In 2010, while serving a mission with my wife in Mozambique Africa, I decided it was time that I learn more about my Havens ancestry. Before our mission, I‘d done some researching on the two Dutch lines of my great great grandmother, Ann Van Wagoner, but I knew almost nothing about her first husband John Havens.  

I understood they married on 13 Feb 1839, in Bergen County NJ, and that they subsequently had three children: (1) Ann, born 10 Dec 1839, but who died 14 Jan 1840; William Henry, born 31 Mar 1841; and Mary Ann, born 25 Feb 1844. Soon afterward, Ann‘s parents and siblings joined the Mormon Church and Ann wanted to as well, but John reportedly had no interest and insisted, “It‘s the Mormons or me.” So, she chose the church and moved to Nauvoo Illinois with her two children and her parents‘ family. Later, while preparing to move to Utah with the pioneers, she met and married Henry Nebeker, who adopted her two Havens children. Now, if that account conflicts a little with others you may have heard of, I wouldn‘t be surprised. As I said, my files of Havens information were sparse to begin with. I just decided to start with what I knew and see if I could discover more about our ancestor John Havens and the greater Havens family. 

Since I was serving as a missionary in Africa then, I had little time for research and was limited to what I could find via the internet; however, that proved more productive than I ever imagined!  On my first use of Heritage Quest data base, I hit pay dirt and discovered the book The Havens Family in New Jersey, by Henry C. Havens. Since John and Ann had lived in New Jersey, I began looking to see if I could link him with that family. The task was daunting, for I didn‘t even know his parents‘ names, but one of the pedigree charts in that book showed a couple by the name of John and Amy (Johnson) Havens, of Monmouth Co. NJ, who had a son John William Havens, born 12 Apr 1815. Wow! That was about when our John Havens was born. Could they

be the same man? Henry‘s book showed a lot of information for other members of that family, but for John William, only his birth date and two children—Peter and John. Now, I knew of no sons named “Peter” or “John” for our John Havens, but I was still intrigued. Why was there no wife‘s name mentioned? Could it have been because Ann and her children had gone West with the Mormons and few records about them remained? That launched my work on this jigsaw-like puzzle—trying to link our John Havens with the greater Havens family.

Since then, the shroud over John has lifted, at least in part. I still haven‘t found a primary source record that would conclusively prove his parents were John and Amy of Monmouth Co., but I am certain he is and have put this book together to explain why I think so. It will also help you learn more about the greater Havens family and perhaps motivate you to join me in further research. 

This book is not intended to be a complete record of Havens information, nor even of our John‘s history. I like to think of it as a working tool, to help organize my Havens material and enable others to understand what I‘ve found so far. For, if our John Havens is the son of John and Amy of Monmouth NJ, then we know how we tie into the greater Havens family and Henry C. Haven‘s book can be used as a roadmap in researching earlier Havens generations—all the way back to William Havens of Rhode Island, our apparent immigrant ancestor. 


Before beginning this book, I wish to thank all who have helped in any way. Chief of those is my lovely wife, Charlotte A. Nebeker, who put up with my relentless research, writing, and editing that left little time for dear friends and enticing activities. I hope to catch up on those later. I also want to thank Dwight Havens and Janet (Havens) Siegfried, distant cousins and fellow Havens researchers, for their extensive support and encouragement. Over the past year, I‘ve really come to love them and I appreciate the way they‘ve accepted me into the Havens family. Lastly, I want to thank Henry C. Havens, for his extraordinary book on the New Jersey Havens family. It is too large to quote entirely, but if I could, I would. I used it continuously and recommend it as a starting point for anyone embarking on Havens research.

Because of my extensive use of Henry‘s material in this book, I will often refer to his work with phrases like “Henry says.” However, I‘ll generally underline the title of other books the first time used. A complete list of my sources can be found in Appendix A. I will also use Henry‘s unique numbering system for direct descendants of the immigrant William Havens wherever I think it will help the reader understand to whom I‘m referring. I hope that helps.   


Contents of the Book                                                                                                   Page

Part  1

Havens Family Origins                                                                                                   11

William Havens Will                                                                                                      15

William‘s Posterity                                                                                                         16

John Havens (201)                                                                                                          23

John‘s Children                                                                                                               28

John‘s Will                                                                                                                      30

Daniel Havens (307)                                                                                                       31

Daniel and Christiana‘s Children                                                                                    31

Daniel‘s Will                                                                                                                   32

John Havens (404)                                                                                                          34

Interesting Newspaper Articles About John Havens (404)                                            34

John and Anna‘s Children                                                                                              35

John‘s Will                                                                                                                     37

Jacob Havens (503)                                                                                                        37

Jacob and Lydia‘s Children                                                                                            38

John Havens (614)                                                                                                          38

John and Amy‘s Children                                                                                               39

John William Havens (7047)                                                                                          42

John‘s Marriage to Ann Van Wagoner                                                                           42

John and Ann‘s Children                                                                                                42

Ann Becomes a Mormon                                                                                                43

John‘s Divorce From Ann                                                                                               43

John‘s Appearance on Federal Census Records                                                              44

John‘s Second Marriage                                                                                                  44

Other Discoveries From John and Sarah‘s Land Deeds                                                  45

John‘s Death                                                                                                                    46

Peter S. Havens (8055), Son of John (7047)                                                                   47

Peter‘s Marriage                                                                                                              47

Peter and Ann Moore‘s Children                                                                                     48

Havens Museums in NJ and NY                                                                                      48

Part  2

Appendix A – List of Sources                                                                                          60

Appendix B – Selected Pedigree Charts From Henry C. Havens Book                          62

Appendix C – Long Island NY Descendants of George Havens                                     68

Appendix D – Suffolk County NY Resolution                                                                75

Part  3

Appendix E – New Jersey Maps                                                                                      61

Appendix F – Manasquan New Jersey History                                                                66

Appendix G – Governor Gawaen Laurie‘s Letter to a Friend in London                        70

Appendix H – Joseph Havens‘ Will                                                                                 72

Appendix I – John Havens (501) and the Baptist Church in Monmouth County NJ       73

Appendix J – Timeline for Our John Havens (7047)                                                       75

Appendix K – Halmagh J. & Mary Van Wagoner‘s Family                                            76

Appendix L – Hudson County New Jersey Land Deeds for John and Sarah Havens      77

Appendix M – Copies of Selected Land Deeds for John and Sarah Havens                    83

Appendix N – Sketch of the 1841 Land Purchase by John and Halmagh                        91





It might be interesting to begin this book with a reference to the source of the name “Havens”. I quote from Henry C. Haven‘s book, The Havens Family in New Jersey, p.6 “The name HAVENS is derived from the place name Haven, meaning harbor. This word has the same meaning and nearly the same form in other languages: Anglo-Saxon, Haefene; Dutch, Haven; Low German, Haven; German, Hafen; Danish, Havn; French, Havre. The addition of ‘s‘ gives, in English, a plural form; or, in Welsh, a patronymic, as Williams, i.e., son of William. The tendency early appears to distinguish branches of the family by altering the spelling of the surname. Thus we find in New Jersey alone such variations as Heavens, Havan, Haven, Havans, Havince, Havins.  The confusion of Haven and Havens causes considerable difficulty in accurate tracing of lines. Whether Richard Haven, who settled at Lynn, Mass., in 1635-40 and William Havens, who came at about the same time to Pocasset, or Portsmouth, Rhode Island, were brothers or even related is still undetermined and will probably never be known1...The earliest historical mention of the surname Havens in America occurs in the account of the establishment of the government of Portsmouth (Indian name, Pocasset) on Rhode Island in Narragansett Bay.”  

There is complete agreement among researchers that the immigrant ancestor for the New Jersey Havens family was the William Havens to which Henry Havens referred in the prior paragraph, but there are divergent opinions on where he was born, where and when he entered the U.S., and if he was married before coming. Henry says, “...he came from Aberystwith, Cardiganshire, Wales, and joined the settlement established by followers of Roger Williams. In 1638 he was admitted as an inhabitant of the Island of Aquidneck, having submitted himself to the government that was or should be established.”2   On the 30th of April 1639, William Havens, with twenty-eight others signed the following compact:

          “We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge ourselves the legal subjects of his

          Majesty, King Charles, and in his name do hereby bind ourselves into a civil bodie politicke

          unto his laws according to matters of justice.”

―It may be that William Havens was one of the numerous group who were dissatisfied with the narrow exclusiveness of the ruling party in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This colony, begun in 1628, had before 1635 a population numbering several thousands. Its main object was to establish a method of government embodying a form of worship purified of the ‘idolatrous remnants of Popery‘ in the English Church, and it rigidly excluded from participation in this all who failed to conform in every particular to its views, refusing to admit as ‘freemen‘ any but members of its own Church. Suffrage was limited to freemen alone.




Janet (Havens) Siegfried, a 4th cousin, dear friend, and fellow Havens researcher, provided this entry from her

research notes from Pamela Black: ―”In 1636, Richard and his brother William left Wales at the same time on

different ships, but got lost in a storm on the Atlantic. William came ashore at Long Island, New York, and settled there. Richard landed in Massachusetts, and settled in Lynn”


Henry‘s book says, ―”Aquetnet was an Indian who had owned the island of Aquetnet, or Aquidneck, or Rhode

Island. By the advice of Roger Williams, this was purchased 24 Mar 1638, and on 1 Jul 1639, a regular government was formed. Coddington was chosen governor and Philip Shearman secretary. The upper part of this island was named Portsmouth”


“In the early days of New England, before a man could vote or hold office, he had to be made a freeman‘; that is, he had to be at least twenty-one years of age; to be a respectable member of some congregational church; to take the Freeman‘s Oath‘ of allegiance; and to be admitted freeman‘ by the General or Quarterly Court...This practice prevailed from 1630 to 1688.

“This exclusive system soon led many liberal and independent spirits to leave Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1636, Roger Williams was driven out. Reaching the head of Narragansett Bay after unspeakable hardships, he began a settlement which, in recognition of divine guidance, he called Providence.‘ Others followed his lead, and on 1 Oct 1639, there were 101 registered inhabitants on the island of Aquidneck in two towns, Portsmouth and Newport.”

We have numerous other divergent accounts of William‘s coming to America—leaving readers wondering which is correct. For example, the Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer Co. NJ, Vol 1, says: William “...was born in 1609 in England or Wales, and in 1635 emigrated to New England, settling on Conanticut Island, near Newport, Rhode Island. In 1638 he was admitted as an inhabitant of the village of Aquidneck (Conanticut), having submitted himself to the government that is or shall be established.‘ In 1644, William Havens acquired a grant of land. This property he, in 1650, leased to his son John for a term of seven years at £5 a year. He died in 1683, leaving a will dated March 24, 1680, proved September 25, 1683.4 He made his wife Dennis his executrix and bequeathed to her all his property with the exception of thirteen shillings which he left to his thirteen children, one shilling to each. The names of these children in order were: John, Sarah, Thomas, Robert, George, Mary, Ruth, Dinah, Elizabeth, William, Martha, Rebecca, and Margaret.”

The book Havens Family in America (ca. 1638) says “William Havens came from Wales in 1638 and settled at Portsmouth, Rhode Island. His wife was Dennis/Dionis __?__.  In 1644, he received a grant of four acres of land. May 23, 1650 the following order was enacted at the General Court, Newport, for the colony of Providence Plantations: ‘Captain Richard Morris, George Bliss, James Badcock, Peter Busserole, William Havens and Gabriel Hick, all excuses sett apart, shall mende and make all lockes, stocks and pieces that by order from the Warden of each town shall be from any of the inhabitants thearof presented to them, for just and suitable satisfaction in hand payed.’”

The report he first entered the U.S. in Rhode Island has additional support, from the following entry, taken from‘s Passenger & Immigration List Index, 1500s-1900s.

Name: William Havens

Year: 1638

Place: Rhode Island

Source Publication Code: 1262




Henry makes this fascinating comparison: “In Dec 1620, 101 pilgrims had landed at Plymouth from the

Mayflower. In 1655, the colony of Providence Plantations included four townsProvidence, 42 freemen;

Portsmouth, 71 freemen; Newport, 95 freemen; Warwicke, 38 freemen.”


According to Janet (Havens) Siegfried, possible burial sites for William include: (1) Behind the Friends Meeting Hall in Portsmouth RI, with a plain slate marker because there was no sculptor in Portsmouth until 1705; or (2) Foster Town Hall Historical Cemetery, Listing Fr145, located at 181 Howard Hill Rd. Foster, Providence Co. RI.


Erin Ennis, in the Genealogical Forum on the internet, had this quote about William and his wife. “William Havens was born in 1610 in Aberystwith, Cardiganshire, Wales, and died 25 Sep 1683 in Portsmouth Rhode Island. He married Dionis Allen, 24 Jan 1638/39, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the daughter of William Allen and Helen Normer5. She was born 23 Jun 1623 in Sheffield Parish, South Yorkshire, Wales6, and died after 1692, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.”

It is interesting to find this possible surname and parents for Dionis; however, the reference to the country of Wales as being her birthplace has been widely disputed and is probably incorrect. I‘ve lived in England 5 years and also visited Wales, and can say with certainty South Yorkshire is in England rather than Wales. Also, one researcher, who asked to remain anonymous, insisted Dionis came from the village of Wales, England rather than the country of Wales: Here are her words: “Dennis Allen, probable 2nd wife of William Havens, was baptized 23 Jun 1623 in St. Peters Church, at Sheffield Parish, Wales, England. She is listed in Sheffield Parish Book I, at St. Peter's Church. Wales, England is in the diocese of Sheffield, 8 miles east of that city. The church records date from 1580; those of Sheffield Church (St. Peter's) date from 1560. It‘s likely William came from the same place.”

Barrington S. Havens, on page 2 of the introduction to his book, The Havens Family in Suffolk County, New York, agreed that Dionis came from Western England rather than Wales and said: “Edwin W. Havens of Arieta, California has stated unequivocally that William and his wife Dionis came from the west of England, probably Somersetshire or Monmouthshirealmost definitely one or the other...These are the so-called ‗Marches‘ counties that border Wales. Mr. Havens spent some time in Great Britain in the spring of 1973 searching for records of the Havens family as starting in Wales, and his conclusion was that it did notthe mere fact of their having given names and surnames condemned that. We checked out the National Library of Wales at Aberystwith and there were no surnames till well into the seventeenth century, and there were Havenses in the other counties nearby.”

In my opinion and that of Janet (Havens) Siegfried, William was most likely born in Western England rather than the country of Wales. In fact, I‘m told there is still an extensive settlement of Havens (Heavens) in that area.7 Furthermore, that area lies just east of Wales, which explains why some people say William was born in Wales. 

It‘s also quite possible William married before coming to America and even brought children with him. Janet (Havens) Siegfried‘s records contain this quote from researcher Pamela Black:





This marriage, of 24 Jan 1639, as cited in Henry‘s book, has been disputed by many. Even Henry wasn't sure about it according to his book. So, Janet (Havens) Siegfried wrote The Newberry Library in Chicago for clarification. The librarian hunted extensively, but replied they did not have the reference book/material for that date and therefore could not prove it.


The Pane-Joyce Genealogy, which I found on the internet via Google, had conflicting information about Dionis‘ birthplace, saying she was “...born about 1623 in Suffolk, Essex...and baptized in Suffolk, Essex, on 23 Jun 1623.”


Janet‘s research on the surnames  “Haven”, “Havens” & “Heavens,” found in English births of the 1800s showed they were mostly in villages of Southwest England, which borders on Wales.  


“William Havens married Mary Sarah, possibly Brown, in 1625 in England. The marriage of William and Mary Sarah may have taken place in Wales. (Possibly, Wales England.) It appears as tho‘ she was the mother of the older of William‘s children. If they married in England, then it was before 1638, when William was admitted as an inhabitant of the Island of Aquidneck, i.e., Rhode Island. It appears that the oldest of her children, Mary, was born about 1626 in England. Therefore, this marriage likely occurred earlier than that.” And, The Descendants of Founders of New Jersey, p. 30, says “John Havens, son of William and Dionis (__?_) may have been born in Aberystwith, Cardinganshire, Wales, before his parents were in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1639”. Now, whether John was born in Wales or England is not the key issue. More important is whether William brought children with him when he came to America. And, from all accounts, the older three children most likely were born in England—probably to Mary Sarah Brown.

One final quote from Henry on this matter: ”The questions of the dates of birth and marriage of William Havens, or whether he was married more than once, and of the dates and order of birth of his children, have given rise to much speculation. A correspondent of the Boston Transcript says, under date of 24 Mar 1930, that William and Dionis Havens came from Wales in 1635, and that they had three children when they came to America. The date of marriage of William Havens to Dionis, as given by Mr. D.C. Haven, obtained by him from the Newberry Library in Chicago, and, as he believes, taken from a reprint of the ancient records of a Society of Friends in Rhode Island, was 24 Jan 1639.”8  If the record in Austin is correct to the effect that Mary Havens, daughter of William, married Thomas Cook, and that their son, Thomas, sold land on 10 Mar 1670, it seems clear that the marriage of Thomas Cook and Mary Havens must have occurred by or before 1649, in order that the son should have legally executed a sale of land in 1670. If this assumption be true, Mary Havens must have been born much earlier than 1639.  Also, if Alice (Havens) Wainwright had a grandson, Joseph Wainwright, born in 1695, she must have been born at least thirty to forty years beforeprobably morewhich would bring the date of her birth to 1655-1665. The date of the birth of her father, John Havens, must then have been as early as 1635-1640, and Alice must have been one of the earliest born of his children. It would appear either that there may have been an earlier marriage of William Havens or that there are discrepancies in the existing records”

Now, let‘s talk about where William entered the U.S. Robert F. Havens, in Our Branch of the Havens Family (in Shelter Island—Long Island NY), says ―”The Havens family tree in America originated when William Havens arrived, circa 1635. He is believed to have come from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The first recorded history of his arrival was in 1638, when he was identified as a resident of a new settlement named Pocasset, later renamed Portsmouth, Rhode Island. We know from historical sources Pocasset was founded in 1638 by people from the Massachusetts Bay Colony who supported the religious freedom goals of Roger Williams and a woman named Anne Hutchinson...William Havens made his living as a carpenter” 




Janet (Havens) Siegfried recently sent me this email note: ―”Dear Steve, If you read that William Havens & Dionis Ruth Allen were married 24 Jan 1639 in The Havens Family in NJ, that fact has been disputed, in case I forgot to tell you. Henry Havens wasn't sure about it either, per his book, but I wrote The Newberry Library in Chicago for clarification & the librarian hunted all over the place, but they do not have the ref. book/material for this date.  It could be right or not – just so you know” Janet


Robert goes on to say, William probably chose Rhode Island for religious reasons and that at least two of his grandsons were known to be Quakers (William (303) and John (305)) and “ probably was William himself”  This is likely true, as Henry Havens found some of his Havens information from Quaker records. However, the book Founders of New Jersey Brief Biographies by Descendants, says ―”The Havens family originally may have been Antinomians in Rhode Island, followers of Ann Hutchinson.” The book then explains that ―Antinomians maintain that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.” 9

These variations in William‘s reputed birthplace, landing site, marriage date and place, children, etc. just provide us further research opportunities. I find that exciting! I‘d love to find out more about him, e.g., did he go to Massachusetts before going to Rhode Island, a rather primitive place at the time? And, was he related to the Richard Williams who settled in Lynn MA about the same time? In my research, I‘ve noted several other Havens families who trace their roots to Boston and I‘ve wondered if their ancestors and William were related. As more research is done, perhaps we‘ll unlock some of the remaining mysteries of William‘s life.  


Several sources quote William‘s will, dated 30 Mar 1680, but I‘ve taken my copy from Henry‘s


          “The Last will and Testament of William Havens Sen. Now Living in the Town of Portsmouth

          on Road Island in the Colony of Road Island and Providence Plantations is as followeth. To

          all people whom these presents may Concern. Know yee that I William Havens through the

          mercy of God, Being perfect in mind and memory but not well in Body, for the preventing

          future Trouble amongst my Children make this my Last Will and Testament as followeth.

          I do will and bequeath unto my Loving Wife Dennis Havens my now Dwelling house and

          Land and fencing, Orchard and out houses with all appurtenances and privileges thereunto

          belonging. I also give unto my Wife all my movables within dores and without. My will is to

          give unto my son John Havens one shilling in silver, and unto my daughter Sarah Tiler one

          shilling in silver, and unto my son Thomas Havens one shilling in silver, and unto my son

          Robert Havens one shilling in sliver, and unto my daughter Mary Cooke one shilling in

          sliver, and unto my Daughter Ruth Carde one shilling in silver and unto my Daughter Dinah

          Havens one shilling in silver and unto my Daughter Elizabeth Havens one shilling in silver

          and unto my son William Havens one shilling in silver, and unto my Daughter Rebekah

          Havens one shilling in silver, and unto my Daughter Margaret Havens one shilling in silver,

          to be payd within twelve months after my decease if Demanded by either of them and unto the

          younger when they come to full age according to law.





History of Washington and Kent Counties, Rhode Island, by J.R. Cole, W.W. Preston & Co., pp. 371-392, states ― “Ann Hutchinson, after being banished from Massachusetts, came to Rhode Island. From thence (she) went with her family to East Chester, N.Y., where they were all killed by the Indians except one daughter, Susannah, who was redeemed, and afterward married John Cole. She lived to a great age.”


          Also my will is that my Wife take care and see this my Last will and Testament performed and

          she, I doe ordain, Constitute and make my whole and sole Executrix to see this my Will in all

          things performed and fulfilled according to the true intent and meaning of the same, In

          witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this Thirtieth day of the first month

          Called march in the year of our Lord God one Thousand six hundred and Eighty.”

          In the presence of                                                       William Havens       Seal

          William Burlington                                                              his mark        

                 His mark

          John Anthony William Burlington and John Anthony witnesses Testifyeth that they saw the

          above said William Havens sign and seal the above written and heard him Declare it to be his

          Last will and Testament and that then he was of a Disposing mind to the best of their understanding.

          Taken before us this 25th of September 1683. 


           John Albro Asst.

           George Lawton Assistant


It‘s not easy to determine who, among the chroniclers, has done original research on William and Dennis‘ descendants. So, I‘ve had to rely on published information from respected researchers like Henry C. Havens of New Jersey and Barrington S. Haven of New York. I particularly like Henry‘s work because he focused on the New Jersey branch and I believe that‘s ours; however, after the first generation, he didn‘t tell us much about the other branches. So, for those of you who are interested, I added a little information from Barrington Havens and others.

Henry says William had 13 children and I‘ve listed them with the specific reference number he gave each one. The first digit shows the generation in America and the remaining three identify the person. I‘ve also used those same numbers periodically throughout this book to clarify who I was referring to, for there are many with the same or similar names.10 (See Appendix B for examples of Henry‘s tables. I specifically chose those showing the early generations and what I believe to be our own direct line.) Also, I often underlined names in our direct line, to make it easier to trace our ancestry back to William. One final word before beginning; from all accounts I‘ve read, we can feel proud of our Havens ancestors, for many contributed greatly to their communities and several were well educated.11   




For example, there are 54 ―John Havens‖ in Henry‘s tables.


From Savage‘s Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, I quote, ―Eighteen of the name

Havens had in 1834 been graduated at Harvard and six at other New England Colleges.‖ Although we don‘t know which of these descended from our ancestor William Havens, it‘s very likely that some did because many of his descendants remained in the New England area.     


John Havens (201) Our Havens line apparently descends through this man, so I will defer any coverage of him at this point and explain what I know about him in later paragraphs.

Sarah Havens (202)  --Henry doesn‘t give us a lot of information about Sarah—only that “John Tyler of Bristol, husband of Sarah Havens, died in 1700. Five children were born of this union. Sarah Havens survived her husband at least eighteen years.” To this information, I‘ve added the following table of data for and similar tables hereafter:

              SOURCE                                         INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis            Sarah b. ca. 1647 Portsmouth RI; d. aft. 1718; m. John Tyler

          Ditto                                        Spouse John Tyler b. Bristol RI; d. 1700, prob. in Connecticut

          Archibald Havens Papers        Dau. Tamar Tyler b. ca. 1659

          Ditto                                        Dau. Question Tyler

          Ditto                                        Dau. Friendship Tyler

          Ditto                                        Dau. Miriam Tyler

Thomas Havens (203)—Henry says “Thomas Havens is mentioned as a freeman‘ in 1671, as juryman‘ in 1677, and is taxed 10 s, 11d in 1687, at Kingstown RI, which was situated on the westerly shore of Narragansett bay. He had at least three sons, William, Thomas and Joseph, and two daughters, Phoebe and Martha. William is named as administrator of his estate in 1704.  All three of these sons were concerned, in 1709, in the purchase of a tract of 1824 acres of land near Devil‘s Foot,‘ being a part of a tract of vacant land sold by the Assembly. It is possible that William, younger brother of Thomas (203), went with him to Narragansett to live.”

Barrington S. Havens tells us “Thomas (203) was not a Suffolk County man, nor was there any evidence any of his children were...He evidently was the progenitor of a Rhode Island line, and some of his descendants migrated elsewhere, as so many men did in those days.” Added data: 


                SOURCE                                          INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis             Thomas b. ca 1649, Portsmouth, Newport RI; d. 1704

          Archibald Havens Papers         Thomas m. Mary Pierce, dau. of Robert Pierce & Anne

                                                            Greenway; she was baptized in Shalbourne Wiltshire, 8 Nov 1628

                                                            & died 16 Oct 1708 in Dedham MA.

          Ditto                                          Dau. Ruth b. ca. 1656

          Ditto                                          Dau. Dinah b. ca. 1658

          Ditto                                          Son William b. ca. 1659—progenitor of Rhode Island Havens line

          Ditto                                          Dau. Elizabeth b. ca. 1660

          Ditto                                          Son Thomas b. ca. 1661

          Ditto                                          Son Robert b. ca. 1663

          Ditto                                          Dau. Martha b. ca. 1664

          Ditto                                          Dau. Phebe b. ca. 1665

          Ditto                                          Son John b. ca. 1667

          Ditto                                          Dau. Margaret b. ca. 1668

          Ditto                                          Son Nathaniel b. ca. 1670

          Ditto                                          Son Joseph b. 1675, in Wickford RI; son Sylvester b. 1728 same

                                                            place and married Sarah Davis. They had son John b. 1758, in           

                                                            Lyme CT, and d. 29 Apr 1824 in Lyme. He m. Mary Saunders on

                                                            22 Nov 1785. She was b. 1762 & d. 1861


Robert Havens (204)—Henry says Robert “...located first at Portsmouth RI and afterwards at Dartmouth MA. His wife, Elizabeth, survived him, and their family of six consisted of Robert, born in 1686; Ruth, 1690, died 1742; Elizabeth, born in 1694; William, 1698; George, 1700, and Joseph, 1705. On 31 Oct 1677, Robert and 47 others were granted 5000 acres of land on Cowesett bay, on the westerly shore of Narragansett bay, to be called East Greenwich; but he is said never to have gone there to settle. He became a freeman in 1678. His will, dated 30 Mar 1708, was proved 7 Apr 1712. His wife Elizabeth is name as executrix; his son Robert receives all rights to lands in Greenwich and one-half of his land in Dartmouth. His son William is to receive £10 when he becomes of age, to be paid by Robert. To his sons George and Joseph is left the northerly half of lands in Dartmouth. Smaller bequests are recorded for the daughters, Ruth and Elizabeth. His wife Elizabeth receives all his personal property and the use of the land at Dartmouth until the youngest child becomes of age. 

Barrington S. Havens provides this interesting statement from a descendant. My great-great-great grandfather William--I lived and died in England. My great-great grandfather Robert lived and died in R.l. He had three sons: Robert, Silas, Thomas. Robert died in Vermont, Silas at sea, Thomas went south.  My great grandfather Silas lived in Coventry, RI., served in the French War, died at sea, captain of a slave ship. He had three sons and one died: William, Robert, Peleg, and a sister Bethany. William died in Stephentown, N.J., Robert and Bethany died in Coventry, RI. My grandfather Peleg was born in the town of East Greenwich, Kent Co., N.Y. 1761 and died 1847." Barrington then clarifies some of the discrepancies he‘d noted: ―The third generation children given in this statement do not agree with my records, but over 100 years elapsed between the birth of Robert (204) (1646) and his grandson Peleg (1761), and this could indicate that a generation was missed during that interval and lost in the records.” Added data:

              SOURCES                             INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis           Robert b. ca 1651, Portsmouth, Newport, RI; d. 1712, Dartmouth

                                                          MA; m. Elizabeth Earle 1661

          Archibald Havens Papers       Robert b. ca. 1646; d. 7 Apr 1712. Omitted Mary from his will.

          Ditto                                       Son Robert b. 1686

          Ditto                                       Dau. Mary b. ca. 1688

          Ditto                                       Dau. Ruth b. 14 Dec 1690; d. 1742

          Ditto                                       Dau. Elizabeth b. 1 Feb 1694

          Ditto                                       Son William b. Jun 1698

          Ditto                                       Son George b. 24 Mar 1700

          Ditto                                       Son Joseph b. 19 Jun 1703


George Havens (205)—Henry says, “George is recorded as having lived at Jamestown on the neighboring island of Conanicut, west of Aquidneck, and later at Shelter Island NY. He was married in 1674 to Eleanor Thurston, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Mott) Thurston. Their children were George, Jonathan, William, John, Ruth, Content, Patience, Desire and Abigail. George was made a freeman in 1680, and became owner of real estate in various places. He is taxed at Kingstown on 6 Sep 1687. He held the office of constable at Jamestown on 15 Jul 1695. In 1696 he sold farms on Boston neck for £500. Soon afterwards he removed to Shelter Island,12 having bought in 1695 from Nathaniel Sylvester, a Quaker, 1000 acres of land on that island. On 19 Nov 1701, his son, George of Kingstown RI, in a deed, calls himself the son of George Havens of Shelter Island. On 26 Oct 1702, George Havens, Sr. sold to Henry Tibbetts for £80, a farm of 150 acres, situated at Coweset, near East Greenwich RI. This transaction led to litigation long after his death...George died 21 Feb 1706, at Shelter Island NY, and was buried in the Old Cemetery, New London CT; his will was dated 11 Jan 1704, and proved 12 Mar 1707; a NY Historical Society record says a letter of administration was issued 11 Feb 1706/07, to his wife Eleanor, and the estate was inventoried 4 Apr 1706...In 1724, Eleanor Terry, formerly Eleanor Havens, sued George Tibbetts, son and heir of Henry Tibbetts, for a right of dower to the lands in South Kingstown, sold by her former husband to Henry Tibbetts. Descendants of George Havens are to be found in Long Island, New York City and state, in Chicago, in Kansas, California and elsewhere throughout the union.” Barrington S. Havens says “George was born 1653 at Jamestown RI, lived at Portsmouth, died 21/25 Feb 1706 at Shelter Island NY...he married in 1674 to Eleanor/Elinor Thurston, daughter of Edward & Elizabeth (Mott) Thurston of Newport RI. She was born Mar 1655-8; died 7 Nov 1747, age 93; she married (2) Thomas Terry of Southold.”  Rev. Jacob Mallman, in his book Historical Papers on Shelter Island and its Presbyterian Church, Chapter 3, says “George‘s will was dated 11 Jan 1704 and proved 12 Mar 1707. In 1701, he deeded 200 acres of his 1000 acres on Shelter Island to his son Jonathan and 250 acres in 1706-7 to his son John.  Rev. MaIlman also says Edward Thurston was born in 1617; died 1 Mar 1707; was married in Jun 1647 to Elizabeth, daughter of Adam Mott; she was born in 1629 and died 2 Sep 1694...George‘s descendants played a major role in the development of Shelter Island, Long Island NY.” (See Appendix C for a more complete listing of the Shelter Island descendants. Also, see Appendix D for an interesting pre-Revolutionary War document, declaring the rights and liberties of Americans, that was signed by some of his descendants.) Added data:

                SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis           George m. (1) Abigail Remington; (2) Eleanor Thurston

          Archibald Havens Papers       Son George b. ca 1675; m. Mary Remington

          Ditto                                       Son Jonathan b. 22 Feb 1681 Jamestown RI; m. Hannah Brown

          Ditto                                       Son William d. unmarried 1746; will 30 Apr 1716, probated 7

                                                         Aug 1746, mentions mother Eleanor.

          Ditto                                       Son John b. ca 1685; m. Sarah Conklin

          Ditto                                       Dau. Ruth m. _____ Terry

          Ditto                                       Dau. Content m. Cornelius Payne, son of Thomas; d. Feb-Mar




It is said Shelter Island was so called, as a place of refuge for Friends from religious persecution. Many inhabitants of Long Island were removed during the Revolutionary War from the exposed portions of the region to Connecticut; among them were 76 by the name of “Havens.”


