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John Palmer

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Cleveland, Yorkshire, England
Death: June 11, 1726 (71)
Bucks Cty PA
Place of Burial: Falls Monthly Meeting, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Palmer and Mary Southy
Husband of Christiana Palmer and Christiana Joses
Father of Hannah Headley (Palmer); Dinah Palmer; Naomi Palmer; Margaret Palmer; Jonathan Palmer and 13 others

Managed by: Alan R. Rosenfield
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About John Palmer

John was a member of the "Religious Society of Friends" and was subjected to persecution because of this relationship. In "Our Ancestor" compiled by many Palmer family members, it was reported that he was engaged to Christiana's sister who consistently refused to migrate to the Americas. He then turned to Christiana who agreed to go with him. Christiana and John sailed from Scarborough, England on the ship "Providence", arriving in 12/1683. The ship master was Robert Hopper. He was idendtified as John of Cleveland, in Yorkshire, Husbandman, and Christiana, his wife. John brought his "certificate of removal from the Gilburg M.M. held at Knowsby in England". He was born at Hatton ... near Storby in Yorkshire, having lived with his father till about the age of 24 years, about which time he began to frequent the meeting of the people called Quakers and for those three years and a half, hast lived with one John Robinson near Gainsborough within the said county. On the same ship were Joshua Hoopes and Isabel his wife and their children; Dan, Mary and Christian. The Palmers located upon a tract of 1000 acres of land in what is now lower Makefield. This land was a wilderness inhabited by Indians and wild beasts. They lived in a cave until their home was built. The Brook Railroad demolished the remnants of the building. The family held portions of the homestead until the 1900's. In the back yard was a Berganot pear tree that was presented to John by William Penn when it was a sapling.

The family Bible brought from England was in the possession of a descendant of the family. In the inside cover was a copy of the first land grant... William Penn, Proprietary and Governor of the Povince of Pensilvania and the Territoreies Thereunto Belonging, at the request of John Palmer and Joshua Hoops purchases of five hundred acres that I would grant them to take up and require those forthwith to survey or acuse to be surveyed unto them the said number of acres in the aforementioned county where not already taken up according to thereof into my secretary's office. Given at Philadelphia, 31st of October 1683.

In 1683, he and Jonothan Scaife were appointed fence viewers for the Middle Neshaminah area. This position was considered to be similar to a constable. Birth records are noted in "Bucks County Births." He is listed on the 1693 Philadelphia tax list and in the Makefield Township Tax records in 1693, Pennsylvania.

Arrived in Philadelphia aboard the Providence in 1683.

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John Palmer's Timeline

Yorkshire, England
Age 27
Yorkshire aboard 'Providence'
March 23, 1683
Age 28
(Present Lower Makefield Township), Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania, (Present USA)

Hannah was born Mar 23, 1683 or 1684.

March 18, 1685
Age 30

Dinah was born Mar 18, 1684 or 1685.

June 12, 1687
Age 32
Age 32
Falls, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States
November 20, 1690
Age 35
Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States
June 15, 1692
Age 37
September 18, 1693
Age 38
Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States