- SUSANNAH SKINNER -
Record Summary - Susannah Skinner and Benjamin Manning
to Family Tree
- 1.3.1 SUSSANAH
SKINNER (all per exhibit 1a, original sources not identified)
- b. 1703 or 1704,
based upon age at death, likely at Woodbridge (brother Nathaniel was
born at Woodbridge 1705 or 1706)
- d. 2 Dec 1726, age 22
years Piscataway, Middlesex Co.
buried St. James
- h. ISRAEL
- b. 30 Dec 1700
- d. ca 1782 Knowlton,
The following exhibit
indicates that Israel "Benjamin" Manning had two wives. His
first wife Susannah Manning, maiden name unknown, died in 1726. He
married his second wife, Mary Shotwell, in 1727. The assumption
inherent in the following exhibit is that the maiden name of his
first wife was Sussanah Skinner. Source references for this are not provided.
Most likely, this
assumption comes from the records of the Somerset Co. storekeeper,
Mr. Janeway (Janeway-6). The storekeeper twice recorded that Benjamin
Manning was a brother-in-law to Nathaniel and Cornelius Skinner.
These references occured in the 1730's and 1740's, when Benjamin, as
well as the two Skinner brothers, lived in Somerset Co., NJ. The
logical assumption is that Benjamin's first wife, whose maiden name
was unknown, must be a sister to Nathaniel and Cornelius Skinner. The
maiden name of Benjamin's second wife, Mary Shotwell, seems to be
well established by a Piscataway marriage record.
The fact that Sussanah
was born in 1703 or 1704, while assumed brother Nathaniel was born in
1705 or 1706, certainly makes Sussanah of the right generation to be
Nathaniel Skinner was
born in Woodbridge. Therefore, his siblings - Sussanah and Cornelius,
would have been born at Woodbridge as well. All would be linked to
the known Skinner family of Woodbridge.
Benjamin Manning was born
in Piscataway and later lived in Somerset Co. Although this places
Benjamin some distance away (a relatively short distance) from the
Woodbridge Skinners, his second wife - Mary Shotwell, was also of Woodbridge.
I do not know what source
references exist to support the following exhibit and the existence
of a Susannah Skinner. Apparently, there is no birth or marriage
record for Susannah. Presumably, Sussanah Manning's date of death and
age at death would have come from a tombstone inscription. Her
relationship (wife) to Benjamin Manning probably comes from that same inscription.
It is doubtful there is
any record indicating the existence of a Sussanah Skinner, or
indicating that Sussanah Skinner was the maiden name of Susannah
Manning. The originator of the information in the following exhibit
probably assumed the Skinner maiden name based upon the Janeway
For what it is worth, note
that the Janeway references to Benjamin Manning being a
brother-in-law to the Skinners occur long after the death of Susannah Manning,
and after Benjamin Manning had remarried to Mary Shotwell.
- Exhibit 1a - Per
email from John "Jack" Stewart to KDS dated 3/22/99:
- [KDS note - this is
largely, but not completely, verbatum. Some paragraphs were re-ordered
and some extraneous information removed.]
- Here is a bit of info
on my "Israel" Benjamin MANNING (he changed his name to
Benj to complicate matters):
- 1. Israel
"Benjamin" Manning b. 30 Dec 1700, Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ,
- m. (1) bef. May
1722, in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ, Susannah Skinner, b. 1704,
Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ, (daughter of ___ Skinner and ___)
note: d. 22y, d. 02 Dec 1726, Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ, bur.:
St. James churchyard, Piscataway, NJ
- m. (2) 09 Sep 1727,
in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ, Mary Shotwell, res. "of
- Israel died ca. 1782,
Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ. HISTORIES / Biographical index of Meigs
Co., Ohio : taken from Pioneer History of Meigs Co. by Edgar Ervin /
compiled and typed for theGenealogical Society of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Mary: Some say she is
Mary Stillwell, but Oliver Drake's notes state she is not in the
Stillwell Genealogy. Piscataway Town Register of Marriages say she is
Mary Shotwell, "of Woodbridge."
- 1.1. Benjamin Manning
(son of Israel "Benjamin" Manning and Susannah Skinner)
- b. 08 Feb 1723,
Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ,
- m. ca. 1746,
Elizabeth "Lena" Bescherer, b. ca. 1724, NJ, (daughter of
Johan Jacob Bescherer and Anna Barbara (Lowrens) Lorentz) d. ca.
1765. Benjamin died aft 03 May 1774.
- 1.2. Joseph Manning
(son of Israel "Benjamin" Manning and Susannah Skinner)
- b. 20 Nov 1726,
Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ, m. Mary Shotwell?, b. ca. 1729,
- Middlesex Co., NJ.
- Joseph died 1823,
Hector, NY?, res. Ulysses (Ithaca) & Hector, NY 1823?. Will 20
Sep 1823 (Caleb Smith, executor)?
- 1.3. Richard Manning
(son of Israel "Benjamin" Manning and Mary Shotwell)
- b. 08 Aug 1728,
Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ, occ.: Captain,
- m. 28 Mar 1753, in
NJ, Ann Fitz-Randolph, b. 29 Dec 1733, Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ,
- (daughter of Moses
Fitz-Randolph and Rachel Hull) d. aft. 1812.
- Richard died ca.
1812/15, Williamsport area, Lycoming Co., PA, res. Essex &
Morris, NJ. Son of Benjamin (Israel) and Mary Manning [Piscataway
Town Register of Births]
- Marriage License:
Richard Manning, Morris Co., NJ and Ann Randolph, Middlesex Co., NJ
28 Mar 1753. His will dated 17 Oct 1812 proved 31 Jan 1815.
- 1.4. Reuben Manning
(son of Israel "Benjamin" Manning and Mary Shotwell)
- b. 20 Nov 1731,
Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ, occ.: Captain, Tax Collector,
- m. Mary Drake, b. ca.
1732. Reuben res. Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ.
- In 1772 a Reuben
Manning inventoried the estate of Walter Brown of Sussex Co., NJ. He
was also a freeholder in Knowlton in 1777 and a Collector 1782-84. In
1780 he was a member of the Knowlton Town Committee, along with Jacob
Wintersteen & William Herres.
- 1.5. Susannah Manning
(daughter of Israel "Benjamin" Manning and Mary
- b. 28 Nov 1737,
Knowlton, Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ,
- m. 15 Nov 1759, in
Sussex Co., NJ, Abraham Bescherer, b. 02 May 1737, (son of Johan
- Jacob Bescherer and
Anna Barbara (Lowrens) Lorentz) occ.: Town Clerk, d. 07
- May 1809, Knowlton
Twp, Sussex Co., NJ, bur.: Union Brick Cem., Blairstown,
- Warren, NJ, res.
Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ 1769-1777.
- Susannah died 07 Feb
1815, Knowlton Twp, Sussex Co., NJ, bur.: Union Brick Cem., Blairstown,
- Warren, NJ.
- 1.6. Nathan
(Nathaniel?) Manning (son of Israel "Benjamin" Manning and
- b. 1738/45, NJ, note:
TENTATIVE ID, occ.: Farmer,
- m. ca. 1760/4, in NJ,
Jane ___, d. bef. 1808, Clermont Co., OH.
- Nathan died Aug 1808,
Clermont Co., OH, res. NJ, PA, KY, OH. See History of Clermont Co.,
Ohio, Everts-Lippincott, 1880 for info.
- 1.7. Mary Manning
(daughter of Israel "Benjamin" Manning and Mary Shotwell)
- note: Tentative ID.
Oliver D. Drake's notes say she could also be Reuben Manning's wife.
- Benjamin may have
left Piscataway about 1733/4, when his earmark was turnedover to
another person. He was in Pepak, Somerset Co., NJ in 1742 and in
Mendham, Roxbury Twp., Morris
(later Sussex) Co., NJ in
1757. In 1761 he is living in Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ where he lived
until about 1782.
