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John Woolman

Male 1655 - 1718


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  • Name  John Woolman 
    Born  27 Jul 1655  Painswick, Gloucester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  27 Feb 1718  Evesham Township, Burlington, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Quaker Burial Ground, Rancocas, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1757  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  5 Aug 2003 

    Father  William Woolman,   b. Abt 1632, Painswick, Gloucester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1692, Mount Holly, Burlington, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah Unknown 
    Family ID  F2584  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Borton,   b. 27 Jul 1664, Aynhoe, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1718 
    Married  16 Aug 1684  Rancocas, Evesham, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Woolman,   b. 15 Mar 1685, Northampton MH, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1755, Mansfield Township, Warren, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Esther Woolman,   b. 1687,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Samuel Woolman,   b. 14 Mar 1690, Northampton MH, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1755, Mansfield Township, Warren, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Woolman,   b. 7 Mar 1692, Northampton, Evesham, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1745, Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Hannah Woolman,   b. Abt 1693, Northampton MH, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. John Woolman,   b. 23 May 1694,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Anne Woolman,   b. 23 Jul 1695, Northampton MH, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1750
     8. Hester Woolman,   b. 7 Jul 1706, Northampton MH, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  29 Nov 1999 
    Family ID  F614  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • The Marriage Certificate of John Woolman on record in Friends' Book of Marriages in possession of Richard F. Mott, recorder and Clerk of Friends: Whereas there hath been an intention of marriage duly published at two several Monthly Meetings of ye people called Quakers in Burlington upon ye river Delaware in ye Province of West New Jersey in America Between John Woolman of Northampton River, husbandman and Elizabeth Bourton near ye same place also in Province aforesaid, inquiry being made no objection appearing, also ye consent of Parents being had ye Meeting gave their consent unto the same.

      Now these may certified ye truth unto all Conserned yet on ye day of ye date hereof in our sight and hearing and in our assembly of ye Lord's People ye said John Woolman did take and declare ye said Elizabeth Borton to be his wife, and ye said Elizabeth Borton did take and declare the said John Woolman to be her husband according to ye example of ye Lord's People recorded in ye Scripture of truth each of them consenting or promising to be loving, faithful and true in ye capacity as husband and wife ye tenure of their natural lives together. In witness thereof ye Parties themselves have first of all subscribed their names and we also as witnesses this eighth day of ye eighth month 1684. John Woolman Elizabeth Woolman

      John Bourton
      Jos. Hollingshead
      Thomas Bourton
      Jo. Haines
      Mary Hudson
      Tho. French
      Ann Bourton
      Mary Cooke
      Tho. Olive
      Jane Bourton
      Mary Harding
      Wm Evans
      Esther Bourton
      Ben Moore
      Robt Dimsdale
      Jane Bourton
      Henry Ballin(ger)
      Daniel Will
      s Ann Jennings Jr
      . Wm Peachee
      Mary Wills
      Thos. Harding
      Bridget Guy
      Freedom Lippincott
      Grace Hollingshead
    • (Research):John Woolman, and English gentleman and member of the Society of Friends, hearing from reports sent out from Fenwick's Colony, in West New Jersey, of the goodly land and promises of comfort, quiet and peacefulness, as well as the evidence of future records in the direction of increase in value of lands in the new colony decided to join his fortunes with his brethren in America. To this end he took ship in 1681, and on arriving at Burlington selected eight thousand acres of land extending from the Burlington river southward to the north branch of the Rancocas river, a distance of five miles, and including the present site of Mount Holly, where he fixed his home. Having thus secured a foothold and a position of prominence in the Friends Meeting, he looked across the Meeting House and among the comely Quakeresses he found Elizabeth, daughter of John and Ann Borton, a family of Friends who had come from Aynhoe Parish in Northamptonshire, England, and they were soon announcing in Meeting their intention of Marrying, which announcement, once repeated, ended in their marriage on the 10th month, 8th day, 1684. They had children including: Samuel, married Elizabeth, and they had daughter, Patience, born 10th month, 27th day, 1718, and she in turn selected as a husband Joseph Moore, of another prominent family of the meeting.