~ Whiteman

I have checked Orphan Court Records and Land Records for the name Whiteman.  Very little is found and often the name is not listed at all.


Index of Wills and Administration Records  Northampton1752-1852, Lehigh County 1812-1850

1816 Whiteman, John =- Macungie Will 175


Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790 (location not part of the record


Christ Church, Old Grave-Yards of Northampton and Adjacent Counties


 Bucks.1905.V3.636-732  History of Bucks County 

 J. ANDREW FRENCH. The French family in Bucks county is of Welsh lineage. 1 he progenitor in America was Andrew French, who came to the new world when this country was still numbered among the colonial possessions of Great Britain and settled in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. Andrew French (2), his son, was born and reared in Montgomery county and in early life learned the wheelwright's trade, which he followed for many years. In 1799 he removed to Branchtown, Philadelphia, where he made a permanent settlement. He was distinctively a man of affairs and one who wielded a wide influence, recognized as an important factor in molding public thought and action in his community. He was a staunch Democrat, and in 1816 was elected to. the Pennsylvania legislature where he capably served for one term, leaving the impress of his individuality upon the early laws of the state. Questions affecting the commonwealth and the nation were of deep interest to him and he was a broad-minded, public-spirited citizen whose intelligently directed effort proved of far-reaching oenctit. His spirit of justice was recognized as one of his strong characteristics, and therefore he was often called upon to act as arbitrator in settling disputes and adjusting difficulties between neighbours, thus^ saving the expense of litigation and more than that, often thus saving friendships, which, had they been broken, might often have brought: on life-long bitterness of feeling. He has been reared in the Presbyterian church and was ever a most honourable and upright man. He married Rachel Harper, who was born in this state, and was a lady of intelligence and culture, belonging to one of the prominent families of Pennsylvania, connected with the Friends' meeting. Andrew and Rachel French became the parents of eight children : Samuel, who engaged in school teaching and later in merchandising; William (3), Martha, wife of Stephen Whiteman; Elizabeth and Jane, who died unmarried; Charles, Ann, and Sarali, who married B. Medary. William French (3), son of Andrew French (2^, was born in Montgomery county and was reared under the parental roof. He learned the wheelwright's trade with his father and worked as a journeyman until after his marriage, when he purchased Bull's mill in Chester county, Pennsylvania, and engaged in the manufacture of lumber and the grinding of grist. He located there m 1828 and conducted the mills successfully until 1834, when he and his brother purchased a lumber business at Torresdale, which they afterward sold out. In 1835 William French came to Bucks county and bought one hundred and sixty acres of land, on which his grandson, J. Andrew French, now resides. There were meagre improvements upon the place, but he soon began the development and cultivation of the farm and his labours wrought a speedy transformation in its appearance. The old stone house and barn which were on the farm when it came into his possession are still in use, but he also built a large modern residence and added other equipments in keeping with the most modern methods of farming at that time. He placed this under a good state of cultivation, and derived from his labours a good income. His political views were in accord with Democratic principles. William French married Charlotte Medary, a native of Bucks county, and a daughter of Jacob Medary, a tailor by trade and later a farmer. He died at Milestown. He had but two children, the younger being Bennett, who followed farming in early life and subsequently became a merchant. The elder child Charlotte became the wife of William French. Mr. French died in 1858, at the age of sixty-seven years, and his wife, long surviving him, died in 1892, in the ninety-second year of her age. She was a member of the Baptist church. Their children were : Bennett M. (4) ; Edmund, who owns a portion of the original French homestead, and now, retired, lives with J. Andrew French ; Andrew, who died at the age of twenty-one years ; and Albert, now of Hatboro, Pennsylvania. Bennett M. French was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, and with his parents came to Bucks county, where he passed the days of his childhood and youth in the usual manner of farmer lads, gaining practical experience of the farm work so that when he entered upon his active business career he was well equipped with a thorough understanding of the best methods of farming. He and his brother Edmund purchased the old homestead and divided the property. Public honours or office had no attraction for him, but he supported the Republican party by his ballot. He married Miss Elizabeth Hawkins, who was born in Abingdon township, Montgomery county, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Hawkins, her father a prominent farmer, widely known and highly respected. The children of the Hawkins family are : Mary A., wife of James Baird ; Josephine, who died at the age of eighteen years ; Mrs. Elizabeth French ; Amanda, wife of R. Robb; William H., a farmer.; Leslie N. and Albert F., who carry on farming ; Rebecca, wife of A. Tomlinson ; and Lydia A. The children of Bennett and Elizabeth (Hawkins) French are J. Andrew and Amanda. The father died August 24, 1886, at the age of fifty-nine years, and the mother June 13, 1900. Both were devoted members of the Baptist church. J. Andrew French was born on the old family homestead where he yet resides, and having acquired his education directed his energies to the improvement of the place. He now carries on general farming and keeps the place in excellent condition, so that it presents a most attractive appearance which indicates the careful supervision of a progressive owner.



 JOHN AUBREY CREWITT, M. D., of Newtown, was born at Reidsville, ]\Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1853, and is a son of Alfred and Jane (Dorland) Crewitt, the former of English and the latter of Holland descent. Richard Chandler Crewitt, grandfather of Dr. Crewitt, was born in Maryland and married at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1805, Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander Bcrryhill, of Harrisburg, where she was born January 5, 1777. Their children were Fannie, Matilda, Aubrey, and Alfred, the father of Dr. Crewitt. Alfred Crewitt was born in t8ii. He became a prominent iron master in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania. He was a man of prominence in that county, where he resided for many years. He and his family were prominent members of the Presbyterian church, as were his ancestors for three hundred years. He died April 5, 1857, while holding the office of county treasurer. His wife was Jane Dorland, daughter of Isaac and Jane (McNamara) Dorland, who died May 8, 1884. The paternal ancestor of Jane (Dorland) Crewitt, was Jan Garrets Dorland, who emigrated from Holland in the year 1652, and settled at Brooklyn, Long Island, where he was an elder in the Dutch Reformed church. He was twice married. By his first wife, who was a Jams, he had three children: Maeretje, baptized April 11, 1672; Geertje, baptized August 19, 1674; and Gerret. He married (second) Annette Remsen, born April 11, 1669, daughter of Ram Jansen Vanderbeeck, a native of Drenthe,- Holland, who married Dec ~iber 21, 1642, Jeannette, daughter of T Rapalie. His descendants dropped t surname and were known by the na. .e of Remsen, signifying sons of Rem. John (or Jan) Dorlandt, baptized at, E ooklyn church. March 20, 16S1, married (first) Marretje (Mary) and his son John, baptized at Brooklyn, July 17, 1701, was the great-great-great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch. The other children were: Cornelia, baptized August 7, 1705; Lambert, George, Jacob, Isaac, Hermina^ Eve, and Abraham. John Dorian It, Sr., married (second) in 1718 Barbair; Aukes Van Nuys, daughter of Auke Jii se Van Nuys, who was baptized April 2ii [702. In 1720 he left Brooklyn, and after ap lort stay among his relatives on the Raritan in New Jersey, removed to Moreland "Township, Philadelphia, now Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and purchased in 1726 a farm from William Brittian, near Somerton. Lambert Dorlandt married in September, 17,31, Elizabeth Brittian; George married in 1735 Catharine Whiteman ; Jacob married in 1741 Ann Hewitt ; Isaac, in 1753, Margaret Johnson ; Hermina married Charles Hufte; Eve married in 1751 John Brittian, all the above having accompanied their father to Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Brittian, who married Lambert Dorlandt, was a granddaughter of Nathaniel Brittian, an early English settler in Kings county, L. I., where he married in 1660 Anna, daughter of Nicholas Stilwell, and later removed to Staten Island, where he died in 1683. Of his ten children several removed to Pennsylvania at about the same date as the Dorlandt family, and have numerous descendants in Bucks county. The children of Lambert and Elizabeth (Brittian) Dorlandt were Nathaniel, John, Lambert, Esther, all born in Moreland. John Dorland, the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born at Somerton in T754. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and an active man in the community. He married Ann Robinson and had children, Joseph, Rebecca,. 




 Colonel Elisha Wilkinson, born 1772, died March 15, 1846, youngest son of John and Hannah (Hughes) Wilkinson, became a very prominent man in Bucks county. He was lieutenant-colonel of the Thirty-first Regiment Pennsylvania militia, as early as 1807, and held that position and that of colonel for many years. He was sheriff of Bucks county for the term of 1809-1811. During the war of 1812-14 he was quarter-master" of the Second Division, First Brigade, Pennsylvania militia, of which his brother-in-law, General Samuel A. Smith, was brigadier-general. He later became assistant quartermaster general of Pennsylvania Volunteer militia. He was proprietor of the inn at Bushington from 1S05 to 1809, and from 181 1 to 1836 of the popular hotel at Centreville, Buckingham township. He was a man of fine appearance and a great horseman. He introduced into Bucks county a very fine breed of Arabian horses, and maintained a track near his tavern, where his blooded colts were broken and trained. He was twice married, first on April II, 1792, to Anna Dungan, daughter of Elias and Diana (Carrell) Dungan, of Northampton township, who bore him four children : John A., a member of the Doylestown bar, wTio died in 1830; Ogden D., see forward. B'C'ei«U6T^ born March 22, 1794, married October 18, 181 1, Crispin Blackfan, who was prothonotary of Bucks count}' in 1821- 4, and later removed to Trenton, New Jersey. '':^«iiT»lY died >Iay 8, 1818, and Blackfan married her sister, ^ffMlftjk. born August 14, 1796, died December 6, 1858. Anna (Dungan) Wilkinson died May 31, 1810, aged thirty-six years, and Colonel Elisha married (second) Maria Whiteman, by whom he had six children: I. Sarah Ann, who died at Trenton. New Jersey, in 1880, unmarried; 2. Ross Wilkinson, who was educated at West Point, and served as a major during the civil war, and after its close purchased a plantation in Louisiana, where he died in 1880. He was United States .marshal of the district at the time of his death. He married Hannah Ann Folwell, of Philadelphia, and had two children; his son, Henry Clay Wilkinson, was also educated at West Point, and was adjutant of Coloney Woodman's Forty-fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers during the civil war. 3. Samuel Smith Wilkinson left Bucks county' and settled in Dallas, Texas, where he died, February 26, 1879. 4. Edward Blackfan Wilkinson, was a dentist, and located at Huntsville, Alabama. He died of cholera, while on a visit to Paris, France, June 20, 1854., at the age of twenty-five years, and is buried at Mount Parnasse, Paris. 5. Elisha, died in infancy. 6. Algernon Logan Wilkinson, born October 22, 1821, settled in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1844, where he practiced medicine, married, and reared a family of children. Anna (Dungan) Wilkins



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