James Winner

Male 1759 - 1829  (69 years)

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  • Name James Winner 
    Born 1759  of Middletown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died From 26 Jan 1828 to 21 Mar 1829  Hepburn Township, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Quaker Hill Cemetery, Quaker Hill, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3043  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2015 

    Father Isaac Winner,   b. Bef 1733, of Middletown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1781, Middletown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 48 years) 
    Mother Rebecca 
    Family ID F1379  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Parker,   b. Abt 1763, of Oxford Township, Sussex, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. From 13 Aug 1797 to Aug 1801, Oxford Township, Sussex, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married Abt 1785  of Oxford Township, Sussex, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1429  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Kester,   d. Aft 1833, Quaker Hill, Lycoming, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef Aug 1801  , , New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1443  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. "Bucks County Associators" from the "History of Bucks Co Pennsylvania, from the Discovery of the Delaware to the Present Time," by William W.H. Davis, Second Edition 1905: "First Battalion List of officers of the First Battalion of Bucks Co Associators 1775. Middletown August 21, 1775. Captain Augustus Willeet First Lieutenant John Goslin Second Lieutenant Thomas Miller
      Ensign Anthony Rue Privates... James Winner..."

      2. FHL film 893700 "Four Lycoming Co., Pa. Families," by Miss Ernestine Siegel, Chairman, part of the "Genealogical Collection of the Desoto Chapter, D.A.R., Tampa Florida, Jan. 1972, vol. 2:
      A. "Winner Lineage. Miss Ernestine Siegel. [She is the great grandau. of William Collins Sr. and his first wife Mary Elizabeth Winner, who was the dau. of Jacob Winner and his first wife Mary Reeder, who was the son of James Winner and his first wife Mary Parker (widow of Randall Collins).]
      James Winner was the son of Isaac Winner Sr., died after 1779, Middletown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., and Rebecca.
      James Winner was a private in the Bucks county, Pa. Associators Middletown Twonship 1775. He married 1. Mary Parker, 2. Mary Kester.
      Children: Abraham, m. Rachel Warner; Isaac, m. Elizabeth Carpenter; Rebecca, m. 1. Stacy Lundy, 2. Allen Harvey; Jacob, m. Mary Reeder; James, never married; and Sarah, never married.
      B. Certificate dated 2 Feb. 1967 from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PA Historical and Museum Building, William Penn Memorial Museum and Archives Building, Box 232, Harrisburg, PA, 17108, which states:
      "This is to certify that one James Winner was enrolled August 21, 1775 as a Private, (Captain Augustin Willet's) Company, Bucks County Associators, according to the evidence of a Return for the period 1775 - 1776."
      Certificate states authority as: "Military Accounts (Militia), Records of the Comptroller Genreal, at the Division of Archives & Manuscripts." Also states: "Residence ascribed: Middletown Township."
      C. The author includes a transcript of a bible record of Jacob Winner (1790-1869) who was James' son and a resident of Quaker Hill, Hepburn Twp., Lycoming Co., PA. Notes bible is presently owned by Mrs. Marion Rowe, Bodine's, PA. I quote only select parts as follows:
      "Inscriptions of fly-leaf:
      First line: "The property of Jacob Winner presented to him by his mother Mary Winner 11th month 2nd 1833." (Auther adds: "The woman living in 1833 was Mary Kester, James Winner's second wife and first cousin, whom he had married out of meeting in New Jersey before moving to Quaker Hill. Mary Kester Winner is buried beside James in Quaker Hill Cemetery.")
      Second line, in different handwriting: "My great grandmother was Mary Parker and married first to Randall Collins, after to James Winner, my great grandfather." (Author adds: This line was written by Anne McBride Collins, dau. of William Collins and Mary Winner, granddau. of Jacob Winner and Mary Reeder, gread granddau. of James Winner and his first wife Mary Parker, dau. of Humphrey Parker Jr. and wife Tamar Scott. Mary Parker had previously been married to Randle Collins, son of Jonathan and Ann Collins. Mary Parker Winner died in Oxford Twp., Sussex Co., N.J.).

      3. Email of karenbw@earthlink.net 13 Jul 2003: "...a couple of other thoughts about these Winner guys. From what I've seen, they are all in Bucks County until about 1775 (very rough date). Then they start going elsewhere. There is a Henry in Philadelphia about that time. Abraham shows up in Mt. Holly, NJ, and James shows up in Hunterdon/Sussex County, NJ. This James does become the first of the line that we all call the Lycoming line - because he moves from New Jersey and settles in Lycoming County, PA. He is married to his cousin (Mary Kester, so the Quaker records seem to show). An intriguing question is how is Mary his cousin - anyone know? Even though James and Mary are in "north Jersey" for awhile and then Penn., the Quaker meetings that each of them belong to in New Jersey (Hardwick & Mendham and Kingwood) have ties to the Quaker meetings in Burlington County, NJ all the way to the meetings in Egg Harbor, Atlantic County, NJ. So, that's why I think all of us Winners come from the guys in Bucks County. There isn't anyone I've found that doesn't seem to be attached to them and from the same area. Though - who knows for sure..."

      4. "The Ancestry & Descendants of James Winner of Sussex Co., N.J. & Lycoming Co., Pa.," first edition; Editor: Ernestine Siegel, 1906 Watrous Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33606; 1969; revised 1970, pp. 16-58; privately printed with copy in my possession. Ms. Siegel was a member of DAR:
      Last Will and Testament of James Winner: [KP note: Rather than transcribing the whole will, I abstract the pertinent parts.]: James Winner, of Hepburn Twp. in the County of Lycoming and the State of Pennsylvania. Mentions "wife"; sons Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham; daughters Rebecca and Lydia Lundy. In regards to land boundaries, he mentions neighbors Henry Slout and Samuel Casner. Names sons Isaac and Jacob as executors. Signed "26th day of the first month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight." Witnessed by Daniel Baily and Samuel Kougle.
      James Winner of Quaker Hill.
      The death of Quaker James Winner in 1829 in his two-story log home at Quaker Hill in Lycoming Co., Pa., with its white carved colonial door and fan-light above that he had made himself, coincided with the end of an era in Hepburn Township. For in the same year, the Quaker meetings at the stone Pine Grove Preparative Meeting-house nearby were discontinued. The split between the Hicksite and Orthodox Friends had proved too much for the little meeting that had opened its doors in 1797, and the supervising Muncy Monthly Meeting down river had closed it for lack of attendance.
      One wonders what James Winner thought of his past life during his closing year, a life begun when the Indian Wars were not yet over, continued through years of unrest leading up to the Revolutionary War and the later War of 1812, and one which spanned a cultural change from a British to an American way of life characterized by expansion into the interior forests of the continent.
      In its quiet way, his own Will is the best tribute to the man - quiet, thoughtful, conscientious, planning for a future he would not live to see, wise in the ways of human frailties, and somehow conveying an undertone of affection and gratefulness for the small boons that life had bestowed upon him. Characteristics that also can be said to belong to his neighbors and peers who had settled and also died at Quaker Hill.
      There is no doubt that the real founder of Quaker Hill was Samuel Carpenter, a Quaker from New Jersey who forgo his religious beliefs to become a Pennsylvania revolutionary soldier, going down from Northumberland County to Philadelphia to defend it against the British who were coming across New Jersey. The fiirst record of Carpenter in the County was in 1773 when as a young surveyor, he and the Robb boys and others were appointed to lay out a road from "John Scudder's place" (Muncy Borough) "to the Wyalusing Path" (on Muncy Creek). In 1778, he was at Ft. Muncy along with his brothers John and Joseph,and his two brothers-in-law, Joseph and Amos Hoagland - signers of a petition asking for help against Indian raids in Northumberland County. This was at the time of the Big Runaway, when the Northumberland settlers were forced to flee their homes up river and retreat first to Ft. Muncy, later Ft. Augusta (Sunbury) and on into Berks Co. At this time, Samuel Carpenter appears to be living among his relatives around Pennsdale, and does not move to Loyalsock Township until after the War. In 1786 he is taxed in Lycoming Township.
      Samuel Carpenter chose for his home after his marriage land including the site of present day Warrensville, in Eldred Township, Lycoming co. In 1773 the land was in Loyalsock Township, Northumberland Co.; in 1795 Loyalsock Township became part of the new Lycoming Co.; in 1804, Hepburn Township was formed from Loyalsock; and finally in 1858, Eldred Township was formed from Hepburn. A tributary stream, West Hill Creek, watered the land, running into Loyalsock Creek to the east.
      Taking a leaf from the book of his patron, Quaker Samuel Wallace (Wallis) of Muncy, who died in 1795, Samuel Carpenter encouraged the migration of his Quaker friends and relatives in New Jersey, who had suffered a great deal more in the Revolution than had the Pennsylvania Quakers. Thus the inter-related families of Carpenter, Willson, Lundy, Hoagland, Kester, Winner, Collins, Pattersons, Marshalls found their way to the area. By 1797 there were enough families to form the Pine Grove Preparative Meeting, and Samuel Carpenter donated land for both meeting house and school. At that time Pine Grove was under the jurisdiction of Catawissa Monthly Meeting; later, it was supervised by Muncy MM. By 1802 Carpenter had cleared the site of Warrensville, built a grist-mill, a saw-mill, and a wool carding machine for the use of the new settlers. Today his house still stands, but the stone Meeting House is gone. The red brick Quaker School, now a public school of the township, still exists.
      Samuel Carpenter was the son of Samuel Sr. and Elizabeth (Willson) Carpenter, Quakers of the Kingwood MM, Sussex Co., N.J. in the 1760s. His brothers John and Joseph had also settled in Northumberland County by 1774. Joseph and his wife Sara (Lundy) were among. the founders of the Pennsdale MM, just north of Muncy - they donated land for both a meeting house and a school. By legend, each of these three brothers had three sons named John, Joseph and Samuel. John and Joseph died as Quakers, but Samuel was disowned for his military service.
      James Winner migrated to Quaker Hill about the spring of 1801 from Oxford Township, Sussex Co., N.J., with his second wife, Widow Mary Kester, and his six children by his first wife, Mary Parker, who had been the widow of Randle Collins. He took up a 500 acre plot of land, some 400 of which he still owned at his death in 1829. He was a farmer, a weaver, and a woodworker. He and his second wife ran into difficulties with their church, as they had married in New Jersey out of meeting. By Quaker reckoning at that time, they were first cousins.
      But Mary Kester was a woman of strong religious beliefs, much more so than Mary Parker had been, and the and her adopted children were not to be denied their church. By admitting their error and satisfying the elders' concern (including a substantial donation to the church by James), the Winner family was admitted into Pine Grove Meeting in good standing.
      Coming from a family that was only half Quaker, James Winner in his earlier years had several times found his beliefs running contrary to those of the Quaker church. Consequently, while serving apprenticeship as a teenage boy in Middletown Township, Bucks Co., Pa. in 1775 - learning to become a weaver - James had served a term as soldier in the Bucks County Associators, although his brothers Isaac and Jacob, as Quakers, did not. (James' elder cousin, James, son of John of Lower Makefield, had already moved to Lower Makefield Township with his brother John Jr. and served as an associator there in the same year.) Again, during later years in New Jersey, James Winner married his first wife out of meeting, as well as his second wife. However, he always returned to the church and brought up his children to be Quakers.
      In 1959 his house which was taken over at his death by his son Jacob, was still standing, although rented out. The white colonial door and the carved stair bannister inside were still there. Since then, I have heard that the house has been abandoned, and the door and bannister ripped out by an antique dealer. Only the Abraham Winner branch of the family kept part of the original homestead within the family. Abraham's great-grandson, William Irving Winner, died on the farm in 1967, age 76 years.
      One of the reasons that these early settlers had bought land among the hills north of the river valley was because of the tall trees and many springs and runs. According to old accounts, the water level of the land was much higher than it is today. The tall trees and springs were thought to be signs of fertile ground, and of course provided good timber for houses and barns; and the springs provided good water for drinking and springhouse purposes. The rock walls of James Winner's large spring house were still there in 1959.
      The Winners lived in an area called Beech Woods, and they all learned to be woodworkers. Jacob Winner, for instance, specialized in coffins. His daughter Mary, who married William Collins of Loyalsock Twp., learned as a child to sand and varnish the coffins he made. Jacob also taught his children and grandchildren to make furniture, the type known as the painted farm furniture of Pennsylvania.
      The Winner graves in the nearby burying ground beside the Meeting House (now known as Quaker Hill Cemetery) at first had no stones. Not as sophisticated as Philadelphia Quakers, this little group somehow felt gravemarkers were abstentatious. Later generations, however, showed a tendency to mark their ancestors' graves, and so were the Winner graves, with plain native stone slabs carved only with the individual's initials. There are still many unmarked graves in the cemetery.
