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Friday, October 7, 2016

A Revolutionary War Doctor & Politician: Dr. John Condict (1755-1834)

Congressional archives/sources  note Dr. John Condict , a doctor in the Revolutionary War, who later became a politician, serving in Congress for thirty years.

Here are some sources/ with info relating to John, the politician, who was the son of Samuel Condict/ and Smith, of SamuelCondict/Mary Dod, of Peter, of John the ancestor.  John's father, Samuel and grandfather are also documented as Condict in the New Jersey Historical Society archives, and in the Jemima Condict diary of 1752, specifically here: http://njahgp.genealogyvillage.com/death-records-from-an-okd-diary-1772-1778.html  that also names several other well noted New Jersey family ancestors, like Baldwin, Dod, & Harrison (also cited below with other colonial surnames).

Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the US Senate, by US Congress,(Washington: Duff Green, 1828), Forty-Ninth Congress at page 591, 586.

Public Documents of the Fourteenth Congress, 1789-1817, Papers Relating to Early Congressional Documents, by General A. W. Greely, (Washington, 1900), page 886 ; published for the 56th Congress.

He is indexed as Condit in the 1885/1916 Condit-authored/indexed genealogy books:  at pages 14- 20 of the 1916 "Genealogical Record of the Condit Family, Descendants of John Cunditt" by the Condit Family Association and authors, Jotham H. Condit and Eben Condit, linked to this blog.

Dr. John Condict was the great, great grandson of  John, the Norman ancestor, an immigrant from Wales to Newark, New Jersey, (1678), noted as "Condict" as early as 1738 in the New Jersey State Archives.

Dr. John Condict's lineage:  John the Norman ancestor (of the lines of Condits and Condicts), is noted in history with several surname spellings, including likely misspellings by others. But, the oldest surname, Condict,  is noted  noted for John, as early as 1695 in colonial documents in the State of New Jersey Archives: Colonial Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, 1738-1747, V. VI,  by William A. Whitehead, (Newark, NJ: 1882), at pages: 346-350: John Condict and other Horseneck/Horse Neck Rioters, Land Purchasers; also page 361, John Cunditt, 351, Jotham Condict, Index @ 478. And, at V. 15, in 1738, pages 53-533 where we see  John Candet and Canduct noted, and corrected by archivists to Condict for John the ancestor--John's great, great grandfather.

His surname is often spelled as Condit (without the 2nd "c") in some sources like the Condit authored/indexed genealogy books. The Condit authored/indexed genealogy books of 1885 & 1916 by its two Condit authors, Eben and Jotham, and their Condit Family Association, indexed nearly all descendants of John's great, great grandfather, John, as Condit (with the 2nd "c"), and said it was the accepted surname, although, it appears no Condicts were involved with the books.

 Other spelling variations of the surname (by others) also surface including: Cundit, Cundict & Cunditt, Candet, Caundet, Although many of John's family lines in later generations, adopted the Condit surname, some still carry on the ancestor's Condict surname even today.

John's grandfather's and great grandfather's memorial/ gravestone, was erected by the Honorable Silas Condict, some 50 years before the 1885 Condit-authored/indexed genealogy book was published.   John, the ancestor's memorial is found here :  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=condit&GSfn=john&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=7630383&df=all&
John's and his son, Peter Condict's, 200-year-old family gravestone/memorial, erected by Hon. Silas Condict) is found at Find A Grave.  The ancestor John is noted as Cunditt  in a 1709 will, according to the Condit genealogy book authors of the 1885/1916 genealogy books, who said John only signed with "his mark." the surname can be found as  Condit by those of the Condit lines in their books. As an immigrant to America, who likely arrived not knowing English-- being of Norman descent, likely others did not know how to spell his name, thus signing with a mark, while others spelled conflicting surnames within a single document. John's great, great grandfather's Norman Welch surname, based upon it Norman pronunciation? is evidenced by the surname spelling variations.

Please note, the New Jersey Historical Society-housed Revolutionary War diary of Jemima Condict Harrison (Major Aaron Harrison), and 1930 book transcript of the Jemima Condict Diary, titled" Jemima Condict, Her Book, Being a transcript of the diary of an Essex County maid during the Revolutionary War", Newark NJ: The Carteret Book Club, 1930,  reveals & documents  not just the Condict surname, but numerous colonial surnames, like:
Acorn, Baldwin, Bose, Brown,Burell, Canfield, Chapman,Crane, Dod, Freeman, Gold,Harrison, Hatfield, Jones, Lampson, Luis, Morris, Ogden,Pedesto,Pierson, Ready, Regs, Row, Smith, Soverel, Spear, Stage, Taylor, Tomkins, Ward, &Williams, including Jemima's uncle, Samuel Condict (Dr. John Condict's father), Jemima's grandfather, Samuel Condict & her father Daniel Condict.
The 1752 diary surnames  are shown here: http://njahgp.genealogyvillage.com/death-records-from-an-okd-diary-1772-1778.html ..     including: https://archive.org/details/newjerseyhistori09maga.

To change a historical name, even by one letter, like a "c" does matter, to family, and to the history of those who put it all on the line for our country. Preserving a Revolutionary War period surname is one's duty.  Unfortunately the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), have many,actually all 22  Revolutionary War patriots of this family lineage shown and listed as Condit. DAR librarians say they use Soundex, an algorithm for easy indexing, as the reason for the indexing of the  Condit name, other than the true, historical surname.  However, the DAR archives in Washington, D. C., seem to preserve the original surname of Condict (by those who joined long ago), even though it  does not appear in their new database for any of the  Condict  patriots of the Revolutionary War. When searching on DAR for Condict patriots, one can only find all 22 patriots as Condit.

