Comprising a historical sketch of the county, by Samuel T. Wiley, together with more than five hundred biographical sketches of the prominent men and leading citizens of the county.

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On August 24, 1682 William Penn created the three counties which would originally comprise Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia. Chester County was drawn up from the land which had originally comprised the Pennsylvania portion of New Netherland and it’s borders at that time stretched east to west from Delaware River to approximately the Susquenhanna River. Philadelphia County lay to the North, while the states of Delaware and Maryland lay to the South. From Chester County came the land which would later comprise Lancaster County and part of Berks County.

The manuscript contains 513 biographies of prominent men and leading citizens of Chester County.

Biographical Sketches of Chester County, PA

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SurnameGivenMiddleExtraRead
AbrahamDavid383
AckenbachWilliam774
AckerPeter431
AikenJamesM.D.420
AlisonFrancisD.D.617
AllenEdgarM.D.206
AndersonIsaacHon.622
ArmorJudson825
ArmstrongG.D.M.D.221
AshbridgeGeorgeD.590
BaldwinWilliamM.D.584
BaldwinJosephH.838
BaldwinCaleb819
BaltzJohnDaniel771
BarkerMatthewCapt.480
BarnardIsaacD.Hon.204
BartramJohn337
BatholomewJohnCleaverDr.450
BealeHoraceA.Capt.857
BeanBenjaminFranklinCapt.420
BeanHenry346
BeaumontTheodore571
BeaverGeorgeH.381
BeaverFrank795
BeckLorenzo808
BeitlerJohnJr.853
BellThomasS.Hon.577
BenjaminJosephH.266
BennerDaniel801
BennettGeorgeS.828
BinghamEdwardDonaldson626
BizallionPierre516
BlissE.W.Rev., A.M.829
BolmarAntoine563
BonzanoAdolphus342
BoyerAaronJ.513
BransonWilliamR.652
BremermanLT.A.M., M.D.363
BrintonHenryL.459
BrooksJamesC.Capt.613
BrowerWilliamM.D.320
BrowerIsaacUrnerRev.252
BrowerJohnL.714
BrownA.Stanley818
BrownbackJacobC.832
BrownbackLewisC.555
BrownbackGarrettElwood603
BrownbackHarryI.860
BuckwalterJohnHenry862
BuckwalterJohn243
BullThomasCol.588
BurlingWilliam413
BurnsW.H.787
BuzzerdSimeon546
CardwellGeorgeG.600
CarpenterJ.T.Capt.364
CatanachAdamA.608
ChandlerW.D.848
ChristmanHenryEvansCapt.289
ChristmanJacob359
CleaverIsaacA.757
ClemsonJohnBakerRev., D.D.734
ClowerMaxwell588
CochranJohnDr.580
CochranCarlosB.Prof.265
CochranIsaacS.236
CoganDavid358
CohenJohnB.331
ColketWilliamW.609
CookCharlesL.616
CornogJohn872
CornwellRobertThompson614
CoryellWilliamPrice373
CowanRobert230
CoxThomasS.676
CroskeyKnowles858
CummiskeyEugene706
CutlerLevi558
DarlingtonWilliamDr., L.L. D.207
DarlingtonIsaacG.560
DarlingtonJohnH.654
DarlingtonFrankP.197
DarlingtonStephen248
DaviesJohnJ.812
DavisJesseB.643
DavisJohnH.405
DavisW.Latta439
DavisH.W.827
