( Clickable links within this documents are shown in "Bright Blue" )


Wednesday,
November 25, 2020

( Orignially created : March, 1996 )

         This document was originally created to show the relationship
of the " Runyan (Runyon) Family " to the " Shepherd Family "
of the Hunterdon County, New Jersey area.   

         " HOWEVER ", all information, ancestors and decendants, discovered concerning the " Runyan Family " are noted here as well.   The surname was first changed, to my knowledge, from " RunyOn " to " RunyUn " by " Abasolm Runyan " who is # 40 in this document. ( see below ).

The oldest known family members who has been verified are:

Keys to the below document include :

  • Numeric value is assigned with the lowest number being the oldest family members and the highest numbers being the youngest family members

  • Family members names shown in " MAROON " are the direct ancestors, decendants or immediate family of myself, my children Christopher S. Pickett, Ryan M. Pickett, Kayla G. Pickett, Kara V. Pickett and my niece Kimberly Pickett and nephew John J. Pickett

  • Family members names shown in " DARK BLUE " are not directly related to my immediate family but are " still " related to the " Runyan Family ", " that is ", they are all decendents of " Vincent Rongnion ( 1 ) "

  • Family members names shown in " BLACK " currently do not have enough information to create a separate paragraph for them

  • Names shown below in " PURPLE " have married a Runyan Family Member

  • All women's maiden names, if known, are in " Italics "

  • All words and names shown in " BRIGHT BLUE " are clickable links

  • A " " shown in front of an " Online Memorial Link " means that there is a photo of their headstone on the " Find A Grave " link

  • A " " shown in front of an " Online Memorial Link " means that there is a photo of the person or family members on the " Find A Grave " link

  • An " (N) " shown in front of an " Online Memorial Link " means that there are no photos on the " Find A Grave " link

  • Within this document I use the " Find A Grave website " which links to where each family member who has passed away is interred and shows their individual online memorial.   If you'd like to access the " Find A Grave website " to learn more about this project and build memorials for your loved ones please click below on their icon ( its a free to use website ) :

Anyone that has information on " ANY " family member or questions on this family line please email me at:

" russpickde@comcast.net "

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy this short history of my Runyan Family.


Other Family surnames included in this document:

Boutcher, Dunn, Hull, Blackford, Smock, Sotton, Drake, Curtiss, Bonham, Woolverton, Houghton, Pierce, Jewel, Conrod, Lake, Johnson, Stout, Large, Jolley, Coolbaugh, Mettler, Stanford, Hoppock, Kitchen, Apgar, Sinclair, Gardner, Smith, Barrett, Huff, Wedgebury, Shepherd, Trout.


      Vincent Rongnion ( 1 ) was born on March 2, 1645 in Portiers, France the son of Henri Rene Rongnion and Lady Renee De Saligne Rongnion.   He sailed from France and settled in Elizabethtown, New Jersey in about 1668.   He married " Ann Boutcher " on July 17, 1668 and she was born the daughter of John Boutcher and Jeanne Ann Cleves Boutcher in 1650 in Hertfordshire, England.   The marriage license ( old style ) was issued by New Jersey Governor Sir Philip Cartaret.   The original license can be seen in the Trenton State Archives.

      Vincent ( 1 ) was noted as being a witness, in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1671, in the first jury trial held in the state of New Jersey.

      Vincent ( 1 ) and Ann moved by 1677 to a farm that they purchased that was 154 & 1/2 acres on the Raritan River.   Vincent ( 1 ) passed away intestate in November 11, 1713.   He left gold, silver, a canoe, silver spoons, etc.   He is interred in the Runyan Cemetery on the corner of Possumtown Road and Centennial Avenue in Edison, New Jersey.   They had " 7 " known children:

2.  John Runyon  ~  b. February 14, 1669  ~  d. November 9, 1745  ~  " Age 76 years, 8 months, 26 days "

3.  Vincent Runyon, II  ~  b. July 1, 1671  ~  d. March 3, 1723  ~  " Age 51 years, 8 months, 2 days "

4.  Thomas Derrick Runyon  ~  b. 1675  ~  d. April 16, 1753  ~  " Age abt. 78 years "

5.  Mary Runyon  ~  b. July 2, 1677  ~  d. 1748  ~  " Age abt. 71 years "

6.  Peter Runyon  ~  b. July 1, 1680  ~  d. October, 1753  ~  " Age abt. 73 years "

7.  Jane Runyon  ~  b. January 19, 1683  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

8.  Sarah Runyon  ~  b. October 10, 1686  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

( 2 ) ~ John was born in the Elizabethtown Tract, Province of East Jersey, which was part of the English Empire.  He moved after his marriage to " Elizabeth Dunn " to Rocky Hill on Stoney Brook.

( 2 ) ~ Vincent, II was born in the Elizabethtown Tract, Province of East Jersey, which was part of the English Empire.   He & " Mary Hull ", daughter of Benjamin Hull, were married at the Runyon home on the Raritan and they later lived in the home.   This property was later sold to Hendrick Smock in 1739.

( 6 ) ~ Peter was born in the Runyon home on the Raritan River that was in the Elizabethtown Tract, Province of East Jersey, which was part of the English Empire.   He married " Providence Blackford " who was born the daughter of Samuel Blackford and Hannah "Anna" Smalley Blackford on July 1, 1683.

( 7 ) ~ Jane was born in the Runyon home on the Raritan River that was in the Elizabethtown Tract, Province of East Jersey, which was part of the English Empire.   She is believe to have passed away at a young age and was never married.

( Note that " Elizabeth Dunn " wife of John ( 2 ) and " Martha Dunn ", wife of Thomas ( 4 ) were sisters. )

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( 1 ) ~ (N)  Vincent Rongnion  ~   ~ (N)  Ann Boutcher Rongnion  ~  ( Wife of Vincent )

  Child of Vincent Rongnion ( 1 ) and Ann Boutcher Rongnion  ~  ( click on names below )

( 6 ) ~ (N)  Peter Runyon  ~  (N)  Providence Blackford Runyon  ~  ( Wife of Peter )


      Thomas Derrick Runyon ( 4 ) was born the 3rd child and 3rd son of Vincent Rongnion ( 1 ) and Ann Boutcher Rongnion in 1675 in the Elizabethtown Tract, Province of East Jersey, which was part of the English Empire.   He married " Martha Dunn " prior to 1698 and it is believed that they were married in Piscataway, New Jersey.   Martha was born July 13, 1681 in Piscataway, NJ the daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Drake Dunn    Martha's sister " Elizabeth Dunn " married Thomas' (4) brother John ( 2 ) .

      In 1698 Thomas ( 4 ) and his brother John ( 2 ) signed a compact with many others to build a church above the falls of the Delaware ( Scudders Falls at Trenton ).   The land was traded for land at Maidenhead, now Lawrenceville, New Jersey and a church was built there.   It was a Presbyterian Church and it is not known at this time whether or not it still stands.

      Thomas ( 4 ) and his wife Martha, however, joined the Hopewell Baptist Church prior to 1730 and that is the only record of them joining any church.   The above compact is in the Colonial Archives in Trenton.   Both Thomas (4) & his brother John (2) signed with their marks so evidently neither could write.

      By 1700 they had moved to Hopewell, Mercer County, New Jersey.   There they purchased 150 acres of land from Daniel Coxe on March 5, 1712 for 50 pounds ( English ).   The land is on the Titus Mill Road just below Hopewell & was described in the deed as being next to William Hixson, by Stoney Brook, and next to Captain Hunt.   It was witnessed by J. Basse, Edward Kemp and Alex Lockhart.

      The record of this transaction is in the Burlington County ( Hunterdon County was part of Burlington County in 1712 ) Book AAA, page 445 in the State Archives in Trenton, New Jersey.   Note:  The original copy of this deed was found in Pennington, New Jersey in a man's personal effects after his passing away in 1991.   It was given to Marvin C. Shephard ( see " Marvin Shepherd " in the "Shepherd Family History" ) who presented it to the Museum in Hopewell, New Jersey.   He also sent this author ( Russ Pickett ) a copy of the original).

      They built their house, which is still standing, in 1713.   Thomas ( 4 ) preceded his wife in passing away in 1753 and is " probably " interred in the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery ( no marker has been found ).   There is proof that his wife Martha was still alive at that time, however, no records have been found to establish the date of her passing.   They had 7 children:

  9.  Vincent Runyon  ~  b. abt. 1699  ~  d. 1770  ~  " Age abt. 71 years "

10.  Catherine Runyon  ~  b. ca. 1700  ~  d. 1768  ~  " Age abt. 68 years "

11.  Thomas Derrick Runyon, Jr.  ~  b. abt. 1701  ~  d. January 23, 1770  ~  " Age abt. 69 years "

12.  Martha Runyon  ~  b. abt. 1704  ~  d. abt. 1750  ~  " Age abt. 46 years "

13.  Ephraim Runyon  ~  b. ca. 1706  ~  d. 1772  ~  " Age abt. 66 years "

14.  Aaron Runyon  ~  b. ca. 1708  ~  d. 1791  ~  " Age abt. 83 years "

15.  Joseph Runyon  ~  b. ca. 1711  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "


~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

All the children were born in or near Hopewell, New Jersey.

( 9 ) ~ Vincent married 1st " Alice Curtiss " and then 2nd to " Mercy Bonham ".   He had only one child, Vincent, Jr.   Vincent ( 9 ) passed away in Hopewell.   His son, Vincent, Jr. married " Elizabeth Woolverton " and moved to New York in 1800 after selling the remainder of the lands of Thomas I ( 4 ).

( 10 ) ~ Catherine married " Cornelius Anderson " and had many children.   A record of her descendants is available as part of the Anderson genealogy records in the Hopewell, New Jersey Museum.

( 12 ) ~ Martha married " Hezekiah Bonham " and the record of Martha's descendants can be found in the Bonham genealogy records which are available in Hunterdon and Mercer County.

( 13 ) ~ Ephraim married " A____ Houghton " and was a logger and was killed in a wagon accident in 1772.   He and his wife had three daughters, of which I have no record.

( 15 ) ~ Joseph lived in Amwell County after his marriage ( unknown to who ) and had two sons, Peter and John.   John, it is known, remained a bachelor.


      Mary Runyon ( 5 ) was born the 4th child, 1st daughter of Vincent Rongnion ( 1 ) and Ann Boutcher Rongnion on July 2, 1677 in the Runyon Home in the Elizabethtown Tract, Province of East Jersey, which was part of the English Empire.   She married " Benjamin Drake " who was born the son of the Rev John Drake and Rebecca Gibbs Trotter Drake on July 3, 1683 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey.   They resided in Hopewell, New Jersey and had " 13 " known children however I currently only have " 1 " recorded and he was the oldest.

16.  John Drake  ~  b. 1710  ~  d. Jul/Oct, 1750  ~  " Age abt. 40 years "


      Sarah Runyon ( 8 ) was born the 7th child, 3rd daughter of Vincent Rongnion ( 1 ) and Ann Boutcher Rongnion on October 30, 1686 in the Runyon Home on the Ruritan River near Elizabethtown, NJ. She married "Richard Sutton" who was born the son of William & Damrus (Bishop) Sutton on July 18, 1676. They are believed to have resided in Hopewell, NJ and had ten children.

