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A genealogy of the Warne family in America; principally the descendants of Thomas Warne, born 1652, died 1722, one of the twenty-four proprietors of East New Jersey online

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Principally the Descendants of Thomas
Warne, born 1652, died 1722, one of the
Twenty-four Proprietors of East New Jersey




Frank Allaben Genealogical Company
Three West Forty-Second Street, New York






Copyright. 1911, by


Paul says ," Avoid genealogies." The aiitlior has not fol-
lowed Paul's advice or counsel in preparing tliis work, but
he has often wished he had, on account of the excessive and
wearing labor connected with it, together with the annoying
dilatoriness and sometimes the indisposition or disinterested-
ness of many of his correspondents. However, the wo'k has
been a drill and a discipline unquestionably, and has in not
a few respects been a source to draw from in the carrying on
of his regular duties as a pastor and teacher or preacher.
Moreover, a side issue that demands application, care, and
research is a help, if he can get it in, to any professional man.
Of course, the writer need not enlarge upon the courtesy and
consideration that hundreds of correspondents have shown
him, and the manifest inconvenience in some instances they
have gone to in the collection of the data herewith given ; for
any one can see in looking over the volume before him, that
the compiler has had efficient aid from very many people.

VVith the rounding out of the year 1902, the author issued
his history of "Preakness and the Preakncss Reformed
Church," which is quite full of genealogical notes; and the
gathering of these for the few years preceding is what in-
terested him in the first place in genealogy. The starting of
the Warne Genealogy was in this wise. Mrs. John P. Agnew,
of Philadelphia, Pa., whose brother, Mr. E. P. B. Warne,
of the same city, for years had been and is yet spending his
summers with his wife at Naples, in the State of Maine, was
informed by her brother in September, 1903, on his return
from his usual season's outing, that he had met at his stop-
ping place Mr. Milton Labaw, a younger brother of the un-
dersigned, whose mother was a Warne, and who referred
him to the writer for any possible larger knowledge of the
Warne family he might secure. Mr. Warne, instead of him-
self writing to Preakness, had his sister write in the fall of
that same year, and, letter following letter, as each was replied
to, other people were corresponded with, and the material
for this work naturally accumulated ; and with its accumula-
lation increased interest was aroused. Miss Edith H. Mather,


of Bound Brook, N. J., was another of the early helpers the
author had, and a very competent helper she was, her mother
having in years previous to some extent studied the family
history, and even made a voyage to England to search rec-
ords. Miss Mather, being also a heraldic artist, furnished
the beautiful coats-of-arms, which adorn this volume. An-
other much valued helper in the present compilation was
Miss Virginia D. Hughes, of Hamilton, Virginia, whose
knowledge of her branch on the female side of Warnes is
quite extensive, and it was always a pleasure to receive her
letters. But the one who has furnished by far the greatest
amount of material in this mass of information is Miss
Josephine A. Brown, of Keyport, New Jersey, she being a
born genealogist, having been at work for a long time cor-
responding with various persons, consulting public records,
and looking through public libraries.

But to write this way of all or of any considerable number
of those who have been of service to him in this connection,
would put upon the author an unnecessary burden. Some
of the services rendered are acknowledged in the work itself.
Suffice it to say, that among those not thus mentioned, with-
out whose aid this work in its complete form would have
been impossible, may be mentioned, amid a host of others,
the Hon. George C. Beekman, of Red Bank, N. J. ; the late
James Steen, of Eatontown, N. J. ; Hon. James H. Neigh-
iDOur, of Dover, N. J. ; Hon. and Mrs. Irwin W. Schultz, of
Phillipsburg, N. J. ; Mr. William H. Warne, of Philadelphia,
Pa. ; Mr. William Herron Warne, of Parkersburg, W. Va. ;
Miss Jessie M. Warne, of Syracuse, N. Y. ; Miss Julia L.
Warne, of St. Louis, Mo. ; Miss Mary G. Warne, of Elburn,
111. ; Miss Sarah Lane Warne, of New Brunswick, N. J. ; the
late Rev. Morgan Dix, D. D., of New York City; Mrs.
Henry Warne, of Koshkonong, Mo. ; Miss Claudie L. Warne,
since married, and Mrs. Emery Warne, of Chicago, 111. ; Mr.
Clinton A. Warne, of Romulus, N. Y. ; Mr. C. W. Rose, of
Matawan, N. J., since deceased ; Mr. J. Sutton Wall, of Har-
risburg. Pa. : Mr. William P. Warne, of Washington, Pa. ;
Miss Mary F. Warne, of Beaver, Pa. ; Miss Mary F. Strong,
of Matawan, N. J.; Mr. John Neafie, of New Yoi'k City;
Mrs. Ida L. Norton, of Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Mr. Stannard
Warne, of London, Eng., who has furnished considerable
matter contained in the second and third chapters, and others
too numerous to mention.


