Notes on Sources
Biographies and Diaries
- "John Edmondson - Large Merchant of Tred Haven Creek" by Frank B. Edmondson and Emerson B. Roberts. Annapolis: Maryland Historical Magazine, 1955.
- A Journal of the Life, Sufferings and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry by William Edmundson. London: Mary Hinde, 1774.
- Contributions to the Biography of Elizabeth Estaugh by Rebecca Nicholson Taylor. Philadelphia: Dewey & Eakins, 1894.
- Journal of George Fox, Penny Norman, ed. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., (1694) 1949.
- Apocalypse of the Word: The Life and Message of George Fox (1624-1691) by Douglas Gwynn. Richmond, Indiana: Friends United Press, 1986.
- "Samuel Mickle's Diary," in Notes on Old Gloucester County, New Jersey by Frank H. Stewart. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1977.
I've used all the Federal Censuses from 1790 to 1930, including some early tax lists in lieu of actual censuses. I've also used names from the 1793 Militia Census of New Jersey. These Census records have been very helpful in linking families and in locating hard-to-locate people (especially in the years with good indexes). The states I've searched in the most are Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia/West Virginia.
Family Histories and Genealogies
- The Edmundson Family and Kin by Frank B. and Walter F. Edmundson, II. 1985.
- The Family of Thomas and Elizabeth Morsell Edmundson by William Edmundson, 1994.
- History of the Engle Family in America, 1754-1927 by Morris Engle. Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Rd, 1927.
- This is My Line (Helwig) by Bette Jean K. Helwig. Salem, MA: Higginson Book Company, 1979.
- The Lippincotts in England and America by J. S. Lippincott. Salem, MA: Higginson Book Company.
- Lippincott - Five Generations of the Descendants of Richard and Abigail Lippincott by Judith M. Olsen. Woodbury, NJ: Gloucester County Historical Society, 1982.
- My Lukens Ancestors by Mrs. James G. Hobbs. Danboro, PA: Pennsylvania Traveler-Post, Vol 12, No 3.
- Family Records of the Powells and Griffiths (with poetry of John Powell) by Rachel Powell. New Market, MD: Catoctin Press, 1866.
- Genealogy of the Stokes Family, Descended From Thomas and Mary Stokes, who Settled in Burlington County, N. J. by Richard Haines. Camden, NJ: Sinnickson Chew, 1903.
- "Tyson Family History" by Betty Seprodi. Heir Lines, Warren County Historical Society, Vol 2, No 3.
- "The Tyson Family of Philadelphia and Montgomer County, Pennsylvania" by R. T. & M. C. Williams. Danboro, PA: Pennsylvania Traveler-Post, Vol 11, No 4.
- Byberry Waltons by Norman Walter Swayne. Philadelphia: Stephenson, 1958.
- The Quakers of Tottington, 1654-1682 by Gladys Coupe, 1986 (the Wood family).
- Tottington Hall Through Five Centuries by Gladys Coupe, 1987.
- Genealogies of Virginia Families from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography by Robert Barnes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1981.
I was lucky to have a good set of family records passed down to me from my Great-Uncle Charlie, who was the family historian in his day. These records were compiled from Bible records, family recollections, and current births, deaths, and marriages. These records began with Benjamin Hopkins (b. 22-Dec-1685 d. 1-Sep-1730), who was the father of Ebenezer, the first Hopkins to come to this country. I have a copy of the family data from Barclay and Mary Ann Hopkins' Bible, and hand-written copies from earlier Bible records.
I also have a sizable collection of letters, post cards, photographs, negatives, and family memorabelia that Charlie and my father collected and saved. I'm trying to preserve these family artifacts for future generations to see and appreciate.
- The Age of Jackson by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. New York: The New American Library, 1945.
- The Awakening of American Nationalism 1815-1828 by George Dangerfield. New York: Harper & Row, 1965.
- England in the Eighteenth Century by J. H. Plumb. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, Ltd., 1963.
