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HISTORY and GENEALOGY
TYSON o5 FITZWATER
Samuel Traquair Tyson
19 2 2
Much thai is amateurish and crude in the following
pa'pers on the Tyson and Fitzwater families must be
laid to my inexperience in writing, but part ot .t. no
doubt, to the fact that I am now in the 81st year o,
my age, but I have felt that it rmght serve some good
purpose if I were to put into a more permanent torn,
the data that 1 have been accumulating tor so many
years and, besides, I have felt some pride in it.
' I am indebted to the late Oliver Hough for much
interesting data relating to the time of Reymer Tyson,
a so to Mr. Charles F. Jenkins of Philadelphia tor
much early history, and especially for the vJuaMe
data regarding Reynier Tyson's land ho dings etc e£
I also wish to make acknowledgment to B. F rank
Harper Esq., and last, but not least, to my dear mend
^comrade of the Civi, War and the 15th Pennsyl-
vania Cavalry, Captain Charles H. Kirk; these U«
last named gentlemen are all, moreover, descended
from Reynier Tyson.
With regard to the Fitzwater part of the paper I
am deeply indebted to the late Charles Fitzwater Esq
of Chestnut Hill, son of Charles and Em.l e (Rex)
Fitzwater. for about all the information relating to
that part of the family descending from John T tz
water of the fourth generation, son o. John and Eliza
bcth (Tyson) Fitzwater. T
Los Angeles, Calif.,
REYNIER TYSON AND SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS
The source from which our Tyson family is descended is
somewhat obscure, there being three suppositions offered to
account for its origin ; when our ancestor, Reynier Tyson,
came to Pennsylvania he spelled his name, or it was spelled
for him, in a number of ways, i. e., Thysen, Tisen, Tissen, Tys-
sen, Teissen and Tyson, the latter being the spelling- to his
will and the one adopted by his children; as he undoubtedly
came from Crefeld, near the Rhine, or its vicinity, the supposi-
tion is that he was of German extraction, but we do not know
for how many generations ; research was undertaken some
years ago by Rev. Stuart L. Tyson of Princeton, N. J., who is
descended from Reynier through his son Henry, with, as he
informs me, little success, as, owing to the wars that in former
times ravaged the country the records had all been destroyed.
Pie did discover, however, that in the records of the Mennon-
ites between 1701 and 1726 there is mention of the birth of
two Tysons, John and Henry, showing that some of the name
still remain there.
The second supposition is that the family was of English
origin and that the founder of it on the Rhine had crossed the
North Sea to seek asylum at the time of the conquest in 1066,
or maybe at some later period ; at the time of the arrival of
William, Duke of Normandy and his invaders — William the
Conqueror— there was a Baron Gilbert Tyson, lord of Alnwick
Castle, in the County of Northumberland, who is said by some
writers to have died fighting against the invaders of his coun-
try though some writers claim that he fought on the Norman
side. The fact remains that the name of Tyson is a very old
one in England and still remains to the present time.
The other alternative is that Reynier's ancestors were of the
Waldenses who had been driven from their homes in Piedmont
and Dauphinv, or from Ticino or the Ticino Canton of the Ve-
ronese Alps in Switerland by the persecution of the Catholic
Popes of the times. It is an historical fact that many of these
exiled Waldenses did get as far as Crefeld and, according to
the same authority, the name of Tyson is derived from Ticino,
the name of the locality whence they are thought to have
In this connection the following letter written to my father
many years ago by the late Dr. James Tyson of Philadelphia
is interesting :
1506 Spruce St., Sept. 17th, 1890.
MR. SAMUEL TYSON.
My dear Sir : —
I have of late years been much interested in the genealogy
of the family of which you and I are both members, and have
been informed that you have much interesting information
on the subject. I am myself descended, I believe, from Cor-
nelius Tyson, who seems to have come from Crefeld near the
Rhine, and is first mentioned in the history of German town
in 1703. One of the questions I most desire to settle is the
relationship between Cornelius and Reynier Tyson. The lat-
ter also came from Crefeld in 1683, and being a Friend either
at his arrival or immediately thereafter, very much more satis-
factory records are found of his descendants through Abington
Meeting. Cornelius Tyson was not a Friend, but a Mennon-
ite, as most of the Germantown settlers seem to have been.
and altho' there is reason to believe he was a brother of Rey-
nier Tyson there is no proof of it. Another question which ha.s
interested me, altho' this seems now about settled, is whether
our family is German or English. I was formerly under the
impression that we were English, because there are many
Tysons in England' who spell their name as we do, and have
done so since the middle of the 17th Century. But since I
began to look into the subject I have no doubt but that our
ancestors came from Germany, and that the original spelling
was Teissen. Some of the Tysons in Pennsylvania, as Dr.
James L. Tyson of Penlyn, who is descended from Reynier
Tyson, believe that he, Reynier, came originally from Eng-
land to Germany, and thence to America, but there is much
reason to believe they were Germans whose proximity to Hol-
land accounted for much of the early correspondence being
in Dutch and not in the German tongue.
Any information you can give me will be greatly appreci-
ated by Your kinsman,
(Signed) JAMES TYSOX.
FIRST GENERATION IN AMERICA
The former Township and Borough of Germantown, in the
County of Philadelphia, now part of the City, was founded
and first settled by a number of persons ail, or nearly all, from
Crefeld or its vicinity, a city in the lower Rhine provinces and
within a few miles of the Holland border. On March 10, 1682,
William Penn, Proprietary of Pennsylvania, conveyed to Jacob
Telner, a resident of Crefeld. but also a merchant of Amster-
dam, Jan Streypers, a merchant of Kaldenkirchen, a village in
the vicinity of Crefeld even nearer Holland, and Dirck Sipman
of Crefeld, each 5,000 acres of land to be laid out in Penn-
On June 11, 1^33, Penri conveyed to Govert Remke, Len-
art Arets and Jacob Van Bebber, all of Crefeld, 1 .000 acres
each, and they with Telner, Streyper and Sipman. constituted
the six original purchasers of the site of Germantown who
were pledged to Penn to send a certain number of colonists
to that locality.
Very soon thereafter thirteen men, some with families, com-
prising in all thirty-three persons, nearly all of them relatives,
from Crefeld and vicinity, went over from Rotterdam to Lon-
don, whence through James Claypoole, the Quaker merchant
of the latter city, they obtained passage in the ship Concord
of SCO tons burden, which left England July 24, 1683, and ar-
rived in Philadelphia October 6, 1683.
From the interesting letter-book of James Claypoole, Wil-
liam Perm's intimate friend, we learn that among the passen-
gers on the Concord, which was boarded at Gravesend for
Philadelphia, there were "33 Dutchmen" from Crefeld. Writ-
ing June 15, 16S3, from London to Benjamin Furlcy, Clay-
poole said :
"I have according to thy order of wch I advised in my last
agreed positively with Capt. J cileries, Master of the Concord,
for the passage of the 33 Dutchmen."
Writing from Philadelphia, Dec. 2, 1683, to his brother Ed-
ward Claypoole said:
"As to our voyage from England to this place, we went on
board the Concord at Gravesend the 24 5 Mo. and after we
lost sight of England wch was in about three weeks time we
were 49 days before we saw land in America, and the 1st 8 mo.
some of us went ashore in Pennsylvania: the blessing- of the
Lord did attend us so that we had a very comfortable passage
and our health all the way."
The 33 "Dutchmen" or Germans who constituted a consid-
erable portion of the passenger-list of the Concord comprised
the thirteen men and their families ; the thirteen men were as
follows : —
Lenert Arets Dirck Op den Graeff
Johannes Bleikers Herman Op den Graeff
Peter Keurlis Jan Seimens
Thones Kunders Willem Streypers
Jan Lensen Abraham Tunes
Jan Lucken Reynicr Tyson
Abraham Op den Graeff
These were practically all, as their names show, of the Hol-
land stock, and though living within the borders of the Palati-
nate, were not Palatinates, such as constituted the bulk of the
later German emigration to Pennsylvania. This was not a
peasant race like those later Palatinate emigrants, but a free
burgher stock akin to that which first settled Now Nctherland,
and before this had held sway on the Delaware River. Neither
were these men mere artisans, as many too hasty writers aver,
but, in the proportion of their time, manufacturers and em-
ployers of labor. Certain record-searchers finding the style
''weaver" affixed to some of their names in deeds, wills, etc.,
and forgetting that such documents in those times drew no
distinction between master and man, have represented them
in the humblest capacity, but deeper study of their affairs
show them to have been the true prototypes of the great tex-
tile manufacturers of to-day. Many of them have been proven
descended from families high in church or state or in that scho-
lastic class held in high honor in Teutonic medieval Europe.
Among the younger men of this little part}" of venturesome
immigrants was Reynier Tyson. His family connection with
the other colonists was through his sister, who was the wife of
Jan Streypers, one of the six original purchasers mentioned
above. Willem Streypers, one of the colonists, was brother to
Jan, and the wives of Thones Kunders and Lenart Arets were
sisters to Jan and YVillem. Moreover, the three Op den
Graefts were cousins to the Streyper brothers, while Herman
Op den Graeff's wife was a daughter of Jacob Isaacs Van
Bebber, one of the original purchasers. Thus the connection
ran nearly through the whole band.
Reynier Tyson was named in Penn's charter of August 12,
1689, as one of the original incorporators of the Borough of
Germantown, and he served as Burgess in 1692, 1693, 1694 and
1696. He was a member of a Coroner's jury summoned by
Coroner James de la Plaine on 4th mo. 24th 1701. On March
1, 1700/1 he bought of John Col ley 250 acres of land in Abing-
ton Township and soon after went there to live and continued
there the rest of his life. This farm is located about a mile
south-east of Fitzwatertown and adjoined the lands of John
Kirk, Capt. John Rush and others, and it comprised one-half
of a tract of 500 acres patented to Israel Hobbs. Aug. 4, 1684,
which Colley had purchased March 27, 1699.
Reynier is said to have been first a Mennonite, but seems
to have become a member of the Society of Friends before
leaving Germany, for a memorial to him in The Friend, Phila-
delphia, 1857, vol. XXX, page 229, says: "Reynier Tyson was
born in Germany in or about the year 1659. He was convinced
of the Truth whilst living there, and for his faithfulness there-
to, suffered persecution. He removed to Pennsylvania a few
years after William Penn first obtained the province, and he
settled within the limits of Abington Monthly Meeting, then
called Dublin. He continued faithful to the manifestations of
Truth received, and grew in the esteem of his friends to a
father in the church. In the year 1725 he was appointed elder
and continued faithful in fulfilling the duties of the station
until prevented by age and indisposition. His friends say: 'He
was innocent and inoffensive in life and conversation, and dili-
gent in attending his religious meetings.' He lived beloved and
honored to a good old age, dying on the 27th day of the Sev-
enth month, 1745; aged about 86 years."
He was one of the signers of the address issued by the Quar-
terly Meeting of Philadelphia to London Yearly Meeting,
which Samuel Jennings bore with him to London in 1693, con-
cerning the Keith controversy which rent the Society of
Friends asunder. Germantown, where he first settled, as well
as his later residence in Abington Township, was within the
compass of Abington Monthly Meeting, so that all his efforts
in religious affairs were accomplished within this body. Some
reference to Reynier Tyson in the Monthly Meeting minutes
are worth reproducing as indicative of the spirit of the age.
Under date of April 29, 1695, we have this record : "It is
agreed upon at this meeting that "four friends belonging to this
Monthly Meeting be appointed to take care of ye youth, be-
longing to each Meeting, as Concerning their orderly walking,
as becomes ye truth they make profession of; according to ye
good advice of friends in an Epistle from ye Yearly Meeting
at Burlington 1694; wherefore Richard Wall is appointed for
Cheltenham, Richard Whiteiield for Oxford, John Carver for
ye uper township and Ryner Tyson for Ger-town."
This entry appears in the minutes for February 24, 1695/6:
"Whereas this Meeting having taken into Consideration ye
-good advice of friends in an Epistle from ye Yearly Meeting to
put in practice their Council to admonish those yt profess Gods
Truth, and do not walk answerable thereunto, This Meeting
have Chosen Richard Whiteheld & Edmund Orphood, to in-
spect into Oxford Meeting, Ryner Tyson and Arnold Clinkin
to inspect into Gcrmantown Meeting," etc.
His appointment as an Elder, referred to in the article in
The Friend, is thus mentioned in the minutes of July 26, 1725:
"Whereas It hath been Desired and thought Expedient that
one More Elder belonging to each Perticular Meeting Should
Attend those Meetings When friends of ye Ministry Do Meet
In order thereunto Ye Meeting have Made Choice of Ryner
Tyson For Abington, Thos. Roberts for Germantown, John
Duncan for Bybery."
