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

Biographical Sketches of Chester County, PA

Surname Given Middle Extra Read
Abraham David 383
Ackenbach William 774
Acker Peter 431
Aiken James M.D. 420
Alison Francis D.D. 617
Allen Edgar M.D. 206
Anderson Isaac Hon. 622
Armor Judson 825
Armstrong G. D. M.D. 221
Ashbridge George D. 590
Baldwin William M.D. 584
Baldwin Joseph H. 838
Baldwin Caleb 819
Baltz John Daniel 771
Barker Matthew Capt. 480
Barnard Isaac D. Hon. 204
Bartram John 337
Batholomew John Cleaver Dr. 450
Beale Horace A. Capt. 857
Bean Benjamin Franklin Capt. 420
Bean Henry 346
Beaumont Theodore 571
Beaver George H. 381
Beaver Frank 795
Beck Lorenzo 808
Beitler John Jr. 853
Bell Thomas S. Hon. 577
Benjamin Joseph H. 266
Benner Daniel 801
Bennett George S. 828
Bingham Edward Donaldson 626
Bizallion Pierre 516
Bliss E. W. Rev., A.M. 829
Bolmar Antoine 563
Bonzano Adolphus 342
Boyer Aaron J. 513
Branson William R. 652
Bremerman L T. A.M., M.D. 363
Brinton Henry L. 459
Brooks James C. Capt. 613
Brower William M.D. 320
Brower Isaac Urner Rev. 252
Brower John L. 714
Brown A. Stanley 818
Brownback Jacob C. 832
Brownback Lewis C. 555
Brownback Garrett Elwood 603
Brownback Harry I. 860
Buckwalter John Henry 862
Buckwalter John 243
Bull Thomas Col. 588
Burling William 413
Burns W. H. 787
Buzzerd Simeon 546
Cardwell George G. 600
Carpenter J. T. Capt. 364
Catanach Adam A. 608
Chandler W. D. 848
Christman Henry Evans Capt. 289
Christman Jacob 359
Cleaver Isaac A. 757
Clemson John Baker Rev., D.D. 734
Clower Maxwell 588
Cochran John Dr. 580
Cochran Carlos B. Prof. 265
Cochran Isaac S. 236
Cogan David 358
Cohen John B. 331
Colket William W. 609
Cook Charles L. 616
Cornog John 872
Cornwell Robert Thompson 614
Coryell William Price 373
Cowan Robert 230
Cox Thomas S. 676
Croskey Knowles 858
Cummiskey Eugene 706
Cutler Levi 558
Darlington William Dr., L.L. D. 207
Darlington Isaac G. 560
Darlington John H. 654
Darlington Frank P. 197
Darlington Stephen 248
Davies John J. 812
Davis Jesse B. 643
Davis John H. 405
Davis W. Latta 439
Davis H. W. 827
Davis William W. 722
Davis Mordecai 411
Davis Thompson 760
Deery Henry 845
DeHaven Hugh 492
Denithorne John Capt. 366
Derr Calvin Rev. 821
Detwiler David 782
Dewees Thomas B. 334
Dewees Jacob H. 644
Dickey John Miller Rev., D.D. 199
Diehl Henry J. 673
Dobson John Richesson Gen. 731
Dotterer Nathaniel F. 290
Downing Samuel Rhoads 618
Downing Thomas 836
Dunn Thomas D. M.D. 254
Dutton Isaac L. 522
Dyer William C. 794
Eaches John T. 484
Eachus William H. 520
Eachus Homer 509
Eastwood James B. 725
Egolf Samuel H. 878
Eicholtz George C. M. Capt. 783
Eldridge David 463
Ellicott Richard T. 245
Ellis Nathaniel M. Col. 247
Ellis Jarvis 851
Emack Frank D. M.D. 299
Emery E. Clifford 767
Emery William W. 325
Emery Anthony Wayne 631
Entriken John C. 723
Eppehimer Henry 255
Evans Lewis H. Capt. 686
