Elizabeth Fitzrandolph (Blossom)
|Also Known As:||"Betsy"|
|Birthplace:||Leiden, Rhynland, Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden|
|Death:||Died in Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, Province of New Jersey|
|Place of Burial:||Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States|
Daughter of Thomas Blossom, SR and Ann Rowley
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About Elizabeth Fitzrandolph
- The Descendants of Edward Fitz Randolph and Elizabeth Blossom 1630 - 1950
- 1. EDWARD1 FITZ RANDOLPH, baptised at Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, July 5, 1607; emigrated in 1630 to Scituate, Mass.; died in Piscataway, N. J. about 1684-5. He married May 10 1637 [1,2], ELIZABETH BLOSSOM, born in Leyden, the Netherlands, in 1620. She married second June 30, 1685, Capt. JOHN PIKE, and died in Woodbridge or Piscataway in 1713.
- Children, born in Barnstable, Mass.:
- i. NATHANIEL,2 bap. Aug. 9, 1640 [2,8,9]; died in Barnstable Dec. 10, 1640 and was buried in the Calf's Pasture there.
- 2. ii. NATHANIEL, bap. May 15, 1642 [2,8,9].
- iii. MARY, bap. Oct. 6, 1644 [2,8,9,10]; died in infancy about 1649.
- 3. iv. HANNAH, bap. Apr. 23, 1648 [2,8,9,10].
- 4. v. MARY, born June 2, 1650.
- vi. JOHN, born Jan. 2, 1651-2 [2,8,9,10]; died in infancy.
- 5. vii. JOHN, born Oct. 7, 1563 [2,8,9,10].
- 6. JOSEPH2 FITZ RANDOLPH (1), born Mar. 1, 1655/6 at Barnstable, Mass.; died about 1726 at Piscataway N. J.; will dated Mar. 1, 1719/20, and proved Jan. 18, 1726/7; mar. at Woodbridge, N. J., Jan. 16, 1687/8, JOANNA CONGER, born at Woodbridge in Aug., 1670, daughter of John and Mary (Kelley) Conger.
- 7. ix. ELIZABETH, born in 1657.
- 8. x. THOMAS, born Aug. 16, 1659 [2,8,9,10].
- 9. xi. HOPE, born April 2, 1661 [2,8,9,10].
- 10. xii. BENJAMIN, born in 1663.
- An American Family History
- from History of the First Baptist Church of Piscataway
- Stelton, New Jersey, 1889, by Oliver B. Leonard, Esq.
- The Fitz Randolphs
- By far the most numerous representatives of any one family in the township were the Fitz Randolphs, who descended from a distinguished Norman line settling in England with William the Conqueror, A. D. 1066. They became owners of vast estates in Yorkshire and the adjacent county of Nottingham. From the last named shire came Edward Fitz Randolph, the ancestor of the American famity, who settled with his parents in Massachusetts about 1630, at the town of Scituate. In early manhood he married Elizabeth Blossom, of Puritan stock, and their children, born at Barnstable in the Plymouth colony, that lived to grow up and become heads of families, were Nathaniel, Hannah, Mary, John, Joseph, Elizabeth, Thomas, Hope and Benjamin.
- Nathaniel Fitz Randolph, the oldest, born in 1642, became a Quaker, and one of the most influential of the sect. He migrated to Woodbridge township in 1678-9, locating near the Blazing Star ferry. He was the father of eight children, and a man of remarkable usefulness and importance in the commonwealth, filling all the local and county offices and prominent in the colonial government.
- His brothers, John, Joseph, Thomas and Benjamin, just mentioned, had moved to Piscataway ten years earlier- in 1668-9 and were all of the Baptist persuasion except Benjamin. The emigration of this family to New Jersey was prompted by the severe enactments of the court of the old colonies, prohibiting the free exercise of individual consciences, compelling every person to sustain by tax the established Church worship, and imposing banishment upon any who opposed infant baptism.
