History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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DR. JOSEPH BENNER HERITAGE, of Langhorne, was born in Bustleton, Philadelphia county, October 5, 1809, and is a son of Joseph DEARMAN and Annie Loisa (DeWEES) HERITAGE, both of English descent. The first American ancestors of the subject of this sketch came from England prior to 1700 and settled near Salem, New Jersey, from whence the immediate ancestor of Dr. HERITAGE migrated to the neighborhood of Horsham, Montgomery county, where his great-grandfather, John F. HERITAGE, was born. John F. HERITAGE was a tailor by trade, and followed that vocation during the active years of his life, locating at Bustleton, Philadelphia county, building the first house in what is now a thriving business town. He also operated a small farm there. He was a soldier in the war of 1812-14. He married Ann FETTERS, a native of Montgomery, and of German descent. They were the parents of five children, viz.: John F., Jr., Joseph, George, Samuel, Sarah.

John F. HERITAGE, Jr., son of John F. and Ann FETTERS HERITAGE, was born in Philadelphia county, and early in life learned the tailorís trade with his father. On arriving at manhood he took charge of a farm, and also followed his trade. He was an officer of militia, and captain of a company that was called out to quell the riots in Philadelphia. He later purchased the homestead at Bustleton, and spent the remainder of his life thereon, dying at the age of seventy-five years. He was a member of Pennypack Baptist church for over thirty years. He married Ann BENNER, daughter of John BENNER. Her father died during her early girlhood, leaving two daughters, Mrs. HERITAGE, and Hannah, who married a CAMPBELL. Her maternal grandfather was Joseph DEARMAN, who was a captain in the Revolutionary war, and was taken prisoner while at home on a furlough, and confined in a British prison for some time; later he was exchanged, and entered the service and served until independence was achieved. After the close of the war he became a farmer in Philadelphia county, and lived to a good old age, long enough to see his country achieve a second victory over the mother country, and become a power among the nations of the earth. He died about 1827. John F. HERITAGE and Ann BENNER were the parents of seven children, viz: Anna, wife of George BROOKS; Joseph, the father of Dr. HERITAGE; Samuel; John B.; George; Mary A., deceased; and Emma C. deceased.

Joseph Dearman HERITAGE, eldest son of John F. and Ann (BENNER) HERITAGE, was born and reared at Bustleton. He learned the coach making business, which he has carried on for many years at Bustleton, doing a large business. He married Annie Louisa DEWEES, daughter of Isaiah and Mary (HART) DeWEES, both of whom were born in England.

Dr. Joseph Benner Heritage, the subject of this sketch, was born and reared at Bustleton, and received his education at the Fayette public school and at a high school at Vineland, New Jersey. Choosing the medical profession, he entered the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, from which he graduated in 1891. He at once located at Langhorne, Bucks county, where he has since practiced his chosen profession with success. He married November 8, 1893, Ida May MARPLE, daughter of Captain Alfred and Anna Addis (VANSANT) MARPLE, and granddaughter of David and Eliza Ann (HART) MARPLE, and great-granddaughter of Joseph MARPLE, whose ancestors have been prominent in the affairs of Bucks county for many generations. Dr. and Mrs. HERITAGE are the parents of three children, viz.: Charles Edward, born August 13, 1894; Florence Marple, born August 23, 1897; and Joseph Irving, born October 8, 1898.

Test taken from page 529 to 530 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed May 2006 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published May 2006 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/



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