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The Francis Standfield Family
Jackie L. Fisher
1869 Dolphin Drive
The descendants of Francis and Grace Standfield of Cheshire, England
The Samuel Standfield Family of Colonial Pennsylvania
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Jackie L. Fisher
Illustration 1. Marple and Vicinity, West Side of Philadelphia
Francis Standfield, a Quaker, was a “husbandman” (farmer) who brought his family to Pennsylvania from Cheshire, England in 1683. They arrrived July 29, 1683, aboard the ship “Endeavor” of Liverpool, George Thorpe, Master. 19 The Endeavor was one of the ships that brought many of the original Quaker settlers to the Pennsylvania Province beginning in 1682. William Penn made at least one voyage on the Endeavor, when he returned to England in 1684.42 Francis and his wife, Grace, brought with them five children, James, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, Grace and Hannah; and eight servants, Daniel Browne, Thomas Marsey, Isa. Brookesby, Robert Sidbotham, John Smith, Robert Bryan, William Rudway and Thomas Sidbotham. A sixth child, Deborah, was born after the arrival in Pennsylvania. 20
At the time of the the Standfields’ arrival, there were less than 80 houses in Philadelphia, and less than 400 farms in Pennsylvania. 42 William Penn had arrived aboard the “Welcome” only a few months previously to found his new colony, offering religious tolerance and openly welcoming members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Francis Standfield had good reason to join Penn in the new colony. When George Fox started the Quaker movement soon after 1650, it spread rapidly in the northern counties of England. The Standfields had been in Yorkshire for generations, and were among the first to embrace the Quaker doctrine. They were subjected to persecution, seizures of property, and other sufferings along with many other Quakers. Abraham Standfield, son of James Stansfield of Brighouse and possibly a brother of Francis, had died with wife Lydia in 1669, while imprisoned in York Castle.18,47 In 1670, Francis was arrested for attending a Quaker meeting at Cartop (Carthorpe), and had property seized for tithes. 10 It is not known what other indignities he may have suffered.
Francis Standfield was born about 1643, probably in the parish of Halifax, in the west of Yorkshire. He was probably the son of James Stansfield Jr. of Brighouse. James Standfield Sr., of the same locality, was born about 1599. The Standfield (Stansfield, Stanfield) family seat was at Stansfield, a township of Halifax Parish, near the boundaries of Lancashire and Cheshire. Most of the family records are found in Halifax Parish, in the localities of Stansfield, Shore Chapel (part of Stansfield), Brighouse, Carthorpe [Cartop], Halifax and Heptonstall. 18 One branch, that of Thomas Stanfield, was in the East Riding, at Burstwicke and Patrington, as early as 1652. 10 Ann Stanfield was married at Rotherham in 1585.28
Like many other Quakers, Francis moved his family from place to place attempting to escape persecution, which varied by locality and changing times. It was probably about 1670 when Francis and Grace moved into Cheshire. They lived first at Marthall, on the southwest side of Manchester near Knutsford. Daughter Grace was born at nearby Marple, and the family was at Gorton (central Manchester) just prior to the emigration. The English Quaker record for the birth of daughter Grace has survived. Grace Jr. was born in the village of Marple in Cheshire, on the southeast side of Manchester, on September 23, 1673. The parents, Francis and Grace Standfield, were listed as being “from Mearthill.” 6
The Brighouse area is only about fifteen miles from Clitheroe, Lancashire. John Fisher and Margaret Hindle, who are supposed to have come from Clitheroe when they emigrated with William Penn in 1682, 43 later became associated with the Francis Standfield family in Pennsylvania. 5 The Fisher and Standfield families probably knew each other in England. Researchers since the nineteenth century have searched for records of John Fisher in England without success. Since the connection with the Standfields was apparently not noticed prior to this publication, it is possible that parish records around Manchester and Brighouse were not adequately searched. Further investigation could possibly solve a long-standing genealogical mystery concerning the prominent Fisher family of colonial Philadelphia and Sussex County. 44
By 1683, Francis and Grace had made their decision to emigrate. They must have known that ship travel in 1683 was a deplorable and dangerous experience. Passengers were forced to take their own provisions aboard, and the ship’s drinking water was vile and unsanitary. Many ships arrived in the colonies with a high percentage of the passengers either ill or dead. The “Brittannia” once arrived in Pennsylvania with so many passenger losses and orphaned children, it was long called the “sick ship.” Nevertheless, Francis and Grace Standfield were desperate enough to brave the journey with five children. The family was lucky to escape England with considerable assets. In some localities, affluent Quakers were commonly fined up to a third of their assets upon being arrested. Even though Francis is known to have suffered some seizure of property, he was able to bring his wife, five children, and eight indentured servants, and still be able to purchase a large parcel of land in Chester County, Pennsylvania, for his initial estate. Survey maps of 1683 show a 600-acre lot in Marple, on the west side of Philadelphia, for Francis Standfield. The lot was bounded by Crum Creek on the west, and by two lots on the east which extended to Darby Creek. A 1687 map shows joint ownership of the lot with son James. 42
The Stanfields were among the earliest settlers of Marple. They may have been instrumental in naming the town, after their former village of Marple in Cheshire. The parents seem to have been about 40 years old at the time of coming to this country. The following commentary was written by Thomas Maxwell Potts in 1895: 20
“In that formative period, consequent upon the settlement of a new country, religious meetings were held at private houses, until some one place had been determined upon. During this period one or more meetings were held at the house of Francis Stanfield as shown by the following minutes. At a Quarterly Meeting of Friends held 3 mo. 3, 1686, it was “agreed yt a meeting be kept at John Bolters [Bowater’s] upon y same first day it was used to be at Bartholomew Coppocks, for ye ease of such yt live westerly in ye woods, and ye rest of friends living ye other way, upon yt same day, to meet at ffrancis Stanfields until further consideration.”
