Descendants of Francis Wilkinson
of County Antrim, Ireland

Wilkinson

Generation #1

Francis Wilkinson of Ireland

We know of Francis Wilkinson from his son Joseph's records in the Quaker Meetings of Chester Co PA. As a Quaker living in Ireland, Francis was most probably from the second generation of Welsh Quaker immigrants to Ulster. Francis is important as the progenitor of this Wilkinson Family before their arrival in America.

From Joseph's letter of dismissal dated 2/23/1737, we learn the family was from Ballinacree, County Antrim, Ireland. And, we learn that Francis had died prior to the date of the letter; as Joseph is listed as "Son to Francis Wilkinson Deced." Of note, son Joseph's marriage records from Kennett MM mentions parents. Does this indicate that Francis' wife, Joseph Wilkinson's mother, also immigrated to Pennsylvania and was still alive in 1740. Or, is this simply Elizabeth Fisher's parents.

The biography of John W. Wilkinson's (b. 5/27/1793 in North Carolina) states that four of Francis' sons--Joseph, Thomas, William, Samuel--three of his daughters, and nephew Francis Wilkinson immigrated to Chester Co PA in about 1737. As Irish Quakers, the Wilkinson descendants were part of the Scot-Irish Migration Stream to America.

Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750, pp. 370-71:
At Ulster Province Meeting, 5 Mo. 2, 1698, Francis Wilkinson was appointed to inquire into the "clearness" of John Hunter, of Ballymoney, who desired to marry Jane Sterling of Coleraine, County Antrim."
Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750, pp. 370-71:
Joseph Wilkinson, unmarried, from Ballinacree Meeting, County Antrim, dated 2 Mo. 23, 1737, received 12 Mo. 16, 1737. A "Son to Francis Wilkinson Deced." Has lived within "the Compass of this Meeting [in Ireland] from his Childhood."

    Children

    1. Joseph Wilkinson

Record of Bradford Monthly Meeting, Chester County. Established in 1737:
Joseph Wilkinson unmarried, from Ballinacree Meeting, County Antrim, dated 2 Mo. 23, 1737, received 12 Mo. 16, 1737. A "Son to Francis Wilkinson Deced." Has lived within "the Compass of this Meeting [in Ireland] from his Childhood."
Warrant Registers, Chester Co. Pa. V. 17-20
54. Joseph Wilkinson 150A Survey E. Caln, 1738.
Kennett MM Records, Chester Co PA:
8-16-1740. Request made for certificate for Joseph Wilkinson to Newark Monthly Meeting in order to marriage with Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Fisher. Granted 9-20-1740.
1 of 9 mo 1740 Elizabeth Fisher & Joseph Wilkinson 1st time, he to bring certificate & his mother’s consent or appearance. Produced consent 6 of 10 mo.
Elizabeth Fisher, daughter of Thomas, marr. Joseph Wilkinson of E. Caln 31 of 10 mo 1740.
Sadsbury MM Church Records:
1753.7.26 Joseph Wilkinson & wife having removed to within Goshen Meeting w/o a cert. “therefore this mtg. thinks fit to send one after him.
Abstracts of Chester Co. Pa. Land Records, p. 82:
Mort. 23 Aug 1755 Jonathan Vaughn of Windsor in Co. of Lancaster to Dennis Whelon of W. Nantmeal inn holder. … all the brick tenement where Joseph Wilkinson inn holder now dwells in Uwchlan by John Vaughn, Welsh Line & Morris Ress 106A. K10:53.

    2. Elizabeth Wilkinson (Christian name is speculative)

    3. Thomas Wilkinson

    4. Ann Wilkinson

Record of Bradford Monthly Meeting, In Chester County. Established in 1737:
Ann Wilkinson from Ballinacree Meeting, County Antrim, received 4 Mo. 15, 1738.
10-18-1740. Debt to Ann Wilkinson (Graham).
Ann Graham disowned by Bradford Monthly Meeting, 11 Mo. 15, 1740, for marriage by a "priest" to Ferguson Graham.

    5. Evan Wilkinson

Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750, pp. 370-71:
Evan Wilkinson, unmarried, from Ballinacree Meeting, County Antrim, Ireland, dated 10 Mo. 2, 1736, received 5 Mo. 21, 1737. "Hath Lived within the bounds of this Meeting [in Ireland] from his Childhood, his parents were Creditable friends among us."

    6. William Wilkinson

    7. Mary Wilkinson (Christian name is speculative)

    8. Samuel Wilkinson b. c. 1720 Ballinacree, County Antrim, Ireland

Generation #2

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