The descendants of Simon Hadley the second, the ancestor of the Quaker Hadley's in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana, etc., are doubtless more interested in his
coming to America than in the preceding general data. While the records of Simon Hadley the second and his family are not numerous, sufficient has been preserved to
give some idea of his life and activities.
Simon Hadley the second was born about 1675 and married Ruth. There is a belief that his wife's family name was Miller, but no substantiating record of this has been
found. Simeon Hadley and his family were members of Moate Meeting of Friends, County West Meath, Ireland, which was near the Kings County boundary line. They
came to Pennsylvania in the year 1712, but may have been uncertain in their plans to remain there, as their certificate of removal was not received from Moate Meeting
until 6 mon. 4, 1716.
The disturbed conditions in Ireland, and especially the persecution directed toward the Quakers for their refusal to pay tithes, take oaths, etc., doubtless led Simon Hadley
to become interested in Pennsylvania-that promised land for Friends, as were hundreds of other Friends in Ireland and England.
Many Friends from Ireland sailed from that land to Pennsylvania on the ship "Sizargh" of Whitehaven, Jeremiah Cowman, master, but we find no record of Simon
It seems usual for American families of the same name to claim descent from on of three brothers who came together to America. Such statements have been made
concerning Simon Hadley, but they are unfounded. The Massachusetts Hadley's, whose ancestor was George Hadley, came directly from England to Ispwich, Mass., in
the year 1639.
There may have been some connection between the Quaker Hadleys of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Hadleys at some earlier time. in his genealogy of the New
England Hadleys, the author, D. L. Tappan, says: "The Quaker Headless of Indiana and North Carolina are descended form Sion Hadley, who came to America in 1712
from Kings County, Ireland, where his English ancestors had settled. The two branches doubtless came from common stock in England as indicated by the repeated us
of certain names which seem to be a family inheritance."
Simon Hadley was accompanied to Pennsylvania by his wife and children, of whom six were born in Ireland. Including two children who were born later in Pennsylvania.
On his arrival in Pennsylvania Simon Hadley purchased a large tract of land in what was then the Manor of Steyning, later New Garden Township, Chester County,
Pennsylvania. This Manor contained over 15, 000 acres of fertile land, some thirty miles south of Philadelphia, and among the owners neighbors and perhaps old friend of
Simon Hadley were the Lindleys, Starrs, Huttons, Rutledges, Millers, Bowlands, and Johnsons.
All of these families were of English origin as were all the Friends who went to Pennsylvania from Ireland with exception of tow families, it is said. Many of them had
been friends in Ireland and others were related by blood or marriage.
Simon Hadley's tract of land was a considerable one and a large part of it extended down into New Castle County, afterwards part of Delaware.
In 1713 Friends in Steyning Manor built a meeting house and Simon Hadley was one of four trustees names to hold six acres of land for the Meeting until it was
transferred some years later.
Simon Hadley probably built a house on this plantation in Steyning Manor as did his neighbors about him, whose first houses were more or less temporary.
In 1717, however, he erected a house that must have been a pretentious one for it's day and so well was it put together that now after two hundred years of existence it
is still a comfortable, well built structure.
The old house is on a slight eminence nearly a quarter of a mile back from the road, and the nearest railroad station, Southwood, is on what probably was once part of
the place. The old house is a two and one-half story, stucco covered stone structure, and the gabled roof permits the use of rooms on the third floor. The pointed
windows under the gables give a quaint appearance to the old building, and along the front extends a long porch. Underneath the pointed gable window in the front a
white stone slab is sunk in the wall and on it is carved "S. and R. H. 1717" the initials of Simon and his wife, Ruth Hadley, and the date of the building's erection.
Some distance from the house is an old stone barn, which appears to be as ancient as the house itself. Tradition claims that when Simon Hadley was a very old man, he
was killed in the stable by a servant who planned to rob him of the considerable money he is said to have carried about with him. No record has been found to prove or
disprove this, but from a letter written by Simon Hadley's daughter, Hannah (Hadley) Stanfield, from North Carolina to her step-mother, it will be seen that her father died
in 1756 and that his death was sudden. It was as follows:
"Respected Mother -
This comes to let thee know that I and my family is in good health at present, hoping that these few lines will find thee and thine in the same, and I have great cause to be
thankful to the Devine Being for it.
I received they letter dated the 31st of 5th month 1756, and was glad to hear of thy welfare and true account of my respected father's sudden death.
Thy brother Ricard Beson was here at my house a few days ago. He told me that his wife and family was well and all of our friends here is reasonably well as far as I
know, so not having much more to add, I shall conclude with my love to thee and thine and remain thy loving daughter, ye 24th. of ye 7th month, 1756.
In 1726 Simon Hadley was appointed Justice of the Peace by Governor Fletcher, who was acting for the Penns, and he was re commissioned seven years later and
served in this capacity for many years. He also served at various times as Judge of the New Castle County Courts.
Simon Hadley's name appears on inventories filed in the Register's office in West Chester, Penna., and on various other documents.
At the New Garden Meeting in 1721, he was one of several Friends who subscribed to purchase copies of Sewell's "Rise and Progress of Truth."
Simon Hadley's name appears on a petition from Concord Quarterly Meeting, 3 mon. 13, 1734, addressed to King George II of England, relative to the boundary disputes
between the Penns and Lord Baltimore. This quaintly worded document closed with the following address to the Kin: "With sincere prayers for thy land, life and
happiness in this world and eternal felicity, we offer ourselves and in behalf of many of our brethren, members of this Meeting, subscribe thy loving and dutiful subjects.
As Simon Hadley's sons grew to manhood he assisted them in securing land of their own. In 1726 we ding that Joseph Hadley already had a tract of land near his father's
plantation. In that year Simon Hadley made over another tract of land to his son Joshua Hadley. A conveyance transferring this land is preserved in West Chester,
Pennsylvania, and is as follows:
"To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come, I Simon Hadly of Mill Creek Hundred in the County of New Castle Delaware, send greetings. Know ye that I,
Simon Hadley, for and in consideration of the Love, goodwill and affection which I have and do bear towards my Loveing son, Joshua Hadley of Mill Creek Hundred in
the County of New Castle aforesaid, have given and granted and by these presents do fully, freely, Clearly and absolutely give and grant unto the said Joshua Hadly, his
heirs and assignes all that piece or percel of Land beginning at a post in the line of Daniel Worsly's Land, thence East by the land of Joseph Hadly one hundred seventy
and nine perches to a post, thence North on hundred seventy and nine perches to a Mullberry tree, thence West one hundred seventy and nice perches to a post thence
South by the land of Daniel Worsly one hundred seventy and nice perches to the place of beginning, containing two hundred acres scituate in Mill Creek Hundred in the
County of New Castle aforesaid, together with the right, title, Interest, Claim and demand what-so-ever which I now have or which any or wither of my heirs,
Executors, administrators or assignes may here-after have of, to or in the said granted premises or any part there-of To have and to hold the said two hundred acres of
land unto him the said Joshua Hadly, his heirs and assignes forever absolutely and of my own accord sett and put in further Testimony In witness where-of I have
here-unto sett my hand and seale this twelfth day of tenth month in the year one thousand seven hundred and twenty-six."
This writ was acknowledged by the Court of Common Please and in addition to being signed by Simon Hadley himself, it was "sealed and delivered" in the presence of
William Dixson, John Jordon, and Ruth Hadley, Simon Hadley's wife.
After half a century of wedded life Simon Hadley lost his wife Ruth, the mother of his children, who died December 18, 1750-1, and was buried at New Garden.
Following the death of his wife, Simon Hadley made out his will in 1751. In it divided his land and moneys between his children and grandchildren. Attached to this will
was a note:
"It is my will that my executors dispose of my servant lad Joseph Fitzpatricks time for the benefit of my said children as above, written before the said will was perfected
Friends in Pennsylvania occasionally brought bond servants from the old country who worked out their passage and other expenses in service.
Soon after making out his will Simon Hadley married a second wife, Phoebe, the widow of Richard Buffington of Bradford Township.  Her maiden name was Grubb
and she was a minister among Friends. At their marriage Simon Hadley made a marriage settlement of her.
In 1754 Simon Hadley wrote to Thomas Woodward, a surveyor and scrivener, as follows :
New Castle County, 3 mo. 3, 1754
My wife hath a desire for to see thee for she hath a writing to draw and she is desirous that thou should draw it, therefore I desire thee to come as soon as possible and
thou wilt oblige they friend to serve thee,
I have got some money for thee from John Buhoman."
It will be noticed that the Delaware state line had already been drawn at this date. It passed through Simon Hadley's tract of land and placed his house and therefore his
legal residence in New Castle County, Delaware.