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  1. RobinsonJohnSr_Will_Transcribed.doc Here is my dilemma. Well, there may be many. First, let me start with what I believe to be true: John Robinson Jr. (1816-1882) was my 3xs great grandfather John Robinson Jr. was born in Quarryville, Pennsylvania His father was John Robinson Sr. (1780-1853) John Sr. bought land in Ohio from the Egbert family - Dad has the deed of sale John Sr. deeded this land in Ohio, along with 300 dollars, to his son John (Jr.) - Dad has the will John Jr. and his wife and children were already living in Ohio; they are listed in the 1850 census for Marion Township, Hancock County John Sr.'s death certificate from Martic Township lists the following: His father as Thomas Robinson His mother is left blank His date and place of birth is 1780 in Ireland He is buried at Chestnut Level in Drumore Township John Jr. lists his Father as being born in Ireland in the 1880 census for Marion Township, Hancock County Mother as being born in Pennsylvania I have been searching for a Thomas Robinson in Martic Township. I have made the assumption that Thomas came over from Ireland with his son John Sr. I made this assumption as John Sr. married a woman (Eleanor) who was born in Pennyslvania. I perhaps wrongly jumped to a confusion that he came to America as a child. I am now wondering if I am on a completely wrong track and that John Sr. (while he may have had Uncles, Aunts, or Cousins in the area), came over on his own as a very young man. The Thomas Robinson in Martic Township that I am tracking has a listing of a tax record from 1771 which is prior to John Sr.'s birth. Either John Sr. was not born in Ireland or his father is not the Thomas Robinson I have been tracing. Hmmm... Next steps, do some more searching in Drumore Township (vice Martic Township) to see if there is a John Robinson Sr. connection in this locale. After all, even though his death certificate listed his place of residence as Martic Township, he did conceivably go to church in Durmore Township as he was buried at Chestnut Level in that Township. Search incoming Philadelphia ship passenger lists between 1796 and 1810. I cannot imagine that John Sr. came over from Ireland earlier than age 16 and he certainly could not show up after his first son was born. What am I missing? I feel like I have to trust two separate sources (1880 census and 1853 death certificate) that state John Sr. was born in Ireland.
  2. Biography: Rufus Bennett was born in New England in 1760. The names of his parents are not known, but it is probable that he was a brother or a son of Isaac Bennett who died in Newport Township, Luzerne County, July 28, 1809, aged seventy-six years. Rufus Bennett was administrator of Isaac’s estate. On the tax-lists of Hanover District (which included Newport Township) the name Isaac Bennett, Jr., appears in 1776, ’77 and ’78. He was dead in 1787, and had left children: Isaac, Lois (wife of Moses Brown) and Susanna (wife of Elias Green). The Isaac last mentioned may have been the Isaac who died in July, 1809, and the father of Rufus. Rufus Bennett was a private in Capt. Samuel Ransom’s Wyoming company in the Continental service, and continued in the service under Captain Spalding upon the consolidation of the two Wyoming companies. He was one of those who came home from “the front” (as mentioned on page 978) to assist in defending Wyoming against the enemy. After the battle he joined Captain Spalding, and undoubtedly served with him until the end of the war. After the war he settled in Hanover Township, where, about 1783 or ’84 he was married to Martha Bennett (born in 1763), daughter of Ishmael Bennett of Hanover by his first wife. Ishmael Bennett, mentioned above, was, so far as known, not related by blood to Rufus Bennett. He was born in Rhode Island about 1730; removed to Connecticut, and came to Wyoming about 1773 with his three children—his wife being dead. He settled in Pittston, and, with his children, was in the Pittston fort at the time of the battle of Wyoming. About 1783 Ishmael Bennett—then living in Wilkes-Barre—was married (2d) to Abigail (Beers) Weeks, widow of Philip Weeks of Wilkes-Barre, and about 1788 they removed to Hanover Township. About 1816 Ishmael Bennett removed to the State of Ohio, where he died at the age of 104 years. His children by his first wife were: (i) Ishmael, born in 1760; came to Wyoming with his father; some years subsequently to the battle of Wyoming he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of Constant Searle and widow of Capt. Dethick Hewitt; settled in Pittston Township, where he died August 29, 1844, at the age of eighty-four years, (ii) Martha, born in 1763; married to Rufus Bennett, as previously noted, (iii) Thomas, born in 1765; married to Mary Ann Espy. The children of Ishmael Bennett, Sr., by his second wife were: (iv) Daniel, born in 1784. (v) Josiah, born in 1786; married to Sarah Taylor; died in 1857. (vi) Nathan, born in 1788; died in 1872. (vii) Polly, born in 1789; died in 1831. (viii) Sarah, born in 1791; died in 1881. Rufus and Martha (Bennett) Bennett were the parents of three daughters and six sons. Rufus Bennett died April 21, 1842, at the home of one of his sons in the hamlet of Woodville, just below the then borough of Wilkes-Barre, and his widow died there in 1853. On April 22, 1842, a meeting of the citizen-soldiers of Wilkes-Barre was held at Dennis’ Hotel, to take into consideration measures for paying proper respect to the remains of Rufus Bennett. Gen. William S. Ross presided, and the following minute was adopted: “Rufus Bennett sleeps with his fathers! The Continental soldier and the border warrior—the staunch foeman of the foreign tyrant and the ruthless savage—has closed his earthly career among the scenes consecrated by the blood of his compatriots and endeared by the recollection of his own gallant participation in the memorable struggle for Wyoming. As Americans, and citizens of this Valley, we are anxious to testify our respect for the memory of the veteran soldier who periled life and limb in the war of liberty.” The. funeral of Rufus Bennett took place on April 23d. There was an unusually large number of people in attendance, and the procession to the graveyard was headed by a detachment of “Citizen Volunteers,” with music, under the command of Gen. William S. Ross. Gen. Isaac Bowman was Chief Marshal of the procession. Harvey, Oscar Jewell and Ernest Gray Smith, ed., A History of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Volume II, Raeder Press, 1909 Funeral: At a meeting of the Citizen Soldiers, in the Register's Office on Friday morning last, to take into consideration measures to pay a proper respect to the remains of the late Rufus Bennett, one of the few of those who were engaged on the memorable 3d of July 1778, in the defence of this Valley and its inhabitants: Col. J. L. BUTLER was called to the Chair, and, Amos Sistt appointed Secretary. On motion, The Chairman was authorised to appoint a committee to draft a preamble and resolutions indicative of the order to be taken by the meeting. The Chair appointed the following persons, Col. J. J. Dennis, Major F. Dana, T. W. Drake, E. Collings and W. J. Stephens. On motion, Gen. I Bowman was appointed Marshal to conduct the funeral procession--and Major L. C. Kidder, Assistant Marshal for the same purpose. On motion, Adjourned to meet at the house of Col. J. J. Dennis, at 8 o'clock, P. M. --- At the adjourned meeting at Col Dennis's at 8 o'clock P. M., (Col. Butler not being present) Gen., WM. S. ROSS was appointed President. When the following report was made by the Committee. The honor we pay the illustrious dead, is not lost to the living. When we lay the war-worn patriot of the Revolution in his grave, amidst the melancholy pageantry of the Soldier's burial rites, while we indulge a manly sorrow for our bereavement, we cling more closely around the altar built by his lofty patriotism, and we feel that it is glorious to die for our goodly inheritance. OLD RUFUS BENNETT sleeps with his fathers. The Continental soldier and the border warrior--the staunch foeman of the foreign tyrant and the ruthless savage, has closed his earthly career among the scenes consecrated by the blood of his compatriots, and endeared by the recollection of his own gallant participation in the memorable struggle for Wyoming. As Americans, and citizens of this valley we are anxious to testify our respect for the memory of the veteran soldier who periled life and limb in the war of liberty--therefore, Resolved, That his remains be buried with military honors under the direction of the citizen soldiers of Wyoming. Unanimously adopted. On motion, adjourned. (Signed by the Officers) --- On Saturday at 10 o'clock A. M., a large concourse of Citizens and Soldiers assembled at the house of the deceased, in Woodville. The procession, under Gen. J. BOWMAN, Marshall, and Major L. C. KIDDER Assistant, was formed as follows: Escort. Citizen Volunteers of Wyoming Commanded by Gen. W. S. Ross. Woodsville Lancers. Clergy. Palbearers, Corbe. Palbearers. Relatives of the Deceased. Old Soldiers, and Early Settlers of Wyoming. Citizens on Horseback. Citizens in Carriages. The procession moved forward to the place of burial in Hanover township, about four miles below the Borough. On reaching the ground the burial service of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was read by the Rev. D. W. BRISTOL--The body of the veteran was consigned to its kindred earth--three vollies of musketry, and the mournful music of the Band closed the Churchyard scene. Repairing to the Church, a Sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. BRISTOL--after which the Rev. JNO. DORRANCE, gave a short sketch of the life of the deceased, when the people departed to their homes, having paid the last tribute of respect to the patriot citizen. The number of persons attending the funeral, in the procession we estimate at 500--in addition to which there were 200 or 300 at the house, but who did not go to the ground--at the ground were gathered probably a hundred more. The day was mild and beautiful--Nature was putting forth her buds and flowers--and the grave yard where they laid the soldier down was filled with Spring's sweet blossoms. The whole proceedings at the grave were deeply impressive and the silence and seriousness of the assemblage was fitting to the occasion. There are but two or three links left in the living chain that connects the present with the past. The rust of age will soon destroy them, and then the memories of '78 will be gone forever. How seemly then was the demonstration of respect by the living to the patriotic dead. Find Newspaper to cite. View full record
