Robert Zane, Jr., "The Immigrant"

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Robert Zane, Jr.

Birthplace: Yorksham, Devon, England
Death: between 1694 and January 27, 1695
Newton, Gloucester County, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Zane, Sr. and Wilmot Zane
Husband of Margaret Zane; Alice Zane and Elizabeth Zane
Partner of Rebecca Hammond
Father of Nathaniel Zane; Sarah Zane; Robert Zane; Simeon / Simon Zane; Elnathan Zane, Sr. and 5 others
Brother of John Zane; Mary Zane; Ellis Zane and Hezicaias Zane

Occupation: Sergeweaver (a process for making woolen fabrics); Assemblyman 1682-1685
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About Robert Zane, Jr., "The Immigrant"

Although author Zane Grey believed that his ancestry was Danish, Robert Zane, a Quaker, carried the family name to the New World in 1673 from England, and he resided at various locations in New Jersey.

Robert Zane, Jr., was born c.March 1642 in Yorksham, Devonshire, England and was baptised at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Yorksham on March 29, 1642. He was a serge-maker (weaver of better quality woolens) by trade. He became an early Quaker. He moved to Ireland as a young man. Robert Zane was in contact with William Penn and John Fenwick when they were looking toward the founding of a Quaker Colony in New Jersey. He made three trips to the New World, eventually settling in New Jersey.

  • 1st trip on the ship "Mary of Salem" landing in New York in 1673.
  • 2nd trip on the ship "Griffin" with Fenwick's Colony in Elsinburra, then up to Salem, NJ in 1675.
  • 3rd trip on the ship "Mary of Dublin" landing at Elsinburra, NJ from Dublin in 1677.

He built a house in Salem, New Jersey at the junction of York and Fenwick roads. In his travels as a woodsman he became quite conversant with the ways and language of the Unami and Undachtigo Indians.

Robert Zane married three times and had numerous children. He died in Newton, Gloucester County, New Jersey, some time after 1694. He left a will dated 1694.

He married (1) Margaret Hammond in Dublin, Ireland in September 1664. She was the daughter of Thomas Hammond and wife Grace. She was the mother of his first son, Nathaniel. Margaret died while crossing the Atlantic, and was buried at sea. Most sources say 1671, but that does not match any of the three trips. It was certainly after 1670, because her son Nathaniel was born in Ireland that year. The best guess would be between 1673 and 1677, when Robert was sailing to the New World. He could have been bringing his family with him on one of those trips.

He married (2) Alice Alday, of Burlington, New Jersey, in 1679, at the Friends' Meeting in Burlington. Family lore has it that Alice was, in all probability, an Indian maiden, but no documents prove this. Alice died before 1681.

He married (3) Elizabeth Willis in 1681 in Flushing, Long Island, New York. She was the daughter of Henry Willis and wife Mary Pease. Elizabeth was named as executrix of Robert's will but she died in 1700, before the estate was settled. Her father was appointed to complete the settlement.

It is unknown which of his children born in New Jersey were with Alice and which were with his third wife Elizabeth. In most genealogies, they are all attributed to Elizabeth. Using the generally accepted dates of birth, this would appear to be accurate.

In 1686 Robert Zane was ordered by the Court to provide Rebecca Hammond (ex-indentured servant) with clothing for her and the child he fathered out of wed-lock. He agreed to do so. From "Sketches of the First Emigrant Settlers Newton Township Old Gloucester County West New Jersey," originally published 1877 -- "Upon ye complaint of Rebecca Hammond against her late master, Robert Zane, for want of necessary apparel, as also his failure in some covenants that he was by his Indenture to perform; it was ordered yt ye said Robert Zane before ye first day of ninth month next, shall find and give to ye said Rebecca Hammond apparel to the value of three pounds seven shillings and sixpence. And also fifty acres of land to her and her heirs forever. And in case ye said Robert dislike this order, then to stand and abode by ye act of Assembly in ye like case provided. Whereupon the said Robert Zane did at last declare that he would comply with ye aforesaid order and answer same."

Continued from, "Sketches of the First Emigrant Settlers Newton Township Old Gloucester County West New Jersey- originally published 1877" -- "Robert Zane's will was executed in 1694, the year in which he departed this life. This paper is a ragged, damp-stained manuscript, in the files of the office of the Secretary of State, where it has probably escaped the eyes of searchers, for a century past (this is in 1877). It contains valuable information about his real estate, and also gives some facts concerning his family. Elizabeth, a second wife and mother of several of his children was made executrix. She died in 1700 before a settlement of the estate was effected. She was a daughter of Henry Willis, of Hempstead, Long Island, who was appointed by the court to close up the executrix's accounts. The posthumoous child, as named in his will, was a daughter, and was called Rachel.

Child of Robert Zane, Jr. and first wife Margaret Hammond is:

  • Nathaniel Zane, b. 24 October 1670, Dublin, Ireland; d. 20 February 1724/25, Newton Gloucester Co., New Jersey.

Children of Robert Zane and third wife Elizabeth Willis are:

  • Robert Zane III, b. 1682, Newton Gloucester Co., New Jersey; d. 1774, Woolwich Twp. Gloucester Co, New Jersey.
  • Simeon Zane, b. 1683, Newton Gloucester Co., New Jersey.
  • Mary Zane, b. 1687, Gloucester Co., New Jersey; d. 21 May 1702, Newton Gloucester Co., New Jersey
  • Elnathan Zane, b. 1689, Newton Gloucester Co., New Jersey; d. 1732, Newton Gloucester Co., New Jersey.
  • Esther Zane, b. 1690, Newton Gloucester Co., New Jersey.
  • Sarah Zane
  • William Zane , b. 1694.
  • Rachael Zane, b. Newton Gloucester Co., New Jersey; d. 16 January 1736/37, Philadelphia, PA; m. (1) Samuel Pine, 01 April 1720; m. (2) Jonathan Peasely, 1731, Westbury, Long Island, New York.

Child of Robert Zane, Jr. and servant Rebecca Hammond:

  • Child Hammond, born out of wedlock c.1686, paternity determined in court but child's name and sex not listed.

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Robert Zane is reported as coming to America with William Penn

"The Zane grave-yard lies within a few hundred yards of Clement's Bridge on Timber Creek (Gloucester area, West Jersey), on what is known as the old Wartman place. The remains of Colonel Isaiah Marple lie in this plot, and the tall stone which marks his grave is standing in good condition. There are but two other stones to be found — Mary S. Zane, born May 25, 1780, died October 12, 1847, and Samuel Zane, died January 3, 1833, aged 55 years, 10 months and 17 days. The stone of Mary S. Zane has been shattered, and the inscription is read with difficulty. "

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Robert Zane, Jr., "The Immigrant"'s Timeline

March 29, 1642
Yorksham, Devon, England
March 29, 1642
Yorksham, Devon, England
October 24, 1670
Age 28
Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Age 38
Age 39
Newton, Gloucester, New Jersey, USA
Age 40
Newton, Gloucester, New Jersey, USA
Age 43