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Jonathan Smalley

Also Known As: "John Smalley", "Jonathan Smalley"
Birthplace: Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
Death: April 27, 1763 (80)
Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
Place of Burial: Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
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Son of John Smalley, II and Lydia Smalley
Husband of Sarah Smalley and Sarah Smalley
Father of Isaac Smalley; John Smalley; Jonathan Smalley, II; Mary Smalley; Sarah Smalley and 6 others
Brother of Lydia Smalley, II; John Smalley, III; John 2nd Smalley; Lydia 2nd Smalley; Martha Smalley and 5 others

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About Jonathan Smalley

Jonathan Smalley. Born on 10 Apr 1683 in Piscataway, NJ.103 Jonathan died ca 1763 in Somerset, NJ.

In Jun 1707 Jonathan married Sarah FitzRandolph, daughter of John FitzRandolph (ca 1652-) & Sarah Bonham (16 Feb 1664-1737), in Piscataway, NJ.363 Born on 25 Apr 1682 in Piscataway, NJ.36




  • Genealogical and memorial history of the state of New Jersey ... edited by Francis Bazley Lee
  • Pg. 793
  • The Smalley family of New Jersey belongs to old Devonshire stock, and comes from the same neighborhood as did the Drakes, who have made such a name for themselves, not only in New Jersey, but also in New England. Descendants bearing the Smalley name soon found a congenial home with the Baptists of Rhode Island, and from that colony of liberty loving people came the founder of the New Jersey branch of the family. His descendants have always held the views believed and practiced by the Baptists, and the family gave to this denomination one of the most useful ministers of the gospel that ever labored in New Jersey, the Rev. Henry Smalley, of blessed memory.
  • (I) John Smalley, the first person of that name to come to the New World, was in London, in 1631, and in the following year came over to America in the vessel "Francis & James," in company with many of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He settled on Cape Cod, where he married, about 1640, and had four children who lived to mature years. From Massachusetts the parents with the two sons, both of age, moved first to Rhode Island, and from there to Piscataway, Middlesex county, New Jersey, where they were among the earliest pioneer freeholders of this New Jersey settlement. His two daughters, Hannah and Mary, were at this time married and settled in New England. After obtaining his first grant, upon his arrival in Piscataway, he had a survey of his farm made in 1677, and in 1685 took up another warrant of land. At the time the province was temporarily recaptured by the Dutch in 1673-74, John Smalley was appointed to them a magistrate. In 1675 he was commissioned a justice of the peace, and at the same time appointed associate justice of the court of sessions, which position he filled for several years. He died in 1692 and his wife died about a year later. His two sons were John, Jr., referred to below, and Isaac, born December 11, 1647, married twice after moving to New Jersey. He was for several years a member of the colonial assembly, town clerk of Piscataway, and held many other offices of public confidence and trust until his death in 1725.
    • (II) John (2), son of John (I) Smalley, had a farm surveyed for him in 1675, and about ten years afterward he took up an additional one hundred acres. In 1683 he came into possession of another large lot of one hundred acres, situated on Ambrose brook, near the present New Market, which he gave to his son Andrew. John Smalley, Jr., served in many of the local township appointments, and was a constituent member in the old Piscataway Baptist Church, publically organized between 1686 and 1689. His will was made September 13, 1731, and duly recorded in 1733, a short time after his death. John Smalley, Jr., married in Piscataway, October 18, 1676, Lydia, daughter of John Martin, another of the early founders of that settlement. Among his children were Jonathan, referred to below; Elisha, married Mary Dunham; Phebe, married Ephraim Dunham.
      • (III) Jonathan, eldest child of John (2) and Lydia (Martin) Smalley, was born in Piscataway, April 10, 1683, died some time after 1763, his will being dated July 27 of that year. He was the first of this name on the roll of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Piscataway. So strict and conscientious a Sabbatharian was he that when he leased part of his farm in 1734 to parties who were to quarry for minerals, he stipulated in the contract that no work or labor should be performed upon the premises on the seventh day of the week, during the term of the twenty-one year lease. He accumulated a large property for colonial times, both real and personal, which he divided by will among his children. About 1707 Jonathan Smalley married Sarah, eldest child of John and Sarah Fitz-Randolph. This was the first marriage on record between these two families, subsequent generations of those bearing these surnames seem to have had a special affinity for one another, and within the next three years more than a dozen marriages accurred between them. The Fitz-Randolphs and Smalleys had both emigrated from their native land and settled in their Cape Cod Colony within a year or two of each other, and no longer a period had intervened between their final settlements in Piscataway, New Jersey. The homesteads and outlined plantations of the sons of these pioneers were in close proximity, and around them dwelled the Bonhams, Dunns, Dunhams, Martins and others. Most of these families were intimately related by marriage, but became greatly estranged by religion. The occasion was the existence in Piscataway of two Baptist churchs, one worshipping on Sunday, the other observing Saturday. The former was organized between 1686 and 1689, and the latter between 1705 and 1707. It is a noticeable coincident also that in the union of these families such a large number became actively identified with the newer of the reliqious interest. Not only was Jonathan Smalley the first of the name on the roll of the Seventh Day Baptist, but his wife was the earliest recoded in the list of females, having united with the church before her marriage. Most of Jonathan Smallley's ten children became identified with the same church on reaching adult years, and especially active in these relations were his sons, John and Jonathan, Jr. His youngest son Andrew, referred to below, however, departed from his father's religious preferences.
        • (IV) Andrew, youngest son of Jonathan and Sarah (Fitz-Randolph) Smalley, was born in Piscataway, December 20, 1726. In his will his father left him all his "Lands and salt meadows." After his marriage he set up housekeeping at Harris Lane, the district lying near Bound Brook, Somerset county, New Jersey. February 26, 1746, Andrew Smalley was married by the Rev. Jonathan Dunham, the Seventh Day Baptist minister at that time in Piscataway, to Agnes, born May 8, 1728, daughter of David and Elsie Coriell. Among the nine children born to them were Abraham, born May 2, 1748, remained in the old homestead in Ambrose Brook, married Catharine Emans and reared a large family. John, referred to below. Henry, David, born April 5, 1766; married Margaret Compton and had four children.


