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Eore elect, ordain constitute declare and create ; and also that they and tbeir
successors elected and chosen as hereinafter directed by the name aforesaid
be and forever hereafter shall be capable and able in the law to hold, pos-
sess, sue for, recover and enjoy any lands hereditaments or real estate,
already granted or set apart for a glebe to the said church in the said town
of Woodbridge upon the first settlement thereof or at any time since and to
have, take, receive and enjoy to them and their successors other messages,



3o8 WOODBRIDGE AND VICINITY.

]ands, tenements, rents, possessions and other hereditaments in fee simple
or for life or lives or years or in any other manner to the value of five hun-
dred pounds sterling by the year and also goods, chattels, and all other
things of what kind or nature soever in fee and perpetuity so as the same
exceed not at any time the sum of ten thousand pounds sterling, money of
Great Britain in the gross, and that they and their successors by the name
aioresaid be and forever hereafter shall be persons able and capable in the
law to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded answer and be answered
unto defend and be defended in all courts and places before us our heirs and
successors and before all and any the judges and justices, officers and minis-
ters of us our heirs and successors in all and all manner of actions, suits,
complaints, pleas, causes, matters and demands of what nature or kind
soever in as full and ample manner as an}' other our subjects can or may
do ; and also that the said minister, churchwardens, and vestry-men of Trin-
ity Church in the town of Woodbridge (or the time being and their succes-
sors shall and may forever hereafter have and use a Common seal with
such device or devices as they shall think proper for sealing all and singular
deeds, leases, grants, Conveyances, Contracts and all and singular other
Instruments, affairs and business anyway touching coHcerning and relating
to the said Corporation and the same to alter, change and new make when
and as often as to thein shall seem meet and convenient. And we do
further of our especial grace Certain knowledge and mere motion for us our
heirs and successors will, ordain, give and grant to the minister or incumbent
of the said Cnurch for the time being or in Case of his absence or death that
the eldest church warden for the time being, shall and may from time to
time Call a meeting of the vestry when as often as it shall be necessary and
they and their successors forever hereafter being so met and assembled* shall
and may constitute ordain and m ike constitutions laws and ordinances for
the good ot governing and ordering of the aftnirs of the said Church, and
the same from time to time repeal as to them or the majority of them, shall
seem convenient, provided always, that the said laws and ordmances so
made be not repugnant to the Constitutions of our said Church of England
as by law established ; and for the better and more regular election of the
church-wardens and vestry-men of the said church forever hereafter, "We
do hereby further Will, ordain, give and grant that the minister or incum-
bent of the said church for the time being together with the church-wardens
and vestry-men of said church for the time being shall assemble and meet
at the said church yearly and every year on Tuesday in Easter week and
then and there by plurality of votes elect and choose two church-wardens
and so many vestry-men as shall to them seem convenient not exceeding ten
in the whole out of the most discreet persons of the congregation of the said
church. And we do further of our especial grace, certain knowledge and
mere motion for us, our heirs and successors, by these presents give and
grant unto the said Minister church-wardens and vestry-men of Trinity
Church in the town of Woodbridge that they and their successors forever
hereafter, all and singular the rights, privileges, powers, capacities and



APPENDIX.



309



ftuthorities herein before raentionecl or intended to be granted shall and raay
have, hold and use without the impeciment of us, our heirs and successors
or of any of our officers or ministers whatsoever of u?, our heirs and successors.
And that these our letters patent or the enrollment tiiereof from time to
time and at all times hereafter be and shall be firm, valid and effectual m
the law toward and against us, our heirs and successors according to the
true intent and meaning hereof and shall at all times be construed and taken
in favor and for the advantage profit and benefit of the minister, church
wardens and vestry-men of Trinity Church in the town of Woodbridge and
their successors forever as well in all courts as elsewhere notwithstanding
any defect, default or imperfection may be found herein or any other cause
or thing whatsoever in testimony v/heveof vie have caused these our letters to
be made patent and the great Seal of our said province of New Jersey to be
hereunto affixed and the same to be entered of record in our Secretary's
ofiice in our said province. Witness our trusty and well beloved Willifim
Franklin esquire, our Captain General, Governor and Commander in Chief
in and over our said province of New .Jersey and territories thereon depend-
ing in America Chancellor and Vice Admiral in the same (fcc : at Burlington
the ssixth day of December in the tenth year of our reign. Anna Domini
One thousand seven hundred and sixty nine. Peitit.

