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  • ID: I102120
  • Title: Dr 1 1 2
  • Name: John RODMAN 1 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 19 OCT 2015
  • Birth: 14 MAY 1679 in Island of Barbadoes 1
  • Death: 13 JUL 1756 in Burlington, New Jersey 1

    Father: John RODMAN b: ABT 1653 in Barbados
    Mother: Mary SCANNON\SCAMMON b: 1663

    Marriage 1 Mary WILLETT b: 05 SEP 1693
    • Married: 07 JUL 1719 1
    1. Has Children William RODMAN b: 05 MAY 1720 in Flushing, Long Island, New York
    2. Has No Children Anna RODMAN b: MAY 1722
    3. Has No Children Scammon RODMAN b: 08 MAR 1723
    4. Has No Children Hannah RODMAN b: 04 JUL 1726
    5. Has No Children Samuel RODMAN b: 30 MAY 1729
    6. Has No Children Margaret RODMAN b: 06 AUG 1731
    7. Has Children Elizabeth RODMAN b: 1734

    Marriage 2 Margaret GROSSE b: 02 JUN 1718 in Flushing, Long Island, New York
    • Married: 07 AUG 1705 1
    1. Has Children Mary RODMAN b: in Flushing, Long Island, New York
    2. Has Children John RODMAN b: 1714 in Flushing, Long Island, New York
    3. Has Children Thomas RODMAN b: 1716 in Flushing, Long Island, New York

    1. Title: Genealogy of the Rodman Family, 1620-1886
      Abbrev: Genealogy of the Rodman Family, 1620-1886
      Author: Charles Henry Jones
      Publication: Allen, Lane & Scott, 1886 - Barbados - 287 pages, HeritageQuest, 1886
        Name: HeritageQuest

      Page: 3. JOHN RODMAN (John). He was b. in 1653. By Hotten’s Lists (p. 484), he appears among the inhabitants of Christ Church Parish Barbadoes, Dec. 22, 1679 as the owner of forty-seven acres and thirteen negroes. At that time forty-seven acres in Barbadoes was worth as much as five thousand acres in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Two of his children were b. in Barbadoes, John, May 14, 1679, and Mary, July 5, 1681. He was a member of the Society of Friends, and while he lived in Barbadoes was fined thirteen hundred and fifty pounds of sugar “for default of appearing in the Troop.” He subsequently removed to Newport, R. I., about 1682, whither his brother Thomas had preceded him in 1675. He resided in Newport for five or six years, and was admitted a freeman of that place May 6, 1684. Three of his children, Samuel, Joseph, and William, were b. there. In 1684, he purchased a large tract of land on Block Island, which remained in his descendants for a century. April 8, 1686, he purchased from James Budd four hundred and ninety two acres in Burlington County, N. J., and April 14, 1686, he purchased five hundred acres in the same county from William Biddle. This land passed by descent to his sons and grandsons. April 12, 1751, Scammon Rodman, for John Rodman’s estate, offered for rent “a dwelling-house with sundry tracts of [13] land, containing in all upwards of seven hundred acres of fine pasture and meadow or mowing ground, situate on Block Island, alias New Shoreham, in the County of Newport, and also 3/16ths of the undivided part of said island, with the following stock, viz., 850 good sheep and lambs, 51 head of neat cattle, 5 fine breeding mares, and 3 young horses. Also, eight thousand chestnut rails.” The town-book of Block Islnad shows that on June 20, 1758, Scammon and Samuel Rodman, of Burlington, N. J., gave notice to trespassers that the Estate of John Rodman owned the “three-sixteenths of the undivided part of said island.” This property was afterwards sold by William Rodman (John, John, John), of Bucks County, Pa., to Nathan Gardner and Rowland Robinson.
      John Rodman removed to Block Island about 1688, and resided there for two or three years. One of his daughters, Ann, was b. there Aug. 11, 1689. He was admitted a freeman of Block Island April 7, 1690. Owing to hostilities between England and France, and its exposed position, Block Island was at that time subject to the plunder of French vessels of war and privateers. In July 1689, a French fleet entered the harbor, and plundered the inhabitants of their clothing and valuables. “They entered the house of Dr. John Rodman, a skillful physician and devoted Quaker, and insulted his wife, ‘a very desirable gentlewoman,’ between whom and the insolent Frenchman the doctor sprang, as the ruffian cocked his pistol at Rodman, who bared his bosom and said, ‘Thou mayest do it if thou pleases, but thou shalt not abuse my wife.’”11 History of Block Island, by Rev. S. T. Livermore, A. M., pp. 16, 17, 18. He is described at that time by the Rev. Samuel Niles as follows: “A gentleman of great ingenuity, and of an affable, engaging behavior, of the profession of them called Quakers. He also kept a meeting in his house on the Sabbaths, with exhortations until good works, after the manner of the teachers in that Society, but more agreeably than I suppose is common with them, whose meetings I had attended in my younger time.22 Ibid., p. 190. [14]
      In the summer of 1690, a French privateer, manned by French, English, and Mustees, appeared in the harbor, and took a number of the inhabitants, who were at the landing, prisoners, including men and women, were brought to his house by the privateersmen. They imprisoned the men in an upper room; but Dr. Rodman refused to leave his wife and children. Finding that threats were of no avail, they consented to release him and his family. A neighbor’s wife, whose husband was absent, requested permission to accompany them. Dr. Rodman refused to leave the house while a woman or child remained in it, whereupon one of the ruffians made a pass at him with his sword, which was parried by a confederate. Finding themselves thwarted and defied, they released their prisoners, and left the island with their plunder.33 Memoir of William Rodman, by Charles Henry Jones, p. 7.
      These repeated hostile incursions made Dr. Rodman’s residence on Block Island so uncomfortable that he removed to Flushing, L. I., about 1691, retaining his estate on Block Island. He is recorded among the inhabitants of Flushing in 1698, with his wife Mary, nine children, John, Samuel, Joseph, William, Thomas, Anne, and Elizabeth, and eleven negro servants.44 Doe. History of New York, vol. 1, p. 664. On the 26th of July, 1698, he was admitted a freeman of the City of New York. He is described as a “Chirurgeon,” in the document conferring this freedom of the city upon him. He resided in New York City for a few years, and one of his daughters, Hannah, was b. there. He owned the land on the East river front at the foot of John Street. What is now known as “Burling’s Slip,” was called “Rodman’s Slip,” after him, for upwards of a century, and is so marked upon old maps of the City of New York. About 1702 he returned to Flushing, L. I., where he continued to reside for the remainder of his life in the active practice of his profession. He d. July 10, 1731, at the age of 78. He was a [15] man of great force of character, of earnest piety, and was very much respected by those among whom he lived. The records of the Society of Friends at Flushing, L. I., contain the following note of his death: “John Rodman, an eminent doctor, did abundance of good in that practice, and was also a worthy minister of the gospel in this town about 40 years; a man beloved by all sorts of people, lived to a good old age, about 78 years, died ye 10 day of 7 mo., 1731.”
      He m. Mary Scammon, who was b. in 1663, and d. at Flushing, L. I., Feb 24, 1748, aged 85 years and 1 month.
      They had twelve children.
      14. John Rodman, b. May 14, 1679; d. July 13, 1756; m. 1st Margaret Grosse; 2d, Mary Willett.
      15. Mary Rodman, b. in Barbadoes, July 5, 1681; d. at Newport, R. I., Feb 7, 1683.
      16. Samuel Rodman, b. in Newport, R. I., Aug. 6, 1683; d. in New York City, May 1, 1720.
      17. Joseph Rodman, b. April 11, 1685; d. Sept. 1759; m. 1st, Sarah Lawrence; 2d, Helena Willett.
      18. William Rodman, b. in Newport, R. I., May 20, 1687; d. May 23, 1704.
      19. Anne Rodman, b. Aug 11, 1689; d. 1715; m. Walter Newberry.
      20. Thomas Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I., Feb. 1682; d. Oct., 1693.
      21. Mary Rodman, b. Dec 20, 1693; m. John Willett.
      22. Elizabeth Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I., Jan 24 1696; d. Oct., 1701.
      23. Thomas Rodman, b. Jan 9, 1698; m. Elizabeth Scott.
      24. Hannah Rodman, b. Aug 6, 1700; m. 1st, Jonathan Dickinson; 2d, Samuel Holmes.
      25. Elizabeth Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I., March 7, 1702; d. Dec 22, 1724; m. Oct 10, 1723; Thomas Masters, Jr., son of Thomas Masters, merchant of Philadelphia, who was one of the Provincial Judges of Pennsylvania in 1903, the court consisting of William Clark, Edward Shippen, and himself; Mayor of Philadelphia in 1708; and Provincial Councillor of Pennsylvania from 1720 to 1723. He was a prominent member of the Society of Friends. After their marriage they lived at his father’s home on Front Street, Philadelphia. His father d. in January, 1725, and by his will devised this property with its river front and the stable and grounds thereto belonging, situated on the south side of Market Street, to his son Thomas Masters in fee, together with his coaches, coach-horses, furniture, and two negroes. He also devised to him a piece of land in the Northern Liberties, between Germantown and Frankford Roads. Thomas Masters, Jr., afterwards m. Hannah Dickinson, dau. of Jonathan [16] Dickinson, who d. March 1734. He was b. Nov. 19, 1697, and d., without issue, Dec. 1740. By his will he left all his estate to his brother, William Masters.
      No issue.
      5. Katherine Rodman (John), m. Timothy Brandreth, who afterwards removed to West Jersey. They had one daughter.
      26. Mary Brandreth, m. at Flushing, L. I., April 9, 1709, Jonathan Hustes.
    2. Title: Genealogy of the Rodman Family, 1620-1886
      Abbrev: Genealogy of the Rodman Family, 1620-1886
      Author: Charles Henry Jones
      Publication: Allen, Lane & Scott, 1886 - Barbados - 287 pages, HeritageQuest, 1886
        Name: HeritageQuest

      Page: 14. JOHN RODMAN (John, John). He was b. in the island of Barbadoes, May 14, 1679, and accompanied his father to Newport, R. I., in 1682. He resided at Newport, after he became of age, and was admitted a freeman of that city, May 1, 1706. He afterwards resided on his father’s land on Block Island, at Philadelphia, and Boston for a few years. He removed to Flushing, L. I., in 1712, where he continued to reside until 1726. August 18, 1725, he purchased four hundred and twenty-two acres of land in Burlington County, N. J., from Jacob Doughty, in which county his father had owned one thousand acres since 1686. In 1726 he removed to Burlington, N. J. He was a member of the Society of Friends, and a practicing physician. He was a member of the Ninth Assembly of the Province of New Jersey, in 1727-29, from the City of Burlington. In the year 1738 he was elected a member of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Burlington.
      The following is an extract from a letter concerning him, written by Governor Montgomerie to the Duke of Newcastle, dated New York, June 20, 173111 N. Y. Col, MSS., vol. V., p. 920; N. J. Ar., 1 S., vol V., p. 293.: ---
      “There is also a vacancy in his Majesty’s Council, in the Province of New Jersey, John Hugg being dead. I beg your Grace will recommend Dr. John Rodman to succeed him. He is well affected to the Government, a man of sense, very much esteemed, and has a good estate in the Province.”
      The vacancy not being promptly filled, Dr. Rodman was again recommended by acting Governor Morris, as “a Quaker, a man of good temper, of a good estate in Jersie and Pennsylvania, and generally well esteemed both by Quakers and others.” There being further delay, Governor Cosby again advised Dr. Rodman’s appointment as one “very much esteemed in this country for his worth and honest character, as well as great estate, and every way [20] qualified to serve his Majesty in that station.” He received notice of appointment Aug. 27, 1738, and continued a King’s Councillor for New Jersey until his death, a period of eighteen years, during which he was actively engaged in public affairs. On the 8th of January, 1741, he was appointed by King George II., together with Cadwallader Colden, Peter Courtlandt, and Daniel Horsmanden, of New York, and Robert Hunter Morris, of New Jersey, a member of the court to settle the controversy which had arisen between the Mohegan Indians and the colony of Connecticut over the Indian reservations in that colony. This “Court of Commission” met at Norwich, Conn., Aug 16, 1749, and after full hearing, decided in favor of the colony by the votes of Colden, Courtlandt, and Rodman, against those of Horsmanden and Morris.
      He was the owner of over thirteen hundred acres of land in Burlington County, N. J., and two plantations in Hunterdon County, N. J. – one in Hopewell township, and the other in Amwell township. He was also the owner of large tracts of land in Bucks County, Penna., some of which he acquired as early as 1712. Charles Stokes, one of the engineers who made the surveys for the Camden and Amboy Railroad through Burlington, is authority for the statement that the railroad was laid out through an old graveyard that was set apart by Dr. John Rodman as the burial-place of his slaves.
