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William Penn


February 15th, 2012

Penn died at the age of 74 and was buried at Jordan’s Meetinghouse in Buckinghamshire. In 1726, Hannah died and was buried next to him.

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February 15th, 2012

Penn suffered several strokes. Hannah managed Penn’s affairs while he was ill. Penn’s cousin, Rebecca Blackfan, oversaw Pennsbury Manor after Penn’s stewards, John and Mary Sotcher, decided to leave.

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February 15th, 2012

Penn’s poor management of his Irish estates landed him in debtor’s prison for several months. This followed a six-year court battle with the heirs of Philip Ford, his former steward Read More

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February 15th, 2012

Penn offered to turn Pennsylvania back over to the Crown.

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February 15th, 2012

Delaware separated from Pennsylvania to become an independent colony. Penn remained Delaware’s Proprietor.

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February 15th, 2012

Penn’s family spent their second summer at Pennsbury. In the fall, they sailed back to England to ensure Penn retained control of the colony. Though they planned to return, this Read More

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February 15th, 2012

1700 Penn’s son John is born in Philadelphia in January, only a month after they arrived. The family spent the winter living in the Slate Roof House in the city. Read More

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February 15th, 2012

Penn sailed to Pennsylvania with Hannah, daughter Letitia, and several servants.

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February 15th, 2012

Penn married Hannah Callowhill; he was 52, and she was 26. They had seven children, and four reached adulthood: John (1700-1746), Thomas (1702-1775), Margaret (1704-1751), and Richard (1706-1771).

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February 15th, 2012

Penn agreed to provide some troops to the king, and is given back the proprietorship of Pennsylvania. Soon after Penn returned home, his wife Guilielma died.

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