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The publication of genealogies, in which all the branches of a large family
are traced down to the latest generation, is an American idea which has
obtained its greatest development in New England, and almost wholly
within the last half century. The fourth work o! the kind, and the largest
up to that time, was the Sharpless Genealogy, containing 132 pages of small
size, published in Philadelphia in 181 6. But one or two others appeared in
Philadelphia prior to 1850, and of those published elsewhere the aggregate
bulk would scarcely exceed that of single genealogies of recent date. Now
these publications number thousands, while numerous genealogical societies
and magazines foster a spirit of research among the generations long since
turned to dust.

The late Samuel L. Smedley appears to have commenced the collection
of information about his ancestors as early as 1857, and obtained much from
persons then living which otherwise would not have been accessible at this
day. After a few years he became acquainted with the compiler of this
volume, then actively engaged in genealogical work, and a very pleasant
and conofenial intimacy continued between them during the remainder of his
life. In 1882 he was amon^ the most interested in the bi-centennial eath-
ering of the Sharpless Family, and of the association afterward formed to
guarantee the publication of a revised family history, of which he was the
leading spirit. The accomplishment of this large work appears to have
been so satisfactory to him that he decided to entrust the completion of his
cherished desire, a Smedley Genealogy, to the same author, though his
intention was a secret until after his death. Under this view it was thought
best to make the Smedley a companion-work to the Sharpless Genealogy.
Though somewhat smaller, it is otherwise almost identical in make-up with
the larger book.

Future generations and the average reader of the present will have but a
vague idea of the difficulties encountered in the prosecution of such a work,
and, without going into details, it may be remarked that only in a cornr>aiv. •
lively intelligent and moral state of society are large genealogies possible

( iii )


The printing of this work was commenced before the collection of the in-
formation was completed, and has proceeded slowly since the beginning of
the year 1900. Consequendy many changes have taken place, of which no
mention will be found in these pages.

G. C.

9th Mo. 1 2th 1901.




Darby Township Records ■ • • 5


William Perm's Concessions to Settlers

Early Friends' Meetings
Darby Township Records

Goshen Monthly Meeting established

Explanation of Quit Rents ...

^ -72

Providence or Bishop's Mills

Providence Meeting .... ' ' 8

Middletown Meeting

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JNewtown Meeting .

o .... IIJ.

Goshen Meeting

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Wiliistown Meeting • • • . j

Uwchlan Meeting . .

^ ° 100

Downingtown Meeting

Bellefonte Meeting

Smedleys of New England

Smedleys of Kentucky

Smedleys of Utah

Smedleys of Blendon, Mich 't

Recent Smedley Immigrants

English Notes of Smedleys ^^^

Parish Registers "

Smedley Wills, Derbyshire, England ^^

Additions and Corrections ...

Table of Descendants .... ^^^




For the benefit of the binding- the pictorial pages have been printed in
pairs, to be inserted in the text without paste, and for this reason the illus-
trations will not always be found to face the reading matter referrins;^ to
them. The most of the views have been photographed at various times by
the author.

Arms of Smedley r.„,.. „ r^-^i

■' Reverse of title page.

Portrait of Deborah S. Allen .... ^.„/r%

„ ,, ^ page 606

Bellefonte Meeting House o

Birmingham Meeting House f

Portrait of Deborah G. Brinton .' ! ' ^ !

Portrait of Stephen Marshal] Brinton • • • ■ -

Chester County Map, 1780

Chester and Delaware Counties in 1900

Concord Meeting House

Portrait of Anna G. Cope . "^ '*

^ ... 52''

Residence and Family of Gilbert and Anna G. Cope 552

Portraits of Kdge T. and Nathan Cope ....

Children of Edge T. Cope ' ' ' ^^^

Portrait of Edward D. Cope ' '*^'

Cope's Bridge, East Bradfor.l ' ^'^^

Thomas and Mary Cox Homestead l^^

Richard, Edith and Milton Darlington "

Portrait of Alice Temple Davis

Portrait of Charles Downing . . "'^^

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Jacob Downing Home '

Joseph R. Downing Home \_

Miller Downing Home . . • ... 04


Richard Downing Home ' ^

Samuel R. Downing and Family " ' ,

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Downingtown Meeting House

Portrait of Jacob Edge '^'^

Portrait of Dr. John P. Edge " " "|"

Early Surveys in Edgmont Township • • ■ ;- .

Edgmont Township in 1848 ■••■.. 5,.;

Edgmont School Houses "^ ;,

Family Gathering in 1888

Family Gathering in 1800 .

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Fireplace at Ellwood Smedley's P»ge 274

Franklin Stove at Smedley Homestead ^ 74

Homestead of Aaron Garrett, Sr '7^

Homestead of Aaron Garrett, Jr 22

Children of David Garrett 5^2

Homestead of Levi Garrett ■ '72

Goshen Meeting Houses '^^

Portraits of Alfred C. Green and Children 7 7^

Robert Green Homestead, Edgmont 7i

Portraits of Walter VV. Green and wife 705

Residence of Walter W. Green, Marple 75^

Portraits of William L. Green and wife 7 i

William Hammans' Marriage Certificate ^3

Part of Holme's Map of Penna 7

Portrait of Lindley Hoopes 7

Portrait of Walker Y. Hoopes 7

Children of James and Rebecca King 447

Portrait of Deborah S. Kirk 3'4

Birthplace of Judge William Lewis ^o

Matlack's Hotel, Milltown 9^3

Early Surveys in Middletown Township 3^

Middletown Township in 184S

Patent for hnd in Middletown

Old Middletown Meeting House 99. 3°

Middl-town Meeting House and School

Burials at Middletown Meeting (Orthodox) ^°^

Portrait of Mary Dewees Miller

Gideon S. Moore's Home, Uwchlan ^°3

Leonard Moore's Home, Uwchlan 3"

Robert and Rachel Moore's Home 3i i

Early Surveys in Newtown Township 3

Newtown Township in 1848

Newtown Meeting House

Minshall and Jacob Painter's Monuments 7i

Penn Hill Meeting House and Stove '55

Early Surveys in Providence Township 9'

Providence Township in 1848

Providence Meeting House

Receipts for Quit Rent . . ■ • ' ^^^

Ridley Creek Bridge, Willistown ^^^

Ahinoam Smedley Homestead

Ambrose Smedley's Marriage Certificate ''4

Portrait of Ann Johnson Smedley y

Portraits of Benjamin and Jane Smedley -55

Benjamin Smedley Homestead ^"^^

Benjamin, Enos, Ezra and Ellwood Smedley ^37

Bennett Smedley Homestead ^59



Portrait of Charles O. Smedley

Home of Kllwood Smedley, Willistown • • ■ ■ [> t^e 91^,

George Smedley's Certificate " !'

Inventory of George Smedley's Estate ^"'

Marriage of George Smedley, 2d ^"^

George Smedley Homestead, Uwchlan ^"

George Smedley Homestead, Lima ~°^

Marriage of George Smedley and H. Mercer . '°^

Children of C;eorge and Mary Smedley ^'^

Hannah P. Smedley and Sons . _ ^''*

Portrait of Dr. Isaac G. Smedley '''^

Portraits of Isaac and Mary Smedley \ '^^^

Jacob Smedley Homestead, Willistown '^''^

Children of Jacob and Jane Smedley ''^

Portrait of Jane H. Smedley . ' \ ' ' ' ^^^

Portraits of Jane G. and Mary E. Smedley ' ' ' ^^^

Jeffrey Smedley Homestead ^°^

John Smedley Homestead, Willistown .' .' '^*

Residence of John G. Smedley '^^

Portrait of John H. Smedley . . '^'^^

Silhouettes of Joseph Smedley and others ." ^^^

Portrait of Joseph P. Smedley and Family ' ' '^°

Homestead of Peter Smedley, Uwchlan ^^^

Peter Smedley and son William T ^°^

Peter J. Smedley, wife and son John L ' ^^'

Philena Y. Smedley and Family ^*^^

Portrait of Dr. Robert C. Smedley ' '^^

Portrait of Samuel I,. Smedley ■ • • • 434

Marriage of Samuel L. and Hannah Smedley . '. '. '.'.'.'.'.'. Frontispiece

Homestead of .Samuel L. Smedley, Sr ^^^

Testimonial to Samuel I,. Smedley ^^°

Residence and Family of Samuel L. Smedley, Bala ^°^

Portraits of Samuel L. and Walter Smedley

Marriage Certificate of Thomas Smedley . . ''^^

Lands of Thomas Smedley, Willistown, 1758 ^'^

Residence of T. Chalkley Smedley, Uwchlan ' "^^

Administration Bond of Elizabeth Smedley '^'^

Marriage of William and Elizabeth Smedley " ' ^°^

Marriage of William and Deborah Smedley \ '^''

William Smedley Homestead, Middletown '^^

AVilliam Smedley Farm, Middlelown \\ '''^

Children of William and Rebecca Smedley \

Residence of William T. Smedley, Uwchlan

Family of William T. Smedley •"'"'

Smedley Lands in Willistown .... "^ ^'

Springfield Meeting House ' _ 7 1, -H'-'. 40.5

Abiah Taylor Homestead . ' ' ^^

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Portrait of Hannah Mary S. Taylor page 314

Portrait of Col. Richard Thomas '^^

Richard Thomas Homestead, Whitford Lodge 18 1

Portrait of Dr. George Thomas 549

Residence of Dr. George Thomas 549

J. Albin Thorp and Family 605

Residence of James Thorp 287

Portrait of William Trimble 49^

Joseph M., George S., and Jeffrey Truman 34 1

George Truman and George S. Truman 348

Uwchlan Meeting House • ■ ^94

Portrait of Ann E. Valentine ... 5 '9

Portrait of George S. Webster 595

Portrait of Lydia S. Webster SH

Westland Meeting House, Ohio -'8

Willistown Surveys and Patents 22, 74, 402

Willistown Meeting House ■ • '°5

Portrait of Enoch M. Worrall 667

Yarnall Homestead, Edgmont 287

Amos Yamall Home, 1727 '7^

Portrait of Elizabeth T. Yarnall SM

Portraits of Reuben Yarnall and Wife 287

Portrait of Sidney S. Yarnall 5^2


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(No. 104'.'.)


he arrangement .s by generations, and the names of the children in one generation if mnr
ned,are carr.ed forward as parents in the next, where they may be readfly found b r numbers. Fo, the sake of economy in space this order is no, strictly ac here
to in the later generations. ^ aunereci

The small figures attached to names, as George^ indicate the generation to which the indi
viduals belong, counting the earliest imn.igrant ancestors as No i

Ihe hne of ancestry given at the head of the page is not always correct as to all the de-
scendants on that page, yet will frequently be found an assistance in tracing descent

Dates are g.ven m the order of month, day and year, and for economy in space numbers are
used mstead of names for the months ; that being also according to the custom of F i^ ,

Abbreviations : b. for born ; d. for died ; m. for married : bur. for buried ; dau ford "h
ter ; gr. for grand ; Mo. Mtg. for Monthly Meeting. ^

/'><'/// jW:,u/,s of William Paints Commissiouers of Property.

T4th of I , mo., , 701 : « George Smedley, of the Township of Providence, being seated on

a tract of land m the County of Chester, reputed and laid out for .50 acres purchted of th '

Prop-ry when first here and paid for since his last arrival, had the same resun'yed by H n

Holhngswcrth, under whose hand he produces an acc't of the resurvey, making ' con^in

craves that he may be redressed and that the said agreement be cance led f ) .," '

20 Acres, which he now pays." ^^^ ^' ' ^ ' ^-5 for the said




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latriiis viii




\ STUDY of the migrations of the human race is worthy of our attention,
r\ even when we are not directly concerned, and when the movements
of our progenitors are under consideration we should take a lively interest
m all the details. The repeopling of the New by colonists from the Old
W orld has been of the most momentous importance to us, and. whether in
Its mimediate or remote results, deserves more than a passing thoucdu
Perhaps, m the ordering of creation, the world is destined to witness succes-
sive waves oi civilization and race migration, following the course of the sun
and crowding out the older, more stagnant and less energetic forms. It
might be supposed that those individuals who invade new fields possessed
more than the average of energy, yet, on the other hand, the struggle for
existence in the older centres might be expected to tlevelop those quiilities
es.sential to the perpetuation of the race.