      By legend, at the time James Winner migrated to Lycoming County, he had only two brothers still living, one in New Jersey, and one in Bucks County. Also by legend, he is said to have named his three sons for his three brothers. His elder brother was Abraham Winner of Mt. Holly, Burlington Co., New Jersey, an innkeeper and a New Jersey Revolutionary Soldier. The second brother Isaac was taxed at Middletown Township, Bucks Co., Pa. as early as 1779, although it is believed he was born in Burlington Co., N.J. The third brother, Jacob Winner, died in Southhampton Township, Bucks Co., Pa. in 1778. (Both Isaac and Jacob were weavers.) Dirck Hogeland signed bond for the estate. The father of James is considered to be Isaac Sr. who was also taxed in Middletown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa. In 1779 but then disappears from the tax lists. The mother of James is said to be Rebecca. His birth record eludes us as it is not known which side of the Delaware River he was born on. (His cousin James mentioned before, died in Warwick Township, Bucks Co, Pa. In 1796.) The marriage records of Isaac Jr. and Jacob Winner are found in the New Jersey Archives.
      The Winner family in Lycoming Co., Pa. has always been tied to the Winner family of Philadelphia, which included William Winner, the artist, and Septimus Winner, the composer. After James served his apprenticeship in Middletown Twp., he moved to Bristol Township where his uncle Joseph Winner lived. James was taxed there as a weaver in 1781, probably living in the home of Joseph.
      By tradition, this Joseph Winner of Bristol was third generation in America, born 1735 in New Jersey, son of Joseph, grandson of Capt. James. Joseph of Bristol was taylor, and had served in the Indian Wars in the 1750s. While James was in Bristol, one of Joseph's younger sons, Joseph born 1776 was only a small child. This 4th generation Joseph moved to Philadelphia and married Elizabeth Evans. His son Joseph, 5th generation, moved to Lycoming County in the 1840s, but had moved back to Philadelphia by 1850. However, on the 1850 census in Lycoming County is one Seth Winner, age 64 (born 1786) living in Porter Township with his wife Rebecca and son Robert. This family probably belongs to the Philadelphia branch also.
      After spending a year at Bristol, James Winner, the weaver, moved to Falls, Pa. and was taxed there in 1782 on two cows and a horse. Previously, in 1779 his uncle James' Estate was taxed at Falls. This elder James Winner served as a soldier in 1745, and again is listed as a soldier at Newton in 1756.
      From Falls, James Winner moved across the river to Oxford Furnace in Sussex County and married Widow Mary Collins, probably in 1785. She was born Mary Parker, Jr., daughter of Humphrey Parker, Jr., a Welsh Quaker from Gwynned, Pa., and his wife, Tamar Scott, whom he had married at the First Prebyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1744. Tamar is believed to be the daughter of John and Hannah Scott of Bucks County. (A John and Henry Scott also had migrated to Northumberland County before tho Revolution, and are believed to he Tamar's brothers.) Mary Parker was born c. 1763 and had married in 1779 Randle Collins of the Kingwood MM, although they married out of meeting. Randle was the son of Jonathan and Ann Collins of Bucks Co., Pa. an Sussex Co., N.J. Randle Collins died quite young and it is not known if Mary had children by him. She evidently returned to her father's home in Oxford Township, and remarried about 1785 to James Winner, again out of meeting. Humphrey Parker Jr. died 1781, with his wife Tamer surviving.
      Mary Parker's brothers and sisters were:
      Thomas Parker married Susanna Lundy
      Henry Parker married Martha Bishop.
      Rebecca married, possibly a Walters
      Sara married, possibly a Walters
      Sara married, possibly a Phillips
      Mahlon married a Miss Mary
      John married ___
      Amos married Mary Patterson
      Ephraim married 1. Sarah Patterson, 2. Ruth Kester
      Many of the Parker brothers and sisters migrated to Fishing creek, now Columbia County, Pa., and their Quaker records are found at Muncy and Millville. John Parker and John Scott were taxed in Mahoning Twp., Northumberland County in 1785; Thomas Parker was in Catawissa Twp. with Peter Kester.
      Mary Parker and James Winner's six children were:
      Abraham born May 5 1786, Oxford Twp., Sussex Co., N.J.
      Isaac born July 21, 1787
      Rebecca born November 14, 1788
      Jacob born 2nd month-22-1790
      James born June 6, 1793
      Sarah born August 13, 1797
      There are conflicts in various records, even the Quaker records, between Mary Parker and Mary Kester, and between Rebecca Winner and Rachel Winner. "The Lundy Family", by W. C. Armstrong, 1902 shows Rebecca as the girl born November 14th who married Stacy Lundy, yet states she was the daughter of Mary Kester. James Winner's will mentions the "family" of Mary Kester, proving that she did have offspring not fathered by himself, and legend in the family speaks of Rachel Winner who married a Kester, and refers to Rachel as the daughter of James. The identity of Mary Parker is proven by the Bible of Jacob Winner, on the flyleaf of which is written that the Bible was presented to him in 1833 by his "mother" Mary (who obviously was Mary Kester), but that he himself was the son of Mary Parker who had first been married to Randle Collins. It is possible that Mary Kester had a daughter Rachel who took the name Winner and later married a Kester. Quaker records indicate that Rebecca is the daughter of Mary Parker. [KP note: no Rachel is noted in James' will of 1829.]
      Mary Parker died sometime after the birth of her daughter Sarah in August 1797 and before August 1801, after James had moved with his second wife to Quaker Hill. She was buried in New Jersey. Mary Kester died sometime after 1833 and was buried alongside James in Quaker Hill Cemetery.
      The Kester family of Northumberland and Lycoming Cos. are descended from Johannes Koster (Kester, Caster) and wife Elizabeth Cassell, who settled in Germantown, Pa., 1694. They were of Dutch descent, and some children went to New Jersey, and others stayed in Bucks Co. Although some branches were Quaker, the Kester family were traditionally soldiers, and quite a few of them were Revolutionary Soldiers in various states. The name is also spelled Kuster, Kister
      I. Abraham WINNER, born 5-5-1786 Oxford Twp., Sussex Co., New Jersey, died 2-19-1850 on his farm near Quaker Hill, Lycoming Co., Pa. On 4-25-1810 he married Rachel Warner, d/o Joseph and Sara (Carpenter) Warner of Muncy Twp., Rachel was born 7-14-1792 Muncy Twp., Northumberland [now Lycoming] Co., Pa. and was a direct descendant of William Warner, born 1627 Blockley Parish, Worcestershire, England, who had received a grant of land on the Schuykill River from William Penn. Rachel died 8-6-1843 and is buried with her husband in Quaker Hill Cemetery. Their farm was part of the original Winner homestead. They had twelve children: Jesse, Ellis, Joseph, Stacy, Mary, Martha, Enoch, Benjamin, Abraham, Susanna, Williarn, and Rebecca. [Article continues with descendancy.]
      II. Isaac WINNER was born 7-21-1787 Oxford Twp., Sussex Co., New Jersey, was a farmer of Eldred Twp., Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania where he died 12-12-1860 and was buried in Quaker Hill Cemetery. On 1-30-1811 he married at Pennsdale MM to Elizabeth Carpenter, d/o Joseph and Sarah (Lundy) Carpenter, to whom she was born 4-10-1790 Muncy Twp., Northurnberland Co., Pa. Elizabeth died 3-28-1857 and was buried in Quaker Hill Cemetery. Isaac and Elizabeth's farm was part of the original Winner homestead. Their nine children were: Mercy, Sarah, James, Samuel, Seth, John and Anne (twins), Asa, and Ruth Ann. [Article continues with descendancy.]
      III. Rebecca WINNER was born 11-14-1788 Oxford Twp., Sussex Co., N.J., died March 1864 Lycoming Co., Pa., married 4-2-1813 Lycoming Co. to STACY LUNDY, s/o Reuben and Esther (Bunting) Lundy of Greenwood Twp., Northumberland Co., Pa. Stacy's family is well documented in W. C. Armstrong's "Lundy Family", published 1902. Stacy was born 11-8-1791, died 1-13-1814. Rebecca married (2) ALLEN HARVEY of Hepburn Twp., Lycoming Co., born 1797, died 1864. Rebecca is buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Pa. her six known children: Lydia Lundy, and Amos, Samuel, Melinda, Mary, Rachel Harvey. [Article continues with descendancy.]
