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Excerpt from Genealogy of the Wharton Family of Philadelphia, 1664 to 1880
Before presenting this volume to the notice of my family, it seems only just to myself to say that the task, which I undertook a few years since, was not to find the connecting link between the Philadelphia Whartons and those, of West moreland, England; but simply to gather together a record of the descendants of Thomas Wharton and Rachel Thomas his wife, who came to this city about 1683. While engaged in this study, however, so much material has come into my hands that it has been pursued with deepening interest, and at greater length than was at first proposed, numerous bio graphical sketches having been added to, or interwoven with, the genealogy. Thus, although I have accomplished all that I set out to do, even more, I lay down my pen with a sense of incompleteness, and an earnest hope that some member of the family will take up the broken chain where I have left it with that infant Thomas, baptized in Orton Parish in 1664, and turning back among the centuries find the con necting link between his father, Richard Wharton, and the family of the same name which inhabited the region in and about that ancient Parish as early as the reign of Edward I. If what I have collected with regard to these eight genera tions of Whartons shall inspire any one else with a desire to set forth on a second voyage of discovery, on the other side of the sea and in remoter times, I shall know that this, my contribution to family history, has not been in vain.
For the satisfaction of those who, with me, will continue to hold that such a connection exists, until the reverse is demonstrated, I have collated, from various reliable sources, some facts relative to the Westmoreland Whartons, which will be found in a separate chapter.
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