The title of my book is "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman/ with Related
Families/ Based partially on the work of/ Freeman Worth Gardner/ and/ Willis Freeman" , How's
that for a long one! Author, Patty Barthell Myers; Copyright 1995 Florence B. Myers (my
legal name); Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 94-68725, published by Penobscot
Press, Rockport, Maine. The book has over 938 pages, is on 60# acid free paper, hard bound,
Smyth sewn, and has an every-name index of about 135 pages with females listed by maiden and
married names. Available from the author at 15 Campden Circle, San Antonio, TX 78218-6053
for $59 which includes postage. I'm selling under my cost, but I thought anything over $60
would discourage buyers, so priced it at $59.
It received nice reviews in NYGBR 127:120 ("This work is effectively a genealogical dictionary of Woodbridge. Highly recommended." Henry B. Hoff, Editor); TAG 71:56 ("Impressive work. . . . Mrs. Myers has done a service in making the unpublished research of Gardner and Freeman available, as well as in substantially supplementing it with research of her own." David L. Green, Editor.); Newsletter of GSNJ 8:46 ("Carefully researched and beautifully presented, the first comprehensive work to appear in print on this ancient Woodbridge family [Freeman]. A major addition to New Jersey genealogy." Joe Klett, Editor). Gary Boyd Roberts in NEHGS Register 150:468 said it was "one of 20 major multi-ancestor works [on 17th century New England] published since 1980." That one really blew me away.
Many of the references are from the Freeman Worth Gardner collection at New Jersey Historical Society in Newark, NJ, and on film at Family Hist. Library, Salt Lake City, and from the Willis Freeman collection at New England Hist. Gen. Society in Boston, Mass. It is suspected that neither F.W.Gardner nor Willis Freeman had enough money to publish their findings.
Freeman Worth Gardner was born 30 Dec 1884; died 7 May 1943. In the Freeman Worth Gardner collection there are over 32,000 separate items. The collection consists of index cards, family group sheets, typed and hand-written family histories, and genealogical charts, some of which are very rough and barely readable. Freeman Worth Gardner went by "Worth," and was a life-long resident of Woodbridge, New Jersey, where he became an authority on local genealogy. By vocation he was an office worker in the New York Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Jersey City. He never married and spent every free moment on his hobby, taking trips (he had a R.R. pass) to visit friends and relatives in many parts of the country. On his death his voluminous file was donated by his niece (with whom he resided) to the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark.
George Willis Freeman was born 3 Jun 1884 and died at Chicago, Ill., 26 May 1951. He went by "Willis" and married Kathryn Clark Kieffer and they had a son Linton Clarke Freeman. Willis and Kathryn were divorced and she m. (2nd) Daniel Vaughn Trent. Willis Freeman corresponded with hundreds of Freemans. He was in communication with Oliver D. Drake and all the noted New Jersey genealogists of the day. Willis and Oliver were more than just genealogical correspondents they were truly good friends. O.D.Drake, who lived in New Jersey, supplied Willis Freeman, who lived in Chicago, with a great deal of material. Copies of much of their correspondence is at Rutgers University Library and show a very personal relationship between them. The Willis Freeman collection consists of family group sheets of Freemans from England and America. The group sheets are typed or hand written on 8-1/2 x 14" paper and very complete references are given at the end of each group sheet. In 1994 the collection was bound and arranged by given name; and within the same given name it is arranged by date of birth. There are about 60 books in this collection. There is one set for males and another for females.
The "Related Families" in my book are Ayers, Barron, Bloomfield, Clendening, Frazee, Harned, Moore(s) Pike, Read. Each of these is a mini-genealogy. However, the book covers practically the whole town of Woodbridge, NJ, as these people married into just about all the other citizens of that town. Other families in the book Bloodgood, Brown, Carman, Clarkson, Coddington, Crowell, Cutter, Dennis, Drake, Dunham, Edgar, FitzRandolph, Force, Ford, Hadden, Inslee/Ilsley, Jaques, Marsh, Martin, Mundy, Potter, Ross, Rowland, Runyon, Shotwell, Tappen, Thornall, and more.
The previous material is just for background. Use it if you want to, or put it in File 13. Here are all the Drake references that are in my book.
Page 637. AARON DRAKE, b. Woodbridge, NJ 9 Dec 1783; d. 1857; s/o Benjamin Drake and Sarah Wood, m. 4 Oct 1809 Nancy-7 Harned (Jonathan-6, Nathan-5, Nathaniel-4, Jonathan-3, Edward-2-1), b. Woodbridge 22 Jan 1793; d. there 7 Feb 1871. They both are bur. in the Methodist Cem., Woodbridge. Aaron Drake was a farmer of Woodbridge and lived in a dwelling located on the west side of the road leading from Kinsey Corner to Florida Grove, Woodbridge Twp. Children, b. Woodbridge: BENJAMIN, b. 11 Mar 1810. JONATHAN, b. 4 Jul 1811. JOHN, b. 3 Dec 1812. CHARLES, b. 18 ___ 1815. CHILD DRAKE (name unknown), b. Sept 1816. ELLIS, b. 1 Dec 1817; d. 1887 age 69 yrs; m. Jane R. Thompson, b. 1818; d. 2 Mar 1895 age 77 yrs.; he was apprenticed to Reuben Harned, a carriage maker of Rahway; he was a Presbyterian at Woodbridge; Ellis & Jane (Thompson) Drake had the following children Charles, Edward T., Ellis, Howard, Benjamin, Martha J., & Thompson Drake. MATHIAS F., b. 1 Feb 1820. JOSIAH, b. 7 Nov 1822. ELIZABETH ANN, b. 24 Jul 1825; m. Charles-6 Gilman, b. 10 Jun 1823. He was son of Charles-5 Gilman (William-4-3, Joseph-2, Charles-1) and Susan Gamberton. Charles and Elizabeth Ann had William, John & David Gilman. (Freeman Worth Gardner collection, "Brown and Allied Fam.," sv Harned Family, line of Nathan. Also Bible Records and Family Lines, Harned-Price, p. 52, on film at Fam. Hist. Lib., Salt Lake City.)
Page 711. AARON DRAKE was a witness to the will of Aaron Bloodgood, of Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, made 20 Feb 1813, proved 10 Mar 1813. (N.J. Arch., 1st Series, Calendar of Wills, 41:40.)
Page 50. JOSEPH DRAKE m. Desire Brown, b. 19 Aug 1776; d. 8 Feb 1805, dau of Timothy Brown and Desire-4 Freeman (Joseph-3, Henry-2, Ann-1). Children: NATHANIEL, b. 23 Apr 1788. JOHN, b. 23 Sept 1789. SARAH, b. 27 Apr 1791. MARTHA, b. 8 Oct 1794. SAMUEL, b. 7 Oct 1797. ALEXANDER FREEMAN, b. 17 Mar 1800, m. 9 Feb 1825 Elizabeth Kibble, dau of Christopher. MARGARET FREEMAN, b. 4 Apr 1803. (Freeman Worth Gardner, "Brown and Allied Families." Special Collections, Rutgers Univ., Oliver Drake Folder #16 Willis Freeman correspondence.)
Page 157. DR. LEWIS-7 DRAKE, M.D., (Reuben-6, Ephraim-5, Joseph-4, Francis-3, Rev. John-2, Francis-1) of Rahway, NJ, b. 25 Aug 1802; d. 16 Aug 1888; m. (1st) 1832 Charity Stelle Freeman, b. 1810, d. Rahway, NJ Apr 1842 aged 32 yrs., 2 mos., 14 days, bur. Hazelwood Cem., Rahway, NJ. Charity was dau of Dr. Matthew-5 Freeman (Melancthon-4, Henry-3-2, Ann-1) and Mary/Polly Langstaff. She was named for her maternal grandmother Charity (Stelle) Langstaff. Dr. Lewis Drake m. (2nd) Mrs. Julia Ann (Barney) Martin, who d. 2 Sept 1874 aged 67 years. Children by Charity: MANTON EASTHORN, b. 1833, d. 20 Jan 1835. CORNELIA BRANTINGHAM, d. 7 Feb 1895. ANN MARIA, b. 1840, d. 15 Jun 1841, aged 2 yrs, 7 mos, 22 days; all three bur. Hazelwood Cem., Rahway, NJ. (Willis Freeman collection at NEHGS, Boston.)