                                                          1715-16; their son Elisha d. Mar 1761, at Shelter I. NY; m. 31 Oct

                                                          1748. in Southold, Deliverance Tuthill, b. ca. 1724, at

                                                          Oysterponds, dau. of Nathaniel, b. 1694, & Mary Tuthill.

          Ditto                                        Dau. Patience m. 1696 Arthur Loper.

          Ditto                                        Dau. Desire b. 1668; d. 20 Sep 1733, age 65; m. Lion Gardiner, b.

                                                          1665, d. 23 Sep 1723; issue Giles, bp. 10 Feb 1722-3; d. 14 Jun

                                                          1763, m. Wid. Jane (Parsons) Conkling, b. 3 Oct 1728, d. 7 Feb

                                                          1759; Mary b. 1694, d. measles 14 May 1714; Lion b. 1693, bp.

                                                          10 Feb 1722-3, d. 13 Nov 1784, m. 11 Jan 1721-22, Hannah

                                                          Merrywood, d. 11 Jan 1774.

          Ditto                                        Dau. Abigail m. Thomas Terry 1752; dau. Elizabeth d. 23 Apr

                                                          1825, age 64, at Oysterponds; m. 17 Mar 1781, Christopher

                                                          Tuthill, b. 26 Nov 1760, Oys.; d. 26 Nov 1823 Oys.; son of

                                                          Christopher b. ca. 1726 & Phebe Youngs; Ruth, another dau. b. 2

                                                          Dec 1752, Oys.; d. 12 Nov 1802, Oys.; m. 1 Feb 1770, Oys.,

                                                          Daniel Tuthill, b. 13 Mar 1747, Shelter Is., d. 17 Jul 1830, Oys.;

                                                          son of Noah b. 1714 & Hannah Tuthill.

Mary Havens (206)Henry says, she ...married Thomas Cook, called ‗Captain,‘ being thus distinguished from his father, called Thomas, Sr., and from his son, called Thomas, Jr. The latter sold, 14 Oct 1670, to John Cook six acres of land bounded on the north by Thomas Cook, Sr. (i.e., his grandfather), and ‗he agreed that the land conveyed should be free from molestation from me or any of the children of my deceased father, Thomas Cook.‘ The wife of Thomas Cook, Sr., whose will was proved 20 Jun 1677, was also Mary; and in 1678, as the widow of Thomas Cook, she took a receipt from John Cook for his legacy from the estate of his father, and in this receipt he calls Mary Cook his ‗mother-in-law‘, a term frequently used at that time for step- mother, which was meant in this instance. On 31 Mar 1680, Jeremiah Brown and Mary his wife took receipt from Oliver and Phebe Arnold of Newport for a legacy (£15) of said Phebe, being granddaughter of Thomas Cook who deceased 6 Feb 1674. A similar receipt for a like legacy was given 24 Dec 1688, by the same pair to John Woodcock and his wife Martha, Thomas Cook being the grandfather of the said Martha. From the preceding it seems clear that it was not Mary Havens who married Thomas Cook that later married Jeremiah Brown. The children of Captain Thomas Cook and Mary (Havens) Cook are named Thomas, John, George, Stephen, Ebenezer, Phebe (1665) and Martha. If the date (1665) and order of birth of Phebe, named sixth among the children of Thomas and Mary (Havens) Cook, are correct, it must follow either that Mary Havens was the eldest, or one of the eldest of the children of William and Dionis Havens, or, that Dionis was the first wife of William Havens, and was the step-mother of Mary Havens. Thomas and Mary (Havens) Cook are all said to have come to Monmouth county, New Jersey. The house and lands of Thomas Cook, Sr., were bequeathed, after the death of Mary his wife, to his grandson, John, son of his deceased son Thomas; which might account for John‘s remaining in Rhode Island while his brothers removed to New Jersey.” Added data:  


                      SOURCES                                            INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis                 Mary b. ca. 1655, at Portsmouth, Newport RI; d. 1680-87

                                                                Monmouth NJ; m. Thomas Cook in 1675

          Archibald Havens Papers             Mary d. Jul 1754, Tiverton RI; Pane-Joyce Gen. says husband‘s

                                                                name was John rather than Thomas

          Ditto                                              Dau. Sarah b. ca. 1675

          Ditto                                              Dau. Phebe b. 3 Sep 1677; d. aft. 1717

          Ditto                                              Son Thomas b. ca 1680; d. aft. 1717

          Ditto                                              Son John b. 1683/1684

          Ditto                                              Dau. Mary b. ca. 1686

          Ditto                                              Son Peleg b. ca 1688; d. aft. Apr 1762

          Ditto                                              Son George b. ca. 1690

          Ditto                                              Dau. Deborah b. 1692; d. aft. 1759

          Ditto                                              Dau. Martha b. ca. 1694; d. aft. 1727

          Ditto                                              Dau. Patience b. ca. 1698; d. aft. 1764

          Ditto                                              Son Joseph b. ca. 1701; d. ca. 1783

Ruth Havens (207)Henry says, “Ruth, daughter of William, married __?__ Card. (Richard Card was a freeman of Newport in 1655. Joseph Card (twice married) lived in Rhode Island and later removed to Connecticut.) The identity of her husband is uncertain. Little is recorded, or discovered, about the six children of William Havens last named in his will. Added data:

                   SOURCES                                               INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis              Ruth b. 1658, Portsmouth, Newport RI; m. James Card, Mar. 1679/1680

          Ditto                                          James Card b. ca. 1650; d. ca. 1706, Kingston RI

          Archibald Havens Papers          Ruth m. James Card, son of Richard & Rebecca Card Mar. 1679/1680l 

          Ditto                                          James Card b. ca. 1654 in Newport RI; d. ca. 1706

          Ditto                                          Dau. Ruth  Nothing is known 

          Ditto                                          Son Jonathan b. ca. 1684; d. 14 Aug 1765

          Ditto                                          Son Peleg b. ca. 1685; d. 14 Aug 1765

Dinah Havens (208)Henry says, “Dinah Havens (208) and Elizabeth (209) must have been near in age to Dinah Havens (411) and Elizabeth Havens (412), and their names may have been given to their relatives of the fourth generation.” Added data:

                   SOURCES                                             INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis             Dinah b. ca. 1660 Portsmouth, Newport RI; m. Samson Rattery

          Archibald Havens Papers         Dinah b. ca. 1600, Portsmouth; d. 16 Nov 1698, Jamestown RI;

                                                            unmarried on 13 Mar 1680, when father‘s will written; 

                                                            m. Samson Battey, who died aft. 1711, at Jamestown RI

          Ditto                                         Dau. Robetha b. 16 Mar 1683/1684

          Ditto                                         Dau. Phebe b. 6 Jun 1687

          Ditto                                         Son John b. 7 Sep 1688; d. ca. 1767

          Ditto                                         Dau. Dinah b. 12 May 1691; d. 21 Mar 1710

          Ditto                                         Son William b. 6 Mar 1692/3; d. 1747

          Ditto                                         Son Clemence b. 4 Jul 1695

          Ditto                                         Daughter b. 5 Oct 1698; d. soon after birth


Elizabeth Havens (209)—See Henry‘s comments about Dinah and Elizabeth. Added data:


                  SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis            Elizabeth b. ca. 1661, Portsmouth RI

          Archibald Havens Papers        Elizabeth b. ca. 1661, Portsmouth RI; d. bef. Nov 1710 in

                                                          Kingstown RI; unmarried on 13 Mar 1680 when father‘s will was

                                                          written; m. 30 Mar 1694, Jeremiah Fones, son of John & Margaret, in

                                                          Jamestown RI; Jeremiah d. 29 Apr 1747 in North Kingstown RI

          Ditto                                        Son James b. ca. 1695

          Ditto                                        Son Jeremiah b. Aug 1697

          Ditto                                        Son Joseph b. 11 May 1699; d. aft. 1778

          Ditto                                        Dau. Martha b. 22 May 1701

          Ditto                                        Dau. Margaret b. Ca. Mar 1702

          Ditto                                        Son John b. 15 Feb 1707/8

William Havens (210)—Nothing given by Henry. Added data:

                  SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis           William b. ca. 1663; m. Margaret Huling

          Archibald Havens Papers       William b. ca. 1663, Portsmouth RI; mentioned in father‘s will,

                                                          13 Mar 1680

Martha Havens (211)—Nothing given by Henry. Added data:

                   SOURCES                                  INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis           Martha b. ca. 1665, Portsmouth, Newport RI

          Archibald Havens Papers       Martha b. ca. 1665, Portsmouth RI, unmarried on 13 Mar 1680

                                                          when father‘s will was written.

Rebecca Havens (212)—Nothing given by Henry. Added data:

                  SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis           Rebecca b. ca. 1665, Portsmouth RI; d. 1718; m. William Hopkins

          Archibald Havens Papers       Rebecca b. ca. 1665, Portsmouth RI; unmarried 13 Mar 1680 when

                                                          her father‘s will was written; sometimes said she wed William Hopkins,

                                                          son of Giles and Catherine (Whelden) Hopkins, but that‘s unlikely

                                                          as he was incapable of looking out for himself and almost certainly

                                                          never married.


Margaret Havens (213)—Nothing given by Henry. Added data:

                   SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis           Margaret b. ca. 1668, Portsmouth RI; m. Arthur Cook

          Archibald Havens Papers       Margaret b. ca. 1668, Portsmouth RI; d. in Philadelphia PA; was

                                                          unmarried 13 Mar 1680, when father‘s will was written; it‘s sometimes

                                                          said she married Arthur Cook and died in Phil. PA


John (201), the eldest son of William, began life in Rhode Island, but then moved to New Jersey and became the progenitor of the large Havens family in that state. From the Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer Co. NJ, Vol. 1, we read: John Havens, son of William Havens, was born in 1630, at Aquidneck, Rhode Island. About the time of his marriage he moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, remaining until 1667, and then removing to Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey. His name is mentioned in the historical records of Nevesink in 1688. In 1675 he received from the proprietors a warrant of one hundred and twenty acres of land, another extensive patent was issued to him in 1681, and in 1682 he was named as a commissioner. He was twice married, his second wife, Anna Stannard,13 the mother of his seven children, surviving him. Their children were: William, John, Nicholas, Daniel, Jane, and two other daughters whose christian names are unknown. There is evidence, however, that one married George Axtin and the other Thomas Wainwright. John Havens, the father, survived his father, William Havens, but four years, dying in the summer of 1687. His will was dated March 14, 1687, and was proved September 9, 1687.”14 (See Appendix E for maps of New Jersey.)

From an Ancestry Family Tree entry, we read that John‘s first wife was Ann Brown, they were married about 1651, when Ann was 18. This reference also states that John‘s first five children were by this first wife and that he later had two more children by a second wife, Anna Stannard, whom he married 2 Dec 1662, in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.15  Reportedly, Ann was born in 1644, in Portsmouth RI.



Janet (Havens) Siegfried gives us this genealogy about Ann or Anna Davis. Parents were: Rev. John Davis, born 5 May 1692, Phil. PA and Elisabeth Maxson, born 7 Nov 1695, Westerley, Washington RI; paternal grandparents were: William Davis, born 1663, Lanstephan, Wales; died 1745 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ; married Elizabeth Brisley in 1685; born in 1670 in Westerley RI; died 30 Jun 1700, in Philadelphia PA; maternal grandparents were: Rev. John Maxson, born 12 Oct 1666, Westerley RI; died 28 Oct 1747, Westerley RI; married Judith Clarke, 19 Jan 1687, Westerley RI; born 12 Oct 1667, Newport, Newport RI; died 17 Jul 1747, Westerley RI.


NOTE: The will was actually proved 22 Sep 1687.)


This marriage date was also the date John leased his father‘s house in Rhode Island before moving to New Jersey.


By 1661, John was a Rhode Island land owner. The Narragansett Historical Register, April 1883, Vol. I, Issue 4, pp. 317-318 says “John was an owner of land on 15 Sep 1661 in Misquannacuck (Westerly), Rhode Island, known as Lot 35, but there is no proof of his settling there.” Also, Rhode Island Records, Town of Portsmouth Book, p. 395, no. 324, states that while living in Portsmouth “John entered into a seven year lease with his father (William), 2 Dec 1662.” And, Janet Siegfried verified this from her extensive records. I quote: “On 2 Dec 1662, William Havens leased for seven years to his son, John, his dwelling house with all lands belonging thereto, at £5 yearly, payable the twentieth of March, in wheat, peas, indian corn, and oats. Before this lease expired, however, in the year 1664, King Charles II gave New Jersey, with others of his holdings or claims, to his brother James, Duke of York. In 1665, John Havens (among others) went to settle in New Jersey.

We don‘t know precisely what prompted John to move to New Jersey, but the following entry in Rhode Island Court Records, Vol. II, 1662-1670, reveals that he‘d had some problems in RI that may have influenced his decision.  

          ”Whereas JOHN HAVENS of Portsmouth was Indicted for speeking words of Contempt

          against the honourable his majestyes Commistioners and against the governor of this

          Collony and whereas the said havens was Called before the Court and his Indictment Read

          before hime he the said havens pleaded to the said Indictment guilty and Referes himselfe to

          the bench The Sentence of the Court is that the said John havens shall stand bound in a bond

          of Twentye pound to his majestyes Leage people until the next Court of Trailles to be holden

          at Newport the last wensday save one in october next and then to apeare before the Court

          and Cleared...guillte and farther the said John havens is alsoe to make a publicke

          acknowledgement according to the Courts pleasure to morrow about a Seven of the Clocke

          for his said offence as is alsoe Drane up by the Court as followeth

          ”I John Havens doe acknowledge and Confese that I have notoriously abused his majestyes

          most honorable Commistioners as also the worshepfull governor Benedict Arnold in not only

          specking aprobious speches but grose falshoods and that Causlesly for which mibehavioures

          of mine I am heartily sorry and doe promise amendment for the future and however it be that

          the honourable sire Robert Carr hath through Clemacy past by my said offense Respecking

          ther honour yet I doe acknowledge the favor of this Court in binding mee over to my good

          behavior unto the next Court for that ignomianous Exprestiones of mine against the governor.”

Of course that may not have been the primary factor in John‘s leaving Rhode Island. Perhaps the best reason was the opportunity to acquire land at a cheap price. Henry‘s book has this insightful entry regarding the availability of land in New Jersey at the time.


“In the year 1664, King Charles II gave New Jersey, with others of his holdings or claims, to his brother, James, Duke of York. The Dutch were driven out of New Amsterdam which became New York, and ‗Nova Caesarea‘ was granted, 24 Jun 1664, to Lord John Berkeley of Stratton, England, and Sir George Carteret, governor of the Island of Jersey (Caesarea). On 10 Feb 1665, these new owners published a plan of government for their colony and made generous offers of land to prospective home-makers; and this enticing prospect led many families, among them that of John Havens, to anticipate the famous advice of Horace Greeley, and ‗go west‘ to New Jersey.


“Generous offers were made by the Berkeley-Carteret government to prospective settlers in the colony of New Jersey. To every freeman who had come before 1 Jan 1665, provided with a set equipment of arms, ammunition and provisions, were given one hundred and fifty acres of land; to those called ‗master‘ or ‗mistress‘ who came before 1 Jan 1665, armed and provided as required, one hundred and twenty acres. On 17 Apr 1665, the Monmouth Patent was granted by Governor Richard Nicholls to twelve men of the new settlement. Beginning on 27 Feb 1667-1668, an Oath of Allegiance was administered to all the inhabitants of Navesink in New Jersey. This list included twenty-four men, of whom one was John Havens, son of William of Portsmouth, whose grant of land is set down as 120 acres.16 It would seem, therefore, that he came from Portsmouth into what is now Monmouth county, New Jersey, at some time between 2 Dec 1662, the date of leasing his father‘s home and 1 Jan 1665.

“To what extent the desire for a homestead was responsible for the removal of John Havens from Rhode Island to New Jersey and how far on the other hand religious discontent and persecution went as a cause is hard to decide. ‗Laws were passed by which in the four New England colonies of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Plymouth and New Haven, all Quakers were to be whipped, imprisoned and banished; and in Massachusetts a Quaker who returned after banishment was to be punished with death.‘ Even in Rhode Island religious toleration was not complete, and Quakers especially were persecuted. The Quaker element became strong in New England about 1650-1660. The removal of George Havens (205) to Shelter Island strongly indicates his sympathy with the movement. His descendants later became identified with the Presbyterian congregation in Suffolk county, as those of John in New Jersey did with the Baptists. Certainly some of the descendants of William (303) were Friends, and so also probably was William himself. It is quite probable that John (305), younger brother of William, also was a Friend, as well as his descendants for several generations.”


The History of Brick Township, chapter 7, has this interesting quote about John‘s New Jersey land purchase:

“According to the Grants and Concessions, land was purchased from the Indians in 1676 by John Havens of Rhode Island and Peter Tilton of Long Island. Tracts of land were to besurveyed and located for them and for William Worth, Edward Wharton, John Woolley and Thomas Applegate Senior and Junior.

“Berkeley and Carteret had already set a good advertising campaign. They were offering 150 acres to anyone who would settle in New Jersey. Anxious to have lands, opened up and cultivated, the proprietors encouraged these immigrants to bring as many slaves with them as they could afford. Eventually, the slave issue forced laws to be enacted effecting the development of slavery”




New Jersey Archives, Vol. I, p. 51 lists the signers of the Oath of Allegiance as: “Christoper Almy, Nicolas

Browne, Joseph Parker, Francis Master, Joseph Huit, Thos. Wanerite, Edmund La Fetra, Robert West Junr, Peter Parker, Edwd Patterson, Luis Mattulx, John Slocum, Samuel Shaddock, JOHN HAVENS, John Hall, Abram Brown, George Chute, George Hullett, Jacob Cole, Gabriel Kirk, Thos Wright, Bash Shamgungoe, Robt West Senr.”


Continuing this history of Brick Township, the author says, in chapter 8:

“One of the prominent pioneer families in Brick Township whose ancestors were among the original settlers of Monmouth County is the Havens family. This surname traces back to 1066 when a Frenchman, ―de Haven, came to England to fight under William of Orange, according to family records.

“John, the oldest son of William, an early settler, became so enthused by Berkeley and Carteret‘s colorful advertising, that he eagerly gave his oath of allegiance and was granted 120 acres in the new land of Nova Caesaria. He actually came to Monmouth between 2 Dec 1662 and 1 Jan 1665. His property was situated along a branch of the Shrewsbury River, then known as Narawataconk. His closest neighbors were Edmund Laffetra and Judah Allen, also prominent early settlers. John Havens was also awarded property on the north branch of the Manasquan River, then known as Passequanocqua Creek.

“To my knowledge, this was the earliest migration of the Havens family to the Monmouth County area. Early descendants of John Havens owned land on both sides of the Manasquan River. Future generations found this family line settling around what is now Herbertsville, Point Pleasant, Laurelton and Osbornville. Children of this line also moved to Farmingdale and other sections of New Jersey.

“Generations of the Havens family have been instrumental in promoting education and religion in the area of what is now Brick Township during its early stages of development.

“Through the marriage lines, the Havens family is connected with the Tilton, Fielder, Hance Osborne, Davison, Cox and Gifford families.”

According to the NJ Historical Society Proceedings, New Series, Vol. 15, p. 385; NJ Archives, First Series, Vol. XXI, p. 99, John “...was in Monmouth Co. by 1670, as rent from that date was paid on his 152 acres. The Monmouth Quit Rents show him a Patentee.  He had 152 acres on 10 Jan 1681 and 100 acres at Passequaneake (sp) ZBrook 25.”

From the History of Monmouth and Ocean Counties NJ, by Edwin Salter, I quote: “In 1675, he received from proprietors a warrant for 120 acres of land; another patent of land was issued to him in 1681; in 1682, he was named a commissioner. His will was dated 14 Mar 1687 and proved 9 Sep 1687.” 17




His will was actually proved 22 Sep 1687.


Janet (Havens) Siegfried‘s records contain this interesting note from Pamela Black‘s research: “He was back in Portsmouth RI in August 1686 for the marriage of his daughter, Jane.” The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island; Comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came  Before 1690, p. 93, tells us his daughter Jane married John Shreve, or Sheriff, of Portsmouth RI, in Aug 1686.

And finally, the Chamberlain Society Organization Genealogy Research says John “...was one of the first settlers of Piscataway, Woodbridge, and Shrewsbury, with 152 acres,18and on 25 Mar 1687, two patents of land were issued by the East Jersey Proprietors to John Havens and George Corlies in which mention is made that the said lands were bounded by the lands of Henry Chamberlain. His wife Anne was named in the will of her step-father Edmund Lafetra of Shrewsbury.” 

Here let me side track a bit and tell you how Henry C. Havens describes East Jersey at the time of John‘s arrival. It may help you better appreciate the difficulties our ancestors faced in early New Jersey. “East Jersey was set off into counties in 1683—Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth; boundaries were indistinct. Monmouth county was divided into three townships on 31 Oct 1693Middletown, Shrewsbury and Freehold. Shrewsbury included all Ocean County until 1749; then all south of Barnegat Inlet was set off and called Stafford.  The ancient charter, given by George II of England, was kept in the office of the county clerk of Ocean County until the early 1800s, but was then transferred to the New Jersey Historical Society at Trenton. In 1767, Dover was separated from Shrewsbury and included all territory above Stafford to the Monmouth County line. Howell township was set off from Shrewsbury in 1801 and bounded on the north by Shrewsbury, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by Dover, and on the west by Freehold.” (For those desiring still more information, I‘ve enclosed an excerpt from the book Manasquan NJ, by Trafford, Mack & Leslie in Appendix F and a copy of a letter from Gawen Laurie (East Jersey Governor 1683-1686) to a London friend in Appendix G.) 

Henry also provides us a summary of the properties John once owned: “(1) House and lot of twenty-four acres at Narawataconck (a branch of the Shrewsbury river); (2) 133 (120) acres on Ramson‘t neck, near lands of Edmond Laffetra and Judah Allen; (3) Four acres of meadow at Narawataconck bounded on the northwest by a branch of the Shrewsbury river; (4) Four acres of meadow on Racoone Island, bounded on the northwest by Edmond Laffetra, on the northwest by the Narawataconck river, on the north by Juda Allen and on the east by upland; (5) 100 acres of land on Passequanocqua creek (northern branch of the Manasquan river). In his will these are called lands at ‘sessotoneta‘ and ‘little silver‘; and all were granted by patent in 1688 to the widow of John Havens, in her husband‘s right, he having failed to secure the proper legal title to them in his lifetime. (NOTE: Two warrants for Survey of Lnads in Monmouth Co. to John Havens of Shrewsubury are recorded in stilwell‘s Miscellany: (1) 10 Jun 1675 (book 2,p. 4), 120 A. and meadows. (2) 4 Dec 1676 (book 2, p. 44), 240 A. and meadows.” (See New Jersey Archives, Series I, Vol. 32)




Olde New Jersey 1664-1714, A Period of 50 Years, by Orra Eugene Mannette, Leroy Carmen Press, 1930, p. 59.



Henry doesn‘t give the last name of John‘s first wife, but an internet researcher named Lois, in a 9 Jul 2000 reply to the subject “Surnames of Havens wives in RI and NJ”, by Mick Burdge, says it was Brown19 and they had 6 children (Johanna, Alice, William, Jane, Hannah and John). Henry, on the other hand, lists five by the first wife and two by the second. I quote “The seven children of John Havens, in probable order of age, were Jane, Alice, William, a daughter (Hannah?), wife of George Axtone (Aston, Ashton), John, Nicholas and Daniel. Although it is impossible to be sure, the first five were probably children of Ann...and Anna Stannard...was probably the mother of Nicholas and Daniel.” (Lois listed Johanna and Hanna, separately, but Henry considered them the same person.) Anyway, here is Henry‘s list, with whatever else I could discover about them in added tables.   

Children of Ann ___?____ (presumably Brown):  

Jane (301)—Henry says “Jane was probably the eldest child of John Havens (201), married John Shreve, or Sheriff, of Portsmouth, ‘the last of August,‘ as the record quaintly reads, in 1686. The date is also given as 8 Aug 1686. She alone of all her brothers and sisters is not mentioned or indirectly referred to in her father‘s will. (While Alice, wife of Thomas Wainwright, does not appear by name in the document, her husband is made one of the executors.) Her distant place of residence has quite cut her off from her people...John Shreve...was born 2 Sep 1649 and died 14 Oct 1739, in his 91st year, and his wife died the same year.”

Alice (302)—Henry says “Alice married Thomas Wainwright, one of the subscribers to the Oath of Allegiance of Feb-Mar 1667-1668, and became the progenitor of the family by that name long prominent in Monmouth Co. NJ” 20 Added data:


                  SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Gen Forum-Erin Ennis           Alice b. ca. 1666, Portsmouth RI (obviously wrong from marriage

                                                          date); m. ca. 1670-1675, Thomas Wainwright, son of Thomas

                                                          Wainwright. He was b. 15 Jan 1646/47 in Shrewsbury NJ & d. 5

                                                          Sep 1683, in Shrewsbury NJ.

          Ditto                                        Son Thomas b. Mar 1672/73; d. 1726 in NJ

          Ditto                                        Dau. Prudence b. ca. 1660, Monmouth Co. NJ; d. aft. 1716




Per Ancestry Family Tree, Ann Brown was 18 when she married John Havens, about 1651, in Rhode Island. 


Thomas Wainwright came from England and settled at Shrewsbury and took the Oath of Allegiance in 1688. He married Alice, daughter of John and Ann Havens. This marriage took place about 1670-1675. Their son Thomas married Patience Chambers, daughter of John Chambers and granddaughter of John Chambers, Sr., whose will was proved 27 Dec 1687. Joseph Wainwright, son of Thomas and Patience (Chambers) Wainwright, was born in 1695 and died in 1777. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in 1714 and died in 1785. Their son, Thomas, born in 1737, married on 26 Jan 1762, Rebecca Halsted, who was born in 1742 and died in the year of the Declaration of Independence. Their son, Halsted, born in 1771, was succeeded by three generations of the same name, the last of whom, Hon. Halsted Wainwright, of Manasquan, New Jersey, has supplied the data here recorded.” (Henry C. Havens‘ book, The Havens Family in New Jersey, Appendix Note 2.)


William (303)—Henry reports “...because of the lack of records covering the fourth, fifth and much of the sixth generations, recourse (by him) for Havens material was to ‗Friends‘ records and local sources of information, and conclusions as to lines of descent must be tentative in many instances...William sympathised with those who called themselves ‘Friends.‘ He may have had membership among them, but no record appears of his actual participation in any branch or meeting of Quakers with the exception of a wedding. His grandfather, William, settled in Rhode Island, probably to secure relief from religious strictness and intolerance elsewhere. The settlement in Rhode Island itself became intolerant when Quakers increased in numbers in that community. Shelter Island and the unoccupied lands of New Jersey gave refuge to many who found no welcome in New England. Scanty items in records show that William Havens was present and signed his name as a witness at a marriage among Quakers at the house of John Clayton in Shrewsbury on the 29th of the 7th month (Sep), 1692. On 11 Feb 1695-96 he sold to Caleb Shreve 3½ acres of meadow on Passequanocqua brook. He was witness in a deed of sale by Richard Stout of lands at Shark River and on the beach at ‗Barnegate,‘ on 11 Oct 1718. On 7 Jun 1725, he deeded to John Jobes, Jr. all his right and title to 96½ acres on Passequanocqua brook. “Between 1715 and 1750 there were various emigrations to Egg Harbor, among whom were...William Havens.‘21 His removal to this new settlement22 occurred before 1730 and perhaps before 1725. He was born probably between 1660 and 1670 and died later, possibly, than 1730. Although he left no will, the will of Joseph Havens (409) can hardly be other than a record of all or most of the children of William Havens.” (See Appendix H for Joseph‘s will) 

Hannah (304)—Henry says “Hannah married George Axtone and had a son John.” This is all the information I could find on Hannah.

John (305)—Henry says “John Havens of the third generation died intestate in 1740.  Mention is made of his wife, Elizabeth23, but no child is referred to.  It is probable, however, that he had one or more children...He owned land on both sides of the Manasquan river, having exchanged therefore properties inherited from his father.24  That John Havens may have been a member of the Society of Friends, or at least a sympathizer in its beliefs is indicated by the fact that he was present on the 4th of the 3 mo,‘ 1730, at the house of Nathaniel Burchoin, a Quaker of Shrewsbury, on the occasion of the marriage of James Grones and Martha Burchoin, and signed his name as a witness.”





History of Little Egg Harbor Township—Blackman. 


“Little Egg Harbor was settled in 1699 and the years immediately following, chiefly by families from upper

Burlington county.” (Henry C. Havens)


“Elizabeth, declined administration of his estate and recommended Pontius Stelle, Esq.”—Henry C. Havens


“At a general Assembly held at Perth Amboy from 12 Oct to 3 Nov 1693, commissioners of highways were

appointed for Monmouth county and were the Governor, the Surveyor General, Lewis Morris of Tinton (Tintern), Lewis Morris of Passage Point, John Hance, John Stout, Nicholas Brown, William Lawrence, Jr., Benjamin Burden, John Havens, Richard Hartshorne, Thomas Boll. (Old Times in Old Monmouth—Edwin Salter)


Children of John‘s second marriage (to Anna Stannard): 

Nicholas (306)—Henry says “Nicholas Havens, soldier in his Majesties‘ Fort of New York, was born in 1676, or thereabouts. No reference anywhere appears to dependents. His death took place in 1723the first, apparently, of the children of his father, of whom the eldest, Jane, died not until 1739, after 53 years of married life. The inventory of the personal estate of Nicholas Havens, valued at £34.10s.2d, was made by William Brinley, and the purchasers of these goods at the sale on 5 Jan 1723-24, included among others, Daniel Havens (307), brother of Nicholas, and Stephen Fleming, father-in-law of Daniel Havens (403), son of Daniel (307).”  (The Barrington S. Havens Papers said he was sometimes called “Nicholas of Shark River” and that Wm. Brinley and Jonathan Allen, of Shrewsbury, were his bondsmen.) 

Daniel (307)—Our Havens line apparently descends directly through this man, so I will defer my coverage of him until later.


I ran across John Havens‘ will in many places, but Henry Havens quotes it, on page 13, thusly:

“IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. I, John Havens in the county of Monmouth in Shrewsbury doe revock all              will formerly made by me & doe ordaine & appoint this to be my last will and Testament first I give and bequeath my soule to God who gave it & my body to the earth from whence it was taken, and as touching such worldly goods as God hath indued me withal I shall dispose of them as is hereafter named. Imprimis, I give & bequeath unto my eldest son William Havens fifty acres of land lying & being at the place commonly known and called by the Indian name sessotoneta to him and his heirs forever. And also one orchyeard lying at the place called little silver with all priviledges thereunto belonging and also one plough & one ads. Secondly I give to my sone John Havens one quarter part of my upland and meadow, now this quarter part of land to be taken from the east side of my land; to him the sd. John Havens & his heires for ever he is to enjoy the land when he comes to age. Thirdly I give my son Nicholas Havens one quarter part of land & meadow, to him & his heires forever & and he is to enjoy the land when he comes to age. fourthly I give to my son in law George Axtone one piece of land beginning at a corner stake betwixt me & Edmund Laffetra & so following the line to a swamp called the round swamp with a quarter part of fresh meadow within the line, to him and his maill heires of the Havens & there to remaine.  Fifthly, I give to my wife Ann Havens one quarter part of upland and a quarter part of meadow, the sd land adjoining to the heires & with the house and all household goods therein, with all my stock, cattell & horses, the sd house & land I give to my wife during her life, and at her death to return unto my sone Daniell Havens to him and his heires for ever.  Sixthly if any of these my sons above named should dye befor they come to age or should dye without heires, That the sd land of the dead to go equally divided amongst the living.  Seventhly, I give to my sones John Havens & Nicholas Havens & Daniel Havens either of them & each of them a gunn. Eightly, the land above named that I give to my son in law George Axtone, I give it to the longest liver, him or his wife, and at their death to return to the eldest sone John Axtone; and if he dyes without heires, then to return to the next heires of the Havens & so to remaine to that name. Nynthly, I give unto my sones in general one grinstone for their use but the sd grindstone not to be removed from sd house where it now standeth but there to remaine for their use in general. Tenthly, I give unto my sones John Havens, Nicholas Havens & Daniell Havens all my edge towels to be divided amongst these three my sones above named. Ealeaventhly, I doe appoint & ordaine my son William Havens and my son in law Thomas Wainwright to be my executors after my decease & to be a guide to their younger brethren. This is signed with my hand & sealed with my seal & dated this fourteenth day of March in the year of God one thowsand six hundred eighty-six or seven.”

Signed & Sealed in the presence of us                                       The mark of John Havens

Nicholas Brown, his mark 

N Edmond Laffetra, his mark 

Province of East new Jersey, this 22nd the nynth month 1687. This day appeared Nicholas Brown befor us and did declare that he did see the above named John Havens signe, seale & deliver the within & above written Instrument and that it is sd John Havens will.


After Henry provides us a copy of that will, he explains what happened to the property of John Havens (201):

“The lands of John Havens were handled in part as follows: On 18 Sep 1693, John Havens (305) exchanged with George Allen, weaver, one-quarter part of his father‘s land, received by will, for 30 acres on the southwest side and 20 acres on the north side of the Manasquan river (Monmouth Co. Freehold Deeds Book C, p. 57). Nicholas Havens, a soldier in his Majestie‘s Fort of New York, sold, 8 Feb 1695, his quarter share of his deceased father‘s land, to Caleb Allen, blacksmith; but since the same tract is deeded to him by Anna Havens, widow of John Havens, his father, on 26 Nov 1697, in language practically identical with that in the former above-mentioned transfer, and is at once redeeded to Caleb Allen, it is probable that the grantor had not become of age until the second date given, and that the earlier sale had not been legal. In 1712, John, Nicholas and Daniel Havens sell to John Jobes their holdings (100 acres) on Passequanocqua Brook (Deed Book E, p. 121). On 7 Jun 1725, William Havens sells to John Jobes 96 ½ acres on Passequanocqua Brook (Deed Book G, p. 146). But, since his father, John Havens, had owned only one hundred acres in all on this brook, it would seem that when John, Nicholas and Daniel negotiated, in 1712, the sale of this tract to John Jobes, Jr., William had not joined in the transaction, and that the deed of 1725 was necessary to establish the title. It is possible that William Havens had removed to Little Egg Harbor prior to 1712 and perhaps had disposed of his holding to his three brothers without the formality of a legal transfer, later made by him to the purchaser, John Jobes. On 2 Apr 1726, John Havens sold for £200 his two tracts of land bordering on the Manasquan river to James Hutchins. The witnesses to this sale were Samuel Pintard and Pintard William Havens. No further mention of the latter has been discovered in any record.”


There is not a lot written about John‘s youngest son Daniel. Henry says, “Daniel married Jane, daughter of Stephen Fleming of Manasquan, and at the time of the writing of the will of the latter, 8 Jan 1755, and by its terms, Jane was to live in the homestead property of her father until her death; and to Jane, wife of Daniel Havens‘ were left other bequests. Thus the place of residence of Daniel Havens (403) is probably determined. The name of Daniel Havens is written in his will as ‘Havince.‘ His one-quarter share of his father‘s real estate is bequeathed to him as the survivor of Anna, wife of John Havens (201). William (303), eldest son of John (201), and Thomas Wainwright, husband of William‘s sister Alice (302), are in the father‘s will requested to ‘be a guide to their younger brethren.‘ Of these three, John (304), Nicholas (306) and Daniel (307), John (304) alone refers to Anna (Stannard) Havens as my mother-in-law‘ (i.e., step-mother). These facts, with the manner of handling of the sale to Caleb Allen by Nicholas Havens (306) of his share of his father‘s estate, indicate that Nicholas (306) and Daniel (307) were the sons of Anna Stannard. Unlike his father and his grandfather, Daniel Havens (307) observed in his will the ancient custom of primogeniture, bequeathing all his lands and Tenements; to his wife Christian during her lifetime, then to his eldest son George. His will, made 21 Jan 1739, was not proved until over a year later, 26 Mar 1740.” 

The Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer Co. NJ has this information: “Daniel, son of John and Anna (Stannard) Havens, was born in Middletown, Monmouth Co., and married __?__ Christian, who bore him eight children: George, Anna, Daniel, John, Mary, Margaret, Christian, and Ann. Little is known of Daniel, the father, beyond the supposed fact that he lived the quiet life of a fairly prosperous Monmouth Co. farm owner.”

Erin Ennis had this additional information: Daniel was born 1670-1677, Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ; d. 25 Mar 1740, Shrewsbury; m. (1) Christian Fleming ca. 1700-1704, in Shrewsbury; she was b. 1680-1684, Shrewsbury NJ, and d. aft 1740. (See NJ Wills, vol. 2, p. 326) 

And, Janet (Havens) Siegfried confirmed the above information and offered this additional data about his wife Christian: “She was the daughter of George Fleming and an unknown wife. Her father, George Fleming, was born in 1645, in Monmouth Co. NJ.”


Henry says very little is recorded about Daniel‘s children. “Neither George (401) nor Daniel (403) left a will. Hannah, wife of George, refused the task of administration, and no descendants are named in the scanty record of the settlement of his estate at his death in 1765.”  However, the children are listed as follows:

George (401)—Henry says “George married Hannah__?__ and died in 1765.”  Erin Ennis adds ―He was born in 1706, in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co. NJ  and died 7 Feb 1765, in Monmouth.

Anna (402)—Henry says nothing about her, but Erin Ennis says She was born in 1708, in Shrewsbury NJ.”


Daniel (403)—Henry says “He married Jane Fleming, daughter of Stephen Fleming of Manasquan.”  Erin adds ...she was born ca. 1710, in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co. NJ; and died in Monmouth Co. NJ.”

John (404)—Our Havens line apparently descends through this man, so I‘ll defer my comments on him until later.

Mary (405)—Henry says nothing about her, but Erin says “Her name was Mary Anne and she was born in 1730, in Shrewsbury NJ. She probably died in Sterling Twp. Brown City, Ohio.”

Margaret (406)—Henry says nothing about her, but Erin says “She was born ca. 1724, in Shrewsbury NJ.

Christian (407)—Henry says ―She was married 15 Mar 1756 to Jacob Shibely. And, Erin adds ―Her name was sometimes written Christina and she was born 17311735 in Monmouth Co. NJ; she died in Monmouth Co.; m. 15 Mar 1756, Jacob Shibla or Shibely, in Monmouth Co. NJ; Jacob was born ca. 1731 in Holland and died  aft. 1761, in Monmouth Co. 

Ann (408)—Henry says “Anne Havens married William Newberry 25 Apr 1748; possibly Ann or her sister Anna (402). Ann (408) was a minor in 1739. Erin says She was born ca. 1732, in Monmouth Co.Then, she makes the same note about her sister that Henry makes.  


Daniel‘s will appears in NJ Wills, Book 2, p. 326 and was proved 25 Mar 1740:

In the Name of God, Amen, the qually h (twenty) first day of January, One thousand seven hundred and thirty nine I Daniel Havince of Shrewsbury in the County of Monmouth and Province of New Jersey Yeoman being sick and week of Body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God thereforecalling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die Do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I Give and Recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing Douting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such Earthly Estate whearewith it has plesed God to bless me with in this life I Give Devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form Imprimis I give and bequeath to Christian my dearly beloved Wife all my moveable Estate after my lafull Depts and equeat charges are paid and also all my Lands and Tenements so long as she lives my Widow but if she ceseth to live my Widow either by Marage or Death then I give and Bequeth all my Lands and Tennements to my son George to him his Heirs or assigns for ever but if it shall plese God that my Son George dye before he poseseth my Lands and Tennements or not having lawfull Issue then my will and intent is that my Lands and Tennements Shall be Sold and the money to be equally Divided amongst all the rest of my Children eaquelly alike Item I give to my Daughter Anna five Shillings Item I give to my Son Daniel five shillings Item I give to my son John five shillings Item I give to my Daughter Mary five shillings Item I give to my Daughter Margrett five shillings Item I give to my Daughter Christian five shillings Item I give to my Daughter Ann five shillings all which Legecies so bequeathed to be made out of my moveable Estate. My Desire is that my Daughter Ann may live with her mother or Brother George tell She is of Age I likewise Constitute make and Ordain my only and sole Executors of this my last Will and Testement and singular my Lands Measuages and Tennements my well beloved Wife and my Dutiful Son George retifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testement in Witness Whereof I have hearunto Set my Hand and Seal the day and year above written.”

Witnesses:                                                                  His

William Matters                                              Daniel D. Havince

Wm. Cosgrave                                                          Mark



Henry Havens reports John was born in 1720, in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co. NJ; married 21 Jan 1745, to Anna Davis; died 30 Oct 1788, at his home in Kettle Creek, Monmouth Co, at age 68.  This is confirmed by New Jersey Marriage Records 1665-1800, Vol. XXII, p. 176, which state “a marriage license was issued to John Havens, a weaver, to marry Anna Davis, for 500 pounds and the marriage took place on 21 Jan 1745, in Shrewsbury. Witnesses were John Forman and Robert Savage.”  

Janet (Havens) Siegfried gave me this information about Anna‘s ancestors. “Her father was Rev. John Davis, son of William Davis and Elizabeth Brisley. John Davis was born 5 May 1692, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA and died 14 Aug 1750 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ, at age 58. John‘s wife was Elisabeth Maxson, married 25 Aug 1715, Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island. Elisabeth was born 7 Nov 1695, in Westerly RI and died 18 Apr 1751 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co. NJ, at age 45. She was the daughter of Rev. John Maxson and Judith Clark.”

A History of the Seventh Day Baptists in West Virginia, Including the Woodbridgetown and Salemville Churches in Pennsylvania and the Shrewsbury Church in New Jersey, pp. 22, 32-33, and 37, show that Anna Havens was baptized along with Experience Davis on 13 Jul 1754, at Squan NJ. Also, in 1774, she reportedly signed the ―Church Covenant.‖ And, finally there is this entry about her death, “Anna Havens, the wife of John Havens, departed this life 10 May 1786.”  

The Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer Co. NJ, Volume 1, gives us a little bit more information about John and Anna: “John Havens, son of Daniel and Christian Havens, about 1787, settled with his family on Kettle creek, in what is now Brick township, Ocean Co. NJ. They made their home on Metedeconk Neck, a large strip of land lying between the Metedeconk river and Kettle creek and bordering on Upper Barnegat bay. He and his son John purchased six hundred acres of land in this vicinity, a large part of it being still owned by the Havens family. He married, in Middletown, Anna Davis, who was the mother of his seven children. John Havens died at his home in Ocean Co. in 1788.” 

Salter‘s History of Monmouth & Ocean Counties (1890), p. XXXIV, says “About the latter part of last century, John Havens, Senior, bought dwellinghouse and land of John Allen and John Havens, Jr. bought dwelling and land of James Allen in 1800 took up a tract from proprietor between Kettle Creek and Reedy Creek near head of latter.”


Henry Havens cites two occasions when newspaper articles were written containing references to John and some boats he owned. I quote from his book the following:

“The first was found in The New York Gazette or Weekly Post Boy, dated 14 May 1753, eight years after his marriage, and reads as follows: ‘Run away a few days ago, in a small sloop of about six Cord, or drove out to Sea, the two following Persons, viz., One named Thomas Weebley, about 5 feet and a Half High, well-set, freckled and Pock-fretten, with light colour‘d Hair: They have a Parcel of Goods to the Value of about One Hundred Pounds, put aboard in New York, by Catherine Griffith, wife of Samuel Griffith, of Manasquan; to which place she was bound: The Vessel is called the Charity, John Havens, owner, of Manasquan. Whoever takes up the said Men, or secures the Sloop in any Harbour, so that the Goods may be had again, shall have ten pounds reward, and all reasonable Charges paid, by Samuel Griffith.‘“


“The second notice occurred as an advertisement in the Pennsylvania Packet, issued 21 Sep 1779, nine years before his death: To be sold 27 Sep 1779, by Public Venue The Hull of a fine new Brigatine and the hull of a Schooner which was drove ashore near Squan river in the Township of Shrewsbury in Monmouth Co., together with etc., etc. Apply to Richard Whelden and Nicoll Fosdick, residing at Mr. Havens, near the premises.”  Further description of the vessels and contents offered for sale reads: “...together with their spars, sails and rigging, being all new, 4 cables, 4 anchors, 22 pieces of cannon with their carriages, 10 swivels, a quantity of gunpowder, a quantity of round shot, double-head ditto and langridge, rammers, ladles, sponges, crows and hand spikes, 2 boats and oars, a number of small irons and cutlasses, crane and waist irons, a quantity of good duck, &c., &c.” In another place he states: Nicoll Fisdick was renowned as a brave and skillful privateer, therefore it appears that John Havens‘ ships were privateers for the American colonies.”

One final observation by Henry about John and Anna was their close relationship with some of the other Havens families: “An indication of the connection and interrelation of Joseph Havens (409), with the John and Anna Havens family of Manasquan appears in the sale, three and a half years after the death of Joseph Havens (409), on 18 Jan 1758, by John  and Anna, of two tracts of land on Metedeconk River and Cedar Creek in Monmouth (now Ocean) county, which land had formerly belonged to Joseph Havens (409) and which had been seized for debt by the Sheriff of the County of Monmouth and sold ‗according to the act made and provided by deed bearing equal date with these presents,‘ the consideration being 78 pounds.” (Freehold Deeds, Book I, p. 188),  


According to Henry, John and Anna had seven children. Here is his listing:

John (501)—Henry says John was born in Kettle Creek, Monmouth NJ, on 14 Feb 174725; married (1) Rebecca Jeffrey, who was born 26 Nov 1752 and died 30 May 1790; married (2) Elisabeth Hill of Hopewell NJ, and he died 13 Oct 1815.” Genealogical and Person Memorial of Mercer Co. NJ, Vol. 1, says John “lived on the property which he had purchased with his father, making his home in the old homestead house until his death. He was buried in that portion of the farm set apart by his father for a burial ground.The Havens Family in America, (ca. 1638) says “Rebekah Jeffrey was a descendant of Francis Jeffreyone of the earliest settlers of Monmouth County. She was born 26 Nov 1752 and they were married 31 Jan 1770. In 1796, John Havens, then called “senior,” purchased from James Allen for £1,500, a tract of two hundred and forty acres of farmland, woodland and meadow lying between Metedeconk River and Kettle Creek and bordering on Barnegant Bay. This property remained in possession of the family for over a century. In the deed of purchase a plot of one-half an acre “in the northwest corner of the orchard‖ was excepted for use as a burying ground. This entire tract of land had formerly belonged to John Allen, father of James Allen, and had been purchased by him from William Bills. At the time of this purchase by John Havens, the latter was about fifty years of age. His wife, Rebecca Jeffrey, had died six years before, leaving a family of four sons and one daughter, the eldest, Samuel, nineteen years of age and the youngest, Abraham, a child of three. Mercy, the daughter was about twelve years old when her mother died. John Havens married again in 1792. His second wife was Elizabeth Hill, who before her marriage had lived in Hopewell, New Jersey and had been a loyal member of the Baptist Church in that community. Through the instrumentality of this lady, the first Baptist Church in [that] section of the state was established in 1804. (See Appendix I for an account of that event.) Here is Henry‘s list of John and Rebecca‘s children.

          Samuel (601)—Henry provides this data: b. 17 Nov 1771; d. 22 Sep 1841; m. Sarah Schenck, b.

          1 Aug 1776; d. 30 Jul 1845; Havens Family in America, (ca. 1638) says: Their children began to

          be born in 1794, so they would likely have been married about 1792.”

          John (602)—Henry provides this data: b. 15 Feb 1775; d. 5 Jun 1839; m. 30 May 1798, Anner Osborn, b.

          3 Nov 1781, d. 15 Dec 1871; Genealogical and Person Memorial Of Mercer Co. NJ says: “He was born

          on the homestead at Kettle creek, and married Anna, daughter of Abraham Osborn, an officer in the army

          of the Revolution; their children were: Abraham Osborn Strickland, of whom later, Eliza, Catharine,

          Jane, and Ellenor M.  John Havens died in 1839, and was buried at Kettle creek, his widow surviving

          him until 1871 or 1872.




This date appears to be incorrect. According to his burial record and Janet (Havens) Siegfried‘s research, he was born 13 Feb 1748.


          Thomas (603)—Henry provides this data: b. 18 Feb 1782; d. 29 Aug 1833, at Birdsall, Allegheny,

          NY; m. 17 Jun 1800, Jane Osborn, b. 12 Mar 1787; d. 20 Feb 1874 at Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan.

          The couple had six children: Abraham, Rebecca, Eliza, Jesse, Mercy, George Washington.

          Mercy (604)—Henry provides this data: b. 24 Nov 1776; m. Samuel Osborn

          Abraham (605)—Henry provides this data: b. 30 Oct 1787; d. 1865; m. Mary Johnson

Elisabeth Anna (502)—Henry says only that she married William Davis, but Janet (Havens) Siegfried adds that she “...was born in 1754 in Kettle Creek, Monmouth Co. NJ; died in 1834 in Clark Co. Ohio, at age 80, and was buried in Asbury Cemetery Ohio. “

Jacob (503)—Our Havens line apparently descends through this man, so I will defer covering him until later. 

