John Chambers, Sr. (1645 - 1687)

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Place of Burial: Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
Birthplace: Scotland, UK
Death: Died in Monmouth, NJ, USA
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About John Chambers, Sr.

In August 1685, records show John on a ship to America with Henry and Francis Chambers.


"John Chambers, Senior, John Chambers, Junior, Robert Chambers and Marion Chambers embarked at Leigh, near Edinburgh, Scotland, August 1685, on the "Henry and Francis" of New Castle, Richard Hutton, master. This ship launched at Montrose, Aberdeen, and Kerkwa in the Orkney Isles, to take on passengers, and thence sailed for East New Jersey, arriving at New Perth (now Perth Amboy) the following November, after a long and disastrous voyage of 15 weeks. During this time seventy out of two hundred passengers died as victims of a malignant fever." -From Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey, Vol I, and Will of John Chambers probated in Monmouth Co NJ. John was a member of Clan Cameron. They supported the Stuarts in their failed bid for the English Crown. 1689 marked the Revolution against James VII. This prompted many to leave Scotland and may be why John left at the time he did. The founder of this Chambers family in the United States was John Chambers (2), of Middlesex County, New Jersey. He was directly descended from Robert Chambers, of Sterling, near Edinburgh, Scotland, a Presbyterian, who, with thousands of others of the same persuasion, suffered cruel religious persecutions during the reign of Charles II and James II. John Chambers, Senior, John Chambers, Junior, (2), Robert Chambers and Marion Chambers embarked at Leith, near Edinburgh, Scotland, August, 1685, on the "Henry and Francis" of New Castle, Richard Hutton, master. This ship launched at Montrose, Aberdeen and Kerkwa in the Orkney Isles, to take on passengers, and thence sailed for East New Jersey, arriving at New Perth (now Perth Amboy) the following November, after a long and disastrous voyage of fifteen weeks. During the time seventy out of the two hundred passengers died as victims of a malignant fever. John Chambers, Senior, purchased land in Piscataway Township in 1686, and in 1702 made further realty purchases. [Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey Vol 1] Will of John Chambers probated in Monmouth Co NJ. Emigration: Aug 1685 Ship Henry & Francis

John CHAMBERS [Sr.], b. about 1645 possibly in Lanark, Scotland, d. unknown in Piscataway Twsp., Middlesex Co., NJ; possibly m., 24 Oct 1670 in Lanark Parish, Scotland, possibly to Marion CROCKONRIG (b. about 1649, d. unknown); they resided in Piscataway Twsp., Middlesex Co., NJ; their children:

[#2] i. John [Jr.], b. about 1675-80;

      ii. William, b. unknown, m. Sarah WEBSTER;
     iii. James, b. unknown, d. 1748.

Some secondary sources suggest that a Robert CHAMBERS of Scotland is the father of John CHAMBERS [Sr.]; however, I have not seen any proof for this.

-------------------- John Chambers, Sr. was born on 1645 in Scotland to Robert Chambers and Marioun Cloggy Chambers. John married Marion Chambers and had a child: John Chambers. He passed away on 1687 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States.

John Chambers, Sr. is my 8th great uncle.

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John Chambers, Sr.'s Timeline

1645
1645
UK
1677
1677
Age 32
Trenton, NJ, USA
1687
1687
Age 42
Monmouth, NJ, USA
1687
Age 42
Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
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