Name: Richard Stockton
Died: Sep 1707
Place: Oneanickon, Springfield Twp, Burlington Co, NJ
Will abstract as posted on genforum by "Anne," 20 Nov 2002:
WILL OF RICHARD STOCKTON in part, dated 25 JAN 1705/6 ~ Wit: William EARLE,
Thomas RIDGWAY, Daniel LEEDS. Proved 8th month (October) 10th day 1707,
Burlington, New Jersey (Richard INGLESBY):
Item, I give to my son RICHARD.....
Item, I give to my son Job..... my son John......
Item, I give to my dear wife, Abigail...... after her decease*, said
personal estate to be equally divided between my five daughters, Abigail,
Mary, Sarah, Hannah, and Elizabeth......
*Abigail was living as late as 14 APR 1714 when she conveyed property to her sons, Job and John STOCKTON.
From Genealogical and family history of western New York, by
William Richard Cutter, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.1
Richard Stockton was found in Charleston, Massachusetts, as early as 1639,
where he is witness to a deed. The next reference to him is among the
original patentees named in the charter of the town of Flushing, Long
Island, where he appears to have been a prominent man, being rated among the
rather wellto-do citizens of the place, taking a prominent part in the
controversies between the town and Governor Peter Stuyvesant on religious
matters, holding the lieutenancy of the Horse Guard of Flushing, and
declining, with the consent of Governor Niccolls, an election to the same
position in the Foot Guard. Between 1670 and 1680 he became converted to
the tenets of the Society of Friends, and selling his Long Island property
he removed to Springfield township, Burlington county, New Jersey, where he
purchased twelve hundred acres of land from George Hutchinson, where he
lived until his death, between January 25, 1705-06, and October 10, 1707,
the dates of the executing and filing of his will. He married Abigail , who
survived him, being alive April 14, 1714, and who, there is some reason to
suppose, may have been his second wife. Children,, all probably born in New
England or Long Island: Richard, John, Job, Abigail, Mary, Sarah, Hannah and
(II) Richard (2), son of Richard (1) Stockton, was born about 1650
or 1660, died in Piscataway, Middlesex county. New Jersey, between June 25
and August 15, 1709. His father took him with him to Springfield township,
Burlington county, New Jersey, where he remained until after his marriage,
when he removed to Piscataway. Later he bought from William Penn the famous
fifty-five hundred acres on which the town and university of Princeton now
stand, making his residence on a part of it. In 1705 he was commissioned by
Lord Cornbury, ensign of the militia company of Springfield and Northampton
townships, under Captain Richard Ellison, and in June, 1709, he became one
of the trustees of the Stony Brook Friendsi meeting house. He married, at
Chesterfield monthly meeting, November 8, 1691, Susanna (Witham) Robinson,
born in Whitby, November 29, 1668. died April 30, 1749, daughter of Robert
and Ann Witham, of Whitby, Yorkshire, England, and widow of Thomas Robinson,
of Crosswicks. After her second husbandis death she married (third) Judge
Thomas Leonard, of Princeton. Children, all born in Piscataway: 1.
Richard, April 2, 1693, died March. 1760; married Hester Smith, of Jamaica,
Long Island; children: John and Ruth. 2. Samuel (of whom further). 3.
Joseph, May 5, 1697, died 1770; married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Amy
(Whitehead) Doughty; children: Daniel, Joseph, Doughty, Samuel, John, Amy,
Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, married Richard, son of Joseph and Mary (Farnsworth)
Stockton. 4. Robert, April 3, 1699, died in 1744-45; married (first)
;(second) Rebecca Phillips, of Maidenhead; children: Robert, Thomas, Job,
Susanna, Eunice, Elizabeth, Sarah. 5. John, father of Richard Stockton,
signer of the Declaration of Independence; he married, February 21, 1729,
Abigail, daughter of Philip and Rebecca (Stockton) Phillips, of Maidenhead,
who was born October 9, 1708. 6. Thomas, born 1703.
(III) Samuel, son of Richard (2) and Susanna (Witham) (Robinson)
Stockton, was born February 12, 1694-95, died 1739. He inherited five
hundred acres of his fatheris estate and lived the life of a country
gentleman. He married (first) Amy, daughter of •Jacob and Amy (Whitehead)
Doughty; (second) Rachel, daughter of Colonel Joseph and Ruth (Horner)
Stout. Children by first marriage, Samuel and Amy; by second marriage:
Joseph, who remained loyal to the King during the revolution; went to the
Bermuda Islands, where he founded the Bermuda branch of the family; Richard
Witham (of whom further) ; Jacob; Rachel; Ann, married Rev. Andrew Hunter,
father of the famous revolutionary chaplain.
(IV) Richard Witham, second son of Samuel and Rachel (Stout)
Stockton, was major of the Sixth Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers
(Loyalists). He was surprised with sixty-three privates of his command and
taken prisoner, February 18, 1777, by Colonel John Neilson, and was sent in
irons to Philadelphia by order of General Putnam. To this course General
Washington protested, he considering Major Stockton should be treated as a
prisoner-ofwar, not as a felon. He was tried and later accompanied the Tory
refugees to New Brunswick, taking with him four of his sons and a daughter.