      IV. Jacob WINNER was born 2nd mo-22-1790 Oxford Twp., Sussex Co,. New Jersey, died 3-10-1869 Quaker Hill, Lycoming Co., Pa., and is buried in Quaker Hill Cemetery. He married in 1822 at Pennsdale, Pa. to Mary Reeder, d/o Benagah and Elizabeth (Pownall) Reeder, who moved from Bucks Co. to Muncy about 1800. The Reeders are descended from Charles Reeder, born l713, of Bucks Co. and his wife Eleanor Merrick. The Pownalls are descended from George and Eleanor Pownall who arrived at Falls MM, Bucks Co., Pa. in 1682 from Chester Co., England. Mary Reeder was born 5th mo-l6-l798, died 12-12-1865, and is buried with her husband. Their children were Amelia, Benajah, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Mary, James, Letitia, Mercy, Alexander, George W., Allen H., and Ann Eliza. [Article continues with descendancy.]
      V. James WINNER, Jr. born 1793 Oxford Twp., Sussex Co. N.J., died unmarried Lycoming Co., Pa. in 1819.
      VI. Sarah WINNER, born 8-13-1797 Oxford Twp., Sussex Co. N.J., died unmarried 11-19-1822 Lycoming Co., Pa.
      BIBLIOGRAPHY: [Note that some of these sources relate exclusively to the descendants of James and Mary (Parker) Winner.]
      Manuscript of Harold Collins, Williamsport Pa. 1915
      Manuscript of Rev. Jackson Winner, Nov. 20, 1928
      Manuscript of Mabell Jeanette Winner Harrington, 1947
      Bible of Jacob Winner, published by Friends, 1831
      Bible of William Collins, pub. 1868
      Bible of Benejah Reeder, New Test. pub. Phila. 1834
      Publications of Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
      New Jersey Historical Society Proceedings
      Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and National Archives
      Records of Society of Friends, Muncy Monthly Meeting, Pa.
      Records of Hardwick Monthly Meeting, N.J.
      Records of Kingwood Monthly Meeting, N.J.
      Records of Mt. Holly Monthly Meeting, N.J.
      Officers & Men of N.J. in the Rev. War, Stryker
      Pa. 1790 Census, 1850 Census of Lycoming and Bucks Co., Pa.
      The Kirk Family, Roberts, 1912
      The Lundy Family, Armstrong, 1002
      History of Bucks Co., Davis 1905
      The Mocking Bird, Claghorn 1937
      Bucks Co. Wills, Administrations and Orphans Court Proc.
      N.J. Marriage Record Books, H. Stanley Craig
      Pennsylvania Magazine
      Hist. Gen. Miscellany, Stillwell, 1906
      Compendium of American Genealogy, Virkus
      National Enyclopedia of American Biography
      Early Pa. Births, Fisher, 1947
      Encyclopedia American Quaker Genealogy, Hinshaw
      History of Lycoming Co., Meginness, 1892
      Family of William J. Collins, Jr., Siegel, 1967."

      5. The following is a partial excerpt from a copy of a letter forwarded to me by Karen Winner and which I have on file. It was written by Jackson A. Winner (b. March 21, 1858; died January 1, 1937). He acknowledges the following letter as being his source on early Winner genealogy. The Abraham referred to is the son of James Winner and Mary Parker. The letter:
      "West Warwick, R. I. 7 mo. 29, 1928,
      Jackson A. Winner
      Washington, D.C.
      Dear Friend,
      Thy letter of the 18th is at hand having been forwarded to me... I feel I am in a position to give a great amount of information concerning the Winner family. There is no Winner blood in me, but I am very closely connected with all of Abraham Winner's family through the Warners ... Rachel, Joseph Warner's oldest daughter, married Abraham Winner, the first Abraham thy letter mentions. He was the son of James Winner, who came from Sussex County, New Jersey, in 1801, and took from the government the tract near Warrensville containing about 450 acres, which has since been known as the Winner homestead. His (James) three sons, Abraham, Issac and Jacob afterward inherited the farms, and the part Abraham, inherited has remained in the Winner family to the present time, being now occupied by Abraham's great-grandson, William Irving Winner. He told me when I was there last fill that it seemed strange that their ancestor should have picked on such a bleak hilly spot to settle, when there was a lot of good land down along the river that they could have had, only the probable inducement being that they expected to make their living largely by hunting and there was an abundance of large game in those times in that region. Jacob Winner got the middle portion I think perhaps there was at one time a kind of tannery or something of that kind located there. The north part that thy grandfather, Issac Winner, owned, I believe is not occupied at present. I found in the course of my visit that there were a number of Winners in and about Williamsport that were not of Abraham's family, and must be descended either from Issac or Jacob ... Abraham Winner married Rachel Warner 4-25-1810. They took the south part of the homestead. Twelve children were born to them... [Letter continues with detail on these Children.]
