An American Family History

Rebecca Coulston Lykins


Coulston is also spelled Caulson, Caulston, Coleson, Collisen, Collsen, Collson, Coulstone, Coleston, Colson, Coulson, and Coulstone.


Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.

Rebecca Coulston Lykins was born about 1735 in Hanover Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania near Sanatoga which was once called Crooked Hill, in what is now Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Henry Coulston and Rebecca Braun.

She married Jonas Lykins (Likens, Likins). Jonas was born January 3, 1733 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Peter Lykins and Sarah Jones.

Rebecca and Jonas' children included:

Henry Lykins (1758),
Phebe Lykins Pickering (1760, married Samuel Pickering, Jr.),
William Lykins (1761, married Hannah Marsh and Ruth Hays),
Jonas Lykins (1764, married Mary Eckstein),
Sarah Lykins Pickering (1766, married John Pickering),
Peter Lykins (1769),
Elizabeth Lykins Marsh (1772, married Henry Marsh)

Jonas died on September 22, 1804 in Frederick County, Virginia. Rebecca died on May 3, 1819.

Pottsgrove Township was formed in 1807. Its territory was taken from Douglas and New Hanover (formed from Hanover) Townships. In 1889 the townshp split into Upper and Lower Pottsgrove.
Montgomery County, in southeast Pennsylvania was created on September 10, 1784, out of land that was originally part of Philadelphia County.

In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.

Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.



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