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WILLIAM BIDDLE

Male 1630 - 1712  (82 years)


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  • Name WILLIAM BIDDLE 
    Born 1630  Birlingham Parish, Co. Wocester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1712  Mansfield Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I289  Biddle-184551
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2010 

    Father William Biddulph (Biddle),   b. 1617,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

    Married 5 Feb 1626/7  Birlingham Parish, Co. Wocester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F195  Group Sheet

    Family SARA SMITH,   b. 1634, St. Botolph Parish, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1708/9, Mansfield Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1665  Bishopgate, St. Friends Meeting, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Biddle,   b. Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1667, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth Biddle,   b. 24 Apr 1668, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1669, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     3. WILLIAM BIDDLE,   b. 4 Oct 1669, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1743, Mansfield Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     4. John Biddle,   b. 27 Oct 1670, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1673, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     5. Joseph Biddle,   b. 6 Dec 1672, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1673/4, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     6. Unknown Biddle,   b. 29 Nov 1676, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1676, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Sara Biddle,   b. 23 Oct 1678, Bishopgate St. Without, London, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1705, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    Family ID F100  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Immigrated to Barbadoes in 1680, then to New Jersey in 1681 aboard the ship "John and Sarah." His address in London was on Bishopsgate St. and he was a Shoemaker.
      William was born in Birlingham, Co. Worcester, England in 1634. At the age of 16 he was apprenticed to Thomas Biddle of London for a period of 7 years. His apprentice papers are as follows:

      "William Biddle the sonne of Edward Biddle of Burlingham in the Countie of Wigornia yoman bound to Thomas Biddle citizen & cordwainer of London to serve from the date hereof 7 years. Date ye 18th daie of July 1650."

      Presumably, the 16-year-old William lived with his master Thomas and his wife Hester in their home during his seven years apprenticeship. The degree of their relationship has been impossible to determine, but it was obviously under their influence that William became a member of the proscribed religious Society of Friends, and all three were detained accordinly in London's Newgate Prison in 1660-61.
      The "Register of Marriages" of London and Middlesex Quarterly Meeting of Friends, contains the following marriage certificate:

      "William Biddle of Bishoppsgate without London Cordwinder the seaventh Day of the Twelfth month in the yeare 1665 before an Assembly of the people of God called Quakers in the publicke meeting place in Westbury street in or neare Spittle Feilds tooke Sarah Kempe of Bishoppsgate street aforesaid widdow to be his wife and the said Sarah Kempe did then take the said William Biddle to be her husband each promiseing to be faithfull one to the other as husband and wife soe long as they should live in the presence of
      Thomas Biddle/Roger Bickerstaffe/John Oakely/Tho: Lawrence/Tho: Taylor/Wm Johnson/James Wasse/Geo: Ireland"

      William and Sarah Biddle owned forty three thousand acres of New Jersey, purchasing some of the land from William Penn in 1676.

      Coming to America, William and Sarah Biddle built a two story frame house on a bluff overlooking the Delaware River in view of Biddle's Island. They called their new home Mount Hope. One could look across the Delaware River and see William Penns home in Pennsylvania. They had a dispute with William Penn over the ownership of Biddle Island, and our ancestors won.

      BIDDLE HOUSE SEARCH

      Following is an account by Owen Picton of a search for the William Biddle home of Mount Hope, NJ. The book "Notes on the Genealogy of the Biddle Family" together with "Abstracts of Some Early Deeds" by Henry D. Biddle printed in 1895, has a picgture of the Biddle home and states that the William Biddle home is located at Mount Hope (Kinkora), NJ.

      I made this search in about 1980. My family and I (2 sons and wife) drove across the bridge from Philadelphia and stopped at the first restaurant. I asked where Kinkora was. I showed the waitress a picture of the house. The waitress would not tell me but said another would. I asked her why and she said it was not a nice place. The other waitress said it was 3 stop lights down the road. I went 3 stop lights down the road and there was a nice motel and a restaurant. It was about 5 pm so we stopped and asked for a room for the night. The clerk said it was not aplace I would want my family to stay. Then I sawall these women around and realized it may be a house of prostitution. We stayed at the next town.

      The next morning I came back and drove by the motel. I noticed a sign across the road which said William Biddle settled here in about 1682. I turned off the highway near the sign onto a road which went to a house that was the same as the picture in my book.

      The house is located on a Delaware river bluff with a railroad track running between the house and the river. One could look across the river and see William Penn's house. I felt the house was in a good location that could easily be defended. Out in the river was an island that used to be called Biddle Island. Now the power company owns it. They had started to build an atomic power plant but had stopped. They had created a hugh ugly hill of dirt on the island and left. Near the house along the river was an abandoned factory and a large vacant weedy asphalt parking lot.

      The house was in bad shape but people lived in it. The basement door had fallen off its hinges. The family who lived there owned the house. They said the rooms all used to have fireplaces and they had removed them. I walked over and looked in the basement doorway. There was still a very large fireplace in the basement and they asked me what it was. In the basement I could see the lumber was all cut in a different dimension than we use now. It appeared that there were no nails but just wooden pegs holding the house together.

      I talked to them for a while and they said they owned the graveyard near the house which looked like a weed patch to me. I think it was the Biddle graveyard. They asked about possible tunnels and admitted doing some diggingnear the sidewalk.

      In the courthouse at Trenton, NJ is an inventory of the personal estate of William Biddle. One of the items on the list which he owned at death is the value for one old Negro man, one Indian and 2 children with a valuation of 100 English pounds.

      Sarah Smith was the second wife and widow of Roger Kemp. At the time of her marriage to Roger Kemp, he was three times the age of his bride. Sarah's parents, John Smith and Ann Wright, were apparently fairly well to do, and that the source of William Biddle's fortune, with which he bought land in New Jersey actually belonged to his wife and was inherited by her from her family.
      In all, William held almost one eighth of the Province of West New Jersey, nearly forty three thousand acres.


      WILLIAM BIDDLE DESCENDENTS


      The Biddle family is very prominent in American history. John Biddle, a son of William and Lydia Biddle moved to Philadelphia in 1730 where he engaged successfully in the mercantile business for many years. He married Sarah Owen, daughter of Owen Owen, whose Welsh lineage can be traced back to the early kings and princes of ancient Britain. John was one of the most ardent patriots of the Revolution, serving on the provincial Committee and Council of Safety, delegate to the several provincial conventions and conferences, member of the Board of War, and constantly one of the most prominent members of special committees of these several organizations.
      Clement Biddle, the second son of John and Sarah, engaged in the shipping and importing business until the outbreak of the Revolution, after which he gave practically his whole time to the service of his country. He assisted in organizing, and was one of the officers of the "Quaker Light Infantry" later known as the "Quaker Blues", originally formed to defend the town against the threatened invasion of the "Paxtang Boys" at the time of the killing of the Conestoga Indians in 1763-64, which was re-organized in 1775, for the defense of American liberties, and served in the Jersey campaign.
      In July 1776, Clement was appointed quartermaster-general of the Flying Camp, comprised of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other bodies of militia, with the rank of colonel, and as such took part in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown. He was delegated by Washington to receive the swords of the surrendered Hessian officers at the Battle of Trenton. During the encampment at Valley Forge he was active in securing supplies for the suffering soldiers. The next winter he was with the army at Morristown, New Jersey. In October 1776, Colonel Biddle was appointed by General Greene, as an aide de camp, and member of his staff, and during the remainder of that month and November was with General Greene at Fort Lee, on the Hudson. He returned to the Delaware with the retreating army across New Jersey, and participated in the heroic crossing of the Delaware on Christmas night, and the capture of the Hessians.


      WILLIAM BIDDLE AND SARAH SMITH KEMP BIDDLE


      William Biddle was born in Birlingham, Co. Worcester, England in 1634. At the age of 16 he was apprenticed to Thomas Biddle of London for a period of 7 years. His apprentice papers are as follows:

      "William Biddle the sonne of Edward Biddle of Burlingham in the Countie of Wigornia yoman bound to Thomas Biddle citizen & cordwainer of London to serve from the date hereof 7 yeares. Date ye 18th daie of July 1650."

      Presumably, the 16-year-old William Biddle lived with his master Thomas Biddle and his wife Hester Biddle in their home during his seven years apprenticeship. The degree of their relationship has been impossible to determine, but it was obviously under their influence that William Biddle became a member of the proscribed religious Society of Friends, and all three were detained accordingly in London's Newgate Prison in 1660-61.

