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The Ogden family in America, Elizabethtown branch, and their English ancestry; John Ogden, the Pilgrim, and his descendants, 1640-1906 online

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Copyright, 1907
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" The glory of ancestors sheds a light around
posterity; it allows neither their good nor bad
qualities to remain in obscurity." — Sallust.



THE system employed in compiling the genealogical section of
this work is believed to be the most approved now in use, and
may readily be understood by a little study. The compilers have
added new features which they believe will be found valuable, both in
the body of the work and in the index. The ancestral chain, given
after the name of each descendant having issue, shows the full line of
descent at a glance. Each descendant has his own number.

When descendants do not have issue, their full biography will be found
connected with their names first mentioned, and in the consecutive small
numbers. When a descendant has issue, his or her name is carried forward
in the large numbers to the next generation, where the biography is fully
given, followed by the list of his or her children.

Each female line ends in the book with the grandchildren of an Ogden
mother, but the line is continued in the charts, and without numbers.

Where correspondents sent in tardy data concerning their families, and
after, the editors had systematically arranged the regular descendants by
consecutive, numbers, it became necessary to group the added names in
the immediate family line, each child taking the parent's number, with
a letter of the alphabet annexed.

In cases of intermarriage, and where there was issue, the person bear-
ing the name Ogden, or the person first recorded in the regular line of
ancestry, is usually the one carried forward to the next generation. To
indicate specially the person carried forward, the cross-reference "{See
No. — )" is employed.

The usual genealogical terms and abbreviations are used throughout
the work, viz.: b. — born; cir., circ. — circa, about; d. — died; dau. —
daughter; d. s. p. — died without issue; d. y. — died young; m. — married;
s. p. — sine prole, without issue ; unm. — unmarried; w. — wife; wid. — widow
or widower.

The editors do not assume that no errors are discoverable in this work.
A number of conflicting statements sent by different correspondents, and
a disagreement of old records, were often puzzling to the editors; but
great care was exercised in settling upon what seemed to them the most
authentic and trustworthy.

"Good blood — descent from the great and
good — is a high honor and privilege. He that
lives worthily of it is deserving of the highest
esteem; he that does not, of the deeper disgrace."
— Colton.

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Explanatory vii

Introductory i

English Ogden Ancestry and Derivation of the Surname 5

John Ogden, the Pilgrim 11

His Marriage and Emigration 12

At Southampton, Long Island 12

A Problem 12

Building of Church at New Amsterdam 14

At Hempstead, Long Island 15

Returns to Southampton 16

Wyandanch's Deed to John Ogden 19

John Ogden at Elizabethtown, N.J 24

Made Deputy Governor 26

" Dividend Hill " 27

Made Burgess 28

Made Schout of Achter Kol 20

Virtual Governor of New Jersey 31

John Ogden's Last Will and Testament 33

Inventory of His Estate 34

The Wife of John Ogden 35

The Ogden Family in America — Elizabethtown Branch —

First Generation 3c;

Second Generation 40

Third Generation 41

Fourth Generation 51

Fifth Generation 62

Sixth Generation 92

Seventh Generation 152

Eighth Generation 270

Ninth Generation : 39 1

Tenth Generation 462

General Index 473


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Catharine (Ogden) Longworth, No. 51 65

