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William Churchman

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: East Nottingham Friends Meeting, Calvert, Cecil County, Province of Maryland
Death: April 1798 (77)
Rising Sun, Cecil County, Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Calvert, Cecil County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Churchman and Hannah Churchman
Husband of Abigail Churchman
Father of Hannah Churchman; John Churchman; Elijah Churchman; William C Churchman; Miriam Brown and 6 others
Brother of George Churchman; Dinah James (Churchman); Susanna Brown; John Churchman; John Churchman and 5 others

Managed by: David Coe SMITH
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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:


(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.


Name: William Churchman Surname: Churchman Given Name: William Sex: M Birth: 29 Nov 1720/1721 Death: ABT Jan 1798 in of E. Nottingham MM, Cecil Co., MD

Father: John Churchman b: ABT 1665 in of Saffron Waldon, Essex, England Mother: Hannah Cerie b: ABT 1677 in England

Marriage 1 Abigail Brown

   Married: 8 Dec 1743 in E. Nottingham MM, Cecil Co., MD 1 2


   Has No Children Hannah Churchman b: 15 Dec 1745
   Has Children John Churchman b: 21 Dec 1747
   Has No Children Elijah Churchman b: 10 Dec 1749
   Has Children Miriam Churchman b: 15 Oct 1751
   Has No Children Dinah Churchman b: 14 Nov 1753
   Has No Children Abigail Churchman b: 12 Nov 1755
   Has No Children William Churchman b: 22 Nov 1757
   Has No Children Deborah Churchman b: 20 Feb 1759
   Has No Children Enoch Churchman b: 2 Nov 1762
   Has No Children Thomas Churchman b: 18 Feb 1764
   Has No Children David Churchman b: 15 Dec 1766


   Title: Quaker Records of Nottingham, Cecil Co., MD
   Title: History of Chester County, Pennsylvania
   Author: J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope
   Publication: Philidelphia: Louis H. Everts & Co. 1881
   Page: Pg 1466 
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William Churchman's Timeline

November 29, 1720
Calvert, Cecil County, Province of Maryland
October 15, 1745
Age 24
East Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
December 21, 1747
Age 27
East Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
October 20, 1749
Age 28
West Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 22, 1751
Age 30
East Nottingham Township, Cecil County, Pennsylvania, United States
October 15, 1751
Age 30
West Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
November 14, 1753
Age 32
East Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
February 18, 1755
Age 34
East Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
February 20, 1759
Age 38
East Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States