Justinian K Hallowell

Justinian K Hallowell

The village of Hallowell was at the intersection of Governor's Road and the Doylestown-Willow Grove Turnpike in Horsham Township, PA. It was one of 5 small villages that made up the township. The area became a crossroads after the 1830s when the Turnpike north of here became a public road. Justinian Hallowell, born in 1855, established the Hallowell Hotel in 1880 and at some point a post office also called Hallowell.

(from My Genealogy Hound) based on a family biography published in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1904 by TS Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company, Elwood Edwards , Editor. More at the link.


JUSTINIAN K. HALLOWELL, proprietor of the Horsham Hotel, at Hallowell, is a descendant of honored ancestry in the lines of both father and mother. He was born in Montgomery township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1855. He was reared on a farm and educated in the public schools of the vicinity. He is the son of Thomas B. and Mary (Kenderdine) Hallowell, both of Horsham township. Thomas was the son of Thomas, Sr., and Lydia (Bye) Hallowell, the former of Horsham township, in Montgomery county, and the latter of Buckingham township, in Bucks county, Pennsylvania. The Hallowells are descended from John Hallowell, who came from England in 1682 and settled in Moreland township, now Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. (See Hallowell Family, elsewhere in this work.) The Teas estate in Horsham is a portion of the farm of Thomas Hallowell, great-grandfather of J. K. Hallowell. His children: Thomas (grandfather); Ellen, married George Shoemaker; Margaret (Mrs. Shoemaker); Mary (Mrs. Thomson).

Thomas (grandfather) was born, lived and died on the homestead. He was a prominent and successful farmer, and a man of integrity and honor. He was a Whig and Abolitionist, but never aspired to political preferment of any kind. He was an active member of the Society of Friends, attending faithfully all its meetings in their order. He married Lydia Bye, of English descent, an early family of Buckingham, where she was born. Her brothers and sisters: Mercy, Mrs. Eastburn; Anna, Mrs. Brown; Eliza, Mrs. Stokes; Thomas, a prominent farmer; John, a farmer. The children of Thomas and Lydia Hallowell; Thomas B., father of J. K. Hallowell; Aaron, a farmer; Mercy, Mrs. John Teas; George, a successful business man who became very wealth.

Thomas B. Hallowell (father) located on a part of the homestead when he was married, and later removed to Montgomery township, near where is now the borough of Lansdale, and there engaged in farming. After one year he returned to Horsham township, where he conducted a farm and died April 7, 1865 at the age of fifty-nine years. Politically he was a Whig, and later a Republican, but never sought or held office. His wife was born 1st mo., 9, 1811, and died December 25, 1887, aged seventy-seven years. She was the daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Rakestraw) Kenderdine. The Rakestraw family were of English descent and settled in Philadelphia. Joseph Kenderdine was a descendant of Thomas Kenderdine, born in Montgomeryshire, North Wales, in 1650. He came to this country prior to 1702, and died in Abington township in 1713. He married Margaret, daughter of John Roberts before 1680. She died in 1710. At the time he emigrated he had four children-Jenkin, John, Richard and Thomas, and a daughter, Margaret, may have been born in Wales. Thomas is supposed to have settled first in Chester county before coming to Abington. The children of Joseph Kenderline: John, a farmer; Justinian; Hannah, Mrs. D. Longstreth; Elizabeth, died in infancy; Sarah, Mrs. Jonathan Lukens; Joseph, a merchant in Philadelphia; Mary K., mother of J. K. Hallowell; Elizabeth, Mrs. Thomas Childs; Charles, a merchant of Philadelphia; Rebecca, died young.

The children of Thomas B. and Mary K. Hallowell: Lydia, born August 20, 1831, is unmarried, and resides with her brother, J. K. Halowell; John R., born February 12, 1833, served through the rebellion, enlisting as a private and returning as a lieutenant; Aaron, born 7th mo., 29, 1835, died 7th mo., 27, 1836; Thomas, born 4th mo., 11, 1838; he left home in 1860 and has not been heard from since; Charles K., born January 24, 1841, served through the rebellion, and resides in Philadelphia; George, born September 23, 1844, was reared to farm pursuits, and later bought the farm and hotel in conjunction with his brother, J. K. Hallowell, and died February 3, 1897, much regretted by all who knew him; Hannah, born April 22, 1850, died 1st mo., 18, 1861; William, born February 28, 1853, died 2d mo., 16, 1854; Justinian K., subject of this sketch.

Justinian K. Hallowell was reared on a farm, attended neighboring schools, and when about seventeen years of age was employed as a shipping clerk in a wholesale house in Philadelphia for three years. Returning to Horsham he engaged in farming, in which he continued until March 15, 1880, when in conjunction with his brother George he bought the farm and hotel. They conducted both until the death of George, February 3, 1897. A re-organization then took place, and a sister Lydia became a partner in the property. He is a successful hotel man. He has built several houses for tenants, and greatly improved and increased the value of his property. He has furnished much stone for turnpike roads.

Mr. Hallowell succeeded in getting a post-office established named Hallowell, and a store, and has assisted with all the enterprises of the neighborhood. He has filled all the chairs in the Knights of the Golden Eagle, and is now treasurer, and also occupies a similar position in the local lodge of the Improved Order of Red Men. He is a leading Republican, being county committeeman.

Mr. Hallowell married, November 25, 1886, Miss Ida M. Nash, born July 14, 1855, died January 14, 1889, leaving no children. She was the daughter of Frederick and Mary (Palmer) Nash, she a native of Horsham township, and he of England. He was a farmer of Upper Merion township, where he died. His wife resides at Ambler. Their children: Ida M., Mrs. Hallowell; Harry, of Ambler; Ella, Mrs. Thomas Potts; Frank, a clerk in Philadelphia; Nancy, Mrs. Manderbach.

My Geneaology Hound retrieved 10/12/2017

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