- The England of Elizabeth by A. L. Rowse. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1961.
- The Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the South by Parke Rouse, Jr. Richmond: Dietz Press, 1995.
- The Oxford History of the American People by Samuel Eliot Morison. New York: The New American Library, Ltd., 1972.
- The Oxford History of Britain by Kenneth O. Morgan, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.
- The Strange Death of Liberal England 1910-1914 by George Dangerfield. New York: Capricorn Books, 1935.
- Virginians at Home: Family LIfe in the Eighteenth Century by Edmunds S. Morgan. Williamsburg: Colonial Williamsburg, Inc., 1952.
Because of the painstaking research he does for all his novels, I'm including James Michener's Chesapeake on this list. Reading this book gave me a much better appreciation for what life was like in that region in the early days of settlement. In particular, it brought home how important the rivers and the Bay were for getting around. That was true for all the early settlements on the East Coast.
I've used FamilySearch.com extensively, as well as RootsWeb/Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest Online. I've also found a great deal of information using search engines, mainly Google, and by joining listservs for the localities I've been researching. I've also been a member of the Boone-L listserve, which has been a very useful resource.
Some other resources I've used on the Web:
I've scanned a number of local histories, searching for information about particular people or about the locality in general. Some of these are:
- Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company.
- History of Jay County, Indiana by Milton T. Jay, M. D. Indianapolis: Historical Publishing Company, 1922.
- Standard History of Adams and Wells Counties, Indiana by John W. Tyndall and O. E. Lesh. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1918.
- Biographical Memoirs of Wells County, Indiana: B. F. Bowen, Publisher.
- Christian County, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical by William Henry Perrin.
- History of Cecil County, Maryland by George Johnston. Baltimore: Regional Publishing Company, 1967.
- Early Settlements of West New Jersey by John Clements. 1867.
- New Jersey from Colony to State by Richard P. McCormick. Princeton: D. Van Nostrand Company, 1964.
- History of Burlington County, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men by Major E. M. Woodward.
- Sketches of the First Emigrant Settlers of Newton Township, Old Gloucester County, West New Jersey by John Clement of Haddonfield, N. J. Camden, NJ: Sinnickson Chew, 1877.
- The Province of West New Jersey, 1609-1702: A History of the Origins of an American Colony by John E. Pomfret. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1956.
- Notes on Old Gloucester County, New Jersey by Frank H. Stewart, 1977.
- Gloucester County under the Proprietors by Frank H. Stewart, 1942.
- History of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties, New Jersey by Thos. Cushing and Charles E. Sheppard.
- Carlisle, The Jersey Settlement in Ohio, 1800-1980 by Harriet E. Foley. 1980.
- History of Columbiana County, Ohio, Philadelphia: D. W. Ensign & Co. (press of J. B. Lippincott & Co, Phila.), 1879.
- Early Settlements of Friends in the Miami Valley by Luke Smith Mote. Indianapolis: John Woolman Press, 1961.
- Early Settlers of Montgomery County, Ohio by Shirley Keller Mikesell. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1993.
- History of Montgomery County, Ohio, Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882.
- History of Preble County, Ohio, Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bro., 1881.
- History of Warren County, Ohio, Chicago: W. H. Beers & Company, 1882.
- History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, by J. H. Battle. Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1985.
- History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, by W. W. H. Davis. Doylestown, PA: Democrat Book and Job Office Print, 1876.
- Early Friends Families of Upper Bucks with Some Account of their Descendants by Clarence V. Roberts. Baltimore: Clearfield Company, 1925.
- Chester and its Vicinity, Delaware County, Pennsylvania by John Hill Martin. Philadelphia: Wm. H. Pile & Sons, 1877.
- History of Delaware County, PA and its People by John W. Jordan. 1914.
- History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania: from the discovery of the territory included within its limits ... by George Smith. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1990.
- History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Theodore W. Bean, ed. Philadelphia: Everets & Peak, 1884.
