MARY HOULTON “Maiden” (1730-1811)
Parents:   John Houlton (1695-1769) &  Elizabeth Brooks (1700-1759)

(On June 11, 1722, New Garden MM, Chester County, Pennsylvania, “Margaret Johnson & Rachel Miller make report that the marriage of John Houlton & Elizabeth Brooks was orderly accomplished.”)

The will of Mary Houlton was written in 1805 and the opening words are:

I Mary Houlton of the City of Philadelphia Maiden

The exact date & place of birth are unknown.  Her death is recorded in ”The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia Burial Record Record of Burials at Arch Street, 1806-1828.”   The date of interment is May 24, 1811, age 81.  Her date of birth has been calculated from this information.  Existing records indicate that the Society of Friends was a large part of her life.  Persons other than family members mentioned in her will were Friends.  In the 1772 will of William Logan, probated 1776, Mary Houlton is mentioned as “housekeeper.”  William Logan was a prominent merchant of Philadelphia and was made attorney of the Penn family in 1741.  Detailed in Bequeath #17 you will find her name mentioned in wills of other prominent Quakers of Philadelphia of the 18th century.  The Philadelphia MM, Feb. 17, 1798, records an  “application being made for the admission of Mary Lanstroth {sic} into our Alms house and also that her aunt Mary Holton may accompany her.”  Mary Langstroth is named in bequeath #4.

There are no actual birth records of the other children of John and Elizabeth Brooks Houlton.  Some of the dates have  again been  calculated from age at time of death.  Others are strictly estimates.


  • Lydia Houlton (1732-    ) m. George Wells (1732-1783)
  • William Houlton (1735-1806) m. Elizabeth Till (1732-1757?)
  • David Houlton (1739-1815) m. Mary Blanch
  • John Houlton (1740-1740)
  • Elizabeth Houlton (1740-1790) m. James Scott (1737-1816)
  • John Houlton (1742-     ) m. Rachel (?) (1735-1765) Phila. MM states that Rachel died 1765, age 30, wife of John Houlton.  Unable to confirm if this is the correct John Houlton
  • Alice Houlton (1743-before1785) m. John Norris (1736-1792)
  • Jesse (1744-    )


Mary Houlton’s
Last Will & Testament
Codicil thereof
Written February 13,1805

Recorded in City of Philadelphia Will Book No 3, page 423, 1811.

I, Mary Houlton of the City of Philadelphia Maiden calling to mind the uncertainty of time and remembering with gratitude and thankfulness the obligation I am under to Divine Providence for his care and protection of me through life, and that he is now pleased to favor me with a sound mind and memory am desirous to direct the disposition of the little property I possess whilst by this my last will and testament in health in manner following Viz. First, I direct that all my funeral expenses and other charges be immediately paid and discharged.  (Legacy payments  are underlined)

(1) I give and bequeath to my brother David Houlton now residing in Baltimore the sum of fifty pounds in money.

David Houlton (1739-1815):  Married a Mary Blanch, Swede’s Church, Philadelphia August 21.  Genealogical research for Mary Blanch proved unsuccessful.  David and his wife are frequently mentioned in minutes of the Philadelphia, Maiden Creek, Chester and Baltimore MM.  The Philadelphia MM, September 1, 1773 records  a financial account with David Houlton for plastering in reference to a new building.   The Philadelphia Directory of 1785 lists him as a plasterer.  The Baltimore Directory of 1803 lists a David Houlton, plasterer, 36 High St., OT.  He died in Baltimore County March 8, 1815, age 76 (American & Commercial  Daily Advertiser, Baltimore, March 10, 1815)   There were three children from this marriage: Jemima (1775-1817), Thomas (1785-    ) and  David ( ?).   All three children are mentioned in Philadelphia MM, June 28, 1796 and are considered as members.

David Houlton was paid his legacy on June 24, 1811 – $133.33.