Page 718 & 141. OLIVER DRAKE, b. 10 Sept 1793; d. 25 Jan 1829, son of SIMEON DRAKE and Lucy Alward, m. as her 1st husband, Ann ("Nancy") Jones, b. 20 Jun 1802; d. 4 Mar 1849, dau of William-5 Jones (James-4, Eliphalet-3, Richard-2, Benjamin-1) and Abigail ("Nabby")-5 Moores (Samuel-4-3, James-2, Matthew-1). Son: OLIVER DRAKE, b. 20 Feb 1829, d. 13 Aug 1896, m. 21 Nov 1889 Ella R. Friend, b. 25 Apr 1864, d. 16 Dec 1921, grandparents of OLIVER D. DRAKE, the noted genealogist. (Special Collections Rutgers Univ., Oliver D. Drake file, John I. Coddington correspondence.) Nancy Jones Drake m. (2nd) as his 2nd wife Gage Inslee, b. Woodbridge 30 Jun 1781; d. there 5 Jan 1857, aged 75 years; bur. Presby. Cem. Woodbridge. Gage & Nancy had six children. (William E. Ilsley, 2913 November Court South, Bowie, MD 20716.)
Page 126. ANNA DRAKE m. Jonathan Kinsey. Their daughter Susan Kinsey m. at Woodbridge, NJ 4 Oct 1843 William Bloodgood, tailor, b. Perth Amboy, NJ 17 Mar 1815; d. Tottenville, Richmond Co., NY 1 Oct 1873; bur. Alpine Cem., Perth Amboy. William Bloodgood was son of William-5 Bloodgood (Aaron-4, William-3, John-2, Capt. Franz-1) and Desire-5 Freeman (Joseph-4-3, Henry-2, Ann-1). ("Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families" from the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. I, p. 164, "Capt. Frans Bloodgood of Flushing, Long Island, and Some of His Descendants," by Mrs. Annie Bloodgood Parker. Also Willis Freeman collection at NEHGS, Boston.)
Page 455. Euphemia Longstreet m. ______ DRAKE and had son ARCHIBALD DRAKE. Euphemia and Archibald were both mentioned in the will of her mother, Euphemia (Van Wyke) (Longstreet) Ayers, who d. Hackettstown, NJ bef. 1 Mar 1802, when inventory of her estate was made. Will made Hackettstown, Sussex Co., NJ 3 Nov 1801, proved 29 May 1802. (NJ Arch., 1st Series, Calendar of Wills, 39:18-19.) Her second husband was Ezekiel-5 Ayers (Obadiah-4, John-3, Obadiah-2, John-1). (Mayflower Families 3:336. DAR application 724402.)
Pages 459-460. DAVID DRAKE m. Evaline/Eveline Wooding, dau of Mr. Wooding and Rachel Ayers, latter dau. of Jacob-5 Ayers (James-4, Samuel-3, Obadiah-2, John-1) who d. Metuchen, NJ 19 Aug 1836, in his 83rd year. Jacob was a Rev. War soldier. Evaline Wooding Drake was a legatee in the estate of Jacob Ayers. (File 551, Surrogates Office, New Brunswick, Middlesex Co., NJ.)
Page 475. JOEL DRAKE, son of JEREMIAH DRAKE, m. 21 Jan 1815 Phebe Noe, 6th child of Lewis Noe, b. Woodbridge 3 Mar 1760, d. New Providence, NJ 5 Apr 1838, and Phebe Mundy, b. c1768, d. 11 May 1824, bur. Presby. Churchyard, New Providence, NJ. Lewis Noe was a Rev. War soldier. (DAR application 348754. Rev. Ezra F. Mundy, Nicholas Mundy and Descendanats, Who Settled in New Jersey in 1665, p. 9, Press of Bullock Printing Co., Lawrence, Kans., 1907.)