In Tyson's day Abington Monthly Meeting belonged to
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. He was appointed by the
former as a representative to the latter on August 26, 1695 ;
May 25, 1696; February 26, 1698-9; February 27, 1709-10: Au-
gust 29 and October 31, 1715 ; January 30, 1720-1, and October
He was appointed an Overseer of Abington Particular Meet-
ing March 25, 1706-7, for "this next year," and again October
-20, 1709. On January, 1719-20, the minutes say: "Abington
friends have chosen Reice Peters Overseer in ye room of Ry-
ner Tyson." As Overseers seem to have been selected annu-
ally, he could hardly have been serving since the last-men-
tioned appointment in 1709, so he was most likely named in
1718, though the minutes do not record it. He was again
appointed as Overseer January 27, 1723-4, for the ensuing year.
On May 7, 1691, Thomas Lloyd, Deputy Governor of the
Province of Pennsylvania, granted naturalization papers to
sixty-four of the first inhabitants of Germantown. In the list
of names those who were Quakers are in italics, and among
these is the name of Reynier Tyson.
Rcynier Tyson brought with him from the old country his
younger brother. Derrick, who died unmarried a few years
after his arrival.
Reynier Tyson was a single man when he came to America,
but about two years after his arrival (his first child. Matthias,
having been born June 30, 1686), he married Margaret, said by
Mackenzie in his Colonial Families of the United States, to
have been Margaret Kunders, probably a sister of Themes
Kunders, and that they had all come over together in the
Concord, but he does not give his authority for this statement :
in a little book entitled "Recollections of Charles Kirk, late of
Warminster, Pennsylvania. An Elder in the Society of
Friends. Written in his seventy-ninth year," he says: "John
Kirk was my ancestor who came from Derbyshire, England,
and bought 500 acres of land in Upper Darby. His second
son, John, located in Abington Township. He married Sarah,
daughter of Reynier Tyson. I recollect hearing him relate that
his grand-fj.ihcr, Reyrier Tyson, was not married when he
first came to this country, a ad being disposed to marry his.
first cousin and our Discipline not allowing it, they made
preparation to go back to Germany to accomplish their mar-
riage, but Friends seeing their sincerity allowed them to pro-
ceed." In looking over the Stricper Papers in the Document
Room of The Penna. Historical Society I recently found a
number of copies of letters written by Reynier to his Cousins
at Kaldenkirchen in regard to various business matters. They
were addressed as follows: "Dear Cousins Lenert and Hein-
rich Striepers with your sister: I greet you and hope this will
find you in health," etc., etc (relating to business-
matters.; (.Signed) REYNER TYSSEN.
From this I would inter that the Margaret Reynier married
was a Striepers instead of a Kunders as Mackenzie asserts :
that Reynier's wife's name was Margaret is confirmed by an
abstract of title as follows: ".Whereas, Reynier Tyson of
Abington Township, yeoman, and Margaret, his wife, by deed
5-15-1727, granted to their son, Isaac Tyson, a tract of laud
in Abington Township containing by computation 250 acres
of land," etc., etc. Recorded in Deed Book I, page 416, etc. ;
this being the same tract of land that Reynier had purchased
from John Colley in 1700-01. As there seems to be some dif-
ference of opinion in regard to the name of Reynier's wife,
-some claiming it to have been Mary, it may be added as con-
firmatory evidence that Reynier's first born, Matthias, named
his first child, a daughter, Margaret, presumably after her
grand-mother, and that of Reynier's nine children six of them
at least gave the name of Margaret to a daughter.
Reynier and Margaret had nine children, as follows:
MATTHIAS==b. 6,30-1686. m. Mary Potts.
ISAAC— b. 9-7-1088. m. Sarah Jenkins.
ELIZABETH— b. 8-7-1090. m. William Lukens. An ances-
tress of Theodore Roosevelt.
JOHN^-b. 10-10-1092. m. 1st, Priscilla Naylor; 2nd, Sarah
ABRAHAM— b. 8-10-1694. m. Mary Hallowell.
DERRICK— b. 9-6-1696. m. 1st, Ann ?; 2nd, Susanna
SARAH— b. 12-19-1698. m. John Kirk.
PETER— b. 3-4-1700. m. Alary Roberts.
HENRY— b. 4-3-1702. m. Ann Harker.
Matthias Tyson, eldest son of Reynier and Margaret, was
born 6-30-1686; married Mary Potts, daughter of John Potts,
3-29-1707: died 1727. They had twelve children, viz.:
MARGARET— m. William Hallowell.
MARY— m. Ellis Lewis.
REYNIER— m. Grace Fletcher.
ISAAC— b. 8-21-1718. m. Esther Shoemaker in 1749. Re-
moved to Maryland in 1773, and settled at Jericho, Balti-
more Co. It is from Isaac and Esther (Shoemaker) Ty-
son that all the Maryland Tysons are said to have de-
ELIZABETH— m. John Fitzwater 4-24-1742.
MATTHEW — m. Mary Fitzwater, sister of the above John.
The other three children died in infancy or childhood.
On my mother's side I am descended from Matthias through
his daughter Elizabeth, who married John Fitzwater as above.
On my father's side I am descended from Abraham. Reynier s
fourth son, and it is to him and his descendants that the bal-
ance of this paper is devoted.
Reynier Tyson's Land Holdings
In the drawing for lots which took place in the riverbank
cave of Pastorius, Reynier Tyson drew No. 5. He had pur-
chased fifty acres in the Germantown township and lot No. 5
was laid out along the east side of the Main Street of German-
town, extending southwardly from where Bringhurst Street
has since been opened. It reached in front along the highway
231 feet and extended back to the township line. It contained
about 18 acres, and undoubtedly his first home was erected on
this lot. To the north of him was the home lot of Leonard
Arcts, from whom he had bought, and next towards the city
was the lot of Jan Luckcn.
Toward his fifty acres he was also given the corresponding
No. 5 of the "side lots towards Bristol," which contained twen-
ty-two acres, lying just north of the present Washington Lane,
and extending from the present Chew Street to Stenton Ave-
nue, which was the township line. (See Map in History of Old
Germantown, p. 43.) -To complete the fifty acres there were
18^4 acres "broad thirteen perches and twelve feet" in the side
land towards Plymouth betwixt the said inhabited part and
the land of Jonas Potts.
This land Tyson held by virtue of a deed of sale from Leon-
ard Arets, a first purchaser of 250 acres. The deed was dated
October 10, 1683, and acknowledged in open court in German-
town, held Eighth Month 8th 1692. These three tracts Tyson
sold in 1708 to one Isaac Van Sintern, a weaver of Philadel-
phia, for one hundred pounds. (Philadelphia Deed Book E 5,
Vol. 7, p. 78.)
Reynier Tyson, as he prospered, bought other lands in Ger-
(1st) Two parcels of land adjacent one to the other, being
both in breadth 14 perches and four feet and in length 114
perches and fifteen feet, being bounded southeasterly with the
lot once of John Streipers and now Reinier Tison, westerly
with the land of the liberties of the City of Philadelphia, and
northward with the lot formerly of Herman op den Graeft and
eastward with the eleven acres of Dirck op den Graeft.
(Bought November 20, 1692, and November 13, 1683. and sold
to John Henry Kuston, April 30, 1709.)
(2d) Two other pieces: "One situated in the inhabited part
of the said town, being the very first lot of the same on the
west side, containing 23^2 acres, making both 50 acres.
(Bought of the Trustees of John Streipers, Crefeld, Germany,
March 1, 1902/3, confirmed on open court in Germantown 12th
Mo. 8th, 1703/4. Sold April 30, 1709, to John Henry Kuston.
Philadelphia Deed Book E 5. Vol. 7, p. 205, etc.)
(3d) Two tracts in Crefeld in the German township, fifty
acres of which he bought of Herman op den Graeft* 3d Mo.
1684, and sixty-six acres likewise in Crefeld which he bought
of Dirck op den Graeft, 9th Mo. 27th, 1683. These were sold
to William Strepers, "Leather Dresser," for 35 pounds, Janu-
ary 16th, 1699. (Recorded Philadelphia Deed Book G, Vol.
10, p. 301, etc.)
Reynier Tyson Moves to Abington
On Holmes Great Map of 1684, in the seciion which is easily
identified as the modern Abington Township, is a five hundred
acre tract extending from the Cheltenham Township line to
the Susquehanna Street Road and labeled "Isaac Hobbs."
This is roughly described as being along certain lines of
marked trees 480 perches, just a mile and a half in length, and
167 perches, or a little over one-half mile in width. This was
patented to Hobbs in 1684. (Patent Book A. Vol. 1, p. 259.)
This tract Hobbs sold in 1699 to John Culley, a hatter of
Philadelphia, and he in the following year sold the half of it
lying next to Cheltenham Township, to "Reynier Tyson of
Germantown, Yeoman." (Penna. Archives, Second Series,
Vol. XIX, Minute Book "G," p. 423.)
Just when Reynier Tyson moved from Germantown to
Abington is not clear. It was not until 1708 and 1709 that he
sold his home and the considerable other property he had ac-
cumulated in the Germantown Township, and the presumption
would be that he moved to Abington about that time. He
continued to live on his Abington farm the remainder of his
years. His family became closely identified with the social
life of Abington Meeting and most of his children intermarried
with the members and attenders of that Meeting.
In 1727 he and his wife Margaret conveyed the Abington
farm to their son Isaac, reserving to themselves, in the quaint
language of the deed, "One room, commonly called the stove
room, and also the kitchen, and free ingress and egress to the
rest of the rooms in the said messuage, during the remainder
of their lives." This- home farm descended from Isaac to his
son Isaac (see Partition proceedings, Orphans Court, June 11,
1770), and again to an Isaac and his sister Sarah, who in 1S30
sold it out of the family to Samuel Schofield. This land may
be roughly identified as lying north of the Germantown and
Willow Grove Turnpike (or the Plank Road), and extending
from the Cheltenham Township line on the northwest to the
road leading from Jenkentown to Fitzwatertown, called in
some of the deeds, the Jenkentown Road, on the southwest.
The growing village of Glenside was spread over its western
portion, and the old property lines have long since disap-
peared. The land lay gently to the south on the lower slopes
of Edgehill, and is underlaid with limestone. The lime which
was used to build the State House in Philadelphia is said to
have come from kilns on the Tyson place, whether this is
some other later Tyson farm in Abington, I cannot say. A
little stream crosses it southwestwardly, flowing eventually
into Frankford Creek.
In the tax list of 1734 are the following assessments in
Abington Township :
John Kirk 250 acres
Isaac Tyson 100 "
Rynicr Tyson 100 acres
John Tyson 60 "
Peter Tyson 200 "
Abraham Tyson 60 "
In Upper Dublin, Dirick Tyson 100 "
" Northern Liberties, Richard
" Perkiomen & Skippack,
Matthias Tyson 200 "
" Towamensin, Peter Tyson 100 "
RYNEAR TYSON'S WILL
I, Rynear Tyson, of Abington in ye County of Philadelphia
in ye Province of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being tho' the Divine
Mercy in Health of Body and of sound Mind and Memory &
calling to mind that it is appointed for men once to die do
make this my last Will and Testament, revoking & hereby
disannulling all & every will & wills, Testament & Testa-
ments heretofore by me made & declared either by Word or
Writing and this only to be taken for my Last Will & Testa-
ment and none other & touching such Temporal Estate as it
has pleased God to bless me with. I do hereby order, give ec
dispose of ye same in manner & form following. That is to
say: First, I will that all my Just Debts & funeral Expenses
be honestly paid & discharged out of my Estate by my Excr.
hereinafter named. Then I give, devise ec bequeath unto my
Grandson Matthew Tyson (the son of my son Matthias Ty-
son) the sum of six Pounds current money of Penna. to be
paid unto him out of my Estate by Executors at ye end or
expiration of one full year after my decease which said Six
pounds shall be in full Barr against all or any of my said son
Matthias Tyson's Heirs Claiming any further Right to any
other part of my Estate my said son Matthias Tyson having
allredy in his life received of me his full share of my Estate.
Then I give, devise & bequeath unto my sons John Tyson,
Abraham Tyson, Derick Tyson & Peter Tyson ye sum of Six
Pounds current money of Penna. to each of them to be paid
unto each of them, their Heirs or Assigns out of my Estate
by my Executor at ye End and Expiration of one full year
after my decease. Item. I give unto my son Henry Tyson
the sum of Eight pounds of Like Lawfull money aforesd
which said Eight pounds is to be allowed by him to be the
Eight pounds that I answered for him to Benjamin Lay. Item.
