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All of the early settlers of New Jersey did not come directly from Europe. Between 1660 and 1750, many migrated from other colonies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Long Island, New York. Each family presented on this page will begin with the first immigrant from Europe and focus on those descendants that lived in, or passed through, New Jersey. Often the progenitor of the family in North America never lived in New Jersey, but it was his children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren who were the early settlers of many New Jersey communities.

The presentations on this page are in various stages of completion. Research of all of the family lines is continuing and updates to the pages will be posted as discovery of new information dictates.

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These journals are works in progress and contain many omissions and undetected inaccuracies. Some of the information has been gathered from undocumented sources and is presented as a framework of clues for others to utilize in pursuing further research. All names, dates, and places that are included have not been verified by me.

Where I have been able to locate reasonably reliable sources, the events are documented in the End Notes. These notes are accessible by clicking on the hyperlinks immediately following the individual events (the superscripted numbers). I have purposely omitted references to sources of undocumented information feeling that to do so would imply verification.

I sincerely hope that anyone detecting inaccuracies or omissions in these works or having questions regarding their content will contact me. I request that, if possible, sources for additional or conflicting information be included so that I may verify the information prior to posting additions or corrections.

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Thomas Baker Descendants
Thomas Baker came from Hothfield, England to Milford, Connecticut in 1639. In 1650 he removed to East Hampton, Long Island where he was a proprietor and one of the first settlers of eastern Long Island. He died there in 1700. Before 1720 his grandson, Thomas Baker, was living in Connecticut Farms, NJ and before 1750, two great grandsons, Nathaniel and Henry Baker, were living in what is now Westfield, NJ. They became the founders of the Baker Families of English origin in the Essex County, New Jersey area.

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Edward Doty Descendants
Edward Doty came from England on the Mayflower in 1620. He was one of the founders of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, where he died in 1655. Samuel Doty, the fourth son of Pilgrim Edward Doty, left Plymouth Colony about 1670 and became one of the first settlers of Piscataway, New Jersey. Many of his descendants lived in New Jersey for the next three hundred years and, undoubtedly, some still remain there.

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Doty Family Vital Records
Doty Family marriages, births, and deaths covering the period 1795 to 1867. Extracted from civil and church records of eight northern New Jersey counties.

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Edward Shipman Descendants
Edward Shipman came from England in 1639. He was one of the founders of the Saybrook Colony in Connecticut, where he died in 1697. Two of Edward's grandsons, brothers Jonathan and David Shipman, came to New Jersey about 1718 and settled in Essex County. Another of Edward's grandsons, Benjamin Shipman who was a cousin of Jonathan and David, settled in Morris County, NJ about 1720. Benjamin Shipman's descendants did not perpetuate the Shipman name in New Jersey. Some of Jonathan's sons removed to Virginia where their descendants joined the westward migration after the Revolutionary War. Still there was a sizeable number of Shipman families living in the northern New Jersey area for the next two hundred and fifty years.

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George Sutton Descendants
George Sutton, as a servant in the party of Nathaniel Tilden, sailed from England on the ship Hercules in 1634 and settled in Scituate, Massachusetts. Within two years of his arrival, he married Sarah Tiden, the daughter of Nathaniel Tilden. He was a Quaker, and by 1668, he had relocated to what would become Perquimans County, North Carolina to escape persecution by the New England Puritans. Most of George Sutton's family accompanied him to North Carolina except for his sons Daniel who went to Burlington County, New Jersey and William who settled in Piscataway, New Jersey in 1672. William left many descendants in Middlesex, Somerset, and Morris Counties in New Jersey.

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John Martin Descendants
John Martin had come from England and settled in Dover, in the valley of the Piscataqua River, in what is now New Hampshire. With Charles Gilman, Hugh Dunn, and Hopewell Hull, he applied for and received, on 18 December 1666, the Piscataway Land Grant. He came to the new settlement of Piscataway as one of the four grantees and lived there until his death in 1687.


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