Robert married Ann Stovey or Storey/Stovey of Hilperton, Bishops Canning, England on November 16, 1681. He was the oldest of the 3 brothers (Himself, Nicholas, Ralph) who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1683 on ship "Bristol Comfort". The master of the ship was John Reeves "PA Colony, Vol 1, Passenger of ships".
Malster in Bishops Cannings,Wiltshire.
An active Quaker & clerk of meeting. (The Quakers were founded by George FOX in 1647.)He was a leader in the Society of Friends, and his home became one of the meeting places for the early Bethel Township Quakers.
A member of the Chichester meeting. In 1698 he issued a statement on the emancipation of slaves owned by Friends. This was later printed in the Friends Intelligencer in 1874 and again in the Journal of Negro History 1937 (Vol 22 p488).
A juror of the Chester Court, Member of the Provincial Assembly of Penn. and a Justice of the Peace. Rick Nicholson of the Bethel Twp. Preservation Society & www.delcohistory.org published the following on the old Chester mailing list: Excerpt from Dr. Goodley's Bethel Twp. Thru Three Centuries:
Robert Pile or Pyle (c1660-1730) was born in Thornton Parish, Wiltshire, England, migrated to America and became one of the earliest settlers in Bethel. He was probably the most prominent citizen of Bethel in his day. He was a justice of Chester County as early as 1683; he served several terms in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly; and he was a Commissioner in 1701 for the settlement of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Delaware.
William Smith purchased 1250 acres of land from William Penn in 1682 by lease and release, and then sold 150 acres of land located in Bethel township, Chester Co., (now Delaware Co.) to Robert Pyle in approx. 1683. Robert Pyle had landholdings in Bethel, Concord and Marlborough Townships and bequeathed lands to his sons John and Joseph.His son Daniel remained in Bethel, and was listed in the 1790 census. Robert's will has been preserved, and is dated "first month, second day, 1729 and eighth month, twenty-ninth day, 1730."
Livingston, Lela., Tait, Florence., Pyle, Homer., Goodwin, R. Dean (n.d.) Pyle Family History 1594-1954
Title: The ancestors of Charles Clement Heacock : 1851-1914
Author: Heacock, Roger Lee,
Publication: The Baldwin Park (Calif.) Bulletin 1950, pg 51.
Text: People in the first ships to Chester, PA: John Sharples, John Heycock, Robert Pyle, Samuel Levis, John Bowater, Benjamin Mendenhall,
Christopher Pennock, Robert Stovey, Elizabeth Hickman, Robert Chamberlain, Ralph Lewis, and Robert Pennell all arriving before or within
four years of Penn.