Phebe (Hatfield) Ogden, No. 83 78

Governor Joseph Bloomfield, No. 349 88

Rev. Uzal Ogden, D.D., No. 138 94

Margaret Phillips (Caldwell) Canfield, No. 424 98

Hannah (Caldwell, Smith) Rodgers, No. 426 98

John Edwards Caldwell, No. 427 98

James Baxter Caldwell, No. 428 98

Esther Flynt (Caldwell) Finlev, No. 429 98

Josiah Flynt Caldwell, No. 430 98

Elias Boudinot Caldwell, No. 431 98

Maria (Caldwell) Robertson, No. 433 98

Abraham Ogden, Esq., No. 176 103

Sarah Frances (Ludlow) Ogden 103

Gertrude Skinner Ogden, No. 515 107

Nathaniel Ogden, No. 241 115

Rhoda (Ogden) Edwards, No. 309 130

Governor Aaron Ogden, LL.D., No. 315 135

Samuel Gouverneur Ogden, No. 406 154

Anna Cora (Ogden, Mowatt) Ritchie, No. 1150 157

Emily Fairlie (Ogden) Nelson, No. 1155 157

Grace Priscilla (Ogden) Rainey, No. 1156 157

Florence (Ogden) Henry, No. 1157 157

Alida Gouverneur (Ogden) Rood, No. 407 158

David Ogden, Esq., No. 475 175

Peter Skene Ogden, No. 480 180

Judge David A. Ogden, No. 485 186

Charlotte Curzon (Seton) Ogden, No. 491 191

David B. Ogden, Esq., No. 498 194

William Butler Ogden, No. 1578 202

Eunice (Ogden) Stansbury, No. 577 212

Millard Fillmore, Thirteenth President of the United States 216

Phebe (Edwards, Hooker) Farrar, No. 871 243

George Ogden, No. 1087 268

Elizabeth (Snowden) Ogden 268

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PORTRAITS— Continued:


Charles Kinnis Ogden, No. 1338 202

Harriet Seton (Ogden) Harison, No. 1465 2y6

Gertrude Gouverneur Waddington (Ogden) Gordon, No. 147 1 304

George Parish Ogden, No. 1473 3°4

Henry Vining Ogden, No. 1474 305

Henry Vining Ogden, Jr., M.D., No. 2801 307

John Greig Ogden, No. 1475 308

Wallace Ogden, No. 1477 308

Mahlon Dickerson Ogden, Esq., No. 15S1 31Q

William Ogden Wheeler, No. 2971 323

General Frederick Nash Ogden, Jr., No. 3382 362

Judge Abner Nash Ogden, No. 2052 363

Governor Daniel Haines, No. 2057 364

Helen Kate Rae Hamilton, No. 3994 406

Hon. Horatio Nash Ogden, No. 3386 44S

Mayor Carter Henry Harrison, Jr 468

Edith (Ogden) Harrison, No. 448S 468

Carter Henry Harrison, 3D, No. 4742 468

Edith Ogden Harrison, No. 4743 468



'The honors of a name 'tis just to guard;
They are a trust but lent us, which we take,
And should, in reverence to the donor's fame,
With care transmit them down to other hands. "
— Shirley.



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HERE is something peculiarly gratifying to the aver-
age American citizen to be able to trace his lineage
to the primal days of Colonial life, and especially
to a worthy, virtuous, and honored ancestor. The
attention of the living generation may at times be
more or less diverted by external and transitory
matters, but there ever abides a deep and undying
satisfaction in the knowledge that one is heir to
strong and enduring ancestral character ; in the fact of being able to point
back to him who first came to the New World, as the Florentine to the
beautiful bronze gates of his native city. Like those masterpieces that
Angelo said were fit to be the Gates of Paradise, and which Dante called
the Golden Gates, so, aback in the centuries, stands the noble character
of the progenitor of his race. As with the Gates of Florence, time indeed
may have removed the glitter, but the original bronze with its exquisite
imagery stands out the more striking and impressive. A line of American
ancestry that has issued through such a worthy and enduring portal
of character would be false to their better instincts not to give to their
progenitor due admiration and reverence, and take a lively interest in
the doings of his descendants.

Lord Macaulay well says: "People who take no pride in the noble
achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be
remembered with pride by remote descendants. " Such an ancestral portal
was John Ogden, the Pilgrim, the first of his line in America, and who was
happily known as "Good Old John Ogden, " of Elizabethtown, N. J.


It is true that many American families seem indifferent to their past
history, and are ready to quote Horace : " It is of no consequence of what
parents a man is born, so he be a man of merit;" yet Bishop Warburton
aptly says: " High birth is a thing which I never knew any one to disparage
except those who had it not ; and I never knew any one to make a boast of
it who had anything else to be proud of. ' ' Plato truly says : ' ' Hereditary
honors are a noble and splendid treasure to descendants, " and it naturally
behooves the latter to be faithful to the ancient traditions.

The true American spirit, and that which should be cherished by worthy
families, is constantly echoed from the lips of Daniel Webster in his dis-
course delivered at Plymouth, Dec. 22, 1820, in commemoration of the first
settlement of New England. His sentiments are so apt, we will quote the
more fully: "Human and mortal though we are, we are, nevertheless, not
mere insulated beings, without relation to the past or future. Neither the
point of time nor the spot of earth in which we physically live bounds our
rational and intellectual enjoyments. We live in the past by a knowledge of
its history, and in the future by hope and anticipation. By ascending to
an association with our ancestors; by contemplating their example, and
studying their character; by partaking their sentiments, and imbibing
their spirit; by accompanying them in their toils; by sympathizing in
their sufferings, and rejoicing in their successes and their triumphs, — we
mingle our own existence with theirs and seem to belong to their age. We
become their contemporaries, live the lives which they lived, endure what
they endured, and partake in the rewards which they enjoyed. . . .

"There may be, and there often is, indeed, a regard for ancestry, which
nourishes only a weak pride; as there is also a care for posterity, which
only disguises an habitual avarice, or hides the workings of a low and
grovelling vanity. But there is also a moral and philosophical respect for
our ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart. Next
to the sense of religious duty and moral feeling, I hardly know what
should bear with stronger obligation on a liberal and enlightened mind
than a consciousness of alliance with excellence which is departed; and
a consciousness, too, that in its acts and conduct, and even in its
sentiments, it may be actively operating on the happiness of those
who come after it. ' '

This is the thought that doubtless prompted Cicero to say : ' ' The best
inheritance that a father can leave to his children, and which is superior
to any patrimony, is the glory of his virtue and noble deeds: to disgrace
which ought to be regarded as base and impious."


One of the most important thoughts that should possess an inheritor
of worthy blood, is that he is a link between the past and the future, and
that he is to transmit to the succeeding generation the virtues he has
received from his forefathers. He should be enthused by a study of the
past, for, as Burke remarks: "People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors."

There is much fascination in the tracing back of ancestral lines, in spite
of the many discouragements and the tediousness of the work. The usual
genealogical difficulties common to all compilers were encountered by Mr.
Wheeler, but it is highly gratifying that his toils were so richly rewarded.
The facts underlying the life and character of John Ogden, the Pilgrim, have
been fully investigated. His sterling character having been transmitted
through so many honored descendants was doubtless that which prompted
Mr. William Ogden Wheeler to labor earnestly for eighteen years in com-
piling so much valuable data connected with his illustrious ancestor and
the projected lines of descent. While we sincerely regret that Mr. Wheeler
did not live to see the published results of his years of personal sacrifice and
labors, we count ourselves most happy in taking the accumulated material
and rearing a monument to his memory. In a sense, the long period of
self-sacrificing labor, aided though he was by a competent corps of secre-
taries, was a period of unrequited toil ; yet he took great delight in the work,
such as the numerous Ogden Family may never fully appreciate.

The historical and biographical material in the following pages is
believed to be trustworthy in every essential detail. That the volume may
be a fitting tribute to the memory of the compiler is the sincere wish of

The Editors.

Sharon, Connecticut, November 15, 1906.





