I am researching our related families with the surnames of Baker, Blakely, Blanton, Bradley, Brosius, Bunte, Ellis, George, Grimes, Head, Koch, Kraatz, Kylberg, McGaughy, Miles, Murphree, Neumann, Noble, Reid, Robertson, Robinson, Shoults, Stephenson, Wall, and Woolsey. I have also explored the lines of spouses where more than one sibling has married in.
The first of the family to come to America--in about 1738. They came by way of Glasgow, Scotland. His first record of American land ownership was recorded in York County (now Adams), Pennsylvania. One of the signers was John Penn, brother of William Penn. He was manager after William Penn returned to England.
In his will he bequeathed a mill to John, a plantation to James, and another 414 acres to be sold and the proceeds divided for the benefit of the younger sons William and Alexander. He left money from his estate to his daughter Isabella. He provided for a home, furnishings, money and lifetime maintenance for his wife Margaret as long as she remained his widow. She also received the Negro girl.
If you study my sources, you will see that I haven't done much research before the 1850 census. I have some material based on Bible entries, DAR applications, local history books, and wills for earlier periods but need to do a lot more work on the lines further out. Please contact me with updates and corrections.
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