He was possibly the son of William
Huddleston, a leatherworker (shoemaker) from England and an early settler
of Bucks Co., PA.
Henry Huddleston, Sr.
Henry was born about 1660-65, probably in England.
[Another source has his father as Richard and his line run back
to Sir William Huddleston (1470-1509) and Lady Isabell Neville, whose 1st
cousin, Lady Ann Beauchamp Neville was married to King Richard Plantagenet
(1452-1485). Another source also shows Henry's father as Richard and
it runs Henry's ancestry back before Sir William all the way to the original
Nigel de Hodelston. It's questionable though whether there is
any proof of Henry's parentage.]
"History of Bucks County, PA" [chapter 11: Middletown, 1692]
says, "William Huddleston was an
early settler where Attleborough [Langhorne] stands, his land extending
north of the village. He was a shoemaker by trade and lived in a log house
back from the road, on the lot now owned by Absalom Mitchener. The house
was on the side of a hill, near a spring. In moderate weather he worked with
the south door open to give him light, as he had no glass in the windows,
but bits of parchment instead. Doctor Huddleston, of Norristown, was his
descendant, but the family has run out in this county."
Henry evidently left England abt 1685 during the reign of Catholic King
James II, who persecuted protestants until the Glorious Revolution of 1688,
when he was overthrown by the people and Protestants, William & Mary
(daug of James II) were given the throne. Some Huddlestons in England had
been Catholics and supporters of the Catholic kings, but evidently Henry was
In 1682 William Penn had led a group of Quakers from England and built
Philadelphia. Bucks County was one of the 3 original counties established
in 1682. Many of the Quakers who had come over with Penn on the "Welcome"
had migrated from Buckinghamshire, thus their new home was named Bucks County.
The first trace of Henry is Dec. 23, 1688 when he received a deed to
100 acres land at Four Lanes End (now Langhorne, about 8 miles west of Trenton,
NJ and about 25 miles northeast of Philadelphia) in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Henry served on a jury in 1689, 1690, and 1693.
["Bucks Co, Pa. Deed Records 1684 - 1763", by John David Davis, Published
1997 by Heritage Books, Inc]:
• p. 247, 4 Sep 1699, John Scarbough, yeoman, of Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
to Henry Hudleston, yeoman, of same,
L90, 80 acres, of 250 acres - line of Thomas Bayn and Thatcher - patented,
1682, by John Scarbrough, blacksmith, of London, England, father of said
John. Signed John Scarbough. Wit: George Biles, Enoch Yardley and
• p. 250, 4 Sep 1699, William Hayhurst, (son and heir of Cuther Herst),
yeoman, of Bucks Co, Pennsylvania to Henry Huddleston,
yeoman, of same, L4, 12.5 acres - line of Robert Heaton - patented 1685.
Signed William Hayhurst. Wit: George Biles and William Darby.
They lived in Four Lanes End, Bucks Co., Pa (later called Attlebury
or Attleborough, renamed Langhorne in 1877). It was at the intersection
(see below) of two major transportation roads (originally 2 Lenni-Lenape
Indian paths, now Maple & Bellevue), one of them being the main road
between Philadelphia & Trenton. Three Dutch and English colonists
settled on the north side of this intersection by 1700.
There were probably 7 homes in Langhorne built and/or lived in by the Huddleston
family. The first home that Henry and his father William lived in was a log
cabin (long since destroyed).
The oldest Huddleston home (at right) still existing today was located at
154 West Marshall Ave. in Langhone. According to town records and
a plaque on the house, it was built in 1690 (maybe by Henry's father, William.)
See more pictures
of this house.
The Langhorne Hotel (see below) was built at the Four Lanes End
intersection in 1704. By 1730 Joseph Richardson had opened a store
on the northwest corner of the crossroads (operating until 1770). Richardson's
business did so well that he built quite an elaborate house (see below)
on the sw corner. One of his Quaker neighbors remarked to him, "Thee had better see
Thee don’t reach the bottom of Thy purse before Thee gets to the top of
Thy fine house.” This was the house that his daughter recorded years
later in her journal that she watched from her bedroom window as George Washington's
troops buried some fallen soldiers in a little cemetery. Richardson's new
house became his residence and his store. In his ledger books are signatures
of John Hancock, some Indians, and many local residents.
Right next to the Langhorne Hotel was a house (109 W. Maple Ave and now
known as the "Signature House") built in 1783 by Richard Tomlinson and his
wife Hannah Huddleston (gr-daug of Henry Sr., daug of William). Their
names and date (1783) are carved into the house, along with other carved
Signature House, 109 W. Maple Ave.
Henry did not marry until 1701, but he may have been about 40 when he married.
In 1701 he was married in (what is now) Langhorne, Pa. to Elizabeth Cooper
(daughter of William
Cooper/Cowper who was a Quaker and came from Snapt, Low Ellington, Yorkshire,
England in 1699, just 2 years before his daughter married Henry Huddleston).
Elizabeth was born about 1670-73 in Yorkshire, England. She was a Quaker;
Henry was not.
In 1704-6 Henry built another house in Langhorne, (303 W? Maple Ave).
Some of his descendants lived there until 1862, when it was sold outside the
family. Below are pictures of this 1706 house.
Below are couple
of newer pictures from May, 2005
He died in 1706, leaving Elizabeth with
3 small children (William 4, Elizabeth 2, & Henry Jr., unborn).
He left his wife Elizabeth, who is "with child," all of
his estate in consideration of her maintaining and educating his children
until his son, William attained the age of 21 years. At that time William
was to get 2/3rds of the 112 acres of land Henry owned at his death. Daughter
Elizabeth was willed 10 acres when she reaches 21. When his wife's unborn
child attained the age of 21, William was to pay the child 20 pounds whether
the child was a son or daughter. He appointed his father-in-law, William
Cooper, as Executor and gave him full power to sell the 80 acres of land
he bought from John Scarborough. He also gave him power to dispose of the
Negro boy called Prince (and anything else he needed to) to discharge the
debts and charges.
File #22, Will Book C, Page 32 (Phila. County, PA) will of Henry Huddlestone dated 16 Apr 1706 and probated
17 May 1706.
Will abstract: Huddlestone, Henry. Middletown, Bucks Co. February
16, 1706. May 17, 1706. Wife Elizabeth and unborn child.
Children William and Elizabeth. Executor: Father-in-law William Cooper.
Witnesses: Henry Johnson Van Dyke, Robert Heaton and John Cutler.
[from Philadelphia County, PA Wills 1682-1726 Will Abstracts]
Map of Bucks Co. in the SE corner
of PA. NJ in to the east across the river, Philadelphia is SW.
Four Lands End is in Middletown twp where the red line draws over the
Elizabeth remarried to Thomas Davis.
All Henry's children lived in Bucks County, Pa.: William and his married
children in Middletown Twp., and Henry and his married children in Plumstead
Twp. Most of the early settlers of Plumstead were Quakers from England.
William was born 1702, Bucks Co, PA. He inherited the bulk of his
father's estate and was said to have had a considerable amount of wealth.
He married Nov., 1727 in Burlington Co, NJ to Dorothy
Walsh (NJ license issued Nov 14; both from Bucks Co., Pa.) .
Four years after his marriage is this record from:
"Bucks County Criminal Papers 1697-1786 - Court of Common Pleas"
#111 - 1731 Sep 18 - Petition of Wm. HUDDLESTON that court designate
term that Eliz. THOMAS should serve him (she a minor indicted for murder
of child of Robert DAVIS and was left with William HUDDLESTON by sheriff
Timothy SMITH on trial until she was put out by order of court).
3 Apr 1743,
William & Dorothy Huddleston, cordwinder, of Middlestown, Bucks Co.,
Pennsylvania to William Blakey, yeoman, of same, L12.1, 100 acres, line
of James Dilworth, purchased 1706, of William Hayhurst by Henry & Elizabeth
Huddleston, (parents of said William and said Elizabeth later married Thomas
Davis) and said Thomas and Elizabeth, sold 1729 to said William.
Signed William Huddleston and Dorothy Huddleston. Wit. John Cawley
and Euetydus Longshore. [from Bucks
County, Pennsylvania Deed Records 1684 - 1763, p159, by John David
Davis, 1997 by Heritage Books]
This family may have been Presbyterian since several
of the children were married in the Presbyterian
church in Churchville, (Bucks Co.) Pa.
- Churchville Presbyterian Church Marriages Records 1738-1810 :
1768, Aug. 17, Huddleston, Henry, and Elizabeth Bennet.
1768, May 8, Huddleston, Joseph, and Margaret Thomas.
1762, Oct. 11, Huddleston, Sarah, and James Price.
1763, Aug. 26, Huddleston, Thomas, and Elizabeth Slygar
He died Aug 3, 1776 in Bucks Co, PA. In 1779
his 5 sons were in Middletown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa. In 1790 4 of his
sons were still in Bucks Co.; Joseph was in Chester Co., Pa. Many of
his descendants adopted the spelling “Huddleson”.
Children: (unsure of order)
1a) HANNAH HUDDLESON, b 1728; m Richard Tomlinson.
They built the “signature house” mentioned above.
1b) WILLIAM HUDDLESON Jr., 1730-1796; was a
private in the Bucks Co. Militia in 1775; m 1781, Sarah Harman. He
lived in Middletown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa. where he is shown on the tax lists
show him there in 1779 (with 2 acres); 1781 (no property); 1782; 1790.
He died in 1797; Ch: Amos, Mahlon, John
1c) GEORGE HUDDLESON, b 1735, was a private in the
Bucks Co., PA Militia in 1775. He lived in Middletown Twp., Bucks Co.,
Pa. He is shown on the tax lists there 1779-1787; in 1779 (with 4 acres
he paid $1.18 in taxes); 1781 (no property, 1 cattle); on the 1790 census
(with no wife or children). Ch: William
1d) HENRY HUDDLESON, b 1740; m 1768, Elizabeth Bennett,
Presbyterian Church, Churchville, Pa. He lived in Middletown Twp.,
Bucks Co, Pa. He is shown in the tax lists there in 1781 (a cordwinder
with 4 1/2 acres, 1 horse, 1 cattle); and on the 1790 census (probably with
wife and 4 children); Ch: Isaac, Henry
1e) JOSEPH HUDDLESTON/HUDDLESON, b 1742, m 1768 to
Margaret Thomas in the Presbyterian Church in Churchville, Pa. He lived
in Middletown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa. and is on the tax lists there from 1779
to 1787. (In 1779 there were 2 Josephs: one with 200 acres & one with
4 acres. In 1781 his estate had 200 acres.)
1f) THOMAS HUDDLESON, b 1744, m 1763 to Elizabeth
Stiger in the Presbyterian Church in Churchville, Pa. He was a private
in the Bucks Co. Militia in 1775; He lived in Middletown Twp., Bucks
Co, Pa. and is on tax list 1775-87 (in 1779 & 1781 with 4 acres and
3 cattle); and on the 1790 census (with wife, 1 son under 16 and 4 daughters);
and the 1800 census. He moved to Hamilton Co., Ohio about 1805
........1f1) Susanna Huddleston, b Apr. 8, 1789, Bucks
Co., Pa.; m. in Newtown, Ohio (near Cincinnati) March 22, 1806 to Rezen
Bryant Newell; d May 13, 1864, Cincinnati.
1g) ELIZABETH HUDDLESON, 1746-1799, m 1761 to George
Walker. Ch: George, Joseph
1h) SARAH HUDDLESON, 1747-1804, m 1762 to James Price
in the Presbyterian Church, Churchville, PA.
1i) REBECCA HUDDLESON, b 1749; m Robert Adair in 1768
in St. Mary’s Church, Burlington Co., New Jersey
1j) AGNES HUDDLESON, b 1750; m Jacob Stiger
2. Elizabeth Huddleston
Elizabeth was born 1704, Bucks Co, Pa. Possibly she died in childhood.
Nothing more is known about her.
3. *Henry Huddleston,
Henry Jr. was born 1706 after his father died. He married Mary Wilkinson
in 1733 in Phildelphia; died 1780, Plumstead twp., Bucks Co, Pa.
3c) *WILLIAM HUDDLESTON, b 1734, Bucks
Co, PA; m Martha Myer; moved to Bedford Co, VA 1770; moved to Kanawha
Valley, WV abt 1785; d abt 1817 WV.
3b) DANIEL HUDDLESTON, b 1735, Pa; m Rachael Martin;
moved to Bedford Co, VA 1770; moved to Kanawha Valley, WV abt 1785;
d 1817, WV.
3f) MARTHA HUDDLESTON, b 1756, PA; m Jacob Fox; d
3g) RACHEL HUDDLESTON, b 1737, PA; m George W. Clymer [There
was a George Clymer who signed the Declaration of Independence, but he
may not be the same man]; she d 1813, Phildelphia, Pa.
3h) MARY HUDDLESTON, b 1739, PA; m Christopher Strait;
d 1784, Chester Co, SC
3d) ABRAHAM HUDDLESTON, b 1744, PA; m Mary Patterson; moved
to Bedford Co, VA 1770; d 1785, Bedford Co, VA.
3i) SARAH HUDDLESTON, b 1748, PA
3e) HULDAH HUDDLESTON, b 1751 PA; m 1st ? Montgomery;
m 2nd John Ray; moved to Bedford Co, VA 1770; d 1817, Chester Co, SC.
3a) NATHANIEL HUDDLESTON, b 1754, Bucks Co, Pa; m Jemima
? & Esther White; moved to VA.
My Huddleston lineage:
1. Henry Huddleston Sr, b abt 1665, Eng; m Elizabeth Cooper
2. Henry Huddleston Jr, b 1706, Pa; m Mary Wilkinson
3. William Huddleston, b Pa; m Martha Huddleston
(moved to Va.)
4. Abraham Huddleston, b 1773, Va; m Mary
Allen (moved to Tn, IL, then Mo.) [link is to my web page with pictures]
Huddleston, 1802, Smith Co, Tn; m Mary "Polly" Baty in IL (moved to Oregon Co, Mo)
"Peggy" Huddleston, b 1824, Oregon Co, Mo; m Randolph C. Jolliff [my gg-grandparents]
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