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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
John Maris was born in Worcestershire
England. Two villages have been sited as the home of
the Maris family: Inkbarrow in History of
Delaware by George Smith written in 1862 on page
482. A biographical sketch of John's father,
George Maris, and Grafton Flyford in
The Maris Family in England by George and Annie M.
Inkbarrow has a parish church, St. Peter's which
dates from the 13th century. Grafton Flyford also has
an ancient church. The villages are less than
5 miles apart and both are east of the small city of
Worcester. So either, and maybe both were home to
John Maris. He was born 3/21/1669. He was
fifth child of six known to be born to George Maris and his
from The Maris Family Her maiden name may
have been Wellsmith, also of Inkberrow. This is
from online sources without documentation. If
you have it, share it please.
In 1683, George Maris brought his family to
Pennsylvania. John would have been about 14
at the time. They settled in Springfield Township in
Chester County, PA. The house he built, Home House is now
in Delaware County, PA. George became a
leading member of the community. The family were
Quakers and were very active in the Chester Monthly
John Maris married Susanna
Lewis at the Haverford Meeting, on
9/21/1693. That was Susanna's home meeting. They had
11children. The names and dates below are all from
the Chester Monthly Meeting, held at Swathmore Quaker
Research Library. They were:
1. George Maris, born 6th month, 31st day, 1694, he married Sarah Lewis.
2. Sarah Maris, born 1st month, 31st day, 1697, she married John Bennet
3. Alice Maris, born 1st month, 11th day, 1699, died same day
4. Mary Maris, born 1st month, 9th day, 1701/2, she married Joseph Taylor
5. Hannah Maris, born 8th month, either 8th or 28th day, 1705, she married Michael Harlan.
6. Susannah Maris born 5th month, 10th day, 1704/5
7. Jane Maris born 6th month 9th day, 1705
8. Kathrine Maris, born 5th month, 8th day, 1707
9. John Maris, born 11th month, 15th day, 1709
10. James Maris, born 2nd month, 28th day, 1711
11. Elizabeth Maris, born 12th month, 12th day, 1713
A note about the Quaker calendar. From the 12th century
in England the year began with the vernal equinox, on
March 25th. This lasted until January 1752 as the legal
and civil year. However, from the time of the Norman
Conquest in 1066 A.D. the first of January had been
considered the historical beginning for the year. It was
customary to use a system of double dating between Jan 1
and March 25, giving both years i.e. 11-8-1747/48. In
Pennsylvania, where friends controlled the legislation for
many years, the numerical form of dating was commonly used
and sanctioned by law, i.e. eleventh month, 8th day, which
would translate to Jan. 8, 1748 in the new calendar.
Whenever dates were given with numbers we have left them
as we found them. Not all the dates above seem to fit the
pattern, but I copied what the Monthly Records showed.
John Maris served five terms in the Colonial
assembly of which his brothers, George Jr. and Richard
were also members
We don't know where the family lived, but it was
most likely in the Springfield area. There is a deed
in the Chester County Book B, page 155 dated
1707. John Maris was "of Springfield"
he purchased land from Neals Boone Darby.
Right now I don't know where it would be. It would take a
trip to the Chester County Archives.
John Maris had inherited "Home House" from his
father in 1/8/1747. He did not get to live
there long. John Maris wrote his will on Sept 13,
1747. It was proved April 18, 1748. He died at
"Home House". an Inventory was taken the next
day. The will mentions his wife Susannah,
sons, John and George but not James.
it mentions daughters Sarah, Mary, Susannah,
Hannah's children, Catherine Pusey, Alice's
So it is interesting that Sarah, Mary and Hannah's
married names are not mentioned but Catherine's
is. It also suggestions that the Quaker records had
the death of new born Alice incorrect, or perhaps
daughter's Jane or Elizabeth were called Alice.
These 2 daughters were not named.
We do not know when Susannah died, nor where either are
buried. However, they could have been buried at
"Home House" or at the Chester Meeting House.
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