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JVho Settled in Chester County, Pa., 1687



(No. 4816)

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To my Parents,

William and Elisabeth (Moore) Harlan,

I dedicate this work;

Knowing that, though they have long since passed from
Earth, it ivould have had their fullest approbation.


This book had its beginning in the Fall of 1881. I made a visit in September
of that year to several of my father's cousins * in order to learn from them some-
thing of the life and history of my great-grandfather Harlan. I knew little of my
ancestors at that time, but found there several old letters and records which
contained much that I had wanted to know. It became my desire, then, to trace
my own line back to an immigrant ancestor, and, later, to set down in permanent
form all that could be learned concerning the family. That desire of so long ago
has culminated in the present volume.

Xo one, unless he has attempted a similar task, can have an adequate con-
ception of the work thus involved. There were seventeen children born to George
and Michael Harlan. Of Deborah, the third daughter of George, we know little
more than that she married one Joshua Calvert : further trace of the family has
been lost. Solomon, the fifth son of Michael, died unmarried. So it remained
to follow the subsequent history of fifteen families, and though some of the lines
are indeed incomplete, most of them will be found to be well developed.

In 1887, two hundred years after George and ]\Iichael had come to America,
the family assembled at Birmingham Park, near Philadelphia. There they effected
a permanent organization which was named " The Association of the Descendants
of George and ]\Iichael Harlan in the United States." It has held fourteen
reunions, some of the most important of which have been at Richmond, Ind., 1888 :
West Chester, Pa., 1897; Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, 1899; Union City, Ind., 1900. and
again at Richmond in iyi2. It has been the means whereby members of the family
have learned to know and to keep in touch with each other, and it has been of great
assistance in the preparation of the present work.

The information herein contained has been gathered from many sources. Old
wills, marriage certificates, Friends' Meeting records, newspapers, and hundreds
of letters have been read and reread in order to obtain from them some informa-
tion which would be of use. Often one name has been the means of bringing
together many families, and often one letter has opened a field requiring months
of work to fully explore.

* See page 189.


The compiling of this history has been to me from the first a hibor of love
and of fascination and a work that I could not lay aside. I have been aided in it
by countless relatives and friends, and to all of them, though many have long since
passed away, my heartfelt gratitude must be expressed.

After a third of a century of almost continuous endeavor, I am handing this
work to my people for their approval. I do it with the earnest prayer that the
present and future generations shall strive hard to uphold the standards of
Christianity as set up and maintained by their forefathers.

Alpheus H. Harlan.

New Bl'rlixgtox, Ohio, 9 Mo. i, 1914.


The personal history of each individual is given in connection with his appear-
ance as the head of a family. Historical matter is printed in large type. The
arrangement is by generations, and by their numbers the children of one generation
may be found as parents in the next. In the later generations this is not always true.
The generation to which each individual belongs is indicated by the small figure
attached to the name, counting Thomas, George and Michael Harlan of the third.

Abbreviations : b. for born ; d. for died ; m. for married : unm. for unmarried ;
em. for emigrated ; bur. for buried ; dau. for daughter ; b. g. for burying ground ;
AIo. for month : Twp. for township : Co. for county.

Dates are given in the order of month, day and }'ear, and the numerical system
is almost universally used, this being most convenient, besides conforming to usage
of Friends.

The I'rovince of Pennsylvania, on " the 7"' day of y*' 10"' mo. 1682," passed an
act " that Y" Days of Y' Week and Y« Months of Y" Yeare shall be called as in
Scripture & not by Heathen names, . . . and beginning with Y" Day called Sunday
and Y" Month called ]\Iarch." This was followed 28 years later by an act providing
" that all Deeds, Conveyances, Mortgages, Bills, Charter-Parties, . . . wherein
the Names of the Months arc called First, Second, Third and Fourth, instead of
March, April, ]\Iay, June, and so of the rest, always accounting the Month called
March to be the first Month of the year ... to be as good and valid ... as if
the Months in such Writings had been set down and expressed by their usual

In 1751, the English Parliament decreed that the year should begin upon the
first day of January, so March thereafter was the third instead of the first month.

In this book, therefore, the early dates are given as they were w-ritten at the
time, and the reader will observe that in many instances, between the first day of
January and the twenty-fifth day of March, two dates are given, thus: 1723-24.
The reason is clear : while the ecclesiastical year began on the twenty-fifth day of
March, the historical year began on the first day of January, and it is to be under-
stood that it is 1723 by the former and 1724 by the latter computation.



