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John Berrien (1711 - 1772)

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Judge John Berrien
Born in Queens, New Yorkmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Somerset, Somerset, New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Rocky Hill, Somerset, New Jerseymap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Aug 2012
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Name: Judge John /Berrien/
Name Suffix: I[1]

Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Judge John /Berrien/.


19 NOV 1711 Long Island City, Queens, New York[2]


  1. Mary Leonard, m. 1744; no children
  2. Margaret Eaton b. 1733 in Eatontown, NJ d. March 29, 1819; bur. at St. Mary's Churchyard, Burlington, NJ; daughter of John and Johanna (Wardell) Eaton.



Date: 22 APR 1772 ,aged 60 Rocky Hill, Somerset, New Jersey[4]


Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey[5]


Occupation: Judge of the Supreme Court of New York
Date: ABT 1735
Note: #N11773


Note N11771Rockingham is believed to be the second oldest house in the Millstone River Valley, its original rooms built between 1702 and 1710. The house was originally a two-story, two-room frame house situated high on a rocky hillside above the river. When the house was purchased by John Berrien, a prominent New Jersey Supreme Court Judge, in 1735, he greatly enlarged it for his growing family, making it a substantial farm appropriate for a wealthy, educated man.
In June of 1783, some Philadelphia troops of the Continental Army went into revolt and marched upon Philadelphia. Congress fled to Princeton, New Jersey, after being assured of New Jersey's protection. Elias Boudinot, President of the Continental Congress, called upon General George Washington to send a loyal detachment of troops to Philadelphia and, thereafter, requested his presence in Princeton. Washington was in Newburgh, New York, near West Point with the remains of the standing army and only too happy to comply. When accommodations were sought for Washington and his retinue in August, there was little still available for a short-term stay. The only suitable home sat four miles away and belonged to the widow of John Berrien. Mrs. Margaret Berrien (who was living in a townhome in Princeton) agreed to rent Rockingham to the General and his entourage on a monthly basis. On August 23rd of 1783, General Washington - accompanied by his wife, three aides-de-camp, a small guard of two to three dozen soldiers including dragoons (the equivalent of military police today), and servants - took up residence.
The General would ultimately stay there for almost three months, from August to November. It must have been a pleasant stay with Rockingham's varied orchards and spacious grounds, although Mrs. Washington was ill and returned to Mount Vernon. Washington entertained frequently, including various dignitaries such as Jefferson and Madison and hosted at least one party with over two hundred guests.
Sometime in mid to late October, 1783, Washington wrote his Farewell Orders to the Armies, giving thanks and praise to his troops and announcing his retirement from military service. He then sent this document out on October 30, to be read to the army at West Point and published in Philadelphia newspapers on November 2. On October 31st, Washington and Congress received word that the Treaty of Paris had been signed, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. On November 10th, Washington left the farmstead and returned to New York to eventually oversee the evacuation of British troops from New York City. [6]


  • Source: S-1021444554 Title: Web: New Jersey, Find A Grave Index, 1664-2012 Author: Publication: Operations, Inc. Repository: #R-1681461794 Note: #N1206 Data Changed: Date: 24 NOV 2013 Time: 18:16:35
  • Repository: R-1681461794 Name: No NOTE record found with id N1206.
  • Source: S-1562057627 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Repository: #R-1681461794 Data Changed: Date: 24 NOV 2013 Time: 18:16:41 Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Text:
  • Somerset Co Hist Q Franklin Township Hist Notes printed 1915 Vol IV p-184 and p-187 "Colonial history of N J First series Vol 32"


  1. Source: #S-1021444554
  2. Source: #S-1021444554
  4. Source: #S-1021444554


  • WikiTree profile Berrien-24 created through the import of WORCESTER_2012-07-31.ged on Jul 31, 2012 by Bob Worcester. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Bob and others.
  • Thank you to Bill Schroeder for creating WikiTree profile Berrien-30 through the import of wiki2.ged on Nov 24, 2013. Data Changed Date: 24 NOV 2013 Time: 18:16:34 Prior to import, this record was last changed 18:16:34 24 NOV 2013.

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On 7 Sep 2017 at 02:45 GMT Beryl Meehan wrote:

Berrien-30 and Berrien-24 appear to represent the same person because: numerous similarities, appears he may have married twice??

John is 17 degrees from Elinor Glyn, 20 degrees from Frances Weidman and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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