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Sarah Runyon (Hyde)

Birthplace: Hopewell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Death: circa 1820 (96-113)
Place of Burial: Old School Baptist Churchyard
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Hyde and Elizabeth Ann Warford
Wife of Aaron Runyon
Mother of Catherine Houghton; Rev. Thomas Runyan; Bonham Runyan; Aaron Runyon, Jr and Reuben G Runyon
Half sister of Job Warford; Joseph Warford; James Warford; Abigail Warne; Elizabeth Colvin and 6 others

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About Sarah Runyon

It is claimed that Sarah was the daughter of James Hyde and Elizabeth Stout, daughter of James and Elizabeth Truax? Stout. She was born out of wedlock for which Elizabeth was spared ten lashes on her bare back because James Stout, her father, paid the five pounds fine and costs instead. [1] [2]

Research Notes
1. Some researchers list her name as Mary Martha Stout or Hyde, but there seems to be no documentation to support this.

2. It is unsubstantiated that Sarah, the wife of Aaron Runyan, was the illegitimate child born to Elizabeth Stout. The child was not named in the records nor was the child's gender stated. It is not certain that the child lived to adulthood.
The earliest mention of Sarah Stout Runyan being Elizabeth Stout’s child is in Geri Halstead’s newsletter, “Under the Runyon Tree”, Vol. 11 (1992) where Sarah was described as the "illegitimate daughter of James Hyde and Elizabeth Stout?" That question mark is very important.
It has also been suggested that Elizabeth's child was a boy named John Stout. There seems to be no verifiable information regarding Elizabeth’s child after 1705.

3. Purportedly, one of the sons of Aaron and Sarah Runyan was named Bonham. Another son was named Benjamin. Based on this, some researchers have surmised that Sarah, the wife of Aaron Runyan, was Sarah, daughter of Benjamin Stout and Hannah Bonham. If this is the case, she would have been born about 1712 to 1715. Records indicate that Aaron and Sarah Runyan were close neighbors to Benjamin Stout at Hopewell in the 1750's and 60’s.
It is known that Sarah, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Stout, was the second or third wife of Andrew Bray, probably married in 1780 or before, moving from Hopewell to Kingwood in that year. Less than a month after Andrew’s death, struck by lightning on July 13th, 1789, Sarah returned to live at Hopewell.
Tax records show Sarah Runyan paying property taxes in her own name in 1778 and 1779, suggesting that Aaron had died. Many researchers list his death as having taken place between 1790 and 1794 (per “Under the Runyon Tree”). Still others have a March 2nd, 1791 death date for Aaron, but without a source. Sarah is most commonly listed as dying in about 1794.
Nathan Stout in his 1823 “The History of the Stout Family” states that Sarah, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Bonham Stout, married Andrew Bray and died without issue.
Based on her name being last among the children listed in Benjamin Stout’s will, some researchers have speculated that she was born about 1734. The death at Hopewell of an 80-year-old Sarah Bray was noted taking place in 1817.
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↑ "Historical and Genealogical Miscellany, John Edwin Stilwell, 1916. page 327

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Sarah Runyon's Timeline

Hopewell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Hopewell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States
Hunterdon County, NJ
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
Age 105
Old School Baptist Churchyard