I give unto my Daughters Elizabeth Luckcn and Sarah Kirk
ye sum of Six pounds Lawfull money of Pennsylvania to each
of them to be paid unto them or their assigns by my Executor
at ye Expiration of one full year after my Decease and over
and above what is above Devised I give unto my Daughter
Elizabeth Lukan all my Dutch Books. Also my mind and
will is that all my goods Remaining in ye Stove Roomme
(except ye stove) shall be equally Devided Between my sons
John, Abraham, Dorick, Peter and Henry and my Daugh-
ters Elizabeth Lukans and Sarah Kirk Share and Share alike
and further it is in my mind and will that on ye Receipt
of the aforesd Legacies or sums by me Bequeathed hereby,
that all and all manner of writings that in any wise Belong-
eth to me or that is in any wise Relating to any afairs of
mine being in ye hands or keeping of any of my aforesaid
Children shall without delay be given and Delivered up unto
ye hands of my Executor. Item. I give unto my grand-
daughter Abigail Tyson my Riding Hors to ye use of her and
her assigns forever and my mind and Will allso is that what
Remains of my Estate over and above ye aforesd Legacies
by me hereinbefore Bequeathed that the same shall tbe and
continue in ye hands of my Executor to be ye use of him his
Heirs and Assigns forever.
And Lastly I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint
my son Isaac Tyson to be my Executor of this my Last Will
and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal the twenty first Day of December in ye year of
our Lord 1741.
Be it known y't : it is ye mind of ye testator that no more
of his goods but what is in ye Stove Rooms is to be devided
among ye above named Legatees inserted before signing.
REYNOUR X TYSON (Seal).
Published pronounced and
Declared by ye sd. Reynour Tyson
to be his Last Will and Testament
in ye presence of us
The above Will was probated and Letters Testamentary
were granted to Isaac Tyson, Executor, October 2S, 1745.
ABRAHAM— b. 10-10-1694. d. 3-12-1781.
He is buried in the grounds of the Abington Eriends' Meet-
ing, his headstone being the oldest dated stone in the yard.
He married, 10-30-1721, Mary, daughter of John and Marv
(Sharpe) Hallowell, who came from Nottinghamshire to
America in 1683. John and Marv Hallowell also had a son
Thomas who was born in England, and who married Rosa-
mond Till in 1702. Mary Sharpe was the daughter of John
The children of Abraham and Mary (Hallowell) Tyson, as
named in his will, were Samuel, Abraham, and Rosamond, no
doubt named for her deceased aunt Rosamond (Till) Hallo-
By deed dated January 22, 1764, Abraham and Mary con-
veyed to their son Samuel a tract of 153 acres of land which
they had purchased from Nicholas Austin and Abel James.
Children of Abraham and Mary (Hallowell) Tyson
SAMUEL— Date of birth unknown, d. February 21, 1789.
Samuel did not marry, and the farm he received from his
father he willed to his brother Abraham August 18, 1785.
ABRAHAM— b. about 1722. d. 1796.
Abraham married Barbara Vogdes at Springfield Meeting,
Philadelphia Co., Dec. 11, 1766: she was a daughter of Rinear
(or Reynard) and Barbara Vogdes ; Rinear Yogdes was
naturalized in Philadelphia in 1743; at that time the law re-
quired a residence of seven years, so lie must have come to
Pennsylvania by, or before 1736; he settled in Germantown
and owned property there, dying September, 1750. He was
survived by his widow, who afterwards married Ezekiel Potts.
and six children. The name Vogdes is said probably -to be a
corruption of Vogt, or Vogd, plural Vogtes, a judge or magis-
trate, and is common in Holland to this day.
It seems that Joshua Knight, who was attainted of treason
in Revolutionary times, owed Abraham £30; Abraham sued
the State and recovered the debt with interest; he got an order
for the money, principal ami interest, in 1785, amounting to
£44. 2. 0. Penna. Archives, Vol. 6.
By deed dated March 31, 1795, Abraham and Barbara con-
veyed to their eldest son, Abraham, blacksmith, a farm of 130
acres which Abraham had purchased from Arthur Searl and
Henry Wamsley, April 1, 1722.
This farm, or possibly there were two farms, or one farm
divided, is located on the north side of Edge Hill and fronts
on the road that was once a plank road leading to Willow
Grove and on the east side of this road; the first farm after
crossing Edge Hill came to be known as the Jonathan Lukens
farm and the other was where William Heston lived, both
Lukens and Heston having married granddaughters of Abra-
ham and Barbara, as is narrated below.
The farm on which Abraham probably resided is located on
the west side and fronting on the York Road after passing
through the village of Abington on the way to Willow Grove;
it subsequently became a part of the Elkins "Folly Farms."
Abraham and Barbara had five children : Abraham, Samuel,
Joshua, Jes>e and Mary.
After the death of Abraham Barbara applied for Letters of
Administration, 12-12-1796, her sons Abraham and Joshua be-
ing appointed Administrators. Barbara afterwards married
Andrew Heath, whom she outlived; in her will she left all her
estate to her daughter Mary Tyson.
ROSAMOXD— Married Richard Roberts, son of Thomas
Roberts of Rockhill, Bucks Co., 10-24-1752: I have no fur-
ther account of her nor of her descendants.
Children of Abraham and Barbara (Vogdes) Tyson
ABRAHAM— b. 9-24-1707. d. 1816.
Abraham married Mary, surname unknown; they had two
children, Ann and Martha. They lived on the farm his father
deeded to him at the time of his marriage described above.
After his death his estate was administered by his son-in-law,
Jonathan Lukens, Thomas Michener Jr., John Tyson and John
SAMUEL— b. 12-8-1769. d. 9-17-1828.
He married Tacy Leonard and they had one son, Samuel,
Tacy dying soon after the birth of her child. At this time
Samuel was living on his farm, a tract comprising fifty-six
acres in London Britain Township, Chester County; it is lo-
cated on White Clay Creek, a tributary to the Christiana, and
was known as Yeatman's Mill. Samnel after the death of his
brother Jesse came into possession, jointly with his sister
Mary, of the Hop Yard Farm as is set forth in the following
Articles of Agreement made this tenth day of March, Anno
Domini, 1823, Between Joshua Tyson. Jonathan Lukens, and
Ann his wife, and Martha Tyson, ail of the Township of
Abington in the County of Montgomery and State of Pennsyl-
vania of the one part, and Samuel Tyson of London Britain
Township in the County of Chester and State aforesaid, and
Mary Tyson of the Township of Abington aforesaid of the
Whereas Jesse Tyson, late of Mill Creek Hundred in the
County of New Castle in the State of Delaware, died intes-
tate (leaving neither widow nor lawful issue, but brothers and
a sister and the representative of a brother) seized inter alia of
a certain Plantation or tract of land situated m Mill Creek
Hundred in the County of New Castle aforesaid called the Hop
Yard, bounded by lands of Samuel Findley, Robert Huggin-,
Sam'l Baldwin, Joseph Rankin, Joseph Chambers. Ely Thomp-
son and others. Containing Two Hundred and Twenty-one
acres of Land more or less.
Now know ye that we, the said Joshua Tyson. Jonathan
Lukens and Ann his wife and Martha Tyson for and in con-
sideration of the sum of Four thousand rive hundred dollars
lawful money of the United States to be paid to them as is
hereinafter mentioned, have agreed to grant, bargain and sell
and by these presents Do agree to grant, bargain and sell all
their Estate Right Title and Interest of in and to the afore-
said Hop Yard farm and Appurtenances unto the said' Samuel
Tyson and Mary Tyson their Heirs and Assigns as Tenants in
common and not as joint Tenants, and the said Samuel Tyson
and Alary Tyson on their part doth agree to purchase ail the
Estate Right Title and Interest whatsoever of the said Joshua
Tyson, Jonathan Lukens and Ann his wife and Martha Tyson
of in and to the aforesaid Plantation or Tract of Land and
Appurtenances for the consideration aforesaid, and in part
thereof hath now paid the sum of one dollar and immediately
upon the said Joshua Tyson, Jonathan Lukens and Ann his
wife and Martha Tyson executing a good and sufficient Title-
to the said Samuel Tyson and Mary Tyson their Heirs and
Assigns they will pay the balance of the aforesaid purchase-
In Witness whereof the said parties have hereunto inter-
changeably set their hands and seals the day and year afore-
Sealed and delivered (Signed) Joshua Tyson
in the presence of Samuel Tyson
Joseph Pyle Jonathan Lukens
Edwin Tyson Ann Lukens
John Hobensack Mary Tyson
Isaac Hobensack. Martha Tyson.
This Hop Yard Farm was part of a grant from William
Penn to Peter Yocorn, "son and heir of Peter Yocom," and
his wife Judith, in 1684, but before Penn's time it had been
squatted on by John Ogle with whom Penn arranged and paid.
It was sold to John Guest in 1702. David Lloyd sold it to
John Chambers May 24, 1720. James Latimer passed it to
David Montgomery in 1763; William Montgomery sold it to
Joshua Tyson in 1S03 and Joshua sold it to his brother Jesse
in 1813, and on the death of Jesse it came to his brother Sam-
uel and sister Mary as above; Samuel willed it to his son
Samuel who sold it to J. Borton Hayes in 1856, it having been
in the Tyson family for fifty-six years.
Samuel is buried at Abington Friend's Meeting. In his will
he bequeathed to his nieces, Matilda Tyson and Rebecca C.
Tyson, and to his nephew, Edwin Tyson, each the sum of
eight hundred dollars. To his son Samuel he left his moiety,
or equal half, in the Hop Yard Farm that he held with his
sister Mary, as is set forth in the above Articles of Agree-
ment, also the farm of fifty-sis; acres in London Britain Town-
ship where he had formerly resided, and further all the rest of
his estate, real, personal or mixed, but if his son Samuel were
to die in his minority and without lawful issue, then he devised
all his estate to the lawful representatives of his brother Joshua
Tyson. He appointed his nephew, Edwin Tyson, to be the
sole executor of his estate. His will was made, and witnessed
by Samuel Taylor and Cassimir Missimer, Dec. 10, 1826, about
two years before his death.
JOSHUA— b. 7-22-1772. d. 5-2-1S2S.
Joshua's first wife was Elizabeth Fitzwater, daughter of
Matthew and Sarah ( Bewley ) Fitzwater, by whom ho had four
children: Maria, Charlotte, Matilda and Edwin. After the
death of Elizabeth he married his second wife, who was Ke-
ziah Cleaver, by whom he had one child. Rebecca C. After
the death of Joshua his widow, Keziah, became the wife of
Colonel Samuel Henderson oi Upper Merion Township, Mont-
gomery Co. Joshua was probably the most intellectual and
educated member of the family : he held a clerical position at
Harrisburg under the Stare government for a time, and it is
said that he occasionally wrote poetry, but. unfortunately,
none of it has been preserved that we may judge of its merit.
He lived at the Homestead, before mentioned, and was a Just-
ice of the Peace.
JESSE— b. 9-21-1774. d. about 1822.
At the death of his father, Abraham, the Homestead was
passed to him by an order of the Orphans' Court in Norris-
town. dated Norristown, August 19, 179S. But it was deeded
bv Jesse to his brother Joshua April 1, 1801, for a considera-
tion of $6000. Joshua was also to pay to Barbara Heath, his
mother, $98.67 per annum. The estate then consisted of the
messuage and three lots of land containing a total of 146 acres
108 perches. The deed was signed by Thomas Livezey and
Sarah Fitzwater as witnesses.
MARY— d. 1843.
She lived to an advanced age, but never married. I have
often heard my father s] eak of her ; he always called her "Aunt
Polly"; in one of his letters written to his cousin Matilda
Tyson from White Sulphur Springs, Va., June 1, 1834, when
he was on a tour of the country, he said: "Don't tell Aunt
Polly how expensive travelling is here." He said they charged
from eight to ten cents a mile in the stages and titty cents for
breakfast. Aunt Poll}' lived in a cottage on the York Road
near Edge Hiil and was, I fancy, rather eccentric.
Her estate was administered to by her nephews. Edwin Ty-
son and Jonathan Lukens, the balance in their hands at the
date of final settlement being $15,900.33.
Children of Abraham and Mary (?) Tyson
ANN — Dates of birth and death unknown.
Married Jonathan Lukens ; their children were Charles Tv-
son, Edward Hicks, Sarah, David, Franklin, Martha and Abra-
ham. They lived on a farm adjoining the Homestead.
MARTHA— b. 9-24-1799.
Married William Heston and lived on a farm also adjoining
the Homestead. They had live sons: Charles, Edward, Au-
gustus, William and Thomas: William is said to have been
killed in the Civil War, and Thomas is said to have been killed
in California. I have no record of the others, except that Mrs.
Sarah Tyson Rorer, who wrote and lectured on cooking, is
said to be descended from Charles. I have often heard my
father speak of Martha: he called her Patty Heston. They
were, of course, first cousins.
Child of Samuel and Tacy (Leonard) Tyson
SAMUEL— b. 3-20-1813. d. 3-23-1899.