      The "Register of the Marriages" of London and Middlesex Quarterly Meeting of Friends, contains the following marriage certificate:

      "William Biddle of Bishoppsgate without London Cordwinder the seaventh Day of the Twelfth month in the yeare 1665 before an Assembly of the people of God called Quakers in the publicke meeting place in Westbury street in or neare Spittle Feilds tooke Sarah Kempe of Bishoppsgate street aforesaid widdow to be his wife and the said Sarah Kempe did then take the said William Biddle to be her husband each promiseing to be faithfull one to the other as husband and wife soe long as they should live in the presence of
      Thomas Biddle/Roger Bickerstaffe/John Oakely/Tho: Lawrence/Tho: Taylor/
      /Wm Johnson/James Wasse/Geo: Ireland"

      Sarah Smith was the second wife and widow of Roger Kemp. At the time of her marriage to Roger Kemp, he was three times the age of his bride. Sarah's parents, John Smith and Ann Wright, were apparently fairly well to do, and that the source of William Biddle's fortune, with which he bought land in New Jersey actually belonged to his wife and was inherited by her from her family.

      In all, William Biddle held almost one eighth of the Province of West New Jersey, nearly forty three thousand acres.


      THE WILL OF WILLIAM BIDDLE


      I William Biddle of Mount Hope in the County Of Burlington in the Western division of the Province of New Jersey being at present in good health of body and of a sound and well disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following That is to say--

      First my Will is that all my just debts and funerall charges be paid and discharged by my Executors hereafter named as soon as may be after my decease.

      Also I give and devise and bequeath all that my messuage or dwelling house and plantation wherein I now dwell comonly called or known by the name of Mount Hope with the five hundred acres of land and all the improvements hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to my said plantation commonly called Bidles Island unto my son William Biddle and Lydia his wife for and during the term of their natural lives and of the life of the longer liver of them without impeachment of waste and from and imediately after the decease of the survivor of them the said William and Lydia then I give and devise my said messuage plantation land and Island with their and every appurtenances unto my grandson William Biddle (the son of my said son William Biddle) and to the heirs and assigns of him my said grandson forever.

      Also I give and bequeath unto my cousin Thomas Biddle and to his heirs and assignes forever the number and quantity of five hundred acres of land to be by him taken up and surveyed in part of my right to take up lands in the said western division of Province of New Jersey.

      Also I give unto Thomas Biddle and Sarah Biddle and Rachell Biddle the children of my said cousin Thomas Biddle the summ of seven pounds and ten shillings lawful money of America to each and every of them to be paid by my Executors to them at their respective ages of twenty and one years or day of marriage which shall first happen.

      Also I give unto my said grandson William Biddle the full summ of seventy five pounds money aforesaid to be put forth at interest by my Executors at the proper risqe of my said grandson and to his use and to be paid to him at his full age of twenty one years.

      Also I give unto my grandaughter Elizabeth Biddle the daughter of my said son William Biddle the full summ of thiry seven pounds and ten shillings money aforesaid to be put forth at interest by my Executors at the proper risqe of my said grandaughter Elizabeth Biddle and to her use and to be paid to her at her full age of twenty one years or day of marriage which shall first happen.

      Also I give unto my grandaughter Sarah Biddle another of the daughters of my son William Biddle the full summ of thirty seven pounds and ten shillings money aforesaid to be put forth at interest by my Executors at the proper risqe of my said grandaughter Sarah Biddle and to her use and to be paid to her at her full age of twenty one years or day of marriage which shall first happen.

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      Also I give unto my grandaughter Penelope Biddle another of the daughters of my said son William Biddle the full summ of thirty seven pounds and ten shillings money aforesaid to be put forth at interest by my Executors at the proper risqe of my said grandaughter Penelope Biddle and to her use and to be paid to her at the full age of twenty one years or day of marriage which shall first happen.

      Also I give unto my grandaughter Lydia Biddle another of the daughters of my said son William Biddle the full summ of thirty seven pounds and ten shillings money aforesaid to be put forth at interest by my Executors at the proper risqe of my said grandaughter Lydia Biddle and to her use and to be paid to her at the full age of twenty one years or day of marriage which shall first happen.

      Also I give and bequeath unto my grandson Joseph Biddle his heirs and assigns forever the number and quantity of five hundred acres of land to be taken up and surveyed in part of my right to take up land within the sd western division of the Province of New Jersey. Also I give unto him the said Joseph the full summ of thirty seven pounds and ten shillings money aforesaid to be put forth at interest by my Executors at the proper risqe of my said grandson Joseph Biddle and to his use and to be paid to him at the full age of twenty one years.

      Also I give and devise unto my grandson John Biddle his heirs and assignes forever the number and quantity of five hundred acres of land to be taken up and surveyed in part of my right to take up lands within the sd western division of the Province of New Jersey. And also I give unto him the said John Biddle the full summ of thirty seven pounds and ten shillings money aforesaid to be put forth at interest by my Executors at the proper risqe of my said grandson John Biddle and to his use and to be paid to him at the full age of twenty one years.

      Also I ordain constitute and appoint my said son William Biddle together with my friends Samuel Bunting of Chesterfield and John Wills of Northampton to be the Executors of this my last Will hereby revoking and makeing null and void all other Wills and Testaments by me formerly made or published And I do declare this to be my last Will And also I do give unto my said friends Samuel Bunting and John Wills both of them the full summ of seven pounds ten shillings money aforesaid for their speciall care and trouble business.

      And lastly all the rest and residue of my estate both reall and personall of what kind or quality soever and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath unto my said son William Biddle and to his heirs Executors and Assignes forever. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty third day of the fourth month called June in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and eleven.

      Signed sealed published and declared by the within named William Biddle to be his last will and testament in the presence of

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      Memorandum that these legacies followed was entered before the above written was sealed and published

      Also I give unto William Plumstead the son of Clement Plumstead of Philadelphia the summ of seven pounds and ten shillings money aforesaid to be paid to him by my Executors at his full age of twenty one years,

      Also I give and bequeath unto my cosen Dorothy Sherwin and William Satterthwait each of them one hundred acres of land to be by each of them taken up and survey'd in part of my right to take uplands within the western division of the Province of New Jersey I say and I give the said two hundred acres of land to them and to each of their heirs and assigns forever.

      Isaac Marriott
      Thomas Raper Callum Macquire Wiliam Biddle



      Page 165


      THE INVENTORY OF THE PERSONAL ESTATE OF WILLIAM BIDDLE

      An inventory of the goods and chattells and creitts of William Biddle late of the Township of Mansfield in the County of Burlington deceased as the same was appraised by us whose Names are hereunto subscribed


      Imprimis To his purse and Apparrell 24 00 00
      To money due by bonds bills and morgage 500 12 05 1/2
      To one old Negro man one Indian and 2 children 100 00 00
      To neat Cattell and horses 57 00 00
      To a Cart and Plough and other utensils for husbandry 16 00 00
      To a parcell of sheep 13 00 00
      To a small parcell of wheat in the barn and some Indian corn 8 00 00
      To a parcell of swine 8 00 00
      To a parcell of pewter 8 12 06
      In the Kitchen to brass copper and iron vessels 9 00 00
      To a pair of Steelyards and pot racks and other lumber 1 14 00
      In the hall to parcell of chairs 4 00 00
      To a chest of drawers one spice box and three chests 4 13 06
      To one table and one coutch and a looking glass 2 10 00
      To some earthen plates some drinking glasses a fire shovell and
      tongs and andirons 2 00 00
      To two beds and furniture one ould 18 00 00
      To an old warming pane and a parcell of books 4 08 00
      To a parcell of Linen 10 00 00
      To some plate and a aprcell of sowing silk 15 02 00
      In the shop a parcell of Nails 7 10 00
      To parcell of homespun cloth 4 00 00
      To a Trunk and some odd remnants of stuff 4 00 00
      To some old cask and other lumber 1 10 07
      In the Chambers to one bed and furniture and one chair and
      one table 18 00 00
      To one bed and one table 10 00 00
      To a parcell of wooll 3 00 00
      To a parcell of lumber goods and huslements 10 00 00
      864 12 7 1/2

      The twenty sixt of November 1711
      Then the above appraisement was made
      by us
      William Wood
      Thomas Raper
      Joshua Humphrie


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