- John Fitz Randolph , the oldest of the Piscataway branch, was born in 1653, and married Sarah Bonham in 1675. He is known as a constituent member of this Church and one of the largest landholders in the township.
- Joseph Fitz Randolph, the next oldest, born in 1656, was father of twelve children by his wife, Hannah Conger, a member of one of the Woodbridge families. None of this familiar name attained to greater usefulness in the Church and colony than their immediate descendants. To verify the statement would only require the mention of the heirs of his son, Joseph, who married Rebecca Drake; and his daughter, Hannah, who married Andrew Drake; and his son, Jonathan, whose wife was Margaret Manning; and his daughter, Prudence, who married Nathaniel Manning.
- Thomas Fitz Randolph, the third son of the old patriarch, was born in 1659, and married Eliza Manning, having only six children. He was Clerk of the township and one of the first group of Selectmen to manage the affairs of the town, and served as deputy in the General Assembly.
- Benjamin Fitz Randolph, the youngest, born 1663 married Sarah Dennis, and was taken in as a townsman of Piscataway in 1684. but moved to Princeton in 1696-9 with a colony of Friends whom William Penn induced to settle on a fertile plantation watered by Stony Brook, a tributary of the Millstone River.
- These five Fitz Randolph brothers were progenitors of a numerous and prominent family-lineage who have produced some of the best citizens' of colonial days and give to the State and country illustrious soldiers and statesmen, eminent legislators and jurists, leamed-professors, distinguished divines, successful merchants and valuable members of society in the more quiet walks of life.
- This Old Monmouth of Ours By William S. Hornor
- Pg. 285
- This name is not of Norman-French origin, as might be inferred from the prefix, Fitz, meaning son of, but rather, is of Anglo-Saxon derivation. Under the form Randulf it is found, as an undertenent, in the Domesday Book. I do not find it in the Battle Abbey lists.
- Attempts have been made to connect the American line with the Lords of Middleham and the Dukes of Westmorland (FitzRandolph Traditions) and to find the origin of the line in a certain "Count Herald FitzRandolph, who is mentioned in the Domesday Book as among the nobles who accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy to England." These may well be the facts, but I have not been able to find the slightest ground for their assertion. At any rate the name is an ancient and honorable one, both in England and America.
- EDWARD FITZRANDOLPH (1), born about 1615, came to New England about 1630, with his mother, a widow. There appears no other information concerning him until May 10, 1637, when, at Scituate, he was married, by the Reverend John Lothrop, to Elizabeth Blossom, joining the church four days later, a step that Elizabeth did not take until 1643. Elizabeth Blossom was a daughter of Deacon Thomas Blossom, from Schooby, England, and was born at Leyden about 1620. Edward removed from Scituate to Barnstable, and then, after many years, to Piscataway, New Jersey, in 1675, dying the following year. His widow subsequently became the second wife of Captain John Pike, of Woodbridge, and died, 1712, in her 93rd year. To Edward and Elizabeth FitzRandolph were born eleven children: Nathaniel (2); Hannah (3); Mary (4); John (5); Joseph (6); Elizabeth (7), who married Andrew Wooden; Thomas (8); Hope (9); and, Benjamin (10). There were two other children, who died in infancy. Some of the married daughters did not come to New Jersey.
- JOSEPH FITZRANDOLPH (6), son of Edward (1), was born March 1, 1656, and died at Piscataway in 1726. He married, 1-16-1687, Hannah Conger, who was born 1670. Their children were: Joseph (24); Jonathan (25); Moses (26); Hannah (27), who married Captain Andrew Drake; Mary (28), who married John Morris; Bethia (29), who married John Clarkson; Ann (30); Prudence (31); Isaac (32); Lydia (33); Susannah (34); and, Ruth (35).
1. Edward FITZRANDOLPH
2. Capt. John PIKE Jr.
Born: 1620, Leiden, , Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 341
Marriage (1): Edward FITZRANDOLPH on 10 May 1637 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, USA 341,342,343
Marriage (2): Capt. John PIKE Jr. in Jun 1685 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, USA 341,342
Died: 1713, Piscataway, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, USA at age 93 341,511
"In 1620, Elizabeth and her parents Thomas and Anne sailed on the "Speedwell" with the "Mayflower", but the Speedwell proving unseaworthy, both ships sailed back. In 1629, [a second] "Mayflower" sailed again, Elizabeth and her parents made the voyage and came to Salem, Massachusetts. Thomas Vail and wife Anne Blossom, with Elizabeth, aged 9 years, came to Salem, Mass, on the "Mayflower" in 1629". 3434
Elizabeth married Edward FITZRANDOLPH, son of Edward FITZRANDOLPH and Frances HOWES, on 10 May 1637 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, USA 341,342.,343 (Edward FITZRANDOLPH was christened on 5 Jul 1607 in Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England,281 died in 1684 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, USA 281 and was buried in 1684 in Saint James Church, Middlesex, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, USA.)
Elizabeth next married Capt. John PIKE Jr., son of John PIKE and Dorothy DAY, in Jun 1685 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, USA 341.,342
Timeline for Elizabeth Blossom
1580: Elizabeth’s father, Thomas Blossom, born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England.
23 June 1583: Elizabeth’s mother, Anne, is baptized in Soham, Cambridge, England.
1598: Thomas’ mother remarried and moved to Cambridge.
10 November 1605: Thomas and Anne marry in St. Clement, Cambridge, England.
5 July1607: Elizabeth’s future husband, Edward FitzRandolph, is born in Sutton-in-Ashford, Nottinghamshire, England.
1609: Thomas and Anne recorded as members of the Pilgrim community in Leiden.
1610: Thomas gives Anne power of attorney to sell two messuages [houses or buildings] in Cambridge that she had inherited from her maternal grandfather.
1617: Thomas and Anne are living in Pieterskirkof Street in Leiden, Holland, where a child of theirs is buried in the churchyard there.
July 26, 1620: Thomas and an unnamed son leave the port of Delfthaven, Holland, where the family had gone (living in Leiden) to escape religious persecution of Separatists or Brownists, aboard the Speedwell. They join the Mayflower and set sail, but the Speedwell leaks and returns. Once again they set out, but the ship again leaked.
September 6, 1620 Some members of the combined group return to Holland by way of England, including Thomas and his son. The Mayflower continues.
1620, after September 6: Elizabeth is born.
Sometime between date of Mayflower departure and December 15, 1625: Elizabeth’s brother dies. Dates come from letter from Thomas to William Bradford, reporting that the son who had gone on the Mayflower with him was dead.
May 1, 1629: Elizabeth, her parents and two brothers, sail on another ship named the Mayflower for Plymouth.
15 August 1629: Arrive in Plymouth. Elizabeth is about nine years old. (Population of Plymouth in 1630: 300.)
1630: Edward emigrates to MA with Winthrop Fleet as part of the Great Migration (See Nathaniel FitzRandolph's family history and The Winthrop Fleet by Charles Edward Banks)
1 July 1633: Elizabeth’s father dies of infectious fever, (smallpox) which killed many people at Plymouth. His death is mentioned by William Bradford in "Of Plymouth Colony."
17 October 1633: Anne remarries to Henry Rowley, a widower with small children.
1634 Elizabeth’s family moves to Scituate, MA and Henry is elected freeman.
January 8, 1634-35: Henry and Ann are listed as members of John Lothrop’s church.
1636: Edward FitzRandolph settles in Scituate, MA and builds the town’s 38th house. (Recorded in John Lothrop's diary).
10 May 1637 Elizabeth and Edward marry in Scituate, MA. She is about seventeen. He is about 30.
14 May 1637: Edward joins the church.
1639: Elizabeth’s family moves to Barnstable, MA
1639: Elizabeth and Edward move to Barnstable, MA. Many people from Scituate left for Barnstable this year, following Rev. John Lothrop, due to a battle over baptism.
