BUFFINGTON.--Rich. Bobbinghton was among the list of 'tydables' at Upland
in 1677. In 1679, Richard Buffington and John Grubb purchased a tract of
land west of Chester Creek, above Chester, which they called "Hopewell of
Richard Buffington had a wife, Ann, living in 1695; a wife, Frances
(widow of John Grubb) living in 1712; and his widow, Alice (Palmer),
survived him. He purchased land in East Bradford (in conjunction with
William Vestall) in 1696, and removed to that neighborhood within a few
years after. Feb. 25, 1720/1, he conveyed his lands to two of his sons,
Thomas and William, reserving a life interest therein, and this was
probably on the eve of his last marriage. He appears to have settled at a
later period on 200 acres immediately in the forks of Brandywine, but never
owned the land, which, however, his son Joseph afterwards purchased from
the heirs of Isaac Norris, of Philadelphia. Richard died in January of
February, 1747/8, probably about ninety-four years of age. By his will he
gave a legacy of £20 to the Baptist society which met at John Bentley's, in
Newlin township. (See Hephzibah Baptist Church.)
Children.--Ann, m. Benjamin Hickman; Ruth, m. Ezekiel Harlan; Richard, d.
1741, m. Phebe Grubb; Thomas, d. December, 1739, m. Ruth Cope and Ann ___;
William, d. unmarried; John, m. Sarah Arnold; Hannah, m. Jeremiah Dean;
Mary, m. Charles Turner; Elizabeth, d. 1748/9, m. Peter Collins and John
Freeman; Lydia, m. George Martin; Abigail, b. September 1721, d. April
1813, m. Edward Seed and David Fling; Joseph, d. Nov. 17, 1785, unmarried;
Alice, d. July 19, 1775, m. ___ McArthur and James Hance.
The 'Pennsylvania Gazette' for June 28 to July 5, 1739, contains the following: "Philadelphia.--On the 30th of May past the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Richard Buffington, Senior, to the number of one hundred and fifteen, met together at his house in Chester County, as also his nine sons and daughters-in-law, and twelve great-children-in-law. The old man is from Great Marle, upon the Thames, in Buckinghamshire, in Old England, aged about 85, and is still hearty, active and of perfect memory. His eldest son, now in the sixtieth year of his age, was the first-born of English descent in this province. Richard Buffington, J., married Phebe, daughter of John and Frances Grubb, and settled in West Bradford. His wife was a minister among Friends, and after his death married Simon Hadly, living in the edge of New Castle County. She died 3,4,1769, and was buried at Bradford meeting on the 6th, at the same time that the mother of Humphry Marshall was interred. The children of Richard and Phebe were John, Frances (m. to Samuel Osborne), Phebe, Richard, Samuel, Henry, Catharine, Peter, Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Isaac, and Joseph. Richard (3), born 11,23,1715/16, died 2,28,1781, married Mary Bate and Ann (Pyle) Woodward. By the first he had Curtis, Mary and Phebe, and by the second, Richard, Jesse, Ann, and Esther. Richard (4) BORN 12,18,1750/1, died 11,19,1803, married Rachel Baker, daughter of Richard and Rachel, and their son, the fifth Richard in direct descent, is living in West Marlborough, in his seventy-ninth year. John Buffington, son of Richard (2) married Elizabeth Way and Jane Thatcher, and died 10,23,1774, leaving several children, of whom Robert, the eldest, was the grandfather of Wilson Buffington, of Unionville, a builder of numerous bridges. Richard, the second son, was a mason, and with his cousin Curtis built the easterly tavern in Marshallton. He left the neighborhood for a time during the Revolution, and his property was confiscated. His brother Jacob was arrested as a Tory, but escaped from the guards and fled to Prince Edward Island, afterwards to England, but returned to Chester County before his death. Another brother, Joshua, was tried and acquitted. Joseph Buffington, born 11,27,1803, at West Chester, died 2,3,1872, was for several years president judge of the district composed of Westmoreland, Armstrong, and Indiana Counties, in this State. He was the son of Ephraim and Rebecca, and Ephraim was the son of Jonathan, the son of William, supposed son of Thomas, the son of the first Richard.