YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Book: CODORUS CHRONICLES The History and Genealogy of York County, Pennsylvania Volume I Pg. 12
31 Jan 1749 (sic).Before John Day Esq, Thomas Cox Esq, George Swoope Esq, and Patrick Watson Esq, Justices: John Wilson of Strabane Twp and Thomas Witherspoon of Cumberland Twp, York County, yeomen, by the consent of Elizabeth Black (late widow of Matthew Black, late of Cumberland Twp, weaver, dec’d) testified by a writing under her hand and seal, to the Court here shown, are by this Court appointed guardians of John Black and Jean Black, minor orphans of the aforesaid Matthew Black dec’d.
“April Session 1750…….Ye Inhabitance of Cumberland and Hamiltowns Band Townships…….(want) Road……..from ye gap in ye South Ridges to ….from ye Faling Springs to Thomas Witherspoons …. To ye provential Line”.Viewers:Thos. Witherspoon, David Porter, John Buchannan, Ja. Agnew, Jno. Withero, Jas. Wilson
Book: Surviving Early Records of York County, Pennsylvania.More Precisely Being ABSTRACTS OF ALL KNOWN EXISTING DOCUMENTS SUBMITED TO YORK COUNTY COURT OF QUARTER SESSIONS DURING 1749-1754 Plus An All Inclusive SURNAME INDEX.Compiled & Published by the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. Pg.13
January 28, 1752 – Return of a road viewing – Road leading from the gap at Thos. Witherspoons to the Provincial Line leading to Annapolis & Petapsco.
Viewers:Jno. Withrow, James Agnew, James Wilson, Thos. Witherspoon.
“Last Tuesday of April 1752….Inhabitants of the Townships of Hamiltons Bane, Cumberland, Menallan and Strabane and the parts adjacent…Present road laid out from Willoughbys Gap in the South Mountain, by William. McClellands and Alexander. Loves to York County Town is Exceeding crooked, & in many places, Rocks Swamps & Savanahs, that the present fording place over little Conawago at Henry Sturgeons is Exceeding bad…..the Road from Tho. Witherspoons by Henry Sturgeons is also crooked & laid out on bad ground; that as the greatest part of our lands are low wet ground & it is difficult to make good Roads, and Maintaining so many inconvenient Roads is very Expensive & Burthersom to us – That we are of opinion a Convenient road may be found from on Jno. Steels on the Road from Willoughbys Gap Crossing near Mt. Hance Hamiltons, and crossing Little Canawago, near the Mouth thereof….thence as near a straight line to York….will be suitable….& will Render the other Roads in a great measure.
Book: FROM YORK TO GETYSBURG.A Genealogical Quarterly for the York and Adams County, Pennsylvania Researcher. Pg. 14
Pg 29. John Wilson one of the guardians of John and Jean Black minor orphans of Matthew Black late of Cumberland Township deceased produced an account of his and Thomas Witherspoons guardianship.There remains a balance to be paid to Robert Miller of Middletown Township Cumberland County, and the guardians are discharged.
Pg. 19 of the Surviving Early Records of York County Pennsylvania.Compiled & Published by the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogy Society, Inc.
October, 1754 – Petitioners of Menallen & Cumberland twp. – Need road “from Stoney Ridge, by Futhy Road that comes to the Road leading from Lindsay’s Gap to Yorktown”, through this twp., to “the Mill called Swope on Pipe Creek”.Signers: Many signers, one of them was Thos. Witherspoon.
Book: GENEALOGICAL EXCERPTS From WILL BOOK A 1749 – 1762 York County, Pennsylvania. By Mary Wilt. Page 69.
Witherspoon, Thomas * 201 * 25 Apr. 1759 * LAJohn Witherspoon, wid. Renoun.
From the Book called HISTORY OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY. Page 332.“Thomas Witherspoon, who departed this life Mar. 22, 1759, aged 57.”The flat tomb, which is without date, reads:“Sacred to the memory of Major Alexander Parker and his two children, Margaret and John.”
Book:ABSTRACTS FROM CONNON PLEAS DOCKET YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA APRIL TERM 1757 THROUGH JULY TERM 1761.Abstracted and Compiled by David P. Hively
April Term 1759
#6.William Black & Samuel Murray vs John Wetherspoon, administrator of Thomas Wetherspoon, deceasedSummons served.
#7.Same plaintiffs vs same defendantSummons served.
Book: Surviving Early Records of York County, Pennsylvania More Precisely Being Genealogical Excerpts from Will Book A 1749-1762 with Surname Index by Mary Barr Wilt. Page 7.
