The Yardley family genealogy is preserved in the Harley MSS. in the British Museum back to 1402. A member of the family came to this country about the same time as the others named above and settled in Yardleyville, which was named after him.

Wills: Page 221. Proved December 5, 1817. Hannah Yardley widow of Thomas Yardley £50.

Battle's History of Bucks County 1887

  • Friends of Yardley granted the indulgence of a first day meeting and a place of worship was built on the tenth month, 1857 at Makefield monthly meeting.
  • During the ministry of Reverend George W. Ridgeley (1830), several new parishes in the southern part of the county were formed: St. Andrew's, Yardley , 1835
  • The Millerite excitement of 1840 resulted in the formation of Advent societies at Morrisville and Wheatsheaf in Falls township, and at Yardley .
  • Methodism was introduced into Bucks county in 1771 by Captain Webb, of the British army, who preached at Bristol in that year on a journey from New York to Philadelphia. The first class, among whom were several converted on that occasion, was formed at the close of the revolutionary war ; and with a single exception the church at Bristol is the oldest in the state outside of Philadelphia. A place for worship, the first Methodist church building in the county, was erected in 1802. Bensalem was the scene of a camp-meeting in 1803, but it does not appear that its results were immediately apparent. A church was built in 1840, and at the same time another near Newportville, Middletown. The first class at Langhorne was formed in 1806, but the building of a church was not effected until 1829. Societies were formed at Yardley in 182-, at Morrisville in 1840, at Lahaska in 1832, at Lumberville in 1833, at New Hope in 1835, at Doylestown in 1838, at Newtown in 1840, at Emilie in 1858, at Fallsington in 1866, at Quakertown in 1872, at Scottsville in 1867, at Tullytown in 1866, and also at Durham, Richboro, and Penn's Park. There are also a number of African Methodist societies.
  • Catholic- Reverend Henry Stommel, of Doylestown was instrumental in establishing every Catholic church in the county except the older parishes of Haycock, Bristol and Doylestown. Yardley was established in 188_.
  • Upon his death in 1693 Thomas Yardley, his son, established a ferry, which was confirmed to him by act of assembly in 1722.
  • Yardley population 800 in 1887
  • Robert M. Yardley , attorney-at-law, P. O. Doylestown, was born in Yardley , Bucks county, October 9, 1850, and is a son of John and Ann (Van Horn) Yardley, both natives of Bucks county, and of English descent. His great-great-grandfather, Thomas Yardley, emigrated to this country at an early date and settled in what is now Lower Makefield township, and Yardleyville was named after him. His grandfather, Mahlon, was a farmer all his life. Our subject's father was also a farmer and a coal and lumber merchant at Yardleyville all his life. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania and served one term. He also held the office of justice of the peace for twenty-five years. He was one of the prominent men of the county, and had a host of friends. He died in 1873. His mother died in 1883. Our subject, Robert M., was reared in the village of Yardley and engaged in the coal and lumber business with his father. He received an academic education, and at the age of 18 commenced reading law under his brother Mahlon, with whom he remained three years. In 1872 he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Doylestown, where he has since met with much success. Mr. Yardley is an able lawyer and has won the confidence of all who know him. He was appointed notary public by Governor Hartranft in 1877 and served until 1880, and then he resigned to accept the office of district attorney of the county, to which he was elected in 1879. He was elected a delegate to the national republican convention at Chicago in 1884. He is one of the directors of the Bucks County Trust company. He is a Mason and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows' Lodge. He was married in 1874 to Clara Bell, who died in 1883. He is one of the prominent and leading men in the county. In 1884 he was elected as a republican to the fiftieth congress from the seventh Pennsylvania congressional district, composed of the county of Montgomery and all that part of Bucks county not included in the tenth district, receiving 17,079 votes against 14,944 for Edwin Satterthwait, democrat, and 836 votes for Oliver H. Holcomb, prohibitionist.
  • Lydia Cadwallader, born in Yardley 12th mo., 11th, 1853, daughter of Algernon S Cadwallader and Susan J. of Yardley - married a Warner and had one son, Seymour Yardley Werner, born October 31, 1880.
  • William Beans, retired farmer, P. O. Yardley , was born in Upper Makefield township, January 24, 1812, and is a son of Charles and Sarah (Buckman) Beans. His paternal grandfather was Benjamin Beans, who married Mary Smith He was a son of Jacob Beans, an early settler of Buckingham township and of Welsh descent. All were farmers of Bucks county.
  • Algernon S. Cadwallader, P. O. Yardley , was born in Lower Makefield township, Bucks county, in 1828. He is descended on his father's side from the Cadwalladers and Taylors, and by his mother from the Yardleys and Staplers. All these families were contemporaries of William Penn in the early settlement of Pennsylvania ; all were members of the Society of Friends, and active in both private and public affairs.