Allen, Ada L. Harlan 464


Friends' Meeting House, Fallston, Md 462

Friends' Meeting Houses in Chester County, Pa., and Vicinity 180

Gray, Mary S. Reynolds 348

Gray, Mary S. Reynolds, and Four ok Her Thirteen Children and Their Companions 348

Harlan, Aaron 500

Harlan, Aaron 540

Harlan, Aaron La F'ayette 542

Harlan, Abraham Douglass 740

Harlan, Alpheus H Frontispiece

Harlan, Calvin Smith 464

Harlan, Carey La Fayette 542

Harlan, Charles Minor 832

Harlan, David A., and Family 466

Harlan. Deidamia Haydock 850

Harlan, Elizabeth Atkinson 462

Harlan, Elizabeth Moore 850

Harlan, Enoch, and Family 834

Harlan, Enoch, and Wife 834

Harlan, Enoch L., and Wife 834

Harlan, Esther Watters 464

Harlan, Ezekiel. /. 74°

Harlan. George Taylor 938

Harlan, James 516

Harlan, John Gilbert 542

Harlan, Dr. John J 540

Harlan, John Lewis 462

Harlan, John Marshall 658

Harlan, Dr. Justin E 74°

H.\rlan, Mary Ann - 6

Harlan. Minnie Gilbert 542

Harlan, Rebecca C. Buck 832

Harlan, Talitha C 938

Harlan, William 850

Harlan, William Haydock 850

Hoopes. John Jackson 328

Map, Showing Locations of Friends' Meeting Houses in Chester County, Pa., in

Eighteenth Century '7°

Mendenhall, Harlan G 74°

Monk\ve.'\rmouth -

Murrow. Charles Harlan 49t)

Nogle, Mary Ann Harlan 496

Residence of David A. Harlan, near Fallston, Baltimore County, Md 466

Residence of George Taylor Harlan 93^



ScHOONovER. Margery Harlan 226

Sutton Hall, Yorkshire, England 2

VicKROY, Cornelia Harlan 502

ViCKROY, Edwin A 502

Wells. Florence H area x 808

Wells, George Harlan. M. D 808

West. Mary H 502


JAMES HARLAND, Yeoman and member of the Episcopal Church, was b.
about the year 1625 in the " Bishoprick, nigh Durham, England," and is the
earliest paternal ancestor known to the family in America bearing the name
Harlan. He lived and d. an Englishman, and was bur. upon English soil, no one
to-day knows where. Tradition says that the name of his father was William.

That James Harland was married according to the usages of the Established
Church there is no doubt. That his children were baptized and recorded therein
is fully established by the fact that the earliest record we have of his son, George,
is that he was " Baptised at the Monastery of Monkwearmouth * in Oald Eng-
land." We have no record giving the name of the wife and mother. So far as
known, James Harland was the father of three sons :

2. Thomas, b. ; d. ; m. Katherine Bullock and Alice Foster.

_^3. George, b. ; d. , 1714 ; m. Elizabeth Duck.

4. Michael, b. ; d. , 1729; m. Dinah Dixon. A

2. Thomas Harland'' (James,- William'), Yeoman, Friend, b. " Nigh Dur-
ham, in Bishoprick, England,'' where he remained until early manhood, when with
his brothers and others he crossed over into Ireland and located in the Parish of
Donnahlong, County Down. It is supposed that he remained there during life,
and that he was buried in the burying grounds at Lurgan Meeting House, County
Armagh. He m. 2, 7, 1680, by ceremony of Friends at Lurgan Meeting, held then
" at the house of Francis Robson," in the Parish of Sego, County Armagh,

Katherine Bullock (Friend), b. , d. 3 Mo. 1690, County Down, a dau. of

George Bullock, of the Parish of Donnahlong. They were the parents of one son,
Ananias, and of four daughters, Rebecca, Patience, Christian and Katherine.

Thomas Harland m. second, 11, 8, 1702, Ailice ffoster, of " Lisnegarvy, at
Richard Boyes house, Ballinderry Meeting, County of Armagh." They were the
parents of two sons, James and Thomas, and of one dau., Abigail.

* Monkwearmouth Monastery was founded by Benedict Biscop in the year .A,. D. 672. It
is situated in a town of the same name in the east division of Chester, County Durham, and
one-half mile north of Sunderland. It receives its name from its location near the mouth of
the river Wear. Burned and plundered time and ac;ain, only the tower and some detached
parts of the church remain of the once celebrated monastery. In 1790 the parish registers,
with the exception of some of the late records, were destroyed by fire, and it is very probable
that information of untold value to us perished in the flames.


We find the names of George Harland, Alphonsus Kirk, etc., among the signers
to Thomas Harland's first marriage certificate, but it seems that this brother did
not venture to cast his lot in the new world. So far as we can learn he remained
in Ireland; we find his descendants, some fifty years later, crossing into Penn-
sylvania, and settling in Chester County. The further line of Thomas Harland,
obtained too late to be inserted here, will be found given in the appendix.

3. George Harlan^ (James,- William M, Yeoman, "Ye sone of James Har-
land of Monkwearmouth, was Baptised at the Monastery of Monkwearmouth in
Oald England, ye nth Day of First Month 1650." He was b. " Nigh Durham in
Bishoprick, England," and remained there until he reached manhood, when, in com-
pany with his brother and others, he crossed into Ireland and located in the County
of Down. While residing there he m. by ceremony of Friends, 9, 17, 1678, Eliza-
beth Duck. George Harlan * brought his family to .^.merica in 1687, and the nine
years intervening were without doubt spent in the above-named parish and county,
and there, too, in all probability, his first four children were born. He d. in " Fifth
Month " (July), 1714, and was buried beside his " deare wife in the new burying
grounds on Alphonsus Kirk's land," which was afterwards, and is yet. Center
Meeting Burying Grounds. George and Elizabeth were the parents of nine
children :

5. Ezekiel, b. 6, 16, 1679 ; d. 4, 15, 1731 ; m. Mary Bezer and Ruth Buffington.

6. Hannah, b. 2, 4, 1681 ; d. ■; m. Samuel Hollingsworth.

7. Moses, b. 12, 20. 1683 ; d. 1747 ; m. Margaret Ray.

8. Aaron, b. 10, 24, 1685 ; d. 9 Mo. 1732 ; m. Sarah Heald.

9. Rebecca, b. 8, 17, 1688 ; d. 8, 17, 1775 ; m. William Webb.

10. Deborah, b. 8, 28, 1690; d. ; m. Joshua Calvert.

11. James, b. 8, 19, 1692; d. ; m. Elizabeth .

12. Elizabeth, b. 8, 9, 1694; d. ; m. Joseph Robinson.

13. Joshua, b. II, 15, 1696; d. 5 Mo. 1744; m. Mary Heald.

t George Harland, of Parish of Donahlong, Co. Down, Ireland, and Elizabeth Duck, of
Lurgan, Parish of Shankill, Co. Armagh, were married " at the house of Marke Wright in
ye Parish of Shankill," 9 Mo. 17, 1678.

Signers to the certificate :
Henry Holuncsworth Wm Porter George Hari.and

John Calvert Timothy Kirk Elizabeth Harland

Roger Kirk Alphonsus Kirk


Elinor Hoope

Robert Hoope

Thomas Harland

f'George Harland had taken from him for Tithe, by Daniel Mac Conncll.... twelve
stooks and a half of Oats, three stooks and a half of Barley, and five loads of Hey, all worth

ten shillings ten pence."

* After coming to America George and Michael Harland dropped the final " d " and the
name is almost universally spelled Harlan.

t Marriage Book of Lurgan Mo. Mtg., p. 91.

I Wm. Stockdale's " A Great Cry of Oppression."^

\i( »xk\\I':ai-;.mi )n'rii. i^.sj.

(See page 2.)

sLlluN 1:1. \iJ., \uKK>l-iIkfc., KNuLAMj, l»t<3
(See page 968.)



No certificate of the membership of George Harland with Friends is upon
record, but his marriage certificate shows us that at that time he was a member, and
as early as " Tenth Morith " (December), of 1687, he was placed upon committees
of responsibility in Friends' Aflfairs in his new neighborhood. At the time of his
residence in Ireland, William Penn was urging Friends of England to become
settlers upon his lands, cautioning them, however, against " leaving their own
country out of idle curiosity or of a rambling disposition." But names signed above
we find later in the new world, and, as we have seen, George was buried upon
"Alphonsus Kirk's land." So they were not without friends when they made their
settlement near the Delaware.

In the early months of the year 1687, in company with his wife and four
children, and his brother Michael, then unmarried, he took ship at Belfast for
America. They had bought lands before coming * which were within that part of
the Province of Pennsylvania now embraced in the County of New Castle.
Ascending the river Delaware they landed at the town of New Castle (now in
Delaware State), and settled near the present town of Centreville. Here the elder
brother remained for some years, and about 1698/99, having purchased higher up
the Brandywine Creek, he moved his family and settled in what is now f Penns-
bury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

" Brandywine CRf:EK,

„,.„., " the 27"' of y' lo" month 1696.

