Compiled and copyright by MJP Grundy, 2005

This page is still under construction.    

     Eugene Glenn Stackhouse has traced the family back through the Carr, Clavering, and de Burgh families to Baldwin, Count of Boulogne in early medieval times.[1] This is great fun, but I have not been able to check the line myself. Since this web page has resolutely tried to keep to the Pennsylvania immigrants and their immediately identifiable ancestors, we will regretfully not include Gene's work at this time.

     This web page doesn’t pretend to be anything like a definitive genealogy of the Stackhouse family. It is mainly interested in the direct line ending with GRACE STACKHOUSE (b. 1696) who married DAVID WILLSON (or Wilson) in 1719. What it lacks in length and breadth, however, it hopes to make up in depth of research about these few individuals. If you have more information or corrections, please contact me via e mail at .

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English Ancestors

     Still relying on Gene Stackhouse's research[2], which he identifies as "probable" and "not disproved", we'll start with James StackhouseC who married first Agnes CARR, the daughter of Thomas Carr. (See information on the numbering system used on this web page.) Agnes died, and on Christmas Day 1564 was buried. James then married in October 1567 Anna Carr, who may have been her sister (?). James was buried 28 January 1592. A word of warning: I have not done any of the research on James and his children myself, and am happy to receive corrections and additions.

     Children of James and Agnes (Carr) Stackhouse:
i.       JohnB, bapt. 1558; m(1) 28 Oct. 1588 Elizabeth ARMISTAD; m(2) Ellen __;
ii.      Anthony, bapt. 1558
iii.     William, bur. 19 June 1563
     Children of James and Anna:
iv.      Agnes, bapt. 24 Apr. 1569
v.       Susanna, bapt. 10 Dec. 1571; bur. 12 Jan. 1571
vi.      Elizabeth, bapt. 13 Feb. 1572
vii.     Sarah, Bapt. 21 Sept. 1574
viii.   Christopher, bapt. Sept. 1576; bur. 1665.
ix.      Bridget, bapt. 1578

     John StackhouseB, son of James and Agnes (Carr) Stackhouse was baptized in 1558, the year Elizabeth I came to the throne of England. John married first Elizabeth Armistead on 28 October 1588, the year the Spanish Armada came to grief. Then secondly he married Ellen (__). Ellen was buried 11 October 1626 at Giggleswick.[3]

      Child of John and Elizabeth (Armistead) Stackhouse:[4]
i.       JohnA bur Apr. 1599
     Children of John and Ellen (__) Stackhouse:
ii.      Thomas, bapt 1 May 1601; m. Anna
iii.     James, bapt 1603; d. 1668
iv.      Henry, bapt. Dec. 1606
v.       Robert, bapt. 3 Sept. 1609

     Thomas StackhouseA, the son of John and perhaps his second wife, Ellen (__), was baptized 1 May 1601 in St. Alkelda's in Giggleswick. He died and was buried in October 1686. Thomas married Anna (__). She was buried July 1690 in Giggleswick.[5]

     Children of Thomas and Anna (__) Stackhouse (may be incomplete):[6]
i.     Thomas Stackhouse1, d.y.

ii.    John Stackhouse, was born 1633 in Giggleswick, W. Riding, Yorkshire.

iii.   Thomas Stackhouse, Sr., twin, born 1635?? in Giggleswick, West Riding, Yorks, Eng. He died 1706 in Bucks Co, Penna.; m. 1682 Margery HAYHURST; emigrated to Penna.; no children.

iv.    Janet Stackhouse, born 1637 in Giggleswick, W. Riding, Yorkshire; bequeathed 1 shilling by her brother Thomas.

v.     Ellen Stackhouse, twin was born 1639?? and died after 1705, when she was named in her brother Thomas's will, to receive one shilling.

vi.   William Stackhouse.

vii.  Anna Stackhouse

Immigrant Generation

     It is a little tricky calling this the immigrant generation, since Thomas had no children, and our ancestors were actually his nephews (i.e. the next generation). But let's give credit to Thomas, even if he has no direct descendants to honor him. From here on down the research is mostly mine, and I have cited the sources from which I gathered the information. As this is still a work in progress, I've included some of my open questions. If a reader can supply answers, I would be very pleased to hear from you.

     John Stackhouse, son of Thomas and Anna (__) Stackhouse, was born in 1633 in Giggleswick, West Riding, Yorkshire.[7] John is said to be the father of our line of Stackhouse ancestors, but I have found no actual proof of this, and the editors of Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary think that a Samuel Stackhouse was the father of "our" John and Thomas.[8] There is no indication that this John ever crossed the Atlantic. If any reader can provide additional information about any of these men I would be very grateful to hear from you.

     Thomas Stackhouse, Sr.1, perhaps a twin, was born in Giggleswick, West Riding, Yorkshire, perhaps in 1635 or 1639, the son of Thomas and Anna (__) Stackhouse. He died in 1706 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Thomas married Margery HAYHURST in England under the care of Settle Monthly Meeting in May 1682.[9] He was in his late forties.

