Hampton History: an account of the Pennsylvania Hamptons in America in the line of John Hampton, Jr., of Wrightstown; with an appendix treating of some other branches

The sources of the historical matter contained in this book are chiefly the following :

  1. The accounts of her life, her kindred and relatives and their homes, given by my mother, Asenath Hampton Doan, to her children, much of which was treasured up in my memory.
  2. The records in the family bible of John and Mary Betts Hampton.
  3. Personal association in early life with my grandfather, John Hampton, and with several of the fourth and fifth generations.
  4. A written record of her parents’ family and other kindred and relatives made and given to me by my mother at my request many years ago.
  5. A letter in answer to inquiries sent me by my aunt, Mary Ann Robins, in 1889.
  6. Dr. E. D. Buckman’s papers of Doan history in which he traces the genealogy of Asenath Hampton because she had married a Doan.
  7. A record made by John Hampton, of Viola, Iowa, similar to that of his sister, Asenath, and loaned me by his daughter, Anna.
  8. A very large portion has been secured by laborious correspondence, extending over a period of five years with persons of the fifth and sixth generations.

The writing required in this correspondence, together with the arranging of the matter and then making a final copy for the printer, was all done after the writer was seventy-six years of age, and without the aid of glasses, except the occasional use of a lens or “reading glass.”

There is a tradition in this branch of the Hampton family in America that three brothers of the name of Hampton came from England and settled in three different states.

This is as I remember hearing my mother, Asenath Hampton Doan, relate it in my childhood, except that she named Pennsylvania as one and was not so positive about the other two states. But my brother, James Doan, had it four, instead of three of them, and that there were two sets of children by the same father, two being half brothers to the other two and that they settled in four different states, and thought he had this direct from our grandfather. It is certain that grandfather believed that the South Carolina Hamptons were of the same stock as the Pennsylvania Hamptons.

“Joseph Hampton, from England, married Mary Canby,” about September, 1722. He was born probably in the last decade of the seventeenth century, 1690 to 1700. “Mary Canby, his wife, was born the 12th of the 9th month, 1697, and died the 4th of the 8th month, 1794, and was buried at Wrightstown” aged nearly ninety-seven years. 1In the statement about Joseph Hampton and Mary Canby, the sentences inclosed in quotation marks are copied literally from the family records and together with the names of their children, constitute all that for a longtime was known to the descendents of John and Mary Betts Hampton about our great ancestor and his wife.

Joseph became the ancestor of the Bucks County Hamptons and his posterity is widely scattered over the northern states of this Union, though many of them remain denizens of Bucks County.

Title page to Hampton History

Title page to Hampton History
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Surnames Mentioned in the Hampton History:

Adams, Allen, Allison, Anderson, Armstrong, Arnold, Ashton, Bailey, Baker, Ballard, Bandy, Barcroft, Barns, Barton, Batchelder, Batty, Beach, Beals, Bedell, Benard, Bennett, Bentley, Betts, Bicksler, Billig, Bixby, Blackburn, Blacklege, Blakey, Blylock, Bonar, Bond, Booth, Boswell, Bowles, Branch, Briggs, Brown, Buffington, Bundy, Burgess, Burns, Bye, Cain, Calderwood, Canby, Carbee, Carlson, Cary, Christy, Clarke, Clendenning, Cole, Coleman, Comly, Cope, Coppeck, Crew, Croasdale, Crumly, Dathan, Daugherty, Davis, Day, Deem, DeWolf, Doan, Dodson, Doudna, Douglas, Drane, Duer, Dull, Dunfee, Dunn, Edgerton, Edmonson, Eggleston, Elliott, Ellis, Elyson, Embree, Engle, English, Farmer, Faucet, Field, Fisher, Fogg, Forbes, Furguson, Furney, Gable, Gad, Gamble, Garber, Gaston, Geist, Germain, Gidley, Gilbert, Goodrich, Gordon, Gould, Greek, Gregg, Grewell, Griffith, Griswald, Groenveld, Gruver, Hacket, Hall, Hallowell, Hanks, Hansen, Harmell, Hattes, Haycroft, Hayes, Hazelrig, Hazelton, Heacock, Heald, Henderson, Hess, Hiatt, Highly, Hirst, Hixon, Hoagland, Hodges, Holden, Howard, Hoyle, Hughes, Hurst, Irving, Isham, Jarvis, John, Johnson, Judkins, Kelley, Kester, King, Kirkpatrick, Kitchen, Klugkist, La Motte, Lacy, Lambert, Langstaff, Lee, Lee Braun, Livzey, Lownes, Macauley, Mann, Marshall, Martin, McAlister, McClure, McKie, McKinley, Mendenhall, Merrill, Miller, Millhouse, Mitchel, Moon, Moore, Morris, Morrison, Mott, Neal, Nelson, Newell, Newtin, Nuel, Odle, Olivere, Outland, Owens, Palmer, Parkerson, Parrill, Patterson, Paxton, Pearson, Pederson, Pemplin, Pettyjohn, Phillips, Pierpoint, Pine, Plumly, Powell, Poyner, Prince, Pryor, Purnel, Purviannce, Quinn, Rankin, Rapp, Ray, Reed, Regan, Risser, Robins, Rockway, Rockwell, Roman, Rummidge, Saunders, Shannon, Sharpless, Shepard, Sheridan, Sherman, Shipman, Shirk, Shotwell, Sibert, Sigler, Simons, Slack, Slaughter, Smally, Smith, Smoleski, Snyder, Sothers, Spear, Spencer, Sphan, Sprague, Stackhouse, Stanton, Steer, Stewart, Stokes, Stout, Strite, Swartwout, Taylor, Tedrow, Test, Thornbury, Tibals, Tippy, Tower, Trott, Twiggs, Vail, Van Fleet, Walden, Walker, Walters, Walton, Warring, Watson, Way, Webster, Weeks, Weiner, Welch, Wells, West, Whetstone, Whitnack, Wildman, Willetts, Williams, Williamson, Willis, Wilson, Winder, Wire, Wood, Yocum, and Young.

Doan, John Hampton. Hampton History: an account of the Pennsylvania Hamptons in America in the line of John Hampton, Jr., of Wrightstown; with an appendix treating of some other branches. Milton, Kentucky: Dr. Solomon E. Hampton. 1911.

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1. In the statement about Joseph Hampton and Mary Canby, the sentences inclosed in quotation marks are copied literally from the family records and together with the names of their children, constitute all that for a longtime was known to the descendents of John and Mary Betts Hampton about our great ancestor and his wife.