Edward FitzRandolph, II

Birth
Sutton-in-Ashfield, Ashfield District, Nottinghamshire, England
Death 1675 (aged 67–68)
Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 45704155 · View Source
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In March of 1630, Edward FitzRandolph sailed with the great fleet of 11 emigrant ships assembled by John Winthrop from Groton, Suffolk out of London and landed at Naumkeag on the coast of Massachusetts on 13 Jun at what is present-day Salem.

On May 10, 1637, in Scituate, Plymouth Colony, Edward exchanged marriage vows with Miss Elizabeth Blossom, only daughter of Thomas and Ann (née Elsdon) Blossom. Their long and productive union produced a large family, among whom were: Nathaniel (born in 1640 and died at age four months); a second boy to be named Nathaniel (1642-1713) who married Mary Holloway; Mary (1644-1649), wife of Samuel Hinckley; Hannah (1648-1705), wife of Jasper Joseph Taylor; John (1653-1727) who married Sarah Bonham; Joseph (1656-1726) who married Joanna Conger; Elizabeth (1657-1702), wife of 1st John Langstaff, and 2nd Andrew Wooden; Hope (1661-1703), wife of Ezekial Bloomfield; and Benjamin (1663-1746), who married Miss Sarah Dennis.

In 1675 Edward and Elizabeth had enjoyed almost a half century of marriage when he died in his eighth decade in Piscataway, Colonial New Jersey. His remains were interred in the burial ground adjacent to St. James Episcopal Church, formerly known as the Piscataway-town Burial Ground and White Church Cemetery, in Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

A decade later, his widow married again, becoming the bride of widower Judge John Pike, a founder of Woodbridge and father of grown children. He, too, predeceased her, dying in the third year of their marriage. He was laid to rest next to his first wife, the mother of all his children.

Elizabeth was aged 93 years when she died in 1713. She was laid to rest at the side of her beloved first husband.

Sixty-three years later, as the colonists waged a war against the British for independence, English troops used the church as a barracks and hospital, as it was strategically located on King George’s Highway (present-day Wood- bridge Avenue). The British threw a defensive breastwork over the burial ground which sustained major damage. After the war’s end, the ground was leveled but no trace of the FitzRandolph markers were ever found. Sadly, the exact location of Edward’s and Elizabeth’s resting places are forever lost to mankind.


NOTES:
(1) It has been suggested that Edward FitzRandolph’s given name was Martin Edward. The cited source appears to be a self-published book, rending support for this name change insufficient as books published by recognized genealogical authors and publishers list him simply as Edward Fitz Randolph/Fitzran- dolph/FitzRandolph, most of which use Fitzrandolph.
(2) Much appreciation to findagrave.com contributors Caral #3288427 and lifescribe #48569208 for their biographical input.




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  • Maintained by: Betty Arnold Henderson
  • Originally Created by: Sue McDuffe:)
  • Added: 22 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45704155
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward FitzRandolph, II (5 Jul 1607–1675), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45704155, citing Saint James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Betty Arnold Henderson (contributor 46498020) .