From the files of Stephen M. Lawson

Emley Ancestry in England

William Emley and Mary

Samuel Emley and Rebecca Parker

Mary Emley and George Holloway

John Holloway and Millie Bunch

Lucinda Holloway and Charles Hazelrigg

Lucy Jane Hazelrigg and James Howell Freeman

Scott Cyrus Freeman and Malinda Margaret Sears

Lucy Jane Freeman and James Martin Lawson

Donald VanHoosier Lawson and Iva Melvina Freeman

Stephen Martin Lawson

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Emley Ancestry in England

Information on the EMLEY family has been compiled in 1991 by Doris (Holloway) Sleath in Descendants of John and Mary (Pharo) Holloway from New Jersey to California 1704-1991. Refer also to History of Burlington County New Jersey, by Maj. E. M. Woodward (1883, reprinted 1984). Supplemental information was received from William E. Emley, author of From Whence We Come, and a descendant of Joseph EMLEY, son of Samuel and Rebecca (PARKER) EMLEY of Burlington Co., NJ.

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The Emleys in America

William and Mary Emley

William EMLEY - bap. Sep. 15, 1648, Blyth Parish, Nottinghamshire, England; d. Apr. 21-24, 1704, Chesterfield, Burlington Co., NJ. Son of Thomas Emley III. William married Ruth RIDGE on Nov. 17, 1674 at Besthrope, Nottinghamshire, England, and they joined the Society of Friends, moving from the family home at Toreworth Grange to Mansfield (about 14 miles west) on Jul. 25, 1676. Soon after being fined £23 for attending a Quaker quarterly meeting, William became a commissioner from Yorkshire for the proprietors of New Jersey. After Gawen LAWRIE and Wm. PENN, William EMLEY was the third signer of "The Concessions and Agreements of the Proprietors, Freeholders, and Inhabitants of the Province of West Jersey in America," dated Mar. 3, 1676/7. He and other commissioners left from Blythe Parish for America in Aug. 1677 aboard the 'Kent' to New Jersey to purchase land and establish a government. William then returned to England to bring his family to America aboard the 'Shield' of Stockton, sailing from Hull, England to the Delaware River on Feb. 10, 1678/9. The EMLEY party included William and Ruth, William, Jr., Mary (born at sea), and four servants (two men and two women). Other passengers on the 'Shield" included James PHARO and family, and his brother in law Robert MURFIN and family. William spoke five languages, and was a surveyor, judge, commissioner of boundaries, and commissioner to the Indians. He assisted in determining the line between East and West Jersey. William is found on the list of Burlington Co., NJ freeholders in 1680, and was a member of the West Jersey Assembly in 1682. His wife Ruth, who was born in 1650, died Jul. 9, 1686 in Burlington Co., NJ. The home of William EMLEY, on the banks of the Delaware near the present Fieldsboro, remained in the Emley family until 1860. William's will (dated Apr. 21, proved Apr. 24, 1704, and probated Jun. 6, 1704 in Burlington Co., NJ) leaves considerable land and personal property to his eight children and wife Mary, whom he married between 1686 and 1690. The following extract from a letter written by William and Ruth, to Samuel RACLES of Nottingham is from the Preceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society. The letter is undated, but its contents clearly indicates it was probably written in May or June or 1678.

Loving Friend:

After dear love to thyself and wife and rest of Friends: This may acquaint you we all crossed the seas very shortly and pleasantly. My wife was pretty well aboard in respect of her condition, and was delivered of a girl in Delaware river; did very well; and is very well content and satisfyed with the country, &c. We are now going to settle a town at the Falls, a place reported (and Credited) to be without compare to any other yet known; none equal for pleasant, healthful air, lovely scituations; second to none for fertility. The next, I hope, shall inform you more. Our love to Friends, &c.

William & Ruth Embly

Mary - d. after Apr. 1704. Little is known of William's second wife, but she was of Irish ancestry, had red hair, and was not a member of the Society of Friends. Upon his marriage, William was disciplined for "marrying out," but he did not leave the Society.

Children of William and Ruth Emley

  1. William - b. 1675, Yorkshire, England. Married Abigail BORDEN (b. about 1713), widow of Tom COPPERWAITE, and daughter of James BORDEN (b. Sep. 6, 1677, Monmouth Co., NJ; d. Dec. 1, 1727, Burlington Co., NJ) and Mary Ann. Abigail (BORDEN) COPPERWAITE EMLEY married third on Aug. 17, 1743 Amos WILLETTS. Children of William and Abigail EMLEY: William; Ruth; and Thomas.
  2. Mary - b. May 3, 1678, aboard the 'Shield' on the Delaware upon arrival in America. Married John HAYWOOD.
  3. Thomas - b. Apr. 3, 1681, Burlington Co., NJ.
  4. Ruth - b. Jan. 8, 1682, Burlington Co., NJ.
  5. Elizabeth - b. 1685, Burlington Co., NJ.

Children of William and Mary Emley

  1. John - b. Mar. 15, 1691, Burlington Co., NJ; d. Apr. 1, 1761, Kingswood Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ. Married Jun. 25, 1719, Upper Freehold, Monmouth Co., NJ to Sarah LAWRENCE (b. Jan. 30, 1694; d. Jan. 17, 1742, Bethlehem, NJ), daughter of Elisha LAWRENCE and Lucy STOUT. Children: William married Rebecca WRIGHT; Elisha married Anne ATKINSON; Lucy; Mary; Sarah married Aaron WATSON; John married Jane KING; Elizabeth; Hannah died young; Robert married Mary NEWBOLD; Rebecca married Daniel POTTS; Ann married Dr. Aaron FORMAN; and Matt.
  2. Sarah - b. 1693, Burlington Co., NJ. Married John WOODWARD.
  3. Samuel - b. 1694, Burlington Co., NJ; d. by Oct. 4, 1784, Burlington Co., NJ.
  4. Mary - b. after 1694.

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Samuel and Rebecca (Parker) Emley

Samuel EMLEY - b. 1694, Burlington Co., NJ; d. by Oct. 4, 1784, Burlington Co., NJ. Son of William Emley and Mary. Samuel's will (proved Oct. 21, 1784, New Havover township, Burlington Co., NJ) left land to his surviving sons, and money to his daughters, except for daughter Mary (who had moved with her husband to NC by the date of her father's death). His estate was inventoried Oct. 4, 1784 at $300.1.5 by Israel WOODWARD and Joseph PARKER. Samuel left his Family Bible to his son William. The 200 acres of land left to son Samuel remained in the Emley family for 250 years, until 1930. Samuel married about 1720 in Burlington Co., NJ.

Rebecca PARKER - No information is currently available about Rebecca, but she is probably closely related to Joseph and Isaac PARKER, both witnesses to the will of her husband.

Children of Samuel and Rebecca Emley

  1. William -  b. 1721, Jacobstown, NJ; d. after 1783. Married Elizabeth SEXTON about 1746. Children of William and Elizabeth EMLEY: Samuel married first Ann KIRBY, and second Meribah ROBBINS; William; and John.
  2. Elizabeth - Married John ROGERS.
  3. John - b. Jacobstown, NJ; d. by Oct. 1784. Married Katerina.
  4. Mary - b. about 1740, Burlington Co., NJ; d. after 1808, Mercer Co., KY. Married George HOLLOWAY.
  5. Joseph - b. Oct. 21, 1738, Burlington Co., NJ; d. Oct. 18 1806. Married Feb. 13, 1767 Sarah STEWART. Son: Joseph.
  6. Samuel - b. Jacobstown, NJ. Married May 21, 1763 Catherine ADRISSA.

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