     The recently married couple emigrated to Pennsylvania on the Lamb. The small ship, of only 130 tons, loaded at Liverpool between 26 June and 17 July 1682. Under Master John TENCH it arrived in the Delaware River 22 October. There were a number of families from Settle Monthly Meeting (which included meetings in other nearby areas of Yorkshire and Lancashire), including Cowgills, Croasdales, Dilworths, Hayhursts, Heatons, Stackhouses, Walns, and Wigglesworths. These families became inter-related over succeeding generations.[10]

     It has been suggested that Margery died 15 Eleventh Month 1682/3, and that hers was one of the first burials at Middletown. But I have been unable to find any record of her death in the Middletown Meeting records.[11]

     A certificate of removal was received for Thomas and his wife at Middletown Meeting on 7 Fourth Month [June] 1683. If in fact his wife had already died, it is interesting that this was not noted.

     No Stackhouses are listed as First Purchasers, meaning that Thomas had not paid for land in advance of his arrival in William Penn's province.[12] However, on Thomas Holme's 1687 map a strip of land is identified with Thomas Stackhouse Senr's name in Middletown, butting against the Neshaminy Creek, between land of James DILWORTH on the south and Core Creek (the latter is not labelled, but runs into the Neshaminy from the east at the latter's sharp bend) on the north.

      Thomas moved in with Margaret ATKINSON, widow of Christopher of Bensalem. He was disciplined by the meeting for living in her house without being married to her. The Women's Meeting, and Margaret, agreed that he should leave. Then on 4 Twelfth Month 1702/3 he and Margaret brought their first intention to marry to the Meeting. They were cleared to marry the following month.[13]

     Thomas's name continued to appear in the Middletown Meeting Men's minutes. Since Friends Meetings then had no pastors or staff, all the functions of pastoral care and building maintenance had to be done by Friends appointed to specific tasks. These appointments are in the minutes, so we can see the level of activity of a given Friend. Thomas was named to a committee to look into someone's clearness to receive a certificate of removal to another location; he was named to a marriage clearness committee. Several times he was named to the sometimes delicate task of speaking with a Friend whose behavior gave the meeting cause for concern, including William Paxson, Jr., and to track down the source of some gossip. He was asked to be one of several men overseeing an orphan's welfare and affairs.[14] Often the meeting served as the venue for resolving disputes. For example Thomas brought to the meeting a complaint against John GRIFFITH over some hogs. He was one of several Friends reporting when workmen had done a poor job on Adam HARKER's house.[15] He was appointed to a committee 2 Eighth Month [October] 1690 to see to the construction of stables for the meeting house, and donated 5/ to the meeting house fund. Apparently Thomas was serving as treasurer, because two months later he was asked to bring the meeting's account books, and the following month it was minuted that the books had been reviewed and were accurate. The next year he was appointed to collect funds for building the stable.[16] Margaret served on three marriage clearness committees.[17]

     When George KEITH's ministry and denunciations became too much for many Friends to tolerate, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, held at Burlington 7 Seventh Month [September] 1692 approved a minute against Keith "for his vile abuses and ungodly speeches against God's people; and also his separation from them and exposing of them in print and otherwise endeavoring by his misrepresentations of them to make them the derision of the heathen and scorn of fools." Some 212 Friends signed the minute, among them Thomas Stackhouse.

     Thomas, like most recent settlers in Penn's new colony, participated actively in local governance. For example, Thomas "the elder" was appointed constable.[18] He served on petit juries[19] and on grand juries.[20] However, there are a number of court records that do not differentiate between Thomas "the elder" or Senior, and his nephew Thomas "the younger" or Junior. So for now these additional services are not mentioned here.

     Thomas can also be tracked through real estate records, although they do not seem to be complete. On Thomas Holme's 1687 map, as mentioned above, Thomas Stackhouse Senr.'s name is on a strip of land butting against the Neshaminy Creek to the west; James DILWORTH and Joshua __ to the south; and William and Charles BILES on the east. Assigning to this older Thomas all real estate transactions that are not specifically identified as "Thomas Junr.", indicates a purchase of 100 acres 18 Eighth Month [October] 1699 from the widowed Grace LANGHORNE and her son and daughter (Sarah, wife of William BILES, Jr.). As near as I can make out from the abstract, the land was adjoining land Thomas already owned, and it was sold for the yearly rents (presumably in arrears) due to the proprietary.[21] There was one other real estate transaction that bears notice. On 8 March 1703 Margaret Stackhouse, wife of Thomas, bought 100 acres in Bensalem from Joseph GROWDEN for £30.[22] It was unusual for a married woman to purchase--and presumably own--land in her own right. Most likely it was to enable her own children to inherit it. Under the law of femme covert married women had no legal right to own anything. Wives (and all of their earnings, belongings, and inheritances) were merged with their husbands, and once they were married women ceased to have a legal existence.

     "Thomas Stackhouse of Belmount in Bensalem Township, Bucks County", signed his will on 26 Ninth month [November] 1705; the witnesses were Jeremiah SCAIFE, John ROMFORD, and Jonathan Scaife. He bequeathed £1 to his nephew Thomas Stackhouse, and £3 to his nephew John Stackhouse. He gave one shilling each to his brother John and sisters Jennit and Ellin. All the rest he left for his "loving wife", making her his executor. Since the will was filed in Philadelphia, and it was inconvenient for Margaret to travel there, Jonathan and Jeremiah SCAIFE attested to William Paxson that they had seen Thomas sign his will. Presumably William filed the papers in Philadelphia next time he went to town. The will was officially proved on 2 September 1706.[23]

     Thomas and Margery had no children.

First/Second Generation in Pennsylvania

     Thomas Stackhouse2, most likely the son of Samuel, was probably born on 19 First Month [March] 1665/6 in Slaidburn, in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[25] Family tradition holds that he was from "the ancient Deanery of Craven, West Riding, Yorkshire". He was called "the younger", or Junior, to differentiate him from his uncle Thomas, Sr. The younger Thomas died in Bucks County, Pennsylvania 24 Fourth Month [June] 1744. His first marriage was in 1688 to Grace HEATON. She was born 14 First Month [March] 1667 in Yorkshire, the daughter of Robert and Alice Heaton, who emigrated from Settle Monthly Meeting. Grace died 8 Eighth Month [October] 1708. (See information on the old style and Quaker dating system.)

     An explanation is in order concerning Thomas's father. Most genealogists assume that Thomas, Sr.'s brother John Stackhouse was the father of the younger Thomas. There seems to be no actual proof of Thomas's father, one way or another, but the circumstantial evidence is stronger for Samuel, although he is not listed as a brother of Thomas, Sr., making the relationship of uncle and nephew more problematical. Thomas Sr. and Samuel could have been first cousins and still used the nephew-uncle nomenclature. To quote the conclusions reached by the researchers for Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary, Thomas Jr. "named his first son Samuel, while his uncle Thomas in his will mentions his own brother John Stackhouse and his nephews Thomas [Jr.] and John without indicating they were the sons of John Stackhouse. Moreover, the Thomas Stackhouse, who was the son of Samuel Stackhouse, also had a brother John."[26]

     Thomas, his brother John, their aunt and uncle Thomas and Margery (HAYHURST) Stackhouse, and Thomas's future wife Grace HEATON and her parents and siblings arrived in Pennsylvania in October 1682 on the Lamb. [See above.] The certificate of removal from Settle Monthly Meeting listed the two older Stackhouses, along with six other families. It is possible "the meeting had not considered it necessary to list all the younger members of that exodus."[27]

It is fun to speculate that young Thomas and Grace became more deeply acquainted during the voyage. Grace was fifteen at the time. When she was twenty one, they brought their marriage intentions to Middletown Meeting on 5 Fifth Month [July] 1688. As usual, a clearness committee was appointed, which reported back favorably to the next meeting, held on 2 Sixth Month 1688. They were married in a meeting for worship held 27 Seventh Month [September] 1688.[28]

     Thomas is not listed as a First Purchaser, meaning that he had not paid for land in advance of his arrival in William Penn's province.[29] The first real estate purchase Thomas made that is recorded in Bucks County was 50 acres "beginning at marked tree of property of Nicholas WALN and Elizabeth WALMSLEY then south and west of the lands of Nicholas Waln". For this land Thomas Stackhouse, Jr., "planter", paid Nicholas Waln, "Yeoman", £5 on 5 Fourth Month [June] 1686.[30] This land appears to have been west of the Neshaminy Creek. However, by 1687 Thomas had his name with seven other men on an undivided block of land, which is shown on Thomas Holme's 1687 map. It is just north of his uncle Thomas Senr.'s land, butting against the Neshaminy Creek to the west, and Newtown to the north. The authors of Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary assume that Thomas lived on the land adjacent to his uncle for the first dozen years after his arrival.[31]

     Like most men in the early days of settlement, Thomas purchased--and sold--additional acres from time to time. On 17 Third Month [May] 1694 Thomas purchased 240 acres on the east side of the Neshaminy in Middletown from Ralph WARD, cordwainer of Philadelphia, and Thomas JENNER, carpenter of Philadelphia. The land had originally been granted to Philip ALFORD. The price was £30.[32] Three years later Thomas sold it for £7.10 to Ezra CROASDALE. In this deed Thomas was identified as a joiner, and Ezra as a weaver.[33] It is curious that Thomas sold the land at such a loss; it seems there must be a story connected to it somehow. Eight months earlier Thomas had been negotiating with John SCARBOROUGH for an exchange of real estate, and the discussion got so rancorous that Thomas complained to Middletown Meeting. After the men were reconciled, Thomas asked the meeting for advice on the potential transaction. Since there is no record of it, it is possible he was advised against it.[34] Thomas did not feel so badly burned that he stayed away from real estate, however. On 17 Eighth Month [October] 1699 he paid £36 to Joseph GROWDEN for 90 acres adjoining Jeremiah LANGHONRNE's land. At this point Thomas was identified as being a yeoman, a designation that continued to be used for all the rest of the deeds involving him.[35] In 1704 Thomas made several transactions. He sold the original 50 acres he had purchased from Nicholas Waln, now identified as being in Southampton Township (which hadn't been laid out in 1686). Thomas had paid £5 for it, and sold it for £20 to Ralph DRACOTT. The next day he bought from Ralph 122 acres in Southampton for £45.[36] Finally Thomas bought a lot in the town of Bristol for £20 from Joseph GROWDEN.[37] In November 1708 Thomas Stackhouse (with no designation of "Jr.") purchased 1,200 acres of land "lying by a line of Wrightstown" from Francis RICHARDSON, silversmith of Philadelphia, for £240.[38] If Thomas the elder had died in 1706, then record keepers would no longer bother referring to the younger Thomas as "Jr."

     Thomas was illiterate in 1687 when he signed with his mark the meeting minute pledging not to sell rum to the Indians. Ten years later the meeting lent him a primer, it appears that he may have used it, as well as his children, because by 1725 he was able to sign his name to his son's marriage certificate. At monthly meeting held 7 First Month [March] 1699/1700 he requested use of the meeting house for a school.[39]

     Thomas, along with Joseph GROWDEN, Ezra CROASDALE, William PAXSON, Thomas HILLBORN, and John CUTLER were trustees for land purchased by Middletown Meeting on 1 December 1704.[40] Earlier, Thomas had pledged 5/ to the meeting house fund.[41]

     Thomas had his "differences" with other Friends from time to time. When a "difference" would threaten the Christian unity of the meeting, a few men would be appointed to get the two arguing Friends together face to face, to see if they could be reconciled. In 1687 a difference between Thomas Stackhouse, Jr. and Thomas ATKINSON was reported to the meeting. The latter was sick and impoverished, being provided charity by Falls Meeting. The dispute was finally settled the following year when Jane Atkinson, Thomas's widow, paid Thomas Stackhouse 30/.[42] Thomas made a complaint against John EASTBURN having to do with a dispute over the sale of a house and land, in 1692. In 1695 he brought a complaint against John SCARBOROUGH. Both of these were reported resolved by the following monthly meeting. A complaint was raised at the turn of the new century against Thomas for hiring a recent immigrant, Henry MITCHELL, at "under wages". Joseph Growden accused Thomas of rapaciousness, and the meeting agreed with Growden, allowing Mitchell to break his contract and hire himself to Growden for a year, instead.[43]

     Although Grace was kept pretty busy with young children, she was able to serve on two marriage clearness committees before she died 8 Eighth Month [October] 1708. Thomas married for the second time on 1 March 1711 Ann MAYOS.[44] Ann witnessed a will in Middletown in 1722. She served on one committee in Middletown Meeting to ascertain if a Friend was clear to remove to another location. Most of the time, though, Ann was busy with young children. She bore five before she died. She was buried in Middletown 6 Fifth Month [July] 1724.

     During his second marriage Thomas served his greatest role in public service. It had started while he was still married to Grace. He was appointed a collector of money granted to the Proprietary in 1704. But his public career took off in 1711. He was a justice of the peace from 1711 to 1715, and elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly from 1711 to 1713.[45]

     Thomas married for the third time in Eighth Month (October) 1725 Dorothy (__) Heston, the widow of Zebulon who was buried at Wrightstown 27 Twelfth Month [February] 1719/20. Dorothy had nine children with Zebulon. She was very active in Middletown Women's Meeting, for example, appointed 24 times to attend Bucks Quarterly Meeting.[46]

     Thomas was active not only in Middletown, but also in Bristol, as indicated by his ownership of real estate in those two townships. He witnessed wills in both towns and also in Trevose.[47] Trevose is on the Neshaminy between Middletown and Bristol.

     Thomas dated his will 1 Twelfth Month 1741/2 and it was proved 14 July 1744. Thomas left the following as his estate to Dorothy his "now wife" (meaning his current one): his servant girl Jane, 100, selected furniture and utensils, two cows, a horse, and a book. Other bequests and arrangements are mentioned below in the short biographies of his various children. Son-in-law Euclydus Longshore and youngest son Isaac were named executors. In Fourth Month 1745 Euclydus complained to the court that half-brother-in-law Joseph had not yet settled his accounts with the estate.[48]

     Children of Thomas and his first wife, Grace (Heaton) Stackhouse:[49]

i.     Samuel Stackhouse, b. 17/8m/1689; inherited £10 from his father. My thanks to Geoffrey Hayden, e mail 12/12/2011 for pointing out the improbability that Samuel married Eleanor Stackhouse, as I had suggested. Eleanor, wife of Samuel Stackhouse of Bristol Boro, signed her will 15 Dec. 1766, proved 13 Jan. 1767. Her husband Samuel was named exr. and sole legatee. It mentioned that she was "Formerly Eleanor Clark, dau. of James Clark, late of Bristol, Dec'd., who died intestate leaving four daus., all at that time minors, youngest yet a minor, and leaving Real estate yet undivided." Therefore, on the evidence of this will, Eleanor had no children and was a young woman. Eleanor does not appear in the Middletown MM Women's Meeting minutes.

