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William PENN, III

Male 1703 - 1747  (43 years)

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  • Name William PENN 
    Suffix III 
    Born 21 Mar 1703  Warminghurst, Sussex,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN PRBK-21 
    Will 17 Dec 1743 
    Died 6 Feb 1747  Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Dropsy 
    Probate 2 Jun 1749  Prerogative Court of Canterbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Roach, Hannah Benner, "The Family of William Penn-A Collated Record," Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 2, 1967, pp. 92-93:

      WILLIAM PENN, 3rd, grandson of the Founder, was born at Warminghurst 21 1m (March) 1702/3, the youngest child of . . . William Penn, Jr., and his wife Mary Jones, and was only seventeen when his father died in 1720. By the death of his elder, unmarried brother Springett Penn, in 1730/1, he inherited the remaining estates settled upon his father by the Founder, including the Irish property of Shanagarry in Cork, and The Rocks in Surrey, presumed to have been part of the estate of his grandmother, Gulielma Maria (Springett) Penn. . . . [I]n 1731 William released for ??5500 the claim, instituted by his brother Springett, to the general right of the elder branch of the family in the soil and government of Pennsylvania, to the younger branch, represented by his uncles John, Thomas and Richard Penn.

      On 7 10m (December) 1732, William married by Friends' ceremony at Wandsworth, Surrey, CHRISTIAN FORBES, born about 1715, daughter of Alexander Forbes and his wife Jane Barclay. The marriage was lamentably brief, however, for she died, following the birth of her first and only child, on 1 November 1733, and was buried at Jordans on the seventh of the month.

      Issue of . . . William Penn, 3rd, by his 1st wife Christian Forbes:

      i. CHRISTIANA GULIELMA PENN, b. 22 October 1733; d. in London 24 March 1803, ae. 69 years, at her home in Thornhaughstreet; m. in London 14 August 1761, PETER GASKELL of Bath, b. ca. 1730; d. in Bath in January, 1785. From her great-aunt Letitia Aubrey, she inherited lots in Philadelphia, and land in the Manor of Mount Joy in Upper Marion Township, and in Fagg's Manor. Neither she nor her husband ever came to Philadelphia, but one of her sons did, settling in Delaware County. . . .

      Three years after the death of Christian Forbes, . . . William Penn, 3rd, married again. At St. Paul's Cathedral, William Penn, then of Withyan, Sussex, widower, by license dated 7 November 1736, was united in marriage with ANN VAUX, of the parish of St. Diones, Backchurch, London, and daughter of Isaac Vaux of London. They removed to Ireland and in 1738 were living in Ballyphechane in the South Liberties of Cork.

      The marriage was not a success, however, for by 1742 she had left him and returned to England and William, then living in Dublin, had instituted a suit for divorce in Doctors' Commons. In April, 1746, he was back in Cork, concerned about the inventory of his aunt Letitia Aubrey's goods and the provisions of her will under which his thirteen-year-old daughter, Christiana Gulielma, was residuary legatee. Less than a year later he himself was dead, dying at Shanagarry of a dropsy 6 February 1746/7. In his will, dated 17 10m (December) 1743, he appointed his uncles John and Thomas Penn guardians of his two children during the minority of his son Springett. When he came of age he was to become executor. To his wife, who apparently had blocked the divorce proceedings, he left one shilling on the advice of counsel since she had "eloped" from him and thereby forfeited her dower rights and thirds.

      Issue of . . . William Penn, 3rd, by his 2nd wife Ann Vaux:

      ii. SPRINGETT PENN, b. at Cork, Ireland, 1 1m (March) 1738/9; d. of consumption testate, unmarried and without issue at Dublin, in November, 1766. Until he came of age, Springett was under the supervision of his great-uncle Thomas Penn, but subsequently appears to have been under the influence of his mother. In his will, dated 21 December 1762, he left her all that part of the Penn estates in Ireland and America corning to him from his father. In February, 1767, three months after Springett's death, his mother married, as his third wife, Alexander Durdin, a Dublin attorney. She died testate the following 13 April 1767. In the interval between her second marriage and death, she had drawn her own will in which she devised to Durdin all the estate left her by her son. As a result of her bequest, a long-drawn-out lawsuit followed between Durdin and Christiana Gulielma (Penn) Gaskell, Springett's half-sister, as she tried to establish her claim to her father's property. The suit in Chancery did not terminate until 1800, at which time the Shanagarry estate was divided between the heirs-at-law of Peter Gaskell and Alexander Durdin.

      (2) The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England <>:

      Description: Will of William Penn of Shanagarry, Cork
      Date [proved]: 02 June 1749
      Catalogue reference: PROB 11/771
      Dept: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
      Series: Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers
      Piece: Name of Register: Lisle Quire Numbers: 181 - 223
      Image contains: 1 will of many for the catalogue reference
    Person ID I18556  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 

    Father William PENN, Jr.,   b. 14 Mar 1680, Warminghurst, Sussex,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1720, Li??ge, Li??ge, Wallonia, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary JONES,   b. 11 Jan 1677,   d. Bef 5 Dec 1733  (Age < 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 12 Jan 1699  Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Jenkins, Howard M., The Family of William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania: Ancestry and Descendants, London, England: Headley Bros., 1899, pp. 107 et seq:


      William Penn, Jr., was born at Worminghurst, his mother's estate, March 14, 1680/1, ten days after the grant of Pennsylvania to his father. Little is known of his childhood and youth. . . . He was married early. The Bristol Friends' records show the marriage of William Penn, Jr., and Mary Jones, daughter of Charles, Jr., and Martha, at Bristol, on the 12th of Eleventh month (January), 1698/9. He was then not quite eighteen years old. His wife was four years older. She was born on the 11th of Eleventh month (January), 1676/7, and was, therefore, just a day more than twenty-two on her wedding-day.

      The marriage certificate is as follows:

      [The memoriall or Copy of the Certificate of Willm Penn Junr. & Mary Jones's Marriage. The Certificate itselfe being made on double Stampt pchment according to the late Statute.]

      Whereas it doth appeare by the memorialls of the men's meeting of the people called Quakers within the Citty of Bristoll that William Penn, son of Willm. Penn Esq and Mary Jones daughter of Charles Jones Junr, of the same Citty, merchant, did on the four & twentieth day of the eighth month last past manifest their intentions of marriage. AND WHEREAS such their intentions was on the eighteenth day of the ninth month last published in the publique meeting house of the said people in the presence of many people there congregated AND FORASMUCH as there appeares no just cause wherefore a marriage between the said William Penn Junr. & Mary Jones should not be consumated we therefore whose names are hereunto subscribed are witnesses that on the day of the date hereof the said Willm. Penn Junr. taking the said Mary Jones by the hand did declare that he did take the said Mary to be his wife, And that the said Mary holding the said Willm. Penn Junr. by the hand did declare that she did take the said Willm. to be her husband, And that also the said Willm. Penn Junr. & Mary holding each other by the hand did mutually promise each to other to live together husband and wife in love and faithfulnes according to God's Holy ordinances as in Holy scriptures declared untill by death they shall be separated AND ALSO the said Willm. and Mary as a further testimony of such their taking each other and of such their promises each to other have hereunto with us sett their hands the Twleveth day of the eleaventh month in the year one thousand six hundred ninety eight.

      MARY PENN.

      The names of the Witnesses that subscribed with them to the same Certificate are -

      Walter Duffield
      Thomas Penn
      J. Hampton
      Isaac Jenings
      Tho. Callowhill
      Charles Harford
      Richd. Snead
      Wm. Stafford
      Robt. Bound
      Paul Moore
      Benj: Coole Charles Jones
      Anne Jones
      Margt. Lowther
      Letitia Penn
      Hannah Penn
      Ch: Jones Jun
      Edw : Hackett
      J. Dooer
      Lidia Hacket Junr.
      Margret Lowther Junr.
      Eliz: Corshey
      Richard Rooth
      Marget. Rooth
      Jane Trahear
      Danll. Pill
      Ffra: Roath
      Peter Young Martha Jones
      Eliz: Jones
      Anthony Lowther
      Sarah Roath
      Eliz: Harford
      Jane Watkins
      William Penn
      Nathll. Wade
      Ffra: Whitchurch
      Wm. Cluterbuck Snr.
      Richard Codrington
      Wm. Coplin
      Henh. Swimmer
      Richd. Taylour. Junr.
      John Corshey
      Edw: Jones
      Katherne Bound

      [Certified to be an Extract from the Register or Record numbered Society of Friends 116, and entitled a Register of Marriages formerly kept by the Society of Friends at the Monthly Meeting of Bristol. - From the General Register 0ffice, Somerset House, London.]
    Family ID F8270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Christian FORBES,   b. Abt 1715,   d. 1 Nov 1733  (Age ~ 18 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1732  Wandsworth, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 19:38:14 
    Family ID F8285  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann VAUX,   d. 13 Apr 1767 
    Married Abt 7 Nov 1736  St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    License 7 Nov 1736  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 19:38:14 
    Family ID F8287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart