Abraham C Histand: Birth: ABT. 1725.
Note: Abraham Histand, a native of Holland, was born about the year 1703. It cannot, at so late a date, be ascertained of what nationality he was as all documents pertaining to his ancestry are lost. He may have been of English descent as we find the name "Histand" to be quite common in the northern counties of England. So much is certain that his ancestors were not Dutch. History informs us that many of the Non-Conformists left England during the reign of Queen Mary, and also during the reigns of Charles II and James II. Among these parties may have been the forefathers of Abraham Histand. When a young man he, in company with others, sailed for America and settled in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. While in his new home he formed the acquaintance of one named Susannah Collins whom he afterwards married. They were both members of the Evangelical Reformed Body when they came to Pennsylvania, but not finding any of their faith in the newly adopted home, they joined with the Mennonite body, the doctrines of which were almost the same as those of the Evangelical Reformed body. There is no record of the date of their deaths, nor of their family. We know that they resided in Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, in 1726, and that they had one son named Abraham (His family may have consisted of four children but no one could give any positive information in regard to his family. His wife's name has not been given to the writer) who lived at the same place where he was engaged in farming for some time, then he moved to Chester County where he died probably when a young man for we find he had but a small family. Two of his children were Eliza and David.
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