Excerpt from Descendants of Philip Henry, M.A., Incumbent of Worthenbury, in the County of Flint: Who Was Ejected Therefrom by the Act of Uniformity in 1662
The annexed tables of the Descendants of the Rev. Philip Henry, are founded upon a genealogical tree, drawn up original... ly, about fifty years ago, by Mr. Matthew Witton, one of the descendants of that excellent man, a copy of which was made, some years ago, by a Friend, for the Editor. Having availed herself of the several opportunities of communi cation with different branches of the family which have occurred during the long period that has elapsed since the original document came into her possession, to make such additions as were, from time to time, needful, she is induced to print a few copies for the benefit of such of the Descendants as may desire to possess one in the belief that a reverential regard for the memory of our forefathers, where it is founded on the intrinsic qualities of the mind and character, rather than on the adventitious circumstances of rank and situation - ou What they have been, rather than on what they have possessed, can scarcely fail to exert a valuable moral in¿uence on the minds of their Descendants. The Editor prefixes a summary of the life of the head of the family, which was drawn up by the same Gentleman (mr. Witton) who originally made out the tree, and which was ingeniously arranged, so as to compose the trunk, whilst the names of the different children diverged off in the form of branches. As these, however, had become, in the lapse of so many years, too heavily laden with names, to admit of their retention in their original form, a different mode of arrangement has been adopted, and one which it is believed will prove more convenient for reference.
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