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Elizabeth Jane Frampton         

ca. 1885                                                 

McCullough-Frampton House

 

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The Frampton family is another interesting branch of our family for which we are lucky enough to have some records dating back to at least the 1600's. The first Frampton for whom we have records in America was William Frampton (the first of many Williams!), who lived in New York and Philadelphia between 1678 and his premature death in 1686. Because of his Quaker religion and his involvement with the early Pennsylvania government, as well as his merchant activities and land transactions, many documents have survived the years. In truth, wife Elizabeth Potter, an outspoken member of the Friends community, may have been the more interesting member of the family.

William Frampton's ggrandson William II served in the Revolutionary War (see pictures above), and it was William II's grandson William III who was most likely the primary source for Wrightnour's often-quoted "History of the Frampton Family". William III's daughter Elizabeth Jane Frampton married William McCullough (also one of many Williams in this line!) in 1842, linking the McCullough and Frampton names.

In the HISTORY OF CLARION COUNTY, edited by A. J. Davis, 1887, Chapter XLVIII, History of Clarion Township, by C. S. Hepler, we find the following reference the the Framptons and McCulloughs:

"The only village not incorporated, within the limits of the township, is situated near the southern boundary and is called Mechanicsville, or Frampton P. O. At present it contains a dry goods and grocery store, belonging to and kept by Mr. J. P. Kahle, a hotel known as the McCullough House, a blacksmith shop, a post-office, which has a daily mail, and is kept by Mr. Ed. M. McIntire; a wagon shop, and office of the justice of the peace, A. J. Frampton, esq., also several private residences.  The post-office was so named in honor of William Frampton, esq., one of the oldest settlers of the place, and father of the present justice."

A.J. Frampton was Elizabeth Jane Frampton's brother, and the hotel McCullough House is almost definitely the building pictured above right (click to enlarge). The letters "ough" and "House" on the signpost can be identified.

Ancestors of Elizabeth Jane Frampton

 Generation No. 1 

        1.  Elizabeth Jane Frampton, born 7 August 1828; died 9 February 1898 in Mechanicsville, Clarion Co., PA.  She was the daughter of 2. William Frampton and 3. Mary Williams.  She married (1) William McCullough 28 December 1842.  He was born 1 March 1828 in Jefferson Co., PA, and died 18 December 1919 in Mechanicsville, Clarion Co., PA.  He was the son of Sheridan McCullough and Mary Ross.

Generation No. 2

2.  William Frampton, born 11 September 1803 in Lewistown, Mifflin Co., PA; died 21 April 1883 and is buried in Centennial Cemetery, Strattanville, PA.  He was the son of 4. David Frampton and 5. Hannah Lobaugh.  He married 3. Mary Williams 20 June 1827.

The Clarion County Historical Society's publication in 1975 titled "Clarion County and its beginnings" tells us the following about William:

"MECHANICSVILLE, formerly called Frampton Post Office, is on the road from Clarion to New Bethlehem. It was one of the very early villages and is about one and a half miles from Brush Run settlement, the earliest settlement in what is now Clarion County. The post office was named Frampton, for William Frampton, an early settler there. His wife, Mary Williams, was daughter of Amos Williams of Williamsburg. William Frampton was not only a farmer, but also a mechanic and made all his own tools and some for others. He had three apprentices who worked for four dollars a month, and they had to provide their own candles. This activity resulted in the settlement being called Mechanicsville."

        3.  Mary Williams, born 13 October 1807; died Abt. 1884 in Centennial Cemetery, Strattanville, PA.  She was the daughter of 6. Amos Williams and 7. Elizabeth Mitchel.

       

Children of William Frampton and Mary Williams are:

        1                 i.    Elizabeth Jane Frampton, born 7 August 1828; died 9 February 1898 in Mechanicsville, Clarion Co., PA; married William McCullough 28 December 1842.

                          ii.    Agnes Nancy Frampton, born 1830.

                         iii.    Amos Jasper Frampton, born 1837.

                         iv.    James Fulton Frampton, born 1833.

                          v.    Samuel Ard Frampton, born 1835.

                         vi.    Hannah Phylistia Frampton, born 1840.

