Name: Ann Staineridge
Died: Dec 1710
Place: Burlington Co NJ
Ann's parents are unknown. But there is a reliable reference to the
family she was born into in the will of her brother Thomas Staineridge (see
below). This is what we learn from that document.
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Jane Anne Ffrances Elizabeth Robert Thomas
m John Ridere m Robert Witham m George Dickinson (See will)
One would readily conclude that Anne's maiden name was Staineridge. But
as noted in the article below, two histories give her maiden name as Hoag or
Hoge. The problem is that no source is cited. This means we have a mystery
that needs to be resolved. If there was no basis for the statements, why did
these men attribute that name to her? Was it simply a matter of confusing
her with someone else? Or did they, in turn, rely on relayed information
that was likewise uncited?
The following was taken from Bonnie K Gorman's GEDCOM file, available on
line. It's effectively a biography of Ann's second husband, Robert Willson.
It states that Ann had one daughter, Susannah, with her first husband,
Richard Witham. In 1702, Robert purchased 260 acres from Susannah and her
husband, Richard Stockton.
Chesterfield Township Heritage Burlington County, New Jersey,
Published By Chesterfield Township Tercentenary Committee
Robert Willson married to Ann Hoag,1 arrived from Scarborough
Yorkshire, England in 1682. In 1688 he was Constable of Chesterfield
Township. Robert was a member of the Grand Jury which met at Burlington, New
Jersey, in Feb 1685. The Feb. 11, 1709/10 inventory indicates both are
deceased. His only son, ll Samuel, married Hester Overton and moved to
Quakertown, Hunterdon County. (Smith History of New Jersey, pg.
Today we find the name Robert Willson, a member of the Chesterfield Township
Committee living in one of the earliest homes.
Robert brought a Breeches Bible to America with him. It is at the
Quaker Library at Swarthmore. It is considered quite rare. It has the
signature of Robert & of our ancestors, Samuel & Rebecca - surname
written as Willson. It is leather bound & was printed in 2 parts, 1606
& 1618 & then bound together as 1 book. It has the inscription "John
Willson -- His Book". No one has ever discovered the relationship between
Robert & John, It does have other information written inside, some
written in the early 1600's. It seems significant that a person of that time
period was literate, as lots of folks weren't in that time period.
In the early 1800's, several descendants of Robert, through his son Samuel
1, came to live in Ontario, Canada. Fifteen years after they arrived, there
was only 1 Crown Lot, that was not settled in their area & it became
available for lease. At this time, a Joshua Willson came from New Brunswick,
where he had migrated after the Revolution, to settle on the vacant Lot.
This Joshua was a descendant of Stephen Willson & Sarah Baker. It would
seem that Joshua had prior knowledge of the availability of the
Robert immigrated to Philadelphia 1682. He made a will Mar. 27, 1709.
Robert's will was probated Mar 27, 1709/1710 in Burlington, NJ, USA. The
original immigrant ancestors of this Willson line were Robert and Ann
Willson. The spelling of their last name is confirmed by the personal
signatures of Robert and children, Samuel & Rebecca in the family bible
brought over from England during immigration. The Bible is inscribed with,
"John Willson, his book." and the inside cover has the inscription:"Robert
Barker-London-1606." (C-915) We are not sure if this indicates Robert's
father and a second relative or not. The Bible is currently in the care of
the Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. (C-865)
This family line is again of the Quaker faith. "Robert (was) dismissed from
Scarborough (ENGLAND) March 2 - 1682 to the care of their friend's in New
Jersey and Penna." Robert, his wife and all four children supposedly came
over on the ship, "Welcome" during the spring of 1682. They landed at
Philadelphia and proceeded to Chesterfield Twp., Burlington Co., New Jersey.
Knowing the tragic loss of life on the Welcome to scarlet fever, this family
was very lucky to all make it across.
Ann had been married previously and had Susannah. Recorded in the extracts
from Whitby Register at the Friends House, London, England is a bond
concerning her previous child. "Thos. Staindridge, deceased bro." of Ann,
left 10 pounds to her and husband, Robert Witham's child. This is not proof
that Ann's maiden name was Staindridge as two major sources, Armstrong and
Shotwell, state her name to be Hoag or Hogg. Perhaps Thos. Staindridge was a
half brother. This discrepancy has not been proven either way.
Ann, "widow", and Robert, "bachelor", were married at her home in
Scarborough, England, within the Pickering Monthly Meeting district. After
arriving in America, Robert can be found owning 2 adjoining properties on
the south side of Crosswicks Creek, New Jersey. Deeds do not seem to be
available though he is mentioned in a survey of his neighbor, Thomas Wood's
land. The land was originally a parcel of the15,000 acres owned by Thomas
Budd referred to in the General Assemby on May 12, 1687.
Robert is mentioned often in the Friends Records. He was appointed a trustee
of the Friends Burial Grounds at Crosswicks in 1685.
He was also active in local government. In 1688, he was a constable for
Chesterfield Twp. In February, 1688 he was a member of the Grand Jury
meeting in Burlington, New Jersey. He was a member of the General Assembly
in 1697 in the House of Representatives. Family members are entitled to
membership in the Society of Colonial Wars because of his legislative
"In 1702, Robert purchased 260 acres of land from Richard and Susanna
Stockton, bordering on Crosswicks Creek, and probably adjoining lands
already owned by him. This land descended to his son, Samuel I, who sold it
in 1733 to Henry Coate," (Esther Willson's husband).
His death occurred February 12, 1709. The New Jersey Abstracts of Wills list
Robert Willson of Chesterfield, Burlington Co., on March 27,1708, as making
a nuncupative will, or a verbal will to his wife, Ann and son, Samuel. He
mentioned his daughter, Rebecca, son-in-law, Cornelius Empson,
granddaughter, Mary Empson and grandson, Robert Willson. Executors were his
wife and son, Samuel. An inventory of his estate was submitted the 10th month
of 1709 for a total of 181 pounds, 6 and a half shillings. This inventory
covered the personal estate for both Robert and Ann as Ann had also died
before December of 1709 when it was taken.
Will of Thomas Staineridge, 1670
The following transcription was made by Barbara Willson, using "Ann
Marie's transcription to correct mine." In an August 2009 email from
Barbara, she says "I am fairly sure this name is STAINERIDGE, it could be
STAINDRIDGE. This is an exceedingly rare name. If you look at a map of the
map of the Scarborough/Whitby area, and'll find a town called Staintondale.
The word 'stain' means 'stone' and in the case of Ann's family, we think it
may refer to the topography of their homeland."
Scarborough the ffifth day of the Month Commonly called January
Anno Dom One thousand Six hundred Seventy know all people to whom this
present writing shall come That I Thomas Staineridge of Scarborough in the
County of York Maister Mariner being sick in body but in perfect memory and
of good understanding and being desirous to dispose of my estate which God
hath given mee I do make this my last will and testament as hereafter
followed Imprima I give unto my Sister Jane Ridere wife of John Ridere of
Whitby in the County of York and to Anne Weams of Whitby aforesaid widow All
the household goods or utensils that belong to mee and are in the possession
of the aforesaid Jane Ridere to bee divided betwixt them, to them and their
heirs forever, Item, I give unto Ffrances Cooper wife of Joseph Cooper of
Yarmouth ffive gold rings and two hundred shillings coins of Gold with a
feather bedd ticking to her and her heirs forever. Item, I give unto Susanna Witham, daughter of Anne Witham,
my sister, tenn pounds in money which she my said sister Anne oweth mee to
her and her heirs forever. Item, I give unto William Nash and Jonathan
Robinson tenn pounds to be disposed of by them (in money) to the use and
service of God Truth and people called Quakers in Scarborough. Item after
all my debts are paid and all my funeral expenses are satisfied and disposed
of I do give all the residue of my estate of what nature or kind sooner itt
bee in goods or chattells movable or immovable in such manner as hereafter
follows. Viz. I give unto Robert Staineridge, my brother, three elevenths
part of all my aforesaid estate to him and his heirs forever and other three
elevenths part unto Anne Witham my sister to her and her heirs forever and
other three elevenths part unto Ffrances Staineridge my sister to her and
her heirs forever and the other two elevenths part unto my sister Elizabeth
Dickinson wife of George Dickinson to her and her heirs forever and I do
I do further appoint them the said Robert Staineridge my brother, Anne
Witham, Ffrances Staineridge and Elizabeth Dickinson my sisters joynt
executors of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have
hereunto sett my hand and seals this day and year above written
1In an August 2009 email, Barbara Willson says, "Witham
was married to Ann Staineridge of Whitby. For some reason, prominent
genealogy authors William Clinton Armstrong (The Lundy Family) and Ambrose
M. Shotwell (The Shotwell Family) both state Ann's name as 'Ann Hoag or
Hogg.' Her name was 'Ann Staineridge.'" Barbara cites the will of Thomas
Staineridge, which mentions his sister Ann Willson.
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