[Seal.]

I have perused the within Charter and find nothing therein contained
inconsistent with his Majesty's Honor or Interest.

5 Deer : 17fi0 Corf Skinner

A-tt'v General.



APPEKDIX D.



CHARTER OF THE FREE SCHOOL LAND IN WOODBKIDGE. VERBATIM BT

LITERATIM.

George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France
and Ireland King defender of the faith &c. To all to whom
these presents shall come Greeting. Whereas in and by a
Charter bearing date the first day of June in the year of our
Lord one thousand six hundred and sixty nine Granted by
Phillip Carteret then Governor of the Province of New Jersey
under the Right Honorable John Lord Berkely Barron of
Stratton and Sir George Carterett Knight and Barronet the
then proprietors of the Province of New Jersey to the Town
and Freeholders of Woodbridge among other things it is
100 Acres, therein directed, that one hundred acres of land in the said
Town should be laid out for the maintenance of a free school.
And whereas the Freeholders of the town of woodbridge by
their humble petition presented to our Trusty and well beloved
Charter grant- William Franklin Esqr. Captain General Governor and Corn-
ed by William mander in Chief in and over our province of New Jersey, have
Set forth that in pursuance of the Charter granted as aforesaid
by the said Philip Carterett Esqr one hundred acres of land
hath been laid out for the use of a free School and the rents
thereof received by such oersons as the Freeholdex's of the said
Town at their yearly meetiDgs have from time to time appointed
with intention to make a Capital for the building a School
house or houses and the maintainance of proper and able
teachers ; But that from the want of a proper Charter of incor-
poration the Said Freeholders find themselves unable and
without authority properly to settle the accounts with such
persons as have from time to time been appointed to receive
the rents and issues of the Said one hundred acres of land or to
prosecute such persons as from time to time have committed
waste and trespass on the Same or to build a School house or
to make provision for the maintainance of proper masters and
Teachers and to make and ordain proper laws and instructionu
for the good governing of the Said Schools and have therefore
prayed our Letters Patent under our Great Seal of our said
province of New Jersey to incorporate the said freeholders of



APPENDIX. •jH

the Town of Woodbridge with such Powers, immunities,
priveledges and jurisdictions as may be thought requisite and
necessary for the more efiectual promoting and the better
ordering and governing the said school or schools in the said
Town of "Woodbridge. Know ye therefore the We willing
and desirous to encourage our dutiful and loyal subjects, the
freeholders of the said Town of Woodbridge in their good in-
tentions, of our special grace certain knowledge and mere
motion have named constituted and appointed and by these
presents do name constitute and appoint John Moorcs, and
Nathaniel Heard Esqrs. Moses Bloomlield, Benjamin Tborn- ■^"''^'■'"'**'-
hill, Ebenezer Foster, Joseph Sbotwell, and Robert Clarkson,
the present Trustees of the fiee school in the said Town
of Woodbridge which siid Trustees an.l their successors now
are and at all tim3s hereafter shall be one body politic and fn/^co^orata
corp:)rate and shall and mxy have perpetual succession in deed
fact an 1 name to be known and distinguished in all deeds,
grants bargains sales evidences, writings muniments or other

