EDWARD FITZ RANDOLPH, the Pilgrim and the progenitor of the Fitz Randolph family in America, was undoubtedly the "Edward Fitzrandall," son of Edward Fitz Randolph or Randall and his second wife Frances Howis or Howes, baptized at Sutton in-Ashfield, co. Nottingham, England, on July 8, 1607. "Fitz Randolph Traditions" by the late Lewis Van Syckel8 Fitz Randolph (NO. 770 in the genealogy), gives much on the English antecedents of the family.
Among the seven hundred passengers who came over in the eleven vessels which compromised the "Winthrop Fleet" and which was known as the "Great Immigration" of 1630, was Edward Fitz Randolph, who settled at Scituate, Massachusetts. Pastor Lathrop's diary asserts that "the young Mas [Master] Edward FitzRandolph built the 38 house in Scituate, Mass." He married in Scituate, May 10, 1637, ELIZABETH BLOSSOM, the daughter of Elder Thomas Blossom and his wife Ann Heilson (Elisdon, Elsdon, Elston, Alston), who were married at St. Clements, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, Nov. 10, 1605 [3, 111]. Elizabeth was born in Leyden, Holland, in 1620 , soon after her parents were forced, by the condition of the Speedwell - the companion boat to the Mayflower - to return to Holland, where so many of their persecuted friends had sought refuge with Pastor Robinson in that hospitable country.
Edward and Elizabeth moved from Scituate to Barnstable, Mass. In 1639, and his name appears in the list of those able to bear arms in New Plymouth in 1643. In 1649 Edward moved from Barnstable to his farm, "a great double lot," in West Barnstable, and in 1669, with his wife and six children, he sought a new home in Piscataway, New Jersey, leaving his son Nathaniel and his daughter Mary, wife of Samuel Hinckley in West Barnstable, and his daughter Hannah, wife of Jasper Taylor, in Yarmouth.
In the "Book of Records" of Nathaniel Fitz Randolph it states that "Edward lived to be nearly eighty years of age." It is often stated that Edward died in Piscataway in 1675 or 1676, which would make him only about 68 or 69 at his death, so it seems probable that he lived until 1684 or 1685. After Edward's death Elizabeth gave her four sons, John, Joseph, Thomas and Benjamin, on June 26, 1685 , the land she located in her husband's name, and on June 30, 1685 , she married Capt. JOHN PIKE of Woodbridge, N.J. Julianna7 Fitz Randolph Wood (No. 188:i) tells us in her "Family Sketches" that Elizabeth "was buried by her first husband" in the west corner of what is now St. James Churchyard, Piscataway, N.J. During the Revolution, as the British troops came down King George's Highway (now Woodbridge Avenue) breastworks were thrown across the plot, and after the war was over and the ground leveled, no trace was found of the tombstones of either Edward or Elizabeth.
1. EDWARD FITZ RANDOLPH, baptized at Sutton-in-Asfield, Nottinghamshire, England, July 5, 1607; emigrated in 1630 to Scituate, Mass.; died in Piscataway, N.J. about 1684-85. He Married May 10, 1637 [1, 2], Elizabeth Blossom, born in Leyden, the Netherlands, in 1620. She married second June 30, 1685, Capt. JOHN PIKE, and died in Woodbridge or Piscataway in 1713.
Children, born in Barnstable, Mass.:
|i.||NATHANIEL,2 bap. Aug. 9, 1640 [2, 8, 9]; died in Barnstable Dec. 10, 1640 and was buried in the Calf's Pasture there|
|2.||ii.||NATHANIEL, bap. May 15, 1642 [2, 8, 9].|
|iii.||MARY, bap. Oct. 6, 1644 [2, 8, 9, 10]; died I infancy about 1649.|
|3.||iv.||HANNAH, bap. Apr. 23, 1648 [2, 8, 9, 10].|
|4.||v.||MARY, born June 2, 1650.|
|vi.||JOHN, born Jan. 2, 1651-2 [2, 8, 9, 10]; died in infancy.|
|5.||vii.||JOHN, born Oct. 7, 1652 [2, 8, 9, 10].|
|6.||viii.||JOSEPH, born Mar. 1, 1655/6 [2, 8, 9, 10].|
|7.||ix.||ELIZABETH, born in 1657.|
|8.||x.||THOMAS, born Aug. 16, 1659 [2, 8, 9, 10].|
|9.||xi.||HOPE, born, April 2, 1661 [2, 8, 9, 10].|
|10.||xii.||BENJAMIN, born in 1663.|