Janet HAMPTON (daughter of John HAMPTON and Unknown)485 was born Abt. 1668 in Elphingston, East Lothian County, Scotland486, and died January 15, 1761 in Monmouth Co, New Jersey487, 488. She married Robert RHEA on November 09, 1689 in Shrewsbury, New Jersey489, 490, 491.
Notes for Janet HAMPTON: "Hampton Janet, born 1668, daughter of John Hampton, an indentured servant imported into East New Jersey 1684; married Robert Rhea in Shrewsbury, East New Jersey, 10.2.1690 (MNJ)"
Robert Ray and Jannett Hampton, both belonging to the town of Shrewsbury, were married at the house of John Hampton in an appointed meeting this ninth day of the eleventh month; 1689," .... 1689, Jan. 9. Jacob Lippincott was a witness at the marriage of Robert Ray to Jenett Hamton, at the house of John Hamton.
WILL OF ROBERT RHE In the name of God Amen, the tenth day of Aprile one thousand seaven Hundred & Eighteen, I Robert Rhe of Freehold yeoman being of perfect memory & Remembrance praised be God, Do make & ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & forme following (viz)
Imprimis I bequeath my soule into ye hands of Almightie God my maker, hoping that through ye meritorious Death & passion of Jesus Christ my only Saviour & Redeemer, to receive free pardon & forgiveness of All my sins and as for my Body to be Buryed In Christian buryal at ye discretion of my Executrix hereafter Nominated,
Item I Give to my son David Rhe All my Lands & tenements, and All my Carpenters & Coopers Tools upon condition that he shall pay All my debts & Legacies, and that my Executrix shall have her Priviledge of any one Room In ye house during her Life, Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Rhe ye sum of twenty pounds, Item I give to my daughter Catherine Rhe ye sum of twenty pounds, Item I Give to my daughter Margarett Rhe ye sum of twenty pounds, Item I give to my daughter Isabell Rhe ye sum of twenty pounds, Item I give to my daughter Mary Rhe ye sum of twenty pounds to be paid In manner followeing, that is to say Elizabeth within two years after my decease, Catherine one year after Elisabeth, Margarett two years after Catherine, Isabell two years after Mary, Mary two years After Margarett or when she comes to ye Age of twenty years,
Item I Give to Jannet my wife the sum of thirtie pounds to be paid In six months After my decease, and all my moveables Imediately and make her sole Executrix of this my last will & testament, Revoking all other wills & Testaments, further I will & ordain that In case of Non payment of ye Aforesd Debts & Legacies, that then so much of my Land bequeathed shall be sold by ye greeved to pay all Debts & Legacies In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seale the day above written
Signed sealed, pronounced & his mark declared In ye presence Robt: f Rhe (Seal) of Richard Clerk, George Walker John Campbell
Memorandum on ye 27th of May 1719 Richard Clerk & John Campbell two of ye subscribing witnesses to ye above Instrument came before me John Barclay Surrogate, who upon their solemn oath deposed that they saw ye above Robert Rhe, Sign, Seale, Deliver, pronounce & declare ye same to be his Last Will & Testament, and that at ye same time he was of sound mind & Judgment to the best of their understanding, Sworn before me ye day & year above written - John Barclay Surgt.
Letter of Administration was Accordingly Granted by His Excellency Brigadeere Hunter Governour of New Jersey &c. to Jannet Rhe widow ye Executrix In ye sd Last will & Testament named Dated ye 20th day of June 1719 - Barclay Dpt Sety.
WILL OF JANNET RHE In the name of God Amen the first day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty two I Jannet Rhe widow of the deceas'd Robert Rhe of Freehold in the county of Monmouth and province of East New Jersey being weak and sickly in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all once to dye do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament Viz: principally and first of all I recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors herein after mentioned nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I hereby give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form Viz:
Imprimis it is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged by my executors hereinafter named out of my personal estate. Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved friend William Tenant the sum of five pounds: Item I give and bequeath towards the finishing of the presbyterian mitting house the sum of five pounds. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son David Rhe one great bible and one chest and one pair of money weights. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved granddaughter Jannet Rhe one silk gown and pettecoat and one trunk and one table and one looking glass and one pair of hand irons and one pair of tongs and fire shovel. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved granddaughter Margret Gordon wife of John Yeetman one cobbert and one bed filled with flowrs and one old bolster one coverlid, two blankets one sheet. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved grand daughter Anne VanShyack my feather bed one boulder two pillows two sheets two blankets one coverlid and writings. Item I give and bequeath to my great grand daughter Isable VanShyack daughter of John one old crape gound and pettecoat. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son in law James English all my sheep. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved gran daughter Elizabeth English one Iron pott and pott hooks. Item it is my will and I do order that all other parts of my estate that will remain after paying the above debt charges and legacies be left to the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned and lastly I do nominate constitute and appoint my well beloved son David Rhe and my well beloved son in law James English and no other to be executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannull all manner and other wills testaments legacies and executors by me heretofore made and given ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year first above written, 1752.