wise whatsoever by the name of "The Trustees of the Free

Titld
Schools of the Town of Woodbridge " and that they and their

successors by the same name of the Trustees of the free schools

of the Towm of Woodbridge be and forever hereafter shall be

persons capable and able in the law to pur<!hass take acquire

, 1 , . . , , Purchase ami

hold receive enjoy have and possess any manors messiages, hoii real an.i

houses buildings, Ian .Is, tenements, rents, possessions, and other pewonaiesute

hereditaments, anl real Estate whatsoever, within our said

province of Xew Jersey, in fee simple or for term of life

or lives, or j'ears, or in any other manual whatsoever to the

Value of live hundred pounds sterling by the year, in tlie clear, Real Estate

X500 sterliiw
and also goods and chatties and all other things of what nature

and kind soever -not exceeding the sum of ten thousand pounds .^^^ exceedin'
sterling in the gross, and also by name aforesaid shall and xio.ooo ster-
may grant bargain demise assign sell and convey or otherwise
dispose of all or any of the mannors, Messuages, houses, build-
ings, lauds, tenements, rents, possessions and other lieredita-
ments, and real Estate, and all their goods and chatties and
other things aforesaid in such manner ^and form as to them
shall seem meet and also that they and their Successors by the
same name of the Trustees of the free Schools of the Town of
Woodbridge be and forever hereafter Shall be persons capable
and able in law to Sue and be Sued implead and be impleaded
appear answer and be answered unto defend and be defended
in any of our Courts of Judicature either in law or Equity in
our Said province of Xew Jersey or elsewhere before us our
heirs and Successors and before all and every the Judges
Justices officers and ministers of us our heirs and Successors in



3^2 WOODBRIDGE AND VICINITY.

all manner of actions Suits complaints pleas matters and
demands wl)atsoever and of what nature or kind soever and
also that they and their Successors by the name aforesaid Shall
and may demand receive and take of and from the persons
heretofore appointed by the freeholders ot the Town of Wood-
bridge all Such Sum and Sums of Money by them received
and arising and issuing out of the one hundred acres of land
aforesaid and upon non payment thereof by the name aforesaid
to Sue for and recover the Same for the use of the Schools
May make and aforesaid. And alse that they the Said Trustees of the free
use a sea]. Schools of the Town of Woodbridge aforesaid and their
Successors Shall and may make and forever hereafter use one
common Seal with Such device and devices as to them Shall
Seem proper for the Sealing all and singular Deeds Grants
conveyances contracts and all and Singular other instruments
afifairs and business any way touching coucernina^ and relating
to the Said free Schools and also that they the Said Trustees of
the free Schools of the Town of Woodbridge and the majority
of them Shall and may from time to time make constitute
ordain and confirm by Such name or names as to them Shall
Seem good and likewise to revoke discharge change and alter
as well all and Singular Governors, Masters, Teachers or other
oflicers which Shall be by them or the majority of them,
thought fitt and n^edfnll to be made or used for the govern-
ment of the Said free Schools, and also to make ordain and
establish all such orders laws directions instructions and forms
May make or- fit and necessary for and concerning the government of the
ic'^for^fchoolB Said Schools and the same at all times hereafter to execute
abbrogate revoke or change as they or the Majoity of them
Shall think fittest for the benefit and advantage of the Said
Schools and wee have given and granted and b}^ these presents
do give and grant for us our heirs and Successors to the. free
holders of the Town of Woodbridge full power and authority
to assemble and meet together on the first Tuesday in ^larch
annually at the usual and accustomed place for holding the
Town meetings or at Such other place as they shall think

Com.to inspect Pi'oP^^i' ^"^^ t'i^^i ^"^ ^^^'^ by plurality of Voices to appoint

accounts of gyeh and So many persons as they or the major part of them

Shall think proper to inspect the accounts orders minutes and

transactions of the Said Trustees or their Successors. And in

ase of the death refusal or disability of either or any of the

Said Trustees or they or any of them ceasing to be freeholders

of the Said Town of Woodbridge or resigning the Trust in

incaseof death them reposed then and in Such ca'^e we for us our heirs and

or other vacan- ^ .,, , i.^i^.i jzj.

cy bo-w filled. Successors wdl grant and ordain that other lit person or
persons Freeholders of the Said Town of Woodbridge be by



