m. 22 May 1729
m. bef 1762
Facts and Events
American Revolution Veteran
Biography of Francis Price
Francis Price was born 13 Sep 1741 in Sussex County, New Jersey the son of Samuel Price and Sarah Perrin. Francis Price is listed on a petition, 11 May 1757, to the Governor, etc., from inhabitants of Sussex County, "the most exposed to the enemy of any county. They cannot work on their land or conduct business needed to maintain..." In 1773, Francis Price is listed on Newtown Township Tax list reflecting he owned 48.87 acres in 1770 from the Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey and owned 9 horses and/or cattle. In 1774 he was taxed in Newton, Sussex County for the same acreage and 11 cattle. His wife, Esther died 12 July 1774, aged 30 yrs. She is buried in Frankford Plains Cemetery. At the time of her death, Ester and Francis had seven children.
American Revolution Service
Francis served in the American Revolution as a Captain. In October 1778 it is noted in his account ledger: "To My expenses when Riding to Bye forreg for the continental teems at Robert Adams £10 10s 0d". On 31 Dec 1778: "Received of Capt'n Francis Price vouchers for forage and cash and his time assisting me in byeing forage the amount of all the cash he has received of me and for five bushels of salt which he bought of me and one cask by me. [signed] Peter Hopkins, Francis Price". On 10 Jun 1780, another petition was signed to the Legislative Council from the inhabitants of Newton TWP, Sussex, New Jersey: "Freeholders & other Inhabitants of Newton TWP, Sussex County, who haven't been paid for supplies/services given to the state in support of the Continental army" See Petition to Legislature, New Jersey There are about 85 names of men who signed the petition. He is listed in the Daughters of American Revolution as Patriot A092945 see website: DAR Patriot Index Database.
Judge of Sussex County
After the war, Francis Price, filled many prominent positions and was a man of much influence in his day. He was appointed Judge of the County on 20 Nov 1789 and appointed again on 26 Nov 1794. In 1790 he acquired 33.93 acres of land from the Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey and in 1795 he acquired 19.87 acres. He was for years a Justice of the Peace, and solemnized many marriages of that early period. A list of the marriages he performed can be found here: Marriages of Squire Francis Priceon in Snell's book, p393. He maintained business relations, more or less extended, with most of the residents of the county, and established a reputation for integrity and kindness to those less abundantly supplied with worldly goods. There appears in his ledger an account against William Booth, made in 1791 under which the following remark is written: "William Booth shall not be sued for the above balance, nor any action brought against him for it, because he is a poor man".
Family and Marriage
He married first) Esther Dunn, daughter of William and Esther Dunn who settled in Sussex County, New Jersey from Connecticut. She died 12 Jul 1774 and is buried in the Frankford Plains, NJ cemetery. Francis and Ester had seven known children. After she died, Francis married Anna [Unknown] sometime before 28 Apr 1778 when her name appears on a deed. Since Anna named slaves in her Will, she is perhaps the Anna Price who recorded the birth of a child to a slave owned by her, "Tamir, female child, b 31 May 1807, to negro woman, slave, owned by Anna Price." Anna signed her mark. See Website of: J Kelsey Jones.
Francis Price died on 8 April 1804. His will is dated 3 June 1802. It was proved on 28 April 1804. See full text of will: Will of Francis Price . He also requested in his will, that John Lesh should have his family Bible and the purchase of 7 Bibles to be given to the following: Francis Gustin, son of John Gustin Esq. and daughter Ester, Francis Hamilton, son of my daughter Sarah, Francis Stull (Stoll), son of my daughter Elizabeth, Francis Goble, son of my daughter Azubah, and Francis Price, son of Zachariah Price Esq (Editor Note:Francis Price, his son had died, believed to be son of his brother). Also Bibles to Francis Southwort, son of William Southwort, and Francis Acker, son of Albert Acker, all of Sussex County, New Jersey.
In the Estate of Francis Price, a division of land is given for four heirs, Sarah Hamilton, Azubah Goble, Elizabeth Bowman and Ester Gustins sons. The Will gave 3/16 of the real estate to Elizabeth Bowman, 1/32 to Francis Stoll, 1/32 to John and Abraham Stoll, which included the "farm where John Boss now lives" assigned to them in the division, and residuary interests in the land given to the widow, John Lesh, and Jerusha DeWitt as life estates. In a deed (L:280) with the same date as the division (23 June 1804), James and Sarah Hamilton, Gershom and Elizabeth Bowman, and Nathan and Azuba Goble sold their residuary interests to Francis Gustin, Thomas Gustin Jr., and John Gustin Jr. This gave the Gustin's 15/16 of their residuary interest, which was later conveyed to their father John Gustin (O:303, R:753). In 1811 John Gustin bought the remaining residuary interests: 1/32 from Francis Stoll on 4 Jan 1811 (V:572), 1/64 from Abraham Stoll on 15 June 1811 (W:696), and 1/64 from John A. Stoll of Tioga County, New York on 26 Oct 1811, X:409) and also see website: Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice. On 18 Mar 1813, Gershom and Elizabeth Bowman sold 98.25 acres on which they were living, and which was Elizabeth's part of the division tract to Abraham Dunning (L2:227). This was in eastern Frankford township near the Wantage township line. Elizabeth d. 5 July 1838 (Andrew and Ann Case Bowman bible) and Gershom d. 17 Oct 1839 (Andrew and Ann Case Bowman bible). A transcript of the Andrew and Ann Case Bowman Bible can be seen here: Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice.
Anna's Will was dated 26 July 1821, Frankford Township, Sussex County, NJ. It was proved 20 Apr 1822: