re: Deed. 17 Nov 1755. Joseph GORBY of Brandywine Hd in Newcastle Co upon Delaware, and
Mary (? Maria Littlejohn, prev. m. to Stedham ?) his wife,
sold to William FORWOOD snr,
2 tracts of land situate in sd place containing 200 acres
bounded by lands of Jasper POLSON on SHILPOT creek,
(James Adair & wife Catherine nee Stedham inherited land on Shilpot / Shellpot Creek),
William (??) HOUSTON and John JAACKS.
Whereas in 1699, 100 acres was granted to Adam SHARPLY and his son Wm did convey same to Timothy STEDHAM in 1717,
and in 1720 STEDHAM conveyed same
to Israel PETERSON who conveyed same to Hance PETERSON in 1722, who did convey same unto Erasmus STEDHAM also
and sd 200 acres were sold by sd STEDHAM's children
(Cath Stedham, wife of James Adair, and her sis, Mrs. Collett ?)to Joseph GORBY.
Signed: Joseph GORBY,
Mary GORBY. Wit: Joseph WEST, Joseph FOLWELL. Ack: Nov term 1755. Rec:
19 Feb 1756. S1:79)
NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE, LAND RECORDS
31 May 1762. Joseph GORBY, Brandywine Hd, Newcastle on Delaware, yeoman, and Mary his wife,
sold to James HUSTON of the same place, yeoman, the remainder of a certain tract of land and plantation situate in sd Hundred and cnty.
It is bounded on the SW by Shelpot creek, (Houstons lived next to James Adair ?) to the SE by land late of Nathaniel CARTMILL, to the NE and NW by vacant land.
It contained 200 acres when seized by sd GORBY but
he sold 60 acres of same unto James HUSTON previously, now he is granting the remainder.
Signed: Joseph GORBY, Mary GORBY.
Wit: William WEST,
Elizabeth ALFORD, John STAPLER. Ack: Aug term 1762. Rec: 07 Dec 1762. (U1:210)
Would the Houston family have been relatives of
William Houston & Marion Adair of Co Antrim, N. Ireland ?
John Houston, b.1705, Londonderry, N. Ireland
m. Martha Stewart, bc.1721 (Leacock Twp, Lancaster Co PA ?)
Dr. John Houston, b. 1743 Pequea Valley, Lancaster Co PA,
went to Glasgow, Scotland c.1761,
d. 5 June 1809, Columbia, Lancaster Co, PA,
m. 17 June 1773 at Wrightsville, York Co PA
to Susanna Wright b. 24 Aug 1752, Wrightsville,
had son, Rev. Wm Frederick Houston
b. 5 Jan 1787 Columbia, Lancaster Co PA, d. 2 Feb 1838,
m.1stly 1811 Amy Hunter McCorkle who d. 27 Mar 1819
who had son, John Frederick Houston,
b. 9 March 1814, Columbia, Penn..
Prepared W. Nottingham (Md.) Acad.;
Dickinson Coll., Penn., 1828-29; A. C., 1830-32.
Taught acad. Newark, Del., 1832-33;
M. A., A. C., 1835.
civil engineer of State of Penn. and of various R. R. and Canal companies, 1833-43;
studied law with Robert J. Fisher, 1843-45;
admitted to bar York Co., Penn., Jan., 1845;
practised Columbia, Penn., 1845-49;
prin. Amherst Female Sem., near Philadelphia, Penn., until 1857;
with Penn. R. R. Co., 1857-76.D. Columbia, Penn., Ap. 18, 1876.
Married May 17, 1836, Catharine Jones, da. of George Fisher, Pine Ford, Penn.7 ch.
Wills: Abstracts, Book 6 - Part B: 1816: Philadelphia Co, PA
March 26, 1814. November 15, 1816. 6.360.
Mary BROWN. Township of Northern Liberties. Phila. Co.
Widow of John Brown, formerly of BRANDYWINE HUNDRED of New Castle, Delaware. To sister's children, that is to say, unto Rebecca Anderson, wife of Charles Anderson, Christiana McCorkle,
Mary McKissick, wife of John McKissick,
Deborah Bryant, wife of John Y. Bryant,
Amy H. Houston, wife of William HOUSTON,
and Joseph P. McCorkle.
Execs:Wm McCorkle of Phila., printer (& ed. of newspaper ?),
Charles Anderson of Northern Liberties, storekeeper,
John Y. Bryant of Phila., apothecary.
Wit: Joseph Weatherby, John Smith, John Bender.