In 1713, the Clouds, Cooksons, and Jervises had decided to move west.Continue reading
Elizabeth Jervis Cookson had five children:
- Joseph Jervis – born about 1673
- Ruth Jervis – born 1680
- Daniel Cookson – born about 1685
- Mary Cookson – born about 1687
- Hannah Cookson – born about 1689
Joseph Jervis had some troubles with Quakers. On the other hand, the Quakers had some troubles with Joseph.
Mind you, it wasn’t only Joseph. The monthly meeting minutes are full of examples of “disorderly walking” by members.Continue reading
In 1711, Joseph Jervis bought a tract of land from John Marsh.
Joseph had sold his mill land on Ridley Creek, and bought and sold various other parcels over the years.Continue reading
Recall Penn’s five-step land process – apply, warrant, survey, return, patent.
Elizabeth’s land in Middletown was warranted and surveyed in 1684. But she didn’t have the patent.
The settler had to apply and pay for the patent, so many didn’t bother.Continue reading
Chester County is blessed with many creeks that flow through the county and empty into the Delaware River.
These creeks had lots of ideal sites for mills.Continue reading
In 1693, Joseph Jervis was about 21 years old.
Old enough to acquire land, pay taxes, and go to court.Continue reading
Their memory could not recall a time they did not live upon this land. Their villages dotted the shores of streams and rivers near the forest’s edge.
They called themselves the Lenape, the Common People.
It seems impossible that Elizabeth could have managed on her own, with two kids in a cabin in the Pennsylvania frontier.
No surprise that Elizabeth re-married. In the fall of 1684, Elizabeth married Joseph Cookson.Continue reading