History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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ASA MATLACK STACKHOUSE, M. D., of Moorestown, New Jersey, formerly of Langhorne, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, was born in Philadelphia, 7 mo. 21, 1845, and is a representative of one of the oldest and most prominent families in Bucks county.  He is a son of Robert and Ann Roberts (Matlack) Stackhouse.  The ancestry of the Stackhouse family is traced in England to the year 1086, and in America traces back to the year 1682, when Thomas Stackhouse, of the village of Stackhouse, in the deanery of Craven, West Riding of Yorkshire, came to America, arriving at New Castle 10 mo. 27, 1682, accompanied by his wife Margery and two nephews, Thomas and John Stackhouse.  They all settled in Middletown township and took up large tracts of land.  Thomas Stackhouse, the elder, lost his wife Margery, who died 11 mo. 15, 1682, and he married in 1 mo., 1792, Margaret Atkinson, nee Fell, daughter of Christopher Fell, of Newtown , Lancashire , and widow of Christopher Atkinson, who had died on board the “Britanica” in 1699 on his way to Pennsylvania .  Thomas Stackhouse died in 1706 without issue.  Thomas and John Stackhouse both reared large families in Middletown , and have both left numerous descendants.  The latter died in Middletown in 1757.

    Thomas Stackhouse was a very prominent man in the community, representing his county in the colonial assembly of Pennsylvania for the years 1711 to 1715, inclusive, and then declining a re-election.  He was also collector of proprietary quit-rents for Bucks county; served as one of the commissioners to lay out roads, and in many other capacities of trust.  He was one of the active members of Middletown Monthly Meeting of Friends, and built their meeting house in 1690.  He took up 507 acres of land in Middletown on the Neshaminy, and in 1707 bought 1200 acres of Francis Richardson. He died 4 mo. 26, 1744.  He was three times married; first, on 7 mo. 27, 1688, to Grace Heaton, daughter of Robert and Alice Heaton, who was born in Yorkshire, 1 mo. 14, 1667, and accompanied her parents to Pennsylvania in 1682 in the “Welcome” with William Penn; she died 8 mo. 8, 1708, and Thomas married (second) on 1 mo. 1, 1711, at Falls Meeting, Ann Mayos, widow of Edward Mayos, who died 5 mo. 6, 1724, and Thomas married a third time, in 8 mo., 1725, Dorothy Heston, widow of Zebulon Heston of Wrightstown, who survived him.  Thomas and Grace (Heston) Stackhouse were the parents of nine children, viz.:  Samuel, John, Robert, Henry, Grace, Alice, Thomas, Joseph and Benjamin 

    Thomas and Ann (Mayos) Stackhouse were the parents of five children, viz.:  Isaac died at age of two years; Jacob, Ann, Sarah and Isaac.  Nearly all these children lived to rear famlies and have left numerous descendants, the four daughters marrying into the families of Longshore, Plumly, Wilson and Cary.  Thomas and Dorothy (Heston) Stackhouse left no children.

    Robert Stackhouse, third son of Thomas and Grace, was born 9 mo. 8, 1692.  He married Margaret Stone and settled on a tract of land purchased by his father, “adjoining Pigeon Swamp ” in Bristol township, which was later devised to him by his father’s will.  He later removed to Berwick on the Susquehanna, where he resided until his death in 1788, at the advanced age of ninety-six years.  Robert and Margaret were the parents of eight children:  Thomas, Joseph, James, Grace, Benjamin, Alice, William and Robert.

    James Stackhouse, third son of Robert and Margaret (Stone) Stackhouse, was born in Bucks county 11 mo. (January), 11, 1725-6, and married 10 mo. 13, 1750, Martha Hastings, who was born 4 mo. 27, 1722, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Hill) Hastings, and granddaughter of Joshua Hastings, who represented Chester county in the colonial assembly, residing then near Chester, but later removed to Philadelphia.  His son John Hastings married Grace Stackhouse, sister of James.  The children of James and Martha (Hastings) Stackhouse were:  Margaret, Hastings, Mary, Amos, Martha, James and another Amos who died in infancy.  James, the father, died in Philadelphia, 8 mo. 16, 1759, and his wife Martha died 6 mo. 23, 1806.  He is interred at the Arch street Friends’ burying ground.