ROOT-TRACING of the surname Ogden readily leads
us backward to early Saxon soil. Authorities on
English surnames generally agree that the name
comes from the Saxon ock, oak-tree, and den, a
local termination occurring in the weald of Kent,
Sussex, and elsewhere, implying a covert and feeding
place for animals, and synonymous with dean, a
wooded valley, or tract yielding acorns or mast.
The surname is thus freely rendered, "the oak valley," "oak dale,"
"vale of oaks," "leafy vale"; or, as William Arthur, M.A., in "An Ety-
mological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names," says, "the oak vale,
or shady valley. " In support of this interpretation the fact may be stated
that on all the escutcheons of the arms-bearing Ogden families of England,
the oak branch, or oak leaves and acorns are always found, and usually
in the crest. One of the earliest arms — that of "Okton," in Guillim's
"Display of Heraldry" (1724) — has the quartering of the Quaker Ogden
arms, but in blue, and canton in corner, while the same quartering is
found in the "Okeden" arms, by Edmondson (1780), in which the
blue is replaced by red; for "Okeden of Ellingham in Hampshire"
(1780), the arms consist of "sable, on a fesse argent, between 3 acorns
gold, as many oak leaves vert," the same display as the Hants family
of Ogdens of this book.

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When surnames became necessary, it was common to designate a man
by some distinguishing locality, or calling in life. Thus, John de Oketon
retained this surname, as he lived near a thickly wooded valley. Many
old English works give unmistakable evidence that several families of this
surname, variously spelled, and located in different parts of England, ex-
tend back to the time of William the Conqueror (io27?-io87).

Beardsley says that Ogden was first written de Hoghton. Peter de
Hoton, 1 1 50 A.D., founded Erden or Arden Priory, a Benedictine nunnery
near Black Hameldon in the deanery and archdeanery of Cleveland. In
1200 A.D., John de Hoton, father of Sir John de Oketon, Knight of Row-
candura, granted mill and water power, and gave two oxgangs of land to
the parish of Hoton. Burton's "Ecclesiastical History of Yorkshire"
(1758) gives the foregoing, and mentions many others of the surname,
and under later dates, while "Hundred Rolls," "Harlem MSS.," "Parlia-
mentary Writs," "Burton's Antiquities," "Berry's Visitation of Hamp-
shire, " etc., add many others of the name, coming down to more modern
times. The various Ogden families (or the civil and church authorities
for them) often spelled the surname differently, even among their im-
mediate, connections, and, in its mutations, we have "de Oketon," "Oke-
tone, " "Ocktone, " "Okedone, " "Okedon," "Okeden, " "Oakden, "
"Okden, " and finally "Ogden." The earliest date of the present spell-
ing of the surname is circa 1500 A.D., while some of the earlier spellings,
especially "Okeden," are found as late as 1738.

To discover the immediate family connection in England of John
Ogden, of Elizabethtown, N. J., has long been a perplexing problem. The
name appears on the parish records of several different localities in Eng-
land, and all efforts to clearly trace these families to a common ancestor
have failed.

There seems small room for doubt, however, that John Ogden, the
Pilgrim, whom we have traced back in America to his settlement at
Southampton, on Long Island, in 1640, came there with his wife and three
oldest children, from Bradley Plain, in Co. Southants (Southampton),
and that several generations of his forefathers had lived there before him.
This is shown in part by "Berry's Visitation of Hants" (1634), and the
rest is confirmed by a genealogist* who claims personal knowledge of the
church records at Bradley Plain, Hampshire, and of several other English
records and authorities.

* Gustave Anjou, of 116 Nassau St., New York.

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The earliest discoverable ancestor from whom John Ogden was de-
scended appears to be one Robert Ogden, and the time the middle of the
fifteenth century. In tracing his line of descent, we will, for the purposes
of this record, use the present spelling of the surname.

i. Robert Ogden. The first record found of him is in the year 1453
A.D., when he appears as a witness to a grant of land in Nutley, Hampshire.
He again appears with others in 1457, in connection with a post-mortem
search concerning lands in Nutley, belonging to one Joan Ogden, of
Ellingham, Co. Southants. Nothing is said of relationship, but from the
fact that it was customary for the nearest relative to settle the estate of
deceased persons, and the two sons being named, it is a fair presumption
that Joan Ogden was his wife.