DavisWilliamW.722
DavisMordecai411
DavisThompson760
DeeryHenry845
DeHavenHugh492
DenithorneJohnCapt.366
DerrCalvinRev.821
DetwilerDavid782
DeweesThomasB.334
DeweesJacobH.644
DickeyJohnMillerRev., D.D.199
DiehlHenryJ.673
DobsonJohnRichessonGen.731
DottererNathanielF.290
DowningSamuelRhoads618
DowningThomas836
DunnThomasD.M.D.254
DuttonIsaacL.522
DyerWilliamC.794
EachesJohnT.484
EachusWilliamH.520
EachusHomer509
EastwoodJamesB.725
EgolfSamuelH.878
EicholtzGeorgeC. M.Capt.783
EldridgeDavid463
EllicottRichardT.245
EllisNathanielM.Col.247
EllisJarvis851
EmackFrankD.M.D.299
EmeryE.Clifford767
EmeryWilliamW.325
EmeryAnthonyWayne631
EntrikenJohnC.723
EppehimerHenry255
EvansLewisH.Capt.686
EvansWilliamHon.719
EvansJohnKingM.D.750
EvansJosephS.Rev.285
EvansHenryL.574
EvansNewton526
EvansWilliam551
EverhartJamesBowenHon.627
EverhartWilliam218
FarleyRobertM.D.330
FettersAbrahamCapt.567
FettersIsaiahJr.584
FinkbinerSamuelS.M.D.454
FinkbinerDavid720
FinkbinerJohn213
FisherDanielW.793
FisherElwoodW.675
FitzpatrickJames586
FlintJohnRev.353
FloydGeorgeW.761
FrancisCasperSnyder376
FrancisJohn803
FrederickCharlesN.M.D.752
FrickEdwin768
FrickMontgomery246
FridayWashington661
FritzWilliamH.532
FronefieldJosephM.742
FultonWilliamT.Hon.416
FunkHarryD.558
FunkThomasD.835
FunkJacobL.239
FutheyJ.SmithHon.767
FutheyR.Agnew313
FutheyJamesL.456
FutheyRobert654
GallagherWilliamCol.329
GallagherEdward491
GarrettJesseH.694
GarrettJoshuaL.541
GarrettHarveyS.521
GauseJonathan744
GeigerJacobH.823
GheenR.C.849
GheenL.W.545
GilbertJacob515
GilfillanJohn300
GilkysonHamiltonH.Col.436
GilliganEdwardL.Capt.403
GoodAbraham561
GreenFrancisH.Prof.834
GreenJosephC.279
GreenJesseCope575
GreenWilliamS.777
GriffenGeorgeS.866
GriffithWilmar809
GroverThomasD.605
GunkleGeorgeWashington414
GussJ.Acker804
GygerJohn730
HaddawayCharlesM.Rev.434
HainesTownsendHon.560
HaldermanIsaacR.315
HallmanHenryS.345
HaltemanBenjaminH.799
HamillMillardF.740
HannumCurtisHoopes593
HarlanJustinEdwardDr., D.D.S.610
HarlanAbramDouglasHon.652
HarleyEdwin813
HarrisWilliamSmith630
HarrisMalachi607
HarryJoshuaP.688
HartHarryC.824
HartmanWilliamDellM.D.876
HartmanWilliamW.Rev.356
HartshorneJoshuaHon.674
HastingsJohnM.Rev.440
HauseJ.Frank E.215
HauseJesse544
HawleyJesse693
HeckelFrederickWilliamM.D.726
HeistandDavidH.633
HemphillJosephHon.754
HendersonRobertJ.371
HendersonJosephS.759
HennissJohnA.852
HeronFred656
HibberdJoshuaE.737
HibberdWalterR.552
HickmanJohnHon.200
HighJacob273
HighSamuel635
HighleyCharlesC.689
HillsGeorgeHeathcoteRev., M.A.204
HimesGeorge794
HodgsonWilliamH.680
HogueThomasC.208
HolmanIsaac814
HoopesCaleb379
HoopesJosiah264
HoopesThomas355
HootonFrancisC.Col.287
HorningCharlesS.M.D.226
HoskinsPercyC.M.D.259
HowellCharlesH.494
HoyJohnL.543
HurfordEberH.442
IngramAlexanderH.Capt.741
IvisonSamuelJr.225
JacobsJoseph547
JacobsSamuel479
JanewayJohnL.C. E.815
JohnsonGeorgeB.789
JohnsonJosephH.386
JonesJacobK.Prof.422
JonesT.Franklin582
JonesAddisonL.227
JonesFranklin659
KalerLeviB.Hon.711
KauffmanJohnF.606
KauffmanWilliamJ.807
KeechFrankW.562
KeeleyOliverB.796
KeeleyWilliamP.811
KeeleyDavis517
KeimJonathanH.530
KeimGeorge272
KeltonRobertC.304
KephartJacobF.233
KepnerSolomon384
KerrEdwardM.D.383
KnauerDavis784
KollerMahlonS.442
KulpJonathanH.296
KurtzHenryK.236
LaFayettede Marquis337
LambornWendellP.D.D.S.826
LancasterThomas839
LandisGeorgeW.308
LatshawEnosP.632
LattaJohnY.622
LearyJonathan519
LeopoldJeremiahS.278
LewisWalterH.598
LewisEliJ.423
LippertMoritzGeorgeC. E.471
LittleRogerM.833
LobbPrestonW.498
LongFrancisDonleavyA.M.579
LudwickFrankB.781
MacDonaldWalterA.199
MacElreeWilmerW.270
MacFarlandDavidMcConkey765
MacFeatWalter766
MackelduffSamuelC.634
MangerWilliamR.841
MarchS.Robison396
MargerumCyrusS.478
MarshallWilliamP.690
MarshallThomasW.538
MarshallHumphrey559
MarshallThomas854
MasseyIsaacM.D.341
MasseyCharlesD.698
MastersJamesW.202
MatlackJesseHon.685
MatlackJoaquinB.736
MatsonWilliamG.425
MaxwellJamesReaM.D.235
MayAddison533
McCauleyL.G.Maj.213
McClureJames667
McClurgJames293
McCulloughSanders212
McDowellThomasR.Rev.433
McKeanThomasHon., L.L. D.208
MenkinsHenryJ.493
MenkinsJoseph470
MercerHenry628
MeredithR.T.499
MewhinneyJas.CampbellM.D.816
MichenerAmos324
MichenerFamily547
MillerEnosD.703
MillerJosephK.733
MillerHenryR.840
MillerAddison810
MintzerJ.BechtelM.D.697
MockWilliam831
MonaghanRobertEmmet194
MonaghanRobertJones636
MontgomeryThomasH.669
MooreDanielFoulkeCol.426
MooreWilliamHon.564
MorrisJonathan842
MosesO.E.712
MostellerWilliamH.M.D.869
MowreyJosephI.850
MowryB.Franklin819
MoyerJacobW.242
MullenAlfred488
MullinJohnS.662
MyerGeorgeG.258
NeedhamBenjaminC.Rev.624
NewlinEllisP.769
OberholtzerLeviM.D.369
OppermanDavid548
OwenWilliamO.Rev360
PainterHenry791
ParkeSamuelD.817
ParkeSamuelR.504
ParkerJamesG.868
PaschalIsaac523
PatrickEllwoodM.D.836
PattersonRobertMayneRev., D.D. L.L. D.718
PaxsonWilliamL.395
PearsonIsaacM.664
PechinRobertW.599
PennockSamuel665
PennypackerMatthiasJ.M.D.640
PennypackerWilmerE.412
PennypackerJamesM.454
PetersGeorgeD.231
PhilipsGeorgeMorrisPh.D.474
PhilipsE.Vinton333
PhippsJamesS.234
PiersolLewis704
PotterW.Atlee503
PrattJohnMarshall457
PriceJosephT.598
PrizerJohn780
PrizerHarman310
PrizerHenry806
PughHaroldB.241
RalstonWilliam518
RamseySamuelD.201
RandallFrederickWilliamRev.578
RappGeorgeW.612
RaynorJamesB.Dr.224
ReadThomasBuchanan702
ReaveyJohnW.490
ReelIdaVirginiaM.D.585
ReesJohn786
ReeseJohn846
ReidAlfredP.211
ReiffWilliamE.274
ReinhartNathanE. V. S.648
RennardWilliamM.715
RennardHenry542
RhoadsGeorge512
