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  • ID: I2693
  • Name: John OGDEN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt. 1609 in Lancashire, England (?)
  • Death: May 1682 in Elizabethtown, NJ
  • Burial: First Presbyterian Churchyard, Elizabeth NJ, FindaGrave.com Memorial #: 64072078.
  • Note:

    One of the principal Elizabethtown Associates at the founding of the New Jersey colony in 1664. Place of birth unknown. Harpster surmises Lancashire, England, due to prevalence of the name and association with others from there.

    Wheeler gives birth date of 9/19/1609 and extensive pedigree, but his information on English origins was reliant upon the discredited researcher and convicted forger who called himself Gustave Anjou (Wikipedia link below). Anjou's misinformation, attributing Ogden's birth to Bradley Plain, Hampshire, is still widely cited in online family trees.

    Ogden has been called "The Pilgrim" because of he settled in several different locations. And he took a prominent role wherever he went. He belonged to four colonial communities, and was among the founders of three. He first appears in Rippowam, New Haven Colony (later Stamford, Connecticut) in 1641. He helped to found Hempstead, Long Island in 1644 and Northampton in 1649. He was a mason by trade but also engaged in commercial whaling, then practicable along the East Coast I think as a vessel owner rather than a seafarer. In 1642 he was in New Amsterdam for a time, contracted to build their first permanent church. (Harpster)

    He was one of the founders of the New Jersey colony, and one of the first to settle in the original community of Elizabethtown, in 1664 or 1665. He is generally recognized as the preeminent leader of the community during his lifetime. He served as Justice of the Peace, member of the Governor's Council (upper house of the legislature) and of the elected Chamber of Deputies. He was a leader in the resistance to the perceived excesses of the Proprietors rule.

    During a brief Dutch re-occupation of NY and NJ in 1673-74, Ogden was apponted "Schout" for the English New Jersey settlements. Usually translated "sheriff", a Dutch schout had broader administrative duties. Ogden was in fact the senior government official in the colony, a position "tantamount to that of governor of New Jersey".(Harpster, 168). He lost the position when England again reclaimed the colony under a peace treaty. Ogden was apparently not penalized for his collaboration with the invading Dutch. (Harpster, Hatfield)

    Ogden's original Elizabethtown property was on the river, where he built a mill, at the foot of today's Bridge St, now the parking lot of the Public Library (Wheeler, map op. p. 28). He later owned property in the upper portion of town, at today's East Jersey and Catherine Streets. According to the Elizabeth Historical Society, John and John Jr. built a house there about 1680. It was later expanded to the elegant Belcher-Ogden Mansion, subsequently owned by two New Jersey governors, Jonathan Belcher and John's descendant Aaron Ogden. An historical marker commemorates John Ogden's original ownership.

    Sources:



    • Van Alstyne, Lawrence; Ogden Family, Elizabethtown Branch, charts; annex to Wheeler, Ogden Family in America., (New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1907).

    • Pomfret, John E.; Province of East New Jersey (The), 1609-1702: The Rebellious Proprietary, (Princeton: University Press, 1962) p. 37.

    • "Belcher-Ogden Mansion", ,<Elizabeth Historical Society>.

    • Wheeler, William Ogden (1837-1900); Ogden family in America, Elizabethtown branch, and their English ancestry; John Ogden, the Pilgrim, and his descendants, 1640-1906, (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1907<Internet Archive>).

    • Historical Marker Database, (<Homepage>) ,<"Property of John Ogden, 1680"><"Belcher-Ogden Mansion, 1750">.

    • Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, (<Title Page>) ,<Gustave Anjou>.

    • Wheeler, William Ogden (1837-1900); Ogden family in America, Elizabethtown branch, and their English ancestry; John Ogden, the Pilgrim, and his descendants, 1640-1906, (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1907<Internet Archive>) p. 39.

    • Harpster, Jack; John Ogden, The Pilgrim (1609-1682): A Man of More than Ordinary Mark, (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson, 2006) pp. 30, 65, 149, 206.

    • Hatfield, Edwin F.; History of Elizabeth, New Jersey, including the Early History of Union County, (New York: Carlton & Lanahan, 1869<Archive.org>) pp. 32, 115, 125.





    Marriage 1 Jane BOND b: Abt. 1609 in England
    • Married: Abt. 1637 in England
    • Note:

      Wheeler gives date of 5/8/1637 (which Harpster repeats), but that is probably derived from D'Anjou, hence questionable (see John). John's will in 1681 says they had been married over 40 years.

      Sources:



      • Harpster, Jack; John Ogden, The Pilgrim (1609-1682): A Man of More than Ordinary Mark, (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson, 2006) p. 193.

      • Wheeler, William Ogden (1837-1900); Ogden family in America, Elizabethtown branch, and their English ancestry; John Ogden, the Pilgrim, and his descendants, 1640-1906, (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1907<Internet Archive>) p. 39.

    Children
    1. Has No Children Benjamin OGDEN b: 1654 in Southampton, NY
    2. Has No Children David OGDEN b: 11 Jan 1639 in England
    3. Has No Children John OGDEN Jr. b: .3 Mar 1638 in England
    4. Has Children Jonathan OGDEN b: 11 Jan 1639 in England
    5. Has Children Joseph OGDEN b: 9 Nov 1642 in Stamford, CT
    6. Has No Children Mary OGDEN b: Abt. 1656
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