William Churchman (c.1721 - c.1798) MP

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Birthplace: East Nottingham Friends Meeting, Calvert, Cecil County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Rising Sun, Cecil County, MD, USA
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About William Churchman

Ben M. Angel notes: William Churchman was born within the vicinity of the East Nottingham Friends Meeting. For a time, Pennsylvania laid claim to the area, but this claim was resolved in Maryland's favor by the setting of the Mason-Dixon Line. A frequent mistake by researchers is to continue to use the original Pennsylvania claim over the territory to declare it within Pennsylvania, which confuses people with the existing Nottingham Township located north of the Pennsylvania-Maryland (Mason-Dixon) line. For this reason, its vital that both Nottingham friends meetings be listed as existing in Cecil County, Maryland (their post-MDL setting location).

From Brinda M.Kernan's page on William Churchman:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bobcat/BobcatTree/204.html

(Thanks go to the Churchman family members, for this information.)

In the 1790 "Census of Head of Household" for Chester County, Pennsylvania - William and his son, John ( b. 1748), were both listed as heads of household.

Today, the Brick Meeting House is in the vicinity of Rising Sun, Maryland. A traveler going north towards Chrome, Pennsylvania from Rising Sun, will drive about two miles through the share of Nottingham Lots owned by John Churchman (b. 1665). There are two houses built by John's sons that are still standing. One of them was built by William in 1763.

The first meeting house in the Nottingham settlement was built about 1706. Part of the present building, East Nottingham Meeting House, known locally as "The Brick", dates from 1724. The Brick Meeting House is located at Calvert, Maryland, about five miles east of Rising Sun and five miles south of Oxford, Pennsylvania. In 170, William Penn told his companions that he "Then and there set apart and dedicated forty acres of land to them and their successors - forever, for the combined purpose of public worship, the right of burial, and privilege of education". This verbal declaration of Penn was the only title by which Friends (Quakers) held the East Nottingham Meeting House, until 1765 when they were given a deed by John and Thomas Penn. William Churchman (b. 1/29/1721) was a trustee of the Brick Meeting House at this time, so his name is on the document.

The cemetery partially surrounds the Church. Next to the Church, where John and Hannah Churchman are buried, there are no markers of any kind -- then there is a half circle where small field stones mark the graves -- then small stones with inscriptions, and the later markers look like any other cemetery.

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William Churchman's Timeline

1721
January 29, 1721
Calvert, Cecil County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
1743
December 8, 1743
Age 22
Cecil County, MD, USA
1745
October 15, 1745
Age 24
1747
December 21, 1747
Age 26
1749
October 10, 1749
Age 28
Nottingham, Pennsylvania, USA
1751
March 22, 1751
Age 30
PA, USA
October 15, 1751
Age 30
1798
April, 1798
Age 77
Rising Sun, Cecil County, MD, USA
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Calvert, Cecil County, MD, USA