Correcting quaker Robert Heath info'
Having seen some poor family information on the internet about Quaker Robert Heath of New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I decided to put these details online. Part of the problem presumably is lack of access to Kingsley parish records, Staffordshire. He was baptised at ST. Werburgh’s, Kingsley on 16th December A.D.1654 – very pleasant church and grounds – see online. Presumably he was named after his grandfather. His parents were Richard Heath and Alice Daniell, who married 20 Feb 1654 at St. John's, Burslem. Alice’s father Thomas ran a travellers inn at Burslem village on the site of the present George hotel. It is only a hundred yards from the Red Lion inn where modern pop star Robbie Williams learnt his trade as a singer at his father’s knee. Thomas Daniell also ran a small pottery on the site of Clayhanger street.
Robert's brother John, with sisters Ann and Alice, are later recorded to both his parents and in his father's will. In father Richard's 1691/2 Will, the reference to Dorothy Slack appears to be his niece by father's brother Thomas. Their father Richard had been baptised at Kingsley on 15th. June 1622, son of Robert and Ann Heath. Another Richard Heath was baptised at Kingsley in 1619, and it appears to be he who marries at Kingsley in 1645 to Mary, having several children.. Mary is buried in 1669. There are some damaged entries in the register so total accuracy is a problem.
At some point Robert became a Quaker, and married Susanna Woolrich at a Quaker meeting in Uttoxeter on 14 January 1681/2.William Yardley of Horton was one of the witnesses.Robert and Susanna had six children while living at Tean in Checkley parish, just a little east of Kingsley. Children were son Richard, daughters Susannah, Ann, Elizabeth, Hannah and Mary. Four daughters are known to have become prominent preachers. Robert had been involved in textile merchanting with an older relative, who left him the warehouses etc on his death at Tean.
It seems Joseph Kirkbride in 1700 persuaded Robert to emigrate to Pennsylvania. Susanna’s father Thomas died the previous year, but her brother Thomas became a successful merchant. Both Robert and his son Richard were witnesses to the deeds covering the repurchase by Thomas Yeardley of his family land in Bucks County. Robert’s son Richard died within two years of his father in A.D. 1711. In a "Certificate of removal" from Leek monthly meeting, John Armitt of Wincle near Leek calls Robert his brother. Actually he had married Susanna’s older sister Jane Woolrich in 1668. References to his father Richard always mentioned Kingsley because there were two other Richard Heaths at nearby Endon, at least one in Horton, one at Ellastone, and Richard son of Roger Heath of Burslem, baptised 1669,and the earlier mayor of the market town of Newcastle under Lyme etc
Robert's uncle Thomas Heath of Kingsley had several sons, and together with his brother John, who ran the family farm, possibly have descendants for DNA tests.. Their grandfather Robert and a Thomas Heath appeared in Kingsley in A.D. 1604 but there are no entries there for their marriages or baptisms.
Kingsley parish register
Burslem parish register
Quaker Staffordshire monthly meetings records
volume 31 Friends (quaker) records