Brown, Thomas * 202 *18 May 1759 * LAJohn Witherspoon (wid renoun)
April Term 1759
York County Pa., Deeds 1758-1761 vol. 2 Compile by Joan L. Alguire. Page 18
377-378 28 Nov 1759 – John Witherspoon Administrator of Thomas Brown late of Cumberland Twp., Yeoman deceased who died intestate – At an Orphan Court held at York 28 Aug 1759 before John Adlum, Thomas Armor and Michael Danner Ewq’s.Justices by Petition of John Witherspoon.S. Thomas Brown at the time of his Death was indebted to William Black and Samuel Murray by two promissory Notes each in the sum of 24 Pds – s. decedent at the time of his Death left no personal Estate other than the Value of 18 Shillings and 6 Pence as appears by the inventory – s. decedent left an Improvement and Tract of Land situate in Cumberland Twp. – adjoining Samuel Edy – David Frazier and Robert Linn – s.Land to be sold at Public Sale Saturday the 8th Sept next. Sold to Thomas Witherspoon highest bider – 100 a. – 40 Pds.
Wts:Jas. McGaughy, Jno. McKinley, John Witherspoon, Adm.
Received of the above named Thomas Witherspoon 40 Pds in full 28 Nov 1759.
Wts:Jno. McKinley, Geo. Stevenson, Jno Witherspoon Adm.
29 Nov 1759 the foregoing Deed was acknowledged at an Orphan Court at York by John Witherspoon and a Memorandum entered in the Records of the same Court.
Copy compared with the Original at York 10 Dec 1759.Geo. Stevenson, Clk of the Orphan Court
Book: YORK COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA DEEDS 1758-1761 Vol, 2 Compiled by Joan L. Alguire Pg.22
384-386 28 Nov 1759 – James Moore of Saelsburry Twp., Lancaster Co. and Anna his wife to Dirk Fahnstick of Cogolico Twp. Lancaster Co. for – 400 Pds – 400 a. – Proprietaries Patent dated 12 Apr 1751 Grand unto Edward Smout Sr. deceased late of Lancaster Co. a Tract of Land Situate on Bermudian Creek in Manchester Twp. – adjoining Land of Thomas Miles – containing 400 a. – Patent Recorded in Philadelphia in Book A Vol. 15 Page 602. s. Edward Smout, deceased by his Last Will and Testament dated 20 June 1751 – did Will order that his Executors Elisabeth Smout, Marcus Young and John Hobson should sell the above Tract.By their Deed dated 27 Nov 1753 sold to James Moore the afs. 400 a. – Recorded at York in Book A Page 101 20 Nov 1754.Wts:William Delap, James Moore, Anna Moore, John Witherspoon
Received from Dirick Fehnstick 400 Pds in full 28 Nov 1759.
Wts: James Hamel, Dirck Fahnstick, Jr., James Moore
28 Nov 1759 appeared James Moore and Anna his Wife & acknowledged the above Indenture as their Act & Deed.Richard Brown, J.P.
Copy compared with the Original at York 22 Feb 1760.Geo. Stevenson, Recorder
Tax list of 1762 York County
Witherspoon, James Cumberland
, John Cumberland
Tax list dated December 1, 1767 for tax of 1768:
This James moved to Mecklenburg North Carolina.
York County Deeds 2D 454 Thomas Witherspoon of New Castle sells land to James Spears on 14 March 1770.
William Weatherspoon listed as Captain in Cumberland County during the Revolutionary War.
One of the companies which were early mustered into the service was that of Capt. William Pebbles.The officers’ commissions were dated somewhere between the 9th and the 15th of March, near the time at which Magaw’s regiment left the county.The company was in Philadelphia August 17, and was then said to consist of eighty-one riflemen.It was in the battle of Long Island, August 27, when a portion was captured, and the remainder were in the engagements at White Plains, Trenton and Princeton.William Weatherspoon was listed as a Captain in this company.
Tax List of York County 1779
Weathespoon, John, 0 acres, 0 Negroes, 1 Horse, 1 Cattle, Tax 5.0.0
Thomas that died in 1759 had a brother named David and he lived in New Castle Delaware.Thomas was born about 1702 and David was born 1705 in Londenderry, Ireland. Thomas had 2 sons, one named John and the other son was Thomas who married Susanna Boushelle, and he moved his mother Flora to New Castle Delaware where his mother Flora passed away 22 May 1781.I believe that the John son of Thomas was John that married Martha Pettigrew and moved to N. C.
ADAMS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Book:THE MANOR OF MASKE:ITS HISTORY AND INDIVIDUAL PROPERTIES by: Charles H. Glatfelter, Director, Arthur Weaner, Associate Director and Adams County Historical Society.
