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John Scholey

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Aston Parish, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: March 25, 1695 (85)
Onyoickon, Chesterfield Twp, Burlington County, Province of West Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Scholey, Jr. and Mary Schooley (Abdey)
Husband of Isabell Scholey; Elizabeth Scholey and Isabell Murfin
Father of Richard Scholey; Ellen Barton; William Scholey; Mary Scholey; Robert Scholey and 4 others
Brother of Richard Scholey, III and Anthony Scholey

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About John Scholey, of Aughton

Descendants (chiefly spelling the surname Schooley) and relatives lived in New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas and elsewhere. Includes other Schooley (Scholey) immigrants, where relationship is not traced, together with some ancestry in England.

ID: I01020

Name: John Scholey

Sex: M

Birth: 1609 in Yorkshire, England

Death: 29 MAR 1696 in Chesterfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey

Reference Number: 1504

Reference Number: A1504


Sources - Schooley, T.H.S. - Trails of Our Fathers

Schooley, George A. - The Journal of Dr. William Schooley

Schooley, M.M. - Scholey-Schooley and Allied Families

Scholey's Copse or Smallage Farms, Parish of Ashton cum Aughton in the Wapentake of

Strafforth and Tickhill, West Ridings of Yorkshire

G.A. Schooley and M.M. Schooley do not agree with T.H.S. Schooley's ancestry of John Schooley(1504), nor with identifying his wife Elizabeth as Elizabeth Fletcher. They end the line with John.

The Benjamin Lundy Family

Author: William Clinton Armstrong

Call Number: CS71.L962

This book contains the history and genealogy of the Lundy family of Pennsylvannia.

Bibliographic Information: Armstrong, William Clinton. The Lundy Family. Privately Published. New Jersey. 1902.


John Schooley is the earliest name in the genealogy of this family. He lived and died in Handsworth Parish, County of York, England. His wife's name was Alice. Two of their children remained in England; four emigrated to America and settled in Burlington county, New Jersey. Children of John Schooley, the Englishman: I. (???), a son, mentioned in tradition, name not ascertained, remained in England. II. Margaret, mentioned in tradition, m. a Mr. Barber and had a son Charles who removed to the City of Calcutta, India. III. Robert, mentioned in Smith's History of New Jersey; accompanied by his wife and children, he sailed from Hull on "The Shield," and reached Delaware Bay in 10th mo., O. S., 1678; the ship moored off Burlington for the night, the river froze. and the next morning the passengers went ashore on the ice. Robert is mentioned as a constable in 1682. Tradition says that Robert came from Workshop, in the county of Nottingham. No record of his descendants. IV. Thomas, mentioned in Smith's History of New Jersey, was a member of the Farnsworth Society of Friends in Yorkshire, England; sailed from Hull on the Flie-boat Martha of Bridlington, and reached New Jersey in August, 1677; married Sarah Parker and had seven children. From Thomas and Sarah have descended all the Schooleys that have intermarried with the Lundy lines. V. Mary, who in 1680 m. John Rogers; no further record. VI. John, Jr., whose will is recorded in the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, N. J.; he m. (1) in 1696, Rebecca Bennett, and (2) in 1711, Frances Taylor. It is supposed that Mary and John, Jr., were brought to America by their older brother Thomas; tradition says that they came from Aughton in Yorkshire.

Friends' records in Burlington county, N. J., show that a Sarah Schooley married Caleb Wheatley on 5 of 9, 1696, and that a Mary Schooley married Joseph Wright in 1710; but the relationship of Sarah and Mary to the other Schooleys is not known.

I have before me an old manuscript wherein are given the traditions once current among the Schooleys of New Jersey concerning Margaret Schooley of England and her eldest brother.

Margaret's brother remained in England. He prospered and acquired great wealth; but he died leaving no issue, so that his property would fall to his three brothers who had emigrated to New Jersey. This is known as the Schooley estate.

Margaret Schooley married a man by the name of Barber and had only one child, a son named Charles. Charles Barber became a fur merchant, settled in the city of Calcutta, in India, and made a large fortune. He died without issue, but he left a will and gave the larger portion of his estate to his mother, the aforesaid Margaret Barber. The will of the said Charles Barber is recorded in the Surrogate's office in Calcutta; and also in England. Finally Margaret herself died intestate, and the legal title to the whole of her estate passed to her three brothers who had emigrated from England to New Jersey. This is known as the Barber estate.

