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Obadiah Bruen

Male Bef 1606 - Aft 1679  (> 74 years)


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  • Name Obadiah Bruen 
    Born Bef 25 Dec 1606  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 25 Dec 1606  St. Andrew's, Tarvin, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Died Aft 1679  Newark, Essex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate death Abt 1681  Newark, Essex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Fairmount Cemetery, Newark, Essex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I15167  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2019 

    Father John Bruen,   b. 1560,   d. 18 Jan 1626, Bruen Stapleford in Tarvin, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Anne Fox,   b. Abt 1581,   d. Bef 29 Dec 1606  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Married Aft Jan 1597  [1
    Family ID F9330  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Seeley,   b. Bef 22 Oct 1609,   d. Aft 1696  (Age > 88 years) 
    Married 7 May 1633  St. Martin's, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Children 
    +1. Mary Bruen,   b. Bef 12 Jun 1634,   d. 2 Sep 1670  (Age > 36 years)
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F9329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • One of Tom Whitmore's five proven "gateway ancestors." He was a membr of the drapers' guild in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, although this does not prove that he actually worked as a draper.

      "He and his family emigrated to New England in 1640, where they lived successively at Marshfield and Gloucester, Massachusetts, and New London, Connecticut. He served as Deputy Judge for New London, 1660, Judge for New London, 1662-6, Patentee of the Royal Charter, 1662, Deputy for New London to the Connecticut Legislature, 1665-6, and Clerk for New London County Court in 1666. In 1667 he and his wife, Sarah, removed to Newark, New Jersey." [Royal Ancestry, citation details below.]

      "Obadiah Bruen was born in Bruen Stapleford, England, and immigrated to New England with his wife Sarah in 1640. He settled first at Plymouth Colony, and then at Gloucester, Massachusetts (1642), where he was town selectman (1643) and a representative to the Connecticut General Court (1643-1651). He was one of the early settlers at Pequot (later New London), Connecticut, and served as the town clerk (1651-1666) and as a representative from New London in the Connecticut General Court (1652-1666). His name is the only name from New London to appear on the royal charter for the colony of Connecticut. In 1666, he joined an association to found a colony on the Passaic River called Milford (later Newark, New Jersey). He was one of the signers of the deed to purchase land from the Indians along the Passaic River (July 11, 1667)." [Yale Indian Papers Project.]

      In 1889 his remains were re-interred in the Founders' Vault at Fairmount Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    2. [S2112] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Ancestry of Obadiah and Mary Bruen." The American Genealogist 26:12, January 1950.

    3. [S77] The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester by George Ormerod. Second edition, revised and enlarged by Thomas Helsby. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1882., date only.

    4. [S3410] Lineal Ancestors of Susan (Kitchell) Mulford, Mother of Mrs. Susan (Mulford) Cory, by Charles Henry Cory. New Jersey, 1937. Given as Volume IV, Part I of an unnamed series of volumes that begins with Volume I, Part I, Lineal Ancestors of Captain James Cory and of His Descendants, also by Charles Henry Cory, also New Jersey, 1937.

    5. [S2146] Find a Grave page for Obadiah Bruen.

    6. [S3411] "Obadiah Seeley of Stamford, Connecticut", research report to the Seeley Genealogical Society by Frederick C. Hart, Jr. 13 Mar 1999.