Thomas WitherspoonMarch 1741 (Date of Settlement)313 (Tract #)
313 (1) A-3, Cumberland, now Franklin:(Location of the property on the manor map and the township or townships in which it was located.Where the township has changed since the eighteenth century, both the original and present townships are given.) (2) Thomas Witherspoon (d. 1759); (Name of the earliest known claimant to the land, with dates of birth and death where available.It is evident that, because of the scarcity of early records and the peculiarities of manor history, in many instances the earliest actual claimant has been found.) (3) Yes, Mar. 1741; (Appearance or nonappearance on the Agnew-McPherson list, with the date of settlement as it appeared on that list.Even a cursory comparison of the life span on some of the earliest known claimants and the dates of settlement given demonstrates that in many instances the name on the list cannot be that of the earliest actual adult settler on the tract in question. (4) No; (Date of first appearance of the earliest known claimant or a successor on a township tax list.Such pre-revolutionary lists survive for Cumberland township for 1762, 1767, 1771, and 1774; for Hamiltonban for 1762, 1767, and 1771; for Mt. Joy for 1762 and 1774; and for Straban for 1762, 1771, and 1774.In some instances, an early survey, perhaps of an adjoining tract, is used instead of a tax list to determine the first known appearance of a claimant.) (5) Sept. 7, 1768, Thomas Witherspoon of New Castle Co., Del. and Sept. 8, 1768, West Side Application 5181; (Date of warrant for the property, with the name of the warrantee if different from the name previously given. In most cases, warrants were special Manor of Maske warrants, but in others they were the regular ones used for authorizing the survey of land on the common terms and in a few instances they were West Side Applications.It is evident that much manor land was not warranted or surveyed before the revolution.It is equally evident that, after 1779, the Penn agents in dealing with the Manor of Maske abandoned the use of warrants and authorized, or accepted, surveys without them.) (6) Nov. 14, 1768, 420 a. 80 p., Witherspoon’s Place; (date of survey for the property, with the following additional information: the name of the person for whom the survey was made, if different from the name in the previous entry; the acreage; the tract name where known; and whether part of the survey was outside the manor.Abbreviations for the acres (a.) and perches (p.) are used.) 9(7) Alexander Speer, 1788; (Recipient of the Penn agent or patent deed, date of its award, and acreage, if not already given in 6, above.In some cases, the Penn agent deed was for only part of the land previously surveyed.In other cases, in which the Penn agent deed was never recorded (and no original is known to have survived) and in which the available papers of the Penn agent show only partial payment for the land in question, the phrase “in part” is used.Deeds issued by the proprietors for manor properties before the revolution, and a few issued by the Commonwealth afterwards, were regular patent deeds.)(8) Witherspoon’s Round Top, later called Rock Top, and located northwest of Cashtown, was near this tract. (When considered appropriate, some general comment about the property or one of its early owners in provided.)
Book: Every Name Index to History of Cumberland and Adams Counties (Pa.) by Hamilton Computer Service.
WITHERSPOON, JOHN2-523OF FRANKLIN CO., PA.
WITHERSPOON, MARY ANNLYTLE2-446
WITHERSPOON, MARY ELIZ.MICKEY2-523
WITHERSPOON, WILLIAM M2-186DR/CUMBERLAND CO., PA.
WITHERSPOON, WILLIAM M18442-180446FRANKLIN CO., PA.
WITHERSPOON, WILLIAM NOBLE2-446PA.
Witherspoon, Ann Dill vol. 3 pg. 456.John Witherspoon married Mrs. Ann Dill widow of Dr. Armstrong Dill of Dillsburg, York County.
Witherspoon, Elizabeth vol. 3 pg. 472.Samuel White the father of our subject was born April 9, 1791 and lived on the homestead until his marriage at the age of 24, when he removed to another part of the tract, where he died in 1869, aged 78.His wife was Elizabeth Witherspoon born in 1797 who died in 1864 aged 67.Their children were Mary, widow of Andrew Reed living in Freedom Twp, this county, Margaret and Susan died young, Margaret Elizabeth wife of Robert Lott, Rebecca wife of John Neely, John E. married to Clarissa Jane Waybright.
Witherspoon, William M. Vol. 2 page 447-448.William M. Witherspoon, physician and surgeon, Shippensburg, was born in Franklin County, Penn., October 17, 1844, son of William Noble and Mary Ann (Lytle) Witherspoon, natives of Pennsylvania, former a farmer of Scotch descent, latter of Irish descent; their family consisted of seven children, four of whom are now living.William M. being the third.Our subject was reared on the farm and attended the common school, also the academy at Chambersburg, Penn., under the eminent physician Dr. J. L. Suesserott, remaining with him one year and a half, and then entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania from which he graduated in 1869, and has been in active practice in Shippensburg ever since.He was married in, 1881, to Flora, daughter of John Bridges, a lady of Scotch descent.The Doctor and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.He is a member of Cumberland County Medical Society.In politics he is a Republican.
Witherspoon, John vol. 2 page 523.In November, 1846, he (Robert Mickey) was married to Elizabeth, daughter of John McCulloch, of this township.To this union thirteen children have been born, three dying young.The living are Sarah Belle, wife of James Hemphill, living in Kansas; John E., merchant of Oakville; Lucetta Ellen, wife of William Park, of Franklin County; Mary Elizabeth, wife of John Witherspoon, of Franklin county; Robert Austin, married to Mary Belle McCoy, and living on his father’s farm.
NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE
Deed. On 9 May 1715.Thomas Rothwell & Margaret his wife granted to Robert Wetherspoon a tract of land. (the description is missing).Signed Thomas Rothwell & Margaret Rothwell.Delivered in the presence of Alexander Adams, Hans Hanson, Garrett Duchesne.(there is no page number on this deed but it is the last deed in this book).
Book: Calendar of Delaware Wills New Castle County 1682-1800.Abstracted and compiled by the Historical Research Committee of the Colonial Dames of Delaware. Pg. 21-22.
Robert Witherspoon, Minister. St. Geo. Hd.June 4, 1718.Aug. 22, 1718.C. 142.Rebecca Premson; wife, Mary Witherspoon; Elias and Sedyer Naudain, son and dau. Of Sedyer Naudain. Exc. Mary Witherspoon, Elias Naudain, Isaac Vigoreaux.
From a book called Scottish Emigrants to the U.S.A.
WITHERSPOON, Rev. Robert, d. 1718.Matric. Univ. of Glasgow, 1697.Sent by Presbytery of Glasgow to PA, 1713, and ordained to Appoquinimy, 1714. (FES vii 666)979
21. Judgement.13 Feb 1719.‘I, Rowland FitzGerald, Esq. High Sheriff of Co. of Newcastle on Delaware, Send Greeting’.Whereas Isaac Vigoreu of sd Co. was lately in Court to recover against Mary Witherspoon, Exec. of Robert Witherspoon, dec’d, a debt of 50 pounds.Afsd sheriff was ordered to seize lands, goods and cattles which were of sd Robert Witherspoon.Seized in execution was one dwelling house, orchard and plantation, containing 118 acres with several household items.The land was late of Thomas Rothwell, situate near Augustine Creek bounded by land of Samuel Brewerton, Casparus Harman and William Pattisen.It was sold to Hans Hanson as highest bidder for the sum of 132 pounds 15 shillings.Signed: Rowland FitzGerald, Sheriff. Wit: Joseph Wood, James Sykes. Ack: 18 Feb 1719. Rec: 1 Sept 1755.
Book: New Castle Delaware 1673-1710. pg. 159
Deed.On 17 May 1723 William Patterson & Mary his wife & John Desmarett & Golah his wife all of the county of New Castle to Jemima Martin, wife of Abraham Martin of Appoquinimink, yeoman.William Patterson & Mary his wife, John Desmarrett & Golah his wife for L10 granted to Jemima Martin & to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten, a tract of land in St. George’s Hundred containing 100 acres of woodland bounded by the land where Mary Wetherspoon now lives which said land is part of a tract of 400acres granted to William Patterson, the father of the above William Patterson, by a deed from Casparus Herman of the County of New Castle, dated 17 Mar 187.Whereas William Patterson, Sr. by his will dated 18 Jan 1699 devised to his daughter, Elizabeth, 100 acres & the remainder of the plantation of St. George’s to my son William, when they come of age to my loving wife, Golah Patterson, 1/3 part of the estate.Signed William Patterson, Mary Patterson, John Desmarett & Golah Desmarett.Delivered in the presence of James Dyre & Rebecca Dyre.Recorded 12 July 1723.
514. Judgement. 23. Aug 1759.John McKinly, High Sheriff of the Co. of New Castle on Delaware, Send Greeting.Whereas William Patterson by his indenture in 1697 did grant, sell and convey unto Thomas Rothwell of sd Co., two tract of land situate in St. George’s Hun. & sd Co.One of them begins on a bank near Augustine Creek against a house then belonging to Samuel Bruarton, thence to the land late of Casparus Harman, now of William Hanson, and contains 104 acres.The other on begins at same creek, and contains 46 acres.And whereas sd Thomas Rothwell and Margaret his wife in 1715 did sell the two tracts of land unto Robert Witherspoon.And whereas Rowland Fitzgarald, Esq., then High Sheriff did seize sd tracts and granted them unto Hance Hanson, Esq. As the highest bidder.And whereas sd Hance Hanson in 1726 did grant same land unto William Patterson, who in 1727 did grant same unto Samuel Mahoe.And whereas sd Samuel Mahoe and Henrietta his wife in 1733 did confirm same unto Francis Land.Afsd John McKinly for the sum of 106 pounds 14 shillings, sold unto James Piper as highest bidder, part of above described land containing 70 acres, together with all buildings and improvements.Signed: John McKinly, Shff. Wit: Rpger McMenmen, John Thompson.Ack: Aug Term 1759. Rec: 20 July 1761.
Book: Colonial Delaware Soldiers and Sailors 1638-1776.By Henry C. Peden, Jr.
WITHERSPOON, David.Lieutenant Colonel.Served as a captain in a New Castle County Company, 1747-1748, in King George’s War against Canada.He was lieutenant colonel of the Lower Regiment of New Castle County, 1756, in the French and Indians Wars. (Ref: DA-7, DA-11, DM-45).
Same Book: WITHERSPOON, Robert. Private. Born 1737, Down, Ireland. Weaver.Enlisted on May 1, 1759, in the French and Indian Wars, in Capt. James Armstrong’s Company in Pennsylvania Regiment. (Ref: DA-26).
Book: A Calendar of Delaware Wills New Castle County 1682-1800. Abstracted and Compiled by the Historical Research Committee of the colonial Dames of Delaware. Pg. 96.
Flora Witherspoon.St. Geo. Hd.Oct 20, 1772.May 22 1781. L. 244.Three granddaughters, Hester Moore, Mary Moore and Susannah Moore, daughters of James Moore: sons, John and Thomas.Exc. Isaac Moody, Andrew Bryan.
Pg. 141 Same Book: Sleighter Boushelle, M.D.Formerly of Cecil Co., Md., but for some yrs., of Burke Co., North Carolina.May 14, 1795.May 16, 1797.O. 233.Nephews, sons of bro., Thomas Bouchelle, John, Sleighter, Jr., and Peter Boushelle; five grandchildren, David, Thomas, John, Mary and Martha Witherspoon, children of dau, Susanna Witherspoon; niece, Mary Boushelle. Exc. James Byard, John Carnan, nephew, Sleighter Boushelle, Jr.
A list of the Men’s Names Belonging to the first Virginia Regiment, that was______ _hile in last Action near Fort DuQuesne,Sept 14, 1758.
Under Lieut. Colonel Stephen’s Company:
Book: New Castle County Delaware Land Records 1749-1752.By Carol Garrett. Pg. 5
18. Deed. 16 Jan 1747.Doctor Hugh Matthews of Co. of Phila. In Prov. Of Penn., for the sum of 430 pounds, sold unto David Witherspoon of St. George’s Hun. in Co. of Newcastle on Del., Esq, two tracts of land in sd. St. Georg’s Hundred & Co.These are the two tracts of land recently purchased from Adam Peterson and Veronica his wife. Signed: Hugh Matthews. Wit: Thomas Sloss, Geo. Stevenson. Ack: Feb Term1747. Rec: 24 Apr. 1749.
Book: New Castle County Delaware Land Records 1749-1752 by Carol Garrett pg. 68
305. Deed. 21 Feb. 1749.David Witherspoon, surviving Test. For the Last Will of Adam Peterson, late of Apoquinomink Hun. in Co. of Newcastle on Del., dec’d., for the sum of 300 pounds, sold unto George Dakeyne of Redlyon Hun. in Co. afsd, Yeoman, a certain tract of land marsh situate on the so. side of Apoquinimink Creek in afsd place, belonging to afsd Adam Peterson, dec’d., who devised his Estate leaving Elias Nadine & afsd David Witherspoon as Excutors.And whereas the personal estate was not enough to pay debts due to creditors, the afsd Exec.’s obtained a Court order to sell land to pay off.Signed: D. Witherspoon. Wit: John Stapler, James VanBedder. Ack: Feb. Term 1749. Rec: 26 March 1750.
Book:New Castle County Delaware Land Records 1749-1752. by Carol Garrett. Pg. 55
243. Appointments. ‘George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith . . To John Richardson, William Till, Simon Hadly, James Armitage, Thomas James, John Finney, Abraham Gooding, David Bush, Joseph Way, Jacob VanBedder, Jacob Gooding, William Patterson, David Witherspoon, Thomas Robinson, Benjamin Swett and Henry Dyer . . all of the Co. of Newcastle on Del., Greeting reposing Special Trust & Confidence in your Loyalty, Integrity & Ability . . Know Ye that we have assigned you jointly & severally our Justices of Peace in the afsd Co., to Keep all Laws & Statutes made for the Good of our peace . . and to chastise & punish all persons offending against the laws & statutes . . . In testimony we have caused the Great Seal . .affixed.’ Witness James Hamilton Esquire by virtue of a Commission from Thomas Penn & Richard Penn . . . Signed: James Hamilton. Rec: 5 Oct 1749.
Book:Colonial Delaware Assemblymen 1682-1776.By Bruce A. Bendler
Andrew Peterson (1683-1741)
New Castle County: 1729-1740
Andrew Peterson was born about 1683 in New Castle County; he was the son of Adam Peterson (d. 1702).Peterson married (1) Lydia, a daughter of John Williams Neering; and (2) Hester (d.1772), a daughter of Isaac Van Bedder, who married David Witherspoon after Peterson’s death.Peterson had eleven children.There were five by his first marriage:Adam, who married Veronica Van Bedder; Elizabeth, who married Edmond Garretson; Lydia, who married Thomas Rothwell; a daughter, who married Jacob Van Bedder; and Eleanor, who married Richard Cantwell.Six were by his second marriage:Hester, who married Philip Reading, Jr.; Mary; Jacob, who married Grace Van Dyke; Henry (1728-1814), who was a merchant in Holland and died in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Andrew (d. by 1753); and Catherine, who married Joseph Wood.Daughter Eleanor was the mother of Richard Cantwell (d. 1787).