The Warne Genealogy is principally made up of the his-
tory of Thomas Warne, one of the twenty-four early Pro-
prietors of East Jersey, and his descendants, or supposed de-
scendants, of whatever name, together with other family
notes. There is an introductory chapter, immediately follow-
ing this Preface, and then a short chapter on the Warne
family in general. Not following the usual course of the
genealogist, the author has arranged his data on the plan
of a family tree, or for that matter, if it may be so said, of
several trees. If Thomas Warne is the trunk, then there
are six main branches, the trunk and each branch occupying
a chapter by itself. Or, you may take each one of these six
branches as a trunk, with branches extending from it. The
fourth chapter, in regard to Stephen Warne, oldest son of
the Proprietor, and his descendants, may not be correctly
arranged. This is the chapter the writer is least certain
about. The one he is most certain about is the last, which
he claims is absolutely correct. And the other chapters, as
far as he has been able to go with them, he believes are all
comparatively reliable. There are mistakes, there will be
in such a work, but all names and dates have been most
thoroughly gone over, according to the information at hand,
and the records available, and these can be depended on. The
arrangement, however, of some of the names, without any
fault of the author, may be misleading. Had proper response
to all inquiries sent been promptly made by those who could
have made it, some of the lack of this Genealogy could have
been eliminated. But so it is. We are all dependent upon
our friends, and the genealogist especially is.

The author has held up this publication more than once,
and perhaps oftener and longer than he should have done,
because, as he was about to put his manuscript in the print-
er's hands, some new line of research would open up, and
he hoped by following it to solve an unsettled or unsolved
problem, and possibly more than one. Some problems in this
way have been solved, but not all, and consequently conjec-
tures or guesses have had to be made in certain cases, par-
ticularly when correspondents themselves were destitute of
information or disagreed in their statements, and no public
records could be found to bring out the facts. It is regrettable
that things are as they are, but when informants are unin-
formed and records are unobtainable, having been withheld
or mislaid or lost or destroyed, and there is no other source


to apply to, one has simply to make the best of it and go on.

In the Appendix of the volume in hand the reader will find
much other Warne material than that belonging to the de-
scendants of Thomas Warne, though some of this material, if
we could sort it out, no doubt would be found to belong there.
And then there are notes also of a number of families con-
nected with the Warnes, which will be found in place in a
work like this. The Index is the best the author has been
able to produce, and he has tried to get in every personal and
place name.

Any one detecting errors in the succeeding pages, or who
may have any addition or additions to what he here finds in
print, will confer a favor by communicating with the under-
signed, who, if he sees fit, may some time in the near future
issue a supplement to this work, containing such corrections
and additional information.

It may be stated also in this connection, that while the
Warne Genealogy is largely a subscription work, the author
has arranged to have a limited number of copies printed in
addition, which any one desirous to purchase can secure as
long as they last by corresponding with him. The subscrip-
tion price was $5.00 per copy; bound- in three-quarters mo-
rocco, $2.00 extra. The present price is $6.50, bound in buck-
ram, or $8.50 bound in three-quarters morocco. The author
has calculated to secure in this enterprise but little, if any-
thing, above his expenses, allowing nothing of any amount
for his excessive labor and pains.

George Warne Labaw.

Preakness Reformed Church Parsonage.