  • Charles B. Comfort, farmer, P. O. Yardley , was born in Falls township, in Penn's Manor, December 22, 1855. He is a son of Albert and Lydia W. (Beans) Comfort, natives of Bucks county and of English descent. The Comfort family originated from England.
  • Captain David V. Feaster, farmer, P. O. Yardley , was born in Northampton township, this county, October 27, 1822, and is a son of William and Jane (Van Horn) Feaster, the former a native of Bucks county, and the latter of New Jersey, and both of German descent. The grandfather, John, kept a hotel in Philadelphia for a number of years, and afterward moved to Northampton township, and bought a farm, where he lived until his death, which occurred in 1841.
  • David Howell, deceased, P. O. Yardley , was born in Lower Makefield township, December 17, 1804, and is a son of Timothy and Rebecca (Margerum) Howell. His father was twice married.
  • David C. Lee, carpenter, builder and proprietor of planing mill, P. O. Yardley , Avas born in Upper Makefield township June 20, 1844, and is a son of Ralph and Ruth (Colman) Lee. His paternal grandfather was William Lee, a native of Philadelphia, who settled in Wrightstown, Bucks county, about 1815, and died there. His children were: William Ralph and Sarah (Mrs. Garrett Johnson).
  • Abraham Livezby, physician, P. O. Yardley , was born in Solebury township, September 15, 1821, and is a son of Robert and Sarah (Paxson) Livezey. His paternal grandparents were Daniel and Margery (Croasdale) Livezey.
  • Thomas McCullodgh, farmer, P. O. Yardley , was born in county Louth, Ireland, September 4, 1848, and is a son of Patrick and Mary (Naulty) McCullough, natives of the above county. His parents came to America in 1851, located at Greensburg, N. J., and resided there until 1885, when they removed to the farm in Lower Makefield now occupied by Thomas, where they have since resided.
  • Henry Y. Pickering, farmer, P. O. Yardley , was born in Philadelphia, Pa., January 9, 1854, and is a son of Thomas E. and Mercy P. (Paist) Pickering. His paternal grandfather was Yeomans Pickering, a farmer and a resident of Lower Makefield. Later he removed to Newtown and died there.
  • Abraham K. Slack, farmer, P. O. Yardley , was born in Upper Makefield township, September 20, 1828, and is a son of Abraham and Francis (Girton) Slack. His grandfather, Cornelius, was a son of Abraham Slack, one of three brothers who emigrated from Holland to America about 1740. He settled in Makefield township and died in 1802.
  • Aaron Slack, proprietor of the Continental hotel, P. O. Yardley , was born in Yardley , June 6, 1843, and is a son of Samuel G. and Martha (Howell) Slack. His grandfather, Abraham, was a son of Cornelius and Sarah (Hellings) Slack, and Cornelius was a son of Abraham Slack, one of three brothers who emigrated from Holland to America and settled in Lower Makefield between 1740 and 1744. He died in 1802.
  • Isaiah V. Stockton, farmer, P. O. Yardley , was born in Lower Makefield township, September 1, 1817, and is a son of John and Mary (Vansant) Stockton. John Stockton was a native of New Jersey, and was born near Princeton. He was a son of John and Sarah (Brealey) Stockton, the former of whom was the owner of a large tract of land near Princeton, and was a brother of Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Joseph Swartzlander, P. O. Yardley , was born at Swartzlander's mill property (now Sterner's), in Southampton township, January 1, 1812. The first history of the family in America begins with Philip, who came from Steinhardt in Swartzwald, Germany. He started with his wife and two children in 1752, and was five months on the voyage. Owing to the failure of water and supplies sickness occurred, and his wife and all the children on the ship died at sea except Barbara, aged seven, and Gabriel, aged five.
  • Jacob II. Taylor, P. O. Yardley, was born in Taylorsville, July 2, 1821, and is a son of Bernard and Lydia (Hoff') Taylor. His paternal grandfather, Benjamin Taylor, was a farmer of Newtown township, this county, and lived and died there.
  • Stephen B. Twining, stone merchant, P. O. Yardley, was born in Upper Makefield township, January 19, 1844, and is a son of Charles and Elizabeth H. (West) Twining. His father was a native of Troy, N. Y., and a son of Stephen Twining, a member of the Society" of Friends, and a farmer by occupation, who settled in Upper Makefield township in the early part of the present century.
  • Anthony T. Vansant, farmer, P. O. Yardley, was born in Lower Makefield, March 10, 1827, and is a son of Amos and Rebecca (Torbert) Vansant. His paternal grandfather was Gabriel Vansant, a native of Lower Makefield, and a son of Isaiah Vansant, who settled in Lower Makefield in the last century, and was originally from New York. All of the Vansants were farmers.
  • Edward W. Twining, stone merchant, P. O. Yardley, was born in Upper Makefield township, March 4, 1846. He is a son of Charles and Elizabeth (West) Twining He was reared in Upper and Lower Makefield townships, and was educated in the public schools of Bucks county, and the Westtown Friends' boarding school of Chester county. Pa.
  • Fred Swarzlander, physician, P. O. Richboro, was born at Yardley, Bucks county, September 21, 1848, his parents being Joseph and Abigail W. (Rankin) Swartzlander.

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