These two estates--the Schooley and the Barber--taken together, amount to twenty-seven millions, the statement of the old manuscript on this point being very definite and satisfactory.







Only approximately can the date of John Scholey's arrival in America, at the Friend's Settlement on the Delaware River, with his family, be determined. Some events of which records exist in New Jersey, indicate that John and his family were there early in the sixteen-hundred eighties.

John and Isabel and their young son John, well known later as an Elder among Friends, and as John Scholey, Jr., were probably in West Jersey about 1681-2, in which year John became the owner of land on "Doctor's Creek where he lives," which he had bought of Godfrey Newbold, in that year.

Though John Scholey lived about fourteen years in and near Chesterfield where his sons, Thomas and Robert lived, there is no mention of his name or Isabel's, his wife, in the records of the Chesterfield Friends. There are ample proofs that his sons and their families were members of this Society.

His daughter Mary probably came over with her brother Robert and his family, in 1678. In the Burlington Friend's Records, are minutes of the declaration of intentions of marriage with Mary Scholey, made by John Rogers, on 7-2-1680. They were married at the home of Thomas Lambert on 8-l-1680. The witnesses were: Robert Scholey, Mahlon Stacy, John and Thomas Lambert, William Wood, Joshua Wright, John and Robert Murfin, Richard Ridgway, et al. These records further assert that "Mary, wife of John Rogers, of the Falls, died in childbirth and was buried in 6-20-l681."

In the year 1682, John Scholey, Sr., late of Aughton, in the Parish of Aston, purchased from "Godfrey Newbold of Woodhouse, in the Parish of Handsworth, in Yorkshire, England," a tract of land in West Jersey. The quoted words are from the Deed of conveyance of the title to said tract of land. Five years later John sold his small farm on Doctor's Creek, near Crosswicks Creek, to his old friend, William Watson, "late

of Farnsfield, County of Nottingham, Eng." by "Indenture made this Tenth day of ye Moneth Called June in ye year of our Lord according to English acco't, 1687."

(Dept. of State of New Jersey, Vol. B. of Deeds-p. 188.)

In the same year, John purchased from Ralph Trenoweth a "Plantation conteyning 100 acres, and all that dwelling house, "scituate and being in the said county of Burlington."

Four years later, John sold half of this tract "whereon he liveth" to Katherine Beard, widow of William. 'The witnesses to John's Signing were, Joseph Hutchinson, formerly of Sheffield in England. Then a Distiller at Burlington, sold to John Scholey 125 acres of land. Robert Stacy of Philadelphia, and his son John, in the year 1697 sold to John Scholey 300 acres near Onea Nickon, adjoining lands of John Shinn and William Beard.

A survey of 181 acres for John Scholey, and another one of 50 acres adjoining land of Mathew Champion, which he sold to Gervis Pharo.

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When John Scholey became "olde in years and decrepit in health" he prepared for death by making a will. It is among Unrecorded Wills. vol. 3, p. 377 (D. of S. of N. J.). His will was dated "March ye 29th, 1695.

"I, John Scholey, being weak of body, but of good memory, do ordean this my laste will and testament." "First, I commit my Soule into the hand of Almighty God; next my body to be buried att my wife and sonn discretion.

"I give to my wife Isabel all my chattels and my plantation where I now live, until my sonn John Corn att age, and then my plantation, goods and chattels to be equally divided betwixt them." I give to my son Thomas, my land liing next to John Wareing (Warren) ao him and his Heirs an asignes forever;" Likewise I give to my sonn Thomas, a piece of meadow, to him and his heirs forever, containing quaintitie of 6 acres."

This Will "was sealed and delivered in the presence of" Mathew Champion, and William Bustill. "The seaventh day of Aprill, Anno. 1696," then proved ye Codocill, or Testatis Mentis of John Scholey within named.

Edward Hunloke, Nathan Westland, Thomas Revell, Sec'y. and Reg't. As the Executrix of John Scholey's will, Isabel was required to give bond. Her fellow signers on her bond, were Mathew Champion and Daniel Smith, both of Burlington county in ye Province of West Jersey." This bond was sealed on the "Seaventh day of April1 anno dom 1696." By this bond Isabel was required to give account from time to time concerning the estate.

