THE JOHN J. NESBITT FAMILY OF PHILADELPHIA
THE ROCKFIELD FARM YEARS - 1920s TO 1940s
BY THE MID-1920'S JOHN J. NESBITT HAD MOVED BOTH THE FAMILY BUSINESS AND HIS FAMILY BACK TO PHILADELPHIA.  PURSUING HIS GREAT INTEREST IN HORSES THROUGH FOX HUNTING AND HORSE RACING, HE HAD BEGUN TO PURCHASE CONTIGUOUS FARMS IN HORSHAM TOWNSHIP, MONTOGOMERY COUNTY, SOME 25 MILES OUTSIDE OF PHILADELPHIA.

IT HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN IN THE FAMILY THAT JOHN J. SR. ACQUIRED HIS PASSION FOR HORSES FOX HUNTING AS A YOUNG BOY OUTSIDE OF DUBLIN- THE KILDARE HOUNDS ACCORDING TO HIS SON ALBERT'S MEMOIRS.  IT WAS TOLD THAT HIS MOTHER WAS THE NURSE FOR A LANDED FAMILY IN COUNTY MEATH, HIS FATHER ANDREW SAID TO BE SERVING IN THE BRITISH ARMY, AND THAT HER SON JOHN WOULD COME OUT FROM DUBLIN, WHERE HE WAS A BOARDING STUDENT IN THE CHURCH OF IRELAND CATHEDERAL SCHOOL, TO VISIT AND HUNT ON WEEKENDS. 

THE MAIN FARM WAS ROCKFIELD, LOCATED ON THE NORTH WEST CORNER OF WELSH ROAD AND TENNIS AVENUE.  HE WOULD ULTIMATELY OWN SEVERAL OTHER FARMS, INCLUDING DEERFIELD FARM ACROSS TENNIS AVENUE AND LAKEVIEW FARM BEYOND DEERFIELD AT LIMEKILN AND BUTLER PIKES.      
TWO EARLY VIEWS OF ROCKFIELD FARM.  THE MAIN HOUSE FACING TENNIS AVENUE ABOVE, AND TO THE RIGHT JOHN J. SR. ON THE MAIN STEP OF THE HOUSE
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