Facts and Events
From "Alderson Roots and Branches", June 1990:
- Jane, the oldest daughter of Thomas and Jane Curtis, was married shortly after the family's arrival in West Jersey. Her first husband, Samuel Ogbourne, was from Burlington and a member of the Burlington Meeting. Their first son, Samuel Ogbourne, was born on 25 December 1684; Samuel and Jane also had two daughters, Mary and Sarah. As their family grew, Samuel and Jane decided to build a house in Burlington on a one-fifth acre site fronting on High Street, purchased in August 1693 for £13. Unfortunately, tragedy struck before the house was completed, as Samuel fell sick and died in the next year. His will was made on 7 November and proved on 8 December 1694.
- About 1697, Jane remarried to John Hampton, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., NJ. She left Burlington, and in 1698, she and John sold a house in Burlington to John Borradaill of Burlington. While they were living in Freehold, John and Jane had one son, Joseph, but John died within a few years of his birth. In his will, written 23 January 1702 and proven at Freehold on 26 February 1702, John mentioned Jane, his third wife, and left legacies to Sarah and Mary Ogbourne, her children before "our marriage;" to son Joseph; and to other children from his previous marriages. Jane remained a widow for four years before marrying Nathaniel Fitzrandolph of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ. They were married at Shrewsbury, northeast of Jane's home at Freehold, on 12 June 1706. Jane left Freehold and moved to Woodbridge, where she and Nathaniel had one son, Benjamin, born 23 December 1707. At age five, Benjamin's father died, leaving him his shares of land at Rahway Neck along with £30 from the estate, payable when he "arrives to the age of twenty-one." Nathaniel also left some of his sheep to "my son-in-law" Joseph Hampton.
- At this point, Jane decided to leave Woodbridge, and she joined her son-in-law Edmond Kinsey and daughter Sarah in requesting a certificate of removal from the Woodbridge Meeting to the Falls Meeting in Bucks Co., PA, where they moved in 1715. Jane stayed four years, then requested a removal. This was evidently prompted by her upcoming marriage to John Sharp, of Evesham, Burlington Co., whom she married on 20 December 1719 at Haddonfield. Jane outlived her fourth husband as well. John Sharp died in 1727 in Evesham, leaving wife Jane and a number of children by his previous marriages. Returning to Bucks Co., Jane lived for over four more years. She died in late 1731 at Buckingham, Bucks Co., age 70. In her will, dated 8 August 1729 and proved 13 December 1731, she names son Samuel Ogburn, son-in-law Edmond Kinsey, son-in-law Jonas Ketle [Cattell), son Benjamin Fitzrandolph, daughter Mary Ketle, daughter Sarah Kinsey, and son Joseph Hampton, along with seven granddaughters, to whom she left over £150 in cash, silver and gold. Jane had amassed a comfortable amount of wealth during her life.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 International Genealogical Index. (LDS Church, 1999-2005).