Piatt Family Newsletter, Volume 1, 1986, shows James Piatt, born 3 Oct 1704, as the son of Thomas Piatt and Mercy Hull. In turn Thomas Piatt was the son of Rene Piatt and Elizabeth Sheffield and Mercy Hull the daughter of Samuel Hull and Mary Manning.
Monnette's work may show Ruth Drake as the daughter of John Drake and Sarah Compton, but more recent research disputes that. It is now thought that Ruth Drake was Ruth Fitzrandolph, widow of Joseph Drake. As proof are cited references to ear marks used to identify cattle.
"The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey" Vol 22:12, in a compilation of Piscataway Ear Marks: "The marke of Thomas Peatt Is a Slit on the top of Each Eare and a half peney on The under Side of the Right Ear, Entered this 23 Day of June 1701. Jediah Higgines, Towne Clark." A note at the side: "entered to Ephraim Runyon."
In Vol 23:19, "The mark of James Pyatt for his Cattel horses Sheep and Swine is a Crop one the Right eare that was formerly Joseph Drakes, Entered this 26th Day of June annon 1728 Benajah Dunham (In a later hand:) This entered to Peter Marsalis..."
The same publication in Vol 20, pp 10-12, has an article, "The Genealogical Significance of Cattle Earmarks," by Oliver D Drake, which explains that particular earmarks were used from one generation to the next, and could sometimes indicate relationships, such as second marriages of widows, where the earmark registry was transferred to the new husband's livestock.
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