“A History of the Townships of BYBERRY and MORELAND in Philadelphia, Pa., From Their Earliest Settlement by the Whites to the Present Time.” Joseph C. Martindale, M.D., Philadelphia; T. Ellwood Zell, 17 & 19 S. Sixth St., 1867
The BOLTON Family *
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The BOLTON family is of ancient British stock. At the time of the Conquest it was in the possession of great landed estates both in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name of Bolton, or Bodelton (the ancient spelling), is from Boel, a mansion, probably implying that it was the principal residence of some Saxon Thane. Mr. Bolton traces the ancestry of his family to the Lord of Bolton, bow-bearer to the Royal Forests of Bowland and Gilsland, the lineal representative of the Saxon Earls of Mucia, and who was living A.D. 1135. Robert Bolton, his descendant in the fifteenth generation, was born at Wales, in Yorkshire, in 1688, and died in Philadelphia, in 1742. His descendants are now very numerous in the United States. We are, however, unable to trace the relation between him and Everard Bolton, the ancestor of the family whose genealogy is here given, yet they are probably from
* I am indebted to William F. Corbit, of Philadelphia, for the greater part of the genealogy of this family.
the same great family. The name of Everard Bolton occurs only in this branch of the family, and it has been so frequently given to its members that it has become a sort of inheritence. The Boltons were generally followers of George Fox, and numerous instances are recorded where they suffered, while in England, “for conscience’ sake and the truth.”
(1.) EVERARD BOLTON, his wife ELIZABETH, and their two oldest children, came to Pennsylvania from Ross, in Herefordshire, England, in 1682 or 1683, and settled in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, on a tract of land a little east of the site of the present village of Milestown. This tract was presented to his eldest son in 1711, but the deed of transfer was not recorded until 1760. Everard Bolton was an active member of the Society of Friends, having been Treasurer of Abington Meeting for nearly forty years. He was much esteemed, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace by a Council held at Philadelphia, May 30, 1715. Elizabeth Bolton died June 5, 1707, and Everard subsequently married Margaret, widow of John Jones, a merchant of Philadelphia. Everard Bolton died in 1727, leaving eleven children, all by his first wife. They were Everard, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary, Samuel, Abel, Sarah, Lydia, Isaac, Rebecca, and Martha. Margaret died in 1742.
Besides Everard Bolton, we find mention of Edward Bolton, who married Eleanor Jones, of Philadelphia, in 1694, but we have met with no further account of him or his family.
(1.) Everard and Elizabeth Bolton’s Children.
(2.) EVERARD, born in Ross, England, March 28, 1680, came to America with his parents. He was by trade a glover. In July, 1707, he married Mary, daughter of Roberty Naylor, of Plymouth, and settled in Abington, where he followed his occupation. Children: Priscilla, Mary, Elizabeth, and Samuel.
(3.) ELIZABETH, born in Ross, England, June 26, 1681, came to American with her parents. She married Ellis Davis in 1769, and settled in Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He died in 1745, and she died in August, 1749. Children: Deborah, born August 3, 1710; David, born March 11, 1712; Abel, born November 17, 1715; Sibel and Hannah, twins, born July 11, 1718; Lydia, who married John Hupp.
(4.) HANNAH, born in Cheltenham, December 22, 1684, married Richard Carver, of Byberry, in 1708. Children: Mary, born August 15, 1709; Ann, born October 15, 1710; Sarah, and John. Richard Carver died in 1727.
(5.) MARY, born in Cheltenham, November 4, 1687, married Edmund Roberts in 1714. They removed to the “Great Swamp,” near Quakertown, Bucks County, and had children, Abel, John, David, Everard, Martha, Mary, and Jane. Of these, Martha married John Roberts in 1742; Mary married J. Foulke, and Jane married Thomas Foulke.
(6.) SAMUEL, born October 31, 1689, married Sarah Dilworth. She died in 1732, leaving a por- [page 236] tion of her estate to Janet, wife of Samuel Bolton. He was much esteemed, and Rachel Roberts, who died in 1751, named “her trusty friend, Samuel Bolton, of Cheltenham,” as her executor. We find mention of but one daughter, Hannah, who married John Coombs. He being absent for a number of years, she, having first obtained the consent of Friends, married John Clark, in 1746.
(7.) ABEL, born November 9, 1691; died July 19, 1702
(8.) SARAH, born November 26, 1693, married William Bolton. After his death she married Michael Brown, in 1751. She died in Front Street, above Race, Philadelphia, but left no children.
(9.) LYDIA, born September 3, 1695, married John Biddle, of Philadelphia, April, 1721. He died June 17, 1750, and she died August 16, 1764, leaving eleven children: Elizabeth, married -------- Pearson; Sarah, born October 19, 1723; Hannah, born December 28, 1727, married ------ Waterman, and died August 17, 1772; Josiah, born February 16, 1729; John, born April 16, 1730; Lydia, born Mary 14, 1735, died June 4, 1773; Mary, born July 4, 1736; John, born November 15, 1738; and Martha, born October 27, 1741.
(10.) ISAAC, born June 27, 1697, married Sarah Jones in 1724. She was born December 6, 1698. In 1722 he removed to Philadelphia, and for several years afterwards resided on the north side of Market Street, below Second. In 1750 he removed to Abington. He subsequently purchased a large [page 237] tract of land in Bucks County, where he spent the remainder of his days. To this tract he gave the name of the “Bolton Farm,” which name is still bears, although it passed from the Bolton family eighty years ago. In addition to farming, he dealt in skins, and was denominated in law papers of that period as “Isaac Bolton, peltsmonger.” His possessions continuing to increase, he became one of the wealthiest men in the Province. He was a member of the Society of Friends, yet had no scruples against holding slaves, as is shown by the following inventory of his estate:
“To a negroe woman, named Dinah, L00 0 0
To a negroe man, called Berry, L67 10 0
To a negroe woman, named Cate, L35 0 0
To a negroe woman, named Daffane, L45 0 0
To a negroe garle, named Phillis, L22 0 0.”
They had eight children: Margaret, Rachel, Sarah, Rebecca, Jemima, Isaac, Joseph, and Everard.
(11.) REBECCA, born May 20, 1701, was married November 4, 1747, to Solomon, son of Dennis Rockford, a noted man in the early days of Pennsylvania. They probably had no children.
(12.) MARTHA, born May 20, 1703, probably died in infancy.
(2.) Everard and Mary Bolton’s children.
(13.) PRISCILLA, married Cornelius, son of Matthias Conrad, of Germantown, March 29, 1732. She died November 22, 1765. Children: Matthew, born July 4, 1733; Mary, born June 26, 1735; Ev- [page 238] erard, born July 21, 1741; Joseph, born February 23, 1742; Samuel and John, twins, born November 13, 1744; Susannah, born January 7, 1750. Of these children, Samuel married Mary -------, and had children, Sarah, Samuel, Hannah, Ruth, Samuel, and Cornelius; and John married Sarah -------, and had children, Hannah, Priscilla, Benjamin, Esther, Sarah, and John.
The Conrad family are of German extraction. They originally wrote the name Kunders, the ancestor of the family being Dennis Kunders, who settled in Germantown about 1683.
(14.) MARY, is mentioned in her father’s will, but we have no other account of her.
(15.) ELIZABETH, was born June 26, 1708.
(16.) SAMUEL, married Mary Livezey. He lived first in Abington, and afterwards in Byberry, where he died September 12, 1757. Children: Mary, who married John Paul, and died in 1796, and Martha.
(10.) Isaac and Sarah Bolton’s children.
(17.) MARGARET, born April 6, 1726; died, unmarried, May, 1817
(18.) RACHEL, born September 12, 1727; died, unmarried, January 1, 1810.
(19.) SARAH, born September 3, 1729, married, first, --------- Massey, of Deer Creek, Maryland, and had one son, Isaac. She married, second, James Rigby, and had one daughter, Ann. Sarah Bolton became a recommended minister in the Society of Friends at the early age of 23 years, and subse- [page 239] quently travelled extensively with Ann Moore and Grace Croasdale, both eminent ministers of that Society. Many of her letters are still extant, and prove her to have been a woman of tender feelings. She died March 29, 1784, and her husband January 6, 1790.
(20.) REBECCA, was born in Philadelphia, June 18, 1731. She removed to Abington in 1750.
(21.) JEMIMA, born January 27, 1733, married Henry Tomlinson November 21, 1753. She died May 2, 1802, leaving three children, Sarah, Jemima, and Jesse.
(22.) ISAAC, born April 27, 1735, married Sarah, daughter of William and Sarah Walmsley, of Byberry. He died February 6, 1783. Children: William, Joseph, Isaac, Mary and Margaret, twins, Jesse, Thomas, and Sarah.
(23.) JOSEPH, born March 13, 1737, married Rhoda, only child of Rebecca Bolton. He died December 18, 1799; she died August 8, 1806.
(24.) EVERARD, born October 1, 1739, married, first, Deborah, granddaughter of Andrew Griscom, a member of the first Provincial Council, in 1683, and noted for having built the first brick house in Philadelphia. She died in 1801. Everard then married Elizabeth Ivins. He died in 1831, leaving seven children, all by his first wife: Isaac, Sarah, Samuel, Rachel, Aquilla, Abel, and Everard.
(22.) Isaac and Sarah Bolton’s children.
(25.) WILLIAM, born September 12, 1767, was by trade a blacksmith, and lived the most of the time [page 240] in Byberry. He died September 19, 1823, leaving one daughter.
(26.) JOSEPH, born October 28, 1769, married Jane, daughter of Jonathan Knight. He was by trade a tailor, and lived near Knight’s Mill, in Byberry, until 1798, when he moved to Frankford. He afterwards went to Black River, New York, where he married a second time. He died there in 1852, leaving several children, among whom were Tacy, born in 1794, and Isaac, born in 1796.
(27.) ISAAC, born October 7, 1771, married Elizabeth, daughter of Evan Townsend. He at first settled on a farm in Byberry, but afterwards moved to Bustleton, and again to Byberry, where he kept a store. Thence he went to Drumore, in Lancaster County, where he died in 1853, beloved and respected by all who knew him. Children: Evan, who died at Pennsgrove, Chester County, in 1840; Jason, Isaac, Sarah, Abi, and Margaret.
(28.) MARY married Nathan Marshall in 1800. He was a blacksmith, and settled in Bustleton, but afterwards moved to Concord, Chester County, and thence to Black River, New York, where he died, leaving several children.
(29.) MARGARET, born September 3, 1773, married James Hayton in 1794. She died in 1795.
(30.) JESSE, born June 30, 1777, studied medicine with Dr. Amos Gregg, of Bristol, and died soon afterwards.
(31.) THOMAS, married a sister of Henry Comly, of Frankford, and afterwards moved to Black River, New York. [page 241]
(32.) SARAH, married William Woodward, of Brandywine.
(24.) Everard and Deborah Bolton’s children.
(33.) ISAAC, born March 23, 1766, married Phebe Kay. Children: Rebecca, who married Isaac Bartram; Sarah; Deborah, who married Francis Stillman; and Anna Maria, who married James Smith.
(34.) SARAH, born December, 1768; died April 7, 1790.
(35.) SAMUEL, born February 5, 1771, married Rachel Scull, of Cumberland County, New Jersey, who was a descendant of John and Mary Scull, emigrants from England in 1700. Samuel Bolton was a man of inventive genius, and was quite intimate with John Fitch. He took out patents for several inventions, the models of which were destroyed by fire when the British burned the public buildings, at Washington, in 1814. He died April 7, 1812. Children: Aquilla, Gideon, Rachel, Sarah, Joseph R., James Murray, Hannah S., and Samuel.
(36.) RACHEL, born February 15, 1771, died February 25, 1789.
(37.) AQUILLA, born in 1773, married, first, Phebe Yarnall; second, Alice Babitt. He died in 1858, at Dayton, Ohio. Children: Phebe, Denman, Charles, Jane, and Mary.
(38.) ABEL J., born September 1778, died unmarried in 1858.
(39.) EVERARD, born November, 1784, married Rachel Perkins, and settled in Philadelphia. Children: William P., Everard, and Sarah. [page 242]
(35.) Samuel and Rachel Scull’s Children.
(40.) AQUILLA, who married Christiana Aurand, and resides at Port Carbon, Pennsylvania.
(41.) SARAH, born October 11, 1801, married Henry C. Corbit, of Philadelphia, a descendant of Daniel Corbit, who came from Scotland to America in 1700, and settled in Delaware. She died September 7, 1852, leaving children: Caroline R., who married Ellerton Perot; Emma, who married Charles S. Ogden.; Henry C., who died aged 14 years; Everard S. and Charles, who died in infancy; William F.; Helen, who died aged 15 years; and Charles, who married Louisa A. Corbit, of Odessa, Delaware.
(42.) JOSEPH R., born in 1803, married Sarah Jones. Children: Rebecca, who married Edward Bobrek; Anna, Sarah J., Joseph R., Clifton, who married Jane Whitelock; Henry C., who married Fanny Lippincott; and Samuel, who was killed at the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, in 1862.
(43.) JAMES MURRAY, born February 11, 1806, married Mary E. English. Children: Emma, Mary, and Emma Louisa.
(44.) HANNAH S., born September 8, 1807, married Isaac Lloyd. Children: Elizabeth, Bolton, Franklin, William, Edwin, Horace, Clement, and Fanny.
(45.) SAMUEL, born July, 1809, married Hannah Sanders. Children: Anna, Gideon S., Thomas, Alfred, Rachel, and William.
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