Project: William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers

Categories: William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project

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Welcome to the William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers WikiProject! This project exists to bring together WikiTreers interested in improving the profiles of the people who emigrated from Europe to the Pennsylvania colonies during and following the year 1682.

The initial focus is those settlers who came via 23 voyages with William Penn's Society of Friends, or Quakers, and settled primarily in what is now called Pennsylvania.

The main aims are to grow the trees of these early arrivals and learn more about their history and lives.


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Project's Mission

The William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers WikiProject was created to bring together WikiTreers interested in improving the profiles of the people who emigrated from Europe to William Penn's Pennsylvania during and following the year 1682.

From 1682 until 1776, this included "Delaware Colony in the North American Middle Colonies" which was "a region of the Province of Pennsylvania although never legally a separate colony. . . . it was part of the Penn proprietorship and was known as the lower counties. In 1701 [Delaware] gained a separate Assembly from the three upper counties but had the same Governor as the rest of Pennsylvania."[1]

William Penn's Society of Friends, or Quakers, are the initial focus for this project - specifically, those settlers who came via 23 voyages. Penn was among the 100 passengers who set sail aboard the Welcome on August 30, 1682. "Smallpox breaks out on board. Penn, who had already had the disease at age 3, administers to the sick. Penn lands at New Castle on 27 October (Delaware is also owned by Penn, and was at that time part of Pennsylvania)."[2] The project aims to grow the trees of these early arrivals and learn more about their history and lives.

However, the project could expand to cover other groups, as Penn's stance on religious freedom attracted a wide variety of settlers:

Long before [Penn's] death, Pennsylvania ceased to be a spiritual place dominated by Quakers. Penn's policy of religious toleration and peace--no military conscription--attracted all kinds of war-weary European immigrants. There were English, Irish, and Germans, Catholics, Jews, and an assortment of Protestant sects including Dunkers, Huguenots, Lutherans, Mennonites, Moravians, Pietists, and Schwenkfelders. Liberty brought so many immigrants that by the American Revolution Pennsylvania had grown to some 300,000 people and became one of the largest colonies. Pennsylvania was America's first great melting pot.[3]

  1. from a note on another WikiTree page
  2. from Penn's Timeline
  3. from William Penn, America's First Great Champion for Liberty and Peace, by Jim Powell

Additional Reading

In addition to the sites at footnotes 2 and 3 above, I found the following sites of interest:

On-Line Free Published Pennsylvania Resources:

The Bowne Family Biographies

Pennsylvania 1630-1700 on USHistory.org

The Colonial Homes of Philadelphia and Its Neighborhood By Harold Donaldson Eberlein, Horace Mather Lippncott

Hendrick Pannebecker, Surveyor of Lands for the Penns, 1674-1754 By Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker, 1894

Colonial And Revolutionary Families Of Pennsylvania, Vol I By John W. Jordan

The Settlement of Germantown, Pennsylvania: And the Beginning of German Emigration to N.A. By Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker, 1899

Daughters of the American Revolution Search Engine to find Revo War Patriots and their descendants.

Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania by Edward W. Hocker

Pennsylvania: The German Influence in Its Settlement, Vol III by Henry Jacobs

The German and Swiss settlements of colonial Pennsylvania by Oscar Kuhns

Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Pennsylvania by Henry Frank Eshleman

Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania By Charles Henry Browning

History of Lycoming Co., PA Archive.org editing by J. F. Maginness

Before the Constitution and Bill of Rights West Jersey and William Penn leading the way!

Records of the Kingwood Monthly meeting of Friends

Also, Kitty's Library on WikiTree

Profiles of Pennsylvania Settlers

Profiles that have been identified and marked as belonging to this project (by adding [[Category:William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project]] at the top of the profile's biography) are automatically included in the project's category page.

  • William Penn (WikiTree profile ID Penn-40) was pointed out as the lowest-numbered ID for William Penn in WikiTree. Duplicates should be merged into that profile.

Participants penn.gif

The leader of this project is Kitty Smith. For a full list of current participants, see the badge report.

If you're interested in participating in this project, please do the following:

  1. Add penn to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  2. Ask Kitty to award you the Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project Member badge.
  3. Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.

Our Progress

Beside your name below, please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration amongst the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (eg. on vacation), please note that here. Thanks!

  • Liz Shifflett - as I search back in my Watkins and Dixon lines, I keep bumping into references to "William Penn's Quakers." I'd like to learn more.
  • Sandi Wiggins - Descended from Cuthbert Hayhurst and Mary Rudd, I am interested in early Pennsylvania settlers and also the religious motivations and lives of the colonists.
  • Jean Jenks - I am descended from Thomas Jenks and have many Quaker ancestors. I also have some books related to PA and might be able to help others with their research.
  • Bob Fields - Descendant of John Balderston Scarbrough III who arrived with William Penn in 1682 with his father John Scarbrough. He lived with the Indians for 5 years, acting as an interpreter, likely preventing an Indian war which plagued most of the other colonies at the time.
  • Linda Ellinger - Descendant of Robert Vernon who arrived in PA in 1682 on the Friendship with his two brothers, Thomas and Randle (Randal) Vernon.
  • David Wilson - My 7th g-grandfather Robert Willson came to America with his family aboard the "Welcome" in the spring prior to William Penn arriving in the fall. I've found the battles for religious freedom by Winthrop, Bowne and Penn very interesting.
  • Matthew Pryber Currently working on the Kerstetters, Barners, Bierly's Glantz's etc These were all Early immigrants to PA]

Related Category Pages

  • WikiTree page showing Canterbury passengers
    • The 1699 voyage transported William Penn. Passengers with a WikiTree profile should have the category added to their biography: at the top add [[Category:Canterbury (1699)]] and in the text of the bio replace "ship Canterbury" with "ship [[:Category:Canterbury (1699)|Canterbury]]"
  • WikiTree page "Quakers"
    • Add to profile bio at top [[Category:Quakers]] and perhaps in bio section [[:Category:Quakers|Quaker]]

Useful Pages

  • Dates: Two things to be aware of - Quakers didn't use the names of months, just the numbers (7 8m 1742 for example), and until 1752, "8m" would have been October, not August, since the year started in March (1m).


Potential Leads

  • Quakers in Delaware in the Time of William Penn, by Herbert Standing 26-page pdf
  • The Quaker Corner, Joanne Todd Rabun's Quaker Genealogy website, now hosted by Rootsweb (still free at the moment though)
  • Ships
    • The Thomas and Anne, posted by Donna E. Ristenbatt and referencing Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, Penn's Colony: Volume I by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., 1970.
  • Ships (also has links for The Thomas and Anne)
  • PA Roots, report on William Penn's 1681 deed
  • Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has a wealth of information about early Swiss and German Mennonites who immigrated to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s because Penn offered them a safe haven from religious persecution.


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