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Robert Ogden, II

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Death: January 21, 1789 (72)
Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, United States
Place of Burial: Sparta Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Ogden and Hannah Ogden
Husband of Phoebe Ogden
Father of Phebe Mosely; Rhoda Edwards (Ogden); Anna Spencer; Robert Ogden, III; Brig. General Matthias Ogden and 4 others
Brother of Elihu Ogden; Hannah Winans; Moses Ogden; Phoebe Ogden and David Ogden
Half brother of Mary Stockton; Rebecca Halstead and Sarah Bloomfield

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About Robert Ogden, II



Robert Ogden II, son of Robert Ogden and Hanna Crane, was born at "Elizabeth Town" on October 7, 1716. His father and grand- father were large landowners and both occupied prominent positions in the Colony. Robert Ogden's father died when his son was only seventeen years old, but his father left him a substantial estate, which he, after obtaining a liberal education, appears to have enlarged. He soon took a prominent place in the county and state. He married Phebe Hatfield and the young couple settled in the "upper Wallkill Valley area" in 1765. Robert attained such positions as Surrogate, Justice and Judge, Clerk of the Court of Essex County (1761) and commissioned by the governor as "one of the Surrogates of the Orphan's Court of the Province of East New Jersey." Around the same time he became Speaker of the Assembly.

Robert and Phebe Ogden had 22 children (eight others died at birth). Of the 22 born, four died in infancy and one drowned at the age of ten. According to an 1896 book about "The Descendants of Robert Ogden 2d, 1716-1787 by a descendant of the family, Edmund Drake Halsey, Ogden owned "large tracts of land in

Sussex, extending from the head of the Wallkill [Sparta] to Franklin Furnace, and upon the mountain to the east. He built his house at Ogdensburgh, his wife called it Sparta, in the hope that there might be inspiration in the name. The name has, however, travelled several miles to the southward and the vicinity of Mr. Ogden's residence is called after him."

Built in 1777, the Ogden house was constructed of squared logs, with the date cut into the chimney. It was described as being "handsomely covered with weather boards and wainscotted and plaistered [sic] within. The house was a large one, with a hall running through the center. There was a large lawn and garden. Around the lawn were set rose bushes, lilacs and syringas in regular order. The whole county at the time was a dense forest." Historians describe the house as "a great mansion and a home of unbounded hospitality, entertaining guests who were prominent in the affairs of the Common- wealth." The house was destroyed by fire in 1845.

Robert Ogden II died on January 21, 1787. On his tombstone is inscribed the following: "In public life both in Church and State he filled many important offices with ability and integrity. In his private business he was upright, eminently useful, active and diligent. He was temperate and humane. A friend to the poor, hospitable and generous. A most faithful, tender and indulgent husband and parent, and above all, his life and conversation from his youth was becoming a professor of religion and a follower of blessed Jesus."

Robert Ogden II's daughter, Rebecca, married Dr. Samuel Fowler, owner of Mine Hill and the nearby Franklin zinc orebody, and eventual owner of Sterling Hill.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY. DAR Ancestor #: A085772

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Robert Ogden, II's Timeline

October 7, 1716
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, Colonial America
January 24, 1737
Age 20
Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey
Age 23
Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey, USA
Age 24
September 28, 1742
Age 25
Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey, United States
Age 29
September 18, 1752
Age 35
Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States
October 22, 1754
Age 38
December 3, 1756
Age 40
Elizabeth, Union, NJ, USA
January 21, 1789
Age 72
Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, United States