P. O. address, R. F. D. i, Paterson, N. J.


Chapter Page

Preface c

I Introductory i ,

1 1 The Wame Family 2 ^

III Thomas Wame, Proprietor 37

IV Stephen Wame, Son of Thomas, and His De-

scendants 7 ,

V Thomas Wame, Son of Thomas, and His De-

scendants 143

VI Samuel Wame, Son of Thomas, and His De-
scendants 20^

VII Joshua Wame, Son of Thomas, and His De-
scendants 219

VIII Sarah Warne, Daughter of Thomas, and Her

Descendants -207

IX George Warne, Son of Thomas, and His De-
scendants jji


I Wames Who Do Not Belong to the Thomas Warne

Stock ^7 ,

II Wames Who May or May Not Belong to the

Thomas Wame Stock ^04

III Odds and Ends of Wames 546

IV Notes On Some Families Connected With the

Wames by Marriage 554

V Copies of Some Pertinent Papers 617

Addenda 623

Owner's Lineage (Facing) 628


I Names 631

II Places 692



Portrait of Mary Lord (Carhart) Warne Frontispiece

The Letter "R " as It Appears in Ancient Docunionls. . . . (page) 26

Chart of Warne Records A. D. 1066-1415 28

Chart of Warne Records A. D. I43i-i5g7 30

Warne Arms 32

Autographs of Thomas Warne, Proprietor 46

Lord Arms 58

Autograph of Stephen Warne 76

Portrait of Frank Julian Warne, Ph. D iii

Residence of William Parkinson Warne, Washington, Pa.... 120

Portraits of Oilman B. Warne and Fainily igi

Autograph of The Reverend Morgan Dix (pa.s'^) 295

Some Old Family Autographs 312

Portrait of Mrs. Jessie (Glen) Schultz 411

Portrait of Major Elisha Spring Warne 412

Mill at Mt. Pleasant, New Jersey, Built by John Warne 424

Graveyard at Mt. Pleasant, New Jersey 432

Portrait of The Reverend George Warne Labaw 436

Portrait of John Warne 442

Portrait of Sarah (Stires) Warne 443

Residence of John Warne, Big Woods, 111 444

Autograph of John Warne (p^ige) 445

Portrait of Asel Avery Gates 446

Portrait of Mary (Warne) Gates 448

Portrait of John Warne Gates 449

Portrait of Charles G. Gates 450

Residence of John Warne Gates, Port Arthur, Texas 451

Portrait of William Henry Warne 460

The Preakness Parsonage 470



"The discoveries of Columbus in America were all of them
to the south. Cabot, in 1497, under the patronage of Henry
VHI. of England, discovered Newfoundland, and explored
the coast as far south as the Carolinas. Because of this dis-
covery the English claimed the whole country to Florida."
"Sir Walter Raleigh settled a colony in Carolina in 1584,
and the country, all the way up the coast, including what is
now Maine, received the name Virginia, after England's
virgin queen, Elizabeth. For a long time New Jersev was
a part of Virginia. Subsequently it was a part of New 'York,
which, in 1664, was made to extend south to Maryland, east
to New England, northward to the River of Canada, and
westward as far as land could be discovered." The Dutch,
however, previous to this, had claimed New York by virtue
of Hudson's discovery in 1609, and occupied it, with New
Amsterdam, as they called it, as their port of entry and chief
city. Early in 1664, on account of the earlier English claim,
Charles H sent out a fieet and took possession of New Am-
sterdam and all that the Dutch had with it. Charles imme-
diately (March 12, 1664) gave a patent to his brother James,
the Duke of York, for a great part of the country; when it
was called New York. The Duke, June 24. 1664, bv inden-
ture of lease and release, granted, "bargained and sold unto
Jphn Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret all of what has
since been known as the State of New Jersey, and they were
hence the first Lords Proprietors of the state. They were
also at this time Proprietaries of Carolina as well. Philip
Carteret, brother of Sir George, came over as Governor of
New Jersey in August, 1665, and made Elizabethtown, which
he named in honor of his brother's wife. Lady Elizabeth
Carteret, the capital of the Province. New England Puritans,
English Quakers, and Scotch Presbyterians then came as
settlers from New England and Long Island. Of course, the
colony prospered. No trouble was experienced from the
neighboring Indians, whose power had been thoroughly


broken by the Dutch, and every thing went on happily until
the year 1670, when the Proprietaries demanded the rents due
from the lands held by the settlers. The settlers would not
pay these rents. Many of them had lived in the province
under the rule of the Dutch, and had bought their lands from
the Indians, on account of which they claimed that the grant
of the province to Berkeley and Carteret could not invalidate
these purchases, since the king had no legal right to the lands
he so lavishly bestowed upon his favorites. Others refused
to pay rents, because they had made their plantations, with-
out any assistance from the Proprietaries, and did not there-
fore acknowledge any debt to them. Hence the representative
of the Proprietaries was obliged to fly for safety from the
Province and went to England for assistance in enforcing his