Moses (504)—Henry says “The three references in records to Moses are (1) a statement of his presence at a wedding as a witness shortly before the Revolutionary War; (2) the mention made of him in the will of his father, John Havens; (3) the statement in official records that he served as a private in the Revolutionary War.”  Henry then adds: He was born in 1753 in Kettle Creek, Monmouth, NJ and died while fighting in NJ during the Revolutionary War in 1776.”

Daniel (505)—Henry says “Daniel is named in the will of his father next after Moses, who was born in 1753 (in Kettle Creek, Monmouth NJ). He would have been born therefore about 1755-1756, since Eavis, a sister may have been older than he. On 10 Mar 1807, Daniel sells 1/3 of a tract of land situated on a branch of Wreck pond, purchased in 1806 by him and a John Havens. No wife joins in this sale. Other sales of land in this vicinity and dates of marriage indicate that possibly the John Havens concerned is number 640 on Table I of my pedigree chart and that he was a son of Daniel 505 and brother of Daniel 639.” Janet (Havens) Siegfried adds “Daniel died on 10 Mar 1807, at age 51.

Jesse (506)—Henry says “Jesse Havens, son of John (404) apparently did not return to his birthplace to reside after the close of the Revolutionary War, in which he served as a private soldier. His children Jesse, Jr., born 23 Jun 1781, and Anna, born 4 Apr 1783, were left in care of their grandfather and received bequests in his will. The son, Jesse, Jr., whose mother was Content, as reported by descendants in the West, married 19 Sep 1805, at Newark Ohio, Rebecca Hinthorn (or Henthorn), and their children were Elizabeth, Anna, Dorcas, Margaret, John, Hiram, Enoch Stephen, Jesse D., James (born 1 Mar 1821), at Licking Ohio, Irad M., and William W. The father, Jesse 623, died 2 Dec 1862, at Delhi Iowa. James, a Methodist minister, married 31 Mar 1842, Emily Hobson, and their children were Joshua Kennison, Matilda Y., Ella H. and Jessie L.” Janet (Havens) Siegfried says “Jesse was born in 1757, in Kettle Creek, Monmouth Co. NJ and died 28 Mar 1814, in Valparaiso Chile, at age 57. He married Content __?__. He too was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.”

Eavis (507)—Henry doesn‘t say anything about this daughter and I couldn‘t find anything either. 



The will of John (404), as quoted in The Havens Family in America (ca. 1638) and found in NJ Wills, Book 30, p. 98, reads:

“In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Heavens of Shrewsbury in the County of Munmuth and State of New Jersey, being Week in Body but of sound memory, do this twentit fist daay of July in the Year of our Lord 1788 make this and publish this my last will and Testament in manner following that is to say, Furst of all I recommend my soul into the hand of God that Gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a deasont manor. I also will and bequeath all my Lands and Intrust in Lands to my sons John Heavens and Jacob Heavens to beneen equilly divided between them. I alsow Give my son Danniel Ten pound, and to my sone Moses Heavens I give Twenty pound if he comes after it in ten year, if not to be Eaquilly devided Amongst the Living. And I Give to my sone Jesse Heavens Five pounds if he Comes home in fore Year, if not to be put to use till his daftor Anna comes of Age then to be given hur. I give to my daftor Eavis Ten pounds, I give to daftor Elizabeth Ten pounds. I Give to my Grand son Jesse Heavens Fifty pounds when he comes of Age And to be put to Intrust till he comes of age. I Give to my grandsons John Davis and Jesse Heavens one Bed and Bedding to bee Cept in hands of my sone John Heavens, hoom I appoint his Gardeen. I alsow ordain my sone Daniel eight pound out of the Remaindors of my Estate the rest to be davoided Acording to Law Between Moses, Eavis, John & Jacob Heavens and Elizabeth Davis. N.B. John is to have the priveleg of the Gras this Year. I likewise Constitute and ordain to my sole Executors, that is to say my sone John Heavens and my sone in law William Davis, of this my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and date above ritten.

       Witness present Jonathan Curtis                                                  John Heavens His X mark

       Walter Curtis  Margaret Price

Affirmed Monmouth 30th day of October, 1778.

Walter Curtis and Margaret Price two of the witnesses to the within will being duly affirmed did declare that they saw John Havans the Testator therein named Sign and Seal the same And heard him publish pronounce and declare the within writing to be his last will and Testament and that at the doing thereof the said Testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory as far as these affirmants know and as they verily believe that Johnathan Curtis the other subscribing evidence was present at the same and signed his name as a Witness to the said will in the presence of the said Testator. Affirmed at Monmouth the 30th day of October, 1788, before me,

          Thomas Henderson



Henry reports only that “Jacob was born in 1750, died in 1827, and married Lydia __?__...No discovered record absolutely proves the identity of his children, but geographical and traditional evidence exists which practically proves two of them were John and Aaron. Less certain data indicate a third was Jacob and a fourth Ezra.” Janet (Havens) Siegfried adds that their marriage date was 1769, her last name was Newman, and she was born ca. 1752. She says their marriage record should exist in Monmouth Co. archives, but can‘t be found. Jacob was known as “Jacob of Herbertsville” and was listed as a householder, with two horses, three cows, and one pig in 1780, in Shrewsbury.

Robert L. Newman posted this notice about Jacob‘s wife on, on 19 Feb 2002, number 955 of 1521—in reply to a request for information on the Surnames of Havens wives in Rhode Island and New Jersey, by Nancy Fleming: Lydia, who married Jacob Havens, b. 1750 d 1827, was Lydia Newman. She was the daughter of John Newman b.1725-30, and Elce (Alice) Goodbody, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., N.J. Her siblings were John Newman, Jr., Daniel Goodbody Newman, Joseph Newman b.11 Jan 1762 & d.22 Jan 1834, and Elce Newman, who married Samuel Foster.

In A History of the Seventh Day Baptists in West Virginia, Including the Woodbridgetown and Salemville Churches in Pennsylvania and the Shrewsbury Church in New Jersey, p. 33, we find these words: “About 15 Jul 1773, the following were baptized and received into the church by Rev. Jonathan Jarman: James Davis, eldest, James Davis, his son, Joseph Auger, Margaret Miller, Elisabether Auger (wife of William Auger), Lydia Havens (wife of Jacob Havens), and Martha Davis.” 



Here‘s Henry C. Haven‘s list of Jacob and Lydia‘s children:

John (614)—Our Havens line apparently descends through this man, so I will defer providing

any information about him until later. 

Aaron (615)—Henry says “He owned and farmed land, purchased at about the same time and located near that of John Havens...He married 26 Jun 1800, Jemima Newbury, and his will was proved in 1826...she died after 1847.”  Janet (Havens) Siegfried adds: “Aaron was born in 1772 in Monmouth Co. NJ, and died in 1826 in Monmouth Co., at age 54. “  Henry lists these children for Aaron and Jemima and provides a few details:

     Mary  (7051) m. Stephen Frazee, son of Hartson

     Lydia  (7052) m. Joseph Johnson

     Jesse  (7053) b. 29 Sep 1807; d. 12 Jan 1878; m. 8 Jun 1845, Catherine (Hurley) Parker; b. 21 Mar 1821;

                d. 1906-1907

     Zebulon  (7054) b. 28 Dec 1811; d. 8 Mar 1872; m. 1836, Martha A. Wardell, dau. of Isaac & Ruth Wardell

     Aaron  (7055) To Pennsylvania

     Benjamin (7056) To Illinois abt 1850

     Jane  (7057) m. William Burdge, son Charles

     Charlotte (7058) Unmarried

     Newbury  (7059) b. 1826; d. 1899; m. (1) Caroline Mount, b. 2 Aug 1828, 4th child of

    Zacharias Mount of Manasquan and Ann Curtis, dau. of Asher Curtis; m. (2) Jane Adams abt 1860 

Jacob (616)—Henry provides us this information: “Jacob married Ann Chamberlain in the early years of the nineteenth century, and lived at or near Point Pleasant (now West Point Pleasant).” Janet (Havens) Siegfried adds “...he was born in 1774, in Monmouth Co. NJ”. Henry provides these facts about Jacob and Ann‘s children:

     Richard (7152) called Derrick and Dicky; d. 2 Jul 1883; m. Catherine Ann, d. 17 Aug 1878

     Ann Eliza  (7031) m. James Loveland

     Katherine  (7164) m. Peter Sutphin

     Polly  (7165) m. __?___ Sherman

     Sarah (7166) m. John Johnson

     Jane  (7167) m. Ebenezer Falkenburgh

    Jesse Arden  (7168) m. 29 Mar 1832, Mary Ann Morris

     James  (7060) b. 16 Jul 1813; d. 2 Apr 1887; m. 1 Mar 1835, Hannah Johnson, 6th child of Hugh Johnson,

     b. 2 Jun 1783 and Mary (Cooper) Johnson b. 16 Mar 1784; Hannah was born 28 Mar 1816; d. 20 Jun 1893. 

Ezra (611)—Henry says Ezra married about 1800-1805 Mahala Longstreet, daughter of Aaron and Debra Longstreet and died before 1820.” He then gives a list of the children of Ezra and Mahala and provides these relevant facts:

     Ann (7024) m. aft. 1824 (1) __?__, son John L.; (2) bef. 1838, Milton VanKirk

     Longstreet (7025)

     Nicholas (7026)

     Aaron (7027) 

     William (7028) 

     Ezra (7029) b. bef. 1820


Henry Havens states “Although no positive evidence has come to the knowledge of the writer to prove it, undoubtedly John Havens of Howell (614) was a son of Jacob (503). His wife, Amy, was half-sister of Elisha Johnson of Point Pleasant. John Havens resided on a farm situated on the southern side of the Manasquan river. His descendants are to be found in Herbertsville, Point Pleasant, Farmingdale, and at many points in New Jersey and in more distant states. The families descended from Josiah Curtis Havens26 center mainly in Herbertsville. Ezra, called by ‘Ray,‘ and Margaret (Havens) Ketcham, the only daughter, lived near Blue Ball (Adephia).

David owned a farm a short distance out of Herbertsville, and some of his descendants may now




Caution: The correct name of this son was merely Curtis and not Josiah Curtis. I‘ll cover this more fully later on.


be found in Lakewood and Asbury Park and adjacent towns. Jacob lived in Herbertsville village

and representatives of his branch reside in Manasquan, Herbertsville and Point Pleasant.

Descendants of William and Samuel live in Orange, Asbury Park and points in northern New

Jersey...John (614) was born in 1770 and called John of Howell, and also Brushy Neck John, to

distinguish him from others of the same name...he bought, about the year 1800, extensive tracts

of farm land along or near the Manasquan river and reared a large family. He was also called

Butter John and died in 1841.” 

Janet (Havens) Siegfried, adds: “Amy (Johnson) was born in 1785, in Point Pleasant, Monmouth

Co. NJ and died after the 1850 census, in Howell, Monmouth Co. I last find her in the 27 Aug

1850 Howell, Monmouth, NJ census, living with her daughter Margaret, age 45, and son-in-law,

William Ketchum, age 49, a farmer. Amy is 65 then and a widow. I have no parents names for



Henry Havens provides the following list of John and Amy‘s children and, in narrative format or tables, I‘ve added some additional information I‘ve found.   

Josiah Curtis (7042)—Caution: I‘ve written this name as shown in Henry‘s book; however, it is incorrect. Janet (Havens) Siegfried has convinced me it really should be merely Curtis. She reports that “Elmer & May Havens, who donated the Havens Homestead to the Brick Historical Society, kept family records (besides those of my own) and his name was just plain Curtis Havens. His gravestone & death certificate say Curtis Havens. Census records say Curtis Havens and his son was Curtis Havens, Jr. His tavern license at the Homestead says Curtis Havens. His obituary says Curtis Havens. My Dad was named Curtis Havens after him and his son, Daddy's grandfather. Now, my Dad is Curtis William Havens - using the middle name that was our original ancestor. No middle names were given for Curtis Sr. or Curtis Jr. in any documents or family records.”  On another occasion, she wrote, “His gravestone reads ‘Curtis Havens,‘ but Raymond Martin added Josiah to the cemetery records because of Henry Havens' book. The cemetery is 2 minutes from me & I have viewed the gravestone frequently.  You can be safe in using Curtis as his Christian name.  Also, when he deeded his farm to his son, the deed read Curtis Havens to Joseph Havens‘“. Here is some other information I have on this child.

                SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Henry C. Havens                Josiah Curtis Havens b. 17 Mar 1802; m. (1) Elizabeth Tilton and (2) on

                                                      9 Sep 1844, Hannah (Mathews) Sherman. Hannah was born 17 Jan 1814.  

          Janet (Havens) Siegfried     Curtis Havens b. 17 Nov 1802, in Howell Township, Monmouth NJ;

                                                      d. 17 Apr 1881 (age 78), at Herbertsville, Brick Township, Ocean Co. NJ;

                                                      bur. In Methodist Protestant Cemetery East, Point Pleasant, Ocean Co. NJ

Henry‘s list of children from Curtis‘ first marriage—to Elizabeth Tilton:

          Joseph (8087) d. in infancy

          Thomas (8088) m. Margaret Hankins

Henry‘s list of children of Curtis‘ second marriage—to Hannah (Mathews) Sherman:

          Charlotte A. (8089) b. 7 Apr 1845; d. 25 Dec 1858

          Amy (8090) b. 29 Jan 1847; d. 25 Dec 1858

          Joseph (8091) b. 16 Mar 1849; m. (1) Elizabeth Newman; (2) Caroline (Everingham)


          Curtis (8092) b. 11 Mar 1851; m. (1) Rolinda (Hurley) Irons; (2) aft. 13 Feb 1897, Mary E.

          Pettet Havens

          Charles C. (8093) b. 16 Sep 1852; m. (1) Mary J. Mount; (2) __?__; (3) __?__ Grant.

          Elwood (8094) b. 17 Mar 1854; d. 13 Feb 1897; m. Mary Eleanor Pettet, b. 4 Aug 1855

Margaret (7043)—Henry and Janet provide the following details about Margaret:

                SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Henry C. Havens                Margaret b. 2 Mar 1805; d. 12 Oct 1888; m. 30 Dec 1830 to

                                                     William Ketcham, b. 24 May 1802, d. 21 Aug 1850

          Janet (Havens) Siegfried    Margaret b. 2 Mar 1805 in Monmouth Co. NJ; d. 12 Oct 1888

                                                      in Monmouth Co., bur. in Evergreen Cemetery, Farmingdale,

                                                      Monmouth Co.; m. 30 Dec 1830, William Ketcham, b. 24 May

                                                      1802, in New Jersey; d. 21 Aug 1850.

Henry‘s list of children for Margaret and William:

          Alfred b. 25 Apr 1831; d. 27 Jan 1840

          Clark b. 12 Jun 1833; d. 2 Aug 1840

          Elizabeth b. 7 Mar 1835; d. 13 Dec 1912; m. Wm. Ketcham, cousin

          Susan K. b. 18 Oct 1836; d. 18 Mar 1859

          William T. b. 8 Nov 1838l; d. 9 Sep 1914

          John H. b. 29 May 1840; d. 9 Apr 1912

          Solomon b. 24 Mar 1842; d. 25 Sep 1906

          Mary M. b. 8 Jun 1844; d. 29 Apr 1928 


David (7044)—Dwight Havens, a direct descendant of David, gave me this information: “David Havens was a farmer (US Census 1850 and 1860). As of 1860, the household consisted of David, 53; Charity, 49; Henry, 21; Caroline Hurley, 18; Teresa, 16; Joseph, 12; Louisa, 10; and Sarah Johnson, 68. Their oldest daughter, Sarah, would have been 28, and was not shown (she was in the 1850 census). The oldest son, Clark, 26, was listed as a farmer, under a separate listing, and married Mary Matilda Mitchell (21 Dec 1857). Clark and Mary Matilda had a 1 year old at home, James A.” Here are Henry and Janet‘s details about David:


               SOURCHES                                   INFORMATION

          Henry C. Havens                David b. 29 Sep 1807; d. 10 Mar 1861; m. Charity Johnson,

                                                      dau. of Wm. E. Johnson; b. 8 Aug 1811; d. 27 Apr 1885

          Janet (Havens) Siegfried    David b. 29 Sep 1807 in Monmouth Co. NJ; d. 10 Mar 1861 in Monmouth

                                                      Co.; buried in Havens/Osborn Cemetery, Point Pleasant, Ocean Co. NJ;

                                                      m. Charity Johnson, dau. of Wm. E. Johnson; b. 8 Aug 1811, d. 27 Apr 1885.

Henry‘s list of children for David and Charity:

          Sarah (8095) b. abt. 1830

          Clark (8096) b. abt. 1833; m. Matilda Mitchell

          Caroline (8097) b. abt. 1835; m. (1) Samuel Hurley; (2) Theodore Conover

          Teressa (8098) b. abt. 1837

          Henry (8099) b. 20 Jul 1839; d. 12 Sep 1891

          Joseph (8100) b. abt. 1845; will proved 18 Jan 1917; m. (1) Ella Elmer; (2) Sarah E. Miller;

                    (3) Adelaide Pierce

Ezra (7045)—Here are Henry and Janet‘s details for Ezra.

                SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Henry C. Havens                Ezra b. 29 Apr 1810; d. 3 Feb 1894; m. (1) 29 Dec 1832 to

                                                     Artimesa Brown; b. 16 Jul 1812; d. 11 May 1845; m. (2)

                                                     Margaret Ketcham; b. 30 Sep 1805; d. 12 Dec 1884; m. (3) Rachel Hulitt

          Janet (Havens) Siegfried    Ezra b. 3 Apr 1810, Monmouth Co. NJ; d. 3 Feb 1894 in Monmouth Co. NJ,

                                                      at age 83, and was buried in Bethesda Methodist Church Cemetery,

                                                      Howell Township NJ.

Henry‘s list of children for Ezra and Artimesa Brown:

          Calvin Calhoun (8105) b. 6 May 1844; d. Jul 1890; m. 25 Sep 1870, Sarah H. Applegate, b.

                     23 Jun 1846, d. 15 Jan 1925

          Ezra (8106)  

Jacob (7046)—Here are Henry and Janet‘s details for Jacob:

                SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Henry C. Havens                Jacob b. 12 Apr 1812; d. 1885-1888; m. (1) 24 Sep 1834 to Edna Morton; m.

                                                      (2) 28 Feb 1839 to Elizabeth Gifford; m. (3) Sarah (Brown) LeCompte

          Janet (Havens) Siegfried    Jacob b. 12 Apr 1812 in Monmouth Co. NJ; d. 1886 in Brick

                                                      Township, Ocean Co. NJ, at age 74. 

Henry‘s list of Jacob‘s children:

          (1) From Edna Morton:

                Mary Ann (8107) m. Joseph F. Allen

          (2) From Elizabeth Gifford:

                Edna (8108) m. Jacob LaFetra

          (3) From Sara (Brown) LeCompte:

               John (8109) m. Mary A. Lyman, who had a son Jacob (9295)

               Abraham (8110) m. Mary Morris


John William (7047)—I believe this is Ann Van Wagner’ first husband and I’ll give you my support for that conclusion later.) Henry provides very little information about this child, only that he was born 12 Apr 1815 and reportedly had the children below. Janet had no information at all about John or his family.  

          Peter S. (8055) d. 1907—Henry offers no other information, but I‘ll cover this later. 

          John (8056) –Henry offers no information and I can‘t find any evidence to support this child.

          Perhaps others? (Henry‘s uncertainty here seems understandable since the Havens family

          had no contact with Ann after her departure and knew nothing about her.)

Abraham I. (7048)—Here are Henry and Janet‘s details about Abraham and no children are


               SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Henry C. Havens                Abraham b. 29 Jun 1817; m (1) 3 Feb 1841 Elizabeth Herbert;

                                                      m. (2) Mary Harris

          Janet (Havens) Siegfried    Abraham b. 29 Jun 1817, Monmouth Co. NJ; d. 15 Jun 1900

                                                      (age 82); bur. in Methodist Cemetery East, Point Pleasant NJ. 

William I. (7049)—Henry seems to have made a mistake on this name too—as on Josiah Curtis. He evidently took it from William‘s death record, which was apparently typed incorrectly. Both the 1860 and 1870 Hudson Co. NJ censuses show him as William H. And, since that occurred on two different records, prepared by different individuals, at different times, I believe them. Janet (Havens) Siegfried says the H may have stood for Henry. If so, it may have been the inspiration for his brother John‘s son—William Henry Havens Nebeker. Here are Henry and Janet‘s details about William.

                SOURCES                                   INFORMATION

          Henry C. Havens                 William I. (H) b. 29 Mar 1820; m. Mary Runyon; will proved 15 May 1894

          Janet (Havens) Siegfried     William H. b. 29 Mar 1820, Monmouth Co. NJ; m. Mary Runyon; will  

                                                       proved 15 May 1894. 

Henry‘s list of children for William and Mary:

          John W. (8111) b. 10 Jan 1852; m. 3 Mar 1882, Clara B. Searing, b. 11 Oct 1855

          Richard Runyon (8112) d. 1894; m. Adelaide B. Kellett, b. 1851, d. 1878

          Mary (8113) m. George Brightman; son George

Samuel (7050)—Here are Henry and Janet‘s details about Samuel:

                SOURCES                                    INFORMATION

          Henry C. Havens                  Samuel m. (1) Ruth; m. (2) Louise

          Janet (Havens) Siegfried      Samuel b. 1822 in Monmouth Co. NJ; d. bef.1899, Monmouth Co.

Henry‘s list of children for Samuel and Ruth:

          Samuel (8114) 

          Catherine (8115) m. Sydney White

          Amy Jane (8116) m. Dunning Buckley

          Margaret (8117) 

          Mary (8118) m. Sydney Clayton



As I said in the introduction to this book, upon discovering that John Havens (614) and his wife Amy had a son John William Havens (7047), born about the time our John Havens would likely have been born, I was ecstatic! I couldn‘t help feeling they were the same man, but I needed to prove it. I went into ―heavy search mode‖ and I‘ve finally found sufficient evidence to support that conclusion. A word of caution though: This is still a work in progress, so I reserve the right to change my mind if contrary evidence surfaces. The rest of this book will be devoted to telling you what I‘ve learned about our ancestor John Havens and why I believe he‘s John and Amy‘s son. I think you‘ll find most of this information new and therefore interesting. 

Once, a member of our family remarked that our John Havens seemed a little heartless—when he forced Ann to choose between her new-found Mormon faith and him. Well, while that may have been true, let‘s leave that judgment to God. Nobody‘s perfect and hopefully, when you finish this book, you‘ll appreciate your Havens roots much more. By the way, as I mentioned in my list of credits at the beginning, I‘ve become very close to our distant cousins Janet (Havens) Siegfried and Dwight Havens. They‘ve really helped me in my research and made me feel a part of the NJ Havens clan. Someday, I hope to visit them and become better acquainted.

As I said earlier, when I started my Havens research, all I knew about John was his first and last names, that he was from New Jersey, and was Ann‘s first husband. So, at the outset, my research was tough! However, I got “lucky”. The big break came while reviewing Hudson Co. NJ land deeds. They unfolded a lot of interesting information. For example, I found one deed for a joint purchase of land by John and his father-in-law Halmagh Van Wagner. That proved the John Havens I was researching was the right one. What‘s more, other deeds proved John moved to NYC after Ann‘s departure, that he married again, and even had another child. Through the information I collected, I was able to build a timeline for John‘s life. It has helped me a lot in my research and perhaps it will help you too. (Appendix J)


Here is the information about John and Ann‘s marriage, from the Feb 1839 church records, at the English Neighborhood True Reformed Church, Bergen CO. NJ. Although the groom‘s name was misspelled, with an obvious typing error (Harens vs. Havens), you can see the bride was Ann Van Wagoner, so it‘s certainly accurate. 

                                 DATE                     GROOM                        BRIDE  

                            1839   1 Feb         John  M Ackerman          Mary Ann Gagen

                              “       2 Feb        John Smith Townsend       Catharine Engle

                              “     13 Feb             John Harens                 Ann Van Wagoner


Our family pedigree chart shows the following children of John and Ann. I didn‘t research the accuracy of this information, as my focus was principally upon discovering new things about John and his progenitors, but I assume it‘s reasonably accurate.

          Ann Havens b. 10 Dec 1839, in Bridgetown, Cumberland NJ; d. in infancy, on 14 Jan 1840,

          in Bergen, Hudson, NJ.

          William Henry Havens b. 31 Mar 1841, South Bergen, Hudson NJ; d. 15 Jun 1916, Rigby,

          Jefferson, ID; m. 30 Oct 1871, in Salt Lake City UT, Selina Mary Boulton, b. 8 Dec 1855,

          Birmingham, Warwick, England, d. 24 Feb 1934, Clark, Jefferson ID.  

          Mary Ann Havens b. 25 Feb 1844, Pompton, Bergen NJ; d. 24 Jan 1911, Glenwood, Sevier

          UT; m. 20 Dec 1861, Payson, Utah UT, Bradley Barlow Wilson, b. 25 Mar 1833, Green Top,

          Richland OH, d. 10 Nov 1896, Glenwood, Sevier UT. 

An interesting side note here is that Mary Ann Haven‘s death certificate lists her father‘s name as

William Havens rather than John Havens.27 The logical explanation for this apparent error is that

his name was actually John William Havens. I‘ll discuss this more at a later point in this book.     



The death information was provided by her son, John B. Wilson.



This would be an appropriate time to tell how Ann became a Mormon, which led her to leave John and move to Nauvoo with her two living children; however, it would take too long. So, I‘ll summarize it here and give a short history about Ann Van Wagoner‘s family in Appendix K.

Ann‘s older brother John became interested in the Mormon Church first and soon began to attend services regularly. He, in turn, interested others in the family, but it took awhile to convince his father Halmagh. Eventually the whole family converted and on 13 April 1844, Elder John Leach baptized the entire family, including Ann. A short time later, the family decided to move closer to the Saints, in Nauvoo. So, in the Fall of 1845, Halmagh sold his property in Wanaque NJ, to Peter Vandervoort, a relative of Halmagh‘s mother, for $3,000, and the family went west. I‘m not sure how, or when, Ann sought John‘s approval to become a Mormon, but John was dead set against it. According to tradition, he made her choose—the Mormon Church or him. Ann couldn‘t deny her new-found faith, so took their two children and moved to Nauvoo.   

They weren‘t to stay in Nauvoo long, however, because of the religious persecution the Saints were suffering. On 25 April 1846, they left their home in Nauvoo and headed West, where they hoped to be able to freely worship according to their conscience. They crossed the Mississippi River in May and traveled with the Orson Hyde Company to Winter Quarters, near the present city of Omaha Nebraska. Again they built a home and made their own furniture, beds, benches, tables, etc., but the following winter was disastrous. An epidemic of cholera took over 600 lives and Halmagh and his wife Mary were included. Mary died in October 1846 and Halmagh on 4 December. They were buried in the Pioneer Cemetery, on the bench above Winter Village.

While at Winter Quarters, Ann met Henry Nebeker, and they subsequently married, 4 Jan 1847. In February 1847, they began their journey west. Ann drove a covered wagon all the way across the plains, but through all her trials and hardships, she remained a faithful Mormon, or Latter-day Saint. Two of Ann‘s favorite sayings were "Every tub must stand on its own bottom," and "It‘s better to suffer wrong than do wrong." Her home life was a living example to family and friends.

Concerning her Havens children, Scott L. Sprague, of the Sprague Project on the web, said this about her son William Henry, our progenitor. "When William Henry Havens‘ mother, Ann Van Wagoner, married Henry Nebeker in 1847, he took on his step father's surname. William Henry Nebeker, with his sister, Mary Ann Nebeker, his mother, Ann Van Wagoner Nebeker and his new stepfather were listed among the Fourth Hundred, First Fifty, Fourth Ten Wagon Train group that left Winter Quarters for the Great Salt Lake Valley in June of 1847. This means they were among the first 400 people making the journey west."


John eventually filed for a divorce from Ann, which was granted 9 Jun 1851, on the grounds of desertion, being obstinate, and upsetting his domestic peace and happiness. The following is a transcribed copy of that divorce statement:

John Havens of the township of South Bergen in the county of Hudson and State of New Jersey was lawfully joined in the bonds of matrimony to his present wife Jane on the [blank] day of February in the year 1837 by the Revd Philip Durzee at the English neighborhood in the County of Bergen and State of New Jersey from which time forward your orator (John Havens) and the said Jane, his wife, were inhabitants of the township of Bergen then in Bergen County and subsequently since the creation of the County of Hudson in 1840, of the township of South Bergen in the County of Hudson and State of New Jersey and continued to be inhabitants of the Township and County last aforesaid until about the month of August in the year of our Lord 1844, when the said Jane left the residence and house of your orator at South Bergen in the last county last aforesaid and went to the residence of her father Halmagh Van Wagenen, he there residing in the vicinity of Paterson in the County of Passaic taking with her the two children of your orator and leaving his said home while your orator was from home without his knowledge or consent. And your orator further shows that the said Jane continued to reside with her father as aforesaid until the month of October or November 1845, during which time she ostensibly and wilfully refused to return to her home or permit his children to do so, and entirely deserted your orator. And your orator further shows that in the month of October 1845, without the knowledge or consent and contrary to the wishes of your orator the said Jane with the two children of your orator left the state of New Jersey, and went with her father and his family as your orator has been informed and believes to be true, to the Mormon Settlement of Nauvoo in the State of Illinois -- that she went with the Mormons when they left the City Nauvoo, for Salt Lake in the now territory of Utah, and as your orator believes is now with the said sect of the Mormons where ever they may be between Salt Lake and the Pacific Ocean. And your Orator further shows that the said Jane became a convert to Mormonism-- about the time she deserted your orator, and expressed her etermination not to live with your orator again unless he would become a Mormon and your orator further shows that for more than five years last past his said wife Jane has deserted him and his association for all that time has been wilful, continued and obstinate. And your Orator further shows unto your honor that by means of the said several premises above set forth the domestic peace and happiness of your orator has been entirely destroyed.Divorce granted 9 June 1851- Filed 12 June 1851 


One can only speculate why John referred to his wife as "Jane." Perhaps it stood for “Jane Doe”, common “boiler plate” wording. Another mistake in the document was the year of marriage.  Other than that, the statement agrees with recollections handed down by family tradition. (Taken from the book: The David Baldwin and John Boulton Families of New England, by Larry E. Hibbert, 1990, pgs 290-291)


The only certain appearance of John on US Census records was in 1840, shortly after his 1839 marriage to Ann. No children are shown; however, a daughter Ann had been born on 10 Dec 1839, at Bridgetown, Cumberland, NJ, but died on 14 Jan 1840, at Bergen, Hudson, NJ.

          Census of 1840 for Blue Mt., Hudson, NJ:

          John Havens household

          1 (20-30) male

          1 (20-30) female


In the 1850 US Census records there is no entry for our John in New Jersey, but a John Havens is shown living in New York City (NYC). One census item differs from what we know of him—his birthplace is listed as New York City instead of New Jersey. (I‘ve always assumed he was born in Monmouth Co. NJ, but haven‘t been able to prove it. So, it‘s possible he was born in New York. In those days, NJ families often crossed over the Hudson River to have their children baptized in the big city churches.) So, I‘ve enclosed the following 1850 NYC census data: 

          Name: John Havens           Residence: NYC Ward 5, NY, NY

          Age: 35 years                     Calculated birth year: 1815

          Birthplace: New York        Gender: Male

          Film #: 17113                     Digital GS #: 4189778

          Image #:00505                    Line #: 14

          Dwelling house #: 727        Family #: 1835

          Other persons in dwelling:  William Mcdonald


Since John was granted a divorce decree in 1851, I wondered if he ever remarried. Another mystery! So, one of my main research objectives was to answer that question. And, although I haven‘t found a marriage record yet, I‘ve located unassailable proof, in Hudson Co. land records, that John married a second time, while living in NYC. (See Appendix L for my listing of John and his wife‘s deeds and Appendix M for copies of those deeds I considered most important.)

As proof of that marriage, Deed 4 on my list states that on 23 Oct 1855, John and his wife, Sarah” sold to Thomas Andrews, for $3000, the land he‘d bought, on 6 Sep 1841, jointly with Halmagh Van Wagoner, Ann‘s father. That‘s a fantastic discovery! It proves John married again after Ann left. No surname for Sarah was mentioned in the deed, but on the Latin version of her son Peter‘s marriage record, in Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Jersey City NJ, I found that her last name was Flinthoff. Also, from census records, we learn she was born in England and they married about 1852, probably in NYC. This is not the only deed linking Sarah and John, so I am 100% certain I have this right. (See also Deeds 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, and 17 in Appendix L.)

Upon discovering her last name, I went to work searching U.S. immigration records. At the SLC Family History Center, in the 1820 to 1850 Passenger & Immigration Lists, I found a record of Sarah Flintoff‘s arrival with her mother and siblings, but no father was mentioned. In fact, I couldn‘t find any record of him ever entering the U.S. Perhaps he died before the family arrived in the U.S. However, the following family members arrived on 16 Aug 1824, on the ship Meteor, from Liverpool England (Microfilm M2376, Roll 6, List 454).


                  NAME                      AGE    MY CALCULATION OF A BIRTH YEAR

          Mary Flintoff (mother)       37               ca. 1787

          Thomas Flintoff                  16               ca. 1808

          John Flintoff                       14               ca. 1810

          George Flintoff                   13               ca. 1811

          Ann Flintoff                         9                ca. 1815

          James Flintoff                      7                ca. 1817

          Ellen Flintoff                       5                ca. 1819 

          Robert Flintoff                     4                ca. 1820

          Sarah Flintoff                       1                ca. 1823




John‘s first land transaction was arguably the most important to my research. As I mentioned, on 6 Sep 1841, he and his father-in-law, Halmah J. Van Waggoner, bought from Michael Demott, a land parcel containing over 2 acres in North Bergen, just west of Halmagh‘s property (Deed 1).  They later divided it between them, so I‘ve drawn a sketch (Appendix N) to help you better understand who got which part originally and how ownership changed thereafter. I have marked Halmagh‘s original portion Lot A, and John‘s Lot B. However, about 1845, Halmagh sold his lot to Henry I. Van Winkle because the Van Wagoner family was moving to Nauvoo IL. Then, on 19 Mar 1849, Henry Van Winkle and John exchanged their lots, so John ended up with Lot A after all and Henry Van Winkle got Lot B (See Deeds 2 and 3).

Please bear with me as I go on with these deeds. I promise it will be worth it. On 23 Oct 1855, John sold Lot A to Thomas Andrews of Hudson Co. NJ, for $3000 (Deed 4). While the sale of the land was “no big deal”, one of the witnesses was! He was William Havens. I was intrigued! I knew that John (614) and Amy Havens, the possible parents of our John Havens, also had a son named William. So, I reasoned if I could prove these men were brothers, I‘d have established our link to the NJ Havens family. It seemed likely too. After all, witnesses on legal records were often family members. I quickly searched Monmouth and Ocean County censuses, where I knew most of John and Amy‘s children had lived all of their lives. Sure enough, 7 of the 9 stayed there, but two had gone elsewhere. Guess who? Right: John William Havens (7047) and William I. Havens (7049). The big question was had William and John both gone to Hudson County and, if so, could I find proof of their being John and Amy‘s sons? Well, our John Havens died before the 1860 census, but when I checked for William, I found a Wm. H. Havens there. And, the 1870 census had a William H. Havens in the same location. What‘s more, in both cases, the wife‘s name was Mary (Runyan) Havens.  That was a fantastic discovery because Henry’s book confirmed she was the wife of William Havens (7049), the son of John and Amy.  Suddenly, I had proof the witness, William, was their son, indicating our John Havens probably was as well. When I told Janet (Havens) Siegfried of my discovery, she was as excited as me, but said that William‘s middle initial “H” on the census records was more likely correct, rather than the “I” in Henry‘s book, because it was that way on two different records, created by different authors, at different times.28  She thought it stood for Henry--a name commonly used by the family at that time.  Suddenly everything fell into place.  This man, William (Henry) Havens and our John (William) Havens were not only brothers, but they named their sons after each other too.  So, the son of our John and Ann (Van Wagoner) Haven--William Henry, was named for his uncle, William Henry; and that man had a son named for our John William Havens.  Undoubtedly, these men, with such close ties, were the sons of John (614) and Amy Havenes. 

Two deeds state that John Havens was from NYC at the time of the transaction. Deed 4 was recorded 23 Oct 1855, when John sold the 1.63 acres he bought jointly with Halmagh. The second (Deed 6) was recorded 14 Apr 1856, when John purchased about 1.75 acres in the city of Hudson. These deeds further prove John went to live in NYC for awhile after Ann‘s departure.


Two deeds helped me approximate John‘s death date. On 14 Apr 1856, John purchased, from Garrett Vreeland, 1.75 acres in Hudson City (Deed 6), but on 11 Nov 1857 his widow Sarah accepted $1000 from Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Andrews towards the $3000 they owed her for the land she and John had sold them on 23 Oct 1855 (Deed 7). So, obviously he died between Apr 1856 and Nov 1857. 

Another interesting discovery was that on 6 Jul 1870, several of our ancestors—John‘s ex-wife Ann (Van Wagoner) Nebeker, her second husband Henry Nebeker, and John‘s two children by Ann—William Henry and Ann—all of Payson, in the territory of Utah, relinquished their rights to property John Havens bought on 14 Apr 1856. This land was conveyed to Harvey M. Bliss, for $1200.  I‘d never heard of this deed before, so wanted to include it for those who may be interested (Deed 10).

Two deeds confirm that John and Sarah had a son Peter S. Havens. This was exciting because in Henry C. Havens‘ book, he‘d mentioned that John William Havens (7047), the son of John and Amy had a son by that name. This further proves the relationship of our John to that couple. By the way, in one of those deeds, dated 10 Jan 1871, John Hopper, guardian to Sarah‘s son Peter Smith Havens,29 sold to Sarah property in the 12th Ward, Jersey City belonging to said minor (Deed 11). In the other one, Sarah won a Chancery Court ruling, 13 Nov 1875, in which she was awarded title for the land previously mentioned. Again her son‘s name, Peter S. Havens was mentioned (Deed 13).           



Henry C. Havens apparently got the middle initial ‘I’ from William‘s death record, but I believe it was due to a typing error.


Appointed by the Orphans Court, on 19 Sep 1870.


Finally, three deeds indicated Sarah lived for a time in Mamakating Township, Sullivan Co. NY after John‘s death (Deeds 17, 18, and 19). Sullivan County is just north of NJ, an easy trip even in those days. At this point, I can‘t tell you why or how long she lived there, but the deeds were recorded from 12 Jun 1879 to 23 May 1881. She apparently didn‘t live out her life there, as census records show her living with her son Peter Smith Havens in Jersey City NJ in 1870, 1900, and 1910. She apparently died sometime after the 1910 census.


John‘s precise death date is unknown, but two sources, besides the land deeds I mentioned, show that he died in 1857. Both sources relate to Hudson Co. will records and I found them in SLC Family History Center microfilms #460144 and #867516 respectively: 

1. NJ Will Records, 1689 to 1890, entry #00335, inventory PB1857, states: “Following John‘s late

death, an inventory of his goods was performed 29 Sep 1857, by Sarah Havens and Smith A. Freeland, appointed Administrators. Property valued at $1807.65. 

2. The Index to Hudson Co. NJ wills, 1804 to 1953, refers us to Admin. Docket 1, page 230, case 917, found in book 1, p. 165, which says John‘s wife (Sarah) made a court appointed inventory of his property after his death in Hudson Co. in 1857. (He had died without a will.) 

I‘ve tried in vain to locate John‘s death or burial record, but to no avail. I plan to continue searching; however, I found three pictures of a possible burial site for John Havens, in the Hoboken Cemetery, North Bergen, Section E. Again, nobody knows for sure, but the pictures on the following page could be of our John Havens‘ grave. ( memorial #54774656).   







My main source of information about Peter came from Hudson Co. NJ. census records. He first appears on the 1860 census, taken 24 Jul, with his mother, Sarah. She is said to be 35 and born in England. He was born in NYC and is age 5, making him born about 1855. In the 1870 census, he was said to have been born in NYC and be age 13, meaning he‘d have been born about 1857. His mother Sarah was said to be 40. In the 1880 census, he was shown as born in New York; married in 1878, to Annie from Germany. They were 24 and 23 respectively, meaning he‘d have been born about 1856; and, they had a 1 year old daughter, Sarah. As you know, census records do not exist for 1890, but in 1900 he was shown as born in NYC, in August 1854; having a father and

mother born in New Jersey and England respectively; married to a woman named Ann, who was born in New York; and having 7 children: John, Peter, Mary, William, Elsie, Henrietta, and Sarah. (Notice the names of the three boys—possibly named after their grandfather, father, and uncle.) In 1910, neither Peter nor Ann appear on the census, but Peter‘s mother, Sarah, is said to be 86, to have immigrated from England in 1823, and to have had parents born in England. Peter‘s children, with their ages, were shown as: John (28), Peter (26), Mary (22), William (19), Elsie (14), and Henrietta (11). In summary, I believe the more exact date of Aug 1854 as given in

the 1900 census, was Peter‘s real birth date and that his wife Ann was born in Germany.    


From New Jersey Marriages, 1679-1985, I found Peter‘s marriage information; however, it could be easily overlooked, as his last name was spelled Harens, just like his father‘s marriage to Ann Van Wagoner a few years earlier. The marriage record said Peter was married 17 Jul 1878 and listed his birth date as in 1847, but that seems incorrect. I doubt there was sufficient time after Ann‘s departure, for John to move to NYC, find Sarah Flinthoff, marry her, and have a child by 1847. Also, John and Ann‘s divorce was not granted until 1851. From the various, albeit divergent, census records, Peter seems to have been born about 1854. Nonetheless, here is the English version of Peter and Annie Moore‘s marriage record, at Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church,

in Jersey City, Hudson Co. NJ:

Groom‘s Name: Peter Harens                 Groom‘s Birth Date: 1847                  Groom‘s Age: 31                 

Bride‘s Name: Annie Moore                  Bride‘s Birth Date: 1856                     Bride‘s Age: 22

Marriage Date: 17 Jul 1878                    Marriage Place: Jersey City, Hudson, NJ

Indexing Project: # M02512-5               System Origin: New Jersey-EASy

Source Film: # 494248                           Reference #: H #60

Since the wedding was performed in a Catholic Church, a Latin version also exists. It differed from the English version a little and I discovered Peter‘s mother‘s last name was Flinthoff and Annie‘s parents were Johannis Moore and Monicae Meidinger. That made it possible to begin searching immigration records for these families too and I was able to push my research back another generation—into the “Old Country.” Here‘s what I found in the Latin marriage records:

Groom‘s Name: Petrum Havens            Bride‘s Name: Annam Moore

Marriage Date: 17 Jul 1878                   Place: St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church

Groom‘s Father: Johannis Havens         Groom‘s Mother: Sarah Flinthoff

Bride‘s Father: Johannis Moore             Bride‘s Mother: Monicae Meidinger

Indexing Project #: M59528-1               System Origin: New Jersey-VR

Source Film #: 1403477                         Reference #: 2:JF6PL2



From baptism records for Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Jersey City NJ, I discovered that 10 children were born to Peter Havens and Annie (or Ann) Moore (Mohr in the original German spelling). Some of them don‘t appear on census records, due to death or marriage, but there is little question of their births.

Catherine Havens, born 22 May 1879; christened 22 Jun 1879; parents listed as Ann Mohr and Peter Havens

John Havens, born 30 Aug 1881; christened 25 Sep 1881; parents listed as Ann Mohr and Peter Havens

Peter S. Havens, born 12 Oct 1883; christened 18 Nov 1883; parents listed as Ann Mohr and Peter S. Havens

Anne Monica Havens, born 16 May 1886; christened 20 Jun 1886; parents listed as Annie Moore and Peter Havens; died 27 Jun 1886.

Mary Havens, born 24 Mar 1887; no christening date given; parents listed as Annie Moore and Peter Havens

Henry Wm. Havens, born 21 Oct 1890; no christening date given; parents listed as Anna Mohr and Peter Havens

Miss Havens [no first name]; born 26 Feb 1893; died 26 February 1893; parents listed as Ann and Peter Havens 

Jinnie E. Havens, born 28 Jun 1894; no christening date given; parents listed as Annie Moore and Peter Havens

Jane Elsie Havens, born 1 Jun 1895; christened 23 Jun 1895; parents listed as Annie Moore and Peter Havens

Henrietta Haven, born 11 Aug 1898; christened 11 Sep 1898; parents listed as Peter Haven and Ann Mohr


Some of you may be real history buffs and others may just want to know a little about Havens history. In any case, you ought to know that there are two operating museums connected with the Havens family. One is in New Jersey and the other New York. If you ever happen near them, I‘d encourage you to stop and see them.

The first of those is the “Havens Homestead Museum”, 521 Herbertsville Rd., Brick NJ, 08724 (Tel. 732-785-2500) (URL: It‘s open Apr – Oct, Sat 10 to 12 and Sun 12 to 2. Admission is free. Here is a little history about that museum.  

On 25 Sep 1827 Curtis Havens, elder brother of our John Havens, purchased from Samuel Allen 50 acres of land on the Road to Freehold, later to be called the Herbertsville - Point Pleasant Road. The purchase included a 15‘ x 14‘ one room cabin with a loft. Curtis was a farmer, fish peddler, and inn keeper. In 1846, Curtis built a two story five room addition to his home. In that same year he obtained a license to operate an inn there. In 1882, Curtis' son Joseph took over ownership of the family homestead. Joe, known as "Mason Joe", was a farmer, a mason and a dairyman. He added electricity to the homestead in the 1920's. Joe and his wife Elizabeth had six children. Their youngest, Oliver "Olie," was the next owner of the homestead. 

Olie, a farmer and carpenter, took over the homestead in 1937. Olie installed plumbing in the 1950's. He and his wife Lucinda had two children, Blanche and Elmer. In 1975, Olie deeded the homestead to his son Elmer and his wife Gertrude "May" Green. Olie continued to live in it until his death in 1986. The homestead had remained in the Havens family for 166 years when in 1993 Elmer and May donated it to the Brick Township Historical Society, a non-profit corporation for use as a museum. The historical society restored the building and opened it as a house museum in 1997. In 2000, the Lizzie Herbert House, ca. 1800, was also moved to the Homestead property and is currently being operated as a museum store.


   Havens Homestead Museum, ca. 1827, Brick NJ             Janet (Havens) Siegfried inside the museum



The second museum is “The Havens House”, operated by the Shelter Island Historical Society and located at 16 South Ferry Rd., PO Box 847, Shelter Island NY, 11964. Hours are Wed – Fri 10 to 2, Wed 10 to 1 (for research) and by appointment. URL:, and Tel. 631-749-0025. Here is a little history about the place:


During the summer of 1741, William Havens and his wife were expecting their first child. On Havens property, purchased from the Sylvesters long before by his grandfather George Havens, William built a modest house in preparation for the birth of his first-born. James duly arrived on 12 Feb 1742, when the house was not quite finished. The final touches were added the following winter, in 1743.

On William‘s death, in 1763, James assumed management of the homestead. He had married Elizabeth Bowditch and at that time was the father of two sons and a daughter. (Elizabeth and James eventually had eleven children.) By 1769, the house served as a dwelling for the growing family, a schoolroom, and a store.

Store it partly was, as existing ledgers attest, but a major item coming in on ships from the Caribbean was rum. James usually sold this in bulk, but there are plenty of ledger entries for liquor consumed on the premises - purchases such as a "mug of flip", a "brandy sling", a "nip of grog". The house functioned as a tavern and is so designated by records.

Into this genial household burst the Revolution. James, like many Islanders, took his family to safety in Connecticut, while he himself became active in the privateer service on the brig Jay, and in the political field. He was chosen one of eight men representing Suffolk County in the New York Provincial Congress of 1776.

Havens kin remaining on the Island kept the farm partly secure from enemy raiding and the store staggered on with meager supplies and greatly reduced patronage. The Island was plagued with constant raids from enemy ships in Gardiner's Bay, and in 1781 marauding crews carried off from the house valuables and foodstuff.

At the close of hostilities in 1783 the family had all returned to find their Island much ravaged, but there is no record of damage to the house itself. Between 1783 and 1785, it served as the site of the annual Town Meeting and once more the store and tavern functioned. Frothingham's Long-Island Herald, published in Sag Harbor in the 1790's, reports in 1792 that "On 22 Feb, the birthday of Pres. Washington was celebrated on Shelter Island at the house of Capt. James Havens."

It is clear Capt. James was well-liked and the family must have led a pleasant life in the old house, which he had named "Heartsease." He was described as "a man of unshaken integrity and rigidly just in all his dealings."

James Havens, patriot, sea-captain, genial host, died at age 68, on 15 Mar 1810. Heartsease passed to his son Henry P. Havens, and was destined to enjoy Havens occupancy for the next hundred years.

Today the museum is the center of the Shelter Island Historical Society activity and offers much for visitors to see. It has a large selection of Shelter Island books, maps, CD's and other island related items available for purchase.