(2) I give and bequeath my said brother’s daughter Jemima Medcalf wife of Abraham Medcalf also residing in Baltimore ten pounds in money and the following articles viz: all my hand coloured China tea-ware and largest japan’d waiter, one quart and one pint double flint decanter and six wine glasses, a tin tea kettle and japan’d cannister, two small japan’d salvers, one brass candlestick and brass lamp, one iron bread toaster, my brass andirons, iron bar and bellows, likewise my largest looking glass and carpets, one large and one small damask table cloth and two damask napkins and my red wooden spice box.

Jemima Houlton and her mother Mary were granted a Certificate to Baltimore from the Philadelphia MM Northern District on Oct. 25, 1803.  Jemima Houlton  married Abraham P. Medcalf  May 2, 1804 at St. Peter’s Protestant Episcopal.  Church, Baltimore, Maryland.  Four children were born of this marriage:   Mary, 1805; David 1808; Susanna 1810; George 1812 (Quaker Records of Baltimore and Harford Counties, Maryland 1801-1825, page 266, Henry C. Peden Jr.)

Jemima Medcalf died January 17, 1817 Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore Patriot, Jan 18, 1817).  Abraham P Medcalf died Annapolis, Maryland, Sept. 19, 1853, age 72 years (Baltimore Sun September 9, 1853).

David Houlton was paid Jemima Medcalf’s legacy on June 24, 1811 – $26.67. This was the same date as payment  to David Houlton, Jemima’s father., covering his legacy.

(3) I give and bequeath to my said brother’s son Thomas Houlton ten pounds in money and the following articles viz:  my pine desk and inkstand, my twezer (sic) case which I carry in my pocket and John Banks’s Journal.

Thomas Houlton mentioned as a member of the  Phila. MM on June 28, 1796.  Thomas Houiton is apprenticed to William Widdifield, Phila MM Northern District, April 22, 1799.  William Widdifield  is listed in the 1793  Philadelphia Directory “windsor chair maker, 48 N. Front St.”  Thomas Houlton is listed as a member of the Phila MM Arch St. for years 1800 to 1808.   John Banks Journal was an 18th century publication by the Society of Friends.

Exact words for distribution: “1812 1 mo, 6. pd. A. Medcalf  per the hands of Oliver  Halsted, Thomas Houlton legacy – $26.67” (A. Medcalf was married to Thomas Houlton’s sister, Jemima.)

(4) I give and bequeath to my niece Mary late the widow of Huson Langstroth deceased the sum of twenty pounds in money and the following articles viz:  my best long cloth cloke, one callimanco gown,   ?    dark spotted cotton ditto and one dark silk handkerchief.

Mary Langsroth was a daughter of Alice Houlton, sister of maiden Mary Houlton.  A Quaker marriage ceremony conducted May 4, 1785, Philadelphia Southern District , uniting Mary Norris and Huson Langstroth lists Mary Norris as the daughter of John Norris of Philadelphia and Alice his wife deceased.  Mary Houlton, aunt, attended this wedding as well as Elizabeth Houlton Scott, another aunt.  Huson Langstroth was very active  in the Friends of Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia Directory for 1791 lists him as a china merchant, 38 N. Second St.  He died Oct. 6, 1793 (Philadelphia Gazetteer Oct. 12, 1793).   No marriage record was found for Alice Houlton and John Norris.  Further, research of John Norris proved unsuccessful.

The Philadelphia MM, February 17, 1798 records an  “application being made for the admission of Mary Langstroth into our Alms house and also that her aunt Mary Holton may accompany her.”

Mary Kirkpatrick, formerly Mary Longstreth, was paid her legacy on July 24, 1811 – $5.00.  A second payment was made on August 24, 1811 for $15.00.   A third payment was made on April 9, 1812 to Robert Kirkpatrick for his late wife Mary’s legacy – $33.33.

