Family History


Jonathan HAMPTON was born about 1693 in New Jersey, USA. He died on 7 Mar 1745 and was buried in 1745 in Rahway Cemetery, N.J., USA.

 1705- A Deed of Gift from his brother John :-
28 Apr 1705 - John Hamton of Freehold ... Monmouth ... New Jersey for ... ye last Will ... of his father John Hampton deceased dated .. [23 January 1702] .. and for the natural love which he bares to his brothers viz, David Hampton, Joseph Hampton, Andrew Hampton, Jonathan Hampton and Noah Hampton ... forever quit claimed ... unto s'd brothers ... the lands .. which ware devised in his sd. father's will to ye sd. brothers ... all that part of ye Tract w'ch was granted to his sd. father deceased by deed of James Miller ... [on 7 October 1696] ... [adjoining land owners or names - head of Spotswood's middle brook on Burlington Path, Rob't Ray, Miller's gully] .. All that tract  ... granted to his said father deceased by deed of John Butler ... [3 June 1697] ... And all that tract ... [from Robert Barclay on 10 August 1688 and 1/2 the land from Thomas Hewit on 29 December 1687, and the land from Abraham Brown on 30 November 1689] ..., [Signed - John Hampton; witnesses - Tho. Bels, Robert Ray, John Reid; 26 March 1705 - John Hampton acknowledged the above deed before Richard Salter; recorded - July 1706] [Source - Monmouth County New Jersey Deeds Books A, B, C, D. - by Richard S. Hutchinson - Heritage Books 2006 - pg.123]

1713 - Jonathan Hampton  conveyed his inherited land to his brother John Hampton in 1713 as was required under his father's will when he inherited it. From the will of John Hampton,. "and likewise if any of them be minded to sell their above said Inheritance they prefer it first to their brethren or Lawful heirs." Jonathan would have been about 23 years of age when he sold his land to brother John Hampton. 1724 May 27 - Jonathan Hampton was an Executor of will of Thomas Combs - "Jonathan Hampton, cordwainer of Freehold, executor."  Elizabeth Hampton / Combs, wife of the deceased is believed to be the sister of Jonathan.

1739 - On the 8 Feb 1739 the Borough of Elizabeth received an act of incorporation from Lewis Morris Governor of the Province.
Seventeen named men including Jonathan Hampton and many other inhabitants and freeholders in Elizabeth-Town had petitioned to incorprate them into  a body corporated which was granted. Amongst those appointed to various positions was Jonathan Hampton to be one of the Assistants and Common Council.
['Notes, Historical and Biographical concerning Elizabethtown, its eminent men, churches and ministers' by Nicholas Murray 1844, pgs, 28-32]

He was married a second time to Elizabeth BIRD (widow of Joseph Bird) on 21 February 1740/1.
Marriage Licence 20 Feb 1740 :-
'Jonathan Hampton of the County of Richmond (Staten Island, New York) Esqr; and Elizabeth Bird of Elizabeth Town, in the County of Essex (N.J.), widow"

Jonathan's grave is in the Rahway (Presbyterian?) Cemetery. It reads :-
"Here lyes ye body of Jonathan Hampton decd March 7 in 1745 in ye 52d year of his age. Here from all earthly joys I'm fled into the mansion of the dead."

Photo - Dick Costello
Courtesy - Home News Tribune.
His 1st wife is not known. Their children were:

child i.  Jonathan HAMPTON was born in 1711 in Elizabeth Town, NJ, USA. He died on 1 Nov 1777 in Elizabeth Town, NJ, USA., and is buried in St. Johns, Elizabeth Town - Monumental Inscription #1221 :-
"In memory of Jonathan Hampton Esqr. who died November 1st AD 1777, In the LXVI year of his age."
Also on the same tombstone :-
"Mary Ann his first wife who died July ye 20th 1746 aged XXXI years" &
"Hannah his daughter who died March 30th 1768 aged XVI years" &
"Ann Frances his second wife departed this life February the 24th 1791. In th 77th year of her age."
child ii.  Abraham HAMPTON was born in 1713. He died on 19 May 1786.
child iii.  Margaret HAMPTON.
child iv.  Mary HAMPTON was born in 1718.
child v.  Sarah HAMPTON.
child vi.  Joanne HAMPTON was born in 1722.
child vii.  Hannah HAMPTON was born in 1724.

1. 'Inscriptions on tombstones and monuments in the burying grounds of the First Presbyterian Church and St. Johns Church at Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1664-1892', unknown author, 1892.

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