Hoping for help in unravelling a family mystery.
Bet. 1745-1747 our ancestor, William Current, landed in NJ, an orphan, (maybe 5-7 years old?)the rest of his family having died of ship's fever. An Elisha Barton took him in, (possibly as an indentured servant?) The next record we have of William is in Oxford, Sussex Co., as an adult. When he lived with the Bartons he was probably in another part of New Jersey. I really need to identify who this Elisha Barton was, in order to piece together the real facts about William's early years. The problem is, there were many Elisha Bartons in NJ, NY, and PA in this time period. I need HELP in figuring out which is the correct one.
One of William Current's eldest children, Charity Current, married Thomas Campbell Sexton from Hunterdon Co., NJ on May 10, 1787, in Sussex Co. Recently I located Sexton family records which give Charity's birth as February 18, 1769, Hopewell, Hunterdon (now Mercer) Co. So maybe William lived in Hunterdon Co. before moving to Sussex Co? Giving further support to this, I have located an Elisha Barton who lived in Hunterdon Co. in the same time period:
Capt. Elisha Barton was b. 5 Oct 1729 in Amwell, Hunterdon, NJ, d. 31 Mar 1823 same place, m.abt 1755 to Jemima van Kirk b. 20 Feb 1735/1736 in Hopewell Twp., Hunterdon Co.. But, I'm afraid this Elisha would have been slightly too young to have taken in an indentured servant in 1747, and definitely too young in 1745. There is conflicting information about who this Capt. Elisha Barton's parents were. The only source I have seen who has attempted to assign a father to Elisha, gives him as Noah Barton, (citing no real evidence), b. 1668 in CT, d. aft. 1737, Cranberry, Middlesex Co., NJ, m. bef. 1710 NY to Mary unknown. Even descendants of Capt. Elisha have had reason to doubt this connection, partially based on the age difference.
I just came across some more information which I believe sounds more plausible. But, without proof, it is nothing but theory. This new information appears to place 2 consecutive Elisha Bartons immediately prior to Capt. Elisha Barton, making him Elisha Barton, III. Elisha Barton, II, would be the correct age to be the benefactor of William Current. What do you think of this? Anything anyone can add, or detract, from this?:
from the Lorne Shunk's Family Tree: (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~shunkfamilytree/FamilyTree/fam07666.htm)
Elisha BARTON, (SR.) (s/o Roger Barton & Mary Lounsberry) b. bet.1662-1668, d. bef. 1717 at Burlington Co., NJ, m.1 to _?_ Contine, (d/o Isaac Contine), at New Rochelle, Westchester Co., NY; m2 to Mary Griffin. CHILDREN by 1st marriage: 1) Thomas BARTON, b. at Westchester Co., NY, d. Hunterdon Co., NJ, m. Hannah Clark; and2) _?_ Barton, (whom I believe was Elisha Barton, Jr.), d. NJ
Put this together with another bit of information picked up from Michael S. Disbrow's Family Tree (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/5853/hendis/hendis.html):
BENJAMIN DISBROW (son of Henry I), b. abt. 1672, poss. on Long Island, NY, d. 10 Dec. 1733 Matawan, Monmouth Co., NJ, m. MARY GRIFFIN, Children: 1)John Disbrow, b. 1702; 2)Benjamin Disbrow, Jr., b. abt. 1707; d. 17 Mar. 1735 Matawan, Monmouth Co., NJ; m. Margaret _; no children, 3)Anne Disbrow, b. 1710; d. 1733, 4) Griffin Disbrow, b. 1712, 5) Mary Disbrow, m. Elisha Barton (This would be Elisha Barton, Jr., Mary Disbrow's step-brother, son of her mother, Mary Griffin's second spouse, Elisha Barton,Sr.)
This Elisha Barton, Jr., and wife Mary Disbrow, then, are probably the parents of Capt. Elisha Barton (III) of Hunterdon Co., NJ, as well as being the Elisha Barton who took William Current into their home when he landed, orphaned, on NJ soil.
So, tell me, am I crazy?!!! Is there anything anyone can add to support this, or to point me in another direction for the real Elisha Barton who took in William Current?
thanks so much for any and all help, yea or nay.
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