mark - - - Jannet Rhe (L. S.)
Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Jannet Rhe to be her last will and testament in the presence of us Robert English blacksmith James Cole James English Junr. David English
Be it remembered that on the fourteenth day of August one thousand seven hundred and sixty one Robert English (blacksmith) and David English two of the subscribeing wittnesses to the within will personally appeared before me the subscriber who am duly authorized to prove wills and qualify executors who being solemnly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God did depose and declare that they were present and saw Jannet Rhe the testatrix within named sign and seal the within written instrument and heard her published pronounce and declare the same to be her last will and testament, and that at the time of the doing thereof she was of sound mind and understanding to the best of their judgments and as they believed and that the said deponants together with James Cole and James English Junr. the other two subscribing wittnesses to the within will severally signed their names thereto as wittnesses thereof in presence of the said testatrix and of each other Also at the same time James English the surviving executor (David Rhe being lately dead) in the within will named was solemnly sworn to the true execution thereof before me. - Jacob Dennis Surrogt.
Probate granted by Govr. Boone &c. (in the usual form &c) dated the same fourteenth day of August 1761. Janett Hampton Rhea's will was probated 04 Sept. 1761.
Janet Rhe, w. Robert, d. Jan. 15, 1761 aged 93 years.
The Battle of Monmouth in the Revolutionary War, June 28, 1778, took place largely on the Rhea farm, and "Lieut. Col. David Rhea, son of David, ruling elder in Old Tennent, fought in the battle almost over the very spot where the graves of his family's dead were made."
GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION-1975 by Burke Davis. Published by Randon House - p 290. "The General recovered swiftly. With the aid of Lt. Col David Rhea of the 4th N.J. who knew the terrain. Washington began moving men into position behind the hedgerow, facing the enemy. He ordered an issue of rum in the hopes of steadying the troops."
The above extract relates to the Battle of Monmouth, NJ, 28 June 1778, and the retreat of General Charles Lee. Washington, in anger, relieved Lee and assumed command himself. One accouont described General Washington's "tongue lashing" of General Lee as one of the fiercest ever. Lee had been reluctant to move on the British at Monmouth. General Washington was a stranger to the land and consulted Lt. Col. Robert Ray, whose family owned the land. The grandmother of Lt. Col. David Rhea was Janet Hampton Rhea, b. Scotland c. 1668, came to East Jersey 1683 with her father, the "immigrant" John Hampton., who in his will of 1702 mentions Janett and her children.
State Park Service Region II Office 275 Freehold-Englishtown Road Englishtown, NJ 07726 23 May 1994 Col. Robert B. Cox W----r C----e Drive N------ N---, Virginia ----- Dear Colonel Cox: Yes, the former Hampton land was part of the fields of battle at Monmouth Courthouse. Two-thirds of Charles Lee's vanguard retreated across it with most of the lst Division of the Crown Army in hot pursuit. Enclosed is a reference to George Hampton's sale of the property in 1731. I have marked this area on one of my maps reconstructing the battle.
Mark Lender, a professor at Kean College, Elizabeth, New Jersey, will be publishing a book on the battle within a few years. The illustrations for the book will show the area of the Hampton lands. (The marked enclosure is a draft for one of the illustrations.)
The State is hoping to acquire more of the Rhea Farm with the assistance of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield and the SAR. This would not include any of the Hampton land, but it would include the site of Janet Hampton Rhea's home (referred to as the "Carr" house in the Lee court martial. The tenant in 1778 appears to have been William Kerr. ) I look forward to receiving a copy of the Hampton will. Sincerely yours,
Gary Wheeler Stone Principal Historic Preservation Specialist Source: Roberta Rose - RB Cox
More About Janet HAMPTON and Robert RHEA: Marriage: November 09, 1689, Shrewsbury, New Jersey.492, 493, 494