Page 475. WILLIAM DRAKE, son of NOAH DRAKE, m. Huma French, dau of David French Jr. and Margaret Noe of Stony Hill Valley, who were m. 2 Nov 1809. Margaret Noe was dau of Lewis Noe and Phebe Mundy. (ibid.)
Page 475. EBEN DRAKE m. Eunice () and had LIZZIE R. DRAKE, d. 12 Dec 1876, m. 7 Jul 1854 Henry F.-9 Ayers, b. 3 Jun 1834, son of Ellis Freeman-8 Ayers (Frazee-7, Ellis-6, Frazee-5, Robert-4, Obadiah-3-2, John-1) and Eliza Lawrence Mundy. (Rev. Ezra F. Mundy, Nicholas Mundy and Descendants, Who Settled in New Jersey in 1665, p. 16, Press of Bullock Printing Co., Lawrence, Kans. 1907.)
Page 86. EBENEZER DRAKE and PRUDENCE DRAKE (relationship not known) were witnesses to the will of Andrew Freeman of Independence Twsp., Sussex Co., NJ, proved 19 May 1815. (N.J. Arch., 1st Series, Calendar of Wills, 42:165-66.)
Page 162. EMELINE DRAKE m. as his third wife, Albert Edgar, b. 27 Nov 1813; d. Woodbridge, NJ 14 Oct 1877, aged 74 years, son of Deacon Thomas-4 Edgar (James-3, Alexander-2, Thomas-1) and Mary-5 Freeman (Thomas-4, Henry-3-2, Ann-1). Albert Edgar m. (1st) Martha Laforge, dau. of John; m. (2nd) 7 Jan 1846 Susan Tappen, b. 19 Feb 1813; d. 12 Sept 1855. Albert started life in Woodbridge as a mason. Son by Susan: Milton Albert Edgar, b. 17 Nov 1850; d. 28 Jul 1925; m. 27 Feb 1873 Frances E. Thomas, b. 24 Feb 1845; d. 4 Jul 1906. (DAR "grandfather form." Willis Freeman collection at NEHGS, Boston.)
Page 743. 1674 Dec. 11. Order. Surveyor General la Prairie [Robert Vauquellen], Capt. John Pike, John Bishop senior, FRANCIS DRAKE, and Benjamin Hull to view the meadows on the other side of Raratans River and make a report thereon, at the request of Piscataway men. (NJ Arch., 21:36.)
Page 463. RACHEL DRAKE (dau of GEORGE DRAKE and Nancy Runyon) b. 2 Sept 1794; d. Havana, Mason Co., Ill., 24 Jun 1859, age 64 years, 9 mos. 22 days; m. (1st) 16 Feb 1811 Samuel Ayers Ross, b. New Jersey 1 Sept 1787; d. Quincy, Logan Co., Ohio 1 Sept 1835; bur. Old Leatherwood Cem., Brown Twsp., Miami Co., Ohio with his three sons. Samuel Ayers Ross was son of Capt. Robert Ross (Rev. War soldier, untraced) and Rachel-5 Ayers (James-4, Samuel-3, Obadiah-2, John-1). Between 1814 and 1820 Samuel and Rachel (Drake) Ross deeded three land parcels in Middlesex Co., NJ to Lewis Randolph. Rachel Drake m. (2nd) William Cory. Children (ROSS): Nancy, d. 3 Aug 1812, age 9 mos., 20 days, bur. Piscataway, N.J. Nancy Drake, b. Piscataway, N.J., 29 Mar 1813, d. 1 Jan 1878, m. 1 Jan 1833 Thomas Jefferson Yates, b. 12 Jun 1809 , d. 17 Feb. 1876. George D., b. Middlesex Co., N.J., 19 Apr 1815, d. 19 Jan 1848, m. Miami Co., Ohio 24 Dec 1840 Clarissa Mert or Merit. William, b. Piscatway 4 Oct 1817, d. Miami Co., Ohio 1 Jun 1849. John W., b. 31 Dec 1820, d. 2 May 1838. Lewis, b. Piscataway 10 Mar 1822, m. Jane (). Robert, b. Middlesex Co., N.J., 17 Apr 1824, d. 6 Dec 1845. Mary b. Middlesex Co., 2 May 1826. Rachel, b. Middlesex Co., 16 Oct 1828, d. Rochester, Monroe Co., N.Y. 3 Jan 1906, bur. Mt. Hope Cem., Rochester, N.Y, m. Havana, Mason Co., Ill., Myron Henry Sweet, b. Berlin, N.Y. 12 May 1826, d. Barry, Pike Co., Ill., 25 Jan 1881, son of Job and Clara (Jones) Sweet. Clarissa, b. Miami Co., Ohio 10 Dec 1832, m. 25 May 1852 Elum Blaine. (Robert L. Ross, The Ross Family of New Jersey, A Record of the Descendants of George and Constance (Little ) Ross and Other New Jersey Ross Families, pp 714-15, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore 1990.)
