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John Rudderow

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Montgomery Co, Wales
Death: Died in Chester Twp, Burlington Co., NJ
Immediate Family:

Son of John Rudderow; John I Rudderow; Anne Jones and Ann Jones
Husband of Lucy Rudderow
Father of John Rudderow; Hannah Hollingshead; Ann Rudderow; Mary Rudderow and Mary Rudderow

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About John Rudderow

The book Moorestown and her Neighbors pp131-133: contains the following account of John Rudderow, and of Robert Stiles: RUDDEROW— John Rudderow arrived at Philadelphia from England about 1680. He was a surveyor and also had considerable knowledge about the law. After remaining in the neighborhood of Philadelphia for a few years he decided to return to England but the unexpected arrival at Philadelphia of Robert Stiles and his sister, Lucy Stiles, immediately altered his plans. He and Lucy Stiles were afterwards married and settled on a large plantation between the two branches of Pensauken Creek not far from Fork Landing. The original survey is dated Tenth month 1684 and calls for 650 acres which were surveyed in the names of John Clark and John Rudderow.

475 Acres of this tract located at the forks of the creek were later resurveyed for John Rudderowe. John and Lucy Stiles Ruderow’s children were: Mary; Rebecca, Hannah, Ann, Sarah, John and three who names were not recorded and who undoubtedly died in infancy. John Jr. married Elizabeth Hollingshead and was the ancestor of those bearing the name Rudderow now living in the neighborhood of Moorestown. The Rudderows were active in the affairs of Chester Township which formerly included the present town of Moorestown.

STILES—Robert Stiles arrived from England about 1682 and settled for a few years in Philadelphia. In 1695 he purchased 415 acres on the north branch of Pensauken Creek about two miles West of Moorestown from Charles Reade of Philadelphia. I am convinced, however, that this survey included a former survey as he undoubtedly settled on the Pensauken at an earlier date. The early records of Chester Township show that he was active in the affairs of the community as early as 1692. His first survey was probably in 1684 about the time when John Rudderow settled on the creek.

Gabriel Thomas, who published “an Historical and Geographical Account of Pennsylvania and West Jersey” in 1698, refers to Robert Stiles as follows: “The trade of Glouchester County consists chiefly in pitch, tar and rosin, the latter of which is made by Robert Stiles, and excellent artist in that sort of work for he delivers it as clear a gum arabic.” Robert Stiles married Priscilla Howell, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Howell. Their children were Robert, John, and Martha. Robert married Sarah Rudderow, John died in infancy and Martha married Thomas Coles. The Moorestown branch of the stiles family is descended from Robert and Sarah Rudderow Stiles. The Stiles farm was located in Maple Shade on the North branch of Pensauken Creek a little below Camden Pike.

The following Article appeared in the April 1898 issue of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record:


JOHN RUDDEROW was the son of John and Ann Jones Rud­derow of “Her Nant” Wales, Great Britain, and was born about 1660. He was educated for a lawyer in England. About the time the Quakers under William Penn began the settlement of West New Jersey and Pennsylvania (1680-1681), John Rudderow was sent over by the Government as a “Crown Surveyor,” whose duty it was to report to the home government upon the surveys made by the surveyors of the Proprietors. He superintended the laying out of the city of Philadel­phia from 1861 to 1863.

Having finished his work he was about re­turning home, when a vessel arrived at Philadelphia bringing a company of Welsh colonists to whom William Penn had granted a Charter for a large tract of land near Philadelphia, now “Bryn Mawr”; among these settlers were his father, mother, and Robert Stiles and family. In 1684, John Rudderow bought a tract of land in Chester Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, and by subsequent purchases acquired all the land between the forks of Pensawkin Creek in that township, for a mile back from the forks. John Rudderow, VI still owned and lived on a part of this tract in 1898.

John Rudderow took an active part in the affairs of his township and county. He served for several years as Town Clerk and the minute-book of Chester Township, still preserved, is partly kept in his own handwriting. In 1706, he was appointed a judge of the “Courts of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions” of Burlington County, New Jersey, and served until 1709, inclusive.

He was an adherent of the Church of England (otherwise he could not have held the official posi­tion of “Crown Surveyor”), held services in his house, and in his will bequeathed ten pounds, “Whenever a church shall be built here away." This legacy was paid by his son John to St. Mary's Church, Colestown, upon its organization (1752). Between 1690 and 1700, John Rudderow was engaged in the shipping trade between Philadelphia, the West Indies, and England; the agreement of co-partnership between him and Captain Howell, his partner, is still preserved. In this way he imported the bricks from England with which to build his house, which has since been torn down.

John Rudderow married Lucy Stiles, sister of Robert Stiles, whose family, together with John’s father and mother, had removed to Chester Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. His will is dated in 1729 and probated 1733. Their children were :

i.3 Mary, married, first, Guiteau ; married second, Joshua Maddock, mayor of Philadelphia. She lived to be 101 years old.

ii.3 Hannah Rudderow, married 1 April, 1727. William Hollingshead. son of Wiliam Hollingshead and Elizabeth Adams. Their children all born at Burlington, New Jersey, were:

i. George Hollingshead, b. abt 1728.

ii. 4Anthony, b. abt 1730, married Elizabeth Conrow; d 1812

iii Jacob, b. 16 Oct 1732, married, 14 July 1756, Mary Hollingshead. He d. 19 Dec. 1819.

iv Mary, b. abt 1734, married Martin Modden.

v Jerusa, b. abt 1736, married 30 August 1759, Joseph Hollingshead.

vi Bathsheba, b. abt 1738, married James Buckstone.

iii. 3Sarah, married Robert Stiles.

iv. 3Ann, married Samuel Davis.

v. 3John Rudderow, born 1694 ; died 1769. 3John (2John, 1John), married, first, Elizabeth Hollingshead; their children were:

i. 4John, died in infancy.

ii. 4Grace, married Jacob Lippincott.

iii. 4Mary, married Joseph Perry.

3John’s second wife was Elizabeth Jones; their children were

iv. 4Hannah, married — Wilson.

v. 4Ruth, married — Vanneman., twin

vi. 4Lizzie, married — twin

vii. 4Susannah, married — Hunter.

viii. 4Sarah, married — Vanhorn.

ix. 4Joseph, had two sons, John and Noble.

x. 4Samuel, no, male heirs.

xi. 4William Rudderow, born October 11, 1732 ; was married May 25, 1758 to Abagail, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Spicer*; he died December 13, 1803 ; their children were:

i. 5John, born February 1 7, 1759 ; married, first, Jerugha, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Inskeep ; second, Brina, Welsh, widow of James Leconey. He died in 1840.

ii. 5Jane, born February 1, 176o ; married Joshua Osler.

iii. 5Thomas, born December 3, 1761 ; married Rebecca Carty.

iv. 5Abagail, born March 24, 1764 ; married John Ashburner, who arrived in Philadelphia from England in 1783. No record of marriages and deaths in the Ashburner family can be found. He died in 81st year of his age, on the 17th day of December, 1838; his wife Abagail, died July 30, 1842, in the 79th year of her age. Their chil­dren were:

i. 6Ann, born January 1, 1787 ; died January 5, 1839.

ii. 6Abagail, born March 2, 17 88.

iii. 6John, born February 15, 1789 ; died August 9, 1838.

This ends the article in the NYG&BR. More will be added later about the first, second, and third generations as more information becomes available.

The family of 4Anthony Hollingshead and Elizabeth Conrow

i. 5Aschseh Elizabeth, b. abt 1764, Morris N. J.; married 20 Sept 1786, Daniel Soules

ii. 5Sarah, b. abt. 1766, Morris N.J.; married 16 April 1789, John Hill

iii. 5Isaac, b. abt. 1768, Morris N.J.; Married 20 Oct. 1790, Anne Hill.

iv. 5William Hollingshead, b. 1774, Digby Nova Scotia,Canada, Married, 3 April 1794, Anne Hill

v. 5George, b. abt 1776, Digby, Nova Scotia.

vi. 5Anthony, b. about 1778, Digby Nova Scotia, Married 31October 1806, Eleanor Crossley.


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John Rudderow's Timeline

Montgomery Co, Wales
Age 21
Burlington Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, United States
Age 21
Age 33
May 13, 1694
Age 34
Mooretown, NJ
Age 45
May 12, 1733
Age 73
Chester Twp, Burlington Co., NJ