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Name: SHREVE or SHERIFF, CALEB Born: Born: Circa 1652 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island [LCF; TOMO] Died: Circa 1740, Burlington, New Jersey [TOMO] Married: 1680 [LCF; TOMO]to Sarah Areson of Long Island[LCF]; daughter of Diedrich Areson, of Holland. [TOMO] Descendants: Children: WFT 2:4810 claims christening as about 1653 Portsmouth, but primary documents are not cited. Caleb received land warrants in East New Jersey as early as 1676. Assuming he was of age that would put his birth date as between 1650 and 1655. Further, if this birth date is accurate, his marriage to Sarah Areson occurred when he was about twenty-seven or twenty-eight, which also seems unremarkable. In all, the birth date is reasonable, but unsubstantiated outside of secondary sources. Cecil Tharp reports Caleb Shreve permanently located in New Jersey on his marriage, about 1680. He lived after 1699 in Burlington Co., seven miles east of the present site of Mount Holly At that date his children numbered seven. The eldest, Martha, was 12 years of age. The five next oldest were boys , with probably the youngest Mary, an infant; a daughter and two sons were subsequently born. Previous to the birth of the youngest in 1706, the older daughter, Martha, married, in 1704. The family otherwise remained unbroken by marriages and in 1711-1713, during which period Thomas, Joshua, Joseph, and Caleb were married. The marriages of the remaining children occurred; Jonathan in 1720, Mary in 1721, Sarah in 1724, and Benjamin the youngest in 1729. After marriage the father gave each child a fine farm, the precise location of which are not known. They were probable all living in Burlington County in 1739, as a pole book of an election held in that county that year had in it the names of every son and son-in-law, excepting John Ogborn. The four elder children had sons old enough to vote, but they may have moved to other places. In the list of voters is an Amy Shreve and Caleb, Jonathan, Samuel and Thomas Scattergood were probably sons of Martha Shreve and Benjamin Scattergood. The descendants of Benjamin, the youngest child, has preserved the best history of the family. He acquired from his father by Will the old homestead and became by contract with his mother, sole heir to her property, which subsequently they construed to cover her interest in the rumored Amsterdam ____. This instrument was executed February 28th, 1740-41 while she was living with Benjamin, and after the marriages of her other children. Other branches had heard of the estate, and as a precaution had preserved their lineage to protect their claims: but as they became more remotely removed from the old homestead their records are not so complete, and assume a more traditionary character. There is no reliable authority for a correct tabulation of the family of Caleb Shreve and Sarah Areson in the order of ages. The order must be conjectured from the dates of their marriages shown on the church records of the Society of Friends in Burlington County, assuming the sons married at the age of twenty one and the daughters at eighteen, or thereabouts. However the dates of the birth of Joshua and Benjamin have been authoritatively transmitted to their respective descendants. The authority for their names is Caleb Shreve's Will, dated April 5th, 1735; others may have died in infancy or unmarried previously. The authority for the places of their births is the late Samuel H. Shreve; New York City. The places of there deaths, where noted, is the probate records of the state. The precise locations of their homes are unknown, excepting Benjamin's nor whether their places of residence were permanent or transient. The marriages of eight were in Burlington County, New Jersey, by Friends Ceremony. there is every reason to believe Josuah's was also by Friends Ceremony. No record of David is found, excepting in his father's will and the election poll book in 1739 for Burlington County. Caleb Shreve devised to each: Thomas, "my eldest son;" Joshua, Joseph, Caleb, Jonathan, "my son-in-law" Benjamin Scattergood, Mary Gibbs and Sarah Ogborne, five shillings; my son David Shreve, one good cow -- said bequests are designated as "completing his (or her) portion" --undoubtedly referring to the farms given them in his lifetime. References: Allen, Luther P., History and Genealogy of the Shreve Family p. 27; Hornor, William S., This Old Monmouth of Ours, Polyanthos, Cottonport, New Jersey, 1974, p. 348; Tharp, Cecil E. Tharp Ancestors, The Search: Viola Longerbone Ancestry: Shreve Family Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries http://www.geocities.com/cetbus/cet5B.html Wilroth, Benjamin Franklin, Little Compton Families. Little Compton Historical Society, Little Compton, Rhode Island, 1967, p. 567.
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