History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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WILLIAM HENRY FOULKE, one of the enterprising, practical farmers of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, was there born in Richland Centre, July 4, 1841, on the farm he now occupies and cultivates, it being one of the original FOULKS homesteads.William is the son of Hugh and Sarah (ROBERTS) FOULKE, and grandson of Hugh FOULKE, who was a farmer by occupation and the founder and trustee of the subscription schools of his district. He is a descendant of Hugh FOULKE, the first of the name born in America. An old Bible now in the possession of Mrs. Susan Hannah BIEHN, sister of William Henry FOULKE, gives the record of his birth, July, 1685, and death, May 21, 1760. He married Ann ________, who was born November 3, 1693, and died September 10, 1773. They were the parents of the following named children: 1. Mary, born September 24, 1714; 2. Martha, June 2, 1716; 3. Samuel, December 4, 1718; 4. Ellen, January 19, 1720; 5. John, December 21, 1722; 6. Thomas, January 14, 1724; 7. William, December 10, 1728; 8. Edward, October 19, 1729; 9. Ann, January 1, 1732, 10. Jane, January 3, 1734.

Hugh FOULKE, father of William Henry FOULKE, was born in Richland township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania. His education was obtained in the subscription schools of his district, and the followed the quiet but useful calling of a farmer. He married Miss Sarah ROBERTS, daughter of John and Sarah ROBERTS, and the following children were the issue of this union: 1. Catherine, born September 6, 1835, married Isaac TOMLINSON, of New Britain township; 2. Julia Ann, born December 4, 1839, married Henry DOTTS of Montgomery county, Pennsylvania; 3. William Henry, mentioned at length herein after; 4. Sarah Martha, born August 19, 1843, married (first) David HILLEGAS, of Quakertown, and (second) Henry SONDERS, farmer, of lower Richland township; 5. Charles Edward, born in 1845, married, 1870, Anna, the daughter of Warner and Alice (SINGLEY) HAYCOCK, farmers, Whitemarsh township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania; 6. Elizabeth, born March 6, 1847, married Charles MILLER, and resides at Hockerstown, Montgomery county; 7. Hester Ellen, born November 16, 1850, married Nicholas MARTIN, of Stowe, Montgomery county; 8. Susan Hannah, born October 25, 1852, married Andrew BIEHN, lives at Paletown, Richland township; 9. Anna, born April 15, 1860, married Francis FELLMAN.

William Henry FOULKE, third child and eldest son of Hugh and Sarah (ROBERTS) FOULKE, obtained his educational training in the Rocky Ridge public school at Paletown, remaining there until his nineteenth year. After leaving the school William assisted with the farm work, and later he and his brother, Charles Edward, purchased the place. They were engaged in the cultivation of the farm until 1891, when the partnership was dissolved. William sold his interest in the property to Charles and purchased the Hugh FOULKE farm, the old family homestead, comprising seventy-two acres of improved land and forest. Mr. FOULKE is an industrious, useful ember of the community, and an excellent farmer. In matters of politics he affiliates with the Republican party, and although he takes a deep and lasting interest in the welfare of that organization has never aspired to public office. He is actively interested in educational affairs, and served twelve years as school director.

January 25, 1883, William Henry FOULKE was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Charles PILGRIM, V. S. of New York city, and widow of George S. PLANT, Esq., of Norfolk, England. Mrs. FOULKE was born at Hudson, on the Hudson river, near Albany, New York, May 31, 1847. During her first husband's life she lived for a time in England, and later near Quakertown. Mrs. FOULKE is a woman of bright and active disposition and assists in the management of the home farm. Mr. And Mrs. FOULKE are the parents of one child, Mary Elizabeth, born June 5, 1888; she was educated in the public schools of Paletown, and now resides at home with her parents.

Text taken from page 91 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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