After 1639: Elizabeth’s mother dies.
4 August 1640: Elizabeth and Edward’s first child, Nathaniel, is baptized
10 December 1640: Nathaniel dies at age 4 months. He is buried in their calf pasture.
1641: Edward serves as a juryman.
15 May 1642: Elizabeth and Edward’s second child, named Nathaniel after his brother, is baptized.
1643: Edward listed as able to bear arms in New Plymouth.
6 October 1644: Elizabeth’s daughter Mary baptized
23 April 1648: Elizabeth’s daughter Hannah baptized.
1649 Elizabeth’s daughter Mary dies.
1 June 1649: Edward sells his home. They move to West Barnstable.
1650: Henry and Anne move to Falmouth, MA (Did any children accompany them?)
2 June 1650: Edward and Elizabeth’s daughter Mary, named after her sister who died, is baptized.
7 October 1653: Edward and Elizabeth’s son John is baptized.
1 March 1656: Edward and Elizabeth’s son Joseph is baptized in Barnstable.
1657: Elizabeth and Edward’s daughter Elizabeth is born.
1659: Edward and Elizabeth’s son Thomas is baptized.
2 April 1661: Edward and Elizabeth’s daughter Hope, my direct ancestor, is baptized.
November 1662: Edward and Elizabeth’s son Nathaniel is married in Barnstable to Mary Holley.
1663: Edward and Elizabeth’s son Benjamin born. No record of his baptism.
15 January 1668 Edward and Elizabeth’s daughter Mary marries Samuel Hinckley, who is the brother of Thomas Hinckley. (Thomas is the last governor of Plymouth.)
6 November 1668 Elizabeth’s daughter Hannah marries Joseph Taylor.
1669: Elizabeth and Edward move to Piscataway, NJ, because the New England patriotism and religion were too restrictive.
28 January 1670: John Taylor, first child of Hannah FitzRandolph and Joseph Taylor born.
9 February 1670: John Taylor, first child of Hannah FitzRandolph and Joseph Taylor dies at age 12 days.
6 November 1671: Mercy Taylor, second child of Hannah FitzRandolph and Joseph Taylor born.
1673: Elizabeth and Edward’s daughter Elizabeth, about 16 years old, becomes pregnant by John Langstaff, a married man. John appears in court and signs a bond that he will support the child. Elizabeth gives birth to John Langstaff, Jr. (John, Sr. has another son named after him as well.)
24 October 1674: Hope Taylor, third child of Hannah FitzRandolph and Joseph Taylor born.
June/July 1676: Elizabeth’s husband, Edward, dies in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Is buried in Saint James Churchyard in Piscataway (now Edison).
1676: Elizabeth granted 300 acres in Piscataway township. (Must have been after death of Edward. John FitzRandolph granted 60 acres. (source: History of Piscataway Township 166-1976 by Walter C. Meuly.)
22 August 1676: Elizabeth and Edward’s daughter Elizabeth marries Andrew Wooden.
5 Sep 1677: Seth Taylor, child of Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor, born.
22 December 1680: Elizabeth and Edward’s daughter Hope marries Ezekiel Bloomfield.
21 March 1680: John Taylor (2) born to Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor (5th child).
2 October 1681: Elizabeth’s son John marries Sarah Bonham.
6 April 1682: Eleanor Taylor, sixth child of Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor, born.
26 April 1682: Eleanor Taylor, sixth child of Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor, dies at age 20 days.
29 April 1684: Jasper Taylor, seventh child of Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor, born.
30 June 1685: Elizabeth remarries, to Captain John Pike. Age 65.
January 1686: John FitzRandolph one of the men assigned to look after the building of the new meeting house. (Source: History of Piscataway Township by Walter Meuly)
1686/7 Elizabeth’s son Joseph marries Joanna Conger.
23 November 1686: Elizabeth and Edward’s son Thomas marries Elizabeth Manning.
1688/1689: John Pike dies.
16 July1689: Elizabeth and Edward’s son Benjamin marries Sarah Dennis in Piscataway.
1692: Thomas FitzRandolph chosen selectman of Piscataway (Source: History of Piscataway Township by Walter Meuly.)
1693: Hope Taylor, daughter of Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor, marries Joseph Sturgis.
20 May 1701: Seth Taylor, son of Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor, marries Susannah Sturgis.
1702 Elizabeth and Edward’s daughter Elizabeth dies.
1705: Elizabeth’s daughter Hannah dies.
1705: Hope Taylor, daughter of Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor, dies. (Same year as Hope's mother.)
1706: Elizabeth and Edward’s daughter Hope dies.
12 April 1706-7: Elizabeth’s son Nathaniel marries his second wife, Jane Hampton
21 September 1713 Elizabeth’s son Nathaniel dies.
1713 Elizabeth dies. (Source FitzRandolph Traditions)
17 December 1721: Captain Seth Taylor, son of Hannah FitzRandolph and Jasper Taylor, dies.
1726: Elizabeth’s son Joseph dies.
19 June 1727 John FitzRandolph dies.
4 January 1737/8 Elizabeth’s daughter Mary (second Mary) dies.
1745: Edward and Elizabeth’s son Thomas dies.
1746: Edward and Elizabeth’s son Benjamin dies.
Zuid-Holland Province, Netherlands
New Jersey, USA
Elizabeth & Edward were the parents of:
Nathaniel/15 May 1642
Mary/6 Oct 1644 - 1649
Hannah/23 Apr 1648
Mary/2 Jun 1650
John/7 Oct 1653
Thomas/16 Aug 1654
Joseph/1 Mar 1656
Elizabeth/1 Mar 1656
Hope/2 Apr 1661
Thomas FitzRandolph (1654 - 1745)*
Hope Fitzrandolph Bloomfield (1661 - 1703)*
Benjamin Fitzrandolph (1663 - 1746)*
Edward Fitzrandolph (1607 - 1685)*
John Pike (1613 - 1688)*
First Presbyterian Churchyard
New Jersey, USA
Elizabeth BLOSSOM7,974 was born in 1620 in Leiden, South Leiden, Holland. She died in 1713 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co, NJ, USA. Parents: Edward BLOSSOM and Anne HEILSON.
Spouse: Edward Fitz III RANDOLPH. Edward Fitz III RANDOLPH and Elizabeth BLOSSOM were married on 10 May 1637. Children were: Nathaniel Fitz RANDOLPH, Nathaniel Fitz I RANDOLPH, Mary Fitz RANDOLPH, Hannah Fitz RANDOLPH, Mary Fitz RANDOLPH, John Fitz RANDOLPH, John Fitz RANDOLPH, Joseph Fitz I RANDOLPH, Elizabeth Fitz RANDOLPH, Thomas Fitz RANDOLPH, Hope Fitz RANDOLPH, Benjamin Fitz I RANDOLPH.
1629 - Came with parents to Plymouth MA.
1633 - moved to Scituate MA, after her mother married Henry Rowley of Scituate.
27 Aug 1643 - Elizabeth joined Mr. Lothrop's church at Barnstable MA.
31 March 1676 - She was allowed by the Honorable Propriators of the Province to locate lands in the right of her deceased husband, which she did as appears by patent to her of 300 acres in Piscataway. There are also other patents to her and other members of the family on record for thousands of acres of land beside in Piscataway Province of New Jersey.
26 June 1685 - She deeded a large amount of the lands which she had located to her sons Joseph, John, Thomas and Benjamin.
She survived Edward, living to the age of 93.
She was buried beside Edward in the west corner of St. James churchyard, Piscataway NJ.
1. "Family Sketches" by Julianna Fitz Randolph Wood.
Elizabeth Fitzrandolph's Timeline
June 2, 1620
Leiden, Rhynland, Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Leiden, Holland (South), Netherlands
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
October 6, 1644
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
June 2, 1650
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony