"First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge of Olde East New Jersey", by Ora Eugene Monnette, 10/9/1995/KDS
p533, Much of the Woodbridge Town Records were vandalized and destroyed before being received by the Hist. Society.
pp101-102, Oath of Allegiance to Lord King Charles and the Lords Proprietors taken by the inhabitants of Elizabeth Town beginning Feb 19, 1665:
Consists of three identical lists of those who took the oath - first list (per Hatfield, p56); second list (per NJ Archives, First Series, Vol. I, pp48 et sq.), and third list with corrected name spellings by Monnette. Each list of 65 persons includes Thomas Moore, William Oliver and Richard Painter (spelled 'Paynter' by Hatfield and NJ Archives), but no Skinners, Bloomfields, Drakes, Elstones, Mannings or Wrights.
pp102-103, Original Eighty Associates of Elizabethtown having first-lot, second-lot, and(or) third-lot rights to land granted by Richard Nicolls (per Hatfield, p57): Includes Thomas Moore, William Oliver and Richard Painter, but no Skinners, Bloomfields, Drakes, Elstones, Mannings or Wrights.
p103, List constructed by Monnette of the first settlers of Elizabethtown as of 1665 in addition to the original eighty associates granted land by Richard Nicolls. This list consists of Captain James Bollen, Captain Robert Seeley (Cilley), and Governor Philip Carteret, as well as the servants brought over by Carteret in 1665 - eighteen male servants, including Richard Skinner, and three women servants - Susannah Poulain, Ellen Prou and Maria Thornell.
pp103-104, Names and dates of additional Elizabethtown settlers prior to 1700:
Monnette calls this only a partial list of the more prominent additional settlers. The list includes Daniel DeHart, 1672; Benjamin Wade, 1670; David Oliver, 1673; Thomas Moore, 1676. The list includes no Skinners, Bloomfields, Drakes, Elstones, Mannings, Olivers or Wrights.
pp81,101-102, "Oath of Aleageance and Fidelitie" taken by the inhabitants of Woodbridge beginning Feb 27, 1667/8:
Monnette presents two identical lists - first list (per NJ Archives, First Series, Vol. I, pp48 et seq.); second list (per Records in Surveyor General's office, of East Jersey at Perth Amboy, Liber 3, No. 11). Each list consists of the following names in total - "John Pike, Thos Blumfield, Samuel More, John Smith, Henry Lesenby, John Freeman, Henry Jaques Jr., John Bishop, Jr., Hugh March, George March, Nathan Webster, Elisha Elsley, Marmaduke Potter".
p82, Persons receiving patents in Woodbridge from the Proprietors, principally in the year 1670:
Includes Bloomfields - Thomas, Thomas, Jr., John; Moores - Samuel, Matthew.
p85, Persons migrating from Newbury, MA to Woodbridge (per genealogical notes).
Includes Thomas Bloomfield, Samuel Moore, Matthew Moore, and John Oliver.
Newbury, MA freeholders in 1642 included Thomas Blumfield, William Moore and Mrs. John Oliver.
pp88-89, Population list resulting from the Dutch oath of allegiance which was administered to all of the residents of Woodbridge and Piscataway in 1673:
Woodbridge (Sep 8, 1673) - 54 persons, including Bloomfields - Thomas, Sr., Nathaniel, Ezekial; Francis Drake; Moores - Samuel, John, Matthew.
Piscataway (Sep 7, 1673) - 43 persons, including Drakes - George, John; Jeffrey Mannen.
KDS note - Monnette referenced two source documents. The first was a list of the names of persons who took the oath at "Eizabethown, Shrewsbury, Middletown, Piscattaway, New Worke, Woodbridge and Fordham or Yonkers." The second was a report by the two Dutch officers who administered the oaths at Woodbridge and Piscataway, and who verified that the number of persons who took the oath was in agreement with the known populatin of the two towns. Monnette obtained these source materials from the New York state library. Monnette indicated that the source materials were in poor condition and apparently did not attempt a reconstruction and translation of the list for Elizabethtown, which may also have been of interest.
pp205-209, East New Jersey Patents, Land Grants, Etc. (per Olde East NJ Land Grants, p61):
"Jul 5, 1672, Executors of Balthazar DHaert to Richard Skinner, house and plantation, full lot of the first, in Eliz.
Mar 28, 1673, William Legger to Richard Skinner, 25 acres, east side of the Pawsaick River."
per "Colonial Conveyances, Provinces of East & West NJ, 1664-1794", unsourced computer print-out, Rutgers University, 10/26/1995/KDS - "Richard Skinner from William Leggee, Liber I, p276, 3/28/1673".
pp89-93, List constructed by Monnette of the first time each person appears in any of the public records associated with Woodbridge and Piscataway (KDS note - evidently does not include oaths, land deeds, etc. that show much earlier dates; also note that Monnette did not indicate in what record and in what context he found these references; also note his list in the next section of the date of the first mention of people in the Woodbridge Town Records). The list includes:
Richard Skinner (1693)
John Skinner (1694)
Bloomfields - Thomas, Sr. (1683), John (1683), Ezekial (1684), Nathaniel (1684), Thomas, Jr. (1708).
Richard Cutter (1710)
Drakes - Francis (1684), John (1684), Capt. Francis (1685), George (1686), Mary (wife of George, 1692), Capt. George (1693), Benjamin (1702), John, Jr. (1709), Jonathan (1710)
Elstons - Peter (1686), also Alstons (Elstons) - John (1699), Peter (1686), Thomas (1710)
Mannings - Jeffrey (1683), Hepzibah (1692), John (1694), Benjamin (1699), Joseph (1709)
Moores - Matthew (of Eliz., 1683), Matthew (1683), Samuel (1684), Alexander (1685), James (1685), Matthew, Jr. (1688), Samuel (1688), Hannah (1693), John (1694), Thomas (1693), Christian (1708), William (1708)
Olivers - William (1679), William (1679), Mary (1679), Thomas (1685), William (1699)
Wrights - Francis (1684), Robert (1686), William (1688)
pp531-533, List constructed by Monnette of the first settlers of Woodbridge and Piscataway based upon the date of their first mention in the Woodbridge Town Records The list includes:
Richard Skinner, 1687
John Skinner, 1691
John Skinner, 1692
Bloomfields - Thomas, Sr., 1668; Thomas, Jr., 1668; John, 1668; Ezekial, 1669; Timothy, 1701; John (son of Thos), 1703
Drakes - Francis, 1680; Capt. Francis of Piscataway, 1683; John, 1692
Peter Elstone - 1695
Moores - Matthew, 1668; Samuel, 1668 & 1685; Samuel (son of Saml), 1692; William, 1692; Thomas (brother of Samuel), 1692; Joanna, 1683; John, 1695
Wrights - Robert, 1686; Edward, 1685; Richard, 1715
pp107, 351, Patents for lands on quit-rent in Woodbridge; First time of payment Mar 25, 1670. Includes:
Samuel Moore, 286 acres, Dec 20, 1669
Thomas Bloomfield, 326 acres, Dec 20, 1669
John Bloomfield, 90 acres, Mar 18, 1669/70
Thomas Bloomfield, Jr., 91 1/2, Mar 18, 1669/70
Samuel Moore, 70 acres, Dec 29, 1670
Matthew Moore, 177 acres, Jun 10, 1671
Quit Rent Records - Three surviving lists of East Jersey land patentees owing quit rents due in 1683, 1685 and 1696:
List #1, pp51-53. List of land patentees in 1682 and the resulting quit rents due to be paid in 1683, with the amount due based on the acreage as well as the number of years between 1670 and 1683 that the land was owned. This list includes only sixty names and is probably only those persons whose accounts were not up to date. Only name of relevance is that of Balthazar de Hart.
List #2, pp53-56. List of East Jersey land patentees owing quit rents from the date of the patents, March 25, 1670, to March 25, 1685. Appears to be a more comprehensive listing of patentees since 1670. Names of interest:
Elizabethtown - Samuel Moore (1670), David Oliver (1679)
Woodbridge - Thomas Blumfield, Sr., Thomas Blumefeild, Jr., John Blumefeild, Samuel Moore, Matthew Moore
Piscataway - Captain Ffrancis Drake (1675), George Drake (1675), Jeffrey Manning (1675)
Shrewsbury - Peter Elston (1670)
List #3, pp57-59. New Jersey patentees paying quit-rents up to 25 March 1696, received by Mr. George Willokes July, 1697 in London:
"The third list of patentees and quit-renters ... is of greater interest than the two preceding ones, because covering more territory, viz., Bergen, Essex, Somerest, Middlesex and Monmouth counties... While the rents charged are usually to 1696, some are only to 1680, while a few later entries are as late as April 4, 1705. Because of the extreme length of the accounts, we present herewith only the names of the landholders and acreage. .. The quit-rent price was, in nearly all instances, 1-2 d. per acre per annum."
Essex County -
William Moore (now his widow Mercy), 30 acres; Thomas Moores heirs, 187 acres
Samuel Oliver, 88 acres; William Oliver, 102 acres
Middlesex County -
Richard Skinner, 86 acres
Widow Blumfield, 126 acres; Ezekial Blumfield, 191 acres; John Blumfield, 330 acres
Samuel Moore, 356 acres; Widow Moore's sons, 200 acres; Matthew Moore, 39 acres
Peter Alston (Elston), 90 acres
John Mannen (Manning, 100 acres; Widow Mannen (Manning), 295 acres
George Drake, 207 acres; John Drake, 137 acres
Bergen Co., Perth Amboy, Somerset Co., Monmouth Co., and Shrewsbury - no recognizable names
pp67-68, Petition of East Jersey inhabitants to the King, circa 1700, against the acts of the proprietors and requesting a competent governor. A nearly identical petition was prepared in 1701 as well. Signers include: Drakes - Francis, George and John; Mannings - Benjamin, Joseph, James and John; Francis Moore.
pp70-71, Land surveys in Piscataway up to 1690: Includes Drakes - George, Capt. Francis, and John; Jeffrey Manning (1678) and his widow Ann (1690); Samuel Moore; Robert Wright.
pp76-77, Piscataway names originating in Piscataqua, New Hampshire: The list includes Drakes - Robert, Nathaniel, George, John, Mary.
pp104-105, 351-355, Warrants of Survey in Piscataway, (per Elizabethtown Bill in Chancery, pp96-97):
Grantee: (* - and meadow in proportion)
Francis Drake, 180 acres*, Jun 12, 1675
Francis Drake, 120 acres*, Feb 28, 1681
Francis Drake, 100 acres, Feb 12, 1685
George Drake, 120 acres*, Jun 12, 1675
George Drake, 100 acres, Feb 11, 1685
John Drake, 80 acres, Jan 13, 1685
Samuel Moore, 180 acres*, Apr 7, 1676
Samuel Moore, 280 acres, Mar 17, 1685
Jeffrey Manning, 180 acres*, Mar 21, 1676
Jeffrey Manning, 100 acres, Jan 13, 1685
Surveys of land in Piscataway - To whom Surveyed:
Capt. Francis Drake, 245 acres, Mar 12, 1677
George Drake, 124 acres, Mar 9, 1677/8
George Drake, 100 acres, Feb 11, 1685
George Drake, 200 acres, "
John Drake, 30 acres, "
John Drake, 8 1/2 acres, Dec 12, 1717
John Drake & Co., 4 8/10 acres, Apr 10, 1731
Ebenezer Drake, 8 + 8 acres, Feb 22, 1739/40
David Drake, 267 acres, Mar 9, 1743/4
Jeffrey Manning, 95 acres, Mar 10, 1677/8
Jeffrey Manning, 100 acres, "
Widow of Je. Manning, 200 acres, "
Nathaniel Manning, 26 3/4 acres, Sep 26, 1728
Benjamin Manning, 30 acres, Sep 26, 1726
Samuel Moore, 280 acres
Robert Wright, 86 acres, "
Patents of land in Piscataway- Patentees:
Francis Drake, 245 acres
George Drake, 124 acres
George Drake, 100 acres, Dec 15, 1686
Benjamin Drake, 180 acres, Apr 27, 1688
John Drake, 80 acres, Oct 3, 1695
Samuel Moore, 180 + 100 acres, Oct 18, 1687
Jeffrey Manning, 95 acres
Jeffrey Manning, 100 acres, Apr 26, 1688
Hepsebah Manning, 120/80 acres, Oct 3/7, 1695
Rights of land according to Concessions, 1675, Francis Drake of New Piscataway for himself and wife and son John 60 acres besides his home lot & meadow. George Drake for himself & wife 60 acres of head with his house lot and meadow.
p79, Piscataway citizens and freeholders just prior to the close of the Proprietary period, 1702 (per genealogist O.B. Leonard). The list includes: Drakes - Samuel, Francis, Jr., John, Joseph; Mannings - John, Joseph, James, Benjamin; Robert Wright. All but Robert Wright are called sons of the original "pioneer planters".
pp114-115, List of Militia Regiments, under command of Col. Thos. Ffarmar in 1715, NJ (per Report of the State Historian, State of New York, 1898, Colonial Series, Vol. 1, pp529 et seq.):
Third Company, Woodbridge - Richard Skinner, Jr., Wright Skinner, John Skinner, Jr.; also John Moore, Captain, Matthew Force, Ezekial Bloomfield, William Allston, Peter Allston, Jr., Samuel Moore, William Crichfield
Fourth Company, Piscataway - Joseph, James, and John Manning, Jonathan, Joseph, Alza, Samuel, David, and Ffran Drake
pp413, 414 - Matthew Moore should be included in 4th Co.; Alza Drake should be Abra or Abraham Drake.
KDS note - Monnette reported on this document twice in his series. On pp114-115, he copied from a listing of Ffamer's troops from a document on file at the Office of the State Historian, New York, a document which had been transcribed from the original source material. On pp413-414, due to his concern about transcribing errors and the correct spelling of family names, he presented the list again based upon a review of a photograph of the original source material,. In both cases, Richard Skinner's name includes the suffix 'Jr.', a suffix one might ordinarily question since there was no known Richard Skinner, Jr. alive at that time.
pp45-50, Petition to the King, July, 1744, by landowners of contested land originally conveyed by Richard Nicholls, esq.:
309 persons signed the petition including Thomas Baker, John Baker, Samuel Oliver, and Jacob Wright.
pp357-358, Middlesex County: List of Freeholders of about the year 1748 (per document at Trenton State Library):
Return of John Deare, Sheriff, Woodbridge
Ezekial Bloomfield, also Timothy, Thomas, John, Jeremiah
David Dunham, David Dunham, Jr.
Adam Hude, Robert Hude
Moore(s) - Samuel, John, Robert, Thomas
Richard Wright, Charles Wright
Nathaniel Manning, John Manning, Gesbrah Manning, Thurstron Manning, Isaac Manning
Daniel Drake, Abraham Drake, Samuel Drake, Ebenezer Drake, Andrew Drake, Jeremiah Drake, George Drake, Philip Drake
Perth Amboy, New Brunswick, New Windsor - no familiar names, except for William and Thomas Skinner
pp379-381, List of Freeholders of Middlesex County, 1750: same names as 1748 list, including John Skinner.
pp552-553, List of Freeholders in the County of Essex, Elizabeth Town, Sept. 1, 1755 (per NJ Historical Proceedings, Second Series, Vol. XIII, p25 et seq.):
Richard Skinner, also David Dunham, Isaac Drake, Wm Elstone, Saml Elstone, James Manning, Thos Moore, Enoch Moore, Daniel Moore, John Oliver, Wm Oliver, Wm Oliver, Jr., David Oliver, Jere Oliver, John Oliver, Jr. Saml Oliver
pp247-262, Woodbridge Town Records - Marriages, 1668-1781 (KDS note - per an abstract of the Woodbridge Town Records by William A. Whitehead; some of the original records were misplaced in the late 1800's resulting in Monnette having to rely upon the earlier published works of Whitehead, Dally and others):
"Cutter, Elizabeth to John Skinner, Mar. or Nov. 26, 1736
Cutter, Richard, to Mary Pike, Aug. 20, 1706
Cutter, Sarah (widow), to Samuel Jaques, Feb. 12, 1730
Bloomfield, Thomas, to Elizabeth Dennis, May 10, 1676 (date obliterated)
Bloomfield, John, to Sarah Moore, Oct. or Dec. 3, 1676
Bloomfield, Ezekial, to Hope (?Fitz Randolph) Dec. 22, __
Bloomfield, Thomas, to Sarah Moores, May 1, 1705
Bloomfield, Ezekial, to Hester Dunham, Dec. 23, 1706
Manning, John, of Pisc. to Elizabeth Dennis, April 4, 1693
Man?(ning), Mary, (Monet), to Daniel David (?s), Mar. 3, 1716/7
Moore, Samuel, to Ann Jaquish, Dec. 23, 1678
Moores, Sarah, to John Rolph, July 18, 1688
Moores, John, to Mary Wright, Dec 26, 1692
Moore, Samuel, to Sara Higgins, Oct. 6, 1693
Moore, Francis, to Philip Datridge, Oct 15, 1696
Moore, Thomas, to Mary White, Dec. 25, 1699
Moore, John, to Hope Robbins in town of Freehold, Mar. 18, 1699
Moore, John, to Mary Oliver, Nov. 21, 1717
Moore, Samuel, to Mary Harrison, June 2, 1718
Moores, or Moore, James, to Mary Crage, Oct. 31, 1693
Moores, or Moore, Elizabeth, to Richard Smith of Pisc., Dec. 8, 1687
Moores, or Moore, Hannah, to Richard Robins, Oct. 20, 1692
Moores, or Moore, William, to Christian Allward July 24, 1690
Moores, or Moore, Matthew, to Sarah Parker, Nov. 25, 1696
Moores, or Moore, Sarah, to Thomas Bloomfield, May 1, 1705
Oliver, Mary, to John Moore, Nov. 21, 1717
Wright, Mary, to John Moore, Dec. 26, 1692
Wright, Mary, to Job Thorp, Apr. 23, 1741"
Woodbridge Town Records - Births, 1668-1781:
"Skinner, Ann, to John & Elizabeth, Dec. 26, 1736
Skinner, Hannah, to John & Elizabeth, Feb. 2, 1742/3
Skinner, Esther, to John & Elizabeth, Apr. 1, 1744
Skinner, Elizabeth, to John & Elizabeth, Apr. 29, 1746
Wright, Elizabeth, to Robert & Hannah, ___
Wright, Hannah, to Robert & Hannah, Aug. 2, 1701
Wright, Anne, to Robert & Hannah, Aug. 25, 1703"
Woodbridge Town Records - Deaths, 1668-1781:
"Bloomfield, Ezekial, Feb. 15, 1702"
pp275-277, Woodbridge Marriages, Births, and Deaths, Liber B (per the published work of Dally; same as above Whitehead abstract lists but appears to be more of a literal copy of the original source documents and includes the time of day of some of the births, though not for any of the Skinners):
"John Skiner was married to Elizabeth Cutter March ye 26th 1736
Ann Daughter of John and Elizabeth Skiner was born Decr ye 26th 1736
Hannah Daughter of the above said John and Elizabeth Skiner was born February ye 2nd 1742
Easter Daughter of ye above said John and Elizabeth Skiner was born April ye 1st 1744
Elizabeth Daughter of ye above said John and Elizabeth Skiner was born April ye 29th 1746"
pp737-738, Woodbridge Births, Marriages and Deaths, tabulated by H. R. Stiles and as published in the New Yok Hist. & Gen. Register (Vol. 22, pp343-4); This version shown by Monnette because the original Woodbridge records had been lost and(or)disfigured so he went to great pains to show tabulations by earlier genealogists, such as Whitehead (pp247-262 above) and Dally (pp275-277 above) as well as this tabulation:
"Skinner, John, m. Elizabeth Cutter, March 26, 1736. Children: Ann, b. December 26, 1736; Hannah, b. February 2, 1742-3; Esther, b. April 1, 1744; Elizabeth, b. April 29, 1746"
pp540-541, Court Records, Middlesex County 1683-1712 (per Abstract on deposit with Middlesex County Clerk):
1717 - John Parker, Executor of Elisha Parker, dec'd versus Richard Skinner
(KDS note - Elisha Parker was a Middlesex County Judge, 1711 to 1714)
1719 - Henry Freeman versus John Skinner
pp543-545, Civil and Military Commissions:
Adam Hude, Judge - 1711 to 1736; James Hude, same - 1722 to 1735
John Moore, Judge - 1715 to 1716
Richard Skinner, Constable - 1696
John Skinner, Overseer - 1714
John Skinner, Constable - 1729
Ezekial Bloomfield, Constable - 1685
Ezekial Bloomfield, Overseer - 1735
Peter Elstone, Constable - 1700
Benjamin Force, Overseer - 1723; 1729
Matthew Moore, Constable - 1682
Matthew Moore, Jr., Constable - 1692
Matthew Moore, Constable - 1732
Matthew Moore, Overseer - 1688; 1696
Capt. Matthew Moore, Overseer - 1732
Robert Wright, Constable - 1689
John Drake, Constable - 1696
Francis Drake, Constable - 1711
Abraham Drake, Overseer - 1719-1721; 1724
Francis Drake, Overseer - 1724
George Drake, Overseer - 1683; 1686; 1687
John Drake, Jr., Overseer - 1710
John Drake, Overseer - 1695; 1696; 1698
Joseph Manning, Overseer - 1710; 1712
William Wright, Overseer - 1688
Ebenezer Drake, Surveyor - 1734
Francis Drake, Surveyor - 1732
Perth Amboy, New Brunswick, New Windsor - no recognizable names
p1512, Woodbridge Church affairs:
1666-7 - Woodbridge named for beloved Newbury pastor, Rev. John Woodbridge
1669 - Application to Rev. Abraham Pierson, Jr., of Newark, for minister; unsuccessful.
1670 - Application for Mr. Samuel Treat "to preach for six or seven months." No record.
1674, Oct 27 - committee appointed for erecting a meting house 30 ft. square.
1677, April - definite call extended to Ezekial Fogg.
1680 - Mr. John Allen was solicited and served as minister.
1681 - church building completed "to be plastered, all but the south side, over clapboards."
1686 - Archibald Riddell became minister.
1694 - Ephraim Andrews selected.
1695 - Samuel Shepard appeared as minister, serving intermittently, refused ordination, and d. 1722 or 1723.
1707 - Nathaniel Wade was ordained.
pp520-521, Debtors listed in the estate of John Allen, Jan 8, 1683-4, early Woodbridge minister:
Will. Legee (Legre, Legereau, probably from Le Gerrreau) of Elizabethtown, Samuel Moore; Matthew Moore of Elizabethtown; Thomas Moore
pp112, December, 1713, Robert Wright was one of ten persons to petition the Governor of New Jersey for a license to erect a church and for permission to receive contributions for that purpose.
pp732-733, Settlers and Landowners at Rahway:
Robert Wright, "Wrights Landing"
Frances Moore, a minor - 1694
Frances Moore, bond of John Bishop of Rahway, guardian - Nov 16, 1694
Robert Wright - 1698/9
pp736-737, Persons mentioned in Will of Samuel Shephard, dated Jun 10, 1708, administration Aug 11, 1708:
Richard Skinner, Ezekial Bloomfield, David Oliver, Matthew Moores among many others.
p738, Journal of John Reading, Middlesex County:
John Wright - 1715
Benjamin Wright - 1715
Jonathan Wright - 1715
p1036, Cemetery Inscriptions at ?:
Skinner, Apphia - b. 1741; d. 1824
Skinner, Jonathan - b. 1740; d. 1813
p1075, New Jersey Deed Records:
Joseph Drake to Geo. Morris and John Skinner. G 3: 523 (1759)
KDS note - could only be John, identified as being a son of Wright Skinner, per the Janeway Account Books
p1516, Piscataway Marriages, performed by Rev. Jonathan Dunham, minister:
Joseph Dennis and Anna Drake - 1750
David Pound and Elizabeth Drake - Mar 18, 1760
Andrew Drake and Rebecca Dunham - Feb 7, 1764
Reuben Drake and Sarah Fitz Randolph - July 7, 1768
pp1517-1522, Cemetery Inscriptions at Metuchen - Old Burying Ground, Main St. and Pennsylvania R.R.:
"This was originally the yard surrounding the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen. A number of unmarked field stones supposedly indicate old graves, but there are said to be scores of others without any sign whatever."
Skinner, Lewis C., son of Sussana, died January 20, 1797, in 16th year.
p630, Genealogical Treatment, as constructed/speculated by Monnette - "Richard Skinner, Sr."
"First settler of Woodbridge. He came in 1665, as a servant to Gov. Philip Carteret, (vide, ante, part one, p103), said to belong jointly in the service of Sir George Carteret (Hatfield, p58). ( Arch., Vol. XXI, pp46-59). He was a "joiner" by trade, and became a citizen of Elizabethtown, where he acquired a house-lot (orig. from Richard Painter) in 1672, from Balthazar De Hart, whom he had served (Idem, p88). In 1673, he took the oath of allegiance as a citizen of Elizabeth (do. p159). Removed to Woodbridge 1672-3 (Idem, pp168 and 256) where biogr. sketch.
He m. May 1, 1666, Sussanah Poulain, one of the French maidens, who came over with Carteret, and they had several children at Woodbridge, among whom, John Skinner, Richard Skinner, Jr., Francis Skinner, et al.
There was an interrelation with the Force family of Woodbridge, of which Benjamin and Matthew were representatives. Richard Skinner, Jr. and John Skinner were recorded at Woodbridge, NJ as early as 1696, when the father was probably dead. These two sons, with an Ann Skinner and brother Francis Skinner, were members of the Woodbridge church 1707-1708 (vide, ante, part one, pp111,2). Richard Skinner, Jr., was called "son-in-law" by Robert Wright, and as "Deacon Richard Skinner, died May 12, 1727, age 63", i.e.b. 1664, showing father's gen. (Vide, ante, part three, p377).
In a deed dated 1700, August 29, with reference to land near Rahway, (E), was probably married to Ann Wright (NJ Archives, Vol. XXI, p311). In 1708, he was a debtor of Samuel Sheppard of Woodbridge, and in 1715, helped with the inventory of the estate of John Spence of Woodbridge (Vol. XXIII, pp435-456). John Skinner helped with the inventory of Edward Jones 1716/7, June 10, (idem, p267), and he was married to Elizabeth Cutter of Woodbridge, Mar. or Nov. 26, 1736, with four daughters born there (vide, ante, part two, pp251-6)). The former died 1748-9, leaving a will, followed by her will, 1750, (Arch., Vol. XXX, p435); and many descendants."
p1586, Genealogy - "John Skinner, First, of Woodbridge"
"He was called "Senior' hence two of the name were contemporaneous.
Son of the first Richard Skinner, b. prob. 1667-8 d. 1725, leaving a will dated July 12, 1725, proved Aug. 19, 1749. Wife, Ann, and children: Catte (Catherine), John, Daniel, Richard, Benjamin, Ann and Margaret, "last five under age." Son, John Skinner, with wife, Executors. Land in Woodbridge (Arch., Vol. XXX, p435).
His wife, Ann, was the daughter of Robert Wright, Sr., of Woodbridge (vide, ante, part five, p878). She was living at Woodbridge, 1752, and witnessed the will of John Freeman (Arch., Vol. XXXIII, p152).
In addition to foregoing he had a son, Wright Skinner, 1738 (Hatfield, p318).
The son, Benjamin Skinner, was of Woodbridge in 1750 (Arch., Vol. XXX, p261) and over in Elizabethtown in 1761, when associate with Thomas Scudder, dec., who had bought land of "Richard Skinner." (Arch., Vol. XXXIII, p377) The latter was at Rahway, "on Robinson's branch."
p1586, Genealogy - "Deacon Richard Skinner of Woodbridge"
"He was so called and d. May 12, 1727, age 63, i.e., b. 1664 (vide, ante, part three, p377). He was the son of the first Richard Skinner (vide, ante, part four, p630).
In 1712, he had land near that accepted for schoolhouse at Rahway (Dally, p155). He was in Woodbridge church, 1707-8, with Francis Skinner, John Skinner and Ann Skinner, prob. latter's wife.
He had married Sarah Moore, daughter of Matthew Moore of Woodbridge, and had , at least, two children, Matthew and Sarah Skinner (Arch., Vol. XXX, p343). (Vide, ante, part four, p618)
He prob. had two sons, Jonathan and Nathaniel Skinner appearing later at Woodbridge.
Rev. Nathaniel Skinner, b. 1706, d. 1801, Somerset Co., Pa. (Jer. Gen. No. 3908, Apr. 20, 1912)"
pp1513, 1514 - Woodbridge Church Affairs, Comments of Monnette on church member genealogies (KDS note - everything listed after the persons highlighted name are the genealogical assumptions of Monnette):
"Feb. 28, 1707-8 - Richard Skinner, (Jr.), "Deacon" (Confused with John as to wife).
Robert Wright, in deed, 1700, calls him, "son-in-law," (vide, ante, part five, p878; and part four, p630). He m. (2), Sarah (nee Moore, dau. of Matthew Moore)."
"June 6, 1708 - Francis Skiner, (Skinner).
This may be ""Frances," then a widow of first Richard Skinner. - O.E.M."
"Aug. 20, 1708 - John Skiner, (Skinner), "Senior."
Wife, Ann, or Hannah), (nee Wright, dau. of Robert Wright, Sr.)"
"Aug. 20, 1708 - Ann Skiner, (Skinner)
Wife of John Skinner, (supra), (nee Wright)"
"June 6, 1708 - Matthew Fors, (Force)
Wife, Sarah, (nee Morris, dau. of George Morris, of W., (ARCH., Vol. XXIII, p. 330))."
"Aug. 15, 1708 - Sarah Fors, (Force).
Wife of Matthew Force, (nee Morris), as see (supra)."
"Jan. 1, 1710 - Hannah Right, (Wright), (Joannah)
Wife of Robert of W., (nee Bishop, dau. of John Bishop, Sr., of W.)"
"Oct. 3, 1710 - Wife of Benj. Fors, (Force)
Elizabeth, (nee Bunn); (vide, ante, PART FIVE, p. 824)."
"Oct. 3, 1710 - David Dunham and Wife, (vide, ante, PART FIVE, p. 820). (Sr. and Jr. confused in recs.)
She was Mary Dunn. She may have been (1) or sec. Mary Freeman.
pp1586-1587, Genealogy - "John Skinner, Second, of Woodbridge"
"Son of first John Skinner of Woodbridge, m. Elizabeth Cutter, daughter of William Cutter, Mar. or Nov., 1736 (vide, ante, part two, p251), d. leaving will dated Feb. 14, 1748-9, proved Mar. 9, 1748-9 (Arch., Vol. XXX, p435), showing wife Elizabeth; youngest child, Elizabeth, not 15; four daughters "now living, all under age; expected child. Brother, Richard Skinner, and wife's brother, William Cutter, figure. His widow, Elizabeth, d. 1750, will dated Apr 5, 1750, proved Apr 13, 1750," refers to five daughters, not named, all under age. Sisters, Sarah Jacques and Esther Marsh, et al. (id., p435)
Children, (vide, ante, part two, pp259, 276)
1. Ann, b. Dec. 26, 1736
2. Hannah, b. Feb. 2, 1742-3
3. Esther, b. Apr. 1, 1744
4. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 29, 1746
5. Expected child, 1748-9 (a daughter)"
KDS note - According to Dally's interpretation of the Woodbridge vital records, reproduced by Monnette, p276, John married Elizabeth Cutter March 26, 1736. This is also repeated by Monnette, p738, per a s.
p1587, Genealogy - "John Skinner of Pennsylvania", (vide, ante, part four, p630)
"This man had a wife, Mary, and left NJ about 1776. (N.B. Waters considerably muddied by a prof. gen.?), but the family records show definitely that he was b. 1733, d. Nov 21, 1801, and that in March, 1775, he was living in South Brunswick, as a P. of A. (orig.) shows, and he lived in Cumberland (then Lancaster) Co., PA, and when he d., had sons, William, John, Jr., Archer, George and Enoch, his wife, Mary, d. June 21, 1799, having been b. in 1743, in NJ. There were daughters Anna, Phoebe, and a son, Archer. The son, John Skinner, Jr., was b. Feb. 15, 1765, d. Mar. 23, 1819. (for Rev. J. W. Skinner, of Berkeley, Calif.)"
p407, Genealogy - Bloomfield Family
KDS note -The Bloomfield family is important in that Ezekial Bloomfield was father-in-law to Wright Skinner.
emigrated from Suffolk, England to Newbury, MA with children - Ezekial, John, Thomas, Nathaniel and Mary
Ezekial - m. Hope Fitz-Randolph
Joseph - b. Mar 3, 1695; d. May 23, 1782; m. Sep 5, 1721, cousin Eunice, dau. of David Dunham & above Mary
also Timothy, Ezekial, Jeremiah, Benjamin and Mary
p590, Genealogy - Brittain
"This was a first settler family of Woodbridge. Representatives came about 1700. ... We are concerned with that Captain Daniel Brittain of Woodbridge. Records favor his having been a son of Nathaniel Brittain of Staten Island, and wife, Anne Stillwell, as he was too old to have been a son of William Bittain and wife, Maria, b. 1676, ...
Captain Daniel Brittin appeared in Woodbridge in time for, and on account of his marriage about 1699 to Elizabeth Powell, daughter of Richard Powell of Woodbridge, for Daniel and Elizabeth Brittain had a daughter, Mercy, entered in the Woodbridge Vital Records as born Feb. 24, 1700. No other births are recorded.
According to Dally's History of Woodbridge and Vicinity, Aug. 15, 1708, ... among those admitted to Communion were Daniel and Elizabeth Brittain (vide, ante, p111)
In various deed and will records, NJ Archives, Vol. XXI and XXIII, Daniel Britain's activities are disclosed, 1704-1717.
Captain Daniel Brittain died in 1733 ..."
Family relationships shown in the will (dated April 5, 1733; proved Apr 28, 1733) -
Daniel Brittin (Britten), Sr., of Woodbridge
William - under age
Benjamin - under age
daughters Mary and Elizabeth, at 18 years
Grandson, Daniel, son of John Moores
James, Sarah, Elizabeth Moore
executors - wife, Elizabeth, John Moores, son William Britton
pp615-616, Genealogy - Manning Family
The Manning family is important in that Benjamin Manning (an adult in the 1730's & 1740's), , was brother-in-law to both Cornelius and Nathaniel Skinner, according to the Janeway Account Books, and also lived adjacent or close to Wright Skinner:
Jeffrey Manning of Piscat., son of John Manning and wife Abigail, Boston; m. Hepzibah Andrews; d. Jan 26, 1692-3
Mary - b. ca 1663; m. Nov 16, 1677 Samuel Hull
Elizabeth - b. ca 1666; m. Nov 23, 1686 Thomas Fitz-Randolph
Ensign John - m. Apr 4, 1693 Elizabeth Dennis of Woodbridge
Joseph - b. May 4, 1672; d. 1728 m(1). Sarah Fitz-Randolph; m(2). Temperance Hull
James - b Apr 25, 1674; d. 1724; m. Jan 23, 1699-1700 Christian Laing
Benjamin - b. Sep 8, 1676; d. 1702; m. Jan 19, 1698-9 Ann Blackford
p1516, Piscataway Marriages, performed by Rev. Jonathan Dunham, minister:
James Lenox and Ruth Manning - 1748
pp1030-1032, Samptown Baptist Church Cemetery Inscriptions:
Samptown was a pre-Revolutionary hamlet located 2 1/2 miles south of Plainfield.
Manning, Deacon Joseph - d. Mar 18, 1812 in his 68th year
Manning, Providence - his wife, d. Feb 1, 1798 in her 50th year
Manning, Mary Vanderveer - his wife, d. Apr 1, 1816 age 73
Manning, Andrew - d. Apr 19, 1818 in his 80th year
Manning, Mary - his wife, d. Jan 1, 1801 age 62
Manning, Trustram - d. Apr 26, 1835, age 91
Manning, Elizabeth - his wife, d. Feb 4, 1829, age 81
Manning, Hannah Vandervort - wife of John Manning, d. Dec 18, 1831, age 35 yrs, 15 days
Manning, Paul V. - d. Mar 31, 1837, age 22
Manning, Benjamin - d. Jun 2, 1839, age 76 years, 3 months, 10 days (KDS note - b. Feb, 1763)
Manning, Phebe - his wife, daughter of Nathaniel and Dorothy Drake, d. Feb 3, 1833, age 70
Manning, Phebe - dau. of Benjamin and Phebe Manning, d. Sep 29, 1816, age 14
Manning, William - merchant from the city of New York, d. Jun 28, 1807, age 29
Manning, Isaac - d. Jan 19, 1861, age 71 yrs, 1 mo, 8 days
Manning, Susanna - his wife, d. May 11, 1859, age 78 yrs, 2 mos, 18 days
Manning, Hannah V. - d. Sep 23, 1861, age 78 yrs, 2 mos, 19 days
and others who died more recently
pp618-619, Genealogy - Moore Family
Hon. Samuel Moores - three wives
Francis - d. will dated July 31, proved Sep 15 , 1729; m. Jane
Sarah - b. ca 1655, Newbury, MA; m. Oct or Dec 3, 1676, John Bloomfield
Rachel - b. ca 1660; m. Mar 1677/8, Jonathan Dennis
Elizabeth - b. Jul 30, 1688; m. Dec 8, 1687, Richard Smith of Piscataway(also p250)
Samuel Moore, Jr. - b. Mar 31, 1670, W.; d. will dated Mar 26, pr. Apr 2, 1703; m. Oct 29 (26th per vital records, p250), 1693, Sarah Higgins
Thomas - b. July 26, 1672, W.; m. Dec 25, 1699, Mary White (also p250)
Capt. John - b. May 20, 1674, W.; m. Mar 18, 1699 (also p250), Hope Robins, in town of Freehold, d. 1714; m2. Nov 21, 1717, Mary Oliver (also p250)
Enoch (male) - b. Jun 3, 1678, W.
Francis (twin of Enoch) - m. Oct 15, 1696, Philip Doddridge (also p250)
Sarah - b. Sep 16, 1681, W.; d. Apr 12, 1688
Hannah - m. Oct 20, 1692, Richard Robins (also p250)
Matthew Moores (brother to Samuel)
received land patent - June 10, 1671
married May 27, 1662, Newbury, MA Sarah Savory, daughter of William Savory
died Mar 20, 1691; will proved Mar 25, 1692
sons per Will - William, James (under 21), Matthew, John, Samuel
Sarah - b. Dec 15, 1663, Newbury, MA; d. Dec 4, 1689; m. July 18, 1688 (also p250), John Rolph (d. Jun 4, 1690); daughter Sarah - b. Nov 27, 1689; d. Dec 23, 1689
William - b. May 26, 1664 Newbury, MA; d. infancy
William - b. Feb 10, 1666 same; d. will dated May 14, pr. May 28, 1712; m. Jul 2, 1690, Christian Allward (also p250), children: Sarah - b. Aug 29, 1691; Matthew - b. Oct 30, 1692; eight other children
Matthew, Jr. - b. ca 1667, Wdbrdg (?); d. will dated Feb 24, pr. Apr 5, 1723; m. Nov 25, 1696, Sarah Parker (also p250)
children named in will - Nehemiah, Elizabeth, Matthew and Sarah Skinner
Nehemiah - (b. Jan 9, 1698/9); Meletiah - (b. Dec 21, 1697; d. by time of above will)
James - b. Mar, 1669; d. 1727, will; m. Oct 31, 1693, Margaret Crage (also p250); children. Samuel, James
John - b. Aug 15, 1671, Woodbridge; d. will dated Dec 19, pr. Jan 4, 1716/7 refers to father-in-law Robert Wright and in 1691 deed, father Matthew Moores; m. Dec 26, 1692 (also p250), Mary Wright; children - Mary, John, Robert, Benjamin, Sarah, Thomas, Samuel, Alexander
Samuel - b. Aug 3, 1673, Woodbridge; d. 1756, intestate; m. ca 1715 Experience Fitz Randolph
p738, "Moore, Samuel, "carpenter," m. Mary Harrison, June 2, 1718 (also p250), by Thos. Yates, J.P. Children: Jonathan, b. Feb. 18, 1720-21; John, b. Feb. 24, 1722-3; Sarah, b. Mar. 24, 1724, d. Mar. 22, 1725; Samuel, b. June 18, 1726; Joseph, b. Jan. 9, 1731-2; Edward, b. Nov. 6, 1733; Sarah, b. July 31, 1735; Isaac, b. July 10, 1937; John b. May 11, 1739."
p250 - Also marriage of Sarah Moore to Thomas Bloomfield, May 1, 1705
p878, Genealogy - Robert Wright, Sr., of Woodbridge
"First settler of Rahway, before 1687 (Clayton, U & M., p245). His exact relationship to the conferee of Woodbridge, Richard Wright, in not definitely known, though prob. they were closely related.