- See Monnette's
"First Settlers of Piscataway and Woodbridge," p. 216:
"Israel Benjamin" is listed as "Israel, (changed on
the death of his father to Benjamin)," the son of Benjamin and
Anne, born 30 Dec 1700. Piscataway Marriage Register states:
"[name] Changed afterward to Benj'n at the request of his father
on his deathbed in 1702."
- "There are also
indications that Benjamin Manning may have married still a third time
and had more children by the third wife after he had moved from
Piscataway, first to Somerset County, and then to Morris County. As
part of Morris Co. was later made into Sussex Co., I feel that the
Benjamin Manning, Captain Reuben Manning, and other Mannings
including a Richard, who appear in Knowlton (near the present
Blairstown, Warren Co., NJ) from 1750-1800, may have been the same
group who left Piscataway. An old Bible record or family record may
give the answer; hence my letter to you." [Unidentified writer in
- Oliver D. Drake's notes]
- On 26 Apr 1728 he
witnessed will of his Uncle, Joseph Manning [N.J. Archives, 23:303]
- On 17 Jun 1729 he is
mentioned as bounding property of land sold by Elisha Smalley to John
Sutton near "Manning's Mill, Piscataway." [N.J. Deed K113]
- 25 Jan 1733/4 his
earmark taken by Daniel Walling. [Piscataway Minute Bk.]
- Question: Did
Benjamin remove to Morris Co., NJ at this time?
- In 1738 he trespasses
on Axtell's lands [Elizabethtown Bill in Chancery--Oliver D. Drake's
notes] August Term, 1738, N.J. Superior Court:
- William Golbourns
& wife Mary by Atty Fenwick Lyall sue Benjamin Manning for having
on May 1, 1738, entered the closed land of said William & Mary at
Pepack & cut 300 trees. Asked for damages.
- 31 Dec 1741 he is
mentioned in NJ Deed F2 123 as having sold property to Edmund Dunham
[also in N.J. Archives 30:154]
- 25 Oct 1742, copy of
letter (of James Alexander) to James Cox, Esq., asking to make
motions in 2 little proprietors' suits. William Golbouring &
wife, Wright Samuel, Benjamin Manning. [KDS NOTE - Should say
Golbourn & wife against Wright Skinner & Benjamin Manning.]
- 09 Dec 1742, letter
from James Alexander to David Agdeau, Esq., all Newark, stating that
the proprietors propose to bring to trial before next Superior Court
in March, at P.A.--Golbourn & wife against Benjamin Manning of
Somerset Co., trespass [NY SeSM--Alex'r: box 56] Letter of James
Alexander says place of trespass in above action is west of the
places where they confessed--judgement in Oct in Alexander [Ibid].
- (1744), Aug Term,
George II: William Golbourne & wife sue John Craine for
£45:3:2. Received by them in March term 16 Geo. II in suit
against Benjamin Manning for trespass at Pepack, Somerset Co.,
NJ--John Crane & Joseph Williams being pureties for Benjamin Manning.
- 03 May 1745 Benjamin
is a tenant on land leased by Daniel Axtell to Wm. Jones [Somerset
Qtrly 2:37, Andrew Johnson Journal]
- 07 Sep 1757 He is
executor of will,with Nathaniel Drake, of Jacob Bescherer of Roxbury
Twp., Morris Co., NJ [N.J. Archives 32:28]
- 29 Jul 1759, Benjamin
and Richard Manning were witnesses at Inquisition on Death of Jane
Drake, wife of Jacob Drake, blacksmith, of Mendham, Roxbury Twp.,
Morris Co., NJ.
- 18 Feb 1760 Mtge. to
Jonathan Hampton by Richard Peters, & Linford? Lardner Attys for
Hon. Thos and Richd Penn, & by sd Jon. Hampton conv. to sd
Benjamin Manning 4.1.1761.
