Layton Pre-1700 trailblazing?

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It's cute how the Help:Pre-1700 Profiles page says if there isn't a pre-1700 project that applies to the new pre-1700 profile I just created, "it's unfortunate."  Then they don't go on to say what to do about it except "ask advice," hinting that if there's no project maybe no one will answer?
      I did my due diligence and convinced myself that the existing profile on WikiTree that most closely resembled my target [[Layton-1846|Andrew Layton]]-1846 (1698 - 1765), namely [[Layton-380|Andrew Layton]]-380,  actually belongs to the next older generation. WikiTree seems to have a hole just the size and shape of the Andrew Layton whose Bible records appear in my new Free Space Profile, [[Space:Layton Bible Affidavits|Layton Bible Affidavits]].
      Unless I'm behind the times, there isn't a project that covers this yet. I expect the upcoming New Jersey Settlers Project might apply, depending what the final scope of the project is chosen to be.  So meanwhile I'm "trailblazing" as the Help page calls it, and you pre-1700 experts might want to take a look at my work.
      Look Ma, no GEDCOMS.
WikiTree profile: Andrew Layton
in Genealogy Help by Pauline Layton G2G5 (5.8k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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Hi Pauline,

I am the coordinator for the New Jersey Project.  I am the pre-1700 point of contact, answer g2g questions with the tag NEW_JERSEY (underscore between the words), and compile a detailed research guide for New Jersey at Sources-New Jersey.

I don't have the time or drive to drum up sub-projects, but if you or other members would like to set up a structure like this (or join me as coordinator) I will support you 100%.

As for the Laytons, I have worked on this family before.  I added some research notes to Andrew's profile re: wills.  I will look for him in the index to the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey this week, they reprinted many primary documents like the Bible records you mention on his profile; this is my #2 source after wills.  For land records, you will want to use the State Archives Early Colonial Land Records database; I see two records of an  Andrew Layton in the 1760s.

I've found sourcing early Monmouth County profiles very tricky; there are a few other Monmouth County genealogies listed on the Sources page if you would like to give those a look. 


by Heather Husted G2G6 Mach 5 (59.0k points)
selected by Ellen Smith
Glad to hear from you. I wondered how the NJ Project was coming along. I'll have to delve into the sources you've been collecting and see what turns up.
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Really nice work in that profile, Pauline. Fascinating story about the Bible affidavit.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)

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