MARY PASSMORE

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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT

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.

Mary Passmore was born about 1720 probably in Kennet, Chester County Pennsylvania. Her parents were John Passmore and Mary Buxcey. They had wed in Hurst, Berkshires England and immigrated to America about 1710.  There are hints that they joined the Kennet monthly meeting, but I have not the documentation for that yet.  There is evidence that a John and Mary Passmore did move from Kennet to Nottingham Monthly Meeting in 1741. Could there have been two?  Nottingham MM records  So I know they were in Kennet, just not a starting date.

Much of the information about this family is from the Passmore Family Book, found at the Chester county Historical Society Library.

Mary Passmore wed William Pusey Jr.  I don't know when. I've seen dates from 1704 to 1723.  Her first known child is said to have been born in 1743.  We know she was wed by 1743.  Her father, William Passmore, wrote his will in July of 1743 and his daughter is named "Mary Pusey".. William Pusey was one of the Executors.  The will is in the Chester County PA Archives, will #1010

 Mary and William Pusey had the following children, (the names and spouses come from William Pusey's will),(the birth dates come from the New Garden Monthly meeting records:
1.  Betty Pusey, born Dec. 1743 wed William Wechesham
2.  Elinor Pusey, born July 20, 1746, wed John Pennock
3.  William Pusey, born Dec. 9, 1754
4.  Mary Pusey, born March 31, 1758
5.  Enoch Pusey, born Sept 20, 1761
6.  Jane Pusey, born Aug. 26, 1765

William Pusey Sr, William Jr.'s father owned a Mill on White Clay Creek in London Grove PA.  It is very possible that Mary's husband worked with his dad.  They probably lived very near by. Re his will mentioned below, "my beloved wife" inherited  the Plantation "wherein I now dwell".

William Pusey wrote his will Jan 10, 1773, it was proved June   14, 1773,  Found in Chester County PA Archives, Will # 2769.  The will names his children, but his wife goes by "beloved wife".  At this time we will assume it was Mary Passmore.   He was buried in the New Garden Meeting Burial grounds.  Probably Mary was also

It is not known when Mary Passmore Pusey died.  However there are many online references that say she also died in 1773.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS

If you know the answer please CONTACT US

    1. Get confirmation of her birth year.  There could be records in Swarthmore.
    2. Find the deed for the plantation William bequeathed to his wife
    3. When did she die?
    4. Where is she buried?

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