RichardJ.Howard260
RickabaughJacobM.D.700
RinehartJoshua268
RingwaltH.E.683
RobbGeorgeS.651
RobertsCharlesJ.M.D.678
RobertsHiram370
RobertsJacob529
RothrockJosephT.M.D.446
RupertAlfredCol.864
RupertGeorgeM.Maj.277
RussellSlaterB.400
RuthH.Morgan789
RuthGideonT.481
SavageFrankN.280
SaylorJohnC.392
SaylorWilliamH.432
SchofieldHarryBenner569
SellersJamesC.305
ShafferVosburgNewton535
SharplessWilliam713
ShoemakerKersey554
SigmanIsaacK.489
SleichterJohn261
SloyerHenry844
SmaleJohnE.480
SmedleyJohnG.410
SmedleyOliverH.430
SmithPersiforFrazerHon.222
SmithDavidL.Hon.699
SmithGeorgeJr.390
SmithJohnH.Prof.739
SmithA.ThomasProf.232
SmithWilliamBrinton663
SnyderWilliamPrestonHon.326
SnyderWilliamH.Prof.216
SouleJacobB.Rev.262
SpackmanIsaac229
SprattGeorgeR.M.D.401
StaufferFrankH.572
StaufferHenryM.483
SteenHughJ.492
StemThomasW.595
SterrettThomasK.298
StitelerA.M. F.679
StitelerWilliamH.425
StitelerI.Newton524
StitelerGeorgeR.516
StocktonWilliamR.Rev., D.D.343
StoutD.B.707
StubbsTheodoreK.Hon.351
SuppleeMillardF.511
SweneyBenjaminH.Capt.317
TalbotD.SmithHon.747
TaylorWilliamS.M.D.802
TaylorWilliamCarroll462
TaylorDavidM.649
TempletonJohn668
TencateFredA.315
ThomasFrancisA.256
ThomasR.Newton237
ThomasFrankP.473
ThomasJohnP.508
ThomasJ.Preston500
ThomasCharlesT.497
ThomasGeorge527
ThomasMordecai394
ThompsonNathanG.M.D.374
TorbertBenjaminJ.207
TownsendWashingtonHon.770
TownsendWilliamP.596
TownsendMark244
TrippIsaac562
TustinIsaacJ.276
TuttonAlexanderP.581
UrnerEli306
UrnerFamily467
WaddelJamesRev., D.D.490
WaddellWilliamBellHon.191
WagonerWilliamJ.327
WagonerChristianW.846
WaitneightHenryP.250
WalkerWilliamH.Prof.695
WalkerJosephR.583
WalkerThomasU.587
WaltersLouisR.Capt.875
WaltersHoraceW.863
WaltersGeorge406
WaltonGeorgeR.800
WaltonGeorgeW.404
WarnerLeviE.380
WarringtonThomas549
WatsonJamesJ.633
WayMarshallS.778
WayneAnthonyGen.192
WebbEdwardRev.340
WebsterSamuelL.483
WebsterElwood482
WeeksAlbertM.D.253
WeidalLincolnWashington542
WeigelWilliamA.775
WeldinJohnL.861
WellsDavidG.281
WellsOliver269
WellsPeter841
WerslerGeorge646
WestWilmarW.271
WestBenjamin336
WhannWilliamE.870
WheelerHenryRev., D.D.219
WheelerMarySparkes319
WhiteRobertRev.360
WhitsonSamuel382
WickershamJamesPyleLL. D.193
WildsJohn443
WilliamsWilliamJr.705
WilliamsHarryE.M.D.460
WilliamsB.Franklin452
WilliamsAndrewJ.282
WilliamsGranville444
WilsonA.L.Rev.657
WilsonAmosG.822
WilsonHarryR.528
WilsonWinfieldScott748
WilsonAddison553
WilsonJames803
WilsonNathan716
WindleDavidC.338
WintzerAntoine753
WoodwardCharlesE.238
WoodwardWilliamMarshall830
WorrallJohnHunterProf.251
WorthingtonWilmerHon., M.D.556
WynneSamuel502
YarnallNathanW.463
YeagerAllisonE.843
YeagerJoseph776
YerkesJonathanP.523
YoungJohn589
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