Henry Huddleston, Sr.

1st Generation

Henry was born about 1660-65, probably in England.

He was possibly the son of William Huddleston, a leatherworker (shoemaker) from England and an early settler of Bucks Co., PA.
[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 not.

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 Jonathan Scaf.
• 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.  Huddleston House

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 signatures.

Signature House  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. 
Huddleston House-1  
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 intersection.

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.

1. William Huddleston
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, Jr.
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 SC
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]

5. John Huddleston, 1802, Smith Co, Tn; m Mary "Polly" Baty in IL (moved to Oregon Co, Mo)

6. Margaret "Peggy" Huddleston, b 1824, Oregon Co, Mo; m Randolph C. Jolliff [my gg-grandparents]

If you would like to check my database to see if the information on your family is correct, go to my ancestor file then search for the name of one of your ancestors. (Only those born before 1930 or no longer living are listed by name. I have names of the living, but they are not displayed in the online database.)  Please email me if there are any corrections or additions!!