APPENDIX. -J-

the Said Freeholders of the Said Township of AVoodbridge or
the majority of them nominated elected and chosen in the place
and Stead of him or them so dying refusing or otherwise dis-
abled as aforesaid. And further we have given and granted
and by these presents do give and grant to the Said freeholders
of our Said Town of Woodbridge full power and authority to
assemble and meet together once in three years but not oftener When to meet
on the first Tuesday in March at the usual and accustomed l^s''"^' '^''''*'
place for holding of the Town Meetings or at Such other place
as the majority of them Shall from time to time appoint and
then and there by plurality of voices alter change or continue
all or any of the Said Trustees now appointed or that shall
hereafter be appointed elected or chosen by virtue of these
presents to have and to hold all and Singular the privileges
advantages liberties and all other the premises to them the
Said Trustees of the Iree Schools of the Town of Woodbridge Charter to con-
and their Successors forever yielding rendering and paying ^^^^^ forever,
therefor yearly and every year forever hereafter unto us our
heirs and Successors at Perth Amboy in the County of Middle-
sex unto our receiver General of the Said province on the
Twenty fifth of March one barley corn if the Same be legally
demanded. And lastly our will and pleasure is that these our
letters patent Shall be of full force and elficacy to all intents
and purposes whatsoever as above mentioned expressed and
declared and that the Same or the enrollment thereof Shall in
all comts of law and Equity forever hereafter be construed and couruof Law
taken most favorably and beneficially for the Trustees of the ^^^ Equity,
free Schools of our Town of Woodbridge according to our
royal intention herein before declared not withstanding that
any writ or writs of ad quod damnum hath or have not issued
or is or are not returned before the making these presents.
And notwithstanding the not reciting misreciting or not rightly
or certainly reciting the Said rights privileges powers authori-
ties or any other the premises in and by these presents granted
or meatt mentioned or intended to be granted or any part or
parcel thereof. In testimony whereof we have caused these our
Letters to be made patent and the Great Seal of our Said
Province of New Jersey to be hereto affixed.

,-^'^ — ' — - Witness our trusty and well beloved Wil-
^ r t I li^^^ Franklin Esq our Captain General and
i o i^^f ti ) Governor in Chief in and over our province
j ^^^ ^} ^'^^ } of New Jersey and Territories thereon de-
j Province. ^ pending in America Chancellor and Vice Ad-
-— .^ , — - miral in the Same &c. At our City of Bur-
lington the Twenty fourth day of June in the ninth year of our
reign Anno Domini 1769



314 WOODBRIDGE AND VICINITY.

Brought to the office to be recorded -June 13th 1803 and
recorded the 14th following.
Examined and agrees with the original

John Beatty Secy
Liber A. V. Deeds folio 136

Secretary of States office



I



APPENDIX E.



RECORD OK .MA.RRIA.GES, BIRTHS, AND DEATHS, TRAJSTSCRIBED rilTERALLT

PROM LIBER A.

This valuable list will enable our readers to trace several family histories
and glean many local genealogical facts.

A.

Obediali Ayers Son of Obediah Ayers and Hannah his wife was Born ye
20th Octr. 1671.

Joseph Ayers Son Obediah Ayers Born ye 4th of April 1674.

John Adams Son to John Adams and Elizabeth liis wife Born ye 9th of
June 1(374.

Joseph Andrus Son to F^phraim Andrus and Dorcas his wife Born ye SSd
Day of Novr. 1673.

Suzanah Andrus Daughter to Ephraim Andrus and Dorcas his wife Bora
the 10th of January 1675.

Hannah Adams Daughter to John Adams and Elizabeth his wife Born
1676.

Joseph Adams Sou to Thomas Adams and Rebeckah his wife Born ye
27th of January 1676.

Thomas Ayers Sou to Obediah Ayers and Hannah his wife Born ye 17th
Day of December.

Elizabeth Adams Da'ighter to Thomas Adams and Rebeckah his wife
Born March ye 2ud 1678.

John Ayers Son of John Ayers and Mary his wife Born ye 1st of April
1693.

Thomas Ayers Sou of John Ayers and Mary his wife Born ye 2l8t of Jan-
uary 1692.

Ephraim Andreus Son of Ephraim Andreus and Dorcas his wife Born 167S.

These May Certify all persons Concerned that Obediah Ayers was Married
to Joanna Jones. April ye 28th 1694. By 3Ie Samuel Hale.

John Allen Son of John Allen and Susanah his wife Born Feby ye 5tU
1683.

Sarah Allen Daughter of John Allen and Jane his wife Born Feby ye 5th

1689.
Elizabeth Allen Daughter of John Allen and Jane his wife Born January

ye 15th 1691.
Mary Allen Daughter of John Allen and Jane his wife born January yo

1st 1693.



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John Adams and Elizabeth Married June ye 1st 1671.

Ephraim Andreus and Dorcas Smith ]\Iarried ye IGth day of November
1671.

William Alger and Rebeckah Avirit was Married ye 13th day of March
1684.

Woodbridge, these May Certify all persons that John Ayers was Married
to Mary Walker February ye 24th 1689. Samuel Hale.

Hannah Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers and Joanah his wife Born Jan-
uary ye 18th 1694.

Henry Alward was Married to Judith Hendrickson January ye 36th 1693.

By me David Maudie — Justice.

Suzanah Andrevis Daughter to Ephraim Andreus and Dorcas his wife
Departed this Life February ye 4tli 1675.

John Adams Son to John Adams and Elizabeth his wife Departed this
Life March 25th 1676.

Hannah Adams Daughter to John Adams and Elizabeth his wife Departed
this Life February 17th 1677.

John x\dams Sou to John Adams and Elizabeth his wiie Deceased ye 31st
January 1680.

Thomas Ayers Son of Obediah Ayers and Hannah his wife Deceased ye
13th October 1675.

Sarah Ayers Daughter t® Obediah Ayers and Hannah his wife Deceased
ye 8th day of Novr 1683.

Hannah Ayers wife to Obediah Ayers Deceased the 30th of May 1689.

Obediah Ayers Deceased November ye 14th 1694.

Sarah Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers and Joanna his wife Born Janu-
ary ye 8th 1696.

John Alward Son of Henry Alward and Judeth his wife Born March ye
29th 1697.

Mary Ayers Daughter to Obediah Ayers and Joanah his wife Born
Feby ye 23d 1698.

Francis Ayers Son of John Ayers and Mary his wife was Bora March ye
15th 1698.

Rhoda Ayers Daughter of Samuel Ayers and Elizabeth his wife was
Born April 12th 1700.

David Ayers Son ot Samuel Ayers and Elizabeth his wife was Born May
ye 25th 1702.

Phebe Ayers Daughter of Joseph Ayers and Phebe his wife was born
March ye 3d 1699.

Joseph Ayers Son of Joseph Ayers and Phebe his wife was Born March
ye 18th 1701.

These May Certify all persons that Joseph Ayers was married to Phebe
Camp January ye 5th 1698.

Francis Ayers Son of John Ayers and ]\[ary his wife Born March ye 15th
1698.



APPENDIX. ^f

Benjamin Ayers Son of John Ayers and Mary his wife Born June ye 19th
1708.

Dorothy Alstoue Daughter of John Alstone and Mary his wife was Born
May ye 7th about 4 in ye Morning in the year 1698.

Mary Alstone Daughter of John Alstone and Mary his wife was Born
Octr ye 17th 1699, about 7 iu the Morning.

Jonathan Ayeis Sou of Joseph Ayers and Phebe his wife was Born Mav
ye 29th 1704. ^

Sarah Ayers Davighter of Obediah Ayers and Joauah his wile was Born
January ye 8lh 1G96.

Mary Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers and Joanah his wife was Born
Feb. ye 23rd 1698.

Rachfil Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers aul Joanah his wife was Born
May ye 23rd 1701.

