LARKIN, John, a resident in Chichester in 1724, was married, Oct 29, 1731, to Esther, daughter of roger Shelley, of Chichester, and in after-years was a forgeman at Sarum Iron Works, in Thornbury. He and his wife became members of the Society of Friends in 1744, and many of their descendants continue to hold the same profession.
Of the children of John and Esther Larkin, of Bethel, William was married, 10,7,1756, to Jane Smedley; Elizabeth, m. 12,30,1761 to John Coebourn; Prudence, m. Joseph Way; Joseph, m. Ann Salkeld; Isaac, b. 8,25,1744 m. Sarah Brinton and Rachel Way; Phebe, m. to William Milnor. Joseph Larkin married Ann, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Salkeld, and granddaughter of John and Agnes Salkeld, of Chester. She was born 9,27,1747. Joseph died 8,13,1826, aged 87 years. Their children were John, Elizabeth, Sarah, Joseph, Nathan, and Salkeld. Of these, John m. 3,18,1789, Martha Thomas, b. 2,22,1765, daughter of Isaac and Mary, of Willistown. Their children were Isaac, Thomas, Joseph, Ann, Mary, Mordecai, Eliza, Townsend T., John, Martha, and Hannah. Mordecai Larkin was born in Concord township, Delaware Co., 9th mo. 31, 1797. He learned the milling business in Chichester, and in the spring of 1825 purchased a farm and mills in what is now Upper Uwchlan township, Chester co.
In 1820 he married Sarah Rogers, of Chichester, by whom he had
seven children, all now living except one. His wife and companion of sixty
years died 5th mo. 10, 1880. He has been a diligent reader, deeply
interested in natural science, philosophy, and metaphysical inquiries. His
recollections extend over all of the present century, and would form a
history of themselves if written. He has written many poetical effusions,
which have been published in the county press...