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Mordecai Balderston

Male 1755 - 1820


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  • Name  Mordecai Balderston 
    Born  31 Jan 1755  Wrightstown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  21 Apr 1820  Short Creek mm, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I8060  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  10 Jul 2007 

    Father  John Balderston,   b. 7 Mar 1716, Norwich, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1778, Bucks, Pensylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hannah Cooper,   b. 29 Mar 1719, Middletown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1792, Solebury MM, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Oct 1737  Gwynedd mm, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F5678  Group Sheet

    Family  Deborah Michener,   b. 2 Apr 1757, Plumstead Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1828, Short Creek mm, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Feb 1778  Wrightstown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Balderston,   b. 5 Mar 1778, Bucks, Pensylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1846, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Jacob Balderston,   b. 20 Oct 1779, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1784, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mordecai Balderston,   b. 3 Mar 1781, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1781, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Hannah Balderston,   b. 19 Sep 1782, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Isaiah Balderston,   b. 16 Mar 1784, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1784, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Deborah Balderston,   b. 29 Apr 1787, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Mary Balderston,   b. 9 Jan 1789, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Mordecai Balderston,   b. 18 Apr 1791, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Katherine Balderston,   b. 10 May 1793, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Joseph Balderston,   b. 9 Apr 1795, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Jonathan Balderston,   b. 28 Apr 1797, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1852, Belmont, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Jonathan Balderston,   b. 28 Apr 1797, New Garden Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  1 Dec 2002 
    Family ID  F2202  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Jan 1755 - Wrightstown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Feb 1778 - Wrightstown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Apr 1820 - Short Creek mm, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • MORDECAI BALDERSTON the seventh son of John and Hannah was born on January 31, 1755. His birth was registered in the Wrightstown Monthly Meeting. Mordecai refused to take the Oath of Allegiance or to fight for the Revolution, as Quakers were prohibited from swearing any oath. Consequently, on June 15, 1778, a Proclamation was issued by the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania against Mordecai and many other persons charging that they were "knowingly & willingly aided & assisted the enemies of State & of the United States of America by having joined their Armies of Philadelphia" and demanding that they surrender themselves before the first of August or "stand and be attained for High Treason... & suffer such pains & penalties & undergo all such forfeitures as persons attained of High Treason ought to do." Mordecai did finally take the Oath of Allegiance on June 18, 1778, and the charges against him were discharged by a proclamation on June 28, 1779 when he surrendered himself to be tried for treason. (Colonial Records of PA v. 11 p. 513, PA Archives ser. 6 v 13, p. 475) Mordecai and the others on the list did not join the armies of the enemy. This seems to be a designation given by the State to those persons who had not as yet sworn to the required Oath and thus were guilty of treason by omission. Patriotic emotions were high during 1778 when the British occupied Philadelphia and Washington was entrenched at nearby Valley Forge. In any event, such activity, aling with his and his brothers enlisting in both Captain Kester's and Captain Lanning's colonial armies in 1782, went against Quaker principles and this period seems to be the beginning of Mordecai's problems with the Friends. In addition, when he married Deborah Michener on February 11, 1778, they were married by a "hireling minister", which was contrary to the Rules of Discipline in the Society. The Society recognized no distinction between the clergy and the laity. Consequently. for awhile they were not admitted to Meeting. Their first child Sarah was recorded in the Philadelphia Meeting. They were later admitted to the Buckingham Monthly Meeting, but by 1786, Mordecai and his family were living in nearby Chester County. At this time they were received into the Goshen Monthly Meeting and in 1795 in the New Garden Montly Meeting in Chester County.