Name: Elias Stillwell , Sr
Birth: 13 DEC 1663 in Gravesend, Brooklyn, NY
Death: ABT 1714 in Monmouth Co., NJ
Source: Mr. Vernon A. Zeitler, "Upon the Shoulders of Giants."
Lake Jackson, TX 77566.
Source: Mary Jackson, "Searching for Elias [STILLWELL]," in Alice Stillwell's
Stilwell/Stillwell, What the L" Newsletter, Issue 8, Nov-Dec 1987,
"The STILLWELL GENEALOGY [by John E. Stillwell, MD] says Elias Jr's
father was Elias, born about 1663, died 1713-1714 in NJ, son of Nicholas
II and Rebecca BAYLES. It says that the name of his wife was unknown,
but that she may have been a STANLEY. This account seems reasonable
Elias Jr's grandson, John, son of John, said his grandfather came
from NJ [Letter of Elias Jr's grandson, John, son of his son, John]:
There is a will recorded in Monmouth County, NJ for an Elias
STILLWELL who died about 1713, proved Nov. 30, 1715. It says he was
of Middletown, but mentions no children [The Stillwell Genealogy, by
John E. Stillwell, MD];
The will of Nicholas II, who died 1715, leaves 25 pounds to the
children of his son, Elias. This would SEEM to indicate that his son
Elias had died before he, Nicholas, did, which would rule out the
possibility that the Elias who married Anne BARBANK and was fathering
children in the 1720's was the son of Nicholas II [The Stillwell
Genealogy, by John E. Stillwell, MD];
The will of John BAYLES, 1682, leaves 7 pounds to ELYAS STILWELL,
sonne of Nicholas Stilwell and my daughter Rebecca, his wife,
deceased. A study of all the sources listed on p. 4 reveals no other
Nicholas who could have been married to Rebecca and fathered a son
The BAYLES family lived in Jamaica, NY, and Nicholas II is known to
have lived, or at least owned property there. John E. Stillwell
attributes the following entry to Nicholas II: 1676, June 14. John
BAYLES, Jr of Jamaica, sold to Jonathan Stevenson, of the same place,
his home-lot, orchard, etc., "that I bought of Nicholas Stillwell,
now of Gravesend." [Jamaica records, cited in The Stillwell
Genealogy, by John E. Stillwell, MD];
The names Rebecca and Elias, names that continued in this branch of
the family for many generations, may have originated in the BAYLES
family. There were no STILLWELLS with either name to my [Mary
Jackson? 1987] knowledge among the church records in England.
Nicholas the emigrant had no known daughter named Rebecca, although
some sources do suggest that he had a son named Elias, while others
omit him. Although women named Rebecca married into the Stillwell
family in the third and fourth generations, the BAYLES family could
have been the only source for the name ELIAS. (The one exception to
this is the Elias who married Anne BARBANK, the identity of and
origin of whose name is unknown to me.)
The name ELIAS was prevalent in the BAYLES family. Rebecca BAYLES
had a brother with that name. In addition, there was an Elias
BAYLIES in Setauket, where Rebecca's father lived from 1668-1674,
after moving there from Jamaica. (After 1674, he returned to
Jamaica.) A study of all the references listed at the end of this
work shows that most of the STILLWELLS of this name [ELIAS] were
born after 1700 and were probably of the fourth or fifth and later
generations in America. Following is a description of the six
earliest births given in these references:
(1) Elias, son of Nicholas the emigrant, born 1657; married Sarah
BRASIER in 1676 and had only one child, a daughter (listed in
sources II, III, VI, and omitted in I, VII, and V).
(2) Elias, born about 1663, died about 1713-1714, in NJ (listed in
sources I and VII as being the son of Nicholas II and Rebecca
(3) Elias, [born Dec. 13, 1685? The Stillwell Genealogy suggests
that he was born about 1700], married Anne BARBANK, lived on
Staten Island, had three sons, THOMAS, DANIEL, and JOHN, whose
births are recorded in the Dutch Church records. These records
can be found in source IV (listed in sources II, III, and V as
the son of Nicholas II and Catharine, while source I and VII
dispute it. Source I lists him separately, parents unknown.
(4) Elias, Jr (subject of this article), born 1708, in NJ, died
1792 in Fulton County [Note: Before 1850 this was part of
Bedford County], PA who married Meriam EDDY (listed in source
(5) Elias, son of Nicholas of Shrewsbury, NJ. According to sources
II, III, and V, this Nicholas was the son of the emigrant's
son, Daniel, but source I [The Stillwell Genealogy by John E.
Stillwell] says he was the brother of Elias Jr. Some present
day researchers believe he was the father of Rebecca STILLWELL
who married Thomas HEADY in 1749 in Egg Harbor, NJ, who later
lived in Fayette County, PA, and KY. There seems to have been
a connection between the family of Rebecca HEADY and Elias Jr.
(6) Elias, son of Richard, son of the emigrant's son, Daniel, died
Source I: The Stillwell Genealogy, by John E. Stillwell, MD.
Source II: The Stillwell Family, by Wm. H. Stillwell.
Source III: Early Settlers of Kings County, by T. G. Bergen.
Source IV: Historical and Genealogical Miscellany of the Settlers and
Settlements of New York and New Jersey, by John E. Stillwell, MD.
Source V: Memoirs of Nicholas Stillwell, by Benjamin M. Stillwell.
Source VI: The Name and Family of Stil(L)well, compiled by the Media Research
Source VII: Staten Island Lineage, by H. and K. Stryker Rodda.
Source VIII: History of Tonoloway Baptist Church, by Harry Holman.
Source IX: Letter of Elias Jr's grandson, John, son of his son, John."
"Died 1715, Monmouth County, NY."
Source: Cindy (Torres) OWENS, via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Father: Nicholas Stillwell III b: ABT 1636 in Surry County, England
Mother: Rebecca Bayles b: ABT 1643 in Jamaica, Queens County, New York
Ann Stanley b: 1670
- Nicholas Stillwell b: 3 SEP 1698 in Middeltown, Monmouth County, New Jersey
- Richard Elias Stillwell b: 1705 in Middeltown, Monmouth County, New Jersey
- Elias Stillwell , Jr. Esq. b: 1708 in Middeltown, Monmouth County, New Jersey
- Rebecca Abigail Stillwell b: 1708 in Middeltown, Monmouth County, New Jersey