Andrew Peterson was justice of the peace in 1726 through 1734, and was appointed trustee of the Loan Office in 1729.
Peterson was an Anglican.He inherited land from his father and also acquired 897 acres which his first wife had inherited.He acquired more land in addition to his inheritance.By 1797, he had 1024 acres surveyed.He died in 1741.
Sources:New Castle County land and probate records; Scharf; HSD files; Rodney, Collected Essays.
Book:Colonial Delaware Assemblymen 1682-1776.By Bruce A. Bendler
David Witherspoon (d. 1763)
New Castle County: 1762
David Witherspoon was in New Castle County by 1751.He married Hester, widow of Andrew Peterson.He had a nephew named Thomas Witherspoon.
Witherspoon supported reimbursement of masters for their servants’ militia service.
Witherspoon’s 1751 poundage was 60, largely comprised of the estate of his wife’s first husband.He owned a tavern on the present site of Middletown, Delaware.
Sources:New Castle County deed, tax and probate records; Minutes, 1762.York County Pa., Deeds – page 22
Book:New Castle County Delaware Land Records 1755-1762 by Carol J.Garrett. Pg. 27
99. Appointments. 5 June 1756.George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain. . . etc. . . To James Hamilton, William Tell, Robert Strettell, Benjamin Shoemaker, Lawrence Growden, Joseph Turner, William Logan, Richard Peters, Linford Lardner, Benjamin Chew, Jacob VanBebber, John Finney, Thomas James, Jacob Gooding, William Patterson, David Witherspoon, Thomas Robinson, William Armstrong, Evan Rice, David Bush, James McMechen, John Jones, William Williams, Adam Peterson, and Richard McWilliam – all of the Co. of Newcastle, Esq., Greeting.By special confidence …..etc. appointing you Justices of the Peace according to the Laws of Great Britain.Signed: Robert H. Morris. ‘By his Honours Commad Richard Peters, Sec.’
Book: REVOLUTIONARY PATRIOTS OF DELAWARE 1775-1783. By Henry C. Peden, Jr., M.A.
WITHERSPOON (WEATHERSPOON), Thomas. Captain, 3rd Battalion, New Castle County Militia, 1777.Captain of a Militia Company in Col Thomas McDonough’s 3rd Delaware Regiment from 1778 through July, 1780 (Ref: B-656, B-666, B-751, B-850, C-1085, C-1246, S-24).
Marriages listed under New Castle Delaware.
Samuel Higgins m. Harriet Witherspoon June 1, 1830
Probate record of Thomas Witherspoon N.C. Co. wills Thomas Witherspoon vol. 11 p. 38
David Witherspoon m. Susan Higgins May 18, 1802New Castle Co. vol. 3 p. 180
Book:Index to J. Thomas SchareIn three volumes (film # 1000154)Volume III Edited by Gladys M. Coghlan and Dale Fields.
WITHERSPOON, DAVID, (d. 1763); Biog. Of, 959, 993, 998, 1011; Built and managed The Middletown Hotel, (1761), 1004; Owned Peterson Tannery, Middletown, (1761), 998; Signed King’s Rd. Extention Petition, (1761) 994.
WITHERSPOON, DAVID, Innkeeper, The Middletown Hotel, St. George’s Hd., 1004-5.
WITHERSPOON, MRS. DAVID, (See: Witherspoon, Hester Peterson).
WITHERSPOON, DAVID, St. George’s Hd., (1804), 991.
WITHERSPOON, HENRY (CAPT.), Militia, New Castle Co., (1748), 138.
WITHERSPOON, HESTER PETERSON, m. 1) Andrew Peterson, 2) David itherspoon; Family of, 993.
WITHERSPOON, MARY, (See: Higgins, Mary Witherspoon).
WITHERSPOON, ROBERT (REV.),; (D. 1718); Dover Presby. Church, (1716), 1057; Old Drawyer’s Church, St. George’s Hd., (1714-18), 1012
WITHERSPOON, SUSANNA BOUCHELL, m. Thomas Witherspoon; Family of, 959, 994.
WITHERSPOON, THOMAS,Family of, 994; Inherited Tannery, Middletown, 998; Innkeeper, The Middletown Hotel, 1004-5; Landowner, Red Lion Hd., (1787, 966; Treasurer, Drawyer’s Church, (1764), 959.
WITHERSPOON, MRS. THOMAS, (See: Witherspoon, Susanna Bouchell).
WITHERSPOON, THOMAS, Federal Court Clerk, (1796-1813), 526.
WITHERSPOON, THOMAS, Estate of, St. George’s Hd., (1804), 991.
WITHERSPOON, THOMAS, Landowner, Red Lion Hd., (before 1828), 972.
Information extracted from the above book.