Unfortunately, many on the internet, such  as family genealogists, continue to use the DAR database name of Condit (with DAR's flag logo) for all patriots, even though it is not historically accurate for many who served during the Revolutionary War.  This may change, but a search for the true spelling of the historical surname is not easy to locate as of the date of this post.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rebels Against Taxes Started A Movement in 1776: A Revolutionary War general's opposition to the Stamp Act

Brigidier General (and General George Washington confidant),  William Winds, was a British Crown convert who became an American patriot during the Revolutionary War. He was no wilting flower or silent bystander, but an American colonist with courage who took action for a worthy cause known as the American Revolution that would help form America's colonies and define its enduring beliefs and principles upon which we draw from today in our Constitution.

He was appointed Justice of the Peace by King William, III, after serving as a British Captain in the French and Indian War. But, it was not long before General Winds rebelled against the King of England 's taxing crown government, and became an American colonist patriot, refusing to enforce the Stamp Act for which he was appointed.
He became a confidant of Gen. George Washington, and was deeply involved with the Continental Congress delegates with the New Jersey Assembly, appointed Chairman of the Freeholders to select America's first Congress-- the Continental Congress.  He was involved with the Treaty of Paris. He fought beside General George Washington at the Battle of Monmouth. He was an American patriot.

Other info on Brigadier General William Winds:
The will of William Winds:  http://njdigitalhistory.org/NJDHA/items/show/350   noting his daughter Abigail.

General William Winds of the Revolutionary War and his family links:

His daughter was Abigail Winds Condict, who married Nathaniel Condict ( of Peter, of Peter Condict of John Condict the Norman ancestor, aka Condit by the Condit Family Association genealogy books/lines, but spelled Condict with the second "c"). The family surname is also documented in the Jemima Condict Revolutiionary War-era diary housed by the New Jersey Historical Society.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Johnsons of Connecticut and Morris, New Jersey

Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey: Vol 1, 1899:

The Johnsons of Connecticut and New Jersey dating back to the 1600's:
Walter to John, to John, to Jacob, to Mahlon Johnson and more; other surnames in the book of the early founders dating to the 1800s:
Farrow, Samuel Baldwin, Frederick Sayre, Geo. Lanterman, Will.S.Cary, Henry W. Kice, Frances Oliver (IRE), Chas. Gee (Eng), Steven F. Briant, Enos Gobble Budd,Everertt Garabrant, Dayton Baldwin, Kinney, Hedges, Aaron Fairchild, Geo. Pierson, Wm. Burd, Elbert Baldwin, John Shippee, John C. Schrader, John M. Baldwin, John Chamberlain, James Darlymple,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Culpeppers of England, (1200 a.d.) and Other Colonial Surnames

The Culpeppers (dating back to 1200 a.d.), connected to other colonial American surnames:  Lindsley, Condict (Condit,Cunditt), Wigsell,Wilford, Dingley, Steede, Roberts, Mayo... to name a few.


Sources: Hoadly, Charles ., M. A., Ed. Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven from 1638 to 1649, Case, Tiffany and Company, Hartford, 1857. ; Simonds, J. Rupert. A History of the First Church and Society of Branford, Connecticut 1644-1919. The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co. New Haven. 1919; Wickes, Stephen, History of the Oranges, in Essex County, N.J.: 1666-1806, Ward & Tichenor, Newark, 1892; Atwater, Edward E. History of The Colony of New Haven To Its Absorption into Connecticut. The Journal Publishing Company. Meridan. 1902.)9

Francis Lindsley

Here is info at:  https://www.geni.com/people/Sir-John-Colpeper-of-Atwood/6000000002649548745

The Immigrants Following the Maylfowers: England's Fortune Ship Passengers of 1621:

1621 Immigrants to America: 

Those on board the 1621 English ship Fortune included: Adams, Bissite, Beal, De La Noye, Pitt, Steward, Winslow, Wright,Hilton, Palmer, Morgau,Flavel, Ford, Hicks,Dean,Conor, Brewster, Brigg, Canon, Deau, Cushman, Foord (Ford),Simonsou, Prince, etc..

Of those immigrant lines above, others lineages ( including of those immigrants who arrived later) started and grew in the thirteen colonies of America, including the following surname lines:

Riggs Family of England (1590) to Boston, MA 1633: surnames include: Condict, Rose, Herrick, Wheeler,Conger, Hudson, Cook, Blatchley,Potter, Eckhart, Dover, Stanborrough, McCabe, Brown, Durham, King, Wheeler, Warner, Lamson,


The Ford/Foord, Condict, Odell, Baldwin, Kitchell Families:  And other surnames: Arnold, Tuthill, Tucker,Dunham, Stiles,Tuttle, Hoagland, Hoff, Kent, Hancock, DeCamp,Raynor, Jennings, Phillips,Kenny, Johnes,Thomas, Dingey,



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Revolutionary War-Era Diary's Surnames: The Jemima Condict Diary & Her Condict Family

Jemima Condict's Revolutionary War-era journal, housed by the New Jersey Historical Society, reveals Jemima's family surnames  to be spelled just like her's, and not as Condit.

The Jemima Diary talks of colonial life in the 1700's in New Jersey, of the Boston Tea Party, and Jemima Condict's now famous diary that has been referenced by others in recent times to write Revolutionary War era spin-off books with references to Jemima's  life depicted in her 1772 diary, but  the surnames seem to have been overlooked and misspelled, as the diary shows Jemima did possess the same surname as those of her Condict (with the second "c") family Jemima writes about. It is well documented at the New Jersey Historical Society that Jemima Condict's family surname was Condict, and not Condit or Cundict as historical books show, like this one, documenting Jemima's father, Daniel Condict:   https://archive.org/details/documentsrelatin35newj at pages 89-90    documenting Daniel in his will at this source: Documents Relating to the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Post Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, Vol 35, (1880).

For those endeared to genealogy, and tracing their ancestors, it is  Jemima's family surnames in her 1772 diary  that perhaps only those of the lines may find important, to ensure the name is historically accurate, and with the true spelling of the surname.
One can find many links referencing the New jersey Historical Society's manuscript and 1930 book transcript of the Jemima Condict diary, and all seem to indicate that Jemima's family surname was Condict, not Condit nor Cundict as some in the Condit lines now state.
We find this link with info from source materials of the New Jersey Historical Society's manuscript and transcription of  the Jemima Diary:  http://njahgp.genealogyvillage.com/death-records-from-an-okd-diary-1772-1778.html

The Condit (without the second "c") reference could be likely confusing,  by the Condit Family Association 1885/1916 genealogy books by its two Condit authors, Eben and Jotham Condit, who indexed nearly all descendants in the tree as Condit. The books' indexing of descendants occurred even though the first and foremost historical family cenotaph and memorial was  erected some 50 years earlier by the ancestor John's great, great grandson, the Honorable Silas Condict, and named the first three generations (Jemima's great, great grandfather and great grandfather and grandfather), as Condict.
 Apparently no Condicts were involved with the Condit written genealogy books design, even though the Condit authors seem to allude  that all accepted the Condit surname used in the genealogy books, and that those with the Condict surname were actually descendants of Peter, John's son.

The Condit books have since been used as source material by genealogists who may have overlooked the authors' book introductions noting the Condict surname, and the authors' Condit descendant indexing system.  Perhaps the confusion of the early generations of the family tree of Condits and Condicts began with the Condit family genealogy authors who stated:  " To preserve uniformity in the work, we have adopted the generally accepted form of spelling the name, believing that it will meet with approval."  And, that would seem approval of the Condit Family Association of which all appear as Condits in the Condit written and researched books.Their work goes one to mention the Condict name confusing it in the same sentence with references to the surname Cundict.
In the 1885 and 1916 Condit Family Association's genealogy books, there is also the two Condit authors' mention of Samuel's (Jemima's grandfather)gravestone inscribed as Conduit, along with his son, Samuel, Jr.'s headstone as Conduit, whether or not some of the lineage today claim the name was Cundict, yet since around 1885 have claimed Condit for the early generations.

There are many others (not family) in history who appear to have likely not written the true surname, and instead guessed at it based upon pronunciation, and therefore misspelled the surname. This seems demonstrated by the contradictory names for John the Norman ancestor, and his son Peter (Jemima's great, great grand father and great grandfather Peter, respectively), in their 1700's wills and land deeds. Here it seems highly illogical a father and son would have different surnames where the names ranged from Cundit, Cundict, Conduit, and to Condit-- a name many descendants later would use.  A logical person might conclude John did not understand English,  even after being in America since 1678. The Condit genealogy books show an excerpt of John's 1709 will. Ironically, John signed with his "mark", NOT a signature showing  a surname of Cunditt for himself, and Cundit for his son Peter and John's seven grandchildren :  Samuel (Jemima's great, great grandfather),  Peter, John, Nathaniel, Mary (Gould?),Philip & Isaac)  all as Cundit-- a name that appears briefly in some church records but then disappears in other records of marriage and burials, and shows up as Condict for the early generations when recorded by family members, but as Condit, Cundit, Cunditt, Conduitt, & Cundict when written by others.
Yet another surname surfaces with the Condit genealogy books' excerpt of Peter's will (Jemima's great grandfather),  before his 1714 death, showing Peter named, in 1709, as Cundit in his father John's will, but  named as Cundict in Peter's will (1714).  Yet, ironically, the books authors seem to have little or no mention of the Condict cenotaph and memorial erected 50 years earlier by the Honorable Silas Condict that the authors likely knew about.

 Jemima documents her family surname as Condict, and other family members did as well, as noted at the first and foremost historical cenotaph and memorial for the Norman ancestor, John, and his son Peter, who arrived from Wales 1678 to Newark, NJ noted here:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=12179447
 The Honorable Silas Condict erected, early1800's cenotaph for John and Peter, also memorializes the first three generations and beyond as Condict, with last name being Anna Byram, great, great granddaughter of Priscilla Mullins and John Alden.  The Alden/ Condict lines are made direct descendants three times via John Alden's great daughter, Abigail Alden Byram's (Ebenezer) daughters Huldah (Col. Ebenezer), Anna (Peter Condict), and Abigail (Silas Condict).


Ancestry.com Surname Meanings

Looking at Ancestry.com's surname finder, I found the following on my family names:

According to Ancestry.com here are two very differing surname meanings for Condict, Condit, while the surnames of Cunditt, Cundict, Cundit ( seen in history, although possibly misspelled by others not family), do not seem to exist in ancestry.com's surname database:
Condict Name Meaning
Variant of Irish Connick, a patronymic from Gaelic Mac Conmhaic. The closing of palatalized n and c can sound like an excrescent d or t to non-Gaelic speakers.
Condit Name Meaning

Southern French: from the past participle of condir from Latin conditio ‘seasoning’, ‘flavoring’, hence probably an occupational name or nickname for a cook.

Dodd Name Meaning
English and Scottish: from the Middle English personal name Dodde, Dudde, Old English Dodda, Dudda, which remained in fairly widespread and frequent use in England until the 14th century. It seems to have been originally a byname, but the meaning is not clear; it may come from a Germanic root used to describe something round and lumpish—hence a short, plump man. Irish: of English origin, taken to Sligo in the 16th century by a Shropshire family; also sometimes adopted by bearers of the Gaelic name Ó Dubhda (see Dowd).



Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

And of the surname condit: 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jemima Condict, Revolutionary War Journalist , 1774-1779

Other sources for Jemima;s family:

the surname of Jemima's family, her father Daniel's, Daniel, and Samuel of Peter of John Condict, who was Jemima's grandfather:


 Jemima Condict Revolutionary War Journalist:  http://revolutionarynj.org/neighbor/jemima-condict/

 Text from the source link above: 
I was born in 1754 to farmer Daniel Condict in Pleasantdale, Essex County. In 1772 When I 
 was 17, I began a diary and while most of my entries concerned religious matters, sicknesses and deaths, I was also very aware of the growing anger with Great Britain. On October 1, 1774 I commented that, “It seams we have troublesome times a Coming for there is great Disturbance a Broad in the earth & they say it is tea that caused it.” One day in 1775, I rode down with my father to see our militiamen training and it worried me to hear people saying that “All hopes of Conciliation Between Briten & her Colonies are at an end.” Soon after, on April 23, we heard about the fighting at Lexington and Concord. After the British landed on Staten Island in July 1776 our militia, including my future husband Aaron Harrison, was out on active duty almost constantly. By November our army was in retreat and I wrote “Wat (what) a time is this! A Sickly time & a very Dicing time & the People fleeing before there enemies.” Aaron was one of those fleeing the British army as it marched across our state. In 1777 and 1778 we continued to have problems with the Green Coats and our militia had to contend with them. I stopped my diary in 1779, not long before I married Aaron. Tragically, I died giving birth to our son on November 14, 1779. Aaron continued in the militia throughout the war.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Revolutionary War patriots, Continental Congress members, Whigs, & a Presidential Elector

Dr. John Condict (spelled with a second "c"), is one of my ancestors, and his name was spelled Condict not Condit like that of his cousin branch surname adopted by others and by later generations of the family tree. John's surname is so noted and documented in numerous congressional and historical publications, including the following:

Congressional Directory of 1903:  https://archive.org/stream/cu31924096059690#page/n475/mode/2up @ page 467 (actually page 476 of 916 pages in the directory), shows Condict (not the Condit surname), for historical and patriotic Condict congressmen : Silas,  Silas, Dr. Lewis and Dr. John Condict.

The Condict surname has apparently been misspelled by others on the internet who have likely relied upon the 1885 & 1916 family genealogy books from its Condit Family Association and Condit authors who numbered and named nearly all CondiCt descendants with their surname Condit.

 Dr. John Condict descended from Samuel, from Samuel, from Peter, to John, the Norman ancestor of  Wales (1678 to America), and whose cenotaph/memorial erected by the Honorable Silas Condict ( http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16024602 ), names the first three generations of the family as Condict (with the second "c"). Find A Grave link to cenotaph for John, and his son Peter, and memorial to first three generations of family known as Condict and Condit: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=12179447 .

Dr. John Condict, surgeon of the Revolutionary War, under Col Van Cortland's battalion (Heards Brigade, June 29,1776), is also historically documented in the "History of Essex and Hudson County of New Jersey" by William Shaw, 1884, Philadelphia, (source:  Strykers Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War), at Chapter XI, at page 31: https://archive.org/stream/historyofessexhu01shaw_0#page/n43/mode/2up

First Major and Lt. Col. David Condict is also noted at the same source above, at page 31 of the Second Regiment of Militia from Essex County, New Jersey. His name has also been misspelled as Condit in many sources who likely relied up the old Condit Family Association genealogy books as their source for the surname.

Dr. Lewis Condict: b. 1773-1862, Morristown, NJ; He was a practicing MD; He was a Whig in NJ legislature, and served as Speaker of the House, NJ, 1808-1810,his last 2 years, serving as state leg. 1805-1810; He was a NJ Rep. in its 12,13,14,17-22nd Legislatures; In 1840, he was a presidential elector on the Harrison/Tyler ticket (source: page cited above at page 467 in Congressional Directory of 1903)http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=12179485
and at wikipedia:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Condict

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Nathaniel Dickinson, American ancestor (1600), of Viking bloodlines of King of Norway

