Bucks County Tax Records 1693-1778, compiled by Terry McNealy and Frances Waite, 1982.
Plumstead township taxes: 1731, 1731 or 1732, 1759, 1761, 1762, 1763, 1764, 1775, 1778.
Plus 1779-1786 tax information from Thomas Bailey's book (see p.380)
"The tax structure of colonial Pennsylvania was much simpler than that of modern times. Many of the levies of today did not exist. There was no federal income tax, or any other federal tax, because there was no federal government. The King and Parliament of England were far away, and made no direct tax upon the colonists in America. Pennsylvania levied no income tax, no sales tax, and no other direct tax on its citizens on a regular basis. The provincial government ordinarily raised the funds it needed mainly through customs duties and excise taxes on certain imported mechandise, primarily rum and other alcoholic beverages. The government also derived income from fees for certain privileges controlled by the provincial authorities, such as tavern licenses.
The taxes familiar to an 18th century inhabitant of PA were mainly local taxes, collected and spent in his own neighborhood. There was no school tax, for there were no public schools -- there were only private and church-related schools supported by tuition payments from the parents of the children who attended. The local taxes were usually known as 'poor taxes' since the support of the poor was the first priority and probably took up the largest portion of funds.
Some of the earliest laws agreed upon for the province of PA established the principles that no tax could be levied unless it had been duly enacted as a law passed by the Assembly, and that no tax could be enacted with a duration of more than one year. ... The other principal task of local government was that of caring for the roads and highways of the township. This was accomplished by the age-old means of the corvée, by which the inhabitants of each township were called out from time to time with the obligation of helping with the work of clearing and repairing roads." (Corvée -- etymology: French, from Medieval (14th century) Latin corrogata, from Latin past participle of corrogare to collect -- Miriam Webster dictionary: 1: unpaid labor (as toward constructing roads) due from a feudal vassal to his lord 2: labor exacted in lieu of taxes by public authorities especially for highway construction or repair.)
It should be pointed out that Bucks County started out as a primarily English-Quaker County. William Penn's first purchase of land in Pennsylvania was 8,000 acres from the Lenape Indians in 1682 (divided into Bucks, Philadelphia and Chester Counties), and he chose Bucks as the site for his manor house "Pennsbury". Most of the early settlers of the county were Quakers, and even the "second wave" of settlers were Quakers who moved from Chester or Philadelphia. Many of these Quakers were disowned when they took up arms or even made a declaration of allegiance during the Revolution. Research into these Quaker families is difficult because the records are not even published much less digitized, and family often moved to meetings closer to their homes as new meetings opened up, so there is not one central place to look.
BRITTON, John --
Plumstead 1731 Joh. Brittain 10-1-3 (1731 is the first tax record in Plumstead township);
Plumstead twp 1731 or 1732, John Brittain, 050 land, 06 corn, 0 servant, 0 age, 02 cattle, 02 horses, 00 sheep;
Plumstead 1759 John Brittan 10-2-6;
Plumstead 1761 John Britian 12-3-0;
.....Middletown 1762 -- single man -- John Briton 9 -- not our "family man" John;
Plumstead 1762 John Briton 7-1-9;
Plumstead 1775 John Brittain 1 horse, 1 cattle 0 sheep, 30 acres 2-rent tax rates 1-4-0 on land and 1-0-0 on horse, etc. tax was 0-1-6;
Plumstead 1778 John Britton 0-10.
Plumstead 1779 John Brittain 78 acres 1 horse 1 cattle (see p.380)
Plumstead twp 1789 John Brittain 8-4 (see p.380)
Notes: John Britton (~1695 Staten Island - 1784 Bucks, PA) is the only Britton on the Bucks County tax lists in 1731 and 1732. John continues to show up in Bucks-Plumstead in 1759, 1761, 1762, 1775 and 1778 as do several of his sons. John apparently moved to Bucks between 1722 and 1731 according to these tax records, as he is not on the the extant 1722 Buckingham County tax list -- see more discussion on this in the notes below. In fact, it would appear that John Britton moved to Bucks after 1724, as there is a list of landowners in that year ("The History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from the discovery of the Delaware to the present time" by W. W. H. Davis, 1876) and no Britton (or Gibson) is on that list. These finding are consistent with John's land purchases in 1725 (see History of Bucks County -- 375 acres from Richard Hill of Philadelphia) and 1727.