Evans William Hon. 719
Evans John King M.D. 750
Evans Joseph S. Rev. 285
Evans Henry L. 574
Evans Newton 526
Evans William 551
Everhart James Bowen Hon. 627
Everhart William 218
Farley Robert M.D. 330
Fetters Abraham Capt. 567
Fetters Isaiah Jr. 584
Finkbiner Samuel S. M.D. 454
Finkbiner David 720
Finkbiner John 213
Fisher Daniel W. 793
Fisher Elwood W. 675
Fitzpatrick James 586
Flint John Rev. 353
Floyd George W. 761
Francis Casper Snyder 376
Francis John 803
Frederick Charles N. M.D. 752
Frick Edwin 768
Frick Montgomery 246
Friday Washington 661
Fritz William H. 532
Fronefield Joseph M. 742
Fulton William T. Hon. 416
Funk Harry D. 558
Funk Thomas D. 835
Funk Jacob L. 239
Futhey J. Smith Hon. 767
Futhey R. Agnew 313
Futhey James L. 456
Futhey Robert 654
Gallagher William Col. 329
Gallagher Edward 491
Garrett Jesse H. 694
Garrett Joshua L. 541
Garrett Harvey S. 521
Gause Jonathan 744
Geiger Jacob H. 823
Gheen R. C. 849
Gheen L. W. 545
Gilbert Jacob 515
Gilfillan John 300
Gilkyson Hamilton H. Col. 436
Gilligan Edward L. Capt. 403
Good Abraham 561
Green Francis H. Prof. 834
Green Joseph C. 279
Green Jesse Cope 575
Green William S. 777
Griffen George S. 866
Griffith Wilmar 809
Grover Thomas D. 605
Gunkle George Washington 414
Guss J. Acker 804
Gyger John 730
Haddaway Charles M. Rev. 434
Haines Townsend Hon. 560
Halderman Isaac R. 315
Hallman Henry S. 345
Halteman Benjamin H. 799
Hamill Millard F. 740
Hannum Curtis Hoopes 593
Harlan Justin Edward Dr., D.D.S. 610
Harlan Abram Douglas Hon. 652
Harley Edwin 813
Harris William Smith 630
Harris Malachi 607
Harry Joshua P. 688
Hart Harry C. 824
Hartman William Dell M.D. 876
Hartman William W. Rev. 356
Hartshorne Joshua Hon. 674
Hastings John M. Rev. 440
Hause J. Frank E. 215
Hause Jesse 544
Hawley Jesse 693
Heckel Frederick William M.D. 726
Heistand David H. 633
Hemphill Joseph Hon. 754
Henderson Robert J. 371
Henderson Joseph S. 759
Henniss John A. 852
Heron Fred 656
Hibberd Joshua E. 737
Hibberd Walter R. 552
Hickman John Hon. 200
High Jacob 273
High Samuel 635
Highley Charles C. 689
Hills George Heathcote Rev., M.A. 204
Himes George 794
Hodgson William H. 680
Hogue Thomas C. 208
Holman Isaac 814
Hoopes Caleb 379
Hoopes Josiah 264
Hoopes Thomas 355
Hooton Francis C. Col. 287
Horning Charles S. M.D. 226
Hoskins Percy C. M.D. 259
Howell Charles H. 494
Hoy John L. 543
Hurford Eber H. 442
Ingram Alexander H. Capt. 741
Ivison Samuel Jr. 225
Jacobs Joseph 547
Jacobs Samuel 479
Janeway John L. C. E. 815
Johnson George B. 789
Johnson Joseph H. 386
Jones Jacob K. Prof. 422
Jones T. Franklin 582
Jones Addison L. 227
Jones Franklin 659
Kaler Levi B. Hon. 711
Kauffman John F. 606
Kauffman William J. 807
Keech Frank W. 562
Keeley Oliver B. 796
Keeley William P. 811
Keeley Davis 517
Keim Jonathan H. 530
Keim George 272
Kelton Robert C. 304
Kephart Jacob F. 233
Kepner Solomon 384
Kerr Edward M.D. 383
Knauer Davis 784
