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John Stockton

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Birthplace: Morven, Piscataway Township, Middlesex, New Jersey
Death: Died in Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey
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Son of Richard "The Builder" Stockton; Richard (III) Stockton; Susannah Stockton and Susannah Witham (Robinson)
Husband of Abigail Stockton
Father of Richard Stockton, Signer of "The Declaration of Independence"; Sarah Stockton; John (the elder) Stockton; Hannah Boudinot; Abigail Stockton and 5 others
Brother of Davis Stockton; Richard (IV) Stockton; Samuel Stockton; Joseph Stockton; Robert (I) Stockton and 9 others

Occupation: Presiding judge Court of Common Pleas of County Somerset NJ, m, 2-21-1728/9 Abigail Phillips
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About John Stockton

John Stockton (1701-1758)

John Stockton was for many years one of the presiding judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Somerset, NJ under the Royal Government. He was a man of education and influence in the early history of New Jersey. He inherited that part of his father's property known as Morven and conveyed it to his son, Richard Stockton, known as "The Signer". He was instrumental in securing to Princeton the College of New Jersey, and was a friend and liberal patron of the college. John Stockton married Abigail Phillips on February 21, 1729. She was the daughter of Phillip and Hannah Stockton Phillips. Hannah Stockton Phillips was John Stockton's great half-aunt (if one believes as is most probable--as above--that the Second Generation Richard Stockton was not the son of Abigail Stockton), so that would make John's wife his half-first cousin, once removed. John and Abigail Phillips Stockton had ten children. John Stockton died May 20, 1758, and Mrs. Stockton died September 15, 1757. Having made a deed in his lifetime to his eldest son, Richard, for the eastern part of the homestead plantation called "Morven", he left, in his will, that portion lying on the north side of Main Street (also called the King's Highway) to his second son, John, and directed that the land lying to the south of that street shou ld be equally divided between his two sons Philip and Samuel Withan Stockton. These four sons all became distinguished men, the eldest known to fame as Richard "The Signer" being the best known.

Children of John Stockton and Abigail (Phillips) Stockton

Richard - b. October 3, 1730.

Sarah - b. June 19, 1732, d. at four years.

John - b. August 4, 1734, d. at two years.

Hannah - b. July 21, 1736, d. October 28, 1808, m. April 21, 1762 to Hon. Elias Boudinot, who was a brother of Annis Boudinot Stockton who married Richard Stockton, "The Signer". Elias Boudinot was a prominent lawyer in NJ. He was chosen as President of the Continental Congress in 1782 and as such signed the treaty of peace with England. After the war, he was elected to the first, second, and third Congresses and served from 1789 till 1795. President Washington appointed him Director of the Mint and he served from 1795 till 1805, when he resigned and retired to his home in Burlington, NJ. He died October 24, 1821. Hannah Stockton Boudinot had one daughter.

Abigail - b. November 13, 1738, d.--, m. May 23, 1770 to Captain Samuel Pintard of New York City. Captain Pintard had retired on half pay from the British Army, and at the beginning of the Revolutionary War was offered the rank of Major by the British, and a commission as Brigadier General by his countrymen. He refused both offers, declaring that he would fight neither against his King nor his Country.

Susanna - b. January 2, 1742, d.--, m. Lewis Pintard of New York, brother of the Captain Samuel who married her sister, Abigail. Lewis Pintard was one of the great merchants of his day, and one of the incorporators of the NY Chamber of Commerce. During the Revolutionary War he was agent for the American prisoners, and disbursed the funds provided for their use, for which he received the thanks of General Washington. In 1812 he retired and moved to Princeton, where he died March 25, 1818. Susanna Stockton Pintard had one daughter.

John - b. February 22, 1744, d.--, m. Mary Hibbitts Nelson, widow of James Nelson, of Bethel, near Easton, PA. He lived in Pennsylvania and was drowned soon after his marriage by the upsetting of a yawl while visiting relatives in Princeton. One month after his death, his wife gave birth to twin girls.

Philip - b. July 11, 1746, m. Catherine Cumming on April 13, 1767. Philip studied theology with Rev. John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College and was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church. He became the owner of Castle Howard at Princeton in 1785 and died there on January 1 2, 1792. He and his wife had eight children: six sons and two daughters.

Rebecca - b. July 5, 1748, d.--, m. to Rev. William Tennent, a minister of the Presbyterian Church at Freehold, NJ for forty-three years and six months. They had no children.

Samuel Witham - b. February 4, 1751, d. June 26, 1795, m. Catherine Cox. They had no children.

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John Stockton's Timeline

1701
August 10, 1701
Piscataway Township, Middlesex, New Jersey
1729
February 21, 1729
Age 27
1730
October 1, 1730
Age 29
Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey
1732
June 19, 1732
Age 30
1734
August 4, 1734
Age 32
1736
July 21, 1736
Age 34
1738
November 13, 1738
Age 37
1742
January 2, 1742
Age 40
1744
February 22, 1744
Age 42
1746
July 11, 1746
Age 44