(5) I give and bequeath to my niece Sarah Dexter wife of Richard Dexter of Philadelphia ten pounds in money and the following articles viz:  my Bible with a needlework cover and Stephen Crisp’s journal, three of my shifts, three white aprons, two pair of cotton and two pair of yarn stockings, with three double handkerchiefs, all marked with the initial letters of my name, I also giver her my smaller feather bed with two pair of sheets two pairs of satin pillow cases,  one patchwork bedspread, and one bed quilt with a dark border, also one iron skillet with a cover, one small iron saucepan with a cover, my tin kitchen, the thickest bake iron tripod, two large stone jars, all my brushes, large and small, with the dust pan, four black walnut chairs, my low chair and cushion, and curled maple  chamber table.

Sarah Scott Dexter (1769-1850)  was the daughter of Elizabeth Houlton Scott, sister of Maiden Mary Houlton, and James Scott.  She married Richard Dexter on Sept. 9, 1792 at St. Paul’s Church, Philadelphia.  Her death was recorded in “The North American and United States Gazette” Philadelphia, Nov. 18, 1850, 80 years of age. The death is also listed in record of burials for the Society of Friends, Philadelphia Northern  District 1805-1885, as Nov. 18, 1850,  80 years, “not a friend.”  The Philadelphia Directory for 1792 lists Richard Dexter as living at 178 N. Front St as well as  Benjamin Gardner.  The wives of these two men were sisters, Sarah Scott and Elizabeth Scott..

Sarah Dexter was paid her legacy on July 20, 1811 – $26.67.

(6) I give and  bequeath to Mary Gardner daughter of my niece Elizabeth Meredith the sum of ten pounds in money and the following articles viz: six silver spoons and silver sugar tongs, with one large silver table spoon, all marked with the initials of my name together with the one looking glass with gilt frame, one small leather trunk, one white muslin gown, one Marseilles quilt and one dimity skirt.

Elizabeth Scott (Gardner, Meredith, Garretson), daughter of Elizabeth Houlton and James Scott, and niece of Mary Houlton “maiden,” was married and widowed three times.

The first marriage took place on May 12, 1792.  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Philadelphia recorded the marriage of an Eliza Scott and Benjamin Gardner.  The Philadelphia Directory for year 1793 lists a Benjamin Gardner, taylor, 178 N. Front St., page 50.  A daughter Mary was born from this marriage.  The name Benjamin Gardener can be found on page 135 of the treatise written by Matthew Carey  reference “A list of persons who died from August 1st to middle of December 1793 in Philadephia.”  A yellow fever epidemic took hold of the city that year.

Elizabeth Meredith was paid legacy for Mary Gardner, her daughter, on September 1811 – $26.67.  See following paragraph for Meredith relationship.

The second marriage took place on May 9, 1799.  The First Reformed Church in Reading, Pennsylvania per the misc. records of Rev. Philip Pauli record the marriage of Elizabeth Gardner and Israel Meredith (from Chester County).  Israel Meredith brought five children to this marriage.  There were five more children from this second marriage.  Israel died June 28, 1811 and is interred in the Newberry Friends Burying Ground, York County, Pennsylvania.  Orphan Court Documents OC/K-249-250, 8/2/1822 list issue: George, William, Ruth, Rebecca, Israel, Ross, Hannah, Sarah, Jesse and Elizabeth.

The third marriage took place on Nov. 30, 1814.   Documentation for this marriage is recorded in the book “100 Years at Warrington” compiled by Margaret B. Walmer.   On page 132, #247,  a marriage is recorded between Samuel Garretson of Newbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Meredith widow of Israel Meredith deceased and daughter of James Scott of the City of Philadelphia and Elizabeth his wife now deceased.  This parentage information eventually led to my in-depth research of the Scott/Houlton family of Philadelphia and Chester Counties.

The will of Elizabeth Garretson, written in 1846 and probated May 18, 1849 in York County, Pennsylvania listed her six natural born children Mary, Ross, Hannah, Sarah, Jesse and Elizabeth.  Surnames of these children were not listed.  My personal ancestry flows through her son Ross Meredith.  Children from Israel Meredith’s first marriage were not so listed.  Deeds registered in York County some years after Elizabeth Garretson’s  death concern the release of her property by her children and fortunately one can ascertain the married names of her daughters from these deeds.

(7)I give and bequeath to Sarah Houlton wife of my nephew John Houlton ten pounds in money, my red morocco pocket book with my name in full on it and my old brass kettle and bell metal skillet.

This nephew John Houlton must be the son of Maiden Mary Houlton’s brother William Houlton (1735 est.- before 1811).  There is frequent mention of William Houlton in Philadelphia and Exeter MM in the 1760s.  In 1776 William Houlton is listed in the Maryland Census, County Baltimore, Hundred Deptford as well as George Wells, husband of his sister Lydia Houlton.  An application filed in 1965,  #91020 to the Maryland Society of the SAR lists a John Houlton as the son of William Houlton, born in Philadelphia and died in Baltimore.  John Houlton was born in Philadelphia 1756 and died in Baltimore 1806.  He served as a private in the First Company of Latrosses, the Province of Maryland.

This bequest was voided in the will’s codicil with mention of  the death of Sarah Houlton.  The bequest was transferred to Mary Houlton, daughter of  brother William Houlton of Baltimore, deceased.

John Leech was paid the legacy of Mary Houlton on November 30, 1811 – $26.67

(8)I give and  bequeath  to George Norris my sister’s son ten pounds in money, one large silver spoon marked with the initials of my name  and Job Scott’s journal.  

George Norris would be the brother of Mary Langstroth, the heir listed under #4 above.  Job Scott (1751-1793) was a Quaker.  His Journal was published in 1797.

 George Norris was paid his legacy on December 16 1811 – $26.67.

(9)I give and bequeath to George Langstroth the son of Huson Langstroth deceased and Mary his wife ten pounds in money, my small hair trunk and Thomas Elwood’s Journal.

George Longstroth was a grandson of Maiden Mary Houlton’s sister, Alice Houlton Norris.  See #4 for further details.   George Langstroth was listed as an infant in the Phila MM June 30, 1786.  Phila MM of March 30, 1798 states he, a minor, is apprenticed to a member of Gwynedd MM.  On Sept 18, 1808 he is granted a Certificate from Gwynedd MM to Little Falls, Maryland.  Thomas Elwood (1639-1711) was an English Quaker and an associate of George Fox.

George Longstroth was paid his legacy on January 6, 1812 – $26.67

(10) I give and bequeath to Mary Houlton Scott daughter of my nephew George Scott the sum of twenty pounds in money and the following articles viz:    (crease here, difficult to read)  high post bedstead with two pair of sheets, one pair of rose blankets, two bolster cases, two pair of muslin pillow cases, one patchwork bedquilt lined with white muslin,  one suit of curtains of light coloured sprigged cotton, my chest of drawers, chamber table and chamber chair, all of black walnut, two windsor arm’d chairs, one small walnut table and stand, and one looking glass with walnut frame.

Nephew George Scott is a son of “Maiden” Mary Houlton’s sister Elizabeth Houlton Scott and James Scott.  George Scott (1759-1822) is first identified in the 1790 census as a cooper with a store/shop on the east side of North Water Street, #101(3).  He is also recorded in the Northern Liberties Township with 2 males 16 & up. 4 males under 16, 2 females and 1 all other free persons. The 1793 Philadelphia Directory identifies him as a cooper, 136 N. Water St.  I can find no marriage or dates of birth of his children.  The death of George Scott is indexed in the1806-1855 Record Book of Deaths, Phila MM Northern District.  He died Jul 10, 1822, 63 years of age, burial was July 11, 1822, Mulberry St, “not a member.”   A will probated Jul 15, 1822, Philadelphia Book 7, Part C, gives his son George “my tools of my trade,” land he purchased from his father James Scott in Southwark to his wife Mary, and upon her death to his children.  No names are listed for the children.