A plantation called Scholey's, was mentioned in the will of Thomas Lambert, in the year 1693. This was about three years before the death of John Scholey, Senior.


Numerous instances have been found in authentic records, such as parish church registers and military rolls and court decrees and sentences relating to estates which establish the great antiquity of the name of Scholey-Schooley in England. More frequent mention of the name may be found in the various records or documents pertaining to religious or commercial life in Yorkshire, though the name often appears in other counties of England in ancient, as well as in modern times.

The one personality with which most of the Schooleys in America are interested was the immigrant from England, John Scholey, Senior, the father of Robert, Thomas and John Junior, who with their descendants made the bulk of the history of this booklet.

John Scholey was born, or baptised, in the year 1609 in Northhampshire in England. His father was Richard Scholey, whose residence was at Easton-on-the-Hill, in the Barony of Stamford, near the city of Stamford. This Richard had three sons-Richard, John and Anthony. Richard was the eldest and Anthony the youngest.

Richard and John, while quite young men at home with their father's family, had received the usuary from leases and tenements owned by their father at Colleweston and Stewkeley. About the year 1631 these two brothers went northward into Yorkshire, and apparently among relatives. Both remained for many years, it appears, and had their homes at times in the parish of Aston cum Aughton, in the Wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill, in the West Ridings of Yorkshire, about six miles east from Sheffield and about four miles south from Rotherham.

John Scholey, Sr., was married with Elizabeth Fletcher, daughter of Richard and Alice (Ellice) Fletcher. All were then of the parish of Rotherham. They were married on the 23rd of April, in the year of 1633. (Rotherham Marriage Registers). To John and Elizabeth were born Richard in 1636, who in 1667 married Elizabeth Greene of the parish of Rotherham. (Rotherham Registers). He died in 1686 and was buried at All Saints of Aston Parish. (Parish burial register). Ellen, who died in 1654, was of Rotherham and in that year married Henrye Barton of Par-Aughton. William was born in 1640 and died in 1714. His residence was at Aughton, and he was a member of the Friends Meetings of Balby. (English Friends Records). Robert was born in the year 1648 and married Sarah Bingham. He died in America in the year 1689.

Thomas was born in 1650, married in 1686 in America to Sarah Parker, and died in 1724 in America. (Note-Robert and Thomas each had a daughter named Elizabeth, and each had a son named William, born in America).

John Scholey's (Scoley), Sr., second marriage was in 1660 with Isabelle Hancock, daughter of Robert and ? Hancock, of the parish of Sheffield. (Sheffield Marriage Registers). To this mating was born "John sonne of John' Scholey, Oct. 15, 1676." (Registers of All Saints of Aston Parish). He become known in America as John Scholey, Junior. (Note--John, Jr., had a daughter named Isabel).

The principal home of the Schooleys in England was about one-half mile west of the ancient village of Aughton, and was known as Scholey's

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Copse or as Smallage Farm. These properties were known as the Scholey homes for scores of years. This farm, of about eighty acres, lies on an elevation and has a good view of Aughton and Aston, and also westward over the Valley of the Rother to Woodhouse and Handsworth, about one and a half, and two miles away. Near Smallage House are the ages-old woodlands, Falconer Wood, Treeton Wood and Hail Mary Wood.

The principal roadway westward from Aughton was Smallage Lane, which leads past Smallage e House and down the hill to Woodhouse Hill station of the Great Central Railway and the North Midland Line which roads traverse the Rother Valley. The River Rother meanders through the meadows of the valley on its way northeasterly, and joins the River Don at Bow Bridge in Rotherham. The ancient rural beauty of this sec-tion of country is now marred by unsightly colleries.

The parish church of the parish of Aston is All Saints at Aston, a half-mile southeast from Aughton. The church overlooks large Aston Park. The antiquity of this church is proven by an unbroken register of Rectors from the year 1259, avers the Rotherham Daily Advertiser. The registers of members' baptisms, marriages and burials reach back hundreds of years.

They have names of many Scholeys, spelled in several variations Nicholas Scholey was one of the Wardens of this church in 1669. In the old and now closed burial ground of All Saints are the burial vaults of Scholeys in the years 1500 to 1600. Inscriptions on the vaults bear the names of Scholeys of Smallage House.