                        vii.    Sarah Emily Frampton, born 1842.

                       viii.    Mary Eloner Frampton, born 1844.

                          ix.    Martha Anna Frampton, born 1848.

 

Generation No. 3

 

        4.  David Frampton, born 5 August 1780 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; died 5 March 1847 in Reidsburg, PA..  He was the son of 8. William Frampton II and 9. Sarah Staley.  He married 5. Hannah Lobaugh 5 October 1802 in Mifflin Co., Pennsylvania.

        5.  Hannah Lobaugh, born 25 October 1781 in Reidsburg, PA.; died 6 July 1857 in Reidsburg, PA..

       

Children of David Frampton and Hannah Lobaugh are:

        2                 i.    William Frampton, born 11 September 1803 in Lewistown, Mifflin Co., PA; died 21 April 1883 in Centennial Cemetery, Strattanville, PA; married Mary Williams 20 June 1827.

                          ii.    Abraham Frampton, born 1805.

                         iii.    David Lobaugh Frampton, born 1806.

                         iv.    Jonathan Frampton, born 1806.

                          v.    Sarah Frampton, born 1812.

                         vi.    Samuel F Frampton, born 1813.

                        vii.    Mary Anna Frampton, born 1813.

                       viii.    Eliza Jane Frampton, born 1815.

                          ix.    Hannah Frampton, born 1817.

                           x.    Sabinah Frampton, born 1821.

                          xi.    Hugh Reid Frampton, born 1826.

 

        6.  Amos Williams, born 1784 in Williamsburg, PA; died 1853.  He married 7. Elizabeth Mitchel.

The Clarion County Historical Society's publication in 1975 titled "Clarion County and its beginnings" gives the following information on Amos Williams:

"WILLIAMSBURG is a village situated on the road about half way between Clarion and reidsburg on route 68. It was settled by Amos Williams for whom it was named. He came from Mifflin County in 1807. He had a family of nine daughters ... by his first wife Elizabeth Mitchell. His first wife died and he married Ruth Lowrey Anderson. They had four sons and a daughter. . . . . The pioneer Amos Williams was the first treasurer of Clarion County, appointed by the Commissioners. He was also instrumental in organizing the Zion Baptist Church in Reidsburg. He received a warrant for 360 acres of land from the state April 27, 1838. He was one of the few in Clarion County that had slaves, two young boys as shown in the 1850 census."

        7.  Elizabeth Mitchel, born 1785; died 1838.

       

Child of Amos Williams and Elizabeth Mitchel is:

        3                 i.    Mary Williams, born 13 October 1807; died Abt. 1884 in Centennial Cemetery, Strattanville, PA; married William Frampton 20 June 1827.

 

Generation No. 4

 

        8.  William Frampton II, born 15 December 1744 in Burlington, NJ; died 15 October 1829 and was buried in Licking Cemetery, Churchville, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.  He was the son of 16. John Frampton and 17. Elizabeth Critchfield.  He married 9. Sarah Staley 1779 in Kishoquillas Valley, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania.

        9.  Sarah Staley, born 20 January 1755 in Burlington, Gloucester Co., New Jersey; died 6 July 1829 in Clarion Co., PA and was buried in Licking Cemetery.  She was the daughter of 18. Ulrich Staley and 19. Anna (Staley).

       

Child of William Frampton and Sarah Staley is:

        4                 i.    David Frampton, born 5 August 1780 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; died 5 March 1847 in Reidsburg, PA; married Hannah Lobaugh 5 October 1802 in Mifflin Co., Pennsylvania.

 

Generation No. 5

(Note: the most frequently-quoted source for early Frampton history is The Frampton Family by J.S. Wrightnour. Wrightnour seems to have been an accurate researcher. However, a number of assertions have never been proven -- which Wrightnour also admits. In fact, it has never been proven that John Frampton, who supposedly married Elizabeth Critchfield (also not proven), was descended from the William Frampton who was in Penn's government. A distant Frampton "cousin" and I have been re-doing Wrightnour's research, hoping to find the missing proof.