17.  Sarah Sutton  ~  b. December 23, 1703  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

18.  Anna Sutton  ~  b. May 20, 1706  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

19.  Nathan Sutton  ~  b. August 16, 1708  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

20.  Richard Sutton  ~  b. February 14, 1709  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

21.  Peter Sutton  ~  b. May 2, 1713  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

22.  Catherine Sutton  ~  b. January 24, 1714  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

23.  Joshua Sutton  ~  b. November 18, 1718  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

24.  Jonas Sutton  ~  b. April 18, 1721  ~  d. November 11, 1797  ~  " Age 76 years, 6 months, 24 days "

25.  Amos Sutton  ~  b. July 16, 1723  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

26.  Joseph Jasper Sutton  ~  b. August 15, 1726  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "


~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

( 17 ) ~ Sarah married " Joseph Manning " and it's currently unknown if they had any children.

( 18 ) ~ Anna married " Hendrick Sleight " and it's currently unknown if they had any children.

( 19 ) ~ Nathan married " Mary Cassart " and it's currently unknown if they had any children.

( 20 ) ~ Richard ~ Nothing further is known.

( 21 ) ~ Peter ~ Nothing further is known.

( 22 ) ~ Catherine ~ Nothing further is known.

( 23 ) ~ Joshua ~ Nothing further is known.

( 25 ) ~ Amos married " Jane Clawson " and it's currently unknown if they had any children.

( 26 ) ~ Joseph married " Margaret Cantey " and it's currently unknown if they had any children.


      Thomas Derrick Runyon, Jr. ( 11 ) was born the 2nd child and 2nd son of Thomas Derrick Runyon, Sr. ( 4 ) and Martha Dunn Runyon in abt. 1701 in Hopewell, New Jersey.   He married " Elizabeth ????? ".   By trade, he was a Tailor, having a shop in Hopewell and later having a shop in Kingwood Township.

      In 1753 he bought 150 acres near Quakertown, New Jersey.   He joined the Baptist Church in Baptistown, New Jersey in 1764 and was interred there after passing away prior to January 23, 1770 ( date of the execution of his will ).   His will left Absolam ( 40 ) who was the executor of the will his apparel, his two youngest daughters Catherine ( 44 ) and Rachel ( 45 ) his household goods.   His real estate was sold for 225 english pounds and it's unknown how the money was divided.

      His tombstone is unreadable today, however, he was buried right in front of his son Absolam ( 40 ).   His wife, Elizabeth passed away prior to Thomas ( 11 ), in ca. 1765.   They had " 6 " known children.

40.  Absolam Runyon  ~  b. 1736  ~  d. August 25, 1809  ~  " Age abt. 73 years "

41.  Rosanna Runyon  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

42.  Elizabeth Runyon  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

43.  Sarah Runyon  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

44.  Catherine Runyon  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

45.  Rachel Runyon  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "


~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

The birth order of the children is currently unknown.

( 41 ) ~ Rosanna married " Francis Pierce " in Kingwood Township.

( 41 ) ~ Rosanna married " Francis Pierce " in Kingwood Township.

( 42 ) ~ Elizabeth married " Thomas Jewel " who died on Nov 14, 1777. " Thomas Jewell " was a wheelwright and Absolam (40) was the bondsman to his estate.

( 43 ) ~ Sarah married " Adam Conrod " who was a Revolutionary War Veteran and was in a parade at Flemington, New Jersey in 1826.

( 44 ) ~ Catherine was not married as of 1770.

( 45 ) ~ Rachel was also not married as of 1770.

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( 11 ) ~ (N)  Thomas Runyon, Jr


      Aaron Runyon (14) was born the 6th child and 4th son of Thomas Derrick Runyon, Sr. ( 4 ) and Martha Dunn Runyon near Hopewell, New Jersey in ca. 1708.   He married, however, his wifes name is currently unknown.   There is a possibility that he married " Sarah Stout " who was born 1715 in Hopewell, New Jersey.

      Aaron Runyon (14) passed away in 1791 at the Age of about 83 years and he is believed to have been interred in Hopewell, New Jersey.   They had 9 known children.

46.  Catherine Runyon  ~  b. 1731  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

47.  Thomas Runyon  ~  b. 1735  ~  d. October 1, 1823  ~  " Age abt. 88 years "

48.  (Daughter) Runyon  ~  b. ca. 1738  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

49.  Aaron Runyon  ~  b. 1742  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

50.  (Daughter) Runyon  ~  b. ca. 1750  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age Unknown "

51.  Reuben Runyon  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. 1810  ~  " Age Unknown "

52.  Bonham Runyon  ~  b. 1754  ~  d. 1806  ~  " Age abt. 52 years "

53.  George Runyon  ~  b. 1756  ~  d. 1846  ~  " Age abt. 90 years "

54.  Jared S. Runyon  ~  b. 1758  ~  d. 1834  ~  " Age abt. 76 years "


~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

( 46 ) ~ Catherine moved with her brother Reuben (51) to Kentucky.  She had evidently become a widow prior to moving since it is noted that she moved with her children.

( 47 ) ~ Thomas ~ Nothing further is known.

( 48 ) ~ Daughter ~ Nothing further is known.

( 49 ) ~ Aaron married " Elizabeth Larison " and its unknown if they had any children.

( 50 ) ~ Daughter ~ Nothing further is known.

( 51 ) ~ Reuben and his sister Catherine (46) both moved to Kentucky where they both later died.

( 52 ) ~ Bonham moved to Pennslyvania where he later died.  He was married to a Elizabeth.

( 53 ) ~ George was married to a Margaret.

( 54 ) ~ Jared ~ Nothing further is known.


