Deborah made application for official membership at Richland in 1745 when it was established with the Philadelphia Yearly meeting, and their children seem to have been recognized as members when they came to adult age, but there is no record of their birth at Richland, as it was only an informal meeting and the records may have been lost, as it was just a small cabin at the time and the records were probably sparsely kept at that time.

The will of John Morgan dated January 11, 1741, was probated March 9, 1743, and is of record at Doylestown. He described himself as "aged and infirm". To "Deborah, my present wife late Deborah Woodruff" he gives use of all his real and personal estate for life or widowhood. At her death or marriage the 200 acres upon which he lived is to go to his son, James, and the other 200 acres to be divided equally between his other two sons. Isaac and John (Jr). He also devises to his wife Deborah 25 acres of land at Abington for life, at her death to pass to his daughters Sarah, Susanna and Deborah. Some of his children were still minors, and William Nixon and Morris Morris were named as guardians for them, and his wife Deborah was named sole executrix. Deborah continued to reside on the plantation in Richland until her death in 3rd mo. 1750. Her will made 9 mo. 11, 1749, devises to her son-in-law, Jonathan Heacock (married to Susannah), all her estate, real and personal, to be sold to pay her just debts, the residue to be distributed, and he is made executor. She, however, devises to her son John Morgan, 100 acres of the land that is within the 200 acres that his father left him and Isaac, but "which I purchased of Joseph Jones, after my husband's death". Title to this land was disputed. John Morgan seems to have regarded it as part of the tract he acquired from Thomas Greasley, while Peter Lester, Jr., had a deed for 200 acres from his father, which he conveyed to Joseph Jones in 1741. Peter Lester had sold the same land to Thomas Greasley in 1724, but it cannot be determined whether this sale was made by Peter Sr. or Jr., as the deed itself is not of record, being only cited in the deed to John Morgan, Jr. Deborah Morgan also gives legacies to her three daughters.