LAENEN/LANE/UPDIKE; Somerset Co., NJ; 1700s [LONG!]
+ BRAGAW COLLINS FORCE JOHNSON SAVAGE SCHENCK SMOCK
Q. Was Eleanor/Nelly-5 LANE (Gizebert-4, Mathias-3, Gysbrecht-2
"Gilbert" LAENEN, Matthys-1 Jansen) the wife of Roliph-5
UPDIKE (John-4, Lawrence-3, Johannes-2, Louris-1 Jansen)?
I am seeking any evidence to support or refute the theory detailed
below. For many years, I have been actively seeking the identify
of Roliph-5 UPDIKE'S wife. This week, a new theory emerged during
a rapid exchange of emails with several fellow UPDIKE and LANE
researchers. I am extremely grateful to these correspondents;
their names are provided below in conjunction with the information
that they have provided.
Roliph-5 UPDIKE, son of John-4 & Mary (BRAGAW) UPDIKE, b. NJ ca.
1750; d. Ulysses, Tompkins Co., NY ca. 1830; named after maternal
uncle, Roelof-3 BRAGAW. His name is seen as Rulef, Rolif, Ruliph,
Rulif, Rulof, Roelef, Ralph, etc. Roliph was farmer in (then
Montgomery, Somerset County, now) Princeton, Mercer Co., NJ and
Ulysses, NY, where he settled shortly after 1800. The name of his
wife is not identified in Charles Wilson Opdyke's landmark work,
The op Dyck Genealogy: Containing the Opdyck-Opdycke-Opdyke-Updike
American Descendants of the Wesel and Holland Families
([hereinafter Opdyke] [Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1880], p.
Margaret Force Christensen has been seeking the origins of her
ancestress, Jerusha (UPDIKE) FORCE, b. ca. 1769/70, as an
undocumented dau. of Roliph-5 UPDIKE or his brother Gilbert. David
& Jerusha (UPDIKE) FORCE were m. ca. 1790; they resided in Somerset
Co., NJ and Tompkins Co., NY. Their dau. Hannah m. Andrew T.
GERMAN. By GERMAN family records, Hannah was reportedly "the dau.
of David FORCE and Jerusha UPDIKE FORCE, WHOSE MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME
Margaret inquired of Michael Morrissey if he was familiar with "The
Life and Family of Gilbert UPDIKE [son of Roliph-5]" (SLC #929.273
A1 #490). This document assumes that Jerusha was Roliph-5 UPDIKE's
dau. because Jerusha and Gilbert-6 were both present at the Battle
of Princeton, according to family legend.
Mike relayed this correspondence to me which included his
observation that Roliph-5 UPDIKE lived near Ralph LANE in NJ.
Based on the possibility that Jerusha (UPDIKE) FORCE may have been
Roliph-5's dau., I immediately launched a search to determine if
Ralph LANE might be the father of the elusive Mrs. Roliph-5 UPDIKE.
A quick search at RootsWeb's WorldConnect project revealed that
Ralph LANE was the son of Mathias-3 LANE (Gysbrecht-2 "Gilbert"
LAENEN, Matthys-1 Jansen) and Ann/Antje-3 SCHENCK (Garret-2
Roelofse, Rolof-1 Martense). Recognizing the LANE family to be of
the same origins as my VAN PELT ancestors, I contacted Dorothy
Koenig--one our favorite DUTCH-COLONIES listers, the Editor of "New
Netherland Connections," and a fellow descendant of the LAENEN VAN
Through Dorothy's quick research and additional on-line searches on
my part, including the WorldConnect database of Linda Boorom, it
quickly became apparent that Mrs. Roliph-5 UPDIKE was *not* the
dau. of Ralph & Susannah (-----) LANE. However, naming patterns
and associations in common with other individuals soon caused us to
consider the possibility that Mrs. Roliph UPDIKE was closely
related to Ralph LANE.
Peter UPDIKE & Jacob SARTORE were executors to the will of Ralph
LANE's wife, Suzannah (-----) LANE of Montgomery Township, made
1810, proved 1811 (Somerset Wills, Book A, p. 317 cited in "Lane
Families of somerset and Vicinity" by A. Van Doren Honeyman,
Somerset County Historical Quarterly Vol. II [p. 201]); William
UPDIKE Jr., John SAVIDGE and Jos. H. SKELTON were witnesses.
