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John Twining (abt. 1761 - 1849)

John Twining
Born about in Newtown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, British Colonial Americamap
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Husband of — married 19 Jan 1786 in Bucks, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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Died at about age 88 in Union, Broome, New York, USAmap
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Profile adopted August 2013, research still undertaken.

Any (supported) information to verify or refute the details presented here is most welcome. Any unsupported clues or leads also appreciated.


John was born in Pennsylvania in 1761, apparently one of ten children in his family. He was the son of Samuel Twining and Mary Jenks His birth was recorded by the Middletown Monthly Meeting as 31 Dec 1759[1]


Per the book , Genealogy of The Twining Family, Descendants of William Twining, Sr. by Thomas J. Twining Publ. 1890., pg. 59, the birthdate of 1761 was in a family bible owned by John. This is the date of birth apparently given on his tombstone. The tombstone photograph on FAG shows a very old tombstone with the date of birth worn away.

At this time it is not possible to know which birthdate is correct. John was disowned by the Quakers in 1782 for joining the militia, so no further Quaker records have been found for him after this time. His marriage and death is in the Twining book, but no sources are given for the information.


John married Becca Bennett. John was 29 and Becca was 22.


John and Becca had thirteen children.


John died in 1849 in New York.


  1. Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Minutes, 1664-1807; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: MR-Ph 305; U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 Ancestry Record 2189 #99995141


Profile originally created by Linda Vermilyea (Vermilyea-1).

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The 1759 date of birth in your biography is correct. John is a patriot in the DAR. The date of birth on the application is 1-1-1761. I do not know the source for this date of birth. His father, Samuel, was disowned by the Quakers for "not discharging his just debts" in 1767, when John was a child, so there may not be any other Quaker records for him in this timeframe. A testimony was brought against him by the Middletown MM in 1781 for engaging with the militia for which he admitted, but was disowned in 1782.
posted by Jean (Jenks) Adams
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