An American Family History

Rebecca Coulston Lykins


Coulston is also spelled Caulson, Caulston, Coleson, Collisen, Collsen, Collson, Coulstone, Coleston, Colson, Coulson, and Coulstone.


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.

Rebecca Coulston Lykins was born about 1735 in Hanover Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania near Sanatoga which was once called Crooked Hill, in what is now Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Henry Coulston and Rebecca Braun.

She married Jonas Lykins (Likens, Likins). Jonas was born on January 3, 1733 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Jonas was listed as a single man in the 1752 tax list for Robeson Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Rebecca and Jonas' children included:

Henry Lykins (1758),
Phebe Lykins Pickering (1760, married Samuel Pickering, Jr. and Abraham Engle),
William Lykins (1761, married Hannah Marsh and Ruth Hays),
Jonas Lykins (1764, married Mary Eckstein),
Sarah Lykins Pickering (1766, married John Pickering, son of Samuel Pickering),
Peter Lykins (1769),
Elizabeth Lykins Marsh (1772, married Henry Marsh)

They moved to Frederick County, Virginia by 1772, when "Jonas and Rebekah Likings" were listed as witnesses to a wedding.

On July 1, 1782 Henry Lykins and his sister Phebe were "received" by the Hopewell Monthly Meeting. However, on December 1, 1783, it was reported the Henry had married contrary to discipline and on January 5, 1784 he was disowned.

Jonas died on September 22, 1804 in Frederick County, Virginia. Rebecca died on May 3, 1819.

Pottsgrove Township was formed in 1807. Its territory was taken from Douglas and New Hanover (formed from Hanover) Townships. In 1889 the townshp split into Upper and Lower Pottsgrove.
Montgomery County, in southeast Pennsylvania was created on September 10, 1784, out of land that was originally part of Philadelphia County.

In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.

Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.



In the name of God Amen, I Jonas Likens of the county of Frederick and commonwealth of Virginia do make this my Last Will and Testament.

In the first place I will and devise that all my just debts and funeral charges be fully paid and satisfied.

2ly- My will is that all my estate both real and personal be sold by my Executors with full power to convey the real estate the best advantage for such price or prises (sic) as may be had for the same. With this reserve that my beloved wife Rebekah shall have her full privilige of reserving all such household furniture as she thinks fit with two milk cows.

3dly- I devise and bequeath to my wife Rebeckah six hundred pounds current money over and above the reserves already made to her and her heirs and assigns for ever.

4thly and further my will is that the remainder of my estate shall be equally divided between my children and their heirs namely, Henry, Jonas, William, Peter, John, Pheby Pickren, Sarah Pickren, Ann Rankins and Elizabeth March (Marsh), to them their heirs and assigns for ever.

5thly- My will is that after the sale of my estate that the money first arising there from shall be paid to my wife Rebeckah or so much thereof as pays her what is bequeathed to her, and after that she receives her part thereof that the remainder of the money arising from such sales shall be equally divided among all my representatives by executors as it may be received from the sales of my estate.

6thly and further my will is that whereas my son Henry and my daughter Sarah Pickren is both dead and have sundrey heirs that my executors shall shall (sic) put their equal shares to use and to be paid to them or any of theirs till they arrive at age to receive the same that is the boys to twenty-one and the girls to eighteen years of age and in case any of my said grandchildren should die before to arrive to age above and without Issue that then their shear shall be equally divided among their brothers and sisters.

7thly Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my wife Rebeckah, John Cowgill, James Steer and Robert Russell executors of this my last will and testament hereby revokeing all other will by me heretofore made and declareing this to be my true last will and (blank)

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 22nd day of September in eighteen hundred and four [1804] signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Jonas Likens as his last will and testament in our presents and at his request did sign our names as witnesses thereunto N.B, before signed by my executors with full power to deed the real estate interlined in the of the sixth line.

Jonas X Likeing {seal}

James Steer his mark
Joel Marton
Philip Garrat mark

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