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View Tree for John OgdenJohn Ogden (b. September 19, 1609, d. May 1682)

John Ogden (son of Richard Ogden and Mary Elizabeth Huntington) was born September 19, 1609 in Bradley Plain, Hampshire, England, and died May 1682 in Elizabethtown, NJ. He married Jane Bond on May 08, 1637, daughter of Jonathan Bond and Margaret Crane.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Ogden:
1. JOHN OGDEN, b. Bradley Plain, England, Sept. 19, 1609; d. Elizabethtown, N. J., May, 1682; m. Bradley Plain, May 8, 1637, JANE BOND, b.(???); d. Elizabethtown, N.J., (???); dau. of Jonathan Bond, of England.

(For biography, see former chapter.)

When Abraham, the Patriarch, on the Plain of Mamre, was told to lift his eyes to heaven and number the stars, he was assured that his descendants should be likewise without number. No other man has been made to know he would become the "father of a multitude," and that all nations would be blessed in him. But John Ogden, being also a righteous man, had he been given the eyes of prophecy, could have looked forward to the skies of progenial descent, and been privileged to see a multitude of worthy descendants, among them being many stars of the third, second, and even of the first magnitude. The promise was not only to Abraham, "I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing;" it was fulfilled in the case of John Ogden, the Pilgrim.
The contention is still on among modern critics concerning heredity; but the transmission of certain qualities of blood still means the transmission of certain mental and moral qualities in descendants. It is true, in a sense, that "all men have an equal chance in life"; but he who begins the struggle with the hereditary characteristics of a noble, pure, unselfish, and strong-minded parentage, has an innate capital in brain and heart that is lacking in other men. We are confident the foregoing conclusions will be abundantly verified in the following pages.

Children of John Ogden and Jane Bond. his wife (Chart 1):
2. JOHN OGDEN, JR., b. England, Mar. 3, 1638; d. Nov. 24, 1702; m. ELIZABETH PLUM
3. |DAVID OGDEN, b. England, Jan. 11, 1639; will proved Feb. 27, 1692; m. ELIZABETH
| (Swaine) WARD.
4. |JONATHAN OGDEN, b. twin, Jan. 11, 1639; d. Jan. 3, 1732; m. REBECCA (WOOD?).
5. JOSEPH OGDEN, b. America, Nov. 9, 1642(?): d. before Jan. 15, 1690; m. SARAH
6. BENJAMIN OGDEN, b. America, circa 1654; d. Nov. 20, 1722, in 69th year; m.
7. MARY OGDEN, b. America, (???); d. (???); m. JOHN WOODRUFF, 2D.
From these six children of John Ogden, the Pilgrim, have descended from
13,000 to 14,000 souls. Over 10,000 have been charted. While the book
contains but 4774 in consecutive numbers, many family entries are necessarily
closed by index letters after the children's names, and female lines are not
carried beyond grandchildren of Ogden mothers. Besides. several family
records reached the editors too late for regular systematic entry. and these
names probably increase the actual number of descendants named in the book
to about 5500. Of the conservative estimate of 13,000 descendants of John
Ogden, the relative numbers issuing through his six children are about as
follows: No. 2, John, 1200; No. 3, David, 4000; No. 4, Jonathan, 4000;
No. 5, Joseph, 1400; No. 6, Benjamin, 1400; and No. 7, Mary, 1400.
Through these five sons and one daughter of "Good Old John Ogden"
flowed a strain of blood that assured high grade of thought and action
throughout the nation. Perhaps ten per cent. were above the average in
the scale of excellence, and were in some way prominent. Of the learned
professions, a remarkable number attained high degree in the law, a number
helping to frame Colonial and State Constitutions, and many becoming
judges of Supreme Court. That rich strain of blood gave New Jersey three
of her Governors.
From the ancestral seat, Elizabethtown, N. J., that blood flowed northward,
transforming the wilderness, and giving Ogdensburg, N. Y., its being:
thence through Canada back to John Ogden's native shores, where it blended
with notable English blood in legal and army circles. Westward, that blood
pulsated along new arteries of commerce centering in the great metropolis on
Lake Michigan; named post-villages in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Kentucky,--named
Ogden, Utah; Ogden's Peak and Ogden's Canon. Utah. That blood
flowed southward, and produced men prominent in law, legĄslature, court,
and army,--blood which, alas, was spilled on both sides on the battle-fields of
the Civil War.
The women have been likewise gifted and noble, and the strong, rich,
blood-tie unites all of the great family in a common heritage of worthy
kinship and achievement.

More About John Ogden and Jane Bond:
Marriage: May 08, 1637

Children of John Ogden and Jane Bond are:
  1. +Jonathan Ogden, b. January 11, 1638/39, England, d. January 03, 1731/32.
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