The Sara Document
Richard Wetherill the progenitor of the Wetherills of Chester, Pennsylvania
was born in Richhill, Northern Ireland in 1788, the son of William Wethereld
and Hanna Creeth. Richard was given a letter of "Minute" from the
Richhill meeting of the Religious Society of Friends of Ireland for
permission to leave Ireland and Immigrate to America. The letter was
dated April 26th, 1812 and follows:
To Friends of the Monthly Meeting of New York, America.
Dear Friends: Richard Wethereld having informed us of an intention he had of
removing from this order to reside in your parts, he having the consent of
his Mother and other relatives concerned therein. We may therefore
certify unto you that he is in membership with us, and pretty constantly
attended our religious meetings for worship and discipline, and his conduct
in a good degree agreeable thereto, and leaves us clear of debts and
Marriage engagements. We therefore recommend to your tender care and
oversight, and remain your loving friends.
(Read and approved at an adjournment of our Monthly meeting held at Richhill,
Ireland, the 26th. day of 4th. Month, 1812.)
Richard Wethereld filed application for naturalization papers and became an
American Citizen on 10-26-1821, under the name of Richard Wetherill, the
name spelled WETHERILL in the papers and in his signature to the papers.
[See records in court house, Media, Delaware County Pa.]
Harvey Leake - Dec 23, 2008..............When a young
man of twenty-two, in April 1810, [Richard Wetherill] came to America where
he engaged in the manufacture of worsted cloth at Green Mills, on Green
creek, Concord Township, Delaware County, which must have been the then name
of Hannum Mills…. Richard Wetherill, in 1822 leased from George Lewis the
Walling-ford paper mills on Crum Creek, Springfield township, Delaware
County, wherein he continued until 1828, when he removed to and operated the
Waterford mills in Lower Providence, where some seven years later the Sharpless Dye Wood Works were established…. In 1834 Mr. Wetherill purchased
in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pa., mills which he operated
successfully. His principal production comprised felt for paper makers,
heavy satinett for trouserings, and a cloth known as Linsey Woolsey, used
mostly by women for making petticoats. In 1840 he retired, giving the
business to his sons, Robert and Isaac Wetherill. In 1842 he purchased a
farm in Chester Township, Pa., whereon he resided. Ann (Henvis) Wetherill
died in April, 1844, trained to active business life. On September 1, 1845,
Mr. Wetherill purchased of Thomas Y. Hutton a grist mill on Ridley creek, a
short distance above the Rose Valley Mills, in Nether Providence, which he
operated until April 1, 1847…. Mr. Wetherill, then a man of fifty-nine,
thereafter resided on and gave his undivided attention to the conduct of
his farm in Chester Township, until his death October 22, 1869, in his
*Henry Graham Ashmead, Genealogical sketch, tracing the descent of the
children of Robert and Phoebe Ann (Delany) Wetherill, Chester, Pa.: Printed
for private circulation by J. Spencer, 1902: pages 60-61.
Richard Wetherill (Wethereld) home, 260 W. 24th Chester Pennsylvania.
Richard Wetherill Photo Album of
the remains of his mill near Chester, Pennsylvania. There is very
little that remains but a bridge, sleuth and a couple of steel gate columns.
Wetherill (Wethereld) headstone at the cemetery behind the Friends Meeting
House, Chester, Pennsylvania. The headstone was cleaned and reset by his
great grandson Richard Wetherill in 2012.