Woodbridge - descendents of Richard Singletary (alias Dunham) of Haverhill, MA
Woodbridge - descendents of Thomas Bloomfield of Newbury, MA
Woodbridge - descendents of Laurant DeCamp of Staten Island, NY
Woodbridge - descendants of Joshua Wright
Woodbridge - descendents of Hon. Samuel Moore and Matthew Moores (brothers) of Newbury, Ma
Woodbridge - descendents of Judge Henry Freeman and Elizabeth Baignoux:
Woodbridge - descendents of Capt. Daniel Brittain (Britton)
Woodbridge - descendants of Adam Hude
Woodbridge - descendents of Peter Elstone
Woodbridge - descendents of Henry Baker
Hunterdon Co. - descendants of William Crichfield
Piscataway - descendents of Captain Francis Drake
Piscataway - the Dunham Family
Piscataway - descendents of Edward Fitzrandolph Jr. and Elizabeth Blossom
Piscataway - descendents of Jeffrey Manning and Hepzibah Andrews
Additional Notes - Family Names by Town, Family Origins and Family Religous Denominations
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[KDS note - Despite the spellings shown below, the family named changed form Dunham to Donham by the second generation.]

(2) JONATHAN DUNHAM (1/17/1640 Haverhill, MA - after 1693) married in MARY BLOOMFIELD (1/15/1642 Newbury, MA - died after 1709)

Above Dunham history from "Dunham-Singletary Genealogy", Kenneth Royal Dunham, 1987, researched by Gratia Dunham Mahoney, all per James A. Streeter ( Also Monnette, pp249, 602-603.

Also reference


Woodbridge - DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS BLOOMFIELD [Jr.], b. about 1615 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, d. about 1686 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ; m. to Mary ____ (possibly WITHERS) (b. about 1620, d. unknown); they resided in Newburyport, Essex Co., MA, and later in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ; their children [this intro per] :

1. MARY BLOOMFIELD (b. 5 Jan 1642, d. about 1703) m. Jonathan SINGLETARY (aka DUNHAM) [per]
Mary Bloomfield married David Dunham [a mistake from Monnette, p407]
Mary Bloomfield married Jonathan Dunham [per, 2002]

2. SARAH BLOOMFIELD (b. 30 Dec 1643 - d. 5 May 1689) m. John DENNIS [per]
Sarah Bloomfield married Dec 18, 1668 to JOHN DENNIS [per Monnette, p248]

3. JOHN BLOOMFIELD (b. 15 Mar 1646 - d. 1713) m. 1st Sarah MOORE, m. 2nd Elsie HEARD [per]
son of Thomas [per Monnette, p407]
married Oct or Dec 1676 to SARAH MOORE [per Monnette, p248]
Sarah deceased Apr 13, 1681 [per Monnette, p260]
John Bloomfield married May 27, 1684 to Elsie Heard [per Monnette, p248 and, 2002]

4. THOMAS BLOOMFIELD [III], b. 12 Dec 1648, d. 27 Mar 1679, m. Elizabeth DENNIS [per]
son of Thomas [per Monnette, p407]
married May 10, 1676 to ELIZABETH DENNIS [per Monnette, p248]

5. NATHANIEL BLOOMFIELD b. 10 Apr 1651, d. 31 May 1689 [per]
son of Thomas [per Monnette, p407]

6. EZEKIAL BLOOMFIELD (b. 1 Nov 1653 - d. 15 Feb 1703) m. HOPE FITZRANDOLPH [per]
Ezekiel Bloomfield (11/1/1653 Newbury, MA - 2/15/1703 Woodbridge, NJ) married 12/22/1680, Piscataway Hope Fitzrandolph

[KDS note - The Skinner and Wright families are linked in three successive generations:

1) Deacon Richard Skinner, presumed father of Wright Skinner, married into the Wright family.

2) In Somerset Co. records dated 1738 and 1743, Wright Skinner is twice identified as being brother-in-law of Jonathan Wright. In 1715, Jonathan Wright, along with Benjamin and John Wright, were recorded in Middlesex Co. These individuals, including Jonathan, would thereby be of the correct generation to be a brother-in-law of Wright Skinner. The genealogy of the Wright family of Woodbridge by Monnette (reference genealogy of the Wright Family) is not very detailed and does not include the Jonathan Wright of interest here.

