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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
Jane Frampton, born 7 August 1828; died 9 February
Generation No. 2
Frampton, born 11 September
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."
Children of William Frampton and Mary Williams are:
Elizabeth Jane Frampton, born 7 August 1828; died 9 February
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
Frampton, born 5 August
Lobaugh, born 25 October
Children of David Frampton and Hannah Lobaugh are:
William Frampton, born 11 September
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.
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.
Generation No. 4
Frampton II, born 15 December
born 20 January
Child of William Frampton and Sarah Staley is:
David Frampton, born 5 August
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.
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
Frampton, born 14 July
Child of John Frampton and Elizabeth Critchfield is:
William Frampton II, born 15 December
Staley, born 1728; died Bet. 1790 -
(Staley), died May
Child of Ulrich Staley and Anna (Staley) is:
Sarah Staley, born 20 January
Generation No. 6
Child of Thomas Frampton and Elizabeth Ellis is:
16 i. John
Frampton, born 14 July
(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.)
Child of William Critchfield and Agnes Opdyck is:
Elizabeth Critchfield, born
Generation No. 7
William Frampton, born
Child of William Frampton and Elizabeth Potter is:
Thomas Frampton, born
67. Hannah (unknown), d. abt. 1678
Child of Thomas Ellis and Hannah is:
Elizabeth Ellis, born
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:
William Critchfield, Sr., born 13 October
Lourensen OPDYCK, born 16 June
71. CATHERINE, born in Dutch Kills, L.I., NY.
Child of Johannes OPDYCK and CATHERINE is probably:
35 i. Agnes
Generation No. 8
130. Thomas Potter
Possible child of Thomas Potter is:
Elizabeth Potter, born
Jansen OPDYCK, born
PIETERS, born Abt.
Child of Louris OPDYCK and Stijntje PIETERS is:
Johannes Lourensen OPDYCK, born 16 June
Generation No. 9
Jan Dericsen Op Dijk, born Abt.
281. Margaret, born Abt.
Child of Jan Dijk and Margaret is:
140 i. Louris Jansen
282. Peter Pieters
Child of Peter Pieters is:
Stijntje PIETERS, born Abt.
Generation No. 10
Deric Jansen Op Dijk, born Abt.
Mensen, born Abt.
Child of Deric Dijk and Elsken Mensen is:
280 i. Jan
Dericsen Op Dijk, born Abt.
Generation No. 11
1120. Jan Op Dijk, born
Child of Jan Op Dijk is:
560 i. Deric Jansen Op Dijk,