  3. JOHN E. CASE, physician, P.O., Morrisville, son of Alexander J. and Letitia E. (Carver) Case, was born in Buckingham township, Bucks county, January 2, 1831. He taught school early in life, was graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1854, and is in active practice in southern Bucks county at the present time (1887). Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  4. SAMUEL C. CASE, cashier First National bank of Newtown, was born in Buckingham township, this county, August 2, 1843, and is a son of Alexander J. and Letitia E. (Carver) Case. Letitia (Carver) Case was a daughter of John Carver, whose wife was Rachel, daughter of William Smith, son of Mary (Croasdale) Smith, a daughter of Agnes Croasdale, who came from England in the ship "Welcome" with William Penn in 1682. His paternal grandfather, John Case, was for several years a resident of Solebury township, this county. His maternal grandparents were John and Sarah (Ellicott) Carver, of Plumstead township. Alexander J. Case, a shoe-maker by trade, was for many years a resident of Greenville, in this county, where he carried on his trade, and was for several years postmaster. In later life he purchased the farm in Solebury township now occupied by Edward Helwig, and resided there until his death. His children were: John W., Sarah A. (Mrs. Samuel Longshore), deceased; William E. (a physician of Morrisville), Caroline B. (Mrs. Daniel Wharton), Henry C., Elizabeth (deceased), Rebecca C. (Mrs. Edward Helwig) and Samuel C. The last was reared in Solebury township and was educated in the public schools and at the Excelsior Normal school of Carversillve. At the age of 23 he entered the First National bank of Newtown as teller, and in April, 1874, was promoted to cashier, which position he has held until the present time. Mr. Case married in December, 1869, Anna E., daughter of Cronelius and Sarah (Hull) Slack, of Upper Makefield township, by whom he has three children living: Nettie D., Harry C. and Elmer E. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  5. WILLIAM TINSMAN, lumber dealer, P. O. Lumberville, was born in Warren county, N. J., January 8, 1821, and is a son of Daniel and Margaret (Fine) Tinsman, who settled in Durham township in 1831. Daniel Tinsman was engaged in farming for many years in Durham township, and in the latter part of his life conducted the Monroe grist and saw mills in the same township. These mills were bought by Danial Tinsman and William Bennett about 1840. His children were: John F., Sarah (Mrs. William Bennett), William and Philip F. William remained in Durham until 1846, when he farmed in New Jersey for five years. He also run a saw-mill for four years. In 1854 he returned to Durham and purchased his father's interest in the milling and lumber business, which was carried on by Bennett & Tinsman for twelve years. He then sold out and was afterward in the lumber business at Riegelsville, N. J., two years. In 1869 he rented the Lukens Thomas mills and lumber yards at Lumberville, this county, where he has been actively engaged in business since, under the firm name of W. Tinsman & Son. In 1844 he married Mary, daughter of John and Phebe (Purcel) Gordon, of Riegelsville, N. J. They have four children: Emily (Mrs. Dr. J. R. Haney), Margaret (Mrs. James S. White), Daniel and Sallie A. (Mrs. A. B. Worman). Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176 View full record
  6. JAMES R. VAN HORN, retired, P. O. Newtown, was born in Northampton township, this county, March 21, 1818, and is a son of Abram and Susan (Ruckman) Van Horn. His paternal grandfather was Isaac Van Horn, a native of Northampton township, a farmer by occupation, and a son of Abram Van Horn, who settled in Northampton township about 1720. His maternal grandfather was James Ruckman, a son of Thomas Ruckman, of New Jersey. James Van Horn was reared in Northampton township, and on attaining his majority engaged in farming, and was a dealer in cattle upward of twenty years. In 1869 he removed to Newtown, where he has since resided. He married in 1872 Anna, daughter of John and Betsey (Hart) Craven, of Northampton township. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176 View full record
  7. DAVID C. LEE, carpenter, builder and proprietor of planing mill, P. O. Yardley, was born in Upper Makefield township June 20, 1844, and is a son of Ralph and Ruth (Colman) Lee. His paternal grandfather was William Lee, a native of Philadelphia, who settled in Wrightstown, Bucks county, about 1815, and died there. His children were: William Ralph and Sarah (Mrs. Garrett Johnson). Ralph was reared in Wrightstown and was a carpenter and builder by trade, which he followed in Yardley twenty-five years prior to this death, which occurred in 1876. His wife was a daughter of David and Sarah Colman, of an old family of Upper Makefield. He had nine children, six of who are now living: David C., Edward H. Mary A. (Mrs. Frederick Green), Alfred, Wilbur and George. David C. Lee was reared in Yardley, and educated in the public schools of that place. He learned his trade with his father, and has followed it since he was 16 years of age. In 1886 he built a planing-mill, and engaged in the manufacture of doors, sash and blinds, employing from eight to fifteen hands, and has the only business of the kind in the vicinity. He married Sarah K. Watson, of Falls township, by whom he has three children: Taylor, Emily and Elwood. Mr. Lee and wife are members of the Episcopal church. Politically he is a democrat. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176 View full record
  8. Dr. TITUS ALBRIGHT, physician, P. O. Hatfield, Montgomery county, was born in 1861. His grandfather, Daniel Albright, was born in Germany, crossed the ocean with his parents at the age of 7 years, settled in Lehigh county and eventually came to Hilltown township, this county, and remained there until his death, which occurred when he was 84 years of age. He was three times married. The second wife was the mother of six children, of whom Henry was the first son, and was born in 1818. He was 13 years old when his father settled in Hilltown. He was reared on his father's farm, and married Catherine High. He was engaged in the real estate business and conveyancing for a period of twenty-five years. He was justice of the peace in his township, and in his time was held in high esteem. He died in 1874. His widow is still living, aged 66 years. They were the parents of twelve children, ten of who are living. Dr. Titus Albright was the youngest of the family, and from the age of six to sixteen attended the public schools, after which he was a student at the normal school at Millersville for two years, and one of the teachers of the Hilltown public schools for three years. In the spring of 1883 he commenced the study of medicine, Dr. Kratz, of Doylestown, being his preceptor. In the autumn of 1883 he entered the University of Pennsylvania, and was graduated after three years. Dr. Albright was married in 1883 to Lizzie, daughter of Leidy and Mary (Lewis) Eckel, of Hilltown township. They have had two children: Eva and Blanche. The doctor located at his present home soon after graduating. His ability as a physican and his genial manners have enabled him to build up a lucrative practice, which will no doubt increase as he becomes better known. He is a democrat politically. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  9. WATSON VAN HORN, commission dealer and farmer, P. O. Makefield, was born in Upper Makefield township January 13, 1853, and is a son of John and Rebecca (Feaster) Van Horn, natives of Bucks county. The family originated from England, and were among the early settlers of this county. The father of Watson had nine children, five of whom are living. THey are: Pemberton, David, Watson, Joseph, and Martha. The father is deceased, and the mother is still living. Watson Van Horn was reared on a farm, and remained with his parents until 26 years of age. In the year 1884 he was engaged with T. D. Harvey, of Philadelphia, in the cider business. In 1885 he engaged in the commission business, and has continued in it since. He also carried on farming. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, of Newton. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  10. SAMUEL E. ROBINSON, hotel-keeper, P. O. Warminster, is a son of Samuel and Mary L. Robinson, both of whom came from England, the former in 1816. The family settled in Warrington township, but subsequently returned to England, with the exception of three sons and one daughter. All are now deceased but the daughter. The father of our subject was a farmer, and after his marriage bought a farm in Warrington township, on which he lived until late in life, when he removed to Doylestown, where he died in February, 1884. His wife was Mary L. Sutton, who came from England with her parents, who settled in Buckingham township. She was born in 1800, and died in 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson had five children, all living: Jane, Emma, Anna, Edmund and Samuel E., who was born March 2, 1838, in Warrington township. He lived with his father until he was 29 years old, and for four years thereafter farmed the home place for himself. He then removed to Philadelphia, where he was in a hotel for four years, and in 1875 bought the hotel property in Warminster, with the farm adjoining. Mr. Robinson has been twice married, his first wife being Ellen G., daughter of Jacob Titus, of Warrington, to whom he was married in 1866. She died in 1869, leaving a daughter, Laura E., now living with her father. Mr. Robinson's second wife is Mary A., daughter of Andrew Dudbridge, of Warwick township. They had one child, Mary Blanche. Mr. Robinson is a member of Neshaminy Tribe, No. 160, Improved Order of Red Men, of Ivyland, and of the A. O. U. W., of Hatboro. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  11. WILLIAM E. HARVEY, farmer, P. O. Eddington, was born in Philadelphia, September 3, 1852. His parents were Josiah L. and Caroline F. (Randolph) Harvey, the latter born in Newfoundland and the former in Philadelphia. They were of English descent. His father was a dealer in real estate in Philadelphia. His family consists of seven sons and one daughter. William E. is the second. He was reared in Philadelphia and attended the common school. He has always liked to be on the farm, which has been owned by his father for over thirty years. The farm is situated in Bensalem township, on the bank of the Delaware river, and is well improved. Our subject has made many valuable improvements and has done much to beautify the grounds. He has spent most of his time here since he left school. He was married in New Jersey to Laura P., daughter of John Henry. She is of English descent, and a member of the Presbyterian church. His parents were members of the Society of Friends. He is a democrat and a member of the masonic fraternity. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  12. EDWARD THOMAS, retired merchant, P. O. Torresdale, was born in Newportville, Bucks county, August 20, 1825. He is a son of Samuel and Marth (Lloyd) Thomas, natives of Montgomery county, Pa., and of Welsh and English descent. His father was a miller, and run the grist-mill at Torresdale as early as 1817. He subsequently moved to Newportville, where he operated a grist-mill and saw-mill. He spent most of his life in Bucks county, and died in 1872 in his 81st year. His wife lived to be 70. They had eleven children, ten of whom grew up and were married; five sons and five daughters. Seven of them are still living, all in Philadelphia county, except Samuel, Jr., who is a resident of Phillipsburg, N. J. Edward was the fourth in the family. He received his education in the common schools of Bucks county, Westtown boarding school, Chester county. He chose lumbering as a business, and subsequently added milling, and the brick and coal business. He has also devoted some time to farming. The business was established in 1845, under the firm name of J. & E. Thomas, and continued with success until 1877, when his son Edwin M. and C. S. Vandegrift bought the business. Since then Mr. Thomas has not been actively engaged in business. He has owned farms for years. The farm where he resides in the 23d ward of Philadelphia cost him $35,000. He also owns 135 acres at Torresdale, and the mill property. In 1855 he married Harriet Penrose, daughter of Morris and Rebecca Penrose, of Montgomery county, Pa. Her parents were members of the Society of Friends and of English descent. Their union has been blessed with three children, two of whom are now living: Edwin M. and Helen. The latter attended the schools of Philadelphia, also the Moravian seminary at Bethlehem for two years, and is now at home. Edwin graduated at the Philadelphia high school, and chose his father's occupation, merchandising and dealing in building supplies and lumber. He was married in Philadelphia to Alma, daughter of Robert Murray. She is of English descent. They have two children: Robert and Morris P. The family are members of the Society of Friends. In politics our subject is a republican. He served twenty-three years as a director of the Bucks County Farmers' National Bank. He is a director and treasurer of the Independent Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Bucks and Montgomery counties. He takes an active interest in education, and is one of the directors of the Lower Dublin Academy of the 23d ward of Philadelphia. Mr. Thomas has many friends, is well known as a good business man, and has met with marked success. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  13. JESSE W. KNIGHT, retired miller, P. O. Bristol, was born in Philadelphia September 15, 1823, and is a son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Wilson) Knight, who were natives of this state, of Welsh and English descent. His father, who was a farmer was in 1832 elected a member of the legislature from Philadelphia county for two years, afterwards made associate judge, and subsequently was justice of the peace. He died in Philadelphia in 1860, his wife dying in 1856. They had ten children, of whom six are living. The oldest son is a prominent farmer near Doylestown, and has been treasurer of Bucks county. Our subject was educated at the academy in Philadelphia, learned the trade of a miller in New Hope, Bucks county, and in 1837 came to Bristol, and in 1841 accepted the position of superintendent of the large mill of John Dorrance. He held this position seven years, when he entered into partnership with Mr. Dorrance, continuing for ten years. He was elected to the state legislature in 1860, and was again elected in 1870 to the state senate for three years. He has also been director of the poor and a member of the town council of Bristol. He has settled several estates to the satisfaction of all concerned. Mr. Knight has been twice married, his first wife being Elizabeth Adair, who died in 1868 They had two children: John D., who is now a manufacturer and dealer in carpets in Philadelphia; and Frank, who is a travelling salesman for David Landreth & Son, seed men. In 1871 Mr. Knight was married to his second wife, who is Sally, daughter of William Fenton, a sea-captain. Mr. Knight is a member of the Society of Friends, a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of the Knights of Pythias. His wife belongs to the Episcopal church. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  14. EDWIN KNIGHT, farmer, P. O. Doylestown, was born in Philadelphia county, Pa., November 18, 1821, and is a son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Wilson) Knight. He is of English and Welsh extraction. His great-grandfather came from England about the time of Penn, and settled in Philadelphia county, where he took up and bought a large tract of land, on his death leaving each of his children a large farm. His son, Jonathan, was also a wealthy farmer, who lived and died in Philadelphia county. He was a member of the Society of Friends. The father of our subject was also a farmer. He died of heart disease. He was the father of nine children, six of whom now survive: Amy, Edwin, Jess W., Grace, Wilson J., and Amos W. Edwin lived on the farm until 15 years of age, when he entered the employ of Townsend Sharpless, where he remained two years. He then returned to farm life until he was 21, when he went to milling, following that seven years. After a subsequent stay in Philadelphia county of two years, he farmed in Northampton and Upper Makefield townships. In 1875 he moved to his present farm, where he has since lived. His father served three years in the legislature, and was associate judge of Philadelphia for a number of years. He was also a justice of the peace, and a prominent and influential man in his day. Edwin Knight was married May 11, 1848, to Anna L., daughter of John R. and Sarah (Lewis) Bodine. They are the parents of four children: Robert L., married to Josephine Roberts; Harry N., J. Thomas, and Carrie B. In 1875 Mr. Knight was elected treasurer of Bucks county and served one term, and was the first man elected on the three years' term. He is a member of the Society of Friends. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176
  15. REVEREND HENRY RIDGLEY ROBINSON, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, P. O. Doylestown, was born in Philadelphia, October 21, 1859, and is a son of Reverend William Collady and Elizabeth (Sommers) Robinson, of German and English descent. His father, when a mere child, removed to Germantown, and at an early age learned the tailor's trade, but never followed it. He was a student of the old Germantown academy. He was a member of the Haines Street M. E. church, which was the mother church. When about 20 years of age he was a very devoted member of the church, and he became a local preacher, and afterward a regular pastor. His first ministerial charge was in Chester county, which he reached on horseback. In 1821 he was received on trial in the Philadelphia conference, in 1853 was ordained as deacon, and in 1855 became an elder. He was the father of eight children, six of whom still live: Dr. George Sommers, William Collady, Jr., Henry Ridgley, Mary Ella, Edward Ames and Elmira Friese. Our subject's father has held some of the most important charges in the city, among which were the Tabernacle, Wharton street, Chester; Nazareth, Twelfth street, St. George's and Fifth street. He has also been pastor in Lancaster, Wilmington, Dover, and Smyrna, Del. He was presiding elder of the south Philadelphia district in 1871-73. Our subject was brought up in Philadelphia, where he received his early education. In February, 1873, he entered the Central High school, and was graduated in 1875. He graduated from Pierce's Business college the same year. He then entered the shoe factory of Thomas R. Evans, on Fourth and Chestnut streets, where he remained a short time. He afterward entered the employ of Schollenberger & Sons, leather manufacturers, Putnam and Mascher streets, as salesman and book-keeper, where he remained until the fall of 1876, when he entered Pennington seminary, in New Jersey, from which he graduated in the classical preparatory course July 3, 1878. He then entered Dickinson college, sophomore class, in September, 1878, and graduated in June, 1881. While in the senior class he went to Pottsville and joined the Philadelphia conference on trial. He was given an appointment by Bishop Harris at Kennett Square, Chester county. He remained in this charge until March, 1883. He was then ordained as deacon at Lancaster, by Bishop Bowman, and was in charge at Mount Pleasant avenue, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, until March, 1885, when he was ordained as elder by Bishop Foss, and was assigned to the Doylestown charge. Battle, J. H., ed., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, A Warner & Co., 1887, 540-1176