"On Sept. 5,
1780, Daniel Chrisman arrived from Germany in the ship "Alexander and Ann,"
William Clymer master, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, as the vessel's
report shows. He settled in Worcester township, then part of Philadelphia,
now of Montgomery County. He had a son, Henry, who was the father of Jacob
Chrisman, who married Margaret Evans. To this couple were born five
children, of whom the third son and fifth child, Henry E. Chrisman was born
April 8, 1822, in East Vincent township. On the maternal side he is of
Welsh extraction. He spent his boyhood days on the farm; attended the
common schools, and afterwards the academy of Rev. Mr. Rodenbaugh, in
Montgomery County. He began farming on his own account in 1873, having
previous to that time been managing the estate of his father. He was married
June 18, 1877, to Martha, daughter of John Chrisman. He is a general
farmer, and has two hundred and seventy-six acres of land, upon which, in
1880, he erected his present farm residence. He has served on the school
board. He attends, with his family, the Lutheran Church. Is a Democrat in
politics, but has never been an office-seeker. His farm is the same deeded
by Thomas Willing to Hazel Thomas, Dec. 24, 1794, and was a part of
"Callowhill Manor," of one thousand acres on a branch of French Creek, and
conveyed by the Proprietary under Penn, April 16, 1686, to Robert Thompson.
Henry, grandfather of Henry E. Chrisman, bought it at sheriff's sale, and
the deed is dated Feb. 26, 1819, the land being sold in settlement of Hazel
Thomas' estate at judicial sale. Henry E. once belonged to the First Troop
of Chester County militia, was in it some six or seven years, and in the
latter part of this time commanded a company. He went with the troop to
Philadelphia to suppress the "Southwark Riot," under the command of Capt.
Hallman, whom he succeeded as captain, receiving his commission from
Governor Johnston. "
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