M, #2715, d. circa April 1685
- Marriage*: before 1671; Principal:Margaret Woodley1
- Marriage*: 12 February 1683; Burlington Co., New Jersey; <12th d 12th mo 1683>; Principal:Hannah Chaffon2
- Death*: circa April 1685; Burlington Co., New Jersey; Probate
Last Edited: 26 Mar 2012
- Immigration*: 1677; New Jersey
- Note*: The Essex county, England, records cited below demonstrate that Benjamin Scott was from Widdington, and that he and his wife had become Quakers by 1671, and that Bridget Bingham was his sister-in-law. Thanks to Donna Bingham Munger for publicizing those records.
John E. Pomfret in his article on the West Jersey Proprietors states that Benjamin Scott of Essex was one of the original ten West Jersey Commissioners, representing purchasers in the Second or London Tenth, and that he was among the seven commissioners who sailed there on the ship Kent in 1677. Benjamin Scott had purchased a third of a share, and so was not deemed a proprietor.
In his book Rev. Arthur S. Cole notes that Benjamin Scott was among the commissioners whose presence was recorded at Sandy Hook, New York, 4 August 4 1677 on the way to West Jersey. Cole also disproves the assertion that Benjamin Scott was from Barbados, as made in the book "New Jersey Coast in Three Centuries".
Benjamin Scott sailed from England twice, in 1677 on the 'Kent', and in 1681 on the 'Henry and Ann' with his wife and family and sister-in-law Bridget Bingham and her family.3,4,5
- Note: Essex Co. England Archives:
1) 16 July 1670 Constables' presentment for Newport: "Bridget wife of James Bingham and others absented themselves from church."
2) 27 Mar 1671 Constables' presentment for Newport: "...absenting themselves from church for 4 Sundays...Bridget Bingham widow"
3) 27 Mar 1671 Constables presentments for Wideiongton: "Rich. Woodley jun., Margt, wife of Benj. Scott jun. and Mary wall absent themselves from church."
4) 19 June 1671 Deed to declare the uses of a Fine: "(i) Benjamin Scott, junior, of Widdington, yeoman, and wife Margaret (ii) Bridget Bingham of Newport, widow (both daughters of John Woodley, late of Widdington, yeoman, deceased; (iii) William Pamphilon, yeoman, and John Pamphilon, yeoman, both of Widdington. Lands (6 acres) [field names and abutting] in common fields called March Field and Little Oaten Shott in Widdington."
5) 1 Mar 1671/2 Constables presentments for Widdington: "Margt, wife of Benjamin Scott, Mary Warll widow and Rich.(?) Woodley wid., for not going to church."6
- Note: Probate, intestate, of Benjamin Scott, yeoman, of near Burlington, N.J. Inventory appraised [day illegible] April 1685 at £158.19.0 by [illegible]. Bond dated 21st day 2nd month 1685 for £317; administrator Hannah Scott, his widow, bondsmen Daniel Wills & Thomas Garder. FHL 545495. NJ Unrecorded Wills, pp. 1-8. Abstracted by compiler.7
- Note: The list of Benjamin Scott's children can be constructed and proven by analysis of a body of deeds and wills:
A 1705 deed (WJD AAA:336-7, Davis p. 194) identifies Martin Scott's three sisters as Margaret wife to Thomas Lambert and Bridgett wife to Edward Lucas and Elizabeth wife to Robert Lucas.
A 1704 deed (WJD AAA:27-8, Davis p. 165) identifies Elizabeth wife of Robert Lucas as daughter of Benjamin Scott and sister to Benjamin Scott the son & heir of the aforesaid Benjamin Scott.
A 1684 deed of trust (NJA 21:404, WJD B:44) identifies Martin Scott as son of Benjamin Scott.
The 1702 wills of John and Martin Scott (NJA 23:409-410) identify them as brothers, and brothers of the three sisters.
Two 1691 deeds (NJA 21:443, WJD B:342-3 & NJA 21:450, WJD B:397) identify John Scott as son of Benjamin Scott.
Two 1688 deeds (NJA 21:442, WJA B:340 & (NJA 21:443, WJD B:341-2)) identify Benjamin Scott as son of Benjamin Scott.
Benjamin Scott the father had a brother William Scott, identified as an uncle in the two 1688 deeds and in the two 1691 deeds.8,9,10
- Note: Land transactions of the Scott family.
(All NJA 21 and WJD)
1677 April 3. Deed (lease & release). John Kinsey, late of Great Hadham, Co. of Hertford, gent. to Benjamin Scott and William Scott junior both husbandmen of Widdington, Co. of Essex, 1/3 part of a Propriety of Land in West Jersey in consideration of 50 pounds. Recorded 4 Nov 1693. (NJA 21:443, WJD B:343-4)
1677 Sept 27. Indian Deed. to nine individuals including Benjamin Scott (NJA 21:395)
1677 Sept 10. Indian Deed. to eight individuals including Benjamin Scott (NJA 21:395)
1681 July 25. Memorandum of Indenture of Service. Sarah Curtis, daughter of Thomas Curtis, binds herself as servant to Benjamin Scott, bound for New West Jersey, for four years beginning upon arrival at West Jersey in consideration of 40 acres etc. Note that 3 days earlier Sarah's sister Elizabeth had bound herself as a servant to Elias Farr also bound for West Jersey. (NJA 21:414, WJD B:111) See deed 1686 Oct 10.
1681 Dec 20. Return of Survey. for Benjamin Scott for 500 acres on Delaware River (NJA 21:351)
1682 Aug 28. Memorandum of Deed in Trust. John Snowden to Benjamin Scott and John Hooton, conveys 1/32 of a Propriety except 100 acres for the benefit of John Snowden's wife Anne, in consideration of the marriage of John & Ann Snowden. One of the witnesses is Elizabeth Bretton of the Falls. (NJA 21:399, WJD B:19-20)
1684 May 8. Memorandum of Deed of Trust. Benjamin Scott to Bridget Bingham, for 500 acres in the 2nd 10th, of which 200 acres is for the use of Bridget Bingham and 300 acres for Martin Scott, son of Benjamin Scott. Witnessed by Benjamin Scott junior, John Snowden & Isaac Mariott. (NJA 21:404, WJD B:44)
1686 Oct 10. Deed. Peter Harvey and his wife Sarah to Thomas Curtis 40 acres in 2nd 10th, part of land belonging to Benjamin Scott deceased in right of Sarah Harvey in consideration of service to Benjamin Scott per indenture recorded in book B page 111. (NJA 21:425, WJD B:215)
1687 Nov 30. Endorsement. Bridgett Bingham widow to her son James Bingham has granted all her right to 'land within mentioned', except 50 acres sold to George Elkington. Recorded 4 Nov 1693. (NJA 21:442, WJD B:341)
1687 Nov 30. Endorsement. James Bingham to John Scott has sold 'premises within written'. Recorded 3 Nov 1693. (NJA 21:442, WJD B:341)
1688 June 19. Deed. Benjamin Scott, son of Benjamin Scott late inhabitant near Burlington, to Abraham Hewlings 1/32nd of a Propriety except 150 acres & town lots in the first laying out which Benjamin Scott [junior] has by virtue of a deed dated 3 April 1677 from John Kinsey to Benjamin Scott [senior] and William Scott uncle of Benjamin Scott [junior]. Witnessed by James Bingham, Samuel Kemble & John Scott. Recorded 3 Nov 1693. (NJA 21:442, WJA B:340)
1688 July 27. Deed. Benjamin Scott, son & heir of Benjamin Scott late inhabitant near Burlington, to James Bingham, 1/16 of a Propriety of land except 300 acres of the first laying out and lots in town of Burlington. The grantee holds the land by virtue of a deed dated 3 April 1677 from John Kinsey to Benjamin Scott, father of the grantee, and William Scott. Recorded 4 Nov 1693. (NJA 21:443, WJD B:341-2)
1691 Sept 2 Deed. John Scott of Burlington Co. to George Hutcheson, 3 acres in town of Burlington a part of his house lots. (NJA 21:477, WJD B:525)
1691 Nov 7. Deed. John Scott of the co. of Burlington to James Bingham, 200 acres which John Scott had by virtue of a deed dated 3 April 1677 to Benjamin Scott father of John Scott and William Scott his uncle from John Kinsey. Witnessed by Abraham Hewling, Samuell Kemble & John Scott. Recorded 4 Nov 1693. (NJA 21:443, WJD B:342-3)
1691 Nov 7. Deed. John Scott to William Huling, both of Burlington Co., 1/32 part of a Propiety of Land in West Jersey, except town lots in Burlington and 150 acres of the first laying out which John Scott holds by virtue of a deed dated 3 April 1677 from John Kinsey to Benjamin Scott father of John Scott and William Scott his uncle. Witnessed by George Elkington, James Bingham and Thomas Eves. Acknowledged 8 August 1694. (NJA 21:450, WJD B:397)
1699 May 12. Deed. Martin Scott to John Watson, both of Nottingham, Burlington Co., 400 acre plantation above the Falls of Delaware within the town of Nottingham, bought of George Hutcheson May 21 1695 and a 5 acre parcel. (NJA 21:520, WJD B:663)
1699/1700 March 24. Deed. John Wills to Martin Scott of Northampton River, Burl. Co., 853 acres consisting of 146 1/2 acres in the 2nd 10th now in Burlington Co., 240 acres in Eversham Township in Burlington Co., and 467 acres [at the Falls?]. (NJA 21:521, WJD B:666)
1701 June 25. Deed. Samuel Kemble to John Scott both of Burlington Co. a plantation of 300 acres near Burlington. (NJA 21:529)
1704 May 10. Deed. Robert Lucas of Burlington Co. yeoman & Elizabeth his wife, sister of Benjamin Scott late of Burlington Co. yeoman deceased, to Thomas Warrick of Veley [Aveley], co. of Suffix England gent., lands situated in Widdington in co. of Essex England. Names Benjamin Scott late brother of Elizabeth deceased. Acknowledgement. 12 May 1704 appeared Robert Lucas & Elizabeth his wife daughter of Benjamin Scott late of this province deceased and sister to Benjamin Scott the son & heir of the afsd Benjamin Scott likewise deceased. (WJD AAA:27-8, Davis p. 165)
1706 March 29. Deed. Thomas Lambert of Nottingham in New Jersey & Margaret his wife, and Edward Lucas of Bucks Co. & Bridget his wife, & Robert Lucas of Burlington Co. & Elizabeth his wife sell to John Lambert of Nottingham the 853 acres in three tracts purchased of John Wells by Martin Scott for £600 (NJA 21:521, WJD B:666). "Whereas Martin Scott late deceased and leaving no issue the said plantation...by virtue of common law did descend unto his three sisters to wit Margaret wife to Thomas Lambert and Bridgett wife to Edward Lucas and Elizabeth wife to Robert Lucas". Acknowledged 17 May 1711 by Thomas Lambert, and Edward, Robert & Elizabeth Lucas. (WJD AAA:336-7, Davis p. 194)11,8
- Note: Benjamin Scott's name appears in the records of the Burlington Court in 1682 and 1683 in various roles: justice, plaintiff, defendant, and overseer for highways. In September 1682 a jury found against him, in his case against his servant Daniel Furley. Among those giving evidence was Sarah Curtice.12
- Note: Men's Minutes of Burlington New Jersey Monthly Meeting 3rd day 10th month 1683:
"To friends of ye men & women meeting in Bur-n.
Friends I am glad to See and behold your care
in ye Truth for them wch are not as yet Able to take
Care for themselves & I can truely Say ye I have a
love to you which I have found Stirring up Such
a thing of So good Service True Unity with you in
this matter. And Friends ye which I intend
to do for my Children is This.