George Scott was paid the legacy for Mary Scott on June 24, 1811 – $26.67

(11)I give and bequeath to John Scott and George Scott, sons of my said nephew, each the sum of ten pounds in money and to John I leave John Griffith’s Journal,  to George, John Fothergill’s Journal.

John and George Scott would be sons of the nephew George Scott detailed in #10 above.  John Griffith (1713-1776) was an English Quaker who traveled to America in 1727 and returned in 1750.  John Fothergill (1712-1780) was an English Quaker and Physician.

The codicil of Mary Houlton’s will revoked the bequeath to John Scott and transferred it to a brother, Joseph Scott.

George Scott was paid the legacy for sons George Scott and Joseph Scott on June 24, 1811 – $26.67

(12) I give and  bequeath to Hannah Logan Fisher, daughter of Thomas Fisher, for the love and regard I have for her my large Folio Bible.

“Maiden” Mary Houlton was listed in the 1776 Philadelphia will (probated on Nov 25, Book Q, page 378) of William Logan, Philadelphia Merchant and a prominent Quaker, as a “housekeeper.”   A daughter of William Logan, Sarah, married Thomas Fisher and one of their children was Hannah Logan Fisher (1777-1846).  “Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania” by John W Jordan, 1914, pages 30-39, gives an extensive background on the Logan Family.  William Logan served as an attorney for William Penn beginning 1741.

(13) I give and bequeath to my sister Lydia Wells, widow, now residing in Baltimore, my best gusset gown and paduasoy cloke, my lightest over silk handkerchief, my darkest silk gloves, my Testament and Sarah Grubb’s Journal.

Lydia Houlton, sister of “Maiden” Mary Houlton,  married George Wells (1732-1783) on Feb. 22, 1755, Swedes Church, Philadelphia, PA.  Philadelphia MM Women’s Minutes April 30, 1756 made note that Lydia Wells, daughter of John Houlton, married out of the faith.  Jehosheba Wells, daughter of George & Lydia Wells, was born/baptized Jan 3, 1756, Christ Church, Phila.  George Wells was listed in the 1776 Census, Maryland, Hundred Deptford, Baltimore County.  George Wells’ will was probated in Phila. Nov 3, 1783, Book S, page 312.  He owned property in both Phila. and Baltimore.  The will mentions his wife’s sister, Mary Houlton.

(14) I give and bequeath to my niece Jerusheba {sic} Brown, wife of Josiah Brown of Baltimore, my open stove and fender, one copper sauce pan and japan’d plate cover and all my tin patty pans, great and small, large tin canister, and one tin pound tea canister, my black velvet hood and gold sleeve buttons, together with all my books not herein otherwise disposed of and my papers of all sorts and my old fashioned box, the key of which is on my bunch.

`Refer to #13 above for parentage details of Jehosheba Wells Brown (1756- 1829).  Jehosheba Wells married Josiah Brown (1765 -1822) in Baltimore County.  The Baltimore Patriot, Baltimore, MD, detailed an obituary  May 8, 1822  “On the 30th ult. Josiah Brown, in the 57th year of his age, a member of the Society of Friends.”    A legal notice regarding the estate of Josiah Brown by his executor Jehosheba Brown was placed in the Baltimore Patriot, May 27, 1822.  Jehosheba Brown died Sept. 8, 1829 as recorded in the Baltimore Patriot, Sept 12, 1829.  The obituary stated that she was member of the Society of Friends and was a resident of Baltimore for up to 65 years.  Wills of both Josiah and Jehosheba are recorded by the city of Baltimore, Maryland.

(15) I give and bequeath to my relation Elizabeth Harden, wife of Charles Harden ten pounds in money and the following articles viz:  my two short cloth clokes, my persian and yellow spotted cotton gowns, two shifts, two white aprons, two handkerchiefs, two capes and one pair of linen mittens, one black callimanco  quilted petticoat, one new pair of black leather slippers, one black trunk, one ironing blanket, a boxiron and heaters,  one small clothes basket, six queen’s ware plates, and one queen’s ware quart mug.

The relationship between Elizabeth Harden and Mary Houlton has remained a mystery.  Charles Harden (Harding) was granted a certificate from Baltimore Gunpower MM  to Philadelphia MM on March 31, 1792.  He was granted another certificate to the Northern District MM of Philadelphia on June 20, 1794.  On November 24, 1795, he was granted a certificate to Mt. Holly MM, Mount Holly to Burlington August 1797 and Burlington to Baltimore April 1801.  No record of his marriage to Elizabeth has been uncovered.  This last certificate mentions his wife Elizabeth and two minor children, David & Mary.  

Charles and Elizabeth Harding as well as their children are frequently mentioned in Henry C. Peden Jr.’s “Quaker Records of Baltimore and Harford Counties  Maryland, 1801-1825.”   The April 21, 1802 edition of the Federal Gazette, Baltimore, Maryland , features an add by a Charles Harding reference his intent to open a school on German St.

David Houlton was paid the legacy for Elizabeth Harden (sic) on June 24, 1811 – $26.67

(16) I give and bequeath to my relation Alice Warner my large copper sauce pan with the copper lid belonging to it, my shovel and tongs,  my shiniest bake iron and tripod, my darkest blue china coffee pot and my pin cushion with silver chain.

An Alice Brooks married a John Warner on August 8, 1773 at the Swedes Church, Southwark, Philadelphia.  This would seem to indicate that the “relation” mentioned here by “Maiden” Mary Houlton is through her mother, Elizabeth Brooks.  On 1725/6 a David Brooks Of New Garden, Chester County married an Ellinor Edmunson of New Garden.  Familial attendees were Elizabeth Houlton, Mary Brooks, Alice Brooks and John Houlton. It would appear that Elizabeth (Brooks) Houlton, mother of “Maiden” Mary Houlton, attending this wedding was a sister to David Brooks as well as the Alice Brooks.   Later documentation through Quaker records  indicates that  the above mentioned  “relation”  Alice is a daughter from this 1725/6 marriage.  An April 7 1756  Darby MM records a certificate for David Brooks, wife and children Isaac, Thomas, William & Alice.  On May 5, 1756 another  notation  “Ellen Brooks produced a certificate joint with husband and her daughter Alice from Chester MM.”   In Darby MM of November 3,1763 there is an accusation “Alice Brooks for a complaint brought against her for indecently keeping company with a married man.”   On April 18, 1801, a John Warner, taylor, of Phllalephia, but now of Lancaster County transfers property to David Claypoole (EF Book 5,page 648).  On page 650 Alice Warner his wife relinquishes dower rights to this property.  A witness to her signature was a William Brooks, probably her brother.

William Brewer was paid the legacy for Alice Warner on June 25, 1811 – $26.67.  Refer to #28.   

(17) I give and bequeath to Margaret Porter for the love and regard I have for her, my crape gown, one shift, one white apron, one cambric and one dove coloured silk handkerchief and one pair of white linen mittens

Margaret Porter is identified in several wills of Philadelphia, late 18th century:

1777, 11 Feb – Hannah Logan (mother of daughter Sarah Fisher listed in #12, decedent, mentions Friends Margaret Porter, wife of William.  Also listed in this category were Mary Houlton, Mary Norris (#4) and Elizabeth Scott (#6).

1789, 29 Apr – Grace Fisher, decedent, widow of John Fisher, mentions Friends Margaret Porter; Mary, wife of Huson Langstroth and landlady Mary Houlton

1795, 2 Jul – John Pemberton, City of Philadelphia, decedent, mentions Friends Margaret Porter, Widow Mary Longstroth 


(18) I give and bequeath to Hannah Townsend wife of John Townsend for the love and regard I have for her my tabinet gown with a muslin handkerchief and apron and my best over silk handkerchief, pearl coloured.