      Jonas Sutton ( 24 ) was born the son of Richard Sutton and Sarah Runyon Sutton ( 8 ) on April 18, 1721 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey.   He was married twice.   He 1st married a " ????? Mercer " whose first name is currently unknown.   After her passing away he then married " Elizabeth Runyon " who was born the daughter of Peter Runyon ( 6 ) and " Providence Blackford Runyon " in ca. 1731.

      Jonas ( 24 ) passed away at the age of 76 years, 6 months, and 24 days and was interred in the Sutton Farm Cemetery located at 62 Sutton Farm Road, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.   It is currently unknown when " Elizabeth Runyon Sutton " passed away however she was interred with her husband.   Jonas ( 24 ) had one know child with " ????? Mercer Sutton ":

55.  William Sutton  ~  b. 1741  ~  d. 1797  ~  " Age abt. 56 years "

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( 24 ) ~ (N)  Jonas Sutton ~ (N)  Elizabeth Runyon Sutton  ~  ( Wife of Jonas )


      Absolam Runyan ( 40 ) was born the 1st child and 1st son of Thomas Runyon, Jr. ( 11 ) and Elizabeth ????? Runyon near Hopewell, New Jersey in 1736.   From Absolam ( 40 ) on, the spelling of RunyOn was changed to RunyAn.  ( Notice: the name " Runyon " is reflected in the above names.)   Absolam ( 40 ) was married three times.

      Absolam ( 40 ) moved from Hopewell, New Jersey to Baptistown prior to 1753.   It is in Hopewell that it's believed he married his first wife " Anne Lake " who was born the daughter of Daniel Lake in 1746.

      He joined the Baptist Church in Baptistown in 1764 with his father, Thomas ( 11 ) , where he served as a Trustee.   He ran a Tavern in Frenchtown during 1769 and was a Tax Assessor in Kingwood Township in 1772.

      Sometime prior to 1770 his wife " Anne Lake Runyan " passed away in New Jersey and they had " 4 " known children together.   It is currently unknown where she was interred.   After his wife's passing he served as a Quarter Master during the Revolutionary War under Colonel Beavers.

      After the war Absolam ( 40 ) was married second to " Winifret Johnson " who was born the daughter of Cornelius Johnson and Ann Stout Johnson in 1730 in New Jersey.   Ann Stout Johnson was the great-granddaughter of Richard Stout and Penelope Van Princis Stout, the first European settlers of the State of New Jersey ( see their story by " Clicking Here " ).

      After his second marriage he purchased 300 acres of land, which he farmed, just below Baptistown sometime prior to 1780.   His second wife " Winifret Johnson Runyan " passed away in 1791 and its unknown where she was interred but more than likely in Baptistown.   Absolam ( 40 ) and " Winifret " had three children.   Absolam ( 40 ) was then married a third time to " Ann Johnson ", the sister of his 2nd wife " Winifret ", and she was born in 1746.   They did not have any children together.

      Absolam's ( 40 ) sons Stephen ( 60 ) and Abner ( 61 ) moved to Beaver County, Pennsylvania to homestead in the mid-1780's.   In 1787 they used their father's Revoluntionary War Service records, due to his rank, to help their father purchase 207 acres of land in North Sewickley Township in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  Absolams ( 40 ) immediately sold 1/2 of this land, at cost, to each son where they both remained to raise families of their own.

      Absolam ( 40 ) preceded his wife in passing away near Baptistown, New Jersey on August 25, 1809 at approximately 73 years of age.   He was interred in the Baptistown Cemetery in Baptistown.  His third wife " Ann Johnson Runyan " passed away on August 29, 1813 and was interred next to her husband.

( Note: )   " Marvin Charles Shepherd " along with his cousin " Richard Charles Shepherd " ( also see the "Shepherd Family History" ) installed the U.S. Govt. Revolutionary War Veterans Stone in Baptistown.   This stone is still decorated each Veteran's Day by the County.

Children of Absolam Runyan and Anne Lake Runyan :

60.  Stephen Runyan  ~  b. abt. 1757  ~  d. abt. 1846  ~  " Age abt. 89 years "

61.  Abner Runyan  ~  b. abt. 1758  ~  d. April 18, 1846 ~   ~  " Age abt. 88 years "

62.  Mary Runyan  ~  b. May, 1761, d. September 20, 1810  ~  " Age abt. 49 years "

63.  Ann Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

Children of Absolam Runyan and Winifret Johnson Runyan :

64.  Jerusha Runyan  -  b. March 16, 1777, d. October 27, 1855  ~  " Age 78 years, 7 months, 11 days "

65.  Thomas Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

66.  Johnson Runyan  -  b. January 19, 1782, d. November 29, 1852  ~  " Age 70 years, 10 months, 10 days "


~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

( 62 ) ~ Mary married " Samuel Large ", a Quaker on February 10, 1780 and moved with him to Warren County, New Jersey.

( 63 ) ~ Ann married " Elisha Jolley " and there is no further record of her ~ they possibly resided in Union County, New Jersey.

( 65 ) ~ Thomas stayed with his dad Absolam ( 40 ) and helped work the farm.  He was married and also worked as a township clerk in Kingwood Township.

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( 40 ) ~   Absolam Runyan  ~    Ann Johnson Runyan  ~  ( Wife of Absolam )

  Child of Absolam Runyan and Anne Lake Runyan :

( 62 ) ~   Mary Runyan Large  ~    Samuel Large  ~  ( Wife of Absolam )


      William Sutton ( 55 ) was born the only known child of Jonas Sutton ( 24 ) and ????? Mercer Sutton.   He married " Mary Robins " whose dates and parents are currently unknown. They had one known child together.

67.  Hannah Sutton  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "


      Stephen Runyan ( 60 ) was born the 1st child and 1st son of Absolam Runyan ( 40 ) and Anne Lake Runyon in ca. 1757 in Piscataway, New Jersey.   He married " Johanna Johnson " in May/June of 1782 in Hunterdon County New Jersey.   The name of her parents and the date of her birth are currently unknown but its believed she was related to his step-mother " Winifret Johnson Runyan ".