At a Quarterly Meeting held 6 mo. 2, 1686, it was “Agreed yt ye meeting at Francis Stanfields, upon fresh consideration to Removed to Bartholomew Coppock’s ye younger, to begin ye next first day and ye following 4th day untill friends se cause to remove it.”
Although he called himself a farmer upon arrival, he and son James quickly built up a thriving trading business. 5 They had a two-masted ship, the Brigantine “Betsy,” and apparently were involved in the Barbados sugar and rum trade. They had major business dealings with the family of John Fisher of Philadelphia and Sussex County, who may have come with Penn on the “Welcome.” They also did business with James Logan, private secretary to William Penn.
James Standfield was closely associated with the controversial Quaker families of Hutchinson and Budd. He married Mary Hutchinson, daughter of George Hutchinson, a distiller who came from Yorkshire to West Jersey with brother Thomas. 11 George was a supporter of the “Christian Quakers,” a short-lived splinter sect started by George Keith in 1690. The Keithians believed a written creed was needed by the Quakers and that the Quaker political establishment in Pennsylvania was straying from the faith. John Budd, also from a Keithian family, was a close friend of James. The Standfields joined the Keithian meetings for a time, and probably attended Christchurch when George Keith returned to the Episcopals. A Sarah Welch, in her will of 1702, identified many of James Standfield’s friends and associates as being members of Christchurch (Including George Keith, Charles Read, John Moore, David Loyd, and Joseph Pidgeon).
Several notable figures of the time were named in the James Standfield estate settlement:42
Edward Portlock -- The Anglican priest at Christ Church,
Philadelphia, who was rebuked by William Penn in 1699 for accepting
pirate’s money from Captain Kidd (via Kidd’s physician)
while in jail.
Grace Standfield died at Marple in 1691, and Francis Standfield died the following year.39 In 1699, the year of the “great epidemic” of yellow fever,42 their only son James died.5 James had already lost his wife Mary, and at least three small children, in the several preceding years.14
A few years after James Standfield had died, his sisters sold some of the property which had been left by their father. Potts1,20 tells us, “The heirs joined in the sale of certain real estate and in open Court of Chester County, Isaac Taylor, attorney for Francis Chadsey [or Chads] and Grace his wife, Edward Bennett and Sarah his wife, Thomas Hope and Elizabeth, his wife; Isaac Few and Hannah, his wife; William Huntley and Mary, his wife; Richard Woodward and Deborah, his wife, acknowledged a deed to Thomas Pearson for 300 acres of land, dated 12 mo. 4, 1703-4; and another of the date to Joseph Worrall for 273 acres and 200 acres.”
The James Standfield estate papers5 reveal connections with other colonial families, some of which have never before been noticed. It can be seen from these papers that the Standfields owned an interest in the house of Samuel Atkins, who had taken James Standfield as an apprentice to learn the merchant trade. 53 This property had been deeded to Samuel and Annie Atkins by Annie’s father, John Fisher, who is supposed to have come with William Penn aboard the “Welcome” in 1682.43 It is interesting to note that the single freight item brought from England by Francis Standfield in 1683 was a crate of window glass.44 Since John Fisher was a glazier by trade, we might conjecture that the glass was for the Fisher business, providing another clue that the Fishers and Standfields were associated in some way in England as well as in Pennsylvania. It appears that the Standfields had some sort of joint business arrangement with John’s sons, John Jr. and Thomas of Sussex County, Delaware, and with William Fisher. William Fisher was not known to William Logan Fisher, who published the earliest Fisher family history in 1839. Anna Wharton Smith, in her study of the John Fisher family in 1896, knew of William Fisher’s joint ownership of land with Thomas, but made no attempt to explain who William was. A payment to James Logan, private secretary to William Penn, is also recorded in one of the papers.
We learn from the estate papers that the Standfields had a two-masted ship, the Brigantine “Betsy,” and a smaller sailing sloop. When James died leaving no male heir, the entire business was liquidated, including the sailing vessels, in a series of vendues, or auctions, with paid “criers,” or auctioneers. Tantalizingly, we see that “the stock on Gibson’s Island” was sold, but it is not known if this was a distant island or a local place. It may have been Gibson’s Island at Baltimore, connected to the Mathias Bettis of Baltimore, mentioned in the settlement. Commodities mentioned included molasses, rum, sugar, hemp, rope, pewter, tobacco, ribbon, tape, tobacco and barrels of fish. There were transactions with Captain Ashton and Captain Cole, a mention of Antigua and records of wharfage fees. There were numerous trips on Benjamin Chamber’s ferry during the estate settlement. The ferryage would have been across the Schuykill River or Darby Creek, and on the Delaware River to reach the Philadelphia wharves and other places, such as James’ property on Christina Creek in Wilmington.2 The estate setlement mentions a 7-day trip “to Broadkiln (Sussex County) to settle accounts with the Fishers.” Francis Chads, as executor, also sold the large Standfield land tract at Broadkiln, to William Dyer.
There was a house let out to James Poltis in addition to the Samuel Atkins house. The Poltis house was probably adjacent to the Standfield, Atkins, and Longshaw houses on the waterfront in Philadelphia.
The liquidation, by James’ brother-in-law and executor Francis Chads (Chadsey), was a long and complicated process. Francis Chads was the father of John Chads, who later ran the ferry at Chad’s Ford, on Brandywine Creek. In addition to the numerous ferry trips, letters were dispatched to Boston and other places, a messenger on horseback was hired from Philadelphia, a Mr. Bettis from Baltimore was paid, and auctioneers were paid for several sales. In 1707, after seven years of auctions, sales, bill-collecting, correspondence, porterage, and ferrying of goods, Francis persuaded the court to close the case.
A study of the Pennsylvania civil records gives us a picture of the active public life of the Standfield family. 1 Francis Standfield was a member of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly from Chester County in 1685. Also in that year, James was collector for public aid for the township of Marple. In the following year, Francis became constable of Marple. In 1688, James became constable, and a year later became the township tax collector. James served on grand juries in 1687 and 1689 at Chester.
Grace Standfield was a midwife for the community. In 1688, she testified in court with Margaret Coppocke, Ellen Coppocke & Margery Pearson concerning the stillbirth of a child born out of wedlock to John Bradshaw and Susannah Willard. The witnesses were “all streightly examined that ye child received noe harm.”
Francis and James Standfield were involved in a number of incidents concerning troubles with the servants, and disputes over debts. It is not known if this was due to normal circumstances of being actively involved in the economy and affairs of the province, or if the Standfields might have been more than ordinarily difficult. On one occasion, Francis even filed suit against his son James. (To his credit, the suit was withdrawn.) As early as 1685, one of Francis Standfield’s servants, John Hurst, was charged with abusing and beating his master. James was then charged with abusing the servant and running at him with a knife. Nothing was proven and all charges were dropped when the parties agreed to “live peaceably.” On another occasion, James was admonished by a judge to provide proper food and shelter for his servants.
In 1687, both Francis and James appeared in court cases. When James accused John Orion of stealing a brown bay mare, “Mouns Peters testified he marked mare for Haunce Urine (Orion) when shee (the mare) was about two yrs old, four ys ago.” James lost this case, when the court found for the defendant. Haunce Urine appears in the 1693 tax list for Darby township.49 This was also the year that James bought additional real estate, 500 acres on the north side of Christina Creek, probably in Wilmington. 2
In 1688, James once again had a problem with a servant, and charged him with stealing clothes. The charge was apparently dropped, but less than a year later two servants ran away.
In 1689, Mary Standfield was called to testify when her husband, James, was involved in a dispute with George Philips. In the same year, James was called to testify in a debt case with Bartholomew Coppocke and John Butler, and was also a defendant in a scandal and defamation suit, which was withdrawn.
In 1690, another of James’ servants ran away, but was apprehended and had his endenture extended one year. Also in 1690, James had several court appearances as both plaintiff and defendant. He won a debt claim, and had some unknown charge against himself dismissed. He was cited for failure to appear for a grand jury, although he later “gave satisfaction,” and on another occasion brought suit against someone and lost. James was called to court for hunting swine on other property, but the outcome of the case is unknown. A year later, a debt case was filed against James but was withdrawn.
In 1694, James bought an additional 500 acres in Marple, near Darby Creek. Two years later, he sold 100 acres of this land to his brother-in-law, Thomas Hope, and another 100 acres to Henry Hames (identity unknown). The remaining 300 acres of this tract were sold to Thomas Massey, a former servant brought from England on the “Endeavor.” Meanwhile, a servant problem arose once again, resulting in a suit which was dismissed. This was also the year that James was in some sort of business deal with Caleb Pusey and William Huntley. They had apparently been advanced fifty pounds each by John Bristow’s father, which had to be repaid due to the death of the senior Bristow. (Caleb Pusey’s house has survived and may be visited today at Upland, outside Chester.)
James Standfield owned 2100 acres at Prunehook, on the Broadkill River in Sussex County, and other property near the same place. 51
In 1698, James was executor to the will of his father-in-law,
Children of Francis and Grace Standfield
Francis and Grace Standfield had seven children. All but
the youngest were born in England.
4. Elizabeth, m. 1st, Thomas Hope, 1697. He died 1708. She married, 2d, William Horne, 1709. He died 1743. No children. 20
5. Grace, b. Marple, County of Cheshire, England 1670. 6 m. 1st, Francis Chads, 1695, and had children, 1 Sarah, 2 John, 3 Grace, 4 Betty, 5 Ann, 6 Francis. She m. 2nd, Guyon Stevenson, 7 mo. 16, 1714. She died 1728. 20
6. Hannah, m. 1699 Isaac Few, son of Richard Few from Wiltshire. Isaac d. 1734. Children 1 Richard, 2 Isaac Jr., 3 James, 4 Elizabeth, 5 Daniel, 6 Joseph, 7 William, 8 Francis, 9 Samuel. 20
7. Deborah, m. Richard Woodward, Jr., 1701. She was the second wife of Richard Woodward, (who was four times married) and was the mother of most if not all his twelve children. 20
Isaac Few and Hannah Standfield Few20,31-38
The following account of Isaac Few, who married Hannah Standfield, daughter of Francis Standfield, is given by Thomas Maxwell Potts in “Our Family Ancestors.” 20
Isaac Few, son of Richard and Jane Few, was born 4 mo. 6, 1664, in Wiltshire, England. When about 18 years of age, he came to Pennsylvania with his father. At a Monthly Meeting held at the house of Walter ffaucets, 2 mo. 1, 1689, “Isaack ffew belonging to this meeting proposed his intenshion of marriage with Jane Theacher Daughter of Richard Thecher belonging to Cechester monthly meeting.” A committee was appointed, but no further mention is made of the matter by either Meeting.**(Note: Jane Thacher married William Brinton in 1690.)
Isaac Few married Hannah Stanfield, a daughter of Francis and Grace Stanfield, in 1699. The following are the Friends minutes relating thereto,
“at a monthly meeting held at John Edges one ye 27th of ye 12th month 1698-9. Isaac few & hanah Standfielld belonging to this meeting propos’d thayr Intention of taking Each other as husband and wife this being the first time and randall vernon & Andrew Job is Appoynted for to make Inquirey conserning his Clearness and for to make reporet thereof to the nixt monthly meeting.”
“At a monthly meeting held at randall Vernons one ye 27th day of ye 1th mo 1699. Isaac few and hanah Standfielld belonging to this meeting proposed thayr intentions to this meeting this being ye second time and Inqauirey being made and nothing appering for to obstruct them in thayr sd Intentions they are therefor left to thyr liberty for to proceed acording to the good order of truth.”
Isaac Few inherited 220 acres in Chester Township, from his father, and continued to reside there for several years, but in 1708 he had removed to Kennett [now Pennsbury] Township. This being within the limits of Newark Monthly Meeting, he and his wife transferred their membership to that Meeting in 1709. The record of the births of their children, and other mention, are found in the minutes of this Meeting.
Isaac Few died in 1734, aged about 70 years. Letters of administration were granted to his son James, (Richard the elder son having renounced), October 23, 1734.
Children of Isaac and Hannah (Stanfield) Few.
1. Richard, b. 2 mo. 26, 1700; m. Betty Booth, a widow, 3 mo. 9, 1728. No issue.
2. Isaac Few, Jr., b. 5 mo. 20, 1701; d. 1766; m. Jane Evans, 4 mo. 28, 1732, and had children, 1 Richard, 2 Joseph, 3 Dorcas, 4 Isaac, 5 Benjamin, 6 James
3. James, b. 12 mo. 28, 1703; d. --; m. Dorcas Matthews, 5 mo. 14, 1725.
4. Elizabeth, b. 12 mo. 2, 1705; m. William White, December 1, 1727. (See records of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, Wilmington, Delaware, page 304)
5. Daniel Few, b. 1 mo. 25, 1706; d. 1761; m. Esther Howell, 3 mo. 23, 1734. Esther survived her husband, and died in 1768.
6. Joseph, b. 6 mo. 20, 1708; d. about 1761; m. Mary Aston, 2 mo. 18, 1733, and had children, 1 Mary, 2 Hannah, 3 Joseph.
7. William, b. 5 mo. 16, 1714. He or a nephew of the same name went to Carolina.
8. Francis, b. 6 mo. 13, 1719; m. Rebecca Barker, 1743. (?)
9. Samuel, b. 1 mo. 25, 1722. He went to parts unknown.
Francis Standfield, a Quaker settler who came to Pennsylvania in 1683, was probably the son of James Stansfield of Brighouse, born about 1620 in the west of Yorkshire. James was a member of the Stansfield family whose seat was at Stansfield, a township of Halifax Parish. Samuel Standfield, another early Quaker settler in colonial Pennsylvania, emigrated about 1729 after marrying in Ireland. Samuel was a probable son of John Stansfield of Halifax Parish, who was also a descendant of James of Brighouse. If this identification is correct, the two Standfield familes of colonial Pennsylvania were related.10,18,26,28
The Standfields were in Yorkshire at least as early as 1539, when Margareta Stansfeld married Antonius Smyth at Halifax. 46 One branch, the Thomas Stanfield family, lived in east yorkshire, around Burstwicke and Patrington. However, most of the family records can be found in the Parish of Halifax, in west Yorkshire. James Stansfield of [?Manckinhoyles?] Monthly Meeting, son of James of Brighouse Monthly Meeting, had at least six children, Martha, Abraham, Susannah, Joshua, and twins Johnas & Johnathan. The first six were born between 1667 and 1683. Another probable daughter, Mary, “daughter of James of Parish Hepton-Stall, Co. York,” married John Barker in 1690. Abraham died in 1669, a prisoner at York Castle. Lidia Stansfield died at “Mankinholes” in 1669. Deborah Stansfield, “daughter of George,” died in 1669.
John Stansfield, who died at Shore in 1685, had at least two daughters, Lidia and Susan who died young in 1670 and 1673 respectively, and at least one son John II. John II was probably the father of Samuel Standfield, who moved to the north of Ireland before 1711 and emigrated to Pennsylvania about 1729. John III, son of John II and Mary, was born in 1702. “Mary Stanfield of Blythe” died in 1708. In 1671, Charles Stanfield was arrested with a group of Quakers who had four pounds eight shillings taken in tithes. Charles Stansfield died at Shore in 1685. In 1678, John and James Stansfield were arrested and had titheables taken worth four pounds sixpence, including corn, hay, and each a piece of Kersey. In 1683, one of the John Stanfields was arrested at “Stanfield cum Langfield,” and had “four Kine, two Heifers and an Horse, worth 24 pounds” taken in tithes.
In 1670, Francis Standfield was arrested at a meeting at Cartop (Carthorpe) and had nine pounds taken in tithes. Francis, probably the son of James of Brighouse, emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1683. In 1681, a Johnathan Stanfield was present at a wedding at [?Malersey?].
Thomas Stanfield was imprisoned five weeks in 1652 for
“exhorting the People assembled at Patterington” and refusing
to pay sixpence for tithes. He was “carried to jail” and
had goods taken worth six pounds eightpence. Thomas had at least four
children, Sabrina, Salamona, Zachariah, and Elisha, all born between
1660 and 1667. Thomas died at Burstwicke in 1670.
The Barbados Standfields10
Robert Stanfield was in the English plantation colony on Barbados, in the West Indies, as early as 1660. He was arrested that year, with other Quakers in St. Michaels parish, for meeting in contempt of the “Whitehall Proclamation of 1660.” In 1671, Robert’s minor children, Abigail and two sons, received a legacy from George Foster, of St. John’s Parish.
In 1661, the Quaker Mary Stanfield of Barbados had taken away from her by officers of Timothy Thornhills Regiment, six Turkey-Cocke valued at three pounds, 60 pounds of sugar, a sow taken from her pigs and returned “when she was poor.” In 1663, a boar was taken.
The Barbados Standfields are probably related to the Standfields
of Yorkshire and Pennsylvania, but no connection has been found.
Many descendants of Francis and Grace Standfield have been documented in previous studies.22 The studies are all found in the catalog index for the Family History Library of the Church of Christ Latter Day Saints (Mormons) at Salt Lake City, Utah. Also, this author is preparing a new Fisher family history which will document many more descendants. The Fisher history will be placed in the Mormon library and also in the Clayton Genealogical Library in Houston, Texas. The first version is expected to be available some time in 1996.
Probable ancestry of Francis Standfield, and known descendancy to this author, is as follows.
James Stansfield Jr. b.  Halifax Parish, Yorkshire (Probable)
Francis Standfield (m. Grace) b.  West Yorkshire or near Manchester
Mary Standfield (m. William Huntley) b.  West Yorkshire or near Manchester
Elizabeth Huntley (m. Thomas Fisher) b. 1692 Chester
James Fisher (m. Jane Atkinson) b. 1744 Chester Co., Pa.
Cephas Fisher Sr. (m. Rachel Standfield) b. 1780 York
Jackie L. Fisher (m. Janice Thornton) b. 1939 Jet, Oklahoma
Laura Lynn Fisher (m. Barry Armer) b. 1961 Ventura, California
Jonathan Davis Fisher (m. Alisa Mayfield) b. 1969 Texas
The James Standfield Estate Papers5
James, the only son of Francis Standfield, left an interesting will and estate account when he died in 1699. The pages following contain a transcription, which is the first known reading to be printed. This material shows the extent of the Standfield business, names a large number of citizens of the time, and gives insight into colonial commodities trading.
The James Standfield Will
I James Standfield of the Town and County of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania Marchant being at this time weak in body but of sound & disposing mind and memory praise be Almighty God, and considering the frailty of this Mortall life, have thought Good at this time to make my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following; ffirst I commend my Soul into the hands of almighty God hoping through the Merritt of Jesus Christ my Redeamer to obtain Pardon of all my Sinns, And my Body to be Decently Buried at to the discretion of my Exectrs after Named. And as to those Worldly Goods and Estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me my Will is that the same be Disposed of as followeth.
1stly ffirst my Will is that all my Just Debts and funerall Charges be fully paid and discharged.
2ndly I give and Bequeath unto Rachell Hutcheson ye Daughter of George Hutcheson my ffather in law Deceased the full sum of One hundred and fifty pounds to be paid into the hands of Joseph Wilcox, Charles Read & John Budd Junior or any one of them out of the Cash money that the Exectrs raise of my Accounts to be Carefully improved by letting it out at Eight pct Interest for ye Use of the Said Child and the Annual profitts of it to be employed toward the Maintenance of the Sd Rachel during her Minority.
3rdly I give & Bequeath unto the two Children of Thomas Budd of Philadelphia Cooper the sum of ten pounds Silver money to Each of them To be paid to their parents or nearest relation within Eighteen months after my decease for the Childrens Use.
4thly I give and bequeath to Mary the daughter of John Pearce of Burlington the sum of Ten Pounds monie to be paid in Manner as the Last aforeSaid Legacie.
5thly I give and Bequeath unto Thomas Clayten of Philadelphia merchant my negro Boy Jack.
6thly I give and Bequeath unto my Loving friend Mary King the use & Service of my Negro Man Jack for the term of five years from today. In case I should live so long or the Said Mary King’s decease shall first happen, I will the Said Negro to be free from Slavery or Servitude to any Person or Persons Whatsoever. I also give unto the Said Mary King my Great Silver Tankard.
7thly I give and bequeath to Dinah Burden who is now attending me ye sum of Ten Pounds money.
8thly I give & Bequeath unto my Loving friends charles Read, Joseph Wilcox, and John Budd all of the town of Philadelphia to each of them the sum of Thirty pounds Silver money to be paid by my Exectrs afore named, with all other my above bequests & Legacies within Eighteen months of my Decease to the Respective Heirs, their Legatees, Exectrs adminrs & or assignes.
9thly I do hereby Nominate & Appoint my Loving Brother ffrancis Chads of the Town of Chester in this province to be Exect. of this my Last Will and Testament Hereby impowering & authorizing him to Sett & Dispose of & Allien in fee or otherwise as he Shall see Cause all my Lands houses Morgages & Reversions and all other my Goods & Creditts of what Nature or Kind soever or whereever the same may be found and make Such conveyances thereof rightly hereto as the Law Shall Direct, and with the same or the Effects thereof to pay all my Just Debts and Legacies above mentioned and the Residue of my Estate of what Kind or Nature soever Be found may be. My Will is that it be divided amongst my six sisters Viz Mary Sarah Elizabeth Grace Hannah & Deborah that is to say my Estate to be divided into seven lotts or farms two of which I give to my Sister Deborah and to Each of my other Sisters one Share apiece.
And I do hereby strictly Injoin my said Executrs to proceed
in the fulfilling of this my last Will and Testament by and with the
advice & Assistance of my said ffriends Charles Read Joseph Wilcox
& John Budd Junior, every one of them and Not otherwise if possible.
And I do likewise give unto my Said Exectrs the Sum of Thirty pounds
for their Care & Trouble in this my Executorship to be taken out
of my Estate before it be divided as above. And This I declare to be
my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me hereto
fore made. In Witness thereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal
this first day of September Anno Domini 1699.
So Subscribed. James Standfields Seal. Signed Sealed Witnessed
published & declared to be the Last Will and Testament of the within
Named James Standfield. In presense of Solemn Witnesses, peter Boss
Junior & Thomas Budd produced this testament of James Standfield
who att ye Signing thereof did declare that if at any time Thomas Budd
be willing to buy out the Negro Tonie’s time he may have him paying
forty five pounds 6 for him. Witness Solemnly attested, Charles Read.
In the Province of pennsylvania 27th 9br 1699. And There Personally
came before me Pat. Robinson Secty of ye Said province, Francis Chads
order bound into ye Sectys office of ye Said province, ye lawful Extr
of James Standfield decsd, and did Solemnly attest according to Law
to bring an Inventorie & pay just debts & Legacies, And to Execute
ye Said will according to law and protect ye Said will, And likewise
did swear upon ye holy angels of Almighty God tht with Peter Boss Junior
he did Solemnly attest tht they saw ye Said James Standfield Sign, Seal,
publish & deliver the within to be his Last will & Testament
and estate & that at so doing thereof he was of a Sound & disposing
mind & memorie & Judgment to the best of thr knowledge. They
also produced [...] Sd before named Charles Read [came &] Solemnly
attestd that ye Sd James Standfield [...] he gave[...] to Charles Read
to give ye Sd Indorsement [...] and that they [...] Pat. Robinson Secty
to Wm Penn the Sole proprietor and Governor of ye Sd province of pennsylvania
therewith belonging ye[Secty] shall find.
The Account of Francis Chads of the County of Chester yeoman Exectr of the last Will & Testament of James Standfield decd as well of and for such and so many of the Goods .... the Said Decd as came to the Hand of the Sd ffrancis Chads as for his paymt & disburstment out of the Same as followeth.
The Sd accomplant chargeth himself with all & Singular the Gooods & Chattels of the Said Decd specified in an Inventory thereof made and Exhibited into His Right Office amounting as by the said Inventory appears to the Sum of ... L85 5 3.
The sd Accompt also chargeth himself with other the Right
& Credits of the Sd Decsd wch came to the Hands of the said Accompt
not specifyed in the Inventory as followeth
Recd in Bread from ye Brigantine 09:06:00
Appraizing the goods L1:6/ pd Wm Brinton for a [horse?]
Brought Over 1480 1410: 16 : 10
Recd of Edw Portlock L9:- Of Jno Read for W. James L7
16: -- : --
Brought Over L245 : 14 : 65
pd Joseph Pidgeon # Receipt 15: 02 : 10
Carried Over L872: 01: --
Brought Over 872:19:02
Brought from Sale L1489:12:02
paid William Dyer p the Two Fishers L150: -- : --
Expended in makeing the Repairs on poltise house -- : 07 : 08
Sundry bequests pd by the Accomplt viz
To Rachel Hutcheson 150: 00 : 00
pd making up Acct Quctus pd 3: -- : --
Canus John Receiving & paying the afore mentioned Suits a plt 90: -- : --
1962: 06 : 08
p Bill due to the Estate 27: 05 : 06
francis chads 1989: 12 : 02
The James Standfield Estate Settlement (Part 5) 8
Know all men by these admissions that ye Francis Chads of the County of Chester duly registered in the county of Philadelphia ye receipts and money paid unto Settling the Estate of James Standfield decsd in the province of Pennsylvania in the Amt of one thousand pounds cash money of the Sd province to be pd to the Sd ffrancis Chads to the extent needed to pay. Dated at Philad this fourth day of November Anno Dom 1707
Whereas the above bounden ffrancis Chads has this day handed unto the Sd Regs Office an accot of the Estate of James Standfield decd to whome the afsd ffrancis was Exctr and at his earnest request hath obtained a [letter], and several Receipts & other discharges for want of time and custom by him the Sd ffrancis be produced that he has really & bona fide paid the money [as any attesting] he has alledged. I Void the conditions of his obligation to such that of the above bounden ffrancis Chads his Extrs or assigns Shall & will upon demand thereof made, Exhibit in ye Sd Registrs Office all Such Receipts and legal discharges as are reposing in & Recpts by him be produced and filed in the Sd Office & shall & will in every respect Give Defend & keep harmless the [lawful] Gov’r of this province & all other offices by reason of the same to be. Then his obligation to be void or Else to remain in full force & entire.
Sealed & Delivered
Thomas Hope, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Standfield, left the following will in 1708.
To all Christian People to Whome these Presents shall come of Thomas Hope of Kennett in the County of Chester in the Province of Pensylvania Send Greeting. Know ye that I the Sd Thomas Hope being sick and weak of body But of Sound and perfect mind and memory Thanks be to allmighty God for the same and having some small worldly Estate whereas it hath pleased God to Bless me. I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and forme following.
First and principley I Committ my Soule into the hand of God allmighty hopeing by the never failing mercies of God and gratious merits of my Ever Blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ to Receive full Remission of all my Sins and Everlasting life my Body to the Earth to be Buried in such Christian and Decente Manner as to my Executrs here after named shall deem meet and Convenient.
Item I give and bequeath unto My Dear and well beloved Wife Elizabeth Hope My Plantation that I hereon now Live Containing four hundred acres of Land with all like appurtenances to have hold possess and enjoy during her natural Life and after her Death. I give, Devise and Bequeath my Sd Plantation to my Well Beloved Brother John Hope To Have, Hold to ... and his ... for Ever & he my Brother, that my Sd Brother John Hope Shall pay To my Brother ffrancis Hope the Sum of Twenty Pounds and to my Sister Susannah the Sum of Twenty pounds and to my Sister Silken the sum of Twenty pounds when she should Receive and Take Possession of my Sd Plantation after the death of my Wife.
Item I Give & bequeath to the use of the meeting house in kennett the sum of five pounds to be used as ffriends of the Sd Meeting shall think for & convenient.
Item I give my dear beloved Brother John Hope the sum of Twenty pounds.
Item I give to my paid Servant John Geoughries the sum of five pounds.
Item I give to my servant James King the sum of Five Pounds.
Item I give to my old friend Reubin Deakell of the County of Bucks the sum of Two pounds & Ten Shillings.
Item I Do Make Constitute and ordaine my Dear and well Beloved Wife Elizabeth Hope the Executress full & whole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, and my Will is that after all my Debts and funerall Charges are faithfully paid and Discharged that then my Legacys & Bequests shall be truly paid by my Sd Executrix, and I do Make and ordain my Brother in Law Edward Bennett & my esteemed ffriend George Harlan the overseers of this my Last Will and Testament to assist my Sd Executrix in the performance of my Last will and Testament & I do give to Each of them the sum of five pounds for their Care and Trouble therein.
And Lastly I do Renounce Revoke & make Void all Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made & Do make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament.
In Witness hereof I have here unto left my hand & Seal the Twenty fourth Day of March in the year one Thousand Seven hundred & Seven/Eight.
Signed Sealed Published & declared Thomas Hope
In the Great Chamber
Brass & Pewter 10-03-00
In the Cellar
A Brewing Tubb, powdering tubb, Barrell & Other small
Carpenter’s Tools & Other things
Carpenter & working tools 08-02-00
There personally appeared Richd Wall & Isaac Taylor
the Witnesses to the foregoing Will and on their Solemn affirment according
to Law, did declare they saw Thomas Hope the Testator Exmd
The following book references, except where otherwise noted, can be found in the Clayton Genealogical Library, Houston, Texas. The “LDS” references are to microfilms which can be found in the Mormon (Latter Day Saints) Family History Library catalog.
1. Record of the Courts of Chester Co. Pa. v1,1681-1697.
2. Records of Court of New Castle on Delaware V. II 975.1
3. Index to History of Delaware 1609-1888 Thomas Scharf
4. LDS 0382729 Pennsylvania Wills and Administrations
5. LDS 0382730 Will 216 James Standfield (Also see a different
copy on LDS 0021721)
6. LDS 00441395 Cheshire/Staffordshire Mm
7. LDS 441354 Concord MM
8. LDS 0020386 Concord Men’s Minutes
9. LDS 0562981 Bradford/Caln
10. LDS 0599671 A Collection of Sufferings of ThePeople
Called Quakers (Besse)
11. Patents & Deeds 16641703 (1976) Nelson 974.9 P295
NJ Gen Pub. Co. Balt V21
12. NJ Archives Vol 1 Calendar of Wills 1670-1730 Pa 974.9
13. LDS 0986897 Buck/Chester Co. Pa. Surveyor Gen. Index
14. Enc.of American Quaker Genealogy VII
15. Pa. Marriages Prior to 1810 vol VIII
16. Quaker Arrivals at Phil. 1682-1750 Myers
17. The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660 Peter Wilson
Coldham Eng 942 C688
18. LDS 0441406 Yorkshire Friends Qrtly Mtg
19. The Welcome Claimants Proved, Disproved and Doubtful,
20. Our Family, Potts (See LDS Family History Library Catalog)
21. LDS Electronic Ancestral File
22. A Fisher Family of Chester County Pa., B. F. Cummings, 1898 (See LDS Family History Catalog)
23. Families of Fisher, Durnell, Littler, & Zimmerman. Pauline Leslie 1960 (See LDS Family History Catalog)
24. Atkinson-Fisher English Quaker Emigrants with William Penn. Thelma Fisher 1978 (See LDS Family History Catalog)
25. The Cephas Fisher Family of Clinton Co. Iowa, Jackie L. Fisher (To be published 1995, check the LDS Family History Library Catalog)
26. LDS 0813512 Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire Monthly Meeting
27. Dorset Parish Registers 942 P556 Eng
28. Yorkshire marriage registers Goodall 942 P556 V. I&II
29. LDS 441490 Berkshire & Oxon Mm
30. LDS 1482470 Yorkshire Qtrly Mtg 1669-98
31. LDS 0389405 New Garden etc Mm
32. LDS 20402 Kennett Mm marriages 1718-1821
33. LDS 1239400 Quakers in Wilts
34. LDS 0389404 Newark Mm (Kennett)
35. LDS 0020457 Concord Marriages
36. LDS 562980 Misc. Church Records of Chester County
37. LDS 0389399 Kennett Mm
38. LDS 0986897 Buck/Chester Co. Pa. Surveyor Gen. Index
39. LDS 0389405 New Garden etc Mm
40. William Penn and Early Quakerism, Melvin B. Endy, Jr., Princeton University Press1973. (F 152.2 E52 University of Houston Clear Lake Library)
41. Barbados Records Wills & Administrations Vol I
42. William Penn’s Holy Experiment, Edwin Bronner. Columbia University Press, 1962. University of Houston Clear Lake library.
43. Genealogy of the Fisher Family, Anna Wharton Smith. Philadelphia, 1896 (See the LDS Family History Library Catalog)
44. Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, Walter Lee Shepherd
45. An Account of the Logan and Fisher Families, William
Logan Fisher, 1839 (See the
46. LDS 0098552 Halifax Church Records 1538 - 1543, Yorkshire
Antonius Smyth et Margareta Stansfeld m. Nov. 10, 1539
47. LDS 058419 Brighouse Friends Records 1641 - 1707, Yorkshire
p. 8 Martha dau of James Stansfield of Mankinholes b.
10th of 10th mo. 1667
48. LDS 0588415 Yorkshire Halifax Friends Records (Brighouse)
49. Marple Township, the First 100 Years, Lucy Simler,
Havertown Printing Co.,
50. Genealogies of Barbados Families, James C. Brandow, Baltimore, Gen Pub Co 1983
51. Early Pennsylvania Land Records F148 P43 1976 Swarthmore
52. History of Chester County, Futhey 974.8 F996
53. Notes in the files of the Marple Historical Society
Anthony, Capt, 25, 26
Barker, John, 15, 45
Carter, Henry, 21
Davis, Capt, 25
Edge, John, 13
Faucets, Walter, 13
Geoughries, John, 36
Hains, Henry, 21
Jack, Negro, 22
Kelly, Dorothy, 17
Lamb, George, 22
Markham, Wm., 20
Newlin, Newlin, 39
Orion, John, 11, 42
Pane, James, 22
Ramsey, Eli, 24
Schmelter, Doreen Marie, 17
Taylor, Isaac, 9, 37, 39
Urine, Haunce (Orion), 11, 42
Van Tassell, Effie, 17
Yeates, Jasper, 8