He was born, as has already been stated, in London Britain
Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, but his father moved
soon after to the Hop Yard in Delaware, some six miles dis-
tant : here Samuel lived until the death of his father, but after
that his home was with his cousin and guardian. Edwin Tvson,
at Abington, Pa. His first wife was Mary, daughter of George
and Rebecca (Thomas) Fitzwater. They were married Octo-
ber 15, 1840, by Mayor Smith of Philadelphia at his private
residence, this was because Samuel was not a member of the
Society of Friends of which Mary was a birthright member,
and the Society did not permit their members to marry "out
of meeting'' as it was called, and Alary was subsequently dis-
owned for so marrying.
After the death of his father, which occurred when Samuel
was about fifteen years of age, he made his home with his
cousin, Edwin Tyson, as already stated, and continued to re-
side there until his marriage with Alary Fitzwater, when they
removed to Hop Yard Farm, where he continued to reside
with the exception of about three years which were passed at
the Cold Spring Farm on the Delaware River above Bristol,
which Samuel had purchased with the idea of opening a hydro-
pathic sanatorium on account of Mary's declining health, she
being threatened with tuberculosis of the lungs, but the change
and treatment did not prove beneficial, and they sold the Cold
Spring Farm and returned to Hop Yard, where Alary died
August 29, 1856. The children of Samuel and Alary were
Samuel T., George F.. Sarah and Rebecca.
After the death of Alary Samuel sold Hop Yard .Farm and
retired to Philadelphia, and June 23. 1858, married Sarah Hitc
Roberts, daughter of Hon. Jonathan and Eliza (Bushby) Rob-
erts of Upper Alerion Township, Montgomery County, Pa.
Sarah Roberts was born April 19, 1825, and died August 3,
1916, at the home, "Hillside/' and on, as she was wont to say,
her paternal acres. She was a remarkable woman ; even tem-
pered, hospitable and charitable ; she kept herself informed on
the topics of the day, and in conversation was ever entertain-
ing and resourceful ; she was a devoted wife, an affectionate
and indulgent mother; a neighbor on whom a call for sym-
pathy or assistance never fell on a deaf ear. They had three
children, Jonathan R., named for his grandfather, Hon. Jona-
than Roberts, Edward Alatthew, and Eliza Hite Tyson.
After his marriage to Sarah Roberts he purchased a farm
of about one hundred acres, a part of the Roberts Estate, near
the King-of-Prussia, which they named "Alderbrook," and
where he built a commodious mansion on a commanding site-
overlooking the Chester Valley, but this they finally sold and
removed to an adjoining farm that finally became the prop-
erty of Sarah, having also been a portion of her father's estate :
here she built a roomy and modern house that was finally de-
stroyed by fire March 1, 1899; the shock from the excitement
of the fire and the attending loss, and also from the result of
burns received in attempting- to save as much as possible from
the fire, brought on, in the course of a week or two, a stroke
of paralysis that terminated his life after an illness of about
two weeks, on March 23, 1899. He was buried at the Roberts
Burying Ground on Red Hill near the King-of-Prussia.
Samuel's vocation was that of a farmer, but he was exceed-
ingly fond of the study of natural history — a reader and stu-
dent all his life — after the sale of Hop Yard, and during his
stay in Philadelphia, he took lessons in analytical chemistry of
Dr. Frederick A. Genth, who had a laboratory on lower Wal-
nut Street. In his youth and early manhood he was devoted
to botany and had prepared- a herbarium of about all the plants
of Montgomery and Chester Counties, but later he took up
mineralogy, which he ardently pursued in his leisure moments,
visiting mines and making extensive excursions to mineral
localities ; at the time of his death he had accumulated a very
extensive and valuable collection, a large part of which was
destroyed in the fire above mentioned; the remaining part of
the collection was sold to a dealer after his decease.
Children of Joshua and Elizabeth (Fitzwater) Tyson
MARIA— b. 11-11-1796. d. 1797.
CHARLOTTE— b. 1798. Did not marry. Her estate was
administered to by Joshua Tyson, James Paul and Edwin
Tyson, Jan. 25, 1816.
MATILDA— b. 1S00. Not married. Died about 1S50 in Phila-
delphia at the residence of her brother-in-law, Samuel H.
Traquair, of the Philadelphia bar.
EDWIN— b. 11-13-1802. d. 4-19-1868.
Married Eleanor Hallowell lb. 11-17-1805, d. 2-7-1866).
They had eight children: Joshua, Isaac Alfred, Charlotte,
Sarah, James Paul, Edwin, Franklin and Mary Elizabeth.
Edwin Tyson was born, lived and died on the farm that had
been the home of his ancestors for at least three generations.
He was a handsome and rather portly man. with a full head
of curly hair even as 1 remember him in his later years; in
fact, good looks seemed to run in that branch of the family,
for his sister, Rebecca, to judge from her portrait, was a
woman of remarkable beauty and style. Edwin was fond of
learning and interested in new inventions and ideas ; 1 remem-
ber than when daguerrotyping came up he built a studio for
the purpose of his private amusement. Ke was of retiring
disposition and devoted to his home and surroundings. He
was, moreover, hospitable and companionable, and was as a
father to my father and mother, to whom, orphaned and home-
less at a tender age, he gave home, shelter and protection, and
the deep love and veneration which they both held for him
and Aunt "Ellen" endured to the end. Edwin and Eleanor are
buried at Abington Meeting.
Child of Joshua and his second wife, Keziah Cleaver
REBECCA— b. 7-5-1813. d. 5-27-1846.
Rebecca married Samuel H. Traquair. a member of the
Philadelphia bar, b. 2-10-1812, d. 1-17-1853; there were no chil-
dren born to them. After Rebecca's mother. Keziah, married
Col. Henderson and went to live in Upper Merion, Rebecca,
of course, accompanied her and spent the time that lapsed be-
tween her mother's marriage and her own in that part of the
county. There is an oil portrait of her in the possession of
Franklin Tyson's family which shows her to have been an ex-
ceedingly handsome woman.
Children of Jonathan and Ann (Tyson) Lukens
EDWARD HICKS — m. Caroline Lukens; their children were
Annie and Mary.
SARAH — m. Alfred Comly and resided at Frankford, Pa.
MARTHA — m. Joseph Comly, a miller of White Marsh, Pa.,
and brother of the Alfred Comly who married her sister
I have been unable to secure any information in regard to
the descendants of William and Martha (Tyson) Heston be-
yond that already given under the Fifth Generation.
Children of Samuel and Mary (Firewater) Tyson
SAMUEL^b. 9-4-1841. Not married.
Born at Hop Yard Farm, Delaware, he attended the country
private schools until after the death of his mother, when he
was sent to a boarding school at Eagleswood, near Perth Am-
boy, New Jersey, kept by Theodore D. Weld, where he re-
mained for two years. Afterwards, his father having married
Miss Sarah H. Roberts, he was taken to Norristown, Fa.,
where his father resided, and he attended the school kept by
Rev. Samuel Aaron for one or two years ; he then took up the
study of analytical chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Freder-
ick A. Genth, but in the fall of 1860 he was sent to the Sheffield
Scientific School of Yale University at New Haven. Conn., to
continue the study of chemistry, and he remained there for
one year, but the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion in
1861 prevented him from returning to Yale, and in August,
1862, he enlisted in the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry and
was mustered into the service of the United States August 22.
He was promoted to the rank of 1st Duty Sergeant of Com-
pany M and continued in the service until the close of the war,
having participated in the battles of Antietam, Stone's River
and Chickamauga and numerous other smaller engagements
and skirmishes with the enemy, from all of which he escaped
without a wound. After the war he became connected with
the Burlington Stove Foundry, of which Jonathan M. Roberts,
his step-mother's brother, was President, but commercial busi-
ness did not appeal to him, his longings being more lor adven-
ture and travel and frontier life, and his fondness for miner-
alogy, which he inherited from his father, led him back to the
Sheffield Scientific School and chemistry. He therjfore re-
turned there in 1872, and finally became Assistant to Prof. O.
D. Allen in the analytical laboratory. He graduated in 1875
with the degree of Ph.B.
After graduation he went to Colorado to study metallurgy
and mining, and was engaged as assayer and chemist at differ-
ent metallurgical works ; he finally became superintendent of
silver-lead smelting works in Colorado, going afterwards to
Mexico in the same line e»f business, where he passed some
twenty years in smelting and mining enterprises. Disposing
of his interests in Mexico he retnrned to the States and took
up his residence in Los Angeles in 1907 where, with occasional
visits to the East, it is probable that he will pass the remainder
of his days.
Since the death of his cousin, Franklin Tyson, Samuel is
the last of his generation of the Tyson-Fitzwater stock.
GEORGE — d. in infancy; buried at Mill Creek Meeting, New
Castle Co.. Delaware.
SARAH — d. 3-1-1912. Buried at Valley Friend's Meeting near
Sarah did not marry ; she studied medicine and graduated
from the Woman's Medical College of Philadelphia in March,
18S9, and practiced medicine in Philadelphia for years, her
office being on Arch Street ; she afterwards removed to Xor-
ristown. where she continued her practice until the time of
her death in 1912.
REBECCA — Died at Cold Spring Farm in her childhood and
was buried in the Bristol Friend's Grounds, but after-
wards her remains were removed to Mill Creek Meeting,
Delaware, where she rests beside her mother, her brother
George, and her great-aunt, Sarah Fitzwater.
Children of Samuel and Sarah (Roberts) Tyson
JONATHAN R.— b. April, 1861.
Married Anna Bartholomew Hughes, daughter of Mr. J. J.
Hughes of Upper Merion. He resides in Norristown and is
engaged in the fertilizer business in Reading, Pa. There are
EDWARD M.— b. Nov. 2, 1862.
Unmarried ; resides on what was his mother's farm near
King-of-Prussia. now the property of his brother Jonathan.
ELIZA H.— b. May 21, 1865. d.' December 27, 1913. Buried
at Red Hill in the Roberts Family Burying Ground.
Eliza did not marry ; her whole life was devoted to the serv-
ice of her family ; she was studious and devoted to music : she
possessed all the amiable qualities of her sex; but with untir-
ing energy she wore herself out, and her death, in what should
have been the prime of her womanhood, was, to her family
and her friends, an overwhelming calamity. I confess myself
entirely incapable of doing justice to her memory.
Children of Edwin and Eleanor (Kalloweil) Tyson
JOSHUA— b. 8-16-1831. d. 1890.
Joshua married Caroline, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth
(Trump; Parry. The children are Herbert P. and Charles P.
Tyson. Joshua is buried at Abington Meeting.
ALFRED ISAAC— b. 2-1-1833. d. 9-8-1904.
Alfred, as he was always called, did not marry; buried at
CHARLOTTE— b. 12-18-1834. d. 1911.
Buried at Horsham Friend's Meeting. Charlotte was twice
married : her hrst husband was Elias Twining ; there were no
children by that marriage; her second husband was Jonathan
Lloyd, and they had two children, a boy and a girl, both de-
ceased : the son lived to manhood and married, but I do not
know if any children survive.
SARAH H.— b. 1-15-1837. d. 11-19-1868.
She married Williams Hallowell and there was one child
which died in infancy. Sarah and her child died within a
short time of each other.
JAMES PAUL— b. 9-4-1838. d. 5-18-1870.
He married Rebecca, daughter of Thomas and Lydia
(Conardj Parry, and they had four children, Howard, Edwin,
Thomas and Ellen H. James and I were rather more inti-
mate than I was with the other boys of Uncle Edwin, and
we used to have great times together. He spent one winter
with us when we lived at the Cold Springs Farm on the Dela-
ware River above Bristol, and we went to James Anderson's
school together, walking back and forth about two and a half
miles morning and night. James is buried at Warminster
EDWIN— b. 4-10-1840. d. 11-4-1845.
FRANKLIN— b. 11-1-1842. d. 12-1-1918.
Married Eliza E. Henry, who was born in 1841 and died in
1909. They are both buried in the cemetery at Hatboro. They
had three children, Ida G., who died in her youth, Walter L.
and Franklin Jr.
After the death of Edwin, Franklin and Alfred came into
possession of the homestead at Abington, but they subse-
quently sold it, and it now forms. a part of "The Folly Farms"
of Mr. Elkins. Franklin, after the sale of the homestead, pur-
chased a farm near Davisville, Bucks County, which is now
the residence of his son Walter, and it was at this place that
he died : he also later purchased another farm in the same
vicinity on which Franklin Jr. resided until recently.
MARY ELIZABETH— b. 2-24-1S45. d. about 1889.
Mary did not marry.
Children of Edward Hicks and Caroline (Lukens) Lukens
ANNIE— b. 12-2-1846. d. 2-24-1898.
Annie married George Knowles Ridgeway of Darby, Pa.
There were no children.
Married John William Hawke, who was born 11-11-1853 and
died 3-16-1911. There are four children, Caroline, Mary, Anne
and Edward L. Mrs. Hawke resides near Moylan, Rose Val-
ley, Delaware Co., Pa.
Children of Joshua and Caroline (Parry) Tyson
Married Katharine Roller of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and has
lived for many years in San Francisco, Calif., where he was
engaged in the metal brokerage business. They have six chil-
dren, Herbert P., Katharine K., Edwin K., Helen Tacie, Sam-
uel Reynier and Caroline P.