Richard Stockton, of Somerset county, New Jersey, was advertised August 28,
1779, as "a fugitive now with the enemy," probably the same person. He
married Mary Hatfield, daughter of Joseph Hatfield, of Elizabeth, New
Jersey. He became one of the original patentees of Parrtown, later St.
John, New Brunswick, where he died. He had twelve or thirteen children, and
the eldest son was Charles Witham (of whom further).
(V) Charles Witham, son of Major Richard Witham and Mary (Hatfield)
Stockton, was born at Princeton, New Jersey, July 16, 1756, died at Walton,
New York, December 1, 1822. He married (first) January 14, 1779, at Newton,
New Jersey, Elizabeth North, born January 13, 1764, died July 18, 1805. He
married (second) Elizabeth Coleman, born February 4, 1777, died April 14,
1848. He had thirteen children by his first wife, six by his second.
(VI) Dr. Charles Lewis Stockton, second child of Charles Witham and
his second wife, Elizabeth (Coleman) Stockton, was born in Walton, New York,
January 15, 1815, died in Capeville, Virginia, May 23, 1874. He was reared
in the family of Erastus Root, who was the husband of his eldest sister.
Erastus Root was born in Hebron, Connecticut, March 16, 1773, died suddenly
in New York City, while en route for Washington, D. C, December 24, 1846.
He was a member of the state assembly, 1798-1802, and many terms
subsequently; a Democratic representative in the eighth, eleventh,
fourteenth and twenty-second congresses, 1803-05-09-11-15-17-31-33; state
senator, 1818-22-30; lieutenant-governor of the state, 1823-25, and again
state senator, 184145. He was the author of "Addresses to the People"
Dr. Stockton was educated in the public schools and Delhi Academy,
Walton, Delaware county, New York, after which he matriculated at Fairfield
Medical College, Herkimer, from which he was graduated at the age of
nineteen years. For four years he was engaged in mercantile business with
his kinsmen, the St. Johns, in New York. He then renounced business life
and took up the study of medicine with his brothers, William Severyn and
Richard Witham Stockton, the latter a surgeon in the war of 1812, received
his degree of M.D., and practiced his profession in Chautauqua county, New
York, and in the states of Ohio and Indiana. On horseback, with saddle bags
filled with drugs and medicine, he traveled through the states of Kentucky,
Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas, treating such cases as he met with
on his journeyings. After a few years spent in this migratory fashion he
returned to New York, settling at Ripley, where he married. He again took
up his roving life; he spent six years in the state of Indiana, going from
there to Ohio, thence to Virginia, where he remained until his death. He
was a man of decided talent and brilliant qualities, but so filled with the
spirit of travel and adventure that he was not content to settle and work
upward to the high positions he was qualified to fill. He was a strong
Abolitionist, his southern life having enabled him to see slavery as it
existed in the cotton states in its worst form. He supported the Republican
party for many years, but subsequently, during the reconstruction period,
was affiliated with the Democracy. He married, January 16, 1837, Sarah
Shaeffer, of Oneida county, New York, born May 23, 1820, died at Buffalo,
New York, October 11, 1900. Children: Caroline Elizabeth, born January 11,
1838, died in March, 1841; Henry Eugene, born August 9, 1839, died on the
same day as his sister, Caroline E.; Mary Gertrude, born January 5, 1846;
Emma Adalaide, March 15, 1848; Charles Gleason (of whom further).
(VII) Dr. Charles Gleason Stockton, only son of Dr. Charles Lewis
and Sarah (Shaeffer) Stockton, was born in Ohio, August 27, 1853. His early
education was under private tutors in Virginia and Ohio, after which he
prepared for college at Westfield Academy, New York. He decided on the
profession of medicine, entered the medical department of the University of
Buffalo, whence he was graduated M.D., class of 1878. For ten years he was
engaged in general practice in the city of Buffalo. Since 1888 he has been
Professor of Medicines in the University of Buffalo; was surgeon of the
Seventy-fourth Regiment, New York National Guard, with the rank of major;
past president of the Medical Society, State of New York, and Buffalo
Academy of Medicine; for ten years state medical examiner for the Royal
Arcanum; for three years physician at the Penitentiary; house physician at
the Buffalo General Hospital ; attending physician since 1888; consulting
physician at the Erie County Hospital, Ernest Wende Hospital, Sistersi
Hospital, and at the New York State Hospital for Crippled Children, at
Tarrytown, New York. Dr. Stockton is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church,
and of the Saturn and Park clubs of Buffalo.
He married, November 23, 1875, Mary L. . Taylor, daughter of D. H.
Taylor, and granddaughter of Hon. Thomas B. Campbell. Children: 1.
Harriet Sarah, born August 30, 1877; married, September 19, 1901, Maulsby
Kimball ; children: Charles Stockton Kimball, born August 17, 1902; Maulsby
Kimball (2), May 20, 1904; Emily Nelson Kimball, February 2, 1909. 2. Mary
Louise, born December 16, 1883, died April 28, 1905. 3. Lucy Witham, born
April 19, 1888. 4. Dorothy Taylor, May 18, 1891.
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