ii.     John Stackhouse, b. 27/3m/1691; d. ?.

iii.    Robert Stackhouse, b. 8/9m/1692; d. 1788; m. Margaret STONE; had 8 children. He inherited from his father 5, and the land adjacent to Pigeon Swamp, to be divided with his brother Thomas. Robert was disowned from Middletown MM for horse racing. Margaret does not appear in the Women's minutes.

iv.    Henry Stackhouse, b. 7/10m/1694; intended to m. Mary MAYOS (presumably his step-sister) and Friends were dissatisfied.[50] Instead he later m. Jane __??

v.     Grace Stackhouse, b. 7/11m/1696/7; d. 5/6m/1777; m. 31/1/1719 David WILLSON or Wilson.

vi.    Alice Stackhouse, b. 1/2m/1699; m. 8/1m/1715 Euclydes LONGSHORE, who received a bequest of 5 from Alice's father. Euclydes wrote his will 11m/8/1760 and it was proved 8 Oct. 1764; Alice and Friend Thomas JENKS were named executors.[51]

vii.   Thomas Stackhouse, b. 2/2m/1701; m. Elizabeth __. Like his older brother Robert, Thomas inherited 5 and a part of the land adjacent to Richard Bidgood that was to be divided with Robert. Had a daughter Rachel remembered in Thomas's brother Samuel's will, 1742.
Marriage Certificate of Joseph Stackhouse and Sarah 'Coupland', from Mary Musto
viii.   Joseph Stackhouse, b. 20/5m/1703; d. 7/6m/1774; m. 20/3m (May) 1725 Sarah COUPLAND or COPELAND; had 6 children including sons Caleb and Joshua. Joseph inherited land adjacent to William Paxson plus an additional 60 acres, and was to pay 2 to his son Caleb, and $10 to his brother Benjamin's son Benjamin. Joseph was moderately active in Middletown MM. His marriage certificate is in the hands of descendant Mary Stackhouse Musto, reproduced here with many thanks. Click on the image to enlarge it. Children: Agnes, b. 28/3m/1726?; Caleb, b. 2/7m/1728?; Grace, b. ?/5m/1730; Joshua (b. 21/5m/1732, m. 22 Nov. 1753 Margery CUTLER, and had daughter Mary who m. 11 Mar. 1776 Owen LOVETT, who were the parents of Joshua Lovett who m. Hephzebah PAXSON); Sarah, b. 8/12m/1735; Mary, b. 28/4m/1738.[52]

ix.   Benjamin Stackhouse, b. 25/10m/1705; m. 10/8m/1728 Sarah GILBERT; had at least two children, Benjamin and Grace. He inherited the residue of his father's estate which in time was to go 2/3 to Benjamin and 1/3 to Grace. His son Benjamin also received a lot in Bristol, and $10 from Joseph.
     Children of Thomas and his second wife, Ann (Mayos) Stackhouse:[53]
x.     Isaac Stackhouse, b. 11/3m/1712; d. 4/2m/1714.

xi.    Jacob Stackhouse, b. 25/8m/1713; d. 1748; m. 25/3m/1742 Hannah WATSON. Jacob inherited the residence where his father lived with the provision that his step-mother could live in the East end, plus four acres and a brick house in Bristol, and 10.

xii.   Ann Stackhouse, b. 15/5m/1715; m. 2m/1736 Charles PLUMLEY. She inherited 10 and a lot in Bristol. An Ann Plumley was disowned from Middletown Meeting in 1757 for keeping company with another woman's husband, but it is not entirely certain that she was this Ann.

xiii.  Sarah Stackhouse, b. 6/6m/1718; d. 25/5m/1808; m. 19/10m/1734 Samuel CARY;[54] had 13 children. She inherited 50 and a lot in Bristol. She was active in Middletown Meeting, and a memorial was minuted after her death.

xiv.  Isaac Stackhouse, b. 5/7m/1720; d. 17/1m/1791; m. 29/10m/1743 Mary HARDING. Isaac was co-executor of his father's estate. He and his step-brother Joseph appealed to the meeting for help in dividing a piece of land. Isaac was active in Middletown MM. Children: Thomas, b. 29/7m/1744; Mary, b. 5/11m/1745, m. Jesse HEATON;[55] Ann, b. 1/4m/1748, m. 4m/1768 John GILBERT; Jonathan, b. 31/8m/1750, m. 4m/1774 Grace COMFORT; John, b. 11/11/1752?; Martha, b. 13/9m/1758; Isaac, b. 8/11m/1759.[56]

     John Stackhouse, presumed to be the brother of Thomas, Jr., and son of Samuel Stackhouse, was born ca. 1670, in that he was "about 87 years old" when he died 8 or 9 Second Month [February] 1757. John had a wife, Elizabeth, and five children listed in the Middletown Meeting records. There are also two additional Stackhouse children without parents identified. John's first intention to marry Elizabeth "Person" [sic] was minuted in Burlington Monthly Meeting 1 Seventh Month [September] 1702.[57] Elizabeth was very active in Middletown Women's Meeting. For example, she was appointed 25 times to attend Bucks Quarterly Meeting, and was asked to serve as treasurer of the women's "stock". She was buried 21 Sixth Month [July] 1743, her place on various committees to be taken by Grace CROASDALE.[58]

     On 10 Fourth Month 1702 John Stackhouse, of Middletown, yeoman, sold 300 acres lying in Newtown adjoining land of Thomas REVELL and William BENNETT, that had been bought from Samuel HOUGH 4 Fourth Month 1702.[59] He witnessed two deeds in Second Month 1702. [Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 93, 94, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 3, pp. 99, 101.] Land that John owned was used to identify a parcel sold by Robert HEATON on June 1705. [Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 112, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 3, p. 224.] John Stackhouse served on a grand jury and a petit jury [QS&CP, 316, 353, and was disciplined by Middletown meeting on 3 Twelfth Month [February] 1698/9 for a jury verdict contrary to law (something that needs a little further research). In 1693 his tax in Middletown Township was 6/ (the tax on a single adult male). [--] Clearly he was an adult by 1693. If a reader can help identify him, I would be much obliged. John Stackhouse d. 9/2m/1757 [MMM rec], presumably the same "John Stackhouse, of Middletown, Yeoman" who signed his will 23 Twelfth Month [December] 1756. It was proved 22 February 1757. In the will he named his son-in-law John Mitchell and Friend John Woolston, executors. The abstract also mentions his son Thomas and his daughter Rachel. Son James, 30 acres of plantation on Neshaminy adjacent to Hayhurst's. Daughters Sarah Stackhouse, Margaret Mitchel, Grace Stevenson, and Elizabeth Tomlinson. [ citing Bucks Co. Will Book 2:305.]

     Children of John and Elizabeth (Pierson) Stackhouse (some from Middletown Meeting records, some from John's will): [MMM rec]

i.       Samuel Stackhouse, d. in infancy. [given in's/Stackhouse.html but not in MMM records]

ii.      Thomas Stackhouse, b. 29/1m/1706; d. 13 Oct. 1781; m. Rachel BROWN; in his father's will: had 11 children: Joseph (b. 13 Feb. 1732/3, d. 16 Sept. 1805); William (b. 1736); John; George; James (b. 1742); Rachel; Margaret; Elizabeth: Esther; Ruth: Mary (b. 1754).

iii.     John Stackhouse, b. 11/3m/1708; d. 23/7m/1743; m. 1737 Elizabeth JANNEY; had children Lucilla and Abel; in his father's will.

iv.     Elizabeth Stackhouse, m.8m/1738 Thomas TOMLINSON;

v.      Margret Stackhouse, b. 6/8m/1714; d. 2/5m/1774; m. 19/12m/1738 John MITCHELL; in MMM rec's.

vi.     Samuel Stackhouse, b. 16/10m/1716, bur. 20/7m/1742; unmarried; in MMM rec's.; signed his will 13/7m/1742, and it was pr. 13 Oct. 1742. He mentions his sisters Grace and Sarah, brother James, and niece Rachel Stackhouse, daughter of his brother Thomas. He apprently had no surviving children or wife. Witnesses were Jeremiah Croasdale, Grace Croasdale, and James Thackeray. [Book 2, p. 19, as abstracted on My thanks to Geoffrey Hayden for bringing to my attention the probability that it was this Samuel who died in 1742. This still leaves one Samuel, with no parents given, who died in 1689, and another Samuel who married Eleanor Clark of Bristol, whose signed her will 15 Dec. 1766, and it was proved 13 Jan. 1767. She must have married a later Samuel. If a reader can identify how and where he fits onto this tree, please let me know at ] On 17 June 1736 Samuel Stackhouse pleaded guilty to selling "Rum & other strong Liquour" without a license. He was fined £5 and costs. My thanks to Roberta Jaffer for this document.
Record of Samuel Stackhouse, from Roberta Jaffer
Minute of Disownment for James Stackhouse, from Roberta Jaffer
vii.    James Stackhouse, b. 2/1m/1718; bur. 5/5m/1719. My thanks to Roberta Jaffer, e mail 7/2015, for sending me a copy of the Middletown Mo. Mtg. deaths, which proves he could not have been the James who m. 1745/6 Sarah WELSH; nor could he be the James who was disowned by Middletown 5/10m/1758.

viii.   Grace Stackhouse, b. 27/7m/1720; m. 8/3m/1745 Edward STEVENSON; in MMM rec's.

ix.     Sarah Stackhouse, b. 21/7m/1726; in MMM rec's.

Second/Third Generation in Pennsylvania

     Grace Stackhouse, daughter of Thomas and his first wife, Grace (Heaton) Stackhouse, was born into Middletown Meeting, Bucks County, on 7 Eleventh Month [January] 1696/7. She died on 5 Sixth Month [June] 1777.