3) Wright Skinner had a daughter Elizabeth who married Ezekiel Bloomfield. Jonathan Wright was said to be the first husband of Hannah Bloomfield, sister of Ezekiel (reference genealogy of the Bloomfield Family). There are several facts that make me question whether Jonathan Wright married Hannah Bloomfield. First, he is shown as being the first of Hannah's two husbands. This is a warning flag that someone may have made a mistake. Second, Hannah was born in 1725. Her father's Will of 1757 indicates that her husband at that time was not Jonathan Wright.

At first glance, the marriage of Jonathan Wright to Hannah Bloomfield might explain Jonathan being called brother-in-law to Wright Skinner. Although the term "brother-in-law" was used rather loosely in the 1700's, this is a bit of a stretch.]

7. REBECCA BLOOMFIELD (b. 4 Mar 1656) [per]

8. RUTH BLOOMFIELD (b. 4 Jul 1659 - d. 4 Sep 1678) [per]

9. TIMOTHY BLOOMFIELD (b. 1 Apr 1664 - d. 28 Dec 1678) [per]


Above Bloomfield history per except as noted otherwise.


Ancestry Unknown:


Parentage Unknown, but a part of the above Bloomfield family:

Per, 2003 - entitled "Re: Thomas Bloomfield, b.23Nov1746 NJ" ; Posted by: Tom Woodard; Post Date: July 06, 1999; #100 of 569; In Reply to: "Thomas Bloomfield, b.23Nov1746 NJ by Lynn Kappelman"

Also reference, 2002 and, 2002 Google cache, for information concerning the children of Thomas and Elizabeth Bloomfield not reproduced here.


Per, 2003 - entitled "Re: Thomas Bloomfield, b.23Nov1746 NJ; Posted by: James Russell Gordley (ID *****9943) Date: November 30, 2002 at 15:10:59; In Reply to: Re: Thomas Bloomfield, b.23Nov1746 NJ by Tom Woodard #586 of 594.


Ancestry Unknown:

ANNA BLOOMFIELD (b. ca1726 Woodbridge, Middlesex Co) married 1747 to ASA HUBBELL (b. 1725 Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT - May 14, 1783 Middlesex, Yates Co., NY), son of Nathanaiel Hubbell and Esther Mix.




LAURANT DeCAMP (ca1645 - ?), a Huguenot immigrant to America in ca. 1664. He lived at Staten Island, NY
x. HENDRIK DeCAMP (d. 1771)
xx. LAMMERT DeCAMP (b. 1709)
HENRY DeCAMP (ca1715 Staten Island, NY - 2/1785 Woodbridge, NJ)
[Henry and family per,2002.]
MOSES DeCAMP (9/28/1735, Westfield, NJ - 10/5/1827, Reilly Twp, Millville, Butler Co., OH; buried Old Bethel Presby Church, Millville) married 2/26/1764 at Westfield Presby Church to SARAH ROSS (8/2/1740 - 5/15/1835_)
[KDS note - Moses and family details per and, 2002.]
6. EZEKIEL DeCAMP (1779 - 1860) child, SARAH DeCAMP

Above DeCamp history per, 2002, except as noted otherwise.



1. JOSHUA WRIGHT of "The Falls of the Delaware River, 1690" (Trenton, NJ)

Above Wright History per Monnette, p878.

Below Wright History per, 2002. Although more extensive than Monnette's work, above, the below work shows no details for the Woodbridge branch of the family - the family of Robert Wright Sr. The same is true of other extensive Wright histories available at (1) and (2)

(1) Peter WRIGHT, b. 1570 in East Riding, Yorkshire, England, d. Dec 1617 in Yorkshire, England; m., 7 Jun 1594 in England, to Ann ____; they resided in Thorpe, Howden and Knedlington, East Riding, Yorkshire, England; Their child:

[#2] i. Robert, b. 1604, d. Jul 1651, m. Alice LAWTIE.


(2) Robert WRIGHT, b. 1604 in Howden, East Riding, Yorkshire, England, d. Jul 1651 in Yorkshire, England; m., 1 Aug 1629 in England, to Alice LAWTIE (b. unknown); they resided in Howden, East Riding, Yorkshire, England; their children:

[#3] i. Joshua [Sr.], b. 1633, d. 10 Aug 1695, m. Elizabeth EMPSON;
  ii. Samuel, b. about 1643, d. before Mar 1690, m. Mary STARKEY;
  iii. Thomas, b. 1630, d. 21 Jan 1706, m. 1st Mary ____, m. 2nd Ann ____;
  iv. Elizabeth, b. about 1632, d. Jul 1633;
  v. Alice, b. 1635, d. Apr 1661.