The Duke of York heard the complaints of the Proprie-
taries, but the only attention he paid to them was to appoint
Sir Edmund Andros, who subsequently became infamous for
his tyranny in New England, Governor of the province. This
was in flagrant violation of the rights of Berkeley and
Carteret, and at the same time an act thoroughly character-
istic of the last of the Stuarts. Berkeley, in great disgust at
the way things had turned out, on March 18, 1673, sold his
right to half the state to John Fenwick, who in turn sold it
to four Quakers, Billinge, Penn, Lawry and Lucas, the line
of division being considered to be (for it was not run) from
a point in the northwest corner of the territory concerned to
the sea at Little Egg Harbor ; and these four, after this, with
Carteret, made five Lords Proprietors of the state instead
of two, Carteret having the eastern portion, and the rest the
western portion of the domain indicated.

On July 30, 1673, the Dutch, through war, having regained
the Jerseys, the country was restored to England again by
treaty the following year, February 9, 1674. But. as this tem-
porary change of rulers now gave rise to doubts in regard
to the validity of the title of the Duke of York, the Duke,
June 29, 1674, obtained of the king, his brother, a second
charter, confirming the former grant. James, immediately
after he received his renewed title, July 29, 1674, executed
a grant to Sir George Carteret individually for East Jersey
alone, he being owner of that territory, after Berkeley's sale,
before the late war with Holland. Later, however, it having
been discovered that this individual grant to Carteret gave


him more than belonged to him, or more than his sliare of
the territory, he soon rehnquislied his title to the Duke, that
there might be a more equitable division between him and the
assigns of Lord Berkeley ; when the five, i. e., Carteret, Bil-
linge, Penn, Lawry and Lucas, by the execution, on July i,
1676, of the celebrated Quintipartite Deed "for a more equit-
able division" divided the province into East Jersey and West
Jersey, Carteret retaining East Jersey and the other four the
rest of the grant.

Sir George Carteret, after this sole Lord Proprietor of
East Jersey, who died January 13. 1680, in his eightieth
year, by will dated December 5, 1678, left the Province to
trustees to be sold to pay his debts, which sale was made
February i and 2, 1682, to the famous Twelve Proprietors,
all said to be Quakers, as follows: William Penn, Robert
West, Thomas Rudyard, Samuel Groome, Thomas Hart,
Richard Mew, Thomas Wilcox, Ambrose Riggs, John Hey-
wood, Hugh Hartshorne, Clement Plumstead, and Thomas
Cooper. The purchase price was £3,400 or less than $17,000,
and the purchasers became known as "The Twelve Pro-
prietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersev." These
twelve later on, each at different times, took a partner, when
the proprietors numbered twenty-four, the additional twelve
being Robert Barclay, Edward Billinge, Robert Turner,
James Brain, Arent Sonmans. William Gibson, Gawen Laurie,
David Barclay, Thomas Barker, Thomas \\'arne, James,
Earl of Perth, Robert Gordon, and John Drummond, the
names herewith being placed in the order in which the con-
veyances were made from the first twelve to the other twelve.
Should any one notice that there are thirteen of these names,
we explain that David Barclay's name should have been in
with the first twelve in place of Thomas Wilcox, whose re-
maining interest he had bought out. Another thing we note
here, and that is, the legal year in England and Scotland in
those days began on March 25, while the historical year began
January i preceding, which accounts for the seeming impro-
priety or discrepancy in dates, as given in various records
and historical works. For instance, February i, 1681-2, im-
plies that the legal year was 1681, while the historical vear
was 1682, which latter is according to our present way of

We further observe in this connection likewise that before
the first twelve Lords Proprietors took each his partner,


they entered into a deed of survivorship, i. e., should an}- die,
the survivors were not to have the benefit of his or their
share or shares, but such share or shares should go to each
and every person's own heirs or assigns, and this was after-
wards the case consequently when said shares were divided
and the Lords Proprietors numbered twenty-four.

