Edward Senior Earle (b. May 25, 1628, d. December 15, 1711)
Edward Senior Earle (son of Edward Erle and Anna) was born May 25, 1628 in Gravesend,Yorkshire, England, and died December 15, 1711 in Secaucus Island, New Jersey, America. He married Hannah Baylis, daughter of John Baylis.
Notes for Edward Senior Earle: Film # 0868248 "Loyalist of Bergen County, DAR ppublication" LDS Church
The founder of this branch of Earles was Edward (1628 -1711) who was born in England and came to New Jersey in 1673 after having spent some years in Barbadoes, British West Indies, to which he went with his father in 1649; and in Maryland. He purchased Secaucus Island from Nicholes Varlet and Nicholas Bayard for two thousand Dutch dollars on April 24, 1676, and so acquired what was known as the largest plantation in New Jersey. This Edward Earle was not only wealthy, but occupied an influential position in the state for he was a member of the House of Delegates in 1694 and 1698 (Note. Supposed to be his son.) a Justice of the Peace in Bergen County in 1684, and an assistant Judge for Bergen Common Please Court in 1705 (1). Earle and his wife had only one child, Edward Jr, who died in 1713. Of Edward, Jr's thirteen children, Sylvester and Enoch (2) and their families concern us because of their loyalism.
p.85. Vol.2 p.94.
Robert Hunter, Esq. Governor, etc. Whereas EDWARD EARLE of Bergen Co. New Jersey died intestate Letters of Administration are granted to his wife, Hannah, his Will having been by some underhanded manner been taken from her possession and cannot be found. March 29/1712.
Otty Papers Film # 0859584
There appears scarcely a doubt that Edward Earle Sr stopped at Barbadoes on leaving England, supposed to have been enroute to Maryland, and it is very probable that he left there following a Major Kingsland to New Jersey, where he, Kingsland, had bought property some 6 years before Earle came .
1662-76 Taking the birth of Edward Earle between 1630 and 1640 as given and that of his wife between 1640 and 1650, in connection with the purchase of Secaucus by him in 1676, proved he must have left England between 1662 & 1672 and could not have stopped long at Barbadoes ( It was ettled by the English largely in the 17th century - 1605).
1647. The family in Barbadoes stand reported as good, perhaps superior, stock and with the exception of a few acknowledged patrician families of the higher mark socially. Colonel Drax and other Cavaliers went to Barbadoes in 1647. It is not known of what relationship if any, they bore to Edward Earle, or to what branch in England. It is not at all likely that any such exists; but that the Barbadoes Earles sprung from one of the many branches of younger sons in England. It is somewhat of a curious fact that in the War of the American Revolution, the Maryland Earles were mostly in the Continental Army, while the Jersey Earles were Tories or Loyalists, on the British side.
p.21. of Sylvester's sons, Justus & Edward, Royalists while John, the elder son was not; remainig on the farm and holding the property. In the later war of Rebellion 1861-1965 the Jersey Earles were in the Union Army; while the Maryland Earles were Southern sympathizers. The sketch of the American Branch of the Earle family descended from British Ancestry and lineage brings the record to our Great, great, great Grandfather Edward Earle Sr of England said to be from near Liverpool.
Dates when the spelling of Earl was changed:-
Sarl 1081. 51 years in force Erlegh. 1132. 75 years in force EErle. 1207. 3994 years in force Earle. 1601.
Colonial Sketch of Life and Record of Edward Earle.
1875 Of the first Earles, a descendant named Peter Earle was in 1875 a member of Queen Victorias Privy Council. Another descendant of some younger son, in 1845, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas Also 1875 Colonel Earle was Military Secretary of Lord Lytton, Governor General of India.
The Grandmother of Buliver Lord Lytton was an Earle, and Bulwer and all his brothers bore that names. This grandmother was a daughter of Augustine Earl,famous at the time of Cromwell.
1658-1730. G.G.grandfather. Record of Edward Earle 2nd. Born 1658 -1668. Buried 13 Feb 1688. married Elsie Vreeland. 2nd marriage - Elizabeth. Issue surviving in 1730.
