Name: Duncan Oliphant
Birth: 1682 in Perthshire, Scotland
Death: 7 AUG 1734 in Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Burial: St. Andrews Graveyard, New Jersey
From Kathleen Petersonemail@example.com
Hunterdon Co., NJ created 1714 from Burlington, which was original county created in 1694. Monmouth Co., created 1683 from E. Jersey Province.
!1680-IMMIGRATION-FATHER: genealogy by Edwin Banty Oliphant. Duncan's father, John, was born in Gask, Scotland about 1635, he and Duncan (born about 1660), came to the USA and settled in Perte Amboy Township, NJ about 1680.
!1706-CENSUS: Staten Island, NY; Historical and genealogical misc... settlers of NY & NJ; FHL book 974 Dsa V. 1; p. 154; Dunkan Olyphantt age 24, Mary Olyphant, woman, David Olyphant, boy, Susanna Garrison, woman, Lambert Garrison age 20, Charles Garrison age 18, Catherin Garrison, girl, Susana Garrison, woman. NOTE: Duncan and Mary must have been already married in 1706.
!1709-RESIDENCE: New York Index and genealogical data cards from Staten Island; Duncan Oliphant 5 Apr 1709, constable North Precinct. Also, Historical and genealogical misc... settlers of NY & NJ; FHL book 974 Dsa V. 1; p. 56; Duncan Olyphant, constable North, Richmond Co. 5 Apr 1709. P. 92; Dutch Church record of Staten Island; Donckin Oliver syn Dochter Margariete is gedoopt den 19 April 1709 de Compreer, Egbert Hagewout de Peet Aeltis Hagewout. P. 109; Js gedoopt den 26 Juli Anno 1711 , De Geturing enbennen Donckin Oliver en Mary Oliver.
!1725-RESIDENCE: History of E. Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey; FHL book 974.971 H2h; p. 187; Duncan Oliphant bought land for the St. Andrews Anglican Church on 22 Jan 1725 in Ringoes.
!1725-DEED: Deeds 1705-1911 Hunterdon Co., NJ; FHL film 806,605; 22 Jan 1725 William Lummox (Lummocks) of Amwell, Hunterdon, western division of Province of NJ sold land to John Knowles and Duncan Oliphant, both of Amwell Twp. 11 acres in Township of Amwell, being part of that plantation where Lummox lives, by Francis Moore, Godfrey Peters, on both sides of the King's Road, from land purchased of Nathan Allen of Monmouth Co., NJ. Recorded 8 Feb 1792. Witnessed 8 Mar 1725 by Nathaniel Pettit, Chris Becket, Johny Tockar, Honathan Inez.
!1725-RESIDENCE: Snell's History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties; FHL film 924,667; item 1; p. 358; Land from Lummox to John Knowles and Duncan Oliphant "in trust to the sole benefit and towards the settling of the church of England, ministry, and for no other intent or purpose whatsoever", 22 Jan 1725. NOTE: this was a footnote to the seminary school at Ringoes. NOTE: index is on FHL fiche 6,045,908; lots of Stouts, Lees, Wortmans listed, but not Ann Lee, Sarah Stout, or Jane Wortman.
!1726-RESIDENCE: RESIDENCE: Snell's History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties; FHL film 924,667; item 1; 4 Mar 1726 Duncan Oliphant was 1 of 3 Freeholders listed.
!BIR-PARENTS-SPOUSE: Archive Record by James F. Oliphant; his source was Colonial Documents, N.J. Vol. 3, p. 361; it said he was born about 1682.
!BIR-FATHER-MAR: genealogy by Edwin Banty Oliphant. Duncan's father, John, was born in Gask, Scotland about 1635, he and Duncan (born about 1660), came to the USA and settled in Perte Amboy Township, NJ about 1680. He lived in Amwell Township, Hunterdon, NJ. He was one of the founders of NJ. NOTE: The birth date given in one source is about the same as the date of arrival in the USA in the other source, this may be the reason for conflicting dates. Both sources give father and son's names, say they're from Scotland, and that they lived in Hunterdon, New Jersey, and that Duncan married Mary Garrison.
!WILL: Hunterdon Co., NJ Wills; FHL film 463,003; #104J; Ducan Oliphant of the Township of Amwell in the County of Hunterdon, Western Division of the Province of New Jersey, Yeo., to eldest son David the long gun, the large Bible and the book called the Conductor Gene[eral]....loving wife Mary...Plantation whereon I now dwell be equally divided amongst my four sons namly David John Ephraim James...unto my three Daughters namly Margaret the wife of Thomas Gordon, Mary & Ann the Plantation or farm whereon William Allen now dwells...appoint my son David Oliphant, my Brother in Law John Garrison, my loving friend Peter Praul Executors and my loving friend John reading Tustee...12 Feb 1732.
Witnesses Thomas Lake, William Job, Jacob Reeder. Probated 7 Aug 1734.
The old Bible he speaks of in his will was presented to the Colonial Dames Chapter in 1936 and is found in vault of New Jersey Historical Society Library, in Newark, New Jersey.
!BIR-MAR-DTH-BUR: AFN:13W0-8JP. BUR: St. Andrews Graveyard, NJ.
!BUR: From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996; BUR: St. Anthony Graveyard.
!NAME: gedcom from Deanna Stinnet who found it on Ancestry.com. Will dated 7 Aug 1734.
!SPOUSE-CHILDREN-DTH: Oliphant Genealogy; by Samuel Grant Oliphant; FHL film 1,033,533; item 4. Children listed are David, John, Ephraim, James, Margaret, Mary, and Ann. He was one of the founders of Western Division of the Province of New Jersey. See Sec. of States Office, Book HH, p. 34, and Book of Wills #3 p. 425. Duncan and David are spoken of in local history, records, and state records.
NOTE: History of Perth Amboy FHL book 974.941 H2ww; p. 23+; story of 100 prisoners confined at Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Stirling; shipped on Henry & Francis on 5 Sep 1685 to Perth Amboy, NJ, wouldn't take Oath of Allegiance to the King; William Oliphant was one of them; they had to work 4 years to pay off their passage. Is this a relative of Duncan?
NOTE: A group of Scots settled Perth Amboy. Duncan was from Perth.
!BIR-CHURCH-MAR-DTH: email from Evylene A. Canup, 15 Dec 2001; Descendants of Walter Oliphant ; The Oliphant family can be traced back to David Oliford who came to England with his brother Stephen. He was a good son of King David I of Scotland and Secretary to the King after the rout of the forces of Matilda at Winchester in 1141. He became the earliest Judge of record in Scotland. David Oliford, died between 1190 and 1200, whose son Sir Walter Oliphant (changed spelling of name) was Lord Justice General of Scotland and Justice of Lothian, died in 1249. He married a daughter of the Earl of Strathorn, etc. etc.
The first Oliphant I have a record of who came to the Colonies was William Oliphnt who was a passenger on the "Henry & Francis" in 1685. It is generally believed that he was Duncan's brother. The "Henry & Francis" was a prison ship from Scotland.
Our Colonial ancestor, Duncan Oliphant who was born 1682 in Perthshire, Scotland, the son of David Oliphant. Duncan came to New York around 1695 and married in 1708 Mary Garrison who was born 1686 in Scotland, the daughter of Lambert Garrison. They worshiped at the Old Dutch Church on Staten Island and the church records show that some of their children were baptized at this church.
In the Census of Staten Island, New York, 1706, Stilwell's Vol. I list, Duncan Oliphant named as age 24 years. He was constable for the North Precinct, Richmond County, Staten Island, New York in 1709. Duncan moved his family in 1721-24 to East Amwell, New Jersey, where he had purchased a large tract of land in Hopewell Township, Burlington County, New Jersey (now Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey) where he was chosen Freeholder of Amwell Township.
Until 1725 the Anglicans had heard services in their own houses. Then on January 22, 1725 William Lummox granted eleven acres of land to John Knowles and Duncan Oliphant in trust for an Anglican Church. Organized under Crown Charter as St. Andrew's the first church on this site was built. Today nothing remains of the original St. Andrew's but a fragment of the graveyard which may be seen next to the Old Yorke Inn in the village of Ringoes. It is said that Duncan Oliphant was buried in this graveyard.
Father: John Oliphant b: 1648 in St. Monance, Perthshire, Scotland
Mother: Janet Glichrist b: 1648 in New Jersey
Mary Garrison b: 1686 in Scotland
in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York
- Margaret Oliphant b: 19 APR 1709 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York c: 19 APR 1709 in Old Dutch Church, Staten Island, Richmond County, New York
- David Oliphant b: 1 MAR 1712/13 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York
- Jonathan Oliphant b: 1715 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York
- Ephraim Oliphant b: 1717 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York
- Mary Oliphant b: 1721 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York
- Ann Oliphant b: 1723 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
- James Oliphant b: 1724 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
- Samuel Oliphant b: ABT. 1728