Page 959.“Jesse (Higgins) first married a niece of George Read, the signer, a daughter of his brother.Their son, John Read Higgins, lived to the age of ten.Jesse Higgins early became a widower, and married Mary Witherspoon, daughter of Thomas Witherspoon, of Middletown, who was treasurer of Drawyers Presbyterian Church in 1764, and upon the committee which built the present church, upon or near the site of an older one, in 1772.His uncle, David Witherspoon, was a member of the Council of Delaware in 1762.He was a native of Londonderry, in Ireland, and was a trustee of Drawyers Church in 17??.He died in 1763, leaving his nephew, Thomas his heir.
Susan, the wife of Thomas Witherspoon, was the daughter of Dr. Slayter Bouchelle, whose wife, Mary Ann Bayard, was the sister of Peter, Samuel and James Bayard, who were the sons of Samuel Bayard, who settled on Bohemia Manor about A.D. 17??.”
Page 960.October 20, 1812, Jesse Higgins, Jr., died of Pneumonia, contracted during his voyages of a few months.
Anthony Higgins, second son of Lawrence, succeeded his father and became one of the foremost farmers of his time, leaving six hundred acres to his children.He was a man of great mental and physical energy, of iron will, yet genial and social in disposition.He had an unusually fine voice and musical talent.His Revolutionary and hunting songs were the delight of his generation, and some of them have been handed down to his descendants.
Anthony Higgins was twice married – first to a Miss Rankin, of which marriage there was no issue.On March 22, 1792, he married Martha Witherspoon, the sister of the wife of his brother Jesse.Three sons – John, Thomas Jefferson and Anthony Madison – and a daughter, Harriet, survive their parents.John Higgins, the oldest, was born in 1794, and died in 1818.He married Ann Sawyer, daughter of Capt. Joseph Sawyer, of New Castle.They lived for twenty-five years at Fairview, built by his father and now occupied by his nephew, John C. Higgins.He was the first father of public schools of Delaware City, giving them unwearied attention, although himself childless.His brother Thomas J. Higgins, did not marry.Their sister Harriet was long the relief of John Dushane Eves.
Page 993.(Copy hard to read.)Andrew Peterson died in January 1741, leaving a widow his third wife, Hester, who ? ? became the wife of David Witherspoon, and who in 1742, was appointed the guardian of the Children of Andrew, who were Henry, Andrew, Catherine, Jacob, Hester and Mary.The remaining portion of the Adam Peterson lands was divided between Adam, the son of Adam, and the children of Andrew, Mary Peterson, the youngest daughter of Andrew, received in the division No.7, a tract of two hundred and five acres. Etc.
David Witherspoon, who married the widow of Andrew Peterson settled upon the King’s Road at the place now known as Middletown tavern and kept it until his death, two years later.The following petition to the court of New Castle in 1761 is interesting as coming from the people of the vicinity:The Petitioner asked for a road “from the lower King’s road which shall pass between the improved (page 994) lands of William Golden and James MacDonough to the said mill and from thence to the upper Kings road near to the new meeting house of upper part of David Witherspoon’s plantation.”
After the death of David Witherspoon his estate passed to his nephew, Thomas, who conducted the old Peterson Tannery.Tomas married Susanna, daughter of Dr. Slayter Bouchell, who was also a resident of Middletown.A large portion of the neighboring land became vested in Dr. Bouchell, who November 5, 1790, sold to Jesse Higgins, of Damascus, the tract formerly belonging to Thomas Witherspoon.
Page 998.INDUSTRIES – The earliest industry in Middletown of which there is any record was the old Peterson Tannery.In 1761 it was owned by David Witherspoon, who had purchased it of the heirs of Adam Peterson.After the death of David Witherspoon it passed into the hands of his nephew, Thomas Witherspoon, who operated it for some years.
Page 1004.HOTELS.The Middle town Hotel was built in 1761 by David Withespoon, and managed by him until his death, which occurred two years later, when it was inherited by his nephew, Thomas Witherspoon, who leased it to different parties.It afterwards vested in his son David, who was owner and proprietor for many years.While under his management, James Knight (page 1005), a noted character and duelist, was killed in the bar-room by him.Knight came in drunk and being refused liquor by Witherspoon, pulled his pistol and made several attempts to kill him.The weapon missed fired both times and then, to save himself, Witherspoon reached above the bar and took down a horse pistol, with which he shot Knight.Jesse Higgins, the next owner, by is will bearing date June 13, 181?, devised the tavern and four other tenements to his daughters, Susan and Maria.
Page 1012.Rev. Robert Witherspoon, the second minister, was ordained at Drawyers church May 13, 1714, and continued its pastor until his death, which occurred in May, 1718.