  • [One chapter of the Edward Small genealogy is devoted to John Smalley of Eastham and some of his descendants. It is reproduced below. For some time, many of the Small and Smalley families on Cape Cod were assumed to be descendants of John Smalley, but they were actually descendants Edward Small and his son Francis. The surnames Small and Smalley were often used as alternates of each other. DP-J]
  • Descendants of Edward Small of New England and the Allied Families with Tracings of English Ancestry
  • by Lora Altine Woodbury Underhill
  • Revised Edition
  • The Riverside Press
  • Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934
  • [page 29]
  • John Smalley and Ann Walden were married November 29, 1638, at Plymouth, Massachusetts.‡ Their children were Hannah, born at Plymouth, and John, born in Plymouth; also Isaac and Mary, born at Eastham, baptized February 27, 1647, at Barnstable, as “twin children of John Smalle of Nausett.”§ John Smalley died, July 30, 1692, at Piscataway; his widow Ann, died January 29, 1693/94. The Deed of Gift which served as the will of “John Smalley,” of Piscataway, dated July 16, 1689, was proved June 23, 1697.||
    • * Old Colony Records, vol. 3, Part 2, page 313.
    • † History of Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, 586.
    • ‡ Plymouth Colony Records, Court Orders, vol. I: 103.
    • § New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol.,: 280; vol. 9: 283.
    • || Recorded, Liber F, of Deeds, 395.
  • [page 31]
  • Issue of John1 and Ann (Walden) Smalley:
    • I. Hannah2, b. June I4, 1641, at Plymouth; m. Jan. 23, 1660/61, John2 Bangs, son to Edward1 and Lydia (Hicks) Bangs, of Eastham. They evidently had no children, since his will, dated Jan. 27, 1702/03, at Eastham, left his entire estate to his wife, Hannah, who was to be “sole Executrix.” The will was proved May 17, 1708; witnesses, Joseph Doane, George Shaw, Beriah Smith, all of Eastham.*
    • II. John2, b. Sept. 8, 1644, in Plymouth. He followed the fortunes of his parents, and, in 1675, had a farm at Piscataway surveyed for him. In 1683, he came into possession of a hundred acres of land at Ambrose Brook; in 1685, he took up another hundred acres.
    • On October 18, 1676, John Smalley, Jr., married Lydia Marten, daughter to John and Esther (Roberts) Marten, of Piscataway.† The will of “John Smalley, of Piscataway,
      • * New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 9:314. Also Bangs Genealogy, by Dean Dudley, 1896:8.
      • † Genealogical and Memorial History of New Jersey, by Francis Bazley Lee, 1910, vol. 2: 794
    • [page 32]
    • Middlesex Co., New Jersey, yeoman,” dated Sept. 13, 1731, was proved May 25, 1733. It mentions “wife Liddea,” sons Jonathan, Elisha, and Benjamin, daughters and daughters-in-law; also lands bought of Hezekiah Bonham (?), Joseph Gilman, and Benjamin Cull (Hull?).*
    • Issue (all born in Piscataway):†
      • 1. Lydia3, b. March 3I, 1679; d. Oct. 7, 1682.
      • 2. John3, b. March 3, 1680/81; d. Oct. 3, 1682.
      • 3. Jonathan3, b. April 10, 1683; m. Sarah Bird. It has frequently been asserted that Jonathan3 Smalley, born April 10, 1683, married Sarah Fitz Randolph. No record of such a marriage has been found, while it is definitely recorded in the Coriel-Smalley Bible that Jonathan Smalley married Sarah Bird, as stated above. The margin of the Bible page is torn or worn, so that, possibly, the name may have had another syllable: The name of Birdsall is common in the region, while that of Bird is rare.
      • 4. John3, b. June 15, 1685; d. July 30, 1692.
      • 5. Lydia3, b. Sept. 9, 1687; d. Feb. 6, 1699/1700.
      • 6. Martha3, b. Jan. 20, 1692/93.
      • 7. Phebe3, b. June 20, 1695; m. Jan. 26, 1715/16, Ephraim Dunham.
      • 8. “Marten”3, b. Sept. 1, 1697.
      • 9. Elisha3, b. Feb. 4, 1699/1700; m. June 12, 1721, Mary Dunham.
