Martha Chalfant

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha Chalfant was born in 1767, in New Castle, Delaware, British Colonial America, her father, Thomas Chalfant, was 39 and her mother, Margaret Green, was 42. She married George Pierce on 22 July 1790, in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died in 1811, in Newlin Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 44.

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George Pierce
Martha Chalfant
Marriage: 22 July 1790
Levi Pierce
Margaret Pierce
Mary E Pierce
William Chalfant Pierce

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  • Martha Peirce, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"
  • Martha Chalfont, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1512-1989"
  • Martha Chalfant, "New Jersey, Church Records, 1675-1970"

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When the American Revolution began in 1775, the people of Delaware were not sure they wanted to split from England. When it came time to vote for the Declaration of Independence in 1776, even the delegates were split with two delegates in favor of independence and one against. The night before the vote, Caesar Rodney, who was for independence, was in the city of Dover. When he learned that the vote was taking place, he rode 70 miles at night through a thunderstorm to Philadelphia in order to vote so that Delaware would join the other colonies in declaring independence.


Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


Pennsylvania was always against slavery, even though the first settlers, including Penn, came with slaves. Slavery was not prominent in the area.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Chalfont, a habitational name from either of two places in Buckinghamshire, Chalfont Saint Giles and Chalfont St. Peter, named with Old English cealf ‘calf’ + funta ‘spring’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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