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Friday, March 30, 2007

Biographical Information for Philip Pell Published in 1895

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Philip Pell was one of Pelham's most distinguished citizens in the last three centuries. I have written about Pell on a number of occasions. See, e.g.:

Thur., August 24, 2006: Philip Pell of the Manor of Pelham: An Early Victim of the "Spoils System" in New York at the Turn of the 19th Century

Mon., July 17, 2006: 1780 Letter to George Clinton from American Patriot Philip Pell of Pelham Manor, Commissary of Prisoners of the State of New York

Thur., April 20, 2006: 1788 Campaign Broadside Urging Support for Candidate Opposing Philip Pell of Pelham Manor

Today's Historic Pelham Blog posting transcribes biographical data about Philip Pell published in the January 1895 issue of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. The text appears immediately below, followed by a citation to its source.

"Philip Pell was born July 7, 1753. He was the eldest son of Philip and Gloriana (Treadwell) Pell, and grandson of Philip, who married, March 5, 1731, Hannah Mott, and was the son of Thomas Pell, who died in 1739. He inherited Pelham Manor from John Pell, his gather, the emigrant ancestor, to whom it was granted by Governor Dongan in 1687.

In 1776, Philip Pell was commissioned lieutenant and commissary of prisoners; but his name does not appear in the register of Continental officers.

Philip Pell married, July 26, 1777, Mary Ward, born June 6, 1754; she died August 15, 1781. She was daughter of Judge Stephen Ward and Ruth Gedney, his wife. After her death he married Ann Lewis. He had one son, Philip Pell, born in 1780; married Elizabeth, daughter of David Roberts. They had Ward, Philip and Mary. He died in 1826.

The graduate Philip Pell was elected member of New York Legislature, 1779 to 1781 and 1784 to 1786, from Westchester; Sheriff, 1787; Surrogate, Westchester, from March, 1787, to October, 1800; Delegate to Congress, 1788. He was also one of the first regents of the University, New York State, 1784, and died 1803."

Source: Greene, Richard H., King's (Now Columbia) College, and its Earliest Alumni in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, p. 10 (NY, NY: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Jan. 1895).

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