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Compile.! by 

Samuel Traquair Tyson 

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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., 
July, 1922. 


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. 

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. 


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- 
sylvania. . 

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 
28, 1722. 

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 

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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 

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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. 

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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 

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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 

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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 " 


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 

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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. 


Published pronounced and 
Declared by ye sd. Reynour Tyson 

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to be his Last Will and Testament 
in ye presence of us 
Steph. Jenkins. 
Abigail Jenkins. 
William Jenkins. 

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 

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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 
Kirk, 12-16-1816. 
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 
Agreement : 

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 
other part. 

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, 

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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. 

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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 
no children. 
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 
Harboro, Pa. 
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- 
lis, Minn. 

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 
Mary S. 



Doctor of Medicine. Graduate of the University of Penn- 
sylvania : subsequently took Post Graduate course in Berlin 
and Gottingcn. 

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. 

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 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 
(Townsend) Tyson. 

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- 
son) Noble. 

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- 
linson) Tyson. 

Joined the Air Service as machinist and was in camp in 
Long Island, but did not get across. 






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 

— 3<Z- 

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 
access to. 

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 
and Unity." 

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 

(Potts) Tyson. 
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 
their birth. 

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. 


(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. 
Meetings — 


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. 

Jane Roberts 
Elizabeth Knight 
Ann Ciin rods 
Elizabeth Fletcher 
A T ichs. Austin 
John I den 
Thos. Roberts 
Dennis Cunra s 
Isaac Knight Jr. 
Thos. fletcher 
Mary Fletcher 
Susanna Fletcher 
Isaac Knight 
John Fhifps 
James Paul 
Step. Jenkins 
Thomas Roberts. 

Elizabeth Luckens 
Rincr Tison, sener 
Peter Tyson 
Abraham Tyson 
John Kirk 
Sarah Kirk 
John Tyson 
Derick Tyson 
Nathan Beivley 
John Phipps 
John Webster 
Prise HI a Tyson 
Mary fitzzoater 
Deborah Lukens 
Mar get Law is 

John fitzwater. 
Elizabeth Fitzzoater 
Thomas fitzwater 
Mary Fitzwater 
George fitzzcater 
Riner Tysoii 
Margrcth Hallowcll 
Mary Lezvis 
Isaac Tyson 
Matthew Tyson 
Grace Tyson 
William Hallowcll 
Ellis Lezcis 
Rinear Tyson 
Alary Leak ins 
Robart McCurdy 
Hannah McCurdy 


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 
orderly accomplished. 
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 
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." 

— 47- 

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 
Limekiln Turnpike. 
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 
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 
my memory. 


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 
the following 



"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 ! 

S. S. 

(Samuel Swain.) 
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 

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 
Reynier Tyson. 
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- 
wood Corson. 
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 
Cleaver Brown. 

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 
Pennsylvania Cavalry. 
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. 
d. 11-19-1921. 
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 

Children of James and Catharine (Fitzwater) Livingstone 

Children of Lewis and Esther (Fitzwater) Shaw 


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 
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 
HARRIET— Deceased. 
GEORGE W.— Deceased. 
JOSEPH— Deceased. 

MARY— Residing at Stoneleigh Court, West Philadelphia. 
ELIZABETH — Married Joseph Bockius, resides near Abing- 

ton, Pa. 
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 
TACY— Deceased. 

MARY R.— Residing at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. 
MARGARET— Residing at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. 
CHARLES— Deceased. 

Children of Joseph and Frances B. (Pennypacker) Fitzwater 
ALBERT— Deceased. 

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. 



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