John Townsend (1747-1827), son of Joseph Townsend of Philadelphia and  Hannah Cox (1751-1834), daughter of Joseph Cox of Vincent Township, Chester County were married Dec 7, 1770, Uwchlan MM, Chester County, Pa.  John Townsend was listed as a “joiner” in the 1791 Philadelphia Directory, 86 Spruce St.  In 1794 and the following years he was listed as a cabinetmaker, 86 Spruce St.   

(19) I also give and bequeath to the said John Townsend and Hannah his wife each the sum of ten pounds in money, which I mean as a full compensation in their part for the care and trouble they may have in dividing my property and settling all my affairs.

Refer to #18 above for Townsend genealogy.

John Townsend was paid for his legacy on June 25, 1811 – $26.77.

Hannah Townsend was paid for her legacy on June 25, 1811 – $26.77.

(20) And further my will and devisees that all the residue of my money clothing, goods and chattels of every kind whatsoever, not herein otherwise bequeathed and disposed of be equally divided as near as may be between my half sister Sarah Leech and my niece the above named Sarah Dexter share and share alike.

The mention of this half sister Sarah Leech would indicate another marriage for either John Houlton or Elizabeth Brooks.   I have been unable to find any such relationship.

There were two distributions to a John Leach (Leech).  Exact quotes were:

“1811 9 mo. 30. pd. John Leach Mary Holton’s legacy – $26.67”

“By a receipt on account of his wife’s share of residuary estate dated the 30th  of 9 mo. 1811 exhibited to the register it appears he has received this sum – $20.00”



(21)And lastly to be my executor and executrixes to this my last will and testament I nominate and appoint my said Friends John Townsend and Hannah his wife and my aforesaid relation Alice Warner all of Philadelphia fully confident  in them to make a faithful distribution and division of my money, clothes, goods and chattels agreeably to the above items and bequeaths, and to do and transmit all and every other act and thing necessary to be done relative to the settlement of my affairs.  In witness whereof the said testatrix hath herewith set her hand and seal dated at Philadelphia this thirteenth day of the second month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five.

Signed sealed and delivered Mary Houlton
by the above named testratix and
by her declared to be her last will
and testament in the presence of
us, who in her presence and in the
presence of each other have sub
scribed our names as witnesses hereto

(22)Charles Townsend

(Charles Townsend (1777-    ) is probably the son of John Townsend #18).  Charles and his wife were prominent members of the Green Street Friends.)

(23)Mordecai Churchman
(Mordecai Churchman (1755-1830) is listed as a member of the Phila. MM Southern District Friends along with his wife Sarah and three children on August 17, 1797.)

(24)Whereas I Mary Houlton have made published and declared my last will and testament in writing dated the thirteenth day of February Anno Domini December 1805 And whereas it is my desire to alter part of the devises in my said will contained and to add one or more new  clauses and devises thereto I therefore do make  (difficult to read due to crease) to my last will and testament.

(25)I do hereby order and direct that the devise and bequest to Sarah Houlton in my said will contained be annulled and made void.  And I do hereby give devise and bequeath the ten pounds the red morocco pocket book with my name in full on it the one small brass kettle bell metal skillet which I had devised to the said Sarah Houlton  but who has died since I made my last will and testament to Mary Houlton, daughter of William Houlton late of the city of Baltimore deceased.

See #7 for details reference William Houlton, brother, and legacy payment.

(26)I do hereby order and direct  that the devise and bequest in my said will contained in favour of John Scott be hereby revoked and annulled.  And I do hereby do give devise and bequeath all the monies goods and chattels which in my said will were devised to the said John Scott to his brother Joseph Scott.

See #11 for details reference John Scott and legacy payment..  No information has been uncovered for Joseph Scott.

(27) I do give devise and bequeath unto Mary Scott, Anna Scott, Lydia Scott, Fanny Scott and Jane Scott each of them one of my silver tablespoons.

