An American Family History

Joseph Lupton 1686

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Joseph Lupton was born in 1686 in Yorkshire, England. He was a weaver and a Quaker.

He married Mercy Twining on July 10 1713 in Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Joseph and Mercy Lupton.

Mercy died on May 25, 1726.

He married Mary Ann Scarborough in September, 1730 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Mary was Samuel Pickering's widow.

He moved to Frederick County, Virginia with his family about 1740.

William Reckitt, a British Friend, recorded in his journal that

On sixth day we had a meeting at Hopewell, which was an open time. I found my mind much engaged for the poor suffering people, but had to tell them, their greatest enemies were those of their own houses. The meeting ended well.

We lodged at Joseph Lupton’s, an ancient friend, who with his wife were very loving to us. The Indians had killed and carried away several within a few miles of their habitation; yet they did not seem much afraid; for they said, they did not so much as pull in their sneck-string of the door when they went to bed, and had neither lock nor bar. (from Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934 )

Joseph died on August 9, 1758 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia.

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



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.

from Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia by Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends

A Joseph Lupton was one of the early treasurers of Hopewell Meeting. He was probably the one who, even in the midst of a bloody war, did not fear the Indians enough to pull in the sneck-string of his door at night. Concerning him Henry W. Scarborough, lawyer and business man of Philadelphia, under date of November 3, 1934, writes:

My ancestor Joseph Lupton, came from Yorkshire, England and settled near Newtown Bucks County, Pa., where he married Mercy Twining, daughter of Stephen Twining. Stephen Twining and his father had emgrated from Eastham, Barnstable County, on Cape Cod, Mass, about 1700 to Bucks County. Subsequently Joseph Lupton removed to Solebury Township, Bucks County, where he married the widow of Samuel Pickering, whose maiden name was Mary Scarborough.

About 1742 Joseph Lupton and his said wife removed to Frederick County, Va., and took along with them some of their own children and some of the children, Pickerings and Luptons by their first consorts. . . . I think Joseph Lupton was one of the early clerks [he was treasurer] of the Hopewell Montly Meeting. I am descended from his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, who married Henry Paxon Jr. Their daughter Sarah Paxson married Joseph Wilkinson of Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pa. . . .

From the above showing Joseph Lupton in 1757 was evidently an "ancient" Friend.

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

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.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

Joseph Lupton, founder of the "Virginia" Lupton line, was born ca. 1686 in Oulton, Yorkshire, a small village approximately 20 miles to the south of Leeds. As his father's name was also Joseph, he actually would be more correctly referred to as Joseph Jr., and his son Joseph III, but inconsideration of his standing as the immigrant from whom all of the Luptons of the Shenandoah Valley are descended, this history refers to him as Joseph, and his son as Joseph Jr.

The mother of Joseph Lupton, the Yorkshire immigrant, was Ann Hall. His grandparents were Martin and Ann (Dobson) Lupton. This branch of Luptons appears to have been among the earliest adherents of the Quaker faith (Society of Friends) in England, and Joseph's family appears in the earliest records of the Brighouse Meeting, Rothwell Parish, Yorkshire.

The Lupton surname appears in it's earliest forms in the Lake Country of Northwest England in the 13th century, and to this day there is a small hamlet called Lupton on ther oad between Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmoreland. The name is thought to derive from "Hluppa Tun," from the name of an early resident (Hluppa) and the Old English word "tun," a farmstead - literally, "Hluppa's Farm".

It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

from Historical Collections Relating to Gwynedd: A Township of Montgomery County, by Howard Malcolm Jenkins

Sarah Pickering was the dau. of Joseph Lupton, the elder, a weaver by occupation, and a man of good education, who came from Yorkshire, England, and settled in Bucks county.

He m., 1st, Mercy Twining, from near Newtown, and 2d, Mary Pickering (b. Scarborough, widow Samuel, who came from England), and after this second marriage removed to Virginia. . .

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