Married Anna Schweitzer of California. They have one
child, Robert Edwin, born 9-15-1915. Charles is engaged in
the business of manufacturing electrical supplies in Minneapo-
Children of James Paul and Rebecca (Parry) Tyson
HOWARD— b. 1862. d. 1893.
Married Geraldine Shoemaker and resides in Jenkentown,
Pa. Is engaged in the plumbing and heating business in Wyn-
cote. They have had hve children, one of whom is decesed,
viz., Rebecca P., Natalie S., Geraldine S., Evelyn S. and
THOMAS PARRY— b. 1S66.
Doctor of Medicine. Graduate of the University of Penn-
sylvania : subsequently took Post Graduate course in Berlin
Married, first, Harriet Townsend. The children by this mar-
riage are Marion, Howard, Thomas P., Townsend and Harry.
His second wife was Louise Allen, by whom he had Marv,
James, Alice and Anna.
ELLEN HALLOW ELL—
Married Charles Mather Noble in 1893. They have four
children, James Paul, Elizabeth, Ellen Irene and Mary Lippin-
cott. They reside in Germantown.
Children of Franklin and Eliza (Henry) Tyson
IDA G. — Died in her youth.
Married Ursila Tomlinson. They have three children, Har-
old, who is married to Stella Potts; Ruth I., who is married to
Paul S. Ackers, and Alfred I., who is married to Theresa
George. Walter is a farmer and resides on a farm near Davis-
ville, Bucks Co., which he inherited from his father.
Married Ada Boileau. They have one child, Boileau, and
reside in Southampton. Bucks Co., Pa.
THE ROLL OF HONOR
The eighth generation are mostly quite young at this writ-
ing, and are mentioned, as far as I know them, under the
names of their parents in the Seventh Generation, but I desire
to make especial mention of three of them who served in the
World War, as follows:
THOMAS P. TYSON— Son of Dr. Thomas P. and Harriet
Was mustered into the service of the United States June 12,
1917, at Fort Slocitm, New York. Then sent to Fort Bliss.
Texas, and assigned to the 13th Field Artillery; afterwards
sent, in December, to Camp Greene, North Carolina, where
the 4th Division was organized. Here he was assigned to
the 4th Battery of Trench Artillery. Left Camp Greene in
March, 1918, with the 4th Division School Detachment, and
arrived at Saint Nazaire, France, April, 1918, and went into
camp about two miles above Besancon, near the Swiss border.
After about a week in the signal school was sent to Bordeaux.
The Division entered the line above Chateau Thierry after the
offensive started, all except the 4th Battery of Trench Artil-
lery, which was used for destroying trench work, wire entan-
glements, etc. Saint Mihiel and Argonne followed. Was on
detached service with the 4th Artillery Brigade in the Argonne
as signaller, and then into Germany.
JAMES PAUL NOBLE— Son of Charles and Ellen H. (Ty-
Left home in the fall of 1917 for Camp Mead, where he was
made Sergeant in the 304th Engineers, 79th Division. Left
for France July 8th, 1918, and arrived at Brest about thirteen
days later; crossed France to Maatz near Champiette, which
was Divisional Headquarters, and remained there two months
for training; then, ordered to the Meuse- Argonne offensive.
The section through which his Division moved was Avricourt,
Malancourt and Montfaucon. At the latter place he was taken
sick of pneumonia and was in the hospital for eight weeks.
After being discharged from the hospital he was sent to a
replacement camp in Angers, where he remained about six
weeks. The Engineers were along with the advance and at
the extreme front in the thick of the fighting engaged in re-
pairing roads, bridges, etc., but were not allowed to take up
their guns unless very closely pressed or were being picked
off by sharpshooters as they were working.
ALFRED ISAAC TYSON— Son of Walter and Ursila (Tom-
Joined the Air Service as machinist and was in camp in
Long Island, but did not get across.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE HISTORY AND GENE-
ALOGY OF THE FITZWATER FAMILY
The name Fitzwater is derived from Fitz Walter, which is
of Norman origin, and is composed of the Christian or given
name Walter with the prefix Fitz, meaning son of, from the
French fils, son. This surname came into use about the time
of the Norman Conquest, when surnames were beginning to
be adopted, altho it was some two or three hundred years later
that they became universal. In early times among the Eng-
lish there was a strong tendency to shorten the pronunciation
of proper names : thus Gloucester became Gloster, Worcester
became Wooster, Alnwick became Annik and, in a similar
manner, Walter and Fitz Walter became Fitz Water. That
the Christian name Walter was pronounced Water is illus-
trated in Shakespeare's play of King Henry VI, second part,
act iv, scene i.
Whitmore my name is Walter Whitmore.
How now! why start'st thou? What, doth death
Suffolk. Thy name affrights me, in whose sound is
A cunning man did calculate my birth,
And told me that by water I should die.
William J. Rolfe, who has edited the works of Shakespeare,
also says in his notes that it would seem from this that Walter
was pronounced Water, and adds that nowadays the letter "1"
is silent in England in many words where we should expect
to hear it pronounced ; as St. Albans, pronounced St. Aubans,
and Malvern, pronounced Mauvern.
In Domesday Book, a register made by order of William
the Conqueror of the lands in England, there is said to be
twenty-eight Walters mentioned as owners or occupiers of
estates under the crown, Normans, all of them, and favored
adherents of William, who rewarded his followers with the
confiscated estates of the English. The nobility of England
were almost entirely of Norman extraction for two or three
hundred years after the Conquest, and the present families of
Fitzwalters and Fitzwaters, of which there are several in Eng-
land to this day, may be derived from any one of the twenty-
eight, for it would be impossible to trace them back through
the 855 years that have elapsed since that period.
The name, as I say, came into England with William, Duke
of Normandy, when he crossed the English Channel in 106G to
establish his claim to the throne of that country. He is said
to have brought with him a force estimated at some sixty
thousand men. They landed on the English coast at Peven-
sey. The English forces under King Harold were slightly
entrenched some seven miles inland, and the battle, generally
known as the Battle of Hastings, was fought October 14,
1066, and resulted in the death of King Harold and the defeat
and rout of his forces, in consequence of which William, Duke
of Normandy, was crowned William I of England— William
the Conqueror !
To commemorate his victory William caused an abbey to
be built on the site- of battle, which he named Battle Abbey,
and which still remains, though partly in ruins. Hawthorne
gives an account of his visit to it in his "Passages from the
English Note Books." On its walls there is said to have been
displayed a roll of the names of the barons, knights and gen-
tlemen who had distinguished themselves in the Conqueror's
sefvice. A list of these names is given by Richard Grafton,
among other authors, in his Chronicles, published in London
in 1568 under the following caption:
"The names of the gentlemen who came out of Normandy
with William Duke of that Province when he conquered this
Noble Realme of England. The which I have taken out of an
antient Record that I had of Mayster Clarencius. King of
There are 658 names in the list, arranged alphabetically;
tinder the Fs there appears the name of Fitz Water and twen-
ty-seven others with the prehx of Fitz, as Fitz Aleyn, Fitz
Wareyn, etc.. etc.. but the spelling Fitz Walter does not ap-
pear, in fact, in the older writings it rarely does appear spelled
in that way.
In the legend of Robin Hood the name also appears. Robin
Hood is supposed to have been born in the county of Notting-
ham in the reign of Henry (I, and about the year 1160. He is
said to have been Earl of Huntingdon. Being- outlawed, he
iied to Sherwood Forest, accompanied by Matilda, daughter of
Lord Fitzwater. There he assumed the name of Robin Hood
and called Matilda, Maid Marian. He is thought to have died
in 1247, having been bled to death by a relative, the Prioress
of Kirklees Nunnery in Yorkshire. Matilda lies buried in the
Priory Church of Little Dunmow, county of Essex, where, in
the chancel upon an altar-tomb, her alabaster effigy reposes
to this day.
Shakespeare has embalmed the name in his play of King
Richard II. In the time of King Henry VIII the battle of
Pinkie Cleugh was fought between the English and the Scots.
in which ten thousand of the latter were said to have been
slain; a Lord Fitzwater commanded the left of the English
forces and his brother was slain in the engagement.
In June, 1520, in the reign of Henry VIII, the pageant of
"The Field of the Cloth of Gold'' was held near Calais, the
occasion being the meeting between Henry and Francis, King
of France, an account of which is given in the publications
of the Camden Society taken from the archives of the Duke
of Rutland. In the suite of King Henry, among the twenty-
one barons who attended, the name of Lord Fitzwater stood
fifth in the list, and among the attendants on Queen Katherine,
among sixteen baronesses, the Lady Fitzwater headed the list.
There was in the county of Essex a Lord Fitzwater who was
Earl of Essex, but the title passed into other families and be-
came extinct in 1756. There was also a Milo Fitzwater in the
time of Flenry I who was Earl of Hereford.
Among the records of the Parish Churches of London it
appears that Lord Henry Maltrevers, Earl of Arundel, was
married to Lady Mary Fitzwater, Countess of Sussex, widow,
September 6, 1545, and that on April 25, 1621, The Right Hon-
orable Lady Jane, widow of the late Lord Fitzwater, was
married to Sir William VVhyte Poole, Knight of dipwin,
county of Suffolk.
Leaving the ranks (-if the nobility, and coming down to later
times, the name of Fitzwater appears in the Registers of the
Parish Churches in London and in the county of Middlesex.
In twelve parishes from 1545 to 1775, the name appears thirty-
five times in marriages, deaths or births. In Hanworth, the
village our ancestor Thomas Fitzwater came from, I hud the
name as late as 1S30, when James Fitzwater married Harriet
Freeland, and in 1832 William Fitzwater married Eliza Turn-
kins of the same place. I have not continued the search, but
no doubt there are Fitzwaters about Hanworth at the present
time. The Records of the Friend's Meetings I have not had
THOMAS FITZWATER, the founder of the family in
America, came from Hanworth, a village about twelve miies
S. \\ . of the City of London, near Hampton Court. County of
Middlesex, England. He and his family, consisting of his
wife, Mary, and three sons Thomas Jr., George and Josiah,
and a daughter. Mary, and a servant, John Hey, who was. to
serve for six years and to be icose 28th of 8th month 16S3.
and to have fifty acres of land. They embarked with William
Penn and some one hundred and sixteen other passengers on
the ship "Welcome," Capt. Robert Greenway, Master, which
sailed from Deal August 30, 1682, and made the Capes of the
Delaware October 22. fifty-two days after leaving the Downs,
and came up to Philadelphia soon after. During the passage
small pox broke out on the vessel, and over thirty of the pas-
sengers died, and among them Thomas's wife and two chil-
dren, Josiah and Mary. "The survivors never forgot the hor-
rors of this passage. Fifty years or more after the event old.
people used to speak of it with fear and trembling."'
Thomas took up land about thirteen miies northwest of
Philadelphia at what came to be known as Fitzwatertown,
which was then in Bucks County but now in Montgomery.
He was a member of the Provincial Assembly from Bucks
County in 1683, and again, after his removal to Philadelphia.
in 1690. He was a preacher among the Friends, and he died
in Philadelphia 8th mo. 6th, 1699.
Thomas married again, his second wife being Elizabeth Pal-
mer, probably a widow, whom he married 4th mo. 3d, 1684.
Elizabeth must have been a widow, because in Ins will Thomas
leaves to his "daughter-in-law," Elizabeth Jackson, the sum
of £50 (probably step-daughter is tin- word intended, for his
sons' wives are accounted for). His marriage with Elizabeth
Palmer does not seem to have turned out very well, for in the
minutes of the Philadelphia Meeting there are some entries
concerning it ; i. e., 29th day of 1st mo., 1695. "Several Friends
being- dissatisfied that Thomas Fitzwater and his wife live
apart; therefore Thomas Fitzwater is desired to get a house
in order to entertain her." And again: "29th day of 11th
mo., 1696; Thomas Fitzwater appeared at this meeting and
signified to his friends that he would endeavor to get a room
or two furnished to receive his wife if she would dwell with
him and take off the reproach whereby Truth and Friends
suffer." "John Goodson, Thomas Duckett and David Lloyd
are appointed to speak with Elizabeth Fitzwater to get her
to comply with her husband's will and live together." And
again: "26th day of 12th mo., 1696; Elizabeth Fitzwater
speaks that she does not think that she has been well used
by Ralph J. Jackson in bringing her before the Meeting and
asks the Meeting not to proceed any further." Again: "27th
day of 11th mo., 169S ; Thomas Fitzwater laid before this
Meeting that he with John Goodson and William Southeby
went to his wife in order that he and she may live together in
Truth and Unity, but could not prevail with her; therefore he
suggests that some of the women of the Meeting call upon her
to shew to her the folly which she is now walking in." Again:
"24th day of 12th mo., 169S: the Friends that were appointed
at the last Meeting to endeavor to effect a reconciliation be-
tween Thomas Fitzwater and his wife Elizabeth make this
report ; that they are in hopes they will live together in Truth
Thomas must have been a prosperous man, but I do not.
know what business he followed in Philadelphia; his home was
on the river bank, which at that time was the most desirable
location in the city. In Watson's Annals. Vol. IT, page 98,
there is the following mention: — "the next record in point of
time is a record of the Orphan's Court; No. 1 ; its first entry
bears the date of the 4th day of 1st mo., 1693; and was held
at the private dwelling of Gilbert Wheeler. Present, the Gov-
ernor, Win. Penn, with Ju^tievs James Harrison, Jonathan
Otter, Wm. Yardley. Win. Beaks and Thomas Fitzwater;
Phineas Pcmberton, Clerk."