      Respectfully thy Friend, Joseph Ft. Myers."
      The author [Mr. Jackson] has been unable to determine from what country the early Winners came to America. Groups of Quakers came from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Holland, as shown in Quaker history. The name Winner is probably Dutch, hence the ancestry may have came from Holland, otherwise it is believed they were of English descent. Records show that James and Mary Winner, were living in Sussex county, New Jersey, when their sons Abraham, Issac and Jacob were born from 1785 to 1790, which are the earliest dates obtainable."

      1. FHL film 893700 "Four Lycoming Co., Pa. Families," by Miss Ernestine Siegel, Chairman, part of the "Genealogical Collection of the Desoto Chapter, D.A.R., Tampa Florida, Jan. 1972, vol. 2, pp. 32-35:
      "Will of James Winner (1759-1829) resident of Oxford Twp., Sussex Co. N.J. and Loyalsock Twp. and Hepburn Twp., Lycoming Co., Pa.
      "Whereas I, James Winner, of Hepburn Twp., in the County of Lycoming and the State of Pennsylvania, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of huming life and being desirous to settle my outward affairs, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, to-wit:
      1st. It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid and discharged out of my personal property by my executors hereinafter named.
      2nd. I guive and bequeath to my beloved wife the use of the two rooms on the first floor, and the two north rooms on the second floor of my house in which I now live, and such part of the celler as she may need for her accomodation, and the use of the oven. Also one-third part of all kinds of grain and flax that may be raised on that part of this my plantation hereinafter allocated to my son Jacob with as much hay and pasture as will be sufficient for the keeping of two cows winter and summer at the care and expence of my son Jacob. Also what fruit, firewood and garden ground necessary for her family's use with twelve pounds of wool yearly all to be furnished to her by my son Jacob during her natural life, and further I give and bequeath to my beloved wife two cows out of my stock of cattle, two beds and bedding, and such other parts of my household and kitching furniture and of the grain and provisions that may be on hand at my decease as she may think necessary for her convenience, and which I give and bequeath to her and her heirs and assigns forever, she also to have the one half of the beez.
      I give and bequeath my son Isaac a lot of land to begin at a post in a line of his other land, thence by the same north eighty one degrees west thirty three perches to a white oak corner of Henry Slout's land, thence by the same south nine degrees west until it comes to the north side of the Sick field, thence along the fence on the north side of said field and to continue the course thereof until it crossed a small run about six perches to a white oak, thence northward to the place of beginning, be the same more or less to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
      4th. I give and bequeath to my son Jacob a lot of land adjoining on the above and adjoining Henry Slout's land on his line south nine degrees west to said Slout's pine corner, thence south twenty five degrees east fifty perches to a corner marked for a lot laid off for my son Abraham, thence by the same north seventy seven degrees east ninety perches to the east boundary line of this my plantation, thence northward and westward by the several courses of the same and by the above described lot laid off for my son Isaac to the place of beginning be the same more or less, and also my son Jacob to have my clock and cup and cupboard to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
      5th. l give and bequeath to my son Abraham a lot of land adjoining the last described lot and to extend westward from the junction of the line south twenty five degrees and the line north seventy degrees east to the northwest cornor of his new field cleared last year, thence southward by the line of Samuel Casner's lot, thence eastward by the same to the place of beginning, be the same more or less to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
      6th. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca all the residue of this my plantation lying westwardly and adjoining the last described lot to her and heirs arid assigns forever.
      7th. I give and bequeath to my (grand) daughter Lydia Lundy one cow to be given to her by my son Jacob when she arrives at the age of eighteen years.
      Lastly, I nominate, constitute, and appoint my sons Isaac and Jacob my executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me, satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
      In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of the first month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.
      S/James Winner
      Pronounced, published and delivered by the testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of Daniel Baily and Samuel Kongle.
      This 21st day of March in the year of our Lord one theusand eight hundred and twenty nine, personally came Daniel Baily and Samuel Keagle, the subscribing witnesses, before me, Abraham Taylor, Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration on in and for said county, and after being duly sworn, office mea, according to law doth dispose and say they were present and saw and heard James Winner the testator sign seal publish pronounce and declare the within Instrument of Writing as and for his testament and last will and at the time of so doing he was of perfect and sound mind and memory and understanding to the best of the observations and belief.
      S/ Abraham Taylor, Register"