The 1762 Middletown single man John Britton is unknown, however, it is curious that this John shows up on only this single tax list, and he is in Middletown. There are several other Brittons in Middletown at this time -- Richard, Nathaniel, Natt, Abraham and Thomas -- most would appear to be John's grandsons (see Britton Genealogical Tree), children mainly of son William (however, with so many children with the same first names, and no ages on these tax records, exact composition is indeterminable). While it is possible that this John could be another child of John, one who apparently never marries and who dies prior to John writing his will in 1770 (and with the propensity of his family members to all name children after themselves, it is curious there was no son John), it would appear more likely that he is a grandson, or perhaps a nephew.
The 1789 tax listing for John in Plumstead is confusing also, as John had died 5 years earlier in 1784. Perhaps is was for his estate, and was not transcribed correctly.
BRITTON, Richard --
.....Middletown Richard Brittain 1760 25, the Estate 50 75-18-9 (L-s-d);
.....Middletown 1762 Richard Britton 25 rate Estate 50 rate 75 tax 0-18-0;
.....Middletown 1762 Richard Briton 25 [and] land 50 rate 75 tax 0-18-0.
Note: John's oldest son was Richard, but this 1760-1762 Richard is definitely not his son; his son Richard had died 1745-1749, as known from Daniel Stillwell's will. Since "estate" could mean that the land was rented, it would appear more likely that this Richard was renting the land in Middletown, rather than it was somehow land from Richard's 1745-49 estate, 10-15 years after his death. Although John has several grandsons named Richard, they would all be too young (under 21) to be taxable. Therefore, this entry is more likely to be that of a nephew to John.
BRITTON, William --
Plumstead 1761 William Britian 4-1-0
Note: This is likely John's son William; since is only on this single list (and not the previous list in 1759 or subsequent lists in 1762, 1763, and 1764, it is thought that he likely was still living at home when he first married circa 1758, and then moved to MD in 1762. However, it should be noted that this is not definitive: this William could instead be John's cousin William (~1723 SI-1804 Hunterdon, PA) who has two sons who will volunteer out of Bucks in the Revolution -- see note under Nathaniel); or he could also be cousin William, son of Benjamin (1671-1710s/1720s SI) and Martha Stillwell, who was a witness to his sister and brother-in-law's wills (1753 and 1747 respectively) -- Anne and Jacobus Billue moved to Bucks County circa 1735. This underscores the difficulty of research on this family when so many different generations use the same names over and over, and no age is on the record (tax, marriage or death records).
BRITTON, Nathaniel --
Plumstead 1759 Nathaniel Brittan 10-2-6;
Plumstead 1761 Nathaniel Britian 8-2-0;
.....Middletown 1762 Nathl Briton 9s (single man) (crossed off list though);
Plumstead 1762 Nathaniel Briton 5-1-3;
Plumstead 1763 Nathaniel Brittain 9-2-3;
Plumstead 1764 Nathaniel Briton 9-2-3;
Plumstead 1775 Nathaniel Britain 2 horses 4 cattle 10 sheep 120 acres 7 rent tax 0-10-6;
Plumstead 1778 Nathanel Britton 2-0
Plumstead 1779 Nathaniel Brittain 120 acres, 3 horses, 5 cattle (see p.380)
Plumstead 1783 Nathaniel Brittain 1-17-0 also living there in 1786 (see p.380)
Note: The Nathaniel in Plumstead is John's son Nathaniel. However, there are three Britton men showing up in Middletown township in Bucks County in the 1760s: John (single man) in 1762, Richard (renting land) in 1760 and 1762, Nathaniel (single man, but crossed out) in 1762, Natt (single man) in 1760, Abraham in 1760 and 1762, and Thomas (single man) in 1762. Perhaps the Nathaniel was cousin Nathaniel (1744-1817), William Britton's oldest son, who will volunteer as a Patriot out of Bucks in 1770s. But, since the only William listing is in Plumstead, it is not certain. William was born on Staten Island, married in Monmouth in 1743, lived in Monmouth, NJ then Hunterdon, NJ, moved to Northampton, PA by 1762. It is possible that William lived in Bucks in 1761 prior to moving to Northampton, which might explain why 2 (Nathaniel and Samuel) of his 3 sons who served as Patriots (the younger ones were loyalists) volunteered out of Bucks.