Loving rricnd

" William Porter This may acquaint thee that I have Received 4 Letters from thee all
of one date and tciinor being y<' 20th of y« g"' m, '95 in Relation to Mary Child whose Son
Thomas Died Something more than two years Since at Vallentine Hollingsworths he hapning
to fall Sick there, & as to what is Reported Concerning his Bequest to his mother I have here
Sent thee the Coppy of his Will on the other side. ... I was with him in time of his Sickness
and he being about to make his will I put him in mind of his Relations in Ireland and his
answer was thus he had never Received any Letter Since he had been in the Countrie from any
of them Replying further he had been troublesom to his friends in his Life time & Question-
ing by Reason of the Warrs and Mortallity that had been of Late in Ireland whoe of his
relations might be Living or Dead and to Impose Soe troublesom an undertaking uppon his
friends (as the making Sale of what he had & turning it into mony & the small it might turn
to & Conveying the same to Ireland might prove.) he would not doe it.

" Thus far concerning the Child matter soe hopping this may find thee in good health with
thy family mine with my Wifes dear Love is Remembered unto thee & to the Rest of our
friends & relations Let my Bro understand that wee are all indiffrent well & Know of no
alteration Since I wrote by Thomas Musgrave my Wifes dear Love is Remembered in perticu-
lar to Robert Hoop J and Elenor ; having often desired to hear from them Soe having
not Else at present but remain thy friend « Qj-qrce Harlan."

* From the old warrants granted " within the County of New Castle, on Delaware," we
learn that " George Harland " and " James & Thomas Harlin " purchased lands there in the
summer of 1686. and that " James Harland " <iid likewise in January of 1701.

t It was then in Kennott, but later the township was subdivided.

t Robert Hoopes (Hoop, Hoope), "Son of John Hoopes of Moorsom (near Gis-
brough) in Yorkshire in England, and Isabell his wife was born in Moorsom aforesd, 8 Mo.
18, 1639. He came to Ireland Anno dom : 1660 being a tailor by trade. About the beginning
of eighth moneth Anno dom : 1663 he took to wife Ellener ye daughter of John Hodgkinson
and of An his wife of Preston in Anderness in Lancashire in England aforesd who was borne
in the Sd towne about the Anno dom 1638 : and had by her Children borne as f ollowth " :
(l) Ann, b. 10, 22, 1664. (2) John, b. 10, 4, 1666. (3) Abraham, b. II, 14, 166S.


Will of Thomas Child.
I Thomas Child being weak of body but of perfect memory doe make this my last Will
& Testament as followeth.

first I Give unto Michaell Harland & Son George my Plantation & Land with 20 acres
which I purchased but wants a Title to it desiring that Michaell may keep it in order till his
Son George Come to Age

sly I Give to Michaell Harland two black mares & my Eldest Horse & a Black Colt
Coming two yeres old & a fily Coming one.

3ly I Give unto George Harland one Horse Coming three yeres old.

4ly I Give unto Mary Malings three daughters by Thomas Conoway one young Mare
fower year Ould & a Mare Colt Coming one yere Ould.

sly I Give unto Dinah Harland one Red Cow white in the face.
61y I Give unto Hannah Harland one Heifer Coming two yeares ould.
7ly I Give unto Samuell Underwood one Red Cow being now abroad.
Sly I Give all my Corn & Hoggs to Michaell Harland with all my Utencells & Clothes he
paying & Receiving my Debts.

ply I Give unto Elizabeth Dickson * one Sorrill filly with a white face,
loly I Give unto Michaell Harland's Daughter Abigail one Heifer Calfe.
I Appoint my true friends George Harland and Michaell Harland to he my Executors of
this my Last Will & Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this
3 & lo/m 1694.

Hen-ry Hollingsworth. Thomas T Child. (Seal)

Samuel Hollingsworth. his Mark & Seal.

J.\C0B Chandler.
A true Coppy of y' Testament of Thomas Child.

Tho: Pierson,
(attr.for her.)

While living in Kennet f Township (now Pennsbury), George Harlan had for
neighbors a settlement of Indians who lived in the " Great Bend " of the Brandy-
wine. After they had gone he obtained, in 1701, a warrant for 200 acres of land in
the bend, which was granted to him " in regard for the great trouble and charge
he had borne in fencing and maintaining the same for said Indians while living

We find his name anion? the signers of the return for a road laid out in the
winter of 1704-5. This road ran " from the fork of the Brandywine, in Alice
Vestal's land " to a white oak " standing by y^ road from George Harlands to
Neman's Creek Mill."

