was my 5g-grandfather.
He was probably born July 6, 1733 in Plumstead twp, Bucks Co, Pa.
Plumstead was organized in 1725.
English Friends moved northward through the woods along the Delaware River
from Lower Bucks. Francis Plumstead, a London businessman, received
2,500 acres from William Penn, though he never went there. Most early
settlers were English Quakers. Plumstead Friends Meeting, founded in 1727,
was the township's first religious establishment.
William was named for his uncle, William Huddleston, and for his great-grandfather
Maybe 19-year-old William was amazed to hear that the first lightning rod,
by Benjamin Franklin, was erected in Philadelphia in 1752.
He married Martha Myer, Aug, 19, 1758. He was an early settler of
Langhorne, and was a shoemaker by trade.
At right is a 1770 map of Virginia.
Bedford County is #6.
About 1770 he went south down the Shenandoah Valley, crossed the Blue Ridge
Mountains and settled in Bedford Co., Va (near Roanoke) along with his brothers,
Daniel & Abraham and sister Huldah Montgomery. Just south of the
town of Bedford, (Bedford Co) Va. is a town called Huddleston,
near what is now Smith Mountain
Lake (from the dammed up Roanoke River).
William may have fought in the Revolutionary War there.
About 1785-93 he and his brother Daniel moved northwest to Kanawha Valley,
Va (now near Charleston, WV). Brother Abraham died in 1785 in Bedford
Co, so perhaps that's why his family didn't move with them. There was
a William Huddleston listed in an early Virginia census of 1801 living in
the Armylands, Va. Military District. (This must be son, William Jr.
I don't know who else it could be. William Jr. didn't have any cousins
William died in 1817/22 in Kanawha Valley, (W)Va. All of his sons left
the Valley and moved West.
William Jr, John "Boomer", & Nathan moved to Champaign Co, OH.
Abraham moved to Smith Co, Tn, then to Pope
Co, IL then to Oregon Co, MO.
Henry also went to Smith Co, Tn where
he probably died. Some of his children ended up in Missouri, Arkansas
Thomas went to Montgomery, Ind.
Daniel moved to Illinois
Polly remained unmarried and moved
to Oregon Co, Mo with Abraham.
Not sure where Rebecca, Elizabeth and Patsy went.
Legend for above map:
County 2. Albemarle County 3. Amelia County
4. Amherst County 5. Augusta County 6. Bedford County
7. Brunswick County 8. Buckingham County 9. Caroline County
10. Charles City County 11. Charlotte County 12.
Chesterfield County 13. Culpepper County 14. Cumberland
County 15. Dinwidie County 16. Elizabeth City
County 17. Essex County 18. Frederick County 19.
Fairfax County 20. Fauquier County 21. Gloucester County
22. Goochland County 23. Halifax County 24. Hampshire County
25. Hanover County 26. Henrico County 27. Isle of Wight County
28. James City County 29. King and Queen County
30. King George County 31. King William County 32. Lancaster
County 33. Loudon County 34. Louisa County
35. Mecklenburg County 36. Middlesex County 37. Nandsemond
County 38. New Kent County 39. Norfolk County
40. Northampton County 41. Northumberland County 42. Orange
County 43. Pittsylvania County 44. Prince Edward
County 45. Prince George County 46. Prince William County
47. Princess Ann County 48. Richmond County
49. Southampton County 50. Spotsylvania County 51. Stafford
County 52. Sussex County 53. Surry County 54. Warwick
County 55. Westmoreland County 56. York County