James CLAYPOOLE

October 8, 1634-June 6, 1687

Father: Sir John CLAYPOOLE (April 13, 1595-April 10, 1660)
Mother: Marie ANGELL (1602-April 10, 1661)

Wife: Helena MERCER (d. August 19, 1688)



Children:
John CLAYPOOLE (September 15, 1658-September 8, 1700)
Mary CLAYPOOLE (August 14, 1660-May 1726) *married Francis COOK
Helena CLAYPOOLE (September 6, 1662-1691) *married William BETHELL
James CLAYPOOLE JR (June 12, 1664-1706)
Priscilla CLAYPOOLE (February 25, 1666-February 10, 1698)
Nathanial CLAYPOOLE (July 23, 1668-?) *died in infancy
Josiah CLAYPOOLE (September 9, 1669-March 2, 1670)
Samuel CLAYPOOLE (January 19, 1671-January 11, 1681)
Nathaniel CLAYPOOLE (August 4, 1672-August 26, 1714)
Son CLAYPOOLE (1673-1673)
George CLAYPOOLE (November 14, 1674-December 21, 1730) *married Mary RIGHTON; married Martha HOSKINS; married Deborah HARDIMAN
Joseph CLAYPOOLE (January 29, 1676-June 30, 1676)
Joseph CLAYPOOLE (May 14, 1677-May 8, 1744)
Elizabeth CLAYPOOLE (May 25, 1678-May 31, 1678)

Pedigree:
                             Adam CLEYPOLE 
|Sir John CLAYPOOLE |
|                           |Dorothy WINGFIELD  
|
|--James CLAYPOOLE
|
|                            William ANGELL
|Marie ANGELL   |
                            |Joan Elizabeth POVEY 



SOURCE 1: The Claypoole Family in America by Evelyn Claypool Bracken
SOURCE 2: Rootsweb.com
He mentions in a letter "I have purchased of William PENN 5,000 acres in his country", and several lots in the town of Philadelphia. He was a very intimate friend of William PENN, the Quaker, and the first witness to his signature on the Charter of Pennsylvania. He figured prominently in the early affairs of PA, was Treasurer of the "Free Society of Traders", Register General, Member of the Provincial Council, etc. David C. CLAYPOOLE, first printer to Congress, editor of the Pennsylvania Packet in 1784 and who published the Valedictory Address of President Washington, was a great grandson of James and Helen (Mercer) CLAYPOOLE.
Record of his death is found In "Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families", by Genealogical Publishing Company, "My Deare father James Claypoole Departed this Life the 6 6 mo 1687 and was buried in friends burying place at philadelphia 7 6 mo."
Friends Burial Ground, Third and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA. No stones because Friends believed grave markers to be ostentatious.
In 1677, he was a Quaker merchant at Bush Lane, Scots Yard in London, England where all his children were born, and a member of the Friends' Meeting at Bull and Mouth.
He was married by Conradus Selius, a Calvin minister in Bremen, Germany.
"Linage Daughters American Colonists", James Claypool 1634-1687 m. Helena Mercer, PA. 5/307.
When William PENN received his royal grant for Pennsylvania, CLAYPOOLE became one of its biggest backers, purchasing 5,000 acres from PENN, including 100 acres within the proposed capital city, Philadelphia. His servants were sent ahead to built a temporary home for the family, but the year after he arrived he built the first brick house in Philadelphia (1684), two stories, with a southern exposure and a lawn descending to Dock Creek.
CLAYPOOLE, mentioned often in colonial records, was founder of a settlement at Germantown, judge of the provincial court, member of the Governor's Council, member of the Assembly, and author of several books and pamphlets. 1000 acres of his 5000 acres was laid out to James Claypoole on the Neshaminy, in Warrington township, Bucks County; 1000 or more on the west side of Schuylkill, at the present site of Manayunk and his "Town Lot" was on the Delaware river front, near the mouth of Dock Creek, adjoining that of Samuel Carpenter, another wealthy pioneer merchant of the infant city, who like James Claypoole was destined to take a prominent part in the affairs of the province as well as to aid materially in establishing the commercial supremany of the city of Philadelphia over that of any other part in the America colonies.
James Claypoole sent his eldest son, John Claypoole sailing from the Downs, 23 Apr 1682 in the ship "AMITY", with Captain Thomas Holme, whom William Penn had made one of his comissioners of the Province and his Surveyor-General, John Claypoole, accompanying Holme as his assistant and clerk. Under his father's directions he built a house on the lot on the "Banks", Front Street, Philadelphia which on the arrival of James Claypoole, with his wife and seven remaining children, in the "CONCORD", 8 Oct 1683 was 40 feet long by 20 broad and without a chimney, which James proceeded at once to erect the much needed chimney and a further addition to his house and took up his home therein. He also erected a wharf and storehouse and engaged extensively in the shipping trade, his brother, Edward being his foreign agent, as evidenced by the letters exchanged between them. His lot was 102 feet front on the river and extended back 396 feet, the "Claypoole House", being No. 37 Walnut Street.
His will, dated 5 Dec 1686 was entered into probate on 12 Aug 1687.
The Virginia and West Virginia branches are generally descended from James' son James, born in England in 1664, and married Mary CANN in 1688, and settled in New Castle, Delaware.
James, the immigrant had 14 children.
SOURCE: Sherry's Place

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