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Barefoot BRINSON (son of Daniel BRINSON and Frances GREENLAND)65 was born 1686 in Middlesex Co, NJ65, and died 1743 in New Jersey65. He married Marritje Lawrence POPINGA on Abt. 1721 in New Amsterdam, NY, daughter of Laurens Thomaszen POPINGA and Catherine LEWIS.

 Includes NotesNotes for Barefoot BRINSON:
There are numerous early Barefoots in Surry Co, VA and evidently also in King and Queen Co, VA.
Descendants of John Barefoote (maternal great grandfather of Barefoot Brinson)

Generation No. 1


2. i. MARY2 BAREFOOTE, b. Bet. 1631 - 1633, St. Dunstan, Stepney, London, England; d. Unknown.

Generation No. 2

2. MARY2 BAREFOOTE (JOHN1)1 was born Bet. 1631 - 1633 in St. Dunstan, Stepney, London, England, and died Unknown. She married DR. HENRY GREENLAND1. He was born Abt. 1628 in England, and died Bet. 11 December 1694 - 07 February 1694/95 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.

Christening: 04 March 1632/33

In "The Van der Vliet Family in America" by James Vliet, Henry is referred to as Princeton's first settler.

From "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire ", page 288:
"Greenland,Dr. (and Mr.) Henry, physician, Kittery, ±42 in 1670, ±44 in 1672. Intimate of, and drawn to N. E. to be near, Capt. Barefoot, he practised first in Newbury (plaint. in a suit for slander Mar. 1662-3), uncertain. where to settle until his wife came. In Nov. 1663 he wit. Capt. Lockwood's deed to Barefoot; Newb. wit. Apr.–May 1664. Before 17 July 1665 he and Thos. Wiggin had given evidence. against Mr. Rich. Cutts for words spoken about. the King's comrs. Liv. in Kit. about. 1666, and continually in evidence. or trouble, including a reported attempt in 1670 to seize Mr. Cutts and send him to Eng. for punishment for treason, and ransom. Convicted of many high misdemeanors in June 1672 and ordered by the general. court. to leave the jurisdie. within two mos. On ptn. of his w. Mary, this time was extended to Sept. 1673. The ho. he had built at Kit. Point was sold in 1689 by Maj. John Davis to Benj. Woodbridge, clerk, with special warranty against the heirs of II. G. and heirs of Mr. Wm. Bickham. Barefoot's will gives to H. G. the 1000 a. at Spruce Creek, bot from H. G.; the title to which was in dispute. Lists 82, 86, 92. See Me. P. & Ct., vols. i and ii; Y.D. ii; Proc. Mass. Hist. Socy. 39. 288-291. His w. Mary, who came aft. May 1663, was here aft. he had left for Piscataway, N. J., in July 1673, selling without lic.; the same in July 1675, but fine remitted as she had some assurance from the selectmen. At Piscataway he was a landowner, Capt., J. P. Wife liv. there 1684, not in his will 11 Dec. 1694–7 Feb. 1694-5, Benj. Hull(1) a wit. Kn. ch.: Henry, liv. 1694-5. Frances, m. 8 Oct. 1681 Daniel Brynson or Brymson of Millston River, who d. in 1696, leaving. wid. daughter. Frances, s. Barefoot. Dau. (presum. Mary), m. Cornelius Langevelt (Longfield), Esq. of Raritan. His will 1733 names w. Mary, s. Henry, 3 dec. daus. and gr. ch."

From Somerset County Historical Quarterly (courtesy Ruthe Baker on Greenland GenForum):
"...Dr. Walter Barefoot (or Barford, as the name is given in English)...was said to be the most litigating and scandal-raising personage connected with the Piscataqua region, whether as doctor, captain, prisoner, prison-keeper, Deputy Governor, land speculator or Chief Justice. He was well-educated and wrote a good hand...He was a churchman, but a sturdy and quarrelsome supporter of the Stuart policy, while most of his neighbors were Puritans, so that the hard things...said of both Barefoot and Greenland need to be weighed in the light of those facts"

Occupation: Physician

i. FRANCES3 GREENLAND1, b. Abt. 1653, Membury Parish, Membury, Devonshire, England; d. Bef. 01 March 1756, Princeton, Somerset County, New Jersey2; m. (1) DANIEL BRINSON3, 08 October 1681, Devonshire, England4; b. 08 September 1653, Membury Parish, Membury, Devonshire, England; d. Bet. 13 June - 15 September 1696, Middlesex, Somerset County, New Jersey4; m. (2) JOHN HORNER, Aft. 1696.

Daniel and Frances "first settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; by 1685/86 they moved to a 300 acre tract on the north branch of Stony Brook, about a mile from the Millstone River. Quaker John Horner willed funds for building Stony Brook Meeting House." Source" "The Van der Vliet Family in America" from Brinson Family GenForum

He died on his father-in-law's plantation, which was "400 acres of land about a mile from present Princeton University, on the Millstone, at the bridge on the Brunswick road from Trenton..." From the Wilkinson/Rutherford Family File on Roots Web

The following is from the Somerset County (NJ) Historical Quarterly, v.3 (1914): 289-90. "'The Brunson (Brynson-Brinson) Family,' by William H. Benedict, New Brunswick, NJ. Daniel Brinson, the son of William Brinson, of Devonshire, England, came to America about 1677. He married Frances, daughter of Dr. Henry Greenland and Mary his wife, whose other children were: Mary, who married Cornelius Longvelt (Longfield in English), and Henry. Brinson's children were: Barefoot, named for his grandfather Greenland's great friend (perhaps not relative), Dr. Walter Barefoote and the only one mentioned by his grandfather in his will; Margare t, who married John Van Vliet (or Fleet); Mary, who married, first, a Farnsworth, and, second, Adrian Beekman; and Anne, who married William Davidson.

"Dr. Greenland patented, in 1693, 400 acres of land about a mile from present Princeton University, on the Millstone, at the bridge on the Brunswick road from Trenton, and it was on this plantation that Daniel Brinson lived at his death in 1696. His widow, Frances Greenland, married (2nd) John Horner, a Quaker, of Princeton, living on the next farm but one. The son, Barefoot, continued on the plantation till his death in 1748 or 1749. Barefoot was the earliest known sheriff of Somerset, acting perhaps from 1711 to 1730. He married Mary Lawrence, who advertised the plantation in the 'New York Gazette,' Nov. 21, 1748, as of 'about 330 acres,' and she signed herself 'Mary Brunson on the premises.' The executors were Mary Brunson and Thos. Lawrence and his creditors were referred to Sam'l Lawrence of New York, and Thomas Lawrence of Phila. Here we have the first change of the name to Brunson.

"The children mentioned in Barefoot's will were John and Ruth. John married (???) Arrowsmith.. Both he and his wife died young and left two children: Daniel, b. 1768; d. 1840; m. Sarah Whitlock, who was b. 1769 and d. 1824; and Mary. Daniel's son, John Whitlock b. 1800; d. 1866; m. Sarah Van TINE, b. 1798. She was t he daughter of Ephraim Van Tine, who was b. Feb. 7, 1752. Their dau., (???), m. Abraham Voorhees, whose dau., Sarah Voorhees m. John S. Clark, now of Overbrook Farm, Middlebush, New Jersey. Mary Brunson m. John N. Simpson, one of New Brunswick's merchants and interested in forming the New Brunswick Steam & Steamboat Co., the first steamboat company I know of, as Fulton and Livingston were relatives and partners and not a company. Mrs. Chas. W. McCutchen, of Plainfield, is a granddaughter of this Mary (Brunson) Simpson.

"Margaret , Barefoot's sister, married John Van Vliet (which became Fleet) and had a son John, and a daughter Frances, who m. Jacob Wyckoff, of Six-Mile Run, and had two sons. She m. (2nd) John Piatt, who died at St. Thomas, West Indies, 1760, leaving five sons, viz., John, Abraham, Daniel, William and Jacob, all of whom were in the Revolutionary War from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Frances 'Vliet' Piatt died on the day of the Battle of Princeton within hearing of the guns, and three sons were in that battle. All five sons founded families. Abraham's daughter, Catharine Piatt, m. her cousin, James Andrew, and a living descendant of this line is F. C. Cochrane, of Ithaca, NY.

"Of the Pennsylvania Brunsons, it is to be said that they lived in Lancaster (or Dauphin, part of Lancaster) county. A Barefoot and also William and Daniel Brunson were in Capt. Joseph Sherer's Co., 4th Battalion, Lancaster Co., PA, troops, Col. James Bard commanding, Mar. 26, 1776. Barefoot was excused from military duty July 21, 1778, as one son was going to war and another was sick. Barefoot had a dau. Mary, who m. Samuel Berryhill, whose dau. Mary Berryhill m. (??? ) Riddell. She left two sons, John and Charles. She was b. Apr. 23, 1800, and d. Feb., 1892."

Emigration: Abt. 1677, From Devon, England aboard the "Willing Mind"

Marriage: 08 October 1681, Devonshire, England4

Religion: Quaker
Residence: Princeton, New Jersey

Marriage: Aft. 1696

ii. HENRY GREENLAND, b. Abt. 1655, Membury Parish, Devonshire, England; d. Aft. 1695.

Another LDS Ancestral File has that Henry was christened February 8, 1659/60, St. Dunstan, Stepney, London, England.

iii. MARY GREENLAND4, b. Abt. 1657, Membury Parish, Devonshire, England; d. Unknown; m. CORNELIUS LONGVELT4.

Another LDS Ancestral File has that Maria was christened August 8, 1657, Derr y Cathedral, Templemore, Londonderry, Ireland.


1. Brinson Family GenForum; posting #54; excerpts from "The Van der Vliet Family in America" manuscript by James Vliet.
3. Brinson Family GenForum; posting #54; excerpts from "The Van der Vliet Family in America" manuscript by James Vliet.
Barefoot Brinson lived on the family plantation patented by his great grandfather, Dr. Greenland, in 1693
until his death in 1748-1749. Barefoot was the earliest known sheriff of Somerset Co, NJ, acting perhaps from 1711 until 1730. He married Mary Lawrence, who advertised the plantation in the NEW YORK GAZETTE in 21 November 1748, as of "about 300 acres" and signed herself as "Mary Brunson on the premises." Executors for the will of Barefoot were Mary Brunson and Thomas Lawrence. His creditors were listed as Samuel Lawrence of New York and Thomas Lawrence of Philadelphia. Children mentioned in his will were John Brunson and Ruth Brunson.

William H. Benedict, The Brunson (Brynson-Brinson) Family, Somerset Co, NJ Quarterly, v. 3 (1914), page 289-290.

More About Barefoot BRINSON:
Record Change: 22 May 1999

More About Barefoot BRINSON and Marritje Lawrence POPINGA:
Marriage: Abt. 1721, New Amsterdam, NY.

Children of Barefoot BRINSON and Marritje Lawrence POPINGA are:
  1. +John BRINSON, b. Bet. 1723 - 1725, Middlesex Co, NJ or New York, NY, d. Bet. 1754 - 1816, New Jersey?.
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