      Dr. John Rodman d. at Burlington, N. J, July 13, 1756. He m. 1st, Aug. 7, 1705, Margaret Grosse, dau. of Thomas Grosse, of Boston, Mass., and Elizabeth, his wife. She d. at Flushing, L. I., June 2, 1718. He m. 2d, July 7, 1719, Mary Willett, dau. of William Willett, of Cornell’s Neck, Westchester County, N. Y.22 Thomas Willett, of Bristol, England, m. Sept. 1, 1643, in New Amsterdam, Sara Cornell, eldest dau. of Thomas Cornell, of Cornell’s Neck, Westchester County, N. Y. He was a native of Essex, England.They had two sons:2. William Williett, baptized in New Amsterdam, July 6, 1644, and who d. without issue.3. Col. Thomas Willett, baptized Nov. 26, 1645; d. Sept. 1722; m. Helena Stoothoff, dau. of Elbert Elbertson Stoothoff, of Brooklyn.3. COL. THOMAS WILLETT resided at Flushing, and was long one of the most prominent men of the Province. He was Sheriff of Yorkshire from 1676 to 1678, and Sheriff of Queens County, after the counties had been divided, form 1683 to 1689. He commanded the Queens County militia. Was a member of the Governor’s council from 1690 to 1698. Judge of Queens County from 1702 to 1710.He had the following children:4. William Willett, d. 1733.5. Thomas Willett, of Flushing.6. Abraham Willett7. John Willett, m Mary Rodman (John, John). See page 18.8. Sarah Willett, m. – De Key.9. Elizabeth Willett, m. –Stevenson.10 Mary Willett, m. Samuel Rodman (Thomas, John). See page 184. WILLIAM WILLETT, d. 1733. He was elected to the VIII Assembly of New York in 1701, and took his seat Sept 11. He was expelled a few days later, with some others, for presenting a paper alleging that the House was illegal, and the Speaker was an alien. The Assembly of the following year (the IX) sustained them in this allegation, and declared all the acts of the preceding Assembly null and void. He was re-elected to the Assembly in 1702, and continued a member of that body until his death in 1733. He was also County Judge of Westchester County, from 1721 until his death. Cornell’s Neck, which had been inherited by Col. Thomas Willett, though his mother, Sara Cornell, was conveyed to his eldest son William Willett, in 1709.William Willett had the following children : -11. William Willett, d. without issue.12. Isaac Willett, m. Isabella Morris, and d. without issue. Was High Sheriff of Westchester County.13. Thomas Willett, of Flushing.14. Cornelius Willett, d. without issue.15. Gilbert Willett.16. Mary Willett, m. John Rodman (John, John).17. Anna Willett, m. ----Jones. She was b. Sept 5, 1693; d. April 8, 1759. [21]
      By his first wife he had three children.
      67. John Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I., 1714; d. 1795; m. 1st Eleanor Bellerjeau; 2d, Mary Palmer.
      68. Thomas Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I., 1716; d. at Burlington, N. J., Feb 7, 1796; m. Elizabeth Pearson.
      69. Mary Rodman, b. at Flushing, L. I.; m. John Johnson.
      By his second wife he had seven children.
      70. William Rodman, b. May 5, 1720; d. Jan 30, 1794; m. Mary Reeve.
      71. Anna Rodman, b. May 1722; d. 1763; m. Oct 20, 1759, William Lister, of Essex County, N. J.
      72. Scammon Rodman, b. March 8, 1723; d. Jan 4, 1762; unm. He was a man of culture, and much esteemed. He resided at Burlington, N. J., but made frequent visits to Rhode Island, on business connected with his father’s estates there and acted as attorney for the Newport Rodmans who owned lands in New Jersey. Oct 3 1752, he wrote to Dr. Walter Rodman of Newport [22], “We are a family distant from our relations, which makes me sensible of the pleasure of being with them.” May 9, 1747, he wrote to his father from Newport, R. I., “I have been to Boston, where I cam claimed as a near relation, and treated by people of the best fashion like the son of a nobleman.” William Redwood, writing from Newport, R. I., to William Rodman, brother of Scammon Rodman, Nov. 2, 1763, says of him, “I do not think there is a man upon earth that I had a greater regard for, and was more intimate with, than I was with my dear cousin Scammon, and all his friends and relations will, and forever shall be near and dear to me, as well on their own accounts as on his account.”
      73. Hannah Rodman, b. July 4, 1726; d. Oct 7, 1755.
      74. Samuel Rodman, b. May 30, 1729; d. June 4, 1761.
      75. Margaret Rodman, b. Aug 6, 1731; d. Oct 18, 1752; m. Oct 10, 1751, Charles Norris. He was b. in Philadelphia in 1712. He was the son of Isaac Norris, Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly, and brother of the second Isaac Norris, who was also Speaker of the Assembly. He resided in a large mansion on Chestnut Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, where the Custom House now stands, which he built in 1750. A picture of it is contained in the History of Philadelphia, vol. II., page 870. He was a prominent and wealthy merchant, one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Hospital, and a trustee of the General loan office. He d. in 1765. No issue.
      76. Elizabeth Rodman, b. 1734; d. 1783; m. Richard Smith.
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