      Stephen ( 60 ), along with his brother Abner ( 61 ), were farming in Alexandria Township, New Jersey in 1782.   They both, together, moved to Beaver County, Pennsylvania in the mid-1780's where they evidently were homesteading land in North Sewickley Township.

      They contacted their dad Absolam Runyan ( 40 ) and used his influence, based on his Revolutionary War Service, to help him purchase 207 acres of land there.   This land was known as Lot #192 and was then called " Absolam's Choice " after the purchase.   Whether or not this was the same land the sons were homesteading is unknown at this time, however it is more than likely the case.

      Stephen ( 60 ) and Abner ( 61 ) both bought 1/2 of the 207 acres of land purchased by their dad from their dad in ca. 1788 for cost.   They both remained in Beaver County, Pennsylvania where they raised their families.   The descendant's of Stephen ( 60 ) and Abner ( 61 ) still have a yearly reunion ( as of 1993 ) in Michigan.

      Stephen ( 60 ) preceded his wife in passed away in 1846 in North Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania.  What cemetery he is interred in is currently unknown however his brother Abner ( 61 ) is interred in the Providence Baptist Cemetery, North Sewickley Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania and he is more than likely interred there as well.   " Johanna Johnson Runyan " passed away on May 12, 1851 in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.   It is also unknown where she was interred but more than likely with her husband.   They had " 4 " known children together:

68.  Absolam Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

69.  Joseph Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

70.  Stephen Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

71.  Jerusha Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "


~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

( 68 ) ~ Absolam was born in New Jersey.

The three younger children were all born in Pennsylvania.


      Abner Runyan ( 61 ) was born the 2nd child and 2nd son of Absolam Runyan ( 40 ) and Anne Lake Runyon in 1758 in Piscataway, New Jersey.   Abner (61), along with his dad Absolam Runyan ( 40 ), served in the Revoluntary War.

      After the war had ended he married " Rebecca Johnson " in May/June of 1782 in Hunterdon County New Jersey.   She was born in 1756 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The name of her parents is currently unknown but its believed she was related to his step-mother " Winifret Johnson Runyan ".

      Abner ( 61 ), along with his brother Stephen ( 60 ), were farming in Alexandria Township, New Jersey in 1782.   They both, together, moved to Beaver County, Pennsylvania in the mid-1780's where they evidently were homesteading land in North Sewickley Township.

      They contacted their dad Absolam Runyan ( 40 ) and used his influence, based on his Revolutionary War Service, to help him purchase 207 acres of land there.   This land was known as Lot #192 and was then called " Absolam's Choice " after the purchase.   Whether or not this was the same land the sons were homesteading is unknown at this time, however it is more than likely the case.

      Abner ( 61 ) and Stephen ( 60 ) both bought 1/2 of the 207 acres of land purchased by their dad from their dad in ca. 1788 for cost.   They both remained in Beaver County, Pennsylvania where they raised their families.   The descendant's of Stephen ( 60 ) and Abner ( 61 ) still have a yearly reunion ( as of 1993 ) in Michigan.

      " Rebecca Johnson Runyan " preceded her husband in passed away on February 21, 1843 at about the age of 87 years and was interred in the Providence Baptist Cemetery, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.   Abner ( 61 ) passed away on April 14, 1846 and was interred next to his wife.  They had " 5 " known children together:

72.  Rachel Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

73.  Thomas Runyan  ~  b. February 9, 1790  ~  d. March 13, 1859  ~  " Age 69 years, 1 month, 4 days "

74.  Mary Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

75.  Ann Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

76.  Adam Runyan  ~  b. ( unknown )  ~  d. ( unknown )  ~  " Age unknown "

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( 61 ) ~   Abner Runyan   ~   (N)  Rebecca Johnson Runyan

  Child of Abner ( 61 ) and Rebecca Runyan

( 73 ) ~   Thomas Runyan


      Jerusha Runyan ( 64 ) was born the 5th child and 3rd daughter of Absolam Runyan ( 40 ) and the 1st child and only daughter of Winifret Johnson Runyon on March 16, 1777 in Hunterdon, New Jersey.   She was married twice.

      She first married " Ezekial Compton " on December 29, 1796.   They had no children together and it is believed that he passed away, however the date is unknown.

      Jerusha ( 64 ) was then married to " Benjamin Coolbaugh " prior to 1799 and they moved to Pennsylvania.  Benjamin was born on December 10, 1767 in Smithfield, Pennsylvania.   His parent's names are currently unknown.

      Benjamin passed away on February 13, 1815 and was interred in Wysox, Pa.   Jerusha (64) passed away on October 27, 1855 also in Wysox, PA.   She was, evidently, interred with her husband.   The name of the cemetery is unknown.   They had 7 known children together and they have many descendants in PA, IL, and CA.

Child of Jerusha ( 64 ) and Ezekial Compton ?

77.  Lovina Compton ?  ~  b. October 8, 1794  ~  d. August 12, 1821  ~  " Age 26 years, 10 months, 4 days "

Children of Jerusha ( 64 ) and Benjamin Coolbaugh

78.  William Coolbaugh  ~  b. February 10, 1799  ~  d. May 25, 1880  ~  " Age 81 years, 3 months, 15 days "

79.  Absolam Coolbaugh  ~  b. January 11, 1801  ~  d. December 25, 1851  ~  " Age 50 years, 11 months, 14 days "

80.  Sally Ann Coolbaugh  ~  b. September 10, 1803  ~  d. July 5, 1881  ~  " Age 77 years, 9 months, 25 days "

81.  Johnson Runyan Coolbaugh  ~  b. May 12, 1807  ~  d. December 17, 1885  ~  " Age 78 years, 7 months, 5 days "

82.  Moses Coolbaugh  ~  b. May 21, 1809  ~  d. August 28, 1887  ~  " Age 78 years, 3 months, 7 days "

83.  Rachel Coolbaugh  ~  b. October 17, 1811  ~  d. January 15, 1875  ~  " Age 63 years, 2 months, 29 days "


~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

( 77 ) ~ Lovina is noted at being the illegitimate daughter of Jerusha ( 64 ) and possibly the daughter of her first huband, " Ezekial Compton ", prior to their marriage.   She was, however, raised by " Benjamin Coolbaugh " and later used the last name of " Coolbaugh " .   She married " Daniel McAlpin " and they didn't have any known children together.

( 78 ) ~ William married " Margaret A. Vought " and they had " 3 " known children together:

      Ellen Coolbaugh Goff
      Jerusha Coolbaugh Williams
      William Oakley Coolbaugh

( 79 ) ~ Absalom married " Catherine Bull " and they had " 1 " known child together:       Jefferson Largo Coolbaugh

( 80 ) ~ Sally married " David H. Owen " and they didn't have any known child together.

( 81 ) ~ Johnson married " Laura Melita Maynard " and they had " 1 " known child together:

      Edwin Coolbaugh

( 82 ) ~ Moses married " Nancy B. ????? " and its unknown if they had any children together.

( 83 ) ~ Rachel married " Richard Bennett " and its unknown if they had any children together.

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( 61 ) ~ (N)  Jerusha Runyon Coolbaugh   ~   (N)  Benjamin Coolbaugh  ~  ( Husband of Jerusha )

  Children of Jerusha ( 64 ) and Benjamin Coolbaugh:

( 78 ) ~   William Coolbaugh   ~     Margaret A. Vought Coolbaugh  ~  ( Wife of William )

( 79 ) ~   Absalom Coolbaugh   ~     Catherine Bull Coolbaugh  ~  ( Wife of Absalom )

( 80 ) ~   Sally Ann Coolbaugh Owen   ~     David H. Owen  ~  ( Husband of Sally )

( 81 ) ~   Johnson Runyon Coolbaugh   ~     Laura Melita Maynard Coolbaugh  ~  ( Wife of Johnson )

( 82 ) ~   Moses Coolbough   ~     Nancy B. Coolbaugh  ~  ( Wife of Moses )

( 83 ) ~   Rachel Coolbaugh Bennett


      Johnson Runyan ( 66 ) was born the 7th child and 4th son of Absolam ( 40 ) and the 3rd child and 2nd son of Winifret Johnson Runyan on January 19, 1782 in Kingwood Township, New Jersey.   He married " Permelia Mettler " ( see #29 of the Mettler Family History ) daughter of James Mettler and Elizabeth ????? Mettler on December 24, 1803.   She was born May 5, 1787 in Alexandria Township, New Jersey.

      Johnson ( 66 ) inherited 1/2 of his dad Absolam's ( 40 ) farm.   The other half going to his brother Thomas ( 65 ).   He bought the other half from Thomas ( 65 ) in 1814.   He was elected a Freeholder of Kingwood Township, New Jersey.   He later went bankrupt, according to the Hunterdon County Gazette of August 9, 1826, and lost his farm.

      Johnson ( 66 ) then bought the old homestead and farm of Philip Mettler ( #3 of Mettler Family History ) Grand-father of his wife " Permelia ", in Alexandria Township, New Jersey.   In 1830 he served as co-executor of the will of his father-in-law, James Mettler ( #16 of Mettler Family History ).

      Johnson ( 66 ) preceded his wife in passing away on January 29, 1852 in Alexandria Township at the age of 70.   He was interred in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, New Jersey.   His wife " Permelia Mettler Runyan " went to live with her daughter Orpha ( 85 ) in Little York, New Jersey.   She passed away on July 14, 1868 at the age of 81 years and was interred next to her husband and her parents in the Mt. Pleasant Cem.   They had " 9 " known children together:

84.  Stevenson Runyan  ~  b. 1805  ~  d. November 25, 1842  ~  " Age abt. 37 years "

85.  Orpha Runyan  ~  b. 1808  ~  d. 1881  ~  " Age abt. 73 years "

86.  Laraine Runyan  ~  b. April 19, 1809  ~  d. August 1, 1894  ~  " Age 85 years, 3 months, 13 days "

87.  Clarissa Runyan  ~  b. August 4 1811  ~  d. January 5, 1900  ~  " Age 88 years, 5 months, 1 day "

88.  Stanford Runyan  ~  b. 1812  ~  d. Jun 28, 1820

89.  Oakley Runyan  ~  b. Dec 29, 1813  ~  d. Dec 7, 1895

90.  Alvah Runyan  ~  b. Dec 13, 1816  ~  d. Nov 24, 1872

91.  Sylvester Runyan  ~  b. 1818  ~  d. Mar 22, 1855

92.  Clarkson Runyan  ~  b. 1824  ~  d. July 16, 1852

~ ~ ~ ~  Children's Notes : ~ ( other than those color coded above )

All of the children are believed to have been born in Kingwood Township, New Jersey.

( 84 ) ~ Stevenson married " Mary ????? " and is known to have had two children - Jon Stanford Runyan and Mary Emma Runyan, who both died the same year as their father, 1842.   It is believed that they all three are buried in the same plot at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.   It is also believed that they all died from tuberculosis, which was in epidemic scale during this time.

( 85 ) ~ Orpha cared for her mother, Permelia, after her fathers death and evidently never married.  She is interred at Mt. Pleasant next to brothers Alvah (90) & Oakley (89).

( 86 ) ~ Laraine married " Joseph Hoppock " and lived in Little York and had children.