(3) Joshua WRIGHT [Sr.], b. 1633 in Howden, East Riding, Yorkshire, England, d. 10 Aug 1695 in Falls of the Delaware, Nottingham Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ; m: 10 Apr 1669 in England, to Elizabeth EMPSON (b. unknown, d. 12 Jan 1705; daughter of William EMPSON); they resided in Nottingham Twsp., Burlington Co. [now Mercer Co.], NJ; their children:

  i. Elizabeth, b. 9 Apr 1670, d. 1733, m. Peter FRETWELL;
[#4] ii. Joshua [Jr.], b. 16 Mar 1672, d. 1741, m. Rebecca STACY;
  iii. Robert, b. 2 Aug 1678, d. 1742, m. 1st Elizabeth HIERTON, m. 2nd Isabel WARE [KDS note - Robert Wright Sr. of Woodbridge];
  iv. Thomas, b. 2 Jul 1681, d. 30 Mar 1769, m. Elizabeth PARKER;
  v. John, b. Oct 1683, d. 1733, m. Abigail CRISPIN;
  vi. Joseph, b. about 1685, d. about 1715, m. Mary SCHOOLEY;
  vii. Samuel, b. Dec 1689, d. 1762, m. 1st Sarah WRIGHT, m. 2nd Rebecca KIRBY;
  viii. Richard, b. unknown, d. 1755, m. Sarah ____.

Joshua [Sr.] was a member of the NJ Provincial Assembly.


(4) Joshua WRIGHT [Jr.], b. 16 Mar 1672 in Howden, Yorkshire, England, d. 1741 in New Hanover Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ; m. 7 Jun 1705 in Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Burlington Co., NJ, to Rebecca STACY (b. 8 Jun 1684, d. after 1756; daughter of Mahlon STACY & Rebecca ELY); they resided in New Hanover Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ; their children:

[#5] i. David [Sr.], b. about 1706, d. 16 Jun 1791, m. Sarah THORN;
  ii. Joshua [III], b. about 1707, d. 1751, m. Thomasin PANCOAST;
[#6] iii. Elizabeth, b. 1708, d. 27 Jan 1747, m. Isaac KNIGHT [Jr.];
  iv. Mahlon, b. 1714, d. 3 Jan 1786, m. Mary THORNE;
  v. Rebecca, b. 1724, d. 1790, m. John TERRY;
  vi. Nathan, b. unknown, d. about 1752, m. Elizabeth ____.

[KDS note - Extensive Wright genealogies are also available at (1) and (2) These genealogies indicate that the descendents of Joshua Wright were located in Burlington Co., NJ and make no mention of the family of Robert Wright Sr. of Woodbridge included above. The Burlington Co. Wright family does include Elizabeth Fretwell and her son-in-law Jonathan Wright, shown above.]




2. MATTHEW MOORES, SR. (d. May 20, 1691) married 27 May 1662, Newbury MA SARAH SAVORY

Above Moore History per Monnette, pp618,9.

[KDS note - There are numerous John Moores shown above. One of these John Moores served as Captain of the Third Company (Woodbridge Company) of Thomas Ffarmers 1715 Regiment, and is commonly referred to as Captain John Moore. On page 619, Monnette designates John Moore, 7th child of the Honoarable Samuel Moore, as being the Captain. Later, on page 878, Monnette refers to the 6th son of Matthew Moore as being the Captain. And the 'New Jersey Browns', p19, refers to the latter's son, also John Moore, as being the Captain - something that is clearly incorret when you look at his date of birth. I am not sure there are any records which define which John Moore was actually the Captain. However, when you look at the three Skinners who served under Captain John Moore, you would guess that Monnette, p878, is correct. This John Moore was brother-in-law of Deacon Richard Skinner and had a neice, Sarah Moore, who also married into the Skinner family. One might also guess from this that it would be likely that neice Sarah Moore would have married one of the three Skinners who served in Ffarmer's regiment. All three Skinners would have been of her generation, though slightly older. Of the three, John Skinner Jr. can be excluded as his wife's first name was not Sarah. That would leave Richard Skinner Jr. or Wright Skinner as being her potential husband, both of whom I presume to be sons of Deacon Richard Skinner.]




 Above Freeman history from Monnette, "The New Jersey Browns", and Jack Mount -, except as noted otherwise.



1. Capt. DANIEL BRITTAIN (d. 1733 Woodbridge) married ELIZABETH POWELL

above Brittain History per Monnette, p590.



1. ADAM HUDE (Scotch exile; purchased land in Woodbridge in 1695 as a resident of Staten Island; appointed judge in 1718)

above Hude history per 1748 Will of Robert Hude Esq. 1748.






1. PETER ELSTONE (Will proved June 6, 1746) married RUTH ___


above Elstone history per Elstone Wills, Calendar of Wills - 1730-1750, p165, NJ Archives


below Elstone history per, 2002:

Many of the early records are subject to question because of sparcity of records and similarity of given names among various members of the family. Much of it is based on the research of James Strode Elston who admits to making conclusions based on reasonable assumptions and process of elimination. A John Elston was an immigrant to Mass in 1630 on the Winthrop Fellet [Banks, The Winthrop Fleet of 1630] and he settled in Salem Mass. There is no known link between this John and the John of Woodbridge, NJ. A William Elston d just across Arthur Kill in Staten Island in 1689. The Gen. Dict. of NJ. indicates that William Elston (A) mentioned below was his son.

I. John Elston, b. England; md. Hendrickje Dircx or Dirckse?_____; d. 1700-10 Woodbridge NJ. On list of Freeholders in Woodbridge 1673. (The existence of this John Elston is doubted by Charles Carroll Gardner in "Genealogical Magazine of NJ". Vl. 19 No. 4, Oct 1944). [Marriage may be based on a "Register oIn Alphabetical Order of Early Settlers of Kings co. Long Island, NY, 188l where a "Jan Nelse (Elston?) md. Hendrickje, dau. of Dirck Janse Vander Vliet or Vlidt of Flh, and had a dau. Catharine Nelse". Records of the Dutch Reformed Church in NY refer to the baptism in 1671 of Maria, child of Jan Elsen and Hendrickje Dircxs.][Dirck Janse Vander Vliet was an immigrant from the Netherlands in 1660; b.abt 1612; md (1) in Europe, Lyntje Aertse; (2) in Europe Geertje Gerretse]. There was also a John El(s)ton in Southold, Long Island in 1662. Peter & John Elston were on a list of those who moved from Staten Island to N.J. (1st Settlers of Piscataway & Woodbridge).

A. William Elston, b. bef. 1660 Woodbridge, Middlexex, NJ; md.12 May 1727, Staten Is. Richmond, NY, Elizabeth Cole, Dau Abraham Cole of Staten Is.; d. May 1727. A survey of 88 acres of woodland upon the south side of Fresh Kill on Staten Island, 21 Dec. 1680 laid out for William Elston (Calendar of Land Papers 1643-1803, p.22). A William Elston also urchased land in Woodbridge NJ in 1710 from Matthew Force and another near Peter Elston was purchased in 1715 from John Jaques. Other purchases and sales recorded later may be of this William or his son.

B. Peter Elston (Elstone), b. 1660; md. Sarah Miller, Dau. of William Miller of Elizabethtown NJ.; d. 1746. "Of Woodbridge" in 1685 when he purchased a house in the town of Piscataway, NJ. On list of settlers who moved from Staten Is. to NJ before 1714. Occ-Cordwainer

C. Mary Elston; bap. 11 Jun 1671, Staten Island, NY (then NJ);

D. John Elston (Alston); b.c 1675. Member of the crew of the Pirate ship "Every," 1698. (Capt. John Avery.) seized by the crew out of London and raided commerce as far away as India and Madagascar. Came ashore and was captured in New Jersey, but not tried because of his age and non-active part in seizure of ship. md. Mary ____; [Gardner, See above, believes he may have been an original immigrant with Peter Elston who may have ben a relative.]

