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Nicholas Bonham, Sr.

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Piscataway, Middlesex County, Province of New Jersey, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of George Bonham, the Immigrant and Mary George Bonham
Husband of Hannah Bonham
Father of Hannah Lippington; Mary Dunham; Sarah Fitzrandolph; Hezekiah Bonham, Sr.; Elizabeth Slater and 6 others
Half brother of Ruth Sarah Barrows; Sarah Bryant; George BONHAM, Jr.; Ann Bonum; Patience Willis and 1 other

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About Nicholas Bonham, Sr.

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Nicholas Bonham Name: Nicholas Bonham Gender: Male Spouse Name: Hannah Fuller Spouse Birth Place: MA Spouse Birth Year: 1636 Marriage Year: 1658 Marriage State: MA Number Pages: 1 Please see update 24/9/2011 near bottom

First Settler of Piscataway

Added by keithphillipy on 25 Sep 2008 Originally submitted by theothermelissa to Melissa on 10 Dec 2007

He was a first settler of Piscataway. He signed "Oath of Allegiance," 1672, and was approved Sergeant, 1681. Dutch Schepen, 1673. He received his patent for land, May 1, 1697, in right of his late father, Ezekiah Bonham (error for Nicholas Bonham) etc. (ARCH. Vol. XXI, pp. 268 and 281). He gave the name to Bonhamtown, vidoe of Bonhamtown, 5/11/2014 Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, which is five miles northeast from New Brunswick and is so preserved to this day.


1. Will; 6 Feb 1682/83. His will was proved 4 Jan. 1684/5, but witnesses testified on 18 Dec. 1694. His wife Hannah and son Hezekiah were named executors; mention was made of other children ( not named); witnesses included Edward Slater and Isaac Smalley who were also overseers and took the estate inventory on 28 July 1684.

  Marriage Information:

Nicholas married Hannah FULLER, daughter of Samuel FULLER and Jane LOTHROP, on 1 Jan 1658/59 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., MA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. (Hannah FULLER was born about 1636 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA 10 and died about 23 Aug 1686 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ 10.)

  Marriage Notes:

Of the sons, only Hezekiah Bonham survived or remained in Piscataway, to either perpetuate the name or family, and he soon removed to Maidenhead.

They moved to Piscataway, New Jersey, thus bringing the Edward Fuller line there at an early date.

Sources --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1 Bullard and Allied Families, Edgar J. Bullard, Bullard and Allied Families, (Private Publisher, Detroit 1930). , Pg. 195.

2 Genealogical Memoir of the Lothrop-Lathrop Family, E. B. Huntington, Genealogical Memoir of the Lothrop-Lathrop Family, (Huntington, E.B. Lo-Lathrop Family. Privately Published, Connecticut. 1884). , Pg. 37.

3 Items Of Ancestry by a Descendant IMR, I.M.R., Items Of Ancestry by a Descendant IMR, (Privately Printed. David Clapp & Son. Boston. 1894). , Pg. 65.

4 American Marriage Records before 1699, Clemens, William Montgomery, American Marriage Records before 1699, (Pompton Lakes, NJ: Biblio Co., 1926).

5 Fuller Genealogy, William Hyslop Fuller, Fuller Genealogy, (Privately Printed, 1914). , Vol. 1, Pg. 31.

6 First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodsridge Olde East New Jersey, Part 4, Orra Eugene Monnette, First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodsridge Olde East New Jersey, Part 4, (The Leroy Carman Press. California. 1931). , Pg. 206.

7 Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, Davis, William T., Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, (Boston, MA: Damrell & Upham, 1899). , Pg. 116.

8 A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, - Vol. I-IV, Savage, James, (Boston, 1860-1862). , Volume 1, Pg. 211.

9 Ibid., Vol. 2, Pg. 220.

10 Edward Fuller Through 5 Generations Silver Book, Edward Fuller Through 5 Generations Silver Book.


Update 24/9/2011 Nicholas Bonham was admitted citizen on 3 Oct 1662 because he was "son of a present inhabitant" and no other Bonhams are on record except George.

No age has been given for No Plymouth scholar or "authority" has found proof he was George's son. Seems unlikely but they may not be related. Nicholas would have been only 5 years old without a mother. This would pose the question; did his mother die on the voyage? What happened to Miss Bishop his supposed mother. No mention of her in English or Plymouth records have been presented. Only that she was gone before his marriage to Morton

Date and place of birth have also been (erroneously?) reported to be:


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Nicholas Bonham, Sr.'s Timeline

June 30, 1630
January 1, 1658
Age 27
Barnstable, (now Barnstable), Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts), (now United States)
October 8, 1659
Age 29
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
October 4, 1661
Age 31
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
February 16, 1664
Age 33
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
May 6, 1667
Age 36
May 6, 1667
Age 36
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 37
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Age 38
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts
June 1670
Age 39
Richmond, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia, United States