The Leeds Family of New Jersey:Information about Charles Woolverton
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Charles Woolverton (b. Abt. 1660, d. 1746)Charles Woolverton was born Abt. 1660 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Eng., and died 1746 in Rosemont, Hunterdon Co., NJ.He married Mary Chadwick on 1697 in Probably Springfield, Burlington Co, since they both lived there at that time..
Notes for Charles Woolverton:
The data for this family I have taken from "The Woolvertons-Descendants of Charles Woolverton by Emma Ten Broeck - 1932", up to the 2nd Roger.
Woolverton was spelled Wolverton in many early records. Other spelling variations are Wolverston, Wolverstan, Wolfton, Woolverston, Wolferston,Wolferstan, Wolverstone, Wolferstone
In Matthews' American Armoury Blue Book lists Charles Wolverton of New Jersey 1780 as having a Coat of Arms: Sable(black), a fesse(a band between 2 horizontal lines over the middle of an escutcheon (shield decorated with a coat of arms) wavy or between 3 wolves' heads erased(as if the heads have been ripped off) argent(white color intended to represent silver or purity, innocence, beauty or gentleness).
Motto: Qui sera sera (What Will be Will be).
Charles arrived Newcastle on the Delaware river, Chester, Delaware CO. Pennsylvania 1682 on the flag ship WELCOME with the William Penn group. Tradition says he brought two of his brothers, Gabriel and John. Lived in Staffordshire, sailed from Dorsetshire, England. Both brothers died of small pox. Charles was a very wealthy man.He was called "Gentleman" in early records, which in those days signified a man of such means as to be able to live without work.
Buried Rosemont Cemetery, Hunterdon Co. New Jersey. From all of the information I have received he was probably a Quaker. Owned much of the land that is now occupied by Fort Dix New Jersey. Belonged to the Society of Friends which was a Quaker group. Confirmed by minutes of the meetings in which he served as an officer. Elected one of the first Justices of the Peace.
He wrote 4 religious Papers that were published by Benjamin Franklin.Family legend says he socialized with George Washington.
Charles owned A "Breeches Bible" printed in Geneva, Switzerland, april 10, 1560; By Roland Hall, and other eminent Protestants who were forced to leave England, because of their religious beliefs-persecutions under Queen Mary. This edition of the Bible was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth and called upon her to avenge the wrongs to Protestants during the reign of Queen Mary.
Quotes in long hand from his bible:
This Book, I give to my eldest son
God give him grace, to use it;
That he may give, his heart and mind-
Rightly, for the use of it.
Who, ever shall defraud, him of it
Will Violate my will
And he, that wrongs, the fatherless
Assuredly, do ill.
This caution, in my life, I wrote-
Mistakes, to prevent;
And leave it, in this Holy Book,
A standing monument.
Also all of the records of birth of his Children are recorded in long hand in this (Breeches Bible) including the birth of a granddaughter, Dinah b 10/22/1738 and the births of Dinah's children, who married Francis Tomlinson.
According to another genealogist Charles came from Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Eng about 1693, at least that's the first land record in Burlington Co.He must have joined theQuakers, as Quaker records of 1704 states Charles Wolverton desires joining the Society. On Nov 1704 Charles from Springfield, Burlington Co., along with others, was excused from Military Service.And 6/3/173 states that Charles Wolverton was disowned for disunity (breach of discipline) but reinstated on 6/7/1727.
Snell's History of Hunterdon County says Charles came from Long Island, NY from Wolverhampton, Eng.
Between 1693 and 1735 records of about sixteen transfers and sales of land in both Burlington and Hunterdon Counties are to be found.At one time his total purchase from William Biddle 3/2/1714 was 1665 acres. The location of this tract was about Rosemont, extending almost to Prallsville on the south and to the north and west about one and a half miles. (per History of Hunterdon and Somerset Co. Vol I by Snell, this land was near Rosemont,NJ)
The name of his wife, Mary Chadwick, appears in deeds and three of these make it explicit that she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Chadwick and eventual step-daughter of John Dixon.
More About Charles Woolverton:
Elected: 06 Jun 1721, From the Record Book of Court Minutes of Hunterdon Co., the Court of General Quarter Sessions, Charles Woolverton is written as present on the Bench.This office included that of Judge of the Surpreme Court of the State..
Occupation: 1693, in his deed of 1693 he lists himself as husbandman (farmer).
Property 1: 20 Aug 1693, Purchased from William Biddle 100 acres "within the Province of West Jersey" and lists his residence as Burlington, Province of West Jersey..
Property 2: 28 Mar 1702, 50 acres near Mt. Carmel, Burl, Co.from John Dixon and Elizabeth his wifelate the wife of John Chadwick (mother of Mary Chadwick) which he later sold back to John Dixon on July 20, 1704..
Property 3: 02 Mar 1714, Purchasefrom William Biddle of Burlington for 350 lbs "all that tract of land lying within ye Indian Purchase...called ye Lottong Purchase in ye township of Amwell, ye County of Hunt..twice crossing a brook called Wichochoake...laid out for 1665 acres".
Property 4: 11 Dec 1716, Deed Book B.B.B. page 232, Charles Woolverton, late of Burlington Co., but now of Amwell, Hunterdon Co., ne yoeman sells to Marmaduke Coats of Springfield, Co. of Burlington for 300 lbs all his farm and Plantation in the Twp. of Springfield 300 acres..
Property 5: 09 May 1719, Charles of Amwell sold to Thomas Harrison of Chestefield Co, Burlington for 67 lbs 4 shillings 250 acres of a tract of 1665 acres bought of William Biddle, land in Amwell..
More About Charles Woolverton and Mary Chadwick:
Marriage: 1697, Probably Springfield, Burlington Co, since they both lived there at that time..
Children of Charles Woolverton and Mary Chadwick are:
- +Charles Woolverton, b. 17 Jan 1698, Burlington Co., NJ, d. Oct 1765, New Jersey.
- +Roger Woolverton, b. 01 Dec 1700, Burlington Co., NJ, d. May 1748, Hunterdon Co., NJ.
- Mary Woolverton, b. 11 Apr 1702, Burlington Co., NJ, d. Abt. 1786.
- Daniel Woolverton, b. 06 Mar 1704, Burlington Co., NJ, d. Abt. 1786, Kingwood, Hunterdon Co., NJ.
- Isaac Woolverton, b. 24 Apr 1706, Burlington Co., NJ, d. Abt. 1770, Rosemont, NJ.
- Dennis Woolverton, b. 26 Jan 1709, Burlington Co., NJ, d. 19 Aug 1774, Amwell, Hunterdon Co., NJ. Interred in Rosemont Cemetery, Hunterdon Co., NJ.
- Dinah Woolverton, b. 26 Mar 1711, Burlington Co., NJ, d. Abt. 1778.
- Joel Woolverton, b. 31 Mar 1715, Probably Hunterdon Co., NJ as the family had moved to Amwell by then(1714), d. 1795, Will proved at Trenton, NJ. 2/25/1795 Book 36, page 151..
- Thomas Woolverton, b. 17 May 1717, Probably Hunterdon Co., NJ as the family had moved to Amwell by then (1714, d. 1759, letters of Adm. granted to wife Mary in Trenton, NJ..