Koller Mahlon S. 442
Kulp Jonathan H. 296
Kurtz Henry K. 236
LaFayette de Marquis 337
Lamborn Wendell P. D.D.S. 826
Lancaster Thomas 839
Landis George W. 308
Latshaw Enos P. 632
Latta John Y. 622
Leary Jonathan 519
Leopold Jeremiah S. 278
Lewis Walter H. 598
Lewis Eli J. 423
Lippert Moritz George C. E. 471
Little Roger M. 833
Lobb Preston W. 498
Long Francis Donleavy A.M. 579
Ludwick Frank B. 781
MacDonald Walter A. 199
MacElree Wilmer W. 270
MacFarland David McConkey 765
MacFeat Walter 766
Mackelduff Samuel C. 634
Manger William R. 841
March S. Robison 396
Margerum Cyrus S. 478
Marshall William P. 690
Marshall Thomas W. 538
Marshall Humphrey 559
Marshall Thomas 854
Massey Isaac M.D. 341
Massey Charles D. 698
Masters James W. 202
Matlack Jesse Hon. 685
Matlack Joaquin B. 736
Matson William G. 425
Maxwell James Rea M.D. 235
May Addison 533
McCauley L. G. Maj. 213
McClure James 667
McClurg James 293
McCullough Sanders 212
McDowell Thomas R. Rev. 433
McKean Thomas Hon., L.L. D. 208
Menkins Henry J. 493
Menkins Joseph 470
Mercer Henry 628
Meredith R. T. 499
Mewhinney Jas. Campbell M.D. 816
Michener Amos 324
Michener Family 547
Miller Enos D. 703
Miller Joseph K. 733
Miller Henry R. 840
Miller Addison 810
Mintzer J. Bechtel M.D. 697
Mock William 831
Monaghan Robert Emmet 194
Monaghan Robert Jones 636
Montgomery Thomas H. 669
Moore Daniel Foulke Col. 426
Moore William Hon. 564
Morris Jonathan 842
Moses O. E. 712
Mosteller William H. M.D. 869
Mowrey Joseph I. 850
Mowry B. Franklin 819
Moyer Jacob W. 242
Mullen Alfred 488
Mullin John S. 662
Myer George G. 258
Needham Benjamin C. Rev. 624
Newlin Ellis P. 769
Oberholtzer Levi M.D. 369
Opperman David 548
Owen William O. Rev 360
Painter Henry 791
Parke Samuel D. 817
Parke Samuel R. 504
Parker James G. 868
Paschal Isaac 523
Patrick Ellwood M.D. 836
Patterson Robert Mayne Rev., D.D. L.L. D. 718
Paxson William L. 395
Pearson Isaac M. 664
Pechin Robert W. 599
Pennock Samuel 665
Pennypacker Matthias J. M.D. 640
Pennypacker Wilmer E. 412
Pennypacker James M. 454
Peters George D. 231
Philips George Morris Ph.D. 474
Philips E. Vinton 333
Phipps James S. 234
Piersol Lewis 704
Potter W. Atlee 503
Pratt John Marshall 457
Price Joseph T. 598
Prizer John 780
Prizer Harman 310
Prizer Henry 806
Pugh Harold B. 241
Ralston William 518
Ramsey Samuel D. 201
Randall Frederick William Rev. 578
Rapp George W. 612
Raynor James B. Dr. 224
Read Thomas Buchanan 702
Reavey John W. 490
Reel Ida Virginia M.D. 585
Rees John 786
Reese John 846
Reid Alfred P. 211
Reiff William E. 274
Reinhart Nathan E. V. S. 648
Rennard William M. 715
Rennard Henry 542
Rhoads George 512
Richard J. Howard 260
Rickabaugh Jacob M.D. 700
Rinehart Joshua 268
Ringwalt H. E. 683
Robb George S. 651
Roberts Charles J. M.D. 678
Roberts Hiram 370
Roberts Jacob 529
Rothrock Joseph T. M.D. 446
Rupert Alfred Col. 864
Rupert George M. Maj. 277
Russell Slater B. 400
Ruth H. Morgan 789
Ruth Gideon T. 481
Savage Frank N. 280
Saylor John C. 392
Saylor William H. 432
Schofield Harry Benner 569
Sellers James C. 305
Shaffer Vosburg Newton 535
Sharpless William 713
Shoemaker Kersey 554
Sigman Isaac K. 489
Sleichter John 261
Sloyer Henry 844
Smale John E. 480
Smedley John G. 410
Smedley Oliver H. 430
Smith Persifor Frazer Hon. 222
Smith David L. Hon. 699
Smith George Jr. 390
Smith John H. Prof. 739
Smith A. Thomas Prof. 232
Smith William Brinton 663
Snyder William Preston Hon. 326
Snyder William H. Prof. 216
Soule Jacob B. Rev. 262
Spackman Isaac 229
Spratt George R. M.D. 401
Stauffer Frank H. 572
Stauffer Henry M. 483
Steen Hugh J. 492
Stem Thomas W. 595
Sterrett Thomas K. 298
Stiteler A. M. F. 679
Stiteler William H. 425
Stiteler I. Newton 524
Stiteler George R. 516
Stockton William R. Rev., D.D. 343
Stout D. B. 707
Stubbs Theodore K. Hon. 351
Supplee Millard F. 511
Sweney Benjamin H. Capt. 317
Talbot D. Smith Hon. 747
Taylor William S. M.D. 802
Taylor William Carroll 462
Taylor David M. 649
Templeton John 668
Tencate Fred A. 315
Thomas Francis A. 256
Thomas R. Newton 237
Thomas Frank P. 473
Thomas John P. 508
Thomas J. Preston 500
Thomas Charles T. 497
Thomas George 527
Thomas Mordecai 394
Thompson Nathan G. M.D. 374
Torbert Benjamin J. 207
Townsend Washington Hon. 770
Townsend William P. 596
Townsend Mark 244
Tripp Isaac 562
Tustin Isaac J. 276
Tutton Alexander P. 581
Urner Eli 306
Urner Family 467
Waddel James Rev., D.D. 490
Waddell William Bell Hon. 191
Wagoner William J. 327
Wagoner Christian W. 846
Waitneight Henry P. 250
Walker William H. Prof. 695
Walker Joseph R. 583
Walker Thomas U. 587
Walters Louis R. Capt. 875
Walters Horace W. 863
Walters George 406
Walton George R. 800
Walton George W. 404
Warner Levi E. 380
Warrington Thomas 549
Watson James J. 633
Way Marshall S. 778
Wayne Anthony Gen. 192
Webb Edward Rev. 340
Webster Samuel L. 483
Webster Elwood 482
Weeks Albert M.D. 253
Weidal Lincoln Washington 542
Weigel William A. 775
Weldin John L. 861
Wells David G. 281
Wells Oliver 269
Wells Peter 841
Wersler George 646
West Wilmar W. 271
West Benjamin 336
Whann William E. 870
Wheeler Henry Rev., D.D. 219
Wheeler Mary Sparkes 319
White Robert Rev. 360
Whitson Samuel 382
Wickersham James Pyle LL. D. 193
Wilds John 443
Williams William Jr. 705
Williams Harry E. M.D. 460
Williams B. Franklin 452
Williams Andrew J. 282
Williams Granville 444
Wilson A. L. Rev. 657
Wilson Amos G. 822
Wilson Harry R. 528
Wilson Winfield Scott 748
Wilson Addison 553
Wilson James 803
Wilson Nathan 716
Windle David C. 338
Wintzer Antoine 753
Woodward Charles E. 238
Woodward William Marshall 830
Worrall John Hunter Prof. 251
Worthington Wilmer Hon., M.D. 556
Wynne Samuel 502
Yarnall Nathan W. 463
Yeager Allison E. 843
Yeager Joseph 776
Yerkes Jonathan P. 523
Young John 589
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