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Marriages and Children of
John Hart 1713 - 1779
Signer of The Declaration of Independence


Marriage 1 Birth Death Notes
Deborah Scudder 1721 Oct 26, 1776 Married abt. 1740
Children Birth Death Notes
Sarah Hart Oct 16, 1741
Hopewell, NJ
Apr 15, 1821
Weartsville Young Cem., Amwell Valley, NJ
Married Jacob Wikoff  (1742-1788) 1761
Jesse Hart Sept 19,1742 1815 Married Martha Mattison (1715?-1779)  Jan 13, 1770
Martha Hart Apr 10, 1746 1815 Married John Wood 1804
Nathaniel Hart Oct 29, 1747
New Jersey
Mason Co., KY at age 83
Married Elizabeth "Betsy" Stout (1759 - 1814) on May 2, 1770
A patriot of New Jersey, he suffered loss of property and cared for sick and wounded soldiers.
John Hart Jr. Oct 28/29, 1748 March 22, 1790 or 1791
Philadelphia, PA
Married Mary or Catherine Knowles (b.1751/55) May 20, 1770
Susannah Hart Aug 2, 1750 Feb 2, 1832
Ronaldson's Cem., Philadelphia
Married John (Major) Polhemus (b. May 25,1738; d. Feb 25,1834) on Nov 23/26, 1776
Mary Hart Aug 7, 1752 abt. 1782 at age 30  
Abigail Hart Feb 19, 1754/Feb 10, 1759 abt 1832/1833
Weartsville Youngs Burial Ground, NJ
Married Moses Stout (1751-1832) on March 17, 1773
Edward Hart Dec 20, 1755 Oct 5, 1812
Randolph Co., VA
-Married Nancy Ann Stout (d. 1844) Oct 1777 with George Washington in attendance at the wedding.  He served several enlistments as a private in the New Jersey militia. Moved to VA in 1788.
-Married Rebecca Watson
Scudder Hart Dec 30, 1757 aft 1776  
Female Baby Hart Mar 16, 1761    
Daniel Hart Aug 13, 1762
Hopewell, Mercer Co., NJ
Sep 13, 1848
Randolph Co., VA
Married Margaret Bunn in 1788
Deborah Hart Apr 21, 1765 May 18, 1848 -Married Joseph Ott son of Nicholas Ott, Amwell, NJ
"About 1740 he [John Hart] married Deborah Scudder of Ewing, who was born in 1721.  For a long time it was believed she was the youngest daughter of Richard Betts Scudder, Sr., but his will proven, March 19, 1754, shows she was a granddaughter.  She was the daughter of Richard Betts Scudder, Jr., born in 1691 and died in 1731."  (HOR p.16)
Will of John Hart the Signer

John Hart left a will which is in the custody of the State of New Jersey Library, Archives and History, Trenton. It follows:

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I John Hart of ----------- Hopewell, in the County of Hunterdon, and in the State of New Jersey, being old and stricken in age, and labouring under infirmities of Body, but of sound and perfect Mind and Memory, Thanks be given unto Almighty God-therefore, and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die and after that the Judgment, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and Form following (that is to say) first and principally I give and recommend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God who gave it, and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian and decent like manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named, not doubting but to receive the same again at the General Resurrection by the Mighty Power of God, and as such touching all such Temporal Estate where with has pleased Almighty God to Bless me in this life, I give, devise & dispose of in the following manner, Imprimis, my Will is and I do Order, that all my just debts and Funeral Expenses be first paid & discharged.---------Item. I give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son Jesse Hart the House and Lot I lately purchased of Benjamin Stout, Jr. together with seventy nine acres and one quarter acre, including John Hobbs, the meeting house, and Benjamin Stout's Sr. lots, out of which Quantity their lots are to be subtracted and also ten acres and thirty-nine perches of woodland adjoining land of Widow Handle, the whole agreeable to the Division in a certain draught made thereof by Timothy Smith April 14th, 1779, to him his heirs, and assigns forever. Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Nathaniel Hart the Homestead Plantation whereon I now live containing about one hundred and ninety three Acres be the same more or less, divided Agreeable to the Draught above mentioned to him, his heirs & Assigns forever, upon condition he pays unto his Brother Daniel when he Arrives to the full Age of Twenty one years the sum of five hundred pounds and also to his Sister Deborah when she attains the full age of Eighteen years the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds, Item, I give & Bequeath my son Edward Hart one Hundred Acres whereupon my son Nathaniel now lives divided agreeable by a draught be the same more or less to him, his heirs t assigns forever, provided he pays the Sum of fifteen pounds Annually to be applied by my Executors for the bringing up and Educating my Grand Daughter Mary Hart the daughter of my son John Until She attains the full Age of Eighteen years, if in her case her Father does not provide for her before that time, which shall cease and determine as soon as her father takes her under his care and protection. Item. My will is and I do order my right and interest in two-thirds of an undivided right of three lots of Land with the Grist Mills and Fulling Mills thereon, all the appurtenances thereunto belonging situate at Rocky Hill in the country of Somerset be sold to the best advantage as soon as conveniently may be after my decease. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Wikoff one hundred pound, Item give unto daughter Deborah one negro Girl name Hannah and remainder of my personal Estate to be sold immediately after my decease and all the residue of my Estate not disposed of as above said be the same more or less to be equally divided among all my children Male & Female Share and Share alike, And Provided either my son Daniel should die without Lawful issue before he attains to the age of twenty one years or my Daughter Deborah before she attains the age of eighteen and Become the property of my surviving children Male or Female Share and Share alike and further, tis my will the Legacies hereon Bequeathed to my Daughter Sarah be paid her out of the first money that comes to the Hands of my executors after the discharge of my just debts---1 do hereby constitute and appoint my three sons, viz, Jesse, Nathaniel, Edward and my brothers Son Levi Hart executors of my last Will & Testament giving & granting unto the said Levi Hart Executor last mentioned Power & Authority to Retain in His Hands a sum Sufficient (at the discretion of my Executors) for the Support and maintenance of my aged mother during her natural Life and after her decease (if not all expended) to be equally divided in the same manner as the remainder of my Estate is herein ordered to be divided, and I do hereby invest my Executors with full Power and Authority to Sell my Real Estate herein ordered to be sold and execute all; such Deeds of conveyance as the case may require and as the Law directs, intreating them to observe that the same is carefully performed and done, And I do hereby Revoke all other and former Wills by me herefore made by me, declaring this only to be my last Will & Testament in WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Sixteenth Day of April in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Nine 1779.

Signed, Sealed Published And
Proved by the said John Hart to be His Last
Will & Testament in the presence of
Jared Sexton              Jesse Pettit               John Hart
Andrew Barton

(Above witnesses swore they saw the above John Hart sign his Name to his last will and testament).

Jesse, Nathaniel, Edward, and Levi Hart also swore on the 26th day of May, 1779 they will duly perform the same.


An Inventory of all and Singular the goods and chattels, rights & credits of John Hart Esq. late of Hopewell in the county of Hunterdon, deceased as taken & appraised by us the subscribers. May 17, 1779.

