John Calvert

William Penn granted, 1-13-1683, to Thomas Calvert, 300 acres; to John Calvert,300 acres, and to Margaret Calvert, 100 acres, all laid out together in Upper Providence 1-25-1683. On 2-11-1691, it was ordered that a patent for the whole should be made to John Calvert, to whom it was made appear to belong. Perhaps the others were his children. At Chester Monthly Meeting 4-6-1687, mention is made of a difference between Thomas Hollingsworth and John Calvert, about dividing their lands in Upper Providence. Valentine Hollingsworth, father of Thomas, had married for 2nd wife, Ann Calvert, and John Calvert was probably a brother. There was a presumption of relationship in that day to Lord Baltimore, the Proprietor of Maryland. The children of John and Judith, born in this country, were Daniel, b.5-6-1685, who m.about 1709, Elizabeth Pritchett; and Mary, b.12-19-1687. Judith, another daughter, m.10-8-1725, Daniel Broom, of Marple. Ruth Calvert, who m. about 1697, Edward Paviour, of Upper Providence, was probably an older child.

At a court held 6-25-1702, the sheriff made return of an execution on the estate of John Calvert, which was sold to Thomas and Joshua Calvert for Lb.243. These were probably sons of John. Joshua was constable of Upper Providence in 1704. Thomas bought a lot in Chester in 1700, and sold it in 1702. After this the land in Upper Providence appears to have been held by Joshua and Daniel Calvert, of whom the first had 370 acres in 1724. It seems, however, to have been patented February 6, 1739, to John Worrall (608 1/2 acres), who, with Ruth his wife, conveyed a part to Daniel Calvert.

Joshua Calvert, m. 1709, Deborah Harlan, dau.of George and Elizabeth Harlan, and it is conjectured that they were the parents of Thomas Calvert, the husband of Sarah Williamson. The latter presented an acknowledgment to Goshen Monthly Meeting 6-20-1739, for marriage by a magistrate, and on 8-16-1756, received a certificate from Goshen to Chester Monthly Meeting, with their children, who are not named. They appear to have lived after this in Edgmont and perhaps he is the same Thomas Calvert who was in East Marlborough, 1762-3-4, and perhaps later. He does not appear to have been in membership with Friends.

This page updated on March 12, 2009