Abraham Shotwell

Death 1680 (aged 55–56)
Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 126710294 · View Source
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Children of Abraham Shotwell born in England:

John Shotwell born about 1650.

Daniel Shotwell born about 1659.

Mary Shotwell born about 1661.

Thomas Shotwell born about 1663.

Photo is not of Abraham Shotwell but is instead of Adam Winthrop, grandfather of John Winthrop. Should be removed.
Jordan Shotwell

July 7, 2018

I just wanted to let you know that this is a photo of Adam Winthrop father of John Winthrop the first govenor in the MA. Bay Colony and grandfather of John Winthrop Jr first Govenor of Boston. Regards, Windy

July 21, 2018

Suggested edit: The first definite account of a Shotwell in America is of Abraham Shotwell, who was one of the earliest settlers of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, in 1665. It is said that the name in England was originally Shadwell, and that one of the name, in an archery contest before the king, shot with such precision that the monarch exclaimed in delight, "Well done, Shot well," and that thereafter that form of the name was adopted. In the early Friends records of Flushing, Long Island, the name is commonly written Chatwell.

Abraham Shotwell was probably one of the many Englishmen who fled to America after the death of Cromwell and the restoration of Charles II to the throne. Hatfield's History of Elizabeth, New Jersey, states that Abraham Shotwell was fourth in the list of the sixty-five persons in that town, who, on February 19, 1655, took the oath of allegiance to King Charles II of England and to the proprietors of the province. He was the owner of five acres of valuable land in the heart of the town. In the contentions between the people of the town of Elizabeth and the proprietors, he was bold and outspoken in his opposition to the tyranical and oppressive exactions enforced by the governor, Captain Philip Carteret, which course rendered him obnoxious to that officer. There is a tradition in the family that, meeting the governor on the bridge over the creek that passes through the town, they had a personal altercation, which resulted in his pitching the governor into the water. He became the victim of the governor's wrath. Certain it is that his house and grounds were confiscated and he forced into exile. His valuable property was sold at auction April 25, 1675, and a few days afterward came into possession of Governor Carteret for the small sum of 14 pounds. Mr. Shotwell retired to New York, and did not again reside permanently in New Jersey. He obtained a grant of land in New York, and located, it is believed, not far from the site of the first Brooklyn bridge. Riker, in the History of Harlem, says (p. 383) "Elphinstone had erected a leather mill and other buildings upon his tract, with the assistance of a copartner, Abraham Shotwell, late of New Jersey, to whom the patent was made out. October 30, 1677, Elphinstone sold all his interest in the farm houses and mill to Shotwell, who in payment gave his obligation in the form of a note for £52, 10s." Abraham Shotwell, "with consent of his son John," sold the farm and improvements in 1679 to John Robinson. He probably died in New York city about the year 1680. The name of his wife has not been ascertained. He certainly had a son John, who is the ancestor of the Shotwells of Rahway, Plainfield, New Jersey, and Johnstown, New York (see forward).

[SOURCE: Vol. III, pp. 1084-1087 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]
Contributor: janicet March 22, 2020

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