( 87 ) ~ Clarissa married "Thomas Kitchen" and lived in Little York and had children.

( 88 ) ~ Stanford passed away at the age of 8 and is believed to have also died from tuberculosis, like his brother Stevenson (84).  Stanford (88) was interred in Baptistown Cem, Baptistown, NJ & is the only child of Johnson interred there.

( 89 ) ~ Oakley married "Elizabeth Alpaugh" & had two known children, Mrs. Phillip F. Hunt, and Mrs. Emma F. Tinsman.  They owned a farm in Mt. Pleasant, NJ on the road east, just above the cemetery.  He was the co-executor of his fathers will with his brother Alvah (90).  He is also interred in Mt. Pleasant Cem.

( 91 ) ~ Sylvester was never married & is buried in plot 108 of the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

( 92 ) ~ Clarkson married, but no name is known.  He died the same year as his father & is buried there with him at Mt. Pleasant Cem.

  View online memorial For  ~  ( click on names below )

( 66 ) ~   Johnson Runyan   ~     Permelia Mettler Runyan

  Children of Johnson ( 66 ) and Permelia Mettler Runyan

( 84 ) ~   Stevenson Runyan   ~     Emma Runyan  ~  ( DAUGHTER OF STEVENSON )

( 85 ) ~ (N)  Orpha Runyan

( 86 ) ~ (N)  Laraine Runyan Hoppock   ~   (N)  Joseph Hoppock  ~  ( Husband of Laraine )

( 87 ) ~   Clarissa Runyan Kitchen   ~     Thomas Kitchen  ~  ( Husband of Clarissa )

( 88 ) ~ (N)  Stanford Runyan

( 89 ) ~   Oakley Runyan   ~     Elizabeth Alpaugh Runyan  ~  ( Wife of Oakley )

( 91 ) ~   Sylvester Runyan

( 92 ) ~   Clarkson Runyan


      Hannah, (67) was born the only known child of William (49) & Mary (Robins) Sutton. She married "John Morden" who was born on January 24, 1768 the son of Ralph & Ann (Durham) Morden. Ralph Morden was a Quaker who was wrongly convicted of treason in a volatile time of the Revolutionary Era. He was hanged in Easton, Pennsylvania on Noivember 25, 1780, at 38 years of age. He had helped a friend named Robert Land flee the area for Canada. His widow, Ann Durham Morden, was left with 8 children & 2 orphaned young grandchildren. She settled in Dundas, Ontario, Canada as a widow on her own, after she had tried staying in Pennsylvania until things got too shaky. She even translated for Canadian Goivernor John Simcoe in his dealings with the Mohawk Natives. She was a true Quaker & ironically, even after her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth McGarvin, was left orphaned by an Indian massacre when she was a young teen. Elizabeth McGarvin was born in Ireland.

      John & Hannah (Sutton) Morden (67) lived in London, Ontario, Canada. John passed away on his birthday, January 24, 1832, and it is currently unknown where he was interred. The date of Hannah's (67) passing is currently unknown. They had one known child together.

100. *James Morden  -  b. Oct. 25, 1800, d. 1855


      Alvah Runyan ( 90 ) was born the 7th child & 4th son of Johnson (66) and Permelia (Mettler) Runyan in Kingwood Township, NJ on December 13, 1816. He married "Ann Apgar" on November 19, 1840 in Alexandria Township. She was born July 20, 1819. Where she was born & who her parents were is unknown.

      He lived on his father Johnson's (66) farm until his father's death in 1852. He then bought a 60 acre farm from a Wright. This farm was located just outside of the town of Little York on the road east. (House is still standing, 1990).

      Alvah (83) died on November 24, 1872 at the age of 55 in Alexandria Township. His obituary was recorded in the Flemington Democrat. His farm was sold by his son & executor John Martin Runyan (51) to _____ Alpaugh. The sale was not recorded, however, until 1922 for some reason. He was interred at the Mt. Pleasant Cem. with his other family members, close to his brother Oakley (60) & sister Orpha (57). His wife, Ann, died on March 4, 1897 at the age of 77 & is interred next to her husband at Mt. Pleasant. They had 8 children.

101.  John Martin Runyan  -  b. 1842, d. 1936
102.  Mary Ella Runyan  -  b. Aug 17, 1843, d. Jan 2, 1900
103. *Corinda Runyan  -  b. Oct 17, 1846, d. Oct 25, 1881
104.  Marthae Runyan  -  b. Sep 18, 1848, d. Jan 30, 1925
105.  Johnson Runyan  -  b. Dec 22, 1851, d. Jan 9, 1918
106.  Spencer Runyan  -  b.ca. 1853, d. Sep 16, 1940
107.  Stanford C. Runyan  -  b. Sep 13, 1856, d. Jan 18, 1891
108.  Emma Runyan  -  b. Jun 11, 1859, d. Jun 24, 1950

Family Notes: John Martin (101) married "Uri Sinclair". She was born in 1847 & died in 1930. He was the co-administrator of his father Alvah's (90) estate in 1872 with his brother-in-law William Gardner. He & his wife are both buried in the Frenchtown Cem. Mary Ella (102) married "William Gardner" & had one daughter, Adah. Adah married a "Smith" & was widowed prior to 1918 when she moved to East Orange & worked for Prudential Ins. Co. She married 2nd a "Barrett". Adah did not have children by either marriage. Mary Ella (102) was interred with her husband in Bloomsbury, NJ. Her dau, Adah was also interred in Bloomsbury. Marthae (104) married "George Huff". There is not a record of any children. She is interred at Mt. Pleasant Cem., NJ. Johnson (105) was born in Alexandria Township & married a widow named "Brown" in Newark, NJ on October 14, 1897. They had two children - son named Alvah & a daughter Lillian. Lillian married a "Wedgebury" & lived at 13 Blossom Road in Rumson, NJ. She worked at the Prudential Ins. Co. with relative Adah, dau of Mary Ella (102). No further information is available on their son Alvah. Spencer (106) remained a bachelor & died on September 16, 1940. He is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cem. Stanford C. (107) married a "Mary J____" who died on June 17, 1917. They are both interred in the Mt. Pleasant Cem. in plot 377 (no markers). Their son, the only child of record, was named Howard. He also had a son, named Arthur, who had a son named Howard who is (or was) the police chief of Clinton Township, NJ. Emma (108) married a "Kephart" & is interred in Mt. Pleasant Cem. in plot 118.

View Online Memorial For (click on name):
"Alvah Runyan (83)"   -   "Ann (Apgar) Runyan"   -   "John Martin Runyan (101)"   -   "Uri (Sinclair) Runyan"
"Marthae (Runyan) Huff (104)"   -   "Spencer Runyan (106)"   -   "Stanford C. Runyan (107)"
"Emma (Runyan) Kephart (108)"


      James, (100) was born the only known child of John & Hannah (Sutton) Morden on October 25, 1800. He married "Elizabeth McGarvin" whose dates and parents are currently unknown. It is known however that she was born in Ireland.

      James passed away in 1855 and it is currently unknown where he was interred. The date of Elizabeth's passing is currently unknown. They had one known child together.

109. *Eleanor Morden  -  b. Jul. 5, 1827, d. Nov. 5, 1914


      Corinda, (103) was born the 3rd child & 2nd dau of Alvah (90) and Ann (Apgar) Runyan on October 10, 1846 in Alexandria Township, NJ. She married "Peter Aller Shepherd" on September 29, 1868. Peter (See the "Shepherd Family History") was born on December 17, 1844, the son of John & Mary (Sherred) Shepherd.

      Corinda (103) was evidently a housewife. Her husband Peter worked for the railroad & later became a station agent in Stockton, NJ. Corinda (103) preceded her husband in death on October 25, 1881 at the age of 35 & was interred in the Frenchtown Cem. in Frenchtown, NJ. She was later disinterred & moved to the Riverview Cem. in Lambertville, NJ where she lays next to her husband Peter who died on October 10, 1921 at the age of 76. They had 4 Children.

110.  Alvah Runyan Shepherd  -  b. Aug 09, 1871, d. 1959
111.  Lemuel Shepherd  -  b. Oct 25, 1873, d. Jul 16, 1877
112.  Charles Alvater Shepherd  -  b. Jun 24, 1875 d. Apr 12, 1959
113. *Harry Jacob Shepherd, Sr.  -  b. Jul 17, 1877, d. May 22, 1951

Family Notes:   Alvah (74) married a Miss Trout & they both moved to near Riverside, California in 1906 where he is interred. Lemuel (75) died at the age of 4 years & is interred in Riverview Cem., Lambertville. Charles' (76) and Harry's (77) descendants are shown in the "Shepherd Family History".

View Online Memorial For (click on name):
"Corinda (Runyan) Shepherd (103)"   -   "Peter Aller Shepherd"   -   "Lemuel Shepherd (111)"
"Charles Alvater Shepherd (112)"


      Eleanor, (109) was born the only known child of James (100) & Elizabeth (McGarvin) Morden on July 5, 1827. She married "Isaac Coyne" who was born on June 27, 1818. His parents are currently unknown.

      Isaac passed away in 1883 and it is currently unknown where he was interred. Eleanor (109) passed away on November 5, 1914 and it is also unknown where she was interred. They had one known child together.

114. *Hannah Ida Harriet Coyne, b. Mar. 1, 1860, d. Nov. 4, 1924


      The family and descendants of Harry Jacob Shepherd (113) are all displayed in the:

" Shepherd Family History ".

" Continued Lineage Of Author "

Harry Jacob Shepherd, Sr. & "Amanda Carver Howell" had a daughter: Edith Elizabeth Shepherd

Edith Elizabeth Shepherd & Russell Stout had a daughter: Emma Virginia Stout

Emma Virginia Stout & John Ernest Pickett, Jr. had a son: Russell Stout Pickett (author)


      Hannah, (114) was born the only known child of Isaac & Eleanor (Morden) Coyne (109) on March 1, 1860. She married "John Smith Ireland" who was born on August 25, 1859. His parents are currently unknown.

      Hannah (114) passed away on November 4, 1924 and it is currently unknown where she was interred. Her husband John passed away an month later on December 10, 1924 and it is also unknown where he was interred. They had one known child together.

115. *Harold Jack Coyne Ireland, b. Nov. 27, 1899, d. Mar. 12, 1991


      Harold, (115) was born the only known child of John Smith & Hannah Ida Harriet (Coyne) Ireland (114) on November 27, 1899. He married "Merney Agatha Augusta Eberly" who was born on March 9, 1901. Her parents are currently unknown.

      Merney passed away on June 16, 1952 and it is currently unknown where she was interred. Her husband Harold (115) passed away March 12, 1991 and it is also unknown where he was interred. They had one known child together.

116. *Jack Coyne Ireland, b. Sep. 24, 1928, d. Oct. 23, 1998


      Jack, (116) was born the only known child of Harold Jack Coyne (115) & Merney Agatha Augusta (Eberly) Ireland on September 24, 1928. He married "Barbara Jean Williams" who was born on December 20, 1936. Her parents are currently unknown.

      Barbara passed away on September 17, 1998 and it is currently unknown where she was interred. Her husband Jack (116) passed away a month later on October 23, 1998 and it is also unknown where he was interred. They had one known child together.

117.  John Charles Ireland, Jr., b. Nov. 17, 1959


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