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  • Name George HARLAN 
    Born Bef 11 Mar 1650  Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 11 Mar 1650  Monkwearmouth Monastery, Durham England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 3ZW5-0K 
    Name George HARLAND 
    Will 21 Apr 1714 
    Died Jul 1714 
    Probate 2 Oct 1714 

    • (1) Harlan, Alpheus H., History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family, Baltimore, MD: Lord Baltimore Press, 1914, pp. 2a-6:

      George Harlan3 (James2, William1) , Yeoman, "Ye sone of James Harland of Monkwearmouth, was Baptised at the Monastery of Monkwearmouth in Oald England, ye 11th Day of First Month 1650." He was b. "Nigh Durham in Bishoprick, England," and remained there until he reached manhood, when, in company with his brother and others, he crossed into Ireland and located in the County of Down. While residing there he m. by ceremony of Friends, 9, 17, 1678, Elizabeth Duck. George Harlan brought his family to America in 1687, and the nine years intervening were without doubt spent in the above-named parish and county; and there, too, in all probability, his first four children were born. He d. in "Fifth Month" (July), 1714, and was buried beside his "deare wife in the new burying grounds on Alphonsus Kirk's land," which was afterwards, and is yet, Center Meeting Burying Grounds. George and Elizabeth were the parents of nine children:

      5. Ezekiel, b. 6, 16, 1679; d. 4, 15, 1731; m. Mary Bezer and Ruth Buffington.

      6. Hannah, b. 2, 4, 1681; d. _____; m. Samuel Hollingsworth.

      7. Moses, b. 12, 20, 1683; d. 1747; m. Margaret Ray.

      8. Aaron, b. 10, 24, 1685; d. 9 Mo. 1732; m. Sarah Heald.

      9. Rebecca, b. 8, 17, 1688; d. 8, 17, 1775; m. William Webb.

      10. Deborah, b. 8, 28, 1690; d. _____; m. Joshua Calvert.

      11. James, b. 8, 19, 1692; d._____; m. Elizabeth.

      12. Elizabeth, b. 8, 9, 1694; d. _____; m. Joseph Robinson.

      13. Joshua, b. 11, 15, 1696; d. 5 Mo..1744; m. Mary Heald. . . .

      No certificate of the membership of George Harland with Friends is upon record, but his marriage certificate shows us that at that time he was a member, and as early as "Tenth Month" (December), of 1687, he was placed upon committees of responsibility in Friends' Affairs in his new neighborhood. At the time of his residence in Ireland, William Penn was urging Friends of England to become settlers upon his lands, cautioning them, however, against "leaving their own country out of idle curiosity or of a rambling disposition." But names signed above we find later in the new world, and, as we have seen, George was buried upon "Alphonsus Kirk's land." So they were not without friends when they made their settlement near the Delaware.

      In the early months of the year 1687, in company with his wife and four children, and his brother Michael, then unmarried, he took ship at Belfast for America. They had bought lands before coming which were within that part of the Province of Pennsylvania now embraced in the County of New Castle. Ascending the river Delaware they landed at the town of New Castle (now in Delaware State), and settled near the present town of Centreville. Here the elder brother remained for some years, and about 1698/99, having purchased higher up the Brandywine Creek, he moved his family and settled in what is now Pennsbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.


      "the 27th of ye 10th month 1696.

      "Loving Friend

      "William Porter This may acquaint thee that I have Received 4 Letters from thee all of one date and tennor being ye 10th of ye 9th m. '95 in Relation to Mary Child whose Son Thomas Died Something more than two years Since at Vallentine Hollingsworths he hapning to fall Sick there, & as to what is Reported Concerning his Bequest to his mother I have here Sent thee the Coppy of his Will on the other side. . . . I was with him in time of his Sickness and he being about to make his will I put him in mind of his Relations in Ireland and his answer was thus he had never Received any Letter Since he had been in the Countrie from any of them Replying further he had been troublesom to his friends in his Life time & Questioning by Reason of the Warrs and Mortallity that had been of Late in Ireland whoe of his relations might be Living or Dead and to Impose Soe troublesom an undertaking uppon his friends (as the making Sale of what he had & turning it into mony & the small it might turn to & Conveying the same to Ireland might prove) he would not doe it.

      "Thus far concerning the Child matter soe hopping this may find thee in good health with thy family mine with my Wifes dear Love is Remembered unto thee & to the Rest of our friends & relations Let my Bro understand that wee are all indiffrent well & Know of no alteration Since I wrote by Thomas Musgrave my Wifes dear Love is Remembered in perticular to Robert Hoop and Elenor; having often desired to hear from them Soe having not Else at present but remain thy friend

      "GEORGE HARLAN" . . . .

      While living in Kennet Township (now Pennsbury), George Harlan had for neighbors a settlement of Indians who lived in the "Great Bend" of the Brandywine. After they had gone he obtained, in 1701, a warrant for 200 acres of land in the bend, which was granted to him "in regard for the great trouble and charge he had borne in fencing and maintaining the same for said Indians while living thereon."

      We find his name among the signers of the return for a road laid out in the winter of 1704-5. This road ran "from the fork of the Brandywine, in Alice Vestal's land" to a white oak "standing by ye road from George Harlands to Neman's Creek Mill."

      George.Harlan first belonged to Newark Meeting, but after his removal up the Brandywine and westward, he was too remote from this meeting for punctual attendance, especially in the winter, and at a request of himself and others, a meeting "beyond Brandywine" was established. From the Monthly Meeting records of Center Meeting, as the meeting was called, we read: "This meeting appoints George Harlan, Thomas Hollingsworth, Alphonsus Kirk, & Samuel Groves, to take ye oversight of ye building of ye Centre Meeting House requesting ym with all convenient speed to let out ye work to some workmen in order yt it may more speedly done & return an acctt to ye next meeting how they proceed." The deed for the land had been conveyed by Alphonsus Kirk, while yet a member of Newark, to John Craig, Samuel Groves and John Richardson. The consideration was ??12, 5s.

      George Harlan soon became one of the foremost citizens of the colony. He had been one of the provincial governors of the "three lower counties," now the state of Delaware, in 1695, and was a member of the Colonial Assembly in 1712. His colleagues in the latter were Caleb Pusey, David Lloyd, William Davis, John Baker, Nathaniel Newlin, Nicholas Fairlamb, John Wood, Isaac Taylor and John Maris.

      Upon the first day of March, 1713, he deeded 203 acres to his son-in-law, William Webb, for a consideration of 30 pounds. On the ninth day of the same month, "in consideration of the Natural Affection & fatherly love which he hath" and also "for divers other good causes and valuable considerations," he deeded 200 acres each to his sons James and Joshua.

      George Harlan died in "Fifth Month" (July), 1714. The date of the death of his wife is unknown, but in his will he requests that he be buried beside his "deare wife in the new burying grounds."


      I GEORGE HARLAN of Brandywine Creek and in the Township of Kennet and County of Chester in the province of Pennsylvania Yeoman. Being weak at this time in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory & calling to mind the certainty of Death & the uncertainty of the time thereof doe make & ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form following, That is to say, ffirst I yield up my soul into the hands of almighty God as unto a (faithful Creator hoping through the merrits sufferings Resurrection & mediation of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ to find mercy & forgivness with compleat salvation & my body to be buried by my deare wife in the new burying place on Alphonsus Kirks land at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named. Also my will is that all my Just debts & funeral Expenses be fully paid & discharged. Also I Give unto my son Aaron my Clock & my Great Brass Kettle. Also I Give unto my Brother Michael Harlan the young Susquhanna Mare. Also I Give unto my servant woman named Mary Mathews at the expiration of her time one cow & calf & one young mare not less than three yeares old. And lastly I make nominate & appoint my sons Ezekiel & Aaron Harlan Executors of this my Last Will & Testament & also appoint my brother Michael Harlan aforementioned & my son Samuel Hollingsworth Trustees & assistants to my Executors aforementioned in the performance & Accomplishment of this my Last will & Testament. Also my will is that after my debts Legacies Bequests & expenses aforesaid are fully payed & satisfied that what shall then remain of my moveable & personal Estate if any so there be then it shall be equally divided between all my children Sons & Daughters share & share alike. In witness thereof I have to this my said will set my hand & seal this one & twentieth Day of the Second month called Aprill in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fourteen.

      GEORGE HARLAN (Seal)

      Sealed signed & published & declared by Testator George Harlan to be his last will & Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto in his presence.

    Person ID I9857  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 

    Father James HARLAND,   b. Abt 1625, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F104  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth DUCK,   d. Bef 21 Apr 1714 
    Married 17 Nov 1678  Shankill Parish, County Armagh, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Harlan, Alpheus H., History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family, Baltimore, MD: Lord Baltimore Press, 1914, p. 2a:

      George Harland, of Parish of Donahlong, Co. Down, Ireland, and Elizabeth Duck, of Lurgan, Parish of Shankill, Co. Armagh, were married "at the house of Marke Wright in ye Parish of Shankill," 9 Mo. 17, 1678:

      Signers to the certificate :

     1. James HARLAN,   b. 19 Oct 1692  [natural]
     2. Deborah HARLAN,   b. 28 Oct 1690  [natural]
     3. Joshua HARLAN,   b. 15 Jan 1696,   d. Jul 1744  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
     4. Elizabeth HARLAN,   b. 9 Oct 1694  [natural]
     5. Rebecca HARLAN,   b. 17 Oct 1688,   d. 17 Oct 1775  (Age 87 years)  [natural]
     6. Hannah HARLAN,   b. 4 Apr 1681  [natural]
     7. Ezekiel HARLAN,   b. 16 Aug 1679,   d. 15 Jun 1731  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
     8. Aaron HARLAN,   b. 24 Dec 1685,   d. Nov 1732  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
     9. Moses HARLAN,   b. 20 Feb 1683  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 09:46:38 
    Family ID F4639  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart