Plymouth County Biographies

Part of the Massachusetts Biographies Project

William Twining, Jr.

William (2), son of William (1) Twining, was born probably in England, the son of the first wife of William. He died in Newtown, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, November 4, 1703. He was a deacon of the Eastham church as early as 1677. He owned land at Easton harbor, and had an interest in drift whales at the end of the cape. About 1695 he changed his religious views and united with the Society of Friends. He therefore removed to Pennsylvania, where he became a staunch Quaker and a fast friend of the Indians.

He married Elizabeth, daughter of Stephen Deane, of Plymouth, who came in the ship, "Fortune" in 1621 and built the first corn mill in New England in 1632. Children: Eliza; Annie, married, October 3, 1672, Thomas Bills; Susanna, born February 25, 1654, died young; Joanna, born May 30, 1657, married Thomas Bills; Mehitable; Stephen; William, born February 28, 1654, married Ruth Cole.

Source: Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York, NY: Lewis Publishing Company, 1911.