The Whitall family lived on a 400-acre farm that faced the Delaware River. James Whitall was a farmer and a merchant. Merchants sold things like cups, plates, and spices to other people. James used his boat to go to Philadelphia to sell these items.
In the 1700s there were a lot of boats on the river! The Whitall family loved to fish on the river. Jame's sons James and Job spent Sundays fishing for shad. The Delaware River was full of shad and the family sold it to neighbors and friends.
Explosion of Augusta
During the Revolutionary War the Delaware River was filled with British and American ships. In 1777 the British ship Augusta ran aground, caught fire, and exploded. The explosion was loud people could hear it 50 miles away!