WILLIAM PUSEY I
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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
The Pennock family was a leading Quaker
family in colonial Pennsylvania. The descendants are
numerous. Three known books have been written about them:
The Pennocks of Primitive Hall by George Valentine Massey II,
The Pusey Family by Pennock Pusey, and
Christopher Pennock Genealogy, compiled by Charles A. Rudolph, 1959.
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.
William Pusey I was born about 1680 very
possibly in the Berkshires of England. His
"kinsman" Caleb Pusey was one of the first
immigrants to Pennsylvania arriving in 1682. He was
a great friend of William Penn, established the
first grist mill in the country (well there was a Swedish
one that failed) in Upland, Chester County Pennsylvania.
Upland is now in Delaware county which was created from
part of Chester county in 1789. His house still
stands and is believed to be the oldest building still
standing in PA and the only known one to be visited by William
The story is told in The Pusey Family by Pennock
Pusey written in 1883 that Caleb Jr.
and William Pusey arrived about 1700, lived with
Caleb Pusey for a while, learned the milling trade
before moving on to Chester County where they set up
mills. The elder Caleb went to live
with Caleb Jr. when he became old, and in his will
named both Caleb Jr. and William as kinsmen.
He died in 1726 a very respected member of the community.
But exactly how Caleb Jr. and our William
Pusey are related to the senior Caleb Pusey
is not known. There is a detailed discussion of the
problem by John Morris on The Pusey Family Home
Page found at
Thus, regretfully, we cannot say who were the parents
of our William Pusey I.
From the Chester Monthly Meeting Records, Hinshaw,
found at Swartmore college Quaker Library, Vol 1, page
116-117 we know that 7/29, 1707, probably Sept 7,
1707 William Pusey I wed Elizabeth Bowater,
daughter of Frances Bowater, widow of Middletown
Meeting, PA. Vol 1, page 11, gives the date
as 9/5 Sept 5th. This may when the banns were
read, and the 29th when the ceremony was attended by
guests: Ann Bennett, Lydia Vernon, Randal
Vernon, William Brinton, Caleb Pusey, Caleb Pusey Jr., Frances Bowater (the
mother), Ann Pusey, Mary Bowater, Thomnas Bowater,
The same MM records give the children and birth dates of William Pusey and Elizabeth Bowater :
1. John Pusey born 5/16/1708 (July) He wed Katharine Maris
2. William Pusey II born 1/15/1710/11 (March) . He wed Mary Passmore
3. Lydia Pusey born 6/16/1713 (Aug). She wed John Bailey
4. Joshua Pusey born 11/9/1714 (Jan). He wed Mary Lewis
The spouses of the children were listed in Descendants
of William and Elizabeth (Bowater) Pusey,
compiled by Bart Anderson, sound in the Chester
County Historical Society library. They also
listed four more children.
5. Elizabeth wed John Baldwin
6. Jane wed Nathaniel Pennock
7. Mary wed Joseph Dixon
8. Hannah wed George Carson
Chester county Orphans court vol 2, page 58 gives
us some confirmation on their children: Elizabeth
Pusey, now widow of William Pusey lists her
young children Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Hanna and
Joshua. "With her sister Jane Pusey,
chose Caleb Pusey and Joseph Pennock as
guardians.". So that neatly completes the list of
children. Now just to confirm their spouses.
Elizabeth did not have, to my knowledge, a sister
Jane. so "sister Jane Pusey", may
have been the child of our William II who chose
guardians with her minor siblings. I believe
Caleb Pusey was her uncle who immigrated with William
and Joseph Pennock a close neighbor, friend and
future father in law of Jane Pusey.
William Pusey I made an early purchase in 1709
from Andrew Job, Chester County Deeds Book C.
page 83. Pusey's residence is given as
Chester, as was Mr. Job. I don't know what
the deed was for. .
William Pusey I purchased 500 acres in Chester
County on Sept 5, 1714. re Chester County Deeds
vol 67, page 23, and Vol 73, page 153.
The family moved to London Grove, East Marlborough
township, in Chester county 1717 noted in Meeting
minutes. They actually lived first in New
Garden, re the Chester county Tax list of 1720.
The 1727 Chester County Tax list has them residents
of London Grove. They did not move, in 1723 London Grove
was organized and the first taxable list for that
town included Wim Pusey and land "Sadbery" for which he
aid 17 shillings 10 pence. In 1727 William Pusey
sold Sadsbury to Adam Boyd, Chester County Deed
Book K-2, page 56. The deed said "William and
Elizabeth Pusey, residents of London Grove
sold...." but I don't know how much land was
sold. nor where Sadsbury was located. I
have a 1730 map of the Lands Around London Grove
meeting house 1700 - 1730. It shows the
boundaries of the townships: including London Grove and
new Garden. with the name of all the land owners, where
they were located and how much land they held.
Our William Pusey is just north of the new
Garden border into Londongrove and is shown with 200
acres. There is no Boyd shown.
So I'm not sure where the 300 acres disappeared to.
There is a Sadsbury unincorporated township further north
then this map shows. Perhaps it was there. but they
always lived in London Grove, once they left Chester.
There are dozens of Pusey deeds in the Chester County
records. So it was a big name in that county.
Our family continued to be an active Quaker family.
On an 1860 map is shown the Pusey Mill and House at or
near an intersection of Woodview Rd and McCue
rd. Very near present day Loch Naire Golf
If you know the answer please CONTACT US
1. Look for a will for William Pusey
2. Where was Sudsbery?
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