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Robert Scholey

Birthplace: South York, Yorkshire, England
Death: March 25, 1689 (39-40)
Nottingham Township, Burlington County, Province of West Jersey
Place of Burial: the Falls on the Delaware
Immediate Family:

Son of John Scholey, of Aughton and Elizabeth Scholey
Husband of Sarah Scholey
Father of Mary Wright; Sarah Schooley; Alice Rockliff; Elizabeth Schooley; Robert Schooley, Jr. and 1 other
Brother of Richard Scholey; Ellen Barton; William Scholey; Mary Scholey; Thomas Schooley and 1 other
Half brother of John Scholey, Jr. and Catherine Schooley

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About Robert Scholey

Emigration: 1678 Robert Arrived in America in December of the year of 1678 on The Shield with his family and many friends. From A Pioneer Schooley Family by May Schooley Ivey.


Smith's History also furnishes us with the information that the next year, 1678, the ship, THE SHIELD, after sixteen weeks' voyage, in the 10th MO. (December) old time, arrived at the Falls of the Delaware, a few miles north of Burlington. Robert Schooley, with his wife and children, came on the Shield this trip with many old friends and neighbors. He was the second Scholey in America.

Robert had lived a little while at Warsup, in Nottinghamshire, Eng., after his marriage with Sarah Bingham, a daughter of Richard and Frances, in the year 1675, at John Hooton's home at Skegby in Notts. Robert and Sarah were then members of the Friends Society there, as they were in later years in America. Smith's History mentions the names of the following friends and neighbors of the Scholeys in England who came over on this trip of THE SHIELD from the neighboring localities within twenty miles southeasterly from Sheffield. Among them were:

William Emley, wife and two children, and two men and two women servants. 'This was Emley's second trip. Mahlon Stacy, wife and children and servants; John Wood, wife and children; Thomas Lambert, wife, children and servants; Thomas Potts, wife and children; John Lambert and servant; Thomas Revell, wife and servants; Thomas Wood, wife and children; Robert Murfin, wife and two children; James Pharo, wife and children; Susannah Farnsworth, children and two servants; Richard Tattersall, wife and children; Godfrey Newbold, Richard Greene, Peter Frettwell, John Frettwell, John Newbold, Francis Barwick, George Parks, George Hill, John Ayers.

A memorandum in the records of the Chesterfield (Burlington Co., N. J.) of Friends Meeting (vol. 1, page 7) gives the names of Robert Scholey's children, and asserts they were all born in America. A daughter, Alice, was born 2d mo. April 16, 1676, at Mansfield Wood-house in Derbyshire, according to English Friends records.

The dates of the births of his other children are as follows:

William, born 8-2-1679;

Mary, born 11-6-1681;

Sarah, born at Nottingham Woodhouse in West Jersey, 1-26-1684;

Elizabeth, born in 1686, died after three days;

Robert, born 11-10-1687.

It is probable that Nottingham Woodhouse, in West Jersey, was in Nottingham township, which was near the Falls (Trenton). Probably all

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of his children were born there, as Robert had his home in that township, and he and Sarah were buried near the Falls. Robert, the father, died soon after the birth of his last child. His life in the New World was of but little more than ten years' duration, All of his children were very young at the time of his death. Robert was probably under forty-one years of age at the date of his death, and his widow but little over thirty.

Robert dated his will "ye 19 day of ye 1st mo. 1688." To Sarah, his wife, he bequeathed "Ye Plantations in Nottingham township and ye house and lotts in ye town of Burlington." As Executrix of his will, he appointed Sarah, and to assist her he said, "I do nominate and empower my trusty and beloved friends, Mahlon Stacy of Ballyfield, and Thomas Lambert of Nottingham, both of the province of West Jersey." He mentions "my youngest son, Robert, to have five pounds more than the rest."

In the next year after Robert's death, or in 1690, Sarah, by authority of his will, sold to young John Lambert, son of above Thomas Lambert, a "plantation of 200 acres, and the mansion house." (Vol. B, p. 473, Dept. of State of New Jersey)

Seven years after the death of Robert, as evidenced by the Book of Marriages of the Chesterfield Friends Meetings, Sarah was united in marriage with Caleb Wheatley, on the 10th of the 10th month, 1696, before the Chesterfield Friends. The recorded witnesses to this marriage included Sarah's children, William, Robert, Mary, and Sarah Scholey, Frances Davenport, Mathew Watson, John Bunting, Thomas Folkes, John

Murfin, Joseph Smith, et al.

The Friends Meeting appointed a committee "to see that the rights of Sarah's children were well safeguarded."

Robert Scholey was "buried at ye Falls, the 25th day of ye 1st month, year 1689."

The Chesterfield Friends records has, "Sarah Wheatley, widow of Robert Scholey, and late wife of Caleb Wheatley, died l-14-1 714, and was buryed at ye Falls."

Robert Scholey's daughter, Mary, who was born in 1681, was married to Joseph Wright in 1710.

Came to America 1678 aboard "The Shield."

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Robert Scholey's Timeline

South York, Yorkshire, England
Age 27
Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, England
January 6, 1681
Age 32
Province of New Jersey, British North America
March 26, 1684
Age 35
Province of West Jersey
December 26, 1686
Age 37
Province of West Jersey
January 10, 1688
Age 39
Nottingham, Woodhouse Twp, Burlington, New Jersey, United States
March 25, 1689
Age 40
Nottingham Township, Burlington County, Province of West Jersey
March 25, 1689
Age 40
the Falls on the Delaware
October 2, 1689
Age 40
Hopewell, Hunterdon County, Province of New Jersey, British North America