- Genealogical and Personal History of Northern Pennsylvania by John W. Jordan. 1913.
- Memorial History of the City of Philadelphia from its first settlement to the year 1895 by John Russell Young. New York: History Company, 1898.
- Earliest Settlers, Western Frederick - Eastern Hampshire Counties, Virginia by Grace Kelso Garner. 1978.
- Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and their Descendants ... by Thomas Kemp Cartmell. Chesapeake Book Company, 1963.
- Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia from 1800 to 1922 by John Newton Harman and Netti Schreiner-Yontis. 1975.
- Virginians and West Virginians, 1607-1870 by Patrick G. Wardell. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1992.
St. Katherine by the Tower
St. Martin in the Fields, St. Marylebone
Bugbrooke, Farthingstone, Hardingstone, Hargrave, Harpole, Moreton Pinkney, Nether Heyford
Southwark - Christ Church, St. George the Martyr, St. Olaves, St. Thomas
Quaker Meeting Records
I've used Quaker meeting records extensively in my research. I'm lucky that some of my ancestors were Quaker, since they kept excellent records of their members. Here are some of the meetings whose records I've used:
Buckinghamshire Quarterly Meeting
Cheshire and Staffordshire QM Burials
- RG6/280, Register 160, Births 1795-1829
- RG6/618, Register 161, Births 1829-1837
- RG6/1401, Register 161x, Burials 1656-1711
- RG6/309, Register 162, Burials 1776-1794
- RG6/289, Register 163, Burials 1795-1824
- RG6/1061, Register 164, Burials 1824-1837
- RG6/178, Register 164x, Marriages 1777-1786
- RG6/1367, Births 1654-1775
- RG6/1024, Marriages 1658-1769
Horseleydown Monthly Meeting
London and Middlesex Quarterly Meeting
Northampton Quarterly Meeting
Northampton Monthly Meeting
Southwark Monthly Meeting
Upperside Monthly Meeting (Buckinghamshire)
- RB6/1406, Register 165, Births 1656-1775
- RG6/125, Register 166, Births 1776-1794
- RG6/44, Register 167, Births 1795-1837
- RG6/173, Register 169, Marriages 1777-1794
- RG6/15, Register 170, Marriages 1797-1835
- RG6/1407, Register 171, Burials 1661-1775
- RG6/45, Register 173, Burials 1776-1794
- RG6/123, Register 179, Burials 1776-1794
Camden Monthly Meeting
- New Jersey
Haddonfield Monthly Meeting
Abington Monthly Meeting
Gwynedd Monthly Meeting
Horsham Monthly Meeting
Quaker Record Indexes
I've also used the two leading published indexes to Quaker meeting records, those of Hinshaw and Heiss, for these monthly meetings:
Whitewater Monthly Meeting
- New Jersey
Burlington, Evesham, Haddonfield, Mt. Holly, Salem, Woodbury
Abington, Chester, Concord, Evesham, Exeter, Falls, Frankford, Gwynedd, Horsham, New Garden, Philadelphia, and the Northern and Southern District Meetings in Philadelphia, Redstone, and Westfield
Center, Cincinnati, Elk, Fairfield, Fall Creek, Green Plain, Miami, Westfield
Quaker Record Publications
- Deer Creek Monthly Meeting
- Third Haven Monthly Meeting
- West River Monthly Meeting
- Chester Monthly Meeting
- Concord Monthly Meeting
- Menallen Monthly Meeting
- Nottingham Monthly Meeting
- Warrington Monthly Meeting
- Church records for England and the Philippines through the Family History Library.
- Marriage indexes for Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Records from state and local government offices in California, Hawaii, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
- WPA indexes for the vital records in Indiana, as well as the records themselves.
- The Social Security Death Index.
Wills and Estate Documents
- Will indexes, abstracts, and documents for England.
- Will abstracts for New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- Will indexes for Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Wills and estate documents from Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
This file was last updated on 7/9/2019.