History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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HENRY CLAY LARGE.  Among the most successful, enterprising and scientific farmers of Bucks county is Henry Clay Large, of Buckingham township.  He was born in Buckingham on February 2, 1846 , and is a son of William M. and Anne (Watson) Large.  The Large family is one of the oldest in Bucks county, though the lineal ancestors of the subject of this sketch were residents of New Jersey for three generations.  Joseph Large and Elizabeth his wife came to Bucks county from Long Island about 1690, and settled in Falls township, where he died about 1706, leaving four sons:  John, who settled in Bristol ; Joseph, the ancestor of the Larges of middle Buckingham; Samuel and Ebenezer.  Samuel Large settled in early life in Kingwood, Hunterdon county, New Jersey , where he purchased a large tract of land.  He was one of the original members of Kingwood Friends’ Meeting in 1744, and was an elder until his death, 6 mo. 9, 1765, and travelled extensively in this and other provinces in the “service of truth.”  Jacob Large was born in Kingwood and became an extensive farmer there.  He married 8 mo., 1746, Mary Bunting, and raised a family of nine children:  Aaron, Elizabeth; Samuel; Anne, married Isaac Lundy; Mary, married John Allen; Ebenezer; Rebecca; William; Sarah.  William, born 7 mo. 14, 1765, married Susanna Palmer.

    William M. Large, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Kingwood township, Hunterdon county, New Jersey , June 17, 1812 , being a son of William and Susanna (Palmer) Large.  His father died when he was a babe, and at the age of twelve years he came to Doylestown and was apprenticed to James Kelly, then editor and proprietor of the “Bucks County Intelligencer,” to learn the printing trade.  He served his term, and, arriving of age, remained in the office a few weeks, and then went to Philadelphia in search of a job.  Here he encountered Seneca W. Ely, a native of Buckingham, just returned from Rochester , New York , where he, too, had learned the printing trade, and the two young printers formed a partnership, purchased a press, and removed to Chillicothe , Ohio , where they started a printing office.  At the end of a year, Mr. Large having been solicited by his preceptor to return and take an interest in the business, came back to Doylestown and entered into partnership with Mr. Kelly.  They ran the “Intelligencer” for two years, 1835-36, when Mr. Large retired from the firm, but one year later bought the entire interest of Mr. Kelly and conducted the paper with good success until March 14, 1841 , when he sold out to Samuel S. Fretz.  He then purchased a farm in Upper Buckingham, and followed farming for the next fifteen years.  In 1857 he became one of the banking firm of J. Hart & Co., of Doylestown, and retained his interest therein until about 1864.  During the fifties he purchased the farm whereon the subject of this sketch now resides, on the Buckingham and Doylestown turnpike, known as Chestnut Grove Farm, and erected the present handsome and commodious buildings, and took up his residence there, where he died, May 20, 1893, in his eighty-first year.  William M. Large was a man of more than ordinary intellectual ability, and a prominent and successful man in the community.  He was a model farmer and successful business man.  He married, 2 mo. 17, 1841, Anne, daughter of Joseph and Mary (White) Watson, of Buckingham, of one of the oldest families in Buckingham.  She died in 1889, aged seventy-six years.  The children of William M. and Anne (Watson) Large were:  Mary L., deceased, who was the wife of Louis Buckman, of Doylestown; Henry Clay; and Watson, deceased.  Mr. Large and his family were members of Buckingham Monthly Meeting of Friends.

    The subject of this sketch was reared on the farm and was a student in the common schools and at the Hughesian Free School, and later attended a private school at Doylestown.  He has always been a farmer, and takes great pride in the home farm, which he acquired at this father’s death.  In politics he is a Republican, but has never sought or held public office.  He is a member of Buckingham Friends Meeting.  H. Clay Large was married, February 12, 1880 , to Lavinia, daughter of Frederick and Rachel (Dubree) Pearson, of Solebury, Bucks county, who has borne him five children, all of whom are living at home, viz.:  Mary b., Josephine C., William M., Rachel and Anna W.

Text taken from pages 484-485 of:

Davis, William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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