William Paxson1,2,3

M, #2085, b. 21 December 1648, d. 2 January 1709
  • Baptism*: 21 December 1648; Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England; Marsh-Gibbon parish register: "William Paxson sonne of James Paxson --baptized ye -- December 1648"4
  • Marriage*: before 1676; Marriage date a guess based on date of birth of daughter Elizabeth.; Principal:Mary (?)
  • Marriage*: between January 1693 and September 1699; No record of the marriage of William Paxson and Mary White has been found. The will of John White, Mary's first husband, was probated January 1693. William Paxson Sr., Mary Paxson and Grace White were among the witnesses of the marriage certificate of John Rumford and Mary Seaife, 27 day 7th mo 1699.

    Mary Paxson Sr. and Mary Paxson Jr. were among the witnesses on an earlier marriage, that of William Paxson Jr & Abigal Purnal, 20th day 12th mo 1695. It is not clear whether that Mary Sr. is William Paxson's first or second wife.; Principal:Mary (?)2,5,6
  • Death*: 2 January 1709; Middletown Twp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania; <2nd day 11th mo 1709>7
Last Edited: 3 Sep 2014

Family 1:

Mary (?) b. bt 1650 - 1660, d. bt 1685 - 1698
  • Marriage*: before 1676; Marriage date a guess based on date of birth of daughter Elizabeth.; Principal:Mary (?)

Children:

Elizabeth Paxson b. 17 Feb 1676/77
Mary Paxson+ b. 15 Mar 1678/79, d. 22 Feb 1755
William Paxson b. 4 Mar 1685

Family 2:

Mary (?) d. 31 Aug 1719
  • Marriage*: between January 1693 and September 1699; No record of the marriage of William Paxson and Mary White has been found. The will of John White, Mary's first husband, was probated January 1693. William Paxson Sr., Mary Paxson and Grace White were among the witnesses of the marriage certificate of John Rumford and Mary Seaife, 27 day 7th mo 1699.

    Mary Paxson Sr. and Mary Paxson Jr. were among the witnesses on an earlier marriage, that of William Paxson Jr & Abigal Purnal, 20th day 12th mo 1695. It is not clear whether that Mary Sr. is William Paxson's first or second wife.; Principal:Mary (?)2,5,6

Notes

  • Immigration*: 1682; Pennsylvania
  • Note: The biography compiled by Martha Janet Paxson Grundy is highly recommended.2,3
  • Note: William Paxson's parents were James Paxson and his wife Ann Clark. Their marriage August 1640 is recorded in the Marsh-Gibbon parish records.8,9
  • Note: William Paxson emigrated in 1682, traveling with his brother James, and both their wives and families. The records of Middletown Monthly Meeting in Bucks County Pennsylvania contain a copy of the certificate of removal issued by the Coleshill Monthly Meeting in the parish of Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England. The certificate, dated third day of second month [April] 1682, starts "Whereas Willm. Paxton of ye Pish of Marsh-gibbons in the county of Bucks, Labourer, hath signified unto us that he hath an intention (if ye Lord Pmitt) to transport himselfe his wife and children into ye province of pensilvania in America".
    Roberts book contains a complete transcription.10
  • Note: Marion Balderston points out the circumstantial evidence that William Paxson came on the ship Amity in 1682:

    The ship 'Amity' of London, Richard Dymond (Diamond), master, was being freighted in London February, 1682, sailed from the Downs 23 April 1682, and arrived in the Delaware the following 3 August 1682. Among the passengers were "John Martin, carpenter, and his wife Elizabeth of Edcott, Buckinghamshire, who got a certificate of removal dated 3 2m 1682, from their monthly meeting...James and William Paxon (Paxson) of March Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, obtained certificates of removal from the same meeting and at the same time as the Martins, they also intending 'to transport themselves and families to Pennsylvania'."11
  • Note: In the 1690s Pennsylvania Quakers experienced a schism over the teachings of George Keith. The minutes of the Middletown Monthly Meeting of the 8th month 1692 list members, including William Paxson "that are gone forth from us". He rejoined four years later. The minutes of the meeting 3rd month 1696 speak of "his seeming to joyne with us againe", and the meeting 7th month 1696 records that his paper of [self] condemnation was satisfactory. His paper is also in the Meeting's records.12,9
  • Note: William Paxon's will, as abstracted by Clarence Roberts:
    "Will of William Paxson, 'of Middle Township in ye Como. of Bucks,' yeoman.
    To my wife Mary Paxson, 1/3 of personal estate, including £120 that I have given bond to pay her heirs. Also, 1/3 of profits of my real estate, during life; etc.
    To my son-in-law Thomas Walmsby* and to my daughter Mary his wife, £5 each. Also, to my dau. Mary Walmsby, £20, if she be left a widow.
    To my dau. Mary Walmsby's eldest dau. Elizabeth Walmsby, £30, when 21.
    To my said dau. Mary's second dau., Mary Walmsby, £20, when 21.
    To my said dau. Mary's son, Thomas Walmsby, £20, when 21.
    To my said dau. Mary's son William Walmsby, £20, when 21.
    To my son William Paxson, tract on south side of High Road leading from Neshaming to the falls, containing 400 acres. Also, 100 acres formerly called Bryan's land. Also, all residual lands, etc., in Middletown township, containing about 400 acres; etc.
    Execr.: my son William Paxson.
    Dated 23 August 1709; pr. 11-26-1709/10.
    Wits.: James Paxson (mark), Tho: Watson, Jer. Langhorn.
    [Phila. Will Book C, p. 193.]
    * This name is spelled throughout the will WALMSBY."13
  • Note: Regarding the maiden names of William Paxson's wives: William Paxson appears to have had two wives, both named Mary. The first wife's maiden name may have been Mary Packingham or Mary Sydenham; each of these maiden names is supported by family traditions of different branches of the Paxson descendants. This compiler has searched without success for any evidence that would give weight to one tradition over the other. Likewise the second wife's maiden name is unknown. It is fairly certain that she was the widow of a John White; but no evidence of their marriage or her maiden name has been found by this compiler. See the pages in this database under the two Marys for a fuller discussion of these conclusions. Comments are welcomed.
  • Note: This compiler searched unsuccessfully for a record of William Paxson's first marriage in
    a) "Indexes to Oxfordshire marriages 1538-1837, FHL microfilm 1239461,
    b) "Marsh Gibbons Parish Registers", FHL microfilm 919239,
    c) "Parish registers for Water-Stratford, 1596-1919, FHL microfilm 1042443.
    d) "Marriages, 1597-1811", Parish church of Water-Stratford (Buckinghamshire), original records in the Phillimore's London, FHL microfilm 88486, item 10 "15".
    e) "Bishop's transcripts for Stowe, 1575-1834", FHL microfilm 1999474, item 4.

Citations

  1. [S23] Ancestry of Clarence V. Roberts & Frances A. (Walton) Roberts : comprising a chart and sketches of some fifty-six ancestral families who settled mostly in or near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. by Clarence V. Roberts. Published 1940 by the compiler; printers Wm. F. Fell, Phila., p. 210-212.
  2. [S340] 'The Paxson Brothers of Colonial Pennsylvania: the First Three Generations', by Martha Jonet Paxson Grundy. National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol 71 (Sept 1983), Num 3:193-216.
  3. [S496] website: 'Paxson Family in Colonial Bucks Co.' http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paxson/… [This is a slightly expanded version of Gundy's NGSQ article 'The Paxson Brothers of Colonial Pennsylvania: the First Three Generations'.].
  4. [S62] Church of England. Parish Church of Marsh-Gibbon, Buckinghamshire. Parish registers. Original records. Filmed at County Record Office, Aylesbury, England. PR 143/1/1-14. FHL microfilm 919,239., PR143/1/1.
  5. [S356] Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania. Register of Wills. filmed at City Hall, Phila. FHL microfilm series titled 'Wills, 1682-1916; indexes to wills, 1682-1924'., Will of John White. A:253.
  6. [S440] Society of Friends, Middletown Monthly Meeting, Bucks Co., Pa. FHL Microfilm 20,403., Marriage Certificates 1684-1699.
  7. [S440] Society of Friends, Middletown Monthly Meeting, Bucks Co., Pa. FHL Microfilm 20,403., Deaths.
  8. [S62] Church of England. Parish Church of Marsh-Gibbon, Buckinghamshire. Parish registers. Original records. Filmed at County Record Office, Aylesbury, England. PR 143/1/1-14. FHL microfilm 919,239., PR 143/1/1.
  9. [S23] Ancestry of Clarence V. Roberts & Frances A. (Walton) Roberts : comprising a chart and sketches of some fifty-six ancestral families who settled mostly in or near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. by Clarence V. Roberts. Published 1940 by the compiler; printers Wm. F. Fell, Phila.
  10. [S440] Society of Friends, Middletown Monthly Meeting, Bucks Co., Pa. FHL Microfilm 20,403., Certificates 1682-1716.
  11. [S512] "William Penn's 23 Ships, with Notes on Some of Their Passengers" by Marion R. Balderson. Chapter in book Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, edited by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. Orig. publ. by The Welcome Soc. of Penn. Reprinted 1992 Heritage Books., p. 37.
  12. [S440] Society of Friends, Middletown Monthly Meeting, Bucks Co., Pa. FHL Microfilm 20,403., Minutes 1683-1699 & Condemnations 1686-1735.
  13. [S23] Ancestry of Clarence V. Roberts & Frances A. (Walton) Roberts : comprising a chart and sketches of some fifty-six ancestral families who settled mostly in or near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. by Clarence V. Roberts. Published 1940 by the compiler; printers Wm. F. Fell, Phila., p. 211.