I am descended from Pittengers in Hunterdon/Somerset Counties in the 1700s. If you have any information about George and Sarah Pittenger Urquhart (other than that in The Harvey Book), please share it here or e-mail me at email@example.com
On July 8, 1797, my ancestor George Urquhart married Sarah Pittenger, born Nov 12, 1770; at the time, Sarah was a widow with one son, Gilbert Low (don't know the name of her first husband).Sarah was the daughter of John Pittenger of Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey.
Here is some information from "The Harvey Book" by Oscar Jewell Harvey, and from some other sources:
There was a large emigration from Scotland to East New Jersey in 1685.At that time the Province already had within its borders a considerable number of Scotch settlers, who had immigrated thither during the preceding five or six years.Of this number was RICHARD PITTENGER, who was born in Scotland about 1650, and died in New Jersey in the Summer of 1715.Letters of administration upon his estate were granted to his son John Pittenger 16 Oct., 1715, "by His Excellency Brigadeer Hunter." [See Will Book "A," page 114, office of the Secretary of State, Trenton, N.J.]
John Pittenger, abovementioned, was an early settler near Three-Mile Run, Somerset County, and in 1729 was living in the vicinity of the old Reformed Dutch Chruch at that place.
Henry Pittenger (b. probably about 1695), a younger son of Richard, resided many years in the township of Hillsborough, Somerset County.His wafe was Mary (???), of Dutch descent, and they were the parents of:
v. Susana (espoused to Roelof Van Duyne)
vi. Mary (espoused to Peter Petersen) and
vii. Cietye (espoused to Isaac Smalley)
The abovenamed Henry Pittenger, Sr., "Yeoman," executed at Hillsborough 25 April 1774, his last will, which was probated at Bridgewater 13 Jan., 1775, and letters testamentary were granted to the widow Mary and iii. John by "His Excellency Governor Franklin."
To his wife the testator bequeathed the "sole use and possession of all my real and personal estate during the time that she remains my widow; and in case my said wife should happen again to marry, then to have one of the Negro Wenches which she shall have to serve her during the Term of her Natural Life; and after the decease of my said wife, the said Negro Wench shall Return (if living) to my said Estate again."
Upon the death, or remarriage, of his widow all the testator's movable property was to be divided equally among his seven children, while the lands and tenements were to be divided equally among the four sons-- who, however, were conjointly to pay to each of their three sisters "the sum of oe100 current money of NewJersy, at 8s. an ounce." [see Will Book "L," p. 386, Trenton, NJ]
iv. Abraham Pittenger married Elizabeth (???) and settled in Amwell township, Hunterdon County, where he followed the trade of a weaver, and lived until his death.He died in the Summer of 1782, and was survived by his wife and children Abraham (the eldest son, who was a soldier in the New Jersey militia during the Revolutionary War), Elizabeth, Susanna, Rachel, Frances, John and William.
iii.John Pittenger, son of Henry and Mary, married early-- probably in Somerset County-- and settled at Readington, Hunterdon County, previously mentioned, where he died in the Summer of 1786, and was survived by one son and two daughters.
By his will, executed 12 June, 1785, and probated d29 Aug, 1786 (see "Liber 28," p. 227, Secretary of State's office, Trenton), he devised to his "son John all that Plantation whereon he now doth live, lying in the county of Somerset, together with my two Negroe Boys Simeon and Dick, together with my Clock, for his Birthright-- he paying the sum of oe300 to his two sisters, my daughters Sarah and Mary.
"I give to my two grnadsons John and Joseph, sons of my son Joseph, deceased, the Plantation wheron I now live-- excepting eighty acres on the east side-- together with my two negroe boys Will and James.My will is that my two Negroes Sam and C'sar to stay on the Plantation wheron I now do live in order to the bringing up of my two grandons John and Joseph, and my Executors to see that they be put to school, and order such things as they shal think best for the ordering of the Plantation until they come to the age of 16 years, and then to be put to any trade they themselves shall choose."
The testator named as executors his son John and Harmon Lane, who, 17 Aug, 1786, filed an inventory of the decendent's personal property which amounted to oe686, 10s., and included nine negro slaves appraised at oe326, 7s., 6d., 5 cows, 3 heifers, 8 young cattle, 12 swine, 16 sheep, 8 horses, and "a bank note of 500 dollars dated March 29, 1779, valued at oe17, 12s. 6d."
17 Aug., 1790, John Simonson was appointed guardian of the minor grandsons John and Joseph, mentioned in the foregoing will.
John Pittenger, Jr., eldest and only surviving son of iii. John, and the devisee and executor named in the foregoing will, was born about 1745 either in Hillsborough, or the adjoining township of Bridgewater, Somerset County, and after his marriage settled in Bridgewater on a farm originally belonging to his grandfather Henry, and subsequently the property of his father by inheritance.Here he lived until his death, except for a short period during the Revolutionary War while the near-by town of New Brunswick was occupied by the British.During the Revolution he was a provate ("minute-man") in the somerset county militia-- as is shown by a certificate from the Adjutant General of New Jersey, and in January, 1777, took part in the battle of Millstone, which was fought not very far from his home.At this time his wife and children were at the home of his father in Readington.
Sarah's father, John Pittenger was a man of intelligence, of good education and of high character, and was a leading citizen in the community where he spent his long life.John died in 1829, and his wife, whose name has not been found, died many years before him.
The children of John Pittenger of Bridgewater were as follows:
i. Peter (who had children Mary, John, Abraham, Phebe, Jacob, Eliza, Peter and Ann)
ii.Sarah (b 12 Novembe 1770; md., first, (???) Low, who died soon, leaving a son Gilbert Low, md. second, George Urquhart, mentioned above
iii.Margaret (md. John Van Doren of New Jersey, and had children Abraham and Christopher and perhaps others)
iv.George (had a daughter Sarah)
v.Mary (md. (???) Wrifford, and had children Harriet, John, Margaret and Charles)
vi. John (had children Joseph and Letty)
By his will, executed 8 May 1828, he devised his estate-- which was considerable-- to his two sons and two daughters then living, and to the children of his deceased sons (two) and daughter; and as executors of his will he appointed his "trusty friends John Thomson, John Frelinghuysen and James D. Stryker, Esquires."
From these executors the six children of George and Sarah (Pittenger) Urquhart received, in 1839, one-sixth of the abovementioned estate as their inheritance.(**list given-- William Urquhart)