First my Son Benja is Heir to all ye
Land ye was his Mothers & Some wch I have
made him Sure of of wch I cannot Reverce
2dly I am willing to Settle ye which I do dwell on
upon Jno Scott my Second Son ye Is to Say ye one
half when I depart this Life & ye Other half after
ye Departure of Hannah Kembale whom
I intend if ye Lord will to take to Wife
3dly I am willing to give bond to Some whom
ye Meeting Shall think Convenient to pay
unto my Four Youngest Children Viz
Martin, Margaret Bridgett & Elizabeth Scott two
hundred pounds payable and Due at my Departure
if not pd by me before. So I Rest your Friend
Burlington ye 24th of ye 11th mon 1683 Benja Scott"
Men's Meeting 4th of ye 12th mo 1683:
"Benja Scott & Hannah Kemball pposed their
intentions of Marriage ye Second Time & ye Friends
of ye meeting Desires ye they Seale & Deliver ye Writings
Relating to ye Womans Children before their Intended
marriage be Solemnized & they have Constituted &
appointed Samuel Jennings Tho Budd & Robt
Kemball as Trustees on behalf of Their Children
- [S497] website: 'Seax - Essex Archives Online, From the Essex Record Office', England. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk. Abstracts of various local record types. [Downloaded Oct 2009, searching for Bridget Bingham & Benjamin & Margaret Scott. 1670-1672.], 19 June 1671 Deed to declare the uses of a Fine.
- [S421] Society of Friends, Burlington Monthly Meeting, NJ. Filmed at Dept. of Friends Records, 302 Arch St. Phila. FHL microfilm 20,455., Item 3 - Marriages, Births & Deaths 1677-1765, p. 197, Marr. Cert. of Benjamin Scott & Hannah Kemball.
- [S22] 'Ancestors And Descendants Of William Bingham Of Philadelphia, 1640-1915' manuscript by Donna Bingham Munger. Downloaded Oct 2009 from 'Bingham Association Official Website' at URL: http://www.binghamassociation.com/….
- [S234] John E. Pomfret, 'The Proprietors of the Province of West New Jersey, 1674-1702', The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 75, No. 2 (Apr., 1951), pp. 117-146., p. 123, 125-6.
- [S405] The Scott family of Shrewsbury, N.J. : Being the Descendants of William Scott and Abigail Tilton Warner, With Sketches of Related Families by Arthur S. Cole. Publ. 1908 Red Bank, N.J., The Register press. [Downloaded from http://www.archive.org/details/scottfamilyofshr00lccole], p. 13.
- [S497] website: 'Seax - Essex Archives Online, From the Essex Record Office', England. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk. Abstracts of various local record types. [Downloaded Oct 2009, searching for Bridget Bingham & Benjamin & Margaret Scott. 1670-1672.]
- [S483] 'Unrecorded Wills of New Jersey'. filmed at New Jersey Archives. FHL Microfilms 545495-6. [Vols 1-12 are indexed in chapter 'Unrecorded Wills' in book 'New Jersey Index of Wills'. Also see on web New Jersey Archives, Collection Guides, Department of State, Wills SSTSE033. GSU reel numbers are FHL film numbers.]
- [S503] West Jersey Deeds, 1677-1854. FHL microfilm series. Book B film # 460046, Book AAA film # 460047, Book W film # 460059, and other books. [Also see on web New Jersey Archives, Collection Guides, Department of State, Deeds SSTSE023. GSU reel numbers are FHL film numbers.]
- [S101] Documents relating to the colonial, revolutionary and post-revolutionary history of the state of New Jersey. aka New Jersey Archives.
- [S504] West Jersey, New Jersey, Deed Records, 1676-1721 by John David Davis. Heritage Books, 2007. [Avail. on BYU via FHL catalog.]
- [S101] Documents relating to the colonial, revolutionary and post-revolutionary history of the state of New Jersey. aka New Jersey Archives., West Jersey Records.
- [S47] The Burlington Court Book : A Record of Quaker Jurisprudence in West New Jersey 1680-1709. by H. Clay Reed and George J Miller. Reprint 1998 Genealogical Publ. Co.; orig. publ. 1944., pp. 10, 12, 13, 14, & 19.
- [S286] Mens Minutes of Burlington Monthly Meeting (Coll 1250, K2. 12), p. 38-39. Photographs made by Haverford Special Collections Librarian. Transcribed by compiler.