Samuel UPDIKE & David JOHNSON made the inventory. Peter UPDIKE was
probably Roliph-5's brother; Samuel & William Jr. were probably the
sons of Roliph's brother, William-5 UPDIKE, who m. Naomi JOHNSON.
David JOHNSON was probably the husband of Roliph's sister, Mary;
According to Mike Morrissey, the property of Peter UPDIKE & John
SAVIDGE was adjacent to Ralph LANE's in 1813 and William UPDIKE
lived nearby. Mike raised an interesting sidebar question--was
Suzannah (-----) LANE related to the UPDIKEs?
I suggested to Dorothy that Ralph LANE's brother Gilbert-4 LANE
might have been the father of Mrs. Roliph UPDIKE, based solely on
the given names found in common between the family groups and a
number of daughters with no known husbands born in the right time
frame. Dorothy located the will abstract of "Gizebort Lane, of the
Western Precinct, Somerset County, [NJ]" in NJ "Calendar of Wills,
1801-1805" (p. 264-5), proved 12 April 1804. Gizebert
(Gysbert/Gilbert) left L-100 to each of his daughters upon their
mother's death and he also gave to his daughter, Eleanor [no
married surname given!], the lot of land she now lives on, during
her life, and then the same to HER SON, GILBERT. William COLLINS
witnessed this will; he was married to Susannah LANE, dau. of Ralph
& Suzannah (-----) LANE. Thus, brothers Gilbert-4 LANE and Ralph-4
LANE both lived in close proximity to Roliph-5 UPDIKE.
From other sources, we know that Gizebert-5 LANE was m. to his
first cousin, Eleanor/Neeltje SMOCK, dau. of Hendrick & Maria
"Mary" (SCHENCK) SMOCK. Mike Morrissey located the following:
County of Monmouth... 1741... Gysbert LANE... obtained license
of marriage for himself and for Eleanor SMOCK of said county,
spinster... [w] Rob't SAVAGE. Wm MADOCK.
Recall that John SAVIDGE witnessed the will of Suzannah (-----)
LANE; perhaps he was related to "Rob't SAVAGE." Roliph-5 UPDIKE's
brother Jacob m. Anna SAVAGE.
According to Dutch naming patterns, Roliph-5 UPDIKE should have
named his eldest son JOHN after the paternal grandfather. No such
son is know to have existed; if one did, he probably d. young. The
eldest known son of Roliph-5 UPDIKE was GILBERT-6 UPDIKE. As we
look at the other names of Roliph-5 UPDIKE's children, it appears
quite possible that Eleanor/Nelly-5 LANE, dau. of Gizebert/Gilbert-
4 LANE and Eleanor/Neeltje SMOCK, b. ca. 1752, was Roliph-5's
UPDIKE's wife (birth order uncertain):
1. [Jerusha-6, b. 1769/70, m. David FORCE not identified in
2. Gilbert, b. 1775, perhaps named after maternal grandfather,
Gilbert-4 LANE and paternal uncle Gilbert-5 UPDIKE.
3. Matthias, perhaps named after maternal great-grandfather
Mathias-3 LANE and great-uncle Matthias-4 LANE.
4. Ralph, b. near Princeton, NJ 1785, perhaps named after father
Roliph-5 UPDIKE and maternal great-uncle Ralph LANE.
5. [Mary "Polly," b. ca. December 1785; not identified in Opdyke;
perhaps named after paternal grandmother Mary (BRAGAW) UPDIKE
and maternal aunt Maria-5 LANE.]
6. Eleanor "Nellie," perhaps named after mother, Eleanor (LANE)
UPDIKE and maternal grandmother, Eleanor/Neeltje (SMOCK) LANE
7. Catherine, perhaps named after maternal aunt Catherine-5
8. Peter, perhaps named after paternal uncle Peter-5 UPDIKE.
If this theory is proven correct, Eleanor (LANE) UPDIKE, becomes
one chain in an unbroken matrilineal descent of 15 generations from
Aeltie (COOL) VAN COUWENHOVEN down to my great-grandmother, Mary
(WILLIAMSON) STREETER and on down to her great-great-
granddaughters. If anyone else is aware of living matrilineal
descendants from one of the early "grandmothers" in this chain, DNA
analysis could be also used to support or refute this theory.
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