E. Elizabeth Elston; md. William Spencer

F. Margaret Elston.

G. Annie Elston.

Sources: "The Elston Family in America", by James Strode Elston. Mormon Ancestry Chart 18593071. Wills of Wm. Spencer (1738) and Wm. Elston (1750), Agnes Spencer (1749), in New Jersey Archives volumes. "Register in Alphabetical Order of Early Settlers of Kings Co. Long Is.and NY, Pb. 1881. Notable Southern Families by Zella Armstrong. "Genealogical Dictionary of New Jersey", 1944, v. 19.



1. HENRY BAKER (1700 - 3/17/1760 Woodbridge) married MARY HETFIELD (1705 - 4/13/1755)

above Baker History per Monnette, p765.



Above Crichfield history per Records in the Church of Latter Day Saints, researched by Harry S. Rush, received by Mrs. D.A. Lamoreaux of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1966. Film #1126475 - IGI Batch Records of Skinner, Deacon Richard (Batch 7903103).




CAPTAIN FRANCIS DRAKE, of Piscataqua (Portsmouth), NH and later Piscataway, NJ married MARY (WALKER) DRAKE ()

Above Drake History per Monnette, pp600-602, except where indicated as coming from these other sources:



2. JONATHAN DUNHAM (3/4/1693 - ) married 25 Aug 1714 JANE PYATT.

Above Dunham history per Monnette, p603.




EDWARD FITZRANDOLPH JR. (Jul 1607 Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England - ca 1684 Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ) married May 1637 in Scituate, MA to ELIZABETH BLOSSOM (1620 - 1713) both residing in Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA and later Piscataway:

Above Fitzrandolph history per Monnette and Jack Mount -, except where otherwise noted.



1. MARY MANNING (ca 1666 - ) married 16 Nov 1677 SAMUEL HULL (ca 1649 - after 1734)
2. ELIZABETH MANNING (ca 1666 - ) married 23 Nov 1686 THOMAS FIT RANDOLPH (8/16/1654 - )
3. Ensign JOHN MANNING (ca 1668 - ) married 4 Apr 1693 ELIZABETH DENNIS of Woodbridge (2/14/1674 - )
4. JOSEPH MANNING (5/4/1672 - 1728) married 1st SARAH FITZ RANDOLPH (4/25/1682 - ), dau. of John an Sarah Fitz Randolph, 2nd TEMPERANCE HULL (12/8/1683 - )
5. JAMES MANNING (4/25/1674 - 1724) married 23 Jan 1700 CHRISTIAN LAING
6. BENJAMIN MANNING (9/8/1676 - 1702) married ANN BLACKFORD

above Manning history per Monnette, pp615,616, except as otherwise noted. 





Some of the names of the earliest settlers, their origins and religion, per Monnette:

CLARK - Southhampton, Long Island, NY; active in Elizabeth Congregational Church, later Presbyterians. [details per] Not related to Richard Clark, an indentured servant who came over with Richard Skinner on the ship 'Philip".

DE HART (HAERDT) - a dutchman from Manhattan

FRAZEE - later a member of Woodbridge Presbyterian Church

GRAY - later a member of Woodbridge Presbyterian Church

LEGERE - French

MARSH - Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut [details per Marsh Family Geneaology]

MEEKER - Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut

OGDEN - Northhampton, Long Island, NY

OLIVER - Southhampton, Long Island, NY [details per]

PAINTER - Southhampton, Long Island, NY

ROSS - Southhampton, Long Island, NY [This entry per]

SCUDDER - Newtown, Long Island [per Re: Westfield Scudders
Posted by: Benjamin William Franklin Date: December 22, 2001
In Reply to: Westfield Scudders by Georgia Whitson; #700 of 786]; Presbyterian






per Monnette, p72:

"Also, as a single result of the distribution of copies of "The Concessions" in New England, was the arrival in New jersey of John Pike, Daniel Pierce, and seven associates from Newbury, Massachusetts.

They entered into an agreement on the eleventh of December, 1666, whereby, on the third of December, 1667, they received from Governor Carteret and some of the Elizabethtown associates a grant of land, embracing what is now the township of Woodbridge. They, as the representatives of at least sixty families, on the first of June, 1669, were granted a charter creating a township covering six miles square. The name of their new settlement was derived from their late pastor, John Woodbridge, of Newbury. In laying out this township it was agreed that Amboy-point would be reserved, to be disposed of by the lords-proprietors as the seventh part to which they were entitled under the "Concessions," ..... Among the persons allotted lands by the governor and his associates, and the most of whom, it is believed, settled on their estates, were the following: John Pike, Daniel and Joshua Pierce, Obadiah Ayres, Henry Jaques, Thomas Bloomfield, Elisha Parker, Richard Worth, John Whitaker, Jonathan Dunham, Hugh Dun and Robert Van Quellen. Most of the newcomers were from Newbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts, ....."

per Monnette, p 83:

"There was an intimate relationship between Newbury in this section and other settlements in the near vicinity, viz., Ipswich, Rowley, Salisbury, Amesbury, Haverhill and Hampton, and from inter-marriages and neighborly relationships likewise to the towns of Dover and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, it is easy to understand the lines of migration and related families and neighbors from this section to the communities of Piscataway and Woodbridge, New Jersey."

Some of the early family surnames of Woodbridge, their origins and their religion, per Monnette:

AYRES - Newbury, MA; Presbyterian

BISHOP - Newbury, MA; Presbyterian

BLOOMFIELD - Newbury, MA; Presbyterian

BRITTAIN (BRITTON) - Staten Island; to Woodbridge 1700; Presbyterian

DENNIS - Yarmouth, Cape Cod, MA; Presbyterian

DUNHAM (formerly Singletary) - Haverhill, MA; Presbyterian

FORCE - Presbyterian

FREEMAN - Presbyterian

HUDE - Presbyterian

ILSLEY - Presbyterian

JAQUES - Newbury, MA; Presbyterian

MARCH - Newbury, MA

MOORE - Newbury, MA; Presbyterian

PARKER - Staten Island, NY; settled primarily Monmouth land tract

PIERCE - Newbury, MA

PIKE - Newbury, MA; Presbyterian

ROLPH - Presbyterian

SMITH - Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA

TAPPAN - Newbury, MA; Presbyterian

WRIGHT - Staten Island, NY



per Monnette, p74:

"As is well understood by all historians the name Piscataqua originated in what became known as the Piscataqua Valley, between Maine and New Hampshire, and is referable to the Piscataqua River, which runs through the Piscataqua Country of which Dover and Portsmouth, New Hampshire were the important first settlements, the later being called "Strawberry Bank."

When the migratory movement to New Jersey took place several of the prominent first settlers of New Hampshire and Maine removed to New Jersey or representatives of their families and descendants subsequently appeared there as permanent citizens.

This historical fact is the origin of the name Piscataway in New Jersey which was first called "New Pisataqua," then "New Piscataway" and finally shortened to Piscataway."

per Monnette , p69:

"Undoubtedly Piscataway, New Jersey, derived its name by corrupt spelling or designation from Piscataqua, New Hampshire, from which section some of the first settlers came.

.....The first conveyance of lands under Carteret, which related to the Foundation of Piscataway, was made to JOHN MARTIN, CHARLES GILLMAN, HUGH DUNN and HOPEWELL HULL, May 21, 1666. ..... These four pioneers associated with themselves ROBERT DENNIS, JOHN SMITH, JOHN GILMAN and BENJAMIN HULL."

per Monnette, p174-175:

"The town is supposed to have derived its name from Piscataqua, in Maine, a place from which some of the first settlers emigrated to this place, which at the first was called New Piscataqua.


..... The names of the first settlers on record are,

[summary of names by KDS]

1663 - Gillmans

1677 - Blackcaps, Drakes, Hands, Hendricks

1678 - Doyts and Wolfs

1679 -- Smalleys, Hulls, and Trotters

1680 - Hansworths, Martins, and Higgins

1681 - Dunhams, Laflowers, and Fitz Randolphs


It is supposed that most of these persons were Baptists. The tradition is, however, that there were but six professed Baptists, viz: Hugh Dunn, who was an exhorter, John Drake, afterward their pastor, Nicholas (error for Hezekiah) Bonham, John Smalley, Edmond Dunham, afterward minister of the Seventh-day Baptists, and John Fitz Randolph. The above persons were constituted a Baptist church in the spring of 1689, .....

The first preachers in Piscataway were three lay brethren, of the Baptist persuasion, viz: Hugh Dunn, John Drake, and Edmond Duham, who with three others were constituted a Baptist church as mentioned above, being one of the oldest Baptist churches in the state. John Drake was ordained pastor of this church, and so remained till his death in 1739, when he was succeeded by Rev. Benjamin Stelle, a native of New York, and of French extraction; he died in 1759, and was succeeded by his son Rev. Isaac Stelle. The Seventh-day Baptist church was formed by 17 persons who seceded from the Piscataway church in 1707, and signed a special covenant, and became a distinct society. Rev. Edmond Dunham was their first pastor; his son, Rev. Jonathan Dunham, was his successor; ....."

per Monnette, p72:

"The immediate result of the publication of these "Concessions" in New England was the advent of people who established three important settlements in New Jersey. Among those who removed to the province in response to this invitation were John Martin, Charles Gilman, Hugh Dun and Hopewell Hull. Making their way westward, along the Indian path that stretched from Elizabethtown-point to the Delaware, they reached an attractive spot on the high levels bordering the Raritan, where a few log huts had already been erected on the site of an old native village. Being pleased with this locality, they applied for, and received ..... a grant for a large area of territory. To this point they brought their own and numerous other families from Piscataqua, in the province of Massachusetts, now Maine. of which the name, Piscataway, is a corruption."

per Monnette, p77:

"The Piscataway (N.J.) planters settled there for peace and quiet and relief from all kinds of contentions. They had endured their share of inconvenience in New England from the severities of court justice and the intolerance of the Established Church order. Piscataway was from the first a plantation of pious people - establishing permanent homes in this new and unsettled township, where they might enjoy the liberty of the gospel and the free exercise of their own spiritual convictions. .....

This early settlement and the neighboring town of Woodbridge were made chiefly from this one motive of enjoying soul liberty. For the following ten years emigration from the New England provinces and from Long Island to the township of Piscataway and other parts of East Jersey was encouraged mainly by repeated assurances from the public authorities of individual freedom, both in religious matters and civil concerns."

Some of the early family surnames of Piscataway and their origins, mainly per Monnette:

DRAKE - Portsmouth, NH (part of MA province, at the time - NH did not exist); Baptist

DUN (DUNN) - from Dover, NH; Baptist

DUNHAM - Eastham, Cape Cod, MA; Baptist

FITZRANDOLPH - Situate and Barnstable, MA; Baptist

HULL - Dover, NH

MANNING - Ipswich, MA

MARTIN - Dover, NH

PIATT or PYATT - of French extraction probably via New York

RUNYON - of French extraction

STELLE - of French extraction; Baptist

SMALLEY - Plymouth, Eastham, Barnstable, MA

WALKER - Portsmouth, NH




This following is quoted from Monnette, page 732, who, in turn, begins by quoting from Hatfield:

[begin verbatim Monnette]

(HATFIELD, pp. 627 et seq.)

"The earliest allusions to the site of the present city of Rahway ..... are found in the records of the townships of Elizabethtown and Woodridge, whose geographical boundaries originally met on the marshy stream known as "Robinson's Branch," now in the heart of the city. From the Elizabethtown records - referring, of course, to the territory on the north side of the branch - we find that the following-named persons ..... were owners of land on the "Rawack River," or "Rawack," as it was then called, .....

This ancient settlement appears to have been nearly equi-distant between Elizabethtown and Woodbridge, and, in as much as it was regarded as an out-plantation of Elizabethtown, was undoubtedly on that side of the river, within the town bounds. .....

A settlement of equal antiquity, no doubt, was made on the Woodbridge side of the river, known later as Bridge Town or Lower Rahway. .....

A highway was laid out on the 8th of January, 1687, for the Rahway settlers, beginning at Robert Wright's Landing, and extending thence easterly down to "John Coddington's Point," into the meadows." This road connected the point and the meadows with Wright's Landing at Lower Rahway.

..... and many references are given in the deed records.

"RAHWAY, p-t, including what was formerly called Bridgetown, lies upon the Rahway river, at the head of the tide, five miles from its mouth, partly in Woodbridge t-ship, and partly in Rahway t-ship, Essex co.; ..... consists of four detached villages, RAHWAY proper, north of Robinson's branch, Union, Bridgetown, and Leesville, on the south," (GAZ., N.J., 1834, p. 222).

[end verbatim Monnette.]



per monnette, p113:

The modern map of New Jersey shows Mercer County as southwest of Middlesex County where Piscataway and Woodbridge are located and Monmouth as southeast, but in period of 1664-1714, the present counties were not all established and Mercer, organized as late as 1838 is a part of the original Burlington County of the records."