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Robert Pyle Sr (1660 - abt. 1730)

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Robert Pyle Sr
Born in Horton , Parish of Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married (to ) in Hilperton, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Providence, Chester Co., Pamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Bethel Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colonymap
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Categories: Quakers | Quaker Emigration to America | William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project | Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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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[1] on the ship "Bristol Comfort". The master of the ship was John Reeves "PA Colony, Vol 1, Passenger of ships".[3]

Robert was a Malster in Bishops Cannings,Wiltshire. And in America was an active Quaker & clerk of meeting. He was a leader in the Society of Friends, and his home became one of the meeting places for the early Bethel Township Quakers.[4]

"...In 1698, Robert Pyle, a prominent member of Concord Monthly Meeting in Chester County, justice of the peace, and long-time assemblyman, submitted a paper describing the process by which he decided not to buy a slave. With the exception of racist overtones that are present in his work but not in the writing of other Quaker abolitionists, Pyle's epistle provides a good idea of the arguments these early polemicists used. Pyle explained that he considered purchasing a slave when the terms of his English servants expired because he had many young children and hoped that a slave, who could be kept for life, would give him and his children 'more liberty'. He called to mind, however, the Christian dictum, "Do unto all men as ye would have all men do unto you," recognized that the slave trade encouraged Africans "make war one with another, and sell one another for slaves," and feared that blacks "might rise in rebellion and do us much mischief; except we keep a militia; which is against our principles." He also asked himself if he was not doing well enough financially and should not "theyrwith be content." Even after considering these arguments, Pyle might have purchased a slave, had he not had a dream in which he found that he could not climb a ladder to heaven, which stood "exact upright," while trying to carry a black pot, which he interpreted to be a slave. This convinced him "to let black negroes or pots alone." He wrote further that Friends should free their slaves after a term of years, with the guidance of the Quaker quarterly meetings." [5] This was later printed in the Friends Intelligence in 1874 and again in the Journal of Negro History 1937 (Vol 22 pg. 488).

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:[6] "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".

Robert served in the Provincial Assembly in Pennsylvania, in 1695, 1699, 1700, 1701, and 1705.[1]

Children of Robert Pyle and Ann Stovey:[1] 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 on January 30, 1725.[2]

Children of Robert Pyle and Susan/Susannah (unknown) Turner:[2] 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.[1][7] 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[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Pyle Family History 1594-1954
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Church of later day Saints (LDS) Pedigree file for Robert Pyle, accessed 10-13-2013 from {( VM]
  3. People in the first ships to Chester, PA: The ancestors of Charles Clement Heacock : 1851-1914 Publication:
  4. Dr. Goodley's Bethel Twp. Thru Three Centuries
  5. Freedom by Degrees : Emancipation in Pennsylvania and Its Aftermath, by Gary B Nash & Jean R Soderlund
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  7. Rick Nicholson of the Bethel Twp. Preservation Society
  8. Will of Robert Pyle-Chester County, Pa Archives; PA-Roots abstract accessed October 17, 2014
  • Basic information obtained from "The Pyle-Pile Family in America 1642-1980", page 6, compiled by Howard T. and Jane Pyle of Kokomo, Indiana, USA in 1981. Entered by Rob Pyle
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Pyle-945 was created by Rachel Neal through the import of The Neal_Bunton Family_8-14.ged on Aug 4, 2014. '

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On 5 Jan 2016 at 21:50 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Pyle-945 and Pyle-125 appear to represent the same person because: I think these profiles are intended to represent the same person. Please take a look & merge if you agree. Thanks!

On 12 Mar 2015 at 22:42 GMT Katie Pyle wrote:

Pyle-945 and Pyle-125 are not ready to be merged because: Postponing merge request until spouse name(s) verified

On 11 Mar 2015 at 05:10 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Pyle-945 and Pyle-125 appear to represent the same person because: these profiles are for Edith Muspratt's son born 1660... not sure about how the information on the wives & death date work out, but I think the differences can be resolved post-merge. If you disagree and would rather research & resolve the differences prior to merging them, please postpone the proposed merge by setting them as an unmerged match. Thanks!

On 3 Aug 2014 at 11:52 GMT Katie Pyle wrote:

Pyle-867 and Pyle-125 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents and spouse

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