Obediah Ayers and Joannah Ayers Son and Daughter of Obediah Avers
an.1 Joanah his wife was Born December ye 2.jth 1703.

Robert Ayers Son of Obediah Ayers and Joauah his wife was Born July
ye 18th 1706.

David Ayers Sou of Joseph Ayers and Phebe his wife Born January ye
2ud 1707.

Mary Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers and Joanah his wife was Born
Sept ye 29th 1708.

Benjamin Ayers Son of Obediah Ayers and Joanah his wife was Born
JSovr ye 17th 1715.

James Ayers Sou of Samuel Ayers and Elizabeth his wife was born May
ye 2nd 1716.

Mary Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers and Joanah his wife Deceased
Novr ye loth 170-1

Aaron Ayers Son of John Ayers and Mary his wife was Born Julv ye 14th
1708.

Allison Aide Daughter of John Aide and Elizabeth his wife was born
Augt ye 2nd 1707.

Marien Aide Daughter of John Aide and Elizabeth his wife was Born
January 29 th 1708.*

James Aide Son of John Aide an'd Elizabeth his wife was Born PY'by ye
8th 1710.

Samuel Ayers Son of Samiiel Ayers and Elizabeth his wife was Boru
Octr 25th 1707,

Rachel Ayers Daughter of Samuel Ayers and Elizabeth his wife was Born
June ye 19th 1710.

Jacob Ayers Son of Samuel Ayers and Elizabeth his wife was Born June
ye 19th 1710.

Rebeckah Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers and Joanah his wife waa
Born Novr ye 14th 1710.

Benjamin Ayers Son of Samuel Ayers and Elizabeth his wife was Bora
Octr 31st 1712.



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Zebulon Ayers Son of Joseph Ayers and Phebe his wife was Born August
ye 4th 1708.

John Allen was married to Deliverance Potter October 34lh 1707.

By Nathaniel Wade— Clerk-
Samuel Allen Son of John Allen and Deliverance his wife was Born
August ye 24th 1708.

John Allen Son of John Allen and Deliverance his wife was Born March
ye 6th 1710.

Ocilla Allen Daughter of John Allen and Deliverance his wife was Born
May ye 24th 1714.

Susanah Allen Daughter of John Allen and Deliverance his wife was
Born ye 30th of Novr 1715.

The Said John Allen Died January ye 19th 1715.

Obediah Ayers Jur was Married to Elizabeth Compton February ye 15Lh
1716. By Thomas Pike — Justice of the Peace.

Patience Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers and Elizabeth his wife Born
the 10th of December 1717.

Elizabeth Ayers Daughter of Obediah Ayers and Elizabeth his wife was
Born Octr 28th 1720.

B.

Judith Bradly Daughter of Joshua Bradly and Judith his wife Born ye
17th of Feby 1667.

Joshua Bradly Son to Joshua Bradly Sen. and Judith his wife Born ye
15th of June 1671.

"William Biugle Son of William Bingle and Elizabeth his wife Born ye
12th of May 1662. !

Benjamin Bacon Son of Samuel Bacon and Martha his wifeBorn ye 22nd
of December 1670.

Elizabeth Bradly Daughter of Joshua Bradly and Judith his wife Born ye
ISthof August 1673.

Joseph Bacon Son of Samuel Bacon and Martha his wife Born ye 7th of
February 1672.

Jeremiah Bacon Son to Samuel Bacon and Martha his wife Born ye 6th
of April 1675.

Ann Bacon Daughter to Samuel Bacon and Martha his wife Born ye 19th
of April 1677.

Thomas Bloomfield Son of John Bloomfield and Sarah his wife Born
Octr ye 3rd 1679. . .

Sarah Bloomfleld Daughter to John Bloomfield and Sarah his wife Born
March ye 28th 1G81.

Timothy Bloomfield Son to Ezekiel Bloomfield and Hope his wife Born
ye 11th of Febr 1681.

Sarah Bishop Daughter to Noah Bishop and Lydia his wife Born the 10th



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