1659 - 1728 (68 years)
||Daniel Wills |
||17 Feb 1659
||Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England
||16 Aug 1677
||West Jersey, New Jersey
|The Kent, Master Gregory Marloe |
||Burlington Co, New Jersey
||25 Jan 1728
||Northampton, Burlington Co, New Jersey
|Will Written |
||1 Feb 1728
||Burlington Co, New Jersey
|Will Proved |
||29 Mar 1728
||Burlington Co, New Jersey
||12 Dec 1729
||Burlington Co, New Jersey
|Account of the Estate |
||16 Jul 2008 |
||Dr. Daniel Wills, b. Abt 1633, Northamptonshire Co, England , bur. 26 May 1698, Friends' Burial Ground, St. James, Barbados (Age ~ 65 years) |
||Elizabeth Frampton, b. Abt 1635, of Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England , d. 11 Aug 1661, Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England (Age ~ 26 years) |
||Northamptonshire Co, England 
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Margaret Newbold, c. 13 Jan 1663, Eckington, Yorkshire Co, England , d. 1694 (Age ~ 30 years) |
||30 Dec 1686
||Burlington, Burlington Co, New Jersey 
| ||1. Elizabeth Wills, b. 1688-1689, of Northampton Twp, Burlington Co, New Jersey , d. Yes, date unknown|
|+||2. Daniel Wills, III, b. 1691-1692, of Northampton Twp, West Jersey , d. From 29 Jan 1742/1743 to 5 Dec 1747, Northampton Twp, Burlington Co, New Jersey (Age 51 years)|
|+||3. James Wills, b. 1693-1694, of Northampton Twp, Burlington Co, New Jersey , d. 17 Dec 1759, Northampton Twp, Burlington Co, New Jersey (Age 65 years)|
||16 Jul 2008 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Mary Thompson, b. Abt 1667, d. Yes, date unknown |
||12 Mar 1696 
|+||1. Joseph Wills, b. 1697-1698, New Jersey , d. Bef 7 Sep 1736, Northampton Twp, Burlington Co, New Jersey (Age 38 years)|
| ||2. Ann Wills, b. 1699-1700, New Jersey , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||3. Margaret "Margott" Wills, b. 1701-1702, New Jersey , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Hannah Wills, b. 1703-1704, New Jersey , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||5. John Wills, b. Abt 1709, New Jersey , d. Yes, date unknown|
||16 Jul 2008 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||1677 Account of Daniel Wills, Sr. |
An account related by Daniel Wills, Jr. about his father, Daniel Wills, Sr. and their arrival at West Jersey in 1677. The relation was recorded in 1715 and was later copied in the John P. Dornan Collection (FHL). Transcription by Chad G. Nichols
- BIRTH & MARRIAGE: Should research Friends records of Northamptonshire: "English Friends records, Northamptonshire : births, marriages and burials, 1649-1725," FHL BRITISH 441401 Item 2
DEATH: Death is will-proved.
- [S756] Nichols Online Library, Digital Documents Researched and Scanned by Chad Nichols & Relatives, Nichols, Chad G., (Catalogue of over 40,000 relatives with more than 5,000 of them having documentation to support their place in the family tree. Some recent generation surnames include Anderson, Broman, Campbell, Cloward, Conder, Dutson, Ericksen, Farmer, Holyoak, Kump, Kylen, Mendenhall, Nichols, Nielson, O'Donnell, Richardson, Roberts, Shelley, Stone, and Walker. Most ancestors are from England, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany.
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1715 Relation of the 1677 West Jersey Arrival - 004800
- [S198] Website, Unknown Author (Reliability: 3).
History of Burlington Township
Among the purchasers of the West Jersey lands were two companies, both consisting of Friends, or Quakers, one from Yorkshire, the other from London. These companies contracted and received patents for large shares. Those of the county of York were Thomas Hutchinson, of Beverly, Thomas Pearson, of Bonwicke, Joseph Helmsley, of Great Kelke, George Hutchinson, of Sheffield, and Mahlon Stacy, of Hansworth. They were all principal creditors of Edward Byllinge.
From members of the Yorkshire company are descended the New Jersey families of Clayton, Ellis, Hancock, Helmsley, Stacy, and Wetherill. They had felt the heel of the oppressor, and were ready for the establishment of a more liberal government far away from the scenes of their former lives.
Henry Armitt Brown drew the following vivid picture of the departure of the emigrants, their voyage, and their arrival at their future home: "The preparations are now made, and the time for departure is at hand. The two companies have appointed commissioners to govern them - Joseph Helmsley, Robert Stacy, William Emley, and Thomas Foulke for the Yorkshire people; Thomas Olive, Daniel Wills, John Penford, and Benjamin Scott for the London purchasers.
They have secured a stanch ship, under the command of an experienced seaman, and she is now lying ready in the Thames. With what feelings does this band of self-devoted exiles go on board! Does any one of the half-million souls of the great metropolis notice the little company of English yeomen as, laden with their scanty store of household stuff, and leading their wives and children by the hand, they shake the dust of England from their feet and clamber on deck?
Does any one foresee, as he looks with pride on the forest of masts and yard-arms that stretches from London Tower to London Bridge, that of all the ships that move to and fro beneath him or lie at anchor on the crowded Thamers but one shall be remembered? It is not that big merchantman, fast to yonder wharf, discharging the rich cargo she has just brought from the Indies; nor this gallant vessel that, as she swings with the tide, turns to him a hull scarred with many a Dutch or Spanish boradside; nor yet the stately ship that at this moment comes slowly up under full said from Gravesend.
Long after these and they that sailed them shall have been forgotten, the happy citizens of a free commonwealth in a distant land shall speak with affectionate remembrance of the good ship 'Kent' and 'Master Godfrey Marlow.'
Obscure and unnoticed, and perhaps on that account undisturbed, all are at last on board. They have taken leave of their country; it only remains to say farewell to their king. It is a pleasant day in the opening summer and London is full of gayety. The banquets at Whitehall have never been more brilliant, and the king, in spite of French victories and Popish plots and Quaker persecutions, is as gay as ever.
What care good-natured Charles, or my Lady of Cleveland, or his Lordship of Buckingham if the public mind be full of discontent, and the public coffers empty, and the prestige of England be threatened both on sea and land? The weather is fine, the French gold still holds out, and the charms of Her Grace of Portsmouth are as fresh as ever.
The bright sun and the pleasant air tempt His Majesty upon the water, and he passes the afternoon floating in his barge. The Thames is full of shipping, for at this time London has no rival in commerce but Amsterdam, and the king amuses himself watching the vessels as they come to and fro. Suddenly the barge approaches a ship evidently about to sail.
Something attracts the king and draws him near. A group of men and women are on the deck, plain in appearance, sombre in dress, quiet in demeanor. They are of the yeomand class chiefly, and the gay courtiers wonder what attracts the attention of the king. The two strangely different vessels come together, and for a moment those widely separated compaies are face to face. Charles, with that pleasant voice that could heal with a friendly phrase the wounds inflicted by a lifetime of ingratitude, inquires who they are. 'Quakers, bound to America,' is the reply.
There is a pause for an instant, and then the king, with a royal gesture, flings them his blessing, and Charles II and his Quaker subjects have parted forever... On the 6th of August(old style), 1677, there is excitement on the 'Kent.' The voyage has been fair, but eh ocean is wide and full of perils, and all are longing for the land. Suddenly a faint line appears on the horizon. Slowly it rises from the sea, until at last the straining eyes of the 'Kent's' passengers can make out land... The old ship turns to the northwest and enters the mouth of a beautiful bay.
This is the first view of the western world-the harbor of New York. The object the emigrants have in view in coming here is to wait upon Sir Edmund Andros, the Duke of York's lately appointed Governor of his territory. Accordingly the commissioners go on shore. Andros receives them coldly. They inform him of their purpose to settle on the Delaware. He feigns an ignorance of their authority. They remind him of the law, and repeat how the land in West Jersey was granted by the king to his brother, by the duke to Carteret and Berkeley, and by them to their grantors. It is of no use. 'Show me a line from the Duke himself,' says Andros. They have neglected this precaution. Upon which the Governor forbids them to proceed, and when remonstrated with touches his sword significantly.
Here is a new and unexpected trouble, and it is no comfort to learn that John Fenwick is at the moment a prisoner in New York for attempting his settlement at Salem without the duke's authority. Suddenly their perplexity is unexpectedly relieved. If they will take commissions from him, Sir Edmund will allow them to set sail, but they must promise to write to England and abide by the result. Anxious to escape from the dilemma they accept the proposal. Fenwick is released at the same time, and they set sail for the Delaware. On the 16th day of August-about the 26th, according to our style-they reach the site of New Castle, and presently-two hundred and thirty in number-land at the mouth of Racoon Creek....
The Swedes have a few houses at the landing place, and in these and in tents and caves our newcomers take temporary lodging.. Without delay the commissioners set out to examine the country and settle the terms of purchase with the Indians. Accompanied by Swedish interpreters they buy three tracts-from the Assanpink to the Rancocas, from Rancocas to Timber Creek, and from Timber Creek to Oldman's Creek.
The Yorkshire purchasers choose the former as their share; the London decide to settle at Arwaumus, near the present Gloucester; and Daniel Wills orders timber to be felled and grass to be cut in preparation for the winter. But a second thought prevails. Why should we separate? We have passed through many perils together; we are few in number; the forests are thick and full of savages; let us build a town in company. It is at once agreed upon. Where shall it be?
"It is probable that Oldman's Creek, Assanpink, Matiniconk, and Jegou's Islands were all suggested and discussed in turn. The first was too near John Fenwick's colony, the second was too far away, the third was too far from the mainland, the last was a suitable site for a town. Soon a decision in its favor was arrived at, and the emigrants embarked in small boats and began the ascent of the Delaware.
"Tinakonk, the residence of the ancient Swedish Governors; Wickakoe, a small settlement of that people close to the high bluff called 'Coaquanock', 'a splendid site for a town;' Takona, an ancient Indian town, and the mouth of the Rancocas, or 'Northampton River,' are passed in turn.
It is already late in October, and the wild landscape lies bathed in the mellow glory of the Indian summer. Beneath a sky more cloudless than English eyes have been wont to see waves the primeval forest clad in the rainbow garments of the fall. No sound breaks the stillness save the plash of the oars in the water or the whitling of the wings of the wild-fowl that rise in countless numbers from the marshes. The air is full of the perfume of grapes, that hang in clusters on the banks and climb from tree to tree, and the sturgions leap before the advancing prow. The startled deer stands motionless upon the beach; and hidden in the tangled thickets the Indian gazes in silent wonder at the pale-faced strangers that have come to take his place in the land of his faters.
Presently the river seems suddenly to come to a stop. On the left is a gravel beach. In the distance in front an island, with a steep red bank washed by the rushing stream and pierced with swallows' holes. To the right a bit of marsh, the mouth of a silvery creek, a meadow sloping to the shore, and then a high bank lined with mulberries and sycamores and unutterably green. For the first time and after so many days the eyes of its founders have rested upon Burlington."
Those who came in the 'Kent' and settled at and near what is now Burlington were Thomas Olive, Daniel Wills, William Peachy, William Clayton, John Cripps, Thomas Harding, Thomas Nositer, Thomas Fairnsworth, Morgan Drewet, William Pennton, Henry Jennings, William Hibes, Samuel Lovett, John Woolston, William Woodmancy, Christopher Saunders and Robert Powell.
John Wilkinson and William Perkins, with their families were passengers, but died on the voyage, John Kinsey, one of the commissioners, died before reaching Burlington, but was buried there. One Marshall, a carpenter, was a passenger, and his services were greatly in demand as soon as building was begun and improvements inaugurated. Another who accompanied the pioneers to Burlington was Richard Noble, a surveyor, who had come out from England with John Fenwick two years before, and whose profession had familiarized him with the country.
To Noble all authorities agree in stating was at once committed the duty of laying out the town - a labor in which William Matlack and others of the young men assisted. A broad and imposing main street was opened through the forest, running at right angles to the river southward into the country. This was what has come to be known as High or Main Street. It is probable it did not at first extend far south of Broad Street. Another, crossing it, extended east and west through the middle of the island.
A third was opened along the river side. The town thus laid out was divided into twenty properties, ten in the eastern part for the Yorkshire and ten in the western part for the London Proprietors. The ... lots in Burlington were mostly of ten or eleven acres, intended only for a house, orchard and garden. Some along the river were smaller.
Everybody was speedily busy making preparations for the winter. Under the direction of Marshall, building was vigorously prosecuted. The woods rang with the blows of the builders' axes. On the Main Street, near Broad, in a small opening cleared for the purpose, was erected a tent designed to serve as a temporary meeting house. At first the dwellings were either mere caves hollowed out in banks and protected at their entrances and boards, or the most primitive shanties imaginable.
The opinion that they were build of logs is pronounced erroneous. Two Dutch travelers thus described Burlington two years after it was laid out: "The English and many others have houses made of nothing but clap-boards, as they call them here. They make a wooden frame, as in Westphalia and at Altona, but not so strong, then split boards of clapwood like coopers' staves, though unbent, so that the thickest end is about a little finger thick, and the other is made sharp like the end of a knife. They are about five or six feet long, and are nailed on the ends lapping over each other. When it is cold and windy the best people plaster them with clay."
These abodes were characteristically English in their primitive structure. It was the Swede who intruced the block-house in America. Soon the settlement began to take on the appearance of a town, and to be regarded as worthy of a name. In memory of an old Yorkshire village it was christened Burlington.
Smith says it was at first called New Beverly, and later Bridlington, and by that name it appears on Holme's map, dated 1682. Mr. Brown is authority for the statement that the earliest letters written from the place, some within a week or two of the beginning of the town, were dated at Burlington. Daniel Wills gave to one portion of the neighborhood the name of his native "Northampton."
Thomas Olive, who located in Willingborough, gave that locality its name. York Street and London Bridge also attest that the minds of the pioneers frequently reverted to their native Albion.
- [S686] Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey: Volume XXII, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 1670-1730 Part I, Nelson, William, ([Original Publishing] Paterson, New Jersey, The Press and Publishing Co., 1901. lxxxix, 662 p.; [available online at BYU] Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2007, http://patriot.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH19&CISOPTR=56811&REC=15) (Reliability: 3).
1727-8 Jan. 25. Wills, Daniel, of Northampton, Burlington Co., husbandman; will of. Children--Daniel, Joseph, James, Elizabeth, Ann, Margett and Hannah, son-in-law (? stepson) Levi Shinn. Home farm, 160 acres in Hunterdon Co., 237 a. at Meskeegwerxing, 200 a. of pineland adjoining the home farm. Personal property. Executor--son Joseph. Witnesses--John Pricket, Joshua Woolston, John Wills. Proved February 1, 1727-8.
1728 March 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £103.12.2, incl. 62 bushels of oats £4.2.10; made by James Lippincott and Richard Brown.
1729 Dec. 12. Account of the estate of, by the executor, James Wills, who has paid debts due to Wm. Atkinson, Johnm Burr, Levy Shinn, Rob't Stephens, Elizabeth Bliss, Rich'd Jones, John Pricket, Dorothy Large, Dr. John Brown, Thos. Budd, Edward Higby, Francis Smith, Wm. Small, Jonathan Wright, Thos. Dawson, Joshua Woolston, Joseph Hilliard, Charles French, Rich'd Smith junior and Hannah Wills, daughter of dec'd.
(Research by Chad G. Nichols)
- [S703] John P. Dornan Collection, 1600-1900, Dornan, John Pickens, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970; Microfilm of originals at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 33 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. [FHL US/CAN 849558-9; 851777-84; 851679-701 Item 1]) (Reliability: 3).
Daniel b. 17th da, 12th mo, 1658/9 Northampton
- [S712] West Jersey Deeds (Reliability: 3).
1684 survey of 20 acres for Daniel Wills Sr and Daniel Wills Jr
[Book D, p. 269]
- [S415] Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).
- [S917] Northamptonshire Non-Parochial Records, London Library (Reliability: 3).
Marriages, p 2122, bk B
DAĞuğNIEL WILLS m ELIZABETH OLIVEĞ/uğ in 1655
[Research by Ian Wills, Nov 2011]
- [S582] Archives of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Volume XXII: Marriage Records, 1665-1800, Nelson, William, (Paterson, New Jersey : The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1900; aka Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey) (Reliability: 3).