ID: I0507

Name: John SCHOLEY 1 1

Sex: M

Birth: 1609 in Aughton, Aston, Yorkshire, England 1 1

Death: 29 MAR 1695 in Chesterfield, Burlington, NJ, USA 1 1

Father: Richard SCHOLEY b: 1583 in Easton On Hill, Stamford Barren, Northamptonshire, England

Mother: Unknown SPOUSE b: 1585 in England

Marriage 1 Elizabeth FLETCHER b: 1619 in Rotherham, West Riding, Yorkshire, England


Thomas SCHOOLEY b: 1650 in Hunwork, Yorks, Persh, England

Marriage 2 Spouse Unknown


Robert SCHOLEY b: 1648 in Hemsworth, England

Richard SCHOOLEY b: 1636 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England

Ellen SCHOLEY b: 1638 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England

William SCHOLEY b: 1640 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England

Mary SCHOLEY b: 1644 in York, Yorkshire, England

Margaret Viola SCHOOLEY b: 1641 in Handsworth, England


Mary SCHOOLEY b: 1653



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ID: I29781

Name: John Schooley 1 2

Sex: M

Title: Sr.

Name: John SCHOLEY 3 4 5 6

Birth: 1609 in England 1 2

Birth: ABT 1607 in Aughton, Northhampshire, England 7 8 6

Birth: 1609 in Aughton, Parish Of Aston, ENGLAND 3 4 5

Death: 29 MAR 1695 in Chesterfield, New Jersey 1 2

Death: 29 MAR 1695 in Chesterfield, Nr. Burlington, W. Jersey 9 6

Death: 29 MAR 1695 in NJ 3 4 5

Religion: Quaker 1 2

Change Date: 9 MAR 2002 4 5

Change Date: 19 DEC 2000 6


[Schooley I.ged]

John Scholey Sr. (d.1696), a Quaker, and his family immigrated from England to land near Chesterfield, New Jersey about 1681/1682. Descendants (chiefly spelling the surname Schooley) and relatives lived in New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas and elsewhere. Includes other Schooley (Scholey) immigrants, where relationship is not traced, together with some ancestry in England.

Ivey, May Schooley, b. 1875

A pioneer Schooley family


1405286[Schooley II.ged]

John Scholey Sr. (d.1696), a Quaker, and his family immigrated from England to land near Chesterfield, New Jersey about 1681/1682. Descendants (chiefly spelling the surname Schooley) and relatives lived in New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas and elsewhere. Includes other Schooley (Scholey) immigrants, where relationship is not traced, together with some ancestry in England.

Ivey, May Schooley, b. 1875

A pioneer Schooley family



Father: Richard Schooley b: 1583 in Easton On the hill, Stamford Baron, England

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Fletcher b: ABT 1609 in Ratherham, England

Married: 13 APR 1633 in Rotherham, England 1 2

Married: 23 APR 1633 in Rotherham, England 9 6

Change Date: 16 DEC 2000 6


Margaret SCHOLEY b: ABT 1635

Richard Scholey b: 1636 in -, -, England

Ellen Schooley b: 1638 in England

William Scholey b: 1640 in England

Mary SCHOLEY b: ABT 1644 in -, Yorkshire, England

Robert Scholey b: 1648 in Hemsworth, England

Thomas SCHOOLEY b: 1650 in Hunwork, Yorkshire, England

Mary Scholey b: ABT 1653

Marriage 2 Isabelle Hancock b: 16 DEC 1627 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Married: 25 FEB 1660 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England 1 2 10 6

Married: 25 FEB 1660 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, ENGLAND 4 5

Change Date: 9 MAR 2002 4 5

Change Date: 16 DEC 2000 6


John SCHOLEY b: 15 OCT 1676 in -, Yorkshire, England


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Author: Mrs. Edna Winnett Rigg Brown

Publication: Mrs. Brown compiled and self-published this family history in September 1965.

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Title: Schooley V.ged


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Note: ABBR No Title GivenTEXT Ivey, May Schooley. "A Pioneer Schooley Family." Miami, Florida: The Franklin

Press, Inc., 1941.


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John Scholey, of Aughton's Timeline

April 6, 1609
Aston Parish, Nottinghamshire, England
Age 26
Age 28
Age 30
Age 34
Age 39
South York, Yorkshire, England
Age 46
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, England
Age 64
Handsworth, Co York, England