2. Richard Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. Mabel de Hoogan.

3. William Ogden, b. ; d. 151 7; m. Agnes Hamlyn.

2. Richard Ogden (Robert 1 ), b. ; d. ; m. before Mar. 8,

1503, Mabel de Hoogan, b. ; d. ; dau. of Johannes de Hoogan,

of the parish of Lyndhurst, Hants, as appears from an instrument dated
Sept. 19, 1 5 13, which recites that Mabel, the wife of Richard Ogden,
then released to Thomas Delavale, of Lyndhurst, land, which she had
from her father, Johannes de Hoogan, late of Lyndhurst, deceased. Also
other land, which she and her husband had of Walter de Hoogan, her
father's brother, by deed dated Mar. 8, 1503, and to which deed William
Ogden, of Ellingham, had signed his name as a witness.


4. John Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. Margaret Wharton.

5. William Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. Abigail Goodsall.

6. Robert Ogden, b. ; d. . (His line became extinct in 1613.)

3. William Ogden (Robert 1 ), b. ; d. 1517; m. Agnes

Hamlyn, b. ; d. ; dau. and heiress of John Hamlyn.

William Ogden3 was of Ellingham, Co. Southants. His will is dated Sept. 8, 151 7.
and was proved that year.


7. John Ogden, b. ; d. 1560; m. Jane Mollineux.

8. Richard Ogden, b. ; d. .

q. Jane Ogden, b. ; d. .

10. Elizabeth Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. John Nicholls, of Roundway, Co. Wilts.

(No further record.)

11. Alice Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. Robert Westbury, of Hants. (No further record.)


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4. John Ogden (Richard 2 , Robert 1 ), b. ; d. ; m. Mar-
garet Wharton, b. ; d. ; dau. of Robert Wharton.


12. Elizabeth Ogden, b. ; d. s. p. .

13. Margaret Ogden, b. ; d. s. p. .

5. William Ogden (Richard 2 , Robert 1 ), b. ; d. ; m. May 9,

1539, Abigail Goodsall, b. ; d. ; dau. of Henry Goodsall, of

Bradley Plain.

William Ogdens died before July ig, 1569, on which date Abigail Ogden, widow of
William Ogden of Bradley Plain, confirms to Edward Ogden, her oldest son, and to Mar-
garet, his wife, all her lands and tenements in Bradley Plain and Minstead.

14. Edward Ogden, b. Sept. 6, 1540; d. ; m. Margaret Wilson.

15. Abigail Ogden, b. July 14, 1541; d. ; m. Oct. 3, 1562, Philip Bennet, and

had issue. (No further record found.)

16. Charles Ogden, b. 1543; d. ; m. Williams, b. ; d. s. p. .

7. John Ogden (William 3 , Robert 1 ), b. ; d. 1560; m. Jane

Mollineux, b. ; d. ; dau. of Hugh Mollineux.

John Ogden7 was of Ellingham, Co. Southampton.

17. William Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. Eleanor Meux, b. ; d. s. p. ;

dau. of Sir William Meux and Eleanor Strangways, his wife, of Kingston,
Isle of Wight.

"Berry's Vis." says William Ogden'7 was of Ellingham, Co. Southampton.

18. Philip Ogden, b. ; d. ; ist m. Alice Sharye; 2d m. Bridget Kelloway.

19. Agnes Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. Morgan, of Peldon. (No further record.)

14. Edward Ogden (William 5 , Richard 2 , Robert'), b. Bradley Plain,
Sept. 6, 1540; d. ; m. Bradley Plain, Dec. 16, 1563, Margaret Wil-
son, b. ; d. ; dau. of Richard and Margaret Wilson.

On Dec. 18, 1563, Richard Wilson and Margaret, his wife, confirm to Edward Ogden
and Margaret, his wife, and their lawful issue, land in Bradley Plain, also four acres in


20. Thomas Ogden, b. May 4, 1565; d. ; m. Elizabeth Samford.

21. Margaret Ogden, b. Feb. 21, 1566; d. ; m. Feb. 6, 1593, Isaac Samford,

b. ; d. ; son of John Samford. (No further account.)

22. Richard Ogden, b. May 15, 1568; d. ; m. Elizabeth Huntington.

23. Edward Ogden, Jr., b. ; d. infant, Apr. 17, 1570.

24. John Ogden, b. Sept. 19, 1571; d. ; m. May 2, 1592, Margaret Huntington,

b. ; d. ; dau. of Samuel Huntington and Margaret Crane, his wife.

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The record continues: "Margaret Crane's nephew, Jasper Crane, emi-
grated to Newark, N. J., and his daughter Hannah married Thomas Hunt-
ington, son of Simon, who emigrated to Massachusetts, but died on the pas-
sage from England to Boston, in 1633." (No further record.)

18. Philip Ogden (John 7 , William 3 , Robert 1 ), b. ; d. ; 1st m.

Alice Sharye, b. ; d. ; dau. of William Sharye, of Sarum;

2d m. Bridget Kelloway, b. ; d. ; dau. of William Kelloway.

Philip Ogden'8 was of Ellingham, Co. Southampton. (" Berry's Vis.")
CHILDREN — First Marriage:

25. Jane Ogden, b. ; d. .

26. Anne Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. Edward Wilmot, of Ringwood, Co. South-

ampton, son of Thomas Wilmot and Anne Twedy, his wife, of Co. Essex, and
grandson of Edward Wilmot, of Newent, Co. Gloucester. (No further record.)
CHILDREN— Second Marriage:

27. William Ogden, b. ; d. 1664; m. Elizabeth Uvedale.

28. John Ogden, b. ; d. ; m. .

"Berry's Vis." says he married, and his dau. Joan Ogden'8», m. circa
1600, Henry Ringwood, of Credilstow, Co. Southants, son of Charles Ring-
wood and Elizabeth Mollyns, his wife, and had five sons, — viz., Charles Ring-
wood, John Ringwood (d. y.), Henry Ringwood, Jr., Edward Ringwood, and
John Ringwood.

20. Thomas Ogden (Edward 14 , William 5 , Richard 2 , Robert 1 ), b. Brad-
ley Plain, May 4, 1565; d. ; m. Feb. 16, 1597, Elizabeth Samford,

b. ; d. ; dau. of John Samford.


29. Mary Ogden, b. Jan. 12, 1598; d. , spinster.

On Oct. 18, 1642, she conveyed to her sister, Margaret Hope, widow of
Samuel Hope, the land and tenements, situated in Bramshaw, which she had
Mar. 7, 1638, of her brother, John Ogden, now across the sea.

30. John Ogden, b. Bradley Plain, Sept. 3, 1600; 1st m. Bradley Plain, May 4, 1627,

Anne Richardson, b. ; d. ; dau. of Joseph Richardson; 2d m.

(probably Stamford, Conn.), Apr. 19, 1638, Judith Budd, b. ; d. ;

dau. of Lieut. John Budd, the original purchaser of Budd's Neck, now a part
of the town of Rye, Westchester Co., N. Y.

This John Ogden3° was one of the petitioners to King Charles II. for the
charter of Connecticut, and in 1674-5 was deputy Governor of the state.
He was instrumental in settling the dispute about the boundary line between
New York and Connecticut, and in many ways i$ shown to have been an im-
portant member of the Colony, and in the confidence of the people. There
appears to be no record of his death, but the inventory of his estate was ex-
hibited to the Probate Court at Fairfield, by his widow Judith, on Aug. 7, 1682
His descendants are numerous, and their record worthy of being preserved.

31. Margaret Ogden, b. July 1, 1601; d. ; m. Samuel Hope. (No further


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22. Richard Ogden (Edward 14 , Williams, Richard 2 , Robert 1 ), b.
Bradley Plain, May 15, 1568; d. ; m. May 2, 1592, Elizabeth Hunt-