In Book A of Deeds, p. 290, in the Secretary of State's
office in Trenton, N. J., we find that John Heywood, citizen
and skinner, of London, one of the twelve Proprietors, under
deed dated September 6-7, 1682, sold half of his share to
Thomas Warne, of Dublin, in the Kingdom of Ireland. Each
of the others in the same way, some time during that same
year, also individually conveyed one-half of his share to his
partner, which move undoubtedly was to increase the public
interest in the province, and to hasten the settling of it by

The twenty-four Lords Proprietors now, although they did
not all themselves come to America, in order to have their
title properly confirmed, or made doubly sure against certain
disputed claims, whose merits and demerits we will not here
enter upon, secured a new grant from the Duke of York for
their Proprietorship, under date of March 14, 1682-3, which
gave them not only their proprietary rights in the soil, but
powers of government, too, as Carteret had had them. The
order of the names as they occur in this grant is as follows :
James, Earl of Perth, John Drummond, Robert Barclay,
David Barclay, Robert Gordon, Arent Sonmans, William
Penn, Robert West, Thomas Rudyard, Samuel Groom,
Thomas Hart, Richard Mew, Ambrose Rigg, John Heywood,
Hugh Hartshorne, Clement Plumstead, Thomas Cooper,
Gawen Lawrie, Edward Byllinge, James Brain, William
Gibson, Thomas Barker, Robert Turner, and Thomas Warne.

"At the time of the transfer of East Jersey to the twenty-
four Proprietors, the population of the dififerent towns is esti-
mated to have been 3,500, and the families, scattered on plan-
tations throughout the Province, half as many more, making
the entire population over 5,000 souls." (Whitehead's East
Jersey under the Proprietors, p. 141.) The principal towns
thus referred to were, Bergen, Newark, Elizabethtown,
Woodbridge, Piscataway, Middletown, and Shrewsbury.
(Early Days and Early Surveys, Roome, p. 18.) When the
powers ,of government were afterwards surrendered, April


17, 1702, the population is estimated to have exceeded 10,000.
(Rooine, p. 21.)

As to tlie bounilaries of the Province of East Jersey, there
was always, until the final settlement, and even after that,
more or less uncertainty and dissatisfaction. The division
between East and West Jersey made by Carteret and the
trustees of Bylling-e in the Quintipartite Deed was by a
line drawn (Learning and Spicer, Grants and Concessions,
Somerville, 1881, p. 67) "from the east side of Little Egg
Harbor, straight north, through the country, to the utmost
branch of the Delaware river." The exact language, with
a few omissions, of the Quintipartite Deed in reference to
the part released to Carteret is : "All those easterly parts

* * * of said tract * * * extending eastward and
northward along the sea coast and the said river called Hud-
son's river, from the east side of a certain place or harbour
lying on the southern part of the same tract of land, and
commonly called * * * by the name of Little Egg Har-
bour, to that part of the said river called Hudson's river
which is in forty-one degrees of latitude, being the further-
most part of the said land and premises which is bounded by
the said river, and crossing over from thence in a strait
line, extending from that part of Hudson's river afore-
said to the northernmost branch, or part of the before men-
tioned river called Delaware river, and to the most northerly
point or boundary of the said tract * * * now * * *
agreed to be called the north partition point, and from thence

* * * by a strait and direct line, drawn * * *
southward through the said tract of land unto the most south-
erly point of the east side of Little Egg Harbour =!= * *
agreed to be from henceforth called the south partition point,
— the above to be called the line of partition between East
Jersey and West Jersey."

"The line, however, was not at that time run, as it ought
to have been, due to the slip-shod and careless manner of the
Proprietors in regard to their lands and lines." (Early Days
and Early Surveys, Roome, p. 14.)

Later, "in 1687, George Keith, the Surveyor General of
East Jersey, ran the line from the point designated on Little
Egg Harbor as far as the South Branch of the Raritan at
a point just east of the old York road; but as that was
deemed by the West Jersey Proprietors to be too far west.


thereby encroaching on their lands, and they objected to its
continuance, it was discontinued. Then on the 5th of Sep-
tember, 1688, Governors Coxe and Barclay, representing the
respective interests, entered into an agreement to terminate
the dispute. It was, that this line, so far as run, should be
the bound, and that, on its extension, it should take the fol-
lowing course : From the point where it touched the South
Branch, 'along the back of the adjoining plantations, imtil
it touches the North Branch of the Rariton, at the falls of
the Allamitung (now the Lamington Falls), thence running
up that stream northward to its rise near Succasunny." From
that point a short straight line was to be run to touch the
nearest part of the Passaic river. Such a line would pass
about five miles north of Morristown. The line was to be
continued by the course of the Passaic as far as the Paquanic
(Pequannock) and up that branch to forty-one degrees
north latitude, and from that point in a straight line due east
to the partition point on Hudson river, between East Jersey

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