There is definite evidence of a William Cecil who WAS a "First Purchaser" with William Penn and did own land in the early Pennsylvania colony in 1681.I have often wondered if my ancestor William (1665-1749) might have been their son. But I have no proof.I do have proof of the following:
William Cecil m. Ann Greenwood, 1667 Bicester, Oxfordshire. THIS is the William Cecil who came to Pennsylvania in 1682 with William Penn. Thomas, s/o Wm and Ann, b. 1673 in Combe, Oxfordshire John, s/o Wm and Ann, b. 1679 in Combe, Oxfordshire
AND William Cecil m. Margaret Lett, 1685, Cassington, Oxfordshire.Was he s/o Wm and Ann also?
By 1685, Wm Cecil (Ciscell)was dead, and his widow Ann and son Theo (Thomas?) sold land in Pennsylvania to Anthony Weaver. Many years later, my ancestor John Cecil (and wife Elizabeth Sollers) bought land from a Richard Weaver and called it "Cecil's First Purchase"Veerry interesting
But in 1690, Blackwell's Rent Rolls show a William Cecil who still owned 250 acres in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Who was this man?
Your family history seems to play into this...I wish that we had more information!