History of Marple Township, Pa.
From: A History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Edited By: John W. Jordan, LL. D.
Published By Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York 1914
Marple Township. — This township adjoins Haverford on the west, separated from it by Darby creek. It
is further bounded east, sbuth, west and north by Springfield, Upper Providence, Newtown and Radnor townships.
Marple is almost exclusively an agricultural township, its milling industries being principally the saw and grist
mills, located on Darby and Crum creeks. The first mention of Marple occurs in the records of a Chester county
court held “5th day of the Sixth month 1684,” at which time Jonathan Hayes and James Stamfield were appointed tax
collectors “for the publick aid of Marple,” and at the same time Thomas Pearson was appointed “constable and supervisor
for the highway for Marple.” The great road of Marple, which enters the township at its southern boundary just
above the Springfield meeting house, was laid out in 1683, and ran almost due north through the centre of the district,
uniting with the West Chester road a short distance south of Newtown line. A list of the taxables of Marple in
1693, contains fifteen names—Jonathan Hayes, Peter Worrall, James Stamfield's estate, William Huntley, John Person,
Thomas Person, Ralph Dralcutt, Geo. Williard, Thomas Marcy, John Howell, Josiah Taylor, David Morris, Henry Cadman,
John Shaw aiid John Hoopes. Thomas “Person,” mentioned in the list, is the Thomas Pierson (Pearson) who tradition
states came in the “Welcome” with Penn, and on whose suggestion the name Upland was changed to Chester. Margaret,
wife of Thomas Pierson, John, his brother, and Mary Smith, his sister, came from England in the “Endeavour” in
September, 1683, nearly a year after Penn’s arrival. Sarah Pierson, daughter of Thomas, married John West, they
becoming the parents of Benjamin West, the famous American artist. Peter Worrall (Worrell, Worrall) was a tanner
from Berkshire, England. Jonathan Hayes, the largest land owner in the township, was a member of assembly in 1689,
and a justice in 1703-11. In 1715 he was murdered by Henry Pugh, a millwright, and Lazarus. Thomas, a laborer.
The trial of his assassins is the first case of homicide known in the records of Chester county. Although Marple
during the Revolution was removed in a great measure from the din of war, British foraging parties and their Tory
allies caused a loss to the residents that is partly shown in the bill for damages, amounting to £217.
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