* The name is variously spelled Dixon, Dixson, Dickson, etc. Judging from the manner
in which the testator disposed of his estate, leads one to conclude that he was a relative of the
family. We have no evidence that William Dixon and Ann Gregg had a daughter Elizabeth,
or thai Dinah Dixon, the wife of Michael Harlan, No. 4, and her brother, William, had a
sister, Elizabeth. It is very probable, therefore, that this " Elizabeth Dickson " was the
mother nf Dinah Harlan, and perhaps a widow in i6<)4, and residing with her daughter.
William Dixon's land warrant bounds his property upon the east by lands of Thomas Child.
The latter is probably the plantation mentioned in the above will.

t The spelling of the name will be found to vary in this volume. It is generally
spelled with two " t's." but the original spelling on the old court records was with one " t." and
it is spelled in England in the same way. both on early and modern maps. — Futhey and Cope's
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania.


George Harlan first belonged to Newark Meeting, but after his removal up the
Brandywine and westward, he was too remote from this meeting for punctual
attendance, especially in the winter, and at a request of himself and others, a meet-
ing " beyond Brandywine " was established. From the Monthly Meeting records
of Center Meeting, as the meeting was called, we read : " This meeting appoints
George Harlan, Thomas Hollingsworth, Alphonsus Kirk, & Samuel Groves, to
take y" oversight of y" building of y" Centre Meeting House requesting y" with all
convenient speed to let out y".work to some workmen in order y' it may more
speedly done & return an acctt to y° next meeting how they proceed." The deed for
the land had been conveyed by Alphonsus Kirk, while yet a member of Newark,
to lohn Craig, Samuel Groves and John Richardson. The consideration was
£l2, 53.

George Harlan soon became one of the foremost citizens of the colony. He
had been one of the provincial governors of the " three lower counties," now the
state of Delaware, in 1695, '""""J was a member of the Colonial Assembly in 1712.
His colleagues in the latter were Caleb Pusey, David Lloyd, William Davis, John
Baker, Nathaniel Newlin, Nicholas Fairlamb, John Wood, Isaac Taylor and John

Upon the first day of March, 1713. he deeded 203 acres to his son-in-law,
William Webb, for a consideration of 30 pounds. On the ninth day of the same
month, " in consideration of the Natural Affection & fatherly love wliich he hath "
and also " for divers other good causes and valuable considerations," he deeded
200 acres each to his sons James and Joshua.

George Harlan died in " Fifth Month " (July), 1714. The date of the death
of his wife is unknown, but in his will he requests that he be buried beside his
" deare wife in the new burying grounds."

WlI.I. OF Geokcf- HaRL.'VN.

I George Harlan of Brandywine Creek and in the Township of Kennet and County of
Chester in tlie province of Pennsylvania Yeoman. Being weak at this time in liody but of
sound and disposing mind and memory & calling to mind the certainty of Death & the uncer-
tainty of the time thereof doe make & ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form
following. That is to say, fifirst I yield up my soul into the hands of almighty God as unto a
ffaithful Creator hoping through the merrits sufferings Resurrection & mediation of my
blessed Savior Jesus Christ to find mercy & forgivness with compleat salvation & my body to be
buried by my deare wife in the new burying place on Alphonsus Kirks land at the discretion of
my Executors hereinafter named. Also my will is that all my Just debts & funeral Expenses
be fully paid & discharged. Also I Give unto my son Aaron my Clock & my Great Brass Kettle.
Also I Give unto my Brother Michael Harlan the young Susquhanna Mare. Also I Give unto
my servant woman named Mary Mathews at the expiration of her time one cow & calf & one
young mare not less than three yeares old. And lastly I make nominate & appoint my sons
Ezekiel & Aaron Harlan Executors of this my Last Will & Testament & also appoint my
brother Michael Harlan aforementioned & my son Samuel Hollingsworth Trustees &
assistants to my Executors aforementioned in the performance & Accomplishment of this
my Last will & Testament. Also my will is that after my debts Legacies Bequests & expenses
aforesaid are fully payed & satisfied that what shall then remain of my moveable & personal


Estate if any so there be then it shall be equally divided between all my children Sons &
Daughters share & share alike. In witness thereof I have to this my said will set my hand &
seal this one & twentieth Day of the Second month called Aprill in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and fourteen.* George H.\rlan (Seal)

Sealed signed & published & declared by Testator George Harlan to be his last will &
Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto in
his presence.

Daniel McFakson.

Nathan Maddock.

Thomas Pierson.

An Inventory of the Goods, Chatties Rights & Credits which were of George Harlan late

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