We have uncovered some new info not mentioned in the book, and nearly all documents that Wrightnour also mentions, but no proof yet that William's son Thomas ever had a son named John and/or that John Frampton was really descended from either Thomas or William. On the other hand, there is absolutely no evidence that it is not true and no facts that really offer an alternative ancestry for John.

As far as we can tell, Wrightnour's primary source was my ggggrandfather William Frampton (1803 - 1883) who presumably heard the story from John's son William II, who died in 1829, when William III would have already been 26 and so, in our opinion, old enough to have gotten the story straight. Still, it is only second-hand family tradition. Another interesting fact is that in some Frampton family histories, Thomas is left out, and the descendants claim that John was the son of William, which is physically impossible. However, as Wrightnour says, everything that William III told him that he could prove, checked out for 100%, so chances are high that this family tradition is also correct. Because of this, I include it here, with this reservation. Where appropriate, I have made additional remarks in the text below.

To some extent, this also applies to the Critchfield - Opdyck story, which is primarily based upon the mention of William in father Opdyck's will. In this case, however, we have found evidence of the two families living in close proximity and also a very strong naming pattern in both the Critchfield and Frampton families to support this theory.)

        16.  John Frampton, born 14 July 1714 in Trenton, Burlington County, New Jersey; died 1784 in Derry Twp., Mifflin Co., PA.  He was almost certainly the son of 32. Thomas Frampton and 33. Elizabeth Ellis.  He married 17. Elizabeth Critchfield abt 1740 in (Trenton?)/Hunterdon Co., NJ.

        17.  Elizabeth Critchfield, born abt 1727 in Lebanon Twp., Hunterdon County, British Prov. of New Jersey; died 1786 in Mifflin Co., PA.  She was probably the daughter of 34. William Critchfield, Sr. and 35. Agnes Opdyck.

       

Child of John Frampton and Elizabeth Critchfield is:

        8                 i.    William Frampton II, born 15 December 1744 in Burlington, NJ; died 15 October 1829 in Licking Cemetery, Churchville, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania; married Sarah Staley 1779 in Kishoquillas Valley, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania.

 

        18.  Ulrich Staley, born 1728; died Bet. 1790 - 1800 in Derry Twp., Mifflin Co., PA.  He married 19. Anna (Staley).

        19.  Anna (Staley), died May 1793 in Mifflin Co., PA.

       

Child of Ulrich Staley and Anna (Staley) is:

        9                 i.    Sarah Staley, born 20 January 1755 in Burlington, Gloucester Co., New Jersey; died 6 July 1829 in Clarion Co., PA; married William Frampton II 1779 in Kishoquillas Valley, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania.

 

Generation No. 6

 

        32.  Thomas Frampton, born 1683 in Philadelphia, PA; died 27 December 1726 in Philadelphia, PA.  He was the son of 64. William Frampton and 65. Elizabeth Potter.  He probably married 33. Elizabeth Ellis bef. 1712 in New Jersey.

        33.  Elizabeth Ellis, born abt. 1678 in Burlington, NJ; died abt. 1715.  She was the daughter of 66. Thomas Ellis.

       

Child of Thomas Frampton and Elizabeth Ellis is:

        16               i.    John Frampton, born 14 July 1714 in Trenton, Burlington County, New Jersey; died 1784 in Derry Twp., Mifflin Co., PA; married Elizabeth Critchfield 1740 in (Trenton?)/Hunterdon Co., NJ.

 

(Please note: the following ancestry for Elizabeth Critchfield is not yet proven, but a summary of the most likely theory based on the information available so far. There is a birth record for William Sr. in Boston and a will of Johannes Opdyck that mentions William Critchfield and 8 living children of whom 2 remain unnamed. Speculation is that William's wife was one of these and that her name was Agnes.)

34.  William Critchfield, Sr., born 13 October 1686 in Boston, Massachusetts; died 6 May 1773 in Lebanon Twp., Hunterdon County, British Prov. of New Jersey.  He was the son of 68. William Critchfield and 69. Susannah (Critchfield).  He married 35. Agnes Opdyck 1717 in Hunterdon, New Jersey.

          35.  Agnes Opdyck, born abt. 1701 probably in Hunterdon Co, NJ; died Aft. 1739.  She was the daughter of 70. Johannes Lourensen OPDYCK and 71. Catherine (Opdyck).

       

Child of William Critchfield and Agnes Opdyck is:

        17               i.    Elizabeth Critchfield, born 1727 in Lebanon Twp., Hunterdon County, British Prov. of New Jersey; died 1786 in Mifflin Co., PA; married John Frampton 1740 in (Trenton?)/Hunterdon Co., NJ.

 

Generation No. 7

        64.  William Frampton, born abt. 1650 in England; died 1686 in Philadelphia, Pa.  He was possibly the son of 128. Thomas Frampton and 129. Elizabeth Meadcalfe.  He married 65. Elizabeth Potter 27 July 1680 in Newport, RI.

Note: This ancestry for William is speculation based on the parish and probate records I have found so far that most closely match the dates, locations and naming patterns of the family. It is serious research but NOT proven. I am currently researching as many original documents as possible from the British Public Records office and welcome any volunteers who would like to try to decipher old handwriting. One of the more interesting so far is an apprenticeship listing a William, son of a deceased Thomas, being indentured in 1669:

London City Apprenticeships Abstracts (1442-1850)

Frampton William, son of Thomas, Salisbury, Wiltshire, innkeeper (deceased), to Charity widow of William Pullard, 17 Aug 1669 [20 Aug 1674 turned over from John Madcalfe to Martin Dallison], Curriers' Company

A Martin Dallison shows up in Barbados about 1680 a place closely connected with William's later trading activities. William's indenture would have ended around the time he first is recorded in NY. I have done an extensive comparison of BMD records available on-line for Dorset and surrounding areas, including Salisbury in an attempt to discover which Framptons may have left for the New World and which could be proven NOT to be "our" William. At the moment, Thomas & Elizabeth of Salisbury and son William seem to give the best fit, but again, this is speculative, not proven!

 

        65.  Elizabeth Potter, born 1652 in Newport, RI; died 1711 in Burlington, NJ.  She was possibly the daughter of 130. Thomas Potter of RI and NJ

(Note: This reference to Thomas Potter follows tradition but is not definitely proven. I am also currently working on this line. The only things I am reasonably sure about from records I have actually seen is that Elizabeth was Potter, not Porter as sometimes reported, that she had a sister named Mary Potter who married Philip Richards, that Elizabeth married three times and was an active Quaker and not at all shy about speaking up, and that her father was probably a Quaker minister. She was in Oyster Bay, NY around the time she married Frampton, but there is also a reference to RI about the same time. She came with William to Philadelphia about 1683/4 according to Quaker records, and her sister is shown as coming from NY, as is Richards.
I did find an Elizabeth Potter in the Oyster Bay area who married around 1650 & who could have been a sister to "our" Elizabeth's father.)
 

Child of William Frampton and Elizabeth Potter is:

        32               i.    Thomas Frampton, born 1683 in Philadelphia, PA; died 27 December 1726 in Philadelphia, PA; probably married Elizabeth Ellis 1712 in New Jersey.

 

        66.  Thomas Ellis, d. abt. 1682 in Burlington, NJ.  He probably married 67. Hannah (unknown) possibly in Burlington, NJ.

        67.  Hannah (unknown), d. abt. 1678 in Burlington, NJ.

(Note: the above is also from early research, including Wrightnour. While Thomas Ellis is probably correct, Hannah is less certain. Some list Anna Humphries, who did marry a Thomas Ellis but at a different time (1768 instead of 1678), as the mother of Elizabeth. Unless there were two Anna Humphries, this cannot be correct. This is a distinct possibility however, remembering that Thomas' sister married a Humphries. On the other hand, unless Elizabeth was the daughter of a second wife of Thomas Ellis who also died by 1682, she would have been born in 1678 at the latest, making her about 5 years older than Thomas Frampton.)

Child of Thomas Ellis and Hannah is:

        33               i.    Elizabeth Ellis, born 1683 in Burlington, NJ; died 1715; married Thomas Frampton 14 August 1712 in New Jersey.

 

        68.  William Critchfield who may have come from Wales and lived in Boston in the late 1600's. He married 69. Susannah (Critchfield).

        69.  Susannah (Critchfield), born Abt. 1664.

       

Child of Wiliam Critchfield and Susannah (Critchfield) is:

        34               i.    William Critchfield, Sr., born 13 October 1686 in Boston, Massachusetts; died 6 May 1773 in Lebanon Twp., Hunterdon County, British Prov. of New Jersey; married Agnes Opdyck 1717 in Hunterdon, New Jersey.

 

        70.  Johannes Lourensen OPDYCK, born 16 June 1650 in Gravesend or Newton, L.I., NY; died 12 February 1728/29 in Hopewell, Hunterdon Co.,  NJ.  He was the son of 140. Louris Jansen OPDYCK and 141. Stijntje PIETERS.  He married 71. CATHERINE Abt. 1669 in Hopewell, NJ.

        71.  CATHERINE, born in Dutch Kills, L.I., NY.

       

Child of Johannes OPDYCK and CATHERINE is probably:

        35               i.    Agnes Opdyck, born 1701 in Probably Hunterdon Co, NJ; died Aft. 1739; married William Critchfield, Sr. 1717 in Hunterdon, New Jersey.

 

Generation No. 8

        130.  Thomas Potter

Possible child of Thomas Potter is:

        65               i.    Elizabeth Potter, born abt 1652 in Newport, RI; died 1711 in Burlington, NJ; married (1) William Frampton 27 July 1680 in Newport, RI; married (2) Richard Bassnett (3) Thomas Gardiner, Jr; . 

        140.  Louris Jansen OPDYCK, born 1606 in by the Zuider Zee dyke in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; died 1659 in Gravesend, Long Island, New Netherlands, NY, New York.  He was the son of 280. Jan Dericsen Op Dijk and 281. Margaret.  He married 141. Stijntje PIETERS Abt. 1640 in Holland.

        141.  Stijntje PIETERS, born Abt. 1608 in Holland; died 16 March 1694/95 in New Jersey.  She was the daughter of 282. Peter Pieters.

       

Child of Louris OPDYCK and Stijntje PIETERS is:

        70               i.    Johannes Lourensen OPDYCK, born 16 June 1650 in Gravesend or Newton, L.I., NY; died 12 February 1728/29 in Hopewell, Hunterdon Co.,  NJ; married CATHERINE Abt. 1669 in Hopewell, NJ.

 

Generation No. 9

 

        280.  Jan Dericsen Op Dijk, born Abt. 1590 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; died Aft. 1652 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland.  He was the son of 560. Deric Jansen Op Dijk and 561. Elsken Mensen.  He married 281. Margaret Abt. 1614 in Elberg, Holland.

        281.  Margaret, born Abt. 1590 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; died Aft. 1652 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland.

       

Child of Jan Dijk and Margaret is:

        140             i.    Louris Jansen OPDYCK, born 1606 in by the Zuider Zee dyke in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; died 1659 in Gravesend, Long Island, New Netherlands, NY, New York; married Stijntje PIETERS Abt. 1640 in Holland.

 

        282.  Peter Pieters

       

Child of Peter Pieters is:

        141             i.    Stijntje PIETERS, born Abt. 1608 in Holland; died 16 March 1694/95 in New Jersey; married Louris Jansen OPDYCK Abt. 1640 in Holland.

 

Generation No. 10

 

        560.  Deric Jansen Op Dijk, born Abt. 1565 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; died Abt. 1651 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland.  He was the son of 1120. Jan Op Dijk.  He married 561. Elsken Mensen Abt. 1586 in Elberg, Holland.

        561.  Elsken Mensen, born Abt. 1565 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland.

       

Child of Deric Dijk and Elsken Mensen is:

        280             i.    Jan Dericsen Op Dijk, born Abt. 1590 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; died Aft. 1652 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; married Margaret Abt. 1614 in Elberg, Holland.

 

Generation No. 11

 

        1120.  Jan Op Dijk, born Abt. 1540 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; died in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland.

       

Child of Jan Op Dijk is:

        560             i.    Deric Jansen Op Dijk, born Abt. 1565 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; died Abt. 1651 in Elberg, Gelderland, Holland; married Elsken Mensen Abt. 1586 in Elberg, Holland.

 

 

 

 
Updated: 2013-02-04