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Obediah Bruen

Also Known As: "Obadiah Bruen"
Birthplace: Tarvin, Cheshire, England
Death: Died in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bruen and Anne Bruen
Husband of Sarah Bruen
Father of Mary Baldwin; Hannah Baldwin (Bruen) and John Bruen, IV
Brother of Nathaniel Bruen; Samuel Bruen; Katherine Bruen; Abigail Bruen; Jonathan Bruen and 1 other
Half brother of Gylbert Bruen; John Bruen; Anne Bruen; James Bruen; Henry Bruen and 7 others

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About Obediah Bruen

Photo ship was launched in 1931. Three times larger than a 17th century ship. 17th Century passengers could only dream of a ship this big

See "Ancestry of Obadiah and Mary Bruen," by Donald Lines Jacobus, in The American Genealogist (1949), Vol 26, pp 12 - 25.

Co-founder of Newark, NJ


Obadiah Bruen, one of the founders of Neward, New Jersey, is generally accepted as a "gateway" ancestor by many organizations. --------------------

The genealogy of Obadiah Bruen is heavily documented in the published lineage of Emperor Charlemagne which can be traced back to Pepin the Old, 560-639, "Pepin of Lauden."

The funeral certificate of "John Bruen of Bruen Stableford, in the countyof Chester, Esquier, departed this mortall life the 18 January 1625 [-6],at his hall of Bruen Stableford, and was buried in Tarvin Church, in thecounty aforsayd" states he married 3 wives. The sayd defunct married tohis 2 wife, Anne, daughter to William Fox of Rodes, in the county ofLancaster, and hath yssue Samuell, Obadiah, and Kathrine Bruen, allunmarried [The Record Society of London, Volume VI, pages 50,51].

Obadiah became a draper at Shrewsbury, County Salop, England. "30th dayof September, in the 9th year of the reign of King Charles of England..... Obadiah Bruen of the Vill of Salop draper, son of John Bruen ofStapleford in the county palatine of Chester is admitted a free burgessof the Vill of Salop aforesaid ..... with full assent and consent to haveenjoy and use all liberties and privileges of the same Vill, who saysupon his oath that he has no issue before this session lawfully begottenand thereupon he is sworn in the manner of a burgess and pays for fine Vli together with the due and accustomed fee ....." [Roll of Freeman ofShrewsbury, Shropshire, England, translated from the Latin, Town Recordsof Shrewsbury, 1633].

Obadiah emigrated to New England in 1639. He enlisted as a freeman of Plymouth Colony and settled in Marshfield, Massachusetts, 1640. He moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he was made a freeman on 19 May 1642.He was clerk of the writs, and commissioner to end small causes in 1643.He was selectman in 1642 and several following years, and representativeat the General Court, 1647 to 1651.

The Reverend Mr. Benjamin Blinman removed from Gloucester, Massachusetts,to New London, Connecticut, then called Pequot Harbor, in 1650. "Heseems to have been accompanied on his first visit by Obadiah Bruen, a manof unusual intelligence and education, and sound mind and judgment."[History of New London, Connecticut, Frances Manwaring Caulkins, New London, 1895, page iv.]

In 1651, Obadiah went to New London, Connecticut, and lived there sixteen years. For fifteen years, he was Town Clerk of New London, Connecticut.

Obadiah Bruen held the following offices by colonial authority in Connecticut and New Haven Colonies; Patentee, Royal Charter, 1662; Deputy Judge (New London town), April 1660, May 1660; Judge (New London town),May 1662, May 1663, October 1663, May 1664, May 1665; Deputy (New London)to Connecticut Legislature, October 1665.

On 24 June 1667, Obadiah Bruen signed the Fundamental Agreement of 30October 1666, an agreement at Branford, Connecticut, to move to Newark,New Jersey.

On 11 July 1667, Obadiah and four others signed the purchase agreement on behalf of the settlers for the land in New Jersey, now the City of Newark, acquired from the Hackensack Indians.

He moved there as one of the founders. His "Home Lott" and residence inNew Jersey was on Market Street, not far from the present Pennsylvania Railroad depot in Newark. The second common Gate next to the GreatRiver, was disposed of to make and maintain as his division of fences toMr. Bruen.


Obadiah Bruen was christened on 25 December 1606 at Tarvin, Cheshire, England.2,3 He married Sarah Seeley on 7 May 1633 at St. Martin's, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; They had 1 son (John) and 4 daughters (Mary, wife of John Baldwin; Sarah; Rebecca, wife of Thomas Post; & Hannah, wife of John Baldwin, Jr.).2,3 Obadiah Bruen immigrated in 1640; To New England with entire family. He died between 1680 and 1690 at Newark, N.J.

Marriage 1 Sarah Seely b: 1609


   Has Children Mary Bruen b: 14 JUN 1622 in Shrewsbury, England
   Has Children Hannah Bruen b: 1644
   Has Children John Bruen b: 1646

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Obediah Bruen's Timeline

December 23, 1606
Tarvin, Cheshire, England
December 25, 1606
Tarvin, Cheshire, England
December 25, 1606
Tarvin, , , England
December 25, 1606
December 25, 1606
Tarvin, , ENG
December 25, 1606
BRUEN, Stapleford, Cheshire, England
December 25, 1606
Bruen, Stapleford, Cheshire, England
December 25, 1606
Bruen, Stapleford, Cheshire, England
Age 23
Shrewsbury, Salop, England
June 12, 1634
Age 27
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom