Stories about life in Liddonfield housing project and its impact on the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Upper Holmesburg. These true stories reveal how government policy affected the lives of real people, from the project residents to area homeowners during the 5 decades of Liddonfield’s existence. Stories and articles are written by a former resident of the project.

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Rosemary Reeves, Blogger, standing on Philadelphia Skyline

Jan 16, 2012

Liddonfield Housing Project Has Ties to Philadelphia Abolitionist

by Rosemary Reeves

Abraham Liddon Pennock

Abraham Liddon Pennock was born in Philadelphia on August 7, 1786.  Both of his parents died when he was young and Pennock was raised by his maternal grandparents, Abraham and Isabella Liddon.  He lived in Philadelphia for thirty years and made his living as a dry goods merchant for a firm called Pennock & Robbins.  Later, he had a wire business known as Sellers and Pennock.  After he originated the riveted hose, which offered a superior sewing method to that commonly practiced, he entered into a contract with the United States government for the making of all mail bags. 

“The name Liddonfield derives from Liddonfield Farm in old Upper Darby, near today’s City Avenue and Westchester Pike.”[1]  He inherited the farm and lived there for a number of years before building another house on the land, which he moved into.

“In 1840 he retired from business and moved to Haverford Township. Subsequently he undertook the care of a number of estates. In the fall of 1845 he moved to Upper Darby Township, where he remained until his death on May 12, 1868.”[2]

Abraham Liddon Pennock was a good businessman, to be sure.  But he had an amazing secret.  A secret that if exposed, could cost him everything.  Abraham Liddon Pennock hid runaway slaves in his country home.   


Click on this link to view his Hoodland Estate in Upper Darby, PA.

[1] Fred Moore, Northeast Philadelphia History Network

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