These five women are obviously grand daughters of “Maiden” Mary Houlton’s  sister Elizabeth and James Scott.  Only one has  been positively identified.  A Fanny Scott married Joseph  Matthias on September 26, 1826 at St. Luke’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia.   The 1850 census lists her husband as an umbrella maker with residence in the Northern Liberties District.  Her age is recorded as 40.  She was interred on 20 September 1860 at the Monument Cemetery in Philadelphia.  The plot for burial was owned by George Scott (Jr.), probably her brother. 

(28)I do give devise and bequeath unto my relation Allis Warner the sum of ten pounds.

Refer to #16.

(29)And lastly I do hereby ratify establish and confirm my said last will and testament save and except the devises dispositions and bequests therein mentioned which are by this codicil altered and annulled.

(Next line difficult to read due to a crease)

by the said Mary Houlton as and for a codicil to her last will and testament and to be taken as part thereof in the presence of us who have witnessed the same  at her request and in the presence of each other.

(30)George Scott

(31)John Scott affirmed 25th May 1811                (Signature of Mary Houlton)

(Probably nephews)

(32)Philadelphia May 25, 1811  Then personally appeared George Scott one of the witnesses to the foregoing codicil and on his solemn affirmation according to law did declare and say that he did see and hear Mary Houlton the testatrix sign seal publish and declare the same codicil as and for a codicil to her last will and testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind and memory and understanding to the best of his knowledge and belief and the said affirm and further declares and said that he did see John Scott the other subscribing witness sign his name as a witness to the said codicil in the presence and at the request of the said testatrix.


(You will find variations in the spelling of names:  “Houlton”  – “Holton” – “Langstroth” – “Longstroth” “Harden” – “Harding”

An inventory of the Goods and Chattels of the late Mary Holton , maiden, deceased, taken this twenty seventh day of the 5 month 1811 by us:

Cash on hand $ 278.20
Bonds   400.00
Large feather bed bolster pillow     25.00
1 Smaller one   &         ditto               18.00
1 high case of drawers walnut       8.00
1 breakfast table mahogany       4.00
1 large looking glass       4.00
1 small looking glass       2.00
6 walnut chairs       3.00
1 walnut chair arm       3.00
2 windsor arm chairs       2.00
1 rocking chair & small windsor chair         .75
1 pr brass and iron shovel and tongs       4.00
1 oven stove       5.00
Sundry crockery etc in the closet     10.00
6 silver tablespoons     16.00
6 silver teaspoons & sugar tongs       5.00
Japanned waiter & china       5.00
Sundry crockery in corner cupboard       3.00
1 small feather bed       2.00
Sundry wearing apparel     50.00
A lot of worsted yarn         .50


Carried forward   848.45

Sundry bedding and toweling in the lower room               12.00
2 window curtains       1.00
1 silk umbrella       1,00
Sundry kitchen furniture in cellar & curtains                                             5.00
1 poplar low post bedstead & sacking {?}  6.00
1 windsor stool  .50  muslin curtains .25      .75
1 rag carpet       3.00
1 pin cushion with silver band & chain         .75
Chamber table       6.00
1 breakfast stand & cover       4.00
1 writing desk       1.00
1 small looking glass         .75
1 suit of bed curtains & blankets & quilts       15.00
1 high post bed stead & sacking {?}         6.00
7 sheets almost new       15.00
3 trunks of books         9.00
1 large straw basket           .75
1 frying pan           .20
1 Family Bible         4.00
Sundry articles of clothing etc in the upper room       40.00
A lot of old curtains         1.00
A lot of china, queens ware etc                  25.00
A lot of knives forks, bench, crock old table & straw mat         2.00
1 Silver watch         8.00


Jesse Williams

(A Jesse Williams is listed in the 1810 Philadelphia Directory, shopkeeper, 203 Sassafras St.)

The account of John Townsend, Acting Executor


1811  The said accomptant charged himself
with all and singular the goods and
chattels which were of the said deceased
as per inventory appraisment there
of filed in the Registers Office at
Philadelphia amounting to$1016.15
also with interest received on a bond
of $400 included in the inventory    108.13



Commentary on the Will of Mary Houlton (1730-1811)

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