In these days of rapid strides it seems almost strange that for more than
a hundred years after the discovery of America there were no successful
attempts at colonization, except in the tropical or sub-tropical regions.
The first English colony was established at Jamestown, Virginia, in "^ 607
and the second at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620. The Dutch setded at
New Amsterdam, now New York, in 1626, and the Swedes on the Dela-
ware in 1638; but the latter colony did not flourish and their occupation
extended litde beyond tide-water. They had for rivals the Dutch, who
claimed the territory on the South River, as they styled the Delaware, and


finally in 1655, overthrew the Swedish rule here. Little attempt was made
at colonization, however, and New Amsterdam having been captured by
the Encrlish, in 1664, its dependency on the South River naturally fell to
the victors. A temporary possession was again obtained by the Dutch, in
1673-4, but this had little influence on the colonial life in what is now

Pennsylvania. ,

Up to this period but few Englishmen had sought permanent nomes on
the Delaware, and these had doubdess been connected with the mil.tary
occupation of the country and found wives among the Swedes or Dutch.
Such was the case with James Sandilands, of Upland, now Chester, who
married the daughter of jurian Keen, a Swede. The commerce ot the
river was insignificant and vessels seldom arrived, so that a highway of im-
mio-ration could scarcely be said to exist. r ■ - 1

king Charles II. had granted to his brother James, Duke of vork, the
territory now embraced in the states of New Jersey and Delaware, even
before it had been wrested from the Dutch, and the Duke had conveyed
what is now New Jersey to Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret. The
Society of Friends, or Quakers, founded in England by the teachings of
Georcre Fox, about 1654, had suffered much persecution, and were looking
toward the New World as an asylum. In 1673 John Fenwick, one of then-
number, as trustee of Edward Byllinge, purchased the interest of Lord
Berkeley, which, by a division agreed upcn with Sir George Carteret,
formed the province of West New Jersey. There was an understanding
by which Fenwick was to have one-tenth of the province, and in 1675 he
led a colony of Friends who formed a setdement at Salem. Disputes arose
between Fenwick and Byllinge, which by the kind intervention of William
Penn were at length adjusted, and Byllinge conveyed his nine-tenths ot the
province to Wilfiam Penn, Gawen Lawrie and Nicholas Lucas, tor the
benefit of his creditors. These divided the ownership into one hundred
shares or " proprieties," for which they found purchasers among Friends in
Yorkshire and others in London. Certain " Conditions and Concessions '
were agreed upon between the trustees and purchasers for the gOA rnment
of the colony, and in 1677 the ship Kent arrived with 230 passengers, who
formed a setdement at Burlington. Other ships arrived in 1678 and 1679,
and the success of the colony was assured. Some who thus as
setders in New Jersey crossed over to the western shore of the Delaware,
where courts had been established among the Swedes and Dutch at New
Casde and Upland, and prominent among these was Robert Wade, at the
latter place.



I ^'^\ ^""t^^^' ^^' '''■' ''^^^"^'■^''°" ^^''tl^ the affairs of the province of New
Jersey that \V,lha,n Penn's attention was drawn to the e.^ablish"en^ M

n^s?'N S^rT"';'/'^ Delaware, and on the 4th of Marc^^ V
(1681. N. S ), he obtained from Charles II. a charter for that object

Srr WIl " p'^'^V" '°"?'^'''''°" "'■ ''^ ''^^^ ^'■""^ ^'-' Crown to Admiral
S.r W.] am Penn. deceased, lather of the grantee. The latter w^ould have
called the provmce Sylvania, but the king- insisted on the prefix " Pen' '
and on Apnl ., 1681 issued a proclamation directing the inhabitants of he
sa,d provmce to yeld all due obedience to William Penn. his heirs and
assigns, as absolute proprietaries and governors thereof On April loth
Penn commissioned his cousin, William Markham. deput^-.overnor of Z
colony the government thereof having been previous^^ exercised t New
York, at which place Markham had arrived June .:st. on his way to the
Delaware^ W ,1 ham Penn issued a prospectus in regard to the disposa of
lands ,n Pennsylvania to such as designed to remove' thither, and To pre
pared certain "Conditions and Concessions." prescribing rules for the
survey and settlement thereof, treatment of the Indians, and other matters
probabl, p,e minary to a frame of government. These consisted of tw r^y

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be necessary .0 the cilL t^ ; ' :' irir^T::; Zf " Tr''-"' ''''^''' ''''


attending it, if sucli can be found ; and in case any one or more p'jrchasers plant not accord-
ing to agreement in this concession, to the prejudice of others of the same township, upon
complaint thereof made to the governor or his deputy, with assistance, they may award (if they
see that the complaining purchaser may, paying the survey-money, and the purchase-
money, and interest thereof, be entitled, enrolled, and lawfully invested in the lands so not


V. That the proportion of lands that shall be laid out in the first great town or city, fur
every purchaser, shall be after the proportion of ten acres for every five hundred acres pur-
chase i, if the place will allow it.

VI. That notwithstanding there be no mention made in the several deeds made to the pur-
chaser, yet the said William Penn does accord and declare, that all rivers, rivulets, woods and
undeiwoods, waters, water-courses, quarries, mines and minerals (except mines-royal), shall be
freely and fully enjoyed, and wholly by the purchasers into whose lot they fall.

VII. That for every fifty acres that shall be allotted to a servant at the end of his service his
quit-rent shall be two shillings per annum, and the master or owner of the servant, when he
shall take up the other fifty acres, his quit rent shall be four shillings by the year, or if the
master of the servant (by reason in the indentures he is so obliged to do) allot out to the ser-
vant fifty acres in his own division, the said master shall have, on demand, allotted him from
the governor the one hundred acres at the chief rent of six shillings per annum.

The incidental manner in which alkision is made to the granting of fifty
acres to servants and the hke quantity to their masters, at a small rent,
indicates that it was a colonial custom not peculiar to Pennsylvania.

Finding that by a strict construction of his charter the southern boundary
of his province would strike the Delaware river above the mouth of the
Schuylkill, Penn purchased, August 20, 1682, from the Duke of York, a
circle of twelve miles around New Casde, and the remainder of the territory
now forming the State of Delaware, by deed of August 24, 1682. On the
30th of the same month he sailed for Pennsylvania, in the ship Welcome,
with about one hundred passengers, and arrived at New Casde, m the
Delaware, on the 27th of October following. Prior to leaving England, on
the 22d of 3d mo. (May), 1682, he forwarded a list of persons to whom he
had sold unlocated lands in Pennsylvania to the amount of more than
500,000 acres, in order that the same might be surveyed. The Swedes and
other setders in possession at the date of William Penn's charter were, of
course, undisturbed.

The method of conveyance in use at that day, and for many years after-
ward, was by lease and release ; the lease placing the purchaser in posses-
sion, and the release, dated the day following, divested the former owner
of all right and tide to the property. After the survey of the land it was
expected that each owner would obtain a patent, giving a description
thereof by metes and bounds ; but there was considerable neglect in this
respect, or if obtained they failed to be placed upon record. Whether


William Penn actually signed many of the deeds of lease and release is
uncertain, but an examination of some of them shows that his name was
placed thereon by his secretary by the use oi a stamp. In the list above
mentioned the names were grouped together in purchases to the amount
of 10,000 acres, which seems to indicate an intention of placing each group
in a separate township. This was found to be impracticable, however, and
there was great irregularity in the shapes of surveys and townships.

Prior to the arrival of William Penn the settled part of the province was
known as Upland County, with the seat of justice at Upland, now Chester,
where courts had been held at least from 1676. "A letter addressed to
Ephraim Herman, in respect to summoning a Court to be held at New

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