An American Family History

Paxson Family

  also spelled Paxton  

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.

Henry Paxson was baptized at St. Mary's Church in Marsh Gibbon on January 11, 1646/7. He was the son of James Paxon and and Jane Clerk.

He bought 500 acres in Pennsylvania from William Penn. He emigrated to America on the Samuel.

Henry's wife and sons, John and Henry died of smallpox during the voyage.

He married Margery Page Plumly (Plumlee), the widow of Charles Plumly (Plumlee), on August 13, 1684 at the Middletown Monthly Meeting

In 1688 Henry deeded 125 acres to his stepson, William Plumly (Plumlee).

In 1698 he and his daughter Elizabeth Burgess deeded 500 acres with "divers goods and chattels" to two more stepsons, James and John Plumley.

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Smallpox is caused by of two viruses: Variola major and Variola minor. Symptoms include a rash and blisters. The mortality rate for V. major is 30–35% and for V. minor is about 1%. Long-term complications include scars, blindness, and limb deformities.

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.

Henry Paxson was born on September 20, 1683 in Middletown, Pennsylvania. He was the son of James Paxson and Jane Gurden.

He married Ann Plumly (Plumlee) in April, 1707 in Middletown. She was the daughter of William Plumly (Plumlee) and Elizabeth Thompson.

Henry and Ann settled in Middletown, moving to nearby Solebury, Township in 1711. They were Quakers, members of the Falls Monthly Meeting, and later the Buckingham Monthly Meeting.

William Paxson (1707/08),
Elizabeth Paxson (1709),
Mary Paxson (1711, married Henry Roberts),
Sarah Paxson (1712/13, married Joseph Duer),
Jane Paxson (1714/15, married Jonas Preston),
Margery Paxson (1716, married Matthew Beans),
Ann Paxson, (1718/19, married Thomas Paxson),
Rebecca Paxson (1720, married Timothy Beans),
Henry Paxson (1722, married Elizabeth Lupton),
James Paxson (1724),
Thomas Paxson (1726, married Sarah Harvey and Hannah Blackfan),
Martha Paxson (1728/29).

Henry married Mary Budd Shinn on February, 7 1739/40 in Mt. Holly, New Jersey.

Henry died on May 9, 1756 in Solebury, Pennsylvania.

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


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.


from The History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania by William Watts Hart Davis

In 1704 Henry Paxson, son of William who settled in Middletown in 1682 and ancestor of the Bucks county Paxsons, bought William Croasdale's two hundred and fifty acres in Solebury. William Paxson lost his wife, two sons, and a brother on the passage over, and in 1684 he married Margaret, the widow of William Plumley of Northampton. In 1707 Henry Paxson bought Jeremiah Langhorne's tract in Solebury, some of which is still held by the family.

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