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Mordecai Andrews, Sr.

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York, United States
Death: June 19, 1736 (71)
Tuckerton, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States
Place of Burial: Tuckerton, Ocean County, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Edward Andrews; Samuel Andrews; Mary Andrews and Mary Andrews
Husband of Mary Andrews
Father of Mordecai Andrews, Jr.; Alice Andrews; Mary Cranmer (Andrews); Mordecai Andrews, Jr. and Edith Andrews
Brother of Esther Parker; Mary Andrews; Edward Andrews; Peter Andrews; Peter Andrews and 5 others

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About Mordecai Andrews, Sr.

Birth: Aug. 11, 1664 Oyster Bay Nassau County New York, USA Death: Jun. 19, 1736 Tuckerton Ocean County New Jersey, USA

In memory of Mordecai Andrews, son of Samuel Andrews and Mary (Wright), born 11 Aug 1664 at Oyster Bay, Long Island.

He went to Burlington County NJ with his parents in 1686; married in Monmouth County, NJ on 14 July 1691 to a French woman named Mary (last name unknown).

On 1 January 1698/9 he was chosen constable of Mansfield Twp. to serve one year, and at the expiration of his term removed to Little Egg Harbor on Barnegat Bay, Burlington (now Ocean) County.

He and his brother Edward were Quakers, who settled the Pohatcong/Tuckerton Creek area of Little Egg Harbor Township, 1702. Mordecai purchased 430 acres on the west side of the present Tuckerton Creek, then an adjoining tract of 150 acres, eventually amassing about 900 acres. His brother Edward owned the land east of the creek, having purchased it from Samuel Jennings.

When they first moved there and while they built their permanent homes, they lived in caves, which were cellars dug out of the ground and fortified with cedar timbers then covered with roofs. That is where son Mordecai Jr. was born. They say he was probably the first white child (as opposed to Native American) born in what is now Tuckerton.

Edward built a gristmill in 1704 and later, a sawmill and Quaker meeting house, and the township developed around them. Some of the Andrews' land and other parcels north and down the shore from there had farms. The creek and bay supplied fish, shellfish, and waterfowl to feed the area's residents.

Mordecai and his family built a 2 1/2 floor house** in 1699. Deeds show that it burnt down before 1709 but was rebuilt around the remaining fireplace, and still stands today. It's known as the Andrews-Bartlett House, and is the oldest house in Ocean County. It had beaded ceiling boards and was very simple. Additions made in 1835, at the same time as the Sea Captain's house, have enlarged the original stucture to 1080 square feet. It's part of the historical Tuckerton Seaport, but is now closed to visitors.*

Mordecai died at Little Egg Harbor shortly before 19 June 1736. His will of 1721 was not probated until 4 November 1736. He gave his wife Mary all of the personal estate (excepting six shillings to each of his married daughters; Alice Mathis, Edith Allen, and Mary Cranmer) and the use for her life of one third of all his lands, which afterward were to go to his only son Mordecai Jr.

Children of Mordecai Andrews and Mary: •Alice, who married (1) John Higbee (2) John Mathis •Edith, who married in 1717, Robert Allen •Mary, who married in 1721, John Cranmer •Mordecai Jr., b. 1700, married Mary Taylor, d. June or July 1763 •child Andrews, mentioned as having died young; dates unknown.

{NOTE: There is a source document that claims Mordecai's brother Edward was Alice Andrews' father. The Leah Blackman book and the Edward Higby and His Descendants book both look to that source document. However, Mordecai lists his children in his will (see below), and "Alice Mathews" (Alice Andrews Higbee Mathis--the name was changed from Matthews to Mathis) is among them. She's also said to have been listed as Mordecai's daughter in the family bible.}

Mordecai, his wife, and one child were buried on their farm in the stone-hill adjacent to the bay, and on this hill Mordecai Sr.'s wife buried her money, in order to disinherit her son Mordecai, who had married against her will. She put a curse on it, local history states "It was to lie concealed until the time of the fourth generation of her son Mordecai, when the spell was to be removed and the money divided among his prosperity." Mordecai Jr. lived there until his death in 1763, his disease being "cancer of the face."

From Monmouth County New Jersey Deeds by Richard S. Hutchinson, published by Heritage Books, Inc: pg 35: (p 23) Marriage Certification 14 July 1691 - These are to certified all to whom it may concern that Mordecay Andres & Mary his wife are lawfully joyned together in wedlock according to ye appointment...this ye...(14 July 1691)

Page: 20 Name: Mordecai Andrews Date: 13 Jun 1721 Location: "Littel Eggharbour," yeoman, will of. Children--Mordecai, Alice Mathews, Edith Allen and Mary Cramer. Real and personal estate. Executors--wife Mary and son Mordecai. Witnesses--Elizabeth Willitts, Jonathan Taler, Richard Willitts. Proved Nov. 4, 1736. 1736, ---. Letters testamentary granted unto Mary Andrew, widow, in absence of Mordecai Andrews, the son. Lib. 4, p. 74. 1736, June 19. Inventory of personal estate, £103.6.6; made by Jacob Andrews.

  • Photos used appear to be copyright-free and were borrowed from the Little Egg Harbor School District's archives, from a Tuckerton Seaport Project begun in the year 2000.

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7-17-2013 Contribution from FindAGrave contributor Charles Wells:

Thank You Hi, Thank you for putting in all the information in the Andrews and Mathis memorials. You write that Mordecai Andrews Sr. eventually amassed 927 acres of land. I assume this is from Leah Blackman. (who actually said it was 929 acres) This has been shown to be in error by John P. Dornan in his thorough article, "Andrews" published in the New Jersey Genealogical Magazine. He notes that Blackman confused the 929 acres "with the tract above that Mordecai, Jr., by his will ordered his executors to sell." This article is available online. The exact amount of land accumulated by Mordecai Andrews Sr. at his death is unknown, but as Dornan notes, was about 900 acres. Also, the original size of his house that burned down after several years is unknown. It may have only been one floor for all we know. It was rebuilt as 2 1/2 floors. Kind regards

(7-17-13) note from greatgrands: 927 has been changed to "about 900," and ** has been added to the house description, to point to this submission. Thanks for contributing.

Family links:

 Samuel Andrews (1630 - 1693)
 Mary Wright Andrews (1642 - 1688)

 Mary Andrews (1670 - 1750)

 Mordecai Andrews (1693 - 1763)*
 Alice Andrews Mathis (1696 - 1784)*
 female child Andrews (1700 - 1710)*

 Mordecai Andrews (1664 - 1736)
 Peter Andrews (1668 - 1669)*
 Peter Andrews (1671 - ____)*
 Esther Andrews Parker (1673 - 1741)*
 Hannah Andrews (1675 - 1686)*
 Edward Andrews (1677 - 1716)*
 Jacob Andrews (1680 - 1687)*
 Mary Andrews (1683 - 1761)*
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Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial Specifically: Buried on his own land with his wife and one child, Tuckerton NJ.

Created by: greatgrands Record added: Aug 20, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 75187612 ________________________________

.... [Mordecai] had from his father a deed of gift for 140 acres of the home plantation....

On Jan 1698/99 he was chosen constable of Mansfield Twp. to serve for one year and at the expiration of his term removed to Little Egg Harbor on Barnegat Bay, Burlington (now Ocean) co., where he purchased from William Biddle a tract of 430 acres on the west side of the present Tuckerton Creek.... He bought an adjoining tract of 150 acres from Francis Collins on 23 June 1711, and at his death his land holdings are said to have amounted to abt. 900 acres.

  ....His will of 13 Aug 1721 was not probated until 4 Nov. 1736. He gave his wife Mary all the personal estate (excepting six shillings to each of his married daughters, Alice Matthews, Edith Allen, and Mary Cramer) and the use for her life of one-third of all lands, which afterwards were to go to his only son Mordecai, Jr.  [ANDREWS FAMILY,  Genealogical Dictionary of New Jersey, John P. Dornan]
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Mordecai Andrews, Sr.'s Timeline

August 11, 1664
Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York, United States
May 17, 1696
Age 31
Mansfield, Burlington County, Province of West Jersey
Age 35
Age 37
Tuckerton, Burlington Co., NJ
Age 37
Little Egg Harbor, Burlington Co., NJ
June 19, 1736
Age 71
Tuckerton, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States
Tuckerton, Ocean County, New Jersey