William Lowther *
Birth: 1693/1694, Tober, Kings or Offaly Co., Ireland
Death: 2 Sep-3 Oct 1750, Buckingham Twp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, USA
- Married Martha Laybourne * on ABT 1712 at Westmeath, Ireland
- Child 1: Sarah Lowther ABT 1713 - 1755 m. Thomas Ely
- Child 2: Robert Lowther * 1714 - ABT 1780 m. Acquilla Reese *
- Child 3: Joel Lowther ABT 1715 - m. Phoebe Ellis
- Child 4: Ruth Lowther ABT 1720 - ABT 1803 m. James Bradshaw
- Child 5: Martha Lowther ABT 1723 - 7 Nov 1774 m. Joseph Weaver
- Child 6: Mary Lowther ABT 1725 - m. Samuel Simpson
Notes: William Lowther, an Irish Quaker, came to America with his wife, Martha, and six children i n 1729. They settled first in Abington, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, where he was immed iately identified with the Quaker Abington monthly meeting. They, with Edward Farmer (some sa y a cousin), and wife Rebecca took possession of a grant of one thousand acres of land. Par t was in Oley Township, Philadelphia County and two tracts in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. H e moved to Bucks County about 1731 and settled near Doylestown where he lived the rest of hi s life.
Will of William Lowther, dated September 2, 1750.
"I, William Lowther, of the township of Buckingham and in the County of Bucks, (Pa.) Weaver , ____ , I give and devise all my lands, situated in Buckingham Township or elsewhere, to b e sold by my executor and soon as conveniently may be had for the same, and the money arisin g from such sale, I will be disposed of as hereafter mentioned. ----- 60 pounds I give and be queath to my son-in-law James Bradshaw upon the condition that he first maintain and give sec urity for the maintenance of my granddaughter, Hannah Lowther, daughter of my son, Robert, du ring the time and term of her natural life - balance of money divided between my children, so n Joel to receive a double share---etc.
The appraisal of his goods and chattels was made on October 3, 1750. The total value of his p ersonal property was 191 pounds, 9 shillings, and 8 pence.
The old William Lowther plantation, known in later years the the Bradshaw then Lippincott far m, borders on the Lumberville and Durham roads about 4 miles northeast of Doylestown. It wa s in posssession of the descendants of James and Ruth (Lowther) Bradshaw for 150 years befor e it was sold of out the family.
He had strongly verbal disagreements with his mother and he moved to America because he refus ed to become a Quaker. He bought a lot of land in Pennsylvania and finally became a Quaker.
Not certain on what ship he came over but probaby did with assumed name since there was a la w that forbid weavers to leave Ireland. He came with his cousin Henry Lowther. Their land wa s incorporated into the National Valley Forge Park that was used as Washington's headquarters .
Was not the first Lowther in American. Anthony Lowther married to Meg, sister of William Pen n was here before and located near Carlisle, Pa. He later returned to England and was titled . Also on April 26, 1703 a George Lowther, a lawyer, from a good Yorkshire family, was appoin ted Captain of the Militia in the city of Philadelphia.
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