IN BUCKS COUNTY
The Quakers who sailed with William Penn on "The Welcome" em-barked at Bristol, England. That was an important shipping port and a land which the pioneers undoubtedly well remembered. It is not strange, therefore, that we find these same people naming a new settlement they were to establish in the New World after the last they saw of the Old. Bristol, Pennsylvania, was not far from the home established by Penn and by the Widow Iden after they landed. The minutes of the Falls Monthly Meeting of Friends indicates that (5) Randall (2) Idea, Jr., the youngest son who was born in .the port in England upon the eve of de-parture, was of the Falls Monthly Meeting. He married in 1724 at the Falls* Meeting. Evidently he was more than forty years old at the time. It was after his marriage that he moved to Bristol Township, which in the meantime had been founded.
The published records of the Bucks County Historical Society, Vol-ume VII, say that (5) Randall (2) Idea, Jr., was living in Bristol Township in 1724. Both Falls Meeting and Bristol Township are in Bucks County. The same record also says that Randall Iden was married in 1690. This reference could not have related to the son, and if it related to the father of the same name, who died on the ship coming over in 1682, the date must haveˇbeen misread. Most likely the immigrant was married in Eng-land about 1670. For these records we must assume that is the correct date of the marriage of the father of this family.
* Falls Monthly Meeting Marriages 1689-1759 with Births & Burials R. S. 114 pg. 113 "Whereas Randal Iden of the township of Bristol in the County of Bucks and Province of Pennsylvania and Margaret Greenfield of Middletownship in the County aforesaid--the 16th of the 4th month, 1724, at a public assembly at their meeting house. in the Falls township" etc. Witnesses Sarah Boyd, Jno Boyd, John Iden, Dorothy Stogdale, Susannah Ducket, Ros Wood, David Wood, George Ducket:, Robert Stogdale, Mary Stogdale.
5. RANDALL (2) IDEN, ]r., born in England in 1682, married in Falls Monthly meeting 16/4 Mo. (June) 1724, Margaret Greenfield "who," family tradition says, "was a native of New England." They resided in Bristol Town until 1740, when they took a certificate to Gwynedd Month-lay Meeting and located. in the town of Richland. Richland Monthly Meet-ing was set off from Gwynedd Monthly Meeting in 1742. The Richland Monthly Meeting records show little on him except as a member of im-portant committees. He farmed a part of the tract of land which William Penn had conveyed to James Logan. His son later took title to this farm and erected thereon for his home a stone house, which is still stand-ing. At that time the place was known as "The Swamp." The native Indians lived peacefully alongside. On 31/1 Mo. (March) 1741/2, Randall! Iden and Peter Ashton, "of Swamp Friends," desired a loan of "Breadcorn till Harvest." An early map of Richland shows Randall Iden's name in the tract of James Logan. This was later confirmed to his son Randall Iden, and may have been occupied under a leasehold, a common practice of that time.
V. Gilmore Iden, Sons and Daughters of Randall Iden: (1003 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio: Raymond J. Iden, December 1941). pages 35 - 36.
Randall Iden (1644 - 1681)
Margaret Greenfield Iden (1695 - 1740)
Samuel Iden (1724 - 1800)*
Sarah Iden (1724 - ____)*
Randall Iden (1736 - 1812)*
Hannah Iden Beans (1738 - 1826)*
George Iden (1742 - 1800)*
Created by: Marcia Virginia (Rice) L...
Record added: Nov 23, 2012
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