Page 620. HARRIET DRAKE m. Robert Riker, b. 12 Nov 1829, son of Jacob Riker (b. 26 Dec 1797; d. 6 Sept 1832) and Mary Brown (b. 17 Apr 1795; d. 27 Apr 1840). Mary Brown was dau of William Brown (b. 25 Jul 1756; d. intestate Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ 3 Jul 1803) and Phebe Bond (b. 23 Jul 1758; d. 6 Jun 1850). (Sean Curry, who is compiling a genealogy of the Brown Family; his parents' address 105 Stephen Way, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.)
Page 118. NATHANIEL DRAKE m. 21 Nov 1804 Huldah Payne, b. 27 Oct 1789; d. 27 Jul 1876, dau. of Isaac Payne and Anna Skinner of Woodbridge, NJ. (Special Collections Rutgers Univ., Oliver Drake file, #16.)
Page 610. JONATHAN DRAKE, son of NOAH DRAKE (Andrew, Edward) and Margaret Cole, m. as her 1st husband, Maria Frazee (b.&d unknown), 3rd child of Maxfield-4 Frazee (Henry-3, Joseph-2-1) b. 10 Nov 1774; d. 11 Oct 1863 who m. 19 Jun 1796 Nancy Badgley, b. 11 Sept 1775; d. 22 Dec 1830. (DAR application 411259.) Jonathan Drake & Maria Frazee had SARAH ANN DRAKE. Maria Frazee m. (2nd) as his 2nd wife, Jacob F. Randolph, son of John. They had Abby E. Randolph. (John Littell, Family Records or Genealogies of the First Settlers of Passaic Valley and Vicinity, p. 146 or 155, (1852), reprint 1981 Gen. Publ. Co., Inc., Baltimore.)
Page 610. HUMPHREY MARTIN DRAKE, son of NOAH DRAKE (Andrew, Edward) and Margaret Cole, m. (1st) Sarah Frazee, fifth child of Maxfield-4 Frazee (Henry-3, Joseph-2-1) and Nancy Badgley. (See above.) Children: JONATHAN C. DRAKE and MAXWELL FRAZEE DRAKE. Humphrey Martin Drake m. (2nd) Widow Sally Young. (John Littell, Family Recs. or Gen. of the First Settlers of Passaic Valley and Vicinity, p. 146 or 155, (1852), reprint 1981 Gen. Publ. Co., Inc., Baltimore.)
Page 54. JACOB DRAKE m. 22 Aug 1784 Phoebe McCurry, b. 18 Oct 1767; d. 1 Apr 1852, dau of Malcolm McCurry (Rev. War soldier, b. Scotland Jan 1742; d. Morristown, N.J. 29 Aug 1829 age 97 yrs & 7 mos.) and Rachel-4 Freeman (Benjamin-3, Henry-2, Ann-1) who was bpt. Morristown, N.J., 10 Sept 1746; d. Chester, Morris Co., N.J., 4 Mar 1836, aged 89 yrs, 5 mos. and 26 days. (DAR application 312994. Gen. Soc. of N.J. Bible and Family Records #33.)
Page 445. JACOB DRAKE (of Mendham, N.J.) may have m. Jane Chambers Ayers, dau of John and Eleanor Chambers and widow of Moses-4 Ayers (John-3, Obadiah-2, John-1). Moses was b. Woodbridge, N.J., 3 Jul 1706; d. Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., N.J., 4 Dec 1750. (Ebenezer Mack Treman, Hist. of the Treman, Tremaine, Truman Fam. in Amer. with Related Fam. of Mack, Dey, Board and Ayers, p. 977, 1901, Press of the Ithaca Democrat. Mayflower Families, 3:111-112.)
Page 53. COLONEL JACOB DRAKE, commanded a regiment in the Revolutionary War from Morris Co., New Jersey. (Barbara Hoskins, Men from Morris County, New Jersey, Who Served in the American Revolution, p. 9, (1979) published by the Friends of the Joint Free Public Library, Morristown.)
Page 118. JAMES DRAKE m. as her first husband Mary Payne Noe, b. 5 Jun 1815. She m. (2nd) _____ Crowell. She was dau of Nathaniel Noe, b. 12 Sept 1774; d. 18 Aug 1846 who m. 10 Apr 1797 Mary Payne, b. 4 Feb. 1782; d. 18 Sept 1872. Mary Payne was sister of Hulda Payne, who m. NATHANIEL DRAKE. Mary and Hulda Payne were daughters of Isaac Payne and Anna Skinner. Isaac Payne was son of Capt. John Payne and Mary-4 Freeman (Samuel-3, Henry-2, Ann-1).
Page 86. On 6 Apr 1814 Andrew-4 Freeman (William-3, Edward-2, Ann-1) made the inventory of the estate of JOSEPH DRAKE of Independence Twsp., Sussex Co., N.J. (N.J. Arch., 1st Series, Calendar of Wills, 42:136.)
Page 468. KATIE DRAKE m. Ebenezer-5 Lyon (Peter-4, Ebenezer-3-2, Henry-1), and had dau Phebe Lyon, b. 14 Dec 1791 who m. William Alward, son of Benjamin Alward (Rev. War soldier, b. 1751/2; d. 24 Oct 1813) and Sarah-6 Ayers (Elisha-5, John-4-3, Obadiah-2, John-1), b. 1756. (Sidney Elizabeth Lyon, Lyon Memorial, Families of Connecticut and New Jersey, p. 136, (1907).
Page 631. Lydia Harned m. ______ DRAKE. Lydia was dau of Cornelius Harned (b. 27 Sept 1797; d. Woodbridge, NJ 14 Jan 1853 or 16 Jan 1858) and Pamelia Turner (b. 17 Dec 1803; d. 1890). Cornelius Harned was son of Jonathan-6 Harned (Nathan-5, Nathaniel-4, Jonathan-3, Edward-2-1) and Elizabeth Johnson. (Freeman Worth Gardner, "Brown and Allied Families," sv Harned Family, line of Nathan. Bible Records and Family Lines, Harned-Price, pp. 51, 53, 62.)
Page 446. MARY DRAKE is mentioned as a granddaughter in the will of Samuel Ayers of Woodbridge, made 19 Feb 1813, proved 9 Mar 1813. (N.J. Arch, 1st Series, Calendar of Wills, 22:17.) Samuel Ayers was probably son of James-4 Ayers (Samuel-3, Obadiah-2, John-1) and Hope-5 Bloomfield (Timothy-4, Ezekiel-3, Thomas-2-1.)
Page 693. SARAH DRAKE m. Benjamin Hull and had dau Sarah Hull who m. as his 1st wife Jeremian-3 Dunn (Hugh-2-1), b. 1712, d. 1794. Second wife of Jeremiah Dunn was Margaret-4 Moores (Samuel-3, James-2, Matthew-1), b. c1721. Margaret was widow of Samuel-5 Carman (Richard-4, Samuel-3, John-2-1).
Page 715. SARAH DRAKE m. as his 1st wife Jonathan Inslee Coddington, b. Woodbridge, NJ 25 Feb 1784, d. New York City 21 Dec 1856. They had one son who d. inf. Jonathan m. (2nd) 9 Oct 1816 Matilda Eliza Palmer (DAR application 315485).