JOHN HART, president of the Doylestown Trust
Company, and his brother Frank Hart, of Doylestown, retired banker, are
the sons of Josiah and Sarah (Brock) Hart. The former was born in
Doylestown township, February 3, 1846, and the latter February 24, 1851. On the
paternal side they are of Scotch-Irish descent.
Among the thousands of Ulster Scots who migrated to Pennsylvania in the first
half of the eighteenth century were those who formed two distinct settlements
within the present limits of Bucks county, one on the banks of the Neshaminy in
Warwick, Warrington and New Britain, and the other on the banks of the Tohickon
in Plumstead, Tinicum and adjacent townships. In the latter settlements were the
Stewarts, Harts, Means, McGlaughlins, Pattersons,
Armstrongs, Erwins, Davies and a host of others, more or
less united by ties, consanguinity, and common interest, whose names are found
on the earliest lists of military companies organized for the defense of the
frontiers against their hereditary enemies, the French and their savage allies.
Among these early settlers on the Plumstead side of the Tohickon about 1735,
was Samuel Hart and his family, consisting of wife and nine children, the
eldest of whom, James, was born in the year 1717, and the second son William was
probably three or more years younger. Samuel Hart obtained a warrant of
survey for 100 acres of land on March 9, 1737, and settled thereon. Ten years
later in 1747 when the first clouds of war appeared on the horizon, companies
were formed in the several townships for the defense of the frontiers. The
Plumstead company had for its captain the veteran Charles Stewart,
lieutenant, James Hart, and ensign, William Hart, both of the
latter being ancestors of the subjects of this sketch through the marriage of a
grandson of the latter with a granddaughter of the former many years later.
Across the Tohickon in Tinicum the captain of the company was James McGlaughlin,
who had married Mary, the eldest sister of the Hart brothers, and the
lieutenant was James Davies, whose son William was a brother-in-law to
them, all three having married daughters of William Means or Main,
a neighbor and compatriot. Samuel Hart, the elder, died in April, 1750,
devising his plantation to his sons James and William. His other children than
the three above mentioned were: Joseph, John, Jean, who married Samuel Mathers
and removed to North Carolina, Elinor, Samuel and Elizabeth.
James Hart, born 1717, died May 4, 1766, was an innkeeper in Plumstead,
near Wismer, where he had purchased a tract of about 400 acres of land in 1751
adjoining the plantation of his father. He married Jean, daughter of William and
Mary Means, and their children were: Samuel, born August 30, 1746, died
January 21, 1831, unmarried. William, born March 24, 1748, died January 2, 1830,
married Elizabeth Means, his cousin. John, born March 24, 1748, died
February 24, 1803, married Mary McCalla. Elizabeth, born February 13,
1750, died in infancy. Mary, born January 15, 1752, married James Ruckman.
James, born December 27, 1753, died young. Joseph, born February 16, 1755,
married Elinor Wilson and removed to New Jersey. Elizabeth, born February
28, 1757, married John Johnston and removed to New Jersey. James, born
March 17, 1759, married Ann Hankinson, removed to New Jersey. Solomon,
born August 30, 1762, died April 27, 1810, married Isabel Long, daughter
of Captain Andrew Long, of Warrington, and settled in Warrington. Jane,
born August 4, 1765, married Samuel Opdycke, of Hunterdon county, New
Jersey. Jean (Means) Hart was born August 30, 1726, and died
January 31, 1799.
William Hart, second son of James and Jean Hart, married in
1776 his cousin Elizabeth, daughter of John and Grizelda (Patterson) Means.
He purchased in 1783 of his brothers and sisters the whole of his father’s
plantation in Plumstead, but a few years later removed to Hartsville, then known
as "Warwick Cross Roads" and purchased the old tavern property, where
he served as "mine host" for many years. He died January 2, 1830, and
his widow died January 10, 1841. She was born March 15, 1753. Their children
were: Jane, born June 28, 1779, married Joseph Carr, of Warwick. John,
born December 17, 1780, died January 27, 1811. Mary, born February 19, 1783,
married Samuel Hart, son of Joseph Hart, January 6, 1806. James,
born March 6, 1785, married Jane Baird, of Warwick. Grizelda, born March
19, 1787, never married, died October 5, 1868. William, born January 4, 1789,
married Martha Carr, daughter of Adam and Frances Carr, of
Warwick. Joseph, born November 9, 1790, died 1872, unmarried. Elizabeth, born
April 14, 1794, married her cousin William Hart, son of John and Mary Hart.
William Hart, father of the above children, was commissioned major of
second battalion of Bucks county militia, May 6, 1777, and rose to rank of
colonel. Both James and William Hart, the two eldest sons of Samuel, the
pioneer, died comparatively young, whether in the service of their country or
not is not known.
Of the children of William and Margaret (Means) Hart we have
record of but one, Joseph Hart, born November 20, 1745, died August 31,
1797. His mother, Margaret (Means) Hart, married a Beatty.
His early manhood was spent in the neighborhood of Hartsville. He was a member
of the Associated Company of Warminster in 1775, was commissioned a captain, May
6, 1777, and rose to the rank of colonel of militia. He married, January 1,
1770, Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas and Esther (Craven) Gilbert
of Warminster. She was born July 9, 1748, and died January 26, 1841. In 1772 the
173 acre farm of which Nicholas Gilbert died seized in Warminster on the
Street road and Warrington line was adjudged to Joseph Hart in right of
his wife Elizabeth and they settled thereon. Joseph Hart later sold the
Warminster farm and removed to the mill on the York road in Warwick, near
Hartsville, now owned by John M. Darrah, where he died August 31, 1797.
His children were: Josiah, born October 15, 1770, died May 20, 1850, unmarried.
Levi, born August 16, 1773, died young. Mahlon, born March 11, 1775, died young.
Elizabeth, born November 2, 1777, married first Jonathan Conrad, second
Samuel Croasdale. Samuel, born November 1, 1783, died November 25, 1863,
married first Mary, daughter of William and Elizabeth Hart, born February
19, 1783, died February 28, 1828.
Samuel Hart, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was but
fourteen years of age at the death of his father, and Robert Loller,
Esq., of Hatboro, was appointed his guardian, took him to his home and
superintended his education. He studied surveying and conveyancing and assisted
his guardian in these pursuits, and at the death of the latter succeeded to his
business and was employed in settling a number of estates. He was for many years
a justice of peace and surveyor. He married, January 6, 1806, Mary, daughter of
Colonel William and Elizabeth (Means) Hart, and had by her seven
children as follows: Mary, born October 9, 1808, married June 17, 1834, William
C. Jamison, of Warwick. Elizabeth, born January 22, 1810, died unmarried.
Josiah, born September 15, 1811, died 1898, married November 24, 1842, Sarah Brock.
William, born August 24, 1813, married April 19, 1844, Isabella Mann. He
died February 25, 1867. Irwin, born December 9, 1815, died young. George, born
April 4, 1817, died February 7, 1871. Nathaniel, born October 15, 1819, died
November 14, 1862, married December 10, 1843, Susan L. Cox. Samuel Hart
was a member of Neshaminy Presbyterian church, of which he was trustee for
thirteen years—1810 to 1823. In 1829 he joined the Society of Friends. He
married Amy, widow of John Mathews, and daughter of Benjamin Kinsey,
of Buckingham. His only child by the second marriage was Samuel Hart, of
Doylestown township, born in 1832, married Ellen Eastburn.
George Hart, son of Samuel and Mary Hart, studied law and was
admitted to the Bucks county bar November 16, 1843. He was a man universally
admired and respected for his many good qualities. He was thrice married;
(first) February 1, 1842, to Zallida, daughter of James and Amelia (Brockway)
Goff; (second) January 22, 1846, to Sarah, daughter of Nathan and Sarah (Callender)
Cornell; and (third) February 1, 1854, to Martha, daughter of John and
Martha (Duncan) Watson, a sister to Judge Richard Watson.
Josiah Hart, son of Samuel and Mary Hart, was born in Warwick
township, September 15, 1811. He received a liberal education and on June 18,
1834, was appointed clerk in the Doylestown Bank and December 8, 1847, was
promoted to the position of cashier, which position he filled for ten years,
being succeeded by John J. Brock, November 19, 1857. In the following
year he organized a banking institution in connection with his brother, George Hart,
Richard Watson, Willam M. Large and Jonas Fretz, under the
name of J. Hart & Co. During the civil war Messrs. Fretz, Large
and Watson retired, and after the death of George Hart, John and
Frank Hart became partners with their father and sole proprietors of the
bank. Josiah Hart died October 16, 1885, and the sons continued the
business until 1896, when the business was closed out. Josiah Hart
married, November 24, 1842, Sarah, Daughter of Stephen and Mary (Jones) Brock.
John and Frank were their only children. On the organization of the Doylestown
Trust Company, March 24, 1896. John Hart became its president. Both John
and Frank Hart received a liberal education and early in life became
clerks in their father’s bank and later proprietors as above stated. At the
closing of the bank Frank retired from active business. John married Grace Vansant,
and has one child, Rebie. Frank married Lizzie Pallett, who is now
deceased, and he has one son George.
Text taken from page 318-319
Davis, William W. H., A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
[New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed January 2002
as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,
Published January 2002 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages