Thinking to explore newly available records about the Prince family, I set about building out the family and antecedents of Jonathan Prince. I came across numerous references and documents and then was stunned to read that Jonathan’s great-great grandmother was one of the accused in the Salem witch trials of 1692!
Robert Prince was an early settler of the Massachusetts Bay colony, and owned land in Salem Village (Danvers, MA today). When he died in 1674 his children were all under age but his will mentions sons James and Joseph and daughter Elizabeth as well as his wife Sarah (ne. Warren). Sarah could not manage the farm on her own and so she purchased the contract for a “redemptioner” named Alexander Osburn (or Osburne) to help her work the farm. Unfortunately for her, she eventually married him. Apparently, it was not a happy marriage and later accounts paint a dismal picture of both physical and mental abuse. Sarah Osburn became depressed and took to her bed. She was accused by the young women of Salem as a witch and was brought before the court and questioned. Although she denied the testimony against her, she was jailed and transported to Boston where she died two months later.
Robert’s sons James and Joseph were able to reclaim their inheritance and prospered in Salem. James married a Sarah Rea and they had six children, of whom their fifth child was David Prince. David and wife Phebe Fuller (b. 1706) moved from Salem Village to Sutton where they raised five children. David died very early at the age of 35 years and guardianship records for sons Stephen and John show them placed with James Prince and John Fuller respectively.
Stephen Prince married Abigail Perkins (1736-1820) and they raised thirteen children in Sutton as it transitioned from a British colony to a town in America. Stephen appears to have fought for the colonies during the American Revolution but print resources are jumbled and further research is necessary to build out his service. At some point in the late 1780’s the family removed to the town of Oxford. Numerous printed sources state that Stephen died in either 1780 or 1800 but he appears in the 1810 census with his sons Stephen Jr. and David. Jonathan had already removed to Sturbridge. There are also several mix ups concerning Stephen Sr’s wife Abigail Perkins and Stephen Jr’s wife Abigail Pratt.
Jonathan Prince, born in Sutton, moved with the family to Oxford where he married Patty Vinton. Shortly before the 1809 birth of his daughter Juley, the family relocated to Sturbridge and from there to Orwell, Pennsylvania.
I am honored to be related to these men and women. Some gave their lives in service, some returned home to struggle with wounds acquired during service. All were forever changed by their service. Thank you.
Jonathan Buttles, Connecticut; Capt. in the 18th Regiment CT Militia
Cornelius Carhart, Major 2nd Hunterdon Regt. and Captain, 3rd Hunterdon Regt. New Jersey
Moses Cowdrey, Connecticut; Private in the Old Continental Army
George Emlen, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Samuel Howell, (1722-1805), member of the Committee of Safety
Samuel Howell, (1748-1802), served as General Washington’s bodyguard and also as a private in the First Troop of cavalry
Samuel Leigh, Capt. John Hunt’s Co., 1st Regiment, Hunterdon Co., NJ militia
Richard Mount, Monmouth County, New Jersey
William Mount, private, Capt. Nixon’s Company of Horse
Isaac Roach, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; commissioned by Benjamin Franklin
Hartman M Vreeland, New Jersey
War of 1812
Isaac Roach, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; POW in Quebec, described by Henry Clay in speech on the new army bill in 1813
Samuel Foster Buttles was a member of the One Hundred and Forty-first Regiment, and received a gun-shot wound in the back, at the battle of Gettysburg, which finally caused his death in 1884.
Theron L.Cowdrey, 25th Regiment Connecticut Infantry, Co. E, served as a private
Charles J.Eastabrook, Pennsylvania; enlisted 28 May 1865, served as Com’s Sergt of 141st Pennsylvania Volunteers, wounded
Erasmus Percival Hine, Bradford, Pennsylvania. Served in 141 Regiment Co. D Pennsylvania Volunteers
Benjamin Jones, Private, Co. C, 10 New Jersey Volunteers
Benjamin Walter Jones, Civil War Union Army Officer. He served in the Civil War as Captain and commander of Company I, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry, being mustered in on August 29, 1861. On September 20, 1862, he was discharged due to disability.
Ivins Davis Jones, Became a Captain of Company C of the First New Jersey Volunteer Infantry and later as a Major in the 1st NJ Vol. Cavalry. Also enlisted in 1st Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry Cole’s Brigade, Co M
Anthony Jones Morris, Private, 1st Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers
Hiram Mount, New Jersey, United States; commissioned 1st lieutenant Co. C, 29th NJ Volunteers and mustered out in 1863
George Mortimer Prince, enrolled in Co. G, 5th regiment of NY Cavalry, medical discharge
James L.Prince, drafted at age 25 on Sept. 26, 1864, for 1 yr.; and mustered at Troy, Pennsylvania. He was assigned to Company A, 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was discharged by General Order on June 28, 1865. dis. June 28, ’65.
Stephen Vreeland Van Ripen, enlisted in the 126th New York Infantry Co. J, taken prisoner at battle Sep 1862, paroled and discharged on medical disability.
John Vought, served in Company B of the 76th Pennsylvania Infantry
Nicholas D. Vreeland, served in the NJ Infantry, 22nd Regiment, Co. A
Spanish American War
George V Buttles, Spanish American War, Company M
Harold Doremus Tompkins
World War I
Francis Mumford Gibbs
Elizabeth Brightly Jones
George Dewey Lewis
Milton Pierson Lewis, WWI veteran – cpl US Army Co H 114th Infantry 29 Division
Robert Martin, Served in the Navy during WWI, quartermaster
Burns Wilson Mount joined Ohio National Co F 3rd Infantry, Co F 166 AEF
George Raymond Prince, served in the Navy
Philip Hine Prince, registered as a Pvt. in the Engineers, 2 Jun 1918, assigned to Co. B, 548th Engineers, promoted to sergeant 1 Oct. 1918, released 29 Jul 1919
Harold E Stackhouse, Mercer County, New Jersey
William Johnson Taylor
Henry Wolcott Toll
Harold Doremus Tompkins, served in the signal corps of the New Jersey National Guard in France; served as a lieutenant with the American Expeditionary Forces
Carl W. Vietor, Served in the Motor Transport Corps
Harold Van Pelt Vreeland, Served in the Medical Corps, July 1, 1918 to April 1919
Horace Wills, Lieutenant
World War II
Stanley Bernard Bean, Fort Dix, Burlington, New Jersey, United States
Drayton Cochran served from July 1941 to March 1946 in the Atlantic Theatre; commanding officer of USS PC-486 in the invasion of Amchitka, and commanding officer of USS Keith (DE-241) and USS Robert I. Paine (DE-578) in the Atlantic. He left the service as a lieutenant commander.
Earl Goodman, Navy 1943-1946
Barclay Gibbs Jones, drafted and served in Company E 379th Infantry 95th Division, POW
Elwood Oscar Jones, served aboard the USS Essex; served in the Navy
Clarence Paul Kinsley, battle medic
Wilbur Sherman served in Europe
Robert Stanton, served in the South Pacific; flight engineer flew with the Navy
William Dorus Stubenbord, served in the Navy’s Medical Corps, retiring as a captain
Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins, WASP, died in service
Samuel Emlen Howell Jones
Myron Percival Brown, Corporal, United States Air Service