From "The Founders and Builders of the Oranges", pub. 1896 by Henry Whittemore:
According to tradition, the Quinbys were early settled at Stratford-on-Avon, and were said to be related to the Bard of Avon through Judith Shakspeare, who married a Quinby. William Quinby, the American ancestor, came before 1650 with Rev. Mr. Blakeman and others, and is found first at Salem, Mass. He was among the original settlers of Stratford, Conn., and may have given the town its name. His home lot was No. 7 on the map of the town. Two of his sons, John and Thomas, appear on the records of the town.
William and John Quimby, his sons, were patentees of West Chester, in Westchester County, NY in 1654. John was one of the principal proprietors of New Castle, in the same county. He was appointed a magistrate in 1662, by Gov. Stuyvesant. The "History of Westchester County," by Bolton, contains a genealogical chart of the Quinby family, as well as a description of the Coat of Arms. John Quinby, above referred to, married Deborah Haight and had a son, Josiah.
Josiah, son of John and Deborah Haight Quinby, married Mary Williams and had a son Josiah.
Josiah Quinby, son of Josiah and Mary Williams Quinby, married Hannah Cornell and had a son, Josiah.
Josiah Quinby, son of Josiah and Hannah Cornell Quinby, was born about 1726, died in 1804. His name first appears on the Newark records in 1765, when it was "Voted that the Parsonage Meadow be hired for the ensuing year." Said meadow rented to Josiah Quinby, Joseph Mun (Munn) and Ichabod Harrison. He married Martha, daughter of Joseph and Martha (Sargent) Harrison, (son of Joseph who was the son of Sergeant Richard and Dorcas (Ward) Harrison; she was the daughter of Sergeant John Ward).
The records of the Mountain Society show that the wife of Josiah Quinby "entered into Covenant July 10, 1774, and their two sons, John and Joseph, were Baptised Aug. 12, the same year. Josiah Quinby served with the "New Jersey Line", regular army, in the War of the Revolution, as Second Lieutenant, Captain Potters Co, Third Battalion, First Establishment, Feb. 7, 1776, discharged with battalion. Josiah had, in addition to sons John and Josiah, a son Moses, born about 1750. He married Mary----. Three of his children, Lois, Caleb, and Jotham, were baptised in the First Presbyterian Church, Orange, Oct. 16, 1774.
Jothan Quinby, son of Moses and Mary----Quinby, was born in Orange, May 31, 1773. He resided in a stone house, built in 1774, on the Smith Property, on Scotland Street, South Orange. He m. Lilias Smith, daughter of James and Eleanor (Harrison) Smith. (James Smith, was the son of David and Martha Freeman Smith, son of James Smith, the ancestor who married Mary Baldwin Crane, daughter of Deacon Azariah Crane, whose wife was Mary, daughter of Gov. Robert Treat, of Conn.)
The children of Jothan and Lilian Smith Quinby were:
Jonas; James Moses; Antoinette; Orlando; Hiram; Hannah. Lilias, died young.
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