BRITTON, Nathan --
Hilltown township, 1778, Nathan Brittain 2-10 (L-s)
BRITTON, Anna --
Hilltownship 1779 Anna Brittain 140 acres 3 horses 7 cattle (see p.380)
Hilltown twp 1783 Anna Brittain 1-10-0 also there in 1782, 1785, 1787 (see p.380)
BRITTON, Elijah --
Hilltownship 1779 Elijah Brittain (single man) 1 cattle (see p.380)
Hilltown twp 1783 Elijah Brittain 3-9 also there in 1782-1787 (see p.380)
Note: This 1778 listing for Nathan is quite poignant, but also confusing -- it has been documented by descendants of Nathan that he died later in this tax year (on September 2, 1778, but his estate was administered in 1779 in Hilltown: Brittin, Nathan), leaving his widow Ann Thomas Britton with six young children. Her listings which start in 1779 confirm he died prior to that time, and Elijah is their oldest son. However, it is not understandable why Nathan does not also have tax listings in previous years, especially 1775 but also in the 1760s -- perhaps they lived with his parents. Nathan was listed in his father's 1770 will as a "well-beloved son" and executor, along with his brother Nathaniel. Since oldest son Richard was deceased, and youngest son Benjamin has just moved to VA (according to John Dyer's Diary entry in 1769), it would seem likely that older son William has already moved to MD and younger son Joseph has likely already moved to VA.
BRITTON, Joseph --
Plumstead 1759 Joseph Brittan 8-2-0;
Plumstead 1761 Joseph Britian 8-2-0;
Plumstead 1762 Joseph Briton 7-1-9;
Plumstead 1763 Jos. Brittain 14-3-6;
Plumstead 1764 Joseph Briton 12-3-0;
Plumstead 1775 Joseph Brittain 1 horse, 4 cattle 4 sheep 107 acres 6 rent tax 0-7-6;
Plumstead 1778 Jos Britton 0-10.
Plumstead 1779 Joseph Brittain 200 acres 4 horses 4 cattle (see p.380)
Plumstead 1783 Joseph Brittain 1-16-11 (see p.380)
BRITTON, Jesse -- Plumstead 1783 Jesse Brittain 2-0-0 Also living there in 1785 (see p.380)
Note: This Joseph and his son Jesse are our ancestors. Jesse married Ann Gibson ~1781, with daughter Abigail born in VA in 1783. Jesse is known to be back in Bucks,PA in 1783 as he is documented as one of the August 1783 posse members who caught Moses Doan. I (DLH) am fairly confident that Joseph is his father who is a son of John -- most of the Britton records here do belong to John and his immediate family. What is surprising is their records here ~1759 when Jesse was supposed to be born in Berks,PA near Reading ("History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, OH", 1880 "Pickaway-Perry. Jesse Britton, whose place of nativity was Reading, Pennsylvania, came to Ohio from Richmond, Virginia [actually Winchester, VA] in 1807...")(his tombstone is dated "3/27/1759-8/3/1842").
--- It is possible the Berks reference is an error -- either the Berks entry is a typographical error (perhaps the handwritten Bucks was misinterpreted as Berks,) or it was a bad memory from whomever supplied the information in 1880.
--- This same reference said Jesse came to Pickaway County,OH from Richmond when in fact it was Winchester. And this reference had the death dates wrong for Jesse and his second wife Susannah, and detailed daughter Carissa/Clarissa as Clarence!
--- Since no birth record has been found, Berks cannot be ruled out; perhaps Jesse was born in Berks en route between Frederick-Bucks.
--- Assuming that Joseph is Jesse's father, which seems clear from his death records in Frederick,VA in 1795, it seems that the family's more permanent residence at the time of Jesse's birth in 1759 was in Bucks regardless of where he was actually born. No church records have been found in Bucks or Berks or Frederick,VA; the family may have been Quaker and when more Quaker records are available they will shed more light on this.
More research needs to be done to verify these hypotheses. There is a 9/2/1771 Bucks,PA land record that Joseph Brittain and wife Abigail sold 219 acres, 150 perches to Robert Gibson of Plumstead. It is thought that Joseph's first wife Mary may have died and he remarried an Abigail. It is thought that his son Joseph Jr was too young to be married, and there is not a nephew known that this record could refer to. However, with just one record for each person found, these assumptions could be in error. Hopefully if Quaker records are digitized it will be possible to find confirmation of Jesse's mother's name.
Furthermore, it is uncertain who the N. and J. Britton are in Dyer's diary -- "Memoranda from the diary of John Dyer of Plumstead, 1790 -- 10/22 N. Brittain and J. Brittain moved to Virginia." Given that John Dyer was rather elderly at this time, I (DLH 2008) think it is more likely that he would abbreviate the names of John's sons rather than those of his grandsons, so I am guessing that the "J" is more likely to be Joseph, our ancestor, and the "N" is Nathaniel (who is listed by other genealogists as having moved to NJ). This is consistent with the results of the 1790 census for Bucks, which only has Nathaniel and Joseph and Joseph's sons Jesse and Joseph on it (as well as an uncertain Thomas -- perhaps another son of Joseph's?). However, genealogists report that Nathaniel died in NJ in 1791 -- so perhaps John Dyer was confused and thought he was going to Virginia too, following his brothers Benjamin and Joseph, confused because Nathaniel's son Timothy does move to VA -- it will probably never be known which Brittons this diary entry refers to.
Finally, it should be noted that Joseph's son Jesse volunteered as a Patriot out of Bucks in 1775 when he was just 16. The other Brittons who volunteered out of Bucks are known to include: Jesse, Samuel, Nathaniel, ----add in others----
HIS: In 1770 Nathan, John, Nathaniel, Joseph, Richard, Ann, Elizabeth and Rachel Britton were members of the Hilltown Church. In 1783, ten of the same name were recorded: Abigail, John Jr. and Jane being the additonal names whilst Nathan and Richard had disappeared. "Stillwell Genealogy," Vol. IV. P. 141. (BRI HIS 009). Assuming that the list included John and Elizabeth and the following children of his: not Richard who is deceased, not William and his wife Mary (moved), Nathaniel and his wife Rachel, Nathan and his wife Ann, apparently Joseph but curiously not his wife Mary (who is still alive based on her father's 1788 will), and not son Benjamin and wife Margaret (moved). However, this still leaves in doubt who the 1770 Richard is (also on the 1760s tax lists) and what happened to him by 1783, and also the 1783 John Jr (Abigail and Jane likely being wives), and why Joseph is on the list but not his wife Mary, as well as why Elizabeth is on the 1783 list when she is known to have died in 1777. ---Elijah married Jane; (William's) Nathaniel married Jane (and he served out of Bucks in the Revolution)--these are the only two Janes found on the tree.
--- it is possible that Joseph's first wife died and he remarried. There is a record in
BRITTON, Benjamin --
..........Bristol, 1753. Benja Brittain's Estate -- 30L (rate of one penny per L and three shillings per head on single men) for relief of the poor;
Plumstead 1759 Benjamin Brittan 4-1-0;
..........Bristol 1761, Benja Brittan 30-5-0;
Plumstead 1761, Benjamin Britian 12-3-0;
Plumstead 1762 (duplicate of poor tax at 3 pence per L and 9s per head) Benjamin Briton 5-1-3;
..........Bristol 1763 Benj.Brittan 30-15-0;
Plumstead 1763 Benja Brittain 6-1-6;
Plumstead 1764 Benjamin Briton 5-1-3;
..........Bristol 1766 Benjaman Britton 48-12-0;
..........Bristol 1778 Benja Britton tax I 1-10, tax II 0-15.
Note: these records are for two different Benjamin Brittons: 1. John's son Benjamin, born in the 1730s, who moved to VA in 1769 (John Dyer's diary: "Memoranda from the diary of John Dyer of Plumstead: 11/9/1769 Ben. Brittain moved for Virginia") was the "Plumstead" Benjamin taxed in 1759, 1762, 1763 and 1764, and 2. the Bucks County baker Benjamin, born in England circa 1810s who moved to Philadelphia (supposedly in 1751, although the above Bristol tax records do not bear this out) and died there (Oxford,Philadelphia) in 1782 was the "Bristol" Benjamin taxed in in 1753, 1761, 1763, 1766, and 1778 -- particularly curious is the 1753 mention of Benja Brittain's estate, which seems to indicate that perhaps he was renting this land, instead of owning, perhaps having recently emigrated to America. Given the proximity of the two Benjamins in Bucks County, and the VanSandt ties of both families, it is no wonder that they are confused in many genealogies. Note tax records for "Bristol" Benjamin's son Abraham and Abraham's widow Keziah VanSandt Britton below.
