Looking for anything on MORROWs in NJ in the 1700s. There were three possibly related male MORROWs in Northern NJ in the mid to late 1700s:
1) John MORROW: b. by 1751; d. aft. 1800; m. by 1779 to Elizabeth ALEXANDER, d/o William ALEXANDER & Janet AIKMAN. Resident of Mendham Twp., Morris Co., NJ by 1772. Children: James (b. by 1785), William (b. 1776-1783), Janet, and possibly Robert (b. ~1793).
2) Thomas MORROW: b. prob. by 1750; d. ~1776, Somerset Co., NJ; m. to Rachel _?_ (possibly remarried 1777-1779 to Joseph TODD in Somerset Co., NJ). Resident of Bernards Twp., Somerset Co., NJ by 1769-1776 period and possibly whole life (this or an older Thomas MORROW "of Baskin [sic] Ridge" appears in a 1749 record as an adult). Children: Thomas (b. 1755-1776), William (b. 1755-1776), Margaret (b. 1758-1776), and Janet (b. 1758-1776).
3) James MORROW: b. 1736-1737; d. 1820, Sussex Co., NJ; m1. to _?_; m2. 1770 in Sussex Co., NJ to Jane GARDNER. Resident of Hardiston Twp., Sussex Co., NJ from 1750s onward. Children: Robert, James, William, George (b. 1778-1779), Thomas, Hester/Esther (unmarried in 1820), Elizabeth m. Josiah VANCE (d. by 1820), Jane m. Job CORY, Margaret m. _?_ McCLENEN, Elener m. _?_ DECKER.
There are many indications that John of Morris may have come across the county line from Somerset Co. such that he would presumably be kin to Thomas of Somerset. There are also indications that James of Sussex may have come out of this area as well such that he is also kin. If that Thomas in Somerset in 1749 is a separate individual from the Thomas who died in Somerset about 1776 leaving four minor children, then the hypothetical elder Thomas would fit as father of the three as follows:
Thomas MORROW: b. by 1728, but prob. NLT 1718 if James of Sussex is a son. Resided in Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., NJ in 1749. Possible children:
1) James MORROW of Sussex Co., NJ (b. 1736-1737)
2) Thomas MORROW of Somerset Co., NJ (b. prob. 1740s)
3) John MORROW of Morris Co., NJ (b. by 1751)
Unfortunately, I have few records of any MORROWs in Somerset Co. I have nothing between a Thomas MORROW of Basking Ridge serving as bondsman with John BARCLAY for the latter's marriage to Catherine CRAWFORD of "Elizabeth Town" (Elizabeth, NJ) in 1749 and the Thomas MORROW recorded as pew holder at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church 1769-1776 (listed with Elisha AYERS and Joseph TODD for Pew #23). Then I have nothing between the 1776 will of a Thomas MORROW and the 1821 marriage of an Alexander MORROW to Mariah NESBITT, despite the fact that the aforementioned Thomas left two minor sons in 1776. It certainly appears that the Alexander of 1821 is son of one of those boys.
All I can add for possible clues is that Thomas of 1776 named Hugh GASTON (along with his (Thomas') wife Rachel) as his executor suggesting a possible GASTON connection, direct or indirect. Furthermore, the will was witnessed by John HUSTON, John McCAIN, and Robert CUMMINS, possibly suggesting further connections. Minimally, the GASTONs, McCAINs, and LOGANs appear to have intermarried. Perhaps the MORROWs were tied into this web as well.
Lastly, James MORROW (s/o John of Morris) and his wife Adah _?_ (possibly LEWIS?), both of Mendham Twp., Morris Co., sold land on Indian Grove Brook in Bernards Twp., Somerset Co. in 1806. They sold it to John PAGE of Piscataway, Middlesex Co. and the transfer was witnessed by _?_ BAKER and John McCARTER.
Do more MORROW records exist in Somerset? Does anybody have anything on MORROW in Somerset Co., NJ in the 1700s or on anything else related to the MORROWs described above? So long as most of those Somerset records have not been destroyed, surely there should be MORROWs hidden in there somewhere. Thanks.
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