[Marriage Licenses, p 289, research by Chad G. Nichols]
Daniel Wills, Jr. & Margaret Newbold 30 Dec 1686 Burlington
- [S734] History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America, Shinn, Josiah H. A.M., ([online] www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mikegoad/shinn.htm) (Reliability: 3).
(Located in the section entitled "George Shinn" is an excerpt about Daniel Wills, Jr., transcribed by Chad G. Nichols):
From a minute book of marriages solemnized in open court at Burlington, on file in the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, it appears that Mary Shinn was married to Daniel Wills in 1695.(This marriage was solemnized by Edward Hunloke and witnessed by James and John Wills, John Shinn, Thomas Atkinson and Mary (Stockton) Shinn) That this was the widow of George Shinn is established as follows: In the year 1709 a census by households was taken in Northampton Township, Burlington County, and one of the tabulations is as follows:
Daniel Wills, age .....................50
Mary Wills ..............................40
Elizabeth Wills .........................17 daughter by former marriage
Daniel Wills ............................17 son by former marriage
James Wills .............................15 son by former marriage
Joseph Wills ............................11 son of Daniel and Mary
Ann Wills ................................. 9 daughter of Daniel and Mary
Margaret Wills ......................... 7 daughter of Daniel and Mary
Hannah Wills .............................5 daughter of Daniel and Mary
John Wills ............................... -- son of Daniel and Mary
Levi Shinn.................................16 son of former marriage
Martha Shinn.............................14 daughter of former marriage
Mary Shinn ...............................12 daughter of former marriage
There are some apparent discrepancies, but they may all be reconciled by assuming 1709 to be an error in transcription. If the year 1707 be assumed every difficulty disappears. However that may be, the fact that Levi, Martha and Mary Shinn are enumerated immediately after the family of Daniel and Mary Wills seems to prove conclusively that the children of George and Mary (Thompson) Shinn were Levi, Martha and Mary. Daniel Wills, the second husband of Mary Thompson Shinn, was the son of Daniel Wills, one of the most prominent men of early Burlington County. The elder Daniel Wills was one of the proprietors, and one of the Commissioners sent from England to divide the lands. He came with a large family and many indentured servants, who afterwards became leading citizens in the Colony. As Commissioner, he with his fellow Commissioners purchased the Indian rights from the Rancocas to Timber Creek, laid it out in parcels suitable for purchasers, and administered the government of the Colony according to the Concessions and Agreements. As a Commissioner of the London Company he with three men located the London Tenth at Arwaumus, where Gloucester now stands. He was afterwards chosen a member of the Governor's Council, which position he dignified and adorned. He himself took up large quantities of land in Northampton Township, which was so named in honor of Northampton, England, from which Daniel Wills had emigrated. In 1681 he was Surveyor General of the Province. In 1698 he went to the Barbados upon business, where he died, leaving a will. The children named therein were James, Daniel, John, Mary, and Ann. Daniel married (1) Margaret Newbold, in 1686, by whom he had three children, Elizabeth, Daniel and James. Married (2) Mary (Thompson) Shinn in 1695, by whom there were five children, Joseph, Ann, Margaret, Hannah and John. Daniel, Jr., continued to reside on the paternal acres until his death. His descendants to the seventh generation still reside upon the original homestead of Daniel Wills, Sr.
The children of George Shinn married as follows:
--Levi Shinn, b. 1692; m. Ann, youngest daughter of Daniel Wills, Senior, b. 1677. (Asa Matlacks Memoranda.)
--Martha Shinn married Daniel Gaskill, 1735. Bur. M. M. Record.
--Mary Shinn married Samuel, son of Thomas and Mary (Roberts) Eves, 1721. (Asa Matlacks Memoranda. Burlington Monthly Meeting Record.)
Thus happened one of the curious phases of matrimony; the mother, Mary, married Daniel, the son of Daniel, Sr., the son, Levi, married the daughter, Ann, of Daniel, Sr. Levi thus became a brother-in-law to his mother; Mary became mother-in-law to her sister-in-law; Daniel became father-in-law to his sister and grandfather to her children. There are many other curious combinations which are left to the ingenuity of the reader to solve during his leisure hours.