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An American Family History

Elizabeth Lupton Paxson

Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

Elizabeth Lupton Paxson was born on February 21 1721 in Newtown Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her birth was recorded in the Middletown Monthly meeting minutes. Her parents were Joseph Lupton and Mercy Twining.

Elizabeth did not move to Frederick County, Virginia with her family when they left about 1740.

She married Henry Paxson, Jr. on May 28, 1745 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Henry was born on August 28, 1722. He was the son of Henry Paxon, Sr. and Ann Plumlee.

Elizabeth and Henry lived in Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and their children were born there.
Mahlon Paxson (1746, married Jane Parry),
Rachel Paxson (1747, married Robert Eastburn),
Isaac Paxson (1748),
Henry Paxson (1750),
Elizabeth Paxson Hambleton (1752, married James Hambleton),
Joseph Paxson (1754),
Sarah Paxson Wilkinson (1755, married Joseph Wilkinson)
Mary Paxson (1758),
Mercy Paxson (1759),
Ann Paxson Scarborough (1761, married Robert Scarborough),
Amy Paxson Worthington (1763, married Thomas Worthington), and
John Paxson (1766).

Henry died on August 2, 1799 in Solebury. Elizabeth followed on August 1, 1801.

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First printed in Boston 1745
Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn in 1684. It is north of Philadelphia and just west of Trenton, New Jersey.

Bucks County, Pennsylvania is one of three original Pennsylvania Counties and was formed in 1682. Originally it was a large territory that included all of what would later be Berks, Northampton, and Lehigh.
 

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It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

from History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania edited by J. H. Battle

The Paxson Family-James Paxson, Henry Parson the elder, and William Paxson were brothers, and came to Pennsylvania in 1652 in the ship Samuel of London, England.

Henry [Paxson] came from the parish of Stowe, Oxfordshire. He was a member of the Society of Friends, and brought a certificate from Biddleston. in the county of Bucks. He called his home Bycot House, which is believed to be the ancestral home for many generations...

James Paxson and his brother William [Paxson] came from the parish of Marsh Gibbon, which is in the vicinity of Stowe. They were also Friends. and brought certificates from Coleshill meeting. They spelled the name Paxton then...The wife of Henry, the elder, died at sea on the voyage over, as also her son Henry. who died the day before his mother. One or more of the three brothers settled in Middletown, but the next generation spread their outstretched arms over most of southern Bucks county.

James Paxson, from whom are descended most of the name in Solebury and Buckingham, was married in England, and his wife died in 1710. James died in 1722, leaving children: Sarah, William, Henry, and James....

William Paxson, second child of James, was born in 1675, and in 1696 married Abigail Pownell. He died in 1719, leaving children James, Thomas, Reuben, Esther, Abigail, Mary, and Anna.

Henry Paxson, another son of James, was born in 1683, and married Ann Plumly in 1706. He bought 250 acres of land in Solebury. and settled there. He was in the assembly in 1705-7, and somewhat prominent in public affairs. He died in 1728, leaving twelve children, and their descendants fairly swarm oyer the hills and valleys of Solebury, and are likely to do so for an indefinite period.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

 
 
 

from History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
edited by J. H. Battle

. . .Mahlon Paxson, a son of Henry, who was a son of Henry Paxson. The latter was a son of James Paxson, from Bycot House, parish of Slow, Oxfordshire, England, who settled in Bucks county in 1682. . .Mahlon Paxson, grandfather of Hugh P., married Jane Parry, by whom he had four children: Alice, Asher, Phineas and Jane.

 
 
 
 

from History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
edited by J. H. Battle

Elizabeth [Lupton], the wife of James Hambleton, was a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Lupton) Paxson, and granddaughter of Henry and Ann Plumly Paxson, the latter being a brother to William before mentioned, and both sons of James and Jane Paxson, who came from Bucks county, England, m 1682.