Book:Virginia County Court Records Tithables Loudoun County, Virginia by Ruth and Sam Sapracio.Pg. 15.Middletown, April 25, 1775
Five Pounds Reward:
A Certain John Richardson on the 19th Inst. Came to the house of the subscriber to hire for six months and on the 24th, he lent him his horse to go to Warwick in order to fetch some clothes from thence instead of which he has taken another course and gone off with the horse, said Richardson, is about eighteen or nineteen years of age, five feet three or four inches high, came from the West of England, and talks much in that dialect; had on and took with him a brown short coat, red jacket, white drilling breeches, blue stockings, new shoes and a beaver hat, half worn, the horse is a white gray between thirteen and fourteen hands high, low before, a long bob tail, and a remarkable ring round his fore off leg.Whoever takes up said Richardson and secures him in any of his Majesty’s Goals, or brings both man and horse to Mr. Thomas Witherspoon in Middletown shall receive the above reward o0f Three pounds for the man and Forty shillings for the Horse.John Warner
CECIL COUNTY, MARYLAND
Book: Inhabitants of CECIL COUNTY, MARYLAND 1649-1774.By Henry C. Peden
Pg.132-133.PETITION BY VARIOUS INHABITATS AND GRAIN TRADERS OF THE UPPER CHESAPEAKE BY TO GOVERNOR SAMUEL OGLE OF MARYLAND TO REPEAL A RECENT LAW “THAT HS PROFITED PENNSYLVANIA BUT HAS CAUSED SUFFERING TO MARYLAND FARMER AND TRADERS” IN 1737 (Ref: Calendar of Maryland State paper, the Black Books, pp.53-54)David Witherspoon was one of the many signers of this petition.
Book: HISTORY of CECIL COUNTY, MARYLAND.By George Johnston
Pg. 215.In 1743 the taxables in this parish had increased to 1,443.The next year the northern part of the parish, including all of it between Elk River and Little Bohemia, was erected into a new parish, under the name of St. Augustine.In 1755 there was much fear of a Popish plot, as before intimated, and the manuscript history of Mr. Allen contains a letter from David Wetherspoon* to Major John Veazey, then commanding officer of the county, calling his attention to the French and Irish Papists, and begging him to bestir himself in behalf of the rights and liberties of the people and the interests of the Protestant religion.
David Wetherspoon was a native of Londonderry County, Ireland.He was probably the founder of Middletown, and died April 7th, 1763, aged fifty-eight years.His grave CECIL COUNTY, MARYLAND
· may be seen at Middletown
Book:Abstracts of CECIL COUNTY, MARYLAND LAND RECORDS 1673-1751.By June D. Brown.
Pg. 232P.461 D’d Whitherspoon. Was a Witness for a Bill of Sale from John Lusby to John Thompson dated 22 Sep 1743.
Same book:pg. 239 P. 484 Receipt.Francis Lee, Clerk of Cecil Co., received on 20 Jun 1746 from Thomas Williams and David Witherspoon 4 shillings for lot #23 in Charles Town. Rec: 28 Nov 1746. Francis Lee, Clerk.
Book: Abstract of Cecil County, Maryland Land records 1734-1753.By June D. Brown.
Pg. 116. P.262.Deed David Witherspoon of Kent Co., merchant, for L5, to John Vangezle of New castle, PA, sadler, a quarter part of lot #23 in Charles Town on the North East River in Cecil Co. entered in the records as taken up by the said David Witherspoon and Thomas Williams of Frederick Town in Cecil Co., merchant.Mad & Ackn: 11 Aug 1743.Wit: James Paul Heath, Charles Coatts. Rec: 11 Aug 1743. Wm. Knight, Clerk.
Book: Abstract of Cecil County, Maryland Land Records 1734-1753. By June D. Brown.
Pg. 187. P.332. D’d. Witherspoon was a witness for an Assignment of Lease for Richard Thompson, Sr. and his son Richard Thompson, Jr., both of Cecil Co., gents., for rents and services, to Ephraim Thompson, 27 acres and 20 perches of land, part of a tract called Three Bohemia Sisters on the north side of Back Creek by the land of Isaac Hams (which the said Richard Thompson, Sr. conveyed to John McCreary) and by Jacob Young’s cart road and his landing on Back Creek.Richard Thompson, Sr. made this lease to Richardson Thompson, Jr. by lease dated 23 Nov 1741.Lease is for the terms of the natural lives of the said Richard Thompson, Jr. and his wife Mary and for the natural life of Samuel, the son of Mary, the daughter of Rene Julien, late of Cecil Co. Made & Ackn: Nov 1751.
Book: Abstract of Cecil County, Maryland Land Records 1734-1753.By June D. Brown.
Pg. 215. P.476 Deed.David Witherspoon of New Castle Co. on Delaware, esq., and his wife Ester, for L429, to Barnet Vanhorn of Cecil Co., 197 acres of land on the head branch of Bohemia River, part of a tract called Indian Range, by old Bartholomew Jacob’s land called Stockton. (Ester is also spelled Hester.)Made & Ackn: 15 Dec 1752. Wit. & JPs: R’d Thompson, Adam VanBedder.Alienation fine of 7 shillings paid 3 Feb 1753. Rec: 30 Mar 1753. M’s. Bordley, Clerk.
KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND
Book:Inhabitants of Kent County, Maryland 1637-1787.By Henry C. Peden, Jr.
Pg.71“Wind Mill Hill” – 6 acres – David Witherspoon – 1743.