David emigrated to the Newark, New Jersey area about 1718. Due to the loss of many records of this area during the Revolutionary War, it has been extremely difficult to accurately identify all of the children and grandchildren of David. He is believed by many to be the progenitor of an extensive line who lived in Essex, Morris, and Union Counties in New Jersey for the next two hundred years. Research is continuing in an attempt to clarify the Shipman Family lineage in New Jersey during the pre-Revolutionary War era.
The Last Will and Testament of David Williams (1703-1781), dated 12 October 1777 and proved 14 March 1782 (New Jersey Wills, Volume 23, Page 446), names as an heir "my brother in the law David Shipman". This corroborates other evidence that David Williams's sister, Sarah, is the wife of David Shipman.
1779 NJ TAX RATABLES Newark, Essex Co., NJ (1/4 Grist Mill)
1780 NJ TAX RATABLES Newark, Essex Co., NJ (1/4 Mill)
David SHIPMAN and Sarah WILLIAMS had the following children:
+ 74 i. John4 SHIPMAN was born circa 1720.
+ 75 ii. Abraham SHIPMAN was born February 16, 1738/9.
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