 
     
 

Bucks County Wills. Book No. 3

6.202. Henry Paxson, Solebury Twp., "Somewhat advanced in age."
8 mo.-12- 1790. Proved August 16, 1799.
Wife Elizabeth. Sons Mahlon and Isaac exrs.
Sons Henry, Joseph and John.
Daus. Elizabeth Hambleton, Ann Scarborough, Sarah Wilkinson,
Amy Worthington, Rachel, Mary and Mercy Paxson.
Wits: Robert Eastburn, Oliver Hamton, Aaron Eastburn

 
 
 

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

from Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Biography, of Pennsylvania

. . . Robert Eastburn and his wife Sarah, who emigrated from Brigham, Yorkshire, England, in 1713, their names appearing on the record of a Friends' Monthly Meeting held in Philadelphia, December 26, 1713, when their letters from England were received and they were admitted as members. The minutes of the Philadelphia meetings show that Robert Eastburn was a prominent and influential member of the society until his death, which occurred in 1755. He brought over with him from England several minor children.

One of these, Samuel Eastburn, the second son of Robert, married Elizabeth Gillingham, who is known to have been a member of Abington Monthly Meeting in 1728. Samuel Eastburn with his wife removed to Solebury and established themselves on a large tract of land lying near Center Hill. They became members of Buckingham Monthly Meeting March 6, 1729, by certificate from Abington Monthly Meeting. Samuel and his wife had seven children, the youngest of whom, Robert, was born June 23, 1739, and inherited a part of the old homestead, which continued to be his home during his lifetime.

Samuel Eastburn passed much of the latter part of his life in visiting meetings in different parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, at which he often spoke to the great edification and spiritual comfort of his hearers. His son, Robert [Eastburn], married Elizabeth Duer, a member of Falls Monthly Meeting, on November 22, 1763. After her death he married, on September 16, 1785, Rachel Paxson. Robert Eastburn is described as a man of strong positive character, discreet in his action and an enterprising and industrious as well as a prosperous man. He added to his inherited property two of the finest farms in the fertile limestone valley of Solebury Township.

 

Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.
 
 
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from Genealogical Record of the Hambleton Family

James Hambleton, son of Stephen, b. Jan. 5, 1754, in Bucks County, Pa.; d. Nov. 27, 1833, at Drumore; farmer, and at one time taught school; lived for a few years on a part of the farm owned by his father in Solebury, and about 1790 moved to Drumore, Lancaster County, Pa., where he bought a farm and resided till his death.

He m 1779, Elizabeth Paxson, a second cousin of his mother, b. Feb. 15, 1752; d. Mar. 14, 1832; dau. of Henry and Elizabeth (Lupton) Paxson. James and wife were both members of the Society of Friends, as were all their children.

Issue:
1. Peninah, b. April 17, 1780; d. Sept. 3, 1808;
2. Hannah (twin), b. May 8, 1781; d. Sept. S, 1870; m. Robert Wiggins or Wigons, farmer; resided in York County, Pa.
3. Elizabeth (twin), b. May 8, 1781; d. in infancy.
4. Mercy, b. April 1
5. Alice, b. Jan. 10, 1 785; m. Jehu Kinsey; moved to Ohio; had four ch. Jehu is still living in Illinois, and over ninety-five years of age.
6. Elizabeth, b. May 14, 1786; d. Mar. 24, 1858; m. Dec. 16, 1813, Eli Smedley; resided in Lancaster County, Pa. She was a minister in the Society of Friends (Hicksite branch) for 27 years. Eli was an elder of the meeting.
7. Rachel, b. May 23, 1787; d. Aug. 21, 1878; m. Mark Ely, Dec. 12, 1815, in a public meeting of Friends at Solebury. Res. Solebury.
8. Mary, generally known as Polly, b. Oct. 2, 1788; d. Sept. 1876; unm.
9. John, b. Feb. 2, 1790; m. Rachel Kinsey.
10. Joseph, b. May 10, 1791 ; m. Ann R. Neal.
11. Stephen, b. July 30, 1793; died young, killed by falling from a horse.
12. Sarah, b. May 17, 1795; d. Dec. 29, 1857; m. 1849, Anthony Pickering; res. Lancaster County, Pa.; had one ch. that died in infancy.
13. Ann, b. June 10, 1797; d. Dec. 23, 1S847; m. Andrew Magough; no issue.

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.