Nearly eleven centuries ago, there appeared at the court of Halfdan Huilbein, King of Norway, a soldier of fortune named Ivar. He was said to have been originally a shepherd. One day he was captured by a roving band of Northmen and carried off. After a series of adventures he made his appearance at the Norse King's Court about 700. Being of handsome presence he became a favorite of the King, who made him a general of his army, Prince of the Uplands, and in 725 bestowed upon him in marriage his daughter Eurittea, the heiress of the realm. King Halfdan died in 725, leaving his crown to his grandson Eystein, son of Ivar, who served as Regent during the King's minority. King Eystein reigned until 755 and left Harold Harfgar, successor, and another son Rogenwald who left a son Rolf or Rollo, the most adventurous prince of his day, who overran Normandy in 910. His sixth and youngest son, Walter, received the town and castle of Caen as his inheritance. His great-grandson, Walter de Caen, accompanied William the Conqueror to England. To this nobleman the line of Dickinson descended from the emigrant ancestor, Nathaniel, may be traced. The family name is found spelled with varying time, location, and circumstance in many ways de Kengon, Dykenson, Dykonson, Diconson, Dickoson, Dickion, Dickason, Dickeison, Dickingson, and Dickinson. From Walter de Caen, later Walter de Kengon (taking the name of his manor in Yorkshire, England) comes:
(II) Johnne Dykonson, freeholder, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, married, 1260, Margaret Lambert, and died 1316.
(III) William Dykenson, freeholder, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, died 1330-31.
(IV) Hugh Dykensonne, freeholder, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, died 1376.
(V) Anthoyne Dickensonne, freeholder, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, married, 1376 Catheryne De La Pole, and died 1396.
(VI) Richard Dickinson, freeholder, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, married, 1399, Margaret Cooper, died 1441.
(VII) Thomas Dickinson, freeholder, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, married, 1430, Margaret Lambert, a Kingston woman. He was alderman of Hull, England, from 1443 to 1444, and mayor from 1444 to 14——, and died 1475.
(VIII) Hugh Dickinson, freeholder, removed to Kenson Manor, Yorkshire, married, 1451, Agnes Swillington, died 1509.
(IX) William Dickinson, freeholder, of Kenson Manor, Yorkshire, married, 1475, Isabel Langton, and died 1546.
(X) John Dickinson settled in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He married, 1499, Elizabeth Danby, was alderman 1525 to 1554, and died in 1554.
(XI) William Dickinson settled at Bradley Hall, Staffordshire; married, in 1520, Rachel Kinge; died in 1590.
(XII) Richard Dickinson, of Bradley Hall, Staffordshire, married, in 1540, Eliza Bagnail, and died in 1605.
(XIII) Thomas Dickinson, clerk of Portsmouth navy yard, England, from 1567 to 1587; removed to Cambridge in 1587; married, 1567, Judith Carey, died 1590.
(XIV) William Dickinson settled at Ely, Cambridge, and married, 1594, Sarah Stacey, of Ely, died 1628.
(XV) Nathaniel Dickinson, the American ancestor, was born in Ely, Cambridge, England, in 1600. He married (first) in January 1630, at East Bergolat, Suffolk, England, Anna, widow of William Gull. They came to Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1636-37, where Nathaniel became one of the leaders of the colony. He was town clerk in 1645, deputy to the general court in 1646-47. In 1649 he removed to Hadley, Massachusetts, where he was admitted a freeman in 1661. He was the first recorder of the town, selectman, assessor, town magistrate, deacon of the church, member of the Hampshire troop, and on the first board of trustees of Hopkins Academy. He resided also for a few years at Hatfield. He died at Hadley, June 16, 1676. He married (second) Anne ————. Children, all by first wife:
  1. John, born in 1630, killed in King Philip's war.
  2. Joseph, born in 1632; was slain in King Philip's war with Captain Beers; married, September 4, 1675, Phebe Bracy.
  3. Thomas, born 1634, married Hannah Crow.
  4. Anna, married (first) John Clarey; (second) Enos Kingsley.
  5. Samuel, born July, 1638, married Martha Bridgeman.
  6. Obadiah, born April 15, 1641.
  7. Nathaniel, born August, 1643, married (first) Hannah ————, (second) Mrs. Elizabeth Gillette.
  8. Nehemiah, born 1644, married Sarah Cowles.
  9. Hezekiah, born February, 1646, married Abigail Blakeman.
  10. Azariah, born October 4, 1648, killed in the swamp fight, August 25, 1675; married Dorcas ————.
 Sources: http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/families/hmgfm/dickinson.html


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

1701 Indian land colonial purchase starts New Jersey Horseneck Riots in 1745-1755

 In 1701, 13,500 acres west of Newark was purchased for $325 (or about 2.5-cents an acre) from Loantique, Taphow, Manshum and others. The original deed burned in a house fire in 1745. Descendants of the signers of the original deed promptly signed a new document. These deeds were challenged as being unlawful. According to a survey in 1746, only 35 families lived in the area. When Samuel Baldwin was arrested in 1745 for trespassing on his own land, his neighbors armed themselves with clubs, axes and crow-bars and descended on the jail to liberate him. The struggle against the Proprietors continued until 1755. Daniel Lamson and John Condict acted as agents for the Landowner's Committee and pleaded the settlers case to the King in England.

Cundicts, John and Peter, among other settlers, were deeded Indian lands in New Jersey in 1701 in an area known as Horse Neck or Horseneck.  The land purchase info (dates and surnames) is important for many reasons in understanding the surname variations (Cundit, Cunditt, Cundict) that contradict one another in the Condict and Condit family tree.
John and Peter died in 1713/1714 (respectively).  Later in 1745, John Condict ( referenced with the second "C"), (presumably John the Norman ancestor's grandson), negotiated with the King of England for the land owners during the Horseneck Riots.

