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Marmaduke Horseman (bef. 1663 - aft. 1749)

Marmaduke Horseman aka Horsman
Born before in Whitwell, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1690 in Burlington, New Jerseymap
Husband of — married 16 Mar 1744 (to 1748) in New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Woodbridge, Middlesex, Province of New Jerseymap
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Marmaduke was baptized 27 Nov 1663 in the parish of Crambe, Yorkshire, England, son of George Horsman of Whitwell. His parents' marriage record is also recorded in Crambe, "George Horsman and Frances Carlile, m. 25 Nov. 1662."[1]

Marmaduke immigrated aged thirteen on the Martha, which sailed 17d 6m 1677.[2] It's unknown whether his father died in England, on the voyage, or shortly after arrival.[3] It's likely his mother Frances and sisters Susanna and Mary were also on the Martha, as Frances was the wife of Anthony Woodhouse when she had a daughter in 1680.

Marmaduke Horseman first appears in West New Jersey records when he was a witness in a case tried by the Burlington County Court in 1682.[4] He appears in various records in both Burlington County and Monmouth County until his death in 1748 or 1749.


Marmaduke Horseman m. Abigail ___ say 1685, she bur Philadelphia 26d 2m 1713. All children are from his first marriage.

Children (birth order uncertain)

  1. Abigail m. 1716 William Bunting (son of John)
  2. Frances m. c.1718 Matthew Warwick, m 1729 Edward Hurley
  3. Susannah m. Daniel Leete, m. Jonathan Paine
  4. Mary m. 1724 James Paxson
  5. probable son Samuel, d. bef 24 Sep 1737, m. 1727 Rebecca Foulke
  6. Sarah, living 1748/9
  7. possible Christian Horseman m. Joanna ___, d. bef. 18 Mar 1740/1

Marmaduke's will also names grandson Thomas Nowland, parents unknown.

Additional information on his children and descendants can be found in Armstrong's New Jersey Pioneers.

Subsequent marriages

  • m. Sarah ___ 1713, she d. bef March 1744/5
  • m. Mary (FitzRandolph) (Thorne) FitzRandolph

Research Notes

We know about the Martha only because Samuel Smith's 1765 history of New Jersey lists the heads of household aboard the boat, based on a memorandum by an unnamed passenger dated "45 years" after the ship's passage (so circa 1722?) Armstrong compared the printed work with Smith's manuscript at the New Jersey Historical Society and determined that those named were not necessarily heads of household at the time of immigration (and some of the names were servants at the time). Armstrong's article covers several other passengers, and should be used for profiles of other early New Jerseyans. Perhaps a category for the Martha should be created, as this is one of the few ship's lists for any early New Jerseyans.


  1. Armstrong, citing Crambe, Yorkshire North Riding, parish register [images,, from Brothwick Institute for Archives, Univ. of York.]
  2. Armstrong, pages 167-169, citing Smith, Samuel. The History of the Colony of Nova-Caesaria, or New Jersey: Containing an Account of Its First Settlement, Progressive Improvements, the Original and Present Constitution, and Other Events, to the Year 1721 ; with Some Particulars since, and a Shore View of Its Present State. Burlington, in New-Jersey: Printed and Sold by James Parker: Sold also by David Hall, in Philadelphia, 1765, pages 112-113. Citing also the manuscript to this work, New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ, MS Group 41, Box 1, Folder 3, Part 4, p. 205.
  3. Armstrong, page 289
  4. Armstrong, p 162, citing H. Clay Reed and George J. Miller, eds., The Burlington Court Book[:] Record of Quaker Jurisprudence in West New Jersey, 1680-1709, (Washington DC: 1944), p 10.
  • Daniel G. Armstrong, "Marmaduke Horseman and the Fly-Boat Martha," in The American Genealogist, 89 (July 2017): 161-167 and (October 2017): 289-298

See also:

  • Armstrong, Donald G. New Jersey Pioneers: Twenty-Four Families with New Jersey Immigrants 1676-1705, Their New England Immigrant Ancestors 1630-1662 and Ohio Descendants 1803-1822. (Marco Island, Fla: Penobscot Press, 2014). This journal article was written to correct an assumption about Marmaduke's father and to include subsequent research on the family.
  • U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935; 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Residence

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