1. Edward 3rd. born 12 April 1690 2. Hannah. b. 26 March 1695 3.Marmaduke. b.Oct 1696 4.Johannes or John. b. 8 Sep 1698 5. William. b. 1May 1703 6.Alice. b. 1704 7.Thomasina. b. 1706 8. Theodosia b. 1707 9. Phillip b. 1708 10. Matthew. b. 1709 11. Sylvester. b. 1710 d. 1774
Hannah married Stephen Bourdette. Thomasina married Gerritt Hallenbeck,
The old homestead at Secaucus passed out of the possession of the family in 1792, by the death of John .Elsie or Alice Earle and Mary Earle and the widow of Edward Earle....
A stone, part of the original building was in 1875 placed up under the eaves of the old homestead on top of the new and had to be plastered over, new additions having been made to the building.
1689. On this stone is cut the name of Edward Earle and date 1689 A piece of it is in the possession of Abraham L.Earle of New York, a lineal descendant.
Edward Earle Sr. England b. 1630-1640 d. Dec 15, 1711. married Hannah - England. b. 1640-1650 died bef 1730. Issue. Edward 2nd. b. 1658 -d 1668.
Supposedly kinsman of Sir Walter Earle. He bought the Island of Secaucus from the Indians in 1676 for 2,000 Dutch dollars, together with house, some stock and 8-10 Christian and negro servants. The island was 6-7 miles long by 1/2 mile wide and conained about 3,000 acres the bravest plantation in the State. 2,000 Dutch dollars was in that time a very large sum of money and proves he was a wealthy man. That he was a younger son is very probable from the fact of his signing with a mark or an E printd in ink. None but older sons received instruction in writing or in fact much education of any kind in those early days. 1694. In 1694 he was a member of the House of Delegates, the only authorotative body under the Governor and his council. In 1698 he was again member and elected Speaker. In 1684 ,Nov 28 he was commissioned Justice of the Peace. April 18, 1682 he sold and deeded to Judge Pinhorn one half of Secaucus for 500 pounds sterling. Pinhorne was a Welshman, a prominent politician and a member of the Governors Council. The sale was no doubt made to secure Pinhorne's influence in maintaining Tillagnun(?) colonial claim under Patent Duke of York, and the claims of what were known as the Four Proprietors of New Jersey, the Earle of Bellmont being their Governor.
Edward Snrs Will and Testa ment dated May 16, 1709 and probated May 18 1717 leaves his property of Secaucus to his wife Hannah for life, then to his son Edward for his life then to his grandson Edward in fee. His son Edward 2nd, also acquired large tracts of land from the Indians. He also held a number of Commissions referred to hereafter. Had the property been kept together, nothing would have prevented the Earl family becoming the wealthiest and most powerful in the State. The will also provided for specific distribution of property for the benefit of his grandchildren. It was only partially carried into effect and Jan 14 1730 a portion was filed before John Montgomery, Governor in Chief. Capt General Vice-Admiral for letters of administration to issue to Richard Edsall for a more equal distribution of the property, some having received much more than the others, agains the proper expressed intimation and tenor of the will. It was signed by Marmaduke, John, Hannah, William, Alice, Thomasina, Phillip, Theodosia, Sylvester & Nathanial.
In 1795 the bulk of the Secaucus property was in the hands of Phillip, son of Edward 3rd of the home and Edward 4th of the name. Most of the heirs having been bought off.
In 1875 no Earles were living in Secaucus. There were a great may Earles graves in a very runious and neglected condition some at Hackensack and English Neighbourhood.
The old homestead at Secaucus was passed out of the possession of the family in 1792, by deed of John and Elsie & Mary Earle.
++ Some of this story differs with the work of Rev Earle.
Notes from the EARLE GENEALOGY by Rev Isaac Newton Earle published about 1920.
From Mr Greenwoods account of the EARLE family. "Edward Erle, aged 45 years was a passenger in August 1635 on the ship 'Thomas', Captain Henry Tavener, to be conveyed from Gravesend, England to Virginia.
Worth trying to find out about this ship.
More About Edward Senior Earle: Fact 5: Old Homestead, Secaucus Island, New Jersey, America.
Children of Edward Senior Earle and Hannah Baylis are: