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
The Jervises and Cooksons were close. The children kept up their relationship into adulthood, working and living and moving together.
Ruth Jervis married Joseph Cloud
At the monthly meetings in September and October 1705, Ruth Jervis and Joseph Cloud, Jr. announced their intentions to marry. By the November meeting, it was recorded that the marriage was done.
So now there was a third family in the relationship, the Clouds. The patriarch William Cloud had brought his family to Pennsylvania from Calne, Wiltshire in 1682. They settled in Chester County.
Joseph Jervis married Esther
Joseph married Esther. We’ll take a closer look at Joseph’s family in a coming post.
Daniel Cookson married Margaret
As Daniel Cookson came of age, he acquired land adjacent to and his mother Elizabeth and his half-brother Joseph Jervis.
He married Margaret.
Daniel and Joseph in court together
Can you believe it? Joseph is an old pro at court cases. Now he’s joined in some cases by his half-brother Daniel Cookson.
Hannah Cookson married Richard Cloud
In 1713, Hannah Cookson married Richard Cloud, Joseph Cloud’s brother.
However, they married “out”.
She appeared at the next meeting and said she was sorry, but the meeting could not find by her behavior that she was really sorry. They asked her to withdraw (disown), and that in the future she might try to better satisfy friends.
Mary Cookson married Henry Wood
In September 1712, Mary Cookson married Henry Wood. They don’t appear together with the other Jervis, Cookson, or Cloud family members in future citations.
Richard Cloud died
Richard died unexpectedly in 1717, at a young age. His wife Hannah was administrator of his estate, and bondsmen were her brothers Joseph Jervis and Daniel Cookson. Joseph and Daniel also prepared the estate inventory.
Joseph Cloud, Indian trader
Joseph Cloud was an Indian trader.
In May of 1715, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed an act to license Indian traders. No person could “go forth abroad into the woods to trade with the Indians any commodity whatsoever” without being licensed.
The licensee needed a security bond from at least one substantial freeholder of the same county. In 1725, Joseph Cloud’s license was bonded by his brothers-in-law Joseph Jervis and Daniel Cookson.
I like this citation because it has the original signature of all three – Joseph Cloud, Joseph Jervis, Daniel Cookson.
Editor’s Note: Joseph Cloud’s 1725 Indian Trader license was displayed in the Pennsylvania Exhibition at the Jamestown Exposition of 1907. Pennsylvania erected a replica of Independence Hall. Exhibits included a Pennsylvania historical exhibit. This document was cataloged as one of the exhibited items.
Let’s go west
In 1713, the Clouds, Cooksons, and Jervises started talking about moving west.
As they had done throughout their lives, they did it together. We’ll pick up the story in our next post.
- Quaker minutes – Joseph Cloud and Ruth Jervis marriage – 1705 – U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 – Ancestry.com
- Quaker minutes – Joseph Jervis and Daniel Cookson – bond – 1713 – Book – Early Church Records of Delaware County Pennsylvania – Volume 1 – P. 93
- Quaker acknowledgment – Hannah Cookson Cloud – 1713 – U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 – Ancestry.com
- Letter of Administration – Hannah Cloud for Richard Cloud – 1717 – Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993 – Administration Files, No 17-114, 1714-1718
- License – Indian Trader – Joseph Cloud – 1725 – Chester County Archives – West Chester, PA
- Image – A Woman and Five Children – Mathieu Le Nain (1607–1677) and Louis Le Nain (c.1593–1648) and Antoine Le Nain (c.1588–1648) – The National Gallery, London
- Image – A Peasant Family – Mathieu Le Nain (1607–1677) and Louis Le Nain (c.1593–1648) and Antoine Le Nain (c.1588–1648) – National Trust, Petworth House
- Images of faces for Ancestry family tree – cropped from various online images