Subject is my husband's line. His gr-gr-grandfather Jesse FitzRandolph
(b. Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ 1768) married a Delilah LaForge, date &
place unknown. Jesse was s/o Samuel & Margaret FitzRandolph. Entire
family moved from NJ to PA to VA, now Salem, WV, by 1800 and belonged to
the Seventh Day Baptist Church. Jesse m. 2nd in May 1826; no record of
what happened to Delilah.
Have not done any recent research but in past have read many NJ records,
particularly the many LaForge (and variant spellings) wills in the NJ
Archives series with no positive results for Delilah.
As an item of general information, the following appears on pg 62 of
"Annals of Staten Island, From its Discovery to the Present Time" by J.
J. Clute, published 1877; reprinted for Clearfield Co., Inc. by
Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD 1990:
"The name of _____ De la Forge appears in the assessment roll of Boswyck
(Bushwick) in 1676, and among those who took the oath of allegiance in
Kings County in 1687, is the name of Adrian La fforge, who had then been
in the County fifteen years. In 1738 there was an Adrian Laforge, who
bought land on Staten Island. From the similarity of the name, the
inference is natural that if they are not identical, they were connected;
this is, however, conjecture. There appears to have been two branches of
the family, the Castleton and the Westfield, who may or may not have had
a common origin. The paucity of notices in the old records of the County
and churches, and the absence of family records, renders it impossible to
trace the family far. The present living representative of the Castleton
branch is Mr. G. M. Laforge, of Illinois; the late Mr. Peter D. Laforge,
also of Illinois, and the late Capt. John Laforge of West New Brighton,
were his brothers; their father was David and their mother Gertrude,
daughter of John Martling, (see Martling family); David's father was
Peter, who was the son of Benjamin; David's brothers were Peter, John,
Benjamin, Jacob, Richard Channing Moore; Peter, David's brother was the
father of Mr. Peter C. and David of Port Richmond.
"Of the Westfield branch, we have only the following notices:
"David and Catharine had a son Henry Seguine, bap. May 15, 1790.
"John and Phebe Bedell married Sept. 15, 1804.
"James and Catharine Winant married Feb. 8, 1806.
"David and Ann Johnson married July 8, 1807."
The preface of the book states that the dates of baptisms of the children
were taken from the records of the Dutch church and the dates of the
births of children were taken from the records of St. Andrews Church as
are all the records of marriages.
Perhaps many of you have read Clute's book but am sending it in case it
might provide some clues to someone.
By copy to Pete Leforge: Will be sending a check soon for a copy of the
manuscript. The estate inventory list of a Frances Leforge, Piscataway,
Middlesex Co., NJ 1755 (date is dim)
includes "3 French Bibles and other French books."
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