Benjamin Paschall 1716 Indenture Land Grant Deed Pennsylvania
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This is a genuine deed outlining the transfer of 41' x 200' from the City of Pennsylvania to Benjamin Paschall..The deed measures 18"W x 16"H, with a total framed size of 23.5"W x 21"H.
Excerpts from Benjamin Paschall, A246 by Clarence McDaniel, February 2002
Benjamin Paschall was born in June of 1690 in Bristol England, the son of Joseph and Mary Wickham Paschall of that city. He was named executor of his father’s estate in 1712. He received only the rents. He was not a Quaker but his parents were. He married his older, widowed cousin and did not have issue.
Benjamin appears as the purchaser of a 41x200 foot lot on 2nd Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His uncle (and father-in-law) Thomas Paschall wrote his will on September 12, 1716, naming Benjamin and Henry Flower as two of the three executors. (Henry Flower had married Elizabeth, a daughter of Thomas.)
Mary, another daughter of Thomas, had married William Say in 1699, as his second wife. A son, William Say, Jr., had been born in 1696 from William Say’s first marriage. William Say, Sr, died October 1714 and was buried by the Quakers as a “non-Friend”.
On March 15, 1719, Benjamin sued in Orphan’s Court as the executor of William Say’s estate for the return of 100 pounds due the estate for the orphans. This money was given by Alice Guest, mother of William Say’s first wife, Mary Guest, to William. William gave this money in trust for his son, William, Jr) to George Guest, son of Alice Guest George Guest in turn gave the money to his brother-in-law, Anthony Morris (who married Phebe Guest) for the same purpose. Anthony stated in court that he thought he was the guardian of the Say children.
The court awarded the money to Benjamin and made him guardian of the Say children. This is strong evidence that Benjamin was then married to Mary. It appears that William Say, Jr had died prior to this court, leaving no issue.
That Benjamin married the widow, Mary Say, is well known from the Say Bible and their wills and the book of Dr. Benjamin Say. What was not known was when this marriage occurred. If the marriage took place c1716, then Benjamin was son-in-law to Thomas when he wrote his will. This is most probable, since as her husband he would be the natural guardian (step-father) of the Say children.
Benjamin was quite a bit younger than his wife. It is likely that Benjamin was well loved by his step-son, Thomas Say, as he named his son Benjamin. Indeed, it would seem likely that all the subsequent Paschalls named Benjamin derive from him.
Strangely, Benjamin never sold any property, only purchased. At death, he seemed to be insolvent. This caused Benjamin, B28, and William, B11, to purchase some of the sheriff’s sale property and deed it to Thomas Say. Both of these men were named in the wills of Benjamin and Mary. My guess is that these men were in debt to Benjamin and made this gesture. In the records, Benjamin was listed variously as merchant, clothier and landlord.
Mary wrote in her Bible that Benjamin died the 16th of May, 1730, and was buried, “in his own burial ground”. Later documents (1875) show that the burial ground was 40x36 feet. The land when purchased in 1724 was 40x198 so some of the property was otherwise in use.
Since it is now known that Mary’s first husband and his son, Richard, were buried by the Quaker’s as “non-Friends”, in presumably a Quaker cemetery then this 3rd St cemetery was a different, private, burial ground.
When Mary died in 1734, her son Thomas Say wrote that she was buried “beside her husband in our own burial ground”. This was the 3rd St cemetery where Benjamin was buried, since this now belonged to Thomas and would be referred to in that manner by him. Later, Thomas Say and his son were buried there along with their children.
Thomas Say was about five years old when his father died. He grew up knowing only his step-father. He named a son, Benjamin. The son wrote a small book about his father, published 1796, which contains a little information. It would seem that Benjamin was accepted as the father-in-fact to the Say children.
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- Width: 23.5 inches
- Height: 21 inches
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