Heath Family of Somerset County, New Jersey

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Heath Family of Somerset County, New Jersey

Postby Donna Tunison » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:13 pm

While researching the descendants of Andrew and Elizabeth Venables Heath, there were people popping up that did not appear to be related to the Heath Family of Hunterdon County. It turns out that there was another Heath migrated to New Jersey in the mid 18th century from Staffordshire, England by the name of John.

According James Snell’s “History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey,” John’s father Thomas married Anne Neville in Stafford, England. After Thomas’s death, Ann married his cousin, Thomas Heath and what gives credence to this account is a record of a marriage between Thomas Heath and Anne Neville found in Family Search taking place on 04 Apr 1721 at St. Mary’s Parish in Stafford, Staffordshire, England between Thomas Heath and Ann Nevill. Another article referring to John’s history appears in the Somerset County Historical Quarterly saying he, his mother, and possibly a half sister came to America in 1741, settling near Basking Ridge, Somerset County, New Jersey.

John married Ann Lewis, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Their children are:
Thomas born 23 Jul 1747
John born 06 Feb 1748
Daniel Heath, born 30 Aug 1750; lived at Mine Brook, Somerset county. He married Eleanor Runyon, (b 01 Oct 1748)
Samuel born 16 Jan 1754
James born 11 Oct 1762
Isaac born 11 Oct 1780
Ann m. John Lake

Extract of John’s Last Will and Testament
1803, Oct. 6. Heath, John, of Montgomery Twsp., (now Bernards Twsp.), Somerset Co.; will of. Eldest son, Thomas. £200. Son, Daniel, £250. Son, Samuel, £180. Son, Isaac, £200. Grandson, Lewis Heath (son of son, John), £70. Grandsons, Francis and James Heath (son of son, James), each £50. Daughter, Ann (wife of John Lake), £50. Daughter, Hester (wife of Nathaniel Leonard), £80. Daughter, Elizabeth (wife of James Morris), £100. To Elener Runion [Runyon] (wife of my son, Daniel Heath), £15. Grandsons, John and Robert Heath (sons of son, Daniel), each £12. Granddaughter, Mary Heath (daughter of son, Daniel), £15. Residue to be divided between sons, Thomas and Daniel. Executors—son, Thomas Heath, of Middlesex Co., and son, Daniel Heath, of Somerset Co. Witnesses—Job Compton, Jr., Andrew Hagaman, William Steel. Proved May 28, 1806.
1806, April 25. Inventory, $3,187.88; made by Moses McCollum and Andrew Hagaman. File 1297 R.

John’s son, Daniel and his descendants are included in John Littell’s “Family Records, or Genealogies of the First Settlers of Passaic Valley” (1852).
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