Notes 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 WHITEHEAD. 6. BENJAMIN OGDEN, b. America, circa 1654; d. Nov. 20, 1722, in 69th year; m. HANNAH WOODRUFF. 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:
+Jonathan Ogden, b. January 11, 1638/39, England, d. January 03, 1731/32.