Sarah Hart and Jacob Wikoff
  - Married Jacob Wikoff (1742-1788) 1761
  Mary Wikoff - b. Jan 7, 1762
  John Wikoff - b. Oct 8, 1763
  Isaac Wikoff - b. Oct 18, 1766
  Sarah Wikoff - b. Sep 3, 1771
  Anna Wikoff - b. aft 1771
Jesse Hart and Martha Mattison
  - Married Martha Mattison Jan 13, 1770 (NJ Archives, v. 22, p. 175)
  - Jesse served as paymaster to the militia of the counties of Hunterdon and Somerset for the year of 1778 and possibly 1779. (HOR p.19)
  - Jesse and brother Nathaniel took care of their father's farm and mills after his election to the New Jersey Assembly in 1761. (HOR p.19)
  - Jesse and Nathaniel Hart continued to live on their father's farm until about 1794 when Jesse moved to Washington Co., PA and Nathaniel went to Mason Co., KY (HOR p.19)
  John Hart - m. ?
  Mattison Hart - m. a Mrs. Thompson and had two daughters
  Scudder Hart - m1. Anna Anderson of Beaver Co., PA; m2. Willamina Eichbaum; No children from either marriage.
  Deborah Hart - m. Major Robert Darragh
  Aaron Hart - m. Miss White
  Thomas Hart - m. Margaret Darragh
Martha Hart and John Wood
Nathaniel Hart and Elizabeth "Betsy" Stout
  - Nathaniel and brother Jesse took care of their father's farm and mills after his election to the New Jersey Assembly in 1761. (HOR p.19)
  - Married Elizabeth "Betsy" Stout (b. 1749 dau. of John Stout and Mabel Sexton; d. 1814) May 2, 1770 (NJ Archives, v. 22, p. 175)
  - Nathaniel and Jesse Hart continued to live on their father's farm until about 1794 when Jesse moved to Washington Co., PA and Nathaniel went to Mason Co., KY (HOR p.19)
  Sarah Hart - m. Henry Voorhees at Hopewell, NJ and is believed to have remained in NJ
  Mabel Hart - thought to have remained in NJ with her maternal grandmother
  Zephaniah Hart - m. Mary Arms in KY and later moved to OH
  Betsy Hart - d. at age 78, never married
  Mary Hart - m. Stephen Bayless of Mason Co., KY
  Charlotte Hart - d. at age 33; m. Elijah Houghton (son of Col. Joab Houghton) and lived in Mason Co., KY
  John Hart - aka Judge John Hart  - m1. Mary Corwine; m2. Hannah Pumes
John Hart and Mary Corwine
  Zephaniah Hart -
  William Hart -
  Francis Hart -
John Hart and Hannah Pumes
  Jeremiah P. Hart -
  Zebulon Stout Hart - d. at age 78; m. Nancy Thomas of KY
  Nathaniel Hart - m. Unity Jane Marshall; Lived in Boone Co., MO
John Hart Jr. and Catharine Knowles
  - Married Catharine Knowles (b. 1751/1755, dau. of George Knowles of Tacony, PA) May 20, 1770, at Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA.
  - Shortly after marriage he moved to Point Coupee, LA where he made a fortune, later confiscated by the Spanish authorities, who imprisoned him for 8 months.  When release, he went to Cuba and did very well as a merchant.  He suffered reverses and returned to Hopewell, NJ, then to Philadelphia, PA. (HOR p.19)
  Mary Hart - m. Jacob Vandergrift
  Susannah Hart - m. Joseph Hall, Philadelphia, PA
  Elizabeth Hart - m. James Boyer
  Sarah Hart - m. William Reed, Philadelphia, PA; Moved to OH
  John Hart - m. Mary Shreves (dau. of John Shreves, an Englishman
Susannah Hart and Major John Polhemus
  - Married John Polhemus (b. May 25, 1738; d. Feb 25, 1834; buried at Ronaldson's Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA) November 23/26, 1766.  He was a Revolutionary officer of Somerset Co., NJ
  Ellen Polhemus - m. Captain John Axford
  Deborah Polhemus - m. John McCarr
  Sallie Polhemus - m. Captain Peter Kurtz who was taken prisoner with his father-in-law, Major Polhemus after the battle of Monmouth and confined in old Sugar House Prison, NY
  Hannah Polhemus - m. Reverend Miller
  Polly Polhemus - m. West
  Ann Polhemus - b. Feb 9, 1783 (twin); d. Oct 5, 1853; m. Captain John Pascal (b. Apr 8, 1748; d. Jul 8, 1856) Jul 25, 1811
  Margaret Polhemus - b. Feb 9, 1783 (twin); m. John Kress of Philadelphia, PA
  John Polhemus - never married
  Montgomery Polhemus - m. Ann Vanzandt, NJ
Mary Hart
  - Died at age 30
Abigail Hart and Captain Moses Stout
  - Married Captain Moses Stout (b. 1751; d. 1833) of Hunterdon Co., NJ on March 17, 1773 (NJ Archives, v. 22, p. 197)
  John Stout - d. as infant
  Asher Stout - m. Miss Egbert
  Edward Stout - m. Catherine Briece
  Simpson Stout - m. Abigail Bryant
  Scudder Stout - went to sea and was never heard from again
  Rachel Stout - m. Abraham Quick
  Theodosia Stout - m. John Schenck, Amwell, NJ
  Parmelia Stout - d. at age 16
  Sarah Stout - m. Sidney Prall, Amwell NJ
  Deborah Stout - b. 1786; d. 1849; m. John Montgomery Hart son of Edward Hart, Beverly, VA (see HOR p. 59)
Edward Hart and Nancy Ann Stout
  - Married Nancy Ann Stout (dau of St. Leger Codd Stout; d. 1844) - see HOR p. 37
Scudder Hart
  - Was alive at time of mother's death in 1776
Deborah Hart and Joseph Ott
  - Married Joseph Ott (b. Jan 1, 1756, Hopewell, Mercer Co., NJ, son of Nicholas Ott; d. June 4, 1818) Amwell, NJ
  Abigail Ott - b. Apr 14, 1788; d. May 22, 1846; m. Samuel Larue (b. Sep 8, 1786; d. Sep 1869) Jun 20, 1807
Abigail Ott and Samuel Larue
  David Ott Larue - b. Aug 7, 1817, Hopewell, Mercer Co., NJ; d. Sep 28, 1898, East Amwell, Hunterdon, NJ m. Sarah Mershon (b. Aug 9, 1814; d. Jan 27, 1890) Sep 26, 1840
David Larue and Sarah Mershon
1850 U. S. Census, East & West Amwell, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey   See Census
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Larue David W M 33 Farmer NJ
  Sarah W F 34   NJ
  Edward W M 10   NJ
  Abigail W F 8   NJ
  Isaac W M 7   NJ
  Margarett W F 6   NJ
  Pamelia W F 5   NJ
Ott David W M 52   NJ
Larue Agnes W F 34   NJ
  Mary W F 57   NJ
1860 U. S. Census, East Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey   See Census
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Larewe David O. W M 44 Farmer NJ
  Sarah W F 45   NJ
  Edward W M 19 Farmer NJ
  Isaac W M 15   NJ
  Abigal W F 17   NJ
  Margaret W F 14   NJ
  Pesmelia W F 12   NJ
Ellen W F 10 NJ
Mary W F 7 NJ
Sarah W F 5 NJ
  Catherine W F 2   NJ
  Edward M. Larue - b. Feb 7, 1841, East Amwell, Hunterdon Co., NJ; d. Sep 17, 1921; m. Mary Catherine Sharp, Dec 15, 1864, West Amwell Hunterdon Co., NJ; children Cora May and Wilfred
  Abigail Larue - b. Aug 20, 1842; d. Oct 7, 1921
  Isaac B Larue - b. ca. 1843/1845
  Margarett Larue - b. ca. 1844
  Pamelia Larue - b. ca. 1845
  Ellen Larue - b. ca. 1850
  Mary Larue - b. ca. 1853
  Sarah Larue - b. ca. 1855
  Catharine Larue - b. ca. 1858
  John Hart Larue - b. ca 1816
  Samuel Larue - b. Dec 6, 1819; d. ca 1888
  Joseph Larue -
  Isaac Larue -
  Hamilton Larue - Aug 2, 1831
  Agnes Larue -
  Phemus/Phineas Larue - b. Feb 19, 1812; d. Jun 6, 1874
  David S. Ott - b. ca. 1798; d. Nov 19, 1851; m. Hannah Young
David S. Ott
  - Living with nephew David Ott Larue in 1850 Census above
  Permelia Ott - b. ca. 1805; m. Peter S/G. Low (b. ca. 1794
Permelia Ott and Peter S/G. Low
1850 U. S. Census, Hillsborough, Somerset County, New Jersey   See Census
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Low Peter G W M 56 Farmer NJ
  Permelia W F 45   NJ
  Richard W M 21 Laborer NJ
  Sarah W F 20   NJ
  John W M 13   NJ
Servis? Ann W F 11   NJ
Sutohun? John A W M 23 Blacksmith NJ
Hall Samuel B M 68 Pauper NJ
  Richard Low - b. ca. 1829
  Sarah Low - b. ca. 1830
  John Low - b. ca. 1837


HOR - The Harts of Randolph: Or Mostly Descendants of Edward and Daniel Hart, sons of John Hart the Signer, with Some Allied Families by Katherine Hart Frame, McClain Printing Co., Parsons, WV, 1976.
October 13, 2007