Distant Biddle Relatives
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A- Biddle Hardware Company 1910 catalog

There is an online copy of a Biddle Hardware Company catalog published in 1910 and is at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  This Biddle family are very distant cousins to myself.  They descend from the rich branch of the Biddle family and I descend from the poor branch.  This is some of what I have on them:

This is a link to the Biddle Hardware Company catalog.



The first few pages of the Biddle Hardware Catalog list Robert Biddle and William C Biddle as founders of the company.

This is how my family is connected to the Biddle Hardware Company. My Grandmother Martha (Mattie) (Biddle) Picton along with her three sisters Lulu, Bessie and Mary are daughters of Henry Biddle (1841-1920). Joseph Biddle (there Great Great Great Grandfather) had a nephew Clement Biddle. Joseph Biddle also had many other nephews and nieces not listed. The two sons of nephew Clement  Biddle were Robert Biddle and William C. Biddle who founded Biddle Hardware Company. See all the family connections below.

Descendants of William BIDDLE II
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1-William BIDDLE II (4 Oct 1669-1743)
sp: Lydia WARDELL (abt 1671-1707) Her Uncle Samuel Wardwell was hung at Salem, for witchcraft on Sep 22, 1692

    2-William BIDDLE III (1697-1756)
    sp: Mary SCULL (2 Aug 1709-9 May 1789)
       3-Captain Charles BIDDLE (24 Dec 1745-4 Apr 1821) (He hid Aaron Burr after duel and death of Alexander Hamilton)
       sp: Hannah SHEPARD (abt 1762-13 Jan 1825)
          4-Nicholas BIDDLE (8 Jan 1786-) (Louisiana Purchase negotiations, Editor of "Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition)
    2-John BIDDLE (1707-1789)
    sp: Sarah OWEN (-1789))
       3-Clement BIDDLE (6 Aug 1778-10 Feb 1856)
       sp: Mary CANBY (11 Feb 1780-12 Apr 1849)
             4-Robert BIDDLE (10 Aug 1814-3 Dec 1902)(He and brother William C Biddle started Biddle Hardware Co.)
             sp: Anna MILLER (2 Aug 1823-12 Aug 1891)
                5-Charles Miller BIDDLE (3 Feb 1844-21 Feb 1922)
             4-William Canby BIDDLE (25 Sep 1816-22 Dec 1887)(He and brother Robert Biddle started Biddle Hardware Co.)
             sp: Rachel MILLER (11 Oct 1818-7 Oct 1892)
                5-Clement Miller BIDDLE (24 Dec 1838-27 Aug 1902)
    2-Joseph BIDDLE (Jun 1705-9 Feb 1776) (my ancestor)

Robert Biddle
    In 1837, after apprenticeship and clerking with two hardware firms. he became head of the firm of R. & W. C. Biddle, wholesale and retail hardware, on Market (then High) street above Front, facing the old mid-street open market sheds.  It was before the days of railroads and commercial travelers. Merchants came to town twice yearly to buy. and freight was sent by canal and Conestoga wagon.
    In search of health for his wife, Robert Biddle traveled widely and long.  Months ran into years while they leisurely covered Europe, Algiers, Egypt, Palestine, California and Florida, the latter becoming a winter habit.  He was the oldest of nine friends(I think Quakers), who, in 1851, bought a farm on the east side of the Delaware still retaining the Indian name of Cinnaminson, or Sweet-water, from the sap of the sugar maples. Here Riverton was planted and the river bank divided by lot among the owners. Robert Biddle outlived all the others and surrounded by his descendants made Riverton his home until he died in 1902.

William Canby Biddle
Until middle life he was actively engaged in the hardware business in Philadelphia, where with his brother Robert, he organized the firm of R. & W. C. Biddle, afterwards the Biddle Hardware Company.  He was a deeply concerned Friend(Quaker) and served his Meeting at Fifteenth and Race streets as clerk and recorder and for many years as trustee.  The advancement of education in the Society claimed much of his attention and he was the first treasurer and a member of the original board of Swarthmore College.  He was intensely interested in the anti-slavery cause and in many charitable and public works in his native city.  At the age of forty-four a distressing form of chorca incapacitated him completely for his usual activities and except for a few short intervals he was thereafter a great sufferer (chorca is characterized by abnormal involuntary movements).  Languages were easily acquired and being familiar with Latin, he readily learned French during his first trip abroad, when he and a Grandmother Spent a year in Europe and Egypt and the Holy Land, hoping that travel and change of scene might restore his health.  During this and three subsequent trips he learned Italian and to translate written Spanish.  Mathematics was one of his diversions. He could add three columns of figures by mental arithmetic as they were read off to him,  Once when suffering and apparently heedless of his surroundings. while three of his sons-in-law were busy with pencils and paper trying to work out a problem, he gave them the answer before they succeeded with written figures.




B- The correspondence of Nicholas Biddle dealing with national affairs, 1807-1844. by: Biddle, Nicholas, 1786-1844

This is a link to the correspondence of Nicholas Biddle.




C- Eulogium on Thomas Jefferson by Nicholas Biddle

This is a link to the Eulogium on Thomas Jefferson by Nicholas Biddle.





D- The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
by Nicholas Biddle, editor

Nicholas Biddle was the editor of "The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" (one of the more important publications of the 19th century - enter date to find location of Lewis and Clark during there expedition), where this effort which included his "Biddle Notes" were very important because these journals opened up the West).



E- William Biddle House built in 1684

The Library of Congress has pictures and a detailed layout of the William Biddle House built in 1684.
Our ancestor was this William Biddle and this was our ancestral house.
Go to:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/
then go to search and search for the 3 words: william biddle house
One of the addresses found will be for the house (you may have to play around with this to find it).


F- Notes on the Genealogy of the Biddle Family by Henry D. Biddle in 1895

https://archive.org/stream/notesongenealogy00bidd#page/n5/mode/2up - Notes on the Genealogy of the Biddle Family by Henry D. Biddle in 1895 Printed Philadelphia: W S Fortescue & Co., (Successors to E. C. & J. Biddle & Co.); (To page forward - click on left or right bottom side of page)
Story of the Biddle Family starting on pages 9 and 10
My Grandmother Martha Biddle #218 on top Page 39 - Following not shown, also known as Mattie Picton, married to Owen Picton, nearest town growing up was White Cloud, Kansas.


G- Arney Biddle Sr. died fighting in the Revolutionary War in the Battle of Brandywine in 9/11/1777

Arney Biddle Jr.(abt 1735-1777) information [Grandson of Lydia (Wardell) Biddle]:
The History of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, 1770-1877 by S.W. and P.A. Durant- Book states that: Arney Biddle SR. died fighting in the Revolutionary War in the Battle of Brandywine in 9/11/1777, according to his families testimony.
This is the only proof we have that Arney Biddle Sr. died fighting in the Revolutionary War.
Arney Biddle Jr.(abt 1735-1777) was a brother to my ancestor Jonathan Biddle.


H- Notes on the Henry Biddle Family
by Lulu (Biddle) Phillips and her daughter, Mary Ellen (Phillips) Bruning

Notes on the Henry Biddle Family- by Lulu (Biddle) Phillips and Mary Ellen (Phillips) Bruning - written about 1967
Lulu Biddle is one of the daughters of Henry Biddle



I- History of Hardin County, Iowa 1883

James and Martha (Alexander) McBride information (adopted parents of Mary (McBride) Biddle, the wife of Henry Biddle):
This is a link to the History of Hardin County, Iowa 1883 book.

page down to writeup by James McBride:  or
History of Hardin County, Iowa 1883 (Book)- Alternate Location -
Select page 883 and page up to page 886.  This is McBride genealogy history.
My ancestor Mary (McBride) Biddle was raised by James and Martha McBride and called them Aunt and Uncle. My DNA matches several of the descendants of James and Martha McBride so they are really her Aunt and Uncle.



J- History of Hardin County, Iowa 1911

James and Martha (Alexander) McBride information (adopted parents of Mary (McBride) Biddle, the wife of Henry Biddle):
This is a link to the History of Hardin County, Iowa 1911 book.

page down to writeup by Robert McBride: or
History of Hardin County, Iowa 1911 (Book)- Alternate Location
Page up to page 501, 502 and 503. This is McBride genealogy history.


K- A History of Tama County, Iowa, Volume 2 - Page 1010 (Book)

James and Martha (Alexander) McBride information (adopted parents of Mary (McBride) Biddle, the wife of Henry Biddle):
page down to writeup about John Hild and his wife Jane (Biddle) Hild the daughter of James and Martha McBride
A History of Tama County, Iowa, Volume 2 - Page 1010 (Book)-



L- Old Photographs related to distant Biddle relatives

Biddle, V-shaped radiator and Helmet Shaped Lamps on the Biddle - Biddle car
Biddle Rosemont Model 121'' Wheelbase-ca. 1920 - Biddle Car
Biddle Sport Roadster-1918 - Biddle Car
Biddle 1917 - Biddle Car
Biddle 1917 - Biddle Car
Andalusla - Home of Nicholas Biddle


M- Free Online Books - From the Library of Philidaphia

Free Online Books - From the Library of Philidaphia
Free Online Old Famous Books - From the Library of Philidaphia


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