The following is Thomas Fitzwater's Will, as taken from
the Records in the Office of the Register of Wills in Philadel-
"I, Thomas Fitzwater, being weak of body but of sound and
perfect memory, do make this my last Will and Testament in
manner and form following, viz. :
"Item first ; my will is that my body be decently buried in
the new burying ground amongst my friends in Philadelphia
at the discretion of my Executors after named, and that un-
just debts be duly paid. Secondly: My will is that my negro
Jack be sould to those that will give the mosi money for him
towards paying my debts aforesaid. Thirdly: I give to my
son Thomas Fitzwater two carts and six horses that usually
go in the team besides what I have formerly given him.
Fourthlv : I give to my son George Fitswatter this whole
house and lott to him and his heirs forever, standing on the
bank in the front street of Delaware and one hundred acres
of land in the Province of New Jersey near Pensauken Creek.
Fifthly: I give and bequeath to my dear wife Elizabeth Fits-
water two cows, a mare and three colts, with ail the improve-
ments I have formerly made upon the plantation and likewise
what improvements 1 have made upon her lott in the front
street of Philadelphia with all the material that 1 have pro-
vided for the same. Sixthly. And of this my last will and Tes-
tament I make, ordain and constitute my sonns Thomas and
George Fitswatter to be my only Executors, giving unto them.
equally divided, all the rest of my estate both real and per-
sonal provided they pay unto my daughter-in-law, Elizabeth
Jackson, the sum of five pounds lawful money of this province
within six months after my decease." The witnesses to the
Will were Antho. Morris, George Grey and William South-
eby; the Will was probated Oct. 2. 1699.
THOMAS FITZWATER JR., son of Thomas and Mary,
came over with his father on the Welcome in 16S2. The elate
of his birth is unknown. He twice married, but the records
are confusing. I find no record of his first marriage, but in
the Records of the Philadelphia Friends Meeting there appears
the following: "10th mo. 25th, 1732; Thomas Fitzwater and
Mary Tison having declared their intentions of marriage with
each other before two Meetings, are found clear of all others;
on account of Mary being a widow care was taken that her
iate husband's will should be fulfilled." The Mary whom he
then married was Mary Potts Tyson, widow of Matthias
Tyson, son of Reynier Tyson, the founder of our branch of
the Tyson family in America ; she was already the mother of
eleven children by Matthias, and her daughter, Elizabeth, sub-
sequently married John Fitzwater, the son of her second hus-
band, and Mary, a daughter of her second husband, married
her son Matthew, sun of Matthias Tyson. The fact that this
Mary whom Thomas Jr. married was the widow of Matthias
Tyson is confirmed by ".he fact that in the Will of John Tyson,
son of Matthias, lie leaves to his mother. Mary Fitzwater, the
sum of £4. Mary Potts was the daughter of David Potts,
who came to America from Wales previous to 1692.
Thomas Fit/water's Will is recorded in Book G, page 340,
in Philadelphia, lie is called "Yeoman" and of the County
of Philadelphia. His son John is named sole Executor; to his
wife, Mary, he leaves a room in the dwelling, and she is to be
provided for as long as she remains unmarried and to have
£2? per annum, but if she marries she is to have a bed and
furniture for one room and one-third of the cattle and £6 per
Thomas mentions in his Will his son Thomas and his daugh-
ter, Sarah Robeson ; his son-in-law, John Davis, and his
daughter, Deborah Lukens. having before made over to them
the things he wanted them to have; to his son George he
leaves £120. I do not know which of his daughters John
Davis married. To his son John he left the house and planta-
tion "wherein I now live and all the horses." This plantation
is the family homestead at Fitzwatcrtown. Upper Dublin Tp.,
Montgomery Co.. Pa. Thomas died in 1748; in the assess-
ment for 1745 he was rated on 200 acres of land ; he carried on
lime burning at Fitzwatertown before 1705. when he sent in a
petition for a road from his kilns to Pennypack Mills, but it
was not attended to until 1725; he was appointed Collector of
Taxes in 1719; the amount collected being £10-10s-8d.
GEORGE FITZWATER, the second son of Thomas, came
to America with his father and brother. He married, -10th mo.
10th, 1707, Alary, daughter of Abraham Hardiman, merchant
of Philadelphia, the witnesses to the marriage being Thomas
Fitzwater, Hannah Hardiman, Samuel and Hannah Carpenter
and seventy others. George's Will is dated 10-11-1748, and
he appoints William Coleman and his wife, Thomas' daughter,
Hannah and Francis Richardson and his wife, Thomas' daugh-
ter, Mary, the Executors of his Will, the witnesses thereto
being Thomas Hopkinson, Tench Francis Jr., and Thomas
Bilks. He gave to Thomas Kidd and wife a life interest in
one of his farms in Bucks County; he owned four farms, one
of 180 acres, one of 173 acres, another of 110 acres, and an-
other of 190 acres, also numerous lots in Philadelphia. His
Will covers pages 263 to 275 in Book 1, Register's Office,
Philadelphia. In his Will he gives to William Coleman Ins
negro "Cufree" and to his grand-daughter, Alary Hogg, he
gives his negro woman "Present." I do not know what busi-
ness he followed. In Watson's Annals, Vol. 1, page CI, there-
is mention as follows: "Minutes of City Council; Sept. 30.
1723. Alderman Fishbourne. Geo. Fitzwater and John Warder
are requested to Imploy persons Immediately for the Opening
of the High Street to the New Ferry."
George was the father of ten children, the first three being
boys who died in their youth and left no issue, hence the name
in his branch became extinct. His daughter Elizabeth married
Chrystopher Clymer and their son, George Clymer, was one
of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Children of Thomas Fitzwater Jr. by his first wife
JOHN— b. 1-29-1715. d. 3-28-1794.
John married Elizabeth, daughter of Matthias and Alary
(Potts) Tyson, 4-24-17-12. The Marriage Certificate is still
preserved in the possession of the Misses Fitzwater of West
Philadelphia. They had six children: Thomas, Matthew,
John, John again. Alary and Sarah. John's will was made
3-4-1791, and probated 4-6-1794; he named his sons John and
Matthew executors. He lived at Fitzwatertown and i^ buried
in the family burying ground at that place. Elizabeth died
1-26-1771. In the assessment of Upper Dublin in 1776 John is
rated for 300 acres of land and a grist mill.
THOMAS married Rosannah, maiden name unknown; they
had nine children.
GEORGE married Alary Walker, 10-16-1743; they had seven
SARAH married William Robeson.
HANNAH married Robert McCurdy, and they had a son born
in 1748 who died in 1S42 and is buried in the family
grounds at Fitzwatertown.
DEBORAH married John, sun of Jan Lukens.
MARY married, 5-1-1755, Matthew, son of Matthias and Mary
Thus both John and Mary married children of their step-
mother. John Davis was aiso a son-in-law of Thomas Jr., but
I do not know which daughter he married: he is mentioned in
Thomas' Will. There may have been another daughter whose
name I have not included, and I do not know whether the
names as given above are in their proper— -in the order of
According to an item in The Pennsylvania Magazine, the
Journal of the Penna. Historical Society, entitled the Day
Book of a Philadelphia Silversmith, 1745-48, a certain Sarah
Fitzwater ordered 6 teaspoons and 1 pair of double jointed
tea tongs and that Elizabeth Fitzwater ordered 6 teaspoons,
6 large spoons and 2 strainers.
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE OF JOHN FITZWATER AXD
(The original in the possession of the Misses Fitzwater,
Stoncleiyh Court, West Philadelphia)
WHEREAS, John Fitswater, son of Thomas Fitswater of
Uper Dublin, in the County of Philadelphia and Province of
Pennsylvania, Yeoman, and Elizabeth Tyson, Daughter of Ma-
thias Tyson, late of Abington, Yeoman ( Deceased J Having De-
clared their Intentions of Marriage with each other before several
Monthly Meetings of the People caled Quakers at Abington Meet-
ing House in the sd. County of Philadelphia according to ye good
order used amongst them, and having Consent of Parents and Re-
lations their Proposals of Marriage was allowed of by the sd.
Now These Are to Certlfie whom it may Concern thai for the
full Accomplishing their sd. Intentions this Twenty fowcnh Day
of the fowerth Month in the i ear of' our Lord one Tiiousanu,
Seven Hundred and fouerty two, they the sd. John Fitzwater and
hlizabeih Tison, appeared in a pnblick Meeting of the su. People
at Abingion aforesaid And in a Solemn manner the said John
Fitzwater taking the said Elizabeth Tison by the hanu Diu openly
Declare tliai he took ye sd. Elizabeth Tison to be his wife, prom-
ising through Gods Assistance to be unto her a faithful arid Los-
ing Husband untill Death shall Seperute them, And then and
there in the said Assembly, the said Elizabeth Tison Did in the
like manner openly Declare that she took ye sd. John Fitzwater
to be her husband, promising through Gods Assistance to be unto
him a faith full and Loving wife untill Death shall sep crate them.
And Moreover the said John Fitzzeater and Elizabeth Tison (slice
according to the Gustom of Marriage assuming the name of her
Husband) as a further G on fir motion thereof, Did then and there
to these presents set their hand, and wee whose names are allso
under writen being present at the solemnization of ye sd. Mar-
riage and Subscription have as zoittnesses thereunto set our hands
the Day and Year above written.
Ann Ciin rods
A T ichs. Austin
John I den
Dennis Cunra s
Isaac Knight Jr.
Rincr Tison, sener
Prise HI a Tyson
Mar get Law is
Alary Leak ins
KEY TO THE SIGNATURES
At the head of the right-hand column are the autographs of
the bride and groom ; next below is that of Thomas Fitzwater,
father of the groom, and below his is that of Mary, his second
wife and the mother of the bride, she having been the wife of
Matthias Tyson, deceased. The next autograph is that of
George Fitzwater, brother of the groom ; near the bottom of
the second column are the autographs of -Mary Fitzwater and
Deborah Lukens, both sisters of the groom, as was also Han-
nah McCurdy, whose name is evidently written by her hus-
band, Robert McCurdy.
The second name at the head of the second column is the
autograph of "Riner Tison, sener," as he wrote it, but he was
then about eighty-three years of age; just above is the auto-
graph of his eide'st daughter, Elizabeth Lukens, who became
an ancestress of Theodore Roosevelt; below Reynier's name
are the autographs oi four of his sons, Peter, Abraham. John
and Derick; Reynier's daughter, Sarah Kirk, is in the group,
but it is evident that her husband, John Kirk, signed for her.
About the middle of the hrst column appears the name of Isaac
Tyson, possibly the second son of Reynier, but mure likely, as
it seems to me, to be the name of Isaac, son of Matthias and
Mary, and brother of the bride, who, in 1749, married Esther
Shoemaker, and after the Revolution removed to Maryland,
taking with him a certificate from Horsham Monthly Meeting
He settled at Jericho, Baltimore Co., at the little fails of the
Gunpowder River and about sixteen miles from Baltimore.
From Isaac all the Maryland Tysons are said to be descended.
Riner Tyson, the sixth name in the right-hand column, is. un-
doubtedly, the eldest son of Matthias and Mary, and a brother
of the bride. He married Grace Fletcher, and her autograph
is below in the same column. Margaret Hallowed and Mary
Lewis come next to Riner's ; they were sisters of the bride,
one being the wife of William Hallowell and the other the w-ie
of Ellis Lewis, the names of both the husbands being further
down in the same column. Matthew lyson. the tenth name in
the column, is undoubtedly the youngest son of Matthias and
Mary, and a brother of the bride. He subsequently married
Marv Fitzwater, sister of the groom.
In the middle of the second column is the autograph of.
Nathan Bewlev : his daughter Sarah, in the next generation
married Matthew Fitzwater. son of the bride and groom as
Children of John and Elizabeth (Ty?on) Fitzwater
THOMAS— b. 4-10-1743. Not married, d. 1-7-1771.
MATTHEW— b. 3-25-1745. d. 1-24-1803.
Fie was a farmer and miller, and operated the grist-mill that
had belonged to his father, and perhaps to an earlier genera-
tion. He was enrolled in Capt. John Mann's 8th Company.
Fourth Battalion of Pennsylvania Militia, which served at
Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown and other places during:
the Revolutionary War.
He married Sarah Bewley, 11-25-1773, the witnesses pres-
ent being Isaac Tyson Sr., Peter Tyson Jr., Abel Fitzwater,
Thomas Fitzwater, Reynier Tyson, Mary Tyson, Mary Fitz-
water, Peter Tyson, Isaac Tyson, John Fitzwater, Joseph Ty-
son, Agnes Tyson, Matthew Tyson and many others.
Sarah Bewley was the daughter of Nathan Bewley, who
was the sun of George Bewley, who in 1725 purchased 200
acres of land in Abington Township, Philadelphia Co., Pa.,
adjoining Reynier Tyson's plantation. The family is said to
have come from Cumberland, England, tho the name is sup-
posed to be derived from the French, having been originally
Beaulieu, a fair place. There are said to be numerous Bewleys
in Ireland, descendants of those who migrated from Eng-
land with other Friends at the close of the 17th century on
account of religious persecution. Matthew is buried at Abing-
ton Friend's Meeting.
JOHN died in infancy.
JOHN, again— b. 7-15-1748.
He married, 4-21-1774. Hannah Lukens, daughter of Reynier
and Jean Lukens, who was born in 1756 and died 1-5-1792,
and is buried with her husband in the family burying grounds
at Fitzwatertown. John is also enrolled in the same company
of Pennsylvania militia as his brother Matthew above.
From the Records of Abington Meeting: 2-28-1774, John
Fitzwater and Hannah Lukens declared their intention of mar-
riage. 4-25-1774, reported marriage of John Fitzwater and
Hannah Lukens, also of Samuel Spencer and Mary Fitzwater
MARY — b. 4-10-1751. Married Samuel Spencer, son of Jacob
Spencer of Moreland Township, as above — 1-25-1774.
SARAH— b. 9-30-1761. Married Abner, son of John Lukens,
4-10-1783. Died 9-20-1801.
Children of Thomas and Rosannah (?) Fitzwater
JOHN, THOMAS, WILLIAM. MARY. CATHARINE, DE-
BORAH, JOSEPH and JEREMIAH—
I have no account of any of these people, but some time ago
I heard of a Fitzwater living at Nokesviile, Va., and wrote to
him. He was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War.
Extracting from his letter, he says: "My grandfather's
name was William. I never heard the name, that I remember,
of his father, and I never heard of any brothers or sisters
that he had. He was near eighty years old when he died near
the close of the Civil War; he married a lady of the name of
Elizabeth Trace, who was the mother of my father, whose
name was Philip B. Fitzwater. I had an uncle named Jesse
who went West many years ago and located in Illinois. I
have forgotten his P. O. address, also the name of the county
in which he lived. I had an uncle, John Fitzwater, who died
at about twenty-five years of age. I had one uncle, James
Fitzwater, who died at the close, or near the close of, the
Civil War. Fie had several sons, one named James married
a Miss Showaltcr of Rockingham, Ya. One of my Uncle
James Fitzwater's sons named Elkany lived in Ohio. I think
not far from Columbus. I had two uncles who moved from
Virginia to Ray County, Mo., some 30 or more years ago.
One's name was Abraham and the other William. William had
several daughters when he left here ; as well as I remember
their names were Elizabeth, Sarah and Amanda. I had three
aunts, one married a Mr. Roger Davis, one married a Mr.
Nimrod Strawderman, a brother to my mother: the other mar-
ried a man named Dove. These are all that I remember that
are closely related to me. I knew of several who were cousins
to my grandfather, William Fitzwater; one's name was Isaac,
one George, and a William, as well as I can remember now.
The latter I think located many years ago in Barbour County.
in what is now West Virginia, and I understand there are
quite a number in Barbour County, W. Va., and also about
Oakland, Md. These were very stout and able-bodied men. I
have been told. I have heard of quite a number of Fitzwaters
in Southern Virginia near the Tennessee and Xorth Carolina
line; I have been told there is a place there they call Fitz-
watertown, and I have been told there are many Fitzwaters
in Montgomery County, Md. Since I have been writing it
appears to my mind that my father said he had an uncle in
Clay County, Mo."
As there seems to be no trace of this branch of the -family
left in Pennsylvania, I feel quite sure that they emigrated to
Virginia, or Maryland, as so many did about that time, and
that this Mr. Cyprianus Fitzwater of Nokesville, Ya., is a de-
scendant of Thomas and Rosanna Fitzwater.
In Cleveland's History of Yates County, New York, I also
rind reference to a George Fitzwater, whom I have not been
able to place. He came from Whitepain Township, Mont-
gomery County, Pa.; was born 1759; died 1841 ; married Han-
nah Davis; b. 1758; d. 1833.
In 1799 they came to Milo, Yates County, New York, in a
four-horse wagon with their children, goods and chattels — a
journey of three weeks — and settled "in the midst of old neigh-
bours and relatives who had preceded them," on a 440 acre
farm they purchased of Silas Spink. Their children were John,
b. 1782; Sarah, b. 1786; George, b. 1789; Hannah and Thomas,
twins, b. 1794; Rachel, b. 1796. I have endeavored to get in
touch with some of their descendants, but so far without
Children of George and Mary (Walker) Fitzwater
JOSEPH, his first wife was Anna Stoll, the second wife
Pamela; MARTHA; THOMAS; ABEL, who married Han-
nah, daughter of William Stockdale of Wrightstown, Bucks
Co., Pa.. 4-7-1775; MARY, RUTH and ELIZABETH.
Children of Matthew and Sarah (Bewley) Fitzwater
ELIZABETH— b. 4-12-1775. Married Joshua Tyson. d.
MARY— b. 12-17-1777.
GEORGE— b. 11-16-1780. d. 2-17-1831.
He married Rebecca, daughter of Jonathan and Alice (Jar-
rett) Thomas of Upper Dublin Township. They were married
at Horsham Meeting 9-27-1809. and they are buried side by
side in the Meeting's grounds, where new marble stones have
been placed at their graves. George lived for many years in
Norristown. where lie was in the lumber business. He named
as executors of his will his widow, Rebecca Fitzwater, his
brother-in-law, Charles Thomas, and Merchant Maulsby. Re-
becca was born 1-14-1788, and died 5-30-1832.
SARAH— b. 8-3-1 7S3. Not married, d. 5-3-1849.
She died at the residence of Samuel Tyson, Hop Yard Farm,
Delaware, and is buried at Mill Creek Meeting- near that place.
MATTHEW— b. 12-25-1786. Not married, d. 1819.
Children of John and Hannah (Lukens) Fitzwater
JOHN— b. 7-12-1776. Married Mary Lukens. d. 5-13-1857.
The large stone building used by Washington as his head-
quarters while the army was in the vicinity of W 'hitemarsh is
still standing on the south side of Camp Hill. It was owned
by John Fitzwater at one time, and after his decease in 1857
was sold. Fitzwatert'-wn is situated in the south part of the
township, in the midst of the fertile valley of Sandy Run. on
THOMAS— b. 8-7-1778. Married Catharine Thomas, d. 1813.
JANE— b. 11-10-1780. Married Tyson.
REYNIER— b. 9-6-1783. Not married, d. 8-25-1815.
CHARLES— b. 8-14-1786. d. 1852.
JACOB— b. 9-19-1789. Married Tacy Lukens. d. 4-8-1876.
They had no children. Both Jacob and Tacy are buried in
the family grounds at Fitzwatertown. During- the latter part
of their lives they resided on Swede St., Norristown.
Children of William, son of Thomas and Rosannah Fitzwater
SARAH— Married Arthur St. Clair Thomas.
HANNAH— Married Samuel L. Pugh.
EMILIE — Married Aaron Phillips. | Emeiine.)
Children of Joseph, son of George and Mary (Walker) Fitz-
water, and Anna (Stoll) Fitzwater, his first wife
ABEL— Married Isabella Umstead.
Children of Joseph, son of George and Mary (Walker) Fitz-
water, and Pamela, his second wife
ANNA— Married Joseph Iredell.
MARTHA— Married John Robinson, Horsham.
MARY— Married George White, White Marsh.
CATHARINE — Married James Livingstone, Norristown.
ESTHER — Married Ferringer, Norristown.
Children of Joshua and Elizabeth (Fitzwater) Tyson
MARIA, CHARLOTTE, MATILDA and EDWIN. Eor
the account there is of them see the Tyson Genealogy, Part I.
Children of George and Rebecca (Thomas) Fitzwater
JONATHAN T.— b. 9-12-1811. Married 1841. Died at Albu-
querque, N. M., about 1S50-52.
Jonathan married a Mexican woman, Soledad Fierra, or
Tierra. He must have been a wild boy, or he was. at least,
filled with the spirit of adventure. He ran away from home
when he was about sixteen, and first drove stage for a time
Then he drifted into the Seminole Indian war in Florida, but
I do not know in what capacity. Afterwards he went to Mex-
ico, and finally became connected with the stage line between
Vera Cruz and the City of Mexico, in which he held a respon-
sible position that required him to travel over the line inspect-
ing stations, etc. In this capacity he met with many adven-
tures and hairbreadth escapes, for the country then, even more
than now, was filled with bandits and highwaymen ; he was
frequently attacked, and once was left for dead by the road-
side. His headquarters were in the City of Mexico, where he
married and had three or four sons. At the breaking out of
the war between the United States and Mexico in 1846 he. no
doubt, made himself objectionable to the authorities and Santa
Ana, the Mexican General in Chief, offered one thousand dol-
lars for him, dead or alive, but his family and friends con-
cealed him until there was an opportunity for him to escape,
and when General Scott and the American forces landed at
Vera Cruz he made his way to that place and. being acquainted
with every foot of the road, became Gen. Scott's guide up to
the City. In one of the battles in front of the City a grape
shot took out his left eye and knocked him from his horse.
As he lay on the ground a shell burst near him. shattering the
bones in his right ankle. He was finally picked up and carried
to the field hospital, where the surgeon said he was too badly
wounded to recover. But Jonathan roundly denounced him,
and told him he would get well in spite of him, so they fixed
him up and he kept his word. When the American Army left
Mexico he came away with it, and ever after remained with it,
holding a civilian position as Wagon-Master. He came to
Philadelphia about the year 1850 for surgical treatment on
account of his old wounds, and lie spent considerable time
with us at Hop Yard Farm. I remember him quite distinctly.
He was of medium height, and often wore a jacket with brass
buttons, such as were worn at that time in Mexico. He was a
splendid story-teller, and would entertain the compam by the
hour with his vivid tales of adventure by flood and held. He
had been shipwrecked in the Gulf of Mexico on some barren
rocks or sandbar without drinking water, and he had saved a
little girl, the daughter of an American Captain whose name
I think was Naylor, of Philadelphia, and he told how he and
the others who were with him had spread out their garments
to collect the falling rain and dew and sucked the water from
them to assuage their thirst. I do not remember how they
were finally rescued. He claimed to have twenty-four wounds
on his body, and I do not doubt that he had. for he wore a
broad surcingle to keep his ribs in place which had been
broken and never properly healed ; he wore an iron brace on
his shattered ankle and walked with a cane; the socket of his
left eye was vacant, but the other blazed with an amazing
fire and vitality. He was a splendid horseman, and could
handle a lasso like a cowboy; indeed, about every thing had
happened to him that could happen to anyone, and it can be
imagined the deep impression he made on my youthful fancy.
He finally returned to the Army Post at Albuquerque. New
Mexico, where he died and is buried. His personal effects,
watch, ring, etc., were forwarded to his brother, Jackson Fitz-
water, in Philadelphia. The watch and ring, after the death
of Jackson, came into my possession, but the watch was de-
stroyed in the fire that consumed our house in 1S99, and the
ring was stolen from me. There was also lost in the same fire
that destroyed our house daguerreotypes taken in the City of
Mexico, of Jonathan and his Mexican wife and children, but
now there remains nothing to recall him except the picture in
ELIZABETH— b. 9-17-1813, probably died in infancy.
MATTHEW— b. 9-3-1815. Xot married, d. at Ft.' Leaven-
worth, Kas.. about 1845.
Matthew also ran away from home and enlisted in the U. S.
Army, but I have been unable to get any trace of him by
applying to the War Department; he probabiy enlisted under
an assumed name, as so many boys did under similar circum-
stances during the Civil War.
MARY— b. 10-8-1817. d. 8-29-1856. Married Samuel Tyson.
She was my mother. She was left an orphan at about the
age of fifteen, and was given a home by Edwin Tyson, who
was her first cousin on his mother's side. My father, Samuel
Tyson, was also left an orphan about the same time, and he,
too, was given asylum under the same hospitable roof, being a
first cousin to Edwin on his father's side. It was here that the
romance began that culminated in their marriage in 1840, and
this story is already told in speaking of Samuel Tyson in the
Tyson part of this paper.
I cannot pay a better tribute to my mother than to quote
MARY FITZWATER TYSON
"Died of Pulmonary Consumption on the 29th of August.
1856, at Hop Yard Farm, Mary F., wife of Samuel Tyson, <n
the 38th year of her age.'*
For one who knew her not the above simple record would,
perhaps, suffice. But for me, even
"While memory bids we weep.
And thought nor word is free."
I cannot let this occasion go by without casting one bud of
recollection upon her summer bier. It were of little use to
tell those who knew and loved her what she was, for they
have memories beautiful as mine of the wit. benevolence, in-
telligence and genius that blended their graces in her culti-
vated mind. They. too. can refer tearfully to the social hours
illumined by her engaging words and ways— they, too, can
re-cur to her easy manners and ready conversational powers,
and to those ineffaceable impressions of her genial character
that will ever be lively and tender. But to this devoted friend-
ship, detained frum her by care or distance through the periods
of her protracted suffering, and deprived of communion with
her open and earnest nature as it tendered and brightened
beneath the ministrations of affliction and heavenly grace, 1
would hold up the beauty of her example. The strength of
character, that was the distinguished pride oi her life, never
faltered, but its unfailing vigor passed into the patient endur-
ance of agony and the firmest reliance on the arm of Divine
Love. Never was there confidence more steadfast than hers
in the government of Infinite Wisdom over all the creations
of His power. Often has she said to me, "As my child looks
to me through all its waywardness and trial with a certainty
of love and protecting care, so turn I to my Heavenly Par-
ent!" It was meet that this "gentle lover of Nature" should
pass away with the summer days. Her life was as sunny and
full of poetry as the season that went hand in hand with her.
To crown such life with unwavering faith in God through
that trial hour that lies between the two worlds, and comes but
once to all — is to add lovelier hopes to social existence. It is
to evolve new evidence that religious truth and comfort often
and often blossom from a cheerful and unpretending life.
Departed Friend! while earth has a star less for our paths,
our future home has another light. This is one of the solaces
of the bereaved soul — and it deepens as life advances. Usually
at forty years we have as many beloved spirits in one world
as in the other. What a beautiful ordinance is this of our
great Father to reconcile us to change our abode as the harvest
ripens and we are gathered to His holy presence ! Joy to thee,
Mary, that thy pain of bodily existence is ended — strength be
with us to finish our work aright ere we come to thee !
Bristol, Ninth Mo. 8th, 1856.
GEORGE— b. 10-21-1S19. d. 10-10-18o9, at Pattonville, Mo.
George married Caroline Chambers, daughter of Richard
and Susannah Adams Chambers. After their marriage, which
took place at the Orthodox Friends' Meeting near Strickers-
ville, Chester Co., Pa., George rented a farm about six miles
from Hop Yard towards Wilmington, on the Christiana Creek;
later he operated a saw-mill near the Bombay Hook Light on
the Delaware River. I can recall that we made a visit there
once, driving from Hop Yard. I recall very little except that
the mosquitoes were very bad and that they burned smudge
fires to keep them off. After a time George removed to the
West and settled near Brotherton, St. Louis Co., Missouri,
where he bought a farm consisting largely of bottom land on
the Missouri River. The soil was very fertile, but the family
suffered greatly from malarial fevers until they removed their
dwelling to the higher ground away from the river. Caroline
died 3-28-1874, in her fifty-sixth year. The children of George
and Caroline were George, Richard C, Franklin \Y., Samuel
Tyson, John C. and Sarah.
ANDRL\Y JACKSON— b. 12-2-1823. Not married, d. 3-29-
"Jackson," as he was always called, was taken after the
death of his parents by his aunt and uncle, Seth and Martha
(Thomas) Tyson. Seth was a son of John Tyson of Abington
and Mary, his wife. Seth's wife was Martha L. Thomas,
daughter of Jonathan and Alice (Jarrett) Thomas of Lower
Dublin Township. Martha was a sister of my grandmother,
Rebecca (Thomas) FiLzwater. Jackson, as 1 say. was given a
home by his uncle and aunt. I do not know whether he was
sent to Westtown Boarding School or not, but my mother
and Uncle George were. Jackson was for many years con-
nected with the Jacoby Marble Works on Market St., Phila-
delphia, as Superintendent. After the breaking out of the
Rebellion he took a course in military science and received a
commission as Major in the 11th U. S. Artillery. Heavy.
During his service he was in command of Forts Jackson and
St. Philip at the mouth of the Mississippi River. His head-
quarters were at Fort Jackson, and he commanded four com-
panies of the regiment under Brig. Gen. Thomas W . Sherman,
Commanding Southern Division of Louisiana, February 28.
1865. Fort Jackson is located on the west side of the river,
near its mouth. Jackson was mustered out of the service in
October, 1865. He died at the residence of his brother-in-law,
Samuel Tyson, King-of-Prussia, Pa., and is buried by the side
of his father and mother in the Horsham Friends' Burying
THE THOMAS FAMILY
This seems to be the place to introduce some mention of the
Thomas family. Jonathan Thomas, of whose ancestors I have
no data, married Alice Jarrett. They were both from about
Jarrettown, Upper Dublin Township. Jonathan was a cabinet
maker, and also, as was customary at that time, an under-
taker, and they used to say that when he took his bride home
from the wedding there was a pile of coffins on the front
porch. He died in Norristown October. 1827, and left to his
son-in-law, George Fitz water, three thousand dollars in his
will. Jonathan and Alice had ten children, as follows:
DAVID — Married Hannah Tyson, daughter of either Peter or
1 do not know to which of the collateral branches they be-
longed. David and Hannah had only one child who grew to
maturity, MARY, who married Mordecai Roberts Moore, and
they had no children that reached maturity. Mar}' was, of
course, first cousin to my mother. Cousin Mary, as we always
called her, was always intimately associated with us, or rather,
we to her. She had inherited from her father, David Thomas.
a very comfortable fortune, which was finally dissipated by
unfortunate investments, and she was compelled to give up
her home, and finally died at the Friends' Home in Norris-
CHARLES — Married, was the father of Lukens Thomas;
prospered, and died in very comfortable circumstances.
GEORGE — Not married ; was a doctor of medicine.
JOSEPH— Married Ann Potts, 10-9-1810.
ISAAC— Married Tacy Paul.
LYDIA — Married Solomon Cumming.
SUSAN — Married Samuel Muulsby, grandparents of Dr. El-
MARTHA — Married Seth Tyson ; they had no children. Seth.
as stated above, was a son of John and Mary Tyson of
REBECCA — Married George Fitzwater: my grandmother.
JONATHAN— Married Letitia-Pastorius, and later Rebecca
Children of John and Mary (Lukens) Fitzwater
TACY— b. 11-1821. d. 3-4-1843. Not married.
GEORGE WASHINGTON— b. 11-23-1823. d. 2-7-1879.
Married Elizabeth Paxson and had seven children: Harriet.
George W., Joseph, Mary. Elizabeth, Josephine and Charlotte.
I remember Mr. "Wash*' Fitzwater, as he was generally
called when he resided at Tacony, on the Delaware River
above Philadelphia, where he operated a saw-mill, lie was an
ardent horseman, and at one time owned "Tacony," the fastest
trotting horse on the American turf in his day.
CHARLOTTE— b. 1825. d. 1838.
JOHN— b. 7-23-1827. d. 8-28-1898.
Married Elizabeth O'Donnel, and had one child, Alice.
John served in the Civil War as Captain of Company C. 2nd
Pennsylvania Cavalary ; was commissioned Captain Aug. 1,
1861, and resigned Sept. 18, 1862.
JACOB— b. 1-4-1830. d. 4-25-1877.
Married Elizabeth Connard in 1S52; they had one child.
Frank S. Jacob served in the Civil War in the Fifteenth
CHARLES— b. 9-20-1835. d. 12-2-1900.
Charles married Emilie V. Rex and they had four children:
Tacy, Mary R., Margaret and Charles.
CHARLOTTE— b. 9-3-1838.
Married Dr. Robert E. Potter.
FRANKLIN— b. 3-12-1841. d. 3-7-1844.
Children of Thomas and Catharine (Thomas) Fitzv/ater
SARAH— Married Peter Tyson.
HANNAH— Married William Tyson.
Children of Abel and Isabella (Umstead) Fitzwater
JOSEPH— b. 5-25-1829. Married Francis B. Pcnnypacker.
Joseph resided at Indian Rock Farm, Port Provider.ce, near
Phoenixville, Pa. He was a prominent member of the Breth-
ren Church, and an active business man, bank director, etc.,
etc., and highly esteemed in the community. Joseph and Fran-
cis had two children, Albert and Ada M.
Children of George and Mary (Fitzwater) White
JOHN F., GEORGE, PAMELA and WILLIMINA.
Children of James and Catharine (Fitzwater) Livingstone
Children of Lewis and Esther (Fitzwater) Shaw
PAMELA, ANNIR, EDITH, ELIZABETH, CASIMIR,
MARTHA and ALBERT.
Children of Edwin and Eleanor (Hallowell) Tyson
For information in regard to them see the Tyson part of this
Children of Jonathan and Soledad (Fierra) Fitzwater
EUSEBIA, MATEO, and one other whose name is lost; all
born in the City of Mexico.
Children of Samuel and Mary (FitzwateT) Tyson
SAMUEL T., GEORGE F., SARAH F., REBECCA T.
For particulars see the Tyson part.
Children of George and Caroline (Chambers) Fitzwater
GEORGE— b. 3-5-184S.
Married Sarah Hempsted, whose ancestors came from
Hempstead, Connecticut, about 1800. They had five children.
George was a farmer and lived near Pattonville, St. Louis Co.,
Mo., but is now retired and lives in W'ellston, a suburb of St.
RICHARD C— b. 8-1-1850. d. 3-1-1878.
FRANKLIN M.—b. 6-20-1853. d. 1-24-1876.
SAMUEL TYSON— b. 7-10-1856.
Married Delia Levick. They had two children, both of
whom died in infancy. "Tyson," as he is commonly called,
has been a farmer all his life, and still resides on his farm near
Crevecoeur, St. Louis Co., Mo.
JOHN CHAMBERS— b. 2-5-1859. d. 3-12-1873.
SARAH— b. 8-22-1802.
Sarah has devoted herself to educational and charitable work
and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Children of George W. and Elizabeth (Paxson) Fitzwater
GEORGE W.— Deceased.
MARY— Residing at Stoneleigh Court, West Philadelphia.
ELIZABETH — Married Joseph Bockius, resides near Abing-
JOSEPHINE— Residing at Stoneleigh Court.
CHARLOTTE — Residing at Stoneleigh Court.
Children of John and Elizabeth A. (O'Donnell) Fitzwater
Children of Jacob and Elizabeth (Connard) Fitzwater
FRANK S.— b. 5-1-1845.
Married Harriet A. Briggs. 12-25-1876.
Frank has one son, John, who is associated with him in the
brokerage business in New York at 217 W. 125th St., accord-
ing to the New York City Directory of 1920-21.
Children of Charles and Emilie V. (Rex) Fitzwater
MARY R.— Residing at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
MARGARET— Residing at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
Children of Joseph and Frances B. (Pennypacker) Fitzwater
Married Letitia Vanderslicc. They had three children:
Caroline M., Joseph A. and Addison V.
ADA M. — Resided with her father until the time of his de-
Children of Dr. Robert E. and Charlotte (Fitzwater) Potter
MARY E— Married Augustus Royal.
ELLA — Married Jacob Tyson.
ROBERT A. — Married Catharine Siegel.
CHARLOTTE F.— Married Joseph L. Shoemaker.
EDITH V.— Married George T. Ridpath.
A L VEX 1 A— Married Maurice B. Jones.
ELIZABETH— Married Samuel P. Lukens.
JACOB F.— Married Ella Hampton.
FRANKLIN F. — Married Margaret McMasters.
Children of George and Sarah (Hempstead) Fitzwater
RICHARD L.— b. 1-21-1880.
Married Adah, daughter of Joseph and Adah H. Potter, for-
merly of Luton, County of Bedford, England. Richard and
Adah have two children, Adah and Richard Jr. Richard is
Vice-President and General Sales Manager of the H-O Cereal
Company of Buffalo, New York, where they reside.
JENNIE F.— b. 2-26-1882.
Married Louis J. Ohlman of Weilston, Missouri. They have
a daughter, Helen, and are at present residing in Eagle Rock,
California, where they are engaged in Real Estate and Build-
GEORGE C— b. 7-23-18S5.
Married Bertha, daughter of Richard D. Morgan. They
have one child, George Morgan. "Cleve," as he is generally
known, is engaged in railroad work.
CAROLYN ELIZABETH— b. 11-21-1889.
Married to William Cooper. They have one child, Virginia.
LUCRETIA CECILIA— b. 1-19-1895.
Married Henry Brooks, 1921.