Robert Wright, of Woodbridge, came there from Staten Island, (vide, ante, part one, p122), where, in 1680 and before, he was a settler, receiving Colonial land grant on the Island, in that year; removed to Woodbridge, 1684 (Dally, p103).
In 1701, he gave a deed "to his son-in-law" John Moores, both of Woodbridge, cordwainers, etc." His daughter, Mary Wright, had married, Captain John Moore, of Woodbridge (son of Matthew Moore), Dec. 28, 1692 (Jersey Genealogy, No. 4917, Dec. 19, 1914); and as published in this Series (part two, ante, p250). Deed of 1700, "Robert Wright of Woodbridge to his son-in-law, Richard Skinner (wife, Ann), of the same place, for 60 acres there on a branch of Rahaway River, etc." (Vide, ante, part four, p630)
In the Woodbridge Vital Records, the following births are recorded; (vide, ante, part two, p261)
Elizabeth, of Robert & Hannah
Hannah, of Robert & Hannah, Aug 2, 1701
Anne, of Robert & Hannah, Aug 25, 1703
It is more probable that these were the children of Robert Wright, Jr., a son of the above.
This Robert Wright, Sr., was certainly that son, Robert, mentioned in the Will, 1690, of that first, Joshua Wright of "The Falls of the Delaware River:, now Trenton, NJ (vide, ante, part three, p359), as appears: (Arch., Vol. XXIII, p527).
Other Wright Wills on the same page of this authority, show the latter's son, Joseph Wright, of Chesterfield, Burlington County, who died in 1715.
A sister, of the latter, Elizabeth Wright, m. Peter Frettwell, who had a daughter Elizabeth, married to Jonathan Wright ...
Richard Wright of Woodbridge, ..., who was most probably a brother of Robert Wright, Jr. (supra), since the children born to the latter were much later in birth than the wives of Captain John Moores and Richard Skinner, in which case, Robert Wright, Sr., could easily have been the father of both Robert Wright, Jr., and Richard Wright, all of Woodbridge.
The latter had children received in the Woodbridge Vital Records (vide, ante, part two, p261).
"Wright, Abner, Richard & Sarah, Dec. 3, 1703.
Wright, Nathan, Richard & Sarah, Sept., 1705.
Wright, Jeremiah, Richard & Sarah, Feb. 3, 1707.
Wright, Moses, Richard & Sarah, Oct. 22, 1707.
Wright, Marah (Mary), Richard & Sarah, May 31, 1714."
The Richard Wright above continued at Woodbridge, where he died in 1736, leaving a will; dated 1736, Oct. 30, proved Dec. 5 1736, which adds children; Richard and David: (Arch., Vol. XXX, p551). Reg., Col. Tho: Ffarmer in 1715 (vide, ante, part two, p219)."
pp45-50, Petition to the King, July, 1744, by landowners of contested land originally conveyed by Richard Nicholls, Esq.; I have summarized the original document as follows :
309 persons signed the petition including Thomas Baker, John Baker, Samuel Oliver, and Jacob Wright, but no Skinners or other names of interest. This petition may be in response to the type of land problems that resulted in ejectment suits against Wright Skinner and Ben Manning by the leadership of the Proprietors.
King Charles the 2nd had granted to James,Duke of York, all of the land extending from the west side of the Connecticut River to the east side of the Delaware Bay, the area that later became the provinces of New Jersey and New York. At the time, the land was under the control of the Dutch and Indians. James, Duke of York, appointed Richard Nicholls, esq., to serve as Deputy Governor of the land. In August, 1664, Nicholls arrived here, and the Dutch surrendered their holdings to him.
Six persons from Long Island - John Baylies, Daniel Denton, Thomas Benydick, Nathaniel Denton, John Foster and Luke Watson, petitioned Nichols on Sep 26, 1664 to be able to purchase a portion of the land from the Indians. They had previously been stopped in their attempts to settle the land by the Dutch. Nicholls gave his approval to them on 30 September, and they proceeded to purchase a parcel Oct 28, 1664. The tract they purchased was bounded to the east by the river separating the mainland from Staten Island, to the south by the Rariton River, to the north up the Arthur Cull bay to the point where the first river meets the west side of the bay, and extending westward twice the length as the north-to-south distance. Nicholls confirmed the purchase by a deed dated Dec 1, 1664, and the purchasers proceeded to settle the land with their heirs and assignees eventually numbering some 700 freeholders and families as of the date of this petition.
Before Nicholls had even arrived on the scene, the Duke of York conveyed the land, constituting the future province of New Jersey, to Lord Berkley and Sir George Carteret, in a document dated June 23 & 24, 1664. Berkley and Carteret appointed Philip Carteret, esq., to govern the land, and he arrived in December of that year. He apparently respected the previous agreement for he bought the land of John Baylies, and along with John Ogden and Luke Watson, sold the southern part of the land on Dec 11, 1666 to Daniel Pierce and associates, land on which the towns of Woodbridge and Amboy were eventually settled.
Following that, the Dutch briefly regained control of the land, but again surrendered them to the crown. King Charles the 2nd again granted the land to the Duke of York ,who in turn, granted the eastern half of New Jersey, called East New Jersey, to George Carteret and the western half, called West New Jersey, to Lord Berkeley.
About the year 1693, the petitioners indicated that problems started to develop between themselves, as heirs and assignees of the Nicholls conveyance, and proprietors and other persons claiming rights to the land, based upon conveyances from Carteret in East New Jersey and conveyances from Lord Berkeley in West New Jersey. The petitioners indicated that more than fifty years of expensive and exhausting legal problems had resulted from the dual conveyance of the land. These problems included expensive judgments levied against them and the loss of homes and property. The petitioners also indicated that their problems were multiplied by the fact that the civil government and associated courts and officers represented the interests of Berkley and Carteret and later proprietors, and were, in fact, interested parties in the on-going controversy.
The petitioners indicated that they could not remedy their grevances in the Province of New Jersey and requested that the king himself review the dispute or appoint neutral authorities from other colonies to do so. 309 persons signed the petition. The King's response is unknown.