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Stephen Ogden
Birth: 1718
Elizabeth
Union County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1764
New Jersey, USA

We learn that Stephen Ogden, b.1718, Elizabeth NJ, is the son of Thomas12, son of David3, son of John1 Ogden. [p73, Ogden Family in America, by Wm Ogden Wheeler, Van Alstyne, & Ogden, 1907, gbks]. His father Thomas12 (1684/1760) is discussed on pgs 55-56, where we learn that this Thomas and his two wives are interred in the First Presby Churchyard Cem., Elizabeth NJ; Stephen is said to be a son of Thomas's first wife, Dinah ____ (1686/1731). Following this logic, another findagrave link has been added, but her identity seems convoluted:

The lovely Apr 2011 familytreemaker webpage of Kathleen Maxwell Poulin gives us a potential maiden surname and parentage; Kathleen writes that Thomas Ogden's wife Dinah Ogden, is nee Dinah Clawson (1686/20 Apr 1731), daughter of Jacob Claeszen and Marritie Van Der Grist. With thanks to Ted Brassard (1930/2001) for transcribing the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam records and his widow's later sharing them with olivetree; Barbara Pumyea/Venedam's Rootsweb tree (Jul 2013) which relied on Brassard's work, names her Dina Jacobse, bapt. 11 Feb 1679/80, Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam. See: 11 Feb [1680]; Jacob Claeszen, Annetie Van der Grist; Dina; Cornelis Jacobszen Schipper, Marritie Van der Grist [http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/nn/church/rdcbapt_1680.shtml] Siblings -- Elizabeth (1676), Dina (1680), Rachel (1682), Johanna (1685) (not comprehensive) have transcribed entries. So perhaps Stephen Ogden's mother is Dinah Jacobse Claeszen (Clawson), daughter of Annetie VanderGrist (VanderGrift) rather than her sister, Marritie?

The always informative Stefan Bielinski on his nysm webpage describes Jacob Groesbeck,b.1649 Holland, as named in his father's 1707 Will,Albany NY. Bielinski writes that Claes Jacobse Groesbeck, b.c.1624 ?Breda?, was husband of Eliz. Stevens b.c1624, Germany. So Jacob is deemed a son of Claes =Claeszen via patronymics. A final blow of confusion is dealt by the VanSant line of Bensalam, Bucks Co PA which claims a marriage to Leah with an L (not Dina or Dinah) with Dinah's 1680 baptism record and parentage, i.e. ("Leah, baptised February 11, 1680, married 12 mo. 17, 1702, Johannes Van Sandt")[online extract by Wm WH Davis, entitled Bucks Co PA, 1905 with section on VanderGrift family];("VI. JOHANNES (or John) VAN SANDT, born on Long Island, son of Garret (1), married at the First Presbyterian church of Philadelphia, 12 mo. 17, 1702, Leah GROESBECK, probably daughter of Jacob GROESBECK, who accompanied the VANSANTS from Long Island to Bensalem and purchased land there. John VANSAND, as he signed his name, purchased August 1, 1704, 125 acres of land in Bensalem * * *.) Whether Leah and Dinah are sisters/same woman/error is unclear; Help is needed! The Ref Dutch records c1687 show other entries scattered with the first names of Blandina and Dina. Whether Orville Corson's 1939 book, and the recent updating of Three Hundred Years with the Corson families addresses this is unknown.

Back on the paternal line, Stephen's grandfather, David3 Ogden (1639/1691), is discussed, on p43-44 (in 1907 book) and said to be born in ENG. Perhaps, this David Ogden [fagr 50973911] came to eastern Long Island, 1640, either Southhampton or Northhampton, prior to 1665 removal with family to Elizabethtown NJ. His wife, Elizabeth (Swaine) Ward [fagr 50973912].

Unfortunately, a dispute seems to exist over the veracity of pre-1640s John1 Ogden [fagr 64072078] as published in 1907. Although Bradley Plains, Hampshire, ENG seems to be the oft quoted (sometimes maligned) version of the Ogden family origins, descendant, John Harpster's book challenges this, suggesting Lancashire ENG (among others?) it seems; but, I have not yet seen the book, John Ogden, The Pilgrim (1609/1682): A Man of More than Ordinary Mark, 2006, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, ISBN 978-0-8386-4104-0.

An NJ.com online article by Richard Khavkine/The Star-Ledger, February 21, 2013 discusses author, John Harpster's gift of the original John1 Ogden Family Bible to Rev. Robert Higgs, First Presby Church, Broad St., Elizabeth, NJ; the picture caption there explains this 1599 Ogden Bible is in need of $15,000. of preservation repairs. Donations may please be sent to the church.

The Roll Family Windmill's paper by Mrs Anna Reger Gaston, Somerville, NJ states that Stephen Ogden's wife was Elizabeth Whitaker. These two wills [archive.org] support this:

1703[sic 1763], Aug. 12. Whitaker, Jonathan, of Bernards Town. Somerset Co., yeoman; will of. To wife, Elizabeth, one-half the profits of the place where I live, and, after her death, the place is to be sold and money given to children, Jonathan, Eliphelet, Nathaniel and Elizabeth, the wife of Stephen Ogden. Executors — friends, John Roy and Edward Lewis. Witnesses — Piatt Bayles, Mary Robertson, Brice Rikey. Proved Oct. 14, 1763. Lib. H, p. 311.

1763, Oct. 13. Whittaker, Elizabeth, of Bernards Town, Somerset Co.; will of. Widow of Jonathan Whittaker. To son, Jonathan, 5 shillings. Daughter, Elizabeth Ogden, apparel. Rest to children, Jonathan, Elizabeth, and Eliphelet. Executors — son, Eliphelet Whittaker, and Stephen Ogden. Witnesses — John Roy, John Collyer, John Lyon. Proved March 20, 1764. Lib. H, p. 416. [CALENDAR OF NEW JERSEY WILLS, ADMIN. VOL IV— 1761-1770, by A. VAN DOREN HONEYMAN]

This second will seems to belong to one Elizabeth Jervis, wife of Jonathan Whitaker and perhaps, daughter of Eliphalet Jervis of Huntington Long Island NY [p100-104, Whitaker Family of Somerset Co., by Rev. Oscar Vorhees, Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Volume 2, gbks]. But caution since a 1732 Will for Thomas Jervis/Jarvis, Huntington, Suffolk Co. NY, wife Millicent, mentions a son in law, Jonathan Whitaker[Gerald Martin Davenport's website, ourrelatives, Grass Valley CA]. So Elizabeth Jervis may have alternative parents?

The Minebrook, Somerset NJ land discussed by Rev. Vorhees, may further entwine the Hedges Cemetery, OH & NJ families of Johnson, Hedges, Gaston, Kirkpatrick, Ogden, etc. Errors surely exist in my humble attempt at trying to decipher this complex early heritage. Corrections appreciated.

The location of where Stephen Ogden lived is preserved: "They lived in Basking Ridge on the farm, now owned by Mr. Halsey M. Larter, which is situated just across the road from the house in which General Charles Lee was captured, December 13, 1776. Six children were born to them, of whom the eldest, Jonathan, became a man of note and lived in Morristown. Nathaniel was a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Sarah married John Gaston... Elizabeth married, before she was seventeen, Dr. Oliver Barnet, of New Germantown...Isaac became a physician ... at New Germantown. He later removed to New Brunswick, and died there, May 6, 1829..." [Somerset Co Hist. Quart., Vol 2, 1913, p102+, gbks] We also learn from Rev. Vorhees that Stephen's widow, Elizabeth, m2, Samuel Roberts of Bernards town [Somerset Co NJ] so perhaps she is buried with him? [bio by findagraver, DBardes, 2013] 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Ogden (1684 - 1760)
  Dinah Ogden (1686 - 1731)
 
 Children:
  Sarah Ogden Gaston (1745 - 1820)*
  Nathaniel Ogden (1750 - 1826)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Ogden (1712 - 1731)*
  Stephen Ogden (1718 - 1764)
  Abigail Ogden Price (1725 - 1802)*
  Abraham Ogden (1730 - 1732)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Basking Ridge
Somerset County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: 175
 
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