     Grace and John PENQUITE brought their first intentions to Middletown meeting 5 Eleventh Month 1715, and the following month the committee reported them clear to marry. But on 3 Third Month it was reported they had not yet married, and Grace was seen with another man. A few women were appointed to speak with her, and in time she submitted a paper acknowledging and condemning her behavior. Two years later she and David WILLSON brought their intention to marry to the meeting. The next month the committee showed a letter from John Penquite saying that he had no objections that Grace marry someone else. The meeting then gave the couple liberty to marry. On 31 First Month [March] 1719 Grace and David WILLSON or Wilson were married under the care of Middletown Monthly Meeting. [MMM Women's minutes, 5/11m/1715, 2/12m/1715, 3/3m/1716, 1/7m/1716, 5/12m/1718, 5/1m/1718, 2/2m/1719.] David was born in Kendall, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Wilson, on 29 Fifth Month 1691. He died on 20 Fifth Month 1768, at the age of 77 years less nine days.

     David and Grace requested and received a certificate of removal from Middletown Monthly Meeting to an unnamed meeting on 7 Second Month 1719. They returned and their certificate was accepted on 5 Tenth Month 1723. Philadelphia Monthly Meeting on 5 Seventh Month 1759. They stayed there less than two years, returning with a certificate on 1 First Month 1761. [MMM Women's min. 7/2m/1719, 5/10m/1723, 5/7m/1759, 1/1m/1761.]

     Except for these two relatively brief moves away from Middletown, Grace spent most of her life as an active member of Middletown meeting. She served on eleven marriage clearness committees, nine marriage oversight committees, four committees to ascertain clearness before issuing a certificate of removal, plus once she was appointed to deliver a "testimony" to a woman who had been disowned, informing her of her right to appeal to Bucks Quarterly Meeting. [MMM Women's min.]

     Grace died on 20 Fifth Month 1768 at the age of 56. [MMM rec.]

     Children of Grace (Stackhouse) and David Willson: [MMM rec]

i.     Robert Wilson, b. 18/11m/1719; d. 1778; m. 23/10m/1742 Jane SANDS; removed to Falls MM 12m/1744.

ii.    David Wilson, Jr., b. 24/11m/1721; m. 21/11m/1744-5 Elizabeth STACKHOUSE, his first cousin; disciplined, but not disowned, 10m/1745; removed to Richland MM 2m/1750.

iii.   Elizabeth Wilson, b. 30/11m/1723; d. 16/11m/1776; m(1) 2/4m/1742 Joshua SCATTERGOOD; removed 12m/1742 to Burlington MM, N.J.; 6/4m/1748 they removed to Richland MM, Penna. [Hinshaw 2:257.]Joshua d. 11/6m/1752; Elizabeth m(2) __ BAKER.

iv.   Thomas Wilson, b. 31/8m/1725; d. 2/7m/1803; removed to Richland MM 2m/1748, and back to Middletown MM 6m/1749; m. 5/6m/1755 Rachel STRICKLAND; Thomas is identified in Middletown records as "of Southampton".

v.    Grace Wilson, b. 16/12m/1727-8; d. before 1768.

vi.   Jonathan Wilson, b. 19/10m/1729; d. 1807; m. 4/2m/1759 Sarah MARDON (she was b. 20/4m/1739, d. 13/1m/1815); they removed to Abington MM 2m/1772, returning to Middletown MM in 1793. As a widow Sarah and her daughter rachel removed to Horsham MM in 1807.

vii.  Dinah Wilson, b. 16/8m/1731; m. 24/4m/1755 John BEZER (b. 16/8m/1731); they removed to Philadelphia in 1757.

viii. Rachel Wilson, b. 8/10m/1733; 13/12m/1806; m. 3/4m/1757 Abraham HARDING (he was b. 21/5m/1728, d. 27/4m/1813).

ix.    Asaph Wilson, b. 27/12m/1735-6; m. 1/9m/1760 Elizabeth SANDS; removed to Abington MM 9m/1768.

x.     Jesse Wilson, b. 15/1m/1738-9; d. after 1768.

To continue this story go to the Heaton family page.

Citations and Notes

1. Eugene Glenn Stackhouse, Stackhouse: An Original Pennsylvania Family (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1988), and Arthur Edwin Bye, A Friendly Heritage Along the Delaware: The Taylors and Some Allied Families in Bucks County (NY: Vantage Press, 1960), 148.

2. Eugene Glenn Stackhouse, Stackhouse: An Original Pennsylvania Family (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1988).

3. A bit on Giggleswick still needs to be posted from Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, 5th ed. (London: 1842),

4. From Gene Stackhouse and

5. For an account of one branch of the Stackhouse family in Stackhouse, Giggleswick, Ingleton, etc., i.e. a branch of the family that probably did not become Friends, and did not emigrate, see I am not at all clear that the Stackhouses that came to Pennsylvania in 1682 were in any way closely related to this line.

6. Children's names from Arthur Edwin Bye, A Friendly Heritage Along the Delaware: The Taylors and Some Allied Families in Bucks County (NY: Vantage Press, 1959), 196, 198; dates are from but have not been verified by me.

7. Arthur Edwin Bye, A Friendly Heritage Along the Delaware: The Taylors and Some Allied Families in Bucks County (NY: Vantage Press, 1959), 196, 198.

8. Craig W. Horle, et al, eds., Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary, Vol. 2: 1710-1744 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), 2:942.

9. Settle Monthly Meeting minutes for 5 April and 3 May 1682 as cited by Horle, et al, eds., Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania, 2:942, n3.

10. See Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., ed., Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, Publications of the Welcome Society, No. 1 (1970); and, (seen 7m/14/2005).

11. "Stackhouse, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania" from Stackhouse Family Part A, p. 4, seen on, 8/25/2003.

12. Richard S. Dunn and Mary Maples Dunn, eds., The Papers of William Penn (Phila.: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1982), vol. 2.

13. Middletown Monthly Meeting of Women's minutes, 4/12m/1702, 4/1m/1702-3, pp. 38, 39, and 41.

14. Middletown Monthly Meeting Men's minutes, 2/6m/1688, 7/3m/1696, 3/4m/1697, 25/3m/1698, 11/11/1699-1700.

15. Middletown Monthly Meeting Men's minutes, 5/6m/1697, 1/6m/1700.

16. Middletown Monthly Meeting Men's minutes, 7/4m/1683, 10/7m/1689, 2/8m/1690, 4/10m/1690, 8/11m/1690.

17. Middletown Monthly Meeting Women's minutes, 1:52, 53, 55.

18. Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, Records of the Courts of Quarter Sessions and Common Pleas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1684-1700 (Meadville, Pa.: Tribune Publishing Co., 1943), 169, 266.

19. QS & CP, 47, 86, 88, 233, and 245.

20. QS & CP, 20, 57, 75, 206, 238.

21. Charlotte D. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995), 78, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 2, p. 259.

22. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 101-2, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 3, p. 159.

23. "Stackhouse, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania" from Stackhouse Family Part A, p. 5, transcribed from Philadelphia Will Book C, p. 40, as seen on, 8/25/2003.

24. Middletown Monthly Meeting of Women's minutes, pp. 52, 53, 55, 56, 57.

25. Horle, et al, eds., Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania, 2:942, n3.

26. Horle, et al, eds., Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania, 2:942, n3.

27. Horle, et al, eds., Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania, 2:940; Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., ed., Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, Publications of the Welcome Society, No. 1 (1970); and,, accessed 7m/14/2005.

28. MMM min 5/5m/1688, 2/6m/1688.

29. Richard S. Dunn and Mary Maples Dunn, eds., The Papers of William Penn (Phila.: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1982), vol. 2.

30. Charlotte D. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995), 5, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 1, p. 30.

31. Horle, et al, Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary

32. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 50, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 2, p. 77.

33. The sale was made on 5 Eighth Month [October] 1697. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 62, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 2, p. 146.

34. Middletown Monthly Meeting Men's minutes, 6/12m/1695, 5/1m/1696, 2/2m/1696.

35. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 77, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 2, p. 252.

36. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 104, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 3, pp. 173, 176.

37. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 113, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 3, pp. 229.

38. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 129, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 3, p. 421.

39. Middletown Monthly Meeting Men's minutes, 5/11m/1687, 3/1m/1697, 7/1m/1699-1700.

40. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723, 113-4, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 3, pp. 236, 238.

41. Middletown Monthly Meeting Men's minutes, 2/8m/1690.

42. Horle, , et al, Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary, 2:940.

43. Middletown Monthly Meeting Men's minutes, 7/5m/1687, 1/10m/1692, 5/11m/1692, 6/12m/1695, 5/1m/1696, 7/1m/1699-17; Horle, et al, Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary2:940-1.

44. The marriage reported in Falls Monthly Meeting, 4/2m/1711; William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, 2:1028.

45. Horle, et al, Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary

46. There are multiple references to Ann in the Middletown Monthly Meeting Women's minutes.

47. Bucks County Courthouse, Doylestown. Thomas witnessed wills in 1686, 1730 in Middletown; 1714 in Bristol, 1730 in Trevose, and 1730/1 with no place specified.

48. Bucks Co. Will Book 2:37.

49. Middletown Monthly Meeting records; Bucks Co. Will Book 2:37.

50. Middletown Monthly Meeting min 5/12m/1713; 1/2m/1714.

51. Bucks Co. Will Book 3, #111. My thanks to Geoffrey Hayden for this.

52. MMM records.

53. Middletown MM records; Bucks Co. Will Book 2:37.

54. MMMWomen's min. 7/9m/1734, 5/10m/1734, 2/11m/1734.

55. The Heaton children are listed in Watring, Bucks Co. Penna. Church Records, 3:11.

56. MMM records.

57. Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, 4:263.

58. MMM min 1/7m/1743 and many others.

59. Charlotte D. Meldrum, Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995), 92, citing Deed Book A, Vol. 3, p. 88.


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