- Benj. Shook ?soph?
543 1/2 deg. W 54 ch: 6 post. for a big? corner. 543 1/2 deg 66ch; N
46 1/2 deg W 46ch: N43deg E 66ch; S 46 1/2 40ch to begin. Bounded
N.E. by land of Abm. Bescherer 4 cont. 264 acres (strict) on
condition Benj. pay to estate of Edward ???dec'd, late of Piscataway.
- 01 Apr 1761 Jonathan
Hampton sells 264 acres in Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ to Benjamin
Manning [Sussex Mtge. A 82]
- 04 Sep 1770 Benjamin
Manning of Knowlton mortgages 264 acres of Sussex property to
Trustrum Manning of Mdx. Co., NJ. Property bounded on N.E. by Abraham
Bescherer [Sussex Mtge A 82]
- 04 Sep 1770, Benj.
Manning to Jeremiah, ?Isaac?, ?..? Manning land in Knowlton, Susex
Co., being part of 5000 acres #108.
- 18 Feb 1771 Mortgages
Sussex property to Thos. Bowsby [Sussex Mtge A 92]
"Mannen" is listed in 1771 as a member of the Knowlton Town
Committee, along with Andrew Wagenor, Jabez Culver and John Mitchell.
- Benjamin Manning,
Sr., is listed in the Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ census of 1773, along
with Benjamin, Jr., Ephraim and Nathan Manning, on p. 133.
- Benjamin, Sr., is not
listed in the 1774 census of Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ.
- 03 May 1774, Benjamin
Manning "JR" sells a Knowlton tract to Israel Swayze
[Sussex Mtge A 238].
- 21 Jan 1775, Benj.
Smith vs. Nathaniel Drake. Drake was fined £3 for
"obstructing King's Highway near Mr. Benj. Manning's in
Knowlton." Manning gave evidence for defendant. [J. P. docket of
Nicholas Albertson, 1773-1804, Sussex Co., NJ]
- Snell's History of
Sussex and Warren Counties, NJ, Sussex Vol., p. 54: "The
Committee of Safety of the Province of New Jersey was organized in
October, 1775 and convened at Princeton. Among the twenty members
listed is Benjamin Manning.
- Ibid, pp. 68-69:
"The following is a list of nearly one thousand soldiers from
Sussex County who served in the Continental army and the State
militia during the Revolutionary War; Reuben Manning, captain, First
Regiment, and John Manning, ensign, Capt. MuCullough's company."
- Ibid, p. 155: "At
the close of the Revolutionary War on the tax list was Reuben
Manning of Knowlton."
- Ibid, pp. 465-66:
Presbyterian Church of Stanhope; among the names were Joseph W.
Manning, Mary Ann Manning (wife of Joseph W.). Joseph W. Manning and
Hiram Miller were chosen elder and deacon, respectively, on the
second Sabbath in July, 1838.
- 1775, [Benjamin
Manning] called "brother-in-law to Cornelius Skinner & Wm.
Roberts." [Janneway Acct. Bk, G. M. of NJ, Vol. XXXIV, p. 78]
- 20 Feb 1781, Reuben
Manning produces receipt dated 18 Aug 1779 stating "then rec'd
of Reuben Manning, the sum of £135 York money in behalf of the
state, it being an account of a certain mortgage given by Benj.
Manning to Trustrum Manning but now in the hands of Richard Bowlsby a
Fugative. Rec'd by me George Warne, Commissioner." [Sussex Mtge.
- May 1782: Benjamin
Manning of Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ referred to as deceased in Sussex
Co. court of Common Plea minutes: May Term, 1782:
- Executors of Benj.
Manning dec'd vs. Jno. Besherer & Jabez Bell, Executors of Nath'
Drake, dec'd, debt of £400. [Sussex Co. Common Pleas, Misc.,
Vol., dates 1782.
- John M. Stewart