    Amos Stackhouse, third son of James and Martha (Hastings) Stackhouse, was born 5 mo. 4, 1757, and was married at Mt. Holly, New Jersey, 1 mo. 14, 1779, to Mary Powell, born 7 mo. 9, 1763, daughter of John and Susanna (Bryan) Powell, granddaughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Perdue) Powell, who were married August 10, 1729, Isaac being a son of John and Elizabeth (Parker) Powell, and a grandson of Robert and Prudence Powell, the former of whom came to New Jersey in the ship “Kent,” 6 mo. 16, 1667, and settled near Burlington, West Jersey.  Amos Stackhouse died 4 mo. 5, 1825, and his widow Mary 7 mo. 15, 1841.  They were the parents of thirteen children, viz.:  Susanna, Hastings, Martha, Powell, Esther, Martha, second of the name; James, Samuel P., Amos, Robert, Mary P., John P., and another Robert who had died in infancy.

    Robert Stackhouse, son of Amos and Mary (Powell) Stackhouse, was born in Philadelphia 12 mo. 11, 1801, and died 1 mo. 6, 1881.  He married (first) 4 mo. 23, 1829, Elizabeth Davis Kimber, of Richard and Elizabeth, by whom he had:  Tacy J., born 3 mo. 13, 1830, died 11 mo. 2, 1837; Edward Livingston, born 3 mo. 27, 1833; Tacy Elizabeth, born 11 mo. 25, 1838.  He married (second) Ann Roberts Matlack, daughter of Asa and Tamar (Roberts) Matlack, 9 mo. 21, 1841, by whom he had Asa Matlack Stackhouse, born 7 mo. 21, 1845.  Tacy Elizabeth , of Robert and Elizabeth, married 1 mo. 2, 1862, Allen Lippencott, M. D., of Fallsington, Bucks county, Pennsylvania .  Dr. Lippincott died 2 mo. 28, 1863, when she married 11 mo. 26, 1867, Milnor Gillingham, who is also deceased; no issue.  Tacy E. Gillingham and her brother Edward L. Stackhouse reside at Fallsington , Pennsylvania .

    The paternal ancestor of Matlock family was William Matlack, born about the year 1648 in Cropwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire, England, who came to Burlington county, West Jersey, with Daniel Wills in the ship “Kent,” arriving at Burlington in October 1677.  In 1682 he married Mary Hancock, from Brayles, Warwickshire, England, aged about sixteen years at the time of her marriage.  They were the parents of nine children:  John, George, Mary, William, Jr., Richard, Joseph, Timothy, Jane and Sarah.  Of these Timothy, who married Mary Haines in 1720, was the father of Timothy Matlack, at one time secretary of the continental congress and for many years secretary of the supreme executive council of Pennsylvania during the Revolution.

    William Matlack, Jr., third son of William and Mary (Hancock) Matlack, married in 1713 Ann Antrim, daughter of John and Frances Antrim, of Northampton township, Burlington county, who were among the earliest settlers in Burlington county, New Jersey, where John died in 1719.  William Matlack, Jr., died in Chester township, Burlington county, New Jersey, in 1730, leaving children, Jeremiah, William, Rebeckah, Rachel, Leah, Mary, James and Ann.

    William Matlack (3) born 6 mo. 31, 1725, married Mary Turner in 10 mo. 1, 1748, and their son Reuben Matlack, born 11 mo. 17, 1757, married Elizabeth Coles, in 1 mo. 23, 1783, a descendant of Samuel Coles and of William and Thomas Budd, all early members of the colonial assembly of New Jersey, and their son Asa Matlack, born 10 mo. 21, 1783, who married Tamar Roberts 5 mo. 12, 1807, was the father of Anna Roberts Matlack, who married Robert Stackhouse.

    ASA MATLACK STACKHOUSE was educated in the public schools of Moorestown , New Jersey , and entered the junior class of the University of Pennsylvania , and graduated from that institution in the class of 1865.  He subsequently studied medicine, graduating from Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, in 1868, and practiced medicine in Attleborough (now Langhorne), Bucks county, and elsewhere for a number of years, but has now retired from practice and resides at Moorestown, New Jersey.  He has always taken an interest in local history and the genealogy of the old families of Bucks county and vicinity, and has contributed a number of articles on these subjects to the local papers.

    Dr. Stackhouse was married at Allentown, Pennsylvania, 12 mo. 8, 1868, to Ella Jane Romig, daughter of William J. and Mary Ann Catharine (Royer) Romig, and they are the parents of two children:  William Romig Stackhouse, of Moorestown, New Jersey, who was born in Chester township, Burlington county, New Jersey, January 10, 1870, and married Rebecca Gibson; and Ernest Robert Stackhouse, born at Allentown, Pennsylvania, December 3, 1884.  Another child, Ernest Raymond, born January 17, 1874, died young.

    William R. Stackhouse above mentioned has been for several years past engaged in connection with his cousin, the late Powell Stackhouse, in extensive genealogical researches, and his history of the Stackhouse Family is now in press.

Text taken from pages 489-490 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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