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Re: William Smith of Wrightstown, PA
Posted by: sandra ferguson (ID *****4312) Date: August 06, 2010 at 15:58:11
In Reply to: William Smith of Wrightstown, PA by Sue Riddle of 4759

A couple things....when I see a query that says the person "Would like to hear from anyone who wants to share any information on William", I'm always in doubt as to whether I should answer or not....I often answer queries, but certainly an not related to the 'ancestor' - just trying to help out other researchers. So, it's really a help if you indicate that what you REALLY are looking for is information on an ancestor.....that way non-related folks feel more comfortable with just 'jumping in'. It's also helpful to know what it is you're hoping to find.
Also, with a name like Wm Smith, it's a help if you include more info to go children's names, and the Quaker meeting where you found Wm....if Quakers, then you should be able to find Mercy's name in the meeting where they were married. For example, did you know that there was also a Wm Smith aboard the Welcome, who came to PA as a servant for Richard Townsend....Wm served 7 years with, be aware that there were several Wm Smiths in the area, early on so not everything found may pertain to 'your' Wm.
I'm including what I imagine to be John's will, in case you don't have it;
Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834.

Page 25. William Smith, of Wrightstown, Yeoman. 10th mo., (December) 13, 1740. Proved April 20, 1743. Wife Mercy. Sons William (eldest), Thomas, Joseph, Ralph, John,
Samuel, and David. Daus. Margaret Pearson, Sarah Blaker, Mary Atkinson, Hannah Lee, Lydia Heaton, Esther and Elizabeth. John Penquite and Joseph Chapman, exrs. Land adj. John Chapman, Abrm. Chapman and John Turning. Wit: Rachel Penquite, Abrm. Chapman, Wm. Chapman.

"Mary Croasdale, dau of Thomas and Agnes, was born in Yorkshire 1669. She came with the family to America in 1682, on the Lamb and was buried in Bucks Co 1716. She declared intentions to marry Wm Smith of Middletown mm 7 6m 1690, and the marriage took place at the house of John Chapman, in Wrightstown. This Wm Smith appears to have been the man who came as a servant of Phineas Pemberton on the Friends Adventure."

Page 22. William Crosdale of Town of Bristol. 1st mo., 30th day, 1715. Proved January 10, 1715.Grandson William Hill. Daughter Agnes Hill, extx. Son-in-law Richard
Hill. Sis. Mary Smith's 8 children, Sis. Alice Pott's 10 children, Sis. Bridget Cougill's 4 children, Bro. John Croasdale's (December'd.) 2 daus. Money in hands of William Bleakey to People called Quakers at Bristol Meeting. George Clough and John Hall to have care of same.
Brother-in-law John Cutler and David Potts. Balance between me and Bro. Wm. Smith to Elizabeth Smith. Bal. between me and Marrah Wildman to her daughter Ruth Croasdale. Wit: Joseph Bond, James Moon, and William Atkinson.

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