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  • ID: I102193
  • Name: Elizabeth UNKNOWN 1
  • Sex: F
  • Change Date: 19 OCT 2015
  • Death: BEF 2015 1

    Marriage 1 Thomas GROSSE
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Margaret GROSSE b: 02 JUN 1718 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: 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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