BRITTON, Abraham --
Middletown, 1760 8-2-0 (L-s-d);
Middletown, 1762 8-2-0; (2nd 1762 8-2-0);
..........Bristol 1766, young men Abraham Brittain 9s;
..........Bristol twp 1775 Abraham Briton -- 2 horses, 4 cattle, 12 sheep, 3-5.....-4 (Lsd) one servant 1-10-0 and rents 200 land - 30 rent - 18-0-0 (18L). tax=0-6-0;
..........Bristol twp 1778 -- Abrm Britton 10-5 (s-s)
..........Bristol twp 1779 Abraham Britton 215 acres 4 horses 6 cattle (see p.380)
Note: it is not clear if this is the same person who moved from Middletown to Bristol, especially since the first record in Bristol is listed "young man". Thus, the Middletown records may be for William's son Abraham Britton who moved to Tennessee, while the Bristol records are definitely for Benjamin's son Abraham. The "Bristol" Abraham Britton died in 1782 (intestate, administration of the estate of Britton, Abraham of Bristol Twp), leaving a widow Keziah VanSandt Britton; his father Benjamin Britton, the Bucks,PA baker who moved to Philadelphia, was born in England circa 1710s and also died in 1782, soon after his son Abraham. These Bucks records for Abraham and Benjamin Brittons, who intermarry with VanSandt family, underscore how difficult this early research is.
BRITTON, Natt --
Middletown, 1760 9s (single man)
This Natt is probably a Nathaniel or a Nathan. Unclear who he is.
BRITTON, Thomas --
Middletown 1762 -- single man -- 9s (with John Briton)
Note there was a Thomas on the 1790 census, and that apparently none of these Middletown or Bristol Britton entries show up as belonging to the Hilltown Church in 1770 or 1783 (see above). (Note to self: note the change from 1759 to 1761: from 1759 plumstead -- joseph, john, benjamin, nathaniel to 1761 plumstead -- joseph, john, benjamin, william, nathaniel)
BRITTON, Keziah --
..........Bristol twp 1783 Keziah Britain 1-1-0 (see p.380)
Keziah VanSandt Britton, who had married Abraham Britton in September, 1763, was widowed in 1782. There is a record of a Kesie Britton married George Sweetman on Feb 11, 1785 in the First Baptist Church in Philadelphia, likely to be a remarriage for this widow.
In 1770 Nathan, John, Nathaniel, Joseph, Richard, Ann, Elizabeth and Rachel Britton were members of the Hilltown Church. In 1783, ten of the same name were recorded: Abigail, John, Jr. and Jane.
John (~1695-1784) and Elizabeth (?-1781)
Richard (~1716-~1747) and unknown -- dau Elizabeth
William (~1718-?) and Mary (?-?) moved to MD ~1755?
Elizabeth (~1720-?) and Edward Morris
Anna (~1722-?) and William Young
Hannah (~1726-?) and Peter Cosner
Mary (~1728-?) and James Lewis
Martha (~1728-1770 VA) and Edward Poe
Nathan (1732-1816) and Ann Th0omas
Joseph (1727-1795) and Mary
Benjamin (1730s-1780s/1790s VA) and Margaret -- moved 1769
GIBSON, Gidion -- Solebury 1761 single man -- 9s
GIBSON, Robert --
Plumstead 1775, 2 horses, 4 cattle, 6 sheep 150 land, 7 rent, 0-10-0;
plumstead 1778, 3-5;
Plumstead 1778 2-10
GIBSON, Robert Jr -- Plumstead 1775 Robert Gibson Jr 2 horses 2 cattle 0 sheep 30 land 5 rent 0-7-6;
GEBSON, John -- Plumstead 1778 1-10
Note: Robert Gibson apparently moved to Bucks sometime between the 1764 and 1775 tax lists. Robert Gibson was likely born in the 1720s and his first son Robert Gibson Jr ~1750. Robert Gibson Jr married Mary Britton on July 14, 1775, and bought the Plumstead Inn at a sherriff's sale on March 14, 1775 -- this tax list under Jr is for that property.
--- see Gibson genealogy<
Vansandt -- tons -- Cornelius, Gabriel, Garret, George, Gerrard, Harmon, Harman Jr, Isaiah, Jacob, Jacobus, James, John, Joshua, land, Col Nathl, Nathaniel, Nicholas (married to Mary Britton 1724-1808), Peter, Stohel, William. Didn't do. do Nicholas
VANSANDT, Cornelius -- Wrightstown twp 1779 Cornelius Vansant 20 acres 0 tax (not listed in 1784/85) (see p.380)
|Taxes in Bucks County for 1779-1783 (source) -- these are the taxes during the Revolution|
|taxes for the year:||1779||1781||1782||1783|
|- - - - - - - acres - horses - cattle - servants in 1779-1782 - - - - - - - -||amount of tax|
|Tax in Plumstead County:|
|John Brittain||78 - 1 - 1 - 0||75 - 1 - 0 - 0||30 - 0 - 0 - 0||0.8.4|
|Joseph Brittain, still||200 - 4 - 4 - 0||100 - 2 - 5 - 0||100 - 2 - 4 - 0|| 1.16.11|
|Jesse Brittain||no entry in 1779||100 - 1 - 0 - 0||100 - 1 - 0 - 0||2.0.0|
|Nathaniel Brittain||120 - 3 - 5 - 0||no entry in 1781||130 - 4 - 4 - 0||1.17.4|
|Rob't Gibson, Jr.,||no entry in 1779||200 - 4 - 3 - 0||200 - 4 - 2 - 0||3.4.2|
|Robert Gibson, Sen.,||200* - 2 - 4 - 0||225 - 3 - 5 - 0||225 - 3 - 5 - 0||4.1.0|
|Rob't Gibson, Sen., tavern||198* - 7 - 4 - 0||no entry in 1781||no entry in 1782||no entry in 1783|
|Single men: Sam'l Britain||1.2.6|
|Single men: Jesse Brittain||**|
|*Robert Gibson Sr had the highest tax in Plumstead in 1779 (48.6.0); no Robert Gibson Jr on the list, married or single in 1779|
|**weird: Jesse is definitely married and he is on the first part of the list as married; perhaps meant to be his brother Joseph?|
|Tax in Bedminster township:|
|And'w Armstrong||100 - 3 - 6 - 0||100 - 2 - 5 - 0||100 - 2 - 5 - 0||1.12.0|
|Sam'l Armstrong||97 - 2 - 4 - 0||140 - 2 - 4 - 0||140 - 2 - 4 - 0||1.12.6|
|John Armstrong||97 - 2 - 3 - 0||140 - 2 - 2 - 0||140 - 2 - 2 - 0||1.12.6|
|Wm. Armstrong||100 - 0 - 2 - 0||no entry for 1781||no entry for 1782||no entry for 1783|
|Tax in Hilltown township:|
|Anna Brittain (estate in 1782)||140 - 3 - 6 - 0||146 - 2 - 3 - 0||146 - 2 - 4 - 0||1.10.0|
|Elijah Brittain||no entry in 1779||0 - 2 - 2 - 0||87 - 2 - 3 - 0||0.3.9|
|Tax in Bristol township:|
|Abram Brittain||215 - 4 - 6 - 1||215 - 4 - 10 - 1||no entry for 1782||no entry for 1783|
|Widow Britain||no entry for 1779||no entry for 1781||215 - 2 - 5 - 1||0.8.9|
|Tax in Bristol Borough township:|
|Keziah Britain||no entry for 1779||no entry for 1781||no entry for 1782||1.10.0|
Notes: "Estate" means that the person held lands "on an estate" that is, he rented the property from the actual owner. It was commonly in the terms of a lease that the lessee was responsible for payment of taxes, and thus the renter's name appeared on the tax list rather than the owner's. Occasionally the word estate appeared when a landowner was recently deceased.
20 shillings-1 pound; 12 pence = 1 shilling. Although the tax rate did vary some, it was usually 3d per pound of assessed property value for family men and 9s per head on single men "for the nescessary relieaf of the poor". No Frosts or Houseman/Howsmons on any of the lists for Bucks.
John Britton (~1695-1784), our ancestor, moved to Bucks County in 1727, in his late 20s or early 30s, according to his 1727 land purchase and confirmed by these tax records. Prior to 1725, Plumstead County was a part of Buckingham County, and John is n0t on the extant 1722 Buckingham County tax list; John first shows up on the PA taxes on the first Plumstead list of 1731. (Further note: Plumsteaders were on that 1722 Buckingham tax list like John Dyer). I (DLH 2008) think that his move to Plumstead may have been precipitated by a second marriage to Rebecca VanSandt, after his first wife Elizabeth Stillwell died. No marriage record has been found for John and Rebecca, and no birth records for any of the children either, so ancestry for each child is uncertain. It is noteworthy that John's cousin Nathaniel Britton Jr's daughter Mary (1724-1808) married Nickolas VanSandt of Bucks, probably in the 1740s, and followed him to Bucks, but John's move to Bucks predated her marriage.
John Britton (~1695- 1784 Bucks,PA) is known to have had 11 children from his will:
----------6b. Richard Brittain (~1716 NJ?-between 1745&1749) married Unknown and had one daughter. Note, many genealogies think he lived in Monmouth, probably due to the listing in Jeremiah Stillwell's Monmouth will, but it is not certain -- these tax record do not help since there is a gap between 1732 and 1759, and Richard would have been only ~16 in 1732 and was deceased by 1759. From the wording in Jeremiah Stillwell's will, it has always been assumed that it was John who married a Stillwell, but only Richard's daughter was included in the Stillwell will -- if so, I think John's wife probably died after Richard's birth, so only this one grandchild was a Stillwell grandchild. Richard's widow likely remarried and then moved to NY, according to deductions based on Jeremiah's wills.
----------6b. William Britton (~1718 NJ?-) married Mary Runkin/Rankin -- moved to MD in early 1760s? (First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia -- William Brittin married Mary Runkin on May 31, 1746). Children then moved on to TN.
----------6b. Elizabeth Britton (~1720 NJ?-) married Edward Morris
----------6b. Anna Britton (~1722 NJ?-) married William Young (First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia -- Anne Britton married William Young on April 10, 1745) may have moved to VA
----------6b. Nathaniel Britton (~1724 NJ?-1791 Freehold Twp, Monmouth Cty, NJ)(but sold land in Bucks Cy PA in 1753 too) married Rachel Jones (daughter of Samuel Jones Sr) -- moved to NJ? by 1791 -- I (DLH 2008) think VA)
----------6b. Hannah Britton (~1726 NJ?-) married Peter Cosner
----------6b. Mary Britton (~1726 NJ?-) married James Lewis
----------6b. Martha Britton (~1728 Bucks, PA-1770 VA) married Edward Poe (1732 Bucks, PA-1816 KY) -- married in Baltimore,MD, then moved back to Bucks, then VA by 1770, with descendants to OH and KY
----------6b. Nathan Britton*** (1732 Bucks, PA-9/2/1778 Bucks,PA) married Ann Thomas (1739 PA-1819 PA) (daughter of John Thomas of Hilltown Twp, Bucks Cty, PA)
----------6b. Joseph Britton (before 1727? Bucks,PA?-before 10/16/1795 Winchester, VA) married Mary Gibson (daughter of the Robert Gibson of Plumstead Twp, Bucks County, PA who died 1788) Moved back and forth between PA and VA in 1750-1791, prior to permanent move in 1791
----------6b. Benjamin Britton (~1730s Bucks, PA?-1780s/1790s? VA) married Margaret Unknown -- moved to VA 1769
John's 1770 will (date when written) lists "well-beloved" sons Nathan and Nathaniel as executors. Since oldest son Richard was deceased, and youngest son Benjamin has just moved to VA (according to John Dyer's Diary entry in 1769), it would seem likely that older son William has already moved to MD and younger son Joseph has likely already moved to VA by 1770. See Britton Genealogical Tree for complete descendancy.
Abingdon Presbyterian Church -- Mary Britton married Nicholas Vansandt on May 16, 1744.
LOOK UP TAXES for Morris, Young, Cosner, Lewis and Poe too -- for John's daughters.