      • 10. Benjamin3, b. Nov. 20, 1702; m. June 7, 1725, at Westchester (New York?), Mercy or Mary Gardener. On July 25, 1737, Mercy Smalley, the widow, was appointed administratrix of the estate of Benjamin Smalley, of Piscataway, Middlesex County, yeoman, who died intestate.‡
    • [page 33]
    • III. Isaac2, b. Dec. 11, 1647, at Eastham, was baptized with his twin sister Mary, Feb. 27, 1647/48, at Barnstable.† He, also, removed with his parents to Piscataway, where he married, first, Feb. 20, 1683/84, Esther Wood. She died April 29, 1701. He married, second, March 18, 1702/03, Mary White, who survived him.
    • He took up land in 1683, subsequently becoming a large landowner. He was Town Clerk, 1686, 1688-1705, 1709; Assessor, 1688-89, 1693, 1711-12; and, as “Isaac Smalley, Esq.,” Justice of the Peace, 1703, 1711.‡ The will of “Isaac Smalley of Piscataway Town, yeoman,” dated 1 Dec. 4, 1724, was proved Feb. 11, 1724/25. He mentions wife Mary, “children, Joseph, Joshua, Isaac (under age), Mary Broderick, Ester Langstaff, Margaret, Martha, Hannah, Lidda, and Elizabeth,” also, “cousin Jonathan Smalley.” His home farm of twenty-eight acres, in Piscataway, lots of upland and meadow are described, as well as personal estate; wife Mary, “sole executrix”; witnesses: “Sam’1 Walker, Benjamin Hull, Marttin Stein.”§
      • * New Jersey printed records show, also, a son Benjamin “of Benjamin and Mercy Smalley,” born Oct, 26, 1741, in Piscataway. If correct, there must have been two Benjamins, each having wife, Mercy.
      • † New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 7: 280; vol. 9: 283.
      • ‡ History of Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, 587, 589, 592-94.
      • § New Jersey Archives, Abstracts of Wills, First Series, vol. 23: 423.
      • || Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, vol. 3: 14.
    • IV. Mary2, b. Dec. 11, 1647, at Eastham; baptized Feb. 27, 1647/48, at Barnstable, with her twin brother Isaac.† “John Snow and Mary Smale were maried: the 19th of September: 1667,” in Eastham; and their nine children were recorded there. §
    • John2 Snow, born about 1638, at Plymouth, was one of the younger sons to Nicholas1 and Constance2 (Hopkins) Snow. Constance was daughter to Stephen1 Hopkins, a passenger in the Mayflower,|| 1620, by his wife, Constance.
    • By the will of Nicholas Snow of Eastham, dated Nov. 14, 1676, proved March 5, 1676/77, his son John was given all his lands at “Paomett” (later Truro), with “all my Right and title or privilige there.”¶;
    • Except for a short period at Piscataway, he lived at Eastham until his death about 1692.
    • The inventory of the “Estate of John Snow, of Eastham, Late deceased taken this 4th of April: 1692,” by John Freeman and William Walker, mentions “to housing and his whole Right in purches [purchasers] Lands at Pammet,” £ 50. “Mary Snow Relict of sd deceased” made oath to the inventory April 20, 1692, and it was so recorded April 22,
      • * New Jersey Archives, Abstracts of Wills, First Series, vol. 30:437.
      • † Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Third Series, vol. 3:14.
      • ‡ New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 7: 280; vol. 9: 283.
      • § The Mayflower Descendant, vol. 7: 17.
      • || The Mayflower Descendant, vol 1: 127, 157, 230.
      • ¶; The Mayflower Descendant, vol. 3: 167-74.


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April 10, 1683
Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
October 5, 1708
Age 25
Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ
July 24, 1712
Age 29
Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
October 27, 1714
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Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
May 6, 1716
Age 33
Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ
June 20, 1717
Age 34
Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ
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Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
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Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States