Robert Pyle

Robert Pyle

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Robert Pyle
Born in Wiltshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married to in , Hilperton, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Providence, Chester Co., Pamap
Died in Bethel Twshp., Chester Co. PAmap
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Robert Pyle, was christened December, 29, 1660, in Horton, Bishop Canning s, Wiltshire, England[1][2]. He married Ann Stovey or Storey/Stovey of Hilperton, Bishops Canning, England on November 16, 1681[1]. He was the oldest of the 3 brothers (Himself, Nicholas, and Ralph) who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1683 on the ship "Bristol Comfort". The master of the ship was John Reeves "PA Colony, Vol 1, Passenger of ships". needs full citation

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 Intelligence in 1874 and again in the Journal of Negro History 1937 (Vol 22 p488).needs full citation

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 & {] published the following on the old Chester mailing list: Excerpt from Dr. Goodley's Bethel Twp. Thru Three Centuries:[3] "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".

Children of Robert Pyle and Ann Stovey: 1. Sarah Pyle 2. Robert Pyle 3. William Pyle 4. John Pyle 5. Mary Pyle 6. Jacob Pyle 7. Joseph Pyle 8. Daniel Pyle

After the death of his first wife, Ann (Stovey) Pyle, he married second, to Susan/SusannahTurner, widow of George Turner in approx 1725.need citation

Children of Robert Pyle and Susan/Susannah (unknown) Turner: 1. Jacob Pyle 2. Robert Pyle

(George, James, and Dorothy Turner) were Susan/Susannah's children from her first marriage).

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 son John and Robert (grandson) and son of his son, Joseph. His son Daniel remained in Bethel, and was listed in the 1790 census. needs full citation

Robert Pyle died in 1730. His will dated January 2, 1729, and proved August 29, 1730, in Bethel, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Robert Pyle, titled "Yeoman", resident of Bethel township, left the following legacies: To his wife Susanna, f100 and 1/2 household goods To his son William f50 and to his children f50 to be divided at 21. To son John, "all my right title to that 200 acres of land in Marlborough which I lately leased to one Holt on condition that he pay to his son Moses f30 when 21. To his daughter Sarah Pyle, f20 at 21 or married. To son Joseph f30. To grandson Robert, son of Joseph, my tract of land in Marlborough containing 224 acres. To son Daniel, f70 paying to his daughters Susanna and Mary f15 each at 21 or married. To daughter Mary Moore, f50, she paying to each of her children f5 at 21 or married. To grandson Aaron Vernon f15. To granddaughter Rachel Green f15. To George, James, and Dorothy Turner my now wifes children f4 each. To grandchildren Saml. Pyle and the 3 daughters of son Robert, 10 shillings each.

Executors: wife Susanna and sons, Wm. and Joseph[4]


  • Livingston, Lela., Tait, Florence., Pyle, Homer., Goodwin, R. Dean (n.d.) Pyle Family History 1594-1954
  • Heacock, Roger Lee. The ancestors of Charles Clement Heacock : 1851-1914 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.
  • Lineages, Inc., comp.. Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825 (database on-line). Provo, UT,USA: The Generations Network, inc., 2000. Original data: Chester County Wills. Located at the Chester County Archives and Records Service.

  • WikiTree profile Pyle-427 created through the import of nicholson.ged on Nov 16, 2012 by Jimmy Nicholson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Jimmy and others.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pyle Family History 1594-1954
  2. Church of later day Saints (LDS) Pedigree file for Robert Pyle, accessed 10-13-2013 from {( VM]
  3. Bethel Township thru three centuries
  4. Will of Robert Pyle-Chester County, Pa Archives

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