It is interesting to note that family  historians said John arrived America 1678, and then we find sources that in 1701 he bought land in Newark as Cundict. Land was purchased along with/by/for his son Peter (also referenced as Cundict); yet,  eight years later, John had a will made in 1709 as Cunditt (remember, he could only sign with his mark, not a signature so likely still did not understand English after being in America over 20 years). The 1701 Horseneck deed to John Cundict did not translate to his 1709 will with the Cunditt surname. And, in this same will, someone named/interpreted the surname sounding/spelling of John's son, Peter, as Cundit--unusual, as it was not the same surname of  his father John noted with the surname of Cunditt in the will. Nor was Peter Cundit in his father John's will noted with Cundict surname, used eight years earlier in the Horse Neck land purchase. Peter Cundit  and his seven children noted in John's 1709 will were not referenced with the Cundict name used in Peter's 1714 will. Why would Peter have a different surname than his father John? Not very likely is highly is a good guess. Then some 30 years later,  the grandson, John, uses the surname Condict (in 1745), as a negotiator with the King of England for the Horse Neck land owners.
Yet another historical reference source, names John and Deborah Cundit (page 33-34), and describes briefly, the Horseneck purchase and riots (page 44/45):  https://ia902709.us.archive.org/12/items/themountainsociet00hoyt/themountainsociet00hoyt.pdf

These historical references show the surname inconsistencies/contradictions, and that Cundict was not the surname set in stone as some members of the Condit branch  often contended, and as used in the 1885 & 1916 Condit Family Association genealogy books, citing excerpts of wills and other surname spellings of the family tree.

 sources:  http://www.titchenal.com/hert2a.php

Jemima Condict, Revolutionary War-era patriot and journal writer of Boston Tea Party

Jemima Condict, makes references to her grandparents, Mary Dodd ( of  Samuel), and Samuel Condict, in her 1700's colonial, Revolutionary War-era diary.

Jemima's noted surnames and deaths in her Revolutionary War-era diary at New Jersey Historical Society:  http://njahgp.genealogyvillage.com/death-records-from-an-okd-diary-1772-1778.html
 She also makes references to her father, Daniel's family, as Condict.
 Perhaps the confusion and contradiction of the various spellings of the tree surnames likely arose from the 1885 and 1916 Condit Family Association genealogy books by its two Condit authors, who make brief intro mentions of the various surnames, and that they numbered and indexed nearly all descendants as Condit for their convenience.  The books were published some 50 years after the foremost family memorial and cenotaph for John the Norman ancestor and his son, Peter at Find A Grave that names the first three generations and beyond as Condict ( with the second "c").
We also find in the  1885 & 1916 genealogy books Jemima's grandparents mentioned as Conduit at page 15, mentioning Samuel's grave in Orange NJ and that of his third son, Samuel.
This may make a connection to any indications or beliefs that Jemima wrote in code and therefore her family name could have been Cundict, however the graves and Jemima's own diary hold up the Condict surname, just as is in stone in the First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ graveyard: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=condict&GSfn=john&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=12179447&df=all&

Jemima also pens some family with the Cundict name in her famous diary.

Jemima Condict cited again in historical references:  at page 117, Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey, Vol. 1, 1910.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New Jersey historical genealogical reference of Cundit surname for Condict & Condit descendants

History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey (1884) shows links to surname variations of the John Cundit /Cunditt families, aka Condit, Condict families in America today (see page 722).

The book author appears to list all descendants of John Cunditt/Cundit's lineage as Condit making a slight reference to the surname Cundit for John the ancestor at the beginning. The author also does not seem to know that family members say John, II was born in America of a mother, Deborah, and died young, leaving Peter as the only surviving son. The author seems to indicate that Deborah was John's only wife. He also  makes no reference to Peter and Mary Harrison/Harison as Cundit as is found in other historical references, like in the Harrison family genealogy noted on this blog.

The author's spelling of the descendants as only Condit (no Condicts are cited as such, yet some are listed), is irregardless that  some of John's grandsons (Peter's sons), took the Condict surname in life, marriage and to the grave; Specifically Philip, Peter & Isaac took the Condict surname and even Nathaniel is noted with Cundit and Condict while Samuel is noted as Cundit, Condit & Conduit.
The grandsons, although perhaps born with the Cundit surname given them and their father Peter in a will also contradicts their grandfather John the ancestor's given surname of Cunditt, that  the Norman ancestor could not sign in English, having arrived in America, about 1678, from Wales and likely not fluent in English but Norman dialect.
For a father and son to have different surnames is  highly unusual and not highly likely, perhaps indicating that the author of the 1709 will (since John and Peter could very likely not understand English) was translating what John the Norman ancestor (or perhaps his son Peter) from Wales was trying to communicate as his surname.
It is curious to note that John made his will in Newark, NJ, in  1709 (some 30+ years after arriving in America from Wales), yet up to and beyond his death, he neither mentioned or corrected his will for his only son Peter and his grandchildren to Cundict (as some on the Condit branch assert was this name & the main lineage name for the first 100 years), the name later used by Peter in his will probated in 1714, one year after his father dies; Instead, John Cunditt's will writer in 1709, named Peter and his seven children (John's grandchildren), with the surname Cundit, which John still could not sign in English.
 The true spelling of the name of the Norman-descent ancestor John continues as a mystery. His will is on file in Trenton, New Jersey, and is a good example of many foreigners who came to America not knowing English enough to write their own names, to trace the lineage across the seas to their mother land for its true origin, meaning, spelling and pronunciation.Hoepfully with the internet this will happen to connect John's Norman descendants with those in America.

The 1885 & 1916 family genealogy books, published by the Condit Family Association's book authors, Jotham and Eben Condit, (of which apparently no Condicts of the cousin branch were involved), indexed and numbered nearly all descendants of John as Condit, adding to the surname confusion used by many in genealogy as source materials.  The books were published some 50 years after the foremost and only known cenotaph/memorial to John and Peter (whose grave sites are unknown), was erected by John's great, great grandson, the Honorable Silas Condict, at the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, New Jersey,  which can be found at Find A Grave memorial # 12179447 as indicated below.

Sons of the American Revolution also list Ebenezer, Philip, Zenas and Silas Condict as patriots:  http://patriot.sar.org/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=Grave%20Registry&-loadframes

Research for the true and original surname of John Cunditt/Cundit/Condict/Conduit or Condit, the Norman ancestor (of Norman descent) from Wales to America in 1678 (to Newark, New Jersey), continues in a quest of this patriotic American family's true surname and with John's Norman descendants across the seas.



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cunditts of Wales(1574): Origins of John Cunditt (of Cundit,Cundict,Condict & Condit families)?

Here we find, (across the seas as our ancestors hint many times), Cunditts in Wales where John Cunditt (the ancestor of   Cundict, Condit lines in America??) , who journeyed by ship to America.
CUNDITTS are registered in the Parish Register of Durnford, Wiltshire Wales,  Marriage Records 1574-1600 but that still does not conclude it was the original surname of John Condict, the ancestor of nearly all living Condict & Condit lines, as no early generations in America spelled their name that way, although many others often misspelled it:

There is reference in 1592 of Richard Williams & Hellen Cundict (11/26/1592), and of George Cunditt & Margaret Girle (1599).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

John Conduitt, Westminister Abbey, Parliament

Said to be related to Cunditts, Cundits, Condits,Condicts of America: John Conduitt (1688-1737): Master of the Royal Mint, Parliament member, married Sir Isaac Newton's neice, Barton/Wallop:



Harrisons of England, Cundits

Harrison of England and connections and marriage to Peter Cunditt,Cundit (of Condict and Condit family tree):



Richard Harrison Children: Samuel, #5, father to Mary Harrison Cundit (Peter) Peter Cundit: From the Calendar of Wills, Colonial Documents...:
SAMUEL HARRISON, of Newark, Essex Co., Yoeman, will of. Wife Mary, sole excutrix. Children -- Samuel, John, Mary wife of Peter Cundit, Sarah, wife of Nathaniel Ward, Susanna, wife of Samuel Ward, Abigail and Elener. Real and personal estate. Witnesses: Jonathan Crane, John Johnson, Jr., John Cooper.
PROVED December 12, 1724.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

John Cunditt/Condict ancestor to America: from Wales, England, Normandy France (1678)

John Cunditt/Cundit/ Condict / Cundict/Condit...of Norman descent: CONDICT on his gravestone in his church burial ground:



Nothing like an old church record and a etched stone gravestone to say it all: Leaving the old, historical remnants of the name for others to trace the origins of the family name often lost and forgotten in history, unlike some family genealogy books who authors used one universal name (theirs!) to tag all their descendants. Seem the history of a family name is always evolving.

From the Presbyterian Church Graveyard & Info:

Note:  One side of this obelisk carries the inscription "John Condict,  of Norman descent,  from Wales to America in 1678,  d.  in Newark,  1713,  leaving one son,  Peter,  who d.  1714,  his sons were Samuel,  Peter 2d [Peter & Phebe],  John,  Nathaniel,  Phillip [Philip & Mary],  & Isaac.  Peter 2d d.  Morristown,  1768;  his sons were Joseph,  Nathaniel,  Ebenezer,  Silas and Peter 3d.  Peter 3d d. 1774,  leaving three sons,  Edward,  Byram,  and Lewis.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Dodds in the Revolutionary War: Dodds married into the Condict family. Note: History shows the surname spelling with numerous variations, spelled by others, but the ancestor, John Condict, and the early generations, specifically those of the Revolutionary War period, were Condict, including those branches that intermarried with JOHN ALDEN lines, and the same of which and others, that can be traced to Kings of England & Scotland, specifically to King John Lackland, aka, King PLANTAGNET, and date back to the Charlemagne & the first French dynasty, the Merovingians.

Abiel Dodd, Abijah Dodd, Abitha Dodd, David Dodd, Dekoda Dodd, Ebenezer Dodd, Eliezer Dodd, Silas Dodd, in Second Essex Regiment; also in Captain Craig’s Company, State troops. Isaac Dodd,
Privates— Israel Dodd, James Dodd, Jesse Dodd, in Captain Dodd’sCompany, Second Essex; also in State troops, and in Continental Army. John Dodd, in Second Essex; also in State troops, Captain Craig’s Company. Joseph Dodd, Joshua Dodd, Matthew Dodd, Matthias Dodd, Moses Dodd, Parmenus Dodd, Thomas Dodd, Timothy Dodd, in Captain Dodd’s Company;


Condicts & Condits in the Revolutionary War: New Jersey

Condicts (often misspelled as Condit) in Revolutionary War as all the early generations were Condict, like the ancestor, John CONDICT's, surname: In Captain Squire's Company, New Jersey:  http://newarkmilitary.com/revenlistedmen.php

History of Essex and Hudson Counties: New Jersey: Chapter XII: Essex County in the Revolutionary War:

John Compton, Daniel Condict, Nathaniel Condict, Amos Condit, Enoch, Condit, Isaac Condit, Jeptha Condit, in Captain Squires’ Company, Second Essex Regiment. Japhsah Condit, Japtha Condit, Joel Condit, Moses Condit, Samuel Condit, Simon Condit, Timothy Condit, Jonathan Conger, in Captain Lyon’s Company.

Sources for Old Historical Records: 1600-1800, Newark, NJ

Newark, NJ historical resources:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Axtell and Condict


Jemima Condict's Revolutionary War Era Diary Surnames

Jemima CONDICT's lineage: of John Condict (the Norman descent ancestor to America in 1678, from Wales, from England?, from Normandy France?), is inscribed in stone at the Condict family memorial/cenotaph on Find A Grave.
Likely misspelled by others (not family) with surname variations  as Cundit, Cunditt or Cundict, one can find Jemima Condict (in her famous Revolutionary War era diary), and the Honorable Silas Condict to state the  surname spellings of their family as Condict--with the 2nd "c."
The likely source of genealogy source confusion could be the two Condit Family Association genealogy books by its two Condit authors/ genealogists,Jotham and Eben Condit, who mention known surname variations (both by others and by family) in the books' intros, along with mention of their descendant indexing system by which most all the descendants in their 1885 and 1916 books are indexed and numbered with the surname of Condit even though the authors were aware of the Condict family memorial. The Jemima Condict Diary translation did not come until 1930 in a book that translates the entire diary : source is New Jersey Historical Society:

Condict, Jemima, 1754-1779.

Title: Jemima Condict Diary


Abstract: Kept by a young girl who lived in the village of Pleasantdale (now part of West Orange), Essex County, New Jersey, and was married to Aaron Harrison. Published as Jemima Condict Her Book, Being a Transcript of the Diary of and Essex County Maid during the Revolutionary War (Newark, 1930) (call# R.B. Car 13); also in Elizabeth Evans, Weathering the Storm: Women of the American Revolution (New York, ca. 1975) (call# 973.315 Ev15), pgs. 33-51.

Other links to Jemima's diary and surnames of Condict:  http://njahgp.genealogyvillage.com/death-records-from-an-okd-diary-1772-1778.html





sources at New Jersey Historical Society:   New Jersey Historical Society, Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs, Manuscript Group 123, Jemima Condict (1754-1779), Diary, 1772-1779, 0.25 linear feet / 2 folders, Call Number: MG 123

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lindsley, Pierson, Condict lines

Abigail Condict ( of Col Ebenezer Condict/ Huldah Byram Condict of the John Alden and  Priscilla Mullins Mayflower lines) married Benjamin Pierson and here are a few links with  that info:      


DAR Patriot Ancestor #: A024858
John and Priscilla Mullins Alden lines in the Alden Kindred of America Tree 2016 (John Alden Society) athttp://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=aldenkindredtree&id=I6742

Odell, Dickinson, Ford, Baldwin, Kitchell,Meyln (1500-1800)

Odell, Dickinson and Ford and Condict families links:


Temperance and her daughter Elizabeth Odell who married James Ford, son of Samuel Ford and Sarah Baldwin ; her sister was Eunice who married Jonathan Ford:


http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~marshall/esmd83.htm  Dickinson, Meyln, lines from 1500 to Gabriel Dicksinson, father of Waters Dickinson


Friday, April 22, 2016

New Jersey Historical Society manuscripts of my Condict and Condit descendants

New Jersey Historical Society Manuscript Group of:

Ruth Condict, daughter of Rev. Ira Condict and Sarah Perine, of New Brunswick, New Jersey:


Jemina Condict manuscript group at New Jersey Historical Society:

http://www.jerseyhistory.org/findingaid.php?aid=0123#Biographical Note:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Queens College, Rutgers University 3rd President, Morrell, Harrison, Perrine & Condict families

REV. IRA CONDICT,  3rd president of Queens College, now Rutgers University, was the son of Daniel Condict, of Samuel Condict, of PeterCundict/Condict, of John Cunditt/Condict the ancestor to America from Wales, from England, from Normandy, France ( of Norman descent on his Condict gravestone in Newark, New Jersey).


http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=125417297 Ira is buried

He was married to Sarah Perine, daughter of Henry Perine of Freehold, NJ, and they had eight children, with three dying in infancy.  One of his favorite quotes (1916 book @ page 19) was:  Prepare for the life to come; you may be of the righteous who shall meet with the saints of God."


Ira's sibling: Jemima Condict:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6819459


Morrell, Perrine, Harrison, LaRue, Hanson and Condict families


Richard Harrison to America (1593, Branford, Connecticut)

My CUNDITT, CUNDIT, CUNDICT, CONDICT & CONDIT LINES TO RICHARD HARRISON, III (HARISON), the ancestor to America, who first came to  BRANFORD, CONNECTICUT from England, (1593-1653):

Richard Harrison, to  Sgt. Richard Harrison, to Samuel* and his siblings:  Joseph, John, Benjamin, George, Daniel and Mary Pierson of Mary Harrison (Harison), to my lines* of:  Peter Cunditt, Condict who married Mary Harrison and had these children as listed here at WikiTree: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cunditt,_Condict-1
 (indexed as Condit in books) lines here and at these sources: 

At WikiTree:
My Harrison, Cunditt/Condict/Condit lines:  Mary Harrison of Samuel of Richard/Sarah Hubbard, of Richard/Mary Picke and Sarah Yorke:  http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Harrison-9261

Richard Harrison/ Margaret Picke lines at Find A Grave:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=104043834

Richard Harrison of CT:  http://www.axtell-surname.org.uk/fam18803.html

Richard Harrison, III:  https://www.geni.com/people/Richard-Harrison-III/6000000001021886332

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My  JOHN CUNDITT, PETER CUNDIT/ CUNDICT &  CONDICT AND CONDIT ancestor lines to Rev. Jonathan Dickinson &  his wife Melyn,  to their daughter, Temperance Dickinson & John Odell, to their daughter Eunice ODELL  & Jonathan FORD,  to Charlotte FORD &  Silas CONDICT lines  here at these links:

Rev. Jonathan Dickinson,Melyn and Odell genealogy


Monday, April 18, 2016

Sgt. Richard Harrison1, Samuel2/Mary Harrison3, married to Peter Cundict/Condict ( of John CUNDITT/CONDICT, the ancestor from England, to Wales to America (Newark, NJ) lines: